Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals
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Here are the Team Defense rankings for Super Bowl LIII.
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1. Los Angeles Rams – Aaron Donald and Suh’s interior pressure could make Tom Brady mortal.
2. New England Patriots – This could go either way. Never count out Belichick’s defense.
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Greg Zuerlein
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Here are the Kicker rankings for Super Bowl LIII.
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1. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
2. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
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Here are the tight end rankings for Super Bowl LIII.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – Perhaps Gronk’s last game. Easily the biggest fantasy mismatch between Gronk and his counterparts.
2. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
3. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
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Julian Edelman
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Here are the wide receiver rankings for Super Bowl LIII.
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1. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots – 16 catches for 247 yards in two playoff games. When Gronk is healthy, he’s nearly impossible to cover.
2. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams – Revenge on the mind of the former Pats’ receiver? 11 catches in two games. Big play ability.
2. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams – 12 catches in two games.
4. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots – Seems to pop up when you least expect it.
5. Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams – 4 catches for 74 yards last game. One catch in first playoff game.
6. Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots – TD could push him up higher.
7. Cordarrelle Patterson, New England Patriots – Patriots could do
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Here are the running back rankings for Super Bowl LIII.
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1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams – Should be healthier than he’s been in a while. Big factor in this one.
2. James White, New England Patriots – Has a tendency to come up in big games.
3. Sony Michel, New England Patriots – Could easily be the top choice in this one if the Pats can establish the run.
4. C.J. Anderson, Los Angeles Rams – Not likely to get the carries he needs to get rolling.
5. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots – You never know, it could be Burkhead with a couple of TDs to be a factor.
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Tom Brady tunnel Jared Goff
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Super Bowl LIII features the G.O.A.T. and draft pick #199 and a number one draft pick QB that survived Jeff Fisher to thrive under Sean McVay.
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Brady has averaged 345.5 yards and a touchdown and a pick in two playoff wins. He has yet to be sacked and despite the lofty passing yardage, the focus has been on the running game for New England. Goff has averaged 241.5 yards and half a touchdown and half a pick in his two wins as the Rams have also dialed up their rushing attack.
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This is Brady’s ninth time playing on the biggest stage in professional sports. He has averaged 322 yards and 2.25 touchdowns per Super Bowl.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
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I dropped both Championship Games. The Saints should have won and I took the Chiefs, in part because I didn’t want to jinx the Patriots. I am hoping New England can take home number six, but I think Aaron Donald will make life uncomfortable for Tom Brady. The rest should also allow Todd Gurley to perform more like himself.
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Playoff Record:  3-7  (.300)
Regular Season:  163-91-2 (0.641)
Lock Pick:  13-4 (0.765)
Overall Record:  166-98-2  (0.628)
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Super Bowl LIII Pick
Los Angeles Rams over the New England Patriots
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“Brady” by Brook Ward (CC BY-NC 2.0)
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In most years, the New England Patriots come into the season on the same page. Their offseason activities look organized and buttoned up, and they look poised to contend for another championship. This offseason, though, the team has looked disjointed and there is a palpable vibe of uncertainty surrounding the best team in recent NFL history.
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One of the biggest things that has appeared strange this offseason for the Patriots has been their cutting short of offseason team activities. Bill Belichick isn’t someone who normally cuts his team’s workload short. To see that happen is strange, but feels even weirder given all of the turmoil surrounding the team over the last few months with regard to Belichick and his relationship with Tom Brady.
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And Brady’s potentially frosty relationship with Belichick hasn’t been the only issue with the team this offseason. The team has also reportedly thought about trading tight end Rob Gronkowski. While Gronkowski has been an impact player during his career, his inability to stay healthy has hurt the team on a number of occasions. And while the team would want him to stay healthy, dealing the best tight end in the league only furthers the notion that there are some chemistry issues in New England.
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The Patriots have also wasted some time on the quarterback position this offseason. They’ve done so by getting in touch with former Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg has been subpar throughout his entire career, and the Patriots clearly don’t need a quarterback given their reliance on Tom Brady. But with Brady prompting the team to trade Jimmy Garoppolo previously, it’s possible that they want backups who pose no real threat to him.
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“Bill Belichick” by Steve Glass (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Heading into the next season, the Patriots will be one of the favorite to win the Super Bowl once again. But they have been notoriously slow starters over the last couple of seasons. As a result, it could well be worth using a free bet from Oddschecker to back their opponents over the first couple of weeks of the season as the team turmoil might make it even harder for them to get off to a good start.
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Injuries and suspensions can also derail a season, and the Patriots are dealing with those too. Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension is going to make things difficult on an offense that was looking forward to having him back for week one. And Malcolm Mitchell being hurt thins the receiving corps even further. Even though Brady can make almost anyone into a star receiver, these losses make his job much more difficult.
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The Patriots have a lot on their plate this offseason, with injuries, suspensions, and chemistry problems running rampant throughout the squad. Of course, all of the problems in the world can’t stop them from winning the AFC East due to the subpar competition presented by the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins. But come playoff time, these issues may lead to some problems when the Patriots face off with the best teams in the NFL.

