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  • The Linc - Miles Sanders is a bright spot from a dark Eagles season
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on December 6, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/6/19. Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... Miles Sanders: A franchise RB in the making for Eagles - PE.comSanders is the first NFL running back to record at least 850 scrimmage yards and 300 return yards in his first 12 career games since Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) in 2007.Through 12 games, Sanders ranks fifth in all-purpose yards (1,190) in Eagles rookie history. Also ranks third in scrimmage yards (879) in rookie franchise history. When he gained 47 yards from scrimmage against New England a couple of weeks back, Sanders became the third player in team history to post 1,000-plus all-purpose yards in their first 10 career games, joining DeSean Jackson in 2008 (1,085) and Ted Dean in 1960 (1,066). Cowboys lose to Bears and give Eagles another chance to pull level in pitiful NFC East - BGNDoes any team actually want to win the NFC East?! It sure doesn’t seem like it. For the second week in a row, the Dallas Cowboys failed to extend their lead over the Philadelphia Eagles by losing a game they were favored to win. The Cowboys lost to Mitchell Trubisky (!) and the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. And so the 5-7 Eagles will once again have a chance to pull level with the 6-7 Cowboys if they win this week. The Birds are currently 9.5 point favorites over the New York Giants — who’ve lost eight games in a row — on Monday Night Football. The Kist & Solak Show #154: How to Win Friends & Elevate Teammates - BGN RadioMichael Kist and Benjamin Solak have a discussion about “elevating your teammates” before hitting up part one of their usual two-part preview of Eagles-Giants, this time with the focus on the match-up between the Giants’ offense against the Eagles’ defense! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation. Build for the Future - Iggles BlitzI still believe in Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. The Eagles still have some outstanding pieces in place. Johnson, Ertz, Cox, Graham, etc. Young guys like Derek Barnett, Miles Sanders, Avonte Maddox and Dallas Goedert all look to be key players for the future. There is more right than wrong. That said, the Eagles do need to look hard in the offseason at how to build for an extended run. Forget about chasing the short term Super Bowl. Build a team to play together for several years. They need to be really selective about which older players stay around and which ones get added. Jeffrey Lurie talked about the need to add a lot of players in the draft classes of 2019 and 2020. The Eagles didn’t do that in 2019. They do need to do that in 2020. This team needs young talent. And the coaches need to embrace the young players. Don’t patch. Don’t repair. Build for the future. Week 14 NFL picks against the spread - The AthleticEagles (-9.5) vs. Giants: The Eagles have been one of the most boring teams in the NFL and embarrassed themselves last week in Miami. The Giants have lost eight in a row and will go with Eli Manning in place of the injured Daniel Jones. In other words, there’s not much here for a great Monday Night Football promo. I think the Eagles win and stay alive in the NFC East, but I’ll take the points. The pick: Giants (+9.5). How long will Jeffrey Lurie give Doug Pederson to turn Eagles around? - NBCSPSo how long should we expect Lurie to stick with Pederson if things don’t get better? History — Eagles history and NFL history — can help us sort this out. Lurie has fired four head coaches — Rich Kotite, Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid and Chip Kelly. He let go of each one at the exact same time — after the first time their teams failed to reach the playoffs two straight years. Does that mean if the Eagles don’t win the NFC East this year and the Eagles don’t rebound and reach the playoffs next year, Pederson is gone? Probably not. It’s hard to imagine Lurie looking at Pederson the same way he looked at Rhodes, Kotite or Kelly. That Super Bowl trophy could very well earn Pederson more than just two down years. Plus, only one coach in NFL history has ever won a Super Bowl and been fired before he coached at least four more seasons with that team. 2019 PFF Week 14 NFL Power Rankings - PFF17. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Since their bye in Week 10, the Eagles have been in free fall, losing games to the Patriots, Seahawks and Dolphins over the past three weeks. Luckily for them, the Cowboys are trying their hardest to keep things interesting in the NFC East. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby both got abused by the Ryan Fitzpatrick–Devante Parker super connection, each of them allowing over 100 passing yards into their coverage in the game. No matter how strong their defensive front and pass-rush is, there is certainly reason to be concerned about their secondary holding up against any sort of test. 