On February 3, the New England Patriots will play their third Super Bowl in as many years. They will expand their record Super Bowl appearances to 11. Tom Brady is seeking to create history by becoming the sole six-time winner of the Super Bowl, a title that was denied to him last year when Philadelphia beat New England.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Rams are appearing for the first time since their last Super Bowl loss in 2002 to Tom Brady and company. They will certainly want to exact revenge after having waited for so many years to return the compliment. The Rams are the young sensations led by the coaching genius Sean McVay. Their powerful offensive line will rely heavily on Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. The Rams won their only title in 2000.
Odds and Predictions
This is going to be an intense encounter between an NFL dynasty and one of the most exhilarating young teams of the league. Oddsmakers are expecting a close high scoring match.
There have been dramatic shifts in the betting line after both teams qualified in stunning overtime victories.
Some offshore sportsbooks listed the Rams as 1 point favorites. This initiated a huge run on the Patriots. The line rapidly went in favor of the Patriots as 1.5 point favorites by the end of January 20. On January 21, the line moved further towards the Patriots and ended with a consensus on New England as 2.5 point favorites.
Ever since opening at 58 points, the over/under has seen activity. It climbed to 59 by January 20 but it fell back to 58 where it remained steady up to January 21.
New England are Strong But….
With Tom Brady proving to be so reliable when the team needs him the most, the Patriots really stand as the hot favorites of this upcoming match. However, they have a defense that can be shaky – the line conceded over 30 points five times this season. This defensive line will certainly be agonized by the Ram’s Gurley and Goff.
Don’t Count Out the Rams Yet
And with great attacking talent and an incredibly powerful defensive line that has delivered top performance throughout the season, Los Angeles Rams are the underdogs that are more than capable of raining on the Patriots’ parade.
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