The New England Patriots will be contesting their ninth Super Bowl in the last 18 years on Sunday in Atlanta, a record unmatched in the history of the NFL.
Should they get the better of the Los Angeles Rams, it will be the sixth time Bill Belichick and Tom Brady having combined to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
New England to win @ 5/7
The Pats went 11-5 during the regular season, their worst record in 10 years, but have exploded into life in the play-offs, destroying the LA Chargers before getting the better of Kansas City on the road.
New England ran an incredible 94 offensive plays against the Chiefs as they dominated, giving Brady perfect protection and creating lanes for running-backs Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel to score a brace of touchdowns each.
Michel has five TDs in the play-offs and is 23/4 to get the first touchdown on Sunday while he’s 20/23 to have over 77.5 rushing yards against a Rams defence which allowed 5.1 yards per run attempt on average this season.
Julian Edelman over 80.5 receiving yards @ 10/11
Another key aspect of the Pats’ offence is likely to be Edelman who loves to perform on the big stage. His two previous Super Bowl appearances have seen him rack up 109 and 87 receiving yards, and he’s proven to be Brady’s comfort blanket again in the passing game.
Edelman, who actually played against Rams head coach Sean McVay in college, had 151 yards in the win over the Chargers and 96 in the AFC Championship game with the Chiefs.
Brandin Cooks over 5.5 receptions @ 20/23
With options on offense for the Pats and an improving defense, what hope is there for the Rams to avenge their loss to the Pats in Super Bowl XXXVI as they bid for a second crown?
Well, the underdogs have won six of the last seven Super Bowls, including last year when the Philadelphia Eagles beat New England.
The defensive trio of Dante Fowler, Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald, who has 20.5 sacks this season, could also put Brady under some pressure.
However, the offense hasn’t been as explosive as in the first part of the season, with Jared Goff only passing for over 300 yards once in the last seven games while Todd Gurley didn’t look fit in the NFC Championship win over New Orleans Saints, managing just four carries.
With New England strong up the middle, potentially shutting down CJ Anderson, former Patriot Cooks could be a vital weapon for Goff.
Greg Zuerlein longest field goal over 44.5 yards @ 1/1
Finally, the Rams will win the kicking contest if ‘Legatron’ can repeat his heroics from the NFC Championship, having nailed the game-winning, 57-yard field goal.
Having also landed kicks from 56, 51 and 50 yards this year, Zuerlein should easily clear 44.5 yards inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium if called on.
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