Sunday marks the anniversary of the last time Jones played - in the Peach Bowl as a member of the Washington Huskies against Alabama. The unit has avoided injuries for most of the year, with the exception being Hicks. He was the first player to reach 100 against the Eagles since Washington's Matt Jones ran for 135 yards in Week 6 previous year. Brandon Graham has already been ruled out with an ankle injury, but should be fine in two weeks. Jones, coming off his Achilles injury, needs some experience under his belt, and if he's ready to go, this is a flawless opportunity for him. With the No. 1 seed in the playoffs locked up, Foles and numerous offensive starters were pulled after one quarter of play to avoid injury.
However it sucks majorly that both have exited the Week 17 game against Philadelphia. He followed poor throws to his receivers with taking big sacks and the Eagles were consistently punting from near their own end zone. He finished 19-for-23 for 134 yards and had a 22-yard scramble.
The Eagles also had just 216 yards of total offense and only one third-down conversion on 14 attempts. That said, they will need Foles to get as comfortable as possible with the offense if Philadelphia is to stand a chance. Hollins caught a deep touchdown early in the year and Gibson has been inactive all year, so why not let them get a few snaps in the second half?More news: Rocket fired from Gaza hits building in Israeli town, 2 others intercepted
As for the Eagles, the top seed in the NFC is wrapped up, though most of the starters will see at least some action as the squad looks to maintain its edge heading into the tournament.
Frankly, it's pretty remarkable that the Eagles played in one of the worst recent football games I can remember against Oakland, and then outdid themselves less than a week later.
In spite of Foles's very lackluster performance, Pederson was impressed with his quarterback's resilience at overcoming his mistakes and finally putting his team in position to win late in the ball game. 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. Defensively, the Eagles should just rest everyone, as now that Foles is the quarterback, they are the unit that the Eagles are going to have to rely on heavily in the playoffs.More news: Dirk Koetter to return as Bucs coach in 2018
The Cowboys (9-7) earned their second straight winning season for the first time since five in a row from 2005-09. He needs to regain some experience and build chemistry with his receivers, but at the same time you don't want Foles or any of the receivers missing the playoffs with an avoidable injury.
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