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What they’re saying about the Eagles: Nick Foles Bears Saints NFC divisional round

What they're saying about the Eagles: Nick Foles Bears Saints NFC divisional round

Because it seems, it wasn’t solely Cody Parkey’s fault.

The Eagles’ dramatic 16-15 win over the Bears in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs was determined in the last seconds when Parkey’s 43-yard subject aim try hit not one, however two posts earlier than falling to the floor and sending the Birds on to New Orleans for a matchup with the Saints. 

After the recreation, it was revealed that defensive deal with Treyvon Hester truly acquired a bit of the former Eagles’ kick. And on Monday, the NFL formally modified the name from a missed kick to a blocked kick. Sadly, it was too late for Parkey, who was booed off Soldier Area.

Both means, the Eagles’ surprising upset of the Bears paved the means for a rematch towards the Saints, who blew out the Birds earlier this season. And when these two groups meet, it can give New Orleans operating again Alvin Kamara an opportunity to again up his trash speak from the summer time, when he stated the Saints would’ve blown out the Eagles in the NFC Championship Recreation final season.

Properly, he did not use these phrases precisely. 

Kamara says he received over the recreation pretty shortly however was annoyed to see the Vikings permit 38 unanswered factors in a blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated the New England Patriots two weeks later in Tremendous Bowl 52.

“We’d beat the shit out of [the Eagles] cause we was rolling,” Kamara says. “If we won [versus Minnesota], I knew nobody was gonna stop us cause we came all the way back.”  [MORE]

And that is the place we’ll begin at present’s version of What They’re Saying, by looking at what the Saints should say about the Eagles…

From the entrance strains

Josh Katzenstein | NOLA.com

Saints coach Sean Payton is not wanting previous the sixth-seeded Eagles. In any case, they’re the defending champs and the hottest workforce in soccer proper now…

“They’ve kind of been in a playoff role really going back to those games needing to win to get in, so it’s impressive,” Saints coach Sean Payton stated.

Payton stated the Eagles are enjoying nicely situationally, noting their success in the pink zone on each side of the ball. Backup quarterback Nick Foles has additionally given the Eagles a spark after changing the injured Carson Wentz for the remaining three video games of the season.

“I think they’re a different team than we faced, obviously, earlier in the year,” Payton stated. “A different quarterback is playing right now. I think there is a confidence that you see.”  [nola.com]

Escape the canine masks

Adam Stites | SB Nation

Whereas the Saints will not be sleeping on the Birds, Vegas appears to be discounting them. Identical to final week, the Eagles are the largest underdogs heading into the divisional round.

Philadelphia isn’t excellent on offense, and — for many of the 2018 season — appeared subpar on protection. Foles is scoring factors now, and the Eagles protection has straightened issues out a bit. However now, they’re off to face the No. 1 seeded New Orleans Saints on the street.

That’s a notoriously troublesome place to go to and are available away with a win. The Saints have been No. three in scoring offense they usually’re the No. 2 workforce at stopping the run.

Earlier in the yr, the Saints destroyed Wentz and the Eagles, 48-7. So it’s not shocking that Philadelphia is already the largest underdog of the Divisional Round:

For the Eagles’ run at one other journey to the Tremendous Bowl to proceed, they’ll want the protection to decelerate an offense that few have managed to sluggish, they usually’ll in all probability want Foles to have an enormous day.

However that’s just about the anticipated consequence at this level, proper? The Eagles are the underdogs once more — regardless of being Tremendous Bowl champions — and apparently that makes them unstoppable.  [sbnation.com]

Eagles aren’t fortunate; they’re good

Glen Macnow | Metro

SportsRadio 94 WIP Morning Present host and PhillyVoice contributor Angelo Cataldi wrote about how the Eagles seem to have acquired some divine intervention. Fellow WIP host Metro columnist, Glen Macnow, disagrees… 

Pay attention, I don’t consider groups win these video games due to karma. Or luck. Or a roster boasting extra churchgoers.

However I do consider good issues occur to good groups. And these Eagles are a damned good soccer staff. They beat the Bears not as a result of they’re blessed, however as a result of they earned the breaks.

Take Parkey’s area objective try, for instance. Watch the slo-mo replay and also you’ll see Eagles defensive deal with Treyvon Hester’s gloved left hand rise up there to tip the ball, ever-so-slightly affecting the trajectory. It wasn’t destiny that made Parkey fail. It was an enormous play by the Birds…

Spectacular, lovely finishes have been our new regular, Philly followers. Who’s to say there aren’t a couple of extra coming our means?  [metro.us]

Ol’ St. Nick

Jeffri Chadiha | NFL.com

That is the level of the story the place Nick Foles begins to dominate the dialogue… 

It is gotten to the level the place Foles cannot actually do something that blows our minds anymore. If something, he is making one other robust case for why the Eagles are in such good palms once they need to depend on him.

“Nick is Nick,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson stated. “He’s going to stay calm. He’s going to stay collected. Just very efficient. It wasn’t pretty at times. (He had) the two turnovers early in the first half, which could’ve led to some points. But he hung in there and he did some good things.”

