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What we learned (and didn't learn) in Week 11 of NFL - ESPN
The NFL has no answer for the Eagles right now. They have scored 30 or more points in each of their past four games. There are three teams -- the Browns, Bears and Giants -- that haven't scored 30 in a game since the 2015 season. The Eagles have done it in two of their past four halves.

10 things we learned from the Eagles destroying the Cowboys - BGN
We already saw this in the 49ers game, but it needs to be mentioned again. It’s kinda crazy how the Eagles can look out of rhythm for most of an entire half and then just crank out a blowout win anyway. It’s also crazy how the Eagles are getting contributions from so many efforts. It sounds cliche, but this is truly an entire team effort. The Eagles are legitimately the best team in the NFL. They’re not just beating their opponents. They’re straight up demoralizing them. Philly’s dominance bodes well for the team moving forward. Time to start booking your trip to Minneapolis, folks.

The Eagles Just Locked Up The NFC East -
John Barchard and James Seltzer break down the Eagles' 37-9 throttling of the Cowboys.The guys begin by congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on winning the NFC East. While it's not official, you can feel good in assuming the Eagles have the division wrapped up. Plus we discuss the roller coaster of emotions they went through watching a sluggish first half performance, followed by a dominant 30-0 second half. All that & more on Ep. 278!

Eagles CB Ronald Darby had a successful re-debut, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
And so, the Cowboys gladly got Bryant matched up on Darby, and Darby showed up. The Cowboys ran a number of quick screens to Bryant, which essentially serve as extended running plays, making Darby prove that he could tackle Bryant out on an island. That is something the Eagles as a team have struggled to do against Bryant in the past. Darby was up to the challenge.

Eagle Eye: Carson Wentz's Best Play Of The Season? -
The two connected again just five plays later on this touchdown pass, and it was one of Wentz’s best throws of the night. Down in the red zone on fourth-and-5, the Eagles decide to go for it with Elliott out of the game. Dallas is playing Cover 2 Man, one of my favorite coverages in football. With two safeties over the top, the cornerbacks can be very aggressive underneath in man coverage, typically playing trail technique to take away short throws underneath. This means that Wentz, who is already faced with tight quarters inside the 20-yard line, will have even tighter windows to throw into with safeties over the top and cornerbacks underneath. Wentz is fearless, however, and he pulls the trigger on this skinny post route to Jeffery for a 17-yard score. It’s an outstanding catch by Alshon, and the throw was just as good. Wentz puts this where only his man can get it, far enough away from the corner and close enough to Jeffery so that the safety can’t make a play. The throw was on a rope. The Eagles go up 29-9 off this play, and the Cowboys’ fate is pretty much sealed at this point with over 12 minutes to go.

Going For It - Iggles Blitz
Part of getting players to excel is pushing them. Let them take chances. Dare them to be great. Whatever Pederson is saying behind closed doors is working. The Eagles lead the NFL in scoring. They are 3rd in yards. The defense is 7th in yards allowed and 8th in points allowed. Aggression can help to breed confidence. Halapoulivaati Vaitai isn’t scared to be out there at LT. Jalen Mills doesn’t care that he was a 7th round pick. He’s convinced that he’s better than Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson and Darelle Revis combined. Corey Clement sure doesn’t look like a UDFA. Think about Kamu Grugier-Hill kicking off on Sunday night. No fear. No hesitation. He just boomed the ball into the end zone. Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas built this roster. Doug Pederson has built this group of players into a confident, aggressive team. A 9-1 team that sits atop the NFL right now.

Eagles' conversions vs. Dallas might kick-start debate on going for two - Daily News
So. Given that the Eagles are the NFL’s best red-zone team, at 73.53 percent, didn’t Pederson and his staff have something to ponder as they flew home from routing the Cowboys? Couldn’t this, on a smaller scale, be kinda like the way the NBA eventually figured out that three-point shots were more than just an extra-credit novelty? “Yeah, I have,” Pederson said Monday, when asked if he’d ever considered just going for two as a matter of routine, even with a healthy kicker. Pederson’s Eagles are 10 of 13 in two-point attempts during his 26-game tenure, which is 76.9 percent. That’s also a lot of two-point tries; Pederson clearly likes the idea.

