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Where will Nick Foles land?

With the 2018-19 season officially over for the Philadelphia Eagles, the looming question about Nick Foles begins. Given the circumstances of the situation in Philly, the Eagles are in all likelihood going to keep starting quarterback Carson Wentz and allow Nick Foles to hit the free agency market. Putting aside all the other quarterbacks expected to hit the market and those to be taken in the NFL draft, what are the potential landing spots for Nick Foles?

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have officially moved on from Blake Bortles, as was made clear by his benching mid-season. This team was 10-6 last season and reached the playoffs as the 3rd seed. In that playoff run, they beat out the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers before being edged out by Tom Brady and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship game. In essence, they were a top 4 team, but they certainly didn’t look like it this year as they ended the season with a 5-11 record.

The majority of the blame comes at Blake Bortles who never seems to make the right throw and right play. With his benching, the Jaguars are officially seeking a solid quarterback to bring this team back around to the playoffs. They still have a dominant defense that only gives up 19.8 points per game, ranked 4th overall in the league. They also have Leonard Fournette at running back and are just one solid quarterback away from reaching the playoffs. Nick Foles should definitely be on the radar of the Jaguars, if not the focal point of their free agency.

2. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have only had 1 winning season, out of 6, with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. This team has more needs than just a quarterback as their defense is giving up 27.1 points per game, ranked 27th, but the question of whether or not Tannehill is the franchise quarterback has been answered and it’s a clear, “No.” The Dolphins aren’t the perfect situation for Nick Foles due to their varying needs to be a solid team, but the Dolphins probably want Foles more than Foles wants the Dolphins and that’s all that matters. They should definitely be in the hunt for the Foles magic, but whether or not it’s a good spot for Foles is another question for another time.

3. Denver Broncos

The Broncos have been searching for a solid quarterback ever since Peyton Manning officially retired after the 2015-16 season. Since then, the Broncos have had 4 different starting quarterbacks in 3 seasons. After signing in free agency, Case Keenum just led this team this past season to a 6-10 record. They’ve yet to find an answer at the quarterback position and should definitely be considering Nick Foles at the position. Their defense remains stout and ready to handle the workload of the game, creating a better situation for Nick Foles.

4. Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins are once again looking for a quarterback after Alex Smith got injured and could be forced to retire from that injury. This is a solid team that was leading the NFC East at 6-3 until Alex Smith went down. After that, they went 1-6 to finish with a 7-9 record. The Redskins would be favored to dominate the weak NFC East if they have a solid quarterback and they looked poised to do so with Alex Smith. A Nick Foles signing makes all the sense in the world for that team, especially considering their rivalry with the Eagles. Stealing Nick Foles from the Eagles gives them insight into the Eagles playstyle and allows them to rub Nick Foles in their face from the other side of the field. Imagine if the Redskins beat the Eagles with Nick Foles and the Eagles season looks doomed, how would the Eagles feel about the quarterback decision to stick with Wentz? A Nick Foles signing doesn’t just significantly help the Redskins, but it could also cause major strife in the Eagles locker room.

5. New York Giants

The New York Giants have an aging Eli Manning who is playing worse and worse each year. With so much talent on the offensive side, there are no excuses for the New York Giants to finish with a 5-11 record. A lot of blame goes to Eli Manning for not being able to make the right throws and plays with a young talented core of wide receivers led by Odell Beckham Jr. and Rookie of the Year candidate, Saquon Barkley. Many Giants fans, including myself, would be interested to see how the team plays with Nick Foles at the helm. It just feels as if Eli Manning’s time has come to an end and a new face of leadership is needed at that position. For similar reasons as the Redskins, a Nick Foles signing would not be surprising.

6. Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden has been shipping out pro-bowl players ever since his arrival in Oakland. Both Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, team-building foundational players, were let go. Seeing Gruden let go of Derek Carr and landing Nick Foles would not be surprising at all. With Gruden, it seems to be “expect the unexpected.” We all expect Carr to be at quarterback for the Raiders next season so a Nick Foles landing is definitely a possibility.

