Are The Suspect Eagles Ready For The Battle-Tested Falcons?

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- Philadelphia totalled less than 220 yards of offense in their last two home games, the first time they have done so since September 12-19, 1999.

Under-the-radar potential X factor: Keanu Neal, Vic Beasley, Deion Jones, Desmond Trufant and Grady Jarrett get most of the love on that Atlanta defense, but watch for No. 2 corner Robert Alford.

The Falcons are coming off a 26-13 playoff win at the Los Angeles Rams after beating Carolina in a win-or-out regular-season finale.

Jones' postseason production combined with the vulnerabilities of the Eagles could lead the Falcons to success on the road. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have had a soap opera-like season, but they are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games at this stage of the playoffs. In the 24-10 Eagles victory, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sacked four times.

NFL.com laments that Carson Wentz's knee injury robbed this game of a Wentz-Matt Ryan clash and calls Nick Foles-vs.

That's because, after quarterback Nick Foles' very bad performance during the last two regular season games, I'm not exactly brimming with optimism and am wary of spreading skepticism, in case it's contagious.

"I think Sark has done a great job of finding who we are week to week, specifically the last two weeks I think he's done a great job", Ryan said. Let's go be Nick.

Manuel said the ideal example of how Jones has matured into a leadership role is when Jones glances over to the sideline and screams, "M, I got it".

On the receiving side of the ball, tight end Zack Ertz and wide receiver Nelson Agholor have combined for over 1500 yards and 16 touchdowns and will have a big say in the results.

Last season under defensive coordinator Richard Smith, the Falcons were the 27th best defense in the National Football League, giving up 25 points per game.

"Trufant is a better player, which is why he doesn't get tested as often". 'Nuff said. Give me the under. "You can't look at it any other way". The dirty birds finally found their wings, and now, they're preparing to fly back to the Super Bowl. A lot of single-high. "So it's going to be a challenge just in terms of crowd noise". "It's a quality defense, but that's what we expect this time of year". In the Falcons' six losses this season, quarterback Matt Ryan had six touchdowns and five interceptions. "It will be some carry over, but it will be a little bit different". "He's a veteran quarterback". "I don't like it, but I think it's a good motivator".

Defensive end Chris Long said it would be foolish for the team to use this as motivation.

This will be Pederson's first playoff game as a head coach. Sometimes the hardest things are just the simple things. "Even my time as an assistant coach being in the postseason, just leaning on those times, leaning on the guys". Unfortunately, the season had more games left in which the offense looked like that of a team ready to pick number one in the draft rather than be number one in the playoff rankings. That's what we've been preaching this week, just stay with it. Stay on course.

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