The only certainty is that Malcolm Butler isn’t going to play. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess what to expect in Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams Sunday night. Maybe this will be the first time New England handily beats an opponent for the Lombardi Trophy. Maybe the Rams will be the second coming of the Chicago Bears with their own blowout, or worse yet, another representative of hard-luck twice handed down by the New York Giants. For all the sustained greatness over the past 17 years, these Tom Brady-Bill Belichick Super Bowls have been anything but leisurely, one-sided affairs. After decades of the Super Bowl delivering an overhyped bore, the past 20 years have instead promised considerable drama, with the Patriots delivering most of the memorable showdowns. Consider that of the nine times the Patriots have been here since 2001, they have played in five or six of the greatest Super Bowls ever. Not in franchise history, but in all NFL history. Will this … [Read more...] about The latest predictions for the 2019 Super Bowl
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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
It wasn’t Sony Michel’s three touchdowns that should have given Patriot fans a familiar sense of the willies. It wasn’t Julian Edelman’s 151 yards receiving, nor Tom Brady’s 343-yard performance against the San Diego Chargers last week that should instill some added swagger heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It wasn’t even the fact that Adrian Clayborn showed up, finally, in the final game played this season at Gillette Stadium. No, the reason the Chiefs should be fearful of another playoff hiccup is because these new Patriots seem a lot like the old Patriots. In that they have a big, lovely chip heading into this year’s showdown for the Super Bowl. “I know everyone thinks we suck, and can’t win any games,” Brady said during his postgame interview on CBS after a 41-28 throttling of the Chargers. “So, we’ll see. It’ll be fun.” Brady’s words followed a … [Read more...] about Patriots-Chiefs prediction roundup
As tempting as it is to issue broad declarations in the immediate aftermath of defeat — and I’ll plead guilty here if you will — perspective sometimes comes around a day or two later, when the frustration begins to fade. So this is what passes as my moment of Patriots clarity for today. It’s wise to avoid presuming anything with them right now, and I mean that in regard to all possible outcomes of this maddening but hardly lost season, good or bad. That includes eliminating them as a Super Bowl contender in this entertaining and unpredictable AFC; hey, if any coach can repair his team in a short time, it’s Bill Belichick, right? But . . . it also includes presuming certain outcomes in the final two games of the regular season against the Bills and Jets. There is more range in the Patriots’ potential outcomes the rest of this season than Ed Reed had in his heyday. Sure, the last few weeks have felt rather lousy, and that is an unfamiliar … [Read more...] about Should Patriots be worried about the Bills and Jets?
Welcome to Season 7, Episode 14 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-yet-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the Patriots’ weekly matchup. When the new season’s NFL schedule is released each April, there are always a few games that immediately jump out as appealing, matchups that are worth anticipating even when the season is still more than four months away. That’s how it is every time the Steelers show up on the Patriots schedule. The Patriots, of course, are a viable Super Bowl contender every year, while on paper the Steelers always look like one. The Patriots have won at least 10 games every year beginning in 2003, and have missed the playoffs just once (2008, when Brady missed 15 7/8 games). The Steelers haven’t had a losing season since 2003, though they did go 8-8 in 2006, 2012 and ’13. The Patriots have beaten the Steelers in five straight meetings, in 9 of 11, and 12 of 15. Sunday’s matchup has significant meaning to both teams. The … [Read more...] about Patriots-Steelers feels like a rivalry, but the numbers say otherwise