NCAA Final Four Betting Lines: Historical Point Spreads

Will the Tennessee Titans win OVER/UNDER 8.5 games? By University Stats Prof!

1. Introduction

Tennessee’s season completely turned around once they benched quarterback Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill.

After a 2-4 start, the Titans won seven of their final 10 games to sneak into the playoffs as the 6th seed in the AFC. Fun fact: it was the fourth straight season that the Titans finished with a 9-7 record!

In the playoffs, they knocked off the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, as well as the top seed in the conference, the Baltimore Ravens. Derrick Henry ran like a mad man in those games, becoming the first player in NFL history to rack up at least 175 rushing yards in two games in the same postseason.

In the AFC Conference Championship Game, Tennessee grabbed a 17-7 lead in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold off the Chiefs any longer in a 35-to-24 defeat.

2. Offensive Position-by-Position Breakdown

2.1 Quarterbacks (QBs)

Ryan Tannehill was clearly one of the best Cinderella stories in 2019. After taking over as the starting QB over Marcus Mariota, he led the league in QB rating.

He crushed his previous career-high in completion percentage with as astounding 70.3%; his personal best was 66.4% in 2014.

During his first six years in Miami, he posted a 123:75 TD:INT mark. That equates to a 1.64 ratio. In 2019, he threw 22 TD passes versus 6 interceptions, which amounts to a 3.7 ratio. As you can see, once again he obliterated his past numbers.

The team thinks he can keep playing at that level after handing him a hefty contract. I do believe he’ll do a good job in 2020, but not at the 2019 levels, obviously.

As of now, the backup QB is Logan Woodside since Mariota signed with the Raiders. Woodside was drafted in the 7th round of the 2018 draft out of Toledo. During preseason games, he completed 46-of-76 passes (a 60.5% completion rate) for 539 yards with 4 TDs and no interception. It’s hard to tell what he can bring to the table.

2.2 Running Backs (RBs)

Derrick Henry was a true beast last year. He won the rushing title with 1,540 rushing yards and 16 TDs on the ground (he added two more as a receiver). His 5.1 yards-per-carry average is mind-boggling considering the high volume.

He didn’t slow down in the playoffs. After rushing for 182 yards in New England, he single-handedly destroyed the Ravens with 195 rushing yards. He was quieter in K.C. by accumulating 69 yards on the ground.

Few people remember how he finished the previous year on a high note as well. In the final four meetings of the 2018 season, he averaged 146 rushing yards and 1.75 rushing TDs per contest. Obviously, he followed up with a season to remember.

Henry’s numbers have steadily increased every single year since he joined the league in 2016. Now 26 years old, defensive coordinators must be getting up at night to game plan against him.

Dion Lewis was a nice change-of-pace back, even though he didn’t have a great year. At least he had NFL experience, which is not the case of the remaining potential backup backs. Both Dalyn Dawkins and David Fluellen are undrafted guys who have combined for 19 rushing attempts in the league.

Tennessee filled a need by drafting Darrynton Evans in last April’s draft. The third-rounder complements Henry’s skillset well, as Evans can spell him on passing third-down situations (a role that used to be played by Dion Lewis). Also, he isn’t great running inside the tackles due to his small size, but he is more of a change-of-pace runner who has home-run hitting capacities.

2.3 Wide Receivers (WRs)

Rookie A.J. Brown was hyped as a big-play guy, and he did not disappoint. He didn’t catch that many balls, but when he did he made the most of it.

The Mississippi product led all receivers that caught at least 50 passes with a jaw-dropping 20.2 yards-per-catch average. He scored 8 TDs, while also topping the 1,000 receiving-yard mark (he had 1,051).

Will former #5 overall pick Corey Davis live up to his draft status? It seems unlikely after watching his first three years as a pro. He raised hopes by posting a 65-891-4 receiving line in 2018, but he regressed to 43-601-2 last year. Talent and youth play on his side, though. He may not be a true No. 1 wideout, but he can clearly do the job as a number two or three receiver.

Adam Humphries is an efficient, yet not explosive player. He is good to pick up key first downs. He caught more than 70% of his targets in his final two years in Tampa, and he reached that goal once again in his first season in Tennessee.

Was he worth a four-year deal worth $36 million? Probably not, but having him as your slot receiver is a bonus. His numbers were down last year, but he will be a useful tool as a 27-year old this year.

Tajae Sharpe also made a nice contribution last year with 25 receptions, 329 yards and 4 TDs. He was a nice luxury to have on your roster, but he signed with the Vikings during the offseason.

2.4 Tight Ends (TEs)

Jonnu Smith and Delanie Walker received the most playing time at tight end.

Walker did a decent job, but father time seems to have caught up to him. After being very durable for 11 years, he stayed healthy for just one game in 2018 and seven games last year. Accordingly, the team cut ties with him as he was going to enter his age-36 campaign.

Walker’s absence gave more room for Jonnu Smith to shine. The 2017 third-rounder has seen his numbers increase every year. His 35-439-3 receiving line is nothing to write home about. He could make a jump in 2020, but don’t expect huge steps.

Anthony Firkser will be back with the squad. He doesn’t have the size and speed to become a great TE, but he does a fine job for a guy that was never drafted.

MyCole Pruitt will be the #3 TE. He has never caught more than 10 passes in any of his five years in the NFL. Enough said.

2.5 Offensive Line (OL)

Ben Jones has done a great job at the pivot throughout his entire eight-year career. He raised his game to a higher level last year by finishing at the second-best center in the NFL according to PFF grades. He’s been an awesome pickup when acquired from the Texas a few years ago.

Right tackle Jack Conklin broke the bank in Cleveland, which left a glaring hole in Tennessee. He was a very solid player, and Dennis Kelly or Isaiah Wilson will try to fill his shoes.

Kelly has received his two best PFF grades of his seven-year career in 2018 and 2019, which is a good sign. However, he doesn’t play at the same level as Conklin.

The organization figures to have a better chance at replacing Conklin adequately with Isaiah Wilson, who was taken late in the first round of this year’s draft. This guy weighted close to 400 pounds coming out of high school! He is a mauler.

The rookie needs work for both his footwork and technique, which led to uneven play in college. He has exceptional physical traits and high potential, but may not be great right from the start.

At left tackle, Taylor Lewan is a cornerstone of this offensive line. He’s been good his whole career, never receiving a PFF mark below 76.4, which is remarkable!

Rodger Saffold is the starting left guard for the Titans. He ranked as the sixth-best guard in the NFL last year; needless to say he’s been a valuable piece of the puzzle for this franchise.

The weakest link is Nate Davis at right guard. The third-round rookie struggled big-time last year.

2020 VS 2019 OFFENSE

The Titans did not make a single free agent acquisition on offense.

They lost some depth with the departures of RB Dion Lewis and WR Tajae Sharpe. The team hopes 3rd round pick Darrynton Evans can spell Henry appropriately.

The backup QB will also be weaker due to Mariota leaving for Vegas. And despite his advanced age, Delanie Walker was a decent TE, although he only appeared in seven games last year.

The biggest loss occurred on the offensive line. Seeing Jack Conklin go to the Jets hurts the team. Rookie Isaiah Wilson will do his best to hold the fort, but he is unlikely to play at the same level as Conklin in his first year as a pro.

Finally, how could we expect better production out of Ryan Tannehill in 2020 as opposed to his 2019 heroics?

In conclusion, I am tagging the Titans offense with a moderate downgrade in comparison to 2019.

Final call (2020 vs 2019): Moderate downgrade

3. Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown

3.1 Defensive Linemen (DLs)

Jurrell Casey is a strong run stuffer, while also averaging 5.7 sacks per year over a nine-year period. He was traded to Denver for cap reasons, which will hurt Tennessee’s interior of the line a lot.

With Casey gone, the team will hand a much heavier workload to Jeffery Simmons. After missing the first seven games due to a knee injury, he showed fairly good promise as a #19 overall pick from the 2019 draft. His sophomore year will be critical.

