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New England vs Philadelphia

Posted on: February 2nd, 2018 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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New England vs Philadelphia (Sunday 6:30pm)

It’s a fitting ending to the season as the teams with the two best records meet to decide a champion. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick go for their sixth championship while Philadelphia is looking for their first in franchise history. Philadelphia came close back in 2005 when they were in this game with Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb, but fell short 24-21, to New England with Brady and Belichick. Now its second year coach Doug Pederson and backup quarterback Nick Foles that will try to take down this New England dynasty. Foles will have plenty of help behind a top five defense and and a top five running game. On paper it’s an interesting matchup as well. New England is the 2nd ranked offense while Philadelphia is ranked 4th on defense. New England is 5th in points allowed while Philadelphia is 3rd in points scored. The blueprint to beat Brady is clear and that is to be able to pressure him and hit him often the way the NYG did when they beat them twice in this game. Philadelphia was tied for 15th in the league this year with 38 sacks and had 3 against Matt Ryan in the divisional playoff round this year. Jacksonville sacked Brady 3 times last week and was putting constant pressure on him early in that game. Another thing Philadelphia will look to do is control the clock with their running game. Philadelphia was 3rd in rushing this year while New England was 20th against the run. New England has struggled in this area and in their three losses they allowed 185 yards, 140 yards and 120 yards on the ground. Philadelphia ran for 110 yards last week against the leagues best defense in Minnesota and Nick Foles was Carson Wentz like as he was 26 of 33 for 353 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. It was the most passing yards by a Philadelphia quarterback this year. An even bigger statistic was that he didn’t turn it over and was sacked just once. Which Nick Foles do we see on Sunday? The one that carved up the leagues best defense or the one we saw struggle against a bad Oakland defense. If we get the one we saw against Minnesota then I like Philadelphia’s chances. The Philadelphia defense allowed a league low 79 yards on the ground but were just 17th in the league in defending the pass. It comes back to putting pressure on Brady and being able to run the ball. In a season, especially postseason of being unpredictable, I’ll go with the underdog here to win their first ever championship.¬†Philadelphia 27-24