The offensive teams for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams get most of the attention prior to the start of Super Bowl LIII, and that's not a surprise.
Start with Tom Brady and Jared Goff, and observers have the the quarterback who is often regarded as the best in the history of the game along with one of the NFL's top young guns.
Both passers are capable of lighting up the scoreboard, and the supporting running games are dangerous.
Rookie running back Sony Michel has scored five rushing touchdowns in two playoff games, and Rex Burkhead has added three more.
Todd Gurley of the Rams was the top running back in the regular season, and he rushed for 1,251 yards while averaging 4.9 yards per carry and scoring 17 touchdowns. Anderson, who was signed mid-December, has 39 carries in the postseason while Gurley has 20 rushing attempts.
However, he missed the last two games of the regular season with a knee injury. Spread: New England (-2.5) Over/Under: 56.5Money Line: New England (-145; Bet $145 to win $100); Los Angeles ( 125; Bet $100 to win $125) Gurley and head coach Sean Mc Vay insist the running back is healthy and will not face any restriction in the Super Bowl.
While the 24-year-old came back with a 100-plus yard game in the divisional playoff matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, he played an unproductive game against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game. However, when the leading runner in the league has half as many carries as a running back who was signed in mid-December, it leads to questions.
The Rams are going to try to hinder Brady by making sure the New England running game does not get underway.
The combination of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh is capable of doing just that, and they will get help from linebacker Cory Littleton and safety John Johnson, the Rams' two leading tacklers during the regular season.
Donald is also a remarkable factor as a pass-rusher, as he led the NFL with 20.5 sacks.
Suh had 4.5 sacks, and he is one of the strongest men in the game and capable of taking over at any time.
The Patriots are going to depend on middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy to slow down the Los Angeles attack.