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Maybe there’s something to the Eagles’ young guys being hungry for an opportunity - BGN
Maybe there’s something to the young guys simply wanting it more. They weren’t playing when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. They aren’t guaranteed to stick on the roster if they struggle. There’s really no room for complacency. These are guys who wants to establish themselves in the NFL. This isn’t to suggest the Eagles are unquestionably better off with a bunch of lesser talented try-hards. For as much as someone like Jeffery has struggled this season, he did just have 137 receiving yards and one touchdown in Week 13. It’s entirely possible, if not downright likely, that the Eagles’ offense will continue to struggle while relying on former practice squad members. But maybe the Eagles can get lucky with some of these guys?
The Kist & Solak Show #159: Final Eagles-Washington Preview - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak finish their two-part preview series of Eagles-Washington by diving into the match-up between the Eagles’ offense and Washington’s defense PLUS final predictions! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Five over/unders for Eagles’ Week 15 matchup vs. Redskins - PhillyVoice
Washington is allowing 4.3 yards per carry to opposing running backs this season and has allowed the sixth-most rushing yards in the NFL this season. But whether or not Sanders hits the over could come down to play calling more than anything else. Sanders numbers have improved in recent weeks, sure, but what makes that even more impressive is that he’s doing it with such a limited number of touches. Doug Pederson continues to work in Boston Scott and Jay Ajayi and, despite the Eagles lack of healthy receivers, he continues to ask Carson Wentz to throw the ball close to 50 times per game. Maybe that will change this week when Pederson’s team takes on a Washington team that is much more susceptible on the ground, allowing an average of 135 rushing yards against this season.
Game Preview – PHI at WAS - Iggles Blitz
The good news is that this is a game where the Eagles should focus on the run. Washington has only held three teams all year to less than 115 rushing yards. With a depleted set of receivers, I expect the Eagles to do plenty of running. Doug Pederson hasn’t run as much this season as some people would like. This is one of those games where I think he’ll see the value in running. The Skins struggle to score points (dead last in the NFL) so you don’t need to score a lot to win. You can play ball control and be methodical and beat this team. Wentz and Pederson will take some chances in the passing game. Both are aggressive by nature. I do think they’ll make the calculated play and focus on small ball.
A myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd and much more in Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations! - NBCSP
Here’s one for the Carson Sucks crowd: Despite missing eight games the last two years and with three games still to go, Wentz already has the 9th-most TD passes in NFL history by a QB in his first four seasons. Three more in the last three games move him up to 6th. He’s also thrown 35 interceptions. Of the 10 QBs currently ahead of him in TD passes over their first four seasons, only Russell Wilson has also thrown fewer than 44 interceptions in his first four years, and only Wilson and Dan Marino have a higher passer rating. Worst QB ever.
Joe Banner: Jeffery injury is going to complicate the Eagles’ plans to rebuild wide-receiver position - Inquirer
Domo: Alshon Jeffery is out for the season with a Lisfranc injury. He’s probably looking at a lengthy rehab that likely will take him into next season before he can play again. That pretty much assures that the Eagles are stuck with him and his onerous contract, right? [...] Banner: You can’t cut a player while he’s injured. And if he’s not healthy enough to pass a physical before his money is due or becomes guaranteed, then you own his contract. Given the severity of his injury, the chances that he could pass a physical before the beginning of next season are very small, if not zero. My initial thought was that they would just deal with [the ramification of] his contract and move on and get somebody more dependable at the position. This makes that just a little bit trickier because of when he may be able to pass a physical.
Eagles-Washington cheat sheet: Lineup decisions, matchup trends, Bird Lines and game predictions - The Athletic
We know the Eagles will enter this game shorthanded at wide receiver, although the calculus is a little different than last week, when they had Alshon Jeffery and the expectation that Agholor might play. Washington has had all week to game-plan for a unit that, assuming Agholor doesn’t play, is led by Arcega-Whiteside’s 160 receiving yards (or Ward’s 11 receptions, depending on your preference). That could mean more press coverage if Washington wants to dare the Eagles wideouts to beat it. The good news on the passing front is that Washington has the 31st-ranked defense against opposing tight ends, according to Football Outsiders. One would expect Washington to focus its defensive game plan on halting Zach Ertz. Maybe this is finally the breakout Dallas Goedert game we’ve all been waiting for.
