We are just hours away from the biggest game of the decade.
The emotions change by the hour. I am happy, nervous, anxious, excited, optimistic, concerned; you name it, I feel it.
I know you're thinking about it too.
I know you're feeling the same exact way!
So, let's talk about it
5 reasons why I am nervous:
1. Nick Foles vs. the Vikings D (obviously)
I know, I know, but I had to mention it.
In a game with such evenly matched teams, any mistake could end the season. One fumble or interception, and the season could be over.
As much as people want to talk trash about Philadelphia fans and say we are delusional, every Eagles fan is well aware that the Vikings defense is the real deal. So it's natural to be nervous about your backup quarterback going up against the leagues top ranked defense.
2. The Eagles going down early
I believe the Eagles can win a dog fight, but asking Foles to mount a comeback will be next to impossible.
3. Red Zone efficiency
One of the best traits that Carson Wentz possessed was his ability to lead touchdown drives.
If the Eagles do get an opportunity to score a touchdown, they have to capitalize. Field goals from the 4 yard line will not cut it.
Like a turnover, a missed opportunity could be the difference between the Super Bowl and the driving range.
4. Vaitai vs. Everson Griffen
This one has been talked about a lot this week, but it scares the living crap out of me.
Von Miller and Demarcus Lawrence were on the left side, but Griffen is a right defensive end. Big V has filled in admirably, but this will be his biggest test of the season.
This will also be a test for the coaching staff. How will they adjust?
5. They are hosting the Super Bowl next week
If this isn't motivation, then I don't know what is.
5 reasons why I'm confident
1. Case Keenum vs. the Eagles D
I am sorry, but I am not sold.
The same theory as # 1 in the "nervous" column applies. In a game with such evenly matched teams, any turnover can make the difference in a win or loss.
2. The Eagles defensive line
Keenum was sacked 6 times in the loss at Carolina.
Last week he was terrible when under pressure.
The Eagles D line is their biggest advantage.
3.Doug Pederson/ Jim Schwartz
The Eagles have the coaching advantage on both sides of the ball.
4. Dome team
There will not be any SKOL chants this week.
While it will not be as cold as I would have liked it, it will still be loud.
Home field advantage at the link is REAL!
5. A "Minneapolis miracle" hangover
Yes, the Eagles are coming off of an emotional win as well, but it was nothing compared to what happened in Minnesota.
The Vikings were planning their vacation, and then boom.. they are playing in the NFC Championship game.
5 reasons to be more excited than you already are.