Why the Seattle Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLVIII

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Perhaps you’ve heard the Seattle Seahawks of the NFC and the Denver Broncos of the AFC will play in Super Bowl XLVIII, the National Football League’s championship game, on Sunday.

Countless analysts appeared on television this week giving their “expert” opinion as to what team they think will win. The truth is you don’t need to know anything about football to know who will win the Super Bowl.

Seattle will win. Here are 10 reasons why.

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The NFC champion is 6-5 in the Super Bowl in years the FIFA World Cup takes place.

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The NFC champion is 3-1 in the Super Bowl since Chris Christie became New Jersey’s governor.

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Teams that wear white jerseys in the Super Bowl are 29-18.

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The NFC champion is 21-13 in the Super Bowl since McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal.

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The NFC champion is 4-2 in the Super Bowl since Mad Men premiered.

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The NFC champion is 3-2 in the Super Bowl in years a new New York City mayor takes office.

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The NFC champion is 9-5 in the Super Bowl in years a Big Ten school wins the Rose Bowl.

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The Broncos are 0-3 when they wear orange jerseys in the Super Bowl.

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The NFC champion is 13-7 in Super Bowls in years a venue hosts the game for the first time.

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The NFC champion is 14-9 in even-numbered Super Bowls.

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Based on these facts, the Seahawks will win on Sunday. How will they win the game? What players will make the most impact? Will Richard Sherman take a bite out of a microphone if Erin Andrews interviews after the game? That’s for the football “experts” to figure out.

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Why the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl XLVIII

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Perhaps you’ve heard the Seattle Seahawks of the NFC and the Denver Broncos of the AFC will play in Super Bowl XLVIII, the National Football League’s championship game, on Sunday.

Countless analysts appeared on television this week giving their “expert” opinion as to what team they think will win. The truth is you don’t need to know anything about football to know who will win the Super Bowl.

Denver will win. Here are 10 reasons why.

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The AFC champion is 2-1 in the Super Bowl in years Leonardo DiCaprio has received an Oscar nomination.

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The AFC champion is 8-6 in the Super Bowl since SpongeBob SquarePants premiered.

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The Broncos are 15-5 against the Seahawks in years the Winter Olympics take place.

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The AFC champion is 10-9 in the Super Bowl since Fox began broadcasting NFL games.

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The AFC championship is 2-1 in the Super Bowl in years the Rose Bowl has hosted the BCS National Championship Game.

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The AFC champion is 10-8 in the Super Bowl since Bill Watterson published his final Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.

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The AFC champion is 6-4 in the Super Bowl since Michael Jordan’s third retirement from the NBA.

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The AFC champion is 5-4 in the Super Bowl since Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook.

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Seattle has won 57 games in years an X-Men film premieres in theaters. Denver has won 62.

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Seattle has won 174 games since Israel and the Vatican established formal diplomatic relations. Denver has won 202.

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Based on these facts, the Broncos will win on Sunday. How will they win the game? What players will make the most impact? How many times will Peyton Manning shout “OMAHA” at the line of scrimmage during the game? That’s for the football “experts” to figure out.

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Super Bowl XLVII analysis everyone can understand

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Baltimore Ravens (13-6) vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1)-Feb. 3-6:30 p.m.-CBS

Perhaps you know the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC champions, will play the San Francisco 49ers, the NFC champions, in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. Perhaps you’ve heard brothers Jim and John Harbaugh will coach against each other, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be playing in his final game and that neither team has lost in the Super Bowl. Perhaps during the past two weeks you’ve seen commentators on television giving their “expert” opinions about what team they think will win.

You don’t need to know anything about football to figure out who will win Super Bowl XLVII. Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions presents 47 obscure Super Bowl, historical and pop culture facts with a running score that indicate the team that will win on Sunday. This unconventional method will be tested against Chuck Pollock of The Olean Times Herald, who will use traditional prognostication to determine his Super Bowl prediction.

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This is the 47th Super Bowl. Baltimore has won one odd-numbered Super Bowl. San Francisco has won three.

San Francisco, 1-0

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New Orleans, La. hosts the Super Bowl for the tenth time this year. The NFC champion is 5-4 in Crescent City Super Bowls.

San Francisco, 2-0

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Six of the nine New Orleans Super Bowls have been played inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The NFC Champion is 4-2 in Super Bowls played at the New Orleans Saints’ home stadium.

