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Eagles to host New Jersey high school football game suspended after shooting - NBCSP
The Eagles on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field will host the rest of a New Jersey high school playoff football game that was suspended because of a shooting. The game between Pleasantville High School and Camden High School was stopped on Friday night after a shooting in the crowd in Pleasantville that left three wounded, including a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old student. According to NBC 10, a suspect has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and two weapons counts, while three other men have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
6 thoughts from the Eagles’ loss to the Patriots - BGN
Often times I use the title “6 things we learned” for this weekly postgame article. But lately I don’t think that’s very fitting. What are we truly learning about this Eagles team that we don’t already know? It’s essentially the same shit every week. I previously described the Eagles as “a boringly average team.” I’d like to add that they’re also perfectly mediocre, as evidenced by their .500 winning percentage and their 16th place ranking in point differential. And it’s not just this season, either. The Eagles are now 15-13 in games since winning Super Bowl LII. The Birds ranked tied for 12th in point differential last year and finished 16th in DVOA. Being mired in mediocrity sucks. It’s obviously not as enjoyable as being legitimately good. And the upside to being flat out bad is that it creates motivation to actually change for the better. The Eagles are currently stuck as a middling team that plays an aesthetically garbage brand of football. It’s just not fun to watch.
In Need of a Fix - Iggles Blitz
I don’t know what to say about Nelson Agholor. He had two chances for TDs on Sunday and couldn’t convert either time. He doesn’t seem aware of where he is and where the ball is. He hasn’t had more than 42 yards in a game since September. Do you bench him? The coaches still seem to trust him. Wentz still seems to trust him. Still, at a certain point you have to wonder if it is time to make a change. What would you lose? You could play Jeffery and Arcega-Whiteside on the outside, with Matthews in the slot. You would lose your fastest receiver, but if he can’t catch the ball downfield, is that a huge deal?
Making sense of the 2019 NFC playoff race: Eight good teams for six spots - ESPN
Do we hold Wentz to an unrealistic standard? The MVP candidate we saw in 2017 might be the best version of Wentz we ever see, in part because of where he succeeded. He was unsustainably great on third down that season, posting a Total QBR of 91.7 and posting a passer rating of 123.7, both of which led the league by significant margins and were virtually impossible to keep up. This season, Wentz has a QBR of 76.9 and a 96.3 passer rating on third down; good, but not otherworldly. The 2017 version of Wentz posted a 97.2 QBR and threw for 23 touchdown passes without a pick in the red zone; 2019 Wentz has an 81.7 QBR inside the 20 and ranks just behind Josh Allen in ninth. As constructed, though, I’m not sure the Eagles can go far unless they get something closer to the superhero version of their quarterback. Their defense has been too inconsistent, ranking 31st in Football Outsiders’ variance stat before Sunday’s solid performance against the Pats. Philly was able to ride home-field advantage to the Super Bowl in 2017, but there’s virtually no chance of the Eagles finishing with one of the top two seeds in the NFC. Their most obvious path in is by beating the Cowboys, who face the Patriots next week. FPI gives Philly almost exactly a one-third chance of winning the East, owing to Dallas’s one-game lead and tiebreaker edge over their divisional rivals. The Eagles badly need the Patriots to come through in Foxborough next Sunday.
The Eagles Were Supposed to Become an NFL Dynasty. Now They’re Just Disappointing. - The Ringer
With Jackson already out for Sunday’s game and Alshon Jeffery sidelined with an ankle injury, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews were left as Wentz’s two primary receivers. And both had accurate throws bounce off their hands in crucial moments late in Sunday’s loss. Matthews’s flub came on a third-and-8 bullet from Wentz on the right sideline. And Agholor’s happened on a beautiful deep toss from Wentz on the final play of regulation. Neither would technically be considered a “drop,” but both instances illuminate an issue that Philly has faced all season: Wentz’s wide receivers aren’t creating any plays. Coming into Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Philly’s wideouts had combined for 127 yards on 15 catches in the Eagles’ past six games.
NFL Panic Index: From the Bears to Texans to Eagles, assessing the damage from Week 11 - The Athletic
If you thought the Eagles’ offense might look different after the bye: They entered the day in a first-place tie with the Cowboys in the NFC East. By the end, they’d left their fans with another frustrating loss and looked like the same team we’ve seen for the better part of two seasons. Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz offered hope early on that they might have come up with some answers during their bye week. They scored a field goal against the Patriots on their opening possession and then strung together a 16-play, 95-yard touchdown drive to take a 10-0 lead. After that, it all fell apart — for the offense that is. Playing without DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard, the Eagles’ final 10 drives resulted in seven punts, a fumble, a turnover on downs and a failed Hail Mary attempt. The Eagles averaged 3.86 yards per play — the lowest average in any game that Wentz has started (that includes his rookie season). The Eagles’ season is not over. They’re 5-5 and still have two games against the Giants, one against Washington and one against Miami. The season very well could come down to a Week 16 home game against the Cowboys. But the bottom line is that the same issues surface in pretty much every loss, and this isn’t a good team. Since their Super Bowl win, the Eagles have gone just 15-13 in 28 games. Eagles fans are encouraged to watch highlights of the 41-33 win over the Patriots from Feb. 4, 2018, instead of highlights of this 17-10 loss.
