So take heart, National Football League fans outside New England.
When people talk about surviving Super Bowl week, that's essentially the first hurdle.
Sunday was the final day the New England Patriots practiced in Foxborough this season, but for the players, practicing for the Super Bowl is just like getting ready for any other game.
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox echoed his coach's sentiments, telling NFL Network's Deion Sanders, "You've got to play 60 minutes against that guy because at any point in time, man, he can make big plays".
Electronic Arts announced the Madden NFL 18 results to its annual Super Bowl victor prediction between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles today. He signed a two-year deal with the Eagles before the 2017 season.
Surprisingly, Schwartz's teams have squared off against the Belichick-Brady Patriots only seven times over the course of the 17 seasons that he's been in charge of defenses. That is perhaps what he's referencing when he said he's not quite where he wants it to be.
The Eagles and Patriots will be doing some more media obligations on Tuesday before mostly going dark, focusing on practice in preparations for the big game. They held the Patriots scoreless until the second quarter, when Brady completed touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks. Both of those figures are more than double what the 2002 Titans gave up to the Patriots in the first Schwartz vs. Belichick-and-Brady matchup.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson huddles with the team during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. By the numbers, Nick Foles threw for 153 more yards than the Vikings allowed on average and the Eagles ran for 27 more yards than the Vikings' average. Also, CG Technology took at $700,000 money-line bet on the Eagles, the South Point wrote one for $500,000, and the Wynn took what sports book director John Avello characterized as a "good-size, six-figure" bet on the Eagles money-line.
"Tom Brady had an appointment earlier this week to remove the 12 stitches on his throwing hand that he played with against the Jaguars, sources say". In Super Bowl XLII, Justin Tuck was easily the best defensive player on the field, sacking Brady twice while forcing a critical fumble. "You have to take those 1 and 2 yard gains, because they're going to stop you sometimes".