Super Bowl 2019: Will NE Patriots Win over LA Rams?
Date Posted: January 28, 2019
The date for the NFL Super Bowl grows near as Super Bowl finalists New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams play for the title of Super Bowl LIII champion. The final match will be on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
It has been 17 years since the Patriots and Rams played against each other at the Super Bowl. Then-called the St. Louis Rams, the LA Rams lost against the Patriots in 2002 and have not entered the Super Bowl until now. Meanwhile, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl seven times and won four of those games since Super Bowl XXXVI.
Will history repeat itself with this Patriots vs. Rams rematch? Sportsbooks predict, yes. Skybet gives the Patriots -137 odds and the Rams +110 odds. Meanwhile, Betfair sets the New England team with -133 odds and the Los Angeles team with +115 odds. The Rams are not looking good in the sportsbooks as most of the sites are in favor of the Patriots.
Because of their performance during the Divisional Round and the Conference Championships, the Patriots have found themselves as the predicted Super Bowl champions for 2019. The New England team have played their cards right all season, and it seems to be paying off.
It will be Tom Brady’s ninth Super Bowl with the Patriots, and the team made a couple of good decisions to go hand in hand with its veteran. New England drafted rookie running back Sony Michel. With in-house running backs like Rex Burkhead and James White, it was an unusual but rewarding move for the Patriots. Burkhead was injured for most of the season while White played as a pass-catcher in the backfield.
On the other hand, Michel scored six times in 2018 with five touchdowns and 242 yards. According to CBS Sports HQ, Michel scored five touchdowns and broke the record for “most rushing TDs in a single postseason by a rookie.”
Sony Michel breaks the record for most rushing TDs in a single postseason by a rookie (5). pic.twitter.com/pnDaDRnNSH
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 21, 2019
The Patriots also often play the underdog in the playoffs. They took advantage of everyone thinking they were vulnerable, so they rolled with it. The mindset of “nobody believes in us” works for them as they keep proving people wrong.
"I'm too old…you're too slow…we got nothin'"
"Unreal, bro." pic.twitter.com/7b2V9q6K6M
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 21, 2019
There were a lot of times when the Patriots scored significantly high against its competitor. During the Divisional Round, the score was 41-28 against the Los Angeles Chargers. With the other games, the Patriots scored 38-3 against New York Jets, 24-12 against the Buffalo Bills, 24-10 against the Minnesota Vikings, and 31-17 against the Green Bay Packers.
A 17-Year Comeback
Rams players such as Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and Aaron Donald are known for changing the game at the last moment. But the Rams’ true secret weapon is its punter John Hekker. He is a four-time First-Team All-Pro punter and a four-time Pro Bowl which means that he is able to launch kicks from opposite sides of the field.
Hekker also has a career-long record of punting 78 yards. However, punting is not his only game. Hekker can pass on fake punts and make fourth down attempts. With his performance, head coach Sean McVay made Hekker the team captain.
Fantasy Factor on Twitter posted a video compilation of Hekker’s best punting moments. It had the caption:
“Johnny Hekker has to be the most dangerous punter of all time”
— FantasyFactor (@FantasyFactor) January 23, 2019
McVay even said that Hekker can be mistaken as a quarterback with his athleticism. He said:
“He’s got a nice presence about himself. He’s a phenomenal athlete, really, where he’s one of those guys that can do everything. You look at just the different things that he’s attempting to do with the way that he changes up some of his punts, based on where we’re at, the types of punts that he has. But, then the athleticism – if you didn’t know any better, he looks like a quarterback. He’s got a nice, natural stroke. He can make big-time plays…”
Aside from Hekker, the Rams has a plethora of young playmakers such as Jared Goff with a record of 4,600 yards and 32 touchdowns, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Ezekiel Elliott. With this team, Los Angeles made an average of 33 points per game in the regular season, and a 28-point average in the playoffs.
For next week’s final game, the Patriots and Rams have been training and strategizing their techniques and rosters. Whoever will be the champion, one thing is for sure, it will be legendary. If New England wins, it will be their sixth Super Bowl title. Meanwhile, if Los Angeles wins, it will only be their second Super Bowl title.