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LeGarrette Blount in straight enemy mode vs. Patriots -
LeGarrette Blount spent most of the past four seasons with the Patriots. He won two Super Bowls. He likely built a lot of great relationships. But when the big game comes next weekend, and he faces his old team while a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, none of that matters. New England, he said, is the enemy. ”Straight enemy mode,” Blount emphasized to reporters Thursday. “Ain’t no friends. Ain’t no homies. None of that. We know ... we know what we’re going to do. They know what they’re going to do. We both have the same goal in mind. There aren’t any hard feelings, it just is what it is.”

Eagles should be Super Bowl contenders for the foreseeable future - PhillyVoice
Wentz will have to prove he’s the same player whenever he returns to the lineup, and the Eagles’ hope is that devastating injuries do not become a theme throughout his career, as it has for other quarterbacks. Taking the 60,000-foot view, the Eagles are as strong in the trenches on both sides of the ball as any team in the NFL, and they may already have a top-five quarterback. That is about as ideal a situation as you can ask for in terms of the potential for long-term dominance.

Get some new Eagles gear ahead of the big game - BGN
Multiple options for you.

BGN Radio #296: Reflecting on How the Eagles Got to the Super Bowl -
John Barchard and Brandon Gowton reflect back on how this Eagles team was put together, how they got to this point and how much this team tried to tell us how good it was in OTAs and TC... we just didn’t listen. Plus a quick look at this Patriots matchup and we try to rank Doug among the rest of the NFL coaches.

Not-so-scary Pats and another mind-blowing Foles stat in Roob’s observations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
When I think of the Patriots in the Super Bowl, I think of this unstoppable machine that annihilates everything in its path on its way to football immortality. But that’s actually not the case. Not even close. In their seven Super Bowls under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Patriots have outscored their opponents by just 12 points — 169-157. That’s an average of 24.1 to 22.5. Their Super Bowl wins have been by six, four, three, three and three points, and their losses have been by four and three points. This is the greatest dynasty in NFL history, but it’s not going out there and blowing people out. The Patriots are simply finding ways to win close games. Which is really even more impressive. Their average Super Bowl win has been by 3.8 points, and their most lopsided Super Bowl win was last year by six points over the Falcons in a game they trailed by 25 points with 17 minutes left. They’re a dynasty because they know how to finish games and know how to win close games and know how to make big plays at crucial times. Most likely, Super Bowl LII will be decided by one or two plays late in the game. Whoever makes them has a parade.

Eagles pull from Chip Kelly playbook to awaken 2013 Nick Foles - ESPN
RPOs were a part of Pederson’s offense before Foles took over -- Wentz executed them effectively, and added an extra element as a run threat -- but Bowen agrees that there’s been an uptick with Foles at the controls. ”I think that’s smart coaching, first of all. It’s not putting the player in your scheme, it’s building the scheme around your player,” Bowen said. “He’s well-rehearsed in those mechanics because he’s worked with Chip.”

Film Room: Eagles Offense - Football Outsiders
Foles has certainly exceeded expectations this postseason, posting 9.9 adjusted net yards per attempt and completing 77.8 percent of his passes. However, head coach Doug Pederson deserves a lot of credit for how has called plays and managed favorable situations in which Foles can thrive. Advancing to the Super Bowl while taking down the reigning NFC champions and lighting up arguably the best defense in football is no small feat. The difficulty of that task is magnified even further with a backup quarterback in the lineup. In their NFC championship bout against the Minnesota Vikings, Pederson pulled all the stops to help Foles generate big plays down the field.

Goode Father-Son Treasure Super Bowl Journey -
John Goode was in the stands at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night, soaking it all in as the Eagles swamped the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 to win the NFC Championship: An Eagle for a season in 1985, Goode watched his son, Najee, and he couldn’t help but revel in the moment ...

