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Upon further review: Three games in, Eagles seeing negative returns from Golden Tate trade - The Athletic
Tate was supposed to offer Wentz answers in difficult situations, but that has not happened. Many of the targets to Tate seem forced, and the numbers are uninspiring. Wentz is averaging just 4.6 YPA in three games when targeting Tate. And Tate has caught just 55 percent of his targets. In the last three weeks, Wentz is averaging just 6.2 net yards per pass play (which includes sacks). That ranks 24th among 31 qualifying quarterbacks. On the season, Wentz has dropped down to 15th in QBR and 16th in average net yards per attempt (ANY/A).

7 things we learned from Eagles victory over the Giants - BGN
This wasn’t something we ever really doubted (if you did, you played yourself), but Doug coached a great game against the Giants with a lot on the line. Gotta give it up for that. He caught some flak for a 4th down conversion he didn’t attempt, but his offensive game planning was strong. The Eagles came out and attacked the Giants between the 30s with running plays that forced corners into the box; in the red zone with TE/Wing sets to create downhill lanes for Josh Adams; with a heavy usage of curl routes and RPOs to keep Carson Wentz’s depth of target in the intermediate area (a lot of his INTs have been deep). Everything was as it should be. Throw on top of that the fact that Pederson was able to rally his team, down for three quarters of the game, to a key victory when they were absolutely reeling from multiple losses. Things coulda really gotten out of hand at 19-3. (I thought they were going to.) This team showed excellent fight, and thank goodness for that.

At the Podium #12: The Doug Pederson Suggestion Box - BGN Radio
Everything’s better after a win and the Eagles got themselves an important one in a 25-22 comeback over the Giants. Hear what Doug Pederson had to say about what turned the tide in the game, plus Carson Wentz breaks down his day. Powered by SBNation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 13 edition - PhillyVoice
The Eagles got their act together in the second half against the Giants on Sunday, but they looked awwwwwful in the first half. Their inability to start games well this season is confounding, as they have averaged 1.9 points in the first quarter this season. 1.9! gives 12 teams at least a one percent chance of winning the Super Bowl this season. The Eagles are not among them.

Quite the Comeback - Iggles Blitz
The good moments from Sunday can carry over. Adams proved to be a workhorse runner. Corey Clement had his best game of the season, showing burst we haven’t seen since the Super Bowl. Carson Wentz came through in the clutch and that should help him the next time the Eagles play in a close game. The offensive line did an excellent job of run blocking. That had to get those guys fired up. The young DBs did some good things. Cre’Von LeBlanc got away with some holding on a critical play, but he’s hardly the only DB to do that. He covered well enough that they didn’t throw a flag. I’ll need to watch the All-22, but it certainly felt like the LBs played much better this week. Kamu Grugier-Hill flew around the field and led the team in tackles. Michael Bennett had a sack, a key TFL and was disruptive on a regular basis.

News, Notes, And Thoughts With Washington Ahead -
With the Eagles running the football very well on Sunday and Washington struggling in the run game defensively – Washington has allowed more than 100 net rushing yards in each of the last four weeks, and have allowed an average of 129.3 yards on the ground the last three weeks, might the Eagles keep pounding it on Monday night? We’ll see, but the offense could certainly benefit from a balanced attack. Washington started the season playing great football against the run, but injuries and missed assignments and poor gap discipline have hurt the defensive performance.

Week 12 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Flex Defense: Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles – 92.8 overall grade. Jenkins’ versatility means that you will find him lined up as a deep safety, close to the line of scrimmage, and in the slot. Targeted four times in the Eagles win over the Giants, Jenkins allowed an NFL passer rating of just 16.7, coming away with a key interception late in the first half, and adding a forced fumble too.

Inside the adjustments that saved the Eagles’ season - ESPN
It prompted Jenkins and a couple other veterans -- he mentioned fellow safety Corey Graham by name -- to express a need for a change to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. ”It just got to the point where we said, ‘Look, we know we’ve got guys on the back end that are scrambling a little bit. Giants are going hurry-up offense, it’s putting us in a bind to communicate, it’s loud. So give us something simple and we’ll put the pressure on our D-line to take over,’” Jenkins said. “Hats off really to our D-line and Jim Schwartz for settling down the game plan and giving us an opportunity to go play fast.” The next time out, Jenkins came up with an interception -- the Eagles’ first since Week 6 against this Giants team. The second half was a completely different story for the defense. It gave up 56 total yards and three points over the final two quarters, allowing the offense to rally for a 25-22 victory. “We were able to get back to the style of defense that we like playing,” Jenkins said.

