Jay Ajayi, Eagles Run Game Shoulder Offensive Load In Win

Jay Ajayi, Eagles Run Game Shoulder Offensive Load In Win

Have thoughts on how the Falcons and Eagles are performing? (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia. That is crucial in being able to give Vaitai help on the other side. They have won four of their last five games including the playoff game. The Falcons play in a warm weather/dome division with the only potential cold division game being Carolina unless they play early in the season.

"Its what makes sports fun", Johnson said. "If you have the ball, control the game".

The Eagles got through a sloppy first half on the back of Jay Ajayi, the running back they acquired from Miami this season in one of those missing-puzzle-piece deals everyone thought was the one that might get Philly to the Super Bowl. He never has been, and he never will be. He was 18 of 33 for 267 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

While the Eagles defensive backs will have to contain Sanu and Jones, they can not let someone else - like receivers Taylor Gabriel or Justin Hardy or tight end Austin Hooper (those three have combined for seven touchdowns this season) - beat them.

It's been a unusual season for the defending NFC champion Falcons. That's not Foles, nor should it be. It also takes timing, a strong arm, and confidence to make those throws. I'll have to look at the film but from the pictures it looked like we would've had a good opportunity for it. He made eight tackles while starting the final two games.

Foles did little to ease the nerves of this football-mad city in a forgettable first half in which he badly overthrew receivers, feebly missed his targets, and was fortunate to go into the locker room down 10-9 to the defending Super Bowl runners-up.

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It will be interesting to see how Doug Pederson and his coaching staff want to attack this game. Right now, Nick Foles might be all they got.

Question from Eagle 1960: What do you think about the Eagles using LeGarrette Blount to pound on Deion Jones, the Falcons' speedy but light linebacker?

No Eagles back has gotten more than 16 carries in a game.

On his mentality going into the offseason: "One thing I've learned playing 10 years in this league is that past success, prior success or lack of prior success really doesn't have any bearing on the following season". The newcomer would have like six weeks in the offensive system. I thought Julio ran a great route. I believe the Eagles' line of thinking was that if you bring in another quarterback, he basically has to learn the playbook on his own. The Falcons will receive the kickoff to start the third quarter. But if he can turn in two more performances like this, he might be all they need.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn could have opted to take the wind in the fourth quarter after deferring on the opening coin toss. So essentially, if this prospective third quarterback were to play, he wouldn't have a clue what he was doing in a sophisticated offense. "We kept grinding. It really goes back to believing and having faith in one another that we can get this done".

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