17 November 2019 22:34
The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots have plenty to prove in Sunday's rematch of Super Bowl LII, in what is one of the most anticipated games of the season. The Eagles will have a challenge ahead of them with New England's defense, especially with an offense that is tied for 23rd in the NFL averaging 5.2 yards per play but third in the league in third-down conversion percentage (48.4%). The Eagles like to control the clock, so it's important that Tom Brady and the Patriots offense is on the field as little as possible. [Refresh the page here for the latest updates] 4:47 p.m.: Patriots starters Defense: Guy, Shelton, Wise, Van Noy, Collins, Hightower, Bentley, Gilmore, J. Eagles are going to be bringing it all day — look for New England to try and use that against them with reverses, screens, etc.
(It was the fourth penalty of the year on McCourty — he's tied for the team lead.) The New England defense stood up well in the high red-area, holding the Eagles to a field goal. (On a separate note, maybe it's me, maybe it's part of the new PI rules, but after every incomplete pass, it feels like there's an offensive player complaining about a no call. pic.twitter.com/FnYJ9tJ96f — Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) November 17, 2019 4:03 p.m.: I'm going with New England in this one with a late cover. 3:55 p.m.: This will be Vinovich's second New England game of the season — he was the lead official for the 43-0 win over Miami in South Florida earlier in the year. He's worked several big New England contests over the years, including Super Bowl XLIX.
3:35 p.m.: As we're waiting on Patriots-Eagles this afternoon, I'm sitting here and watching the Ravens carve the heart out the Texans and wondering: Does this game tell us more about Houston or Baltimore? Regardless, this Baltimore team is clicking on all cylinders right now and doing a terrific job keeping the pressure on New England when it comes to that No. 1 seed. 3:28 p.m.: When it comes to the latest betting line, not much has changed over the course of the week — it obviously depended on who you listened to, but this one opened with the Patriots as three- to four-point favorites, and really didn't move too much over the last few days. Odds Shark had New England as a 4.5-point favorite as of this afternoon, which feels about right. When it comes to the spread, Odds Shark also has the Patriots at 15-6 in their last 21 games after an ATS loss, something to keep in mind. It'll be their second New England game of the year–since the start of the 2017 season (including playoffs), the Pats are 14-2 with them at the mic. Eagles: WR: Edelman, Sanu, Dorsett, Harry, Meyers RB: Michel, White, Burkhead, Bolden TE: Watson, LaCosse Maybe the healthiest the Patriots have been at the skill positions since Week 1. Doesn't mean he's going to play a whole lot, but the simple fact that he's available is big for a New England team that could use a boost at wide receiver. It'll be interesting to see how he responds — I imagine that if he feels comfortable and gets some snaps, it could be at the expense of Mohamed Sanu, who has (at least from the outside) looked very comfortable in the Patriots' passing game to this point in his career with New England. It's been an area where the Patriots could also use some help, and a big body like Harry would certainly help. Only player out on the field right now: N'Keal Harry pic.twitter.com/mB6EG2OUWP — Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) November 17, 2019