Refocused: Philadelphia Eagles 38, Minnesota Vikings 7 - PFF
Entering the game, Foles had been fairly underwhelming in his four starts replacing Carson Wentz. However, he looked like a completely different player on Sunday evening, putting together the best game of his career and one of the best performances by any quarterback this season. In his first four games, he completed 2-of-15 passes targeted 20-plus yards downfield for a passer rating of 13.8. In this game, he was an absurd 4-of-6 on deep passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, culminating in a passer rating of 149.3.

In Praise of Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson, the Eagles’ Brain Trust - Sports Illustrated
Over the past few weeks, I tried to tell anyone who would listen that the Eagles were still Super Bowl-ready despite losing their best player, Carson Wentz, to injury. There is a depth and resilience to this team that I have seen over the year that is striking; I’m not sure I have seen it ever before. I do admit to some bias, knowing the key players discussed below and now living in the Philadelphia suburbs (my wife is from here, so while I wouldn’t call myself a true Eagles fan, I married into some level of Eagles fandom). Knowing that hosannahs will be lobbed furiously at the Patriots and their remarkable sustained excellence, here are some commendations for the Eagles and their stunning success in the face of adversity.

All-22: How Doug Pederson, Nick Foles and the Eagles buried the Vikings - The Athletic
Wentz spent the NFC championship game on the sideline. TV cameras often caught him checking out the tablet on the bench with Foles or cheering on his teammates. But there’s a reason why Wentz walked over to Pederson, gave him a fist-bump and let out a big smile after Jeffery’s second touchdown of the game. The score came on Wentz’s play, one that was in his playbook at North Dakota State and one that he convinced the Eagles coaches to install early in the season. “Every time we score on his play, the smile’s going to light up,” Reich said. “It was just executed very well. Doug called it at the perfect time.”

Danny Amendola has framed Eagles jersey to remind him of his journey - PFT
“I only had one,” Amendola said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “They put your name on the back and everything, and I guess they were selling it for some reason. [A friend] bought it, sent it to me framed and said, ‘Hang this on your wall so you’ll never forget the day they cut you.’ I have it hanging. I’ll never forget that. I learned a lot there, but at the end of the day . . .”

Predicting where 10 QBs who could hit the market this offseason will be in 2018 - CBS Sports
The transition tag saves them potentially $6 million and, with these sides nowhere close on Kirk Cousins’ fair market value, it allows another team to set that market for them. Sure, if the Skins can’t match an offer sheet they get no compensation (as opposed to a likely third-round comp pick in 2019 should they merely let him hit the market), but that’s almost beside the point now. If someone else structures a deal in the way Washington deems too rich, then the team can leave the situation on its terms. And maybe a trade comes from a tag. As for the interested teams, the Browns’ previous front office would have been at the head of the list, but I don’t see that now with John Dorsey at the helm (more on him next). The Broncos and Cardinals might make sense too, but the team I believe will make the most concerted effort to land Cousins is the Jets. They have the want and the ability and more cap space than you would ever need, and they won too many games to have a top QB fall to them in the draft.

North Carolina Man Sues His Own Wife Over Alleged Fletcher Cox Affair - PhillyMag
In November, we told you that a North Carolina man had filed a lawsuit against Eagles player Fletcher Cox, who the man claims had a torrid affair with his 29-year-old wife, allegedly sending her X-rated texts. Well, now the man has filed a lawsuit against her.

Film Review: How Eli Manning and the Giants can help the Patriots prepare for Super Bowl LII - Pats Pulpit
Manning and the Giants did a fantastic job of slowing down the Eagles’ pass rush by getting the ball out of Manning’s hands as quickly as possible. In Week 15, Manning’s time to throw was a blistering 2.17 seconds, and when they did take shots downfield, they were designed to give Manning max protection, and they were still quick-decision throws. Second, Manning took his shots downfield but moved the ball by attacking the short and intermediate area of the field, sound familiar?

How Nick Foles went from almost retiring to Super Bowl starting quarterback - SB Nation
Foles had a breakout season, nearly retired, and now he’s about to play in the Super Bowl.


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