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Philadelphia rides their O-Line to the Super Bowl, selected as PFF’s Offensive Line of the Year - PFF
This year, the best line in the game was the Philadelphia Eagles, despite losing one of the best left tackles in the league to injury mid-way through the year and replacing him with one of the worst. The Eagles’ unit boasted some of the top performers at their respective positions, and as much as they downgraded at left tackle during the year, they upgraded at left guard when they sent Week 1 starter Isaac Seumalu to the bench and replaced him with veteran Stefen Wisniewski. While Seumalu gave up four sacks and four more total pressures in two starts, Wisniewski allowed just one sack all season and 11 total pressures.

This Boston news segment about Eagles fans is so dumb and ignorant - BGN

Moron Vikings fans are planning on false imprisoning Eagles fans the week of the Super Bowl - PhillyVoice
But beyond the stupidity of it, it’s potentially a crime. For the purpose of being thorough, we contacted the Bloomington Police Department (that’s where a whole lot of hotels are for the week of the Super Bowl). According to them, it is not necessarily a crime for the Uber driver to take you to a wrong location. However, it’s pretty easy to see if your driver is veering off-course, because you yourself will have the same GPS directions on the app on your phone as the driver. If something appears not to be right, ask to get out of the car. If the driver does not allow you to do so, they can be charged with false imprisonment.

For Real - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are not a team of destiny. This is not a fluke. I can’t stress that enough. If you like analytics, Football Outsiders had the Eagles as 5th in DVOA this year…and last year. Those 7-9 Eagles were a handful of plays from having a winning record. This year the Eagles were a good team that made clutch plays. In close games, that meant winning. In other games, that meant blowing it wide open and winning big. Even with the useless season finale, the Eagles finished the season 7th in yards gained and 3rd in scoring. They were 4th in points and yards allowed. You don’t post numbers like that based on heart, luck or destiny. That’s an outstanding football team.

Every matchup that matters for Super Bowl LII - ESPN
Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles. Advantage: Patriots. You didn’t need ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for that one, even after Foles’ killer performance against the Vikings. Philly’s No. 4 scoring defense is stout but, in his three starts for injured MVP candidate Carson Wentz, Foles had the league’s worst QBR (7.6) when pressured. And the Pats’ D was tied for seventh in sacks. How’s Brady under pressure? Google Super Bowl LI.

Chris Long: ‘I Felt At Home This Year’ -
For eight seasons, Chris Long toiled in his trade as a member of the St. Louis Rams and he was a darn good football player, a leader in the locker room, and a man who never experienced the thrill of playoff football. Now he’s an experienced postseason hand, having won Super Bowl LI with New England and making a return trip with the Eagles for Super Bowl LII ...

Which Version of Nick Foles Will the Patriots Game-Plan For Ahead of the Super Bowl? - Sports Illustrated
After Eagles coach Doug Pederson stumbled across what seemed like the perfect gameplan for Nick Foles in the divisional round against the Falcons, we saw out-of-character plays like the 53-yard bomb to Alshon Jeffery and the flea-flicker to Torrey Smith in the NFC title game against the Vikings. How will the Patriots game-plan for the unpredictable backup QB?

With the Eagles, expect the unexpected - Boston Globe
This could be a big game for the Patriots’ no-huddle offense. Don’t let the Eagles substitute their defensive linemen, keep them in the same personnel, and dictate the matchups at the line of scrimmage. The Patriots were able to get their receivers lined up across from linebackers throughout the game against Jacksonville, and will try to do the same against the Eagles’ zone coverage.

Super Bowl 2018: If Nick Foles wins it all, what happens at QB for the Eagles? - CBS Sports
But let’s say, for the sake of the argument, regardless of how it’s done, Foles does win Super Bowl LII. Let’s say he becomes the first quarterback in Eagles history to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Heck, if you want to get crazy and imagine he even wins Super Bowl MVP or something, go for it. We’re still left with one burning question. What happens next?

Brady’s SB flaw, Pederson’s staff, and more in Roob’s observations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Which brings us to this: Brady has thrown 309 passes in his seven Super Bowls, completing 207 of them, but he has only one career Super Bowl completion of 35 yards or more. That was a 52-yarder to Deion Branch against the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. His next-longest Super Bowl completion is a 33-yarder to Daniel Graham in the same game. And those are his only career Super Bowl completions of 30 yards. That’s fascinating to me. Donovan McNabb in his one Super Bowl had more 35-yard completions (two) than Brady has in seven. Heck, Antwaan Randle El has just as many, and he was a wide receiver who threw one pass. Interesting. I don’t know how many 75-yard drives you’re going to manage against this Eagles defense without at least one chunk play. If the Patriots stay true to their Super Bowl history and Brady focuses on high-percentage, low-yardage plays, I think that’s good news for the Eagles’ defense.

Eagles kicker and suburban native uses trip to Super Bowl to help family of slain teen - WGNTV
A Western Springs native is getting to play in his first super bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles and his hometown couldn’t be prouder. But he’s also using the Super Bowl hype to help support the memory of a murdered classmate. From Philadelphia to Minneapolis to the Western Suburbs, this year’s Super Bowl is taking on a much deeper meaning for the family and many friends of Kelli O’Laughlin.

RPO: Three letters that just might propel the Eagles to a Super Bowl win - Daily News
Nick Foles may not be the running threat that Carson Wentz was. But it hasn’t hurt his effectiveness in being able to execute one of the Eagles’ most potent playoff weapons - run-pass option plays.

All-22: Eagles must mix up coverages against Tom Brady, dangerous Patriots’ passing attack - The Athletic
Defending the Patriots’ offense is a “pick your poison” type of deal. Their offense is put together from a personnel and schematic perspective to provide Brady with answers to most problems that defenses present. Even if opponents can confuse him for a half, he’s going to eventually figure out what they are doing. The only real answer has always been to pressure with the front four, and luckily for the Eagles, they have a lot of pass rushers to rotate in and out of the lineup. While the secondary will do the best it can against the Patriots’ dangerous chess pieces, this battle will ultimately be won or lost by the pass rush.

Senior Bowl – Day 2 – South - Scouts Notebook
WR James Washington had another standout performance. He got off to a slow start, but then made play after play. He is physical and can deal with aggressive CBs. He has terrific hands and hauled in a long TD. Washington has the speed to go deep, but is also comfortable working the middle of the field. He’s got an odd build at 5-11, 210, but I’ve been very impressed with him so far.

Super Bowl 52: How the Patriots have had success against Jim Schwartz’s defenses - Pats Pulpit
New England has faced off against Bill Belichick’s acolyte before- and they have a strong track record of success.

Trey Flowers is the unsung hero of the Patriots’ defense - SB Nation
Big-time players make big-time plays when their teams need it most. Flowers helped the Patriots get back to the Super Bowl, and earned retired NFL defensive end Stephen White’s Hoss of the Week award for his efforts.


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