Five reasons the Eagles beat the Giants - Daily News
One thing that really helped the defense in the second half was the Eagles’ ability to run the ball, control the clock, and keep the ball out of Manning’s and Barkley’s hands. In the first half, the Giants ran 36 plays to the Eagles’ measly 23. In the second half, the Eagles ran 16 more plays than the Giants (37-21), who had the ball for just 10 minutes and change in the final two quarters. The Eagles ran the ball 29 times against the Giants, including 19 times in the second half. Rookie Josh Adams, who had just 4 yards on four carries in the first half, had 80 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the second half, including five rushing first downs and three double-digit-yard runs. The Eagles’ offensive line, which has been inconsistent all season, took the fight to the Giants’ defensive line in the second half. Adams had an impressive 19-yard run that kick-started a third-quarter scoring drive. With the Eagles in “13’’ personnel (1RB, 3TEs) on a second-and-10 play, he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and picked up a first down. On the fourth-quarter touchdown drive that gave the Eagles the lead, Adams had back-to-back 15- and 11-yard runs before scoring on a 1-yard run and also converting the two-point try.

The 2018 NFL Wild-Card Threat Index - Ringer
Tier 5: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing. Teams: Eagles. In September, it would have been difficult to imagine the Eagles’ loaded roster struggling to pull away from a team like the Giants, but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday as the team barely eked out a 25-22 victory. There have been scattered moments this year when Philadelphia looked like the team that took the NFL by storm last season. Carson Wentz was sharp in Sunday’s second half and finished the win with 236 yards on just 28 attempts. Both Fletcher Cox and Michael Bennett provided consistent pressure throughout the game. But this late in the season, it just feels like the Eagles have too many holes to make a serious run at the playoffs. Philly’s secondary has been decimated by injuries, and the Giants were able to exploit backup cornerbacks Tre Sullivan and De’Vante Bausby for several chunk plays. If Eli Manning can pick apart this defense for big gains through the air, the Eagles don’t stand much of a chance at stopping the league’s best offenses.

Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
At 6-5, the Redskins get the Eagles twice and the Giants once more. That gives us three chances to find one more divisional win to split our East record on a worst-case basis (I know what the actual worst case is...haha), but the Redskins need to somehow go 2-1 in those three games to give us the best chance to play an extra frame. That would also mean at least splitting the games against Jacksonville and Tennessee. Easier said than done, but not even close to impossible, irregardless of who is playing quarterback in burgundy and gold (regardless, even). As Bob Dylan famously sang, “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.” We can be honest about the fact that our playoff chances are slipping away, but it is also true that they still exist, and I don’t see the Rams, Chiefs, Saints or even Texans on the schedule down the stretch. (Though...and I can’t quite put my finger on it...something about playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night me the heebie-jeebies...I’ll try and think of what that is.)

Pat Shurmur to blame for Giants’ misuse of Saquon Barkley, receivers in second half - SNY
That was another bizarre part of Shurmur’s plan. He has said many times in recent weeks he thinks the Giants have to ride Barkley, and they certainly did in the first half to the tune of 15 touches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Barkley, who had ripped the Eagles for 229 yards back in October, was dominating them again. But in the second half, Barkley came off the field for Wayne Gallman on the second Giants series. And he only ran four times (for seven yards) overall. Again, Shurmur blamed that on penalties and sacks, even though that was more of a first-half problem. There was also a series at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth when Shurmur ignored Barkley entirely and called three straight passes, two that fell incomplete and one which ended in a sack. The Giants at the time were nursing a 19-14 lead and trying to slow the Eagles’ momentum.

Odell Beckham Is Apparently Passing Out His Own Joker Card During Losses - Crossing Broad
Most notable is a self-branded Joker card, which, unfathomably, Beckham was carrying around in his jersey yesterday and doled out to some kid during the game. Investor Jeff just happened to be sitting next to him when it happened. Behold, absurdity.

Solak Mock Draft 3.0 - The Draft Network
15. Philadelphia Eagles. Deionte Thompson, SAF, Alabama. The injury bug bit Philly bad this season, and it all began with a Week 3 injury to free safety Rodney McLeod. With again vets in Chris Maragos and Corey Graham as their stopgap options (both of whom missed major time this season) Philadelphia safety depth was exposed, and their corners left isolated on islands. Thompson comes in as McLeod’s heir in the deep middle, offering elite range to soften the load for the boundary corners in Jim Schwartz’s heavy Cover 3 scheme.

NFL odds 2018, Week 13: Betting trends and analysis for the top games - SB Nation
The top three teams in the NFC East will battle for positioning in the other two prime time games this week as the Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints (-7.5) on Thursday night and Washington visits the Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) on Monday night. New Orleans is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 road games against teams with winning records.


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