7. Cincinnati Bengals

For very similar reasons as the Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals have to ask themselves whether or not Andy Dalton is the answer for the franchise. After 8 seasons, Dalton has only had 1 season with over 30 touchdown passes and 1 season with over 100 passer rating. If the Bengals conclude Dalton isn’t the answer, the door is open to a Nick Foles entry. Otherwise, this is a very unlikely landing spot for Foles.

8. Minnesota Vikings 

As unlikely as this seems, it is worth considering. The Minnesota Vikings went on a limb last year and signed Kirk Cousins to major contract for 3 years, worth $84 million. This made Cousins the highest paid player in the NFL, but his play did not live up to that paycheck. Cousins was a very solid quarterback, finishing the season with a 70.1% completion percentage, over 4,200 yards passing, 30 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 99.7 passer rating. With all that in mind, Cousins came up short time and again in the biggest moments of the year. In the final game of the year, in which if the Vikings win, they’re in the playoffs, Cousins put up only 132 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 79.4 against the Bears. These are the moments the Vikings signed Cousins for and he came up short time and again. It’s highly unlikely that Foles will be in play this free agnecy for the Vikings, but it’s worth noting that Foles is all about making the big-time plays in the big-time moments.

9. Philadelphia Eagles

That’s right, the Eagles could do the unexpected. Currently, the Eagles have an option on Nick Foles. The Eagles can excersice that option and keep Foles for the 2019 season, but it comes at a cost of $20 million guaranteed. Everyone expects the Eagles to allow Foles to hit the free agency because who pays a backup $20 million? However, the Eagles can surprise us all and exercise the option to keep Foles. Afterall, Wentz does have a history of getting injured and a potential 3rd playoff run by a backup QB in Philly is more likely than not at this point. Other than keeping him, the Eagles can also exercise the option and try trading him. There are a few things the Eagles can do by keeping Foles, but again, the likelihood of paying a backup $20 million is very very slim.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Job Well Done

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints last night, January 13th, in a contested 20 – 14 battle. In the heat of the loss, many were quick to blame wide receiver Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles for the loss because of his untimely drop-turned-interception.

With 2:01 to go in the game, the Eagles ran a play right before the two minute warning. Foles threw the ball into Jeffery’s hands, but the ball slipped through his hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore for the game-ending interception.

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With a day between us and the ending of the game, it’s quite clear that Alshon Jeffery is not to blame for the loss. Yes, the Eagles did have a chance to win the game and yes, the Eagles were near the Saints 20-yard line with about 2 minutes to go until that happened. However, that one play is not the reason why the Eagles lost. It just so happened that that one play was the final chance for the Eagles to win the game and that’s why everyone is so quick to blame Jeffery.

The reality is that the Eagles lost last night because after going up 14 – 0 in the 1st quarter and starting red hot on offense, they did absolutely nothing the rest of the game. Yes, the defense gave up plenty of yards, a whole lot of 3rd down conversions, and plenty of time of possession, but at the end of the day, the Eagles defense did their job. The Eagles defense held Drew Brees and the 30.8 points per game Saints to only 20 points in the Superdome!

Had I told you that the Eagles would hold the Saints to 20 points, you would’ve put all your money on the Eagles to win this game. Any objective person would have believed the Eagles would win had they known the Saints would only score 20 at home in that special Dome.

In essence, the Eagles needed to score more as 14 is clearly not enough to beat anybody in the NFL, especially not in the playoffs. And unfortunately, the Eagles couldn’t do anything on offense for 3 straight quarters. It just happens that Alshon Jeffery’s drop-interception came about on the Eagles final chance. If this play happened earlier in the game, no one would be blaming Jeffery and ultimately, the reality is no one should be blaming him. The blame should go all around on that offense for doing nothing for 3 straight quarters after having a 14 – 0 lead.

With that said, Eagles fans should not be sour, but rather, proud. The Philadelphia Eagles surpassed everyone’s expectations and faced so many different obstacles and were still able to be one interception away from the NFC Championship game!

From the start of the season, the Eagles had a target on their backs as defending Champions. Every team playing them, whether away or home, wanted to give them extra effort because who doesn’t want to beat the Champions? Furthermore, the Eagles had plenty of players get injured before and during the season, especially players in the Eagles secondary. In fact, the only starter left in that secondary from Week 1 was safety Malcolm Jenkins. These injuries had profound effects on the defense and thus the team. It took the Eagles time to learn how to cover up that weakness in the secondary as it was gashing, as shown in last night’s game.

