The Philadelphia Eagles went 13-3 this season, and they’re the No. 1 seed in the NFC. And yet, they’re a home underdog this Saturday against Atlanta.
“No one’s really giving them a chance without Carson Wentz,” NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He was such a big part of their team. You talk about the identity of their team, he was the reason that they were the No. 1 seed. He was the reason they were doing so well this year. So to lose that guy, it’s tough. But they still have a good team. They still have a lot of good players around. They still have a good defense. They still have some skill players.”
Like Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Jay Ajayi, among others. Still, it will be difficult to win in the playoffs without Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in a 43-35 win over the Rams in December.
“It’s not easy,” Zangaro said. “It’s not going to be easy to move on. No team that loses their quarterback moves on with ease. They have to kind of find a way to get it done. They still have a talented team, and I think they’re going to try to rally around this idea that they are a No. 1 seed that’s probably not getting the respect they deserve.”
Nick Foles played well in Philly’s first game without Wentz, throwing for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-29 win over the Giants. The following week, however, didn’t go as well. The Eagles beat the Raiders, 19-10, in Week 16, but Foles finished 19-of-38 for 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
“The thing with Nick Foles, you don’t know which guy is going to show up,” Zangaro said. “A few weeks ago, he threw four touchdown passes and looked great against the Giants. And then the following week, he looked terrible against the Raiders. So you don’t know which guy is going to show up. That’s, I think, the troubling part. If the guy who played the last five questers showed up, they’re in trouble – because he wasn’t very good. But if the guy who threw the four touchdown passes against the Giants and finished the game against the Raiders, then they have a chance to win this thing.
“I think that’s the part that people are worried about: the unknown,” Zangaro continued. “You don’t know which Nick Foles is going to end up playing on Saturday, and I think there’s some reason to worry because he kind of has been unsteady throughout his career.”