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New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams Pick & Prediction DEC 10TH 2020
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams Recap DEC 10TH 2020
After a scoreless first quarter, Stephen Gostkowski's 42-yard field goal with 10:29 remaining in the second quarter gave the New England Patriots a 3-0 lead against the listless Los Angeles Rams at halftime of Super Bowl LIII on Sunday in Atlanta.
The Rams punted on all six of their first-half possessions, picking up just two first downs. The NFL's No. 2 offense in both scoring and yards during the regular season, Los Angeles reached intermission with 57 total yards.
After missing from 46 yards in the opening quarter, Gostkowski converted his second attempt to cap a seven-play, 39-yard drive. The Patriots tallied 12 first downs and gained 195 yards in the half, as 41-year-old Tom Brady completed 15 of 25 passes for 160 yards with one interception. Julian Edelman had seven catches for 93 yards.
The Rams crossed midfield three times -- but only barely. They were stopped at the New England 49 once and the 47 twice, the second time with about four minutes left in the half. Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy sacked Jared Goff for a 14-yard loss on third-and-2 to force another Rams three-and-out.
Los Angeles star Todd Gurley started and rushed for 2 yards on the Rams' first play from scrimmage, but had only two more touches in the half. Dealing with knee inflammation, Gurley missed the last two regular-season games and had only five touches in the NFC Championship at New Orleans.
After the Rams won the coin toss and deferred, the Patriots opened the action with a 38-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson. Following four straight running plays, Brady was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game. Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman deflected a throw intended for Chris Hogan, and linebacker Cory Littleton cradled it before it hit the ground at the 27-yard line.
Los Angeles couldn't take advantage of the takeaway and gave it right back with a three-and-out.
Starting from its own 12, New England drove 60 yards in 11 plays but came up empty when Gostkowski's 46-yard attempt missed wide left. Patriots coach Bill Belichick used two timeouts on the drive, the second with 6:17 remaining in the first quarter. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had his first catch on the drive, a 19-yard gain that took the Pats into Rams territory.
The Rams crossed midfield on their second possession before Johnny Hekker came on to punt for the second time. L.A. tried to draw New England offsides on fourth-and-3 at the Patriots' 42-yard line with no luck, taking a delay of game penalty.
Despite getting inside the Rams' 35-yard line on each of their first two possessions, the Patriots failed to score a first-quarter touchdown for the ninth time in nine Brady-Belichick Super Bowl appearances. After a failure on fourth-and-1 late in the half, New England had just three points to show on four trips inside the Los Angeles 35.
New England's third possession stalled after John Franklin-Myers sacked and stripped Brady near midfield, with center David Andrews recovering the loose ball. It was the first sack allowed by the Patriots this postseason.
It was the ninth scoreless first quarter in Super Bowl history, with the Patriots now involved in five of them (they won the previous four).
--Field Level Media
The New England Patriots aim to complete a sweep of the tenants at SoFi Stadium on Thursday night when they visit the Los Angeles Rams.
The Patriots (6-6) enter the primetime showdown with four wins in their last five outings, including a convincing 45-0 victory over the Chargers in the same stadium on Sunday.
Coach Bill Belichick and team celebrated that triumph by staying in Los Angeles and working out at UCLA as opposed to making a pair of cross-country flights.
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While New England will see the Rams (8-4) for the first time since posting a 13-3 victory in Super Bowl LIII, Belichick is focusing his attention on the present: Specifically Los Angeles' third-ranked total offense (395.3 yards per game) and sixth-ranked passing offense (271.2).
The Patriots have the NFL's third-ranked rushing offense (150.9), however the Rams counter with Aaron Donald leading their second-ranked defense (291.3) and third-ranked rush defense (93.1).
"He's an outstanding player. He can wreck a game. There's no play he's not a factor on, he's right in the middle of the defense," Belichick said of the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who is tied for second in the league in sacks (11).
"You can't really get away from him on any run or pass play. You have to deal with him blocking on every play. He's definitely a major factor in the game."
Donald likely will have his eyes locked on Cam Newton, who accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) against the Chargers. Although Newton threw for just 69 yards, the former NFL MVP was not interested in tossing out any apologies for his performance.
"I am not here to throw up this and throw up that, but however the game needs to be won, that is what I am willing to do," Newton said on WEEI Radio on Tuesday. "That's running the football, that's passing the football, and it's my job to protect the football and be efficient."
Newton (abdomen) joined cornerback J.C. Jackson (hip, knee) and special teams ace Matthew Slater (knee) among 14 players listed as limited in Tuesday's practice for the Patriots.
Although healthy, Los Angeles' Jared Goff likely had his ego bruised following recent criticism from coach Sean McVay. Goff, however, responded with one of his best performances of the season.
Goff completed 37 of 47 passes for 351 yards on Sunday as the Rams ascended to first place in the NFC West with a 38-28 victory over Arizona.
