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Unselfishness at core of Eagles' balanced, lethal offense - NBC Sports Philadelphia
You look at the stats, and nothing jumps off the page. No running back on pace for 1,000 yards, no wide receiver on pace for 1,000 yards. Heck, even the all-world quarterback hasn't thrown for more than 211 yards in his last three games. No 100-yard games by a wide out or tight end. Only one 100-yard game by a running back, and that was two months ago. Four different guys have led the team in rushing, three different guys have led the team in receiving, 11 different guys have scored touchdowns. Heck, in the win over Dallas Sunday night, the Eagles' longest catch wasn't by one of the speedy free agent wide receivers, and it wasn't by Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins or Zach Ertz. It was by rarely used 11th-year tight end Brent Celek, who turns 33 in January.

Eagles “Dakota Tough, Philly Strong” t-shirts - BGN
The dude is only in his second year and he’s already the favorite to be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Wentz is tough as nails and seems to be doing great work off the field as well. Now you can rep Wentz with this new t-shirt from our friends over at BreakingT.

Afternoon QB with BLG: Dallas Still Sucks -
Another Eagles Victory Monday with BLG! On this week's edition of Afternoon QB, Brandon Lee Gowton discusses some final thoughts on the Eagles-Cowboys game, explains why Carson Wentz is better than Dak Prescott, and gives a little preview of the Eagles-Bears game, which might be tougher than expected. Plus three over/unders for this week!

Top 7 Eagles touchdown celebrations in 2017, in gifs - PhillyVoice
"I had to unlock the safe, and share some money with the fellas," Barner said. "And then blow it." Watch the celebration again and focus in on Stefen Wisniewski, who has no idea what he's doing. "I was not told ahead of time," Wisniewski explained. "I figured he had some treasure, and I guess they were making it rain later. I missed that memo. The linemen aren't always in the meetings for the celebrations." I give this celebration bonus points because Corey Clement, Jay Ajayi, and LeGarrette Blount are all involved. Obviously, the Eagles did not line up with four running backs on the play, which means they all ran into the end zone from the sideline to participate.

Shutting ’em Down - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles defense is 7th in points and yards allowed, both good figures. It wasn’t that long ago those were figures were a bit higher. The last three games the defense has allowed 238, 226 and 225 yards. They have allowed 10, 16 and 9 points. Denver had a defensive TD that got them to 23 points in that game. The defense is starting to really play well. To be fair, C.J. Beathard and Brock Osweiler are not exactly murderer’s row. Dallas is a good offense, but was missing two of their three most important players. The flip side of that is that when you do face lesser competition, you are supposed to shut them down. That’s exactly what the Eagles did. The Eagles still have the #1 run defense in the league. They are tied for 4th in sacks and they are 2nd in interceptions. If you prefer analytics, Football Outsiders has the defense at 4th overall.

Alshon Jeffery on Super Bowl guarantee: 'I never said a team' - ESPN
The way Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery sees it, his Super Bowl guarantee is still in play. Following a 3-13 season with the Chicago Bears in 2016, Jeffery raised some eyebrows in January by saying, "I guarantee you we'll win the Super Bowl next year." The Bears are currently last in the NFC North at 3-7, and Jeffery is in Philadelphia after signing a one-year deal worth as much as $14 million in free agency. But Jeffery suggested that guarantee traveled with him. "I never said a team, though," said Jeffery at his locker stall Tuesday, raising an eyebrow and offering a smile. "I never said a team."

Eagles-Bears scouting report - Daily News
The Bears are fifth in the league in rushing (131.8 yards per game) and sixth in rush average (4.5 yards per carry). They are averaging 29 rush attempts per game and are second in run-play percentage (48.2), just ahead of the Eagles. Jordan Howard, who was taken three picks ahead of the Eagles’ Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, is third in the league in rushing with 841 yards. He’s a big back with excellent vision. He notched his fourth 100-yard game of the season last week against the Lions (125 yards on 15 carries). Rookie Tarik Cohen had 44 yards on nine carries against the Lions. The Eagles weren’t as good against the run Sunday night as they have been, but they’re still holding teams to a league-best 71.0 yards per game.

