He was supposed to be waiting in the wings in case he was ever needed. They allowed 79.2 rushing yards per game this season, which is the best in the league.
Wentz tore his anterior cruciate ligament on December 10 and has been out since, and the Eagles offense has struggled with Nick Foles at the helm.
“My message to Nick is, ‘Listen, you have a great opportunity”. Let’s go be Nick.
A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons against the Philadelphia Eagles in a divisional playoff on Saturday. The injury and the ups and downs since have shaken Eagles fans hungry for their first Super Bowl title. It feels like the narrative has shifted too far – that instead of people thinking it will be more hard for the Eagles to win without Wentz, they’re now taking for granted that it will be impossible.
“I’m excited”, Ajayi said Wednesday. Don’t try to do too much to make the play, because the plays will come and you have to be ready for it.
The good news is they have the one and only running back to rush for 100-plus yards against the Falcons defense this season – Jay Ajayi. Austin Hooper and Taylor Gabriel had combined for 869 yards and four touchdowns. They earned a convincing win against the Rams in the Wild Card round to get here.
The Philadelphia Eagles shut down the Falcons in a 24-15 victory in Week 10 last season, holding them to a season low in points, first downs (11) and yards (303). “So, that’s something I think we always talk about, and obviously you could see it in that game against Kansas City”.
Foles’s familiarity with the system can’t entirely make up for a lack of meaningful reps.
“I haven’t executed as well as I wanted to the past couple of weeks, but I go out there and play and having this time to self-scout, go through practice, you realize just go out there and play”, Foles said. It’s just as simple as that. After that game, Agholor admitted that he needs to get out of his own head, telling reporters “I got to get out of my own head”.
Coach Doug Pederson has tried to remain upbeat about Philadelphia’s ability to win without Wentz, and told reporters that getting a chance to go over film of Foles’s more successful stints in the past had given the team a blueprint for success. Foles once tossed seven TDs in a game in 2013. The Falcons could use another big game from their No. 1 receiver on Saturday, and Jones has balled out against the Eagles for much of his career.
Falcons (-2.5) at Eagles: Prior to the season, the definitive strength of Eagles’ roster was the defensive line, until it became Carson Wentz.
We wanted to get the inside scoop on the Eagles and touch base with FanSided’s Inside The Iggles. He not only can get the ball downfield, he can do so very well.
“He may not be fleet of foot”, Kelly said four years ago, “but he’s fleet of mind”. “It’s a quality defense, but that’s what we expect this time of year”. That’s easier said than done, especially in a place they call Wentzylvania. “They play with a lot of confidence”.