So I've pondered this prediction for the past week. Who'll win? Can Philly's front four do enough to terrorize golden boy Tom Brady? Can Zach Ertz be a factor, even as he's double-teamed? These are some of the questions that will be asked as Super Bowl 52 takes place this Sunday in Minneapolis.
Now let me make something clear to my readers. I believe Philadelphia has a shot. The imposing front four consisting of players like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham can cause problems and disrupt the Patriots' passing game. As Tom Coughlin's teams have shown, a good defensive line can make the rest of the defense better. That's how the Giants beat New England twice in the past eleven Super Bowls. Philly winning is dependent on how Nick Foles does under center as well. Will the Napoleon Dynamite clone fare well against an imposing Patriots team that bends, but doesn't break on defense?
It'll also be key for the Eagles to get the early jump on the Pats. In all seven of Tom Brady's Super Bowl appearances, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. We saw what happened when a team like Atlanta got an early jump on New England in the Super Bowl (28-3). However, Philly seems more hungry and has the defensive line to cause havoc for Brady all game.
With all this being said, I did pick New England to win the Super Bowl. The combo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, while showing some fractures, is still one of the toughest in the NFL. I believe that Brady will pull out some fourth-quarter magic again and will win ring No. 6 in Super Bowl 52 by a score of 32-29. However, don't discount the Eagles in this game or be surprised if they win.
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