Watch these Kansas puppies predict the Super Bowl victor

Howard TerryFeb 05, 2018

Well, except for the locals.

Similarly, Pete Carroll's Seahawks defense lead the way to their only Super Bowl title in 2013 and almost earned them another in 2015, but for an ill-fated pass at the end of Super Bowl XLIX against the Patriots. There are many keys for each team winning the Super Bowl.

Now he'll see he if can become the first NFL MVP to also win a Super Bowl in the same season since 1999, when Kurt Warner did it.

The book on beating Tom Brady in the Super Bowl is out.

On paper, the two teams were remarkably similar offensively this season.

But the Super Bowl is a study in contrasts as well.

PICK: Patriots 28, Eagles 26.

Even though the Patriots have the legendary Tom Brady under center, that's not going to be enough to stop that insanely great pass rush of the Eagles.

Growing up in Spokane in the 1970s, with my parents hailing from Framingham, Massachusetts, we always watched the Seahawks and the New England Patriots (usually, we had to wait for the Pats to be on prime-time TV).

But these high-flying Eagles fans were not having it.

Jerseys of both Super Bowl teams, the New England Patriots, left, and the Philadelphia Eagles on display at the NFL Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Halfback Corey Clement and nose tackle Beau Allen are rotational fixtures for the Eagles, and special-teams ace Chris Maragos is on injured reserve.

The bad luck of the MVP victor that played in the Super Bowl started in 2001 when Warner and the Rams were defeated by the Patriots, 20-17, that catered the way for Tom Brady era.

But I find it hard to believe that the Super Bowl will actually be more entertaining. Clearly, this one projects as a photo finish.

Two days after President Donald Trump signed off on the release of a GOP intelligence memo about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Democrats asked the President to approve the release of a memo written by their side, as they argue Republicans did not tell the whole story of what went on in the Trump-Russia probe. On paper, the Eagles seem to have the edge. "It's good", says Charles Walford, who came all the way from England to cheer for the Eagles. Atlanta and Minnesota had to run it well but neither could in playoff losses, amassing 70 and 86 yards, respectively.

On paper, this is a coaching mismatch.

The Lions are bringing in a new coach in Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

If you remove the quarterbacks from the equation, the Eagles are at least the Patriots' equal, if not their superior.

Even at 40, Brady is at the peak of his powers.

"I just put it on Facebook and one of my friends at school said you have to make that public", he continued. "He'll give it right back to the team".

The Patriots' defense was porous in 2017, with the 30th ranked pass defense and 20th ranked rushing defense, allowing a fourth-worst 366 yards per game. Their defense is the best of the best that can effectively stop the run, do well against the pass, and consistently get to the quarterback. Foles also is a respected leader who leads by example.

In the previous ten instances, the backups are an astounding 9-1, with five of those quarterbacks going on to win the Super Bowl MVP. But Belichick has changed course. They gave up 32 points per game in their first four games but only 14.4 points per game in their 14 games since. And they will on Sunday too. He led the league with 4,577 yards passing during the regular season and his five touchdown passes are tied for the most in the playoffs. He'll have rein it in today, though. If the Patriots can utilize this mismatch, then they will have a field day throwing the ball.

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