The Super Bowl was less than a week ago, yet us aberrant humans that eat, sleep, and breath the NFL are still thinking about the 2018 season, the big game, and even thinking about next year.
Draftkings and betMGM released Super Bowl LIV odds the same night that Super Bowl LIII took place. The next day, other global online sportsbooks such as Bookmaker followed suit. You might be surprised to find out —or maybe not—that Tom Brady and the Patriots are the odds-on favorites to win it all once more.
It was the game that no one wanted to see. Pretty much the only people happy were Patriots fans and Rams fans. But even they were only half-happy. Most Rams fans were probably just happy to get to the Super Bowl. But still, they would have been more pleased with a battle between young the young stars, Goff and Mahomes. New England Patriots fans, along with every non-Rams fan wanted to see the two old men go head to head in a duel between two of the greatest QBs of all time.
The pretty much every media outlet has been dumping headlines like bore-fest and worst Super Bowl ever. I saw ESPN VIVO (the Mexican broadcast) inserting memes of the fans and players cheering for Pachuca, Cruz Azul and other professional soccer teams in Mexico. Come on, guys … Mexican soccer isn’t that exciting, nor is it nearly on par with European or South American leagues … So in my opinion, that was rather offensive. The grueling truth about your league is that you have a bunch of whiners who throw themselves on the ground, then roll around and cry for five minutes and need to be taken out on a stretcher any time someone breaths on them. And you, ESPN VIVO, have the gall to call a REAL football game boring? Let’s get one thing straight … the only thing good about your channel is the girls running the WWE discussion/debate program, #totalsmokeshow. Anyhow, I digress.
I actually enjoy defensive games and was radically impressed with the coaching. Wade Phillips, Bill Belichick, Sean McVay, and Brian Flores did a great job of countering one-another. That said, it played out almost exactly as I expected. Ok, so I expected a few more points, but I expected the game to be tight up until late in the 3rd quarter or 4th quarter. I made a point about the Patriots ability to keep their offense on the field and methodically wear down defenses, which would eventually neutralize Aaron Donald and McDonut Suh or however you spell his name. Yeah yeah … it’s Ndamukong. Don’t be so sensitive, jeez.
Anyhow, that is exactly how it played out. As I said in previous articles, Tom Brady’s ability to nickel and dime and keep his offense on the field (No. 2 in the league in offensive time of possession) that it would eventually break the run game open and whattaya know, Sony Michel pounded one in for 6; the only touchdown of the game.
The spread was just 2.5 to 3 and then it got moved down to as low as -1 at some spots by heavy, late action on Los Angeles. I called that the Pats would cover -2.5 easily and well, they covered that number by 10.5. So hopefully, you followed that advise and you made a few bucks on the game to make it more exciting. It wasn’t an action-packed game, but it was an intense coaching battle, where great minds collided.