Those are some nice numbers for Goff, who wasn't as successful the last time he faced the Patriots. He completed 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards with an interception and four sacks in the Super Bowl loss two seasons ago.
With the teams renewing acquaintances on Sunday, McVay was asked if that game is still in his mind.
"It's definitely something that's a big memory," McVay said. "You try to move on. It was a very humbling night for myself, but you can't dwell on it. It's about how you move forward, how you transition. But that's the biggest game I've ever been a part of as a coach. ... But that really doesn't have anything to do with how you move forward to the next season, or two years removed from that."
Rookie Cam Akers appears to have taken control of the backfield after rushing 21 times for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. Akers, however, was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report and limited on Tuesday with an ailing shoulder.
Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown would receive more work in the backfield if Akers is unable to play.
We have the Rams winning and covering the point spread at home tonight.
--Field Level Media
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New England Patriots
Los Angeles Rams
|David Andrews||primary: Center||Starter|
|Ja'Whaun Bentley||primary: Linebacker||Starter|
|Byron Cowart||primary: Defensive Linesman||Starter|
|Jermaine Eluemunor||primary: Left Tackle||Starter|
|Stephon Gilmore||primary: Right Cornerback||Starter|
|Lawrence Guy||primary: Defensive Linesman||Starter|
|Damien Harris||primary: Runningback||Starter|
|J.C. Jackson||primary: Left Cornerback||Starter|
|Jakob Johnson||primary: Fullback||Starter|
|Shaq Mason||primary: Right Guard||Starter|
|Devin McCourty||primary: Safety||Starter|
|Jakobi Meyers||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|John Simon||primary: Right End||Starter|
|Joe Thuney||primary: Left Guard||Starter|
|Deatrich Wise Jr.||primary: Defensive Linesman||Starter|
|Adrian Phillips||primary: Safety||Starter|
|Damiere Byrd||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Kyle Dugger||primary: Safety||Starter|
|Anfernee Jennings||primary: Linebacker||Starter|
|Mike Onwenu||primary: Right Tackle||Starter|
|Justin Herron||primary: Tight End||Starter|
|Cam Newton||primary: Quarterback||Starter|
|Jake Bailey||primary: Punter||Substitution|
|Justin Bethel||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Adam Butler||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Joe Cardona||primary: Long Snapper||Substitution|
|Korey Cunningham||primary: Offensive Linesman||Substitution|
|N'Keal Harry||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Jonathan Jones||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Jason McCourty||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Sony Michel||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Gunner Olszewski||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Matthew Slater||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Jarrett Stidham||primary: Quarterback||Substitution|
|James White||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Joejuan Williams||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Chase Winovich||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Tashawn Bower||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Terez Hall||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Cody Davis||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Josh Uche||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Devin Asiasi||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Dalton Keene||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Myles Bryant||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Nick Folk||primary: Kicker||Substitution|
|Donte Moncrief||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Akeem Spence||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Terrence Brooks||primary: Defensive Back||Not active|
|Brian Hoyer||primary: Quarterback||Not active|
|J.J. Taylor||primary: Runningback||Not active|
|James Ferentz||primary: Offensive Linesman||Did not play|
|Isaiah Mack||primary: Defensive Tackle||Not active|
|Jordan Thomas||primary: Tight End||Not active|
|Austin Blythe||primary: Center||Starter|
|Michael Brockers||primary: Defensive End||Starter|
|Austin Corbett||primary: Right Guard||Starter|
|Aaron Donald||primary: Defensive Tackle||Starter|
|Samson Ebukam||primary: Outside Linebacker||Starter|
|David Edwards||primary: Left Guard||Starter|
|Gerald Everett||primary: Tight End||Starter|
|Jared Goff||primary: Quarterback||Starter|
|Rob Havenstein||primary: Right Tackle||Starter|
|Tyler Higbee||primary: Tight End||Starter|
|Troy Hill||primary: Left Cornerback||Starter|
|John Johnson III||primary: Free Safety||Starter|
|Sebastian Joseph-Day||primary: Nose Tackle||Starter|
|Joe Noteboom||primary: Left Tackle||Starter|
|Jalen Ramsey||primary: Right Cornerback||Starter|
|Troy Reeder||primary: Inside Linebacker||Starter|
|Josh Reynolds||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Robert Woods||primary: Wide Receiver||Starter|
|Kenny Young||primary: Inside Linebacker||Starter|
|Cam Akers||primary: Runningback||Starter|
|Leonard Floyd||primary: Outside Linebacker||Starter|
