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Fletcher Cox: Eagles have been disrespected all season - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles are the first top seed in NFL history to enter its opening playoff game as an underdog. According to standout defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, it’s just another example of this Eagles team not getting its proper respect. ”We’ve been disrespected all year,” he said. “Our record can speak for itself. We’re a team that’s been disrespected week in and week out, and we just come out and ring the bell every week.”

8 takeaways from 2018 Wild Card weekend (with an Eagles slant) - BGN
Leftover thoughts from the first round of the playoffs.

A look at the success of home underdogs in the NFL playoffs since 2000 - PhillyVoice
Since 2000, home dogs are 11-15 straight up in the playoffs. Since 2003, they’re 7-15. They’re 1-7 since 2012.

FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year - NFL.com
Click here to vote for Carson Wentz!

Philadelphia Eagles say playoff experience only matters to an extent - PennLive
The stakes are higher in the postseason, but the way Long sees it, just about everything else stays the same. ”It’s not a different game,” he said. “It’s not a different sport.” So as the Birds began preparations to host the reigning NFC champion Falcons on Saturday in the divisional round, Long and others kept the value of playoff experience in perspective. While Long said it’s easier for players to stay grounded with a couple postseason games on their resume, he also pointed out Monday that anyone can make game-altering contributions.

Eagles vs. Falcons: Ten thoughts on the divisional round matchup - The Athletic
Let’s start with the Eagles’ offense and the obvious: they should be able to run the ball. Todd Gurley racked up 101 yards on 14 carries (7.2 YPC), and that was no aberration. The Falcons’ scheme is set up to stop the run. They’re a single high safety defense, which means they consistently load the box with eight defenders. But scheme alone doesn’t get it done. Atlanta ranked 20th (DVOA) against the run during the regular season. Only the Eagles know what kind of workload Jay Ajayi can handle, given the history with his knee. But there’s no need to overthink this one. The Eagles have a very good run blocking offensive line and diverse schemes at their disposal. The personnel from last year’s regular-season matchup between these two teams is different, but the Falcons’ scheme is not. In that game, the Eagles ran for 208 yards and averaged 5.5 YPC. Ajayi got Week 17 off, plus he should benefit from the first-round bye. By the time Saturday rolls around, he’ll have had 18 days in between games. And when he’s gotten the ball, he’s been productive. Ajayi has averaged 5.8 YPC on 70 attempts in an Eagles uniform. This will be the perfect time to feed him.

News, Notes And The Playoffs Are Here! - PE.com
The formula, largely, is unchanged. Playoff football is different than in the regular season – the intensity, the tempo, the stakes. And as we learned this weekend while wonderfully sitting back and watching during the Eagles’ bye, the teams that handle those three elements the best are the ones that advance. The Atlanta Falcons come to town on Saturday, and already there are matchups and scenarios and situations to discuss …

Did You Know? 10 fascinating Eagles playoff facts - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles’ four-game postseason losing streak is the fourth-longest current playoff losing streak in the NFL. The Lions have lost nine straight since 1992, the Bengals have lost eight straight since 1991 and the Bills five straight since 1996.

Eagles’ home-field advantage in playoffs also tax advantage for Philly - Philly.com
So, with the Eagles’ home-field advantage in the playoffs, more than just the team’s season is on the line. A boost in the city’s tax revenue is, too. Philadelphia could gain about $200,000 in wage taxes if the Eagles win next weekend and go on to host a second playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field, according to an Inquirer and Daily News analysis of the salaries of the Eagles roster and those of their potential opponents. With just one playoff game, the city would still gain; if the Eagles lose to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, their single playoff game will still raise more than $110,000 in wage taxes.

Week 18 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The big surprise around here is probably that the gap between Philadelphia and Atlanta in both full-season DVOA and weighted DVOA is pretty large. Based on our numbers, at least, it seems that the public is overrating the importance of Nick Foles’ poor Week 16 performance against Oakland. That was, after all, just one game. To make up the difference between Philadelphia and Atlanta in DVOA, you really have to believe the difference between Foles and Carson Wentz is about as big as the difference between Brett Hundley and Aaron Rodgers.

The battle-tested Falcons continue to dispel doubt - The Falcoholic
Atlanta has the scars to prove their battles in 2017, but they just keep winning.

Assessing the New York Giants’ search for a head coach - Big Blue View
Reading the tea leaves, both from my own observation and the tidbits of information I’ve been able to glean from other sources, I think this job comes down to Shurmur or Wilks. Unless the Giants choose to widen their search. My guess is McDaniels, as he has done other years, stays in New England after flirting with other teams. Among those who have interviewed thus far, Shurmur is probably the leader in the clubhouse. There has been a belief all along, though, that Gettleman would push hard for the 48-year-old Wilks after watching his work in Carolina. If Wilks aces his interview with the Giants this week it isn’t hard to imagine him becoming the team’s head coach. If not, Shurmur could be the choice.

2018 NFL mock draft: The Browns’ rebuild continues - SB Nation
30. Philadelphia Eagles: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas — The logic here says go for an offensive linemen. But considering who is left, the top options are either Pittsburgh tackle Brian O’Neill or UTEP guard Will Hernandez. Jefferson simply has more value. With Nigel Bradham’s pending free agency, and Jordan Hicks’ health history, the Eagles have a need at linebacker. Jefferson would be a perfect fit in Philadelphia’s defense as a three-down player.

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