While the Rams seemingly have superstars all over their roster, it will be the unsung Patriots offensive line -- a group that allowed zero sacks against the Chargers and Chiefs -- that dominates the game and leads New England to its first-ever double-digit victory in a Super Bowl.
Will the Rams be the team to bring the Patriots' reign to a close 17 years later? Will the young genius of Sean McVay prove to be too much for the mastery of Bill Belichick? Let's go with no, and no, until proven otherwise.
If defensive tackle Aaron Donald can be as disruptive as Von Miller was in Super Bowl 50, the Rams will win. If he's not, Tom Brady will walk away with his sixth Lombardi Trophy.
As it is, the Rams' best shot is that their young genius outwits the Patriots' old genius. In this game, anyway, go with Bill Belichick.
I think that the dynastic Pats will sweat it out, but things will eventually come full circle with yet another win.
They should have plenty of success running on the Rams' front seven, and even with consistent answers from Goff and Todd Gurley, the Patriots will use their superior ball control and red zone finishing to put away the game and earn the sixth ring for Brady and Belichick.
QBs under the age of 25 are a career 15-75 against Belichick since 2001. He owns young quarterbacks. I think the Patriots win a close one. I've seen it too many times to bet against them.
"I think we've told [Robey-Coleman] not to say anything else," Rams general manager Les Snead said Monday. It may already be too late.
The Patriots don’t blow out teams in the Super Bowls, and they won’t here. In fact this one will come down to a late Brady drive.
There’s no denying that New England has yet to put forth a dominant performance in the Super Bowl—the Patriots’ largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl was their six-point overtime win over Atlanta two years ago. With New England having scored 78 points over two playoff games, however, a case could be made that this year’s Patriots come into the Super Bowl playing better than the team has in recent years.
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I'm no Tony Romo, but it's clear the Rams' interior pressure will disrupt ageless Tom Brady. Los Angeles defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is feeling it at 71. But, as he'll vouch, it's best to be young -- Jared Goff and Sean McVay keep rubbing it in our old faces.
Thanks to the extended rest, Gurley should be ready to go, and that could make all the difference for Los Angeles. It is tempting to believe Brady can keep up even if the game turns into a shootout, but Aaron Donald, the Rams’ standout defensive tackle, is perhaps the perfect disrupter for New England’s offense.
For the Patriots, they need to make sure that the Rams don't run all over them. The Rams had the third-best rushing attack in the NFL in 2018 and they'll be going up against a Patriots defense that gave up 4.9 yards per carry this season. If that sounds like a lot, that's because it is: It was tied for the third-worst number in the NFL.
While leaning on Brady obviously has worked for New England in the past, against L.A.’s pass rush, it could be more difficult. Again, it’s not really what Saints fans want to hear, but the Rams are the better team. And they obviously have the football gods on their side.