Dillon could star against Eagles

Tom Brady may be end up being MVP of the Super Bowl, but Corey Dillon will open the game up for him.

Originally Published: February 4, 2005
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
The New England Patriots are a great team and there really is no telling which players will make the big plays necessary to get them their third Super Bowl title. That's the beauty of this team. It could be anyone from diminutive backup running back Kevin Faulk to one of the Pats' receivers.

I do believe that Faulk will make at least one or two big plays in this game. He's extremely explosive and does a great job catching the football. He's going to be an excellent change-of-pace back for the Patriots and should break a couple of plays on Sunday.

The Pats' receivers are underrated and provide consistent targets for Tom Brady. While they may not get the headlines or big numbers that other receivers in the league receive, they still are excellent. They do all the little things you'd expect from a receiver, including downfield blocking to spring receivers and concise route running so that Brady can throw the ball where they are supposed to be with confidence. Heck, WR Troy Brown even fills in very well as a nickel cornerback when the team needs him.

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about kicker Adam Vinatieri's contribution to this game. Sooner or late he's going to make a big kick and actually be named Super Bowl MVP. He's been extremely clutch for the Pats in big games and small and in good weather and terrible weather over the years. I have a feeling that string will continue on Sunday.

As great a contribution as those players will make on Super Bowl Sunday, here's my list of players who I believe are going make an even greater one.

Joe Theismann

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Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to and has contributed to the NFL Draft.