Jaguars, Patriots, Vikings, Eagles: Which team has brightest future?

Leslie Hanson
January 21, 2018

Murray rushed 19 times for 50 yards and a score, and McKinnon added 34 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. The oddity on the latter stat is that the Vikings won anyway. During the regular season, only Green Bay (28) went for it on fourth down more than Philadelphia (26). Foles underthrew the long pass to Torrey Smith to start the divisional playoff game, but a pass interference call gave the Eagles a 42-yard gain to the Falcons 25.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen is listed as questionable with a lower back issue which has limited him in practice this week. "Rhodes is a tremendous corner, safeties are playing extremely well". S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) and 39-year old CB Terence Newman (foot) are also questionable but expected to play ...

Vogel expects to spend part of Sunday night watching his beloved Philadelphia Eagles on TV as they host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship. The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) are aggressive no matter what.

They average 141 yards on the ground a game - six more than the next best - and are tied second for rushing touchdowns. With starter Allen Hurns also missing significant time, the Jags offense has often been forced to rely heavily on unproven youngsters like Leonard Fournette and Keelan Cole, who led the team in rushing and receiving, respectively.

Coming off the biggest play in franchise history, the Vikings will need to channel their emotions and lock in on Sunday's game. Both Minny's road losses were outside (Pittsburgh, Carolina), but that was before winter arrived.

But Foles stepped in and led the Eagles to a pair of wins in their last three regular season games, and the team finished with the best record (13-3) in the NFC to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. "And that was it for me", said Foles, who was 23-for-30 for 246 yards against the Falcons. Pederson didn't think twice about going for it instead of kicking a game-tying field goal. Agholor took it to the Falcons 3. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor is making big plays on a consistent basis and Alshon Jeffery is revitalised - his matchup with All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes is certainly one to watch.

As the midday host of "The Q" on Fox 29 and the new "Quincy Harris Morning Show" on WRNB 100.3 FM Philly, the Temple graduate exudes optimism, even though the Eagles will be without Wentz, who was arguably the best quarterback in the National Football League this season until a torn ACL last month sidelined him until next season. The closest was at the end of the 2010 season, when teams that ranked No. 1 (Steelers), No. 2 (Packers), No. 4 (Bears) and No. 6 (Jets) in points allowed reached the conference title games. It feels like one will come down to whoever has last possession. Daunte Culpepper threw for 78 yards, three interceptions, fumbled and was sacked four times.

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