By: Julio Olmo
The Seven-Week Countdown to the end of the regular season and possible post-season berth begins with a match against the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots.
We’ve got a wild ride ahead, starting now…hope you are properly buckle-up.
There’s going be tons of media references to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Philly Special Super Bowl victory over the Patriots and how this is a grudge-rematch of that Super Bowl contest, but the reality is that both teams are totally different nowadays and that’s kind of ancient history.
Is going to be an easy storyline for every media platform-outlet there is, though.
Personally, I’m glad the media is finally going to give a rest to the St. Claus Snowball Throwing incident.
I’ve grandchildren now and is brutal having to explain to them, that Eagles Nation would never try hurt Santa, specially at Christmas time.
Keys to the game…
Bill Belichik most likely held back, when they played the Baltimore Ravens because there is strong likelihood they will play them again in playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles, however is a different story.
It’s a nationally televised game and the storyline about a playoff underdog left for dead on the side of the road, then rallying behind their backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl, beating his dynasty is going to get on his last nerve.
More keys to the game…
Carson Wentz isn’t Lamar Jackson, but is mobile and can do some damage outside the pocket with his legs.
The Eagles need help at wide receiver with the season loss of DeSean Jackson, and they certainly need to find more production from the offense in the final seven games of the regular season.
Don’t discount the importance of special teams on Sunday.
Player to watch?
Two weeks ago, Zach Ertz allowed himself to dream of a world with DeSean Jackson rejoining the Eagles’ huddle.
The Eagles tight end has spent the majority of the season dealing with defensive coordinators keying on him, making it harder for Ertz to impact games the way he did last year.
How is he going to respond to dashed daydreams of one-on-one coverage once again, now that Jackson will spend the rest of the regular season on the injured reserve list while recovering from a core muscle injury.
Eagles 41 Patriots 33
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