With the 2018 NFL season at its midpoint, our analysts revisit/revise their preseason award winners, playoff predictions and Super Bowl picks.
Participating analysts: Judy Battista, Jeremy Bergman, Gil Brandt, Reggie Bush, David Carr, Charley Casserly, Jeffri Chadiha, Cynthia Frelund, Dan Hanzus, Elliot Harrison, Daniel Jeremiah, James Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Shaun O'Hara, Adam Rank, Adam Schein, Marc Sessler, Nick Shook, Herbie Teope, Jim Trotter, Reggie Wayne.
Who will win Super Bowl LIII?
1. Los Angeles Rams (11 votes)
David Carr: Rams over Patriots. I'm sticking with my preseason prediction and analysis, because it still holds true. The NFC is absolutely loaded, with about six teams looking like true contenders. It's the Rams, though, who edge out the competition, while Sean McVay proceeds to out-scheme Bill Belichick for his first Lombardi.
Shaun O'Hara: Rams over Chargers. An all-Los Angeles Super Bowl in Atlanta ... They should just consider heading up to the Rose Bowl instead if this matchup comes to pass. In all seriousness, I think this would surprisingly be a defensive game -- much different from their Week 3 meeting, which the Rams won 35-23.
Nick Shook: Rams over Patriots. While an all-L.A. Super Bowl sounds appetizing, the Patriots rise again (perhaps for the final time), upending the Chiefs on the way to a meeting with the unstoppable Rams. Sean McVay completes his meteoric ascension by securing the title the Dodgers couldn't bring home.
2. New Orleans Saints (6 votes)
Gil Brandt: Saints over Patriots. With no legitimate competition in the AFC East and an earlier win vs. Kansas City, the Patriots are looking at another scenario in which the road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxborough. The Saints have been electric on offense, and so have the Rams, but New Orleans has a more experienced quarterback in Drew Brees. Getting a win vs. the Rams this week will be pivotal for the Saints in gaining home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.