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Eagles need to get more out of Torrey Smith, or replace him - PhillyVoice
If Smith isn't making plays down the field, or at least keeping opposing defenses honest with the threat of the deep ball, he doesn't bring much value to the offense. If the Eagles don't get back to using him that way, they should strongly consider replacing him with rookie Mack Hollins, who has caught 13 of his 14 targets for 201 yards and a TD, despite playing fewer than a third of the snaps that Smith has.

Eagles are now underdogs against the Rams after opening as favorites - BGN
You shouldn’t sleep on the Birds.

Lawlor: Important Lessons Eagles Must Learn For Playoff Push - PE.com
Failure is a great teacher. Coaches preach to players about issues that need to be corrected. When those talks come after a 28-point win, the lessons don't have the same kind of impact as when they come after a tough loss. Athletes are extremely competitive and they tend to have big egos. Losing really gets to them. Eagles coaches have a lot of lessons to dish out after Sunday night's performance. Eagles players will definitely be paying attention. They fell to the Seahawks 24-10 in an ugly, frustrating loss. The game wasn't fun for the players, coaches, or fans.

Any Given Sunday: Seahawks Over Eagles - Football Outsiders
It has become a common Twitter crusade this year to lament the fumble out of the end zone. It was involved in the high-profile Austin Seferian-Jenkins overturn against New England, a result that felt aesthetically stupid no matter what the rulebook says. It also just seems like a weird punishment to take the ball away from the offense for fumbling it out of bounds there as opposed to any other spot on the field, where they retain possession if the ball leaves the field of play. This rule played a big turning point in this game, as the Seahawks forced Wentz to cough it up on a run towards the goal line. The ball rolled out of bounds. Seahawks ball. The huge +22.4 percent bump you see in the chart above is exactly how much this swung the game, taking a drive that could have tied the game or put Philadelphia within four and instead giving the Eagles a goose egg. Russell Wilson's huge downfield pass to Doug Baldwin, running the corner on safety Rodney McLeod, set Seattle up with first-and-goal and moved the win chances about 14 percent on its own.

Jim Schwartz Has Turned Around the Eagles Defense, and He Isn’t Thinking About His Next Job - Sports Illustrated
After transforming the Bills into of the best defenses in the league—and then being run off by Rex Ryan—the Eagles’ coordinator has done the same in Philly. He should be a hot head coaching candidate in the next few months, but for now he’s got the Rams and 2017 on his mind.

A look into the Eagles' first practice at Angel Stadium in Anaheim - NBC Sports Philadelphia
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Eagles kicker Jake Elliott missed the first field goal he attempted at Angel Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in Southern California. Foul ball. It was a pretty unusual scene on Wednesday afternoon, when the Eagles took to the makeshift practice field in the middle of the Angels' stadium. The Eagles' offense was at the field for its walkthrough on Tuesday, but Jim Schwartz's unit got its first look at it on Wednesday, when the whole team practiced there beginning at 2:40 p.m. local time.

Alshon Jeffery first offered an upgrade for Carson Wentz; now he provides stability - Inquirer
The contract doesn’t just enrich Jeffery; it ensures that Wentz’s development will include stability at wide receiver. “We’re both pretty stoked about what the future holds,” Wentz said. “At the same time, we’re really focused on this year, too. But I’m really thrilled that he’s going to be here for a couple of years.”

Jeffery looking to 'refocus' ahead of matchup with Rams - ESPN
Alshon Jeffery tells Sal Pal, while having a catch, that he and the Eagles are looking to move past the Seahawks and make the best of their week out West.

'It ended up working out': Eagles' Carson Wentz reflects on draft before facing Jared Goff - PennLive
While Philly is far from his North Dakota home in Bismarck or his college campus in Fargo, Wentz said Philadelphia appealed to him, just as Goff said he seemed suited for LA. "I felt a great connection with this coaching staff, with the city -- just kind of the blue-collar work ethic," Wentz said. "I just kind of fell in love with it. And I think it ended up working out for both of us."

NFL 2017 Week 13 - Team of the Week - PFF
Special teamer: Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles. Burton had two tackles on special teams in the loss to the Seahawks, but also impressed with his blocking of a pair of kickoffs.

DeMeco Ryans is the 49ers assistant most likely to become an NFL head coach - Niners Nation
We don’t know anything yet about Ryans’ work as an assistant on Robert Saleh’s defensive coaching staff, but we know what people have said about him in the past. Chip Kelly has said Ryans is the current or former player he has coached who would make a great head coach. Robert Saleh has said Ryans will be a head coach one day, and Saleh would be going to him for a job.

NFL picks 2017, Week 14: Experts divided over Eagles, Vikings games - SB Nation
Can’t miss picks from our expert panel for every game this week.

The Rights To Ricky Sanchez & BGN Radio present: We Were Right Before Christmas - Underground Arts
Here we are, standing on the right side of history. It will be one night, and the two biggest Philly sports podcasts in the world, as Rights To Ricky Sanchez and BGN Radio perform separate podcasts, then come together for one big combo pod. Come and spread some holiday cheer with the guys and their special guests.

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