Super Bowl LIII will feature the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Super Bowl LIII will kick off in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia at 6:30 PM. ET.
The Patriots are coming into this matchup as the favorite and for good reason. Super Bowl LIII will mark the eighth time and third straight year in the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era that the Patriots have played in the championship game. The Patriots’ roster is loaded with the experience to play and perform on the games biggest stage.
Facing off against the Patriots are the Rams. Led by 33-year-old head coach, Sean McVay, the Rams have brought themselves to the pinnacle of greatness. The Rams have excelled on both sides of the ball, and create quite the challenge for the Patriots. With two of the best offenses in the league facing off, expect this to be a back and forth, high scoring affair.
The Patriots have the greatest weapon in Super Bowl history, and that’s Tom Brady. Due to his playoff success, Brady has played in more playoff games than any other player in NFL history. On the field, Brady has thrived on his ability to take in information and react to it. Brady is the greatest playoff quarterback in NFL history in terms of wins. When the game is on the line there’s no greater weapon than the Patriots’ signal-caller.
Brady’s greatest asset is his ability to read a defense. Against the Chiefs, Brady time and time again made adjustments, at the line of scrimmage, that put the Patriots offense in a position to succeed. When the Patriots were marching for the victory in overtime, Brady audibled on a crucial third-and-ten play to find Gronkowski on a slant to move the chains. It’s Brady’s awareness and knowledge of opposing defenses that gives the Patriots a decided edge in this game.
The Rams have arrived.
The Los Angeles Rams have arrived and now everyone in the NFL will need to take notice. After surviving a controversial no-call on a pass interference play that would have all but sealed the game for the Saints, the Rams appear poised to make a statement on the game’s biggest stage.
Coming into the Super Bowl, the Rams have won 10 straight games. In the playoffs, the Rams defense has allowed 299 yards of total offense. Los Angeles is allowing 22.5 points per game to their opponents. By comparison, the Patriots are allowing 29.5 points per game.
The key to this game for the Rams is getting pressure on Tom Brady. In each of the Patriots losses to the Giants in the Super Bowl, the Patriots were unable to protect Brady in the pocket. In the playoffs, the Rams have sacked opposing quarterbacks only three times. New England’s offensive line is the strength of their offense.
During the postseason, the Patriots haven’t allowed a sack. The Rams’ offensive line is nearly as perfect, allowing only one sack this postseason. The Rams will need to get after Brady and make him uncomfortable in the pocket, something that no team they’ve faced this postseason has accomplished.
For their part, the Patriots’ offensive line will have their work cut out for them. The Rams’ defensive front is tenacious. Anchored by Aaron Donald, expect the NFL’s defensive player of the year recipient to get after Brady and create havoc for the Patriots’ offensive line. The Patriots’ offense will need to attack the Rams’ defensive line with their plethora of running backs. Expect New England’s offensive line to neutralize Aaron Donald with screens and lots of quick passes to their running backs.
Super Bowl LIII Betting Lines
Super Bowl LIII is going to be a high scoring game. The Patriots have turned it on in the playoffs and look like an unbeatable force. Brady is dialed in and the New England offense is scoring points at a machine-like pace. But, Patriots fan need to worry, because the Rams’ offense is coming to play. Todd Gurley and Robert Woods are going to make big plays for the Rams’ offense in this game. Expect the Rams to consistently move the ball on the Patriots defense and find success in the red zone.
The bigger issue for the Rams is their lack of experience. The Patriots don’t want to lose a second Super Bowls in a row. The sting of last year’s Super Bowl loss is still motivating Brady and Belichick. The Patriots are more motivated than ever to win this game. Expect the Rams’ to play nearly flawless, but in the end, the Patriots will do just enough in the fourth quarter to win.
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