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How Brandon Brooks’ battle with anxiety has helped me come to grips with my own issues - PhillyVoice
“They’ve been nothing but supportive. Since I’ve been here, I’ve missed three and a half games. I look at the three, including this one, for anxiety, and then a half game for the Achilles, man. So, any time I’m not out there, I feel that way, especially when it comes to the anxiety. I don’t know, I guess because I look at it differently from a physical [condition], I feel like I could be out there trying to battle through it or do X, Y, and Z. You know, even on Sunday, I wanted to show my teammates [that I could]. They saw me coming in, how I looked throwing up from when I got there at 9 until the intros. The team went out without me so I could try to figure something out. Even when I came out, hopefully cameras didn’t catch it, but I was throwing up on the sideline between the two drives. The first one I went out there and played, and then I when I sat down I was just throwing up on the sideline until it was time to go back out there. I just wanted to show the guys that I’m not just saying it deeply pains me to not be out there, I will do whatever it takes to try to be out there with those guys. So it was big for me that, although I was going through that and they could clearly see I was going through some type of attack, that I wanted to go out there and try to play as many plays as I could no matter what was happening.”
Malcolm Jenkins responds to criticism of the Eagles celebrating takeaways in the Seahawks game - BGN
“I don’t understand that feeling at all. We’re very much in the game, and we just got a takeaway in our own — in striking distance to score late in the game. I don’t know if we’re supposed to not have energy, or not, you know, believe we’re going to win. We’re going to keep the same energy whether we’re down or up.”
From the Bleachers #7: The Worst Walk Home - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy tells the story of his pre-game, in-game, and post-game experience for Eagles-Seahawks and expresses a probably insane glimmer of hope for the future! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Will This Be A Warm Winter? - Iggles Blitz
Even without DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have three games of 30 or more points. This offense can move the ball and score. They need a strong OL to help them run the ball. They need the WRs to make the occasional play. They need Carson Wentz to be…Carson Wentz. No one is ignoring his struggles the past two weeks. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to continue playing like that. As Wentz gets his guys back, I fully expect him to play better and that would make a world of difference. I think too many people are passing judgment on Wentz as if the past two games are going to become the norm. That is possible, but I would be shocked if it happened. Shocked. Wentz has big time talent. He is focused and driven. This isn’t a guy who is trying to live life in the fast lane. Wentz isn’t out there dating playmates and closing down bars. He’s committed to being a good QB. That focus and work ethic hasn’t done him much good the last couple of games, but it will serve him well in the long run.
The timeline of Eagles’ year of poor decisions at wide receiver - NBCSP
There’s a simple reason the Eagles have one of the least productive groups of wide receivers in the league. Bad move after bad move. Poor decision after poor decision. Mistake after mistake. It’s not easy to bungle an entire position group in the span of one year, but that’s what seems to have happened. And this is nothing new for the Eagles. Whether it’s drafting Josh Huff in the 3rd round in 2014 or trading Dennis Kelly for Dorial Green-Beckham in the summer of 2016 or signing guys like Rueben Randle and Chris Givens in 2016 or Mike Wallace, Markus Wheaton and Kamar Aiken last year, the Howie Roseman-led front office has struggled for years evaluating wide receivers. This year, it’s been worse than ever. Let’s take a look.
Upon further review: Ten likes and dislikes from Week 12 in the NFL - The Athletic
3. The state of the Eagles’ offense. Where to begin? Before a garbage-time touchdown, they had a stretch of 25 possessions (in the past two games) with one touchdown. There’s plenty of blame to go around. Carson Wentz played perhaps his worst game as a pro, misfiring all game long, throwing two interceptions and fumbling three times. The wide receivers consistently made errors that made Wentz’s job harder. The offensive line got manhandled for the second straight week. Doug Pederson and the coaching staff continue to tell Wentz to let the offense work for him — even though the offense doesn’t work, at least not as currently constructed. With that messaging, they seem to have taken away Wentz’s ability to make second-reaction, improvisational plays. Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright told reporters that the defense was calling out the Eagles’ plays before the snap. Howie Roseman and the front office banked on a 32-year-old DeSean Jackson to be enough to give the offense a boost of speed and athleticism. Right now, they may have the slowest, least explosive group of pass-catchers in the NFL. The Eagles have scored 19 points total in the last two games and are 5-6 on the season. They are 15-14 (playoffs included) since that Super Bowl win, which feels so, so long ago.