San Francisco, 3-0

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The Superdome opened in 1975, the year Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC.  Since the show’s debut, the NFC champion is 22-15 in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco, 4-0

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Adam Levine, lead singer of the band Maroon 5, hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend. Since the band formed, the NFC champion is 10-9 in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco, 5-0

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Maroon 5 formed in 1994, the year Steven Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List. In years he’s been nominated for the Oscar, the NFC champion is 4-2 in the Super Bowl. This year, Spielberg received his seventh Best Director nomination for Lincoln.

San Francisco, 6-0

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President Abraham Lincoln led the United States during the American Civil War. Louisiana, the state where Super Bowl XLVII will take place, was part of the Confederacy. The AFC champion is 16-13 when the Super Bowl is played in a former Confederate state.

San Francisco, 6-1

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Richmond, Va., the Confederate capital during the Civil War, is the birthplace of actor Warren Beatty. Since Beatty married actress Annette Bening, the NFC champion is 11-9 in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco, 7-1

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Beatty married Bening in 1992, the year the Washington Redskins, wearing white jerseys, defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI. Since that game, the team that wears white jerseys in the Super Bowl is 13-7. Baltimore will wear white jerseys in Super Bowl XLVII.

San Francisco, 7-2

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The New York Giants wore white jerseys in their 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots last year. The NFC Champion is 2-1 in Super Bowls following a Giants championship season.

San Francisco, 8-2

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The Giants won their first Super Bowl in 1987 as quarterback Phil Simms won the Super Bowl XXI Most Valuable Player Award. After retiring following the 1993 season, he became a football commentator. The AFC champion is 4-2 in years Simms has been part of a Super Bowl broadcast team. Simms will provide color commentary for the CBS Super Bowl XLVII telecast.

San Francisco, 8-3

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Jim Nantz will be the play-by-play announcer for the CBS Super Bowl XLVII broadcast. The AFC champion is 3-1 in Super Bowls that Nantz has had a role with CBS’ game coverage.

San Francisco, 8-4

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Nantz joined CBS in 1985. Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as President of the United States for a second time on Jan. 21, 1985. With President Barack Obama’s second inauguration taking place on Jan. 21 this year, it’s the second time in the Super Bowl era that Inauguration Day has fallen on Jan. 21.  In 1985, the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers defeated the AFC champion Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX.

San Francisco, 9-4

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The 49ers made their second Super Bowl appearance in 1985. The Ravens are playing in their second Super Bowl this year. Teams playing in the Super Bowl for a second time are 11-7.

San Francisco, 9-5

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1996 marked the first season of the Baltimore Ravens franchise. In the team’s 17-year history, Baltimore is 3-1 against San Francisco.

San Francisco, 9-6

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Jonathan Ogden, the first player the Ravens drafted, played college football at UCLA. San Francisco doesn’t have any former UCLA players on its roster. Baltimore has one, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

San Francisco, 9-7

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Ayanbadejo was born in 1976, the same year as basketball player Tim Duncan. The AFC champion is 9-6 in the Super Bowl since Duncan became an NBA player.

San Francisco, 9-8

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The Spurs drafted Duncan in 1997. Madeleine Albright became the 64th United States Secretary of State in 1997. In years the United States Senate confirms a nominee to the Cabinet position, the AFC champion is 8-5 in the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 94-3 that Sen. John Kerry will become the 68th United States Secretary of State on Feb. 1.

Tied, 9-9

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Since 1985, Kerry has represented Massachusetts in the Senate. While he served on Capitol Hill, the NFC champion was 19-9 in the Super Bowl. Luckily for Baltimore, Kerry will resign from the Senate before Super Bowl XLVII. When he hasn’t been a senator, the AFC champion is 12-6 in the Super Bowl.

Baltimore, 10-9

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The Democratic Party selected Kerry as its nominee in the 2004 presidential election. Louisiana State, coached by Nick Saban, won the BCS National Championship in 2004. The NFC champion is 2-1 in the Super Bowl when a Saban-coached team wins the championship. On Jan. 7, Saban guided Alabama to a 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game.