The team will also rely on DaQuan Jones to step up his game. He is an above-average DL, whose main strength is defending the run. He only has seven sacks in six years.

The Titans lost some depth as Austin Johnson went to the Giants.

3.2 Defensive Ends (DEs) / Edge Rushers (ED)

Harold Landry played twice as many snaps in his sophomore year as his rookie season, and he doubled his sack total (going from 4.5 to 9 to lead the team in that category). He graded as the 62nd-best edge defender in the league out of 107 players. He has the potential to take a leap.

The team hopes to improve its pass rush by adding Vic Beasley, formerly of the Falcons. His numbers are a bit puzzling. He led the league with 15.5 sacks in his second season back in 2016. Since then, he has posted 5, 5 and 8 sacks.

Those are not bad numbers, but they are clearly below expectations coming from a fellow that was the 8th overall selection in the 2015 draft. Also, he is a liability in run defense. In other words, he’s been more name than game recently.

Kamalei Correa racked up five sacks despite playing 39% of the snaps. He had just 3.5 sacks over his first three years as a pro. He’s not a game breaker.

Reggie Gilbert is a role player. The undrafted guy has 4.5 sacks in three years is no more than depth.

3.3 Linebackers (LBs)

Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans are the leaders of this group. Based on draft status, Evans is supposed to be the superior player, but that wasn’t the case at all last year.

Evans received poor marks from PFF with a 47.6 grade; he obtained spot #74 out of 89 LBs. He struggled a lot in coverage and wasn’t that great rushing the passer. He does a fine job defending the run though.

As for Brown, his 68.8 PFF grade allowed him to finish as the 20th-best linebacker in the league. His sack total went from 6 in 2018 down to just one a year ago. The former fifth-rounder will try to bring that number back up this season.

Wesley Woodyard’s career is clearly on the decline. He lost his starting job, his PFF grades are falling, he’s 34 years old and he is now a free agent after the Titans failed to re-sign him.

3.4 Cornerbacks (CBs)

Adoree’ Jackson is the team’s number 1 CB. He was the 18th overall pick from the 2017 draft. Even though he has only two career interceptions, he is still a fairly solid coverage guy. He constantly ranks among the upper tier.

Logan Ryan played almost all defensive snaps last year and he filled the scoresheet more than ever in his seven-year career. He had career-highs in tackles (113), sacks (4.5) and forced fumbles (4). He also picked off four passes, his second-best performance.

Yet, he graded as an average corner by taking the 62nd rank out of 112 CBs because of ordinary run defense and coverage skills. The Titans couldn’t meet his salary demands, so he left via free agency.

Malcolm Butler finished once again in the middle of the pack among all NFL cornerbacks last year. The Super Bowl XLIX hero has seen his PFF grades decrease in each of the past three seasons, but he still manages to intercept 2-4 passes every year. He missed seven games last year with a broken wrist.

LeShaun Sims played 30% of the snaps, while producing poor play on the field. He’s never been a good corner, but he still found a new home in Cincinnati when the Bengals signed him in March.

The Titans took Kristian Fulton late in the 2nd round this year. Many reports suggest he’ll be an average NFL starter. He is best in man coverage due to his physicality. He lost the entire 2017 season when he was caught trying to tamper with a PED test sample, where he submitted a friend’s urine.

3.5 Safeties (S)

Kevin Byard is one of the league’s highest paid safety and he deserves it. He has 17 interceptions over the last three years. In those seasons, his PFF rankings were 4th, 3rd and 10th among close to 90 qualifiers.

Byard turned out to be a huge bargain as a former third-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State. Now 27 years old, there is no reason to believe his play will deteriorate in 2020.

Kenny Vaccaro is well known among fans, even though his play is not great. He probably gets recognition due to his former first-round status, but his best PFF grade was 66.7 back in 2013. Just to give you an idea, such a mark would have yielded him the #48 spot out of 87 safeties last year. And that was his best season.

Amani Hooker played 30% of the snaps last year as a rookie. The Titans had actually traded up to secure his rights during the 2019 draft. He did a decent job, but the jury is still out about the fourth-rounder’s future.

2020 VS 2019 DEFENSE

The Titans allowed the 12th-fewest points in the league last year. Should be expect better or worse play in 2020?

Jurrell Casey’s presence will be missed in a big way on the interior of the line. Also, not getting CB Logan Ryan back is hardly good news. Overall, he was an above-average corner who was constantly on the field and has been very durable in his career.

The only good addition is Vic Beasley. I feel like he’s overrated since his sack numbers are lower than what most people think and due to poor run defense, but he still has valuable pass rushing abilities.

Based on this information, I anticipate a small downgrade from this unit.

Final call (2020 vs 2019): Small downgrade

4. Regular Season Wins

According to sportsbooks, the Titans are expected to win 8.5 games this season. Should we bet the “over” or the “under”?

Here is the methodology I used in order to answer this vital question:

Here are the results:

Estimated Probability Sportsbook Odds ROI
OVER 8.5 WINS 50.9% FanDuel -110 -2.8%
UNDER 8.5 WINS 49.1% Pinnacle +129 +12.4%

Tip: Bet UNDER 8.5 wins
Return On Investment (ROI): +12.4%
Rank: 22nd-highest ROI out of 32 teams
Minimum odds required to bet (i.e. ROI = 0%): +104

Here are BetOnline’s point spreads for the Titans’ 16 regular season games:

Note: The “Best odds” from the table above were obtained after looking at 13 well-known online sportsbooks on May 18th, 2020.

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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Divional Round - Atlanta Falcons (11-6) at Philadelphia Eagles(13-3)

