Super Bowl LIII Pre-Gamin': RAMS vs. PATRIOTS - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Super Bowl LIII Pre-Gamin’: RAMS vs. PATRIOTS – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

If you’re a Bears fan looking for something to dream on, then Super Bowl LIII has something for you.

Perhaps you’re the optimistic type who hopes that Mitch Trubisky’s obsessive attitude grows into the kind of successful trait that has driven Tom Brady to excellence into his 40s. Maybe you have dreams of Matt Nagy following Sean McVay’s footsteps by taking a much-maligned young signal caller to the Super Bowl in his second year as a head coach and in the third year of said quarterback’s professional career. Do visions of Khalil Mack winning the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award and carrying your favorite team to Super Bowl glory dance in your head? Then you’re probably going to love watching Aaron Donald this evening.

Sure, I’d rather be gearing up for the Bears kicking off in an hour or so. But if we’ve waited this long for that opportunity, what’s one more year?

Game Info

Los Angeles Rams (13-3, NFC champions) vs. New England Patriots (11-5, AFC champions) – 5:30 p.m. CT, CBS-TV (Jim Nantz & Tony Romo (commentators), Evan Washburn & Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporters), Gene Steratore (rules analyst), Jay Feely (special teams analyst)); Westwood One Radio (Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mike Holmgren)

Odds: Patriots (-2.5), Over/Under 56.5.5, via the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas.

Game Thread and Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun for one last time during the 2018 season.

Your Game Preview lives here.

Coaches

Patriots Bill Belichick (261-133) vs. Rams Sean McVay (24-8)

Starting Quarterbacks

Rams: Jared Goff: 4,688 yards, 32 TD, 12 INT, 64.9 completion pct., 101.1 rating

2018 postseason: 40-68, 483 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 79.5 rating

versus

Patriots: Tom Brady: 4,355 yards, 29 TD, 11 INT, 65.8 completion pct., 97.7 rating

2018 postseason: 64-90, 691 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 91.5 rating

Rams Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Jared Goff
  • RB Todd Gurley
  • WR Brandin Cooks
  • WR Robert Woods
  • TE Gerald Everett
  • TE Tyler Higbee
  • LT Andrew Whitworth
  • LG Roger Saffold
  • C John Sullivan
  • RG Austin Blythe
  • RT Rob Havenstein

Rams Expected Defensive Starters

  • DE Michael Brockers
  • DT Aaron Donald
  • NT Ndamukong Suh
  • WLB Dante Fowler
  • ILB Mark Barron
  • ILB Cory Littleton
  • LCB Marcus Peters
  • RCB Aqib Talib
  • SCB Nickell Robey-Coleman
  • FS Lamarcus Joyner
  • SS John Johnson

Rams Specialists

  • Greg Zuerlein (kicker), Johnny Hekker (punter, holder),  Jake McQuaide (long snapper), Jojo Natson (return specialist)

Patriots Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Tom Brady
  • RB Sony Michel
  • FB James Develin
  • WR Julian Edelman
  • TE Rob Gronkowski
  • TE Dwayne Allen
  • LT Trent Brown
  • LG Joe Thuney
  • C David Andrews
  • RG Shaq Mason
  • RT Marcus Cannon

Patriots Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Trey Flowers
  • DT Lawrence Guy
  • DE John Simon
  • LB Dont’a Hightower
  • LB Kyle Van Noy
  • CB Jason McCourty
  • CB Stephon Gilmore
  • CB Jonathan Jones
  • CB J.C. Jackson
  • S Patrick Chung
  • S Devin McCourty

Patriots Specialists:

  • Stephen Gostkowski (kicker), Ryan Allen (punter, holder), Joe Cardona (long snapper) Julian Edelman (punt returns), Cordarelle Patterson (kick returns)

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Author: Luis Medina

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