SUPER BOWL XLVIII PREVIEW
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, February 1, 2019
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS LA. RAMS
Well here we go!! The final game of the NFL season and we expect to go out with a bang!!
Los Angeles +3 vs New England: The Patriots are no stranger to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady will make his 9th appearance and 3rd straight. Of course the Patriots dynasty began 17 years ago when Brady and the Pats shocked the Rams as a 14 point underdog in the big game after Brady replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe earlier in the season. The Pats won 20-17 in game that was later labelled the "Spygate Super Bowl"
New England has 36 players with 82 games of Super Bowl experience. Pretty incredible. The Rams have just 4 players with 5 games of Super Bowl experience. The Pats definitely have a huge edge in experience with the Quarterback, coach and pretty much every position player. Brady is over 17 years older than Jared Goff, while Bill Belichick is almost 34 years older than Sean McVay, who at 33 years old is the youngest head coach to reach the Super Bowl.
This game will be close. Brady has 29 career post season wins, more than 27 active franchises which really is unbelievable. Even though he will be 42 soon Brady has no plans to retire. The Rams biggest question mark must be Todd Gurley. Despite insisting he is healthy after a knee injury he was a complete non factor in the NFC Championship game as the Rams chose to ride C.J Anderson who has won Super Bowls with Denver. I expect Gurley will once again be the work horse in this one.
The bottom line is every New England Super Bowl is decided by 1 score. The largest margin of victory came last year when Nick Foles and the Eagles shocked the Pats by 8 points. Every Pats Super Bowl comes down to a great finish and I expect no different in this one. Keeping that in mind the best play is taking the points in a game that could go either way and is truly a coin flip.
Pick: Rams +3
Enjoy the big game!!!