Check out the Super Bowl LII: New England vs. Philadelphia fearless prediction and game preview.
Super Bowl LII: New England (15-3) vs. Philadelphia (15-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Sunday, February 4
Game Time: 6:30 pm ET
Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Of course you’re going to watch it.
Yes, America might have a wee bit of a New England fatigue, but whatever.
America had an Alabama and SEC fatigue, too, and the College Football Playoff National Championship turned out to be just fine.
They’re still the New England Patriots. they’re still amazing, and they’re always gripping theater.
You could make a reasonable case that their wins over the Falcons in LI, Seahawks in XLIX, and XXXVI over the Rams, and the losses to the Giants in XLII and XLVI, belong in just about any list of the ten greatest NFL games ever. The other two Super Bowl wins over the Eagles and Panthers weren’t terribly far behind.
The franchise just doesn’t play boring Super Bowls. And now there’s another shot at witnessing greatness.
Either we’re all about to see something that adds to the phenomenal legacy of the Belichick/Brady era, or – like Clemson beating Alabama in Tampa to finish up the 2016 season – we’re about to witness a performance that takes down the Evil Empire.
For long suffering Eagles fans, this isn’t necessarily it in terms of their one big shot – especially considering their team is doing this now without their franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz – but they’ve got the right defense, they’ve got the right underdog mentality, and they might just have the right formula to pull this off.
Oh yes, you’re going to watch.
One Reason Why New England Will Win
Besides the It’s Tom Brady In A Super Bowl no-duh analysis, go with the equally obvious Get To The Quarterback rationale.
However, both work.
Pressure, pressure, pressure – New England is bringing it in the playoffs, with eight sacks against Marcus Mariota and three on Blake Bortles. And those two quarterbacks can move.
Nick Foles can’t.
Foles needs to be in a rhythm and he needs to have the timing down from the start. He can’t get comfortable like he did against Minnesota. When it comes to finding that right read on the quick-hitting options when his receivers are settling into their zones, he can’t have time to do more than go with his first look.
Even so, New England is used to giving up lots of yards, big pass plays, and getting chewed up. It’s a long, long game, and Foles will have to be great for the full sixty minutes.
At the end of the day, it’s still Nick Foles, and this is the Super Bowl.
There wasn’t anything to worry about thanks to the defense, but he was awful at the end of the regular season, especially against Oakland when his accuracy just wasn’t there. However …
One Reason Why Philadelphia Will Win
Foles is playing out of his mind at the moment.
It’s not just that he’s hitting everything – he completed 78% of his passes in the two playoff games – but he’s pushing the ball deep, too, averaging close to 9.5 yards per throw. By comparison, Brady is averaging on just under seven yards per pass.
The short-to-midrange passing attack is going to be the Patriot running game – there won’t be anything happening on the ground against this Eagle front seven.
Granted, as good as he was throughout the year, Case Keenum isn’t Tom Brady, but Matt Ryan wasn’t able to get the deep ball going, either. In the playoffs, the Eagles are allowing under six yards per completion – the defensive backs aren’t missing a thing.
It might sound simple, but Philadelphia doesn’t miss a tackle. Force Brady to throw all the time, let him do what he does, and come up with the stop.
As long as the yards after the catch are limited, and as long as there’s at least a little bit of pressure on him, the Eagle D might just take this over from the start.
It’s been done before in Super Bowls against this team and this offense.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s New England in a Super Bowl. It’s going to be way too close.
This might not be the best defense the Patriots have faced in any of their eight Super Bowls – the 2001 Rams were a wee bit better – but it’s right there.
And it has the underdog attitude.
The Giants were able to feed off of the disrespected mindset in their two Super Bowl wins over New England, but more than that, Philadelphia is rock-solid sound.
Again, this team just doesn’t miss a stop, and it’s why it was No. 1 in the NFL against the run. The coverage teams are fantastic, there aren’t a whole lot of major penalties, and it finished third in the NFL in third down conversion defense.
The Eagles will own the time of possession, they’ll be more physical, they’ll win the time of possession battle, and they’re not going to allow a thing on the ground.
And they’re going to lose in heartbreaking fashion on a walk-off Patriot field goal.
It’s New England. It’s the Super Bowl.
New England vs. Philadelphia Super Bowl Prediction
New England 23, Philadelphia 20
New England -4.5, o/u: 48
1: Chief Wahoo … 3
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