We have finally made it to the culmination of the 2018 NFL season. Teams have grinded through this whole year in order to have a shot of hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy.
On one end the Los Angeles Rams are lead by young, offensive-minded Sean McVey. Producing a complete turnaround of a storied franchise that was at a low, he has elevated young quarterback Jared Goff to elite caliber.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick continue the dynasty they built in New England. They will be playing in their ninth Super Bowl, seeking to win their sixth.
The difference in the quality of talent for the Rams compared to the Patriots is drastic. This game will be decided and won in the trenches. With the best defensive tackle duo of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, they will shut down the Patriots run game and wreak havoc on Tom Brady.
The Rams offense has way too many explosive weapons for the Patriots to eliminate from the equation. A lot of mouths will be fed from the hand of Goff in a close last-second victory.
Rams 30, Patriots 27
Here we go again. The Patriots have made the Super Bowl for the fourth time in their last five tries, and their ninth overall in the Brady/Belichick era. The main battle is in the battle up front, as a Patriots offensive line yet to allow a sack in the playoffs, and which has been the catalyst for rookie Sony Michel’s playoff coming out party, is going up against one of the more formidable defensive fronts in the NFL, headlined by my defensive player of the year Aaron Donald.
The Patriots success has always come from eliminating an opposing team’s best player, look for the gameplay to be centered around stopping Todd Gurley in every way imaginable. This should be a great game, but look for Brady to get his unprecedented sixth ring.
Patriots, 24, Rams, 21
Stop me if you’ve heard this before – tonight Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be competing for a Super Bowl victory. Call it bias, but as I said in Conference Championship picks, I simply will not pick against that duo until they prove they have truly taken a step back. Granted Brady didn’t have a statistically dominant season, but after going into Arrowhead and taking down this year’s MVP I am still fully confident.
Aaron Donald and the Rams’ defensive line will be a handful, and containing them will be a key element of the game. I believe the Patriots’ offensive line is up to the task, and tonight Brady will be hoisting his 6th Lombardi Trophy.
Patriots: 34, Rams: 33
The Patriots are back to the Super Bowl for the third year in a row and this year they really want it. “You’re too old!” “You’re too slow!” This is all motivation for Tom Brady and the Pats, as they have been the “underdog” throughout this whole playoffs. In these playoffs, though, they have shown that they’re still here.
The Rams this season have also shown that they are the best competition that the Pats would face, with Sean McVay leading the team to a tied NFL best record of 13-3 and making it to the Super Bowl.
This is going to be an epic showdown between two great teams on the biggest stage. I think the Patriots offensive line will try their best to get the job done against one of the best defensive lines in the league. And if they can maintain that while Brady hits his targets, they will come out with the win for their sixth Super Bowl.
Patriots 32, Rams 26
It was 18 years ago on Super Bowl Sunday where one dynasty ended (Rams) and another one was born (Patriots). In Super Bowl 53, the roles have a chance to be reversed as experience takes on youth in Atlanta.
My key to the game is the matchup at running back. The Patriots trio of James White, Sony Michel, and Rex Burkhead have all proven themselves in the playoffs this season. On the other side, CJ Anderson has been a revelation for the Rams since signing in December. While no one knows the health of Todd Gurley, the former AP Offensive Player of the Season won’t need too many touches to have an impact.
To me, I give the edge in that personal square off to the Patriots. White, who could have won MVP of Super Bowl 51, is a matchup nightmare coming out of the backfield in the passing game, and the downhill running ability of Michel offers a good change of pace. The Pats will use their backs to grind out a win and hoist another Lombardi trophy.
Patriots 31 Rams 27
With two very similar teams playing in the Super Bowl, I have to take into consideration where each advantage lies for each team. For the Rams, it is in their RB corps and defensive line. For the Patriots, it is their coaching and QB. The Patriots will likely make the Rams overwork all game. Meaning playing tight zone coverage while not letting the ground attack get going. The Rams will likely make the Patriots uncomfortable with many different looks on defense.
This will be a very intellectual game for both sides and football savants everywhere will be cheering
Rams 34 Patriots 31