The final game of the 2018 NFL Season has arrived as the remaining two teams get set to face off in Super Bowl LIII. As the hype builds around the biggest sports game of the calendar year, the new commercials and the halftime show; the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams prepare for their showdown at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
As you look at this matchup both teams have talented offenses built around very good quarterbacks, solid running attacks and defenses that can make plays when needed. For the Rams, their team is built around their up tempo offense that features quarterback Jared Goff, running backs Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson as well as a group of wide receivers that include Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. On the defensive side of the ball the Rams have possible the games top defender in Aaron Donald who will look to create havoc for Brady and the Patriots offense.
Meanwhile, the Patriots continue to dominate with future Hall of Famer Tom Brady under center orchestrating the offense. Along with Brady, the Patriots offense includes a dynamic three headed running game that features Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White. Other key weapons include tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman. Over on the defensive side of the ball, the Patriots defense despite its ups and downs is filled will solid playmakers. The group includes Trey Flowers, Stephon Gilmore, Lawrence Guy and Dont’a Hightower.
Here are the keys to Super Bowl LIII for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams on February 3rd, 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
NFL Keys to Super Bowl LIII
New England Patriots – Ride the Running Backs
The Patriots offense is as good as any teams in the NFL with Tom Brady playing quarterback. That said in Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots will need to run the ball early, often and efficient while getting them ball quick in the passing game. Over the teams two playoff wins to get them to the Super Bowl, the tandem of Burkhead, Michel and White have scorched their opponents. The three have combined for 316 yards on the ground, 185 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Los Angeles Rams – Pressure & Hit Tom Brady
Leading into the Super Bowl all Brady and the Patriots do is win during the playoffs and Super Bowl. That said, teams that have had success on them over the years such as the Baltimore Ravens had another game plan in store on the defensive side of the ball and that was to put as much pressure on Brady as possible. This pressure included hitting him early and often while forcing him to think about what could be coming next from the defense.
NFL Betting Trends for Super Bowl LIII
New England Patriots – The Patriots enter this contest red hot winners of seven of their last ten contests including two contests during the playoffs while posting a 6-4 record against the spread. Their recent success pushed their season record to 11-7 against the spread. Along with that success the Patriots have covered the spread in nine of their last 12 playoff contests. Despite the success the Patriots have struggled on the road covering the spread in just four of their nine road contests this season while also struggling to cover the spread in the Super Bowl posting just a 2-5 record against the spread in their last seven Super Bowls.
Los Angeles Rams – Despite having the second best record in the NFL this season the Rams struggled for sports handicappers covering the spread in just nine of their 18 of their contests. Despite the overall struggles the Rams enter the Super Bowl red hot covering the spread in four straight contests including their two previous contests in the NFC Conference playoffs. Along with that success the Rams have also covered the spread in four of their last five contests following a win the previous week.