7 Reasons Why the Eagles Should Be Your Super Bowl LII Betting Pick
“You have to do a good job against their entire offense, and you can’t really make it about one person.”DC Jim Schwartz preps for #SBLII: https://t.co/vbpmHDUujF#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/aaC3jDgfen — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) 24 de enero de 2018
- When: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 6:30 PM ET
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: NBC
- Radio: 94.1 FM (Philadelphia) / 98.5 FM (New England)
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- Super Bowl LII Betting Odds: Philadelphia Eagles +5 (Over/Under at 48 points)
Nick FolesWhile there’s a ‘bad and mediocre’ Nick Foles that can go 2-1 while completing just 56.4 percent of his passes for just 537 yards like he did in Philadelphia’s final three regular-season games, there’s also another Nick Foles that can go 2-0 while completing an insane 77.8 percent of his passes for 598 yards with three TDs and no picks like he’s done in both of Philly’s two playoff games. The Eagles will clearly need the ‘good’ Foles to show up for Super Bowl 52 and if he does, that could spell lights out for New England.
Jay AjayiHow the Eagles managed to steal Ajayi from Miami for a fourth round after he made the Pro Bowl in his second season a year ago is beyond me, but I believe he could prove to be a pivotal player in Super Bowl 52 simply because he’s that talented. While he hasn’t had what could be described as a breakout game for Philly just yet, New England needs to be aware of his presence at all times and that simply makes Foles and the passing attack that more dangerous.
The Defensive BackfieldRight cornerback Ronald Darby is about as elite as they come in the NFL and so is veteran safety, Malcolm Jenkins. Left cornerback Jalen Mills has been a bit of a revelation in his second season out of LSU and veteran free safety Rodney McLeod has been rock-solid. If they can contain New England’s offense which finished first overall and in a virtual tie for second place in scoring, they’ll give themselves a good chance to pull off the upset.
The LinebackersOutside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham are very, very good players and they’ll need to play arguably the best game of their respective lives in order to contain both, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots’ stable of pass-catching running backs. If Tom Brady can consistently make plays to either Gronk or successful swing pass kinds of plays to his running backs, it could be a long game for the Eagles in Super Bowl 52.
Pressure on BradyAs potent as Brady and the Patriots’ offense is, an effective pass rush is clearly the way to beat New England. While Brady and coach Bill Belichick have five Super Bowl wins and two Super Bowl losses, if you remember correctly, in their two losses against the New York Giants, the G-Men put on a relentless pass rush that ultimately made the difference. “You’ve got to play 60 minutes against them,” Cox said. “You can’t play just play three quarters. .,.What makes him so unique is he gets rid of the ball fast. He’s not going to take a lot of hits. He knows where he’s going when the ball is snapped. As I say every week, it’s going to come down to front four guys getting after the quarterback, making him uncomfortable in the pocket.”
Doug PedersonWhile insane former NFL GM Mike Lombardi blasted Philly head coach Doug Pederson with an insane comment about him being “less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL,” the fact of the matter is that Doug Pederson has proven to be a very good coach in his two years leading the Eagles. For me, It’s not his 2012 career mark leading the Eagles, but his ability to play to his strengths. Look no further than how he’s tailored Philadelphia’s offense around the limited abilities of Nick Foles since the playoffs began while understanding that his team couldn’t win by playing the same style of football they did under the supremely gifted Carson Wentz. If Pederson’s game-day decision-making was ever in doubt, it shouldn’t be anymore if you ask me and it could be one of the reasons Philly upsets New England at the Super Bowl LII Betting odds.
The Underdog Chip and MomentumThe Eagles have been 3-point home underdogs in both of their playoff games this postseason and they’re clearly reveling in that role right now and using it as motivating fuel. If the Eagles can use that’ us against the world’ mentality to their benefit one more time, then we could see a huge upset people! Call it what you like, but feisty Philadelphians (I’m one of them) know all about overcoming all odds to come out on top – or maybe you haven’t seen Rocky!
- Average Score For: 28.33
- Total Yards: 369.00
- Rush Yards: 128.94
- Passing Yards: 240.06
- Average Score Against: 17.33
- Total Yards: 306.56
- Rush Yards: 79.06
- Passing Yards: 227.50
Latest Super Bowl LII Betting Trends
- Philadelphia is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
- Philadelphia is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games
- Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing New England
- Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New England
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games when playing New England