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All-22: Film shows Nick Foles left too many plays on the field vs. the Raiders - The Athletic
There has been a lot of talk this week about how Foles and the receivers need to play Sunday against the Cowboys to better develop their timing. But that really wasn't the main issue on a lot of these plays. Foles was just off — whether that meant inaccurate throws, not seeing the field well or not processing quickly enough.

John DeFilippo: Next in Line - BGN
Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan — young bucks are taking the NFL coaching ranks by storm. Eagles’ QB coach John DeFilippo looks primed to join them.

Eagles vs. Cowboys: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
While it is clear that the offense can use all the reps it can get leading up to the playoffs, the defense bounced back from three straight bad performances against the Seahawks, Rams, and Giants to win the game Monday night against the Raiders. In my view, it makes sense to rest some of the best defensive players against the Cowboys, notably Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Malcolm Jenkins. The Eagles would also be wise to give a little extra rest to players recently appearing on the injury list, such as Jalen Mills, Mychal Kendricks, and Derek Barnett. If it were my decision, those six players along with RB Jay Ajayi would be deactivated, and I would be smart about who else got snaps on Sunday.

Finding a Way - Iggles Blitz
I won’t lie. I had my doubts. Still, there was a part of me that didn’t feel all gloom and doom. I guess I just wasn’t sure how they’d pull out the win. Then Ronald Darby picks off that pass and my confidence went straight to 100 percent. I just knew Nick Foles would move the team 15 to 20 yards and Jake Elliott would seal the deal. This is an Eagles team unlike any I’ve ever seen. We’ve seen good Eagles teams over the years, but this group combines the talent of the 2004 team with the heart/it factor of the 2002 team. That makes them special. I wish I could tell you this group will go win the Super Bowl. It’s still possible, but the Carson Wentz injury brings so much uncertainty that I’m not sure what to expect from this team. We’ll find out soon enough.

One Year Later, Picture Changes In Rivalry - PE.com
It was the first calendar day of 2017 and the Dallas Cowboys were in town, proudly playing the Eagles as the 2016 NFC East champions. Lincoln Financial Field was a strange place to be that day with Dallas, the new king of the division, and many Cowboys fans in the seats ...

Eagles vow to involve their top receiver more - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said the team's failure on third down — they went just 1 for 14 — took the offense out of sync. That was another reason for the lack of production from their top receiver. "Not that we can't find other ways to get him the ball on first and second down," Reich said. "I own that. We own that. Let's get Alshon the football." On Monday night after the game, Nick Foles agreed. The Eagles' quarterback credited the way the Raiders defended Jeffery but allowed that they need to find ways to get Jeffery more involved. At times, that will have to come down to Foles' just giving Jeffery a chance to make plays on 50-50 balls.

Philadelphia Eagles' Alshon Jeffery shrugs off 'bad game,' chemistry concerns with Foles - PennLive
"They had a couple funky coverages out there," Jeffery said Wednesday, "so I think it was more from the coverages." In other words, Jeffery didn't want to pin his zero-reception performance on a lack of a connection with Foles, who took over at quarterback earlier this month when MVP contender Carson Wentz tore his ACL.

Eagles' Nick Foles needs to see extended action versus Cowboys - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, making their regular-season finale versus the Dallas Cowboys meaningless when it comes to their postseason standing. Over the years, the most common move for teams in this spot has been to play the starting quarterback for no more than a half before putting him on the bench and out of harm's way. The Eagles' situation is unique enough, though, for them to consider bucking that trend.

Eagles on verge of finishing with No. 1 run defense for first time since 1991 - Inquirer
The standard for defensive football in Philadelphia is the famed 1991 Eagles unit – one of the best defenses in NFL history. This year’s defense could share something in common with that group: It will finish No. 1 in the NFL against the run. The Eagles enter Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFL by limiting opponents to 75.9 rushing yards per game. The Minnesota Vikings are No. 2 with 87.1 rushing yards, and the 169 yards between the two teams makes it unlikely that the Eagles will fall in the rankings. If they stay No. 1, it will be the first time in 26 years the Eagles will have the NFL’s best run defense. (The 1991 defense held opponents to 71 rushing yards per game.)

The New Generation of Great NFL Quarterbacks Is Finally Here - The Ringer
We won’t see another group like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees ever again, but Jimmy Garoppolo, Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, and Carson Wentz will do just fine.

NFL Black Monday Primer: Which Coaches Will Be Fired, and Who Will Fill The Vacancies - Sports Illustrated
Cowboys set to make changes, too. Jerry Jones has publicly proclaimed that Jason Garrett’s job is safe for 2018. He stopped short of giving the same assurance for Garrett’s assistants, and the list of those who won’t be examined closely next week is very short. I’m told plenty of assistant coaches have expiring contracts, which makes this an easy time for Dallas to overhaul the staff, if it so desires. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is the coach who appears to be on the thinnest ice, in part thanks to an inability to adjust on a game-to-game basis, something that showed up against an Eagles team that is very familiar to Dallas, and in how the Chargers and Packers easily roasted the Cowboys’ man-to-man looks earlier in the year. The Cowboys turned over a lot of personnel on that side of the ball, of course, and that’s part of where the problems were, but there’s also a feeling not enough was done to prop up rookies like Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie, who were quickly thrown in the fire.

In a meaningless Cowboys @ Eagles game, Dallas should shut down some players - Blogging The Boys
Obviously the injury report over the next few days will tell us more about what will happen in the game. If some vets suddenly show up with issues, the Cowboys front office might be prepping to shut them down for the last game. Jason Garrett is a stickler for process, accountability, of doing everything right... but in this case, he really should be thinking about 2018 and not 2017.

Eli Apple suspended by Giants prior to season finale - Big Blue View
A tumultuous and disappointing second NFL season for Eli Apple came to an end Wednesday when the New York Giants suspended him “for a pattern of behavior that is detrimental to the team,” per a statement from interim general manager Kevin Abrams.

DeSean Jackson’s abandoned, wrecked car found with marijuana and bullets - Bucs Nation
On Christmas eve, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had returned from their game against the Carolina Panthers, DeSean Jackson’s car was found wrecked and abandoned in Tampa, according to a police report obtained by NFL.com. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver is cooperating with police, and claims the car was being used by someone else. Police found two hollow-point bullets and 6.5 grams of marijuana in the car, which DeSean Jackson’s representation claims isn’t his.

Which NFL head coaches are getting fired and which ones are staying? - SB Nation
A dozen NFL coaches are on the hot seat as the 2017 season winds down. Here’s an informed look at which ones could get a pink slip on Black Monday.

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