Combining these two obstacles, the Eagles started off very slow and were always near .500 throughout the season until December 9th. On December 9th, the Eagles lost to the Cowboys for the 2nd time in the season and were standing with a 6-7 record. To make matters worse, they also lost their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, to injury.

At this point, every writer, analyst, pundit, everyone including myself, gave up on the Eagles. The season was over according to all us and boy were we wrong. The magical Nick Foles came in and the Eagles went on to win 3 straight games against the Rams, Texans, and Redskins to finish the season with a 9-7 record, earning a playoff spot as the 6th seed. The Eagles then went into Chicago and took down the #1 defense in a tightly contested 16 – 15 game and then came up short to the Saints.

For the Eagles to have made it this far with all the obstacles is something special. As a Giants fan, sincerely, well done Eagles.

Nick Foles Future With Eagles Goes Right Through Alshon Jeffery’s Hands

If you are an Eagles fan (like myself) it was definitely tough to see it end like that, because you know the magic Foles could produce in that last two minutes. Now the biggest question needs to be addressed, because there was no doubt in anyone’s minds that Foles had a legitimate shot to stay in Philadelphia. Foles won the MVP last Super Bowl, led the Eagles back to the playoffs this season and a dramatic win in the wild card round last week vs the Bears. Foles has been something many fans nor reporters can wrap their heads arounds. Is he a legit number one? Do the Eagles play better with Foles in the pocket? Does Foles style of play go better with the Eagles offense? Could he lead this team in a 16-game season? A lot of questions and no answers really.

Well, after the Eagles recent 20-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round. The Carson Wentz, Foles decision may now be a little easier. Yes, Foles has pulled off some magical come backs, game-winning drives, and three straight wins for an Eagles wild card berth but behind Foles is always going to be Wentz. The Eagles 1st round 2nd overall pick, the Eagles beloved Quarterback. The man who brought life back to the Eagles in 2017 until he got hurt with an season ending injury. There is no doubt that sure Wentz is a better QB, more mobile in the pocket, can turn nothing into something, able to scrabble and can throw the ball quite well too. But there is a certain poise, patience and confidence Eagles fans feel in Foles when he steps in, a certain confidence that is sometimes not there when Wentz is in and the Eagles are down by a touchdown late in the game.

Both QB’s have been successful during their time in Philadelphia both are beloved by Eagles fans an all Eagles fans would love to see Foles stay. But due to the nature of a QB heavy league Foles is very valuable to many teams which means he will not settle for a 4 million dollar contract when he can make 9+ million elsewhere being a starter for an NFL team.

The reality is this, now if Alshon Jeffrey ends up catching that ball and the Eagles march on for a late touchdown to win the game. Foles thickens his case to stay, they go onto win vs L.A. he essentially solidifies his case to stay, they win the Super Bowl again he comes back I believe. But the future of Nick Foles as we just saw it went right through Alshon Jeffrey’s hands. The Eagles won one playoff game this season and while Foles won a Super Bowl last season. That was last season and when next year starts that will be two seasons old. Looking at this objectively, Wentz is 26-years-old turning 27 next season the prime years for a QB. Foles is 29-years-old turning 30, entering the not so prime years for a QB. Therefore being realistic, the Eagles are going to go with the younger QB, the QB with more upside, more years to develop, grow and a QB that can definitely lead them to a Super Bowl, if healthy. As bitter as it is, and it is tough to stomach Nick Foles will not be back with the Eagles next season, there is a very slim chance he returns to Philadelphia for the 2019-2020 season.

NFL: The End of the Philadelphia Eagles

On February 4th, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to become Superbowl Champions!

Ever since that day, Eagles’ fans have been celebrating and with reason. Not only did the Eagles beat the Patriots to become Superbowl Champs, but they did so without their starting quarterback. Remember, Carson Wentz was injured last year, tearing both his ACL and LCL on December 10th against the LA Rams. Since that injury, the Eagles have been riding with Nick Foles as their quarterback.

