Super Bowl LII: Eagles Bold Predictions
3 February 2018 Opinion
Sunday’s matchup will be exciting and as birds fans can hardly wait for kickoff, they can’t help but wonder what this game will hold. 4th and Jawn’s Ryan Neal and Kelly Carpenter have some hot takes on what could go down.
Ryan’s BOLD predictions for the Eagles offense:
1. Nelson Agholor has a field day against old teammate Eric Rowe.
The Eagles’ use of the RPO allows quarterback Nick Foles to quickly scan the field and take the quick throw if available. Nelson Agholor will be able to get that quick separation all day on the #106 ranked cornerback on Eric Rowe per PFF.
Some players step up in the biggest game of the year and what a better storyline than Agholor being that guy. The player who no one wanted last season clutches up in the biggest moment. Agholor will have 7+ catches for 100 + yards for the Eagles.
2. A familiar face runs wild.
LeGarrette Blount was on the Patriots team last season who won the Super Bowl. Now with the Eagles, Blount will try to stop his former team from winning again. We know the Patriots are going to try their best to stand their ground on the run game. But, luckily for the Eagles, they have a running back who runs through defenses in Blount.
Although the Eagles have a plethora of running backs at their disposal, they will lean on the experienced one to get them through this game. Blount will run for two touchdowns tomorrow.
3. Eagles offensive line dominates, leading the Eagles to victory.
So often, the games in the NFL are won in the trenches and the Eagle have arguably the best offensive line this year. In the biggest game and on the biggest stage, this unit will impose their will on the Patriots defensive line and allow the Eagles offense to thrive. Behind the dominance of the Eagles offensive line, they will fly high in victory and lift their first Lombardi trophy.
Kelly’s BOLD predictions for the Eagles defense:
1. Special teams will be the X Factor.
The last time these two teams met, Eagles special teams came up huge in their victory in Foxborough. I truly believe Eagles special teams will play a major role in this game. For my first bold prediction, Eagles will score on a blocked punt and will also block a field goal attempt.
Small thing to file away for the Super Bowl: Patriots long snapper has been one of least accurate in the league this year, per PFF. Eagles special teams blocked five punts/kicks in 2017.
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 26, 2018
2. Tom Brady struggles and Eagles defense capitalizes.
The Eagles defense will intercept Brady at least 2 times and strip sack him at least 1 time forcing a minimum of 3 turnovers. If that doesn’t seem bold enough then wait until I tell you LB Nigel Bradham is getting one of those picks. Bradham had several opportunities to get a pick all season but did not capitalize. He is always around the ball and in what MAY be the last time he plays for the Eagles, I believe he will come up clutch. Brady struggled most of the AFC Championship game against the pressure from the Jaguars front. Eagles have a stronger rotation and will bring more consistent pressure.
The last time Tom Brady took the field ?#NextGenStats (by @MBUSA) pic.twitter.com/6bsnpEkbkv
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2018
3. Fletcher Cox will win MVP.
Although in the playoffs Cox only has had 1 sack, he has been wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Tom Brady’s biggest struggles come when he cannot step up in the pocket due to pressure in front of him. I feel this is a bold prediction because we all must assume Cox will be double teamed by Belicheck to eliminate his effectiveness and impact on the game. I don’t think the Patriots OL will be able to contain him.