Super Bowl LII Predictions: Nick Foles will outplay Tom Brady
By Todd Neikirk
In Super Bowl LII, Nick Foles will outplay Tom Brady in the biggest game of the year. The matchups easily prove this will be the biggest opportunity Foles has to silence his critics.
Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time and will be making his 8th Super Bowl appearance. Nick Foles flamed out with the Los Angeles Rams and started this year as a backup. There’s really no comparing the two, but there are a number of factors in this game that favor Foles and hurt Brady.
Let’s look at Foles first. He only started three games in the regular season after the devastating injury to Carson Wentz. He played decently in the regular season before turning things up in the NFL Playoffs. Against the Atlanta Falcons, he played game manager but absolutely lit up an elite Minnesota Vikings defense.
The Patriots have a much leakier secondary than Minnesota finishing the season ranked 30th in pass defense allowing 251 yards a game. The Eagles can hurt pass defenses in a variety of ways with big target Alshon Jeffery, deep threat Nelson Agholor and elite tight end Zach Ertz. There will be holes in the New England defense and Foles will be able to take advantage.
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Brady is going to have a much tougher matchup. One of the first thing the Patriots will attempt to do is establish their running game. This is going to be a difficult task against a Eagles team who led the league in rush defense. Teams that beat Brady often do so by getting pressure. The Eagles can do that with Brandon Graham coming off the edge and Fletcher Cox pushing up the middle.
Brady’s biggest issue, however, will be the Eagles secondary. The Patriots offense counts on their slot receiver doing a lot of damage and Danny Amendola has been their best offensive weapon this postseason (18 rec, 196 yards, 2 TDs). He’ll have his work cut out for him against elite inside cornerback Patrick Robinson who ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 4th best CB in the NFL this year. The Eagles also have two above average outside cornerbacks in Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby.
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Brady is the better quarterback than Foles, but he is going to have a much tougher matchup. The Eagles have been feeding off their underdog status all postseason. In this game, the ultimate underdog, Nick Foles is going to shock the world.