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Lucky 7: Eagles' Brandon Graham nets $250K with sack vs. Bears - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham set a new career high by registering his seventh sack of the season Sunday against the Chicago Bears -- and earned some extra scratch in the process. As ESPN's Field Yates reported in August, the Eagles amended Graham's contract to give him a chance to earn a raise over the next two seasons through incentives and salary escalators. By taking down Mitchell Trubisky for his seventh sack, he triggered a $250,000 escalator for his 2018 salary. He will get an additional $250,000 if he reaches nine sacks and another $250,000 on top of that if he gets to 12 [...] He wasn't the only one who got some extra cash Sunday. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hit a $250,000 bonus by catching his seventh touchdown of the season against his former team.

Eagles-Bears Final Score: Ten things we learned from Philadelphia’s 10th win - BGN
Fortunately for the Eagles, the Bears are so bad that they were unable to capitalize on Philly’s miscues. But that obviously won’t be the case every week. The margin for error decreases as the Eagles face higher quality opponents.In a way, it’s nice to know the Eagles have some things to work on so that they don’t just start to take their foot off the gas after blowing some teams out. The coaching staff can stress that there’s room for improvement.

This Eagles' Defense Is Special -
John Barchard and James Seltzer break down a sloppy, but dominant Eagles' 31-3 win over the Bears. The guys revel in the Eagles' 10-1 start, discussing the chemistry and #culture that makes this team so special. Another reason this team is special is Carson Wentz. The fellas analyze another strong outing from Wentz, and talk about what it is that makes him so special. The defense was the true star of the day. The guys examine the defense's commanding performance, while also eulogizing the career of Mitchell Trubisky and much more!

We Were Right Before Christmas: A Live Podcast With Rights To Ricky Sanchez and BGN Radio - RTRS
As much as this is a live pod, it's also a huge holiday party, we will be there before and after drinking beers (or sodas) with you. We're so excited. It's going to be a blast. Also, it's happening on one of the biggest going-out nights of the year, so you have no excuse. We're lining up some special guests, and there are like 87 people in the BGN Radio crew (in addition to John Barchard, James Seltzer and Retweet Armageddon Congressman Brandon Lee Gowton).

Eagles are historically dominant in the trenches - PhillyVoice
On the season, the Eagles have rushed for 1622 yards. They have allowed just 716 rushing yards. That would be a difference of 906 yards in the Eagles' favor through 11 games. In other words, the Eagles are averaging 82.4 more rushing yards per game than their opponents so far this season. Obviously, you and I can look at that stat and know it's good. I was curious exactly how good it was from a historical standpoint, and came up with just seven teams since 1983 (the year after the strike-shortened season) that out-gained their opponents by more than the 2017 Eagles have so far.

The Messenger - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have a 10-1 record and they are blowing teams out at a record pace. Life is good and everyone can be happy. Doug Pederson should have nothing but good things to say about his players. That’s not what we heard from Pederson on Monday. “Unacceptable” is the way Pederson described his team’s four fumbles and 11 penalties from the win over the Bears. He talked about how winning can cover up mistakes. My favorite way of putting that is that winning is the great deodorant, making all the unpleasant stuff go away. I was happy to hear Pederson be critical of his team. This is exactly the message they need. Every person in Philly or on social media will be singing the praises of the players. They need some humble pie. That’s not to say this team is cocky or complacent, but they are human. These players need someone to remind them that blowing out the Bears won’t mean squat in January. You play good, clean football or you go home.

West Coast Trip Signals Big Next Step -
Enough with the preliminaries. December is here and the season takes another turn as the Eagles head to Seattle for the start of a three-game road trip that will be testing, will be telling, and will take an outstanding effort to defeat ...

Upon further review: Ten thoughts on the Eagles-Seahawks matchup - The Athletic
I was surprised that the Eagles opened as six-point favorites (the line has since moved down to four). They've outscored their last seven opponents by a total of 149 points, or an average of 21.3 points pre game. Overall, they have a plus-160 point differential, which is tops in the league and impressive when considering recent historical context as well. So why am I surprised? The Seahawks are an incredibly difficult out — especially at home. They've held a lead or been within one score in the fourth quarter in 113 of their last 115 games; the two exceptions were on the road. With Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, they are nearly impossible to put away. I'll be stunned if this isn't a competitive game in the fourth quarter.

