The City of Brotherly Love is known for iconic movies, architecture and cheesesteaks. People of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are best known, however, for their die-hard fandom no matter the sport. With their beloved Eagles playing in Super Bowl LII, the expectations are nothing less than to bring a championship back to Philly.
Whatever the outcome of Sunday’s game is, Philadelphia will burn to the ground. For Nick Foles and the Eagles to be named champions of the football world, there are three things that they must do.
DISRUPT BRADY AND THE PAT’S TEMPO
Tom Brady will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. Many give him the title exclusively now even though he is not retired. A key part of Brady’s success is his ability to get his offense to the line and snap the ball before the defense has a chance to get set.
The Eagles defense, however, is not an average defense. Arguably having the best defense in the league from top to bottom, the Eagles will give New England its toughest test of the season.
During the season, the defense of the Eagles was one of the nastiest in all of football. Led by Fletcher Cox and Malcolm Jenkins, the boys from Philly have stopped just about everything that has been thrown at them. For much of the season, the Eagles defense was ranked in the top five in all of the NFL. Philly also ended the season in a four-way tie for the best record in the league with the Steelers, Vikings and Patriots.
The Eagles have been in the back field all year, no matter the opponent. They must continue their dominance and pressure Brady into making quick decisions. If they cannot knock Brady out of synch and disrupt his tempo, they will be in for a long night in Minneapolis.
BIG BOYS MUST PROTECT FOLES
Nick Foles was tasked with one of the toughest jobs when Eagles starter Carson Wentz went down with a leg injury. Not only would he have to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback now, but he would have to keep them in their winning ways and lead them to the Super Bowl.
Foles has been a reliable backup throughout his career, but no one thought that he would be able to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Little did we know that is exactly what he would do. If Foles wants to win it all for Philly, his big boys will have to play the game of their life.
The Patriots have always had a defense that can take away your strength on offense at their will. Luckily for Foles and the Eagles, their offensive linemen are some of the best in the league.
If they can stop the pass rush of New England and give Foles time to make his reads, the Eagles will have a shot at victory.
Along with having one of the best offensive lines in the league, the Eagles also have a talented receiving core. Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor, and Zach Ertz look to tear up the Patriots secondary, but they can only do so if Foles has time to throw.
FORMER VOLS IN SUPER BOWL LII
There is only one school that has sent more players to the Super Bowl than Tennessee (61), and that is the University of Miami (62). The Vols have prided themselves on developing players and sending them off to the next level. This year, Super Bowl LII will only feature one former Vol, and he is only in his rookie season. His name is Derek Barnett.
The Nashville native looks to bring Philly its first Super Bowl victory in his rookie season. Coming out of Tennessee, Barnett passed Tennessee and Eagles great Reggie White as the school’s all-time leader in sacks. Barnett looks to reach another milestone in his young career on Sunday in making the Eagles Super Bowl Champions.
Edited by Ben McKee
Feature image courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles