The last time the New England Patriots and the LA Rams met was in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta two years ago when the Rams were beaten badly by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, 13-3. Rams head coach Sean McVay has not forgotten the disappointment of losing on the game’s biggest stage, and he is looking for revenge. It was the first time in the 53 years of the Super Bowl that a team has failed to score a touchdown. The two meet tonight for Thursday Night Football, and it’s time for revenge.
The Pats And Rams To Battle
The Rams’ Aaron Donald was on the field in 2019 at Super Bowl LIII. When asked about how he felt to be playing the Patriots again for the first time since the loss he replied, “I try not to think about it. But, you know this Thursday is definitely a game that is going to give you a little bit more push just for a little payback.”
He will get his shot at it tonight as the Rams welcome the ‘Bradyless’ Patriots into their new home facility at the beautiful SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, which was built on the site on the legendary Hollywood Park Horse Race Track.
The Rams actually go into this one as 5-point favorites owing to the fact that they are playing at home and Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has a bruised abdomen and is not exactly at 100%. This could account for the low Over/Under, which is set at 44.5 for the big game.
But the Patriots squad should be well rested having stayed in Southern California after their 45-0 mistreatment of the LA Chargers last week. One of the more interesting aspects of the matchup tonight will be how the two coaches react to each other’s plans and schemes during the game. McVay has learned a lot since Super Bowl LIII, but then he is going up against Belichick.
The Rams Want The NFC West
The Rams are now at 8-4 and find themselves tied with the Seattle Seahawks for first place in the tough NFC West division after a convincing 38-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals when quarterback Jared Goff passed for 351 yards and one touchdown, plus rushed for another.
The Patriots, on the other hand, are at 6-6 and find themselves out of the playoff race for the first time in living memory. The Pats have gotten it together and made a strong push lately winning four of their last five games thereby keeping hopes alive that they will at least be able to post a winning record for the 20th consecutive season. They are currently in third place in the AFC East behind a 9-3 Buffalo Bills team and an 8-4 Miami Dolphins team, neither of which is showing any signs of slowing down.
More NFL Action Ahead
But this is not the only high profile game on tap for Week 14 in the NFL. In the early game on Sunday, the 8-4 Miami Dolphins will be hosting the league leading 11-1 Kansas City Chief featuring Patrick Mahomes and company on offense as 7-point favorites.
Then in the afternoon game the 7-5 Las Vegas Raiders will welcome in the 8-4 Indianapolis Colts as 3 point underdogs at home. The Sunday Night Football game will have the 9-3 Bills taking on Big Ben and the 11-1 Pittsburgh Steelers fresh off of their first loss of the season to Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team. The Bills are 2.5-point favorites.
Monday Night Football will feature the surprising 9-3 Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield hosting the 7-5 Baltimore Ravens who, for some reason, are currently listed as one point favorites in the contest.
The final results of Week 14 NFL action could change up the standings quite a bit, depending on how it comes out.