New England Patriots

Perhaps Seth Wickersham’s big Patriots story was all part of the plan. A plan to motivate the Pats to stomp their way to a Super Bowl win.

That’s not exactly how the Pats drew it up in their AFC Championship comeback. But now that they’re back in the Super Bowl, it’s time to look ahead and guess how they’ll play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Super Bowl LII.

ESPN’s expert picks are out for the game and, unsurprisingly, they’re mostly favoring New England. In total, 41 of 56 experts picked them to win. But Wickersham’s pick is the most striking, because he picked the largest margin of victory…

38-9.

Wickersham isn’t the only expert who sees the Patriots winning comfortably. Ravens writer Jamison Hensley picks them to win 34-7. Mike Reiss foresees a 30-17 final. Conversely, Pats fans may not like Chris Mortensen’s prediction of a 34-24 win for the Eagles.

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But of course, Wickersham’s pick raises the most eyebrows, considering he authored the piece that painted a picture of a team engulfed in a power struggle and possibly heading toward the end of the run of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and Robert Kraft as a trio.

Well, if Wickersham is sticking by that, he expects the Patriots dynasty to go out with a deafening bang.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.