Super Bowl 53 predictions: A look at what the experts say about Rams-Patriots

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Some members of the Rams are giving the Patriots bulletin-board material as they head into their Super Bowl LIII matchup. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Here's a look at what sports experts and media analysts around the country are saying about the Super Bowl LIII matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.

Shannon Sharpe, LaDainian Tomlinson, Deion Sanders make Super Bowl predictions | NFL.com
The analysts and former players are split over who they think will win Super Bowl LIII, the Rams or the Patriots.

On paper, the Rams should be favored in Super Bowl LIII | SB Nation
The Los Angeles Rams appear to have the better team, but the Patriots' aura is convincing Vegas to set the odds in favor of New England.

Jared Goff can't be ignored anymore | SB Nation
The Rams' Jared Goff has the credentials of an elite quarterback, but hasn't gotten the respect he deserves. That may change soon.

Tom Brady's 2008-19 career alone qualifies him as one of the greatest QBs ever | The Boston Globe
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won three Super Bowls in the early part of his career. Then in 2008 he tore the ACL in his plant leg. If you look at his career in just the last 10 years since recovering from that injury, he'd still potentially rank as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

Old school vs. new school: How do Jared Goff and Tom Brady compare statistically? | Pro Football Focus
Jared Goff was just seven years old when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl. The 17-year age gap between them is the biggest ever in a Super Bowl. Here's a look at how the two quarterbacks compare in some of the more advanced statistical categories such as passer accuracy and performance on play action.

Vegas oddsmakers give Patriots the edge over Rams | Bleacher Report
Vegas has the Patriots at -2.5 but the Rams defense might give them an edge if Super Bowl LIII turns into a shootout.

Sean McVay, Bill Belichick texted each other after games throughout the season | ESPN
Their teams are facing each other in the Super Bowl but Rams head coach Sean McVay and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have maintained a friendly relationship by text throughout the 2018 season. McVay says Belichick would send him messages of congratulations after big Rams wins. Belichick says: "I have a ton of respect for Sean."

5 years after 'snow jam' big storm takes aim at Atlanta as fans pour in for Super Bowl | ABC News/AP
Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as " snow jam ," another winter storm is threatening the city - just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53. A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for grinding to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.

The matchup between the Patriots and Rams is the NFL in microcosm | Sports Illustrated
The Rams and the Patriots both represent what the modern NFL has become. Both are capable of changing what they do on a week-to-week basis. Both have a very specific vision in what they want their teams to look like, and the roles they need players to fill.

Rams receiver Brandin Cooks thankful he was traded from Patriots | Boston Herald
It's hard for Rams receiver Brandin Cooks to be mad at his former team, the Patriots, for trading him. After all, he got a huge raise, he was sent to a contender and now he's back in the Super Bowl facing his old team.

Video: ABC7's Rob Fukuzaki, Marc Brown, David Ono and Dallas Raines offer their take on Rams vs Patriots
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As the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots prepare to face each other in Super Bowl 53, ABC7 anchors Dallas Raines, David Ono, Marc Brown and Rob Fukuzaki took part in crowning a champ.

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