The Eagles-Rams would be a rematch of the game between the two NFC division champions last December. The Eagles won, 43-35, setting the tone for a dash through the winter months for the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.
The Packers missed the playoffs last season with a 7-9 record in large part because their perennial MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with a fractured right collarbone. He’s healthy and back on the field in 2018.
Former coach Steve Mariucci revisits the 2000 draft when the San Francisco 49ers … and everyone else but New England … passed on Tom Brady and the lessons all teams today should learn from that experience.
The Eagles will be better on paper in 2018 with the return of quarterback Carson Wentz, who was building an NVP campaign before a knee injury ended his season in December. Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl with backup QB Nick Foles.
Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls and, at 40, was the NFL MVP in 2017 after leading the NFL in passing yards. Then he threw for an NFL record 505 yards in a losing cause in the Super Bowl. The only worry the Patriots have in 2018 is the aging process.
Lynn Swann doesn’t have the statistics to qualify for the Pro Football Hall of Fame — not with just 366 career catches. But he’s enshrined in Canton because of his reputation of playing big in the biggest games.
Despite sitting the final 11 quarters of the season, Carson Wentz still finished second in the NFL with 33 touchdown passes. He passed for 3,296 yards and steered the Eagles to 11 victories in a 13-3 season.