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NFL head coach candidates: Names to know for this hiring cycle -
Duce Staley, Philadelphia Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach, 43: Ten-year NFL veteran interviewed for two OC jobs after last season (including in Philly). That title might be his next stop, but he’s on the rise.

An actual eagle landed on an Eagles fan at a football game - BGN
Prior to the College Football Playoff semifinal Cotton Bowl game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Clemson Tigers on Saturday night, a bald eagle flew through AT&T Stadium during the national anthem. Everything did not go as planned, however, as the majestic bird landed on a couple of fans before ultimately finding the designated landing spot.

Nick Foles Magic? - BGN Radio
Join John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton for another week of discussing all the calm and rational quarterback takes flying around! Is Jason Kelce right about Foles? Is there a real QB controversy? Plus a preview of the upcoming game with the Redskins and NFL Picks!

The Calm Before the Storm - Iggles Blitz
It would also be magical to see the Eagles steal a playoff spot from the Vikings. They’ve been very generous in recent year, trading for Sam Bradford and then completely falling apart in the NFC title game last season. Having them cough up a playoff spot this year would just be glorious. The flip side of things is that I am okay with this season coming to an end. There hasn’t been a whole lot of fun this year. Wins bring relief more than joy. There are so many injuries that it is hard to get into a rhythm with this team.

Roob’s 10 observations: Darren Sproles’ impact, Doug Pederson’s strength, Carson Wentz’s value - NBCSP
Whatever happens Sunday with the Eagles and Redskins at FedEx Field and the Bears and Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, one of the biggest things I’ve learned from the Eagles’ season is just how closely Doug Pederson has his finger on the pulse of his team. For him to get this thing back on the rails when the Eagles were 4-6 flying back from a 48-7 embarrassment in New Orleans has been impressive to watch. This Eagles team has had good games and terrible games, but they never stopped playing hard for Doug. He has such a keen sense of when to push them, when to back off, what they need. The QB situation can’t have been easy to navigate through, but Pederson has done it seamlessly. Most importantly, he listens to his players and isn’t too stubborn to change based on their feelings. He’s constantly learning, constantly getting better. Which may be a weird thing to say about a guy who won a Super Bowl last year, but all I know is I feel really good about Doug going into 2019.

Philanthropy or football: At which is Eagles defensive end Chris Long better? - Inquirer
Humanitarian first, player second. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And surely Long wouldn’t have a major problem with that categorization. The Eagles nominated him for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award earlier this month, and he has publicly expressed how humbled he was to be recognized. There might not be a player as universally liked in the Eagles’ locker room, and it extends beyond his charity, leadership, and football lineage. “Where he came up, who his dad [NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long] is, you expect him to be some type of person,” tackle Lane Johnson said. “And then, when you meet him, you realize he’s probably one of the most down-to-earth, probably the best personality-guy on the team.

44-6: 10 Years Later -
Entering the final game of the 2008 regular season, the 8-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff hopes were hanging by a thread. After a 10-3 loss in Week 16 to Washington, the Eagles were far from in control of their own destiny. They needed the 7-8 Texans to defeat the 9-6 Chicago Bears and the 5-10 Oakland Raiders to knock off the 9-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road – just to have a shot. In one of the more unlikely Week 17 scenarios in NFL history, both all of those results happened. The Texans beat the Bears and the Raiders beat the Bucs both by a score of 31-24. The Eagles-Cowboys’ 4:15 p.m. kickoff suddenly became a playoff game with the winner taking the Wild Card as the sixth seed in the NFC and the loser being eliminated. In front of an electric atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field, the bitter rivals squared off on December 28, 2008. It went down as one of the most dominant Eagles wins in franchise history. This is the story of 44-6.

Eagles-Washington cheat sheet: Asking the Bears for help - The Athletic
Eagles 31, Washington 20 – The Eagles might look sluggish at first, but the offense stays hot against a Washington team ready to start its offseason. Mullens and the 49ers stay within striking distance of the Rams, leading to Nagy and the Bears playing their starters all game long. With the game tied at 17, Bears rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller makes a great grab to set Chicago up at the Minnesota 25. The Bears kick a game-winning 42-yard field goal for the win, the Rams hang on and the Eagles go to Chicago for the wild-card round. – Sheil Kapadia

2018 PFF NFL Power Rankings – Week 17 - PFF
2018 Week 17 ELO Ranking: 7. We give the Eagles roughly a 30 percent chance to make the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl. If they do get to the dance, it will be fun to see whether they go back to Carson Wentz or stick with Nick Foles, who was 7-of-9 for 174 yards between 10 and 19 yards against the Houston Texans’ defense last week.

Kirk Cousins has been here before, and lost - PFT
The Vikings were paying for experience, among other things, when they backed up the truck for quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason. But Cousins’ experience in games like the ones the Vikings play this weekend might not give them much confidence. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Cousins acknowledged that he doesn’t want to have the same feeling as two years ago, when he could have led Washington to the playoffs. Instead, he threw two picks and lost the regular season finale to the Giants in 2016 to finish 8-7-1.

What’s at stake in NFL Week 17: Score predictions, playoff scenarios, more - ESPN
Jeff Dickerson’s pick: Matt Nagy stressed all week that the Bears intend to pull out all the stops to beat Minnesota -- even with a playoff spot safely secured. If that line of thinking holds true, the Bears’ defense is likely to -- once again -- stymie Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense. Chicago enters Week 17 No. 1 in takeaways (36), interceptions (27) and points off takeaways (107). The Bears are also the only team in the NFL to hold a second-half lead in every game. Bears 21, Vikings 20

Chicago Bears activate Kyle Long - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears have decided to activate Kyle Long from injured reserve making him their second, and final, player that was designated to return from IR this season. Long originally hurt his foot on October 28, and he’s been practicing with the team for two weeks now. When asked about Long yesterday, head coach Matt Nagy said that he had a good week of practice and that there was no plan for him to be on a pitch count. “I feel pretty good with him playing most of the game,” Nagy said, but he also said it would be an in-game decision if they gave him any rest. “If he’s feeling good, keep him going.”

The 7 most important NFL games in a high stakes Week 17, ranked - SB Nation
5. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) at Washington (7-8). The Eagles need the Vikings to lose to the Bears to have a chance at the postseason. If the Vikings lose to the Bears, all Philadelphia has to do is beat a banged up Washington team. When Philadelphia and Washington last met, Washington had Mark Sanchez in the game as their quarterback and he was a disaster. Sanchez threw for 100 yards and an interception as the Eagles rolled 28-13. Washington is starting Josh Johnson now, who hasn’t been a complete disaster, but he still might not be enough to knock off the Eagles who are once again playing good football when it matters.


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