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

Patriots

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

Eagles

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?

Quarterback: Patriots

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.

Front-7: Eagles

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.

Secondary: Eagles

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

Eagles 23 Patriots 34

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