NFL on FOX 53 Divisional Playoff Preview: Expect wild second weekend

Go ahead and hold off on making weekend plans until the upcoming NFL on FOX 53 Divisional Playoff schedule is fully absorbed. Saturday in primetime the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys, then Sunday afternoon the New Orleans Saints face the Philadelphia Eagles.{ }

PITTSBURGH -- Go ahead and hold off on making weekend plans until the upcoming NFL on FOX 53 Divisional Playoff schedule is fully absorbed.

An NFC upstart with a high-powered offense faces America's Team, while the defending Super Bowl champs still riding the sidearm of the big game MVP takes on a future Hall of Fame quarterback in his best season yet.

Are you not entertained already?

Let's dig deeper into the quartet of Super Bowl hopefuls going all in this weekend on FOX 53.


Coming off of a 24-22 win over Seattle last week on Wild Card Weekend, the Dallas Cowboys suddenly look like a sleeper team after earning their first postseason win since the 2014 season.

After seeing quarterback Dak Prescott pass for 226 yards and finish with two touchdowns with running back Ezekiel Elliott going off for 169 total yards against the Seattle defense, the Cowboys could be a handful against any team at this point.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams enter the Divisional Round rested after a well-earned bye following their second straight NFC West division title.

Los Angeles - the NFC's No. 2 seed - led the conference in total offense (421.1 yards per game) and scoring (32.9 points per game) this season, while running back Todd Gurley led the NFL with 21 scrimmage touchdowns.

Not to be overlooked is a Rams defense led by former Penn Hills High School and Pitt Panthers standout defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Donald led the league with 20.5 sacks.

The Rams are the undisputed favorites at home, but is quarterback Jared Goff ready to lead LA's team to an NFC Championship game, or will the Cowboys recapture the playoff magic they once manufactured in bulk decades ago?


Here comes the Philly special.

In what started to feel like a lost season following a 2017 Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles, trusty backup quarterback Nick Foles instead led a late-season charge to push Philly into the playoffs and then engineered a comeback to beat the Chicago Bears 16-15 on the road last week in the Wild Card round.

Foles has won four consecutive postseason starts, including being named MVP of Super Bowl LII last season.

But is there enough Philly fairy dust left to sprinkle over the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday against the New Orleans Saints?

New Orleans enters the matchup following an NFC South division title, and were one of three teams to average at least 30 points per game.

Quarterback Drew Brees is having arguably his best NFL season yet after setting an NFL single-season record for completion percentage and leading the league in passer rating. Brees will continue to rely on wide receiver Michael Thomas who led the league with 125 catches and set a franchise single-season record with 1,405 receiving yards.

There is recent history between these two sides and it wasn't a contest, with the Saints beating the Eagles 48-7 back in Week 11.

New Orleans at home in the dome is a different animal, but then again, nothing the Eagles accomplish would feel absurd at this point.