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The day after: Takeaways, likes and dislikes from the Eagles’ win over Washington - The Athletic
The offense is showing signs of life. Was it a perfect performance? Of course not. But the Eagles set season highs with 436 total yards and 28 first downs. Carson Wentz completed 27 of 39 passes for 306 yards, and Eagles running backs had 134 yards on 29 carries (4.62 YPC). Overall, the offense put together four drives of at least 10 plays. This is how the Eagles have to play right now. They’re not an explosive offense, but when things are working, they can string together drives. “I think we are really playing well together, really meshing together,” said Wentz. “Kind of what we do best, and that is run the ball, relying on those big guys up front from play-actions, nakeds to boots. Trying to stay on the field on third downs. We have to clean up some things in the red zone for sure. We left some plays out there, no doubt. But we are kind of starting to mesh a little bit offensively.” It’s a mix of screens and runs and shot plays. It’s not as creative or as effective as the top offenses in the league. But Washington, healthy on defense, came in ranked 18th overall and 12th against the pass in DVOA. This was a respectable unit, and the Eagles moved the ball efficiently. It doesn’t mean you should book your tickets to Atlanta for the Super Bowl, but given the way the season has gone, it’s at least encouraging.

Playoff Picture: Eagles’ win over Redskins sets up huge game against Cowboys - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles are still alive in the NFL playoff picture after beating the Washington Redskins on Monday night, 28 to 13. Beating Washington means the Eagles can now actually take first place in the NFC East by defeating the Cowboys in Dallas this Sunday. In that scenario, both teams would be 7-6 overall but Philadelphia would own the division record tie-breaker (4-1 beats 3-2).

The Kist & Solak Show #48: We’re On to Dallas - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles 28-13 win over the Redskins including analysis on Carson Wentz’s day at the office and how Golden Tate’s integration is going. Plus thoughts on key defensive players and drives and much much more! Powered by SBNation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Redskins game - PhillyVoice
There’s ample reason to believe Wentz will be back to his normal self next season, when he has fully recovered from — and fully trusts — his surgically repaired knee. But in 2018, if we’re being honest, Wentz has looked shaky. Deep inside the red zone, Wentz was picked off by Josh Norman on a play in which it’s hard to decide if the decision or throw was worse. Later, Wentz missed a wide open Nelson Agholor, who might still be running with a better throw. Wentz’s stats were fine. He was 27 of 39 for 306 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, for a QB rating of 98.9, but he’s obviously not close to the MVP candidate he was a year ago.

A Winning Streak!!! - Iggles Blitz
The offense came alive for a couple of reasons. The Eagles were able to run the ball well, 33-130-1. That gave the offense balance and opened up the whole playbook. The other big factor for the offense was Carson Wentz’s ability to make plays. The Eagles moved him around by design and there were some improvised plays as well. Wentz was at his best while throwing outside of the pocket. The offensive line was terrific. They gave Wentz time to throw. He wasn’t sacked once. The OL got good movement in the run game. Eagles RBs were 29-134 on the ground, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. The OL also did a great job on screen passes. The Eagles won this game up front.

Refocused, NFL Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles 28, Washington Redskins 13 - PFF
Carson Wentz completed nearly 70 percent of his passes and threw for over 300 yards but wasn’t nearly as impressive as those numbers would suggest. Accuracy downfield was an issue throughout the night, and he had a bad forced throw to Alshon Jeffery in the red zone that was picked off by Josh Norman. His best work came when he could get on the move, including his best throw of the night on a deep crossing route to Nelson Agholor in the second quarter.

Eagles’ Golden Tate, Carson Wentz making connection just in time - ESPN
Carson Wentz and Golden Tate connected for seven completions, 85 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion as the Philadelphia Eagles jumped into the thick of the playoff race with a 28-13 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. “The flow of the game, honestly,” said Wentz, when asked about getting Tate involved in the offense. “We never really try and emphasize one guy. We feel we have a lot of weapons we can pass the ball around to. Tonight, he made some great plays for us.”

