Analytics: Nick Foles making a return trip to the playoffs

On Saturday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Atlanta Falcons to begin the sprint toward Minneapolis and Super Bowl 52.

Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles has not exactly given his team much reason to feel warm and fuzzy heading into their playoff matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. We come in, and Nick Foles is the new quarterback. The Eagles have the necessary stable of backfield horses and need to establish a ground game early and stick to it. "And the detail of expectations of understanding that they have to make our defense come to life, and they're doing an awesome job at it". You can't shake it.

Choosing winners and losers in the postseason is sometimes a careful balance of educated guesses and wishful thinking. The Birds will use that as motivation.

"They can all pick them if they want to, but at the end of the day, we know what we got here", said running back Jay Ajayi. We're trying not to get out of character. "We're all we got, we're all we need". "I have a lot of confidence in what he's done". They've connected on 6 of 16 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in nearly two-and-a-half games. He also didn't look sharp In an abbreviated performance against the Dallas Cowboys, going 4-of-11 for 39 yards and one interception. Let's go be Nick.

"This defense is much improved over the course of the season", Pederson said. "We've moved on, and we have a great opportunity sitting in front of us". I bet that at least seven of their defensive players will get drafted in the next two years.

It's not like the former Arizona star doesn't have playoff experience. It won't be an easy game, but I expect the Eagles to come out on top 24-20 and face the victor of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings on January 21st. He's played in quite a few playoff games, including last year's Super Bowl.


"It's just going out there and playing and staying in the zone and trusting my instincts", Foles said.

"Having played for as long as I have, I understand that regardless of where we go, where we play, you have to be at your very best every week", Ryan said. This game boiled down to the Bills offense being more mistake prone than the Jaguars, as the Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles looked absolutely terrified to throw the ball. Sometimes the hardest things are just the simple things. "We've still got to go out and play, but just the attitude of the team and focused on the opponent this week". He still was with the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 when he put up 130 yards on 26 carries in a 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Offensively, the Falcons averaged 22.1 points and 364.4 total yards (245.3 in passing and 119.1 in rushing) per game.

Prediction: I trust the Falcons a lot more now that they demonstrated the mental toughness to win in the playoffs, despite what happened last February. But now that it's the postseason, the running back figures to have a prominent role. And you could say, 'Well, how did that [happen]? However, Brees reminded us of the caliber player he is by throwing for 376 yards and two scores. That's not going to change. "He can make big plays", Foles said.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles have made some National Football League betting line history on a weekend where the recent trends have seen favorites win and away teams get the cover.

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