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Carson Wentz voted MVP (but not the real one) - PhillyVoice
When the NFL announces the MVP of the 2017 season, it likely won’t be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL Week 14 in Los Angeles against the Rams, ending his season (you know, in case you’ve been living in a cave). Even with the injury, Wentz is still very much deserving of the award, though all indications are that it will go to Tom Brady, who couldn’t even win a single “Patriot of the Week” award this season. If there’s any consolation to Wentz, he did win a fan vote on FOX Sports for MVP.

2018 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round Schedule - BGN
Now that the Wild Card round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs is over, the schedule for next week’s Divisional Round is officially set.

Playoff Perspective - Iggles Blitz
Do you feel better or worse about the Eagles now? I came away feeling better. If any of the teams had played at a high level, it would have been disconcerting. That just wasn’t the case. The Falcons pulled off the upset, but had plenty of help from the Rams. LA was very sloppy, turning the ball over twice and making more mistakes than they normally do. Atlanta ran the ball pretty well and played good defense. Still, the Rams helped them out by having some playoff jitters. Todd Gurley was a weapon in the passing game all year. He was targeted 10 times on Saturday and only produced 10 yards. That’s not good. Give LB Deion Jones some credit for sure, but part of that was on Gurley, Goff and the Rams.

Three thoughts on the Eagles-Falcons matchup - Inquirer
Before the Eagles knew their opponent, it was clear that Jay Ajayi would need to be a big part of the Eagles winning in the playoffs. That’s especially the case against the Falcons, who threaten with a fast, swarming defense. The Falcons allowed only 104.1 rushing yards per games this season, which ranked No. 9 in the NFL. But in the Falcons’ October loss to Miami, Ajayi rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries. It was the most rushing yards the Falcons allowed all season. It was the only 100-yard rusher the Falcons allowed until Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley reached 101 yards on Saturday. When the Eagles beat the Falcons last season, they rushed for 208 yards against the same defensive scheme that the Falcons still use. The game situation always dictates what the Eagles do — if they’re trailing early, they’ll be more inclined to pass — but it would make sense to try to establish the run and make Ajayi the workhorse running back. That could be their best shot against the Falcons.

Wild-Card Wows By Drew Brees, Saints Set Up NFL Divisional Playoff Matchup For The Ages - The MMQB
The news is fairly stunning. A six seed, a dome team playing in open air in January at one of the toughest places in the league to play, is a 2.5-point favorite over a one seed. No six seed has ever been favored over a one seed since the playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. That’s the predicament the Eagles find themselves. The odds are Foles-centric, obviously. No one trusts Nick Foles to play a competent game this weekend. In his last two games, collectively, he never hit 50 in two fairly significant categories: completion percentage (46.9 percent) and passer rating (48.2). So Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, when putting the game plan together with Doug Pederson, must be mindful of making this a power-running, Giants-of-the-eighties football game. This is the way Philadelphia can win this game. Run LaGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi 40 or 43 times behind a line the Eagles trust far more than their quarterback. Blount and Ajayi, combined, rushed for 4.83 yards per carry as Eagles this year. This won’t work unless Foles can, maybe once a quarter, hit one of his receivers with something beyond an intermediate route. But unless they run effectively, Philadelphia’s not winning this game. One last thing: Bill Parcells used to say, It’s not average per carry I care about. It’s number of carries. In one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets ever, the Giants ran it 39 times and held the ball for 40:33 to beats Buffalo 27 years ago. That’s the blueprint. The Eagles need to eat the clock and keep the ball away from a better offense to win this game.

Eagles made underdog for division game against Falcons - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to do something no other No. 1 seed ever has -- begin the playoffs as an underdog. The Atlanta Falcons opened as 2.5-point favorites over the Eagles in Saturday’s divisional round game in Philadelphia. Since 1975, when the NFL began basing home-field advantage on teams’ regular-season winning percentage, no No. 1 seed has ever been an underdog in its first playoff game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Barring dramatic line movement, the Eagles will be the first.

Self Scouting: The State Of The Secondary -
Greg Cosell breaks down the play of the secondary and how newcomers have had a huge impact on the defense this year before Ike Reese and John Clark looks at the glue that holds the backfield together.

America’s Got Talent finalist and longtime Philadelphia Eagles player Jon Dorenbos is returning to Philly to give fans an intimate look at his football career, entertaining magic and inspirational life story. His interactive show will surprise and delight!

Chiefs coach Andy Reid: ‘Maybe we could have’ given Hunt more carries in playoff loss - The Kansas City Star
Sound familiar?

Could Case Keenum be Giants’ next quarterback? - Big Blue View
The New York Giants interviewed Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on Saturday for the their vacant head-coaching job. Now, there is a report that Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum, a free agent this offseason, could follow Shurmur wherever he lands.

Do the Redskins Have the Worst Wide Receiving Unit in the NFL? - Hogs Haven
Just two years ago, the Redskins were coming off a season with two receivers who had over 1000 receiving yards (Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson). The 2017 off-season saw both receivers depart for greener pastures (or maybe to be put out to the pasture), while the Redskins attempted to fill the void with relatively up-proven talent at the position. Well, that didn’t work out so well!

Saints outlasted the Panthers in thrilling wild card game thanks to a vintage Drew Brees performance - SB Nation
The Saints offense has revolved around Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram this season, but Brees was the star on Sunday.


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