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Tim Jernigan: This Eagles Team Is A ‘Big Family’ - CBS Philly
Tim Jernigan has never played on an NFL team as good as this Eagles team, and he’s loving every second of it. Jernigan, 25, spent the previous three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before joining the Eagles this offseason. Last week, he signed a four-year extension worth $48 million with Philadelphia. The Eagles are 8-1 and Jernigan couldn’t be happier. Jernigan says professionally, he has never been on a team this good. "I don't think it's close, honestly. Everybody comes to do their job. It's like everybody gets along so well. Players, coaches, just the bond that everyone has together. It's a big family."

Eagles vs. Cowboys Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are set to square off on Sunday Night Football this week. It’s a BIG NFC East matchup. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 11 game against Dallas, I reached out to our mortal enemies over at Blogging The Boys. My friend Dave Halprin kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game.

Friday Conversations: Todd Herremans -
Vince Quinn sits down with former Eagle Todd Herremans as they discuss the current Eagles squad, the offensive line, Roger Goodell, alternatives to pain killers in the NFL and a lot more.

Mailbag: Will Jeffery, Bradham, Kendricks, Curry, Burton, Pumphrey be back in '18? - PhillyVoice
Alshon Jeffery signed a "bet on myself" one-year contract after missing a chunk of the Bears' season last year because of a suspension for PEDs. He got off to a slow start this season, but has picked it up over the last two games, catching 8 passes for 146 yards and 3 TDs. The more he produces down the stretch and into the playoffs, the more his price tag will rise. With the lack of production from Torrey Smith, the Eagles probably don't want to have to replace two receivers in one offseason once again, so I would guess that they would like to get something done with Jeffery.

How to bet Philadelphia at Dallas - ESPN
Dallas not only lost Ezekiel Elliott last week, but also was without its star left tackle Tyron Smith (Atlanta's Adrian Clayborn had six sacks!). They also lost linebacker Sean Lee during the game and fell to Atlanta 27-7 with just 233 yards of offense. Dallas is only plus 29 yards per game with those players. Philadelphia is one of the top three teams in the NFL and it recently added Jay Ajayi to join LeGarrette Blount at running back. Carson Wentz has an outstanding 23-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Their defense is getting better each week as they are No. 5 in the NFL over the past four weeks with 13 sacks (allowing just 71 yards per game rushing). I have backed the Eagles in five of the past six weeks with the exception being the Carolina game where I passed. With six consecutive covers, I will continue to ride them here. ATS pick: Philadelphia.

Fast Start Is Eagles' Winning Formula -
The numbers jump off the page - Eagles 64, opponents 12. When you start games the way the Eagles have in 2017, good things happen. Starting fast has been critical to the team’s success to date ...

NFL Week 11 Preview: Eagles at Cowboys - PFF
T La’el Collins vs. Edge Brandon Graham – The 60th-rated (45.7 overall grade) tackle in the league, La’el Collins, draws a matchup this week against one of the premier edge rushers in the NFL, Brandon Graham. Collins allowed three total pressures (all hurries) on 42 pass block snaps last week, giving him a pass blocking efficiency of 94.6, 37th among 58 qualifying offensive tackles. His pass blocking efficiency for the season now sits at 93.0, tied for 58th among 78 qualifying offensive tackles. Graham currently has an overall grade of 92.1, third among 110 qualifying edge defenders. He’s notched 41 total pressures on the season, tied for eighth-most among 106 qualifying edge defenders. Incredible against the run as well, Graham has a run-stop percentage of 15.5, the highest of all edge defenders.

Doug Pederson, Eagles coaches willing to give players a voice - The Athletic
One of Pederson's themes this year has been ownership. He wants the players to be accountable for the good and the bad, to feel like they have a say in the decisions that are being made and the way the team is being run. Jenkins said that openness doesn't exist on all NFL teams. “I’ve been around coaching staffs that are both sides of the coin — some that want it done the way they envision it as coaches. And then I’ve been a part of [teams] that allow you to give your suggestions or opinions on it because you’re the one that has to execute the technique,” he said. “This staff does a really good job of listening to us — not only me, but our entire secondary. Cory is especially a coach where we’ll come in the room, and he’ll ask us how we want to play things throughout the week, knowing that we’re actually the ones that have to go execute it. There’s some things that coaches sometimes will draw out on paper that look good but are really, really tough to actually execute. I think that’s one of the reasons that we’ve performed well as a secondary is we’ve had that input, that ownership. We feel good about what we’re doing.”

