No Brotherly Love: How are the Kendricks’ preparing for the big game?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 17: Mychal Kendricks
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 17: Mychal Kendricks /

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks made it clear that he and his brother are rivals this week.

The Philadelphia Eagles are playing their biggest game of the season on Sunday. One win puts them on the road to Super Bowl LII. A loss sends them packing up their lockers and watching the big game just like everybody else. At home and on the couch. While this game is huge for both the Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings, there may be a lot more at stake for Eagles linebacker, Mychal Kendricks.

For those who don’t know, Kendricks has a younger brother named Eric Kendricks on the Vikings defense. You may have heard of him considering he is one of the better middle linebackers in the NFL and has been for quite some time now. But just in case you haven’t put two and two together, yes, Mychal and Eric Kendricks are brothers.

We have seen a few Eagles play their siblings this season. The Kelce brothers back in Week Two, the Watkins brothers back in Week 14, and the Celek brothers back in Week 9. But Kendrick’s rivalry this season clearly has more on the line than any of those other matchups. So how are the Kendricks family handling the big game on Sunday?

Can’t pick a side…

No Brotherly Love…

Although the game is a win-win for the Kendricks family, the brothers have a different mindset. Mychal Kendricks told the media on Friday afternoon he has not spoken to his brother at all this week. And even though he will be in town early on Saturday, he does not plan to speak or hang out with him then, either.

Obviously, the brothers are trying to stay focused on the biggest game of both of their careers. But what happens when one of them wins and the other loses? Nobody knows exactly yet, but Mychal claims that he doubts the loser will want to talk to the winner for a while. Brotherly rivalries are fun and games until career milestones get involved.

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Clearly, the Kendricks brothers are very competitive. Mychal Kendricks said that despite Eric being his brother, this week he looks at him like he is just another opponent. As for his family, they will be cheering for both and supporting whoever wins in two weeks. But along with the Eagles home field advantage, Mychal will have his own slight advantage since their family will be sitting on the Eagles’ side.