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Eagles look to prove they can win without star QB Wentz

13 January 2018

The 13-3 Eagles, led by second-string quarterback Nick Foles, take on Exton, Pa.'s Matt Ryan and the 10-6 Atlanta Falcons in a divisional playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

The NFL Divisional round kicks off this weekend in Philadelphia. That game was dominated by the Vikings but a lot has changed for both teams. They are literally a wild card since the injury of Carson Wentz. But let's keep a few things in mind.

At the time of publication, 55 percent of the public was laying the points and taking the Falcons. The Eagles had a great year but ran into bad luck.

So a big TV rating was the logical expectation for their game Saturday night, when they entertained - and lost to - the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons are favored in this game, which speaks volumes about the perception of Foles. His outdoor stadium record is 34-29.

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Despite being the first seed playing the last seed, the Eagles are looked at as underdogs according to the betting world.

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers enjoyed first-round byes in the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings were the top seeds in the NFC.

"I'm used to it now", Ryan said about returning home. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have had a soap opera-like season, but they are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games at this stage of the playoffs.

It feels like the narrative has shifted too far - that instead of people thinking it will be more hard for the Eagles to win without Wentz, they're thinking it will be impossible.

Last year's NFL MVP said he received Saturday's game plan on Tuesday, and "I'll be very well prepared" for the game.

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LeGarrette Blount rushed for 766 yards and two touchdowns in 173 attempts while Jay Ajayi added 408 yards and a touchdown in 408 carries. He didn't go down at the first point of contact. "It's about giving yourself the opportunity this time of the year to compete and play in games like this, and to win games like this".

Can the Eagles beat Atlanta? Philadelphia tips and intercepts balls and is generally more impactful. That's why the defending NFC champions just snuck into the postseason as the No.6 seed and needed the help of a tiebreaker to do so. That could be huge against an Eagles team that turned it over 10 times in its final six games. The total has gone under in nine of the Falcons' last 12 games against the Eagles.

"With defenses like this, it's always going through progressions".

Elliott made Eagles history by nailing 61-yard game-winning field goal against the Giants in Week 3.

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