Most Valuable Prayer

Forget the stats. For the Super Bowl, I'm betting on the team with the winningest chaplain

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME. Arm: The Gallery Collection / Corbis

Most Valuable Prayer. Super Bowl.

I've watched enough postgame interviews to know that what wins football games isn't the quarterback or the offensive line; it's God. So to figure out which team is going to win this year's Super Bowl, I went straight to the guys who serve as middlemen between God and the players. The team with the best chaplain isn't just going to win but, from what I understand about theology, will also totally cover the spread.

Almost every NFL team has a chaplain who runs weekly Bible study and holds a short service on Saturday nights before games. Although I'm sure honesty is...

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