Meanwhile, the Eagles have struggled in their three games without quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve. Or the Foles who couldn't complete a pass that played against the Raiders and Cowboys? I can only imagine how motivated they are to reach the Super Bowl for the second year in a row and erase the shock of last year's overtime loss to New England, in which they frittered away a 25-point lead.
Ryan was the 2016 NFL MVP because he made plays like that, but he was not almost as productive in 2017 and was hamstrung by play calling and the Eagles defense Saturday. Atlanta was the better team in Week 6, but the game fell out of their hands once they became comfortable with the lead. This team is still loaded with talent despite the absence of Wentz. Therefore, it will be key for Matt Ryan to be able to perform in the elements.
Atlanta's 2017 season wasn't quite spectacular as its 2016 run, however, it may be just as impressive.
The Eagles front absolutely dominated this entire game.
Philadelphia forced a punt on Atlanta's next drive but on the return, multiple Eagles were unable to come up with possession of the loose ball after it was touched and the Falcons took over at the Philadelphia 18. The electricity in the stadium will be off the charts. He sat out the final game before enjoying his third bye week of the season - one with Miami and two with Philadelphia (13-3).
If Philadelphia wins, it will host the New Orleans-Minnesota victor next Sunday. It's safe to say that the must run the ball in order to have any success on offense. Fournette dominated in the last meeting with 28 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns. I'm set in my ways and like pro football games to be played on Sunday. "I don't care nothing about Vegas and underdogs", added Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
"Biggest emotion is for the team, for the guys, the resiliency, backs against the wall, people discounting us", Pederson said. So we had a good week of practices last week and this week, too. This can only help this team, a team that has fought for every game they played and for every ounce of respect they have earned. Fletcher Cox has been vocal about proving the naysayers wrong. Philly hosts the victor next Sunday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. The defense made tremendous strides under first-year coordinator Marquand Manuel. With an underdog win last week, they improved to 8-9 against the spread this season. This is a very important and special moment for us fans, but even more so for the players and the coaching staff. Imagine those two rivals fighting for a place in the Super Bowl next week.
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