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Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz responds to report that he’s hesitant to run again - Delaware Online
So much for the report that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is tentative when he plants his left leg. The NFL Network reported Sunday morning – citing a source with knowledge of Wentz’s rehab – that Wentz isn’t planting on his left leg because he’s not 100 percent recovered from two torn knee ligaments. The report came just a few weeks shy of Wentz’s one-year anniversary of tearing his ACL and LCL against the Rams last Dec. 10. ”I heard about that, and I don’t know where that came from, to be honest,” Wentz said. “I feel good. I’ve analyzed my mechanics, really, all the way throughout this injury. I’ve never felt that as an issue at all, and I feel really good with where I’m at.” Eagles coach Doug Pederson, when asked about that report, agreed.

3 numbers that matter for the Eagles’ big Week 13 game against Washington - BGN
The Eagles likely don’t even need to be an offensive juggernaut to win on Monday night. Washington is 0-5 this season when their opponent merely scores more than 17 points. Philadelphia should be able to cross that threshold.

Eagles-Redskins Preview, Cowboys-Saints Reaction - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton record while watching the Dallas Cowboys eek an important win out of the Saints, which puts them in the drivers seat in the NFC East. PLUS the usual preview of the Eagles-Redskins Monday Night Football matchuip and NFL Picks of the Week! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Was the Cowboys’ trade for Amari Cooper good after all? - PhillyVoice
Anyway, if the Cowboys traded for Cooper hoping he helps them win the worst division in football, then obviously that’s not a goal worth a first-round pick. If they made that trade thinking that he puts them over the top, as in, in the conversation to go to the Super Bowl, then they are delusional about the talent currently on their roster. It’s a few games. If he turns out to be, say, a top 10-15 receiver over a long period of time, then sure, great trade. But looking at the big picture, long-term, I strongly believe the Cowboys would be much better off with their draft pick, who will comparatively make peanuts over the next four years, and yet is still likely to be a good player.

Stayin’ Alive - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles could win out and probably win the division. But beating the Skins, Boys, Rams, Texans and Skins would be very difficult. The Eagles haven’t won two games in a row all year. Winning the next five would be crazy. I do think the team can finish strong. The run game came alive last week. The Eagles were good with the OL and DL. If they can get some injured DBs back, this team could get hot and win some games. Still, going 5-0 or even 4-1 might be pushing things a bit. The Eagles control their destiny in regard to the Skins. They will need help with the Cowboys. That’s why you don’t want to blow games to the Titans and Panthers. It has you watching the scoreboard, hoping some other team helps you out.

Nothing Will Come Easy For Eagles Down The Stretch - PE.com
Nothing is going to be easy or simple or paved for the Eagles on the path to the postseason. A vivid example happened on Thursday night when Dallas defeated New Orleans, 13-10, behind a stout defensive effort, overcoming penalties, and playing the fourth quarter with confidence. To set the NFC East picture for you, the Cowboys are now 7-5, winners of four straight games. They lead the pack. The Eagles just have to win, baby. That’s all there is to it. We can’t look for help from other teams. We shouldn’t expect fortunate bounces. We’re not in position to think the officials are going to miss a call on the Eagles’ behalf. It’s December. It’s time to peak down the stretch.

Stats to know for all 32 NFL teams entering Week 13 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz has an adjusted completion percentage of 82.3% when he’s not under pressure. That is the fifth-best rate for a quarterback this year and second-best for a quarterback in his third year over the last 13 seasons.

Why Carson Wentz and the Eagles have been struggling with the deep ball - Inquirer
But Wentz and the Eagles have regressed closer to their 2016 form this season. He has completed just 15 of 38 passes for 527 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions. His rating of 73.8 is only marginally higher than 2016 (64.2), when he completed 21 of 64 passes for 654 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions. Overall, if Nick Foles’ numbers (2 of 9 for 64 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions) are included, the Eagles are among the NFL’s worst deep passing offenses this season. Only the New York Jets (36.5), Bills (43.7), Ravens (56.7), Panthers (58.6), and Redskins (69.9) have a lower rating than the Eagles (70.1) through 11 games.

Silva’s Week 13 Matchups - Rotoworld
Albeit not without a major first-half scare, Philadelphia ended its losing skid in last week’s desperately-needed 25-22 comeback win over the Giants. Newly-anointed feature back Josh Adams was the star of the second-half show, parlaying season highs in snaps (62%) and touches (22) into 84 yards and a score despite losing a 52-yard rushing touchdown to C Jason Kelce’s holding penalty in the first quarter. Corey Clement operated as a mere change-of-pace back on seven touches, and Wendell Smallwood has been phased out. As a home-favorite lead runner in a plus draw, Adams can build on his breakout game against a Washington defense that has surrendered 95/476/1 (5.01 YPC) rushing to running backs over the last month and allows the NFL’s fifth-most receptions per game to enemy backs (6.4) on the year. Adams is a high-end RB2 in this plum spot. … Darren Sproles’ (hamstring) return would hurt Clement and Smallwood more than lead-runner Adams. … Washington’s pass defense has also fallen apart, conceding top-12 fantasy scores to six of its last nine quarterbacks faced and 285-plus passing yards in four of its last five games. Dak Prescott carved the Skins for 9.3 yards per attempt and his season-best 121.6 passer rating on Thanksgiving. In a game Philly projects to control with Colt McCoy playing behind an injury-ruined offensive line on the other side, Carson Wentz is an underrated QB1 play against Washington.