With Bears win behind them, Eagles turn attention to Seahawks - Inquirer
You might have noticed injured left tackle Jason Peters walking out for the opening coin flip on Sunday. The presence of Peters, one of the most respected players in the locker room, was not lost on his teammates. “It’s awesome,” center Jason Kelce said. “It was great having him back in here for the pregame and everything like that. His presence and the way he carries himself, the leader that he is for this team, it’s just awesome having him around. It kind of hurts you that he’s not out there. He’s been through a lot. I’ve been here my whole career with him. Right now we’re having the best start since I’ve been here, certainly since he’s been here. He really deserves to be out there.”

Eagles' unselfishness reaches new heights with Ertz - NBC Sports Philadelphia
"When I was at 9-for-98, they were telling me, 'Hey you just need one more catch, just get one more catch,'" Ertz said postgame. "So we said on third down, I was going to go in there if it was a pass. "I knew I was getting the ball. I knew it. There was no way I wasn't getting that ball, that last one. It's fun. I mean, I think it shows how close these guys are, how much we truly care about one another. Everyone is happy for the other man's success. I think that's a testament to this team."

Philadelphia Is Feeling Good About Football, and It’s Weird - Wall Street Journal
The Philadelphia Eagles are very good. I know: I’m really going out on a long limb of courage here, after the Eagles improved to 10-1 following Sunday’s 31-3 demolition of Chicago. I can’t be the only person who’s been quietly waiting for an Eagles implosion, which has yet to happen—and may not, because this Philadelphia outfit is balanced and confident. It has an MVP fave in tall person and second-year quarterback Carson Wentz; It has one of the league’s highest-rated defenses; There’s a giddy optimism around the club that feels, well, un-Philly-like.

Philadelphia Eagles' Steven Means, with a small adjustment, leaves imprint on win over Bears - PennLive
For Means, the play carried significance. A crowded roster boxed him out of the lineup in the previous four games, and he was itching to make a play that caught the attention of his coaches and teammates against Chicago. Means pressured Bears punter Pat O'Donnell into a shabby kick after the Bears' first drive of the game, and finally got his hands on the kick inside Chicago's end zone on that play early in the second quarter.

Eagles Present South Philadelphia School With A $10,000 Grant - CBS Philly
Kids at E.M. Stanton Elementary School in South Philadelphia welcomed some special visitors on Monday: a couple of Philadelphia Eagles, cheerleaders and mascot, Swoop. “It was a great opportunity to be with the kids and see how energetic they were to exercise and learn about eating well,” said Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins. The school received a $10,000 grant as part of the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, which encourages children to be active for sixty minutes per day and eat healthy foods.

The Seahawks defense has held up well without their 2 secondary stars - Field Gulls
It is a small sample, but early returns suggest that the Seahawks defense may still be good, and perhaps even very good, despite missing Sherman and Chancellor (not to mention Cliff Avril and Shaquill Griffin). In any case, the defense hasn’t fallen off a cliff like it did last year after the loss of Earl Thomas. Next up are the Philadelphia Eagles, who were #3 in offensive DVOA coming into this week’s games and are averaging 5.7 yards per play on offense. Last year, Seattle shut down rookie Carson Wentz and the Eagles, allowing seven points through three quarters below allowing a garbage time touchdown. Will this game bring more of the same?

Bears vs. Eagles: Notes from a cringeworthy blowout - Windy City Gridrion
This was the worst game the Bears have played all year. Their offensive line was absolutely atrocious, which made the ground game horrendous as a result. Trubisky made a lot of very bad throws. Their receivers couldn’t get open. Their defensive line barely put any pressure on Wentz all game, and their linebackers weren’t anything to call home about. Even their secondary, which at least had a few good plays, had its fair share of terrible plays. The Eagles were the better team heading into this game, and it showed. Chicago never stood a chance.

NFL Week 12 Sunday Standouts: Offense - PFF
Seeing 43 snaps in pass protection, Eagles guard Brandon Brooks, allowed just the single hurry, giving him a 98.3 pass blocking efficiency rating. Like Osemele, Brooks also stood out as a run blocker, with a 89.5 PFF run blocking grade in the win over the Bears.

Sean Taylor gave a generation of Washington fans a reason to love football - SB Nation
“Everyone felt that,” Khalifa says of his death. “Whether they liked [Washington] or not, everyone felt deeply remorseful for that loss and felt for this organization. He was one of those guys that you had to respect because he was just that good.” As an Eagles fan, I agree completely. I went to college in D.C. — enemy territory home to both Washington and Cowboys fans. I watched more Washington games than I did Eagles games as a result, so I saw a lot of Taylor’s brief career. And the more I watched him play, the more I loved the way he played.


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