Eagles must fly without Wentz

13 December 2017 22:22:16 GMTPlus11

The feel-good season of the Philadelphia Eagles came to a potentially crashing end over the weekend when quarterback Carson Wentz was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

A 43-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at the Memorial Coliseum was enough to give the Eagles the NFC East Division title, but Philadelphia must now go the rest of the way with Nick Foles under center.

The former Arizona Wildcat has a career completion percentage of a little over 60 per cent, which would, somewhat ironically, place him just behind Wentz as the 28th rated passer this season.

It's one of the contradictions in the current Philadelphia starter that Wentz is first in touchdowns thrown, 10th in yards passing and yet needs to improve his overall accuracy.

Wentz completed 23-of-41 for 291 yards and four touchdowns while being picked off once against the Rams, before leaving the game with his injury.

Foles was 6-of-10 for 42 yards in relief and will now lead the Eagles against the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ this Sunday.

Philadelphia closes out the season with games against the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys, both at home at Lincoln Financial Field, and realistically need to win one of their last three to secure a first round bye in the post-season.

The Eagles are now 2.37 to win the NFC Championship, while they are 8.00 to claim victory in Super Bowl LII, having lost in the NFL showpiece in both 1980 and 2004.

Meanwhile, at 7-6 the Dallas Cowboys are technically still in the hunt for the play-offs, but face an uphill struggle to overcome the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons for a Wild Card.

Dallas visits the Raiders on Sunday knowing that anything other than a victory probably eliminates them from contention.

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