As a coach what are you going to be looking for when you watch the game today? Are there any pariticular aspects of the game you are going to focus on to see how it plays out?
I’m going to look to see how Belichick and the Pats Defense looks to take Goff and their pass pro schemes apart. They did an excellent job of this against the Chiefs they left Patrick Mahomes frustrated and definitely out of his comfort zone in a way he hadn’t been all year. I predict they’ll do the same to the Rams, but that the Rams will try harder to establish themselves on the ground and get more going off PAP as a way to protect Goff and play to his strengths.
On the flip side, I’m curious how the Patriots are going to protect Brady and attack the Rams. I expect their game plan will be similar to how they went after the Chiefs there, too, but the Rams will be tougher to run on and should do a better job of covering the short and intermediate zones.
I think the way both coaches handle big calls will be interesting. Going for it on 4th, going for 2, and even a fake punt or FG wouldn’t surprise me.