The Washington Post notes the Falcons are a 2.5-point favorite over the Eagles, making Philadelphia the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in the divisional round since 1970. The Eagles had a great season, but their MVP; Carson Wentz; tore his ACL at the end of the season.
In the last meeting of the two teams in the playoffs, it was cold (17 degrees at kickoff) and there was a bunch a snow for the NFC Championship Game in 2005.
The Rams' woes in attracting television viewers in Los Angeles compared to what they did while they were in St. Louis have been well-documented in the Post-Dispatch in both seasons since the National Football League team returned to Southern California after 21 years in Missouri. This will be exposed by the Falcons offence this week.
LeGarrette Blount rushed for 766 yards and two touchdowns in 173 attempts while Jay Ajayi added 408 yards and a touchdown in 408 carries. However, a closer look at that game's stats might.More news: HBO's first teaser for Fahrenheit 451 burns everything down
The Falcons have been here before. The Eagles earned the tie-breaker and home field advantage up until the Super Bowl. Call it Nick Foles syndrome. "Go play. Let's go execute the offense, '" Pederson said. How the Falcons win?
But thanks to an upset in the first round for the Falcons over the Los Angeles Rams and an injury to Wentz late in the season, fans get a Nick Foles-Matt Ryan playoff matchup which could go either way. Derrick Henry had 156 yards on the ground. There is nothing this team can not do. The Rams' offense thrives when it's able to mix-and-match with its pass-and-run game, but the Falcons forced them to beat them through the air. Their players really swarm to the ball. And his coaches, at least publicly, say they believe in him just as strongly.
Prediction: The Patriots have been here before and know exactly what it takes to win. They won six playoff games between 1966 and 2011. Whether the Eagles advance to the NFC Championship Game on January 20 will in large part rest on the arm of the 28-year-old who is under intense scrutiny from demanding Eagles fans. Patriots win this 28-3.More news: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp (NYSE:MRK) Q3 2017 Institutional Investor Sentiment Steady
New Orleans is one of the most balanced teams in the NFL. What an interesting statement about a man who took a team from a 9-7 season to a 13-3 season! Eagles lead regular-season series 16-13-2.
The Key for the Jags is to play a long, grinding, low-scoring battle. That wasn't why they acquired Ajayi in a trade with the Dolphins, but it's working out that way now.
These two have led the Steelers offence from the front all season. You've probably already heard every talking head and reporter complain of his very bad play down the stretch, but if you're looking for the most accurate and entertaining Foles ridicule, it comes in cartoon form.
We haven't seen a lot from Jags running back Leonard Fournette in these playoffs, so look for him to have a huge impact if the Jags want to win this one.More news: Union Pacific (UNP) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Finds