Vicious cycle: The more Carson Wentz tries to do something special, the more ordinary the Eagles look - Inquirer
If you rewatch the game and study the New England pass rush, there weren’t that many chances for Wentz to move around and extend plays. Without Jordan Howard or Darren Sproles, Miles Sanders had some bad moments in blitz pickup. Jason Kelce and Isaac Seumalo spent time in Wentz’s lap. Vaitai was kind of a mess, to the extent that Pederson indicated rookie Andre Dillard could move to the right side this week, should Johnson not emerge from the concussion protocol. The criticisms being voiced at Wentz sound a lot like what was being said in Dallas about Dak Prescott before the Cowboys got Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, or even what was being said a few years back about Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, when the Colts’ offensive line was a joke. Wentz’s contract ties him to the Eagles through 2023, at least. Complaining that he can’t move mountains might be less productive than buying him some bulldozers.
Duffy: Digging deep into the struggles on offense - PE.com
There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. This was a tough performance on offense against New England on Sunday. The Eagles punted eight times, turned the ball over in their end of the field, and put up just 10 points on the board, albeit against one of the best defenses in the NFL. One of the biggest areas of concern in this game, however, was on third down. The Eagles entered the matchup as one of the best third-down offenses in the league, but managed to go just 3-of-13 (a season-low 23 percent against the top third-down defense) in those critical situations in this game. The answer as to why is not simple because there were myriad of factors.
Lamar Jackson Dominated the Texans in a Week Where Quarterbacks Dominated the News - MMQB
Something isn’t quite right with Eagles QB Carson Wentz, and it isn’t just what’s around him. He’s not playing as decisively as he used to, which could be a result of doubt creeping in—whether it’s doubt in himself, the system or the guys around him. Either way, this doesn’t seem like the same guy who was an MVP candidate in 2017.
Marino’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 - The Draft Network
Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama. Tired of watching Nate Gerry attempt to play linebacker at the professional level? Nigel Bradham needs a running mate and Moses would be perfect. Yes, Moses is going to miss the entire season with an ACL tear in August, but he proved enough last season with Alabama to be deserving of a first round pick. With linebackers Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith suffering ACL tears during their final college seasons and having great starts to their respective careers, there is a blueprint for success with Moses. Both Smith and Jack recently inked massive contract extensions.
Pete Carroll says Seahawks “hoping, planning” for Tyler Lockett to play against Eagles - PFT
After spending two extra nights in the Bay Area following the Seahawks’ 27-24 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers last week, wide receiver Tyler Lockett is on the mend from a severe leg contusion. While it will take until later in the week to know for certain, head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team is optimistic Lockett will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Who Is the Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time? - Jeopardy.com
On the heels of Jeopardy!’s Tournament of Champions, America’s Favorite Quiz Show is coming to ABC prime time in a multi-, consecutive-night event, “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” premiering Tuesday, January 7 (8-9 p.m. EST). Hosted by Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Harry Friedman will executive produce. This epic television event brings together the three highest money winners in the long-running game show’s history: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. The three will compete in a series of matches; the first to win three matches receives $1 million and the title of “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time.” The two non-winners will each receive $250,000. [BLG Note: Make sure you’re rooting for Lancaster native and Eagles fan Brad Rutter.]
Nick Foles won’t be benched, nor should he be - Big Cat Country
The poor performance by Foles, who stats look a hell of a lot better on the box score than they did on the field when the game mattered, has led to a lot of fans to cry out to bench him and bring back Minshew, but that’s not going to happen any time soon.
Whose NFL playoff stock is up and whose is down after Week 11? - SB Nation
3. Philadelphia Eagles. What do we make of them? Really, what am I supposed to say? They are good at some positions and awful at others. Carson Wentz looks awesome one drive and then not so much on the next. They are the definition of average.
He did not play well. Worried that people are gonna drive him crazy making him the scapegoat repeatedly. No Jordan. No Alshon. No Desean. Losing Lane early. If he’s 7-3 right now (drops), ppl aren’t freaking out about playing poorly against “one of the best defenses of all time.” https://t.co/LjO1zw6a7i— hockey watcher Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 18, 2019
Perspective on Michael Thomas’ season: he has 94 catches already, more than two teams’ entire WR group for the season (Eagles: 93, Ravens: 74). Incredible.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 18, 2019
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