This column should just be called “Tom Brady is back. Again. SIGH.” The NFL has a long history of quarterbacks leading dynasties, from Sammy Baugh to Otto Graham and Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr and Roger Staubach, to Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Troy Aikman, and now Tom Brady. No matter what, the success and the blame every season is aimed at the quarterback. The Browns went 0-16 because they lack a franchise QB, and well, talent. Meanwhile the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are complete teams, and it really sucks that Carson Wentz is injured, although hurray for Nick Foles getting a shot to shine, again.
Look its Brady at the helm, again, and as long as he is playing, the Pats have a shot at winning. Again. Death, taxes, and Tom Brady in the Super Bowl are three regular events, even if Brady is old, and even if the refs and good old luck also helped get him there. Meanwhile the Eagles got here not only because of Foles and a good solid run game, but because of their defense. However, the Pats defense is pretty good in its own right, and I feel the two units off set each other. Also the Pats have solid backs, and Brandin Cooks might be the best wideout out of the two squads. Alshon Jeffery is pretty darn good himself, and Bears fans have to feel a bit upset their franchise did not retain him.
What also is interesting about both teams is each has a tight end that is highly important to their squads. Rob Gronkowski is often Brady’s safety blanket, while Zach Ertz is (no longer) quietly one of the best in the league. I think that Ertz will give the Pats some trouble on Sunday, yet it is Corey Clement that is a key X factor for the Eagles. Danny Amendola is my X factor for the Pats, as he is a good possession receiver who teams often overlook. What should worry Eagles fans is that the Pats play largely mistake free football, and they always believe they have a chance to win. I have to go with the more experienced squad.
Patriots 23, Eagles 20. Stephen Gostkowski kicks the game winning field goal, and everyone depairs. I hope I am wrong.