3 reasons Eagles wise to start Nick Foles over Carson Wentz in Week 1

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1. Foles has proven to handle the pressure

Once a backup quarterback like Foles helps a team to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, there is arguably no higher level of pressure that he will come across throughout his career. By leading the Eagles to three wins in the postseason, including the Super Bowl, as underdogs, Foles has proven to be able to handle the pressure that comes with starting a season opener like Thursday’s against the Falcons.

Even if Foles hasn’t looked all that sharp for the most part in the preseason, keep in mind there were a few factors working against him as well over the last couple of weeks. Between dealing with minor injuries of his own along with key players on offense sitting out to rest or deal with injuries as well, Foles deserves some slack for how things turned out this preseason.

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Knowing Pederson, the Philadelphia head coach will make sure he makes the necessary adjustments over these final few days to make sure Foles is ready to go when it matters the most for Week 1. The Eagles knew for months this was a strong possibility with Foles, and it makes them even smarter to keep him around instead of trading him to another team when they had the chance.