There is a lot of headlines heading into Super Bowl LIII between the (2) New England Patriots (13-5) and the (2) Los Angeles Rams (15-3). Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in their ninth Super Bowl together. The Rams are in the Super Bowl thanks to missed a call late in the game against the New Orleans Saints on the road in the NFC Championship Game.
Back in 2002, the New England Patriots took down the Los Angeles Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI. That was the first Super Bowl won by New England in franchise history. Will this be the last go around for Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick?
It remains to be seen. What if this Super Bowl possibly kicks off a potential dynasty with Jared Goff and Sean McVay. Speaking of McVay, he is the youngest coach ever to be coaching in a Super Bowl. He is only 33 years old.
How they got here: New England defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 at home in the AFC Divisional Round. The Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime on the road in the AFC Championship Game.
Los Angeles defeated the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 at home in the NFC Divisional Round. The Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in overtime on the road in the NFC Championship Game.
Possible Super Bowl MVP’s: New England Patriots: Tom Brady, Sony Michel, Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski.
Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, C.J. Anderson, and Aaron Donald.
Possible X-Factors: New England: James White, Rex Burkhead, Phillip Dorsett, and Kyle Van Noy.
Los Angeles: Gerald Everett, Josh Reynolds, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcus Peters.
The match up itself: I expect a lot of fireworks to occur in this game. The officiating is going to be an outcome once again. In all of the eight Super Bowls that the New England Patriots have been to in the Brady/Belichick era, all of the games have been decided by eight points or less. The Rams need to go up tempo and keep the New England defense on its heels. Defensively, Los Angeles needs to force pressure up the middle. The Patriots defense will force Jared Goff to beat them and they will stop the rushing attack. Marcus Peters could be in for a long day especially if he has to go up against Rob Gronkowski.
The pick: New England over Los Angeles 20-16.