Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his team had a bye week, and they are ready to play their next game. The New England Patriots are playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. It’s a road game for the Patriots, and the Eagles are in a tight NFC East. They will try to continue their win streak to three. Philadelphia outplayed the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears. But, Brady is optimistic about this game, and Phil Simms agrees with him.
Simms admits Eagles have an issue with consistency this season. They are going in the right direction, but they will be shut down by one fatal flaw in the Super Bowl LII rematch. TB12 can’t get over that loss, and he always things about it. It’s one of his greatest motivations.
Philadelphia has a strong team, and their defensive line is pretty awesome. Most NFL teams can’t run against the Birds. The offense is good, too. The Eagles are playing some excellent football, but Simms is worried about their secondary. In other words, he believes the Patriots will win this game.
“Listen, the Eagles are a powerful football team,” Simms said in the latest episode of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” “Their defensive line, their front seven — it’s very good. They’re tough to run against. Their offensive line is a power-running line. So, they’re finally doing what they’re supposed to do, but their secondary really bothers me. So, I’m taking the Patriots.”
Simms is right
The Eagles pass defense was allowed 310 passing yards or more in four of nine games and many scores through the air in five of nine. New England’s pass-catching unit isn’t really dangerous, but they sure can pick this defense apart. Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead are healthy, and they impose a threat on the field.
Brady and Co. may surprise the Eagles this weekend with rookie receiver N’Keal Harry. The rookie has yet to make his debut with the Patriots, and he will boost the team in an excellent way.
We believe the Patriots will own this game in the same way they dominated the first eight games of the regular season. Brady says the second part of the season is really important, and their chances to make the playoffs depend on the next few games.
Hopefully, the offense will overcome the struggle on the field. New England has to prepare well for the second half of the season, and head coach Bill Belichick sure has a few tricks in the pocket.