Philadelphia Eagles: Three Things to watch against the Atlanta Falcons
The Philadelphia Eagles enter their divisional playoff game on Saturday as the underdog. They are the best team in football. Hence, they are the first number one seed to be an underdog in NFL History. What does this entail for the Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons? Here are three things to watch for the Eagles.
- Pass Coverage
The Philadelphia Eagles enter this game as the 16th ranked passing defense. In fact, they are allowing an average of 227 passing yards per game. On the other hand, their opponent was eighth in the league in passing. If the Eagles secondary can step up and put the handles on the receivers of the Falcons they have a chance.
- Doug Pederson
The young head coach is not a playoff rookie. He has been there both as a player and a coach. However, just not as a head coach. Thus he cannot let the moment get too big for him. He will, without a doubt, need to be the one that keeps the even keel. As a result, his team should be able to stay in the game.
- Nick Foles
Many in the Philadelphia Eagles organization and outside feel that this team is not in a dire situation with Foles under center. Especially since he has been there before. He led the Eagles to the playoffs under Chip Kelley back in 2013. However, he was not successful at that time. So, what will make this time around different?
Foles will need to lean on his running game. However, that is going to go back to our previous key. Pederson, cannot get away from the run. This will help his offense and QB stay on the field in this game. Of course, if the Eagles have to go to full passing mode, this game could get ugly quickly. They do not want to have to rely on Foles to win the game.
The loss of Carson Wentz could prove to be a bigger issue in this game than any other before. His calm demeanor and athletic ability alone could make a difference. I honestly do not see the Eagles getting out of this game. However, it could just be their year.
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