Well Eagles fans, you all finally made it back!
You all have endured the post-Donovan McNabb era and have put up with many disappointing teams. You have gone through numerous great players like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Nnamdi Asomugha and still didn’t anything of note.
But, with a ferocious defense and arguably the best backfield in football, you have made it to the big dance this year. A lot of people are counting you out, but here are some reasons I think the Eagles can bring home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Simply put, the Eagles defense has been phenomenal this season.
Everyone from the defensive line to the defensive backs have been playing lights out. Offenses seem to look lost whenever they’re matched up with the Eagles D. The defense has allowed a grand total of 17 points this post-season and only allowed a 100-yard rusher once this season.
When it comes to the passing game, the Eagles secondary has been shutting down some of the most elite quarterbacks in the NFL. The likes of Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Jared Goff all failed to pass for 300 yards against the Eagles DBs.
Tom Brady may be the most elite quarterback of all time, but he’s going to have his work cut out for him on Sunday.
Dangerous Running Game
With the acquisition of Jay Ajayi at the mid-season trade deadline, the Eagles added to an already dangerous backfield.
With Ajayi as the all-around back, LeGarrette Blount as the goal line back and Wendell Smallwood as the 3rd-down back, the Eagles have options out of the backfield for any circumstance.
With a shared backfield comes the ability to let your backs get rest in-between downs, which allows for fresher legs. The Patriots backfield mainly consists of smaller backs that are shiftier and more versatile, which gives Brady another option when he drops back.
Nick Foles And His Receiving Corps
Foles is no Brady, and it’s highly likely that he never will be, but he has been playing lights-out this post-season.
He’s put up impressive numbers against against good defenses in the Vikings and Falcons and hasn’t made many mistakes since Carson Wentz went down in December.
His receiving corps is also more talented than the Patriots’, minus Rob Gronkowski, who is one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the league.
But with Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor, Foles has a lot of stars to throw to, which will help the offense get a rhythm against Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit.