What they're saying about the Patriots, Eagles and Super Bowl LII

Here is what writers around the country are saying about the Eagles, the Patriots and their Super Bowl LII matchup in Minneapolis in two weeks:

“Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the best QB-coach combination ever and usually find a way — we’ve seen the movie many times before. But Eagles are better on both lines. That can often be an equalizer. Going to be a fun game.”


Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/philly.com


“A defense can only slow Tom Brady down so much but in the end opposing teams are going to have to put up substantial points to beat New England, and Nick Foles can’t match Brady in that area.”

Baltimore Sun

“My head tells me never bet against Brady, but my gut disagrees. My gut tells me that the Eagles will be able to move the ball and score against New England, more than the Patriots will against Philadelphia's defense and special teams.”

Former Raven and​​​​​​, The Undefeated (ESPN) senior writer

On offense, the Patriots will attack from anywhere on the field regardless if they have possession on their own 1-yard line or the opponents’ 1-yard line.

“While the Eagles were the most dominant team during conference championship weekend and have a terrific roster from top to bottom, the precision of the Patriots' offense balanced by an ascending and confident defense will propel this team to its sixth Lombardi Trophy.”

ESPN NFL Insider

“For a long time Sunday, things did not look good for the home team. And still they won. It’s what they do. … And so another Super Bowl, another Patriots appearance. They are a team not only made for the big stage, they always seem to know where to find it.”

New York Times


“Two ways to look at Pats in Super Bowl:

1. People won't watch because they're tired of them.

2. People will watch because they hope to see them lose.”

Bleacher Report NFL columnist

The New England Patriots are the favorite once again in this city's sports books to win the Super Bowl. They're a lopsided pick to win the one after that, too.

“The confetti remained on the field hours after the Patriots had gone home and the Jaguars had flown into their offseason. So much about the next two weeks will be familiar for the Patriots, providing them an unquestioned advantage over the Philadelphia Eagles, their opponents for Super Bowl LII. They have one more, too: Brady expects to get his stiches out this week.”


“The Eagles are headed to the Super Bowl after a delirious 38-7 washout of the Vikings with a most unconventional starting quarterback and the most conventional winning formula since the dawn of football. They dominated up front on both sides of the ball, just like they have all season. While the world cracked jokes about stand-in quarterback Nick Foles, too little attention was paid to the strong, athletic offensive line in front of him.”

NFL.com, Around The NFL Editor

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