Super Bowl LII: Staff predictions for the big game

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Kind of an important factor: the Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions, and most of last year's team is back. Harrison's interception sealed the game and solidified the Patriots as a dynasty with their third Super Bowl victory in four years.

The New England Patriots are competing for their sixth title while the Eagles are looking to take a Lombardi trophy home to Philadelphia for the first time in franchise history. Brady drops delivers a Hail Mary just like the one he threw at the end of Super Bowl XLVI.

So for those of us Eagles fans stuck in Patriots Nation this week, the abuse is just par for the course. It would be sweet, sweet revenge over the Patriots, would earn me a year of bragging rights in the newsroom, and I could wear my Eagles sweatshirt around town with a different type of target on my back; but I'd especially love to see the Bird Gang get a ring because of what it would mean to my family, and to the man who introduced me to professional sports. But the good news for Eagles fans and everyone rooting against Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl is that Philadelphia has the ingredients to do it. Fans could even put themselves through the NFL Scouting Combine or experience playing football in a virtual reality exhibit.

In preparation for the debut of the next championship ring - whether it turns out to bear the logo of Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots - the National Football League released photos of all the rings from the previous 51 Super Bowls. Their quarterback is the greatest to ever play.

The curmudgeonly won't ever win the Miss Manners Award for sports coaches, but so what? Defensively, they must stop the RPO's that the Eagles offense runs. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz at one point appeared to be a frontrunner, but he tore his ACL on December 10 against the Rams.

After reaffirming himself as the NFL's most efficient passer at age 40, the four-time Super Bowl MVP still casts a long shadow.

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When the Eagles get inside the red zone, coming away with six points instead of three is very important, according to Robinson.

"Guys being unselfish, adding guys along the way that added to the team and continued to push, and every time we won and had some success - we even had some adversity - the team believed more and more". By any objective measure, they have a deeper and more talented roster, a better offensive and defensive line, and a better overall defense. In fact, Brady has yet to lead the Pats on a scoring drive of any kind in the first quarter of any of his Super Bowls. I tend to think it's the latter. If he remains patient and takes what the Patriots give him, the Eagles will have a chance. They may have the lead and they won't go for it on 4th and 1 and choose to punt it. Not that New England's coaches care if they have to mostly pass.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018.

"I just put it on Facebook and one of my friends at school said you have to make that public", he continued. Probably. But will any moment be as awesome as what I saw in the national championship?

A new report estimates that Americans will wager $4.76 billion on the big game. Eagles 24, Patriots 21.

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