Maybe, Just Maybe, Eagles Are Starting To Peak -
The spark is back. There is a ways to go before we can say that it’s all the way back, but it’s there. A convincing 28-13 win on Monday night over the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field gave the Eagles their first two-game winning streak of this season, evened their record at 6-6, and set up a showdown for the top of the NFC East on Sunday in Dallas against the Cowboys. It feels so promising, doesn’t it? “We understand the urgency of right now and we’ll take the same approach this next week knowing that it’s a huge division matchup on the road with huge implications as far as the division goes,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We’ll get back, watch the tape, working on what we need to, and start preparing.”

The Eagles offense plays with purpose, if not poise, in win over the Redskins - Inquirer
For the first time all season, perhaps with the first New York Giants game as the exception, the Eagles offense looked vaguely as it did in 2017. The final score -- a 28-13 win over the spiraling Redskins -- didn’t suggest that the Eagles have yet reached the heights of last season’s explosive unit. And there were dubious moments from both coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz. But the Eagles marched up and down the field nearly all of Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field -- gaining a season-high 436 yards. They held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. And they did so with purpose, if not poise. “We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close,” Pederson said. “I think things are kind of clicking a little bit, especially the offense is kind of working through some things and some rhythm and timing and getting more guys involved.”

This is why the Eagles traded for Golden Tate - NBCSP
Before Monday’s game, Golden Tate joked with teammates that if he scored, he was going to do the “worm” in celebration. He wasn’t serious. But after Carson Wentz hit Tate on a six-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Monday night’s 28-13 win over the Redskins (see Roob’s observations), the veteran receiver was tackled at the end of the play and found himself face down in the end zone. “I was on the ground, so I said why not,” Tate said with a smile after the game. So he rolled over, got to his knees and then let his body limply flail around the northeast end zone in celebration.

Darren Sproles is back; Here’s why his Eagles teammates are so excited | ‘He’s a little spark’ -
QB CARSON WENTZ: “Having Darren back is awesome; he’s a little spark for us offensively. I was extremely stoked to see him back in the end zone. It seems like it’s been a while since he’s been out – it’s been a while since him and I got to play together. So having him back in the huddle, having him make some plays like he did definitely gives the offense a little motivation, a little spark. It was great to see him in.”

Redskins Drop Their Third Straight Game, Lose McCoy For The Season, Fall To Eagles 28-13 On Monday Night - Hogs Haven
The Eagles have now won five straight Monday Night games against Washington, who falls to 2-15 on Monday night games since 2008. Unquestionably, their postseason hopes are now on very thin ice. After leading the NFC East for most of the season, The Redskins’ division lead has evaporated with back-to-back losses, and they now find themselves in third place in the division. In addition, the loss of Colt McCoy, a quarterback who has bided his time as the backup for several season in Jay Gruden’s offense is cause for serious concern for the rest of the season. While the Redskins’ hopes are not completely extinguished, their hopes for success and their margin for error grows ever slimmer by the day.

Cowboys are about to have a significant advantage over the Philadelphia Eagles - Blogging The Boys
Philadelphia will be coming off of a short week in general having played on Monday night. Dallas will be coming off of the mini-bye associated with playing on Thursdays. Dallas will also be at home and Philly will have to travel on Saturday. That is an absurd amount of rest and comfort working the Cowboys way (which again, went the opposite direction last time when Dallas beat Philly). We’ve seen the Cowboys play Thursday games seven days after Thanksgiving in three of the four seasons preceding 2018 (2015 is the lone wolf). They won two of their Sunday games following their second Thursday contests with the only loss being in New York on that freezing night in 2016.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 13 - The Ringer
This play starts out like the Philly Special—it even has Trey Burton, who threw the famous touchdown for the Eagles, touching the ball. But unlike the Philly Special, the Giants cover the play well. Tarik Cohen has to make a surprisingly difficult throw—on the run, to a defended player. It’s harder than the game-losing throw Cam Newton missed a few weeks ago. And he nails it, drilling Anthony Miller in the chest for the game-tying score.

The 4 NFC East teams ranked by how sad they are - SB Nation
Sadness ranking: 5/10. The book isn’t closed at all for the reigning Super Bowl champs. If they can win next week at Dallas, then they’ll be tied at 7-6 with Cowboys atop the NFC East. Unfortunately, it gets tougher with the Rams and Texans in back-to-back weeks. With those two teams lurking on the Eagles’ schedule, the game against the Cowboys is a must-win to give Philly a little leeway.


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