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The Patriots have featured in three of the past four Super Bowls and won two of them, but that motivation to avoid the same disappointment felt in Houston, Texas last February could prove telling.
This will be Sean McVay’s first run-in with the Patriots since he took over as Rams head coach in January 2017. It’s been 18 years since the franchise last got the better of New England (November 2001), and their only other post-season clash was at Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, when Belichick clinched football’s top prize in just his second season with the Pats.
Sunday’s showdown promises to be an all-out attack on paper. Brady and Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been the cruxes of their respective teams this campaign, but one holds far more experience at this level than the other.
Both teams were split over a fine margin in terms of defense this season. During the regular season, the Rams (358.6) allowed on average .5 yards more per game than the Patriots (396.1).
Thankfully for the neutral, both teams are relatively free of injury concerns traveling to Atlanta, with the stage set for what has the potential to be a classic Super Bowl.
The main question here is whether the Rams defense can stand up to the arm of Tom Brady, who is seeking a record sixth Super Bowl ring as a player. It will be a battle of this season’s great defensive squad against arguably the best NFL quarterback in history.
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The Los Angeles Rams have had a strong passing attack throughout the 2018 season. Head coach and de facto offensive coordinator Sean McVay spearheaded an offense which scored 527 points (second in the NFL) and averaged almost 33 points per game. Led by quarterback Jared Goff, the passing offense finished fifth in passing yards in the regular season.
The offense remained strong scoring 30 points against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round and then scoring 26 on a tough New Orleans defense. Goff had an MVP caliber season throwing for 4,688 yards, completing 64.9% of his passes and throwing 32 touchdowns.
A familiar face to the New England Patriots is former Saints and Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks. In his first season with the Rams the speedy Cooks had 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. Opposite him was another familiar face in former Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods led the team with 86 catches for 1,219 yards and six touchdowns.
The Rams have been remarkable healthy on offense, but one missing piece has been wide receiver Cooper Kupp. At midseason Kupp tore his ACL in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve. Kupp had been Goff’s security blanket, particularly on third down. He had 40 receptions for 566 yards and a career high six touchdowns in just half a season..
To replace Kupp the Rams have had to turn to 23 year-old wide receiver Josh Reynolds. At six-foot-three and 195 pounds, Reynolds is a taller outside receiver who operates better on the edge than inside in the slot. However, in the NFC Championship game versus the Saints Reynolds took advantage of the extra attention paid to Cooks and Woods and had four big receptions for 74 yards.
The Rams use all three wide receivers interchangeably. They love to use the three wide receivers in a bunch on one side of the field to pressure the opposing secondary. The Patriots will have to communicate well in the secondary to prevent breakdowns in coverage as the Rams will use these bunch formations throughout the game..
In the AFC Championship game the Patriots mixed up their coverage options and put their fastest cornerback (Jonathan Jones) on Tyreek Hill and used free safety Devin McCourty as the bracket coverage on him. That is a potential plan to revisit in the Super Bowl against the deep-threat ability of Brandin Cooks in Super Bowl 53.
The Patriots also have the clamp-down ability of Stephon Gilmore and need to decide how to deploy him in coverage. Add in undrafted rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson and Jason McCourty and the Patriots have multiple options to match-up with the Rams in man-coverage.
Of course, with the Rams’ ability to utilize their wide receivers in multiple formations (including pre-snap motion and jet sweep looks) the Patriots could change-up their coverage and play more zone coverages against the Rams. With the Rams’ penchant for crossing routes, the zone coverage look can cover some bad match-ups in man coverage trying to defend those looks–particularly in bunch formations.
At tight end, the Rams use the duo of Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett. Everett is the receiving tight end but only has two catches in two playoff games. Higbee is the run-blocker but despite having just 24 receptions on the season the Rams have passed more to him while running two-tight end sets and Higbee has six receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown this postseason.
Running back Todd Gurley is another weapon in the passing game for Goff while healthy. Gurley had 59 catches for 580 yards and four touchdowns in just 14 regular season games. In the playoffs he started strong against Dallas on the ground but was not doing much in the passing game (two receptions for three yards). Against New Orleans he was benched for C.J. Anderson after a drop led to an interception and he finished with just one catch for three yards.
Linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Dont’a Hightower and Elandon Roberts are going to be responsible for running back Todd Gurley in the passing game. Gurley is a mismatch in the passing game against most linebackers and has great hands. He is weapon in the passing game and his role could be another reason to play more zone defense.
No matter what protection they are in, New England’s front six or seven has to help their pass defense with a strong pass rush. The Rams are solid on the offensive line–particularly in pass protection–allowing just 33 sacks in the regular season. Goff is a mobile quarterback who can move around in the pocket but not a designated runner who is going to tuck and run repeatedly. Where Goff’s mobility hurts teams is on designed roll-outs (it is the Shanahan/Kubiak offense) along with play-action after the stretch running plays have put pressure on the defense.
The Patriots will have to get in the face of Goff to slow the passing offense. Like any other quarterback Goff struggles with bodies around him. Hitting him, knocking him down, making him have to step-up into a busy pocket is how to get him to make mistakes. Teams that have sat in zone defenses rushing just three get burnt as Goff is at his best the more time he has to throw.
Letting Goff have time to make plays down the field is what makes the offense so dangerous with Cooks and Woods. Edge rushers Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise will need to win some one-on-one match-ups with veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein. On passing plays expect to see John Simon and Adrian Clayborn on the field with Flowers kicking inside next to Adam Butler to get at Goff.
It is no easy task to slow the Rams’ passing game and the Patriots will need to be at their best in the Super Bowl. Slowing Cooks and Woods is a must to keep the Rams from making the game a high-scoring track meet.