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Transcript: “Some of the stuff that I’ve seen this week has just made me LOSE MY MIND. Serenity now! With people jumping off the Carson Wentz bandwagon and losing their minds. This talk of “injury prone” — are you KIDDING ME with this injury prone stuff? This guy is going to play his brand of football no matter what it is. He is not a wiry guy, he is a big guy. Some people familiar with this injury believe that the back might have something to do with the ACL. He’s coming back from and ACL AND an LCL injury. And by the way, right now, 102.2 [passer] rating, 7th in the NFL. Completion percentage, 69.6%, fourth in the NFL. He completed 60% last year when he was an MVP candidate. He has 279.5 yards per game, up from 253.5. The running game is ranked 28th in the league, so they’re not helping him. The offensive line has been struggling in large part because both tackles have been banged up this year, and these receivers are not creating separation like they were last year. The thought of people, like, saying ‘Are we going to commit to this guy?’ if we’re the Eagles this offseason, ARE YOU NUTS? Are you going to commit to this guy?! He is what [general managers] dream of when they think of a franchise quarterback! His reputation is impeccable! His connection to the community is [impeccable]! And he is a leader!”

Eagles vs. Rams Game Preview: Five questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) and Los Angeles Rams (11-2) are set to play on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In order to preview this Week 15 matchup, I reached out to our associates over at Turf Show Times. The jovial Joe McAtee (AKA 3k) took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game. Let’s take a look at his answers.

Special: 3k Previews Rams-Eagles - BGN Radio
Michael Kist brings on 3k/Joe McAtee of Turf Show Times to preview the Eagles Rams! What’s happened to Goff the last two weeks? How have teams been adjusting to the Rams motion concepts? What are the strengths/weakness of the Rams’ defense? That and much more! Enjoy the show? Leave a five-star rating and a review on Apple Podcasts! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Carson Wentz, Malcolm Jenkins, Nelson Agholor and more in Roob’s 10 observations - NBCSP
It’s been astonishing how quickly a seemingly significant portion of Eagles fans has turned on Wentz. What are you thinking? Like, what on earth are you thinking? He played at such an astronomically high level last year and we knew this year was going to be a process as he battled to get back after the ACL tear. So he’s been out there without a training camp on a surgically repaired knee that’s obviously affecting him and also it turns out now while dealing with a serious back injury, and he’s still played at a fairly high level. He’s 25 years old. He’s played 40 games. Do you know how many quarterbacks have done what he’s done in their first 40 games … 64 percent completion percentage, 70 touchdowns, 28 interceptions? Nobody else. You’d rather have Pat Mahomes? OK, I won’t argue that. But who else would you rather build a franchise around? I’ll take Wentz over Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson or any other young QB. For years we’ve wished the Eagles would go out and get a franchise quarterback. Now that they have one, let’s maybe keep him around a while.

Safety Blitz with Malcolm Jenkins: Eagles aren’t giving up — ‘All we ask for is a chance’ - PhillyVoice
“We’re not done,” Jenkins said. “All we ask for is a chance. As frustrating as things have been and how heartbreaking these loses have been, we still have an opportunity. All we can ask for is a chance and we’re not at the point where we’re going to give up. We still have light at the end of the tunnel. This is a good Rams’ team. But look at what the Chicago Bears did against them. You have to look at last week and stop the run first, and manage Todd Gurley. If you do that, you’ve earned the right to rush the passer.”

A Game to Play - Iggles Blitz
I’m not delusional enough to get my hopes way up. I was told some valuable advice more than 30 years ago by my friend’s mom. “Thomas (as she would call me at times), put out your hands. Hope in one and shit in the other. See which one gets full first.” Those were the days when parenting wasn’t all warm and cuddly. Back to the Eagles. Some people have this idea that Nick Foles is going to come in and play like he did last year in the postseason. That would be cool, but based on what we saw last summer and in the first two games, I’m not expecting anything like that.

Eagle Eye: A Bear-y Good Blueprint -
The Los Angeles Rams have one of the top offenses in the NFL. It’s a multi-layered attack led by head coach Sean McVay, and it’s a group that has put up big plays in bunches. The Rams rank second in the NFL in completions of 20-plus yards (60), run the ball extremely well (fifth in yards per game with 132.7), and score points on 48 percent of their drives (third in the league). How do they do it? And, perhaps more importantly, how did the Chicago Bears shut them down last week? Can the Eagles repeat that effort? Let’s go to the film and break it down.

Using PFF data to form 2018 NFL Playoff predictions - PFF
2018 Win Total Projection: 7.6. 2018 NFL Playoff Projections: 21.0% Playoffs, 1.2% Division Win. Can Nick Foles capture lightning in a bottle twice? Considering how improbable it was the first time around, I’m not going to bet against them. The only problem is they have a bumpy road ahead. They travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams this week before hosting the Texans then traveling to Washington in Week 17.

‘The fans deserve more’: Behind the scenes with Brian Baldinger and his impassioned X’s and O’s breakdowns - The Athletic
Baldinger said Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas made the team’s scouts watch a film breakdown Baldinger did with former Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas as part of a seven-part web series “Film Session” last summer.

For Zac and Press Taylor, Sunday’s Eagles-Rams game is a rare chance for a family reunion - Daily News
The Rams and Eagles quarterbacks coaches are brothers, and they have this family trophy...

Los Angeles Rams vs Philadelphia Eagles opponent scouting report: cracked beaks and dislocated wings - Turf Show Times
So here they are, the NFL’s 21st highest scoring offense, who just a year ago were 3rd in scoring. The injuries are a factor, but so is the departure of offensive coordinator Frank Reich who has done a superb job in Indianapolis as the Colts’ head coach. Rams fans may recall current Eagles’ OC Mike Groh, who was a receiver coach/passing game coordinator under the Jeff Fisher administration, when the Rams were 31st in passing. So it should come as no surprise that Eagles fans are calling for Groh’s job only 13 games into his first season running the offense.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Can the Redskins win and prove that someone in the NFL is worse than they are right now? - Hogs Haven
Here’s my take on this game: Whichever team loses this game should be #32 in the Power Rankings that follow. This is a contest to see which team has fallen the to the deepest depths from which there is no return (this season), and which team still has a little pride left.

Sources: Redskins QB Alex Smith out of hospital after surgeries, infection - ESPN
After spending days in the hospital and enduring multiple surgeries on his broken leg, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith finally has been released -- with an encouraging prognosis, no less -- per league sources. There is some optimism, but hardly certainty, that Smith will be able to resume his NFL career, though the priority for now is simply recovering from a spiral leg fracture that became infected after multiple surgeries. Smith’s future is at stake, and so is that of the Redskins.

The Vikings Have a Lot to Fix and Not Much Time to Do It - The Ringer
What happened to Minnesota’s offense? New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and quarterback Kirk Cousins were supposed to put the team over the top, but now DeFilippo is out and Cousins is struggling. And there is no one place to pin the blame.

Which NFL teams can clinch a playoff spot in Week 15 and which can be eliminated? - SB Nation
The Cowboys are all but in the playoffs at this point. On Sunday, it can just be official. Thanks, Jon Gruden! It’s either NFC East or bust this week for Dallas with: A win on the road against the Colts OR a tie with the Colts, an Eagles loss or tie with the Rams, and a Washington loss or tie with the Jaguars OR an Eagles loss to the Rams and a Washington loss to the Jaguars. Honestly, I could see any of those happening.


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