The Philadelphia Eagles will host the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field in the most anticipated game of the Week 11 slate, and their coaching staff re-watched the greatest victory in franchise history as part of its scouting for Sunday's matchup.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz told reporters Monday that during the Week 10 bye Eagles coaches watched the film of their Super Bowl LII triumph over the Patriots, which was the last meeting between these teams.
Eagles staff watched Super Bowl 52 last week. J. Schwartz noted how QB and system hasn't changed, but the personnel has changed. The Patriots didn't have Edelman in the Super Bowl; they had Gronkowski. So it's a resource because it was last meeting, but it's also been 21 months— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) November 11, 2019
Jim Schwartz said the #Eagles were watching the Super Bowl over the last week as part of scouting the Patriots.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) November 11, 2019
Said they look a lot different without Rob Gronkowski.
How much will the Eagles take from that game?
Well, both teams' rosters have undergone lots of changes since that night in Minneapolis, and the Patriots were without one of their most valuable players in wide receiver Julian Edelman, who returned from injury in 2018 and won Super Bowl LIII MVP when New England beat the Los Angeles Rams. Still, several of the key players from that Super Bowl, including quarterback Tom Brady, remain an important part of the Patriots' success in 2019.
Brady and the Patriots scored 34 points against the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, including a Super Bowl record 505 passing yards by the legendary quarterback. The Patriots should be able to achieve plenty of success through the air again Sunday versus a weak Eagles secondary that has struggled throughout the season and lacks a shutdown cornerback.
Oddsmakers like the Patriots' chances of leaving Philly with a win -- New England has opened as 3.5-point road favorites.
Eagles coaches re-watched Super Bowl LII in scouting for Patriots matchup originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston