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NFL Week 15 Preview: Eagles at Giants - PFF
RB Jay Ajayi vs. Giants linebackers – With quarterback Carson Wentz ruled out for the season, Philadelphia will rely on their running game, led by Jay Ajayi. Last week, Ajayi led the Eagles’ backfield in snaps and touches for the second consecutive week, generating 80 yards against the Rams. The former Miami Dolphin is starting to heat up with his new club as over the last three weeks, no running back has a higher elusive rating than Ajayi’s 140.0. On the year, the former fifth-round pick has forced 37 missed tackles. Philadelphia’s lead back may be a tough load to handle for New York’s linebackers. Calvin Munson has a lowly 40.0 run-defense grade this season and only six run stops since Week 10. He did, however, earn the second-highest defensive grade on the team during their Week 3 matchup in Philadelphia, of course that was before the addition of Ajayi. Meanwhile, veteran linebacker Kelvin Sheppard has not missed a tackle in run defense since joining the Giants four weeks ago but that could be tested against Ajayi’s elusiveness.

Nick Foles is a Carson Wentz character - BGN
Another reason for Eagles fans to take a breath.

The Season is Not Completely Lost with Foles -
Vince Quinn and Brandon Gowton go over how they think the Eagles will adjust with Wentz being out. Doug Pederson is really going show what kinda of coach he really is. What are the expectations vs other playoff teams now? Hope isn't lost but the road is a lot tougher despite potential homefield advantage. Plus they look at this week vs. Giants and a lot more!

Jay Ajayi Could Be Ramping Up At Right Time -
Lost in everything that happened on Sunday in Los Angeles was the involvement of Jay Ajayi in the Eagles’ running game. Ajayi played 43 snaps, his most in a game since joining the Eagles at the trade deadline in early November, and had 15 carries for 78 yards and looked ready to handle more of the load for the Eagles on the ground ...

Time for Eagles to break out Jay Ajayi - ESPN
It is time to turn Jay Ajayi loose. The 24-year-old back has been brought along slowly by the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff since being acquired from the Miami Dolphins at the trade deadline back in late October. He's averaged under nine carries per game to this point in Philly despite netting 7 yards a pop and flashing the type of explosive running style that earned him a Pro Bowl bid in 2016. That approach has worked out just fine to this point. The Eagles have the No. 2 rushing attack in the league, are tops in points per game (31.1) and have the best record in the NFC. It's a luxury they've been able to afford.

Brandon Brooks: Whatever we have to do, we’ll get it done - PhillyVoice
Obviously after winning that game [43-35 over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday] and punching our ticket at least into the playoffs, I feel pretty good. On the flip side, and I know it’s everywhere, the Carson Wentz deal [being lost for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee]. I feel bad for the kid. He was having an unbelievable MVP season and it breaks your heart to get the injury the way he did. He’s a strong kid. Everyone saw his video that went out, leaving it in God’s hands and I know he’s going to bounce back stronger than ever. He’ll have an even better season next year than he did this year. I’m looking forward to it.

The Backup Plan - Iggles Blitz
He has never thrown a pass in an NFL game. That means he is about as raw as you can get. Sudfeld has been with the Eagles since cutdown day, when the Skins let him go. The Eagles put him on the practice squad for about half the season. The Colts talked about adding Sudfeld to their roster, but the Eagles ended that idea by adding him to their active roster. The Eagles coaches say they like Sudfeld and see him as a player to develop. I was not a fan of Sudfeld’s when he came out of Indiana. His highlights were good, but I saw a player who was just too inconsistent for me. He does remind me of Nick Foles. Both are big pocket passers with some mobility. Sudfeld has the better arm. I might not be the only one who sees Sudfeld and Foles as similar. For those who don’t remember, Doug Pederson was the Eagles coach who worked Nick Foles out prior to the 2012 draft and who really liked him.

Keys to the Eagles-Giants game | Early Birds - Inquirer
Ride the Jay Train: The Eagles need to give Jay Ajayi the ball. This is not just because they’re playing with their backup quarterback. It’s because Ajayi has been so effective and he can carry the offense. Ajayi averages 7 yards per carry and he’s going against a defense that is 31st in the NFL with 130 rushing yards allowed per game. Ajayi’s playing time has increased the past two weeks, with two consecutive games playing more than 40 percent of the snaps after staying below 30 percent in his first three games. If you have Ajayi on your fantasy football team, play him this week. The Eagles must ride him.