Eagles unleash 4-headed RB monster vs. Cowboys - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Forget the three-headed monster of 2003. The Eagles have somehow invented a four-headed monster. And somehow it works. On Sunday, the Eagles got contributions from four running backs in their 37-9 demolition of the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. And that’s not supposed to happen. New acquisition Jay Ajayi again showed tremendous explosiveness, gaining 84 of his 91 yards in the second half, including a 71-yard scamper run to set up a third-quarter TD. LeGarrette Blount had his best game in a while with 57 yards on 13 carries.

Upon further review: Ronald Darby's return, Jay Ajayi's big run - The Athletic
The Eagles put together three straight scoring drives after halftime. Pederson had a great call on the throwback pass to Celek that gained 28 yards. The Eagles were facing a 3rd-and-1 from their own 34, and Pederson decided to gamble. It worked out beautifully. Wentz had a tremendous throw on the drive where he stood in the pocket, absorbed a big hit and threw a dart to Jeffery for 18 yards and a first down.

Philadelphia Eagles win over Dallas Cowboys produces ratings boost for NBC - PennLive
The Philadelphia Eagles wound up shaking free from early struggles and cruising past the Dallas Cowboys, 37-9, on Sunday night, but ratings suggest television audiences were intrigued despite a lopsided result. NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast of the game drew a 13.5 household rating and a 22 share in metered market ratings, which marks a 14 percent increase from the Week 11 Sunday night contest last year between the Packers and Redskins, according to Deadline. Philly's victory produced the best rating for primetime game since Week 1 of this NFL season.

Top fantasy takeaways from Week 11's action - PFF
As we expected, the Eagles continued to use a committee in their backfield with LeGarrette Blount leading the way with 13 carries. However, Jay Ajayi flashed major upside yet again with 91 yards on seven carries. Most of Ajayi’s yards came on a 71-yarder where the newly acquired back burst through the middle and nearly took it to the house. Fantasy owners can expect Ajayi’s workload to continue to increase as we go forward. A 20-carry day isn’t likely to happen in the near future, but Ajayi’s upside is high enough to warrant every-week RB2 consideration.

Week 11 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
Dak Prescott has now finished next-to-last two weeks in a row with Tyron Smith on the sidelines. Over those two weeks, he has had the NFL's worst passing statistics by more than 100 DYAR. In the red zone against Philadelphia, he went 2-of-5 for 6 yards with no touchdowns, one sack, and one interception. On third and fourth downs, he went 3-of-11 for 25 yards with two conversions, two interceptions, and one sack-fumble which was returned for an Eagles touchdown.

While Cowboys like to talk about their 'next man up' philosophy, Eagles live it - SportsDay
The Cowboys and Eagles both share the next-man-up philosophy. But the Eagles have overcome all of their injury adversity to post the best record in the NFL this season at 9-1. No explanations, no excuses. Next-man-up needs to be more than a mere talking point.

Saints lose Alex Okafor for season due to torn Achilles, report says - Canal Street Chronicles
It’s a big blow for the Saints defensive line, as Okafor has been a solid presence in both run defense and pass rushing. Look for a committee approach for the defensive end presence opposite of Cameron Jordan, with Trey Hendrickson likely being the primary beneficiary. The Saints also have Hau’oli Kikaha and Al-Quadin Muhammad, but don’t be surprised if the team signs a free agent to help here.

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods will be “out for a couple of weeks” with shoulder injury - Turf Show Times
Eagles play the Rams in a few weeks. Los Angeles might be without their leading receiver.

Why Cowboys are headed for an 8-8 record - and have been for a while - Blogging The Boys
Things have not been going the Cowboys' way this year, and that's not just a knee-jerk reaction to the last two games, or to Ezekiel Elliott's suspension. No, things have been out of kilter for one reason or another since Week 1, at least compared to last year. And if things remain the same as they've been for the first 10 games of the year, there's a good chance the Cowboys end up with yet another 8-8 record.

11 stats that perfectly explain Week 11 in the NFL - SB Nation
The Vikings are giving up the second-least amount of rushing yards per game at 77.7, second only to the Philadelphia Eagles. Stopping Todd Gurley in his tracks was no surprise, but to the level at which they did it was impressive.

For Thanksgiving, the Jets’ Terrence Brooks Pays It Forward - Sports Illustrated
Like many NFL players working in the community for the holidays, the Jets’ defensive back pitches in with meals at a local women’s shelter. He knows what it’s like to go through hard times


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