Avoiding a shootout and beating them in the first night-game at the Coliseum since their return to the city last season could hinge on accomplishing something few others have done this season: slowing Todd Gurley. Which teams will advance?
That same approach worked well for the Eagles against the Falcons in November, when they ran 38 times for 208 yards and held possession for more than 38 minutes in a 24-15 win. "And the sooner we get over that and get onto the next order of business, the better we're going to be become".
In many ways, the story of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 season is approaching a climax this month, with the playoffs standing as a dramatic closing chapter of a year filled with gut-wrenching twists and heart-pounding turns.
The Falcons, a punchline all year after flushing that 25-point Super Bowl lead, opened as 2.5-point favorites for Saturday's divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field. This is the first time a sixth seed has been favored to defeat a first seed in the Divisional Round. The Falcons quarterback was superb against the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card round, completing 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in a turnover-free performance. "He really looks equipped in that kind of system in the (shotgun) and (is) doing all of the things that they do".
Jones, 6-foot-1, 222, led the Falcons this season with three interceptions. Disappointed that such a promising season ended abruptly, but not surprised. The Titans' only chance to win this game is if the Patriots don't show up for the game - literally!
Philadelphia is No. 1 against the run, is at home and has had an extra week of rest. Instead they are getting a Field Goal on the spread. In the five games in which Sanu scored this season, Jones was kept out of end zone. There's no doubt that Vikings fans will come out in full force for the biggest home game in almost a decade, especially knowing that with two more wins, the Vikings could be the first team in National Football League history to play the Super Bowl in its home stadium.
The Jags' offense was very bad against the Bills and if they can't find a way to move the ball against the Steelers they could be in for a long afternoon.
The Vikings have changed their look since then, too, with quarterback Case Keenum taking over, but two constants are their No. 1-ranked defense and 9-2 ATS record over their last 11 games. If Pittsburgh jumps on Jacksonville early, it may get ugly. That's 54 yards more than anyone else logged against the Falcons' defense (Buffalo's LeSean McCoy, New England's Dion Lewis and Minnesota's Latavius Murray each ran for 76 yards against the Falcons). The Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints was probably the best game of the weekend last week. The playoffs are completely different from the regular season.
This is a tough game to pick because it is not hard to picture either team winning this game. WR Alshon Jeffery had 136 rec. yards in only career game vs. Atl (10/12/14 with Chi.). Fellow RB LeGarrette Blount has seen a lighter workload since the Eagles made the trade for Ajayi and hasn't logged more than nine carries in any game since Week 12. The higher profile the injury, the greater the reaction, and for that matter the overreaction. Sports. All you need to do is download the Yahoo Sports app and you can catch all of the action live on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Every game will be available streaming online for free thanks to Yahoo!