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When the Super Bowl LIII matchup was first announced, the LA Rams were considered to be the betting favorites. That did not last long, as hundreds of thousands of dollars were posted on the “underdogs” at the time, the New England Patriots. So many bets were placed on the Pats that the odds were switched, making the LA Rams the underdogs a week before the Super Bowl.
Both teams know what it feels like to perform as the underdogs. The Patriots and the Rams were the underdog going into the NFC and AFC Championship games. The Chiefs were a 3 point favorite over the Patriots at the time of kickoff, while the Saints were considered the favorites when the NFC game began.
In many ways, it makes sense that the Rams are considered the underdogs, especially when experience is considered. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been to eight Super Bowls, with LIII representing number nine. Rams coach Sean McVay is in just his second season as a head coach, making his first Super Bowl appearance this season. At 33 years old, McVay is by far the youngest coach in the league, but will need to be wise beyond his years when preparing for Belichick. Belichick is 29-10 with the Pats in the postseason, and will be looking to avenge the loss in last years’ Super Bowl.
The two coaches have a huge gap in experience, and the same gap can be seen in each team’s quarterback. Tom Brady has been to the Super Bowl each of the eight times Belichick was there, winning five of those eight, and earning Super Bowl MVP honors four of the five times. Rams quarterback Jared Goff will be making just his 4th postseason start when he takes the field in Mercedes Benz Stadium on February 3rd.
The discrepancy between player and coach experience has the potential to influence this matchup, and should be kept in mind when placing wagers on this years’ big game.