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Philadelphia Eagles’ Jim Schwartz on Super Bowl: ‘I’m hoping that it’s not a neutral site’ - PennLive
In his weekly meeting with the media Tuesday, Schwartz was asked about the prospect of playing at a neutral site and what it meant for the Eagles. ”I don’t know,” Schwartz said. “We haven’t played any neutral site games, so I don’t know.” Then Schwartz shifted his focus to the team’s fans. ”I do know this, and I felt this after the game,” Schwartz said. “I think everybody felt how much the city celebrated with our team. And it’s been a while since the Eagles have been in a Super Bowl, and we haven’t won one. I think the fans that are able to make it to Minneapolis, just like the fans that made it to Los Angeles and so many places along the way for us, they’ll turn it into a home crowd for us, and I think that’s a great thing. Our Eagles fans travel. It’s tough travel. The Super Bowl’s a tough ticket, but I think that we’re going to see a lot of green and we’re going to hear a lot of people singing our fight song. I’m hoping that it’s not a neutral site.”

Data suggests Eagles will have Super Bowl ‘home field advantage’ over Patriots - PhillyVoice
When a sports franchise wins a lot, and the most key figures in the organization have been caught cheating multiple times, fans of other teams around the league tend to begin to hate that team. According to data from, the Eagles are the overwhelming popular pick in the Super Bowl over the Patriots, as shown in this map.

Some Vikings fans are being real sore losers about Minnesota’s loss to the Eagles - BGN
Take the L and move on, folks.

Afternoon QB With BLG And James Seltzer: Initial Thoughts On The Eagles Going To The Super Bowl -
Brandon Lee Gowton welcomes the James Seltzer (the first ever guest) to the Afternoon QB to talk Super Bowl. Brandon and James begin by soaking in the NFC Championship Game victory and talking about what it was like inside the stadium. The guys also discuss the brilliance of Doug Pederson and Nick Foles’ finest performance. Lastly, BLG and James predict what storylines you can expect to see over the next two weeks, tackle some Super Bowl over/unders, and more.

A Must-Do For Offense: Stay Aggressive -
It’s too early to have a sense of what the Eagles have in mind for New England in Super Bowl LII (I love typing that!) but you can be sure that this veteran coaching staff will approach things aggressively. That’s the personality of this football team. And it shows up on gamedays ...

Eagles’ Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz say they’re undaunted by Pats’ Super success - Daily News
Reich, too, has had his bouts against Belichick and Brady, in a coaching career that includes stints with the Colts, Cardinals and Chargers. The Colts-Patriots rivalry was intense when Reich was in Indianapolis, from 2008-11. “I have an immense amount of respect for him and his staff and what he’s done and what they have accomplished,” Reich said, when asked if it isn’t hard to keep from being cowed by the prospect of facing Belichick in the biggest game. “We all know how hard that is. But we respect everybody, we don’t fear anybody. We like our players. We like our staff and how we are going to game plan, as well, so we look forward to the challenge.”

Philadelphia has fallen in love with Doug Pederson: A timeline - Billy Penn
After Doug Pederson’s first year as Eagles head coach, some fans and media (read: mostly sportstalk radio yappers) wanted him fired. Now, as he prepares for the final game of his second season in charge, those same people hope to throw him a parade. Looking back on some of the Pederson-era stories we’ve published over the last two seasons, it’s hard to gauge exactly when the city fell in love with him — it might not have been until after the playoff win over Atlanta — but at some point around this season’s bye week, the question marks about his ability as a head coach changed to exclamation points.

Vikings Fans Planning To Sign Up As Uber Drivers & Drive Eagles Fans To Wrong Location For Super Bowl - Total Pro Sports
After the crap Vikings fans had to deal with in Philadelphia from Eagles, the fans want some pay back after being eliminated from the playoffs and denied the chance to see the team play a home Super Bowl game. Instead of getting them back with violence, Vikings fans plan to sign up with Uber and drop Eagles fans off everywhere but the stadium to see the game.

Super Bowl 2018: Eagles coaching staff can stack up with anyone, even the Patriots - CBS Sports
If we’re talking about Super Bowl LII and the 2017 season, however, we’re talking about the here and now. Here and now, of course, you’d be a fool not to think Belichick and Brady have enough up their sleeves to make a legitimate run at Super Bowl No. 6, especially because, you know, they’re one win away from doing it. But you’d also be a fool not to consider that Philadelphia has been dominating on a whole lot more than the football field this year. Take it to the drawing board, the film room, the practice sessions and then revisit how, exactly, the Eagles advanced to this moment, and you’ll be hard pressed to come away without confidence that Pederson and his assistants have more than a fighting chance. Against the Patriots. In the Super Bowl.

