Despite Bruised Ribs, Nick Foles Expected to Start Playoff Game vs. Bears

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Despite Bruised Ribs, Nick Foles Expected to Start Playoff Game vs. Bears

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The defending Super Bowl champions will have their starting quarterback under center when they travel to Solider Field on Sunday:

Nick Foles will start against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Foles didn’t make it through the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 17 win at Washington, being forced out of the game early and replaced by Nate Sudfeld after being sacked by Ryan Kerrigan in the fourth quarter. Foles was originally diagnosed with a chest injury, but NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo has since reported that tests on Foles showed the Super Bowl LII MVP suffered bruised ribs.

Not quite the injury you want to be dealing with before traveling to face Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, and friends.

Foles has been nothing short of spectacular since taking over as the starter after Carson Wentz was moved out of the starting lineup due to an injury. In his last four starts, Foles has completed 75.8 percent of his passes, averaged 324 passing yards per game, thrown more touchdowns (7) than interceptions (3), and has a passer rating of 105.5. If you were to extrapolate those numbers over a full 16-game season, we’d be looking at a quarterback who threw for 5,184 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. That’s a step up from Kirk Cousins, to say the least.

The Bears will have their hands full when Foles and that offense come to town. But Foles and Philly’s finest will have their work cut out for them facing a defense that ranked first in points, interceptions, opponent passer rating, rushing yards allowed, and came away with a league-best six defensive touchdowns. Have fun game-planning against that.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.