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Eagles News: Doug Pederson says his team “can't play like this and win in the postseason”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/18/17.

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Doug Pederson: 'We Still Have Everything Right in Front of Us' - PE.com
“We’re slowly checking boxes, you know, NFC East a week ago and then a bye and a home game now, check the box but there’s still everything in front of us and I just challenged them that you can’t play like this and win in the postseason obviously,” Pederson said. “Can’t play like this and expect to win every week. You have to come prepared and when I say prepared I mean from a mental standpoint, that emotion, that sort of sense of urgency and that dominating swagger that you want to see your team come out of the dressing room with and that was kind of the message today. Happy for the guys again. They found a way to win, we hung in there and we're 12-2.

The Eagles' defense needs to be much better than that - BGN
While the Eagles secured a much-needed first round bye with the win, they didn't do it convincingly, thanks in most part to the defense. John and James discuss the defense's disappointing performance, and dole out blame where necessary.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Giants game - PhillyVoice
And yet, Eli Manning and this garbage Giants offense shredded the Eagles through the air to the tune of 424 passing yards. Four different Giants players had at least 70 receiving yards. When you're giving up plays to guys like Roger Lewis and Tavarres King, it is alarming. Over the last three games, the Eagles have allowed the following passer ratings to opposing quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Seahawks: 118.6, Jared Goff, Rams: 110.9, Eli Manning, Giants: 98.1. The Eagles are likely going to have to face Goff, Wilson, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, or Matt Ryan in the first round of the playoffs: It's not going to get any easier.

Surprise Shootout - Iggles Blitz
Weird things happen when the Eagles and Giants play in the Meadowlands. That was the case today, with the Eagles winning a shootout against a sputtering Giants offense. The Giants scored 27 points in the previous two weeks combined. Today, they put up 29 on the Eagles and that should have been more. Nick Foles came up big and put 34 points on the board to help the Eagles win. Foles was supposed to be the big story, but the struggles of the Eagles defense will be what everyone talks about for the next week. Eli Manning threw for 434 yards. There were a lot of quick throws, but also big plays. I was stunned when the Giants were at the 10-yard line with a chance to win the game. There was less than a minute left, but the Giants were right there knocking at the door. Eli was hot and the defense was out of sorts. Luckily Eli didn’t play well on the final few snaps and the Eagles defense did step up. They weren’t good, but they were good enough to win.

Eagles escape a trap with eyes on home-field advantage -- and more - ESPN
The Eagles will need that moving forward. They talked after this game of "checking boxes," which is where they are at this point in the regular season. Last week, they clinched a playoff spot. This week, a first-round bye. Next week, they could clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs -- no small advantage with so many of their potential playoff opponents being dome teams like Minnesota, Atlanta and New Orleans or warm-weather teams like the Rams and the Panthers. The Eagles probably could have lost Sunday's game and been fine, so much groundwork have they already laid for what looms in January. But they didn't like what they saw from themselves Sunday, and maybe that's a good thing. A couple of people in the locker room called it a "wake-up call," and it's good to have those every once in a while, even in the middle of a magical season.

Eagles can't defend performance that raises unsettling questions - Daily News
“Early on, we were kind of unsettled, a little bit … weren’t really ourselves,” safety Rodney McLeod said, referring to a first quarter that saw Manning – minus injured receivers Odell Beckham Jr., and Brandon Marshall – complete 11 of 15 passes for 132 yards, putting him on a 528-yard pace for the game. “Obviously, we bounced back when it counted. It’s something we’ve got to fix, and we know that. … It’s just the basics, though. … Just have good eyes, man. Read three-step [drops]. Tackle better, myself included.”

'The weak link': Philadelphia Eagles' defensive players vow to improve after win over Giants - PennLive
The defense forced a turnover -- a Ronald Darby pick -- and came up with a crucial red zone stop in the closing moments, too. Veteran defensive end Chris Long said the group realizes that a victory doesn't cover every blemish, though. "We can all do the little things better," Long said. "I think the offense did a great job, bailed us out a lot, special teams did a really good job. The defense, we were the weak link today, and we can't be that in big games."

Eagles 34, Giants 29: A Philly fan takeover, the 30-point barrier, and other things we learned - Big Blue View
Looking out from the press box window it was obvious there were a great many Eagles fans in attendance Sunday. Just how many became obvious as the game wore on, with Eagles fans drowning out whatever Giants fans were actually at MetLife Stadium. Philadelphia faithful were booming out a chant of “DEE-FENSE” as the Giants drove toward a potential game-winning score in the fourth quarter.

REPORT: Marvin Lewis planning to leave Bengals after 2017 season - Cincy Jungle
The Cincinnati Bengals head coach is reportedly planning to quit his job at season's end, as many expected he would following back to back losing seasons.

Raiders fumbled their season right out of the end zone in a loss to the Cowboys - SB Nation
Oakland couldn’t overcome their mistakes and bad luck in their 20-17 loss to the Cowboys.

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