Well, if the Eagles’ defense was looking to get a true grasp of what they have on defense Monday night, they may need to reconsider those plans. The Boston Herald reports that star quarterback Tom Brady won’t play against Philadelphia. According to the report, rumors have circulated around the Patriots that the team would consider sitting several significant contributors or drastically limit their playing time. All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will also either see extremely limited time or sit out altogether.
Of course, in some ways the pressure has increased on the defensive unit to perform well. If the Patriots rely heavily on a mix of starters and second team personnel in the first half and the Eagles still can’t get off the field on third down, well, that could send the masses in Philadelphia into a full panic.
The Eagles, for their part, plan to play many starters into the third quarter. We’ll see if Andy Reid sticks to that plan.