Hard not to cheer for former Rams quarterbacks Keenum and Foles

Ruben Hill
January 17, 2018

TMZ reports many online merchants and costume shops in my hometown are scrambling to get their hands on dog masks - any dog masks - that they can sell to Eagles fans before Sunday.

The Eagles' 15-10 win Saturday over Atlanta in a divisional playoff game assured they will play host to the NFC championship game on January 21.

So even though the game is here and the fans will be barking up a storm, without Wentz, the Vikings are, on paper, the better team.

It should be no coincidence that both Keenum and Foles, and certainly Rams QB Jared Goff, have discovered success in the aftermath of their former coach. While Foles became the Rams' starter, Case Keenum became the No. 2 quarterback after he was re-acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans, and ended up starting five games after Foles struggled. No one in the national media wanted to talk about the Eagles third down defense (the Falcons were held to 4-for-13 on third downs).

Philadelphia's Slice locations are offering up a full game day experience, plus specials for the NFC Championship. That's one title in a decade, two in 35 years and three in the last four decades. Incumbent quarterback Michael Vick was injured in season, and Foles replaced him. This will likely be a game of defence as it'll come down to how well each performs and how many mistakes Keenum and Foles avoid on the attack.

Now in 2017, everything came full circle.

Expectations for the Eagles have dropped since Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14.

Between losing Jason Peters back at the end of October along with Carson Wentz suffering a torn ACL back in Week 14, Pederson deserves all of the credit in the world for keeping Philadelphia in great shape, despite all of the hard obstacles faced along the way.

It is hard to argue with Philadelphia's ideal playoff record as a home dog, especially when you consider Minnesota's past postseason failures. The underdog Giants beat the Vikings in January 2000 and the Cardinals beat the Eagles in January 2009.

It was a odd path for each quarterback to get where they are today, and the Rams were very much involved in that.

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said he likes to show his players key moments from across the league each week, because it allows them to extract large-scale lessons.

Foles was contemplating retirement after his time with the Rams, but kept playing after he and his brother went on a camping trip. Then it is, as you said, secondly, related to how far you have to go, which historically has always been true. "We kind of knew what plays would be best-suited for those coverages", Sudfeld said.

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.

One man that is still excited is Keenum's dad, Steve. He is expected a to be a popular name once free agency starts with a big payday. The Vikings will be in better position to do just that, and they will return home for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. If you haven't yet, you will see a lot more of them this weekend as the Eagles get ready to host the Vikings. The line that opened at Minnesota -3.5 - for those unfamiliar with betting terminology that means the Vikings were initially favored by three-and-a-half points, so if a bet is placed on the Eagles and they lose, say, 17-14, the bet is a victor even though the team is a loser.

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