News Blitz 1/25: Readying for the Rams

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Though the glory of New England’s thrilling win over the Chiefs in the AFC title game will never really fade, it has become time to turn the analytical page toward the Patriots Super Bowl LIII opponent – the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFC champions are a young, talent-filled team with plenty of big-name players and very little big-game experience.

The Boston Globe offers up what to expect from the Rams defense and just how the Patriots should go about attacking the Aaron Donald-led unit. The Globe has first-year L.A. receiver Brandin Cooks talking about his lone season in New England, which included a trip to the Super Bowl a year ago. The Globe passes along Matthew Slater remembering the first Patriots-Rams Super Bowl in 2002, when the now-Pro Bowl special teamer had a different view of the matchup. Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy writes that the first Patriots-Rams battle in Super Bowl XXXVI was the one that started it all. The Globe notes that CBS analyst Tony Romo still sees the field as a quarterback as he prepares to call his first Super Bowl. The Globe says that offseason trade addition Trent Brown formed his own opinion of the Patriots. The Globe has details of the Patriots sendoff rally set for Sunday morning at Gillette Stadium.

After a jocular press conference on Thursday, the Providence Journal writes that Gronkowski is suddenly more like his old self. The ProJo notes the Super Bowl experience is extra special for first time Patriots. The ProJo passes along word that Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea is the reported frontrunner to become the Dolphins offensive coordinator when New England linebackers coach Brian Flores takes over as Miami’s head coach. The ProJo notes that Belichick once again called unique Rams punter Johnny Hekker a “weapon.”

ESPN takes a look at some of the prop bets for Super Bowl LIII.

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