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The Eagles Have Held It Together on the O-Line, With Some Help From Jason Peters - Sports Illustrated
Seattle has a disruptive defensive front, and the offensive line had the added challenge of playing in one of the NFL’s noisiest venues. The Eagles offense used a silent count, triggering the snap through signals relayed from Wentz to right guard Brandon Brooks to center Jason Kelce. Keeping one eye on the signal coming through the guard on the opposite side of the line and the other on the defensive end is no small task. (Noise will not be an issue this week, in front of a Los Angeles crowd that is likely to have more Eagles fans than Rams fans.) No matter the circumstances, though, Vaitai was disappointed in his performance. So he sought out Peters, who told him to calm down, first of all. “He says, ‘You look like you are all over the place, but that’s easily fixable,’ ” Vaitai says. “It was just all technique. [Clark’s] job is to get through me, and my job is to block him. I’m making it hard on myself, because I am doing a lot of things. Sometimes, I go off [course]. Because of nerves; I don’t know. But J.P. always says, trust the process. You are still young, and you don’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t make them.”

The Eagles have what it takes to bounce back - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #283). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. Rams game in Week 14, analyze key matchups, playoff implications, and much more.

Brandon Brooks: We need to start faster and execute vs. Rams - PhillyVoice
I have to give credit to Jason [Peters] himself. Although he had torn his ACL, you saw when he came off the field he was coaching up V [left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai]. He was thinking about helping the next guy, so he could perform to the best of his ability. He still comes around the locker room. He’s still that same leader, that same force when he was around. That’s how we kept pushing.

Good Vibes - Iggles Blitz
As frustrating as it was to re-watch the Seattle game (at boy was it ever), it did feel good to come away knowing that the loss was on the Eagles. The team blew chance after chance. They should have easily scored 20 more points. The problem is that they just kept making mistakes at the worst time. The result was a 24-10 loss. When you study a game and see that your team had no chance…that the other team just overwhelmed you, that makes things easy in a sense. You just weren’t good enough. You can accept that. Figuring out how to get better is the tricky part. Does that mean the current players developing over time or waiting until the offseason to get better players? Carson Wentz played poorly in Seattle. Clearly the Eagles don’t need a new QB. They just need Wentz to play better. They need him to play to the level he’s played almost the whole year. That’s a good problem to have. It is easy to get caught up in the result from Sunday night. Some people want to wipe out the previous 11 games (10-1) and act as if that was the whole season. This isn’t college football. That was just a bump in the road. The Eagles are still good. Damn good.

NFL Week 14 Preview: Eagles at Rams - PFF
QB Jared Goff vs. Eagles Pass Rush – Goff currently owns the sixth-highest passer rating on dropbacks under pressure since Week 8 with an 88.8. In that same time, Goff is one of only two quarterbacks to have at least four touchdowns and zero interceptions under pressure, the other being Carson Wentz. With the Eagles defense generating pressure at the highest rate in the league (42 percent of pass plays) and the most pressures overall (285), Goff will be tested on his ability to get the ball out and make quick decisions. Two of the Rams’ losses this season have come in games where Goff has been pressured on 36 percent or more of his dropbacks, making his performance under pressure all the more important.

Contender kryptonite: Biggest weaknesses on NFL's top 14 teams - ESPN
This exercise is virtually futile for the Eagles, who are the most balanced team in football and don't appear to have an obvious weakness. They rank in the top eight in both passing and rushing offense and defense DVOA and are 10th on special teams. They're fourth in DVOA at defending short passes and long passes. They run efficiently and generate big plays. They rarely turn over the ball, and they force plenty of giveaways. To be fair, Vaitai has looked better in this second season as a regular filling in for a missing star on the Philadelphia offensive line. Vaitai was posting up at right tackle for the suspended Lane Johnson in 2016; this season, he's lining up at left tackle for the injured Jason Peters.

Offense Hones In On Return To 2017 Form - PE.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. – There has been no panic, no revamping of the approach, and no loss of confidence for an offense that took a left turn on Sunday night in Seattle, managing just 10 points in a loss to the Seahawks. Instead, the Eagles fully expect quarterback Carson Wentz and Co. to get back on the right track Sunday at Los Angeles by doing what they do, with better execution.

