At the start of the season what were the odds that Super Bowl 52 would be a rematch between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles? It’s a game that will be watch around the world and several will have a rooting interest. Here are our thoughts and predictions.
By Zach Walker
I cannot describe just how SICK I am of the New England Patriots. The Jaguars were SO afraid of making an error in that second half, that they basically shelled up and stopped playing football. They got a really solid performance from their biggest question mark, in Blake Bortles, and they couldn’t capitalize. The Eagles got zero respect going into the NFC Championship game, even though they were at home, then treated their fans to a complete evisceration of the Minnesota Vikings. Nick Foles was poised and in full control of his offense, put together perfectly by Doug Peterson and Frank Reich. I respect the Patriots, because they’ve beaten the teams across from them, but one penalty in the Championship game, I say BS (Dwayne Allen’s hold of Telvin Smith on that final third down to ice it). It’s all about the HEAT that Philadelphia can put on a quarterback, and they can do it the way that the Pats really don’t want to line up against, a four man rush. I’m a Cowboys’ homer, they stopped winning Super Bowls when I two, so watching the Patriots win year-after-year is just F***ing annoying now. As much as it pains me, I want that pass rush of the Eagles to stomp out the Patriots. It could finally be sunny in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 22 – New England 17
By Jay Betsill
Super Bowl LII features the defending champion New England Patriots taking on the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.
The game is a rematch of Super XXXIX, which was played in Jacksonville in 2005 and the Patriots topped the Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens-led Eagles 24-21. 13 years later, the only common denominators between the two contests (other than the same franchises) are New England head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Look for this to be an open contest and while the Eagles do a have an elite defense, their backfield is not as strong as the Jaguars and we all saw Brady and Co. dissect them in the second half of the AFC Championship en route to a 24-20 victory and the berth in their eighth Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick era and 10th in franchise history.
The Patriots should come out firing early to Brady’s various weapons in the passing game and build an early lead which in turn will force the Eagles and Nick Foles to abandon its powerful running attack with Jay Ajayi and former Patriot LeGarrette Blount and be forced to air it out and try and keep pace with New England.
The spread is Patriots -5.5 and the over/under is 48. I’m taking the Patriots to cover and the over with New England winning 35-24.
The key to victory will be Nick Foles. He has to take command off the offense and get the ball down the field. Zack Ertz has to make big plays in the middle of the field to keep the Patriots linebackers honest. Moving the ball will be key to the victory. On the defensive side of the ball stopping those receivers from getting to their spots. Jamming them disrupts the timing of New England’s offense. New England will not come into this game like they’ve already won it. The defense has to be physical from start to finish. The Patriots offense will be okay as long as they can continue running their scripted plays. Look for the Patriots to come out playing like they need to score 50 to win. This game comes down to how well both defenses plays. The over/under is 48 I’m picking Philadelphia to pull this one off in the 4th quarter by 3 points. This game will be that close!
Philadelphia 24 – New England 21