Brent Celek, longest-tenured Eagle, keeps eyes on prize - Inquirer
But every time the Eagles came to him about a new contract, whether it was an extension or this past offseason’s pay cut, Celek said he never thought too deeply about leaving Philadelphia. “I know I could have done that, but the money is not the endgame for me,” said Celek, who was nominated by the Eagles this week for the NFL’s 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. “First of all, it’s winning a championship. And most importantly, it’s winning a championship here. After I’ve been here for as long as I’ve been here, what am I going to gain going somewhere else?”

Carson Wentz's durability is his biggest strength - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Forget for a moment all the record-setting touchdown passes, all the dazzling third-down conversions and the highlight-reel red-zone heroics. One of Carson Wentz's greatest accomplishments these last two years has just been playing football every Sunday. Being out there for his team without fail every week. That alone puts him in an elite group. Look around the league. Tyrod Taylor just got benched in Buffalo with the Bills in the playoff hunt. Trevor Siemian was benched just before the Broncos came to Philly. The 49ers benched Brian Hoyer a few weeks before facing the Eagles. Last we checked, the Browns have already benched DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan this fall.

Philadelphia Eagles DBs are doing something new this year: Picking off passes at a high rate - PennLive
Soft-spoken Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson began to answer a question this week about the team's 11 interceptions, a total tied for fourth in the NFL, when safety Malcolm Jenkins interjected from the next locker stall over. Robinson had just affirmed that defensive backs are competitive with one another. They often grow more aggressive after watching a teammate nab a pick, he said. "Hell yeah," Jenkins shouted, while smiling and looking at Robinson, "and I haven't gotten one yet."

Michael Vick repays $17.4 million of $17.6 million owed in bankruptcy - PFT
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick made good on his promise not to “stiff people who never stiffed me.” He repaid the final $1.5 million to creditors Thursday, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN, paying back $17.4 million of the $17.6 million owed from a July 2008 bankruptcy filing. “Paying 99 cents on the dollar, which he did, is remarkable. It happens in maybe one out of 100 cases,” Joseph Luzinski, a senior vice president of Development Specialists Inc., a management consultancy firm and liquidating trustee in Vick’s bankruptcy, told Rovell.

Proof that the Cowboys struggle to adjust at halftime, and it’s crushing their season - Blogging The Boys
So, one of the memes of the Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 season has been the team’s poor halftime adjustments. The argument is the Dallas coaches are getting out-adjusted at halftime. Opponents are allegedly able to make adjustments at halftime that allow them to reverse first half trends and take control of games immediately after the halftime break. But is this really true? Are opponents better at attacking and defending the Cowboys directly after the break than they were before halftime? Well, I ran the numbers and I can unequivocally say they absolutely have, and I have a single chart that proves this.

Seahawks preparing Matt Tobin to start at left tackle Monday against Falcons - Seattle Times
As the Seahawks began preparations on Thursday for Monday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons they did so with Matt Tobin as the starting left tackle. That might seem like a rather unfortunate turn of events given that just over two weeks ago the Seahawks traded a 2019 second-round pick and a 2018 third-rounder to Houston to get veteran Duane Brown with the hope that the three-time Pro Bowler could hold down that spot for the rest of the season. Brown, though, is among Seattle’s many walking wounded, suffering an ankle injury against Arizona. The team considers him as a gametime decision for Atlanta and it’s unclear if he will practice at all this week

Trash Or Nawl: Philly is the kingdom of everything good in the world, Dilly Dilly - SB Nation
I don’t even know where Texas is. I don’t know what Dallas is. But what I do know is: That shitty ass rotting piece of gum y’all have as an owner ain’t finna save you from this ass-whippin comin on OUUUUUU SUNDAY NIGHT. Yakubian Warren Moon aka Yung GingerSnaps aka Carson Kick Ass bout to set your secondary ablaze. As a reminder, I am only here to talk that cash shit. And one of my favorite hobbies happens to involve this mysterious team that’s not 8-1.


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