Battle of the Birds
It has been four years. Lincoln Financial Field would be covered in black and green, echoing the spirit of Philadelphia. The fans ringing in cheers and encouragement as they face an NFC South contender. With Nick Foles at the helm of the team, it would only foreshadow what will take place tomorrow.
Kicking off at 3:25 P.M E.T, the Eagles try to defend their home-field against the red-hot Falcons. Their first appearance since 2014, they will be without MVP-candidate and starting quarterback Carson Wentz.
For the Falcons, they enter this game with a resurging life in their team. As many thought a slump would occur starting the season at 4-4, Dan Quinn and company would win six of their last eight games to enter as the sixth seed in the NFC. Previously facing the Los Angeles Rams, the Falcons offense maintained a steady performance.
However, it would be the defense that controlled the game. Forcing Jared Goff of the Rams to win the game, Atlanta dedicated their gameplan to maintaining Gurley as well as they could. A winning recipe in which Goff would finish with 45 attempts; how will this translate against the Eagles?
Without Wentz, the Eagles seem like a rollercoaster behind Foles. Currently ranked third in rushing, only one runner for the Eagles has gone for over 50 yards in Wentz’ absence. With Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and Vic Beasley, the Falcons possess much more horizontal speed within their LB core and in the box.
I don't think the Falcons defense is getting enough love. Allowing only 16.3 PPG over last 6 games vs. Saints x2, Rams, Panthers, Vikings, and Bucs.
Oh and Deion Jones is balling pic.twitter.com/Z06LoE169b
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) January 12, 2018
The Eagles will need to find ways to open the field for Foles. So far, head coach Doug Pederson has been excellent in calling various concepts that executes to the strengths of his team. Stack slot concepts, TEs releasing from the H-back position, etc.; but he can not let this game get away from him.
Upset of the Century?
Possibly the least anticipated of the games for the weekend. The Titans are on the road against the number one seed New England Patriots. Though in-house drama has been reported lately on the three leaders of Boston, they have denied such reports and are as ready as ever.