Atlanta Falcons (11-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)
After earning a first round bye the Eagles head into their divisional round game against the Atlanta Falcons as 2.5 point underdogs despite being the number 1 seed and playing at home. Much of this is because the Eagles are replacing second team All-Pro Carson Wentz with backup Nick Foles who struggled in the final two games of the season. This will not be Foles's first playoff game though, as a starter for the Eagles in 2013 where he was 23-of-33 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and led a potential game winning drive to take the lead with 4 minutes left before the Saints marched back with a last second field goal. The Eagles also still boast a top 5 defense in points and total offense and the number one defense against the run. The team will be rested and look to prove those in Vegas wrong when they come out at home on Saturday where they went 7-1 this season with the one lost coming while the starters rested. The matchup won't be easy though, the Atlanta Falcons have been hot of late and winning 7 of 9 down the stretch and only allowing 17.4 points a game in that span. Atlanta's high powered offense took a step back this season with the loss of Kyle Shanahan, but Matt Ryan can still sling and it and he still has one of the best WRs in football in Julio Jones on the outside. Jones had 10 receptions for 135 yards in the last meeting between the teams, last season, but the rest of the Falcons offense was largely shutdown in the Eagle win. The Eagles may look to take a page out of the playbook from that game last season where they rushed the ball 38 times for 208 yards and dominated time of possession 38:10 to the Falcons 21:50. Jay Ajayi could be key as he rushed for 130 yards on 26 carries against the Falcons earlier this season when he was on the Dolphins. If the Eagles can run the ball successfully against the Falcons it will go a long way in getting a win on Saturday especially if the defense can play up to their potential and get pressure on Matt Ryan.
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Date
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Game Time Game Location
4:35 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
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Stadium Type: Open
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 34°F
Feels Like: 25°F
Forecast: Mostly Cloudy. Heavy rain in the morning
Chance of Precipitation: 7%
Cloud Coverage: 67%
Wind: NNW 13 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Atlanta by -2.5
OveUnder: 41
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 10-6, Atlanta 8-9
Where to Watch on TV
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Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
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Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
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Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Atlanta Radio
Falcons Radio Network Wes Durham will handle the play-by-play duties and Dave Archer will provide analysis.
National Radio
Westwood One John Sadak (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (analyst) will call the game broadcast. Ross Tucker will report from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Falcons Channel National Channel
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NFC East Standings
Team Record Pct Home Away Div Conf PF PA Strk
Eagles(XYZ) 13-3 .813 7-1 6-2 5-1 10-2 457 295 1L
Cowboys 9-7 .563 3-5 6-2 5-1 7-5 354 332 1W
Redskins 7-9 .438 5-3 2-6 1-5 5-7 342 388 1L
Giants 3-13 .188 2-6 1-7 1-5 1-11 246 388 1W
[x]-Clinched Division [Y]-Clinched 1st Round Bye [Z]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Eagles East 13-2
2 Vikings North 12-3
3 Rams West 11-4
4 Saints South 11-4
5 Panthers South 11-4
6 Falcons South 11-6
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Eagles vs. Falcons 1/13/2018 4:35PM EST Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Vikings vs. Saints 1/14/2018 4:40PM EST U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Patriots East 13-3
2 Steelers North 13-3
3 Jaguars South 11-6
4 Chiefs West 10-7
5 Titans South 10-7
6 Bills East 9-8
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Game Time Location
Patriots vs. Titans 1/13/2018 8:15PM EST Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Steelers vs. Jaguars 1/14/2018 1:05PM EST Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Atlanta Falcons (18-14-1). 16-13-1 regular season, 2-1 postseason
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 18th, 1966 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 23 – Atlanta Falcons 10
Points Leader
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Atlanta Falcons (712-592)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 1-0 against the Falcons
Dan Quinn: 1-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Dan Quinn: Pederson leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Falcons: 0-0
Matt Ryan: Against Eagles: 3-4
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Matt Ryan: First meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Falcons 5-1
Record @ Mercedes Benz: N/A
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 5 - Falcons No. 9
Record
Eagles: 13-3
Falcons: 11-6
Last Meeting and Last at Site
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Eagles 24 - Falcons 15
The Eagles defense held the high scoring Falcons defense in check and the Eagles rushed for 208 yards, including 108 and two TDs from Ryan Mathews.
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Last Meeting in Playoffs
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
Eagles 27 – Falcons 11
The Eagles defense held the dangerous Michael Vick in check all day forcing a pick and 4 sacks, while McNabb threw for 2 TDs and Westbrook had over 100 total yards offense as the Eagles defeated the Falcons to advance to the Super Bowl.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/13/16 Eagles Falcons 24-15
09/14/15 Falcons Eagles 26-24
10/28/12 Falcons Eagles 30-17
09/18/11 Falcons Eagles 35-31
10/17/10 Eagles Falcons 31-17
12/06/09 Eagles Falcons 34-7
10/26/08 Eagles Falcons 27-14
12/31/06 Eagles Falcons 24-17
09/12/05 Falcons Eagles 14-10
01/23/05 Eagles Falcons 27-10
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Falcons Falcons
2017 Weekly Matchup
Division Round - Iron Rank Matchup
Divisional Round - "Expert" Picks
2017 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Falcons Season Stats
2017 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 57 101 56.4 537 5 2 79.5
Wentz (IR) 265 440 60.2% 3296 33 7 101.9
Ryan 342 529 64.7% 4095 20 12 91.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Blount 173 824 47.9 4.4 2
Ajayi 70 408 58.3 5.8 1
Freeman 196 865 61.8 4.4 7
Coleman 156 628 41.9 4.0 7
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 74 824 58.9 11.1 8
Jones 88 1444 90.3 16.4 3
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 9.5 38
Clayborn 9.5 39
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 88 61 27 1.0
Jones 138 91 47 1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Robinson 4 19
Jones 3 8
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
D. Jones 67 3033 62 45.3 40.6 21 5 1
Bosher 53 2379 62 44.9 40.8 19 2 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 39/42
Bryant 39 34 87.2% 57 35/35
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Barner 10 194 19.4 27 0
Roberts 38 860 22.6 61 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Barner 27 240 8.9 76 0 15
Roberts 27 201 7.4 27 0 21
League Rankings 2017
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Falcons Stat Falcons Rank
Total Offense 365.8 7th 364.8 8th
Rush Offense 132.2 3rd 115.4 13th
Pass Offense 233.6 13th 249.4 8th
Points Per Game 28.6 3rd 22.1 15th
3rd-Down Offense 42% 8th 45% 1st
4th-Down Offense 65% 3rd 31% 27th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 65.5 1st 50 23rd
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Falcons Stat Falcons Rank
Total Defense 306.5 4th 318.4 9th
Rush Defense 79.2 1st 104.1 9th
Pass Defense 227.3 17th 214.3 12th
Points Per Game 18.4 4th 19.7 8th
3rd-Down Defense 32% 3rd 38% 16th
4th-Down Defense 22% 1st 68% 29th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55.3 20th 44.2 5th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Falcons Stat Falcons Rank
Turnover Diff. +11 4th -2 19th
Penalty Per Game 7.2 T-25th 6.2 11th
Penalty Yards Per Game 60.1 22nd 57.0 15th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Eagles were on Bye Last Week
Falcons - Video – The Falcons traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs last week and took it to the number 3 seed. Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced to the divional round with a 26-13 victory over the Rams on Saturday night. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 94 yards and a score and Devonta Freeman had a score on the ground as the Falcons chipped away at the Rams defense. On the defensive side of the ball the Falcons held All-Pro Todd Gurly in check for the first three quarters limiting him to just 43 yards. While on Special Teams the Falcons took advantage of two Rams fumbles in the win.
Connections
Falcons QBs Matt Ryan (William Penn Charter) and Matt Schaub (West Chester East) attended high school in the Philadelphia area.
Falcons' Special Teams Coord. Keith Armstrong played for Temple University in Philadelphia from 1983-86.
Falcons passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson played cornerback for the Eagles during the 1995 season.
Eagles DL coach Chris Wilson held the same title with the University of Georgia in 2013.
Three TEs in Sunday’s game played collegiately at Stanford: Eagles TE Zach Ertz (2010-12) and Falcons TEs Austin Hooper (2014-15) and Levine Toilolo (2010-12).
2018 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Falcons
OT Lane Johnson WR Julio Jones (Starter)
QB Carson Wentz (Starter) C Alex Mack (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) ST Derrick Coleman (1st Alt)
G Brandon Brooks (Starter) QB Matt Ryan (2nd Alt)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) DT Grady Jarrett (2nd Alt)
FS Malcom Jenkins CB Desmond Trufant (2nd Alt)
C Jason Kelce (1st Alt) RB Devonta Freeman (2nd Alt)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt)
CB Jalen Mills (3rd Alt)
K Jake Elliot (2nd Alt)
ST Kame Grugier-Hill (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Philadelphia finished the regular season with a franchise record-tying 13 wins (also 2004), tying Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh for the best record in the NFL.
Philadelphia led the NFL in red zone TD efficiency (65.5%), time of possession (32:41) and opponent rushing yards per game (79.2). The Eagles also tied with New England for the NFL lead in point differential (+162).
Philadelphia’s 457 points ranked 3rd in the NFL, behind L.A. Rams (478) and New England (458). The Eagles’ 457 points were also the 2nd-most in team history, trailing only their 2014 production (474).
Philadelphia ranked 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards per game (132.2), behind Jacksonville (141.4) and Dallas (132.2). The Eagles also ranked 3rd in third-down defense (32.2%) and fourth-down offense (65.4%).
Philadelphia produced the 4th-most takeaways in the NFL (31), trailing only Baltimore (34), Jacksonville (33) and Detroit (32). The Eagles ranked 4th in the NFL in turnover differential (+11), behind Baltimore (+17), Kansas City (+15) and L.A. Chargers (+12).
Draft Picks
Eagles Falcons
DE Derek Barnett DE Takkarist McKinley
CB Sidney Jones LB Duke Riley
CB Rasul Douglas G Sean Harlow
WR Mack Hollins S Damontae Kazee
RB Donnel Pumphrey RB Brian Hill
WR Shelton Gibson TE Eric Saubert
LB Nathan Gerry
DT Elijah Qualls
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Falcons
WR Torrey Smith DE Jack Crawford
WR Alshon Jeffery DT Dontari Poe
DE Chris Long WR Andre Roberts
DT Timmy Jernigan
RB LaGarrett Blount
CB Patrick Robinson
G Chance Warmack
QB Nick Foles
S Corey Graham
CB Ronald Darby
K Jake Elliott
LB Dannell Ellerbe
OT Will Beatty
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Falcons
CB Nolan Carroll DE Dwight Freeney
DE Connor Barwin FB Patrick DiMarco
DT Bennie Logan
QB Chase Daniel
CB Leodis McKelvin
WR Dorial Green-Beckham
DE Marcus Smith
RB Ryan Mathews
Milestones
QB Nick Foles (7290) needs 208 yards to move up to 9th all-time on the all-time Eagles Passing Yards list passing Norm Van Brocklin
QB Nick Foles (51) needs 4 TDs to move up to a tie for 9th all-time on the all-time Eagles Passing TDs list with Norm Van Brocklin and Adrian Burk
TE Brent Celek (4,998) needs 2 more yards to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
TE Brent Celek (398) needs 2 more receptions to reach 400 career receptions.
TE Zach Ertz (3664) needs 127 yards to move up to 13th on the Eagles all-time receiving list all-time passing RB Brian Westbrook
DE Brandon Graham (38.5 – 7th) needs 1 sacks to move up to a tie for 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Andy Harmon.
DE Fletcher Cox (34 - 10th) needs 1.5 sacks to move into a tie for 9th all-time on the Eagles sack list with DE William Fuller.
DE Vinny Curry (22.0 – 22nd) needs 1 sacks to move up to a tie for 21st on the Eagles all-time sack list moving passing DEDarren Howard.
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player. Jenkins is the only Eagles player to have a pick 6 in 3 straight seasons.
DE Adrian Clayborn (24.0 -11th) needs 1 sack to move up to 10th on the Falcons all-time sack list passing DT Mike Pitts.
DE Vic Beasley (17.0 -19th) needs 1.5 sacks to move up to a tie for 17th on the Falcons all-time sack list passing LB Keith Brooking and tying DE Jumpy Geathers.
RB Tevin Coleman (1540 - 19th) needs 73 yards to move up to 18th on the Falcons all-time rushing list passing RB Junior Coffey.
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge

WDB Matchups (CAPS = Shadow Coverage)

Eagles WRs vs. Falcons DBs IMAGE
Tm Rec/DB Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
PHI Alshon Jeffery LWR 75 218 4.48 577 45 16 39 20 50 1.44 80 -2
ATL Robert Alford RCB 70 186 4.39 601 1 12 87 18 56 1.23 79.8
PHI Torrey Smith RWR 72 205 4.41 465 38 17 45 14 61 0.99 41.4 -50
ATL Desmond Trufant LCB 72 190 4.38 522 88 11 1 13 57 1.07 86
PHI Nelson Agholor Slot 72 198 4.42 502 7 86 7 19 67 1.58 79.1 +18
ATL Brian Poole Slot 69 213 409 2 95 3 21 84 1.75 72.7
Falcons WRs vs. Eagles DBs IMAGE
Tm Rec/DB Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
ATL Julio Jones LWR 75 220 4.34 459 42 22 36 32 62 3.23 90 +46
PHI Ronald Darby RCB 71 193 4.38 232 6 3 91 22 55 1.5 81.8
ATL Mohamed Sanu Slot 74 210 4.62 439 15 67 18 20 71 1.49 79 +6
PHI Patrick Robinson Slot 71 191 4.46 464 6 80 14 19 56 1.34 90.4
ATL Taylor Gabriel RWR 68 165 365 41 15 43 14 71 1.26 70.1 -17
PHI Jalen Mills LCB 72 191 4.61 609 87 3 10 18 60 1.14 71
TE Matchups IMAGE
Tm TE/Def H Wt Rt Bl% Inl% S% W% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
ATL Austin Hooper 75 254 481 13 51 37 12 15 79 1.25 49.9 -11
PHI Malcolm Jenkins (S) 72 204 262 8 64 0.48 83.8
PHI Zach Ertz 77 250 488 7 42 41 17 23 73 1.82 85.7 +12
ATL Keanu Neal (S) 72 211 211 15 68 0.73 83
OL/DL Matchups IMAGE
Note: Pressure Rate and Yards Before Contact are projected numbers based on the starters' grades and are adjusted for injuries. All other stats are based on this season's data
Tm Press% SkConv YBCon Runs ins. 5 yd ln/gm TD ins. 5 yd ln% PB Adv. RB Adv.
ATL (OL) 4.7 13 1.88 1.3 43 -16 +15
PHI (DL) 6.8 19 1.54 0.6 33
PHI (OL) 4.4 16 1.84 1 31 +3 -1
ATL (DL) 6 16 1.32 0.8 46
Stats to Know
Ryan Under Pressure
In 2017, when under pressure, Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been both sacked 4th-lowest (% of pressured dropbacks) and has suffered the 2nd-most drop (11). In the pocket, Ryan has spent about an equal percentage of dropbacks under 2.5 seconds as he has over 2.5. His average time to sack, though, is 6th-fastest, which I suppose shouldn't be a surprise, given the piss-poor play Atlanta's been getting from its Guards, with Levitre out. G Ben Garland has allowed the highest percentage of pressures per pass blocking snap of all Guards, at 9.34%. In the Wildcard matchup against the Rams--Aaron Donald is an outright beast--that number was a whopping 20% (7 pressures on 35 PB snaps). The Guard with the next-highest pressure letup percentage was Atlanta's other Guard, Wes Schweitzer, at 11.34%. You can bet your bottom dollar that the Eagles' DIs are chomping at the bit.--Courtesy of PFF Elite
Matchups to Watch
Nick Foles vs Falcons Defense
The “easiest” way to win in the NFL is with a franchise QB. In Nick Foles career, he’s had 14 starts with a passer rating better than 100 and 16 starts with a passer rating lower than 80. He’s had only nine starts with a passer rating between 80 and 100. This kind of inconsistency has plagued Foles in his career but it does show that he is a capable QB. This will be his second postseason start against a very good secondary in Atlanta. According to Pro Football Focus, the Falcons have two cornerbacks ranked in the top 25 in the NFL. Their best corner, Desmond Trufant, is ranked 17 by PFF. He was on injured reserve last year when the Eagles beat the Falcons in Philadelphia. Opposite Trufant is Robert Alford, who largely stays at RCB. The Falcons also have a quality slot corner in Brian Poole. This is a very athletic group that plays disciplined football. The Falcons also have Keanu Neal who is emerging as a top end safety in the NFL. The Falcons defensive scheme is basically the Seahawks defensive scheme. In pass defense, they look to take away the big plays and force opposing offenses to methodically move down the field. They are ranked 22nd overall per DVOA and 19th vs the pass. The Falcons defense has improved over the last season and has helped carry the offense. Nick Foles will need to be able to make plays in the passing game since the Falcons will be looking to take away the run.
Eagles Defensive Line vs. Falcons Offensive Line
Without Carson Wentz, the strength of the Eagles team is along the defensive line, one of the best if not the best in the NFL. The Eagles will need every one of their players to help wreck the Falcons offensive game plan, especially Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. At tackle, the Falcons start Ryan Schraeder and Jake Matthews who both ranked as PFFs top 25 tackles – 21st and 15th respectively. Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, and Chris Long need to step up and put pressure on Matt Ryan while remaining good run defenders. The Falcons offense features a number of really good weapons but their offensive line isn’t among the tops in the game. The Falcons also feature 2 poor guards in Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland. Andy Levitre is a pretty solid guard in his own right but went on IR in week 17. Everyone has watched Aaron Donald sodomize the Falcons interior line last week but the Falcons were able to overcome it. While Fletcher Cox isn’t as good as Aaron Donald, he’s pretty close. Additionally, the Eagles defensive line is a much deeper and more disruptive group than the Rams unit. Timmy Jernigan has been sluggish of late but he has also been banged up. He is now well rested. The Eagles will also look to shift Brandon Graham inside from time to time to take advantage of his quickness against guards. Alex Mack is a great center for the Falcons and one of the best at the position in the game but cannot carry the interior line on his own. The Eagles have a defensive line that is deeper and more talented than almost every team in the NFL and it needs to perform that way for the Eagles to win this weekend. Pressure up front can ruin games and the Eagles defensive line is more than capable to Rise Up for this occasion.
Eagles Offensive Line vs Falcons Defensive Front
Even without the Hall of Famer Jason Peters the Eagles still have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce we selected as first team All Pro’s this year and will go up against a pretty good Atlanta defensive line. Lane Johnson is the best right tackle in the NFL and will take a lot of snaps opposite Vic Beasley who is having a down season after sacking much of the league last year. The Falcons defensive line is very athletic but somewhat undersized and can be bullied off the line of scrimmage but punishing offensive lines like the Eagles. We even saw that last year when the Eagles ran all over the Falcons last year when they beat them at the Linc. The Falcons best defensive lineman is Grady Jarrett and is very disruptive along the defensive interior. Nick Foles does need to get better but the offensive line can help make things a lot easier for him if they are able to open up running lanes like they did against the Falcons last year while they keep him on his feet. Jason Kelce finished as PFFs top ranked center on the season while guards Brandon Brooks and Stefen Wisniewski finished as the 4th and 29th best guards per PFF on the season. Wis was banged up at the end of the season but did play meaningful snaps in week 17 and is ready for the playoffs. Big V has been up and down at left tackle for the Eagles since taking over for Jason Peters but has proven to at least be a quality option a number of teams don’t have. This unit is strong in pass and run protection and will need to continue to be strong in both areas. The Falcons make it a priority to stop opposing rushing attacks and routinely stack the box to do so. Their excellent secondary really allows the Falcons to attack the lines of opposing offenses especially with the excellent LB Deion Jones. On the season Deion Jones finished as PFFs 5th rated LB and is one of the best LBs in the NFL in coverage. According to PFF, Jones isn’t quite as good in run support but is more than athletic enough to make plays for the Falcons defense. The Eagles offensive line has a good opportunity on their hands vs a decent defensive front for the Falcons in a positional match up that does favor them.
Falcons Play-makers vs Eagles Defense
The Falcons possess one of the best rushing tandems in the NFL in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. While the two backs aren’t the same style of runner they are both very good and very explosive game-changing backs. Additionally, both of these backs are excellent as receivers out of the backfield and will really stress the Eagles linebacking group as the game unfolds. It’s no secret the Falcons offense looks to feed these two backs and when they are running wild they open up the entire offense. Oh, and the Falcons have Julio Jones. He’s pretty good. Julio Jones remains one of the best players in the NFL even with the low TD numbers. In their game last year, Jones had double digit catches and over 100 yards receiving. It felt like a minor miracle despite his outstanding performance. The Eagles secondary is vastly improved from last year but that doesn’t mean much with Julio since he has proven to be a match up nightmare for everyone he faces. While Mohammed Sanu and Austin Hooper aren’t big names they are solid and efficient pass catchers for the Falcons. The Falcons offense isn’t nearly as explosive as it was last season but still has the talent in all areas to take the top off the game if the Eagles defense isn’t able to account for them. The defensive line needs to win its battles up front to shut the running backs down forcing the Falcons into more difficult 3rd down situations. They need to be sure tacklers and play disciplined through the air. It would be shocking to find out Julio Jones wasn’t excited for the opportunity to execute one of his double moves. Matt Ryan hasn’t been as electric as last season but has still been quite good for the Falcons this year. The Eagles will need to force Matt Ryan in to difficult situations and prevent him from picking them apart. The Falcons are a tough and resilient bunch; they will be in this game throughout. Big plays will be the difference. The Eagles defense needs to ensure they aren’t the ones allowing them.
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Championship Round - Minnesota (14-3) at Philadelphia Eagles(14-3)

