Back up quarterback Nick Foles delivered on Christmas night by way of a 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders that clinched home-field advantage for the Eagles throughout the playoffs.
Monday’s performance by the Eagles team went a long way to suggest that the team’s playoffs hopes do not rely solely on the quarterback position. Despite losing starting quarterback and league MVP candidate Carson Wentz the team showed that it is still a legitimate title contender with Foles at the helm.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson feels that his team is still in the hunt for a championship because of team schematics, a talented group of offensive skill position players, and a formidable defensive front. And whereas life with the talented Wentz may be a little easier, the Eagles and their coach are still eyeing the very real possibility of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
While true that Nick Foles is a downgrade from Wentz the top-notch coaching staff along with the talent and depth of the players makes the Eagles a very dangerous football team.
The team has three physical running backs on the roster that can each be featured when the situation calls for it. LeGarrette Blount is the team’s top yard gainer with a total tally of 729. Jay Alai provides the team with explosiveness and is averaging over six yards a carry. The third piece of the running back puzzle is rookie Corey Clement who has four touchdowns on the season.
Offensive line play is also crucial to the Eagles’ success. Eagles have taken their toll on the left side of the Eagles’ line but the coaching staff has been able to highlight the main talents and strengths of the group. Their task is made easier by the presence of Jason Kelce who is arguably the game’s best center.
The eagles’ offense possesses weapons on the outside also. Wide receivers Alshon, Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Torrey Smith are integral parts of a passing game that also features 6’5”250-pound pro bowl tight end, Zach Ertz.
The defense of Coordinator Jim Schwartz also gives Philly fans much reason for optimism after Monday night’s stellar performance against the Raiders in which the defense forced five turnovers and registered one quarterback to go along with seven other hits on Raiders’ QB Derek Carr.
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