Reasons Why The Eagles Will Beat The Falcons In The Playoffs

Reasons Why The Eagles Will Beat The Falcons In The Playoffs

Reasons Why The Eagles Will Beat The Falcons In The Playoffs

QB Nick Foles was 2-1 filling in for Carson Wentz.

"My message to Nick is, 'Listen, you have a great opportunity". Let's go be Nick.

The Washington Post notes the Falcons are a 2.5-point favorite over the Eagles, making Philadelphia the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in the divisional round since 1970. Wentz went down late in the season with an ACL injury and will be sidelined until next year. He ran for more than 200 yards in three of those games.

"Obviously, there will be some scheme from that game that we'll take, what went well and what didn't go well and try to improve on that", Ryan said.

This match-up between the northern birds (Eagles) and the southern birds (Falcons) marks the first time in history that the No. 1 seed in the National Conference is an underdog on their home turf. I bet that at least seven of their defensive players will get drafted in the next two years.

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The Atlanta Falcons continue their road ways this weekend when they travel to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Foles's familiarity with the system can't entirely make up for a lack of meaningful reps. They're 13-3 and the first seed in the playoffs with a first-round bye! Philadelphia will slow Atlanta's ground game, create pressure on Matt Ryan up the middle and force the Falcons into some third-and-long situations, where secondary options like Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper won't be quite as effective as they otherwise would be.

Atlanta averaged 22.1 points per game, down from 33.8 last season. Sometimes, the hardest things are the simplest things. The Eagles have made it no secret that they are using that doubt to fuel them as they head into Saturday's game.

Foles has already proven he can sling it, evidenced by the 27 touchdowns against two interceptions he threw in 2013 when Chip Kelly was the Eagles' coach.

Foles didn't look good in the team's Week 17 loss to Dallas, and he gets a tougher test here. Alabama's roster on defense is full of NFL-ready players.

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But Foles's track record of inconsistency won't prevent the Eagles from stretching the field on Sunday.

However, Pittsburgh's offensive line ranks No. 1 in adjusted sack rate, which should negate some of the Jags' pass rush and with Blake Bortles looking like his old self, I'm going to give the Steelers the edge.

In 2013, Nick Foles had a banner year throwing 27 TDs and 2 INTs, but sadly that was at the apex of his National Football League career. The linebackers flow to the ball very well.

In his six-year career, Foles served as Michael Vick's backup (in his first stint with the Eagles), was benched in favor of Case Keenum (during his 2015 season with the St. Louis Rams) and was traded from the Eagles to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford in March 2015.

But Foles insists his confidence has never wavered.

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But they weren't almost as productive in their final five regular-season games. The Rams' offense thrives when it's able to mix-and-match with its pass-and-run game, but the Falcons forced them to beat them through the air.

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