New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
Date and Time: Sunday, February 3, 2019, 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Opening Super Bowl Odds: New England PK, 58.5
Super Bowl LIII TV Coverage: CBS
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If you think the Patriots are going to win this game and have already laid the 2.5 points with the AFC champs on the pointspread or hit them on the money line, it only makes perfect sense to double dip with Brady winning the MVP Award. Of New England’s five Super bowl titles under head coach Bill Belichick, Brady was named MVP four times. He earned his first trophy back in XXXVI when he led the Pats to the shocking 20-17 outright win as two touchdown underdogs to the then St. Louis Rams. He then mimicked the feat against the Panthers, Seahawks and most recently the Falcons by leading that insane second half comeback. Had his defense shown up last season, he likely would’ve bagged another. You know darn well Brady will be gunning for No. 5 when he toes the gridiron in Hotlanta on Super Bowl Sunday.
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While it’s a stretch recommending a rookie to win the Super Bowl MVP Award at online sportsbooks, there’s some solid value there for the taking with the first-year player. The Patriots success over the last month has been predicated upon a punishing ground assault spearheaded by the former Georgia Bulldog. At this point, can we even consider him a rookie? He sure didn’t look the part in the two playoff wins against the Chargers and Chiefs after rushing for a grand total of 242 yards and a whopping 5 TD! Michel has logged 100+ yard efforts in three of his last four games and scored at least one touchdown in each of those matchups. The Rams rush defense leaves much to be desired with it allowing over 122 yards per game and a healthy 4.8 yards per carry. If New England’s offensive line continues to open up massive holes, the rookie would be in line for an enormous showing that could ultimately see him cash a big money ticket!
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Remember when I told you that seven of the last nine Super Bowl MVP Awards went to quarterbacks? Well, the other two went to defensive players Malcolm Smith and Von Miller who helped administer a pair of stifling defensive performances that ultimately led to their respective teams going on to win the Super Bowl. It can be argued that Donald is the biggest defensive force the NFL has to offer right now, and his ability to disrupt opposing offenses on every snap will go a long way in deciding this one. He led the league with 20.5 sacks to come up just 2.5 short of beating Michael Strahan’s current record. Without a sack in the playoffs, the Rams defensive tackle couldn’t pick a bigger game or better stage to show the world why he’s one of the highest played defensive players in the league. If he somehow finds a way to tally a number of sacks or force a turnover against the top rated offensive line of the Patriots, you best believe he’ll be in the running for the award if the Rams come out the victor at online sportsbooks.
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With the Patriots looking to the ground early and often, it’s highly conceivable they get out to a big lead at some point in the game. With that, LA is going to need to play catchup. Heck, even if it’s a back and forth affair the Rams are sure to get theirs through the air. New England’s pass defense leaves much to be desired. While it doesn’t give up many big chunk plays with the pass defense only allowing an average of 6.6 yards per pass attempt ( No. 9 ), it still gives up its fair share of yardage through the air; 246.4 yards per game to be exact. On top of that, it concedes nearly two passing touchdowns per game ( No. 26 ). In other words, LA’s pass catchers will be targeted numerous times over the course of the game. My choice for the standout is Woods who led the team in receiving yards with 1,219 to go along with 6 TD strikes. If he can get out in space, I firmly believe his speed could lead to a few big gainers that just might result in a long score. Should the Rams win, I expect him to play a major role in LA pulling it off.