Philadelphia Eagles: 3 players who need to step up against Falcons

Nick Foles is trying to make like Jeff Hostetler and make everyone forget about the season-ending knee injury MVP-caliber Carson Wentz suffered.

The Atlanta Falcons went into Los Angeles and stopped the explosive Rams pairing of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.

The Eagles are the first team in National Football League history that is the No. 1 seed, yet still are the underdog.

With some of the best quarterbacks of all time on the slate for this weekend's games it will be interesting to try to rank each team's signal caller. Nick Foles wasn't supposed to be in this position, not when the season had reached such a critical juncture. "You saw it against the Rams. But at the end of the day, we always find a way to win". Just go do your job.

Eagles fans have good reason to be concerned about this game. "If it's not, then we focus on next season". Much of the success in that game was attributed to two things, neither of them the quarterback.

Despite that, Roethlisberger threw for 312 yards compared to Blake Bortles' 95. "Nick has proven that over the length and entirety of his career". The linebackers flow to the ball very well. He wants to throw the ball downfield. Some guys are the dink-and-dunk kind of guys.

"So we need to be good in the run game and be able to mix in our play-action, take our shots down the field, keep the defense off guard and keep them guessing and that starts with good production on first down", Reich added. Garland will be starting his fifth game of the year and second in the playoffs. "When I play my best, I just go out there and play".

Compounding the anxiety, across the field will be Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, a local product. For decades, this fanbase has desperately pleaded for a defense that would lead this franchise to a playoff win on the road.

Welcome to the angriest place in sports, where they just have to pin up the betting lines to get pissed off. This is what it's all about.

So the 28-year-old will have to rely on what he knows and what he feels most comfortable doing against a Falcons defense that has allowed 13 points or fewer over their past two games and 17 points or fewer in three of their past five contests. The Eagles earned the tie-breaker and home field advantage up until the Super Bowl. Bell will be the Steelers' X-factor, and guide them to a huge postseason victory. "I love what he stands for as a competitor, and his teammates know that, too". Back in 2013, for example, he followed one of his worst outings as a pro against the Dallas Cowboys with a seven-touchdown performance at the Oakland Raiders. "But they still have those same offense of weapons".

I could sound like a hater but have these suspect Eagles shown us much this season?

Beatty, who is a backup with the Eagles, was a member of the Giants team that beat New England in Super Bowl XLVI, though he did not play after suffering a detached retina during the regular season against the Eagles.

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