Minnesota Vikings (14-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)
The Eagles proved the pundits and Vegas wrong as they pulled out a win against the Atlanta Falcons last Saturday despite being the first number one seed to be an underdog in their first game of the playoffs. The Eagles welcome the Minnesota Vikings to Lincoln Financial Field where they are again in the Underdog role as Vegas has them a +3. The team and the city embraced the moniker as Amazon as sold out of German Sheppard mask 2 separate times now since the masked were donned by Eagles DE Chris Long and RT Lane Johnson following the win against Atlanta. Overcoming the odds will be a little harder this week as the Vikings finished the season with the same record as the Eagles at 13-3 and boast one of, if not the best defense in the league this season. The Vikings have an impressive front seven which includes Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, the unit is great at creating pressure and is second only to the Eagles in stopping the run. They also boast an impressive secondary that can play man to man and cover anyone in the league. Pederson and Reich will have their work cut out for them craft a game plan that will allow Nick Foles to succeed. I expect a lot of quick passes and leaning on the run game with some screens and the occasional shot to keep the Vikings off balance. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings have a backup of their own leading the offense in Case Keenum, however Keenum has been at the helm since week 3. Keenum has weapons on the outside in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen to go along with big Kyle Rudolph at TE. The key for the Eagles will be getting pressure on Keenum which is where he struggled last week. The Eagles front seven has been great at putting pressure on the QB this season, so expect Graham, Cox, Curry, Long, Jernigan and Barnett to get after it. The game will be tough one, but the Eagles have played extremely well at home this season going 8-1 with the only loss coming to the Cowboys in a meaningless game where the starters were rested. The home crowd will try to push their team over the top to make it to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2004 season.
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Date
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Game Time Game Location
6:40 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
5:40 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
4:40 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
3:40 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 43f.°F
Feels Like: 41°F
Forecast: Mostly Cloudy. Foggy overnight.
Chance of Precipitation: 18%
Cloud Coverage: 83%
Wind: SW 4 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Minnesota by -3.5
OveUnder: 38
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 11-6, Minnesota 11-6
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Saturday’s game. Joe Buck will handle the play-by-play duties and Troy Aikman will provide analysis. Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will report from the sidelines.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Vikings Radio
Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen enters his 16th season in 2017 as the Vikings radio play-by-play voice is KFAN radio mid-day personality. Joining Allen as the color commentator was former Vikings linebacker and coach Pete Bercich.
National Radio
Westwood OneKevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Trent Green (analyst) will call the game broadcast. Ross Tucker will report from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Vikings Channel National Channel
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NFC East Standings
Team Record Pct Home Away Div Conf PF PA Strk
Eagles(XYZ) 13-3 .813 7-1 6-2 5-1 10-2 457 295 1L
Cowboys 9-7 .563 3-5 6-2 5-1 7-5 354 332 1W
Redskins 7-9 .438 5-3 2-6 1-5 5-7 342 388 1L
Giants 3-13 .188 2-6 1-7 1-5 1-11 246 388 1W
[x]-Clinched Division [Y]-Clinched 1st Round Bye [Z]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Eagles East 14-3
2 Vikings North 14-3
3 Rams West 11-6
4 Saints South 12-6
5 Panthers South 11-6
6 Falcons South 11-7
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Eagles vs. Vikings 1/21/2018 6:40PM EST Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Patriots East 14-3
2 Steelers North 13-4
3 Jaguars South 12-6
4 Chiefs West 10-7
5 Titans South 10-7
6 Bills East 9-8
This Weekends AFC Games
Game Time Location
Patriots vs. Jaguars 1/21/2018 3:05PM EST Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Series Information
The Series is tied 13-13 with Vikings leading in the Regular season 13-10 and Eagles leading in the post season 3-0.
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 28th, 1962 at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Minnesota Vikings 31 – Philadelphia Eagles 21
Points Leader
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Minnesota Vikings (612-587)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 1-0 against the Vikings
Mike Zimmer: 0-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Mike Zimmer: Pederson leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Vikings: 0-2
Case Keenum: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Case Keenum: First meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Vikings 3-1
Record @ US Bank Stadium: N/A
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 5 - Vikings No. 2
Record
Eagles: 14-3
Vikings: 14-3
Last Meeting and Last at Site
Sunday, October 23rd, 2017
Eagles 21 - Vikings 10
The Eagles defense sacked Sam Bradford 6 times and Josh Huff returned a kickoff 98 yards in the 21-10 victory at the Linc, in a game that same 5 turnovers between both teams in the first quarter, three from the Eagles.
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Last Meeting in Playoffs
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
Eagles 26 – Vikings 14
The Eagles defense held the Vikings defense to 301 yards and Asante Samuel returned an errant Tavaris Jackson pass for a TD while a late short pass and 71 yard scamper by Brian Westbrook secured the Wild Card round win for the Eagles in Minneapolis.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/23/16 Eagles Vikings 21-10
12/15/13 Vikings Eagles 48-30
12/28/10 Vikings Eagles 24-14
1/4/09 Eagles Vikings 26-14
10/28/07 Eagles Vikings 23-16
1/16/05 Eagles Vikings 27-14
9/20/04 Eagles Vikings 27-16
11/11/01 Eagles Vikings 48-17
9/28/97 Vikings Eagles 28-19
12/6/92 Eagles Vikings 28-17
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Vikings Vikings
2017 Weekly Matchup
Championship Round - "Expert" Picks
2017 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Vikings Season Stats
2017 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 57 101 56.4 537 5 2 79.5
Wentz (IR) 265 440 60.2% 3296 33 7 101.9
Keenum 325 481 67.6% 3547 22 7 98.3
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Blount 173 824 47.9 4.4 2
Ajayi 70 408 58.3 5.8 1
Murray 216 842 52.6 3.9 8
McKinnon 150 570 35.6 3.8 3
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 74 824 58.9 11.1 8
Thielen 91 1276 79.8 14.0 4
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 9.5 38
Griffen 13.0 37
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 88 61 27 1.0
Kendricks 113 67 46 1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Robinson 4 19
Smith 5 14
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
D. Jones 67 3033 62 45.3 40.6 21 5 1
Quigley 71 2994 56 42.2 39.2 29 0 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 39/42
Forbath 38 32 84.2% 53 34/39
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Barner 10 194 19.4 27 0
McKinnon 12 312 26.0 39 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Barner 27 240 8.9 76 0 15
Sherels 39 372 9.5 46 0 24
League Rankings 2017
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Vikings Stat Vikings Rank
Total Offense 365.8 7th 356.9 11th
Rush Offense 132.2 3rd 122.3 7th
Pass Offense 233.6 13th 234.6 11th
Points Per Game 28.6 3rd 23.9 10th
3rd-Down Offense 42% 8th 43.5% 3rd
4th-Down Offense 65% 3rd 14.3% 30th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 65.5 1st 57.9 9th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Vikings Stat Vikings Rank
