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LeGarrette Blount on Seahawks defense: 'They're not anything special' - PhillyVoice
Over their last four games, two of which came on the road, the Seahawks have allowed an average of 273 yards and 20 points, with a 34-point outburst by the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 slightly skewing the latter. And in all but three of their games this season, they've held opponents under 20 points. It's not quite The Legion of Boom we've been accustomed to over the past several years, but it's still a formidable defense. Just don't tell Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount that. "We'll play them just like we play everybody else," he said when asked how the Birds offense is preparing for Seattle's D. "They're not anything special or anything different from any other team."

The Eagles face their toughest test in what feels like a long time - BGN
Previewing this week’s Eagles vs. Seahawks game!

Gotta Earn It - Iggles Blitz
Dallas loss or an Eagles win and the Eagles will be NFC East champs. The Skins had a chance to give the Eagles a nice gift by beating Dallas on Thursday Night Football, but the Skins proved to be just as gutless as we all feared. No title tonight. That’s probably a good thing, as crazy as that sounds. It would be hard to believe the Eagles would keep their edge for Sunday if they had the title wrapped up tonight. And that’s not a team you want to play without complete focus. Seattle is already upset that they are underdogs.

Eagle Eye: First Look At Seattle's Offense - PE.com
On offense, the Seahawks obviously have some flaws, but they have the ability to put up huge chunks of yardage and a ton of points on anyone due to their style of play. This is a team that loves to plunge daggers into the hearts of defenses with back-breaking plays. Russell Wilson is usually the one holding the dagger when it’s all said and done, and his dynamic playmaking style certainly helps fuel the entire operation.

Let's start making the real comparisons with Carson Wentz - NBC Sports Philadelphia
It’s time to stop comparing Carson Wentz to other “young quarterbacks.” It’s time to stop comparing him to Dak Prescott or other current rivals. It’s time to stop comparing him to Donovan McNabb or any other Eagles quarterback from the distant past. Because with Wentz, it’s no longer about how he stacks up to other Eagles QBs or other young QBs. It’s about how he stacks up with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. I’ve seen enough. I’ve seen enough after 27 career games and 11 games this year to safely conclude that Wentz, provided of course he stays healthy, will go down as an all-time great.

What are the keys to the Eagles-Seahawks game for the Eagles? - Inquirer
DEFENDING WILSON: There’s been a lot of attention paid to Russell Wilson this week, and for good reason. The Seahawks have 27 offensive touchdowns this season, and 26 have come from either the arm or legs of Wilson. He is almost their entire offense — it’s not as if they have the balanced attack of some other teams, or the run-heavy offense of past Seahawks teams. If the Eagles can neutralize Wilson, they’ll win. But that’s easier said than done. Wilson is so elusive and so dangerous on off-schedule plays that he creates problems even if the Eagles get past a leaky Seahawks offensive line. And like Carson Wentz, he raises his play in the red zone. Wilson has 16 touchdowns and one interception in the red zone with a 94.2 quarterback rating. The Seahawks need a big game from Wilson to win, and a red-hot Eagles defense could be challenged unlike any other point this season.

32 NFL observations, Week 12 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive end Brandon Graham makes a stop in run defense on 14.6 percent of his snaps in run defense – the highest percent of any 4-3 defensive end with at least 70 snaps in run defense.

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins won't protest Sunday after NFL's pledge - ESPN
According to ESPN's Jim Trotter and Jason Reid, commissioner Roger Goodell was furious over the players leaving the coalition. But during an afternoon call, Jenkins asked that Goodell and the owners continue to stand with the players and allow them to do important work in the community. "It's been a trying process for the last year and a half," Jenkins said, "and I'm sure even moving forward there's going to be some growing pains and things we need to move through. But at the end of the day, I'm focused on solutions and outcomes. I really want to make an impact in my community. I want to make sure we do it in the right manner and that we accomplish what we set out to do when we first started to protest as players."

All-22: The silent count, Vaitai's struggles and trying to ‘wham’ the Seahawks - The Athletic
Sunday was not Vaitai's best game. He was called for two holding penalties and allowed two QB hits. On Sunday, look for the Seahawks to attack the left side of the Eagles' offensive line with Clark, Bennett and Sheldon Richardson. They'll use stunts and games up front and occasionally blitz middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Against the Bears, on Wentz's touchdown pass to Zach Ertz, Vaitai got beaten.

Seahawks-Eagles: Seattle looking to avoid unthinkable third consecutive home defeat - Field Gulls
If there’s anything that no one could’ve predicted about the 2017 NFL season, it’s the distinct possibility that the Seattle Seahawks could miss the playoffs because of their uninspiring W-L record at home. Seattle comes into Sunday night’s pivotal matchup vs. the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles having lost their last two at CenturyLink Field, including a 34-31 defeat on Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons. It marked just the sixth time Seattle had lost a home primetime matchup at the stadium since it opened in 2002.

Carson Wentz tops fan Pro Bowl voting - PFT
Millions of fans have cast Pro Bowl votes at NFL.com, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is their favorite. Wentz leads all players with 422,491 Pro Bowl votes. That puts him ahead of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the Top 5.

Sean McVay’s Rapid Rise With Rams Offers NFL Coaching Search Lessons - Sports Illustrated
With firing and hiring season drawing near, revisiting how Los Angeles found its coach and the steps other teams should follow to find similar success. Other sections include: Peyton Manning's next job; Eli Manning’s future team; Pittsburgh’s growing optimism; the NFL players’ social justice situation; and more.

Chart Party: Let’s talk about Colin Kaepernick - SB Nation
A common argument we hear these days is that Colin Kaepernick isn't good enough to play in the NFL. This is absolutely not true.

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