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Stopping Gurley & Anderson Key for Patriots in Super Bowl LIII

The New England Patriots have outlined to their strategy against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

According to Patriots players, a Super Bowl LIII win will come down to stopping the Rams running backs.

The Rams offense is formidable in the shape of Todd Gurley and C.J Anderson. Forewarned is forearmed, and New England is acutely aware of the threat.

“Both of those players are outstanding,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Wednesday.

“A lot of the plays are the same, if not all of them.”


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The New England Patriots have good reason to be confident of stopping the Rams offense in Super Bowl LIII. Only two running backs rushed more than 100 yards against them in the regular season, Kerryon Johnson and Jaylen Samuels.

Their defence also held up in the postseason. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers only mustered a combined 60 rushing yards against them.

“We’ve faced a lot of great running backs this whole season,” defensive end Lawrence Guy told

“There have been a lot of good combinations of running backs and every last one of them had their own unique abilities to make plays just like Gurley and Anderson.

“We have a good system together to control the run game and we know they’re going to make plays, we’re going to make plays. We just have to limit the big plays they make and continue to go out there and play ball.”


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Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers says that they will need to tackle the Rams running backs effectively.

“Tackling is going to [be] high on our to-do list as far as executing,” Flowers told

“You have to tackle well as far as the defensive linemen. Obviously, you got to get yourself in position so you got to play with fundamentals, technique and play with physicality, and just get off the offensive linemen and make the tackle.”

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