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McVay might prepare Rams for silent snap counts because L.A. fans are outnumbered - CBS Sports
Sean McVay knows better than to pretend that Los Angeles has been drawing big NFL crowds in 2017. It's why the Rams coach, as noted by the Orange County Register's Rich Hammond, may very be planning to implement silent snap counts for the team's Week 13 showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. In prepping his NFC West-leading Rams for the 10-2 Eagles, McVay is at least partially ignoring the fact that his club will technically be at home in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

11 things we learned from the Eagles-Seahawks game - BGN
Look, I get it. This was a frustrating loss. A very, very frustrating loss. But if you’re one of those saying this loss proves the Eagles aren’t any good, or that the season is over, or that Carson Wentz sucks, or that Doug Pederson is an idiot … get a grip. It’s one game. The team is still 10-2. Now, if these struggles continue over an extended period of time, then we can absolutely start having those conversations. For now, this loss could just be a blip on the radar. Need I remind you that, before eventually going to the Super Bowl, the 2004 Eagles lost to the Steelers in Pittsburgh by a final score of 27 to 3?

Did the Eagles lose to the Seahawks before the ball was even kicked off? - PhillyVoice
Immediately following the loss, head coach Doug Pederson mentioned something that most Eagles fans likely hadn't considered while watching the game: practice, specifically that it wasn't a good week of practice leading up to the Seahawks game. On Monday, still on the West Coast where the Eagles will remain until their upcoming game at the Rams, the second-year coach was asked to clarify what he meant. "Well, we obviously pride ourselves in our work and getting our work done during the week," Pederson said. "I feel strongly about – you win games during the week, and sometimes things come up and as a coach, you're always maybe a little more nervous than you should be, the way we practice.”

I Thought They Would Win - Iggles Blog
Have to admit, I thought the good guys were going to take this one. I loved the match-up of our front four against their horrendous offensive line, thought we could make Seattle's offense one-dimensional, and didn't foresee that level of self-sabotage from our own offense. After last night, I'm not particularly worried about the offense. I might fire up the all-22 for the first time in a few weeks to see what was going on downfield in the first half, but truthfully, they were a couple Carson misses and a fumble away from being pretty much fine. At no point did the moment look too big for The Savior, nor did there seem to be anything he would carry forward as a problem. And he's smart enough that if Seattle actually was fooling him somewhat, he'll learn from it before someone else can apply the same concepts.

Big Picture - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have done a lot of celebrating recently. This week would be a good time to focus more on details and less on dancing. That message applies to the whole team since everybody had a hand in that loss. Carson Wentz missed throws. Jalen Mills missed tackles. Alshon Jeffrey blocked too long. Big V didn’t block enough. The good thing about this team is that they’ve had great chemistry all year. There were mistakes all over the place in Seattle so no one should be doing any finger-pointing, unless it is to the guy in the mirror. These players have supported each other all season long and I expect that to be the case now as they face some adversity for the first time in a while.

Rams' Jared Goff versus Eagles' Carson Wentz, by the numbers - ESPN
If the Rams come at Wentz with the blitz, they best not miss. He's been blitzed 170 times this season, the most in the NFL. He's thrown 12 touchdowns to zero interceptions when opponents bring the extra man. Goff has actually been better away from the Coliseum this season. Five of his six interceptions have come at home. His stats are better almost across the board when on the road. He'll need to buck that trend in order to get the best of his draft partner this weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles' Doug Pederson defends decision to not challenge Wilson's pitch - PennLive
Pederson never backtracked on his decision, despite the end result. He said he consulted with two Eagles representatives in a CenturyLink Field booth watching replays -- director of football compliance Jon Ferrari and coaching assistant Ryan Paganetti -- and made a split-second choice to not challenge the play, because he wanted to protect his timeouts.

It's Bounce-Back Time As Adversity Visits Eagles -
COSTA MESA, CA – First, the setting: The Eagles are living in a hotel for the week, practicing at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim and will play the Rams on Sunday at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. So it’s an unusual week from that standpoint alone ...

Upon Further Review: On Pederson's 4th-down hesitancy vs. the Seahawks - The Athletic
Considering the Eagles' aggressive nature early in the season, it's fair to question just how committed Pederson is to fourth-down boldness. “Philosophy is still the same,” Pederson said Monday, pressed again by the gumshoe Kapadia. “I believe we're 12-for-12 on QB sneaks this year on fourth downs, third and fourth downs. That's been a very positive thing for us. We're going to continue to stay aggressive. Outside of the normal fourth-down situations, especially at the end of the game where you have to kind of go for things, when you're down two scores, things of that nature. So yeah, the mindset's always going to [be to] stay aggressive. You have to stay aggressive, especially in football games like that.”

NFL rule says Russell Wilson's 'lateral' is an illegal forward pass - NBC Sports Philadelphia
So where Davis caught the ball (between the 48 and 49-yard line) was closer to the Eagles' goal line than where Wilson tossed it from (the 47). That's an illegal forward pass.

One Draft Prospect on Every NFL Team's Radar - B/R
The Eagles have made an amazing run to the NFL's best record through 12 weeks and look like the NFC's team to beat. To stay on top of the mountain, vice president Howie Roseman needs to keep hitting home runs like he did in the 2017 offseason. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith shouldn't make it this far down the draft board on merit, but he's a little undersized (listed at 6'1", 225 pounds, but I've heard he's over 230) and that could turn teams away. It shouldn't, but it might. If so, the Eagles could have a linebacker corps that puts fear into opposing quarterbacks with Jordan Hicks, Smith and Mychal Kendricks in the base 4-3.

Los Angeles Rams ILB Alec Ogletree: Elbow injury not serious - Turf Show Times
Los Angeles Rams ILB Alec Ogletree had himself a day - albeit a shortened one. Shortly after scoring a touchdown on an interception, he could be found with his left arm in a sling with what has been tentatively diagnosed as a hyper-extended elbow.

The Philadelphia Eagles are some frauds - Canal Street Chronicles
So it shouldn’t be a shock that the Eagles went on a tear, winning nine games over a two-month span. But look a little closer and you’ll notice something important, which the Eagles themselves didn’t realize until their upset loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football: They ain’t played nobody.

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier hospitalized after suffering spinal injury vs. Bengals - SB Nation
What happened? After his tackle attempt, Shazier immediately reached for the middle of his back and stayed down on the field. Eventually he was strapped to a backboard and put on the back of a cart and taken to the locker room.


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