Unlike most years, we truly have the 4 best teams in the NFL playing on Championship Sunday. At least, in my opinion. Today promises to have a lot of action and, hopefully, competitive games. We’ll see 2 legendary QBs as well as 2 up and coming QBs of the future. This is the type of day that football fans dream of.
In the AFC we’ll see Tom Brady’s Patriots take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. This game will more than likely have offenses moving up and down the field all day. The Kansas City Chiefs will rely heavily on the passing game. Mahomes has a couple of the best targets in the NFL. Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce are hard to contain. How the Chiefs use Damian Williams out of the backfield could very well dictate their overall effectiveness today. He doesn’t have to be a superstar, but he needs to be effective enough to keep the Patriots defense honest.
Tom Brady, as in seasons past, will depend on Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. Edelman always seems to be open and, while Gronk hasn’t had a typical Gronk season, he’s still a threat. The multi-faceted running game is the strength of the New England Patriots offense. Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead provide a 3-headed monster that can run it down your throat, beat you on the outside, and also become an extra receiver. Tom Brady has weapons and, rest assured, he and Belichick will utilize them to the full extent.
The NFC gives us Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints vs Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. Drew Brees has the benefit of the best RB tandem in the league. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram give the Saints fresh legs at all times and both are very versatile. Michael Thomas is proving to be one of the best WRs in the NFL. He had a career day against the Rams in the regular season. Throw in a healthy Ted Ginn and Tre’Quan Smith, and Brees should see another 300+ yard day.
The Los Angeles Rams have relied heavily on their running game in recent weeks. The addition of CJ Anderson has given this team a much needed spark. It has also allowed Todd Gurley to heal. Gurley was removed from the injury report this week, so we can assume he’s 100% now. Despite losing Kupp this season, Jared Goff still has weapons. Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Josh Reynolds will look to expose the Saints’ secondary. I expect this game to be high scoring with several lead changes.
As of this morning, both games had a 3 point spread, with Kansas City and New Orleans being the favorites. Suffice it to say, any combination is possible for the Super Bowl matchup. Personally, I’d love to see 2 legends go head to head. Having said that, I’d also like to see a Goff/Mahomes young stud contest. Either way, the clear winners are going to be football fans. Enjoy the games.