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New England Patriots links 2/01/18 - Super Bowl LII Key Matchup: Patriots O-line vs. Eagles D-line

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  • Karen Guregian says there is no back-to-back talk creeping in anywhere from the Patriots.
  • Kevin McNamara calls Brady’s protectors a tough, fun-loving bunch.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how James Harrison, wearing Danny Amendola’s jersey, talked up the QB-receiver chemistry between himself and Tom Brady.
  • Jeff Howe marvels at how peerless Kraft, Belichick and Brady are still working on their incredible run.
  • Ron Borges goes through the NFL dynasties and states nobody has done it better for longer with the same three guys at the top - the Killer B’s Bob, Bill and Brady - as the Patriots.
  • Adam Kurkjian points out that the Eagles are gamblers on fourth down, and how that can stress a defense.
  • Jeff Howe’s key matchup of the day: Patriots O-line vs. Eagles D-line. “Brady is going to destroy the Eagles’ back seven if he has enough time to throw because they just aren’t great in coverage. So the entire complexion of the matchup between Brady and the Eagles will come down to the performance of the line.”
  • Phil Perry reports the Patriots offensive line is ready for an endurance test vs. the Eagles.
  • Michael Hurley points out how the Pats are carrying a rare backfield trio to the Super Bowl.
  • Hal Bent (FullPressCoverage) Super Bowl LII Key Matchup: Patriots LBs vs. Eagles RBs.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Malcolm Butler battling through illness.
  • Joshua Schrock highlights ESPN Insider Mike Sando’s conversations with five anonymous NFL coaches to get their preview and predictions for Pats-Eagles.
  • Doug Kyed lays out why Chad O’Shea could be the ideal next offensive coordinator.
  • Zack Cox tells us how Matt Patricia’s pregame routine illustrates his unique bond with players on both sides of the ball.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Robert Kraft had a telling answer when asked about “dysfunction” in the organization. Kraft acknowledges “tension” but explains why that’s not the same thing.
  • DJ Bean reveals how Robert Kraft says in “The Two Bills” that he had his reasons to be skeptical of the NFL when Bill Parcells left for the Jets. /Interesting but not surprising.
  • The Herald Staff makes its Super Bowl picks. Five of five pick Patriots to win.
  • Mike Reiss relays Roger Goodell on if the Patriots run of success is a good thing for the NFL. “It’s really remarkable.” ... “I just marvel at that.”
  • Michael Hurley reveals the question he has been waiting to ask Roger Goodell, and the likely gibberish response he probably would have received.



  • Ed Benkin (CBS Philly) For the ‘boring’ Patriots, it’s business as usual.
  • Dave Zangaro (NBCSports Philly) Eagles in awe of the Tom Brady age game.
  • Dave Zangaro (NBCSports Philly) Rob Gronkowski not out of the woods yet.
  • Dave Spadaro (PhiladelphiaEagles) Eagles aim to win in trenches on Sunday.
  • Staff (PhiladelphiaEagles) By the numbers: Can Eagles generate takeaways?
  • Chris McPherson (PhiladelphiaEagles) Key matchup: Alshon Jeffrey vs. Stephon Gilmore.
  • Dave Zangaro (NBCSports Philly) Potential Eagles Super Bowl hero [Jake Elliott] going unnoticed in Minnesota.
  • Reuban Frank (NBCSports Philly) Eagles fans, Super Bowl weirdness, and more.
  • Staff (CBS Philly) Eagles’ Doug Pederson turns 50 with eyes set on Super Bowl 52.
  • Dave Spadaro (PhiladelphiaEagles) Brett Favre to visit Eagles on Saturday.
  • Jim Gehman (PhiladelphiaEagles) Mixed emotions as former Eagles reflect on team’s first Super Bowl appearance.