Under Review Staff Predictions for Super Bowl 53

Under Review Staff Predictions for Super Bowl 53

With Super Bowl 53 just on the horizon this weekend, fans of professional football are going to be treated to an instant classic. The New England Patriots dynasty is going to be tested as the red hot LA Rams look to keep the Patriots from winning their second Super Bowl in three years. The last time these two teams met in the Super Bowl, we saw the coming of age of then newcomer, Tom Brady. Brady and the Patriots rallied late to edge out NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and the then St. Louis Rams in 2002.

With a completely new team and new city, the LA Rams are looking channel their inner 2002 Rams and be the “Greatest Show on Turf” 2.0. The Patriots however, have a ton of experience playing in the Super Bowl. Almost half of their roster has been in the Super Bowl at least once, that’s something the Rams lack. If Super Bowl 51 has taught us anything, it’s you can never count out Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Staff Predictions

James Jackson - New England Patriots 42 - LA Rams 38

When you look at these two teams on paper, it’s actually a fairly similar comparison. Tom Brady and Jared Goff are almost a mirror image of each other stat wise this season, with Goff putting up slightly better numbers than Brady. I think what we are going to see is an instant classic but ‘Big Game’ Brady is going to deliver late in the game after a key stop from the New England defense.

Chris Cole - New England Patriots 21 - LA Rams 17

As much as people dislike the Patriots dynasty and want to see them lose to the Rams, they have the experience in the Big Game having been to the Super Bowl three consecutive times and four of the past five seasons.  Head Coach Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are making their ninth appearance together in the Super Bowl as well. The Rams have always been a surprise team to me this season despite finishing 13-3, but I do not see them winning this weekend.  

Brett Wiseman - New England Patriots 49 - LA Rams 42

I think it’s a Wild West shootout, and who better to trust in a shootout than Ol’ Tom? I think the Pats experience late comes into play as well. Rams make a key turnover late in the game to seal it for New England

Shawn Johnson -  LA Rams 28 - New England Patriots 24

Both teams are in the top 5 in nearly every category this season. Total offense, total defense, rushing and passing. However, I think the LA Rams have an advantage playing in warmer weather than the Patriots since it will be in Atlanta, Georgia. Never count out the GOATs Belichick and Brady. But this is the year the dynasty will be tested. I believe it's the year of the young guns McVay and Goff.

While nobody can be sure exactly how the game is going to play out, one thing we do know is it’s going to be one to remember.

PHOTO: Matt Rourke/AP Photo