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Will Jordan Howard, Jalen Mills or someone else be next Eagles player to sign extension? Ranking 16 likeliest of 2020 free agents - NJ.com
2. RB Jordan Howard: He’s been the Eagles’ biggest surprise this season and arguably its offensive MVP. The season opened rookie Miles Sanders as the lead back, but clearly the best formula is a thunder-and-lightning split, with Howard getting more carries and killing the clock, while Sanders adds dynamism and ability as a pass-catcher. It’s a perfect pairing that clearly works, and Roseman should be doing everything in his power to get Howard locked in beyond this season.

Eagles get help during the bye week with the Cowboys losing - BGN
The bye week was a good one for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles got to enjoy watching the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. This development means the Eagles and Cowboys are both 5-4 with seven games left to play in the 2019 NFL regular season schedule. The Cowboys still have the lead in the NFC East standings since they have a head-to-head tie-breaker after beating the Eagles in Week 7. But Dallas also has a tougher schedule than the Eagles do down the stretch.

Eagles snap count analysis: Season to date - PhillyVoice
Alshon Jeffery is on pace for 15 games played, 64 catches, 662 yards, and 8 TDs (we’ll count his “rushing” TD here too). That’s not anywhere close to good enough for a player who is scheduled to count for $15,446,500 on the cap in 2020 and $18,536,500 in 2021. He might have the worst contract on the team. Meanwhile, we’ve already beaten Nelson Agholor’s struggles to death, and the complete lack of production from Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Jordan Matthews shouldn’t be mistaken for an answer to the Eagles’ wide receiver problems, but he’ll be better than Hollins and Arcega-Whiteside.

Winning Without Playing - Iggles Blitz
As I watched games today, it was torture to see WRs making clutch grabs game after game. Eagles receivers struggle to make standard catches, week after week. Alshon Jeffery made a critical catch late in the Bears game. Maybe that will wake him up and get him going.

Kapadia: Ten thoughts on the state of the Eagles going into the final seven games - The Athletic
A recent story by The Athletic’s Zak Keefer noted that Frank Reich was in charge of scripting the first 15 plays during his time as the Eagles offensive coordinator. Naturally, observers want to point to Reich’s departure as the reason the Eagles have struggled early in games. So is there any evidence to support that theory? Well, yes. This season, the Colts are averaging 3.38 points on their first drive of the game. That ranks third. The Eagles are at 1.44 (tied for 18th). Last year, the Colts ranked fourth at 3.06, while the Eagles were tied for 20th at 1.94. In 2017, when Reich was with the Eagles, they were eighth at 2.81. Even in 2016, when the Eagles weren’t very good, they were ninth at 2.69. So the last four offenses Reich has scripted the first 15 plays for have ranked third, fourth, eighth and ninth, respectively, in points per drive on the first possession. The two Eagles offenses without Reich have ranked 18th and tied for 20th. [BLG Note: Fire Mike Groh.]

Back to work: 9 thoughts with Patriots now in sight - PE.com
The latest on the wide receiver picture is that the Eagles have not officially done anything to replace DeSean Jackson, who is on the Injured Reserve list. Something will be done, obviously. The Eagles need help at wide receiver with the loss of Jackson, and they certainly need to have the entire room bring more production to the offense in the final seven games of the regular season. That said, remember this: The Eagles have played without Jackson in, basically, eight games this season. It’s not like the offense has to reboot for the stretch run. Doug Pederson and his coaching staff will play to their strengths – a good running game behind an outstanding offensive line, two terrific tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, and some position flexibility. Let’s not forget the role of Miles Sanders and, in spot situations, Darren Sproles in the passing game.

2019 NFL playoff picture: AFC, NFC standings and outlook through Week 10 - ESPN
A Sunday night loss to the Vikings ate up the rest of the Cowboys’ breathing room in the NFC East. They still own the division lead over the Eagles by virtue of their Week 7 victory in the teams’ first matchup of the season. And there is still time to galvanize in the second half. But short of that, the Cowboys are having one of the NFL’s most vexing seasons. Are they the team that started 3-0? Or are they the team that has gone 2-4 since? There isn’t a ton of time left to find out.

