Super Bowl 53: Picks, predictions for Patriots vs. Rams

first_imgSuper Bowl 36 at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season marked the start of a Patriots era led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Now, Super Bowl 53 could usher in a new era as a young Rams squad headed by coach Sean McVay and signal-caller Jared Goff look to stake their claim as the franchise of the future.Patriots at Rams6:30 p.m., Sunday (CBS) Related News And then there were two.Sunday’s big game is set as the Patriots and Rams prepare to face off in their second championship meeting in 17 years. Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favorites MVPDonald is more than capable of crumbling New England’s offense that ranked fourth in the NFL with 27.3 points per game this season. The five-time Pro Bowl selection and 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year had 59 total tackles and a league-leading 20.5 sacks in 16 regular-season games in 2018. He also forced four fumbles.His performance even garnered praise from Belichick as he called Donald “pretty much unblockable” in the recent weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.Look for Donald to run away with the honors and become just the fourth defensive player in the last 18 championship games to do so. Broncos linebacker Von Miller most recently won the award in Super Bowl 50 when he logged six tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pass defended in Denver’s 24-10 win over the Panthers.center_img The Patriots are the obvious favorites, making their NFL-record 11th Super Bowl appearance and ninth with Brady and Belichick at the helm as the team chases Lombardi Trophy No. 6.Experience is a huge factor considering Brady and Goff are separated by the largest age gap (17 years, 72 days) of any starting quarterback matchup in Super Bowl history. Beyond the marquee positions, Belichick and McVay have the largest age gap (33 years, 283 days) of any head-coaching matchup in Super Bowl history.Considered one of the most lethal duos in sports history, it’s hard to envision Brady and Belichick getting beaten in back-to-back championships. But McVay brings new life to the Rams’ renovated organization. Should running back Todd Gurley resume his top form after being slowed by injuries and wide receiver Brandin Cooks put himself in good position, Goff won’t be forced to carry the weight of his offense alone.There’s also L.A.’s other weapon to consider: Its defense. Between defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, Brady’s offensive line will have it’s work cut out.Expect a close game that will likely come down to a crucial turnover or field goal — or perhaps even a dreaded officiating call.Prediction: Rams 28, Patriots 24 Super Bowl 53: Maroon 5 cancels news conferencelast_img

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