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Nick Foles underwent "precautionary" X-rays on his ribs following Sunday's NFC Championship game win.

Per ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, Foles' injury "doesn't appear serious," and the X-rays truly appear precautionary. Foles likely experienced routine soreness following Sunday's stunning blowout, although it wasn't for a lack of pass protection. The Eagles held the Vikings' vaunted pass rush to just five QB hits and one sack in the 38-7 rout. "I'm good, I'm good," Foles assured after the tests.
Jan 21 - 10:29 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 1-of-4 targets for a 25-yard touchdown in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to the Eagles.

Rudolph scored the first points of the game by getting behind the Eagles’ defense on what amounted to a blown coverage for a 25-yard touchdown. They were the only points the Vikings would score, and it was the only catch Rudolph would make. In the regular season, Rudolph lost a whopping 51 targets off his 2016 total due to Adam Thielen’s emergence and a high ankle sprain that limited Rudolph’s playing time in the season’s final month. He did score eight TDs, Rudolph’s most since 2012. Still only 28 years old despite having spent seven seasons in the league, Rudolph will return as a mid-range to low-end TE1 in 2018.
Jan 21 - 10:18 PM

Jarius Wright caught 3-of-6 targets for 51 yards in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to the Eagles.

Wright spent 2017 rotating with Laquon Treadwell and Michael Floyd in the Vikings’ No. 3 receiver role. The team committed to Wright as its full-time No. 3 in the playoffs, and he delivered stat lines of 3/56/0 and 3/51/0 in two postseason games. Wright has finished below 200 yards in consecutive years. The Vikings will now decide whether Wright is worthy of his $3.6 million salary for 2018.
Jan 21 - 10:16 PM

Adam Thielen caught 3-of-9 targets for 28 yards in the Vikings' NFC Championship game loss to the Eagles.

Thielen is believed to have played this game with transverse process fractures in his back, helping to explain his ineffectiveness. It was a whimpering end to a terrific campaign for Thielen, who caught five-plus passes in 13-of-16 regular season games en route to a stellar 91/1,276/14.0/4 stat line. Although Thielen is sometimes described by the public and/or TV announcers as "not that fast," he ran 4.45 coming out of college and is averaging over 14 yards per catch in the pros. Forever underrated, 27-year-old Thielen has a bright future as a consistent WR2 in fantasy leagues.
Jan 21 - 10:14 PM

Stefon Diggs caught 8-of-12 targets for 70 yards in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to the Eagles.

Diggs took a knee to the back on his first catch and didn’t seem right the rest of the way, appearing stiff on his routes and checking out of the game a few times. It was an anticlimactic ending to Diggs’ season after his heroic 61-yard game-winning touchdown in the Divisional Round. Diggs capped his third NFL campaign with a 64/849/13.3/8 receiving line, continuing to show game-breaking ability even as Adam Thielen emerged as the Vikings’ higher-volume wideout. Still only 24 years old, Diggs will again be an early- to middle-round fantasy pick in 2018, which is Diggs’ contract year.
Jan 21 - 10:12 PM

Latavius Murray rushed six times for 18 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Vikings' NFC Championship loss to the Eagles.

The Vikings fell behind big early and never got back in, so Murray was severely out-snapped by passing-down back Jerick McKinnon. Although Murray has proven a less-than-exceptional talent, he held down the fort nicely as a between-the-tackles grinder following Dalvin Cook’s Week 4 ACL tear. Murray has averaged 4.0 yards per carry or fewer in three straight seasons, but he is a capable role player and executes more often than not in scoring position. Murray’s 2018 role will depend on McKinnon’s free agency landing spot and Cook’s knee health.
Jan 21 - 10:11 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 10 times for 40 yards and caught 11-of-12 targets for 86 yards in the Vikings' NFC Championship game loss to the Eagles.

As the Vikings fell out of this game early, McKinnon wound up with more volume than usual in catch-up mode, severely out-snapping interior grinder Latavius Murray. McKinnon’s 2017 emergence as a playmaking RBBC member helped keep Minnesota’s running game afloat following Dalvin Cook’s ACL tear, as McKinnon set career highs in rushing yards (570) and all receiving categories (51/421/8.3/2) in a timeshare with Murray. Now up for free agency, McKinnon should be a relatively hot commodity due to his all-purpose skill set. He turns 26 in May.
Jan 21 - 10:09 PM

Laquon Treadwell missed his lone target in the Vikings' NFC Championship game loss to the Eagles.

