Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Eagles Will not Win!!
By Imtiaz Mussa

I’ll take a break from writing about soccer in order to throw in my two cents about tomorrow’s big game. But before I do, there are a few things I’d like to say about the week’s developments in Europe. Manchester United has swept both games from Arsenal this season and have jumped them in the standings. They also won today against Birmingham City so I’m a happy camper. Americans do Play the Other Football, Part Two comes next week.

Anyways, back to the game at hand, Super Bowl XXXIX. The New England Patriots come into this game being the overwhelming favorite for a few reasons. They’ve been here and won before. They are the most balanced team that I have ever seen with the most clutch kicker in the history of the NFL. Plus, they have the best coaches in football hands down.

That is not to take anything away from the Philadelphia Eagles who I hate with all my heart. McNabb is a solid quarterback, Westbrook is becoming a dynamic RB, the offensive line is very good except when Jon Runyan lines up against Strahan, the secondary is top notch, and the defense as a whole can blitz. However, their team has never been to the big game after choking in the NFC Championship Game the past few years.

So let’s start with the Pats offense against the Eagles defense. We all know Jim Johnson is going to blitz Tom Brady on nearly ever snap. So, how does Weis beat it? The answer is Cory Dillon. The RB was brought to New England to improve a team that was already the best in the game. That is scary. The usage of delayed handoffs will be a key for the Pats. Let Brady snap the ball, the Eagles come with 7 or 8 on the blitz, and before you know it, Dillon has the ball busting through. Now to the Eagles credit, since Trotter has entered the starting lineup, the Eagles rush defense has become better. But the only high quality running backs they have faced has been Clinton Portis and Tiki Barber. It should be noted that the Giants did rack up 161 rushing yards in that game. It will be up to the secondary for the Eagles to have a shot. The Patriot wide receivers are some of the best route runners in the league and Brady is a very accurate quarterback. The trick will be to disrupt Brady and hope he makes some bad throws. Otherwise, look for New England to try to take time off the clock with long drives.

If Donovan McNabb wants to win the Super Bowl he better hope Owens can have an effect and he needs to stop calling himself a pocket passer. Granted McNabb has become a better quarterback this season but it will mean nothing when he faces the New England defense. If Bill Bellichek and Romeo Crennel could limit the Colts to only three points, then they must think that this is child’s play. McNabb can give them a shock by running a lot more. Throughout the season, the Patriots never saw a running quarterback. McNabb’s legs may be their only chance because after Freddie Mitchell’s comments, he can forget about catching a ball and Brian Westbrook will learn what it means to be locked down.
I hope Adam can hold on to a third Lombardi trophy

People know that Adam Vinatieri is one of the greatest kickers in playoff history. The video doesn’t lie. He won two Super Bowls and beat the Oakland Raiders in the snow. David Akers is also very good but does he know what it means to be under pressure? I don’t know.

In conclusion, I have to believe that the New England Patriots will be victorious with a final score of 20-10. I’ll take a shot and say Cory Dillon will be the MVP.


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