After riding with Foles to a Superbowl victory, this 2018 season looked very promising to Eagles fans. For starters, if the Eagles were able to win the Superbowl with their backup quarterback, how would they fare when Wentz came back? Also, let’s not forget that the Eagles were able to keep their team together, not really losing any key pieces in the summer. Putting the two together, everything looked setup for the Eagles to be contenders again.

Well, 11 weeks into the 2018 season and it’s obvious that the Eagles will not be repeating as Superbowl Champions and in all likelihood, will not even be making the playoffs. Thus far, each week, we’d all believe that the Eagles were going to be turning the corner and putting it all together to go on a winning streak. Well, it’s Week 11 and the Eagles just received a beatdown at the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, losing 48 to 7. This puts the Eagles at 4-6 with only 6 more games to play. The season is done for the Philadelphia Eagles.

For those who want to argue that the Saints are just that good and it’s not the fault of the Eagles, well let’s argue. Yes, the New Orleans Saints are argumentatively the best team in the NFL right now. After all, they have the highest scoring offense in the league, averaging over 37 points a game. But, the amazing level of the Saints’ play right now is not an excuse for the Eagles’ horrible play. If the Eagles are expected to contend for the Superbowl or even make the playoffs, they cannot lose 48 to 7 after 11 weeks into the season. It’s clear by their play that the Eagles are out of contention. It’s not official, but it’s quite clear.

Now, for those who argue that the Division is still up for grabs especially after today’s events, let’s argue. Yes, the NFC East always seems to be up for grabs in recent times. After all, the Eagles are only 2 games out of 1st place. Currently, the Eagles stand at 4-6, 3rd in the Division behind the 6-4 Redskins and 5-5 Cowboys. Furthermore, the Redskins did lose Alex Smith today, their starting quarterback, for the rest of the season. This all sounds positive for Eagles’ fans, but it’s false hope. The Eagles are just too injured to compete.

The reason that the Eagles are struggling so much, especially for their horrible showing today, is because they’re depleted defensively. The Eagles have been hit with the injury bug across all positions, but worst of all, in their secondary. After today’s injuries, the only Week 1 starter still playing in the Eagles secondary is safety Malcolm Jenkins. Everyone else in the defensive back rotation has been injured throughout the season with some confirmed to be missing the rest of the season.

In Week 3, starting safety Rodney McLeod was put on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury. Since then, starting cornerback Ronald Darby tore his ACL and is out for the season, starting cornerback Jalen Mills has had foot injuries and is week to week, backup cornerback Sidney Jones is day to day with a hamstring injury, and starting safety (backup for McLeod) Avonte Maddox sustained a knee injury that could keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

Right now, the Eagles are being forced to start cornerbacks that aren’t intended to see the field. This includes CB Cre’Von LeBlanc, a player the Eagles cut before the season started. They’ve had to resign him and include him in their defense because of all the injuries. That’s how bad it is and it’s quite evident on the field.

Just last week, in a crucial game against the Cowboys, the Eagles gave up 270 yards to Dak Prescott and another 171 on the ground. This week, the Eagles gave up 363 passing yards and four touchdowns to the Drew Brees. This is just in the air, not including rushing yards! In total, the Eagles gave up 546 yards while managing only 196 of their own against the Saints. These numbers only tell us that the Eagles are done.

The defense cannot stop the pass and because of that, the Eagles are susceptible to the run too. Since they can’t stop the pass, more attention is being given to pass defense, which in return opens up the running game for their opponents. It’s a total disaster for the Eagles defense right now and to make matters worse, Carson Wentz and the offense aren’t providing any aid. If the defense is struggling, the offense needs to step it up and maintain possession of the ball and score more than usual. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true as the Eagles are just barely managing to get any yards or score.

With 6 games to go, the Eagles schedule includes the Giants, Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Redskins twice. They should definitely lose against the Texans and Rams, making them 4-8. At best, if they are able to win all the other games, they’ll end up with an 8-8 record. Remember, the Eagles will in all likelihood lose more than 2 of these games because of their struggles, but if they do go 4-2 in their last 6, they’ll still only be 8-8.

