Drew Farmer writes for NFLSuperbowlbetting.com and gives his Super Bowl LII Prediction and game preview.
The New England Patriots will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. The two teams came through very different Championship Games, but this year's edition of the Super Bowl will pit two teams tied for the best NFL regular season record.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
Both the Patriots and Eagles finished 2017 with identical 13-3 records. However, the Eagles looked far less likely to be in the NFL's marquee game when the regular season ended. Week 14 saw the team's starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffer a season ending ACL injury.
Prior to his injury, Wentz had the Eagles rolling, and he looked likely to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award. His replacement, Nick Foles, was far from consistent after taking over. However, Foles rose to the occasion in the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings, as he tossed three touchdown passes. He now takes the Eagles against the Patriots with Philadelphia billed as the underdogs.
Foles and the Eagles have history on their side. Nine times previously, a backup quarterback has led his team to a Super Bowl victory.
The bad news for the Eagles is the last backup signal caller to lead his team to the Vince Lombardi Trophy was Tom Brady. Yes, the same Tom Brady that will lineup under center for the Patriots. Brady led the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI after taking over as quarterback in week 2 of the 2001 season.
Injuries shouldn't be a worry going into Super Bowl LII.
The teams have two weeks between the Championship Games and the Super Bowl to get healthy. Both Brady and Foles were banged up after their respective wins. But neither player is expected to miss the game.
New England goes into Super LII as favorites, as well the team should be. The Patriots are defending Super Bowl champions. The team has won two of the last three Super Bowls, and this year could mark their sixth Lombardi Trophy in the last 16 years.
If Philadelphia want to win against New England, then the team's defense will need to hustle and hurry Brady. The Eagles have a strong defensive line, and it will need to put pressure on Brady. That is easier said than done, but if the Eagles can get Brady rattled, he could make mistakes.
During the 2017 season, however, Brady took more sacks than in the previous year. It didn't faze the quarterback, however, as Brady threw 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He also picked up the NFL Most Valuable Player award. The Eagles need to get in Brady's face early and often, but even then, it may not make a difference.
Ahead of the NFC Championship Game the talk was all about Foles. Many didn't believe Foles could win a big game, and the Vikings challenged him to beat them on his own. Foles threw three touchdowns and for more than 350 yards. His performance proved he can beat a top defense when given the opportunity.
There is a chance that New England's defense will do the opposite of Minnesota, and attempt to stop the Philadelphia passing game first. New England could be happy with letting the Eagles run game have some space as long as Foles isn't able to beat them vertically.
In 2005, Philadelphia lost Super Bowl XXXIX to New England 24-21. The Eagles will be making their third all-time Super Bowl appearance.
Meanwhile the Patriots have been in the big game in three out of the last four seasons. The Patriots are experienced when it comes to this magnitude of a game.
The franchise can seemingly plug someone in when needed and never miss a step. Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are the heart and soul of the Patriots. As long as one or the other is with the team, the Patriots will be the best team in the NFL.
It doesn't matter if New England didn't finish the regular season undefeated like was predicted. The team is playing for another Super Bowl, and with Brady at the helm, there is no reason the franchise won't win its sixth Super Bowl.