The Super Bowl and the end of what has been a fantastic NFL season is almost upon us. This Sunday, the up and coming LA Rams will take to the field against the old guard, the New England Patriots. This is a real game for the ages, with two attacking lineups going head to head, but not only that, we have a matchup between the best veteran quarterback and one of the best young quarterbacks.
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs had his turn to dethrone Tom Brady in the Championship game, and failed, can Jared Goff climb to the top or will he be another youngster who fails to beat one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, if not the very best.
This really looks to be a 50/50 game, with the most interesting part being the LA running game up against the New England defence. The Pats managed to stop the Chiefs on the ground well in their Championship game, can they come up big and do it again here. Much of this battle will depend on the fitness of Todd Gurley, he is one of the best running backs in the league but didn’t get much playing time at all on Championship weekend in New Orleans. CJ Anderson stepped up and did a job, but if the Rams are to win this, they need Gurley on the field and making yards.
On offence, the Patriots don’t really have any surprises up their sleeve, and when the pressure is on, Brady often returns to his old favourites. We saw in the Championship game ‘Brady to Edelman’ and ‘Brady to Gronkowski’ on numerous occasions, and LA need to figure out a way to stop those two veterans from hauling in passes off Brady.
I don’t think either defence is good enough to keep the scoreboard down, so expect to see points in this one, with at least 45, but don’t be surprised to see that figure up in the 50s if both quarterbacks get going.
Jared Goff holds the key to my selection, can he handle the pressure of playing in his first Super Bowl, and going up against Tom Brady? I’m saying yes, and if that happens, I think the Rams win this one and show the world that their young up and coming team is ready to take over the NFL.
Expect a classic to end the NFL season, and the LA Rams are my pick for the 2019 Super Bowl.