|Jordan Fuller||primary: Strong Safety||Starter|
|Malcolm Brown||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Greg Gaines||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Johnny Hekker||primary: Punter||Substitution|
|Darrell Henderson Jr.||primary: Runningback||Substitution|
|Cooper Kupp||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|David Long Jr.||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Jake McQuaide||primary: Long Snapper||Substitution|
|Johnny Mundt||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Ogbonnia Okoronkwo||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Natrez Patrick||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|Nick Scott||primary: Safety||Substitution|
|Coleman Shelton||primary: Offensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Nsimba Webster||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|Darious Williams||primary: Cornerback||Substitution|
|Van Jefferson||primary: Wide Receiver||Substitution|
|A'Shawn Robinson||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Brycen Hopkins||primary: Tight End||Substitution|
|Tremayne Anchrum Jr.||primary: Offensive Linesman||Substitution|
|JuJu Hughes||primary: Safety||Substitution|
|Morgan Fox||primary: Defensive Linesman||Substitution|
|Justin Hollins||primary: Linebacker||Substitution|
|J.R. Reed||primary: Defensive Back||Substitution|
|Matt Gay||primary: Kicker||Substitution|
|Derek Rivers||primary: Outside Linebacker||Substitution|
|Brian Allen||primary: Offensive Linesman||Not active|
|Bobby Evans||primary: Offensive Linesman||Did not play|
|John Wolford||primary: Quarterback||Did not play|
|Austin MacGinnis||primary: Kicker||Not active|
|Terrell Lewis||primary: Outside Linebacker||Not active|
|Trishton Jackson||primary: Wide Receiver||Not active|
|Xavier Jones||primary: Runningback||Not active|
|Raymond Calais||primary: Runningback||Not active|
New England Patriots
Los Angeles Rams
- Match Start
- Period 1
- Field Goal
- 35 Yards
- FG Kicker: Matt Gay
- 1 Yards
- Rusher: Jared Goff
- Conv Kicker: Matt Gay
- Period 2
- Field Goal
- 29 Yards
- FG Kicker: Nick Folk
- Interception Return
- 79 Yards
- Interception Returner: Kenny Young
- Conv Kicker: Matt Gay
- Period 3
- 2 Yards
- Conv Kicker: Matt Gay
- Passer: Jared Goff
- Pass Receiver: Cooper Kupp
- Match End
- N.Y. Jets W 14 - 28
- Buffalo L 38 - 9
- @Miami L 12 - 22
- @L.A. Rams L 3 - 24
- @L.A. Chargers W 45 - 0
- Arizona W 17 - 20
- @Houston L 20 - 27
- Baltimore W 17 - 23
- @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 27
- @Buffalo L 21 - 24
- @Green Bay L 18 - 32
- @Seattle W 30 - 20
- Arizona W 7 - 18
- @Seattle L 9 - 20
- N.Y. Jets L 23 - 20
- New England W 3 - 24
- @Arizona W 38 - 28
- San Francisco L 23 - 20
- @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
- Seattle W 16 - 23
- Patriots @ Rams 3-24
- Patriots @ Rams 13-3
- Rams @ Patriots 10-26
- Patriots @ Rams 45-7
- Rams @ Patriots 36-35
- Rams @ Patriots 16-23
American Football Conference
|New England Patriots||7||9||0||.438||6.0||0.0||0.0||5-3||2-6||5-0-5|
|New York Jets||2||14||0||.125||11.0||0.0||0.0||1-7||1-7||2-0-8|
|Kansas City Chiefs||14||2||0||.875||0.0||0.0||0.0||6-2||8-0||9-0-1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||8||8||0||.500||6.0||0.0||0.0||2-6||6-2||5-0-5|
|Los Angeles Chargers||7||9||0||.438||7.0||0.0||0.0||4-4||3-5||5-0-5|
National Football Conference
|Washington Football Team||7||9||0||.438||0.0||0.0||0.0||3-5||4-4||6-0-4|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||1.0||0.0||0.0||3-5||3-5||5-0-5|
|Green Bay Packers||13||3||0||.813||0.0||0.0||0.0||7-1||6-2||8-0-2|
|New Orleans Saints||12||4||0||.750||0.0||0.0||0.0||6-2||6-2||8-0-2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||5||0||.688||1.0||0.0||0.0||5-3||6-2||7-0-3|
|Los Angeles Rams||10||6||0||.625||2.0||0.0||0.0||6-2||4-4||6-0-4|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||10||0||.375||6.0||0.0||0.0||1-7||5-3||3-0-7|
L.A. Rams Trends
- TrendOver is 4-0 in Rams last 4 games as a home underdog of 3.5-10.0.Hit %100.00% (4)O/U4|0Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 20-8 in Rams last 28 games as a favorite.Hit %71.40% (28)O/U8|20Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 6-2 in Rams last 8 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.Hit %75.00% (8)O/U2|6Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Rams last 5 games as a home underdog.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U4|1Push0W/L
New England Trends
- TrendUnder is 5-2 in Patriots last 7 games as a favorite.Hit %71.40% (7)O/U8|20Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Patriots last 5 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U2|6Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 16-7 in Patriots last 23 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0.Hit %69.60% (23)O/U16|7Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in Patriots last 5 games as an underdog.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U6|0Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.Hit %71.40% (7)O/U2|5Push0W/L
- TrendPatriots are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.Hit %85.70% (7)O/UPush0W/L6|1
- TrendRoad team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.Hit %80.00% (5)O/UPush0W/L1|4