Reminder — Jay Cutler beat the Patriots this season - NBC Sports Philadelphia
At this point, Eagles fans probably don’t need much convincing that their team is going to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. But just in case anybody out there thinks the Eagles have no chance at knocking off the greatest dynasty in NFL history, I would like to introduce Exhibit A into evidence. A Jay Cutler-led Dolphins squad defeated the Patriots, and not even all that long ago. It happened in December.

Mike Trout picks Eagles to fly past Patriots 31-24 in Super Bowl - ESPN
“It’s going to be tough,’’ Trout said Tuesday. “Obviously, I wish the best to anybody that goes up against Tom Brady. He’s the greatest of all time. But I still think the Eagles are going to pull it out. I think they’re going to win 31-24, on a late interception (off) Brady.’’

QR Bonus: Keys To Beating New England - Football Outsiders
How do the Eagles’ weapons match up with New England’s weaknesses? The running backs could be most important, obviously, in both the running and the passing game. In the playoffs, the Eagles have relied most heavily on Jay Ajayi (33 carries, eight targets), with LeGarrette Blount (15 carries, no targets) and Corey Clement (three carries, six targets) in more specialized roles. Clement, though, may deserve more carries in the Super Bowl if the Eagles want to exploit the Patriots’ weakness against middle runs. On 28 carries up the middle this season, Clement averaged 4.1 yards per carry, with a 27.9% DVOA and 61 percent success rate. Those are much better numbers than those posted by Blount (98 carries, 4.6-yard average, -10.0% DVOA, 45 percent success rate) or Ajayi (23, 4.0, -22.9%, 39 percent) on runs up the middle. (Those are Ajayi’s numbers with the Eagles -- with the Dolphins, he averaged 3.2 yards on 74 middle runs, with a -7.0% DVOA and 50 percent success rate.)

Q&A with Joe Banner: Targeting in the NFL; the Belichick coaching tree; Eagles back in the Super Bowl - The Athletic
The Eagles were actually really open about the hiring of (coach) Doug Pederson being in some ways a return to the era of Andy Reid. I see similarities in that we both made a lot of trades, and tried hard to re-sign our own guys early to get a long-term core of players and have continuity. And we also both prioritized getting a difference-making quarterback. There was also an effort in roster-building to try and dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. You look at their two playoff games and say how are they winning with a backup quarterback who at least until recently didn’t even look like a very good backup quarterback? But the success they’re having is controlling both lines of scrimmage combined with really good game plans on both sides of the ball. That’s how they won last Sunday, and that’s how they won the games late in the season when Foles came in. On paper, they have a better offensive and defensive line than the Patriots. If they win the Super Bowl, it’ll be because they were able to dominate the offensive and defensive lines.

Super Bowl LII: Danny Amendola and the Patriots offense can beat the Eagles pass coverage - Pats Pulpit
If the Eagles play off the receivers, the Patriots will set up the Philadelphia defenders with a lot of comeback or stopping routes to take advantage of the cushion. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will use these plays to set up an eventual double move for Cooks and Hogan to get them open behind the secondary in ways that the Falcons failed to create in the divisional round. And if the Eagles play close to the receivers, the Patriots will use the rub routes and Danny Amendola, James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkehad and Rob Gronkowski will be able to rack up yards after the catch in the middle of the field.

Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects for 2018 NFL Draft -
1 - Saquon Barkley - Barkley is one of the most dynamic running backs to enter the NFL in the last decade. He’s built like a brick house, with an extremely thick/muscular lower body. On inside runs, he’s quick to press the line of scrimmage before stopping, sorting and then exploding through the hole. When he decides to bounce the ball outside, Barkley has an incredible lateral burst. He’s at his best on stretch runs. When he puts his foot in the ground and drives upfield, his suddenness is exceptional. He rarely drops his shoulder on contact, but his lower-body strength allows him to power through tacklers, and he also possesses a violent stiff arm. He has elite home-run speed and can make defenders miss at the second and third level without gearing down. Barkley’s a versatile weapon in the passing game, capable of splitting out wide and running receiver routes with ease. He has natural hands. He’s also reliable in pass protection, displaying both awareness and willingness. Overall, Barkley is capable of becoming the best player at his position very early in his NFL career.

The Eagles put Philadelphia in the spotlight, and now we’re going to show all of you - SB Nation
The Philadelphia Eagles will be Super Bowl underdogs representing an underdog city. It’s finally time for Philly to shine.


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