Week 15 Review: Foles Gold
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%
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
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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