Wouldn’t you like to know, so that you could bet on the Super Bowl 53? Unfortunately, Marty burned Biff’s sports almanac from the future. And even if he hadn’t, it only covered from 1950 to 2000. Thus, we’re going to have to resort to the ancient art of divination. Only we won’t gaze at crystals or interpret the pattern of cracks on bones. Instead we will look at things like stats, news, and trends at the best sportsbooks online. But let’s start with what brung each team to the dance.
The New England Patriots upset the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 as three-point road dogs. They say age goes before beauty. In this case, age and beauty are going to Super Bowl LIII. In the sexy form of Tom Brady. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams also upset the New Orleans Saints 26-23 as three-point road underdogs. The odds may have been against the Rams, but the referees surely weren’t.
Super Bowl 53 odds according to MyBookie.eu:
- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -2½ (-110) 56½ (-105) -135
- LOS ANGELES RAMS +2½ (-110) 56½ (-115) +115
First and foremost, forget everything you thought you knew about the regular season Pats. The Patriots invariably start slow. It’s just that this season they kinda finished slow as well. However, and as always, when the going gets tough, Tom Brady & Co. get going. The New Englanders have scored 38.7 points and gained 465.7 total yards per game in the last three contests. Tight end Rob Gronkowski has snapped out of his funk as well. The Gronk had more targets than any other receiver versus KC. Meaning that he remains Brady’s go-to guy. Additionally, Gronkowski had 79 yards on six receptions. He didn’t score but Gronk did pull out some great plays out of his sleeve.
Why Patriots could win the Super Bowl?
The Pat’s slow-start theory applies to the Super Bowl too. New England has scored just three points in eight Super Bowl first quarters with head coach Bill Belichick. While allowing opponents 24 first quarter points. Once the Patriots get going, though, there is almost no stopping them. Just ask the Atlanta Falcons. New England is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 postseason games. And 2-5 ATS in their last seven Super Bowl games. As well as 39-17 ATS in their last 56 games overall. More to the point, the Pats are 6-2 SU and ATS as underdogs of 1-3 points. The Patriots’ average winning margin has been 14.5 points per game this season. In contrast, the Rams’ average losing margin has been 10.9 points per game.
Why Rams could win the Super Bowl?
Now for the Rams. CJ Anderson has been the Nick Foles to Todd Gurley’s Carson Wentz. The latter was a nonentity against the Saints. On the other hand, Anderson has rushed for 193.5 yards per game and scored eight TDs in the last four games. Meanwhile, QB Jared Goff can seemingly do no wrong. That goes for the Rams’ defense as well. To the point that the officials can’t even be bothered to call a blatant pass interference from the Rams’ secondary. There, I said it. The Rams are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games after a straight up win. And 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. In addition, they are 4-3 SU and ATS as underdogs under head coach Sean McVay.
So who will win the Super Bowl 53? After the Pats disposed of the Chiefs, the Rams seem like easy pickings. Nonetheless, the Horned Ones are a very capable team that can win without the referees’ help. The same could have been said of the Rams that played in Super Bowl XXXVI. You know, the same Rams that lost that Super Bowl to the Pats as 14-point chalk. Well, maybe not the same Rams. And not the same Pats, though they still count on the Brady-Belichick combo. Methinks history will repeat itself this time around.