It is a situation the NFL has seen before, a young upstart team trying to take down the giants of the league. This year it comes in the form of the Philadelphia Eagles trying to unseat the defending champion New England Patriots.
This is being called the match-up no one wanted because it is another game between the top seed in each conference and came at the expense of the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, two teams people wanted to see have the opportunity to play for a ring.
The NFL has seen its ratings continue to suffer and many fans, including some on campus, think this Super Bowl will do nothing to help.
“If the Patriots win it does nothing for the NFL, but it’s only going increase New England’s legacy,” Reggie Prather said. “The NFL has issues outside of what the Patriots are doing they need to address.”
Prather said these issues include the domestic violence spree that has plagued the league over the past several years and the racial inequality that has been brought to light thanks to the national anthem kneeling. The NFL ratings drop goes beyond just the lack of parity, but the Super Bowl match-up does not help.
Expectations would be much higher if the Eagles’ star quarterback, Carson Wentz, was playing, but sadly Wentz is out for the year with a torn ACL and backup Nick Foles does not carry nearly the same star power.
Most fans are expecting the Patriots to roll over Philadelphia and Las Vegas has them as six point favorites in the match-up.
Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick are looking for their sixth Super Bowl ring together, a feat that has never been accomplished in NFL history.
A win would also tie the Patriots with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most the most Super Bowl wins by a franchise, this would be the Patriots’ third title in four years.
On the other side, the Eagles are looking are looking for their first ring in their first time back to the big game since 2004 when they lost to the Brady led Patriots.
Foles has led the Eagles through some big moments, most notably the 38-7 demolishing of the Vikings, but does not have the pedigree of either Brady or Wentz. He is one of the major reasons the Eagles are considered underdogs. That being said, however, he is coming off his best game of the year against the best scoring defense in the league. He threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings.
Everyone knows what to expect from Tom Brady in the postseason at this point, no lead is safe until the clock hits zero. He showcased his late game heroics again in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars, throwing for 138 yards and two touchdowns all with stitches on the thumb of his throwing hand.
Considered by many to be the greatest quarterback of all-time, Brady is poised to solidify his spot in NFL history with another victory.
I believe the inspired Eagles will ride their momentum from the Vikings game and keep things close, but Brady and the Patriots offense will be too much.
Brady will lead the Patriots to yet another title, thus frustrating every non New England fan nation wide.