Atlanta @ Philadelphia
Last season the Eagles won the Super Bowl (double-checking ... yes that’s correct) thanks in no small part to coach Doug Pederson’s aggressive play calling. Said aggression was on full display in the Super Bowl itself when two pivotal 4th down conversions proved to be major turning points in the game. So what can Pederson do for an encore? Press the pedal even more squarely to the metal. Keep going for it on 4th down, but if you get stopped just keep the offense on the field. Have your center line up opposite the other center and try to wrestle the ball away so that you can snap it first. What are the refs going to do about? There’s nothing in the rule book that says you can’t. Ok, just checked the rule book and sure enough you can’t do that. It says so right there on the first page. Whoops! Alright, well how about this, go the other way, start punting on 3rd down. Catch the opposition off guard and see how they respond. Most likely with gratitude, but you don’t know unless you try. I picked against the Eagles in every playoff game and they won the Super Bowl. I haven’t learned my lesson yet, and I refuse to in the future.
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