Philadelphia Eagles: 3 players who need to step up against Falcons


The Eagles can repeat the formula on Saturday.

"Everybody knows this defensive scheme is a middle-field-closed, zone defense", Reich said.

Schwartz has more talent on his defense now, including more depth on the defensive line and a revamped secondary. New England will be hard-pressed to find success trying to run against the Titans' fourth-ranked run defense, but that's OK because Tom Brady and his top-ranked offense live through the air. The Eagles aren't as dominant a pass-rushing group - they had 38 sacks on the season - but they are much better against the run.

What Falcons coach Dan Quinn expressed concern about this week, however, was Gurley's ability to make people miss in space.

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Forgive us if we sound biased, but how can you not feel like "The Birds" have a shot when you see that? "I've been working diligently with the training staff and doing my usual routine of making sure I'm fresh for the games".

The Falcons allowed the most receptions to the running back position this season with 107. When Ajayi was with the Miami Dolphins back in week five, he rushed for 130 yards on 26 carries. Now, the Falcons will get an opportunity to face Ajayi once again, and their run defense has improved greatly since their first meeting.

Blake Bortles and Marcus Mariota played in their first playoff games a week ago, Nick Foles played in just one four years ago, and Case Keenum will make his debut Sunday.

"They are not going to try to trick you or do anything to get in your head or anything like that".

"I think Sark has done a great job of finding who we are week to week, specifically the last two weeks I think he's done a great job", Ryan said. Why'd you lose your leverage, or how did that take place?' They're saying, 'hey, we got good players and we got guys that are going to fly around and play fast. "We'll have to bring our "A" game". "But he's certainly a player that has our respect as a defense".

The energy levels were noticeably up at practice Tuesday as the well-rested Eagles began preparations for the Falcons. The playoffs are completely different from the regular season.

The situation for the Eagles is what it is.

This could be one of the games of the season.

If you happen to be on-the-go this weekend yet don't want to miss any of the action, don't worry. In each of his last three games against the Eagles, Jones has surpassed over 100 receiving yards, and he's scored three times in that span. That mark has fallen to 4.8 per rush in the last three games. Atlanta is 3-1 over the last four meetings, but Philly has largely dominated since 2000, going 9-4 in that time. But he also has raised his game in an MVP-caliber season by proving himself as a dynamic receiving threat, leading the team in receptions (64) and finishing first in the league with 2,093 yards from scrimmage despite sitting the final game.

The most logical explanation for the Falcons' performance was the difference in experience between the two squads.