This recreation primarily summed up the whole lot the Eagles have come to anticipate from Foles. He did not crumble after throwing these two interceptions in the first half, although a type of turnovers — an ill-advised, off-balance throw that Bears security Adrian Amos picked off after Foles tried to hit broad receiver Nelson Agholor in between 4 Chicago defenders — ought to’ve made Pederson’s head explode. Foles merely shook off his errors and set his thoughts to shifting ahead. His teammates, in the course of, stored believing good issues would occur.  [nfl.com]

Ought to he keep or ought to he go now?

Kevin Seifert | ESPN

On Sunday, our personal Evan Macy wrote about why Foles’ time in Philly is all however assured to be over after this season. Merely put, they only cannot afford him. However, with how nicely the workforce performs behind him, can the Eagles actually afford to offer him up?

There was a time when Foles’ efficiency with the Eagles appeared an ideal, if short-term, storm. That stage has handed. What number of massive video games do the Eagles have to win with Foles earlier than the dialog turns into sticky?

I feel we’re getting there — if we aren’t there already. Particular issues occur when Foles places on the inexperienced and white. There has by no means been a quarterback in NFL historical past who has gained a playoff recreation in consecutive seasons regardless of beginning 5 or fewer video games in every of these common seasons, in line with Elias analysis. In different phrases, backup quarterbacks by no means accomplish what Foles has.

So at the very least, the Eagles can be parting methods with a playoff-tested quarterback who has performed at an unprecedented degree when pressed into obligation for 2 consecutive seasons. Is that sensible team-building?

The target reply is not any, however actuality may depart the Eagles with an imperfect selection. They will management Wentz’s rookie contract for 2 extra seasons. Foles, nevertheless, has a uncommon mutual choice in his contract for 2019, which means the Eagles can hold him in the event that they need to pay out a $20 million wage. And even when they do, Foles can void the choice by returning $2 million of his unique signing bonus.

It is troublesome to think about the Eagles giving up on Wentz or wanting a $20 million backup quarterback. Nor does it appear doubtless that Foles would return simply to take a seat when he virtually definitely would have a number of choices to start out elsewhere. However he already has discovered the fallacy of greener grass; he almost retired after a failed run as a starter for the St. Louis Rams in 2015. Foles could be the uncommon participant for whom a backup job in the proper place is preferable to a beginning position in a nasty surroundings.  [espn.com]

The correct man for the job

Invoice Barnwell | ESPN

That is an fascinating tackle Wentz vs. Foles… 

Let me watch out with what I am about to say. I do not assume Foles is a greater quarterback than Carson Wentz, in a vacuum. I do not assume the Eagles have a greater shot of profitable the Tremendous Bowl with Foles at quarterback than they might with Wentz. I do not assume the Eagles ought to do something that will get in the approach of maintaining Wentz as their quarterback for the subsequent decade, even when the Eagles win a second consecutive Tremendous Bowl with Foles beneath middle.

I do marvel, although, whether or not Foles was the higher choice of the two for this particular matchup towards a terrifying Bears move rush. Whether or not it is the offensive line enhancing, the recreation plan constructing in additional safety, or Foles’ instincts (or probably a mixture of the three), he has accomplished a greater job of avoiding sacks than Wentz. And whereas they’ve roughly comparable strain charges since the begin of 2017, and get the ball out about as quick as each other, Wentz has been sacked on 6.2 % of his dropbacks; Foles is at three.Eight %.  [espn.com]

Foles = Clutch

Danny Heifetz | The Ringer

“He is death, the destroyer of worlds.” [Insert crying laughing emoji here.]

Foles’s cross with lower than a minute left in the recreation was the newest fourth-down playoff landing to take the lead since at the very least 1994, which is way back to the knowledge goes. Foles discovering one other Tate (acquired at the commerce deadline for a third-round decide) was a credit score to the Eagles’ front-office acumen. Pederson eschewing the probability to get the ball again and selecting to concentrate on the fourth-down try confirmed his capacity to dominate by dwelling in the second. Foles incomes $1 million in the win as a result of his contract has incentives for main the Eagles on one other Tremendous Bowl run confirmed that he’s a legit dwelling legend. And the Bears kicker following up the Eagles’ drive by doinking a ball off of the upright and the crossbar confirmed that Foles can bend time, area, and the magnetic fields that span the axes of the earth. Convincing the entrance workplace to maintain him over Carson Wentz this offseason ought to be simpler than, I don’t know, profitable back-to-back Tremendous Bowls.

Foles was already a Rocky-like cult hero to the Delaware Valley diaspora for main the Eagles to the Tremendous Bowl final yr. Taking up once more this season, upsetting the Rams on Sunday Night time Soccer, profitable what’s doubtless his last residence recreation in Philly, after which main the Eagles to a playoff berth in Week 17 cemented his legacy when he might have been dismissed as a fluke (so, you recognize, Rocky II). However after amassing yet one more playoff victory, this time towards the greatest protection in the NFL, Foles may be thought-about amongst the most clutch athletes pound-for-pound in any sport. He’s Robert Horry. He’s Mariano Rivera. He’s demise, the destroyer of worlds. And he’s heading to New Orleans for the divisional round.  [theringer.com]

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