Super Bowl LII Guide
Eagles Key Acqusitions
March 7th: Exercised Trey Burton's second round tender
March 9th: Signed Torrey Smith to a 3-year deal
Signed Alshon Jeffery to a 1-year deal
March 13th: Agreed to a 2-year deal with QB Nick Foles
March 13th: Released Backup QB Chase Daniels
March 28th: Signed DE Chris Long to a 2-year deal
Signed CB Patrick Robinson to a 1-year deal
April 4th: Acquired DT Timmy Jernigan from the Ravens
April 27-29: Drafted Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones, Mack Hollins
May 17th: Agreed to terms with RB LeGarrette Blount
August 3rd: Signed S Corey Graham to a one-year deal
August 11th: Acquired CB Ronald Darby
Traded WR Jordan Matthews and a 3rd round pick
September 12th: Signed K Jake Elliot
October 31st: Acquired RB Jay Ajayi for a 4th round pick
Patriots Key Acquisitions
March 9th: Acquired TE Dwayne Allen from the Colts
March 10th: Signed CB Stephon Gilmore to a 5-year contract
Resigned S Duron Harmon
March 11th: Acquired WR Brandin Cooks for a 1st round pick
Acquired DE Kony Ealy and a 3rd round pick for a 2nd round pick
March 13th: Signed DL Lawrence Guy
March 14th: Signed RB Rex Burkhead
March 16th: Re-Signed LB Dont'a Hightower
April 18th: Signed CB Malcolm Butler
April 24th: Signed RB Mike Gillislee
April 29th: Selected DE Deatrich Wise from Arkansas
June 22nd: Signed LB David Harris
September 2nd: Acquired WR Phillip Dorsett for Jacoby Brissett
September 4th: Re-Signed RB Branden Bolden
October 31st: Traded QB Jimmy Garoppolo for a 2nd round pick
November 1st: Signed Backup QB Brian Hoyer
December 13th: Signed WR Kenny Britt
December 26th: Signed LB James Harrison
Statistical Team Leaders
Tom Brady: 4,577 passing yards
32 Passing Touchdowns
Dion Lewis: 896 rushing yards
6 rushing touchdowns
Rob Gronkowski: 1,084 receiving yards
8 receiving yards
Devin McCourty: 97 Tackles
Trey Flowers: 7.5 Sacks
Duron Harmon: 4 Interceptions
Carson Wentz: 3,296 passing yards
33 passing touchdowns
LeGarrette Blount: 766 rushing yards
5 rushing touchdowns (incl. postseason)
Zach Ertz: 824 receiving yards
8 receiving touchdowns
Nigel Bradham: 88 tackles
Brandon Graham: 9.5 sacks
Patrick Robinson: 4 Interceptions
Who has the Edge?
Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T, he is there is really, no question.
Running Backs: Eagles
This game has two of the best postseason rushers in NFL history with LeGarrette Blount and James White. I think the Ajayi, Blount, Clement trio is better than the Patriots.
Wide Receivers: Patriots
Danny Amendola is known for his performance in the playoffs and hasn't disappointed this season. Brandin Cooks is one of the top young receivers in the NFL and Bill Belichick knows how to use Chris Hogan perfectly. While Alshon Jeffery is good and all, we know that the Patriots WR's step up in the biggest moments.
Tight Ends: Patriots
GROOOONK... I think this is the battle of the top 2 tight end cores in the NFL but Gronk is just spectacular. Zach Ertz and Trey Burton will look to have a huge game while the Patriots have arguably the greatest tight end ever.
Offensive Line: Eagles
Even though the Patriots O-Line have stepped up this offseason holding up against both the Titans and Jaguars, the Eagles have been amazing all season. The combination of Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, and Big V creates one of the best offense lines in the league.
From D-Line to Linebackers to secondary the Eagles are stacked on the defensive side of the ball. They have the most depth in the league on the defensive line and will have a ton of energy in all 4 quarters. Fletcher Cox is a top-3 interior defensive lineman in the league and is nearly impossible to stop in the run game. He will be one of the biggest X-Factors in the game today.
Success happens when everyone buys in to the system, and that's exactly what the Eagles did. They have made Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, and Ronald Darby look like perennial all-pro's. They also have arguably the most versatile safety in the NFL with Malcolm Jenkins.
Special Teams: Patriots
I don't know if the Patriots special teams is necessarily better, but they are more experience. They don't make mistakes and that's what its going to come down to.
Coaching: Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. This will be the final game for Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia as coordinators for the Patriots. They will be coaching aggressively and that will wear off on the team. I have heard rumors that this will potentially be the last game for Bill Belichick as a Patriot, this will include some of the craziest playacting I have ever seen, this will be an amazing game to watch.
Unlikely Players Who Could Make a Big Time Play
Eagles Offensive Player
There wasn't much hype for WR Mack Hollins coming out of North Carolina this year. It was the Mike Williams, Corey Davis', John Ross', and even the Cooper Kupp's... Mack Hollins wasn't really a thought. He didn't catch a lot of balls but did make an impact for the Eagles team. I think it would be dope if Mack Hollins made an imprint on Super Bowl history.
Patriots Offensive Player
Now the obvious choice here would be James White, so I'm going to go with his counter piece in Brandon Bolden. Like many other players on this Patriots team Branden Bolden always steps up when it counts most. Bolden resembles the Patriots perfectly and I can see him being the guy who steps up big in the Super Bowl!
Eagles Defensive Player
Timmy Jernigan was acquired in April from the Ravens. He was considered a bust from Florida State, Jim Schwartz turned that narrative around. Now that the lights are bright it should be fun to see him get interior pressure with Fletcher Cox against Tom Brady.
Patriots Defensive Player
Deatrich Wise might be the most underrated player on the Patriots roster but he has been molded perfectly in that Matt Patricia defense. I wouldn't be surprised if he had 2 sacks and a forced fumble, he is a beast and I think he will earn his deserved recognition today.
Final Score and Stats
Nick Foles 27/40 280 yards 2 touchdowns 1 interception
Tom Brady 33/47 345 yards 3 touchdowns 1 fumble
LeGarrette Blount 17 carries 118 yards 1 touchdown
Dion Lewis 131 scrimmage yards 1 rushing touchdown
Alshon Jeffery 97 receiving yards 1 touchdown
Danny Amendola 101 receiving yards 2 touchdowns
Rob Gronkowski 90 receiving yards 1 touchdown
Jay Ajayi 80 total yards 1 receiving touchdown