Will the Eagles, with Nick Foles in position to become one of the most unlikely Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in history, shock the world and win their first Super Bowl? For all of that, this year's extensive Super Bowl matchup breakdown can be found here. Odds, pick against spread. Super Bowl 52 should not be a defensive struggle. There are too many ways for both teams to move the ball. Foles will get going with better support from his rushing attack, while Brady will keep letting it rip in the air.
This game has the feel of a back-and-forth affair with neither team starting slow. It probably comes down the last possession, and Brady will need only one final minute to push the Patriots to victory — and the first Super Bowl repeat since they beat the Eagles in Super Bowl Patriots 30, Eagles Yet this Eagles defense, fresh off of a lockdown of the Vikings in the NFC title game, has what it takes to finish the job.
Eagles 26, Patriots With multiple coverage looks and extreme talent in the defensive secondary, the Jaguars gave Brady and the Patriots trouble in the AFC championship game before New England pulled off yet another epic comeback.
Yes, the Eagles enter Super Bowl 52 with a stout defense, but they don't have the talent in the back seven to contain the Patriots' passing game early the way the Jags could. Patriots 31, Eagles Minnesota Vikings 2.
Green Bay Packers 3. Detroit Lions 4. We'll know how serious the Packers are after the first two weeks and home games against the Bears and Vikings. Quarterback play in this division should be great.
Green Bay has dominated this decade with Rodgers, but Cousins, Stafford and Trubisky are all capable of leading their teams to the playoffs, too.
That means the division games will be entertaining, especially in the fourth quarter. Minnesota is more complete than Green Bay is, but the division race will be tight between the traditional rivals.
Complete NFC North predictions. New Orleans Saints 2. Atlanta Falcons 3. Carolina Panthers 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers When looking through the NFL schedule, wins for the Saints are easy to find. The opposite can be said for the Buccaneers. With New Orleans seemingly getting stronger and Carolina somewhat stagnant in transition, don't expect another three-team race like last season, when all three top NFC South teams finished within one game of each other. The Falcons will push the Saints, but the overall talent and depth in New Orleans is too strong.
Complete NFC South predictions. Philadelphia Eagles 2. Dallas Cowboys 3. New York Giants 4. As great as the Eagles were last season, there was still a lightning-in-a-bottle element that will be hard to replicate. The window is there for the Cowboys if they can make their offseason retooling at receiver and on defense pay off. For Washington, post-Kirk Cousins? Sure, if literally everything goes perfect for them and gets blown to smithereens in the rest of the division.
Complete NFC East predictions. Los Angeles Rams 2. San Francisco 3. Seattle Seahawks 4. The season brought a changing of the guard in the NFC West. The Cardinals remained average. That makes the NFC West relatively easy to predict for Complete NFC West predictions. Patriots over Texans; Titans over Steelers — Divisional playoffs: The size of LA's stadium does not matter; the team's heart will be huge.
The relentless competitiveness of Rivers and coach Anthony Lynn will pay off as the wild lightning ride ends with a trip to Atlanta. Eagles over 49ers; Packers over Rams — Divisional playoffs: Kirk Cousins will be a throwback to Brees vs. Brett Favre eight years ago with a similar, high-scoring result. New Orleans takes it old school as it vies to capture that long-awaited second ring under Payton, this time with no controversy.