Eagles' Nick Foles needs to rely on Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor


The oddsmakers are certainly paying attention. It's everywhere, and almost impossible to ignore. As I said, Nick Foles is capable of making plays. In the past three weeks, Atlanta's defense hasallowed third-down conversions less than 31 percent of the time, a touchdownin the red-zone only 25 percent of the time andfirst downs on less than 27 percent of plays. That's what we've been hearing. This will be great for the Falcons offense - especially the way they have been playing as of late.

After posting the best record in the NFC, earning the No. 1 seed and fighting through injuries to almost every one of their top players - including of course Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks (not to mention Fletcher Cox, Darren Sproles, Ronald Darby and more) - the Birds are getting no respect.

It is not that a healthy amount of skepticism is unwarranted based on Foles's play thus far, but some Eagles, including starting right tackle Lane Johnson, consider their underdog status to be a huge motivational advantage.

Now, he's viewing it a bit differently. "It's just line up and try to beat us". I do not think so, and I will give you some reasons why.

"[The bye] helped out a lot", he said.

"There's enough substance behind his career that merits having confidence", Reich said, "And knowing, I've seen the best quarterbacks in the world have a bad game or two in a row". Maybe I wasn't do that as much in those games.

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Because your replacement quarterback has converted only 22.2 percent of his third-down conversions and averaged 5.43 yards per attempt since Wentz went out with a torn ACL on December 10 against the Rams and took 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions with him. It's that simple. They will likely need to keep the game low scoring.

This team had plenty of doubters long before Wentz tore his ACL.

-Eagles CBs Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson vs. Falcons WR Julio Jones. "Regardless of if 11 was back there in the backfield or Nick was back there, we've been disrespected all year". "We know how people view us and see us and at the end of the day we find a way to win". Regardless of what is said aloud, Ryan and the Falcons are still intent on overcoming most embarrassing implosion in SB history. This game could come down to the end, which makes the points look too good to pass up. "We'll have to bring our "A" game". "The game's going to start 0-0", defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said Monday. So it's really just me giving him opportunities to make plays because he will make them. Those Philly fans can really get rowdy and change the momentum of the game. The game is going to be about preparing well. Philadelphia's defensive line is stout, and Atlanta will have to play their best game of the season in order to win. "That has zero bearing on the game for us".

In the Eagles locker room, the team is using it. But even those who aren't, like wideout Torrey Smith, hear it and, more importantly, understand why it exists.

I could sound like a hater but have these suspect Eagles shown us much this season? "So when you look at it like that - that's kind of you all's job to do, and I respect that; and that's the fans' job to do, and I respect that as well". That's what we've been preaching this week, just stay with it. Stay on course. "We always prepare to win, and it's been successful for us, so we'll stick to that".

In last year's game versus the Falcons, Agholor had two receptions for seven yards.

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