Junior Reporter: The Super Bowl Lowdown

February 2, 2018

Junior Reporter Neel N. is excited about the Super Bowl. He wrote us a pretty neat pre-game analysis! Will it be the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles?  Read on to learn more before the Sunday game. Oh, and can you tell who Neel is rooting for?


SUPER BOWL LII

By Neel N.

Super Bowl LII (52) is on Sunday, February 4th, at 3:30 p.m. PST. It will be hosted by the Minnesota Vikings at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The two teams playing are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The big question is: Who will win? Both teams were first seed in their respective conferences, with both records being 13-3. 

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The Patriots are favorites to win, but according to quarterback Tom Brady, “There are no underdogs in the Super Bowl.”

For those who like the halftime show, Justin Timberlake is the main attraction.

The Eagles have a good chance to win if their defense plays well. Their defensive line consists of four players: Fletcher Cox, Chris Long, Devin Bartnett, and Brandon Graham. They are all former number-one draft picks. Isn’t that cool?!!

Unfortunately, the Eagles lost their starting quarterback (QB) Carson Wentz in week fourteen against the Los Angeles Rams—he tore his ACL—so the Eagles have had to use backup Nick Foles. However, that hasn’t necessarily been bad. So far, QB Foles has a 77.8 passing percentage in this year’s playoffs. Foles will have some help though, with top-quality running backs like Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles also have a great receiver in Nelson Agholor, who not only receives but sometimes rushes the ball in trick plays. The Eagles love to strike first, usually throwing a really deep ball in the first ten throws. They also have an amazing offensive line that will help Foles relax a little. Once Wentz called Zach Ertz, the Eagles’ tight end (TE), his security blanket, and I’m sure Ertz will be of help to Foles.

Two of the Eagles’ star players already mentioned—Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount–played for the Patriots last year, so there will be a bunch of “frenemies.”

  If the Eagles play like they’ve done all season, they should win the Super Bowl!

The New England Patriots are sure to win though if Tom Brady plays well and Bill Belichick maintains his stern coaching face. This season, their offense has been great, with Brandin Cooks doing well in his first year with the team. However, last year’s Super Bowl hero, Julian Edelman, is out due to injury, and Brady’s “security blanket,” Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, might also be out due to a concussion he got in the AFC championship against the Jaguars two weeks ago.

With Gronk and Edelman out, it might be hard for the Patriots to win. Plus, Brady has a hand injury and might not throw as well as he normally does, but it didn’t seem to affect him much against the Jaguars. Brady also has a lot of Super Bowl experience—probably as much as the whole Eagles team combined—so he should have no problem with pressure. Along with Cooks, the Patriots have Danny Amendola to lead the receiving. The duo helped the Patriots overcome a ten-point deficit to win the AFC championship. Also, since the Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC finals, many Vikings fans that bought tickets will probably root against the Eagles as revenge, which might help the Patriots be more confident. In addition, the Eagles may be good at starts, but no one—I repeat, no one—finishes better than the Patriots. They were down by ten points in Super Bowl XLIX (49) and still managed to win 28-24, and in Super Bowl LI (51), they came back from a record twenty-five points down to win 36-28.

Flashback thirteen years: In 2005, the Patriots were going for their third win in four years. The Eagles were in their way. It was a hard-fought game, but they won 24-21. More coincidentally, just like this year, the Eagles played the Falcons and Vikings in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl. The Brady/Belichick duo prevailed in 2005.

Will they this time? I think they will. What do you think?

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