This is who will win the 2019 Super Bowl between Los Angeles and New England

This Sunday, February 3, the Super Bowl is beaming live from Atlanta, Georgia where the New England Patriots (11-5) take on the Los Angeles Rams (13-3). As a Yank living in Sydney, I'm loving that Australian bars and pubs are buzzing every Super Bowl, and local joints continue to put on bigger and better events for the game.

But if you're serious about knowing what's about to happen, here's a breakdown of the game with a solid prediction on who will take the title of Super Bowl 53 Champion.

Offence – Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff is a young yet refined, exceptional quarterback, and the Rams have numerous weapons to score often and score big. Superstar RB Todd Gurley was 2018's runner-up MVP, and WR Brandin Cooks has serious open field speed. With WR Robert Woods having a career best season, the Rams became one of 22 teams in history to score over 500 points in the regular season.

RB C.J. Anderson has been a great addition, but the Rams are best when Gurley is running and catching passes. He had only four carries for 10 yds and two dropped passes in the NFC Championship. If his tender knee is still a problem, the Rams offence becomes less potent without him.

Offence – New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady - need I say more? At 41 years old, he's still the best at his craft, and he's led the Patriots to the big game for the ninth time in his career. Some thought losing WR Josh Gordon for the year would hurt this offence, but it's been revitalised by Sony Michel who's rushed for 242 yards in two postseason games. Add James White and Cordarrelle Patterson who can run and catch downfield, and New England becomes dangerous with play action calls that leave WR Julian Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski open for quick slant and post routes. The Patriots scored 37 on the road in a freezing Kansas City in the AFC Championship, peaking just at the right time.

Edge: New England Patriots

Defence – Los Angeles Rams

Aaron Donald is a defensive monster (20.5 sacks for an interior lineman is unheard of) – an easy pick for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Add Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler Jr., and this line could ruin Tom Brady's day. Cornerbacks Marcus Peters (having a solid post-season) and Aqib Talib brought talent and veteran presence to the Rams making their defence ninth in the league in total yards per game (333.7yds).

Defence – New England Patriots

DE Trey Flowers and CB Stephon Gilmore (All-Pro) are the leaders of this unit, and Gilmore will carry a big load in man coverage against the Rams. In the regular season, New England's defence was 11th in rushing yards per game (112.7yds), and 22nd in passing (246.4yds). However, their defensive improvement in the post-season against the run is monumental (30yds per game rushing, 282.5yds passing).

Edge: Los Angeles Rams


The special teams

Often overlooked, field position and key field goals often decide close contests. The Los Angeles Rams have the edge here, as P Johnny Hekker can kick (and fake / turn the game around per the NFC Championship), and K Greg Zuerlein has nerves of steal and accuracy from any distance.

Edge: Los Angeles Rams

The Coaches

The clipboard matchup is perfect drama for television. Rams Coach Sean McVay (33 years old) is "The Innovator" and youngest coach ever in the Super Bowl. Paired with Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips, the Rams will be a solid team for years to come.

New England has "The Professor" – Bill Belichick, who's coaching his ninth Super Bowl. Along with genius Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels and Brady at QB? You've got a 1-2-3 combination that's the best in the history of the game.

Edge: New England Patriots

Of course, there are unknowns 'til the first whistle blows: Will Goff overcome Super Bowl nerves? Who's going to win the battle of the turnovers? Brady's been sacked only five times since Week 11 – can the Rams get to him? Which punter will get the ball inside the 10yd line? Is Gurley healthy? Are the Rams mentally affected by "the worst no call ever" that took the Saints game into overtime? Will injuries affect the outcome? How will Aaron Donald be stopped?

The prediction

With Brady, Belichick, and McDaniels having two weeks to prepare a game plan, they will not lose. It's going to be experience and genius mind(s) over innovation and muscle. The Patriots will mix up the run-pass game, and ball control mixed with clock management will be key to the result.

For Super Bowl 53, Patriots win a classic by 3 points, final score: 30-27.

Tune in on Monday February 4 at 10am AEDT.