The Rise Of CB Patrick Robinson -
Patrick Robinson points to his head. Here is where it all starts for Robinson, the Eagles’ cornerback who has turned heads and shut down wide receivers in 10 games for a defense that has been nothing short of outstanding as the Eagles have burst to a 9-1, best-in-the-NFL record ...

All-22: Eagles call on ‘truck’ wrinkle to run all over the Cowboys - The Athletic
On Wednesday of last week, the Eagles began to install their base running plays for Sunday night's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. That's when Jason Kelce realized there was going to be a little wrinkle against the division opponent. “Right in the installs, when we’re going over it in film and running it a couple times in practice, you know that this is really in the game plan this week,” Kelce said. The play was first installed during OTAs and has been in the playbook all season long. It has different names — tackle power, tackle trap and dart are among them. The Eagles call them “truck” plays, although Lane Johnson wasn't quite sure why. “Some trucks are bigger than others,” he said with a smile. “JP [Jason Peters] is a pretty big truck.” The play calls for a tackle — not a guard — to pull. And the Eagles used it four times Sunday to gain 77 yards, including Jay Ajayi's key 71-yard run in the third quarter.

Week 11 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The prodigal sons have returned! DVOA's favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, have finally returned to the top of our ratings this week thanks to a big win over the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles have had the best record in the league for a couple weeks now, and most observers ranked them as the top team in the NFL. DVOA had them just below the top until now. The Eagles were No. 3 last week but slip ahead of New Orleans, which remains at No. 2. Last week's top team, the Los Angeles Rams, drops to fourth after losing to the Minnesota Vikings, who are fifth. The Eagles are also our new Super Bowl favorites according to the playoff odds report, although their odds of making the playoffs aren't quite at 100 percent yet. The Eagles still miss the playoffs in a grand total of 24 out of 50,000 simulations.

NFL 2017 Week 11 - Team of the Week - PFF
Carson Wentz had another strong outing for the Eagles, and his favorite target this week was WR Alshon Jeffery. The former South Carolina standout was thrown at six times, and he came down with four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. His lone score was a fourth-and-five play that threw a dagger into the Dallas Cowboys on the night and involved an impressive catch from Jeffery in the end zone.

Can't Run On Us - McNabb or Kolb
The analysis presented above demonstrates that Eagles opponents are 10% less likely to run the ball than average, given the game situation. If opponents indeed are choosing to attack the Eagles’ passing defense, they are picking a different, though still potent, poison. The Eagles passing defense is ranked 7th in ANY/A allowed, and ranked 8th in defensive passing DVOA.

As NFL players feel fans' scorn on social media, some choose to push back - USA Today
Said Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount: “It changed my view a little bit because you don’t really know how they feel about you (in real life). On social media, they tell you.”

The Eagles drew up the perfect play to beat the Cowboys’ defense - SB Nation
I love when a scheme design ends up working just like it’s drawn on the page. The Eagles have had lots of these in the run game this season. They have mixed in all sorts of runs ... zone, gap runs, some draws. All of it has worked well so far this season. Here’s a fantastic example of that on Sunday. The Eagles run a ton of outside zone from this formation and alignment of the back. The Cowboys are in their base defense, which is Cover 2. In a Cover 2 defense, you’re typically a man short in the box so the defensive line will pirate. A pirate is a front side spike by the defensive tackle and the defensive end. The idea is that this forces runs to bounce outside, where the outside linebacker will be waiting or the middle linebacker coming over the top

The Eagles will play at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park - Morning Call
The Eagles, the best-selling rock group that disbanded after founding singer Glenn Frey died last year but reunited for a couple of high-profile shows this year, will undertake a stadium tour next summer that will include a stop at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, it was just announced.


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