PHOENIX — As a part of his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate and the ongoing investigation by Ted Wells.

With Tom Brady and the high-powered Patriots offense facing off against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks‘ Legion of Boom defense in just two days, NFL insiders and analysts across the nation are offering their predictions. And to no surprise, they’re almost split on their opinions.

At ESPN, the Pats are a heavy favorite, with nine of 13 experts choosing New England. Merril Hoge, Ron Jawowrski, KC Joyner, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, Mark Schlereth, Seth Wickersham, Keyshawn Johnson, and Mike Ditka are all leaning toward a Patriots victory. Meanwhile, Eric Allen, Mike Golic, Tom Jackson, and Cris Carter are predicting a Seattle win.

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At CBS, the Pats are also favored, but only by a 5-3 majority. Pete Prisco, Jason La Canfora, Will Brinson, Ryan Wilson, and Jamey Eisenberg are predicting the trophy will return to New England, while. Jared Dublin, John Breech and Dave Richard are looking for a repeat victory by Seattle.

SB Nation‘s experts, meanwhile, are leaning toward the Seahawks. Joel Thorman and Matt Ufford are the only two analysts picking the Pats. Ryan Van Bibber, Stephen White, David Fucillo, and Danny Kelly are predicting a Seattle win.‘s experts are also giving an edge to Seattle at an 8-6 margin. Adam Schein, Marc Sessler, Chris Weaseling, Dave Dameshek, Gregg Rosenthal, and Elliot Harrison are predicting a Patriots victory. Meanwhile, Bucky Brooks, Aditi Kinkhabwala, Charley Casserly, Gil Brandt, Kevin Patra, Charles Davis, Brian Billick, and Conor Orr are looking for another Seattle win.

Following are more Super Bowl XLIX predictions from around the country:

Adam Schein, Patriots 31, Seahawks 27. “New England is angry, talented and motivated to change the conversation. You never go against Bill Belichick in a big spot.”

Neil Greenberg, Washington Post: Patriots 23, Seahawks 20. “The key for New England will be to keep the pressure off Brady and for him to complete the short passes while getting the ball to their best playmaker, tight end Rob Gronkowski.”

Sean O’Donnell, Bleacher Report: Seahawks 27, Patriots 24. “Both of these teams are extremely well put together, and we should expect a highly intense game that will most likely be decided in the final minute. The nod here goes to the squad that is more likely to force its opponent to play into its strengths, and that team is Seattle.”

Several analysts and experts were asked for their predictions by Middays with MFB. Their predictions are below:

Alfred Williams, former Broncos lineman: “I am picking the Seattle Seahawks to wax the New England Patriots by a minimum of 13 points, because attitude counts in this game, and they have more.”

A.J. Feeley, former NFL quarterback: Patriots 24, Seahawks 20. “My boy Brady is going to get his fourth Super Bowl and go down as the best quarterback of all time.”

Anthony Munoz, former Bengals offensive lineman: Patriots 27, Seahawks 21.

Barry Sanders, former Lions RB: Patriots 35, Seahawks 34.

Bill Romanowski, former Boston College and NFL linebacker: “I think the team that scores the most points is going to win. I know that’s a little hard for some people to understand. And I think the Patriots will score more points.”

Chris Cooley, former NFL tight end: Patriots 24, Seahawks 17.

Hugh Millen, Seattle radio and TV personality and former Patriots quarterback: Seahawks 27, Patriots 25 — “I think this defense is going to do enough against those relatively average receivers for the Patriots.”

Jack Youngblood, former rams linebacker: Patriots 37, Seahawks 21 — “I’m going with Brady.”

Joe Theismann, former NFL quarterback: “I think New England wins by seven.”

Justin Tuck, former Giants defensive end: Seahawks 27, Patriots 21.

Mike Haynes, former Patriots and Raiders defensive back: Patriots 28, Seahawks 20 — “I think they’re going to win in the fourth quarter. I think they’re going to win using the running game.”

Ickey Woods, former Bengals running back: Seahawks 28, Patriots 24.

Jim Miller, former NFL quarterback: Patriots 27, Seahawks 24.

Pat Kirwan, former NFL executive: Seahawks 24, Patriots 21.

Scott Hanson, NFL Network: I’m leaning toward the best defense in this game. I think Seahawks by a field goal.”