Even the Redskins without Alex Smith should be able to beat that record and remain atop the Division. If anyone other than the Redskins is going to win the Division, it should be the Cowboys. They’re in prime position to win this Division, knowing that the Eagles are defensively hampered, and the Redskins lost their starting quarterback. Regardless of who wins the Division, one thing is for sure, it will not be the Eagles. And that only means the Eagles will not be making the playoffs, much less, contending for the Superbowl. It was fun while it lasted, but this is the end of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Football: Who would you go with?

Football season is going to be here in no time, so it’s time to prepare for some fantasy football mock drafts! We have preseason games started already and a few kicking off tonight. The season is nearing in and the headlines are getting more and more exaggerated. For example Dez Bryant comments on a photo of him in a Browns uniform and all of sudden he is going to Cleveland and he is not going to Cleveland. Reporters have turned that news into about six different headlines, sheesh. Sticking to fantasy football, come draft time, when and if you are ever put in this situation what would you do?

Wide Receivers: Who would you go with? 

Michael Thomas Fantasy FootballTyrek Hill or Michael Thomas? These two will definitely be on the board at the same time come later in the first, and even into the second or third round. Therefore who do you go with? Hill had an unbelievable year, one that shocked the NFL, going for 1183 receiving yards, 75 receptions and 7 receiving touchdowns. He does not get a bye week until week 12 and opens up the first five weeks vs the Chargers, Steelers, 49ers, Denver and Jacksonville, not easy opponents. As for Thomas he brought in 104 receptions for 1245 yards and 5 touchdown catches plus he has Drew Brees throwing to him and opens up with Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Atlanta, Redskins and Giants with a bye week in week six. What’s your move? Mine is Michael Thomas 10/10 times.

Nelson Agholor or Cooper Kupp? This is a tough one, they bought reeled in 62 receptions last season. Except Kupp went for 869 yards and Agholor went for 768 but Agholor reeled in 8 touchdown catches to Kupp’s five. Agholor opens up the first five weeks with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Colts, Tennessee and Minnesota. Plus with also Alshon Jeffrey and Mike Wallace now plus Zach Ertz, Agholor has some players to contend with. Kupp has the same issue as the Rams acquired Brandin Cooks. Kupp had a very solid rookie season, he opens the year with Oakland, Arizona, Chargers, Minnesota and Seattle, some very tough opponents to start the year with. If push came to shove and I was in a tight situation, I would probably go Kupp here.

Running backs: Who would you go with?

Alvin Kamara vs Kareem Hunt? Another Saints vs Chiefs duo, did not plan this at all. But Kamara came out the gates last year and never looked back, that backfield in New Orleans was a question mark to start but Kamara quickly took over the ranks and has no plans on giving it back. The other day, Kamara came out and said

 “I was in the f—king pokeball in Bama and I f—king evolved into some other sh-t. That orange mother–ker. Charizard.” As reported by Bleacher report.

Well it seems as if Kamara could use an English lesson or two but still he seems to be feeling confident and in the zone. Last season he rushed for 728 yards on 120 attempts while also receiving 81 passes for 826 yards, combined between rushing and receiving Kamara totaled 13 touchdowns. Kamara opens the year with Tampa, Cleveland, Atlanta, Redskins and Giants. Hunt was a story from the beginning of the year, in many leagues he was undrafted but by week three he was owned in nearly 99% of leagues. He quickly made a name for himself in that Kansas City backfield and in the NFL. Hunt went for 1327 yards on 272 attempts and 455 receiving yards with 53 receptions. Hunt combined for 11 touchdowns total. Although Hunt has some major upside in Kansas City due to their offense being very one-dimensional and Hunt being able to receive and run the ball, which means he has a chance to touch the ball every down, Kamara and the Saints offense has more upside and they are more consistent and not as predictable. I’d go Kamara if I had too.

