Patrick Chung is literally the best TE defender in the league.My gut feeling is that the Pats win this in convincing fashion but not a blowout. But having said that, I would be surprised by any outcome including a blow out either way. I have not watched much Eagles football this year, mostly the NFCCG and only some of their divisional round win over Atlanta.
I don’t think they’re as good as they looked in the NFCCG but I’m concerned about Ertz. This Pats defense seems vulnerable to decent tight ends. The Eagles defense doesn’t scare me at all and I expect the Pats to move the ball and score. Of course I thought the same thing last year about Atlanta’s D and was unpleasantly surprised in the first half.
Pats by 7 for their biggest margin of victory in a Super Bowl.
Nick Foles and accurate are oil and water. He hits some deep balls and wildly misses mid range. Not built to attack this DHurts me to write it, but Eagles 24, Patriots 20.
- Unfolds very similarly to the Jags game, except the Eagles don't waste possessions, commit costly penalties or sit on a 11-point first half lead
- All the calls go the Eagles way (allowing the NFL to point to a David v. Goliath narrative in the face of falling TV ratings)
- Patriots D struggles to get off the field against an accurate, intermediate Eagles passing game
- Eagles front four outplays Patriots OL and harasses Brady the entire game
He just completed 79% of his passes vs a better D last week. Not saying he will, but is there no way he can do what he did to the Vikings D to the Pats D?Nick Foles and accurate are oil and water. He hits some deep balls and wildly misses mid range. Not built to attack this D
As in most games, the bolded is key. Philly was 6 for 13 on 3rd down vs Atl and 10 for 14 on 3rd vs Minny. Has NE really struggled on 3rd down this year/in the playoffs?Pats 27
I think this will be a stressful one all the way through, and the Pats will struggle to get off the field on 3rd down as they have all year. The good news is that the Eagles will have some long drives end in FGs, because they trust in their defense to give them a shot at the end of the game, but as usual the Pats will make second half adjustments that get them a late FG to extend the lead and won't leave Foles enough time on the clock.
Yeah, I gotta say Foles makes me nervous as shit. He's clearly capable of playing at a high level for periods of time, and seems to be hitting his stride after being pretty bad after Wentz got hurt. Meanwhile the Pats defense, while pretty good at keeping points off the board, has allowed mediocre QBs to move the ball on them at times, Bortles last week in the first half as a good example. And the Pats D has also been awful at forcing turnovers and has struggled on third downs at times. He may not play great, but I don't expect him to fall on his face either.He just completed 79% of his passes vs a better D last week. Not saying he will, but is there no way he can do what he did to the Vikings D to the Pats D?
Titans went 5 for 15 on 3rd down and Jaguars went 6 for 15. 11 for 30 (37%) against the Pats D in the playoffs, thus far.Philly was 6 for 13 on 3rd down vs Atl and 10 for 14 on 3rd vs Minny. Has NE really struggled on 3rd down this year/in the playoffs?