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The Eagles want you to wear ski masks - PhillyVoice
“That’s something we started two weeks ago,” McLeod said. “It’s kind of been motivating the guys. It’s just a mentality we’ve been having. When we go out there, we put the mask on. We’re out there for business, and to take what’s ours. If that means getting wins, if that means taking the ball, making plays, anytime someone makes a turnover they put the mask on. We say it’s robbing season. It’s thievery. Hopefully the fans come out next week and wear the masks with us in the stands. That’d be cool. It’s just something to motivate us as a defense, and the entire team. Guys are kind of rallying behind it, and you see us making plays these last two weeks, so it’s working.” The Eagles did force three turnovers in each of the last two weeks against the Rams and Cowboys, so maybe McLeod is right that the ski mask is the answer.

Eagles v. Rams: 15 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
Nick Foles remains one of the most productive primetime QBs in the history of the league, and his playoff numbers are Top-2 as well. He can’t move the ball an inch against an awful Tampa Bay defense in an average, casual Week 2 game — but boy, when it comes to the faintest of hopes on the road against the class of the NFC, he just wins. Foles had a decent game: he made good throws underneath, got the ball out very quickly, and generally kept his nose down and his wits about him. He only put the ball in harm’s way once — and it was a pick — and made a few good trust throws that maximized Alshon Jeffery’s leaping ability and catch radius (we’ll get to him). Foles played how you’d expect a high-end backup to play, really. The question is: can the Eagles continue to win with that level of production, and will Foles start enough games at his next spot in 2019 to turn back a 3rd round compensatory pick?

The Kist & Solak Show #54: Eagles Upset the Rams! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to the Eagles’ big win in Los Angeles.

Stayin’ Alive - Iggles Blitz
There is going to be a lot of talk about Foles and what a difference he made. The Eagles won this game because they won the line of scrimmage. Foles played a part in that, but let’s keep things in context. This really was a team win.

Week 15: Nick Foles Can’t Nap, And The Eagles Have Re-Awakened - FMIA
But the Eagles … maybe they were due a break. Just as everything Doug Pederson touched turned to touchdowns last year, everything this franchise has touched has turned to BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO by its infamous fandom this year. Foles took over in this same stadium last year and got the save in the NFC East-clinching victory while Wentz was in the locker room with two torn knee ligaments. This year, it was Wentz, wearing an earpiece to hear the playcalls and offer advice, on the sideline helping Foles. “The huddle’s my sanctuary,” Foles said. “Today you’ve got phones, Instagram, Twitter. It’s hard to just be in the moment. But I like to be in the moment, be present. Today I was able to block everything about the significance of this—being back in the same place it started last year, playing on a big Sunday night game, playing for our playoffs [hopes]—and just focusing on one moment. One play. Then the next play. I called on my experience on playing in high-pressure games last year and succeeding. I think it helped.”

Nick Foles works magic again, leads Eagles to upset of Rams - ESPN
“We don’t get into a comparison game of who’s doing what, but right now, Nick is the quarterback, and he had a hell of a game that helped us win the game,” Jenkins said. “We know that we have that in Nick. And so for us, we’ll go through the week, and who we’re going into the game with, that’s who we’re going to try and win with. And we have wholehearted belief in everybody that puts those pads on.”

’We Had To Pull This One Out And We Did It’ - PE.com
Magic? Maybe. Something was different about this Eagles team on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The energy, the urgency … an offense that moved the ball with a perfect mix of the run and the pass, taking chances down the field, playing with aggressiveness and confidence. The defense, undermanned still, playing with so much heart. The Eagles won one of those games against the Rams, reviving the “Underdog” theme just like 2017 and pulling out a 30-23 heart-stopper behind the play of starting quarterback Nick Foles and a team effort – offense, defense, and special teams – that we hadn’t quite seen this year. Now 7-7 and very much in the thick of the NFC playoff picture, the Eagles return to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday to play Houston.

