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Joe Banner ‘Would Bet’ Carson Wentz Becomes A Hall Of Famer - CBS Philly
Former Eagles president Joe Banner is not tepid when it comes to praising Carson Wentz. In fact, on Howard Eskin’s podcast this week, Banner said he would bet Wentz becomes a Hall Of Fame quarterback. “I think Wentz is going to be amongst the top quarterbacks we’ve ever seen in a long, long time — if not ever,” said Banner. “If there was a bet you could place on somebody in the future being a Hall Of Fame player, I would bet him. I really think he’s that good. Because he has got the key things at A-plus levels and I don’t see anything — other than healthy — that should keep him from being in that group.”

Eagles vs. Seahawks Game Preview: 6 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks are set to play each other this Sunday at CenturyLink Field. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 13 game against Seattle, I reached out to our friends over at Field Gulls. The great Kenneth Arthur (@KennethArthuRS) kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game. Let's take a look at the answers.

Mailbag: Vikings would win most tiebreaker scenarios with the Eagles for the No. 1 seed - PhillyVoice
Currently, the Eagles have an 8-0 conference record, while the Vikings' conference record is 7-1. Of the Eagles' remaining five games, there is only one left against an AFC opponent, the Oakland Raiders. If the Eagles lost only that game but won the rest of their games, they would be the No. 1 seed. But in scenaraios in which the Eagles dropped an NFC game or two down the stretch, the Vikings would be in prime position to capitalize on an Eagles' slip-up.

'It's been working': Philadelphia Eagles' Jay Ajayi says he's not upset with role in rotation - PennLive
"Obviously, you want to be able to get in the rhythm of the game and feel how the game is going, but what we've been doing, it's been working," said Ajayi, a Pro Bowler last season with the Dolphins.

Jim Schwartz's style -- in more ways than one -- has sparked Eagles' D - ESPN
The softer side of Schwartz comes out in spots during the week. He weaves light-hearted moments and contests into his meetings to break the monotony. Big on fashion, he has what is called the "Superfly Award," given on Tuesdays to the defense's best-dressed player that Sunday. The winner gets put up on the projector screen for the room to admire. A player might also find himself on the screen as the star of Schwartz's new "Back in time" feature, where he finds some of the oldest and most hilarious throwback pictures from a player's college, high school or childhood days for the amusement of their teammates. "Nobody thinks that he's going to find those pictures. He finds them, somehow," Watkins said. "It's like 20-minute laughter. Someone is going to get picked on the entire time."

LB Ellerbe Could Be In Line For Playing Time -
Let’s understand what linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has on his plate: He signed with the Eagles on November 13, so he’s in his third week in a new city, a different locker room, and a defense that is written in a foreign language. Oh, and with Joe Walker listed as questionable for Sunday’s game after not practicing all week, it’s very likely that Ellerbe will be active and on the field for the first time in Seattle, in some capacity. Ellerbe and Najee Goode are considerations in the event that Walker does not play. There’s no such thing as baby steps in the NFL. Not for players with nine years of experience in the league on a team that faces such a stiff challenge in a prime-time spot.

NFL Week 13 Preview: Eagles at Seahawks - PFF
C Jason Kelce vs. DI Sheldon Richardson – The Eagles center is in the middle of his best season since entering the league as a sixth-round pick in 2011. His 96.8 run-blocking grade leads all players at his position this year. Kelce is a key part of an Eagles run game that ranks second league-wide in rushing yards, third in yards per carry and first in runs gaining 20 or more yards. The veteran’s key matchup along the defensive line will come against first-year Seahawk Sheldon Richardson. Richardson has accumulated 17 stops against the run in 2017, while earning an 82.8 run-defense grade. His 10.8 run-stop percentage currently ranks ninth at his position. If Kelce can best Richardson in this matchup, Philadelphia’s rushing attack could continue its dominance in Seattle.