Silva's Week 15 Matchups - Rotoworld
With Carson Wentz (ACL) done for the year, Nick Foles will take over Philly’s offense against a Giants defense that has allowed top-15 fantasy results to 9-of-13 quarterbacks faced and revived Dak Prescott for last week’s QB3 finish following an abysmal month-plus stretch. Foles is a slow-twitch passer short on athleticism and arm strength, but he is entering a high-volume system with elite talent around him. Like it or not, Foles is every bit worthy of opportunity- and matchup-based streamer/DFS discussion. It strongly helps that both Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery are in great Week 15 spots. … An optimal game plan should still feature Jay Ajayi against a Giants defense enemy backs creamed for 127/601/4.73/4 rushing in the last five games. In last week’s win over the Rams, Ajayi’s 16 touches, 47% snap rate, and 22 routes run were all season highs in an Eagles uniform. Corey Clement and LeGarrette Blount remain usage threats, but this backfield is trending toward Ajayi’s. He’s an upside RB2/flex play in a plum draw.

Nick Foles Could Be the Key to a QB Streaming Title - rotoViz
In his press conference on Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed the fears of Philadelphia fans in announcing that Carson Wentz had indeed torn his ACL against the Rams. The news removed the gloss of an Eagles victory that sealed the NFC East and brings to an end a campaign that had been a godsend for fantasy owners. But despite the bad news, there is still hope that an Eagles quarterback can carry his team into the postseason…and your fantasy team to glory. Wentz had been playing at an MVP level in his second season in the NFL. His fourth touchdown pass against the Rams (his fourth game with four TD passes) had given him 33 on the season. This marked a single-season record for the Eagles. Among QBs, only Russell Wilson had more fantasy points. Wentz was enjoying the best fantasy season for a QB through 14 weeks of any second-year signal caller since 2010.

No definite timeline for Carson Wentz return, but beginning of '18 a good bet - SDUT
Wentz can certainly play Week 1 but will not be fully himself until mid- or late-season, especially given his running ability. It would probably be good for him to be somewhat limited in what he does outside the pocket early in ’18, as it will take time for him to be his usual mobile self. He will need to regain the confidence to step into throws and will likely wear a prophylactic knee brace for the rest of his career, similar to what Tom Brady and other quarterbacks wear.

Jalen Mills On Rankings Leaving Eagles Out Of Top 10: ‘Ya’ll Silly’ - CBS Philly
Heading into Week 15 in the NFL, the Eagles and Steelers are the only teams to clinch a playoff spot, as Philadelphia won the NFC East last week with their win over the Rams. Unfortunately, they lost their star QB Carson Wentz to a torn ACL, which is presumably the reason they were left off this list by The Score. Eagles CB Jalen Mills didn’t appreciate the slight, and had something to say about it on Twitter.

Philadelphia Eagles' Nate Sudfeld says he's as ready as he can be for new role - PennLive
Sudfeld said his day-to-day life won't change much now that he's the Eagles' backup quarterback. He said practices will be the same as when he was on the practice squad and serving as the third-stringer on the roster (the Eagles promoted Sudfeld last month to keep him from signing with the Colts), except that he'll take a handful of repetitions with the starters. Other than that, he'll go through positional drills and film study just like he has all year.

Ten questions: What to expect from Nick Foles and the Eagles - The Athletic
The other concern with Foles is how he sees the field. Every week, in every game, the film shows plays where receivers think they're open and wave their hands as the ball doesn't get thrown to them. But over the years, there have been too many of these plays with Foles. Whether it's not going through his progressions, rushing his mental clock or failing to recognize what he's seeing from a coverage standpoint, Foles leaves too many plays on the field.

Roob Stats: A salute to Carson Wentz's incredible season - NBC Sports Philadelphia
OK, this is really sad. It's also really incredible. With Carson Wentz's season officially over, we can look back at just how insanely great he was these past 13 games. He went 11-2, completed 60 percent of his passes, threw a franchise-record 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions and finished with a 101.9 passer rating, fifth highest in NFL history by QBs 24 or younger.

Giants vs. Eagles: Five things to watch Sunday - Big Blue View
An appearance from Eli Apple? The 2016 first-round pick has been inactive for the past four games. Maybe his absence has been injury-related, maybe it’s been more about other issues. Don’t know. Curious to see if he plays, how much and well he plays if he’s active, and how his teammates react to him. That last one is key, especially after his back-and-forth this week with safety Landon Collins.

NFL picks 2017, Week 15: Experts expect Steelers upset, Rams road win - SB Nation
Can’t miss picks for every game in Week 15 from our panel of nine experts.


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