Jake Elliott, K
Ha-ha-ha, very funny. How could a kicker possibly be key to a victory? Well, it’s simple. Think of some of the scenarios this season where the Eagles would be in a much better position to win games if Jake Elliott makes not only his field goals but even some of his extra points as well. There’s always a few games when you hear “Yea, but if the kicker would’ve made that extra point, we could’ve won by a point!” It’s always funny to listen to that, but it’s true.
Elliott has been stable for the Birds this year, but there’s rarely a time when he comes out to kick, and Eagles fans feel comfortable about whether he’s going to make it or miss it. Last week, Elliott missed a crucial field goal. Granted, it wasn’t exactly a chip shot. But it was in his range, and he missed it wide right. When you’re a kicker, your one job is to make field goals. And if you don’t make the kicks within your range when it matters the most, then you did a lousy job.
It’s really as simple as that. With the season on the line, the last thing the Eagles need is their kicker missing field goals he should make for easy three points. Again, while this offense is still trying to consistently find it’s groove, they need every single easy amount of points they can get. They will be relying on Jake Elliott this Sunday to be perfect. And since Elliott has also been fighting an illness this week, there’s no guarantee that he will be one-hundred percent as well.