Eagles-Seahawks scouting report - Inquirer
26.75 — That was the Eagles’ average margin of victory in the last four games. It’s the first time since 2004 that the Eagles have won by at least 20 points in four consecutive games. The Eagles’ last three wins have been by 28 points for the first time in franchise history. The Eagles have had only four games this year decided by single digits. That’s a major difference from the Seahawks, who have had eight games decided by single digits and whose four losses this season have been by a combined 20 points.

LeGarrette Blount the 'Santa Claus' of Eagles' RB room - NBC Sports Philadelphia
"You would have thought LeGarrette was just Santa Claus out there," Clement said. "He’s very giving. He wants everyone else to do great as well, and as a teammate that’s what we want. "He just comes in with that energy and that swag. He knows how to win games, he knows how to win championships. So why not follow a guy like him, go in his footsteps, and just keep learning."

Seahawks-Eagles preview: 5 Qs, 5 As with Bleeding Green Nation - Field Gulls
If I’m being totally honest about the big Seahawks-Eagles Sunday night matchup, my first gut instinct is that Seattle should win. The reason for this stems, I believe, from the fact that the Seahawks have won five of their last six games against Philadelphia, including going 3-0 under Pete Carroll, all three victories coming by double-digits. The last win came barely more than a year ago, with much of the same personnel on both teams, and yet the Eagles are a heavy favorite to beat Carroll and Russell Wilson at home.

The Film Room: I Miss Brandon Brooks - Battle Red Blog
The former third round pick of the Houston Texans is an all-time favorite of mine. In my first year writing at BRB, I delayed the inevitable of working a miserable job by watching All-22, writing, laying on the couch, and looking up at the popcorn ceiling, thinking about what to write. I learned quickly that everyone else here was very wrong, that Brooks was/is/will forever be really good and is a joy to watch. Sadly, I am not the general manager of the Houston Texans, and sadly, on a lesser note, Rick Smith didn’t call to get my opinion or care about my feelings in the 2016 offseason. He let Brooks walk, and instead signed Jeff Allen to save one year of contract length and one million dollars of yearly salary. My heart, and the right side of the Texans’ offensive line, has never been the same.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On extending Graham and potentially trading Curry - The Athletic
I thought last year [Curry] played pretty well but not quite up to the contract. This year, he's more than earning his money. He's an important part of their ability to be able to dominate the defensive line. I personally wouldn't move him, and I wouldn't view his contract as an obstacle. I'd view it as a good investment — at least for one more year. That would be my opinion. I do think there'd be a decent market. I don't think they'd be blown away, but I think there'd be a decent market if it turned out they were willing to move him. I'd say mid-round, probably third- or fourth-round pick. One that could maybe move up a little bit based on production. So I think there would be a trade market. I don't think it'd be a massive trade market, but it'd be a solid trade market. My opinion is keep those five guys that are really good and then another couple of guys that are solid in the rotation and continue to dominate that aspect of the game.

Cowboys playoff picture and rooting guide after the win over Washington - Blogging The Boys
Seattle (home) vs. Philadelphia (8:30 PM ET NBC): Suck it up Cowboys fans and root for the... hard... to... say... Eagles.

NFL gives teams “more flexibility” to bail on Color Rush uniforms - PFT
The Color Rush program is, as a practical matter, dead. If a team wants it to be dead. Although the league did not embrace an official rule change that would have allowed teams to ditch the Color Rush uniforms, the NFL says that it has provided “more flexibility” for teams to choose some other color from its broader scheme. This is a fancy way of saying that, basically, that Color Rush it’s now optional.

Eli Manning’s benching is the beginning of the end for the all-star 2004 QB class - SB Nation
Four teams selected quarterbacks with their first-round picks in the 2004 NFL draft. Three found players destined for a Hall of Fame, whether for their franchise or the league as a whole. The fourth was the Bills, which tells you everything you need to know right there. Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger all came into the league on the same day. From the start of 2006 to Week 13 of the 2017 season, each was the unquestioned starter for his team when healthy. That streak ends Sunday after Giants head coach Ben McAdoo announced Geno Smith would start over Manning in a lost season in New York, much to the chagrin of, well, just about anyone who’s ever followed football.


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