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Carson Wentz Takes Flight - ESPN
At the epicenter of this fever pitch is Wentz, who is doing his level best to preserve calm. Outside his locker after a recent practice, he maintains obliviousness to any growing fervor. "Honestly, at least for me," he says, "win, lose, draw, good, bad, ugly -- I don't really think about the outside noise." No one tell Wentz, but his resolve to tune out the roar, to put on his hard hat and go to work, might just stoke these particular masses. Blue-collar ethos is a crowd-pleaser everywhere but especially in Philadelphia. "He seems like a guy that could be living in a row house in Kensington," Didinger says.

Eagles-Bears Preview: Easy win? Or maybe a little tougher than expected? - BGN
Previewing the Eagles vs. Bears game in Week 12, analyzing key matchups, talking playoff implications, and much more.

Eagles vs. Bears: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Typically, teams with losing records are forced to throw significantly more than they run, since they are trailing in most games. The Bears are an exception, as they will stick to the run, even when faced with deficits. In fact, they run the ball on 48.2 percent of their plays, which is second-most in the NFL. That plays right into the strength of the Eagles' defense, who still have the top-ranked run defense in the NFL, allowing just 71.0 rushing yards per game. The Eagles also come into this game unhappy that they gave up over 100 rushing yards to the Dallas Cowboys, even with a blowout win. "There's some teams in the league that -- what did we give up, 110, 112," Jim Schwartz asked on Tuesday. "I think some people might get a pat on the back for that. I think it's a tribute to the players in the locker room that that's a poor performance for them, and they consider it a poor performance."

Five Questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Windy City Gridiron
Each week, we check in with our friends at our sister blogs - this time we go to the City of Brotherly Love and talk with Bleeding Green Nations Brandon Gowton. First, allow me to pass along a Happy Thanksgiving. It’s great that we’re playing the Eagles on Thanksgiving weekend as it allows me to remind all of you that Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia’s favorite adopted son, once argued for the Turkey to be the national bird instead of the eagle. His arguments were incredibly practical and I think it’s kind of sad he didn’t prevail. How cool would it have been to play the Philadelphia Turkeys? Enjoy your holiday. Feel free to share your poor nutritional decisions below in the comments.

Eagles Put Team First In 9-1 Success Story - PE.com
Jeffrey Lurie wanted it this way when he spoke of “emotional intelligence” late in the 2015 Eagles season. A coaching change was in the midst and Lurie outlined some of the attributes he wanted in the team’s next head man ...

Can Alshon Jeffery's best game come against his former team? - Inquirer
Alshon Jeffery plays his former team: The headline of the first Early Birds in September read: “Eagles finally have a No. 1 WR in Alshon Jeffery.” Through 10 games, Jeffery has been a major upgrade at outside receiver for the Eagles. But he hasn’t exactly been the second coming of Terrell Owens in Philadelphia. He has 38 catches for 567 yards and six touchdowns – four of those scores came in the last three games – and is still searching for his first 100-yard game. He’s not on pace for 1,000 yards, although one big game could quickly change it. Could that game come Sunday? Jeffery has downplayed the significance of playing his former team, but you can bet Jeffery will be excited. The Bears haven’t allowed a 100-yard receiver since Week 3 and they know how dangerous he is. However, Jeffery has been heating up and the Eagles are finding different ways to use him in formations. He played in the slot more last week than any other game this season. Don’t be surprised if Jeffery’s best game comes Sunday and he plays like a bona fide No. 1 receiver.

NFL odds, picks Week 12: Advanced computer model loves Eagles, Jets - CBS Sports
Philadelphia is among the Vegas favorites to win it all this year, and it continues to roll through the competition. The Eagles aren't just winning, they're dominating. They've won eight straight, and five of those victories have been by double-digits. Their average margin of victory has jumped to 26.3 points per game over the last three weeks. The Bears, meanwhile, are the losers of three straight and will be without linebacker Leonard Floyd on Sunday. Philly wins this game straight-up in a whopping 89 percent of simulations and covers the spread 63 percent of the time. Lock in a pick for Philadelphia in this one with a high degree of confidence.

Smallwood, Douglas deal with greatly reduced roles for Eagles - DelawareOnline
All of that has come at the expense of key contributors throughout much of the Eagles' 9-1 start in running back Wendell Smallwood and cornerback Rasul Douglas. Neither played last Sunday against the Cowboys. Smallwood wasn't even on the active roster for the game, the first time in his two NFL seasons that he was a healthy scratch. It's a role both Smallwood and Douglas are trying to adjust to. "I’m just here to help the team, whatever my role is," said Douglas, the Eagles' third-round pick last spring. "That’s just my job." Smallwood declined an interview request this week.

Right side of Eagles' offensive line should be lock for Pro Bowl - NBC Sports Philadelphia
If everything continues to go to plan this season, the trio of Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson won't be in Orlando in late January for the Pro Bowl. If everything goes to plan, the Eagles' right side of the line will be too busy preparing to play in the Super Bowl. They'll certainly be deserving of making it to the Pro Bowl though. "I want to, man," Johnson said about the whole right side of the line making it. "I don't want to campaign for myself. But as far as the years we're having, we're doing pretty good."

Rodney McLeod and the Philadelphia Eagles help brighten a family’s holiday - NFL Player Engagement
As far as the timing goes, it couldn’t have been much better. Less than 16 hours after they beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Nov. 19, and three days before Thanksgiving, six Philadelphia Eagles players became Bob Discount Furniture employees and made this holiday season special for Shatia Dennis and her family. Dennis, a single mother with five children ranging in age from two to 12, was selected by the Eagles Care partner, Dignity Housing, to receive a house full of furniture courtesy of Bob’s. And with the Eagles help made a day of it. “Great timing, great timing,’’ Eagles safety Rodney McLeod, one of the six players on hand, said. “We might have gotten shut out of the house, if we had lost to the Cowboys. You know how people around here feel about the Cowboys.’’

Despite injury, Chris Maragos remains a leader on Eagles - Yahoo! Sports
Minutes after doctors told Chris Maragos he needed season-ending knee surgery, the Philadelphia Eagles' special teams captain got a phone call that his wife was going into labor. ''I literally got the best news and worst news within 15 minutes,'' Maragos said. Maragos and his wife welcomed their third child, daughter Cambria Rose, on Oct. 16. He had his torn posterior cruciate ligament repaired a few weeks later. The injury is expected to keep him off the field until training camp. So while the Eagles (9-1) continue their pursuit of the franchise's first Super Bowl title, Maragos is forced to watch from the sideline.

32 NFL observations, Week 11 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Since the start of the 2015 season, 110 defenders have missed tackles on LeGarrette Blount carries. That is the second-most for backs in that time span.

Eli Manning is just the 8th quarterback in NFL history with 100 regular season losses - SB Nation
The Giants’ 20-10 loss to Washington brought Manning’s career record down to 110-100, making him just the eighth quarterback in league history to lose 100 games or more. Despite the ignominious honor, he can at least take solace that he’s had nearly three times as many NFL wins as his father.

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