Kick Off: 2330, 03/02/19
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
TV: BBC/Sky Sports
Super Bowl LIII has the potential to be one of the best in recent years, as New England look to bounce back from losing to Philadelphia 12 months ago against a Rams team that has taken the NFC by storm this season, writes Charlie Mullan.
This will be New England’s third successive Super Bowl and their fifth in the last eight years, while the Rams are back in the decider for the first time since losing to the Patriots in February 2002.
The Rams, who won two games more than New England in the regular season, won’t be fazed by facing arguably the game’s greatest head coach and quarterback in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in Atlanta.
But the Patriots, who rallied from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, have the experience and team leaders to warrant support at 7/10 in our Super Bowl predictions.
A Look At New England Patriots’ Betting Odds
As soon as the Patriots lost last year’s Super Bowl to the Eagles, New England head coach Belichick will have begun plotting a way back to reclaim their crown this year.
After a comfortable passage through the regular season, where they wrapped up a 10th successive AFC East title, the Patriots beat Kansas City at Arrowhead after overtime.
However, despite the close scoreline, New England dominated the AFC Championship game, with 524 yards and 36 first downs, compared to the Chiefs’ 290 yards and 18 first downs.
At 41, Brady is looking to become the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl ring, which would be his sixth.
And with a solid running game that ran for 176 yards against the Chiefs, he has the talent around him to lead the Patriots to victory.
Belichick, who will go down as the best coach in the history of the NFL, will have used the last fortnight to find a way of shutting down the Rams’ prolific offence, that averages over 32 points a game.
Looking at the Super Bowl odds, we believe the Patriots are capable of covering a 2.5-point spread at 87/100.
A Look At Los Angeles Rams’ Betting Odds
Sean McVay, who is eight years younger than Brady, has proved his worth as the Rams’ head coach by taking the franchise to the Super Bowl in just his second season in charge.
The 33-year-old will relish the opportunity of pitting his wits against Belichick, who was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when they won the Super Bowl in the year McVay was born.
McVay has assembled a talented roster – led by quarterback Jared Goff on offence and Aaron Donald on defence – good enough to take the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to the west coast if they were facing any other team.
The Rams have run for an average of 175 yards in their two play-off games against Dallas and New Orleans!
However, the Patriots stopped the Chargers and Chiefs on the ground by allowing an average of just 30 yards per game in their two elimination games.
That could be the key for the Patriots to control this match and win by between seven and 12 points at 11/2 in our Super Bowl betting tips.
NEW ENGLAND 37-31 Kansas City (OT)
LOS ANGELES RAMS 26-23 New Orleans Saints (OT)
Head-to-head: Patriots 26-10 Rams, Rams 7-45 Patriots, Patriots 35-36 Rams
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