It all comes down to this. We have arrived at the last game for the 2018/19 NFL football season. Two teams will play for the opportunity to raise the Lombardi trophy and claim the World Champion title for the next year. One could raise it for the second time in their team’s history. The other could raise it for the sixth time in their team’s history. The road for each team to get to this point was not easy. There were ups and downs for both. Despite all of that, they are here and ready for the spotlight. Neither team can be counted out in this contest. Each brings their own special pizazz to the game. Let’s take a look at who I believe will house a Lombardi and wear a ring…
SUPER BOWL LIII:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS vs LOS ANGELES RAMS
The New England Patriots are never to be counted out. Certainly everyone has heard the countless interviews of Tom Brady being asked whether or not he will be returning for next season after this year’s Super Bowl. “Zero chance,” he told Jeff Darlington on retiring after this game and “I don’t envision me not playing,” was told to Jim Gray. The obsession with Brady’s age has taken a big part of the stage this season. Meanwhile, there is a game to be played in Atlanta today. Let’s try and focus on that before the retirement questions start taking over. There is nothing more to say about the Pats that has not already been said. Defense is still a weakness for them. Pressure on the offensive line to get to Brady is a must for the Rams. Stopping him in the pocket and getting him off track will be their best bet. The running game is looking more natural now with Sony Michel and James White. Early in the season, it was a struggle against teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and Tennessee Titans. Julian Edelman was not available for the first four games. With him back and playing along Phillip Dorsett, Cordarelle Patterson, and Rob Gronkowski, the passing game has also taken shape. It comes down to Coach Bill Belichick honing in on L.A.’s weaknesses. He is the master at artfully destroying his opponent at their own game.
In spite of the “no call” in the NFC Championship game, who really thinks that the Los Angeles Rams do no deserve their shot in the big game? The time for arguing that point has passed because guess what? They are playing for the Lombardi no matter what anyone believes. Jared Goff will have to be focused and not blinded by the lights. Where Tom Brady and company have been here and done that, he has not. This will be completely new. The talk about whether or not Todd Gurley will be utilized is loud. He was rarely used while C.J. Anderson got more of the action. There did not seem to be anything wrong with Gurley, so questions were being raised. Both are going to be needed to assist in getting the win. With the McCourty twins and Patrick Chung in the secondary, throwing to Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods could prove to be a challenge. The Patriots do not boast the best defense, so it is possible for Goff to take a second to make sound decisions with the ball, unlike when they were up against the Chicago Bears’ defense. The Rams’ defense is going to be the key factor in whether or not they can take home the trophy. Aaron Donald needs to get at Brady as often as possible. Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers, Micah Kiser, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Nickell Robey-Coleman (yes, that guy) have to slow down the Pats on the ground and in the air. This is the defense’s time to shine for the Rams.
These teams are equally talented. It is hard to decide the winner here. In Sean McVay, there could be the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl at the age of 33. History could also be made with the first set of twins to win a Super Bowl ring if the Patriots pull it off. Tom Brady could possibly be the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl if they win. So many things come out of winning for either team. The Patriots offense is so poised for a moment like this. The Rams defense is built for a moment like this. Who raises the trophy in the end…
New England Patriots
This is the pick and I am sticking with it. It does pain me to make this choice, but it must be made. Weighing the two teams in situations like this was difficult. There are positives and negatives on either side. The New England Patriots had a bit more upside to me. Let’s see how my final pick of the season turns out. Thank you all for following me this season. Look for my recap next week of the entire season. We have so many projects coming up so please check us out on social media and the website for updates. Good luck to your teams and picks!
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