Tied, 10-10

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Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions: Conference Championships

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After a disappointing Wild Card round, last weekend’s National Football League’s divisional playoff games gave fans a compelling and entertaining experience. The Baltimore Ravens stunned the Denver Broncos with a 70-yard  Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones touchdown pass to tie the game with 31 seconds left in regulation. Rookie kicker Justin Tucker later made a 47-yard field goal in the second overtime period to give Baltimore a 38-35 triumph. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recorded 444 total yards and four touchdowns as his team beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31. After his team surrendered a 20-point fourth quarter lead, quarterback Matt Ryan rallied the Atlanta Falcons to a go-ahead field goal. Atlanta’s defense kept the Seattle Seahawks out of the end zone, securing a 30-28 win. The New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans for a second time this season with a 41-28 home victory.

Here are four conference championship facts involving the remaining NFL playoff teams.

1. Every NFC team has played in the conference championship game at least once. The Falcons will host the game for the first time on Sunday. The Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only NFC teams that have never played at home in the conference title game.

2. In the last four years, two coaches, Jets coach Rex Ryan in 2010 and 2011 and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in 2012 and 2013, have brought their teams to the conference championship in their first two seasons with their teams. Harbaugh doesn’t want San Francisco to have the same result that New York had in back-to-back conference championship appearances. The Jets lost both AFC Championship Games in Ryan’s first two seasons as coach. The 49ers lost last year’s NFC Championship Game in Harbaugh’s first season with the team.

3. The Ravens/Patriots game on Sunday is the first AFC Championship Game rematch since the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos played each other in 1987 and 1988. Denver won both those games. New England won the championship last year.

4. The Patriots are hosting the AFC Championship Game for the fourth time in franchise history. They are 3-0  in home conference title games.

In addition to these facts, statistics from history and pop culture indicate what teams will reach Super Bowl XLVII. This post will consist of four miscellaneous facts broken up into quarters to choose a winner in each game. In the event of a 2-2 tie, a fifth “overtime” fact will determine the prediction.

You don’t need to know anything about football to enjoy this analysis. Enjoy these unique NFL conference championship predictions.

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San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) at Atlanta Falcons (14-3)-Jan. 20-3 p.m.-Fox

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First Quarter

Deion Sanders played for the Falcons from 1989 until 1993. He then signed with the 49ers for the 1994 season. Atlanta won one playoff game with Sanders on the team. San Francisco won three.

San Francisco, 1-0

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Second Quarter

Sanders retired in 2006, the year Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes. The home team in the NFC Championship Game is 3-0 in years Cruise ties the knot. Unfortunately for the Falcons, Cruise is single. Another marriage doesn’t appear imminent.

San Francisco, 2-0

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Third Quarter

Cruise made his first film appearance in 1981. MTV debuted on television on Aug. 1, 1981. The first music video the station aired was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. The network’s existence will kill Atlanta’s chances of winning the NFC title. Since the channel launched, the Falcons are 6-9 in playoff games. The 49ers are 25-14.

San Francisco, 3-0

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Fourth Quarter

MTV broadcasted Total Request Live from Sept. 14, 1998 until Nov. 16, 2008. The Falcons enjoyed the music video countdown program more than the 49ers. While MTV aired the show, Atlanta was 6-5 against San Francisco.

San Francisco, 3-1

Bryan Paul’s Pick: San Francisco

Pollock’s Pick: San Francisco

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Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 12

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Thanksgiving celebrates three “f” words: family, food and football. National Football League games, traditionally featuring the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, have been played on Thanksgiving since 1920. Broadcast announcers salute winning team members with honors such as the CBS All-Iron Award and the Fox Galloping Gobbler Award. During his broadcasting career, John Madden awarded players with a turducken, a poultry cornucopia consisting of turkey, duck and chicken.

Food perfectly complements football. Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday are the top two days of food consumption in America, according to the National Chicken Council. Fox Sports said viewers ate 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl XLVI. NFL pregame tailgating fare ranges from Kansas City barbeque to Green Bay bratwursts.

Drinks also have a role in football. In 2010, TreeHugger.com said Americans drank 325.5 million gallons of beer on Super Bowl Sunday. Bud Light became the official beer sponsor of the NFL in 2011 in an agreement valued at over $1 billion. Pepsi purchased Super Bowl XLVI advertisement time, likely paying around the average of $3.5 billion, according to ESPN, for a 30-second commercial.

