Super Bowl 2018 key matchups: Eagles defense needs to win battle up front

Note: We’re running two Key Matchup posts for Super Bowl LII. The other one focuses on the Philadelphia Eagles offense vs. the New England Patriots defense.    

The New England Patriots offense has been the focus in the four years of Key Matchup posts I’ve written during Super Bowl week on more occasions than any other unit in the league. That’s what happens when you’re a regular participant in the Super Bowl.

But because New England’s offense has been the focus so often, a common theme has emerged in all of those previous posts. See if you can spot it.

Jan. 7, 2015

It’s no secret that quarterbacks perform worse when under pressure from the opposing pass rush. You hear it on every NFL broadcast and every talking head pre-game show. Good as he is, Tom Brady is no different. He’s obviously more than capable of making game-changing plays when hit or hurried — he’s Tom Brady, after all; but on the whole he’s not nearly as effective throwing the ball while staring down rushers as he is when he has a clean pocket to throw from.

Dec. 16, 2016

The quick and obvious answer to how the Broncos held Brady in check is the same as the one that has held true for basically all teams that have managed

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