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Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles reflect on his Iron Man streak - NBCSP
Jenkins is truly the Eagles’ Iron Man. All this came up this week because, despite a since-corrected error from the NFL earlier in the season, Jenkins played every single defensive snap for the Eagles this season; all 1,039 of them. And he also chipped in with 137 special teams snaps. This is nothing new for Jenkins either. Since coming to Philadelphia, he has turned into one of the best, most durable and most versatile athletes in Eagles history. He is most certainly one of the best free-agent signings in franchise history too.

How Nick Foles Is Doing It Once Again - BGN
Foles kept the Philly machine churning in 2017; in 2018, he seems to have jumpstarted it. What’s the secret sauce for the league’s most dangerous backup QB?

Wild Card Playoff Preview - BGN Radio
Join John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton for a playoff edition of BGN Radio! The Eagles are playing with house money after being declared dead earlier in the season and now they’re playing their best football. Are they the most dangerous wild card team in the NFL? PLUS injury reports, key matchups, and predictions for the weekend!

Mailbag: A look back at the Eagles’ free agency signings of Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Brooks - PhillyVoice
I am a big Sudfeld guy, and would feel comfortable with him as the backup. I think he has a chance to be a good player. I liked a lot of what I saw from him both in training camp this year, as well as the preseason. Back in August, we published a cut-up of his preseason throws, with analysis. That said, drafting and grooming quarterbacks can often be a good idea as well. Sudfeld won’t be eligible to be an unrestricted free agent until 2021, so he’ll likely be under the Eagles’ control at a low cost until then. The Eagles might be wise to groom that next guy in anticipation of Sudfeld moving on in two years. It’s never a bad thing to have a pipeline of quarterbacks in the system that you can use as backups while they’re on the roster, and flip for greater assets down the road.

Don’t Forget About the Guys in Green - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles just pitched a shutout. They gave up 89 yards, the lowest total in a game in the last eight years. And that’s for the whole league. Put on the tape. You’ll see Tim Jernigan and Haloti Ngata playing their best football of the year. Nigel Bradham is peaking. Jordan Hicks is still getting back in the swing of things. One of the real keys is Avonte Maddox. Since his return, the Eagles are 3-0. Maddox won’t be mistaken for Troy Vincent anytime soon, but he’s brought stability to the secondary and that has real value. Oh yeah, he’s pretty darn good as well. The Eagles have questions to answer about how they’ll move the ball on the Bears great defense. The flip side of that is that the Bears have questions about how they’ll move the ball on the Eagles.

‘He can crush food’: Stories that shaped the Doug Pederson-Matt Nagy friendship - ESPN
Forget “Philly Special,” the Super Bowl run or aggressiveness on fourth down. When Matt Nagy thinks of Doug Pederson, he thinks of late-night raids of the Eagles cafeteria back when they were just a couple of fledgling assistants trying to earn their stripes. ”At night time when we’re drawing cards, and it’s like 9, 10 o’clock at night, we’d take a little breather, and we’d go down downstairs at the cafeteria there at the NovaCare, and he’d always destroy the vanilla soft ice-cream server,” Nagy said of Pederson. “He’d fill that bad boy up and put a bunch of rainbow sprinkles on top of it and just devour it. He can crush food.” Then there was the day in 2012 when Pederson and Nagy, the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach and offensive quality control coach at the time, were in Pederson’s office breaking down tape of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles. Their boss, Andy Reid, was in there, too. What they saw was enough for Reid to call an audible.

What Tone Will Doug Pederson Set For Eagles On Sunday? -
The secret to Doug Pederson’s success, as he sees it, is not in his stirring postgame speeches, nor his every-morning schedule-rundown team meeting, or the mad dash for ice cream the night before a game that he made famous a year ago. It’s just being Doug Pederson, working with a great staff around him, and presenting an honest picture to his players. “I don’t think you can change who you are,” Pederson said. “I ask a lot of the players and I treat them as men. I know what they’re experiencing each and every day. It’s important that I understand that. I’m also asking a lot of these guys, so it’s a give-and-take. I rely on the leadership of this football team for great communication and I think we’ve had that. It’s hard to win in the NFL. It’s hard to get to this point.”

Stats to know for all 32 NFL teams after Week 17 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Brooks allowed his first sack as an Eagle this past week. He had a streak of 1889 pass blocks without a sack allowed which was (and still is) the most for a guard in the last 13 years. He was also one of five offensive linemen this season to allow two or fewer pressures in all 16 games.

Eagles locker room survey: Who makes a big play against the Bears? - The Athletic
Nate Sudfeld: Boston Scott. That’s my dark horse. I like him a lot. He’s a good kid. I like him a lot. Boston Scott: I believe I am. I think that the offense that we have and the players on the offense, seeing those guys go to work every day and seek to perfect their craft, man, anybody is a play away. Just the offense as a whole, we got a lot of studs out there. But you gotta have confidence in yourself. I think that anybody has an opportunity to take it the distance at any point in time, so it’s just about not trying to be Superman and whenever your play’s called, make the most of it.

Big Nick Energy: Nick Foles’s Playoff Sequel Is Already the Stuff of Superhero Legend - The Ringer
The Eagles bet the farm on Carson Wentz, only to have his backup lead them to their first Super Bowl win. A year later, Wentz is back on the shelf, and BDN is scripting his way further into Philadelphia’s heart.

