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01 January, 2018, 03:09 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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The Philadelphia Eagles secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they don't seem to cause fear in potential opponents following a lackluster win in Week 16. With nothing left to play for and health at the forefront of Philadelphia's concern, the Eagles sputtered in a awful, lackluster loss to their hated rival on home turf. After a strong performance against the New York Giants in his first start of the season, Nick Foles looked bad against the Oakland Raiders.

The first half came and went without either team scoring, marking the first time in the Cowboys and Eagles long history that the two failed to put points on the board through the initial two quarters. He tossed four touchdown passes against the Giants on December 17 but didn't look sharp on Christmas night in the win against the Raiders.

"I'm excited to play whatever team we face".

Foles played well in his first game as Carson Wentz's replacement, throwing four touchdown passes in a 34-29 victory over the New York Giants.

The most important thing will be to have a healthy team in two weeks for the divisional round, but if the Eagles can have a good offensive showing on Sunday without anyone getting injured to gain confidence, then that will be an added bonus.

"For the most part, the whole game I felt in pretty good rhythm", Sudfeld said. "It's more on feel, have to be smart, have to have a reasonable plan with those guys". Have thoughts on how the Cowboys and Eagles are performing? Some will think the team rushed him back because the Eagles want to go all out for the Super Bowl this season. Philadelphia was 7-9 a year ago and entered this season with low expectations.

"The idea is to keep the starters going", said the Eagles coach when he met with reporters on Friday morning. "It's something I've mentioned".

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, in his second game back from suspension, pounded out 103 rushing yards with another 38 gained receiving. Defensive lineman David Irving is likely to miss his fourth straight game with a concussion.

Beasley has been ruled out of the game after not practicing all week due to an illness.

All in all, Jones was targeted twice and allowed one catch for three yards. "It's not like you can go out there and force that, but it definitely would be nice".

Nate Sudfeld, seeing the first National Football League action of his career, made the most of his opportunity.

The Eagles were able to draft cornerback Sidney Jones in the second round because he ruptured his Achilles tendon preparing for the draft, where he was projected as a top-15 pick. The rookie will get a chance to get some tackles and break some passes, but that's about it. "We are going to go up and compete". The Eagles are 8-1 in their last nine ATS on grass and are 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Cowboys and with this being a meaningless game that trend could continue in Dallas' favour. Dallas will finish off the season after this one and I expect they will leave it all on the line while Philly will get some rest and drop to 13-3 to finish the regular season.

"I'm more confident than ever in my ability, and I know that I could help this team out if they need me".

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