Deion Branch, former Patriots and Seahawks receiver: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10.

As for WEEI’s hosts, Gerry Callahan (28-24), John Dennis (27-24), Christian Fauria and Lou Merloni predicted the Patriots to win. Kirk Minihane went with the Seahawks, 24-20.

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Nik Beimler

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Middays with MFB to discuss Deflategate and preview the Super Bowl.

Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Middays with MFB to discuss Deflategate and preview the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Schefter discussed how the close relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be affected by the Deflategate controversy.

“The majority of fans outside of the New England area, they don’t like the Patriots, they don’t want to believe the Patriots, and they think the Patriots did wrong,” Schefter said. “And you have this public at large that wants to see New England hung for this. And then you’ve got Roger Goodell’s biggest supporter owning that football team. So it leaves Roger Goodell and the NFL in a real no-win situation. … The challenge here may be if there is any evidence to make sure that all sides are satisfied with the outcome of this particular case.”

Last Saturday, coach Bill Belichick held a press conference addressing the controversy and passionately defending his team and organization.

“No. 1, Bill Belichick truly believes that his team did no wrong,” Schefter said. “There may have been something that went on, but I don’t believe that he had any idea that anything happened. I really believe that.”

Added Schefter: “I think [Belichick] wanted to make it very clear that he didn’t know about it and I think No. 2, he wanted to put everything that he had out there defending his team in the strongest manner possible so that they could go to Scottsdale and then say, look, I did two press conferences last week, I answered all these questions, and before the week kicks into high gear, he’s got it out of the way.”

With Deflategate still dominating the national media, Schefter discussed how the Pats should approach the Super Bowl in the midst of the controversy.

“You can’t go into a game thinking of the enormity of it,” Schefter said. “You can’t think that this game has more significance on our legacy and this season than anything else. … It has a ginormous feel. It feels different, but you can’t approach it that way, you just have approach it like it’s Week 1 or Week 8 or Week 12 or whatever it may be.”

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Nik Beimler

NFL Network analyst and former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest checked in with Middays with MFB on Friday to preview the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Putting the controversy aside and looking forward to Sunday’s game, McGinest was not willing to predict a Super Bowl winner.

“Anything could happen, I mean, it’s tough to try to predict,” McGinest said. “Look at all the games that nobody could get right this year. What I’m saying is, this is a heavyweight matchup. I love the way these two teams match up. The two right teams are here.”

Added McGinest: “There’s no excuses [for the Patriots]. The No. 1 thing going into this year from last year is health. They’ve got a lot of guys healthy outside of Jerod Mayo. Pretty much the defense is together and they’re ready to play. Offensively, all hands on deck. When you look at the mentality and the way they’re playing right now, beating teams in a lot of different ways. Whether it’s the ground game against Indianapolis, whether it’s the pass attack, spread offense vs. Baltimore, the defense playing a lot of man — Browner, Revis — they’re taking guys away. … It’s exciting.”

When asked for his response to Deflategate and the Patriots legacy, the three-time Super Bowl champion said that nothing should take away from what the team has accomplished.

“You talk about Deflategate, you break all those scenarios down,” McGinest said. “OK, they took the footballs at halftime, they went on a 28-0 run after that. I mean, I understand that this team knows the rules probably better than any organization in the league, and do they use it to their benefit? Yeah. Do they certain things that are cutting edge or pushing the line? Maybe. But is that the reason for all the Patriots’ success as far as the players, what they put into it and coach Belichick’s success? No, it’s not.”

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Nik Beimler
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX

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PHOENIX — Earlier in the week, Vince Wilfork said he would always choose family and faith over football.

PHOENIX — Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount can now fully concentrate on the Sunday’s Super Bowl.

PHOENIX — Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount can now fully concentrate on the Sunday’s Super Bowl.

According to the Associated Press, the marijuana charge against Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell has been dropped after the Patriots running back completed 50 hours of community service.

The report says he completed those hours with Urban Achievers in Boston. The group’s website says it works to improve “the academic and social outcomes of children living in under-served and under-resourced communities.”

If he didn’t complete the 50 hours, he would have had to appear in court just outside Pittsburgh next week. Blount did have to miss a day of practice earlier in the year because of the case.

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Ryan Hannable
Three-time Super Bowl champion Ted Johnson joins Lou, Christian and Tim to preview Super Bowl XLVI

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