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Super Bowl LII predictions: Who’s gonna win this thing?

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Staff report

The Southern California News Group’s team of NFL reporters and columnists have emerged from their film rooms, reviewed their notes, and sifted through all the statistics.

Kickoff of Sunday’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles is approaching. It’s prediction time:

Vincent Bonsignore: Eagles have overcome plenty. They’ve got this

In an NFL season marked by a seemingly endless string of injuries to major stars, it’s only fitting that one of the last two teams standing has survived an almost unfair amount of afflictions to key players.

That the Philadelphia Eagles have managed to reach Super Bowl LII in spite of losing their MVP-candidate starting quarterback, their Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle and a starting running back and linebacker to season-ending injuries is a testament to just how well built and resilient they are under the leadership of General Manager Howie Roseman and Coach Doug Pederson.

And it makes them hard to best against, even while sharing the field with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

The Eagles didn’t blink an eye after losing Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles and Jordan Hicks to season-ending injuries this season on their way to winning their division, earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs and beating the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings to reach the Super Bowl.

A clever, balanced, sophisticated offense has enabled Nick Foles to seamlessly take over for the fallen Wentz, and a dominant defensive front backed up by an underrated linebacking corps and a deep, talented secondary has smothered opponents.

And while Brady and the Patriots represent the Eagles’ biggest postseason challenge, their ability to play balanced offense combined with a front four that can get pressure on Brady and a secondary that can blanket his receivers will be too much for the […]    

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