Yes, Sporting News is picking the dang Patriots to win Super Bowl LII, too

The 2017 New England Patriots are good enough to put all of us NFL contrarians in our places.

Sporting News, just like every other sports publication on earth, is picking the Patriots to win Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, 2018. To pick against them to repeat would make us certifiably insane.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not want to hear that his unpredictable, exciting football league that’s trying to rebound from declining TV ratings enters the season with a foregone conclusion. Even the Golden State Warriors are jealous of how much of a stone-cold, lead pipe lock the Patriots are as reigning champions in 2017.

Lin struggled to stay healthy last season in Brooklyn, dealing with ankle and hamstring issues, but averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists in 36 games. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told Russell that he plans to work the two guards together.

Given his struggles in LA, Russell said he felt a certain kinship Cheap Lions Jerseys with Atkinson, an assistant coach for seven years before finally getting a crack at head coaching in Brooklyn.

“I have talked to him a lot,” Russell said. “We talked last week. He is an amazing guy because he is a hard worker, he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. He was an assistant a long time and he had to pay his dues. He has a lot of credibility. He speaks, I listen.

“I feel like all those things kind of complement myself and where I am now, that’s the way I try to go about my business.”

Russell said he understands that the Nets will be going with young players and will likely take Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale their lumps in the coming years. But he knows well the ins and outs of playing for a rebuilding team. It doesn’t scare him.

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