COMMENTARY ATLANTA — Who is the most important player in Super Bowl LIII? I think most of us would come to the same answer there. Hint: He plays quarterback quite well and has been winning Lombardi Trophies since many of his current teammates were dominating in their grade-school gym classes. OK, so we agree: Tom Brady is the most important player in this game. After all, he’s the most important player in just about every game. But who is next on the list? And which combination of Patriots and Rams would make up the top 10? Six Globe writers were polled on this question. Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote, nine for a second, and so on down the line. Not everyone had Brady first – three voters had him second – but he earned the top spot easily. Here’s how the top 10 shook out – and our list actually goes to 11 since two Patriots tied for 10th. Let us know what your top 10 would look like. Tom Brady (57 points): The Patriots’ … [Read more...] about These are the 10 (or 11) most important players in the Super Bowl
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With Super Bowl LIII on the horizon, Boston.com asked Southern California News Group NFL writer Ryan Kartje for insight about the Los Angeles Rams. Here, Kartje addresses what makes head coach Sean McVay special, why the Rams deserve to be in the 2019 Super Bowl, and who he thinks is going to win the big game. Boston.com: I asked Los Angeles Chargers beat writer Sam Fortier this question a few weeks back, and he dismissed the idea that the Boston-Los Angeles rivalry football rivalry has any merit. Now, a few weeks later, the same scenario has presented itself. Does this game count as part of the Boston-L.A. rivalry that fans desperately want it to be, or is it simply a game between a team that happens to be from Los Angeles and a team from Foxborough? Ryan Kartje: I think I’d have to agree with our friend Sam. There’s not much of a rivalry to be found here. The only real history between the Rams and Patriots is the 2002 Super Bowl, and while that was a pivot point in the … [Read more...] about 10 questions with Los Angeles-based NFL writer Ryan Kartje
Combine fatigue and apathy and you’ve got the recipe for the Super Bowl LIII ticket market. In New England, there’s a lot of “been there, done that, spent that” after nine Super Bowl appearances in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. In Los Angeles, there’s a whole lot of, “The Rams? When did they get back?” “This is almost the worst possible combination of teams,” ticket reseller Michael Lipman told Sports Illustrated. “There’s no fan base in L.A. Though there is a ‘Tom Brady’s last hurrah’ situation that is attracting a number of people. But other than that, there’s no draw.” Lipman told SI that upper deck seats were going for about $3,500 as of Thursday. According to Yahoo Finance, that’s already about $500 to $1,000 lower than the normal get-in price at this time. And the game is still more than a week away. “In a normal year, Super Bowl ticket prices on resale sites spike … [Read more...] about What NFL experts are predicting for the 2019 Super Bowl
Associated Press Published 8:09 PM EST Jan 17, 2019 Thousand Oaks, Calif. — It was fourth-and-1, early in the fourth quarter, and Ndamukong Suh could sense what was coming. The Rams led by just a touchdown. The Cowboys were driving in their territory, in desperate need of a single yard. As Suh lined up over their center, looking left down the line, then right, before settling into his stance, it was clear that Ezekiel Elliott was headed into the teeth of the Rams’ defense, directly into his grasp. The Rams had spent most of the week hyper-focused on how to stop Elliott, answering question after question about their ineptitude on the ground. The doubts were certainly warranted. In spite of a star-studded interior that included two All-Pros, no defense this season had allowed more yards per carry (5.1), and here, against the league’s leading rusher, those issues threatened to end the Rams’ season. Suh’s diminished presence has been perhaps the most … [Read more...] about NFC Championship: Ex-Lion Suh shines in L.A.
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 9:10 AM EST Jan 16, 2019 The complexion of the 2019 NFL draft may have already changed significantly. Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma star Kyler Murray threw his name into the hat — for now anyway — ahead of Monday's deadline for underclassmen to declare their intentions. And though options remain open for Murray — he moonlights (sunlights?) as an outfielder and has already been selected in the first round of Major League Baseball's draft by the Oakland Athletics — his potential availability to NFL teams could add quite a bit of spice to a player pool that appears heavily skewed toward defense. So what if Murray is on the board when the draft kicks off April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee? Here's a very early scenario of how the first round might unfold. 1. Cardinals — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama: The Cards go to all the trouble of "earning" the top pick with a 3-13 record, yet they don't need a … [Read more...] about NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions get Michigan DE Rashan Gary