Eagles say Super Bowl is in the rearview mirror

Ed Benkin
November 13, 2019 - 8:13 pm
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs past Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman (91) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The memory of the Eagles' Super Bowl win over the Patriots will last forever in the minds of fans across the Delaware Valley, but the 2019 Eagles would rather move forward.

On Sunday, the Eagles will play the Patriots in their first non-preseason game since Super Bowl LII. Fans will no doubt be thinking about that cold night in Minneapolis when the Eagles defeated the Patriots for their first Super Bowl title.  

Many of the same players are still on both rosters and players in the Eagles locker room were asked if they were getting nostalgic this week with New England coming to town. 

Players such as Fletcher Cox say the Super Bowl win isn't on the radar this week.

"That was two years ago," said Cox. "To me, it's like old war stories. It was two years ago. It was two different locker rooms. This locker room is way different than it was two years ago. Their locker room is different. Right now, it just comes down to two good football teams playing on Sunday."

Both teams will be coming off their bye week when they take the field on Sunday. The Eagles picked up two straight victories heading into their break, while New England is coming off its first loss of the season. 

Coaches on both sides are breaking down plenty of game film and some clips from Super Bowl LII might getting looked at. 

However, coach Doug Pederson says it's hardly the main focus heading into Sunday.

"It has no bearing on this football game," Pederson said. "We're a different team, they're a different team from then. Their defense is different today than it was then, offense is different, personnel is different.  It's something that's part of our cut-ups, but it's not something that's a focal point at all going into this game."

This will be the first chance for Carson Wentz to go against the Patriots; Wentz was an unwilling spectator at the Super Bowl due to a knee injury. 

It will be the first time he will be on the same field competing against Tom Brady, but the Eagles quarterback insists he will be more worried about facing the highly-touted New England defense.

"It's always cool to play a competitor like him," said Wentz. "He's arguably one of the best ever. I have a ton of respect for him and what he's done but like I always say, I'm facing their defense and he's facing our defense. It will be cool to compete on the same field as him and, hopefully, I'll get a chance to see him before and after the game." 

The Eagles are in desperate need of a victory on Sunday as they try to keep pace with the Cowboys in the NFC East race. The time for reminiscing will be after the season even for players such as Brandon Graham, who made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl LII when he forced a fumble by Brady late in the fourth quarter.

"I'm excited to create some new memories," Graham said. "We need this 'W' each and every week. This week, Tom Brady and the Patriots are on the clock."