It’s over people, the football season is practically over, well, we got one game left, but it’s the most important game and probably sporting event of the year, yes, you know it, the Super Bowl is upon us! While for a few moments we were expecting a couple of different match-up scenarios to happen here we got left with one that still has all the fixings to become a great game. The Patriots led by one of the if not the GOAT of the NFL, Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick are back where they always end up coming to, their favorite game of the year, the championship game. With their legacy on the line in a way it’s either put up or shut up for New England as they face the new kids on the block, and no, it’s not Donny, Jordan, Jonathan, Joey and Danny (man how did I remember that, no I didn’t google it, give me some credit). It’s what I like to call the millennial version of “The Greatest Show on Turf”, the Los Angeles Rams. It’s a game that can perfectly well cement Brady’s status as the greatest of all time or give a fair warning to all other teams in the NFL, the Rams are the best team in football and they’re here to stay. So who will go home with the Lombardi trophy? Let’s talk.
I’ll be honest, I thought the Chiefs were going to run over the Patriots. They had a better offense, a merely better defense and Patrick Mahomes deserved a shot at the Super Bowl but then Tom Brady and the NE boys stepped in. They showed what it means exactly to have championship pedigree and caliber. They struggled deeply against the Chiefs in Arrowhead but at the end of the day made sure that nothing was going to stop them on their way to Atlanta. Like Tom Brady said when saying goodbye to the Patriots fans at their stadium “We’re Still Here” and hey, it’s not just for sheer luck, they have earned it. But what do they need now to beat a team like the Rams?
Against the Chiefs they saw what it was going to be like to play against an A+ offense, a group of people that always have touchdown thoughts and nothing else. Against the Rams it’s going to be exactly the same, only that the Rams have Todd Gurley, probably the best running back in the league and a core of receivers to help out Jared Goff that any quarterback, including Brady would love to have.
The Patriots secondary needs to play the game of their lives. Forget about man to man coverage because Gurley, Anderson and Woods annihilate defenses that play that way. Rushing Goff is always an option but then again, he didn’t lead his team all the way here getting sacked all over the place. If New England can stop Gurley they can take a breather, but without stopping Gurley, it won’t be a fun time for them. On the offensive side, leave it all to Tom Brady, he might be old, his receivers and running backs might be either too old or too young, but he knows how to play these games, they should be fine if it’s all left for him to do.
The Los Angeles Rams on the other side proved all haters when they visited the Saints and took them out. Yes, there was a foul, foul, FOUL no call on part of the refs that would have turned this whole thing around and yes, the Saints do deserve to be here as much as the Rams, but what can we do now? The referees suck, Goodell won’t do anything about that and here we are. Sean McVay’s team is a force to be reckoned with in basically every single line. Their defensive line with Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh gives chills to anyone facing them. Their secondary with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, Brady needs to make sure his passes are on point for this game because they will snatch anything coming their way and then there’s the offense. We can’t stress enough about just how good this offense is, they can score from the ground, from the air, kicking, hell they can score in their sleep probably. McVay has made sure to make of this offense the best in the league and an unstoppable force.
The key here for the Rams is trying to go up in the scoreboard fast, by two scores at least, and not field goals, touchdowns and they need to come out from the gates pounding on Brady and company. This game will be won by who plays the better defense and the Rams have the edge there. Key, stopping Brady, without Brady there’s no Gronk or Edelman that can stop them on their way to the trophy. I’m giving this game and the title to the Rams, it will be a good change of pace and a cool thing for the NFL to start entering a new phase in football, with different players taking the helm, hopefully, the refs don’t screw this one up too.