It’s Superbowl weekend as the New England Patriots face up to the LA Rams in Atlanta. Both second seeds for their respective Championships overcame underdog status and away trips to ensure their place in the NFL’s showpiece. The Rams carry blog subscribers ante post hopes having been advised in September at 9/2.
For the Patriots it’s a chance to claim a record equaling sixth Superbowl while for the LA Rams and their up and coming coach an opportunity to deliver on all of their undoubted promise.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick know what it takes to get it done and despite father time potentially catching up on the Hall of Fame quarterback that experience sees the Pats edging minor favoritism.
Indeed Belichick has gone away from a pass dominated offense in the playoffs and utilized some clever running plays from an array of running backs.
Given the Rams have struggled against the run game all year, this ploy may indeed reap rewards again with Sony Michel looking a great play to get over 78 yards rushing.
For Rams coach Sean McVay this is a hard conundrum to solve as stopping the run leaves open field for Brady to exploit and we are sweet on Chris Hogan being the one to gain from this with a touchdown. A point on Hogan scoring anytime is a good hedge on the more profitable first TD call.
McVay is a superb young coach though and in Aaron Donald he has a powerhouse lineman who can hunt down Brady.
On the other side of the ball New England have improved greatly as a defensive outfit and they will need to sustain this form as the Rams attacking unit are a fearsome lot.
Todd Gurley has swept all before him with his running stats and while he’s stuttered lately, battering Ram CJ Anderson has stepped up to ensure they have a viable two pronged running attack. Quarterback Jared Goff has brilliantly used the play action of a run play to eke out big pass plays on the back of teams looking to stop their run.
McVay knows they need to win the possession battle on the clock to have any chance and this means establishing the run.
All of these factors lead us to believe a low points tally looks a great call, and with an already strong existing position on the Rams, a close, low scoring Pats win looks the sensible call.
Chris Hogan to score a touchdown anytime, 1pt, at 3/1 and Hogan scoring first touchdown, 1 pt, at 22/1, both Ladbrokes
New England Patriots and under 56.5 points total, 1 pt, at 9/4, Unibet
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