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide receivers for Week 14 - Fake Teams[BLG Note: Alshon Jeffery is ranked 23rd.] Meet the 2020 offseason NFL quarterback market: Early predictions on 16 players - ESPNNick Foles — Most likely 2020 status: Trade bait. Foles has enjoyed success playing under Chip Kelly, Andy Reid and Doug Pederson. He has been a mess everywhere else. I wonder if the Jags could find a way to eat enough money and make a deal work with the Eagles. A more plausible fit would be with the Chiefs, who already had to experience life without Patrick Mahomes for a couple of weeks. Colts coach Frank Reich also had success coaching Foles under Pederson in Philadelphia, but Indy already has Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer under contract for 2020. Cowboys continue to prove they are a terrible team in 31-24 loss to Bears - Blogging The BoysThis Cowboys team didn’t just get beaten. It is beaten. Prescott was off on just about all his throws, even when he completed them. Nothing really worked offensively once they got past the opening script. The defense made another shaky quarterback look like an All-Pro. And the special teams let the Bears improve their field position on punts while doing little to help when the ball was coming to them, with Brett Maher contributing both the missed field goal and putting the kickoff after the Cowboys’ second touchdown out of bounds to help the Bears. It was truly a team effort in the worst way. This is the second time in a row when the Cowboys needed to put their best effort on the field to get this season back on track, and for the second time they looked like they shouldn’t even have six wins. The sidelines looked shell-shocked. One camera shot of Sean Lee was absolutely telling, as he looked like a man who had no answers or ideas. It was fitting, as the defense almost never was able to get off the field. What’s next for the Cowboys? - PFTThe fact that the Cowboys still have arguably the best chance of any of the teams in the NFC East to be that team will continue to nudge owner Jerry Jones away from firing coach Jason Garrett, in large part because Jones apparently (and justifiably) has no confidence in any of the other members of the staff to do what Garrett can’t: Finally start the lawnmower on a team that has the talent to be much better than it is. So what will they do? The players will yell, scream, rant, and rave, Jones will talk about how fairy tales can still come true, and quite possibly the Cowboys will fall flat (again) in 10 days when they host the Rams. What’s wrong with the 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles? - Big Blue ViewThe New York Giants travel to the always-friendly (cough, cough) City of Brotherly Love on Monday to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Neither the 2-10 Giants nor the 5-7 Eagles are having the kind of seasons they hoped for. So, in this week’s ‘5 questions’ segment with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, we try to find out what is wrong with the Eagles. We also want to know if an Eagles’ fan could possibly consider Eli Manning a Hall of Famer. Let’s get started. OBJ: “I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else” - Dawgs By NatureCleveland’s ongoing struggles have led some to fear that this season could be a one-and-done situation for Beckham and the Browns. The veteran wide receiver was asked about what the future holds on Thursday, and while he did not come out and demand a trade, he also did not exactly express his undying love to the franchise. [BLG Note: OBJ gonna be available again this offseason?] Ranking the 6 most embarrassing losses for NFC East teams this season - SB NationYeesh. Every other division has at least one team with eight wins. How did the NFC East get here? By way of many awful losses. Out friends at Blogging The Boys already ranked the Cowboys’ losses by how disappointing they were. But Dallas isn’t the one team failing to take advantage of opportunities. All four teams in the division have shit the bed at least once in 2019. Here are the six most inexplicable losses by the NFC East so far, ranked by how embarrassing they were. [BLG Note: Hmmmmmm, can you guess No. 1?] ... Social Media Information: BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreen BGN Instagram: Follow @BleedingGreenInsta BGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowton BGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio

  • Cowboys lose to Bears and give Eagles another chance to pull level in pitiful NFC East
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on December 6, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports The division that no team truly deserves to win. Does any team actually want to win the NFC East?! It sure doesn’t seem like it. For the second week in a row, the Dallas Cowboys failed to extend their lead over the Philadelphia Eagles by losing a game they were favored to win. The Cowboys lost to Mitchell Trubisky (!) and the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. And so the 5-7 Eagles will once again have a chance to pull level with the 6-7 Cowboys if they win this week. The Birds are currently 9.5 point favorites over the New York Giants — who’ve lost eight games in a row — on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys’ loss doesn’t change a ton for the Eagles in the sense that Philly probably still has to win their final four remaining games to win the division. Such a scenario would have the Eagles clinching the NFC East at 9-7 while Dallas go could 8-8 at best. EAGLES’ FINAL FOUR GAMES Week 14 - vs. New York Giants (2-10)Week 15 - at Washington (3-9)Week 16 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-7)Week 17 - at New York Giants (2-10) Dallas could give the Eagles more room for error if they end up losing to the Los Angeles Rams and/or Washington. That outcome doesn’t seem totally out of the question considering how the Cowboys are falling apart. COWBOYS’ FINAL THREE GAMES Week 15 - vs. Los Angeles Rams (7-5)Week 16 - at Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)Week 17 - vs. Washington (3-9) Still, the Eagles shouldn’t be relying on the Cowboys to give them any more help than they already have. If the Birds are going to really make the playoffs, it’s time to do it by winning out. NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE 1 - New Orleans Saints (10-2)2 - Seattle Seahawks (10-2)3 - Green Bay Packers (9-3)4 - Dallas Cowboys (6-7)5 - San Francisco 49ers (10-2)6 - Minnesota Vikings (8-4)...7 - Los Angeles Rams (7-5)8 - Chicago Bears (7-6)9 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)10 - Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)11 - Carolina Panthers (5-7)12 - Detroit Lions (3-8-1)13 - Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1)14 - Atlanta Falcons (3-9)15 - Washington (3-9)16 - New York Giants (2-10)

