Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17


The Cowboys will take on the Eagles at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles were on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. If that's not a marvelous regular season, then I don't know what is. Again outside of the one play, did some nice things.

Should the Eagles consider starting Nate Sudfeld instead of Nick Foles in the playoffs? Thankfully, everything looks good heading into their playoff bye week.

Both Jones, aside from trying to tackle Ezekiel Elliott on a 16-yard run in the second quarter, and Sudfeld actually played well. They are still trying to find their footing with a new quarterback.

The special teams were even better, at least what we saw of them.

An outside cornerback group led by Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby has held its own this season in Jones' absence, but has had some letdowns over the last few weeks. I know this will bring Eagles fans no comfort and it doesn't matter if they don't deliver from here, but Doug Pederson and his crew deserve to be proud of the accomplishment.

Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

"The idea is to keep the starters going", said the Eagles coach when he met with reporters on Friday morning. That's something that can't happen during the postseason or they're going to be one and done.

Philadelphia and its fan are caught in limbo between the week 15 performance against the Giants and the Raiders Eagles game this past Sunday in what was one of the worst football games I've ever had the misfortune of watching.

Unless the Eagles have been holding back offensively these last two weeks, it's a team that will have problems moving the ball against a decent NFC defense, which they will surely face in the playoffs. If Foles can put together some positive drives and score some points early on, then the Eagles can pull the starters, not risk injury, and turn their attention to the next important part of this game, which would be getting Nate Sudfeld reps. Philadelphia's defense did an excellent job of hurrying Dak Prescott, but some of his errors were just self-inflicted wounds; Fox play-by-play man Kenny Albert kept blaming the wind on the trajectory of his passes as if he was making excuses for a pee wee player who could barely see over the line of scrimmage.

In spite of Foles's very lackluster performance, Pederson was impressed with his quarterback's resilience at overcoming his mistakes and finally putting his team in position to win late in the ball game.

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