Silva’s Wild Card Matchups - Rotoworld
A top-15 fantasy passer in just 1-of-5 starts, Nick Foles will gut out bruised ribs to face a Chicago defense that permitted top-15 scores to one of its last ten quarterbacks faced, including notable shutdowns of Jared Goff (QB32), Kirk Cousins (QB20), and Aaron Rodgers (QB18) in the last month. Only the Vikings and Bills allowed fewer fantasy points to signal callers over the course of the year. With almost no data points working in his favor, Foles is a hope-based DFS-tournament play with a basement-low floor who did show he is capable of outkicking expectations during last January’s magical postseason run. … The Eagles went with a full-fledged three-way RBBC down the stretch. In Foles’ Weeks 15-17 starts, Wendell Smallwood’s touch counts were uneven (12 – 5 – 16), Josh Adams (15 – 11 – 14) was touchdown reliant with minimal passing-game involvement, and Darren Sproles (6 – 12 – 9) ran a backfield-high 55 pass routes, playing 40.6% of the snaps. The Bears allowed the NFL’s fewest fantasy points to running backs in 2018. Sproles would be the best sleeper of the bunch with the Eagles projected to play from behind.

Kyle Long on facing brother Chris: ‘We’re not related’ -
When the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears take the field Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, there will be a family reunion of sorts taking place. Bears guard Kyle Long and Eagles defensive end Chris Long will battle for their teams to advance to the NFC Divisional Round. Pitting brothers against one another can lead to an awkward family dance. ”They tell us to tune out the outside, you know, media, stuff like that, but you can’t tune out your family,” Kyle Long told NFL Network’s Stacey Dales on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, I’m playing against my family this week. You’ve got to look at it as just another dude out there. He kind of looks like me, possibly, but on Sunday, we’re not related, so I’ve got to focus on my job.”

NFL Playoff Predictions: Picking Round-by-Round Winners and Super Bowl LIII Champion - Sports Illustrated
While I do think the teams no one wants to face in the playoffs are the Eagles and the Ravens, and I do see them upsetting at least one opponent in the playoffs, I believe the Super Bowl will come down to the chalk picks. The Chiefs and Saints have to win two home games, in buildings where they have historically decided home-field advantage, to advance to the Super Bowl. And while I do worry about the Kansas City defense, I think they are less likely to ever be stopped offensively than New Orleans, who have had some subpar offensive performances over the last month or so. The Chiefs may be one of those teams that is truly never out of a game, and while defense will always be discussed by football purists, offense will rule the day in this postseason.

PFT’s wild card picks - PFT
Florio’s take: The Eagles struggled to find something that would truly galvanize them this season, and they finally did. Another December injury to Carson Wentz sparked another string of stellar performances by quarterback Nick Foles, leading the defending Super Bowl champions back to the playoffs after we’d all left them for dead. Next up, the Bears. And, once again, the Eagles are being doubted, overlooked. But Foles is battle tested in single elimination games, and Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky isn’t. Remember the Sunday night game against the Rams? Trubisky was shaky, and the Bears scored only 15 points. That won’t be enough against a team that has nothing to lose, because for the second straight postseason most people assume they will. This time around, if I’m going to be wrong it’s not going to happen because I doubted Foles and the Eagle, again. Florio’s pick: Eagles 17, Bears 15.

Five Questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Windy City Gridiron
I need to admit something to all of you before we get into this exchange of questions. One of my favorite teams I’ve cheered for in my life was the 2001 Chicago Bears. Jim Miller and company came out of nowhere to win 13 games and deliver hope that a Bears Super Bowl was on the way. The Philadelphia Eagles came to town and a late hit by Hugh Douglas took out Jim Miller and the Eagles went on to knock off our beloved Bears. I’ve never forgiven that late hit. They say it’s not good to hold a grudge but they must not be Bears fans. Fast forward to this season, another fun squad with a much better foundation for sustained success has entertained us all season with a somewhat unexpected NFC North title and guess who’s coming to town? That’s right - the Philadelphia Eagles. I say now’s the time to exact some revenge on the birds from Philly but first, I needed to get some answers to some questions I’ve had about this squad. To find out just how fearsome the defending champs are, I reached out to Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation fame to answer some questions. And, since this is the playoffs, I couldn’t resist doubling my normal 5 questions to 10 in honor of Mitchell Trubisky and Brandon was kind enough to respond to them all.

The Bear Front Podcast: Wild Card Round vs Philadelphia - ChiCitySports
Stephen and Chris recap the Bears’ big 12-4 season and hand out some awards along the way. Later, the guys are joined by Brandon Gowton of SB Nation’s Bleeding Green Nation to preview the Bears/Eagles playoff matchup.

NFL playoffs Panic Index 2019: History is against the Cowboys on Wild Card Weekend - SB Nation
Panic index: Let the past die is always good advice. If anything, ya’ll should be more worried about what happened in that 2017 playoff game. Garrett’s got bad tendencies as playcaller and clock manager, and we’ve seen them flare up this year too. Another thing to be concerned with: Seattle is really good in primetime games. The Seahawks are 11-2 in their last 13 games in primetime.


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