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Week 15: Mike McCarthy Gets Creative To Prepare For His Next Shot - FMIA
Doug Pederson, head coach, Philadelphia. Playing with a crew dominated by backups, the Eagles’ offense, sputtering for much of the year, scored 60 points in its last 86 minutes between the Monday night comeback over the Giants and the Sunday beatdown of Washington on the road. Philly scored the last 20 points in a 23-17 overtime win over the Giants, then put up 37 in the win at Eagle-crazy FedEx. Pederson and offensive coordinator Mike Groh deserve credit for getting a bunch of green Eagles to play big in playoff-type games in December.

9 takeaways from the Eagles’ exciting win over Washington - BGN
Carson Wentz combined 4th quarter and overtime numbers over the past two games: 28 completions on 34 attempts (82.4%) for 286 yards (8.4 y/a), 4 TD, 0 INT, 140.9 passer rating. Stepping up big for the Eagles when it matters most. Two straight wins.

The Kist & Solak Show #160: Clutch Carson Leads Eagles Over Washington - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to another rollercoaster of an Eagles win, this time over Washington! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles have been dominant in time of possession — because they have no choice - PhillyVoice
First, their personnel more or less demands it. Sunday in their 37-27 win to the Redskins, the Eagles fielded J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and Robert Davis at wide receiver while Boston Scott got 13 touches as the backup RB. This is not the group of skill position players the Eagles expected to have this season. Because of this, they lack the kind of vertical threats that would produce big plays. According to sharpfootballstats.com, the Eagles have created “explosive plays” in just nine percent of their snaps — tied for 20th in the NFL. An explosive play is a 10+ yard run or 15+ yard pass, of which the Eagles have 36 runs and 36 passes that qualify. For some context, the Ravens (73) lead the NFL in explosive runs and Rams (59) in passes.

The Greg Ward Game - Iggles Blitz
Now for the bad news. The Eagles defense was playing a rookie QB, three rookie WRs, an ancient RB and the worst offense in the league. The Eagles gave up 362 yards and 27 points. Ugh. The DL didn’t get enough pressure. The defense didn’t tackle well. Coverage by the DBs was inconsistent. You do have to give some credit to the Skins. They had a good gameplan and used some option plays that totally caught the Eagles by surprise. The defense must play better from here on out for this team to get to the postseason and then win in January. Sunday’s performance was good enough to beat a bad team, but that’s not what Jim Schwartz or Pederson is looking for.

Eagles set stage for NFC East showdown against Dallas with another Wentz-led comeback - PE.com
“It was a win that we had to have and I just happened to make that play,” said Ward, who had seven receptions for 61 yards on nine targets. “Carson made a perfect throw. My job was to get open. I knew the ball would be there and I was just thinking, ‘Make the catch.’ It’s a great feeling for this football team.” [...] “We’ve been clicking and I have to give Carson a lot of credit,” Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks said. “I think he’s gotten a little bit of a bad rap this year, but he’s played great football no matter who’s been on the field. He’s stepped up. He’s a big-time leader and quarterback.”

The Day After: Eagles think they’ve got the groove after second straight comeback win - The Athletic
The Eagles have celebrated seven wins this season, but the postgame vibe on Sunday afternoon was noticeably looser. As it should be. Despite the long list of things that have held them down — injuries, sloppy execution, stubborn coaching, myopic roster construction — the Eagles are putting themselves together with spare parts just in time for the one game that was circled all along. They do not need long memories to remember a template for a late-season turnaround. “Is that a trick question?” Malcolm Jenkins said when asked if he could recall a team that discovered late confidence it seemed to lack for an entire season. “Look back to last year. It’s not like this team is new to adversity or new to the situation or the spot that we’re in. … For us, I think we’re a totally different team from Week 1, from a personnel standpoint, from a context standpoint, expectation standpoint. So, now we’re just trying to figure out how to win, and each week will be different.”

Carson Wentz leads comeback win (again) to bolster Eagles’ playoff hopes - ESPN
Leaning on the rookie: Rookie running back Miles Sanders carried the offense on his back for much of the game. He finished with 172 all-purpose yards and two total touchdowns, and set a couple franchise records along the way. He passed Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (who is on injured reserve) for most rookie all-purpose yards in a season and LeSean McCoy for most rookie rushing yards. Sanders is the first Eagles rookie with 120 rush yards and a rush TD since Bryce Brown in 2012.

Miles Sanders to Eagles: ‘Put the game on my shoulders’ - NBCSP
“I’m going to go out there and do my job regardless, but when you have guys banged up like that and the type of season I’m having?” Sanders said. “Lock in and put the game on my shoulders and let’s go ball out.

NFL Week 15 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 27 - PFF
Rookie running back Miles Sanders was the biggest factor in this matchup. He put the Eagles ahead 17-14 midway through the third quarter with a touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone. After Washington regained the lead in the ensuing drive, he kept the Eagles alive when he took a draw play on third-and-10 and dashed for a 56-yard gain. The Eagles went on to regain the lead after that.

Greg Ward helps Eagles win a big game, scores his first NFL touchdown, and plans to send the ball he caught to his mom - Inquirer
Asked what was running through his mind after catching the game-winning TD from Wentz, he said, “I was thinking about my parents. I was thinking about my brothers and my sisters and my whole family. I was thankful to be in that position. That was my first (NFL) touchdown catch and it was a game-winner. Just to be able to make that play, I’m thankful.’’ The Eagles made sure to get the ball he caught on the play. Ward said he intends to ship it to his mom in Tyler, Texas, on Monday. Earlier in the game, Ward caught a six-yard pass from Wentz on a third-and-3 that set up the Eagles’ first touchdown, a one-yard touchdown run by rookie Miles Sanders. Wentz has trust in Ward. He was among the receivers who worked out with Wentz this summer in Houston before the start of training camp.

Audibles at the Line: Week 15 - Football Outsiders
For the second week in a row, Carson Wentz leads a great, great drive to give the Eagles a lead. In a tie game, Washington opted to kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 rather than try to keep the ball, but Wentz drove the Eagles 75 yards for the go-ahead score. They also pick up a defensive touchdown on the final play of the game as Haskins’ attempt at a lateral goes horribly wrong, and they win, 37-27. The NFC East race is still on, technically!

Eagles get critical bad beat win over Washington on late Greg Ward touchdown - DraftKings Nation
The Eagles were 6.5-point favorites in this game and had taken a 31-27 lead in the closing seconds. Washington pushed for a miracle comeback, but Dwayne Haskins was sacked on the Eagles 42. He fumbled the ball and Nigel Bradham picked up the ball and ran it back 47 yards for a touchdown as time expired. If you bet Washington +6.5, we’re sorry.

Marino’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 - The Draft Network
16 — The Philadelphia Eagles have to get better on the perimeter both offensively and defensively and CeeDee Lamb is the best prospect at this point to improve the roster in one of those areas. Lamb has elite ball skills, body control and route-running skills which destine him to be a dynamic playmaker..

What happened with the Cowboys-Rams coin toss ‘defer’ controversy? - SB Nation
The Cowboys are currently embroiled in a battle for the NFC East title and, accordingly, a spot in the playoffs. They’re in a must-win situation against the Rams on Sunday, but in a testament to their own 6-7 record, the beginning of Sunday’s game was a farce. Following the opening coin toss, which Dallas won, Dak Prescott said that they wanted to kick, without first explicitly saying that the Cowboys defer. That means that the Rams got to receive the opening kickoff, and come halftime, will receive again.

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