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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles understands his Super Bowl MVP trophy isn’t going to help when J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are chasing after him.No matter the pressure http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jaylon-ferguson-jersey , he usually stays calm and plays with poise.The Philadelphia Eagles are again counting on Foles to win high-stakes games. Foles, who was 3-0 in the playoffs last season, led the 14-point underdog Eagles to a victory on the road against the Rams last week to keep them in the playoff race.Article continues below ...He has to do it again Sunday when the Eagles (7-7) host the Houston Texans (10-4).“Because I’ve done those things doesn’t guarantee me anything when I step on the field next time,” Foles said about his recent success. “Every time you step on the field, it’s a new game.”Foles is starting because Carson Wentz has a stress fracture in his back. He replaced Wentz last December after a knee injury ended his season. The Eagles already were the No. 1 seed in the NFC at that time. Now they’re desperate to stay in the mix.“We’re fighting for our lives right now. It’s a little different for us, different feel,” coach Doug Pederson said.Having Foles around is a confidence-booster for the team.“Obviously, he’s been a starter in this league before, so that’s something that he’s comfortable with, and he just understands the plan and goes and executes,” Pederson said. “He just wants to win. He doesn’t care about credit and all that. He wants to win, and he’s helped us do that.”The Texans are closing in on an AFC South title and looking to secure a first-round bye. It’ll be a tough challenge on the road and they know Foles is no ordinary backup.“He’s a good player, he’s smart, he knows what he’s doing Miles Boykin Jersey ,” said Watt, who has 14½ sacks after playing only eight games the previous two seasons because of injuries. “He does great things. He can move around a little bit, he knows the system, he knows the guys, knows how to find the open guy and get it to him. He does a great job.”Unlike the Eagles, the Texans fell apart after losing their star quarterback last season. They were 1-8 without Deshaun Watson, who tore a knee ligament in the seventh game. Watson has been outstanding since his return and has Houston on the verge of a playoff berth.“Everything he’s put himself through to be in a position to where he’s at today, I can really appreciate that,” Pederson said.Here’s some things to look for when the Texans seek their first win over the Eagles in five tries:SIMPLE AND BALANCEDThe Eagles cut back on their pre-snap movement on offense and committed to running the ball in their 30-23 win over the Rams. All three touchdowns were on running plays, two by Wendell Smallwood and one for rookie Josh Adams.GETTING DEFENSIVEAlready missing three-fourths of their starting secondary and starting nickel cornerback Sidney Jones, the Eagles got a big boost when rookie Avonte Maddox returned to play outside cornerback against the Rams. Maddox and second-year pro Rasul Douglas had strong performances to help limit a high-powered offense. They’ll face another difficult challenge going against DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas.KICKING EDGETexans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn leads the NFL with 34 field goals and has made 12 in a row, including all five tries in a win over the Jets on the road last week.“His ability to be able to make all of the different types of kicks that you need to make, especially in outdoor games on the East Coast, it’s very important http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-darnell-savage-jr.-jersey ,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a very talented kicker.”DOUBLE TROUBLEThe Eagles are going with more formations featuring tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the field together and using two wide receivers and one running back. It helps to create matchup advantages and also improves blocking in the run game.“That personnel for them with (Goedert) and Ertz on the field at the same time is very challenging. No doubt,” O’Brien said.LEADING THE WAYHopkins leads the AFC and is third in the NFL with 1,321 yards receiving and he ranks third in the AFC with 11 TD catches. He has 507 career receptions, the second-youngest player (26 years, 6 months, 9 days) to reach 500 behind Larry Fitzgerald (26 years, 2 months, 29 days).“There’s a lot of people that I look up to in those categories that are wearing the yellow jacket right now that I’ve passed,” Hopkins said. “So, of course that means a lot to me.”___ AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this report. For those fans who dislike Thursday night football, rejoice that this week is the final game of the season on such short rest.Also rejoice that it’s one of the best matchups of the year, with hefty implications in the standings, as Kansas City hosts the Los Angeles Chargers.Even with a loss, the Chiefs keep the top spot in the AFC West with a better division record as the teams will have split their series. A win for Kansas City (11-2) could secure the top seed in the conference http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-justice-hill-jersey , though, depending on what happens to the Patriots and Texans.The Chargers (10-3), who lost to KC 38-28 in the season opener, will own a postseason berth with a victory. They also can get in with a loss and help elsewhere, but those scenarios give Pro Picks a migraine.Los Angeles, ranked fourth in the AP Pro32, is a 3½-point underdog at top-ranked Kansas City. We think, right now, the Chargers are the better-balanced team, though winning on the road on Thursday nights is very difficult, especially if the top two running backs are out. That could be the case with Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion protocol) uncertain.Bye-bye Thursday nights.CHIEFS, 30-29KNOCKOUT POOL: Too bad we had to make last week’s selection before all the Broncos‘ injuries hit. 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OK, we’re suckers.UPSET SPECIAL: COWBOYS, 20-17No. 5 New England (minus 1 1-2) at No. 10 PittsburghSteelers about to blow division and possibly wild card.PATRIOTS, 39-32No. 22 Tampa Bay (plus 8) at No. 12 BaltimoreRavens about to surge to AFC North title.RAVENS, 26-20No. 2 New Orleans (minus 6 1-2) at No. 17 Carolina, Monday nightSaints need to stay ahead of Rams for NFC home-field edge.SAINTS, 33-20No. 16 Philadelphia (plus 9 1-2) at No. 3 Los Angeles RamsEagles play hard while undermanned, just don’t win enough.RAMS, 37-24No. 8 Seattle (minus 5 1-2) at No. 31 San FranciscoSeahawks have that NFC wild-card berth in sight.SEAHAWKS, 17-13No. 7 Houston (minus 6) at No. 26 New York Jets, SaturdayTexans get back on track in New Jersey.TEXANS, 28-13No. 14 Tennessee (plus 2 1-2) at No. 21 GiantsTitans keep it going in New Jersey? Well, no.GIANTS http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-iman-marshall-jersey , 30-19No. 20 Cleveland (plus 3) at No. 18 Denver, SaturdayBrowns on right track, Broncos too banged-up.BROWNS, 27-23No. 15 Miami (plus 7) at No. 13 MinnesotaNo “Drake Escape” or “Miami Miracle” this week.VIKINGS, 22-20No. 32 Arizona (plus 8 1-2) at No. 25 AtlantaCardinals even more confounding than Falcons.FALCONS, 30-20No. 23 Detroit (plus 2 1-2) at No. 27 BuffaloTwo more confounding also-rans.BILLS, 23-17No. 30 Oakland (plus 3) at No. 28 CincinnatiBengals have lost their way. They’ll partially find it for one week.BENGALS, 21-20No. 24 Washington (plus 7) at No. 29 JacksonvilleWill Redskins show up this week? Will Jaguars?JAGUARS, 20-10

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