What NFL consultants are saying about Sunday’s Patriots-Eagles sport


No one is choosing the Patriots to win the Tremendous Bowl. Only a few even see them making the playoffs. However there’s hope…possibly.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts during Eagles training camp in August.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts throughout coaching camp in August. AP Picture/Matt Slocum


Tom Brady will likely be in the home on Sunday. This was fairly normal stuff. 

So, too, did the hope Brady carried in his wake like a path of for Patriot followers over the course of 20 years. 

That “hope,” usually an annual ceremony of passage in Foxborough, has receded from Tremendous Bowl aspirations to extra mundane outcomes. Like, seeing quarterback Mac Jones survive the season’s first month behind an offensive line that may as nicely make use of 5 Wal-Mart greeters — that’s a extra applicable spot to handle wild expectations. 

There’s the “hope” that new offensive coordinator Invoice O’Brien will proper the wrongs created by final 12 months’s Tweedle Dee tandem of Matt Patricia and Joe Decide. As a result of if the offense is worse this season….gulp. 

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Everybody hopes that Jones is in line for a bounce-back season, albeit with the nagging concern that he’ll by no means escape the shadow that may occur to be the primary deal with Sunday afternoon. There’s deserved hope that the protection will likely be among the many greatest models within the sport. There’s hope that first-round draft decide Christian Gonzalez isn’t one other first-pick bust. Patriot followers hope that Invoice Belichick chasing Shula’s file received’t take the main focus off the roster. Jerod Mayo needs to be hoping that his time as the pinnacle coach for this franchise will come. Steve Belichick is simply hoping past all that’s holy that the digital camera stays off him on the sideline. Invoice Belichick might be hoping that he and Eagles defensive one thing Matt Patricia can possibly seize a number of beers after the sport Sunday.

There’s hope that JuJu Smith-Schuster’s repaired knee doesn’t blow; sneaky hope that Kendrick Bourne goes to be a monster this season. There’s even a shred of hope that the video games, not like the dreadful 2022 season, received’t turn into unwatchable bores. 

No one is choosing the Patriots to win the Tremendous Bowl. Only a few even see them making the playoffs. 

However, there’s hope. 

Or possibly it’s simply desperation. No matter you need to name it. 

This week’s predictions

Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice: Eagles (-3.5). “When the Eagles are good, street video games can typically really feel like residence video games as a result of Philly followers journey so nicely. This Sunday, there received’t be many Birds followers at Gillette Stadium as a result of Tom Brady is being honored at halftime, which is inflicting astronomical ticket costs. In that sense, it’s not supreme that the Eagles drew a Patriots away sport Week 1. In the end, it shouldn’t matter. The Pats have an excellent protection, however the Eagles can rating on anybody. On the opposite aspect of the ball, the Pats’ already unhealthy offense will likely be compromised by their banged-up offensive line. The Eagles ought to dominate within the trenches and pound Mac Jones.” 

Globe workers: All people loves the Eagles (-4). 

Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Eagles 24, Patriots 17. “Will Invoice Belichick ever relocate his misplaced mojo? (The one Brady took with him?) NFC champ Birds received’t match final 12 months’s 14-3 file however are nonetheless the staff to beat over there, and including RB D’Andre Swift makes a potent offense even higher. Belichick nonetheless has the protection to maintain Pats in video games, however QB Mac Jones has quite a bit to show and never a ton of particular offensive expertise to assist him.” 

Michael Hurley, CBS Boston: Philadelphia. “Take a look at the Patriots’ power of victory (mixed profitable share of groups they’ve overwhelmed) since 2020: .429, .394, .415. They’ll pull off a random upset occasionally — Cam Newton vs. the Ravens involves thoughts, or the tornado-wind sport in Buffalo — however by and enormous, they win and lose once they’re imagined to. And on this one, even with Tom Brady within the constructing, they’re not imagined to win.”

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports activities: Eagles 30, Patriots 22. “The defending NFC-champion Eagles are going to search out out what it’s wish to be the hunted this season, beginning on this one. They’ve the expertise to deal with it, nevertheless it’s a troublesome street to navigate this season. New England will likely be good on protection this season, however the Eagles offense and Jalen Hurts will likely be too huge of a problem to open the season. Mac Jones received’t sustain.” 

CBS Sports activities workers: Six of eight decide Philadelphia (-3.5)

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Instances: Eagles 28, Patriots 17. “Jalen Hurts will preserve his momentum from final season, and the Eagles will personal the sport within the trenches. New England’s offense will likely be higher below Invoice O’Brien, however that may take a while.” 

Benjamin Hoffman, The New York Instances: Eagles (-4). “The times of the Patriots being an automated decide any time a younger, and even youngish, quarterback travels to Foxborough, Mass., have seemingly come to an finish. Coach Invoice Belichick undoubtedly nonetheless has fairly a number of thoughts video games and techniques to fight the all-around play of a signal-caller just like the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts, however he doesn’t have the personnel to make it occur. And on the offensive aspect, Invoice O’Brien looks like a sensible choice as a coordinator however the pickups of working again Ezekiel Elliott and JuJu Smith-Schuster are a number of years previous their sell-by date.” 

ESPN workers: One (Seth Wickersham) of 9 picks the Patriots. 

Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports activities: Patriots (+4). “It’s laborious to fade the Eagles. Nonetheless, I do assume the Patriots are higher than everybody thinks. They’re the one staff that I believed I had too low in the ability rankings this week. It was simply laborious to get them a lot increased. However we all know the Patriots will likely be good on protection and the offense will likely be a lot improved now that an grownup is asking performs.”

Sheil Kapadia, The Ringer: Eagles (-4). “Traditionally, it’s been dangerous to choose in opposition to Belichick as an underdog, however within the final three seasons (since Tom Brady left), the Patriots are 9-13 in opposition to the unfold as underdogs. I believe we’ll see a aggressive sport, however I just like the Eagles to cowl this quantity.”

USA Right this moment workers: All Eagles. 

SB Nation workers: One among 11 picks the Pats. 

Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting Information: Eagles 23, Patriots 20. “The Eagles took appreciable personnel hits within the offseason and are hoping each defensive youth and a remixed backfield will assist compensate of their quest to repeat as NFC champions as NFC favorites. The Patriots’ protection is a troublesome first task and their new-look offense below Invoice O’Brien will grind away with a number of extra huge performs to remain within the sport.”

Invoice Bender, The Sporting Information: Eagles 24, Patriots 17. “How far eliminated are we from that Tremendous Bowl LII traditional between these groups? Former Alabama quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones would be the focus, however we’re watching how D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny fare in opposition to the Patriots’ inside protection. New England was 0-3 ATS as a house underdog final season. The Pats gradual this one down, however the Eagles keep away from the large mistake on the street.”

Mike Florio, Professional Soccer Speak: Eagles, 30-23.

Chris Simms, Professional Soccer Speak: Eagles, 30-24. 

It says right here: Eagles 27, Patriots 23. Brady? Gronk? Welker? Edelman? You’ll impress me with the visitor checklist for Sunday’s halftime ceremony provided that it contains John Jastremskiand Jim McNally.