Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots stamped their ticket to Super Bowl 53 with a rousing 38-31 overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots are -2 ½ favorites to beat the Rams after opening as a +1 dog. Check out 7 reasons why all the early money on New England might be justified.
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7 Reasons Why the New England Patriots Will Win Super Bowl 53
1. Tom Brady
Terrific Tom Brady orchestrated the overtime touchdown that sealed the deal in the AFC Championship game. Not surprisingly, which says something, Brady playing in another Super Bowl makes all the sense in the world.
Super Bowl 53 will be Tom Brady’s ninth trip to the Vince Lombardi Trophy game. He’s won 5 Super Bowls already, more than any quarterback in NFL history, and keeps getting better with every age. It’s hard to describe Brady as a fine wine. Maybe, he’s Benjamin Button.
2. Bill Belichick
After last year’s defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, became the head coach at Detroit, Belichick told everyone that he was calling plays this season. Surprise! The Patriots defense played better this season than it has in years.
Belichick shut down the best quarterback in the NFL on the best offense in the league this past Sunday. He’s got two weeks to get into Jared Goff’s head. He probably only needs 4 days, which means by the time Super Bowl 53 kicks off, Belichick will know the moves to make to frustrate Goff.
3. Patriots are a veteran squad
Veterans mean a lot in a Super Bowl. Young teams can get caught up with the glitz, the glamour, the celebrities, and the likely post-Super Bowl endorsement deals. Not the Patriots. They’re used to the big stage. To New England, it’s another game.
4. New England beat two teams that are probably better than Los Angeles
The Patriots dominated the L.A. Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs. They ransacked Kansas City on their way to the AFC Championship victory. Both the Bolts and the Chiefs are probably better than the Rams because of their quarterbacks, defenses, and the way both squads entered the playoffs.
New England beat both.
5. Patriots have discovered a rushing attack
The way to beat the Los Angeles Rams is to get the running game going. Up until this season, the Patriots haven’t had any type of rushing attack. They dominated the Chargers with 155 rushing yards. They thrashed the Chiefs with 176 rushing yards.
6. Patriots are healthy
Only two players are questionable for the Super Bowl, Duke Dawson Jr. and Deatrich Wise Jr. Neither’s a starter.
7. They’re the Patriots, of course they’re going to win!
The Patriots don’t always win the Super Bowl. They have lost it 4 times. But, they’re 2-3 in the past 3 trips. Also, when they lost last season, they had an excuse. No rushing attack and no defense handed Super Bowl 52 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots have both a viable run game and a strong defense heading into Super Bowl 53. That makes the Patriots a tough team to go against to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.