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Stats to know for all 32 NFL teams entering Week 14 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson has gone 89 consecutive pass blocks without allowing a pressure, which is the longest current streak among right tackles.

Eagles need signature performance from Carson Wentz against Cowboys - BGN
Sunday’s Eagles versus Cowboys matchup is the biggest game of Carson Wentz’s career. Philadelphia really needs a signature performance from their third-year quarterback as they try to take over as the first place team in the NFC East. It won’t be easy for Wentz. The Cowboys’ defense is really tough. We just saw Dallas shut down MVP candidate Drew Brees.

Five over/unders for Eagles’ Week 14 matchup vs. Cowboys - PhillyVoice
Ezekiel Elliott total scrimmage yards: 149.5. Elliott exploded for 151 yards on the ground the last time these two teams faced, adding 36 yards through the air as the Cowboys stole a win in Philly last month. Elliott already has more than 1,500 yards this year combined, including a career high in receiving yards. With linebacking issues dogging the Eagles — be it lackluster play from Nigel Bradham or injuries to Jordan Hicks — it will be easier said than done keeping Elliott in check. It’s hard to pick the under on this one given the current makeup of the defense.

No More Mills - Iggles Blitz
Let’s hope we see that sense of urgency on the field. This is going to be the biggest game of the year. Win and you stay alive. Lose and forget about it. I hope this pressure brings out the best in the Eagles. They were in must-win mode the past two weeks and still played up and down. This needs to be the performance of the year. Being underdogs and on the road could be just what this team needs to bring out the best in them.

This Is A Carson Wentz Kind Of Game -
Full of confidence, infused with great energy and a sense of purpose, the Eagles landed in Texas on a rainy, chilly Saturday and arrived at their Dallas hotel, greeted by a large crowd of fans. Awesome scene. It’s always a perfect greeting. As quarterback Carson Wentz made his way past the crowd and the fans yelled for him, he steered his luggage into the clear, up the escalator, and in the direction of his FOX network production meeting. Carson Wentz is on center stage for this NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. This is one of “those” games that you look to the franchise quarterback to lead the way, to be the best player on the field. This is a big moment for Wentz and for this team as the Eagles (6-6) look for a win at AT&T Stadium and a tie at the top of the division.

Week 14 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, fantasy help, more - ESPN
Tim McManus’ pick: The Eagles are starting to win more in the trenches, which has helped fuel back-to-back victories. Coach Doug Pederson is trusting his ground game more now that the offensive line is getting healthy, allowing Carson Wentz to do what he does best -- execute out of play-action. Wentz set career highs in attempts and yards off play-action last week against Washington and looked like his old self running bootlegs attached to those type of plays. Defensive end Brandon Graham, meanwhile, is starting to round into form. The defensive front has taken a step forward as a result, and should be able to put some heat on Dak Prescott. Eagles 26, Cowboys 23.

Appreciating Corey Clement and more in Roob’s 10 observations - NBCSP
The Eagles allowed 24 passing touchdowns last year. They’re on pace to allow 22 this year despite missing six of their top seven defensive backs for an extended period of time. But yeah, let’s fire everybody.

All-22: Deep dive on the Eagles’ run game — highlighting 26 plays as rushing attack shows new signs of life - The Athletic
For a variety of reasons, the Eagles slogged through most of the first half of the season struggling to get their ground game going. However, it certainly looks like the offensive line is coming together at the right time. They have absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage over the last two weeks. They’ll need to keep it going in the battle for first place Sunday against the Cowboys. If the offensive line continues its strong play, the Eagles could find themselves in a position Sunday night that many would have doubted two weeks ago.

For the Eagles, superstition is the way - Inquirer
The Eagles have their share of superstitious players, but most claim to only be creatures of habit. Nevertheless, their pre-game rituals range from the normal to the bizarre.

Jaylon Smith fine underscores the need for change - PFT
Last Thursday, the officials missed an obvious illegal hit by Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith on Saints running back Alvin Kamara. By fining Smith, the NFL has admitted that an error was made. The league has confirmed that it fined Smith $26,739 for hitting Kamara in the helmet with the crown of Smith’s helmet. The incident came during a third-and-17 play, with Smith stopping Kamara short of a first down after an eight-yard gain. If the flag had been thrown, the Saints would have gotten a first down at the Dallas 27, down 13-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Can the Cowboys finally put this NFC East race to bed & sweep the Eagles? - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys and Eagles both have a lot at stake but it’s time for Dallas to end this NFC East race.

Giants’ Odell Beckham ruled out Sunday vs. Redskins - Big Blue View
Well, this news certainly changes things. The New York Giants have ruled Odell Beckham Jr, out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins due to a quad injury. Beckham was not on the Giants’ injury report until Friday, after he had gone on Facebook to admit that his quad had been bothering him since he was leg-whipped on the final play of a Week 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Pat Shurmur said on Friday that Beckham was “going to be fine.”

Trying to understand the Alex Smith contract, and impact on salary cap - Hogs Haven
The Redskins fully guaranteed Smith $55 million upon signing, including a rather large $27 million signing bonus. All told Washington paid $40 million of that guarantee in the first year of the contract. The $15 million that remains will be paid in 2019. This money is a sunk cost for the Redskins (for the most part,more on that in a minute) and there is no way to avoid the payments.

Why it was so important for Elissa Ennis, Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend, to share her message on camera - SB Nation
“I say this all the time,” Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted last week. “Folks don’t care about domestic violence unless it’s on video.” He was referring to surveillance video first published by TMZ last Friday that showed then-Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt kicking and shoving a woman; not technically domestic violence, but still an alarming example of violent behavior that inspired immediate consequences when it became public. Hunt was cut from the team and placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List the same day, although the incident in the video was first reported shortly after it took place in February.


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