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Moeller: Foles, Defense Will Need To Set The Pace

Believe in Nick Foles yet?

The Eagles’ defense?

You should. The storybook tale continues.

They got job done against the Falcons. Now, the bigger task lies ahead against the Vikings’ Sunday at the Linc.

However, the Eagles can get it done. They can put nearly the 40-year void of a Super Bowl visit finally behind them.

It won’t be easy. Home field will help, as the Vikes could struggle playing outside.

Like the Eagles, the Vikings are riding high. We’ve all seen their emotional win over the Saints, but many forget that they are the top-ranked defense overall, number two against the run and pass and tops in points allowed.

Yet, look at what Drew Brees was able to do against them in the second half last week.

Foles isn’t Brees, but he certainly looked like him in the second half against the Falcons.

He has a brilliant second half, having the time to initiate a high-percentage, short passing game that also managed to kill some time off the clock.

The Eagles will need a more consistent running attack against the Vikings, as they managed only 47 yards after a 49-yard first quarter last week.

On a turf that is expected to be slick, the running game could get into gear and take some pressure off Foles.

But the Birds’ defense will need another nut-and-bolt effort, tightening the grip around Case Keenum., who has been looking like the second coming of Fran Tarkenton in a larger version.

And it is the Eagles who are first defensively against the run, allowing just under 80 yards a game.

The key will be the performance of their surging defensive front of Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox, and Tim Jernigan, who must and should have their way with the Vikings’ offensive front.

“We always have the mind-set every week that we are the best,” said Graham. “I think this is a good opportunity to prove who the best defensive line is. We’re playing against the best. If we say we’re the best, we got to prove it.”

Graham’s right. They will have to prove it.

Still, this should be close enough to come down to the kickers. Can you see Jake Elliott coming through with another big kick at the end?

Yes, it could happen. Foles and the defense set the table for the finale.

Then, ironically, the Eagles go back to Minnesota to end their near 40-year drought.

Like a storybook, it is hard to believe.

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