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Eagles QB Nick Foles still confident despite struggles

01 January, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • The Eagles secured home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs after defeating the Raiders. The Cowboys were eliminated from the playoff race after losing to the Seattle Seahawks

The Philadelphia Eagles are heading into the playoffs with no further injuries after playing it safe in a 6-0 loss to Dallas on Sunday.

There has to be some concern on how awful the Eagles offense looked again led by Nick Foles. He played on special teams and replaced Ronald Darby at left cornerback on Dallas' third series. But he came up just short of the 1,000-yard mark for the season, wrapping up with 983 yards for the year.

Although the Eagles are the top seed in the NFC playoffs, it does not appear as if they will be letting up in the season finale.

"I'm not concerned", coach Doug Pederson said.

Pederson said he wants the team to get some work in, but also acknowledged his hands are tied to an extent.

With nothing to play for - Philadelphia had already clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs - and temperatures in the teens, the offenses weren't particularly sharp.

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Players with any lingering injuries will most likely not play. It would also not be a surprise to see Jalen Mills have a limited role as he still deals with a lingering ankle injury. They'll have two weeks to work on a slumping offense before hosting a playoff game on January 13 or 14.

The Eagles could opt to trade Foles if there's a market in the offseason, and install Sudfeld as the No. 2 behind Carson Wentz.

This time around though, the Cowboys will have All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott, who missed the team's last matchup as he was serving his six-game suspension.

The Cowboys (9-7) earned their second straight winning season for the first time since five in a row from 2005-09.

The last time Beasley caught a touchdown pass was during a win over the Kansas City Chiefs back on November 5, when he snared two balls in the end zone. They included right tackle Lane Johnson, right guard Brandon Brooks and center Jason Kelce, who was replaced by Isaac Seumalo, a second-year lineman who had played guard or tackle in his previous National Football League games. He hasn't played a game since Washington lost to Alabama in the Peach Bowl on December 31, 2016. No team wants to go into the playoffs with their backup not having any reps, so getting Sudfeld in will be invaluable to him and the Eagles. Dallas will finish off the season after this one and I expect they will leave it all on the line while Philly will get some rest and drop to 13-3 to finish the regular season. It's discouraging to think that such a target was so misused in any game much less one in which the Eagles are still trying to figure out timing and comfortable routes in advance of the playoffs. The Eagles are going to rely on their ground game and the defense, but at least they know the road to the conference championship runs through Lincoln Financial Field. That said, they will need Foles to get as comfortable as possible with the offense if Philadelphia is to stand a chance.

The Eagles should start fast in the first half, as their starters are more talented than what Dallas has to offer.


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