  • Thursday Night Football: Cowboys vs. Bears
    by Alexis Chassen on December 6, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Watch TNF here. For the second week in a row, both the Dallas Cowboys (6-6) and Chicago Bears (6-6) will compete on a Thursday, this time the two will face each other for Week 14’s Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys are coming off a big loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving, and the Bears are fresh off a win over the Lions. Dallas leads the all-time series, 13-11, and have won the past 2 meetings. These teams last faced off in 2016. It’s no surprise that Eagles’ fans should be rooting for the Cowboys to lose — both because LOL, but also for their spot in the NFC East. Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game. Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears TV Schedule Game time: 8:20 PM EST Channel: FOX | NFL Network Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 Location: Soldier Field | Chicago, IL Online Streaming FuboTV: https://fave.co/2qoH7KA Odds Dallas Cowboys -3 Chicago Bears +3 Over/under: 42.5 points BLG pick: Cowboys -3 SB Nation Blogs Cowboys: www.BloggingTheBoys.com Bears: www.WindyCityGridiron.com Open thread: discuss Thursday night’s game in the comments below.

  • Doug Pederson on Eagles’ struggles: “We’re all disappointed and we’re all sick to our stomach”
    by Alexis Chassen on December 5, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Plus: the head coach got a bit snippy about self and coaching evaluations. Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson spoke to the media on Thursday, and did so with a hint of attitude. He discussed the messaging to the team, the decision to get rid of Mack Hollins, and how they go about evaluating the staff at the end of the season. Here’s what the head coach had to say: On his relationship with the players Pederson was asked about his approach with the players this week and how to get them motivated in a must-win situation. “The main message is, we’re in a must-win situation. We know that. It really started last week and really coming out of the bye if you want to think about it going back a few weeks. For me, I have to stay the course. I have to stay transparent and have to stay as honest as I can with the team. The integrity, talk about the character of the team and all that with them and say, ‘Listen, guys, we’re in that must-win situation right now.’ It’s as much on us as coaches as it is players, and so I look to that as well. We’re responsible for how our players play, and that starts with me. So I hold my coaches accountable first and then obviously it goes down to the players.” The head coach was also asked whether he felt he still had the locker room behind him, and he acknowledged he did. “I can just sense and feel the energy of the group. Listen, we’re all disappointed and we’re all sick to our stomach, but they also understand we have done this to ourselves obviously and they’re ready to go back to work. I sensed that yesterday and I sensed it again today. And of course, again, it’s my job to -- I have to bring that energy, bring that juice, so that they can see me in that light, and then that’s what spreads out through the rest of the team. But, yeah, these guys are with me.” On Mack Hollins and roster moves Pederson said that roster moves are not made without Howie and himself having a discussion — even though Howie does ultimately make the final decision. “We also feel like some of our younger players, JJ [Arcega-Whiteside], Greg [Ward], have earned or at least deserved an opportunity, and, again, you have to make some tough decisions.” He disagreed that there was a disconnect between the front office and coaching staff given that so many players who were cut had significant playing time the week before. Pederson emphasized that they were making decisions in the best interest of the team. The head coach said that from a locker room standpoint, players and coaches both know what type of business they are in. “I think that, again, if I stand in front of the team and keep constantly saying that we’re going to make decisions in the best interest of the Philadelphia Eagles and the players that are in the room, then we move on from it. We understand that sometimes tough decisions have to be made.” Pederson then thought it was ironic that he was being asked questions about releasing guys who had so much playing time when in the week’s past, he’d been asked so many questions about production. But, then, the head coach backtracked and said that wasn’t the reason for the cuts. “No, it’s not the answer, but, I mean, we were talking about production and now I have some young guys that are playing and contributing. We talk about every player on our roster obviously. We have to make decisions, and they’re tough decisions for the team.” On self-scouting and coach evaluations Pederson was asked how he holds coaches accountable. He explained that it’s based on how their position plays and he goes through and evaluates everyone at the end of the season. “And I’m up front with the coaches from day one, from -- all the way back to OTAs when we’re coming out of that off-season before OTAs. I make a statement with the coaches. I’m probably giving you more information than you need, but I want to be up front with them as well. Say, ‘Listen, your performance is based on your players and how well they perform.’ Obviously they can’t control injury and all that. That’s where it starts.” The head coach admitted that it’s hard to do the evaluation mid-season, but that they do it when the season is over. Pederson later on got snippy when asked about his own self-scouting. He retorted that the season isn’t over, and that they have a game on Monday and would rather wait to discuss performances until the end of the year. On Carson Wentz’s development “I think as our relationship has grown and he getting to know me and me getting to know him, I think we can be hard on each other. I can be hard on him and he can be hard back on me.” Pederson explained that having that open dialog and communication allows him and Wentz to work through both positive and negative issues. He used several examples throughout the league to support his notion that having that rapport and relationship between coach-player-playcaller leads to success. The head coach was also asked about Wentz’s passing game recently and whether something might be off. He said that they’d love for quarterbacks to be at 100% completion, but there are a lot of factors that go into throwing a football. “t’s not just the quarterback and having a good arm and making good decisions, moving in the pocket. The protection has to be right. The receiver has to be dialed in on the right route. We have to coach the quarterback. His eyes have to be in the right spot. So there are a lot of factors that go into the passing game, and all that can affect accuracy. But at the bottom line, as a play caller I can help that. I can help that with maybe moving him out of the pocket like we did a little bit in the game on Sunday or these last couple weeks with screen passes or, short to intermediate throws where the quarterback can get into a little bit of a rhythm. It kind of settles everybody down. Tempo offense. So there are so many factors that can go into that that can help a quarterback be a little more successful there.” Injury updates Jordan Howard’s status hasn’t changed, and he’s still not cleared for contact. Pederson, however, said that he doesn’t think it’ll be a season-ending issue.

  • Eagles Injury Report: Jordan Howard still not cleared for contact, three players sit out
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on December 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Philly’s leading rusher could be out again. The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Thursday in advance of their Week 14 Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Three players DID NOT PARTICIPATE in practice: Nelson Agholor, Derek Barnett, and Kamu Grugier-Hill. All three players were able to finish Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins so one would think the Eagles are being cautious with them. Especially since the Birds held a padded practice on Thursday. Grugier-Hill’s injury could be the most significant since he’s in the league’s concussion protocol and will need to be cleared before being allowed to return. One player was a LIMITED PARTICIPANT in practice: Jordan Howard. Howard still hasn’t been cleared for contact, according to Doug Pederson. It seems like the Eagles’ leading rusher is on track to miss his fourth straight game since suffering a shoulder injury back in Week 9. If that’s the case, it’ll be another week where Miles Sanders is the primary running back with Jay Ajayi having a small role. Alshon Jeffery is notably off the injury report after being limited in practice last week. That’s a positive. Same goes for Zach Ertz, who has been dealing with a hamstring issue. We’ll learn more abut the team’s injury situation when they put out their second injury report on Friday afternoon. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY) DID NOT PARTICIPATE WR Nelson Agholor (knee)DE Derek Barnett (ankle)LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) LIMITED PARTICIPATION RB Jordan Howard (shoulder)... NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY) Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones didn’t practice, as expected. Eli Manning figures to start against the Eagles on Monday night. Second tight end Rhett Ellison has missed multiple games with a concussion and still isn’t back at practice. Starting safety and punt returner Jabrill Peppers missed last week’s game with a back injury and still isn’t back at practice. Former Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate is set to return this week after missing game time due to a concussion. Starting tight end Evan Engram might be able to return this week as well. DID NOT PARTICIPATE QB Daniel Jones (ankle)TE Rhett Ellison (concussion)S Jabrill Peppers (back)LB Chris Peace (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION CB Corey Ballentine (concussion) TE Evan Engram (foot)OT Nate Solder (ankle) FULL PARTICIPATION WR Golden Tate (concussion)

 

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