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If you want to find the reason behind Nick Foles' magic, all you have to do is look in front of him at the men blocking.
The Eagles have always been known to have a solid offensive line, but this group has really amped it up during their drive for another championship.
During their four-game win streak, this offensive line has shut down some of the best pass rushers in football.
Eagles have faced Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt and Khalil Mack during their four-game winning streak.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) January 7, 2019
Those three players have combined for a TOTAL of zero sacks and three QB hits against them.
Big credit to the offensive line and coaches for game-planning.
It's hard to go against a better string of pass rushers.
Khalil Mack earned another All-Pro appearance this season in his first year with the Bears but managed nothing against the Eagles during Philly's dramatic playoff win. Aaron Donald and JJ Watt finished first and second in sacks this year with 20.5 and 16 sacks respectively. Also not listed was Washington Redskins' pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan, who finished eighth in the league with 13 sacks. He managed to get to Foles once, but one sack out of those four players is wildly impressive.
The offensive line thinks Foles is the one making their lives easier. Lane Johnson said the ball was getting out quicker during the team's win against the Los Angeles Rams, which was also Foles' first game back as the starter.
Asked why the protection was so good the first thing that came to Lane Johnson’s mind was “Ball was getting out quick”— Tom Kelly (@TommyKelly44) December 17, 2018
Since Foles replaced Wentz this season, Philly has given up just four sacks. That would've been good for second-best in the league tied with the Saints and only trailing the Colts.
As long as the Eagles keep Foles off his back, he's going to have a good chance to make some plays.
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