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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/10/17.

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Through 2020, no team in better shape than Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are in awfully good shape this year, sitting at 10-2 with four games left. Just as importantly, they’re in pretty good for the future, as well. In fact, you can make a case that they’re better positioned for the future than any other NFL team. Thank Howie Roseman for that. With Alshon Jeffery signing a four-year contract extension last weekend, the Eagles now have 19 players under contract through the 2020 season. That means at least three more years with the current nucleus that's been so impressive so far this year. No other NFL team has more players signed for the next three years. The Browns and Redskins are close. Both have 18 players signed or with a team option through 2020, but both also have very serious quarterback questions.

Philadelphia Eagles fans are invading Los Angeles ahead of the Rams game - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles fans already took over Los Angeles when the Eagles played the Chargers earlier this season. Now they’re ready for a repeat performance ahead of this week’s Eagles-Rams game.

Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Rams - PhillyVoice
Total points: 48. That's the current total being offered over at Bovada, and given that these are the top two scoring offenses in the NFL, that number may seem a little low. However, both of these teams also boast top-15 defenses, with each holding opponents to below 20 points per game. And, sure, their defenses can help keep some of the scoring down, but I don't see both the Eagles and the Rams being held well below their season averages of 30.9 PPG. The only way this hits the under is if it's a totally one-sided affair – and that also seems highly unlikely.

The Duel - Iggles Blitz
Goff vs Wentz. 1 vs 2. After their rookie seasons, it looked like the Eagles had clearly gotten the better player. Now you can see that this is one of the rare cases where both teams landed outstanding QBs. This isn’t going to be Manning vs Leaf, Pt. 2. It will be interesting to see if this develops into a rivalry. The Eagles and Rams haven’t faced each other a lot recently. They played once in the previous five seasons. If both teams win their division, they could start playing on a regular basis.

Lawlor: Can The Eagles Get Back To Their Fun-Loving Ways? - PE.com
Sunday's showdown with the Rams will be the biggest game of the year for the Eagles. They can clinch the NFC East title and really help their chances of securing a first-round bye. They have an opportunity to show they can beat one of the best teams in the league. The Eagles have the potential to bounce back from a tough loss in Seattle. There is a lot on the line. It feels good to have the Eagles playing in a game like this. You have to go back to December of 2014 to find anything similar, but Mark Sanchez was the quarterback then and that team had some holes. Thankfully, this team is in much better shape. The last really compelling December game was in 2013 when the Eagles played the Cowboys in the regular-season finale. The winner took home the NFC East crown and the loser missed the playoffs. That was fun, with the Eagles winning a tough game.

Silva's Week 14 Matchups - Rotoworld
Carson Wentz emerged from last week’s tough trip to The Clink with another top-13 fantasy result and gets another difficult matchup against the Rams, who have held 9-of-12 quarterbacks faced outside the top-12 fantasy scorers while ranking third in the league in sacks (37) and allowing the NFL’s fifth-lowest passer rating (77.3). While Zach Ertz's continued presence in the concussion protocol is a significant concern, I'm confidently riding with Wentz as a matchup-proof producer with top-13 fantasy scores in 10-of-12 starts. The Rams have the NFL's second-highest blitz percentage, and Wentz has thrown 12 of his 29 touchdown passes against the blitz. … The Eagles are committed to a three-man RBBC. In last week’s loss to Seattle, Jay Ajayi led the unit in touches (12) but played only 41% of the snaps. LeGarrette Blount came in second in touches (8) on 19% of the downs. Corey Clement logged six touches on a 37% playing-time clip. Ajayi is a big-play-dependent flex against the Rams’ No. 21 DVOA-rated run defense. Blount and Clement are not viable.

Top 10 pass defenses across the middle of the field - PFF
PASSER RATING ALLOWED ACROSS THE MIDDLE: 81.6. The Eagles defense has given up eight touchdowns over the middle of the field this year while making nine interceptions, the third-most picks in the league. Patrick Robinson, our fourth-highest graded cornerback through 13 weeks (92.1 overall grade), has led the talented secondary while linebacker Mychal Kendricks (82.2 coverage grade, 11th overall) and Nigel Bradham have anchored the linebacking corps in coverage. Bradham leads all 4-3 linebackers in yards allowed per cover snap (0.58) and coverage snaps per reception (15.7).

Eagles-Rams: Biggest NFL game in L.A. in more than 20 years - ESPN
Upwards of 2,000 credentials were distributed, which is about 500 more than usual. The Fox pregame show will be staged onsite, live from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And the only tickets available at the start of the week were on the secondary market, a first this season. Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles isn't just one of the biggest games this week, it's the biggest NFL game that L.A. has experienced in decades.

Eagles-Rams scouting report - Inquirer
The strength of the Rams defense is on the defensive line, where Aaron Donald is one of the NFL’s best players. Donald has eight sacks this season as a 3-4 defensive end. Stefen Wisniewski stayed under the radar this season, which is a good place for a left guard. He’ll get a lot of attention on Sunday because of his responsibility against Donald. Robert Quinn is also an accomplished pass rusher around the edge, and he’ll challenge Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who struggled at left tackle last week. The Rams are missing former Eagle Connor Barwin, who will be replaced by rookie Samson Ebukam.

NFL Quarterbacks Are Leaning On The Short Pass — And It’s Not Working - FiveThirtyEight
At the bottom, seven quarterbacks had a combined z-score below 2.0 standard deviations. That includes the trio of favorites for the MVP race in Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, whose aggressive styles this year have been a positive for their offenses. Similar things could have been said about Deshaun Watson before Houston’s standout rookie tore his ACL.

LA Rams sign LB Cameron Lynch, waive CB Dominique Hatfield - Turf Show Times
Entering week 14, injuries around the league are starting to compile, and the Los Angeles Rams are no different. With ILB Alec Ogletree questionable for the game, and OLB Connor Barwin doubtful, the Rams have made a roster move in correspondence.

How the Saints’ Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram dissect defenses - SB Nation
What makes the Saints’ backfield duo so unstoppable?

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