Lincoln Financial Field, the home of our beloved Eagles seems to be a breeding ground for Super Bowl winners lately, unfortunately it just hasn’t been the Eagles. The last three Eagles home opener opponents have then gone on to win the Super Bowl that year! Were the teams just that tough, are the schedule makers out to get the Eagles or is this just pure coincidence? I believe the latter….
Last three season Super Bowl winners:
2009 – New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees and Marques Colston beat the Eagles 48-22 in a shootout in the opener. Then Saints would go on to win Super Bowl XLIV 31-17 over the Indianapolis Colts.
2010 – Green Bay Packers with the 5th ranked defense that season earned a 27-20 win over the Eagles in the home opener. Then Aaron Rodgers would lead the Packers to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to snatch the Super Bowl XLV title by a score of 31-25.
2011 – New York Giants in week 3, the Eagles fell to the Giants 29-16 thanks to Victor Cruz who had a total of 110 yards and two amazing touchdowns. Eli Manning then proceeded to top the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots which earned him an MVP and Super Bowl XLVI titles.
On Sunday 16th, at 1:00 pm the matchup featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens will determine if history is bound to repeat itself once more. Known for their defense, the Raven’s defence was ranked third in the league in both yards and points allowed. The Eagles may have pulled out the victory last Sunday over the Browns, but there were a lot of sloppy moments. Especially the interceptions threw by Michael Vick, he can’t afford to make those mistakes again this week.
Yes, yes, the Eagles need to watch for Ray Rice but with great players like DeMeco Ryans and Michal Kendricks, who both put up tremendous performances against the Browns last Sunday, they will be the most responsible for stopping Rice.
Joe Flacco’s style is similar to Michael Vicks where they both like to spread the ball around. But Flacco’s solid 2 touchdown game last week gives him the edge heading into this week’s matchup.
With the speed Torrey Smith possesses and the fact that both that both Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson are questionable leaves the Eagles in need of their own speed weapon Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to have a big game.
I can’t forget about LeSean McCoy, the #1 player that fans should keep eyes on for this Sunday. With a great show by BenJarvus Green-Ellis against the Ravens on Monday night totalling 91 yards, a touchdown and averaging over 5 yards a carry. Hopefully the Raven’s run defence is something that the Eagles and McCoy can exploit. Known for his dangerous speed, LeSean displayed a stellar performance against Cleveland Browns with 110 yards on 20 carries. So expect to see a healthy dose of handoffs to Shady against the Ravens in hopes of leading the Eagles to 2-0.
Whatever happens it will be an exciting game for fans to watch unless the Eagles play like they did last week. I’m not saying that I don’t believe in the Eagles, its just going to be a tough game. Win or lose, I just hope the streak of hosting the next Super Bowl champions comes to an end ……just saying!!