Ezekiel Elliot Fantasy FootballEzekiel Elliot or LeSean McCoy? Ehh, the Dallas offense scares me a little and Elliot not playing a whole last season is worrisome, plus McCoy is always a guaranteed top 10 running back in the league. I remember when Elliot emerged in the league, McCoy was the number one or two ranked guy and this is was a big conversation, Elliot or McCoy? So… Elliot only played in 10 games last season in which he rushed for 983 yards on 242 attempts while also rushing for seven touchdowns. While reeling in 26 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy the Bills focal point for years now rushed for 1138 yards on 287 attempts and 6 touchdowns in 16 games. McCoy also does his fair share in the receiving game going for 448 yards on 59 receptions for two touchdowns as well. They are pretty close in numbers even with Elliot missing 7 games, McCoy opens the year with Ravens, Chargers, Minnesota, Green Bay and Tennessee getting a bye week in the eleventh week, while Elliot opens with Carolina, Giants, Seattle, Detroit and Houston with his bye week coming in week eight. If it came down to these two, I’d be using the full 1:30 to pick and scratching my head the whole time…

Quarterbacks: Who would you go with? 

Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott? Two QB’s drafted in the same year, one had a more successful first year while the other blew the other QB out of the water their second year. One has a Super Bowl ring and almost MVP trophy while the other has a lot of ground to make up for a poor 2017 season. Prescott and Wentz have been compared for several years now, all throughout college and now in the NFL. Playing in the same division they see a lot of each other and will never be able to run from the comparison talks. Prescott numbers last season were as follows, 308/490 completion rate of 62.9, throwing for 3,324 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Prescott’s QB rating was 86.6 compared to his 104.9 rookie year, his interceptions went from 4 to 13. While Wentz’s numbers last year were 265/440 with a rating of 60.2, 3,296 yards, 33 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Wentz’s QB rating was 101.9 to his 79.3 his rookie year. His interceptions went from 14 to 7. Prescott opens the year with Carolina, Giants, Seattle, Detroit and Houston. While Wentz opens with with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Colts, Tennessee and Minnesota. The two had nearly opposite seasons from 2016 to 2017. Both very good quarterbacks but with the core Philadelphia has and Dallas probably losing Dez Bryant it worries some about Prescott’s wide receivers and their ability to be of use to the young QB, while Wentz is coming off a bad ACL injury, that has worried some as well. For me when it comes down to these two, I’d go Wentz.

 

 

Reaction to the 2018 Super Bowl

Nick Foles, a Super Bowl hero

Nick Foles and the Eagles captured their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Nick Foles played his heart out, leaving it all on the field throwing for 373 yards and 3 TD’s. He also threw an unlucky INT after Alshon Jefferey tipped it in the air.

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The Eagles O’ kept pace with Tom Brady. Brady most of the game seemed unfazed to the Eagles pass rush, throwing all over the Eagles. The Eagles made up for it on offense countering Brady’s blows as well confusing Patricia and his defense.. Doug Pederson and his play calling was out of this world on Sunday. Mixing trick plays, plenty of RPO’s, and having plenty of trust in Nick Foles and his execution. Zach Ertz had a field day which helped the Eagles wrap up the Pats in LII.

It’s all about the critical turnover that turns a game upside down, and it ever so greatly happened to the New England Patriots. The strip sack initiated by Brandon Graham and then recovered by Derek Barnett put the nail in the coffin, sealing the W for Philly.

The Pats Defense was exposed the entire game. Tom Brady did all he could to support the Pats until the very end. The Eagles executed the game plan exceptionally well which prevented that stop the Pats D’ needed to finish the game.

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

The Pats offense looked exactly the way it usually has been, unstoppable. If it wasn’t for Brandin Cooks being ruled out, the Pats could have spread the field better as the Eagles accounted for Cooks and his talent and speed. But with Cooks out, Amendola and Hogan had to be relied on more which in the end wasn’t enough.

What usually works for the Pats, fell apart completely.

Matt Patricia couldn’t solve the dynamic running between Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. Corey Clement made huge plays to also bolster that dynamic RB core. Nick Foles released the ball with ease and quickness over short passes, opening up the Pats D sensitive for the run. Usually the Pats make the correct adjustments after the first half. Teams don’t look the same going against the Pats D because they play so smart, behind great coaching as well from Matt Patricia.

