Eagles Look to Foles to Lead Playoff Run

Rewind to last year: MVP candidate Carson Wentz goes down in Week 14 with a torn ACL. Backup quarterback Nick Foles takes over and finishes the season 2-1 as a starter, and the Philadelphia Eagles finish at the top of the NFC East. 

Foles leads the Eagles to wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings before knocking off the New England Patriots in SuperBowl LII. 

Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-379364 ORIG FILE ID: 20180204_rvr_se2_181.jpg

Here we are in 2018 where it looks like Carson Wentz won’t be able to finish the rest of the season after suffering a vertebrae fracture. Once again, Foles is there to take over the starting quarterback job. This time, instead of taking over with a 11-2 record like he did last season, he took over with a 6-7 record. However, the playoff hopes remain alive.

In Week 15, the Eagles traveled to Los Angeles to battle the Rams. In a crucial game for the Eagles, Foles completed 77.4% of his passes and threw for 270 yards in a 30-23 win.

Here’s where that win landed the Eagles in the current NFL playoff standings. 

For the Eagles to win their division, they must win it outright over the Dallas Cowboys since the Cowboys won both matchups this season. This means the Eagles need to win out in their games against the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins. The Cowboys must also lose both of their remaining games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. 

They have a more realistic chance at a wild-card berth. The Eagles need some luck on their side as well. Their are a couple of scenarios in which the Eagles can clinch the wild card. One way is to win their last two games against the Texans and Redskins, then have either one of these scenarios happen:

  1. The Vikings to lose one of their last games against the Dolphins or Bears.
  2. The Seahawks lose their last two games against the Chiefs and Cardinals. 

The Eagles can also make the playoffs with an 8-8 record, but that will require more teams to lose these last two weeks of the regular season. 

Many people counted the Eagles out last season once Wentz went down. Lightning struck and Nick Foles helped lead that team to their first SuperBowl ever. Will lightning strike in the same place twice?

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