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Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17

01 January, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Jason Kelce delivered a few knuckleball snaps to Nick Foles Monday night against the Raiders. He and Foles jointly shouldered the blame for some shaky snaps and vowed to improve before the playoffs

He completed 4-of-11 for 39 yards and his lackluster performance instilled very little confidence in the Eagles surviving one playoff game, let along reaching the NFC championship.

The Cowboys went on to total 301 yards of offense, which included 129 yards rushing and 172 through the air. They want to keep their players fresh and ready for the playoffs while at the same time avoiding injury.

Both Jones, aside from trying to tackle Ezekiel Elliott on a 16-yard run in the second quarter, and Sudfeld actually played well.

That said, there seems to be nearly zero confidence in Nick Foles to lead the Eagles to a playoff victory. This wasn't acceptable. We know how talented we can be.

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After a poor offensive showing last Monday night against the Oakland Raiders, Eagles coach Doug Pederson made it clear throughout the week that he would like to play his starters a significant amount against Dallas, so they can continue to get reps and hopefully go into the playoffs on a good note.

The loss of Carson Wentz felt like enough to call the season a bust despite just two losses. Dan Bailey hooked the extra point wide left, only his second career miss in 278 tries. He finished 19-for-23 for 134 yards and had a 22-yard scramble. He was the first player to reach 100 against the Eagles since Washington's Matt Jones ran for 135 yards in Week 6 past year. Sudfeld, though he resembles Foles physically, is better athlete than Foles. "There are ways to make it count that way", said Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith. Philadelphia's defense did an excellent job of hurrying Dak Prescott, but some of his errors were just self-inflicted wounds; Fox play-by-play man Kenny Albert kept blaming the wind on the trajectory of his passes as if he was making excuses for a pee wee player who could barely see over the line of scrimmage.

Foles and company got off to an encouraging start against the Cowboys. "It's hard when we were heading towards the north end zone, it was hard to really [throw] a tight spiral", Pederson said. And they can sweep their six divisional matchups for the first time since 2004.

The Eagles have had one 50-yard rusher in the past two games. He pinned the Cowboys inside the 5 with his punt and later placed one at the 1.

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Second-round draft pick Sidney Jones was making his National Football League debut and back-up quarterback Nate Sudfeld was making his National Football League debut, too. Jones ruptured his Achilles tendon before the draft.

Joining Graham could be cornerback Jalen Mills, who has also been dealing with an ankle injury. RB Jay Ajayi also was inactive.

Milestone watch The Eagles may have more motivation to win than it would seem, as a victory would set off some cool milestones - and even put them in the history books.

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