Well, here we are. After 20 beautiful weeks of meaningful football, we have made it to the last game. For me, it’s bittersweet. This season was everything we could have hoped for and more, but I’m ready for it to end because of one word: Spring Training. That’s right, baseball is almost back and I can already smell the grass. Ah, what a feeling. But let’s look at this amazing Super Bowl matchup first.
First off, I would have loved to see the Saints in the Super Bowl. We would have finally been able to prove how Brady is inferior to Brees, but the officials had different plans. Contrary to Parmesan Don, I do believe the NFL handled the situation the best they could. You can’t replay the final 2 minutes, that ruins football forever. You own your mistake and you get manhandled in the media while Sean Payton wears a clown shirt of the Commissioner. I get it, you’re mad Saints’ fans and rightfully so, there just isn’t any real solution to this, yet. But let’s move on…
Seventeen years ago, this game created the double headed monster of Brady and Belichick in probably one of the most interesting Super Bowl games of all time. You had a Rams team that was named “The Greatest Show on Turf.” They also had the 2 time MVP Kurt Warner and MVP Marshall Faulk. On the other side you had a new quarterback, with tons of promise, and a head coach who quit the Jets by writing a note. There is one way this game should’ve ended: a Rams blowout, but it didn’t. The Patriots won that game 20-17, with the help of Tom Brady in what I call as his breakout game of his career. Now Tom did not win that game alone, he won this Super Bowl, like others, with the help of the greatest kicker in NFL History, Adam Vinatieri.
I’m not going to go too much into this game, but I feel like this years Super Bowl will be reminiscent of the one 17 years ago. It feels like a perfect book end to the Patriots run. They claim to be underdogs, but everyone believes New England will win, just like everyone thought the Rams would then. This time, we have the 2nd Greatest QB of all time going against a newbie and a Head Coach in their first Super Bowl, sound familiar?
This game features one of the best defenses today versus one of the best offenses of all time, especially with Tom Brady behind center. Brady is 29-10 in the postseason, which is a .744 winning percentage. He has won 5 Super Bowls and has shown no signs of stopping. He has been crowned the greatest postseason QB of all time, with no argument from anyone. Brady’s success has been unparalleled, not even by Brees, Montana, Peyton, or Steve Young. On the other side, we have Jared Goff. Jared is 2-1 in the postseason with zero Super Bowls. Yet, people think he is ready to take on the 2nd greatest of all time on Sunday.
Honestly, this is just a beautiful matchup offensively. In the least offensive term possible, the Patriots offense is a bunch of old, washed up, people but yet they continue to dominate. Edelman should not be a #1 receiver for any team, yet here we are. Gronk literally cannot walk, but again, here we are. Rex Burkhead? How is he still in the league. The only one not washed up is apparently Brady and then James White, Sony Michel. But for the Rams, you’ve just got tons of young talent. Goff has the possibility of becoming a Tom Brady, just like McVay with Belichick, but he needs this win. They also have one of the most explosive running backs, Todd Gurley. IF and this has become a huge IF, Gurley can play like himself (not like the games recently) the Rams win this easy. Just looking, I’d take the Rams offense based on age and stats over the Patriots, but I’ve come to learn that you never bet against Tom Brady.
Defensively, the edge goes to the Rams. Any team that has Suh and Arnold lining up for them, should always have the edge. But, the Pats have been playing out of the mind. Against KC, they did not allow a point in the first half. Any other week of the year I’d take the Rams D, but for some reason I feel like the Patriots D is going to go off. I expect the McCourty’s to both have an INT and ride off in the sunset with one another. I’ll give the Pats the edge, based on Belichick always being ready for big games as well as the experience they possess.
Lastly, the coaches. You have Sean McVay, the youngest coach ever to make a Super Bowl, going against Bill Belichick, the winningest coach in postseason history. The offensive genius vs the defensive genius. This game is going to be one of two things: a blowout or a close game. I think if it is a close game, that means the Patriots win. With their experience, especially with Brady, in a close game it is hard to bet against them. I think if the Rams win, it is a blowout due to their talent and if they all play like they should, the SHOULD win this. But here are my official prediction and bets…
I do not bet the spread in the Super Bowl, never have, never will. I took the over 56.5 as well as Rams moneyline. I think the Rams win this one. I think Goff throws 2-3 touchdowns and Gurley runs for 2 more. I think they’ll attack early and often and just like the Saints game, they’ll get a major turnover late in the game. I am also taking a few props….Goff MVP, Tails coin toss (tails never fails), and Michael Vick will tweet about the puppy bowl. Let’s go have some fun Sunday.