Total Defense 306.5 4th 275.9 1st
Rush Defense 79.2 1st 83.6 2nd
Pass Defense 227.3 17th 192.4 2nd
Points Per Game 18.4 4th 15.8 1st
3rd-Down Defense 32% 3rd 25.3% 1st
4th-Down Defense 22% 1st 39.1% 12th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55.3 20th 40.0 3rd
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Vikings Stat Vikings Rank
Turnover Diff. +11 4th +5 T-12th
Penalty Per Game 7.3 T-27th 6.3 11th
Penalty Yards Per Game 60.1 22nd 59.3 21st
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video The Eagles welcomed the Falcons in the the Linc where they have played well all season and continued that trend Saturday. The Eagles struggled early fumbling the ball 4 times in the first half and giving it away twice one of which was a short field of a muffled punt. The Eagles defense was able to hold the Falcons to just 10 points in the first half. The Eagles were able to come away with a TD and added a last second 53 yard FG to close out the half and bring the game with in a point. The Eagles added two more FGs in the second half, while the defense shutout the Falcons for the 15-10 win. The Falcons had a chance to win it at the end, but the Eagles defense held strong on the late goal line stand denying a Matt Ryan and Julio Jones 3 times. Following the game the Eagles embraced the underdog moniker as Chris Long and Lane Johnson donned dog masks.
Vikings - Video – The Vikings came out firing on all cylinders to start the game as they jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and picked off Drew Brees twice. Brees and company were not going to go away quietly though as they fought back in the second half. Brees through 2 TD passes to Michael Thomas to bring that game within 3 before Forbath added a field goal to stretch the lead to 6. The games excitement level went through the roof at US Bank stadium. Alvin Kamara ran it in with 3 minutes left to give the Saints their first lead of the game. A minute and a half later Forbath kicked his third FG of the game for the Vikings to give them back the lead before just over a minute as Brees drove the Saints down the first and Lutz added a FG of his own to take the lead back. With just 25 seconds on the clock Sean Payton mocked the Viking faithful before Keenum completed a pass to Diggs to take them up to the 39 yard line before launching another pass to Diggs which he caught and spun away from the defender to go 61 yards for the game winning touchdown in dramatic fashion.|
Connections
Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has spent 13 seasons with the Eagles - 1999-2001 as the OL/TEs Coach, 2002-08 as the QBs Coach and 2013-15 as the Offensive Coordinator. Shurmur served as the Eagles interim head coach for the 2015 regular season finale, a 35-30 win over the Giants, after the dismissal of Chip Kelly the previous week.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford played for Philadelphia in 2015, setting Eagles franchise records for completions in a season (346) and completion percentage in a season (65.0). The Eagles acquired Bradford via trade on March 10, 2014 from St. Louis and traded him to Minnesota on September 3, 2016.
Vikings LB Eric Kendricks is the younger brother of Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks.
Vikings Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman, Coordinator of Rehabilitation/Assistant Athletic Trainer Tom Hunkele and Assistant Athletic Trainer Rob Roche all spent time with the Eagles prior to joining the Vikings.
Eagles DT Beau Allen is a Minnetonka, MN native and was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State HS Football Team in 2009.
Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd grew up in Philadelphia and attended George Washington High School.
Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes started alongside Eagles LB Nigel Bradham while at Florida State.
Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd was teammates with Eagles TE Trey Burton, K Caleb Sturgis and S Jaylen Watkins at Florida.
2018 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Vikings
OT Lane Johnson WR Adam Thielen (Starter)
QB Carson Wentz (Starter) DE Everson Griffen (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) CB Xavior Rhodes (Starter)
G Brandon Brooks (Starter) LB Anthony Barr
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) S Harrison Smith (1st Alt)
FS Malcom Jenkins DT Linval Joseph (2nd Alt)
C Jason Kelce (1st Alt) Lb Eric Kendricks (3rd Alt)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt)
CB Jalen Mills (3rd Alt)
K Jake Elliot (2nd Alt)
ST Kame Grugier-Hill (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: Ed Hochuli
Since Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Lurie’s first full season in 1995 (23 seasons), Philadelphia has qualified for six NFC Championships (26.1%).
The Eagles’ six conference championship appearances (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2017) since 1995 are the 4th-most in the NFL, trailing only New England (13), Pittsburgh (eight) and Green Bay (seven). Since 2001, Philadelphia is tied with Pittsburgh for the 2nd-most such appearances (six), behind New England (12).
The last time Philadelphia hosted an NFC title game was during the 2004 season (1/23/05 vs. Atlanta - W, 27-10).
Philadelphia finished the regular season with a franchise record-tying 13 wins (also 2004), tying Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh for the best record in the NFL.
The Eagles are 14-7 (.667) all-time at home in the playoffs, including a 5-3 (.625) mark at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia has produced a 14-3 (.824) record at home under head coach Doug Pederson, which is the best home record in the NFL over the last two seasons (including playoffs). The Eagles also own the best home record in the NFL this season at 8-1 (.889).
Philadelphia has outscored opponents 244-117 (+127) at home this season, allowing just 13.0 points per game.
Philadelphia led the NFL in red zone TD efficiency (65.5%), time of possession (32:41) and opponent rushing yards per game (79.2). The Eagles also tied with New England for the NFL lead in point differential (+162).
Philadelphia’s 457 points ranked 3rd in the NFL, behind L.A. Rams (478) and New England (458). The Eagles’ 457 points were also the 2nd-most in team history, trailing only their 2014 production (474).
Philadelphia led the NFL in rushing defense (79.2), posting their lowest mark since 1991 (71.0). The Eagles’ 79.2 opponent rushing yards per game were the fewest allowed by an NFL team since the 2014 Lions (69.3).
Philadelphia ranked 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards per game (132.2), behind Jacksonville (141.4) and Dallas (132.2). The Eagles also ranked 3rd in third-down defense (32.2%) and fourth-down offense (65.4%).
Philadelphia produced the 4th-most takeaways in the NFL (31), trailing only Baltimore (34), Jacksonville (33) and Detroit (32). The Eagles ranked 4th in the NFL in turnover differential (+11), behind Baltimore (+17), Kansas City (+15) and L.A. Chargers (+12).
Draft Picks
Eagles Vikings
DE Derek Barnett RB Dalvin Cook
CB Sidney Jones C Pat Elfein
CB Rasul Douglas DT Jaleel Johnson
WR Mack Hollins LB Ben Gedeon
RB Donnel Pumphrey WR Rodney Adams
WR Shelton Gibson OG Danny Isidora
LB Nathan Gerry TE Bucky Hodges
DT Elijah Qualls WR Stacy Coley
DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
LB Elijah Lee
CB Jack Tocho
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Vikings
WR Torrey Smith OT Riley Reiff
WR Alshon Jeffery OT Mike Remmers
DE Chris Long RB Latavius Murray
DT Timmy Jernigan QB Case Keenum
RB LaGarrett Blount P Ryan Quigley
CB Patrick Robinson WR Michael Floyd
G Chance Warmack
S Corey Graham
CB Ronald Darby
K Jake Elliott
LB Dannell Ellerbe
OT Will Beatty
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Vikings
CB Nolan Carroll LB Chad Greenway
DE Connor Barwin G Brandon Fusco
DT Bennie Logan Rhett Ellison
QB Chase Daniel OT Matt Kalil
CB Leodis McKelvin WR Charles Johnson
WR Dorial Green-Beckham CB Captain Munnerlyn
DE Marcus Smith WKR Cordarrelle Patterson
RB Ryan Mathews OT Andre Smith
RB Matt Asiata
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge

