There’s only one game that matters this season: the Super Bowl 53. It’s a classic matchup between the old, been-there, savvy veterans in the New England Patriots and the young, hip, and up-and-coming Los Angeles Rams. Will the Patriots show that when it comes to winning a Vince Lombardi, they are still the kings? Or will the Rams introduce themselves to NFL history with a takedown of the dynastic Patriots?
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2018-19 SUPER BOWL MATCH-UP:
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
About the New England Patriots:
The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Chargers at home in the divisional round of the playoffs, 41-28, before outlasting the Kansas City Chiefs in the overtime of the AFC title game on the road, 37-31. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passed for 348 yards and a touchdown but had two interceptions in the Chiefs game, though, he got ample amount of support from the backfield, with running backs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead combining for four rushing touchdowns.
The Patriots are 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games following a contest in which they had at least 150 rushing yards.
The Patriots are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in the playoffs.
The Patriots are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record.
The Patriots are 39-17 ATS in their last 56 games.
Tom Brady has yet to take a sack in these playoffs.
The Patriots have a 60.6 success rate on third downs in the playoffs so far.
About the Los Angeles Rams:
The Rams, without a shortage of controversy, took down the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game on the road, 26-23. Prior to that, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round at home to the tune of a 30-22 score. Goff has 483 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception on 40-of-68 completions in the playoffs, while C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley each has two rushing touchdowns so far in the postseason.
The Rams are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a victory.
The Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a contest in which they had at least 90 rushing yards.
The over is 2-1 in the Rams’ last three games.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks played 14 games with the Patriots in 2017, then was traded by New England to the Rams along with a fourth-round pick for a first and sixth-round pick.
Sean McVay (32) is 34 years the junior of Bill Belichick (66).
Early Expert Picks and Predictions for Super Bowl 53 on February 3 2019
|Pete Prisco||Patriots win (Straight Up pick)|
|Tadd Haislop||Rams 31, Patriots 27|
|Steve Silverman||Patriots 33, Rams, 27|
|Matt Stypulkoski||Patriots, 24, Rams 21|
|Ryan Simpson||Rams, 31, Patriots, 27|
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