By Marc Lawrence — Let the game begin. But before it does you’ll want to check out an array of information gathered by ESPN designed to alert you with previews, predictions and picks. For instance: This will be the 14th Super Bowl in which the teams also met in the regular season. The regular-season winner won seven of the previous 13 instances … In each of the past 11 seasons, the winner has also covered the spread … Bruce Arians will be the second-oldest head coach to reach the Super Bowl (behind Marv Levy). It’s his second year as the coach of the Buccaneers after coming out of retirement in 2019. He has two Super Bowl titles as an assistant but has never won the big game as a head coach … Tom Brady is playing in his 10th Super Bowl, which means he’ll have started in 48% of the Super Bowls played since he came into the NFL in 2000. To read more facts on the big game click here.
The hottest quarterback rumors in the NFL surround a pair of signal callers that have each expressed desires to move on – Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz. The wheels are in motion. Wentz was one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks statistically in 2020, and he is set to make $25.4 million in total cash next season – the third highest among QBs in 2021. Where might he land? ESPN lists the top five landing spots as: 1- Indianapolis, 2- Chicago, 3- Carolina, 4- New England, and 5- Houston. The irony is that the Texans make the list only because of Watson’s trade-me-now edict. Stay tuned.
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From the Playbook Super Bowl Report: There have been only 7 repeat Super Bowl champions in NFL history, the last when New England defeated Philadelphia, 24-21, in SB XXXIX. The two conferences have split wins right down the middle with each owning 27 victories. However the AFC is 15-8 the last 23 games, including 5-1 the last six.