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Wentz Finishes Tops In NFC In Fan Pro Bowl Voting - CBS Philly
If it wasn’t already clear how popular Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is with football fans, it certainly is now. The second-year star is well on his way to being named to his first NFL Pro Bowl after finishing tops in the NFC in fan voting. After the ballot closed on Thursday, Wentz had 829,174 votes, good for fourth-best in the league, behind only Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (855,539), Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (833,481) and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (832,446). Wentz finished well ahead of Saints quarterback Drew Brees who managed 743,355 votes.

What are you expecting to see from Nick Foles? - BGN
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Five over/unders for Eagles at Giants - PhillyVoice
Sacks by Eagles defense: 2.5. You can pretty much bank on the Birds defense getting two sacks every game. But when the Eagles feast, as they did in Dallas a few weeks back, they feast. They could do themselves a big favor by pinning their ears back and getting after Eli Manning on Sunday, something they failed to do the first time these two teams matched up. They were still able to force a pair of interceptions in that game, but you have to think that if Manning had seen a bit more pressure, the Eagles wouldn't have needed to rely on a 61-yard field goal from Jake Elliott to give them the W. If Manning has another 350-plus-yard day through the air, it could be tough to escape MetLife with a win.

Foles Eve - Iggles Blitz
I’m optimistic, but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some concern at all. Anyone who saw Foles play Dallas in October of 2013 knows what I’m talking about. He was 11-29-80. He was awful. Foles made poor reads. He made poor throws. He missed wide open guys. The Eagles lost 17-3. Foles played much better after that game and ended up having a great season. But you did see just what rock bottom looked like. Sunday is going to be one of the most interesting 11-2 vs 2-11 matchups in a long time.

New advances in Achilles treatment encouraging for Sidney Jones, NFL players - ESPN
The Eagles’ studies, though, found that advancements in the treatment of Achilles injuries had made it a less debilitating injury and significantly increased the return rate -- even for players who play "quick-twitch" positions like Jones. Those odds are about to be tested, as Jones was cleared to practice this week, some nine months after suffering the Achilles tear at the University of Washington’s pro day.

Lawlor: Eagles Must Remain Aggressive And Take It To The Giants - PE.com
The Eagles were down 35-31. Nick Foles was in at quarterback. You would think Doug Pederson might have tried to run the ball or call a conservative play. Instead, Pederson had the Eagles line up in an empty set and called a pass play. Foles bobbled the snap, but then secured it and ran for 9 yards. Pederson wasn't interested in playing it safe. He wanted to win. That was the right message to send to his team and the rest of the NFL. Yes, Carson Wentz is done for the year. The Eagles aren't. They also aren't going to be conservative. You won't see them running the ball, avoiding turnovers, and hoping for the best. Pederson is going to give Foles a chance to lead the offense.

Michael Vick says Nick Foles 'can get it done,' take Eagles 'deep in the playoffs' - CBS Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles might not need Nick Foles to be the main reason they survive without Carson Wentz. One former Eagles quarterback and Foles' ex-teammate, however, thinks he can be. Michael Vick told SportsRadio 94 WIP this week that Foles, the Eagles' fill-in starter after Wentz's season-ending ACL tear, "can get it done" and take Philadelphia "deep in the playoffs" despite the anticipated drop-off from Wentz, an MVP candidate, to the backup.

Jerry Jones Isn’t Done. He’s Playing the Long Game - Sports Illustrated
Eagles look at their own resilience. Carson Wentz, the darling of the 2017 season, before tearing his left ACL on Sunday, underwent reconstructive knee surgery in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It’s hard to put a date on when he could be ready to play again, but it’s instructive to know where his head is at, and owner Jeffrey Lurie gave me some insight on that on Wednesday. “He wanted to do the surgery right away to speed up the timeline,” Lurie said. “He’s very aware of being ready to start the 2018 season.”

Trumaine Johnson fined $9,115 for unsportsmanlike conduct - PFT
PFT has confirmed that Johnson was fined $9,115 after being flagged for adding some verbal discouragement to Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after breaking up a pass on third down. The Eagles used the first down to continue driving for a touchdown pass to Jeffery — the last pass Carson Wentz will throw this year as it turns out — and beat the Rams 43-35.

What Bill Parcells’ 1990 Giants can teach this Eagles team - New York Post
“There’s ways to win all these games,” Parcells told The Post. “Your job is to figure it out. Just because they lost Wentz that doesn’t mean they’re gonna lose. Everybody says, ‘Well everybody else has to step up.’ No. Everybody else has to play championship football. Just like you would have had to do if Wentz was there.”

Even without Wentz, Eagles will chuck it - NBC Sports Philadelphia
And I am confident in Foles' ability to lead this team. His challenge will be to get the ball to his playmakers. This is the difference between Foles and Carson Wentz. Wentz is the playmaker. Foles has to be the facilitator for the playmakers. Our expectations for Foles have to be focused on just that — a facilitator. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has lost his best offensive playmaker, but he believes in his new starting QB's ability to throw the ball. In fact, I see the Eagles’ offense throwing more because of the trust Pederson has in his veteran QB. So, I know everyone is dead set on the Birds running, but I would put money on Pederson's run-to-pass ratio being 2-to-1 in favor of passing.

Carson Wentz and other injured Eagles use faith for perspective - Inquirer
The night before the Rams game, after chapel, Carson Wentz and Trey Burton were lamenting the loss of half their core group of friends on the Eagles. Chris Maragos suffered season-ending knee injuries in October. Jordan Hicks was done for the year with an Achilles tendon rupture only a few weeks later. And Jordan Matthews, who would also eventually land on injured reserve, had been traded to the Bills in August. “Carson and I were talking about how much we miss both Jordans — Hicks and Matthews — and the same with Maragos,” Burton said Friday. “And I was like, ‘Bro, I don’t know if I can lose anybody else.’ The next day, Carson literally gets hurt and a day later he’s on IR.”

Don’t Cry Over Carson Wentz, Eagles Fans—You Still Have Wawa - The Ringer
The beloved convenience-store chain extends its reach into the nation’s capital on Thursday. A congressman and Ringer staffers share with us their delight.

Dolphins' offense finding its groove in life after Jay Ajayi - Sun Sentinel
Ajayi is averaging 7.0 yards per carry on his 44 attempts with the Eagles over the past five games. And considering the Eagles have already qualified for the postseason, don’t shed a tear for Ajayi. On the flip side, the Dolphins are averaging 100 rushing yards a game in the six contests played without Ajayi. That’s a 23-yard improvement over games with Ajayi.

Giants vs. Eagles: Five questions, answers about Philadelphia - Big Blue View
You can make an argument that the season completely unraveled for the New York Giants when Jake Elliott of the Philadelphia Eagles beat them with a 61-yard field goal in Week 3. The teams meet again on Sunday, so we turn to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation for this week’s “Five Questions” segment.

The Day of Reckoning: How NFL owners and Donald Trump put down a national protest - SB Nation
It is the day Donald Trump is meeting with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and I am sitting in the basement of the White House with a group of black folks. The group is made up of journalists, cameramen — all here to watch the day unfold. The mood is light; we talk; joke. But it’s hard not to recognize how surreal this scene is. Here we are on this October afternoon, black, in a house built by slaves — a house where the first black president used to dance with his black wife, laugh with his black kids, and enjoy the company of his black friends. That was then. Now, upstairs lives a president who is there largely because he is not black, whose campaign was built upon thinly veiled promises to return power to the majority; to make things the way they were before a black man was president.

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