Foods and drinks certainly fill football fans’ bellies and the league’s wallet. In honor of Thanksgiving and the many edible and drinkable football connections, the Week 12 predictions theme is foods and beverages.

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Houston Texans (9-1) at Detroit Lions (4-6)-Nov. 22-12:30 p.m.-CBS

Butterball, a poultry company, began selling turkeys in 1940. Lions fans should purchase their turkey from another producer this Thanksgiving. Since 1940, Detroit is 30-35-2 on Thanksgiving.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Houston

Pollock’s Pick: Detroit

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Washington Redskins (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5)-Nov. 22-4:15 p.m.-Fox

Detroit’s last Thanksgiving victory came in 2003. Pizza Today magazine named Domino’s Pizza “Pizza Chain of the Year” in 2003, 2010 and 2011. The Cowboys were 1-2 on Thanksgiving in those years. Luckily for Dallas, the magazine felt there “didn’t seem to be enough competition” to select a 2012 winner, according to Pete Lachapelle, Pizza Today’s president and publisher.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Dallas

Pollock’s Pick: Dallas

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New England Patriots (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6)-Nov. 22-8:20 p.m.-NBC

Lombardi’s Pizza in New York City claims to be the first United States pizza establishment. Patriot fans are happy it’s remained in business since 1905. Since Lombardi’s celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, New England is 12-5 against New York.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: New England

Pollock’s Pick: New England

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Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 11

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In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Mass., created a new indoor game. In this game, players dribbled a soccer ball around a court and earned points by shooting the ball into a peach basket. Today, basketball remains one the world’s most popular sports.

Football and basketball are different. Football stadiums are large structures. Basketball arenas are smaller, more intimate facilities. Football players, shielded by helmets, face masks and pads, perform like Roman Empire gladiators. Basketball players wear a simpler uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts and sneakers and display their talents and skills with the same dramatic flair as Broadway actors.

There is less parity in basketball. Since David Stern became commissioner of the National Basketball Association in 1984, eight different franchises have won NBA championships. Fourteen different National Football League teams have won the Super Bowl.

There are similarities. Lucas Oil Stadium, the Georgia Dome and Ford Field have hosted Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four games. NFL players Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Julius Peppers played college basketball. Football and basketball coaches both have a range of interesting characters from the wise Vince Lombardi and Phil Jackson, to the stern Tom Landry and Larry Brown to the zany Jimmy Johnson and Bob Knight.

In honor of slam dunks, steals, three pointers and technical fouls, the Week 11 predictions theme is basketball.

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Miami Dolphins (4-5) at Buffalo Bills (3-6)-Nov. 15-8:20 p.m.-NFL Network

The Los Angeles Clippers, formally the Buffalo Braves, played in Western New York from 1970-78. Since the Braves moved away, the Bills are 271-294. Imagine, Buffalo sports fans: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin playing at First Niagara Center. Oh well.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Miami

Pollock’s Pick: Buffalo

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Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Detroit Lions (4-5)-Nov. 18-1 p.m.-Fox

The University of Kentucky won its fifth national championship in 1978. This year, the program won its eighth title. The school’s triumph will doom Green Bay this week. The Packers are 1-6 in Week 11 games in years Kentucky wins the national championship.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Detroit

Pollock’s Pick: Green Bay

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New York Jets (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (3-5-1)-Nov. 18-1 p.m.-CBS

John Calipari coached this year’s Kentucky national championship team. He has coached four teams that reached the Final Four. The Jets are 6-7 in November games during those seasons. The Rams are 2-11-1. However, the National Collegiate  Athletic Association vacated two of those appearances due to player eligibility and academic issues.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: St. Louis

Pollock’s Pick: St. Louis

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Facts and trends provide insight into the NFL Draft

The National Football League conducts its annual draft of college football players this weekend. The first round takes place tonight. Here are 10 insightful facts to know before watching this year’s coverage.

This information covers drafts since 1970, the year the NFL and the American Football League merged.

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On Tuesday, first-year Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson announced the team will select Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck with the draft’s first overall pick. Of the 19 quarterbacks selected first overall, seven won multiple Super Bowls.

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The Washington Redskins will likely select Baylor University quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III second overall. It would be the fifth time teams chose quarterbacks with the first two picks.

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A Heisman winner averages being selected 42nd overall in the draft.

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