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Week 13: Packers Fire McCarthy in Merciful Move For Coach, Team - FMIA
Philadelphia 30, Washington 22. Week 7 2017: The coming-out party for Carson Wentz (four TD passes) and the Eagles, a 34-24 win over Washington, getting the Eagles to 6-1. This year: survival of the fittest at the Linc for 6-5 Washington and 5-6 Philadelphia. The Eagles have a ridiculous road to nine or 10 wins and a playoff prayer in their last five: Washington, at Dallas, at the Rams, Houston, at Washington. Not looking good.

End of the Mike McCarthy Era in Green Bay: Week 13 in the NFL - MMQB
I think an appreciation of Jay Gruden is in order tonight. The Redskins coach survived the Robert Griffin III divorce and the Kirk Cousins fallout, and this year has kept the ship steady through a rash of injuries (RB Derrius Guice, G Shawn Lauvao, G Brandon Scherff, QB Alex Smith, etc.) So if anyone’s equipped to navigate a week infiltrated by the Reuben Foster waiver claim, it’s the younger Gruden brother. Tonight I think the Redskins, behind Colt McCoy, come out firing. And I think the Eagles, and Carson Wentz fire back with their second straight comeback win. My pick: Eagles 27, Redskins 24.

NFC Playoff Picture: Can the Eagles realistically be a wild card team? - BGN
Week 13 of the 2018 NFL season featured a number of upsets. The results of some of those games actually helped the Philadelphia Eagles’ chances of making the playoffs, if only slightly. Let’s take a look at the updated NFC playoff picture.

All About the Run - Iggles Blitz
The Skins are a running team. They are 13th in the league in rushing, only 25th in passing. This is a bit of an old school offense. The Eagles were great against the run for the first five games. As injuries mounted, the run defense began to struggle. They have allowed 135 rushing yards a game over the past six weeks. Not good. Breakdowns by DBs have hurt the run defense in recent weeks. Chandon Sullivan missed some crucial tackles on Sunday. Rasul Douglas missed a couple in the Dallas game. The defense tackled much better in the second half of the Giants game. That’s one of the ways they limited Eli and Co. The Eagles must tackle well this week.

Lawlor: Game Preview vs. Washington - PE.com
We are now in the month of December. The Eagles have yet to win back-to-back games this season. That is really hard to believe when you consider the team won nine in a row during the 2017 regular season and then three in a row in the playoffs. If the team is going to make anything of this season, they need a winning streak. The way you go on a winning streak is by staying in the moment. One day at a time. One play at a time. One game at a time. A winning streak is built on winning moments. You can’t snap your fingers and conjure up four consecutive wins. You have to work diligently and focus on the task at hand. Doug Pederson likes to preach “winning the day.” It doesn’t matter if you are lifting weights, practicing, or playing in a game. Win the day.

Best bets for Redskins-Eagles - ESPN In$ider
My projection for this game is Eagles -7.3 with a total of 43.8. As much grief as we all give Alex Smith for being such a risk-averse quarterback, it was this style of football that kept Washington in multiple close games this season, relying on a defense that ranks fourth in the NFL in takeaways. If the Redskins could eliminate mistakes, then their opponents would eventually make them and offer opportunities to capitalize. McCoy certainly gutted it out on Thanksgiving, but he wasn’t able to take care of the football the way Smith can. He threw three interceptions and fumbled once. I’m not sure we have any reason to trust McCoy in Philadelphia’s cold and wind Monday night against a superior team still vying for a division crown in the NFC East. I made a half-sized wager on the Eagles at -6, and would add more to my bet sizing if this were to drop below -6.

The five most intriguing NFL games of Week 13 - The Athletic
The Eagles’ offensive line against Washington’s front seven. During last year’s Super Bowl season, the Eagles’ offensive line was arguably the best in the NFL. Because of injuries and inconsistent play, that hasn’t been the case this year. But in last week’s win over the Giants, the line played well. Tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters appear to be healthier than they’ve been all season. Washington has a good pass rush and will throw plenty of different blitz packages at Carson Wentz. If the offensive line can hold its own, the Eagles should be able to run the ball efficiently, and Wentz should have time to move the ball through the air.

Eagles’ Nelson Agholor bringing awareness to Camden-based literacy program - NJ.com
The NFL’s annual My Cause, My Cleats campaign enables individual players to highlight charitable causes through the use of their footwear. In Week 13, several Eagles players will wear cleats designed to raise awareness for causes that are important to them. Agholor has partnered with PDQ on a year-long initiative called “Building Reading Muscles.” According to a press release, the program encourages Camden City School District “students to meet reading goals throughout the school year.” “Obviously, it’s all about literacy to me,” Agholor told NJ Advance Media on Friday. “I just want to bring attention to the kids in Camden and the efforts to help those kids read at a higher level, help their graduation rate and help them progress.”

Roob’s 10 Eagles observations: Kareem Hunt, an embarrassing stat, Eagles Pro Bowlers - NBCSP
The Eagles have gone 12 straight games without having two interceptions in a game. That’s the sixth-longest streak in franchise history and tied with the 49ers for the longest current streak in the league. Their last two-INT game was the NFC Championship Game, when Patrick Robinson and Corey Graham picked off Case Keenum.

Can the Redskins Pull Out Some Magic Down the Stretch? - Hogs Haven
I hate to say this, but the team will only go as far as the arm of Colt McCoy can take them. If Colt can push the football downfield and eliminate costly turnovers, we may have a shot. If we are unable to make plays and put points on the board, we will be putting too much pressure on our defense - and with the way they have been playing recently, that is not a good thing.

Cowboys address mystery man on Saints sideline - PFT
In the aftermath of a Saints-Cowboys game during which the home team stymied one of the most potent offensive in football, suspicions have emerged in connection with images showing a person in Cowboys gear with a headset (and apparently a cell phone) on the New Orleans sideline. And, yes, the Saints are suspicious.

Report: Sean Lee’s return may not come against the Philadelphia Eagles - Blogging The Boys
It’ll be a whole week before we see the Cowboys play another game, and on Sunday morning NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport indicated that it could be even longer before Sean Lee does in fact return. Apparently we could be looking at past this next game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mike McCarthy fired as head coach of the Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company
It finally became too much for Mark Murphy and the folks in charge at 1265 Lambeau Field. Mike McCarthy is out as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. The team announced the move on Sunday evening, following their 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy spent nearly 13 years as the head coach of the Packers, putting up an overall record of 125-77-2 for a total winning percentage of 0.621. That span included nine winning seasons and eight years with 10 or more wins, as well as six division titles. The Packers made four NFC Championship Games during his tenure, going 1-3, and they won Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season.

The NFL Promised It Would Change. The Kareem Hunt Failure Proves It Hasn’t. - Ringer
The Kansas City Chiefs released the running back on Friday, but only after TMZ published a video showing Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in February. That it took until now for the league and team to take public action is a betrayal of everyone who’s made the mistake of taking the NFL at its word.

2019 NFL Draft order: 49ers edging Raiders for top overall pick after Week 13 - SB Nation
The 2018 NFL season is paring down its playoff teams, and for a handful of hopeful contenders that means a December filled with important wins and crushing losses as January’s seedings unfold. There’s another race taking place on the opposite end of the spectrum as well: the spiral to the bottom of the standings and the top of the 2019 NFL Draft board.

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