Eagles' Zach Ertz can change the narrative even more against Vikings


According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are now 5/6 to win Super Bowl LII heading into Sunday's championship games. Losing Sam Bradford was bad enough, but losing Dalvin Cook as well should have been the end of the Vikings.

Pederson lost MVP candidate Carson Wentz, nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, playmaking linebacker Jordan Hicks, return specialist Darren Sproles, and special-teams captain Chris Maragos. The Eagles got away with bucking the turnover trend against Atlanta in order to advance and players such as Linebacker Fletcher Cox knows the matchup appears to be even with two of the most dominant defenses in the NFL.

Both have strong defenses that make it hard for opposing offenses to move the ball. There's a lot of guys in this locker room, including myself, this is our first playoff win. For the Philadelphia Eagles, their Super Bowl dreams stayed alive after a nail-biting 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons last week at home. While Foles has done a nice job winning games, he has been more of a game manager, but he will have to do much more than that if the team wants to win this weekend. In fact, some are going as far as saying the Vikings will have no problem running through Philly and heading to the Super Bowl with all the adrenaline in the world. The hope now is that it pays off in an even bigger spot on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, because the Eagles are likely going to need clutch plays from their top receiver against the Vikings. And when it came time to choose his path, to decide whether to give up the game he loved or postpone retirement for at least one more season, Foles could think of only one thing to do. In the team's divisional round win over the Falcons, Foles threw for 246 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. For the Minnesota Vikings the expectations may have been a little higher than at Philadelphia but now they are on the brink of a magical campaign sparked by the "Minnesota Miracle". "They're going to be loud, they're probably going to be saying some harsh words, but that really doesn't matter". "It's easy to forget about the game and say, 'Hey, we've got to go prepare and put our best foot forward for the Eagles.' You don't get that opportunity every year".

Mark Craig is an National Football League and Vikings Insider. The Eagles have the freshest defense by way of third- and fourth-down success, averaging an NFL-low 27 minutes and 19 seconds on the field. The key will be keeping Case Keenum from getting on the same page with Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs.

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In defence of Conte's side they have scored 66 goals in all competitions in the 33 matches they have played to date this season, an average of exactly two per game.

Like last week, however, the Eagles are underdogs. Additionally, No. 1 seeds are 28-12 in all Conference Championship games and 8-0 in the last eight games. The Eagles don't blitz often - Schwartz categorized the Eagles as "surgical" with their blitzes, noting they're effective when they do - and they usually rely on their defensive line for their pass rush. They've definitely changed the way I look at life over the past year or so.

In 2012, Foles was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the NFL Draft. But it will have to be real close. The Vikings rank first in yards and points allowed. They also know he has confidence from heaving a 61-yard walk-off scoring pass to Diggs eliminating the Saints.

So, there is a chance.

Keenum said he has heard from some current and former players but wouldn't name them.