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NFL execs rank all 12 playoff teams - ESPN
9) Having Nick Foles at quarterback instead of the injured Carson Wentz has the Eagles lagging in the rankings, although one insider had them sixth -- ahead of the Panthers, Rams, Falcons and Jaguars. "I think the defense is better than what people give it credit for," this insider said. "I don't feel like they are really explosive on offense. Jay Ajayi is, but I don't see it from the receiving corps. I don't think [Alshon] Jeffery is much of a threat as a playoff receiver." The insiders thought the Eagles could win one playoff game at home, but probably not two. One insider called them the rare top seed that could lose to a 6-seed. "I still think they can get to the NFC Championship Game, but at the end of the day, it is going to come down to Foles," one insider said. "There is going to be a prove-it moment for Foles and I just don't know if he can deliver. That falls into the category again with Jared Goff and Blake Bortles, and the positive is that those teams can all run the ball. It's just hard to bank on Foles when the big moments come."

Thoughts and takeaways from the Eagles-Cowboys game - BGN
Reacting to the Eagles’ loss to Dallas. Talking about Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld, Sidney Jones, playoff hopes, and more.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cowboys game - PhillyVoice
For the second week in a row, Nick Foles looked horrendous. On the day, he was 4 of 11 for 39 yards, with no scores, and a QB rating of 9.3 on four drives. He struggled fielding shotgun snaps that weren't that bad and threw probably the ugliest interception of the Eagles' season. If the Eagles were hoping to find a reason to be confident in Foles heading into the postseason, they didn't get it.

Defense Must Lead Way In Playoffs -
This magnificent 2017 regular season ended with temperatures in the teens, quite the contrast to when the Eagles began the home portion of the schedule with temperatures in the high 90s on a day that ended with Jake Elliott’s improbable 61-yard field goal that beat the New York Giants and launched a nine-game winning streak ...

Eagles Come Up Short in Wild Shootout - Iggles Blitz
One thing you can feel good about is the Eagles defense. They have allowed 575 yards and 16 points over the last 2 weeks combined. Today you saw Steven Means, Beau Allen, Nate Gerry and Sidney Jones shutting down Dak and Zeke, the cornerstones of Dallas team. That was pretty cool to see. The defense played with a lot of energy and toughness. The starters set the tone for the game and the backups played their butts off.

The day after: Five questions for the Eagles going into the postseason - The Athletic
Taking a step back, it's been a remarkable season as the Eagles tied their franchise record with 13 wins and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The biggest takeaway is that they have a young, franchise quarterback who showed consistently that he can be a difference-maker on a weekly basis. Nothing is more important than that when it comes to the future of the organization. And number two, Pederson did a heck of a job. His staff could look a lot different next year, but Pederson was impressive in terms of game-planning, preparation and scheming. The Eagles consistently looked motivated, and they had a sound plan of attack in almost every game. One of Pederson's strengths is that he doesn't try to do too much, so if the Eagles do lose coaches from their staff, filling those positions will be crucial. But the foundation with coach and quarterback looks solid. As the league prepares for potentially unprecedented turnover, the Eagles' stability is a big plus.

It wasn't a meaningless game for the Eagles' Sidney Jones - Daily News
The snaps rookie cornerback Sidney Jones played Sunday weren’t highlight-film stuff. Jones was credited with a couple of tackles, didn’t give up any big completions. Played press on Dez Bryant a few times and lived to tell the tale. Came in at too shallow an angle on an Ezekiel Elliott run and saw Elliott zip outside him for a 16-yard gain. Was lucky Dak Prescott overthrew Terrance Williams after Jones bit on a slant-and-go. But if you’ve been following the Jones saga since the day the Eagles got him as a second-round draft bargain because a projected high first-round talent was rehabbing a torn left Achilles tendon, you know Sunday was a big day, for Jones and possibly for the future of the Eagles. “Definitely worth the wait. It’s been a long journey,” Jones said afterward. “I worked so hard to get here.”

Sudfeld proves ready if Eagles need him - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles won't have a quarterback controversy on their hands, but Nate Sudfeld is ready if called upon. Sudfeld, making his NFL regular-season debut Sunday, saw the bulk of the action under center in the Eagles' 6-0 Week 17 loss to the Cowboys. The second-year passer came on in relief of Nick Foles in the second quarter, completing 19 of 23 attempts for 134 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was also sacked three times. Playing with his fellow backups for all but the first series, Sudfeld held his own and avoided turnovers. He showed adequate arm strength, good pocket awareness and mobility, accounting for the Eagles' longest gain of the day with a 22-yard run. It was a performance Sudfeld can build on. Yet afterward, the 24-year-old was far from satisfied.

Buffalo Bills make the playoffs, ending a 17-year drought, thanks to Baltimore Ravens loss - Buffalo Rumblings

Did we learn anything from the Cowboys’ 6-0 edging of Eagles? - Blogging The Boys
Hard to find meaning in a meaningless game.

Washington Redskins Fall in Season Finale Against New York Giants, 18-10 - Hogs Haven
The Redskins leave today’s loss with a multitude of questions to be answered. Will Jay Gruden be the head coach next season? (All signs point to “yes.”) Will Kirk Cousins be the quarterback next season? (If you know, please let us know the winning Powerball numbers for the next drawing.) Will there be changes in the front office? (Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely.) Will shake ups take place in the lower ranks of the coaching staff? (Maybe.) Will the Redskins find the cure to the devestating injury bug that decimated their ranks this season? (Players and fans can only hope so.)

2018 NFL mock draft: What happens if Josh Rosen says no to the Browns? - SB Nation
30. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU - The Eagles have some solid running backs in LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, but they need a true No. 1 back. That could be Guice, the LSU running back who finds a hole and hits it in a hurry. Guice runs with good balance and can be slippery.


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