Tom Brady's Thumb
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As Super Bowl 52 approaches, fans around the globe are looking forward to a potential classic. Although, New England Patriots are favorites, following last year’s victory, Philadelphia Eagles certainly have enough strengths in their locker to cause an upset.
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So, as you prepare for the game, and find legal sites to place a bet or watch the spectacle, it’s worth taking a look at what might give either team the edge. One of the deciding factors could be the performance of Super Bowl veteran Tom Brady who has certainly been a vital weapon in the Patriot’s previous Super Bowl successes. But, will the recent injury to the quarterback’s hand mean that he is not at full strength?
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The facts about Brady’s hand injury

Fans were alarmed by the injury to Brady’s throwing hand, which took place during a training session, on January 17 2018. The injury was the result of a collision with team mate Rex Burkhead and little more was known at the time. The fact that Brady missed media availability for a couple of days on the run, and was pictured with what looked like a very bulky thumb, served to cause some alarm. This was especially the case with a vital game against Jacksonville Jaguars looming on the horizon.
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The game against Jacksonville Jaguars

When the Jaguars visited the Gillette stadium, on January 21 2018, it was uncertain just how much of a problem their star quarterback’s hand injury would be for the home team. Tom Brady was certainly giving nothing away when he turned up for the game with his hands in his pockets. The good news for Patriots fans was that the injury did not appear to hamper Brady’s performance in any way, as his 38 throws and 2 touchdowns helped the Patriots to achieve a comeback in the game, and gain a 24-20 win in the fourth quarter.
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It has since emerged that Brady was apparently playing with 12 stitches in his hand during the game. The injury was protected by padding and gloves, and it did not appear to have a detrimental effect on Brady’s performance. This is good news for the Patriot’s team and supporters, now that this win has secured them an eighth Super Bowl appearance.
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Brady’s fitness is very important to the Patriots as they face an Eagles team that should give them a hard fight. This is a team that has the potential to bring the game to New England, and to keep the pressure on, should they be ahead coming into the fourth quarter. There is certainly a chance that the favorites could be in for a shock defeat.

 

Of course, everyone associated with the Patriots will be hoping that their strength is enough to secure their sixth Super Bowl victory in eight appearances. If the team is successful, this will also be the sixth win for Brady; the most for any NFL player. The world will be watching on 4 February, to see what happens..


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I was wrong about the Pro Bowl as the AFC rallied to win. Hopefully I’ll be right about the Super Bowl.
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Playoff Record:  4-6 (.400)
Pro Bowl Record:  0-1 (.000)
Overall Record: 164-103 (.614)
Lock Picks: 14-3 (.824)
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Super Bowl LII Pick
I will take the experience of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots over the hungry Philadelphia Eagles. If Carson Wentz was playing, I think I’d pick the Eagles (with my head, and not my heart).
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