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Moeller: The Falcons and No Wentz? Dont’ Worry. Foles Will Get The Job Done

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The Eagles achieved a new NFL mark, and they haven’t played a playoff game yet.

They will be the first No. 1 seed in the playoffs to be an underdog. They opened as a three (-3) point dog against the Falcons.

It primarily has to do with Nick Foles.

Don’t worry, though, Foles will beat the Falcons.

In the past few weeks, Foles has become one of the most beleaguered figures in Philadelphia sports history. Granted, his subpar performance against the Raiders and Cowboys had Eagles’ fans cancelling their Super Bowl trips and wallowing on how the year is lost.

Foles previously has been to the Big Dance in 2014 with the Eagles in a 26-24 loss to the Saints, in which he completed 23 of 33 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.0 quarterback ranking.

In 49 career games, Foles is 29-20 with the Eagles, Rams, and Chiefs.  He has 61 touchdowns and 29 interceptions for an 87.4 ranking, rating him as an average or a push to slightly above average.

Not bad. He is and never will be Carson Wentz. Foles is the man for the time being…don’t even think about Nate Sudfeld in this spot.

Foles can get the job done. Here are some reasons.

He is a lanky 6-5, doesn’t have a rocket arm, and is mostly immobile. Foles will need to rely on mainly a short passing game. He also will have a better game in above freezing temperatures and current temperature predictions are above 32 degrees.

Foles has thrived against teams that play a Cover 3 defense, and it is Atlanta’s hallmark pass protection. His primary target has been tight end Zach Ertz, but he should be able to find Alshon Jeffery and company.

The key will be the Eagles’ offensive line that will need to give Foles time and avoid blitzes and nickel packages that gave Jared Goff fits the previous week.

Another key will be the Eagles’ running game that must be a factor. Atlanta shut down the Rams’ attack last week, and the Eagles must establish the running game and thus time of possession for Foles’ passing game to work.

St. Joseph Prep grad and opposing quarterback Matt Ryan will make another trip home, where it hasn’t exactly been hospitable for him. In Philadelphia, Ryan has a 3-3 record with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Ryan will need to get rattled by an Eagles’ defense that has been stingy at home the past two years, allowing just under 14 points. The secondary is ranked fourth in interceptions.

Still, the Eagles’ defense will need an exemplary showing unlike those against the Giants, Raiders, and Cowboys against arguably against the hottest team in the league that is peaking at the right time.

The Eagles’ defense will come into the game with a chip on their shoulder as their respect level has been tarnished the past week.

Look for Foles to have a similar game as he did against the Saints a few years back, compiling a rather conservative, sixty-percent or better passing game around the 200- or 225-yard mark.

However, he’ll need all of the other factors to fall into place.

If they do, the Foles’ jerseys quickly will be stocked in the stores.

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