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NFL Nosebleed Super Bowl LIII Staff Picks

January 30, 2019 nosebleed-nfl 7 min read

NFL Nosebleed Super Bowl LIII Staff Picks

January 30, 2019 NFL Team 7 min read
Jared Goff and Tom Brady together at Super Bowl Media Day (Image courtesy of USA Today Sports)

“That’s the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.”

– John Madden

Brendan Schick: “What a championship weekend we got to experience. Two OT games really had me believing that the Drake curse was a real thing, but ultimately, here we stand with the Rams and the Patriots. I am fully onboard the “Saints got screwed” train, but there really is nothing you can do about missed calls (sorry, Michael Thomas), as one play should truly not decide a game if one team is deserving over another. I am absolutely floored that the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady just won’t go away. He simply refuses to fade, and even as an avid Giants fan, I will admit that he is the greatest to ever do it. So, with that being said, I think the GOAT does it again and wills his team to a gritty win. Expect Gronk to turn back the clock one more time. Aaron Donald will be an issue, but will ultimately be contained.”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 28 to 24

Gavin Derkatch: “I am simply done picking against the Patriots. I picked them to lose to the Chargers. I picked them to lose to the Chiefs. I can no longer doubt the greatness of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.  Yes, some late calls in the game had an effect on the outcome but the Rams’ win in New Orleans was impressive. However, I see the Patriots controlling the pace of the game from the start, and a late push from the Rams won’t be enough. Nothing hurts me more than picking the Pats, but I foresee Brady hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time.”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 30 to 20

Nick Verga: “At this point, it has become too easy. The bottom line here is do not pick against the Patriots. Even though Tom Brady looked slightly less than his normal self this past regular season, he is back to GOAT status here in the playoffs. I predict this to be a close game throughout, but the Patriots will have clear control as the Rams will be on edge. New England will rack up another trophy on the shelf after this one.”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 27 to 21

Kevin McDougal: “Look, Tom Brady began his illustrious career in Super Bowl 36 against the (then) St. Louis Rams. He got it done against one of the greatest offensive teams in NFL history, and I don’t see why he won’t get it done again against the (now) Los Angeles Rams. Simply put, one starting QB has shown this season how rattled he can get in the pocket when he feels uncomfortable, while the other has shown extreme poise on the big stage as he’s set to start his 9th Super Bowl. I know that Sean McVay is a great coach, and I bet that the Ram’s will score some points and possibly jump out to an early lead. Do I think they can score against the Patriots for 4 quarters? Well, no, Belichick is historically great against very good offenses and offensive minded coaches. But, the scary thing for the Rams is their presence on the defensive line. Can the Patriots top 5 rushing attack get it done against Suh and Donald? It will be interesting to see, but I think an important aspect will be the presence of New England fans. The atmosphere in the Georgia Dome will resemble a playoff game in Foxborough, as the LA Rams do not have a big or loyal enough fan base to travel and cheer on their team. I like the Patriots in this one. #BeatLA”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score 24 to 20

Rob Schardt: “Back in August, I picked both of these teams to make it to the Super Bowl. I picked the Rams because of the moves they made in the offseason that simply made them the best on paper. I also picked the Patriots because, until Thomas Edward Patrick Brady retires nobody will come represent the AFC besides him. I just find it funny when people say he’s slowing because there is no evidence, so let’s stop doubting the man and lets appreciate the greatness of the GOAT. I believe this is going to be a great game where we will witness the birth of new young dynasty in the Rams, but in the end, the Patriots will prevail. Bill Belichick seems to take all great pass rushers out of the equation throughout the season, so I would not be surprised if the Suh, Donald combination is non existent. Look what he did with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, GONE. Though I think, the Rams will put up a good fight, the Patriots will once more reign supreme as Brady will hoist his SIXTH Lombardi Trophy.”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 34 to 27

Skyler Wiercioch: “They’re still here. That’s something that has brought every Patriots fan and member of the team to high spirits. After going to 8 Super Bowls under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, a ninth one almost seems redundant. As a fan or a player, you already get to sleep at night because Brady has proven he is the undisputed GOAT. You can argue some of his numbers or even how he obtains such numbers through the dump off passes to his running backs or tight ends, but one thing he always does is turn back the clock in AFC Championship games. The Rams are a team jam-packed with talent, but when experience matters there’s no one better than Tom. He will execute yet another magical chapter in his Tom vs. Time story, and this seems like it will be just another snippet in what will be the greatest 30 for 30 ESPN broadcast ever.”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 38 to 35

Aaron Donald (Image courtesy of

Salvatore Gagliardi: “The upstart quarterback and the savvy veteran, who’s been there and done that. A head coach who’s won a Super Bowl before going up against the upstart, revolutionary new kid on the block. A massive underdog vs the Greatest Show on Turf. Yes, I’m talking about Super Bowl XXXVI. Super Bowl winners Kurt Warner and Head Coach Mike Martz led the 14 (!) point favorite St Louis Rams into the Superdome to face the upstart, Super Bowl-less, unknown duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. We all know how that ended. This time the outcome will be the same, just that it won’t be the Patriots who win it. The Rams, behind Super Bowl-less QB Jared Goff and head coach Sean McVay, will upset the Pats. They may not be as massive an underdog as New England was 17 years ago, but don’t let the Vegas line fool you; the Pats are massive favorites and everyone knows it. McVay is the next Belichick, I’m sold on that. With 2 weeks to prepare, I expect the Rams to come out firing and take the early lead. From there, it will be all on Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson’s shoulders, and I expect them to show out, especially Gurley. Give me the Rams in a close, grind-it out game with at least 1 defensive score and another game winning field goal. We have now come full circle.”

Los Angeles Rams defeat the New England Patriots by a score of 20 to 17

Ross Sutton: “Much like the other guys, I have to go with the Pats for this year’s Super Bowl. Somehow, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have found a way to brainwash the rest of the team to think that people are saying the Patriots are the underdog in this game, but after 8 consecutive AFC Championships and winning 5 Super Bowls in the last 19 years, the Patriots are absolutely not the underdog in this game. The one thing that makes me slightly concerned is I’m getting flashbacks to Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the Pats. Obviously that Patriots team was way better then, and I think the current Rams team is better than the Giants were in 2008, so things are a little different, but I have a little hesitation counting the Rams out of this game. Everyone assumed the Pats were going to win Super Bowl XLII, and everyone seems to think they are a lock to win again this year, so I’m not completely sold. I don’t expect this game to be a blow out, but unfortunately, I do expect the Patriots to win yet another Super Bowl this year.”

P.S. I will not watch any sports coverage and will stay off of Twitter for 2 weeks if the Patriots win. I can’t listen to two weeks of “Is Tom Brady the GOAT?”, “Who’s better: Brady or Belichick?”, and “When will the Patriots dynasty be over?”

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 34 to 24

Kevin Ebert: When the season started, did you think you’d really be that surprised if the Patriots ended up in the Super Bowl again? The Patriots have the two GOATS in Brady and Belichick, and this could be their sixth Super Bowl together, more than any other coach-player duo. The Rams, on the other side, are here for the first with with Sean McVay and Jared Goff. They have a very young team that is on paper, much more talented than the Patriots’ team but that hasn’t seemed to matter recently. I think McVay is a great coach, but I simply don’t think the Rams have it in them to take down the Patriots. I think it’s going to be a good game, but one where the Rams can’t come through in the fourth quarter.

New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 34 to 21

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