The Eagles next opponent is the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team, the New England Patriots. The Patriots are not just winning games, they are blowing their opponents out, scoring an astonishing 41 points a game. Bill Belichick seems to have some sort of agenda to prove his teams greatness, after the Spy Gate Scandal seemed to tarnish the Patriots legacy.
Brady has always been a premier QB, but with the new plethora of talented receivers around him, he is on pace to smash the NFL single season touchdown record.
Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Donte Stallworth form the best receiving core that Brady has ever had, and they are also one of the best in the league. Moss has revived his career which once seemed dead in Oakland. Right now he leads the NFL in receiving yards, and touch downs.
Jim Johnson must be never sleep thinking of ways to stop this potent offensive attack. If he does sleep, he must be having nightmares.
If you blitz Brady he will not panic. He just calmly side steps, and fires a strike to the open guy. The Eagles could not get pressure on Miami rookie quarterback John Beck. How could they possibly pressure Brady?
If Jim Johnson plays off, and keeps everybody back, the Pats will have no problem dinking and dunking their way down the field. You wonder how can any team cover all those receivers. No team is the league is deep enough in the secondary, and there is bound to be a mismatch somewhere(Will James in the Eagles case).
The Pats running attack has not been great, but their starting RB Laurence Maroney is back from injury. He is a tough physical runner, and could be the type of back that causes problems for the Eagles.
Many feel that the Pats will be the first team to go 16-0, breaking the 72′ Dolphins 14-0 mark. Odds are that the Patriots will not be able to reach that perfect mark, but I don’t think anybody would be willing to bet against it.
The only way the Eagles can stop this team, is to hope that New England just shoots themselves in the foot. Dropped passes, penalties, fumbles, and poor throws are the Eagles only real hope.
This New England team is so well coached, that it is unlikely they will make enough mistake to lose this game.
In February of 2005, these two teams were going head-head in Super Bowl XXXIX. Since then both teams have headed in opposite directions. The Pats have loaded up on talent, while the Eagles continue to let high priced guys leave town. The Pats are poised to hoist a fourth Lombardi Trophy, while the Eagles are searching for answers in mediocrity.
This is the truest test for Philadelphia all season. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. On Sunday the whole world will see how far apart the Eagles are from the best.
Prediction: Patriots 42 Eagles 16