By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots are going to do battle this Sunday in the Super Bowl LIII. The game will kick off on CBS at 6:30 pm from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Rams bring a 15-3 record into the game. They are 7-2 on the road this season.
The Patriots are 13-5 on the season. They are just 4-5 on the road.
SBD’s editor Sascha Paruk official Super Bowl prediction is for the Patriots to win and cover the 2.5-point spread. Early betting action hammered the Patriots, and it wasn’t just because of their past postseason success. Advanced metrics like DVOA also favor the Patriots at this point. When you factor in playoff performances, New England is the more efficient team in all three phases of the game.
And while no one will question Sean McVay’s offensive genius, Bill Belichick has flexed his game-planning muscles in the playoffs, reminding everyone that he is the greatest tactician in football history.
This is the first meeting between these two teams since the 2016 season. The Patriots won that meeting 26-10 over the Rams on Dec. 4, 2016.
The Rams have not won in his series since the 2001 season. Then the St. Louis-based team won 24-17.
In the last 10 meetings, the Patriots hold a 6-4 advantage.
This is the Rams first Super Bowl appearance since the 2001 season. They lost 20-17 to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI, which also just happened to be Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl win.
They have not won a Super Bowl since the 1999 season. They defeated the Tennessee Titans, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV.
The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the third straight year. It’s also their ninth Super Bowl appearance since the 2001 season.
New England was defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII last year at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Eagles won 41-33 over the Patriots.
This was their first Super Bowl loss since the 2011 season against the New York Giants.
The Patriots last won the Super Bowl at Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. They won 34-28 in overtime over the Falcons.
In the third quarter, the Falcons led 28-3 before the New England began their comeback.
New England brings a four-game win streak into the contest. They have not lost since a 17-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 16, 2018.
The Patriots are averaging 27.3 points per game. Their defense is allowing 20.3 points per contest.
Brady has gone 375 of 570 for 4,355 yards. He has thrown 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Sony Michel — who returns to Georgia, where he played his college career — leads the Patriots backs with 209 carries for 931 yards and six touchdowns. Julian Edelman leads the Patriots back with 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns.
According to the Patriots injury report, Josh Gordon is listed as out. Gordon is suspended indefinitely by the league after another substance violation late last year.
Like New England, Los Angeles also bring a four-game win streak into the game. Their last loss came on Dec. 16 against the Eagles with a 30-23 loss.
The Rams are averaging 32.9 points per game. Their defense is allowing 24 points per contest.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff has gone 364 of 561 for 4,688 yards. He has thrown 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Todd Gurley II — who played just in just six snaps in the NFC Championship game after suffering a knee injury the week before — leads the Rams backs with 256 yards for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns. Robert Woods leads the Rams receivers with 86 receptions for 1,219 yards and six touchdowns.
This will be the first-time that Michel and Gurley II will face each other since being college teammates at Georgia.
According their Rams injury, kicker Greg Zuerlein is listed as questionable. Despite an injury, he booted the Rams into the Super Bowl.