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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Every time you think they’re going to fail, they succeed. Every time they’ve been in opportune spots (fourth-and-15 in Tennessee), they’ve blundered. Every time numbers have looked gaudy (Carson Wentz’s 120.3 QB rating), they’ve been a mirage. And every time you think they’re done, that the Super Bowl party has ended for the defending champions, they somehow, someway, rise again — as they did last week against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Eagles, at 7-7, still need a lot of help to make the NFC playoffs. Beating the visiting Houston Texans this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field is the first order of business.

A Year Later, The Eagles And Rams Are Going In Opposite Directions

Houston is 10-4, winners of 10 of their last 11 games. They have a formidable pass rush, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, who combined have 22.5 sacks between them, while the Eagles as a team have 36 total.

And though Nick Foles played well against the Los Angeles Rams in the Eagles’ surprising 30-23 victory last Sunday, it’s going to be up to the Eagles’ defense to continue playing well. Over their last three games, the Eagles are giving up half-a-yard a play and 1.5-yards less a completion.

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The Eagles’ defense has produced eight sacks over their previous three games, and the Texans’ offensive line could be the most porous in the NFL, giving up a league-high 52 sacks.

Eagles’ defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had a sack in Week 15 and he’s looking for his fourth-straight game with a sack. Cox has six sacks, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble in his last eight homes games against AFC opponents. When defensive end Michael Bennett was with Seattle, he feasted on Houston, making six tackles and 1.5 sacks (10/29/17). Safety Corey Graham is looking for his third-straight game with an interception and cornerback Rasul Douglas is suddenly playing well, after making a career-high 14 tackles in Week 15 against the Rams. He has 30 tackles (10 per game), three tackles for loss, and an interception in his last three games.

Fast Facts

  • LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 4-0
  • STREAKS: Eagles have won past 4
  • LAST GAME: 11/2/14: Eagles 31 at Texans 21
  • LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/2/10: Eagles 34, Texans 24

Texans

  • PTS. FOR/AGAINST 25.1/20.1
  • OFFENSE 363.5 OFFENSE 354.7
  • PASSING Deshaun Watson: 291-430-3592-24-9-103.2
  • RUSHING Lamar Miller: 193-917-4.8-4
  • RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 94-1321-14.1-11
  • DEFENSE 346.6
  • SACKS J.J. Watt: 14.5

Eagles

  • PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.2/22.7
  • PASSING Nick Foles: 78-113-721-1-2-81.8
  • RUSHING Josh Adams (R): 98-440-4.5-3
  • RECEIVING Zach Ertz (TE): 101-1038-10.3-6
  • DEFENSE 386.1
  • SACKS Michael Bennett: 8