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One Key Matchup That Nobody Seems To Be Talking About: The Eagles Have The Power Of The Dreads Over New England

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There’s an old saying in Tennessee–I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee–that says, “look good, feel good, play good”. It’s a universal saying that applies to every sport. And in the sport of football, there’s no way of looking better than to dread out your flow. There’s just something magical about seeing those dreadlocks flap in the wind out of the back of a helmet while someone is taking it to the house. And it’s clearly obvious that the power of the dreads is a real life phenomenon. Just take a look at some of the previous Super Bowl winners.

The 2015 and ’17 New England Patriots Super Bowl teams were led by guys like LeGarrette Blount and Dont’a Hightower. Both men are owners of glorious dreadlocks which pushed the Pats over the edge those years. However, Hightower is out with injuries and Blount is on the Eagles so they obviously won’t be at the Patriots’ disposal next Sunday. They also had Jabaal Sheard last year whose dreads were able to wreak havoc on Matt Ryand.

Then you look at the 2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl team. They were led by guys like Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman. Both men are owners of glorious dreadlocks which pushed the Seahawks over the edge that year. Now can you turn around and say that both of those men went on to lose in the Super Bowl the next year even with the Power of the Dreads? Sure. But that’s also because they were going up against LeGarrette Blount and Dont’a Hightower.

Now the 2016 Denver Broncos are sort of outliers here. But that’s 3 of the last 4 Super Bowl champions being led by dreadlocks on both sides of the field. Especially at the running back position. And when you take a look at the matchup heading into next Sunday, you see that the Philadelphia Eagles will look to keep that trend going. Because at running back, the Eagles will be bringing…

Jay Ajayi

NFC Championship - Minnesota Vikings v Philadelphia Eagles

Jay Ajayi has an elite head of hair in the NFL. And it’s very representative to his style of play. A bit flashy but still strong as hell. The kind of dreads that are here to be noticed and here to be feared.

LeGarrette Blount

NFC Championship - Minnesota Vikings v Philadelphia Eagles

A major factor in the Patriots’ last two Super Bowl runs and it’s not just coincidence. You see those dreads running full speed your way and you know that you’re about to get run the fuck over. They serve as a warning sign to every defender in his way to get the hell out of there. Andrew Sendejo and Harrison Smith had to find that out the hard way last week.

And then finally on the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles have their man in

Ronald Darby 

NFC Championship - Minnesota Vikings v Philadelphia Eagles

Darby comes in via preseason trade for Jordan Matthews. Ajayi comes in via deadline trade for a 4th round pick. LeGarrette Blount comes in this offseason as a free agent. Those are 3 key acquisitions that show exactly what Howie Roseman was looking to accomplish this year. He knew that if the Eagles were going to be legitimate contenders, they needed more dreads on the squad. He saw a flaw with the roster and he went out to fix it. Look at them now.

Now it’s not like the New England Patriots are completely dread-less. They’ve still got Stephon Gilmore at corner who is dreading out.

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Malcolm Brown also has little baby dreads. But with Dont’a Hightower being injured and Brandon Bolden barely getting any carries, you have to give the Dread advantage to Philly. You can also factor in Sidney Jones on the sideline for Philly if we want to cancel out Dont’a Hightower. They have 2 key running backs and a corner with dreads. That’s been the recipe for success in the NFL and you can throw every other stat out the window. I don’t care if the Patriots are 15-0 against teams they play in the playoffs that they didn’t play in the regular season. I don’t care if 12 of the last 13 Super Bowl winners were wearing white jerseys. All I care about is the fact that the Power of the Dreads is on the Eagles side next week, because that’s the shit that actually wins championships.

We all we got. We all we need.

P.S. – Does Howie follow me on Twitter? You be the judge. It’s been years of talking about this.

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