Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles: Pick recent playoff experience over a backup QB

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

'Nuff said. Give me the under.

"I haven't been here all season (he signed on November 14, 2017), but in the time I've been here, I've seen that we approach every week the same way". Don't try to do too much to make the play, because the plays will come and you have to be ready for it.

Atlanta's high-flying offense had its way with every defense it faced in 2016 on the way to the Super Bowl except Jim Schwartz's unit. The Seahawks have excelled at it for several years. Even with many other talented pieces on offense, Jeffery needs to be the skill player who sets the tone early. That young unit improved rapidly during last year's Super Bowl run, recovered nicely from a collapse against the New England Patriots and has now flourished under the tutelage of Marquand Manuel.

The lowest rating the Rams had in St. Louis for a postseason game while they were based in the Gateway City was 34.1. Gus Bradley, who preceded Quinn as Seattle's defensive coordinator, was Jacksonville's coach in both games against Foles. Pittsburgh's defense wasn't great at stopping the run on the year - allowing 4.4yards per rush attempt, which was 28th in the league.

But Foles believes he knows how to make it work better going forward.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson was not himself at his Tuesday news conference.

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After an exciting start to the 2018 NFL Postseason in which I went 3-1 (and the losing team I picked had an 18-point lead at the half at home), I feel confident again with this week's postseason predictions.

Can they pull out a win?

Don't lose hope if you're an Eagles fan though. That's what we've been preaching this week, just stay with it. Stay on course. If the Falcons get constant pressure on Foles and get him out of the pocket, the Falcons will win. The Patriots will probably circle the wagons successfully - they're favored by 13. However, six of his sacks came in one game versus the Cowboys.

The Falcons are coming from a 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams in the wild card game in which Matt Ryan completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. "In our case, we hopefully have two", Pederson said Thursday morning. First thing like always, you can see the discipline of the way that the players are playing. The dirty birds finally found their wings, and now, they're preparing to fly back to the Super Bowl. The secondary is aggressive and well versed in man-to-man coverage. A lot of single-high. "So it's going to be a challenge just in terms of crowd noise". But one that, with Carson Wentz on the sideline, makes enough sense. He was 20 of 48 for 279 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his first five quarters versus 23 of 49 for 202 yards with one TD and two picks in the last five quarters.

Asked about having time to self-scout, Foles said: "You realize, 'Hey, just go out there and play.' Maybe I wasn't doing that as much those games".

"After that game was over, I was upset, but I was thinking this could happen three or four more times in my career", Celek told NBC Sports Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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