The NFL's Wokest Team Faces Ultimate Test of Its Resolve on and off the Field - B/R
The Eagles have made it all look easy this year: winning games, changing the world and having fun doing it. The NFL's most overtly, unapologetically activist team is out to prove that it's possible to win a Super Bowl while fighting for causes and sticking it to the "stick to sports" crowd once and for all. "We are trying to do things the right way both on and off the field," receiver Torrey Smith said. But the NFL's Woke Warriors now face their toughest tests yet: a challenging late-season schedule and rebellion among the NFL's social-justice advocates. The Eagles have a chance not only to bring Philadelphia its first NFL championship in 57 years, but also to turn the Super Bowl into a megaphone for social change.

Eagles have concerns this week, but Carson Wentz isn't one of them - Daily News
Linebacker Nigel Bradham seemed amused that anyone would think that last week’s first half, in which Wentz passed for 45 yards, and his subsequent two costly turnovers, would be cause for concern as Wentz faces a defense that ranks fifth in the league in quarterback rating – allowing a 77.3 average, negligibly higher than the Eagles defense’s fourth-ranked 77.0. “It’s Carson Wentz!” Bradham said. “He made tremendous plays in that game, to definitely give us chances to win that game. We got a great quarterback.”

Carson Wentz on verge of breaking NFL's oldest team TD record - NBC Sports Philadelphia
As Carson Wentz becomes the latest to challenge Jurgensen’s mark, this a great chance to put into perspective just exactly what Christian Adolph "Sonny" Jurgensen III accomplished back in 1961 and marvel at just how long his record has stood. Jurgensen, the Eagles' fourth-round draft pick out of Duke in 1957, barely played his first four years. He backed up Bobby Thomason as a rookie, although he did go 3-1 in four starts, and then he backed up Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin in 1958, 1959 and in the 1960 NFL Championship season.

FAQ on the Eagles' playoff scenarios going into Week 14 - The Athletic
Can the Eagles do anything to gain the tiebreak advantage over the Vikings? Yes. There are a couple ways actually. One is to overtake the Vikings in terms of conference records. Both teams are 8-1 in conference. The Vikings face the Panthers, Packers and Bears the rest of the way (NFC opponents). The Eagles face the Rams, Giants and Cowboys. If the Eagles can make up a game there, they'll have the tiebreak. If both teams tie in terms of conference record, it will come down to common opponents. The Eagles can overtake the Vikings with this tiebreak if they beat the Rams and the Vikings lose to the Panthers. If those two things happen, the Eagles would clinch the “common opponents” tiebreak this weekend.

For Philadelphia Eagles, roommates, bobbleheads and slick field keep California stay interesting - PennLive
For a 240-pound linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles defensive linchpin Nigel Bradham has a toothy, goofy grin. He showed it off Wednesday in the Angel Stadium locker room when he was discussing the rooming situation at the team's hotel in Costa Mesa, California, this week. Bradham was one of the players designated to have a roommate on road trips last year, often sleeping a few feet away from another young linebacker. But this season, things have changed. Bradham's included in the group of veterans who get their own rooms, and that's a coveted luxury as the Eagles (10-2) continue a rare week-long stay in the Los Angeles area to prepare for Sunday's game against the Rams (9-3). "It's great," Bradham said as that smile formed. "I'm a vet now. I had roommates last year -- and I was mad."

Long journey pits Eagles defensive end Chris Long against his former team, the Rams - LA Times
From the start of his NFL career, when the St. Louis Rams made him the second pick in the 2008 draft, Chris Long has had fame, fortune and something else. A gnawing belief there was more to life than this. “He’s always been an old soul,” said his father, Howie, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the Raiders and a football commentator for the last two-plus decades. “He had a real definitive sense of right and wrong, an understanding that there are people who are less fortunate. Early in his career, I remember him calling me one night and he was talking about wanting his life to have an impact, wanting his life to have a meaning.”

Los Angeles Rams vs Philadelphia Eagles: Q&A with Bleeding Green Nation - Turf Show Times
Getting the inside info from Bleeding Green Nation, the SB Nation community for Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Which NFL teams can clinch playoff spots in Week 14? - SB Nation
The Patriots, Eagles, Steelers, and Vikings all have win-and-in situations.

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