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As Philadelphia Eagles move forward, they're wary of Russell Wilson running backward - PennLive
As the Eagles (10-1) prepare for Sunday night's showdown in Seattle, that's one of primary dangers the defense is wary of: Wilson's ability to not only scramble to his right or left, but also his knack for sprinting backward to cause headaches for a defense. Typically, coaches wouldn't mind seeing an opposing quarterback turn and run away from the line of scrimmage. But Wilson has the creativity, athleticism and arm strength to extend plays by doing just that, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said, which makes him different than other mobile quarterbacks across the league.

Why Eagles match up so well vs. mobile Russell Wilson - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are best-suited to play against a mobile quarterback. Let me explain why. It is very seldom that teams in the NFL have two stud defensive tackles who can collapse the pocket. The Eagles have the ideal situation with Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan. Both linemen are explosive and very good pass rushers. They are one-gap players — their only responsibility is to occupy one gap. Both of these players go about this explosively and aggressively. Defensive coordinator Jim Schartz encourages the D-line to get up the field and reestablish a new line of scrimmage, to push the opposition's offensive line back, which presses the pocket. With this push up the middle of the interior of the O-line, it presses the gap in which QBs have to react and step into throws. The Eagles also have very good rush ends in Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry and Chris Long. The defensive ends apply constant pressure on most QBs by running the arc.

We Were Right Before Christmas: BGN Radio and Rights To Ricky Sanchez are teaming up for a live podcast event - BGN
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Afternoon QB With BLG: What if the Eagles never lose again? -
BLG says the Eagles are so good that it’s boring, in a good way! Gets into the Eagles clinching the division on Thursday with Cowboys loss (Saints losing to the Rams is good, still need Vikings to lose at least one of the next two). Plus the Eagles have some sloppy things they need to clean up, what to make of the Ajayi stuff and more!

Could the Eagles use a little late-game adversity for a change? - PhillyVoice
You know that things are going really, really, really well when one of the concerns about a football team is that they are blowing out everyone they play. However, in a city where we are used to inevitable failure, many have wondered whether the Eagles would be better served having a late-game scare or two heading into the playoffs. Doug Pederson was asked about that theory, and he apparently buys it. Or maybe he's just bored during the fourth quarter of all these blowout wins.

Take a Seat, Eli - Iggles Blitz
There’s a lot to think about here. This is the end of an incredible streak, with Eli having started 210 straight games. That’s an amazing accomplishment. This also is the beginning of the end of an era. Eli has been the starting QB for the Giants since the middle of 2004 and led them to a pair of Super Bowls. Some call him a Hall of Famer. I disagree. Still, he provided stability and ability for a long time and helped that team win a lot of games. Eli might be overrated by some, but he’s been a good QB for a long time.

Wentz Takes New Game, New Team Back To Seattle -
This is Carson Wentz Time on center stage, in a hostile environment, playing against a physical and very good Seattle defense in prime time ...

Crowd noise, Russell Wilson in focus as Eagles prepare for Seahawks - Inquirer
Every time the Eagles visit Seattle, there are questions about how the Eagles will deal with the crowd noise at CenturyLink Field. The stadium was built with noise in mind, and the Seahawks have loyal fans. Plus, their teams are usually good. Many of the Eagles, including Wentz, experienced the venue last year. They also played in Kansas City this season. That’s why offensive coordinator Frank Reich didn’t want to overstate the challenge while acknowledging that the environment in Seattle is among the most difficult in the NFL. “Loud is loud, and once you’re using the silent count, you’re using a silent count,” Reich said. “I think at this time of year, you never take anything for granted. I think we’ve gotten into a good rhythm. I think we feel comfortable. The real key is on the quarterback and the O-line to be able to continue to mix up; it’s sometimes easier to mix a count when you’re using your voice, but you have to be just as committed to mixing up the count when you’re using silent count.” The Eagles will practice with crowd noise blaring over the speakers to prepare. They might also practice indoors, where it’s even louder.

Upon Further Review: Eagles fans — What, you worry? - The Athletic
It's easy to joke about subjective nonsense like “interceptable passes” when Carson Wentz throws for three touchdowns and a 109.4 quarterback rating while dazzling with plays like his spin away from pressure on a busted screen. But Wentz wasn't fully at his sharpest against Chicago. In the first quarter, he threw an ill-advised out to Torrey Smith that was broken up by Prince Amukamara and could have been a pick-six. And his throw on the 4th and 6 late in the third quarter was an odd one that went right through the defenders' hands. Wentz almost missed a couple opportunities for big plays, like when he overthrew Mack Hollins in the end zone. And there were some much less consequential misses like the back-to-back misses to Zach Ertz in the fourth quarter.

Alshon Jeffery: NFL Digital Diaries - CBS Philly
In this episode, Alshon will take us through his off day as he explores historic Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love.” Alshon is playing his first season in Philadelphia and is looking forward to site-seeing in his new home-away-from-home.

It’s time for the Seahawks to end the Eddie Lacy experiment - Field Gulls
Eddie Lacy got to touch the football a lot in the Seattle Seahawks’ 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers. To the surprise of no one other than presumably the Seahawks coaching staff, he was mostly ineffective. Lacy earned a season-high 17 carries, but only gained 46 yards. He also picked up an additional 15 yards on a season-best 3 catches. That’s 20 touches for 61 yards, or just slightly over 3 yards per touch, and coming into the 49ers game he’d averaged exactly... 3 yards per touch. Lacy got extended playing time and performed in song with his already brutal stat-line, as well as failing to get into the end zone on a goal-line situation yet again.

Reactions to Eli Manning’s benching - Big Blue View
Reaction to the decision that Eli Manning would, for the first time since 2004, not be the New York Giants starting quarterback this Sunday when the Giants face the Oakland Raiders has come thundering in from all quarters. Former players, current players, media members, and fans have all voiced their displeasure with the decision. We’ll start with the Giants’ all-time touchdown leader and one of their most out-spoken players, Brandon Jacobs.

Week 12 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The fourth of the dominant NFC teams is Philadelphia, of course, which currently owns the league's best record at 10-1. The Rams may be back in the top spot this week but it's just barely over the Eagles, by one-tenth of a percentage point, and the Eagles are still No. 1 in Weighted DVOA which drops the strength of September games. The Eagles have not yet clinched a postseason berth but they only miss the playoffs in ONE of our 50,000 playoff odds simulations this week.

NFL 2017 Week 12 - Team of the Week - PFF
The Eagles once again rolled over their opposition, and this time Zach Ertz was by far the biggest receiving threat on the team. He led the team with 12 targets, ten receptions and 103 receiving yards, getting himself on the score board in the process. He beat seven different Chicago defenders for receptions, and saw targets against another two over the course of the game.

The 2017 Eagles are fun like the 2016 Cowboys — but better - SB Nation
The parallels between the year-separated division rivals are clear. There’s a young, emerging quarterback behind center directing traffic and earning MVP consideration. There’s a lengthy winning streak propelling them to the top of the NFC East. A high-powered offense and an above-average defense have been the engine between each franchise’s sudden rise. But the Eagles are doing what last year’s Cowboys did, but better — at least through 11 games.


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