Check out the Super Bowl LI1I: New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams fearless prediction and game preview.
Super Bowl LIII: New England (11-5) vs. Los Angeles (13-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Sunday, February 3
Game Time: 6:30 pm ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
The world might be still buzzing about the New Orleans Saints not getting a call – and the ceaseless whining from their fans that plagues our nation – and about 11 people in the greater Los Angeles area have a heavy emotional investment, but whatever.
You’re really going to complain about another fantastic Super Bowl.
So what if half of America is sick of the whole Patriot thing? What is is about the other eight – EIGHT – during the Brady/Belichick era would suggest to you that this will be anything other than another classic?
Win or lose, it’s as if the franchise invents new ways to make these things interesting.
The epic comeback to beat Atlanta in LI wasn’t good enough? How about about the shootout of all shootouts against Philadelphia in LII?
And now, the Patriots gets to go up against a Los Angeles Rams team that knows how to get up and down the field in a hurry and could make this another wild one.
If this isn’t the end of the New England run of Super Bowl appearances with Brady at the helm, it’s almost certainly close. But this also appears to be just the beginning of what the Rams are going to do under Sean McVay. Either way, this one isn’t likely to get lost and forgotten among the glut of other Super Bowls.
This isn’t just some gimmicky Ram team that runs a bunch of funky offensive plays. Los Angeles got here on its defensive front, running game, an … a bunch of funky offensive plays.
And yes, it absolutely deserves to be here. (New Orleans runs the ball on first down, and it’s Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady.)
It’s going to be a special game no matter what to close out a wildly entertaining NFL season. At the very least, we know that there won’t be a missed late pass interference call.
One Reason Why New England Will Win
Power – on both sides.
Tom Brady might get all of the attention and love, and the 348 yards he put up against Kansas City were terrific, but the Pats are getting this done by beating up defenses.
The offensive line has kicked it into gear, blasting away on Kansas City in the cold for 176 yards and a grinding style that kept control of the game, and Patrick Mahomes off the field.
On the other side, the defense stuffed the Chief running game for 41 yards, and now would love nothing more than for the Rams to try getting Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson going.
How did that other Los Angeles team do against the New England defensive front in the Divisional Round? The Chargers ran for just 19 yards on ten carries.
Time of possession should play a massive factor in this. New England had the ball for over 38 minutes against the Chargers, and for almost 44 minutes against the Chiefs. The formula won’t change.
Get physical right away on Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, keep blasting away as much as possible, and then throw it to James White, throw it to James White, and throw it to James White.
Alvin Kamara caught 11 passes for the Saints in the loss. Expect White to get the ball at least ten times to keep the chains moving.
Control the clock, convert third down plays, and keep the McVay offense on the sidelines.
One Reason Why Los Angeles Will Win
The Ram run defense has been a little bit of alright.
Of course Tom Brady has at least 350 passing yards ready to roll, but Los Angeles is better equipped overall – as long as Todd Gurley is healthy – to keep this rolling in a shootout. But for Brady to be Brady, he needs time.
Yeah, the New England offensive line is playing out of its mind this post-season – no one’s touching TB12 so far – but the Rams have to pressure him from the start. That’s where Suh and Donald come in. If they play like they’re supposed to, the Patriot offense doesn’t go on those long, sustained marches.
If time of possession is going to matter to New England, the Rams can play that game, too.
LA held the ball for over 36 minutes against Dallas. But that was all because of CJ Anderson, right? The ground game didn’t rumble against New Orleans, but the O held on to the ball for almost 33 minutes. That starts with that consistent pressure, and stopping the run.
The Saints were held to 48 yards and barely over two yards per carry – blame Sean Payton for not using his terrific backs enough. Zeke Elliott got the ball 20 times in LA, but he was held to 47 yards in the Dallas loss.
Of course Brady will be the star and the focus, but stop this New England team’s running game, and you slow down New England.
What’s Going To Happen
Philadelphia had a killer defense going into last year’s Super Bowl, and New England and Brady ripped it to shreds in the wild shootout.
And the Eagles won.
The X factor in all of this is Gurley. He has to be healthy, he has to be effective, and he has to be his normal self. No more of this “team player” thing from Sean McVay – the Rams don’t win this if No. 30 isn’t fantastic.
New England has managed to win by dominating third downs, upping its % by close to 20 points in the post-season. To win, the Pats have to keep moving the chains at a 60% clip, and that’s not going to happen.
If Gurley is Gurley, the Rams win. Go with the idea that he’s rested and ready to go.
New England vs. Los Angles Super Bowl Prediction
Los Angeles 37, New England 34
New England -2.5, o/u: 56.5
5: Travis Scott
1: Maroon 5 doing Baby Shark … 2
Must See Rating
5: Deion 30 for 30
1: The Dude selling out for a Super Bowl commercial … 5