Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles: Behind enemy lines

Wentz went down late in the season with an ACL injury and will be sidelined until next year. The Eagles can repeat the formula on Saturday.

Schwartz has more talent on his defense now, including more depth on the defensive line and a revamped secondary. That doesn't lessen the difficulty of said challenge, however. Agholor was plagued by dropped passes in 2016, along with many other Eagles' wide receivers, and he reached a big low point when he finished the 2016 matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks with zero receptions for zero yards and dropped a pass that looked like it would've been a 40-yard reception for a touchdown. A few weeks of practice with the first-team offense could help shake off some rust, and he could emerge as a player capable of leading them in the playoffs.

"He's done it a high level, and he takes care of the ball", Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Tennessee has to win the line of scrimmage in order to have a chance. "Both teams like to run it, and both teams are good defending the run".

Forgive us if we sound biased, but how can you not feel like "The Birds" have a shot when you see that? "Playing as long as I have, I understand regardless of where we play you have to be at your best every week". That's 54 yards more than anyone else logged against the Falcons' defense (Buffalo's LeSean McCoy, New England's Dion Lewis and Minnesota's Latavius Murray each ran for 76 yards against the Falcons). He ran for 130 yards against Atlanta in Miami's win on October 15. "It's just as simple as that", Foles said, via ESPN. "I mean, that stuff makes for good talk and TV, and a lot of people have a lot of programming to fill, but all year, I have no idea if we've been favorites or underdogs the whole year". As tacklers, it's about leverage and maintaining and owning that leverage.

Don't lose hope if you're an Eagles fan though.

"You have to have a plan for that extra defender in the box", Ajayi added.

Jalen Mills' roommate at LSU didn't really get to start until he was a senior, but whenever he made it onto the field, he made things happen, Mills recalled Wednesday. Cox and Mack are two of the best players in the league at their respective positions. Forget the Eagles defense, one of the top units in football.

But this one is in New England. This has more to do with the QB situation that the Eagles are faced with than punters being enamoured with Atlanta. RB LeGarrette Blount has 8 TDs rushing in 8 career postseason games. He was sacked twice, threw one interception, completed only 55 percent of his passes and had a 78.7 passer rating.

Julio Jones is in the midst of a great string of games against Philadelphia. The Eagles might have an advantage with Ajayi.

In the Falcons' three games against the Eagles since 2012, Jones averaged eight catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Over at Forbes, contributor Dave Caldwell spoke with worldwide betting expert Jim Murphy of, who said the Eagles-Falcons game was drawing five times more money than any other game this weekend, and summed up this disconnect quite simply.

"This defense is much improved over the course of the season", Pederson said.

These two teams have met three times in the playoff. The Falcons won the first playoff matchup between these two teams, 14-13, and they are 1-2 all-time in the postseason against the Eagles.

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