The Eagles haven't clinched the top seed in the NFC yet and the home-field advantage that comes with it all the way up to the Super Bowl. That might still be the case even when the Eagles take the field next Monday night against the Oakland Raiders. It doesn't matter. Eagles coach Doug Pederson needs to get out the bubble wrap and encase quarterback Nick Foles and some other key players, such as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, center Jason Kelce, right tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, defensive end Brandon Graham, linebacker Nigel Bradham and safety Malcolm Jenkins, among others. The Minnesota Vikings play the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, and if the Vikings lose, the Eagles will clinch the top spot in the conference. If the Vikings win, then the Eagles will have to beat Oakland to clinch the top spot. The Eagles, however, should be treating these last two games of the regular season like preseason games No. 3 and No. 4.
Forget No. 1 seed, time to give Foles and others a rest
Courier-Post | Dec 19