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    Can Eagles get Foles ready in time for playoffs?

    delawareonline.com
    Martin Frank, The News Journal

    PHILADELPHIA – Now what?

    There is no sugarcoating this. The Eagles won't win in the playoffs with quarterback Nick Foles playing this way. Sure, they can beat the Oakland Raiders – barely – with a putrid offensive performance, like they had on Monday night in their 19-10 win.

    But the defense bailed out the offense by forcing five Raiders turnovers, all in the second half. Good luck doing that against Drew Brees in the playoffs.

    Also, keep in mind that the Raiders were eliminated from playoff contention, had to travel across the country to play on Christmas night, and had to play in cold and blustery conditions that the Eagles are supposed to thrive in.

    Still, the Eagles needed a field goal with 22 seconds left to win the game.

    "The best thing about it is we have three full weeks of practice," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "From here, it doesn’t really matter how good we were before. It doesn’t matter how bad we performed [Monday]. The next time we play it’s going to be that [playoff] game."

    In other words, Eagles' training camp, playoff edition, starts now.

    All of it will be preparing for the Eagles' first playoff game, the weekend of Jan. 13-14, and not for the regular-season finale this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys – despite what Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

    "I gotta focus on this week," Pederson said Tuesday. "I can't look at it, and the players can't look at it, like a preseason game because we don't have the luxury of 90 guys. We can't rest half the team. It's still full steam ahead. We've got to get ready for the Cowboys."

    Then again, Pederson can rest some veterans and some players (offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski and defensive end Brandon Graham) who are injured and would normally play if the game mattered.

    Cornerback Ronald Darby could be in that situation, too. He has played six games after missing eight with a dislocated ankle, but admitted that he's not 100 percent. An extra week of rest can't hurt.

    "It’s whatever boss man wants," Darby said about Pederson. "I’m a squirrel in their world."

    So is Foles. Even if he does play, he likely won't play much. Pederson said he'd like to see the current backup quarterback, Nate Sudfeld, play some in the season finale. Sudfeld has never played in an NFL game in his two seasons.

    And what about Alshon Jeffery? He was a non-factor Monday night, going catch-less in a game for the first time since his rookie year in 2012. He was targeted just twice, both in the second half. Jeffery came into the game leading the Eagles in receptions.

    One of those targets was at the goal line in the third quarter. The pass from Foles was a little behind him and Jeffery couldn't hold it.

    Are Jeffery and Foles still getting familiar with each other?

    "They work every day in practice, throwing and getting extra reps," Pederson said. "As we all know, Alshon's got a tremendous catch radius ... It's just those two guys working out the details of body language, and understanding route combinations and how he runs certain routes.

    "I won't stand here and say there weren't any opportunities to throw him the ball because there were."

    Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL on Dec. 10 and is out for the rest of the season, would at least try those back-shoulder throws, or a 50-50 ball for Jeffery to outleap a defender. Foles has not, at least so far. Instead, he has taken the safe, short option.

    And that's not necessarily a good thing.

    Foles averages just 5.53 yards per attempt this season. He averaged just 4.3 yards per attempt on Monday night after going 19 of 38 for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception. As a comparison, Wentz averaged 7.49 yards per attempt this season.

    The difference was notable on a 3rd-and-4 play from the Raiders' 15 with less than 20 seconds left until halftime. Foles started rolling to his right. He could have cut upfield, tried to get the first down, or perhaps try to throw the ball to Corey Clement or Torrey Smith, who were in the vicinity. The Eagles had a timeout left.

    Foles threw the ball out of bounds. The point is not that Jake Elliott missed a 33-yard field goal. The point is the Eagles could have gotten a touchdown instead of a field goal and gone into halftime leading 14-7.

    Pederson said that wasn't the wrong decision by Foles.

    "It's Ok to throw the ball away in that situation, to stop the clock and preserve some time," Pederson said. "We were well inside field-goal range."

    What Pederson didn't say was that Wentz would have tried to make some sort of play. Chances are, it would have worked, whether it was a run or a completion.

    That can be the difference in winning a playoff game or losing one.

    "We have a lot of football left," Pederson said. "Our season is just beginning, quite honestly."

    They have three weeks to figure that out during their glorified training camp.
    Wing tips

    *Pederson said there is no decision to activate rookie cornerback Sidney Jones, who will begin his third week of practice. The Eagles have a 21-day window to decide whether to activate him of the non-football injury list or place him on season-ending injured reserve. That window expires next Wednesday.

    "He's healthy and all that, but listen, he hasn't taken a hit in a long time, too," Pederson said. "So it'll be day to day. I want to see where he is at the end of the week."

    *Pederson said DE Brandon Graham, who left the game in the second half with an ankle injury, is day to day. Graham leads the Eagles with 9.5 sacks.

    *Pederson said he decided to play veteran Dannell Ellerbe at middle linebacker over Joe Walker (a healthy scratch) and Najee Goode. Ellerbe had four tackles while playing 39 percent of the snaps.


    St. Nick will deliver !
    "E-A-G-L-E-S ... EAGLES!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Talon_60 View Post
    Now what? There is no sugarcoating this. The Eagles won't win in the playoffs with quarterback Nick Foles playing this way. Sure, they can beat the Oakland Raiders with a putrid offensive performance, but the defense bailed out the offense by forcing five Raiders turnovers, all in the second half. Good luck doing that against Drew Brees in the playoffs.

    Also, keep in mind that the Raiders were eliminated from playoff contention, had to travel across the country to play on Christmas night, and had to play in cold and blustery conditions that the Eagles are supposed to thrive in. Still, the Eagles needed a field goal with 22 seconds left to win the game.

    Okay he wasn't that good but on the other hand not bad either. I think the Delaware Online guy with his panties in a wad, maybe lost on a bet or something. 19-38 still completes half his passes and that is exactly the same as Jay Cutler did in K.C. only without the interception. Sheet happens when you're not working with the starting receivers all season.

    Flipping Cutler has worked the starters all season and he's still 19-38 in the last game. He got three interceptions in the game before, so it averages out pretty nasty. Over the long season and discounting this Gimme Bills game coming up, Cut's passer rating is all of 80.9.

    N/F has a much better 88.1 rating so far this season.

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    All everyone keeps saying is ' all he's got to do is manage the game'.
    Maybe they planted a seed ? I don't buy that B.S. at all .
    Come playoffs he'll be in a groove .
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