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Philadelphia Eagles: Three Things to watch against the Atlanta Falcons

13 Enero 2018, 11:25 | Gerardo Tarin

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Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles throws a pass over Dallas Cowboys De Marcus Lawrence during the first half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia

The Eagles (13-3) have one of the best records in the NFC but they are the underdogs against the Falcons, mainly because the Eagles are without injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz.

On the other side of the field the Falcons need to continue to play keep away and find a way to punch the ball in the end-zone and stop settling for constant field goals as they have through the last two games. But they dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 37:35 compared to 22:25 for L.A. The Falcons defense stayed fresh.

Atlanta allowed 17.5 points per game over the final six games and then shut down the league's highest-scoring offense in a 26-13 win at the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card game. All of a sudden, the No. 6 and lowest seed in the conference has people talking about a potential repeat trip to the Super Bowl.

It's nice to see the team using this as motivation, but the reality is, it will all be forgotten if they don't play motivated Saturday. The Falcons have the fifth-best opponent sack percentage and the Eagles don't really get to the quarterback (22nd in sack percentage). I am also an editor for Turning Point News and a foreign correspondent for Snip.And in case you were wondering, it's supposed to be pronounced "Wit-2".

Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman has been battling a knee injury but, it has not slowed down his speed or explosiveness.

"This defense is much improved over the course of the season", Pederson said. He'll play, but may not be almost as imposing as a result.

WR Mohamad Sanu - The second leading receiver for the Falcons has recorded 703 yards and his five touchdowns is the highest for all Falcons wide receivers. Not that they were firing on all cylinders to begin with. However, that is going to go back to our previous key.

As anybody who's ever traveled can tell you, it takes a toll.

LB Nigel Bridham - Bridham leads the Eagles in tackles with 88, 61 of them being solo.

The path to a Super Bowl is never easy, but it can be an easier road from one's home field. This team is still loaded with talent despite the absence of Wentz.

Atlanta did everything they could to throw this game. The South Jersey native knows what it is like in the stands at the Linc for an Eagles home game.

Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia.

In this December 25, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Jay Ajayi reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, in Philadelphia.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, replaced by Steve Sarkisian, the former USC head coach. If Ellerbe is unable to play, the Eagles will run thin at linebacker and will have to shift some players around.

The Eagles are prepared and motivated.



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