Fanteractive Game Breakdown for Philadelphia @ New England by AndyB

National Football League

Philadelphia (V) vs. New England (H)

US Bank Stadium
Minneapolis


Sunday Feb 04,2018 06:30 PM ET

Pre Game Analysis by AndyB

Pre-Game Analysis Detail

Personnel Comparison
Which Team has Advantage in
Quarterbacks
Advantage : New England  
Tom Brady may just go down as the best NFL quarterback of all time. No disrespect, but Nick Foles has some catching up to do! 
Running Backs
Advantage : Philadelphia  
Ajayi and Blount give the Eagles a great combo, but even more importantly, they bring a familiarity with the Patriots defense. 
Receivers
Advantage : Even  
Eagles are definitely the more explosive and Alshon Jeffery is probably the single best receiver on the field today. But, the Patriots receivers know how to play in this system. Gronkowski also presents match up issues, so this battle will be fairly even. 
Protection
Advantage : Even  
 
Defensive Line
Advantage : Philadelphia  
Cox has been really impressive at DT this year. Long also brings some intimate knowledge of the Patriots way too. This is not the Pats line from years past. Edge: Eagles 
Linebackers
Advantage : Even  
 
Secondary
Advantage : Even  
Patriots have the experience and playmakers from Super Bowls past. But, this will be a more complete corps to contend with and there will be some match up issues. 
Place Kickers
Advantage : Philadelphia  
Gostowski is very consistent and has won many games for the Patriots. But Elliott's range is probably an advantage here in the indoor conditions. If it comes down to it, the Eagles can try a game winning kick from even 60+. 
Punting
Advantage : Even  
 
Kick Returners
Advantage : Even  
 
The X Factor?
Defense wins championships and that may be the difference maker here.
Score Predictions
Philadelphia
 
New England
3  
1st Quarter
0
7  
2nd Quarter
7
3  
3rd Quarter
7
10  
4th Quarter
7
23  
Final Score
21
Match Up Quality
A  
 
Match Up Balance
A  
 
Match Up Comments
This is actually a good match up and should make for an interesting game. I expect it to be close...
Situational Comparison
When Visiting Team has the ball...
Visiting Team Rush Offense vs Home Team Defense
Advantage : Philadelphia  
 
Visiting Team Pass Offense vs Home Team Defense
Advantage : New England  
 
Control of Line of Scrimmage
Advantage : New England  
 
When home Team has the ball...
Home Team Rush Offense vs Visiting Team Defense
Advantage : Philadelphia  
 
Home Team Pass Offense vs Visiting Team Defense
Advantage : New England  
 
Control of Line of Scrimmage
Advantage : New England  
 
Other Situations
Forcing Turnovers
Advantage : Philadelphia  
 
Special Teams Advantage (Overall)
Advantage : New England  
 
Statistical Predictions
Philadelphia
 
New England
25  
Passing Attempts
42
16  
Passing Completions
30
189  
Passing Yards
276
64  
Pass Completion %
71
31  
Rushing Attempts
19
144  
Rushing Yards
105
333  
Total Yards
381
14  
First Downs
17
3  
Defensive Sacks
2
2  
Offensive Turnovers
2
6  
Offensive Penalties
6
55  
Offensive Penalty Yards
70