Eagles’ mindset this week: ‘We just need to get a win’ - PE.com
It doesn’t matter the opponent. Or the location. Or that it’s December and it’s “go” time with a very narrow margin for error. All that matters to the 5-6 Philadelphia Eagles is that they get a win this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, a 2-9 team that has shown some improvement in winning two of its last four games. The past is the past. The Eagles need a win. “We just need to get a win,” defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. “For us, we’re on the road and this team has lost two weeks in a row, so I know the guys in this locker room will be more focused than ever and we’ve got to go on the road. It’s hard to win in this league. We can’t take anything for granted. We know that they’re professionals. We’re professionals. We know we’re going to get their best ball.” The rise of the defense has been encouraging as the Eagles have allowed 17 or fewer points in four consecutive games and permitted fewer than 225 passing yards in five straight outings. Impressive stuff.
Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
Pick No. 22: OT Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles2019 overall grade: 56.8. If anyone thinks switching between left and right tackle is easy, watch how Dillard fared as he filled in for Lane Johnson at right tackle. The first-round tackle struggled throughout and was beaten for four quarterback hurries, a sack that was nullified by a penalty and an additional matchup loss across 22 pass-blocking snaps prior to his benching. His work in pass protection earned a pass-blocking grade of only 30.6.
The Starting 11: The Patriots and 49ers Just Put on the Ultimate Defensive Showcases - The Ringer
But Wentz also had some truly baffling moments in this game. On a third-and-9 from the Seahawks’ 10-yard line midway through the first quarter, Wentz airmailed a wide-open Miles Sanders in the flat, ruining a possible touchdown. He sailed another pass over Sanders’s head later in the quarter, too, when he had plenty of room to work in the flat. And both of Wentz’s picks came on woefully underthrown balls. Philly’s QB has averaged only 6.5 yards per attempt this season, but for the most part, his play has been better than his numbers indicate. He actually ranks seventh in expected points added among quarterbacks. Sunday was a rough day for Wentz, though, even when accounting for the deficiencies in his supporting cast. Philly is now 5-6 and could still make the playoffs in the watered-down NFC East. But this is not the Eagles offense many expected to see before the season.
2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 13 - Fake Teams
15) Miles Sanders — As we’ve discussed previously, nerve injuries like the one Jordan Howard suffered can last for weeks-to-months. Calling this early, he’ll be Out again this week and Sanders will get fed 15-20 touches against the worst team in the NFL.
Top 25 D/ST rankings for Week 13 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
The Eagles front seven is tough enough to beat weak offenses like the Dolphins, who consistently give up D/ST points with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm.
Week 12 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank NINTH in DVOA.]
‘Valentine’s Views:’ Pat Shurmur needs to give Giants a reason to keep him - Big Blue View
Fire Pat Shurmur! That is what many New York Giants fans would like to see team ownership do. Or, wish it had already done. Is that what the organization should do? More importantly, is it what they will do once this season is mercifully over? The Giants, I truly believe, do not want to replace Shurmur. I have taken that stance a number of times, most recently on both the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast and on the ‘Locked on Giants’ podcast with host Patricia Traina. Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch don’t want to put the franchise through another upheaval. They don’t want to hire a third head coach since 2015. Or spend a year paying Shurmur money not to coach, like they spent a couple of years paying Ben McAdoo not to be their coach. They don’t want to go down that road. They might, though, finish this season without a choice.
Jaguars place LB Najee Goode on season ending injured reserve - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed eighth-year safety Marcus Gilchrist to the active roster and placed eighth-year linebacker Najee Goode (knee) on the team’s reserve/injured list. The Jaguars also signed safety Doug Middleton to the practice squad, and to make room, released rookie defensive back Jordan Brown.
How did Cowboys vs. Eagles become the NFL’s weakest playoff race? - SB Nation
In 2016, the NFC East gave us the league’s best regular season record. In 2017 it was home to the Super Bowl winners. Last year, it produced one-third of the NFC’s playoff teams. In 2019, the division looks like it’ll be home to a nine-win champion and, unless things change in the next month, a brief cameo in the Wild Card Round. The Cowboys currently lead the East with the NFL’s 11th-best record. While every other division in the NFC is topped by a team with eight wins or more, Dallas stands alone ahead of Philadelphia, Washington, and New York at 6-5. The Eagles, at 5-6, could still work their way into the postseason despite losing nearly every veteran skill player to injury at some point.
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