Barrett Brooks breaks down how Brandon Brooks has been so dominant for Eagles - NBCSP
As a former offensive lineman in the league, I played with some greats. I played with Alan Faneca with the Steelers and he is a Hall of Fame finalist this year. From across the playing field, I witnessed the best guard to ever play the game, Hall of Famer Larry Allen. But I must admit that I’m now covering a great one for the Eagles in Brandon Brooks, who is making his case as one of, if not the most dominant guards in the game today. Both pass blocking and run blocking, he is dominating his opponent. During last week’s Chicago Bears game, Brooks destroyed the backside blocks on inside zone running plays, which allowed Jordan Howard an opportunity to cut back and go untouched until reaching the secondary. Just watch the inside zone run play below on 1st & 10 with 13:15 in the first quarter. Watch how Brooks and Lane Johnson totally crush the entire right side of the line of scrimmage, allowing Howard to run for 12 yards.

Week 10: Playoffs For Steelers? It’s a Whole New World in Pittsburgh - FMIA
Dallas (5-4) leads Philadelphia (5-4) by tiebreaker only in the NFC East, and I don’t see the Cowboys keeping that lead.

Week 10 Takeaways: Baker Saves Christmas, Steelers D Is Too Good - MMQB
Falcons Pass Rush Shows Up at the Oddest Times: They’ve been non-existent throughout the season, except for when they ran roughshod over a very good Eagles line in September, and when they got the better of the Saints in the Superdome on Sunday.

Cowboys explanation for running twice near end against Vikings makes no sense and is very arrogant - Blogging The Boys
For the next week everybody you know is going to be talking about one thing: Why did the Dallas Cowboys run the ball twice near the end of the game against the Minnesota Vikings?Dallas was down by four points and needed a touchdown. After driving almost the entire field they were facing a first and 10 situation from the Minnesota 19-yard line coming out of the two-minute warning. A quick completion to Amari Cooper picked up eight yards. Things were rolling. At this point, on this drive specifically, Prescott was six of seven for 79 yards passing and Elliott had one rushing attempt for four yards. With a second and two situation the Cowboys decided to run the ball. When they didn’t pick up any yards, they ran it again. Seriously.

Instant analysis: Where do the New York Giants go from here? - Big Blue View
It’s stunning that the season has sunk to these depths for the Giants. After an 0-2 start, Daniel Jones’ insertion into the lineup brought, energy, hope and two victories. A sea of misery has engulfed the Giants since. Jones has been part of the problem. He fumbled three more times on Sunday, losing one that went for a Jamal Adams touchdown, and has now fumbled 13 times this season. Awful defense has consistently been part of the problem. Injuries have had something to do with it. Coaching has something to do with it. The Smith example, falling behind 14-0 (like they fell behind 17-0 to the Arizona Cardinals), in-game decisions like burning all of the team’s timeouts while there were more than four minutes to play, and the consistent inability to find ways to get the ball to Barkley in space are examples. Something — maybe a whole bunch of somethings — has to change for the Giants. What those will be is anybody’s guess.

Roster Update: WR Cain and DT Peko waived, QB Kelly and WR Johnson elevated. - Stampede Blue
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson was acquired by the Colts via trade with the Seattle Seahawks just before the start of the 2018 regular season he was active in five games for the Colts in 2018 before being sent to injured reserve with a ankle injury. He was waived during final cuts in the offseason before being re-signed to the teams practice squad on October 1st.

Ranking the 9 dumbest mistakes from a WTF Sunday in NFL Week 10 - SB Nation
On a day of full of upsets, the Cowboys were TOO committed to running the ball, saving the Browns from being this week’s worst red zone team (barely).

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