Point spread, total, money line, injury report and more for Eagles-Washington in Week 15 - DraftKings Nation
The point total is one of the lowest of the week, and that’s completely justifiable. At 40.5 points, I’m actually surprised it’s that high. Washington’s offense has been the least productive of any team this season, averaging just 262.4 yards and 14.5 points. The rush game is only averaging 60 yards less than the pass game, which is bad news as it goes up against one of the league’s best rush defenses. Dwayne Haskins (DFS salary $4,600) will be forced to throw, something that he doesn’t quite have the confidence in doing too often yet.
Fantasy Football Rundown: Week 15 - Fake Teams
Carson Wentz should build on his recent box score successes in another strong matchup with Washington. His receiving corps injury-depleted status is unfortunate, but he’s got the playmakers to get the job done. He’s the overall QB7. Greg Ward and JJ Arcega-Whiteside are the top candidates to lead the Eagles’ receivers in targets this week. Nelson Agholor is all but declared out, fully unable to practice this week (knee). Ward and JJAW’s unproven NFL track record make them risky plays. However, Ward did rack up the second-most targets on the team last week (9), making him the odds on favorite to produce as a flex. JJAW is not a recommended start. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert can be expected to lead the charge, overall, as the team’s likeliest candidates to both hit double digit targets. Ertz is a Top 3 TE option this week, against a Washington defense that operates as an unholy touchdown charity to the position. Goedert, likewise, has outrageous upside and should be started as a TE1. Miles Sanders blew an opportunity last week, failing to hydrate properly and missed in-game time due to cramps and the need for IV-rehydration. Boston Scott came in and set the field on fire with 128 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. He flashed excellent receiving ability and finished with the second-highest catch total on the team (6). With Jordan Howard still uncleared for contact, Sanders will once again operate as the lead back for the Eagles. Scott has earned a role though and both players can be started this week. Sanders is a rock-solid RB2. Scott, a similarly solid flex.
Redskins vs Eagles Week 15: Five Questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Hogs Haven
This matchup also doesn’t stack up especially well for the Redskins as the Eagles have a top-10 run defense, but a porous secondary. The success or failure of the Redskins offense will likely depend on their ability to trust in their rookie QB and throw the ball. On defense, the Redskins should have a better matchup, as the Eagles are wracked with injury along the offensive line and in the WR corps. The Eagles will likely be depending heavily on passes to TEs Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, so defending the TE position will need to be a priority for the Skins. I asked Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation five questions to better understand the state of the Eagles and what to look for in this game.
Secret to Jalen Mills’ success is his favorite critic: his mom - Bucks County Courier Times
It was 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, and Jalen Mills had just endured a rain-drenched, hard-fought overtime win over the Giants. He was tired and hurting from an elbow injury that forced him to leave the game in the third quarter. But Mills was looking forward to what awaited. His mom, Kisa Jackson, was in town, like she is for every Eagles home game. And it was time for their video review. So they stayed up until about 4:30 a.m., going over every one of Mills’ plays. Then they both got a few hours of sleep before Mills had to report to the Eagles’ practice facility for meetings and Jackson had to catch her flight home to Dallas. It’s like this after every game. Jackson will fly to wherever the Eagles are playing, home or away. She’ll take video of the game from the stands while Mills and the defense are on the field. Then they’ll go over it after the game, and she’ll tell Mills what he did wrong, and what he did right.
The 5 fringe playoff teams we’re rooting for to close out the NFL season - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles — The NFL is more fun when every division has something to offer. Right now, the combined might of the NFC East might be enough to win a playoff game, but separately they’re all a mess. The best thing that can come out of this mess in the immediate future is a spark for Dallas in the form of a change at the head coaching position. I truly don’t know what Jerry Jones is waiting for at this point. Garrett hasn’t said or done anything to upset me, but his Cowboys have looked completely lifeless off and on for several years now. Put a merciful end to this reign, Eagles. Even if it means you might be making the Cowboys stronger in the future.
Julie Ertz beats Megan Rapinoe to U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year - ESPN
World Cup winning midfielder Julie Ertz has been voted U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2019. Ertz, 27, claimed the honor for the second time in her career, earning 42% of the vote to beat out fellow nominees Rose Lavelle, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Alyssa Naeher and FIFA World Player of the Year Megan Rapinoe. While Ertz is the 10th player in the award’s history to win multiple times, she is the first to do so while also having won U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, which she claimed in 2012 after leading the U.S. U-20 team to the World Cup title that year.
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