By: Lawrence Dow
On Sunday February 4th, the Philadelphia Eagles will face off with the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Eagles opened as the largest underdog in a Superbowl matchup since The Arizona Cardinals opened as seven-point underdogs when they played against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2008-2009 season.
The Patriots won against Jacksonville in the AFC championship game but the Jaguars made them earn a hard fought win. The Patriots found themselves trailing by ten points with fourteen minutes and fifty-two seconds left in the fourth quarter.
However, the patriots stayed true to the form they have had for the entire Tom Brady/ Bill Belichick era and the team overcame their deficit by going on a 14-0 run to end the game shutting the door on a magical season for the Jacksonville jaguars, and opening the door for New England to stake its claim as the greatest dynasty in modern sports history.
On the other hand, The Eagles were home underdogs against the Vikings largely due to the perceived inferiority of backup Quarterback Nick Foles. The Vikings came out strong scoring the first touchdown of the games and made Eagles fans reminisce about every big game loss for the last quarter century.
However, the Vikings wouldn’t score again for the rest of the game and the Eagles would score the final 38 points to win the game 38-7 in an unexpected rout of the Vikings. The Eagles defense utterly dominated the Vikings in all aspects of the game. The Eagles are a young and talented team and have a chance to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
While the Patriots are heavily favored, this Eagles team reminds me a lot of the Giants teams that have given the Patriots trouble in the past. The Eagles ability to rush the passer with just their front four allows them to pressure quarterbacks while allowing their linebackers and secondary to sit back and coverage. This makes it much easier for the Eagles to properly cover wide receivers.
The Patriots are a team with a championship pedigree and they know how to win big games. But, I have a feeling that the Philadelphia Eagles will ride a rabid defense to a win in the Super Bowl LII.