The Linc - Eagles Playoff Talk

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/25/2013.

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NFC Playoff Picture: Giants Do the Eagles No Favors - BLG, BGN
Thanks for nothing, Giants. The Cowboys now jump to 6-5. That ties them with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East division. Dallas technically owns the lead due to the head-to-head tiebreaker from their 17-3 win over the Eagles earlier in the season. If there's anything to take away from this result, it's the consolation of the Giants' season likely being over. New York drops to 4-7 overall, with a 1-3 division record and a 3-5 conference record. NYG still has to face Washington twice, the Chargers, the Seahawks, and the Lions.

A Peek at the Standings - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
There is a really good chance the season could come down to the season finale, at Dallas. If the Eagles don’t win that game, they probably don’t deserve to go to the playoffs. I don’t want the Eagles to get into the postseason just for the heck of it. Backing into the playoffs doesn’t accomplish much. I’d rather see the Eagles earn their way in. If that means winning a bad division at 9-7, so be it. I’m just not looking for a soft schedule to push the Eagles in.

Eagles game vs. Cardinals has big Wild Card playoff implications - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
Make no mistake about it-- winning the division isn't just the goal, it should be expected from the Eagles. That plan became a little more difficult on Sunday, however, with the Dallas Cowboys' win over the New York Giants. The win put the Cowboys at 6-5, giving them the division lead over the Eagles. The Cowboys currently hold the tiebreaker over Philadelphia due to their victory over the Eagles in Week Seven. The Eagles are still very, very much alive for the division title, but if it doesn't happen, another path to the playoffs might be opening up.

For Eagles QB coach, work with Nick Foles never finished - Zach Berman, Inquirer
"The biggest thing that you don't know about a quarterback is the stuff that shows up on game day, which is his demeanor on the sideline and his ability to see," Lazor said. "Some quarterbacks can come to the sideline and can't tell you what happened out there, and some quarterbacks can come and tell you exactly where the defense was, how they turned their hips, who jumped the route. Those are the things you don't know until you go through it. Nick's done a great job of communicating on game day and seeing what the defense is doing."

Roob's 25 random points - CSN Philly
I understand why the Eagles want Brandon Boykin to stick to the slot this year. He’s 23, he’s a second-year pro, he plays a ton of special teams and they just don’t want to overload his plate. They want him to focus on playing inside corner without worrying about moving back and forth from inside to outside. But you look at a game like Sunday against the Redskins, and the guy who is arguably the Eagles’ biggest playmaker was on the field for only 26 of 82 defensive snaps. That’s 56 Redskins plays that Boykin was watching from the sideline. Fortunately, he was on the field for the last one, since he turned in the game-winning interception. I just think the kid is going to be a big-time, every-down cornerback. He’s got a lot of Lito Sheppard in him. Not great size but plenty of speed and athleticism and a knack for playmaking. Like Lito, Boykin has that swagger you love. I would think by next fall, he’s a full-time, every-down cornerback. He should be.

Five Eagles Numbers That Matter - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
1 – The number of incompletions on passes thrown to DeSean Jackson in the last three games. According to Pro Football Focus, Nick Foles has targeted Jackson 14 times, and 13 of those have been completions for 312 yards. On the season, Jackson has caught 68.2 percent of the passes thrown his way. That number has never been higher than 61.3 percent during his first five seasons in the NFL. And it’s not like the Eagles are dinking-and-dunking to Jackson. He has a league-leading 19 catches of 20+ yards on the season and is averaging 17.0 yards per catch. That would be his best average for since 2010. Chip Kelly has done a masterful job of maximizing Jackson’s ability as a big-play threat while making him a more efficient receiver.

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