PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson went to this on 4th-and-2 on the team’s first possession contrary to the Houston Texans — because obviously he did and it paid off in a huge way.

Nick Foles found Darren Sproles from the flat, and the 35-year-old back slipped past the very first would-be-tackler before sifting through security Justin Reid for a 37-yard touch down to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead Houston at a game which could pick their playoff fate. Inspired by stats, Pederson is perhaps probably one of the most aggressive coaches in the league when it comes to opting to it on upside down. The Eagles ranked 2nd in this category last season and are tied to sixth this year (18 tries ).


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