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Patriots vs Rams - Super Bowl 53 Preview

February 1, 2019

Being from Massachusetts and having 2 days until the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia, the big game has been almost the only topic of discussion around town. As the Patriots, a team with a veteran coach and quarterback leading the way, prepare for their 3rd straight year playing into February, the Rams are the opposite. They have not played in a Super Bowl game since losing to Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI, and have only won 1 playoff game in the span between Super Bowl appearances. The Rams, lead by young coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff, have been one of the dominant teams in the NFC for the past 2 years. Running back Todd Gurley II also leads the way on offense for the Rams, with Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods headlining the wide receiver group. On defense, LA is lead by defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who recorded 20.5 sacks during the regular season. 

 

On the New England side of the ball, legendary duo Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are playing in their 9th Super Bowl together. This veteran presence for the Pats will only help them in the game. Running backs Sony Michel and James White, along with fullback James Develin, will lead the rushing attack for New England. Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett will be the biggest targets as wide receivers, and Rob Gronkowski will also be a big factor in the receiving game. On defense, Stephon Gilmore will be the biggest enemy for the Rams receivers. 

 

Prediction: the Rams offense will expose holes in the Patriots' defense and Aaron Donald will pressure Tom Brady constantly. However, Tom Brady will lead a game winning drive in the end of the 4th quarter and deliver the New England Patriots their 6th Super Bowl ring. FINAL SCORE: 24-21.

 

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