Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NFC Championship Betting Line and Trends

NFC Championship Betting Line and Trends

"Doug does an wonderful job letting out personalities show", tight end Zach Ertz said. But they will be underdogs again when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

It's hardly a surprise to see this kind of phenomenon from this Eagles team. Led by the indefatigable duo of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, they've already collected five Lombardi trophies, including one previous year. The Eagles ranked third for scoring offense and fourth for scoring defense. Pederson didn't think twice about going for it instead of kicking a game-tying field goal.

It's been nearly 10 years since the Phillies won the World Series, the last championship in the city's history, when hundreds of drunk and increasingly rowdy fans converged on Frankford and Cottman avenues to celebrate, Philly.com reported at the time. Foles deserves to have good things happen to him, after an up-and-down pro career and his unexpected rise to this position, after Wentz got hurt.

Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo likely will get a second interview for the head coaching job of the Cardinals, per reports.

He did, and it paid off for the Eagles. "The guys are going to prepare themselves the way they have all season long".

Ertz doesn't spike the ball or party like Rob Gronkowski. But he produces like them.

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The Gunners want to base Wilshere's new deal around incentives, largely because of the midfielder's form with injuries. When put to him whether the 29-year-old would still be at the club in February, Wenger replied: "Yes, of course".

In two midseason appearances with the Chiefs in 2016, Foles completed 65 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and no interceptions in back-to-back wins. The Vikings have enjoyed rotating Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon in the backfield, with the two respectively amassing 842 yards and 570 yards during the regular season. He also handles it all differently. But it will be extremely hard to have a sustained running game against the interior of the Eagles defensive line. "It's something that I've said all year that I learn from every experience I am in". "And then Lane got the shirt right after the game, and that thing has made a ton of money to Philadelphia schools, which is an incredible thing". "But it just comes down to the leadership of the football team, keeping the guys in the moment, and just attacking each week as it comes". And there's only one way for them to change that. "I think he's very comfortable with that".

I highly doubt the game will go over 35. Look for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to call for a number of plays in the blitz package to break Graham through the line. "He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen in my 30-plus years in the National Football League".

"I put a lot of pride in what I do as a receiver in [big] situations", he said, "using my body when we need to make a play". When I say that, he moves around and throws the ball, or he'll tuck it and run. This was a no-brainer with T.J. Clemmings playing most of the game at right tackle after moving from left tackle to make room for Jake Long, who had just been signed off the NFL's scrap heap out of sheer desperation. What's interesting though is that Philly has the 23rd-most home passing yards per game.

Backup quarterback Nick Foles did an admirable job against the Falcons, completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating.

On the touchdown drive early in the second quarter, Philadelphia faced third-and-3 from the Falcons 24. The closest thing we have in Super Bowl history to either this or the Nick Foles-Bortles matchup that Jacksonville-Philadelphia would present is 17 years ago when Baltimore's Trent Dilfer took on the Giants' Kerry Collins.

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