The Super Bowl is here and what an eventful NFL season it’s been. My first real season following the mighty Houston Texans start off with zero wins to three losses, then to smash an amazing nine game winning streak and to finish the regular season eleven wins to five losses. We made it to the Wildcard round as Champions of the AFC South but sadly our road to the Super Bowl ended there after losing to the Colts.
Now with the final draw we see the New England Patriots face off against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday 3rd February, as both teams fight it out to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy. Putting Brady against Goff and Belichick against McVay.
This result could have been very different as Championship weekend was eventful to say the least. With both games; the Saints / Rams and Chiefs / Patriots running into overtime for the win to be clenched. Both losing teams (Saints and Chiefs) looked strong throughout their respective games and on a different day the Super Bowl fixture could have been very different.
As things currently stand in the stats, the figures and the history – The Patriots are the greatest team of all time. Since 2001 they have won their division sixteen times, reached the Championship games thirteen times and now this will mark the ninth time they have visited the Super Bowl, winning five and attempting to make this their sixth – where as the Rams have only played in three and won one Super Bowl. On paper it looks like a clear winner.
Saying that, Rams head coach Sean McVay in the two years he has been at L.A. has cemented himself as a phenomenal coach, with a bizarre yet strangely satisfying party trick of being able to recall any play his teams have ever played or ran. Just watching it, listening to him remember and call it step by step is amazing. But going up against the longest-serving coach in the league right now Bill Belichick will be a whole new party trick to learn – beating the Patriots. Belichick has proven over the past 19 years that regardless of who they are playing, he is able to find, exploit and us to his advantage the weaknesses of his opponents.
So what might have looked like an easy victory from an outside glance for the Patriots – as they are THE team, might shape up to be one exciting game with the Rams giving all they’ve got to try to prove something. With Jared Goff going against Tom Brady – a battle of young vs old. Goff (24) is the sixth Quarterback under 25 to start a Super Bowl (with Brady being one of them) and Brady (41) being the only 40+ quarterback to start. Giving evidence to the saying “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” – Brady is still going strong into his 40’s holding his own against the young upcoming stars who are set to take his mantle. While also something I have learnt from watching this season, literally ANYTHING can happen. You can go into a game thinking, I can call this – easy. Then suddenly it’s bottom of the 1st quarter and that call is long and truly out of the window.
As it stands right now odds wise the Pats are tipped by the bookies to win 3/4 with the Rams at 11/10. But that could all change in the next week. Personally I am backing the Ram’s – like I said McVay is a mastermind and I’d love to see him call this right. What are your predictions? How has the season been for you?
Also at the start of the week the England game fixtures for next season were released. Texans in the UK – Bring It On! I can’t wait.