Eagles make case for the defense

01 February 2018 01:09:20 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday with two of the top five defenses in the NFL on show at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Curiously the Conference title games featured four of the top five defenses with the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars, ranked first and second in points allowed, falling just short to the Eagles, X to win Super Bowl LII, and the Patriots respectively.

Despite the losses both the Vikings and the Jaguars should be back next year and beyond specifically because defenses win championships.

Come April, and the NFL Draft, the focus will be on four, and possibly more, quarterbacks hearing their names in the first round, but it will be on defense where the crucial picks will be made.

With the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants both expected to take signal callers atop the first round, the Indianapolis Colts will have the choice of the top defensive players unless they change direction and look running back or offensive line.

Certainly running back Saquon Barkley from Penn State, or offensive lineman Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, both from Notre Dame, could be in the mix. However, the expectation is that defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State or cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick from Alabama will be the choice.

The Colts, of course, need far more than one reinforcement on the defensive side of the ball, but in an AFC South Division with the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, getting to the quarterback is going to be a priority.

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