Super Bowl LIII – Patriots Vs Rams
What will the face-off between the Patriots and the Rams mean for sports betting
Super Bowl 53 promises all of the excitement and drama that we expect especially as the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face each other for the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in 17 years. Super Bowl LIII is Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Georgia, home of the Atlanta Falcons.
The New England Patriots won the AFC Championship with a season record of 11-5-0. The Rams claimed the NFC title with season standings at 13-3-0. Both teams are primed and ready for their repeat Super Bowl match-up.
In Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) the Patriots beat the then-St. Louis Rams as the underdogs 20-17. It was the Patriots’ first Super Bowl win and the first time holding the Lombardi Trophy which the team has done five times. Super Bowl LIII gives Tom Brady and the Patriots a shot at claiming it for the sixth time.
The 2002 game was significant for the Rams too. It was the last time the team played in the Super Bowl when they were still in St. Louis. The team has been to the Super Bowl three times as the St. Louis Rams. 2019 marks their first appearance while in Los Angeles.
The 2002 Super Bowl was heavily impacted by the social climate because it came just months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Regular season games and the Super Bowl were postponed for several weeks in the tragic aftermath that unfolded. So, the previous battle against these two teams carried with it extraordinary circumstances and unfamiliar factors making Super Bowl 53 in 2019 a unique opportunity for the Rams and Patriots to meet again.
What does the match-up mean for sports betting? That the stakes will be high and emotions will remain even higher with some key factors in play.
The Patriots have an edge going into this Super Bowl. The team’s running game is at its peak performance this year giving dominance to the Patriots’ offense. The Patriots also head into Super Bowl 53 with the best coach and best quarterback in NFL history. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a five-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Coach of the Year, nine-time AFC champion and the fourth top winningest coach in the history of professional football. Then there’s quarterback Tom Brady. This is Tom Brady’s ninth Super Bowl appearance in the past 18 seasons. Brady is also favored to win the Super Bowl MVP.
The Rams head into Super Bowl LIII with some key strengths too. Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are defensive powerhouses. The duo could prove to be the Patriots’ biggest challenge in the game.
The early betting line favors the Patriots over the Rams winning only by a field goal. As the bets pour in though, the oddsmakers will be busy updating those predictions.
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