Sunday, February 4th at 6:30: NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles vs. AFC Champion New England Patriots (-4.5)
The Super Bowl matchup is set as Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4th. The Patriots will try to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since they did so in 2004, which was also against the Eagles. Philadelphia will try to finish off an unlikely turnaround from the prior year, in which they went 7-9, with a championship under second year head coach Doug Pederson and backup quarterback Nick Foles. The Patriots are going for their sixth Super Bowl title in franchise history while the Eagles are looking for their first ever Super Bowl championship.
The key matchup to watch in this game will be the Eagles defense against the Patriots offense. Philadelphia has one of the better defensive fronts in the NFL and does an excellent job at applying pressure and forcing turnovers. The Jaguars defense did a great job against Brady for three quarters, and I think the Eagles defense is equally as good so they will have to play up to their potential to have a chance in this game. This will of course be hard to do with the weapons the Patriots have on offense. Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis, James White, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, and Rob Gronkowski are all key parts of the offensive attack and really put the pressure on the defense to figure out how to slow down all of them. I think the X factor will be Gronk, because he creates a matchup nightmare for any defense. The Patriots have been using him carefully throughout the entire season, but now that it’s the Super Bowl, look for New England to unleash him in a variety of formations.
The other side of this battle is the Eagles offense against the Patriots defense. After a horrendous start to the season, the Patriots defense fought back to finish middle of the road in the regular season. Stephon Gilmore has been a lockdown corner for the Patriots in his first year after a tough stretch to start the season. However, the Patriots have continued to struggle to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks in the passing game. While Nick Foles is obviously not as good as Carson Wentz, he proved against Minnesota in the NFC Championship game that he can still pick apart great defenses under the right game plan. Matt Patricia will have to really dig deep to find a way to pressure Nick Foles when he drops back to pass. The Patriots have generally always had a good rush defense, but cannot overlook two powerful running backs in Jay Ajayi and former Patriot Legarrette Blount.
I think these two teams are very close in terms of talent and I can see this game going either way. I think it will be very close battle and ultimately decided by a key turnover late in the second half. I think the Patriots do ultimately have the edge because of coaching, super bowl experience, and special teams, so I’m going to pick New England to win 27-23.
BONUS PROP BETS:
- EAGLES +4.5
- UNDER 48 points scored
- National Anthem OVER 2:00
- Coin Flip HEADS
- Tom Brady OVER 1.5 rushing yards
- BLUE Gatorade
- DION LEWIS MVP
Let me know your thoughts and predictions in the comments down below.