If the Eagles have any hope in beating the powerful Patriots this coming Sunday, it won't be trying to out-throw Tom Brady. Instead, former Giants defensive end and two-time Super Bowl winner, Justin Tuck, has a better idea.
Tuck was a nuisance to Brady in both Super Bowl matchups against the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Giants fans will remember how Tuck forced Brady to throw the ball away in the end zone to kick off Super Bowl XLVI, which resulted in a safety due to intentional grounding.
Constant pressure on Brady was the gameplan for the Giants, and it worked with two victories. Tuck believes the Eagles' D-line should adopt the same mindset.
"That D-line can definitely do the same type of things we did as far as getting after Tom," Tuck told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "He's used to winning, and things going his way. Whenever things doesn't go his way, he gets frustrated. They've got to figure out ways to get him frustrated."
It may be hard for Tuck to get credit to the Eagles this season, but it is hard not to acknowledge the team with the best pass rush. They tallied 38 sacks, 81 hits, and 238 quarterback hurries this season.
The Eagles have great depth on their line, and the way they feed off each other reminds Tuck of his unit in 2007 with Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan wreaking havoc.
"I think this term is used too loosely around the league nowadays, but we really had guys that were dogs," Tuck said. "Me, Osi and Strah, it was more of a competition between ourselves than it was going against (Patriots offensive tackle) Matt Light or whoever the guy was blocking.
"If Osi had a sack and I didn't, I was pissed about it. That drove us to be better and better. With that drive, it also led us to feel like crap if we let each other down. We had some times where we were huffing and puffing, but you looked over at the next guy and you weren't going to let that guy down, so you sucked it up and kept going."
With the Pats allowing 35 sacks on Brady this season, the Eagles will surely want to add to that total. Led by Pro Bowl DT Fletcher Cox, the Eagles' D-Line could be the catalyst in upsetting the favored Patriots in Minnesota.
"You have to rattle him," Tuck said about Brady. "There are different ways to do that: You can sack him, you can knock him down, you can have him moving his feet a lot.
"Sometimes we didn't get to him, but we had people falling at his feet. He was never -- or not often -- allowed to be comfortable. That messes with quarterbacks, especially when they are used to being comfortable."
Brady may be the best quarterback in the history of the game in Tuck's eyes, but pressure is still pressure no matter how good the player is. If the Eagles can apply that pressure, they will know exactly when Brady is frustrated.
"When he is cussing out his O-line, he's frustrated," Tuck said. "I'll just that. We could hear it."