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FOX seeks actors to be Los Angeles Rams fans for Eagles game - PhillyVoice
The thing about all that pregame hoopla, though, is the game is in Los Angeles. Viewers probably expect to see, well, Los Angeles fans. But the visiting team has supporters who travel well, and the home team has a player who literally begged fans to show up. FOX sees the impending Eagles takeover coming a mile away. So, what does Los Angeles produce better than sports fans? Aspiring actors! And FOX is seeking them to be Rams fans for Sunday's pregame festivities, according to a casting call online.

Eagles-Rams Game Preview: Five questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams are set to play each other this Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 14 game against L.A., I reached out to our friends over at Turf Show Times. The wise Sean Wilkinson kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game. Let's take a look at the answers. (Also don't forget to check out my Q&A exchange over at TST.)

Bounce Back Week - Iggles Blitz
Pederson has to be himself. He can’t start giving crazy speeches or doing things that are out of character. The players would see that as a sign of panic and it would hurt them. They need Pederson to be the guy he’s been all year. Luckily, Pederson has been aggressive for almost the entire year. He’s gone for it on 4th downs. He’s gone for two. He’s thrown deep (or at least tried to) a decent amount. Pederson isn’t a conventional coach. He’s willing to take some chance. The real key is for him to get his team’s mindset right this week. The Eagles were all over the place in Seattle. They need to relax and play good, aggressive football. Smart football. Pederson said all he right things this week. He seemed relaxed and focused. If he’s any indication, the Eagles should play well on Sunday.

How Are Eagles' Defensive Backs Preparing For Jared Goff? With Carson Wentz, of Course - Sports Illustrated
“As a secondary, you’ve got a guy like Carson who can go out there and hit every throw,” says cornerback Jalen Mills. “No matter what hash he’s on; no matter what route it is. You watch [Goff] on film, you see him doing the same type of things. You see him hitting the deep ball, you see him hitting the short route, you see him hitting the intermediate route. So as far as that goes, going against Carson I think is really going to help us prepare for a guy who can sling the ball down the field.” The deep ball is very much a part of both young quarterbacks’ games. Wentz ranks fourth in the NFL, and Goff seventh, for the percentage of passes they throw 20 yards or more downfield, per Pro Football Focus. Goff averages a little more than eight yards per pass attempt, second-highest in the league, while Wentz averages around 7.5 yards per attempt, ninth-highest.

Kobe Brings 'Mamba Mentality' To The Eagles -
Friday morning wasn’t like every other morning for the Eagles. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, an Eagles fan who grew up in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania and played his high school basketball there, addressed the team for about 10 minutes at the team hotel. Bryant’s words, which also included some questions from the players and coaches, had an impact. “Just meeting him and hearing what he had to say, I’ve always respected him and I’m a huge fan of his, but I respect him even more now,” wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said. “He talked about his mentality and the way he approached the game. He approached everything to kill everything. Attack everything, stay in the moment, stay focused. He gave us some championship knowledge.”

Eagles' game vs. Rams allows Watkins brothers to reunite on different terms than 2015 meeting - PennLive
Two years after the Eagles eked out a 23-20 win over the Bills -- despite Sammy's 47-yard touchdown catch from Tyrod Taylor -- the Watkins brothers will reunite Sunday when the Birds and Rams square off Sunday in Los Angeles. It'll mark their second time playing as NFL opponents. Jaylen remains in a similar role for the Eagles (10-2), while Sammy joined the Rams (9-3) through a preseason trade and has played his part in talented receiving corps. In any scenario, their presence in the same game marks a special moment for the brothers, Jaylen said.

Goff to L.A., Wentz to Philly: How they became the top two picks in 2016 - ESPN
Wentz, a wizard outside the pocket, went to an Eagles team that looked primed for contention and traded up twice, from No. 13 to 8 to 2 to get him. He thrived immediately, then took his lumps in the back half of his rookie season and now looks like an MVP candidate while throwing for an NFL-leading 29 touchdowns and sporting a 72.5 Total QBR. Leading up to their first meeting as pros, we took a look back at the pre-draft process and told that story from the accounts of those who experienced it. The four executives directly involved -- for the Rams, Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns -- declined interviews. But several others shared their memories of the 2016 draft.

32 NFL observations, Week 13 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: When targeted on third down, wide receiver Nelson Agholor has caught 16-of-22 targets for 342 yards and three touchdowns. His third down catch rate of 72.7 percent ranks third among all players with at least 20 targets on third down, while his near-perfect passer rating when targeted on third down of 154.4 ranks first.

Rams-Eagles Film: Can Philly’s high-scoring offense be stopped twice? - Turf Show Times
The Rams should have taken some notes from their division rival. The Seahawks came at Wentz and had him playing catchup all night.

Eagles Mailbag: Stoutland's call to keep Vaitai at LT, and other nonsense - The Athletic
“He’s a natural left tackle,” Stoutland said of Vaitai. “He’s played it his whole college career. I just felt like, you know Lane is playing at such a high level, why change two positions? So, to me, we’re living in the moment right now. We’re not looking down the road, we’re not looking in the past. We learn from the past, but we’re looking at where we are right now and where we have to get to, and so, to me, and I told this to coach Pederson and Frank [Reich], right now our best thing to do would be to leave Lane where he is and let V focus on left tackle. Because V — I’ve coached other players here, they have a difficult time going from right to left, from left to right, from a balance standpoint. V doesn’t have an issue at all. Actually, he’s probably more comfortable on the left.”

Eagles, Rams a mirror image in many ways - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Who would’ve thought the Eagles would be 10-2 and preparing to face a 9-3 Rams squad when the schedule came out in April? Yet, here were are, waiting for an unlikely Week 14 showdown between two of the top teams in the conference. This is no fluke. The Eagles and Rams both have talented rosters from top to bottom, with ascending, young quarterbacks in the midst of breakout seasons, and outstanding coaching staffs with sharp, fresh minds and time-tested defensive coordinators. In many ways, these teams are like a mirror image of each other when you begin to compare.

Connor Barwin goes from Philly fishbowl to L.A. anonymity - Inquirer
Connor Barwin will always have ties to Philadelphia from his time with the Eagles and through his charity work, but he admits that he has taken a liking to life in California.

Eight teams that missed playoffs in 2016 currently in playoff position - PFT
The Vikings, Eagles, Rams, Saints and Panthers would join the Seahawks, although a Seahawks loss this weekend would push the Falcons into the lone returnee spot. The Titans, Jaguars and Ravens would be the new faces in the AFC and that number could expand to include the Chargers if they can move ahead of the Chiefs in the AFC West. The Bills are also hanging around in the AFC, but they’d only replace another newcomer as a Wild Card.

The most annoying team in the NFC East - Blogging The Boys

Who are the NFL’s next head coaches? - SB Nation
Our team sites weighed in on the assistants who could be head coaches soon.


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