PHILADELPHIA — Good morning. This afternoon will go a long way toward determining how the Philadelphia Eagles end their season.
The Birds host the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on CBS at 1 p.m., and with a win, the Eagles would continue their drive toward a playoff spot that seemed so unlikely a scant two weeks ago.
That, of course, was in the aftermath of a 29-23 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on the road.
That, of course, was before the Eagles upset the Los Angeles Rams, 30-23.
So now the Texans are the next opponent. There are some intriguing matchups in the game, and the Texans boast some of the more interesting names in the sport — J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Tyrann Mathieu, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, just to name a few. And the Eagles will have their work cut out for them.
They also need help.
Here’s everything you need to know for Sunday’s game.
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Who: Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) vs. Houston Texans (10-4)
What: Week 16, 2018 NFL season
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV announcers: Ian Eagles (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst), Evan Washburn (sideline)
Radio: 94 WIP
Radio announcers: Merrill Reese (play-by-play), Mike Quick (analyst), Howard Eskin (sideline)
Live stream: CBS All Access // fuboTV
Injury report: Click here
Weather: Sunny, 44 degrees, feels like 40 degrees, 53 percent humidity, winds WSW 6 mph (via Weather.com)
Betting line: Philadelphia by 2.5 points
Over/under: 47 points (via Oddsshark)
Stats to know
- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery’s 160 receiving yards against the Rams were the seventh-most by an Eagles player in a game since 2010. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin share the six spots ahead of him.
- Jeffery’s 17 receiving touchdowns since the start of 2017 (including playoffs) are the most on the Eagles.
- Tight end Zach Ertz has an Eagles single-season record 101 catches. He trails only Jason Witten (110) and Tony Gonzalez (102) for the most catches by a tight end in a single season.
- Ertz is third in the NFL in catches and third among NFL tight ends in receiving yards (1,038).
- Ertz’s 422 catches put him four behind Brian Westbrook (426) for third place on the Eagles all-time receptions list.
- Ertz’s 4,702 receiving yards put him in 11th place all-time in Eagles history, and he trails Ben Hawkins by 62 for 10th place and Maclin by 69 for ninth.
- Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox ranks second in the NFL with 29 quarterback hits. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald leads with 34.
- Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks hasn’t allowed a sack in 2018.