Matchups

Eagles WRs vs. Vikings DBs IMAGE. (CAPS = Shadow Coverage)
Tm WDB Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
PHI ALSHON JEFFERY LWR 75 218 4.48 577 45 16 39 20 50 1.44 80 -8
MIN XAVIER RHODES RCB 73 218 4.43 520 28 5 67 19 55 1.25 83.7
PHI Torrey Smith RWR 72 205 4.41 465 38 17 45 14 61 0.99 41.4 -48
MIN Trae Waynes LCB 72 190 4.31 515 71 4 26 23 58 1.7 77.2
PHI Nelson Agholor Slot 72 198 4.42 502 7 86 7 19 67 1.58 79.1 -6
MIN Terence Newman Slot 70 197 4.37 311 5 88 7 18 55 1.04 81.5
Vikings WRs vs. Eagles DBs IMAGE
Tm WDB Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
MIN Stefon Diggs RWR 72 191 4.46 448 24 24 52 22 65 1.96 85.4 11
PHI Jalen Mills LCB 72 191 4.61 609 87 3 10 18 60 1.14 71
MIN Adam Thielen Slot 74 200 568 27 52 21 26 66 2.49 83.6 4
PHI Patrick Robinson Slot 71 191 4.46 464 6 80 14 19 56 1.34 90.4
MIN Laquon Treadwell LWR 74 215 4.52 315 63 8 28 11 57 0.65 46.3 -49
PHI Ronald Darby RCB 71 193 4.38 232 6 3 91 22 55 1.5 81.8
TE Matchups IMAGE
Tm TE/Def H Wt Rt Bl% Inl% S% W% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
MIN Kyle Rudolph 78 265 527 16 53 41 6 18 73 1.2 80.6 8
PHI Malcolm Jenkins (S) 72 204 262 8 64 0.48 83.8
PHI Zach Ertz 77 250 488 7 42 41 17 23 73 1.82 85.7 8
MIN Eric Kendricks (LB) 72 232 84 12 40 0.69 76.9
OL/DL Matchups IMAGE
Note: Pressure Rate and Yards Before Contact are projected numbers based on the starters' grades and are adjusted for injuries. All other stats are based on this season's data
Tm Press% SkConv YBCon Runs ins. 5 yd ln/gm TD ins. 5 yd ln% PB Adv. RB Adv
MIN (OL) 4.2 10 1.5 1.1 39 -13 -20
PHI (DL) 7.3 19 1.36 0.6 33
PHI (OL) 4.4 16 1.84 1 31 -12 6
MIN (DL) 6.9 16 1.43 0.9 40
Stats to Know
Trench Warfare
Despite having a much higher average grade of starting Offensive Linemen, the Eagles' OL has allowed the same number of pressures as Minnesota's (154). The Vikings have allowed 12 fewer sacks, however. The Eagles' OL edged the Vikings' in terms of Pass Block Efficiency, which measures pressure allowed on a per-snap basis with weighting toward sacks allowed.
On the other side of the ball, Minnesota has an Interior Defender positionally in the top 10 (9th) in Run Stop %, Linval Joseph, while the Eagles have an Edge Defender positionally in the top 5 (4th) in Run Stop %, Vinny Curry. As far as Pass Rushers go, the Eagles have 2 Edge Defenders in the top 20 for Pass Rush Productivity--also a snap-weighted stat--in Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, while Minnesota has 2 Edge Defenders in the top 20 for total pressures generated, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter. On the Interior, Vikings cannot much the pressure generation of the Eagles, with Fletcher Cox leading the way and spreading the rest out just about evenly between Beau Allen and Timmy Jernigan. The Vikings also have even pressure generation between Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph, but the Eagles main DIs have generated about 30 more pressures in total, in the regular season.
Across the entire Defensive Lines, including all players, in the regular season the Vikings have generated 232 pressures to Philly's 306. Both Defensive Lines can get after it. --Courtesy of PFF Elite|
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Offensive Line vs Vikings Defensive Front
The Vikings enter the NFCCG with the most talented defensive front the Eagles will face on the season. The Eagles defensive matchups will be discussed later on but this match up here is probably the most important match up for the Eagles to win this game. If you only took the word of Vikings fans, you’d walk away thinking everyone on the Vikings is literally Jesus and the Eagles don’t have a chance. We know that is not true since the Vikings do not have a Pro Bowl safety and that makes them fallible. Up the middle they feature the former but still quite literal giant Linval Joseph who finished the season as the 11th best Interior Defender per PFF and 10th best Defensive Tackle on NFL1000. Joseph is monster against the run and pretty solid as an interior rusher as well. His presence gives Zimmer the opportunity to send the blitzes he wants to send with regularity. Joseph is a strong finisher and can more than adequately handle himself on double teams. Next to him is Tom Johnson, who is PFFs 53rd rated interior defender and NFL1000s 15th. Johnson is a pretty reliable 3-tech that is good as a pass rusher and in the run game. The Vikings also have a great EDGE rushing duo in Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter. Griffen finished as the 10th best EDGE rusher on PFF, which is misleading given his score was an elite 90.1. He also finished as a 3rd best 4-3 DE per NFL1000. He is a game wrecker and is excellent as a pass rusher and run defender. Danielle Hunter obviously overcompensates for his girly name and openly carries his guns on Sunday’s. Per PFF Hunter ranks as the 32nd EDGE rusher and the 20th ranked 4-3 DE per NFL1000. They are as formidable a pair as the Eagles have faced all season on a line that is as talented as the Eagles as a whole. This doesn’t include Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks who will also look to party in the backfield Sunday as Mike Zimmer is not afraid to bring his patented Double-A Gap blitzes. Fortunately, the Eagles have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL even without Jason Peters. Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce are the best players at their respective positions in the league and 1st team All-Pros. Brandon Brooks is also deserving of All-Pro honors even though he wasn’t recognized as one. Stefan Wisniewski has been a very reliable left guard all season even with some bumps in pass protection. Big V has been up and down this season at LT but would start at tackle for a number of teams in the NFL. This is the premier match up in this game and could really help determine the winner. With Foles at QB, the Eagles coaches and OL must consistently execute the game plan well against a defensive line that has the ability to take over games. The Eagles will need to find a way to be balanced against this group while keeping Foles clean. It won’t be an easy battle for the Eagles and Vikings may get their share of wins, but if they play well enough they could help control the game. The trenches can make all the difference.
Eagles Defensive Line vs. Vikings Offensive Line
