Las Vegas has set the over-under at 38 points.
"I mean, it's pretty wild", Foles said, smiling. The offensive tackle and defensive end were poking fun at the disrespect of being pegged the "underdogs" by all sports pundits (read: here too) and the official Vegas betting line. He predicted a Jaguars Super Bowl win in a bombastic speech to fans at the team's stadium after their upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. "He's obviously seen the talent and all the things that got me here and he wanted me to be a better person".
During the regular season, the Vikings' defense ranked first in points allowed per game (15.8) and yards given up per game (275.9).
They have talent at all levels. Then Pederson served as an assistant coach under Reid for seven seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph is a former Pro Bowler who is a physical force in the middle. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes joined Smith on the NFL's First Team All-Pro list and was also selected to his second Pro Bowl. Good luck trying to extend drives against the Vikings. "So that's the challenge going up against one of the better defenses in the league. But then the third thing I think is players, and this year we have some players that have really stepped up and have been making plays on that down when we really need them to step up". The Eagles had called a couple of outside runs, so Pederson was figuring the fake pitch would confuse the Falcons' defense.
A new t-shirt released on his LJ65 clothing line features a photo of him and Long with the text "Home Dogs Gonna Eat".
Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry were all absolutely dominant against the Falcons.
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Between losing Jason Peters back at the end of October along with Carson Wentz suffering a torn ACL back in Week 14, Pederson deserves all of the credit in the world for keeping Philadelphia in great shape, despite all of the hard obstacles faced along the way. It gave the Falcons a 10-6 lead at the time, because Eagles kicker Jake Elliott clanged an extra point attempt off the goal post prior to Atlanta's extended offensive series. Case Keenum filled in for Sam Bradford for nearly the entire season and excelled in that role, and he benefited from one of the NFL's best receiving duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. When he joined Minnesota Vikings in the off-season, it was as an emergency backup to Sam Bradford who himself was covering an injured Teddy Bridgewater.
All proceeds from the sale of the $18 shirt, available online or in person at Chickie's & Pete's this Thursday night, go directly to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. It may be tough for him to get the ball out effectively against Mike Zimmer's blitz looks and the Vikings' secondary.
The bricks are purple, in honor of the Vikings, and are a made of foam, so fans can toss them around. However it comes - whether by blitz or by the four-man rush - the pressure will be the key against the Vikings.
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As a starter, Foles has gone against the defenses of Oakland, Atlanta, and the New York Giants. Is it possible that teams will transform their approach and try to build around their quarterback situation instead of doing whatever is necessary to get an elite passer? It appears they're peaking at just the right time.
"We've seen it now in our case, and we saw it a week ago where punt returns have ended up not so good for the return team", Pederson said. On the other hand, Sunday's game will mark the Patriots' seventh straight AFC Championship Game appearance, a remarkable run not likely to be matched in some of our lifetimes.