Pats fans never had to worry about their offense as Tom Brady continued to be the GOAT throwing for 505 yards and 3 TD’s. It wasn’t enough to fly with the Eagles. Both Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan contributed as much as they could, both having 125+ receiving yards. Gronk also had over 100 receiving yards, making that 3 different receivers with over 100 yards.

There will be plenty to look forward too as the offseason sets it. Will we see the Eagles or the Pats back next year in the Super bowl? I can see the Eagles, most definitely. Plenty of key pieces are locked up through 2020 and they get Carson Wentz back.

It’s stupid to say the Pats won’t be the same, but new coordinators on both sides of the ball CAN be difficult depending on players relationships with the newly hired coaches. I can see the Pats being elite again next year like they always are. Brady will gain Edelman back with the corps of Cooks and Amendola, and the Pats will look to add pieces to the puzzle that will help Brady. If Gronk does actually retire, that will hurt Brady harshly as Gronk remains Brady’s best Red-zone receiver. If Gronk doesn’t retire, well you can make your best bet.

By benching Malcolm Butler the Pats were exposed throughout the game on defense. Not even Tom Brady throwing for what could be his best game of his career could have helped. Did Malcolm Butler deserve to be benched for his off the field decisions? Yes. But the whole Super Bowl?! Belicheck should know some players respond differently in game situations. Is it fair to say Butler deserved some kind of punishment? Absolutely.

Super Bowl XLIX - New England Patriots v Seattle Seahawks

But you don’t bench your best CB in the last game of the season the entire game. Butler could have been the Super bowl hero New England needed against Seattle a few years back.

Malcolm Butler could have did awful in the first half and you still had Eric Rowe. It just doesn’t make sense. I hope he finds a team in free agency that can use him the fullest of his talent even with the off the field issues.

It was a great feeling watching the Eagles win their first Super bowl. It was even greater seeing the Pats lose. For any Jet fans, some hope should come from this. Not only did the Pats lose again in the Super bowl, but they were EXPOSED. 41 damn points hung on that defense. Can you see the Pats putting up 33 against that Eagles D without Brady?

I don’t think so. But you are all entitled to your opinions.

Congrats Philly, you deserved it

 

 

 

 

 

Jack’s Super Bowl Prediction

Brady vs. Foles

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles meet in Minnesota to decide who will hold the title as the NFL’s best team….

New England is fueled by Tom Brady and his legendary performances. The Pats have found a way to win games no matter the score. From the Falcons in last years Super Bowl 28-3, to this year against Jacksonville in the 4th quarter.

As long as the Pats have Belicheck and Brady, you should never count out New England. The constant clutch performances by Tom Brady just makes it seem like the guy is unstoppable.

The Pats Defense plays well enough to fit Brady’s MO of typical comebacks. But the Pats Defense has molded around Dan Patricia and his smart play calling. At times the Pats D will look like a wet paper towel. But when they learn to stop the game plan of the O, they solidify giving Brady the edge he needs to win the game.

The Eagles will depend on the play of Nick Foles as he leads the heavily talented Eagles against the NFL’s best team/ defending Super Bowl champions.

The Eagles and the Pats matchup perfectly. Both Offenses are great, the Defenses are great.

Whoever’s Defense makes the most crucial stops, will end up winning the game. 3rd down plays, smart decision making, etc..

Either Tom Brady is picked off, or a play is broken up; the Eagles have to find a way to stop Brady from doing what he does best, keeping the Pats alive, and in front.

The Eagles will hang around with the Pats, weather it’s Nick Foles or the Defense; it’ll be close. Or the Eagles could see one of the worst performances from Nick Foles, considering his streak of success. It could be time we see Foles fall apart.

I personally think it’ll be a close game. The Pats have always kept it close in the Super Bowl, eventually winning it. I’d love to see the Vince Lombardi trophy in Philly, but I can’t see Brady letting this one slip considering how hard he has worked to get back to the Super Bowl. The Eagles are the best team to challenge them, and personally if the Eagles had Carson Wentz, I’d take the Eagles in this one. I just see Brady overcoming Foles and figuring out the Eagles in what should be another Super Bowl classic that Pats fans will once again enjoy. In the meanwhile….

I’ll be one step closer to seeing a new QB for the NYJ.

Pats 31 Eagles 28