We’ve made it ladies and gentleman to the conclusion of what will likely go down as the most uncanny NFL season in the last 25 years. The Jacksonville Jaguars went from worst to first in their division, the NFL’s youngest coach [Sean McVay] guided the Los Angeles Rams to a division championship and first playoff birth since 2004, we likely witnessed the end of the Seattle Seahawks and their “Legion of Boom”, Ezekiel Elliott was suspended, unsuspended, and suspended again, Case Keenum emerged as a premier Quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers, David Johnson, JJ Watt, and OBJ all finished their season on Injured Reserve, and a backup quarterback [Nick Foles] took over for an MVP candidate [Carson Wentz] and the team hasn’t missed a beat on its way to the Superbowl. However, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, as he took home his 3rd NFL MVP award. The Patriots are also still the best team in all football, as they look to win their 6th Lombardi trophy tonight. If you’ve been following my weekly playoff predictions, you’ll know that your boy is probably costing you some money in the betting pools, but I think this week it’s going to be different. Afterall, there’s only one game to choose from this week. I can’t possibly screw this one up, right?
Super Bowl LII: Sunday, February 4, 2017, at 6:30 PM on NBC
If the playoffs have taught us anything, it must be to never bet against Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Patriots have been here all too many times and with Brady already proclaimed as the greatest QB in NFL History, one must figure that he is playing with house money going into this game. Well if you are a fan of the opposing team or a player on the opposing team with that mindset, then you already lost before the opening kickoff. Brady always plays with a chip on his shoulder and a win in this game will surely solidify him not only as the greatest QB but as the greatest FOOTBALL player in NFL history. If anybody is playing with house money tonight, it’ll have to be Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. Afterall, nobody expected the Eagles to be here without their leader and starting quarterback, Carson Wentz. Nick Foles, who will be starting in this game, is under contract through next season, so he doesn’t have the added pressure of trying to impress other teams out there in need of a starting quarterback. If Foles wets the bed tonight, he is the backup quarterback and if he plays well, he’s likely still the backup quarterback or a trade chip for a potential move. Outside of the mental aspect, the Eagles still matchup well on paper with the New England Patriots. The team features a plethora of weapons at the skill positions and they have a ferocious defense that was ranked 4th in fewest points allowed per game in the regular season. Barring turnovers on offense from the Eagles, this is a game that will likely be neck and neck from the first quarter on. I don’t foresee the Eagles coming out and having their way with the Patriots like how the Falcons did last year before collapsing in the fourth quarter. It took a while to come to this conclusion but after a talk with my barber and the fellas in the shop yesterday, I give the Eagles a legitimate shot to win this game if they can limit their turnovers and force a few on defense and special teams. Plus who wouldn’t want to see this at the parade this year?
Prediction: Patriots 24 Eagles 27