Coming off of a bye week, the Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) are ready to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (8-1). This is their first meeting since Super Bowl LII, where the Eagles won a thrilling, high-scoring Super Bowl, the franchise’s first ever Lombardi Trophy. For Ertz and his teammates, they look to pick up right where they left off in Week 10, a 22-14 W, their second in a row, which saw No. 86 record a season-high 103 yards and a score on nine grabs with an average of 11.4 yards per catch.
For New England, they look to right the ship after suffering their first defeat of the season, a decisive 37-20 loss at the hands of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.
In the midst of the Eagles’ two-game winning streak, Philadelphia has found their ground game. Both Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders are currently averaging an impressive 4.4 yards per carry. In their last two outings, the duo has accounted for a combined 294 yards and three scores.
In their lone loss of 2019, the Patriots allowed 210 yards and three scores to a potent Baltimore rushing attack. The Eagles will look to replicate that type of production to keep a talented New England defense at bay.
Even though New England’s defense struggled against the Ravens, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz knows that a win won’t come easy against the defending Super Bowl champions. According to Wentz, in-game adjustments will be key, as Bill Belichick is one the all-time great strategists and will undoubtedly have a great game plan in place for Philly.
“It’s definitely a challenge, but they come in with a certain plan of attack and you have to diagnosis it as fast as you can and then adjust,” Wentz said. “More than anything, that’s what they do well.”
As for the air attack, Wentz will surely look to Zach, his reliable tight end, who celebrated a 29th birthday earlier this week. In the Super Bowl LII win, No. 86 caught seven of the nine passes thrown his way for 67 yards and the go-ahead, game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
This season, the New England defense has given up 26 receptions 288 and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends. The Eagles, with arguable the best tight end tandem in all of football in Ertz and Dallas Goedert, will certainly look to add to those numbers on Sunday afternoon.
“You can’t go in there fearing failure. I think if you do that, you’ve already lost the game,” Ertz said. “We’re going to go out there with the opportunity to succeed and excel on Sunday. Obviously, we understand that they’ve been a dynasty for years. Everyone knows that. At the same time, we’re NFL players, we’re professionals, and we have a lot of confidence as a football team.”
For the Philadelphia defense, they will have a tough task in front of them, as is the case for any NFL team when game planning against one of the NFL’s elite signal callers – Tom Brady. Putting pressure on the veteran QB will be paramount for the Eagles to send the Pats packing with a second straight loss.
Philly, sitting at 5-4, is hungry for a victory as they try to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, and Sunday is another chance to prove how dangerous this Eagles team can be as they head down the final stretch of the regular season.
The Patriots present a tough challenge, but No. 86 and the rest of the Eagles are confident in themselves and ready for a battle against one of the NFL’s best teams.
Kickoff from The Linc is set for 4:25 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on FOX.