Off the Record (OTR)

Will a healthy Ajayi be enough?

If you just glanced at the NFC Playoff picture before last week’s games, you’d probably be impressed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hey! They’re 13-3 and the first seed in the playoffs with a first-round bye! They are sitting pretty!

However, they aren’t.

The Eagles lost their starting quarterback Carson Wentz in a late-season win over the Los Angeles Rams. As Carson stood on crutches with a torn ACL, Nick Foles came in and filled in admirably to complete the win. All was fine! Foles will be fine!

Except, after he went out and played very well and threw four TD passes against a brutal New York Giants team, he’s been something of an unmitigated disgrace ever since. I don’t even know what the numbers are and frankly don’t care. Giving Foles the eyeball test does not produce good results right now.

That would explain largely why the Eagles are the first team in NFL history to be an underdog as the number one seed.

Because of the shoddy quarterback play, the Eagles are going to have to rely more heavily on the run game. That means Jay Ajayi, who they acquired via trade with the Miami Dolphins during the season.

The good news is that Ajayi practiced in full today with the team and should be a full go for the Divisional Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. They are going to have to rely on the former-1,200-yard running back as LeGarrette Blount is just not as effective and I’d be reluctant to put the load on undrafted rookie Corey Clement.

With a defense that’s playing really well, the Eagles should stay in this game. But, they need something on offense and I’m not sure Foles can give it to them. So, the question then becomes: Is Jay Ajayi enough to carry them over the Falcons?

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