The New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, this Sunday February 3 in Super Bowl 53. In other words, the improbable run continues for the “underdog” New England Patriots.
First, the Pats defeated the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs by a final score of 37-31 on a chilly Sunday night in Kansas City during the AFC Championship Game. Now, the team will square off against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta on Sunday with a national championship on the line. With such a huge underdog story on the cards, people will be flocking to Betenemy to read reviews on the best betting sites to visit and place wagers.
2018 was a season which saw the Patriots start 1-2, as local and national media began to openly wonder and root for the end of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady dynasty. As they’ve done so many times before, the team briefly turned it around with a six game winning streak, before uncharacteristically faltering again later in the season (and losing home field advantage to the Chiefs in the process).
New England got to the Super Bowl by first decimating the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional round. They followed that performance up with an impressive win on the road in chilly Kansas City. The Patriots out-rushed the Chiefs by 135 yards, while winning the time of possession 43:59 to 20:53 (all statistics fromunless otherwise stated).
The New England Patriots piled up almost 500 yards of total offense in the AFC divisional round, with quarterback Tom Brady responsible for 343 of those yards through the air. The Patriots followed that performance up in the AFC Championship Game with 524 yards of total offense, another 348 of which were courtesy of Brady and his arm.
The Patriots will try to carry that momentum into the Super Bowl against a Rams defense which has grown stingier since the return of cornerback Aqib Talib.
New England’s passing offense finished eighth in the NFL in yards gained and sixth in net yards per attempt during the regular season. Predictably, Brady and his receivers had no problem blasting through the Chargers’ Cover-3 zone defense, before later making mincemeat of the Chiefs’ 31st-ranked passing defense as well.
The Patriots will need their offensive line to step up in pass protection if they hope to win Sunday’s game. So far they have kept quarterback Tom Brady clean in back-to-back stellar showings against some of the best pass rushers in the NFL. They kept Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram off of Brady first, and then slowed Chris Jones, Dee Ford, and Justin Houston. The line now gets to tango with the Rams’ set of explosive pass rushers.
At receiver, the Patriots will need to continue to get Julian Edelman free, as he did against the Chargers and Chiefs. Edelman had nine catches for 151 yards against the Chargers and then seven catches for 96 yards against Kansas City. He also had two huge first down conversions in overtime.
New England will also need timely contributions from role players like Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, and Chris Hogan, if the offense wants to have any hope of keeping up with the Rams.
Finally, the Pats need tight end Rob Gronkowski to pick right back up where he left off in the AFC Championship Game. Gronk had six catches for 79 yards as well as two huge catches on both of the Patriots’ final drives to set-up their go-ahead and game-winning scores.