The New England Patriots have us accustomed to exciting matches in decisive instances.
So much so that the seven Super Bowls that have played with Tom Brady behind center, have been defined by an average of 3.7 points.

It is no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles have a fantastic defensive front, which ended with the least number of yards allowed on the ground, and also finished fourth in both yards and allowed points. As if that were not enough, they have a lot of speed at the ends and the Patriots have some deficiencies in the offensive line, which are sometimes disguised by Brady’s ability to get rid of the ball quickly. One of the many tools that New England will have at its disposal is to tire the rival. Not only with sustained series, but mostly with offense without a meeting, which is to the liking of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The Eagles finished ranked No. 24 in the league when they attacked without a meeting, which is logical, since fatigue is the best crypton for speed.

The Patriots’ defense has improved considerably since Week 4, especially in the department of allowed points, with its identity of “I double but I do not break”. However, there is no doubt that this defense has a deficiency that stands out above the rest: the pass-rushers. New England changed Chandler Jones, who led the NFL with 17 sacks this year for the Arizona Cardinals, retired Rob Ninkovich and injured Dont’a Hightower; the Patriots suffered greatly in this department. So great are the needs in this area, that New England signed Eric Lee of the Buffalo Bills practice squad in full season, and five days later he had already played 25 snaps.
At the end of the campaign they signed James Harrison, who at 39 had lost prominence with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and immediately became one of the best charging players of the Patriots. Like almost every quarterback, the numbers of Nick Foles suffer when he is under pressure, and especially considering that the Philadelphia quarterback will be playing his first Super Bowl and will have nerves to the surface. The good news for New England is that Deatrich Wise Jr. is healthy, and they will need it to be a protagonist, like Trey Flowers and Kyle Van Noy.

While it is difficult to identify a strength of the Eagles’ offense, most probably point to the running attack, the reality is that Philadelphia shines when it employs the RPOs. Foles completed his six passes and the runners averaged 6.8 yards per carry in this type of play. The Eagles will leave a player without blocking, and decide whether to run or pass depending on the first movements of this player. To counteract it, New England must move a lot pre-snap, be physical with receivers, play man-to-man and send loads more often.

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