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Using agriculture to predict the Super Bowl champion

Using agriculture to predict the Super Bowl champion

Comparing the ag statistics of Pennsylvania and New England

By Diego Flammini
News Reporter

On Sunday, Feb 4., the New England Patriots will look to reclaim their title as Super Bowl champions as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, MN. in Super Bowl LII (52).

Leading up to the game, football analysts and commentators have dissected a season’s worth of game footage, stats and storylines to help determine which team raise the Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the game.

Can Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots win back-to-back championships? Will the Philadelphia Eagles be able to upset these defending champions with a backup quarterback? does its own game analysis using stats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The breakdown will feature Pennsylvania against all six states that make up New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut).

** Signals the advantage for each team.

StatNew EnglandPennsylvania
NFL Team
Number of farms34,94058,200**
Acres operated4,200,0007,630,000**
Milk production (Lb/Head)Average of 19,855 Lb/Head20,454**
Beef inventory (As of Jan. 1, 2017)42,900185,000**
Tobacco value$40,896,000**$40,379,000
Total principal operators31,87859,309**

Tom Brady’s ties to agriculture

Before he became known as the best quarterback to play in the National Football League, Tom Brady spent time on his grandfather’s dairy farm in rural Minnesota.

“We’d go fishing in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, milk the cows with my grandpa and just kind of tend to the farm,” Brady told WEEI on Jan. 22. “It was a great experience for me, (being) born in California.”

Brady isn’t the only NFL player connected to agriculture. Check out this list of five other NFL players who spent time on farms.

And the popular Super Bowl commercial, “So God Made a Farmer.”