Well, the time is nearly upon us Los Angeles Rams’ fans. Expectations were extremely high for the 2018-2019 season, and the team didn’t disappoint. In just a few days, the Rams will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
Can the Rams put it all together for 60 minutes and hoist the Lombardi for the first time in 20 years...or will Patriots earn their sixth (gross) Super Bowl victory?
The Turf Show Times’ staff make their picks...
I’m going to be that guy. I really want to say the Rams will win this game, but I still think Lucifer and his favorite son Mammon will figure out a way to steal another Super Bowl from the Rams. The silver lining will be that they’ll probably both retire after the game, and we’ll be done with them.
Prediction: Patriots win, 35-34
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
This will be a tough game. You have Tom Brady, and we don’t have to talk about his play, but the run game has been really impressive. The Rams offense should be able to make enough plays. The Rams defensive interior will have to be a factor by getting in Brady’s face. It’s tough to pick against the Patriots in a Super Bowl but the Rams should have the players to win
Prediction: Rams win, 28-24
Charlie Hiller (@charliehiller)
Confetti will fly. Grown-ass men will weep. Children will be conceived and given McVay as a middle name. And a city starved for a championship will win it’s first in *checks notes* 5 years.
Prediction: Rams win, 26-24
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
This is the big one. Enjoy it. Soak it in. Ride and embrace the waves of emotion. The key to this, as the key has always been in a Super Bowl in which the Patriots participate, is getting pressure on Tom Brady. Aaron Donald will have to be dominant and Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers will have to stop Sony Michel. The Rams will have to prevent long third down conversions from Julian Edelman and keep Gronk off kilter. Jared Goff will need to rise to the occasion again. Todd Gurley will need to be Just Todd Gurley. Brandin Cooks will have to keep the Patriots defense honest. I think the Rams win this game, but it will be incredibly difficult.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
This Sunday seems somewhat unfamiliar to me. Last time we were in the SB I was a preteen, so I was definitely more sober than I am now.
But back to the game: I feel strongly about how this defense will attack Tom Brady & the Patriots. The defense has picked the right time to gel. I am somewhat iffy on the pass rush, but don’t fret, Grandpa Wade’s got that handled.
Goff will stumble out the gate (he’s a bit goofy) but he’ll get his shit straight. Todd (if healthy) & CJ will pound on the ground.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-25
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
Back On Top
Prediction: Rams win, 27-10
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
The Rams are possibly the only team in the league that won’t get severely outcoached by Bilbo Belichick, and they have more play makers. Of course, the Patriots have the ultimate playmaker at the most important position, so we will be terrified up until the very end, but I’m gonna say it, the Los Angeles Rams WILL win Super Bowl 53.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-27
Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)
This is a hard one. I truly believe that the Rams will find redemption in this Super Bowl. I believe that Aaron Donald will hit Brady into next season. I believe Cooks, Woods, Anderson, and Gurley will all have a game. But this game is against a Patriots team and coaching staff that has been here many, many, many times. They won’t be blinded by the lights and will show up ready to play for that Lombardi. So while I feel this will be a close game, I think the Rams will emerge as world champs.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-30
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
Super Bowl LIII is going to be a rolle coaster of emotions. The LA Rams are going to come out hot in the first half, lighting it up and getting a comfy lead. Then the Pats will do what they do, dinking and dunking their way back into the game in the second half. I predict a fantastic signature win by Jared Goff, who will win the game in the final two minutes with the help of WR Brandin Cooks.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-33
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams are in the Super Bowl. They can avenge a controversial loss from 2002. I remember that game. I cried after watching it. My football heroes Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt were not be able to beat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The saddest part was the Rams seemed destined for a dynasty but the loss basically began a long streak of mediocrity and pain.
The Rams now have a chance to get revenge. Situated less than a quarter mile from where they won the Super Bowl against the Titans, the Rams can win another one and get revenge on the QB and Coach that dashed their chances of being a dynasty. It’s not going to be easy. There’s a mystique that surround the New England Patriots that makes teams/players/coaches choke. Nothing can convince me that RB Todd Gurley is healthy but thankfully C.J. Anderson has emerged to help get the Rams rushing attack going. The defense is challenged again, after neutralizing Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara (in the run game at the least), and Mark Ingram in their playoff run. It’s going to be a good game but this is a pick made with my heart and belief that the Rams are the best team in the NFL, even after picking them to barely crack double digit wins before the year. Jared Goff does enough to beat the G.O.A.T.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-24
We created this monster, now it’s time to kill it. The Rams are the more talented football team, but the Patriots have the most clutch QB and coach combo in NFL history. After an up and down regular season, New England has looked (predictably) great this postseason, and the Rams will have their work cut out for them. Take away Edelman, White and Michel, and Brady will find Dorsett, Gronk and Hogan. Defensively, it’s less about personnel and more about gameplan, as Belichik will of course try to take players away to create matchups he likes. I think the Rams simply have too many answers, and a pretty damned good head coach to boot. Take away Woods? Here comes Reynolds and Higbee. Focus on Cooks and Gurley? Give me a steady dose of CJ and Young Gerald. If we get to Brady — something the Chargers and the Chiefs failed to do — we’ll win, and Aaron Donald is going to make his mark in this football game like the all-world player he is. A late strip-sack by #99 will remind New England of the painful loss they suffered last year, and bring about the beginning of a new dynasty.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-26
Tim Godfrey (@MrTimGodfrey)
Boston: A city filled with pristine universities, history and culture yet inhabited by backward-hat-wearing dullards who have the appeal of a hot burp in your face. The city of Boston has 37 championships between their sports franchises — 11 since 2000 — and they still think of themselves as underdogs.
“Yo, nobawdy respects us,” says a collective group of Boston fans at the same basement bar. This game is more about revenge. it’s about preventing the worst city in the country from patting itself on the back for another year.
Prediction: Rams win, 40-37
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams are simply too talented to be held in check in Super Bowl 53. The youth and speed of the Rams’ offense will ensure a lot of points will be thrown up on the scoreboard. The Patriots on the other hand will likely continue to chip away moving the chains and sprinkling in a big play here or there. Defensively, Aaron Donald and John Johnson III will rise to the occasion and prove they’re superstars in the most important games too. The Los Angeles Rams are going to win Super Bowl 53.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-31
I remember February 3, 2002 as much as the next Rams fan. I remember the Patriots taped the Rams walkthrough the night before the game, cheating their way to what was thought to be an upset for the ages. The aftermath of this one game propelled one team into the single greatest dynasty the NFL has seen in its long history, and plummeted the other team into abyss of death and decay.
Do I still I still hold a grudge? You bet your ass I do!
Fuck Bill Belichick!
Fuck Tom Brady!
Double fuck Josh McDaniels! (Yes, I remember your 2011 year as the Rams OC, you piece of shit!)
Fuck your bullshit underdog mantra!
Fuck Dave Portnoy!
Prediction: Rams win, 34-31
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
This is going to be as lopsided as the Clemson-Alabama national championship game.
Sean McVay’s coaching staff is too creative and the Rams have too big a chip on their shoulder to lose a lopsided game. Expect them to win the turnover battle en route to hoisting the Lombardi trophy
Prediction: Rams win, 38-17
Few things are better in cold weather (and given what’s going on in the Midwest right now, it’s an understatement to call it cold) than clam chowder. And I mean New England clam chowder, not that Manhattan evil (it’s actually pretty good).
Prediction: Rams win, 34-31
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Greg Zuerlein gives the Patriots a taste of their own medicine — field goal as time expires. The collective soul of New England is crushed.
Prediction: Rams win, 26-23