Refocused, NFL Week 15: Philadelphia Eagles 30, Los Angeles Rams 23 - PFF
Philadelphia had an effective running game, as the trio of Darren Sproles, Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood combined for 111 yards on 30 carries. Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert had an impact in the run game as a blocker, moving defenders off the ball and creating lanes.

’Heart of a giant’ Avonte Maddox helps save Eagles’ season - NBCSP
“He’s a young guy that stepped up, man,” Fletcher Cox said. “He’s a little guy but he got the heart of a giant.” It’s telling that the Eagles have relied so heavily on Maddox, a fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh, this season. The myriad of injuries to the defensive backfield has given Maddox a bigger role than anyone expected. But the Eagles might just have something with this kid. He’s been somewhat of a revelation all season. On Sunday, after missing the last three games with knee and ankle injuries suffered on Nov. 18 in New Orleans, Maddox was asked to start at outside cornerback. It’s the third different position he’s started at for the Eagles this season, after nickel cornerback and safety. He’s played all three very well.

Alshon Jeffery, Eagles’ deep passing game finally come through in win over Rams - Inquirer
This was the kind of game the Eagles had been waiting for Jeffery to deliver since they signed him during the 2017 offseason, and the fact that it took so long was mind-boggling.

Nick Foles’ father always had seen Eagles quarterback as something (Philly) special - LA Times
Amazingly, Larry Foles doesn’t remember any of that. He was at the Super Bowl but was either too nervous, too overwhelmed, or too engulfed by people congratulating him to recall anything but a few plays from that game: the first time the Eagles made a first down, a third-down completion to Nelson Agholor in the third quarter, and a pass on fourth down to Zach Ertz in the fourth quarter. “The rest of it is kind of a fog,” Larry Foles said. “Philly Special, I didn’t even know until I went and watched it after the game. I saw a lot of replays and said, ‘I don’t even remember that play.’ People would tell me what was going on and I’d say, ‘You’re kidding me!’

Los Angeles Rams 23, Philadelphia Eagles 30: Hello, narratives - Turf Show Times
Here we go. The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Philadelphia Eagles at home in Week 15, 23-30, a week after being dominated by the Chicago Bears’ defense in Week 14. Bring on the narratives. Has Rams Head Coach Sean McVay been exposed? Is Rams QB Jared Goff a franchise liability?

Titans: Loss of Jack Conklin softened by reliability of Dennis Kelly - Tennessean
A Titans offensive tackle went down... again. And Dennis Kelly was abruptly inserted on the end of the offensive line… again. “Dennis could start...” Titans starting left tackle Taylor Lewan said last week before pausing to think for a brief moment and then continuing: “Probably could start on this team. I think he could probably start anywhere. He’s a great football player.” As it happens, the Titans now need him to start. Again.

Four things we learned from the Giants’ flop against the Titans? - Big Blue View
The feeling all along has been that the first game of a three-game season-ending stretch which would tell us who the Giants are heading in to the 2019 offseason. If this game is any indication, they aren’t who we hoped they were — the team which won four of its last five and appeared to be heading in the right direction. Instead, this game was a carbon copy of the Giants’ 1-7 start to the season. The offensive line couldn’t block anyone on the Titans’ defense — in pass protection or run blocking. The offense tried to depend on ball-control plays but couldn’t get traction throwing horizontally. The defense was undisciplined, shooting itself in the foot with penalties, losing contain, and struggling to tackle. The tackling, in particular, was simply atrocious. Outside of the Giants’ defensive tackles and B.J. Goodson, the Giants’ defense hemorrhaged yards after contact throughout the game. The inability to tackle, and the Titans’ reliance on the running game, made it was mystifying why the Giants stayed in a nickel package for most of the game.

Redskins Rally To 16-13 Last-Second Win Over Jacksonville - Hogs Haven
In the end, despite playing with their fourth starting quarterback of the season, Washington keeps their playoff hopes alive at 7-7, and a chance to win the NFC East with two games remaining in 2018.

2019 NFL Draft order: Cardinals on top of the draft order after Week 15 - SB Nation
[BLG Note: The Eagles would pick No. 18 if the season ended today.]

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