The reason why Mike Zimmer had eye problems the last few years was due to having to watch his offensive line. Gone are the days of human turnstile TJ Clemmings. The Vikings made a strong effort to reshape their OL this past offseason; in the process, they elevated their offenses level of play. Make no mistake; while the unit is improved it’s still vulnerable to good defensive lines. The Eagles have the best defensive line the Vikings will face this season. Rookie Pat Elflein has solidified the Center position for the Vikings and has had a solid year despite ranking 32nd on PFF among all Centers. Free agent acquisition Riley Reiff has been solid at Left Tackle finishing as the 14th best Left Tackle on NFL1000 and the 60th best tackle per PFF this season. Don’t let the wide variation in grades fool you, he is better than anything they’ve had of late and it has been a noticeable difference. Old man Joe Berger occupies one guard spot for the Vikings and has had a solid season for them finishing as PFFs 15th ranked guard. Berger has been equally good in run and pass protection. These three have helped steady a very bad offensive line but are they good enough to help hide the holes that have presented themselves of late? At the end of the regular season, starting guard Nick Easton landed on IR. The Vikings decided to shift Mike Remmers inside to fill his position while starting Rashod Hill at Right Tackle. Needless to say Hill has been a liability outside for the Vikings and will see a lot of Brandon Graham during the game. Hill struggled a lot with Cam Jordan last week and it doesn’t get easier this week. Fletcher Cox is fresh off a game wrecking performances and looking to attack the suspect Vikings interior line. The Eagles can bring the heat from all spots along the line and can do it with more regularity than almost every team in the NFL. The Vikings struggled for part of the game last week. They’ll likely struggle again this week in this department. How much is to be determined but the Eagles certainly need their defensive line to wreck the Vikings game plan in order to win. They’ll be an influence in this game it’s just a matter of how much.
Nick Foles vs. Vikings Pass Defense
The Eagles enter the game with one of the best rushing attacks in football thanks to good running backs and one of the toughest, well-executed run schemes in the league. Like the Eagles, the Vikings defense is excellent against the run. The Eagles will use the run game to help put the offense in more favorable situations and to keep the Vikings off balance but at some point Nick Foles is going to have to help the offense move the ball down the field. The Vikings defense is very talented in the secondary featuring a lesser Malcolm Jenkins in Harrison Smith, who is a candidate for DPOY. The Vikings use Smith everywhere and for everything. He finished as one of the best players in the NFL per PFF this season. Andrew Sendejo is in the concussion protocal but appears to be trending towards playing this week. Sendejo is the more traditional deep safety for the Vikings whose presence allows Harrision Smith to do his thing. The Vikings also feature one of the leagues most talented corners in Xavier Rhodes. Opposite him you’ll see 3rd year pro Trae Waynes. Rhodes is ranked as the 31st CB per PFF while Waynes is ranked 59th. These ranks can be a bit deceiving, especially for Rhodes. Waynes has become a good cornerback the last few years but is someone offenses would rather target than Xavier Rhodes. The Vikings also rotate Terrance Newman and Mackenzie Alexander into the game plan. The Eagles should be aware when either of these two are on the field and attack them with Nelson Agholor. Nelly has the speed and quickness to beat these two cornerbacks and make plays for the offense. Alshon Jeffery has had the time of his life against the Vikings considering he has done very well against them since 2013. The Vikings defense disguises a lot of their coverages and play smart football. They are very difficult to beat through the air especially when you factor in their pass rush. They are beatable when the rest of the pieces are put together on offense but it is going to have to take the Nick Foles the Eagles had in the second half of their first playoff game for the duration of this one. Otherwise, it could be a long day for the Eagles offense.
Eagles Defense vs. Vikings Weapons
This will be one of the more difficult matchups for the Eagles defense on the season when they take on the plethora of weapons and diverse offensive scheme the Vikings bring to the table. The Vikings enter with the 3rd ranked passing offense per DVOA on the season and it only makes sense when you look at the seasons Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Thielen have had. Both receivers are able to line up outside or in the slot and are excellent route runners with even better hands. It’s pretty amazing watching these two receivers go to work except for the fact the Eagles have to find a way to neutralize them this week. Diggs and Thielen finished 8th and 9th respectively per PFF among all WRs. Diggs finished as NFL1000 7th ranked outside receiver while Thielen finished as NFL1000 2nd ranked slot receiver in the NFL. Both are able to diagnose coverages, beat press man coverage, and find soft spots in zone defenses. Did I mention the hands? They’ll catch every Keenum YOLO ball when his ambitions are unable to match his arm talent. Speaking of Keenum where the heck did that come from? Say what you want about his future outlook but the season he has had is a testament to his ability to at least be good and the coaching staff’s ability to help him succeed. Keenum finished as PFFs 8th ranked QB and NFL1000 10th ranked QB for the 2017 season. He is able to diagnose coverage and find his receivers. He’s also built up a lot of chemistry with his receivers and trusts them to make plays with the football when he puts the ball in position. Keenum has been pretty good under pressure on the season, especially when outside the pocket. The Eagles will need to keep him in the pocket while rushing him hard and fast forcing him to make mistakes. We saw in the second half last week when he is under a lot of pressure he can make a lot of bonehead throws. He’s been fortunate on some to have talented receivers to make plays but has also done a good job putting passes in places that won’t hurt the team. The pass rush he’ll face Sunday is one of the best he’ll see. The Vikings will need to continue to beat man coverage given the emphasis the Eagles place on it. The Eagles need to be mindful of rub routes and all of the mesh routes/pick plays Shurmur likes to run to free open his receivers. The Eagles will be better served by mixing their coverages more often than normal. Confuse Keenum while forcing him into taking hits and making poor decisions. The Vikings still have the reliable tight end Kyle Rudolph. While he is down from the pace he set last year, he is also a reliable receiver and a popular red zone target for the Vikings. The Eagles need to be very wary of who is on the field and force the Vikings into 3rd and long situations. The the Vikings offense is nowhere near as effective on 3rd and long as they are in more favorable situations. Latavious Murray and Jerrick McKinnon are solid and complimentary backs but they aren’t the dynamic rusher that Dalvin Cook is. The Vikings offense took a solid hit when he went down. The Eagles will need to continue to dominate opposing rushing attacks while keeping the Vikings offense in worse looks to prevent them from winning their matchups more often. The receiving duo of Diggs and Thielen is probably the best starting pair the Eagles will face this season. The Eagles will more that earn that W if they manage these two.
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