Tucker: 'Patriots still as good as anybody'

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Tucker: 'Patriots still as good as anybody'

NBC SportsTalk's Ross Tucker joined CSNNE's Bob Neumeier on SportsNet Central to discuss what he thinks about the Patriots after their loss to the 49ers Sunday night.

Tucker is still pretty high on New England -- very high, actually.

"I really don't feel very much differently than I have for the last ten games or so. I still think they're as good as anybody, Bob. If you wanted to pick one team right now to win the Super Bowl, I think most people in the NFL would probably still pick the Patriots. Even with all those different teams out there, there's just a certain amount of trust there."

You can argue that it was the best thing for them, even though they may have to go on the road and play Wild Card Weekend.

Speaking of the Wild Card Weekend game, the Patriots could be in line to play the Steelers or Bengals, assuming they stay in the No. 3 seed.

So who does Ross Tucker fear more? Find out in the video

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Michael Strahan saw the Patriots lose a Super Bowl first-hand, but he doesn’t think they’ll lose Super Bowl LI. That’s because he doesn’t think they’ll be participants. 

Appearing on The Tonight Show, the former Giants defensive end and current Person Who is Frequently on Television said that he expects the Steelers to upset the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship.

“I think in the AFC, I think Pittsburgh might pull the upset this year,” Strahan said. 

When Jimmy Fallon objected, Strahan said Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ pass rush would be enough to beat the Pats if New England plays the way it did in the divisional round. 
 
“If you watched the Houston Texans, they had a shot; they just turned the ball over,” he said. “And the Houston Texans offense is in no way, shape or form near what Pittsburgh has. They don’t have the quarterback that [Pittsburgh has]. Defensively, Houston had the really good defense, but Pittsburgh [puts] the good pressure on the quarterback. And from my Super Bowl experience, Tom Brady does not like pressure. I’m just saying I feel like if there’s anybody who’s going to pull an upset, it will be them.” 

As for any rooting interest, Strahan said that he hopes the Falcons win the Super Bowl, citing Matt Ryan being overdue for a title and Julio Jones having a Brady-like quality of putting team goals before his own legacy.