Super Bowl 52
The Philadelphia Eagles advance to Super Bowl 52 (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

How many predicted that Nick Foles would lead the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl 52? I imagine many experts picked the Eagles to go to the Super Bowl, but behind the play of Carson Wentz. Nick Foles is no joke and he is primed to lead this team to victory on Sunday thanks to Doug Pederson.

This Eagles team is primed to take down the Patriots and I’ll show you why below.

The Eagles Defensive Line

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Fletcher Cox is one of the many defensive players that will give Tom Brady fits in Super Bowl 52 (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Philly’s defensive front is the best in the National Football League. Not only does the defensive line get penetration on the quarterback, they excel at stopping the run.

They continually did this against top caliber NFL offensive lines. Here are two videos of them against the almighty Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders.

Additionally, it helps that the Eagles have one of the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL.

The Eagles Offensive Line

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Center Jason Kelce was the number one rated center this season in the NFL via Pro Football Focus (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Seriously. The Eagles will control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. According to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles had the best offensive line in the NFL during the regular season.

They are one of the most athletic offensive lines and when that’s combined with their unique and creative blocking scheme, you’ve created a juggernaut. One of the reasons they change their blocking “looks” is to create confusion along the opposing defensive line.

Most importantly, they block well in space.

Not to mention, the Patriots will have to defend the RPO (Run/Pass Option).

The Offensive Creativity of Doug Pederson

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Doug Pederson’s creativity has kept the Eagles in the Super Bowl hunt (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

One of Pederson’s favorite play calls is the RPO – and the Eagles execute it to perfection.

The game plan has not changed much since Wentz was injured. Sure, the Eagles don’t attack down the field as often as they did with Wentz but don’t kid yourself into thinking he can’t sling it deep. Just ask the Vikings (and my Falcons).

Below, the Vikings stack the box with ten defenders in the screen. There is one on one coverage up top with Jeffery. Pederson has Agholor sprint wide to open up the middle of the field for a short, quick, rhythmic throw for Nick Foles.

Again, here they are causing confusion.

Beautifully designed and executed even better.

Result?

Up and down the roster, there are only a few positions that the Patriots have it better than the Eagles – mainly the tight end and quarterback. However, how many times has this been said before?

No one is better with time (two weeks) than the combination of Belichick and Brady and that is something that cannot be ignored. The Patriots will come prepared and will find the Eagles weakness with hopes of  exploiting it. Belichick will try to make Nick Foles uncomfortable and make him beat them with his arm. And to be completely honest, I’m not convinced Carson Wentz plays better against the Vikings than Nick Foles did.

But Belichick will take his chances in making him do it again in Super Bowl 52.