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Week 15 Review: Foles Gold

It's all about Nick Foles being back in Philadelphia. Philadelphiaeagles.com

Coming into the week, the mystery surrounding the Eagles quarterback situation, had many wondering if this team could still make a playoff push with Nick Foles under center.

Foles was very efficient going 24-of-38 for 237 yards while tossing four touchdowns. Even more impressive, his ability to spread the rock around as his four scores went to four different players. The ground game struggled for most of the game, and after being down 20-7 early, the game script was put in the backups hands. The Eagles were very fortunate; They were +1 in the Turnover margin; got a blocked FG, blocked PAT and a blocked punt, but still failed to cover the -7.5 point spread. Much can be credited to the slow start on offense and the fact the Eagles defense didn't look like the inspired unit we have seen all year. They allowed a shameful offense that lacks a true number one receiver and carries absolutely no ground game, to gain 504 total yards with two touchdowns coming on gains of 50 plus yards.

Foles answered some questions we might have had prior to Sunday. If the Eagles defense can get back to what they have been the entire year, where they rank 6th overall in weighted DVOA as a unit, then Foles can simply manage games and won't be forced to win games. A stout defense and a ground game that ranks second overall averaging 140.5 yards per game should be enough to keep this Eagles team competitive vs. any opponent.

Favorites ruled week 15

Teams favored dominated the week going 11-4-1 ATS. The only underdog to win outright was the Rams as the Chiefs started as underdogs but were bet down to PK and favorites in some places by kickoff. Favorites hold a 115-95-9 record in 2017

The over-under finished a dead heat ending 8-8 overall. The number for the year rest at 108-112-4.

Play action or Pass went 8-1 in week 15 bringing our yearly record to 41-28-1. 59.4%

Chiefs   WIN

Carolina-2.5  WIN

Patriots/Steelers over 53.5    LOSS

49'ers PK   WIN

Teasers 7 point

Vikings-3/ Eagles-.5   WIN

Teaser 10 point

Vikings PK/ Saints-6/ Jaguars-1 (2X)     WIN 2x

Patriots-Steelers over 43.5/Vikings PK/Saints-6 (2X)   WIN 2x

Super Bowl Odds

New England Patriots    +240

Pittsburgh Steelers    +600

Minnesota Vikings    +650

Philadelphia Eagles    +900

New Orleans Saints    +900

Los Angeles Rams    +900

Jacksonville Jaguars    +1400

Atlanta Falcons    +1600

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Walter will host The Night of Champions. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

In 2014, Austin Walter rushed for 2,704 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Crosby High School. Despite falling short of a state title, Walter was named District 19-4A MVP and finished his prep career with a little over 6,000 rushing yards on 613 carries (6,062 yds). Seven years later, Walter will be returning to his high school alma mater to give back to the community that laid the foundation for an NFL career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

"It's a blessing to be able to come from a small town and be one of the guys who made it out," Walter said. "Not a lot of people made it to the NFL or the NBA from Crosby High School. To be one of the first, it's an amazing feeling. It's a blessing and an honor."

On Thursday, April 15, Walter will host The Night of Champions to benefit the Crosby High School Booster Club from 6-9 p.m. The event will be a weight lifting competition at Crosby High School for student-athletes around the area to showcase their talents and abilities.

In addition to hosting a weight lifting showcase, Walter will also share his life teachings with student-athletes in attendance. Perseverance and not taking no for an answer will be one of the most vital messages the Crosby native will share with aspiring pro-athletes. It's the two virtues Walter has leaned on from little league football to the NFL. And as an undrafted prospect in 2019, it was that same morale that helped him outshine six other running backs during the 49ers rookie training camp that same year.

"Before I started playing football in high school, a lot of people thought I was too small," Walter said. "They thought because we played little league and not in middle school we would not make it in high school. My twin brother [Ashton Walter] and I did not listen to that. We just kept pushing forward."

"When I left Rice, people thought I was going to play in the Canadian league or AFF, and I did not take no for an answer. I believed in myself. And I believed in God. And if I can make it out of a small town like Crosby, anybody can make it...It's the mentality I've had my entire life of not quitting. I feel like that is what got me to the point I am at right now."

Whether their life goal is to play in the NFL or not, Walter's primary objective for The Night of Champions is to be an inspiration and show kids they can find success despite their environment. It is one of the things the former XFL running back (Dallas Renegades) wished he would have seen growing up in Crosby.

After graduating from Crosby High School, Walter went on to have a record-breaking collegiate career at Rice University. He became one of two players in school history to rush for over 1,500 yards (1,744 yds.) and 1,000 kick return yards (1,548 yds.) in four seasons with the Owls. In February, Walter signed a one-year contract extension to re-join the 49ers ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

Click here to learn more about The Night of Champions at Crosby High School or support Walter and the Crosby High School Booster Club.

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