The 2018 NFL season has come to an end as the Los Angeles Rams face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII with the winner hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
No, the Jacksonville Jaguars are not playing in Super Bowl LIII, but they can learn a few things from the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams later this evening.
While it looked like Jacksonville would be the team to beat after handing the Patriots a 31-20 loss here at TIAA Bank Field, the wheels came off on a dreadful season shortly thereafter. While New England picked itself up and won the AFC East with an 11-5 record, the Jaguars fell in the opposite direction, tumbling to a 5-11 mark.
The Los Angeles Rams were solid throughout the season, winning the NFC West and finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record. Their connection to the Jaguars is the trade deadline move to bring in edge rusher Dante Fowler, who had a big part in the team’s win in the NFC Title game over the New Orleans Saints.
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While we here at Black and Teal wish our team could be part of the festivities, there are plenty of reasons to still enjoy the Super Bowl. After tonight, there won’t be meaningful games to talk about until July. Our writers predict the winner of tonight’s game.
Tony Sottile- The Patriots won’t make mistakes. And with the exception of some David Tyree-esque heroics, they finish tonight with Brady hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the 6th time, just as he did in his first Superbowl against the Rams of St. Louis. Patriots win, 34-24.
Kathy Clark – I would love to see the Rams win the Super Bowl. First I love the underdog. Also a former Jaguar, Dante Fowler, is on the team. Finally I am totally tired of the Patriots. However I believe the Patriots will win. Why? Because they almost always win. Patriots 24 Rams 13
Lorenzino Estrada – Two teams that couldn’t be anymore different face off in Super Bowl 53. The young and exciting Rams team has against the wise and solid Patriots team. This will be a match made in the trenches.
Whoever attacks the QB will win. This is where Jared Goff will falter. New England continues their dynasty. Patriots win 27-24.
David Levin – It’s hard for me to look at this game and pick against the Patriots, but I am going to. This season has been Bill Belichick’s best coaching job, but his defense will have issues with Sean McVay’s offense.
It boils down to offensive production. The Rams have a more potent offense and win in a shootout. Los Angeles takes home the Lombardi Trophy, 31-30.