The 2019 Super Bowl also known as Super Bowl LIII (or Super Bowl 53 for those of you who, like me, don’t do Roman numerals) will take place on Sunday 3rd February at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
There are few arguments that this year’s Super Bowl features the season’s best two teams in the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, though these are two very different teams in terms of Super Bowl experience.
The New England Patriots are the most experienced NFL team of recent times and their 66-year-old coach Bill Belichick is regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all-time, and even the best by some revered pundits. The Patriots also have one of the best and most experienced quarterbacks of all-time in Tom Brady, and he and Belichick both have eight Super Bowls behind them.
By contrast, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is 34 years younger than Belichick at the tender age of just 32 but, as the youngest ever head coach to take his team to the Super Bowl, he has plenty of years to establish his reputation. The same goes for 24-year-old Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who has been influential in steering the Rams to the final game of the season. However, the only Rams players with any Super Bowl experience are C.J. Anderson and Aqib Talib, though defensive coach Wade Philips has also been in this position before.
The bookies have the New England Patriots as outright favourites at 10/13 with the Los Angeles Rams at 6/5, and everyone expects it to be a close match. That’s clarified with a points spread of just 2.5, which means you can get slightly bigger odds about New England Patriots if you think they can concede the spread to the Rams.
There are reasons to believe the Patriots can concede that spread, not least that quarterback Tom Brady often ups his game for the biggest of all occasions. Indeed, he’s saved his best playoff performances for the last two Super Bowls.
In Super Bowl 51, Brady threw a total of 466 passing yards as the Patriots were forced to come from behind, whilst he bettered that in Super Bowl 52 with a total of 505 yards. He’s not been in quite that form in this season’s postseason games but looks likely to have left a bit more in the locker for the big one.
Against the Chiefs (a team that was joint tops for sacks) the Patriots also barely gave the opposition a chance of sacking Brady, and that will be music to the ears of the 41-year-old. However, even if the Rams do break through, Brady has plenty of plays for shifting the ball quickly.
Super Bowl betting isn’t all about picking the winner though and there are a variety of fun bets you can have if you want to add to the excitement. You can bet on whether you think American President Donald Trump will attend the Super Bowl, how long the National Anthem will last, or what colour of Gatorade will be poured over the winning coach’s head first.
However, I’ll leave the crazy bets to you – as it’s just the New England Patriots to win for me.
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New England Patriots To Win @ 1.76 Pinnacle, 5Dimes, BetHard, Expekt, Marathon, Unibet