The Vikings tried to give Treadwell chances this regular season, but he was weeded out in favor of Jarius Wright in the playoffs. Turning 23 in June, Treadwell is in desperate need of a lightbulb-flipping offseason to give any hint of hope he isn't a massive draft bust. The 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, Treadwell has 21 catches for 215 scoreless yards (10.2 YPR) through two seasons.
Jan 21 - 10:04 PM

Case Keenum completed 28-of-48 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to Philadelphia.

Keenum opened the scoring with a first-drive 25-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Rudolph, which was of course followed by 38 unanswered Eagles points. When the game was still in doubt, Keenum’s biggest mistakes came on a first-quarter 50-yard pick six caused by DE Chris Long’s pass rush and a second-quarter lost fumble to set up Alshon Jeffery’s first TD. Keenum was still a steady hand this season, logging a 22:7 TD-to-INT ratio and completing 67.6% of his throws, assisted by elite receiver play and a high-percentage Pat Shurmur-coordinated offense. Shurmur is expected to be the next coach of the Giants, and 30-year-old Keenum is up for free agency. Despite his strong 2017, we’re not buying reports Keenum will get the franchise tag. With Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater’s deals also up, GM Rick Spielman has many tough decisions ahead.
Jan 21 - 10:03 PM

Zach Ertz caught 8-of-8 targets for 93 yards in the Eagles' NFC Championship game win over the Vikings.

Nick Foles went a perfect 13-of-13 for 178 yards and two touchdowns when targeting Ertz or Alshon Jeffery. Via masterful scheming and superb route running, Ertz got shockingly wide open repeatedly against a normally impenetrable Vikings back end. He surprisingly but specifically made Vikings SS Harrison Smith look silly multiple times. Ertz will be one of the keys to Philadelphia's chances of knocking off New England in Super Bowl 52.
Jan 21 - 10:00 PM

Torrey Smith caught 5-of-7 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' NFC title win over the Vikings.

On the Eagles’ first drive, Smith dropped one of Nick Foles’ best passes of the season on a bomb attempt that would have gained 50-plus yards. Smith atoned by blowing the game wide open on a third-quarter flea-flicker touchdown from 41 yards out. Entering the NFC Championship, Smith had been held below 40 yards in 12 of his previous 13 games. The Eagles may need another big play from Smith in order to knock off the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.
Jan 21 - 9:56 PM

Nelson Agholor caught 3-of-4 targets for 59 yards in the Eagles' NFC title game win over the Vikings.

Agholor was quiet beyond a 42-yard gain in the second half, and has now been held below 60 yards in five straight games while Alshon Jeffery has shown an improved rapport with Nick Foles. Nevertheless, Agholor's role should grow in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, who have struggled mightily against interior receivers all season. Agholor runs over 80 percent of his snaps in the slot.
Jan 21 - 9:53 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed six times for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' NFC title game win over the Vikings.

Blount put the Eagles up 14-7 on a power run behind RG Brandon Brooks, carrying Vikings FS Andrew Sendejo over the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown. Blount now has ten career postseason rushing TDs, most of any active NFL player. Blount's scoring-position role is secure, but he remains a situational player in Philly's offense, getting out-touched by Jay Ajayi 21 to 6 on Sunday.
Jan 21 - 9:50 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed 18 times for 73 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 26 yards in the Eagles' NFC Championship win over the Vikings.

Ajayi's 18 touches in last week's Divisional Round were his most as an Eagle to that point. He topped that mark with 21 in Sunday's victory, significantly out-touching LeGarrette Blount (6) and Corey Clement (3). Although he continues to lose scoring-position work to Blount, Ajayi should remain the focal point of Philly's offense in the Super Bowl against a Patriots defense that was damaged by all-purpose backs throughout the regular season.
Jan 21 - 9:47 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 5-of-5 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' NFC title game win over the Vikings.

With Xavier Rhodes temporarily sidelined by a toe injury, Jeffery whipped 39-year-old CB Terence Newman for a 53-yard touchdown bomb late in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 21-7 lead. Jeffery scored again early in the fourth, skying over Trae Waynes when Minnesota’s zone coverage forced Rhodes away from Alshon. In a picture-perfect game by Nick Foles, Jeffery was his most-perfect target recipient. Expect Jeffery to draw primary coverage from Stephon Gilmore in the Super Bowl.
Jan 21 - 9:43 PM



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