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Eagles' center Kelce having one of the best run blocking seasons in a decade - PFF
The diversity of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s play calling has had a ripple effect on the entire Eagles team – most notably QB Carson Wentz (85.0 overall grade – fifth among quarterbacks). However, there’s another Eagle on the offense having a career year – center Jason Kelce. Kelce has never shown as a great pass protecting center, but where he excels is run blocking. His 96.7 run block grade this season crushes No. 2 center David Andrews’ 85.6. If the season ended today it’d be the third-highest of any offensive linemen, regardless of position, since 2006. His overall grade reflects that dominance.

Dannell Ellerbe to sign with Eagles - BGN
The Eagles are adding lineback depth.

What went right and wrong around the NFL for the Eagles on Sunday - PhillyVoice
Actually, the Falcons didn't just beat the Cowboys, they dominated them. With no Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys couldn't run the ball effectively, which in turn exposed the Cowboys' offensive line (specifically Chaz Green, who filled in for the injured Tyron Smith) in pass protection. The Cowboys couldn't block the Falcons' defensive line to save their lives, and they are in even bigger trouble next Sunday if Smith can't return to the lineup against the Eagles' front four. The Eagles are now three games up on the Cowboys in the NFC East.

A Good Day - Iggles Blitz
After watching Joe Walker for two weeks, I can understand this move. Walker shows potential, but needs experience. With the Eagles headed for the playoffs, you don’t want a player on the field who isn’t ready for key situations

Eagles' D-line built to dominate for years - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles might have the best defensive line in the NFL this season, although there are certainly other teams in the conversation. Beyond 2017? It's not up for debate. No D-line is better positioned for future success than the Eagles'. That might've been the case already before defensive tackle Tim Jernigan signed a four-year contract extension worth $48 million on Thursday. A new deal for Jernigan just put the unit over the top. There isn't a defensive line in the league that possesses more high-end talents who are either in their prime or still developing, all under contract for the foreseeable future.

Eagles have been led to where they are by Carson Wentz - Inquirer
As the year has gone along, taking nothing away from a defense that held together much better than expected, Wentz is the clear reason the team is doing what it is doing. Not only is he playing exceptionally well despite his relative lack of experience, but his enthusiasm is infectious. Maybe he’ll get to the point someday where he throws a touchdown pass, tugs loose his chinstrap, and walks to the sideline to accept a handshake or two, but that’s a long way from where he is now. The Eagles are up in large part because they have a leader as rambunctious as a lab puppy, and how can they not follow along?

Rested Eagles Benefit From 0-3 NFC East -
It was early in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys-Falcons game on Sunday when Dallas radio play-by-play announcer Brad Sham summed up the Cowboys’ day: “Pathetic. Just pathetic. That’s what this is.” Dallas lost 27-7, capping an 0-for-3 day by the NFC East as the Eagles enjoyed their bye weekend.

Eagles' top challenger in NFC? Don't count out Case Keenum, Vikings - ESPN
It’s not crazy to imagine this team as a real contender. The Vikings made the playoffs as division champs two years ago and started 5-0 last season before a brutal run of injury attrition on the offensive line cost them any chance of making good on that. They hit the line hard in free agency, brought back the core of a smothering defense, and their wide receiver duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs makes a case as the very best in the NFL. You could convince yourself that they’re a quarterback away, but the way Keenum’s playing, that may be underselling them.

Five thoughts: An Eagles slant to Week 10 in the NFL - The Athletic
Let's start with their next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys. It was the first game of Ezekiel Elliott's suspension, but the bigger issue was Tyron Smith being sidelined with a groin injury as Dak Prescott was sacked eight times. Dallas' offense managed just one score on 10 possessions, and this was against the 29th-ranked (DVOA) Atlanta Falcons defense. It's uncertain whether Smith will be back against the Eagles. He didn't practice last week and has been dealing with back and hip issues in addition to the groin. If Smith is out again, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham and Chris Long may have to have a rock-paper-scissors tournament to see who gets to line up on that side Sunday.

The Jerry Jones vs. Arthur Blank dispute was impossible to ignore during the Falcons-Cowboys game - SB Nation
The chill outside of magnificent Mercedes-Benz Stadium matched the icy pre- and post-game postures of owners Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank. This Cowboys-Falcons clash was a backdrop to a confirmed conflict between two owners once cozy but now split. Two owners at odds on if commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract should be extended and whether Goodell should even remain commissioner at all. Jones, the Dallas owner, supports consideration on both counts. Blank, the Falcons owner, does not. He chairs the ownership committee dealing with Goodell’s contract. He is ready to move forward with Goodell.


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