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Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17

01 January 2018

On the other hand against the Raiders, the Eagles managed just 12 first downs, one 40-yard receiver, and targeting Alshon Jeffery twice.

Theres always a fine line for coaches of teams that have top playoff spots locked up this time of year.

The unit has avoided injuries for most of the year, with the exception being Hicks. In order to make it where they want to go, Foles will have to look more like he did against the Giants than in the two weeks since. The Eagles' title chances suffered a huge blow when quarterback Carson Wentz went down for the year. After a strong performance against the New York Giants in his first start of the season, Nick Foles looked terrible against the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles are going to rely on their ground game and the defense, but at least they know the road to the conference championship runs through Lincoln Financial Field. That was on display once again Sunday, as Jim Schwartz's unit limited Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys' attack to six points despite resting a bulk of the Eagles' starters.

For the Eagles, winning this game won't be as important as seeing Foles bounce back from last week's performance.

Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17

There has to be some concern on how terrible the Eagles offense looked again led by Nick Foles.

Hopefully, by the second half, all of the starters should be pulled from the game and Sudfeld can get playing time.

Jones had "mini-open repair" surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson to fix the Achilles - a less invasive procedure that has netted good return rates for National Football League players since it was introduced in 2012. It's discouraging to think that such a target was so misused in any game much less one in which the Eagles are still trying to figure out timing and comfortable routes in advance of the playoffs. After hopefully a few good drives, Foles and the Eagles first-team offense will take a back seat and the backups will get reps so they will be good to go if called upon in the postseason. 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.

January 2018 Brings Super Moons, Blood Moon, Blue Moon
And as a post by NASA on the "supermoon trilogy" explains, the January 31 supermoon will be definitely worth taking a look at. The lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in nighttime unlike the solar eclipses which can be seen from specific places.

Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17