Patriots vs. Rams. Old School vs. New School. 6th round veteran vs. 1st round young star. The stage is set for what is sure to be a thrilling game. The New England Patriots, one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports, will be facing an up and coming Rams team whose rise to success was extremely meteoric in Atlanta. The line for this game is Patriots -2.5 and the over under is 56.5 according to Westgate.
Tommy Touchdown returns for his 9th Super Bowl appearance off a devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last season(*cue applause*) ready to take vengeance against a upstart Rams team that started the Pats’ dynasty 19 years ago.
Our gut feeling is this game is going to start slower than people think as two intelligent coaches in McVay and Belichick try to figure each other out schematically on both sides of the ball. Expect a lot of between the tackles running from New England with Michel as they will challenge Aaron Donald tremendously in the first half and the Rams(based on their use of Todd Gurley) will also try to go ground and pound with maybe a few play action deep shots. The first half will end with a lower score expected– 10-7 New England.
However, since both coaches are great at executing mid-game adjustments, expect both teams to come out the gate hot as the Rams, especially, will put a lot of faith into young quarterback, Jared Goff. Expect the Rams to gun sling to Goff’s favorite targets like Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks. However, the injury to Cooper Kupp earlier in the season will come to bite the Rams in this game because they don’t have a safety valve slot receiver that Goff can safely dump the ball to when the Patriots’ stout pass rush applies pressure.
This game, similar to last year’s game, will essentially come down to which team will make a mistake at the end of the game and I’m not betting on the Patriots to make that mistake. Pats are champions again 34-28