Which NFL Players Should Make—or Lose—the Most Money This Season? - The Ringer
WR Golden Tate, Eagles: Tate started off the season with a bang, catching 28 passes for 389 yards and three scores in the Lions’ first four games. But his production has tapered off since. He saw his role reduced over the next month in Detroit before being traded to the Eagles just before the deadline, forcing him to learn a new playbook and work his way into a new offense in the middle of the season. It hasn’t gone smoothly: The 30-year old veteran has caught just 11 passes for 97 yards in three games, averaging a paltry 8.8 yards per reception without a touchdown. Tate’s an excellent player and one of the best open-field tackle-breakers at the receiver position, but so far, the trade to Philadelphia hasn’t helped his free-agency cause.

Eagles coaches on how Doug Pederson’s handled adversity: ‘I told him, I wish I could be more like him’ - The Athletic
Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland: “I told him, I wish I could be more like him. I told him that. He’s like that (gestures straight line with his hand). He’s the same guy. There’s never panic in his demeanor. He’s the same person, the same coach, the same guy. And I admire that. I’m kind of the same way too, but it’s different than him. It’s like ‘Full Metal Jacket’ 24/7. And I sometimes wish I could … whatever.”

Why is Carson Wentz still optimistic offense will turn things around? - NBCSP
“I think for some it could be. But I think the way we’ve kind of handled things is we’re always just trying to stay optimistic and believe in ourselves and really showing some of the things we’re doing well. And saying ‘hey this is something we can build on’ or ‘we just missed here a little bit and this can make a big difference.’ So we’ve been really good about staying positive, staying optimistic, but if we didn’t have the chemistry and the culture we have around here, without a doubt it would be easy to start being pessimistic and down on yourselves, but we’ve handled it pretty well.”

The best and worst teams in the history of all 32 NFL franchises - ESPN
Current season: 5-6 (38th best of 59 seasons in franchise history since 1960). Best season: 2002 (12-4). Worst season: 1972 (2-11-1). The long-awaited Super Bowl winners of 2017 rank third in modern Eagles history, in part because Nick Foles struggled during the final three games of the regular season. The beloved 1980 Eagles from Dick Vermeil fall short to what might have been the best team of the Andy Reid era in Philadelphia. Other Reid teams made it further in the postseason, but the 2002 Eagles ranked in the top four in both scoring offense and defense before falling to the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game.

Washington obviously views Reuben Foster as a 2019 prospect - PFT
Moments before the NFL made it clear that linebacker Reuben Foster won’t be allowed to play until further notice, Washington announced that it won’t allow newly-claimed linebacker Reuben Foster to play until further notice. Which means that Washington necessarily views the $257,000 it will pay Foster over the balance of the season as payment for the privilege of having him on the team at some point in 2019, and beyond

The 5 O’Clock Club: Finally! The Eagles! - Hogs Haven
If the Eagles can get the win, they would pull into a tie for 2nd place in the division, with the first-place Dallas team next up on the schedule in Week 14. That would spell trouble for the Redskins, who would lose a tie-breaker with either team under that scenario, meaning that the winner of the Philly-Dallas game would be in no worse than a tie for 1st place and ahead of Washington at the end of Week 14 even if the Redskins take care of business against the Giants. That would put a huge amount of pressure on the Redskins to win out to hold onto any hope of a playoff spot. In short, while not quite a season-killer if they lose on Monday night, the Redskins really need to win this week in Philly if they want to keep their season off of life-support.

How It All Went Wrong in Packerland - Sports Illustrated
You don’t have to look too far back in Packers lore to find how that tension can help fuel greatness. Former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Brett Favre were also known for their fiery spats. Matt Hasselbeck was a backup quarterback in Green Bay from 1998 to 2000. He says that Holmgren would threaten to fire Andy Reid, Favre’s beloved quarterback coach at the time, whenever he felt the quarterback was stepping out of line. “If you change the play one more time, I will fire Andy Reid. Do you want him to be unemployed? It was a good way to reach Brett, quite honestly,” Hasselbeck says. “Brett loved Andy, so it was like, No, anything but that! I think that kind of tension is fairly normal.”

Source: Eli Manning could return as Giants’ starting QB in 2019 - SNY
Obviously there are a lot of variables to the Manning equation, not the least of which is how he plays over the final five games. Another big one is that Manning is signed through 2019 with a salary of $11.5 million, is due a $5 million roster bonus in March, and has a salary cap number of $23.2 million. That’s a huge amount for the soon-to-be 38-year-old quarterback, who has struggled to move the offense in recent years, even while having one of his finest statistical seasons in 2018. But the biggest reason a Manning return can’t be ruled out, the source said, is this: “Who’s going to replace him?”

Bad blood: Lions RB LeGarrette Blount still thinks Rams’ Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player - USA TODAY
Two seasons ago, running back LeGarrette Blount didn’t mince words when he called Ndamukong Suh a dirty player. When he was asked Thursday if he still thinks Suh is a dirty player, Blount said, “I do.” Blount declined to give a specific explanation of why he thinks Suh plays dirty. “It doesn’t really matter now,” he said. The two have a history. In 2014, after the Lions lost at New England, Blount and Suh yelled at each other as they came off the field. And in 2017, Blount ripped Suh during an interview.

Who is having the best rookie season from a crowded NFL running back class? - SB Nation
After a few weeks as an explosive backup, Josh Adams ground out 84 rushing yards in the Eagles’ Week 12 win over the Giants.

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