Super Bowl prediction, Patriots won’t need walk through tape this time
By Brian Miller
The Super Bowl is tonight and the Rams are hoping to avoid the same fate they suffered 17 years ago today to Tom Brady. A loss.
Unlike that first Super Bowl win by the Patriots and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, there won’t be any walk-through film to lean on for Belichick and his merry band of cheaters. I know, the Boston Herald retracted their story and apologized or was that for one of the other two or three cheating scandals?
Say what you will but cheating is cheating regardless of who else does it and the Patriots got caught. O.k. so enough with the walk-through spy-gate cheating stuff lets talk about tonight’s game.
The Patriots will enter tonight’s game looking to win their sixth Super Bowl title and second in three years. They join only the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills in NFL history to have gone to three consecutive Super Bowls. And of course they are favored to win tonight in Atlanta.
Tom Brady has stated there is “zero” chance he will retire should the Patriots win tonight, something that the Miami Dolphins fanbase and the rest of the NFL would love to see. The same can not officially be said about Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick or even Devon McCourty. Much like last year, the Patriot fans are waiting to see if the speculation of Belichick’s departure is true or not.
The Rams stout defense is going to face big challenges but not necessarily from Tom Brady. The biggest stop they need to make is on James White who has been dominant throughout the post-season. As a runner he is tough to bring down and as a pass catcher he is tough to cover.
When it’s not White it’s Julian Edelman and when it’s not Edelman it’s Cordarrell Patterson and when it’s, well you get the picture. It simply continues and the Patriots are very good at adjusting their game plan as it goes.
The Rams are good though and if they can stop White it puts pressure on Brady to make quick strikes and this is where press coverage on the receivers comes into play. If the Rams play off the line and don’t get physical with the receivers they will not stay in the game for long.
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On offense the Rams pose a big threat to a defense that is playing great but has holes. The Chiefs should have pulled out a victory two weeks ago and would have if not for simple mental mistake on the defensive end lining up off-sides. The Rams offense is just as good if not better.
L.A. has to get Todd Gurley involved and he needs to remain involved for all four quarters. The loss of Cooper Kupp earlier in the season hurts the Rams on the outside but it hasn’t hindered the offenisve production like some expected.
Overall the teams match well on both sides but the Patriots have history and experience on their side and that can’t be said about the Rams. It does make a difference.
Patriots 37 – Rams 30