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Three Eagles legends are finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s ‘Centennial Slate’ -
A special Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of many members of the overall Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives, and several leading historians has scrutinized the merits of nearly 300 candidates nominated for consideration as part of the Hall’s special Centennial Class of 2020. The group of nominees has been reduced to a list of finalists that will be debated in a meeting in early January and voted on by the Blue-Ribbon Panel to elect the 15-member “Centennial Slate” to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Those new enshrinees will be revealed in the days following the vote. The finalists will be deliberated by the Blue-Ribbon Panel in January from which 10 seniors, three contributors, and two coaches will be elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020. The Eagles have three representatives in the running for this special centennial class. Former head coach Dick Vermeil (1976-1982), wide receiver Harold Carmichael (1971-1983), and tackle Al Wistert (1944-1951) are being considered for this honor. Learn more about their contributions to the Eagles and the NFL below.

Cowboys writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will win in Week 16 - BGN
Bleeding Green Nation already took some time to chat with Blogging The Boys in order to preview this huge Week 16 Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys matchup and [you can read that here.] Today, we’re back with three reasons why each team might lose. This exchange allows us to show what the other side is concerned about. Read on for why the Cowboys could lose, as written by RJ Ochoa of Blogging The Boys. To see why I think the Eagles could lose, stay tuned to BTB.

The “Rent Free” Eagles-Cowboys Preview - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton draft the worst things about Dallas and give their preview + predictions of Eagles-Cowboys! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation

Dak Prescott’s injury could be more than just AC joint sprain - San Diego Union-Tribune
Having evaluated the first-quarter play where Prescott injured his right shoulder along with piecing together the media reports leads me to believe he may have more than just a simple AC joint sprain. My concern is the injury also involved a rotator cuff contusion (not tear) due to the following evidence. [...] An AC joint sprain would have caused immediate pain and often requires injection to continue play. Prescott never went into the blue tent or to the locker room. An AC joint injury hurts immediately and doesn’t get worse as the week progresses, but a cuff contusion does and Prescott has been more limited this week than in the game.

A review of Carson Wentz’s 14 fumbles this season - PhillyVoice
In my unscientific experience reviewing quarterback fumbles, bad snaps and/or fumbled exchanges typically count for a higher percentage of a quarterback’s fumbles than they do here, and it is clearly the No. 1 thing that Wentz has to clean up going forward. He’s in his fourth year, and this should not still be as a big a problem as it is.

Yesterday & Today - Iggles Blitz
We love to talk about the past. That’s one of the best parts of sports. We love to compare the current team to those from the past, especially looking for reasons to be optimistic. This has been one odd season. It doesn’t feel quite like any other, but it did hit me that there are some similarities to 2003. Let’s revisit that awkwardly magical season for those who didn’t experience it or those who don’t remember. The Eagles started 0-2. The offense put up 10 points in the first two games combined. Ouch. Things got better for the next three weeks, with the Eagles going 2-1 and scoring some points. Still, the offense wasn’t good. McNabb was hurt and it affected his play.

Mistrust. Guilt. Rejection. What it’s like to have played for both Eagles, Cowboys - ESPN
“When I signed [with the Cowboys], it was weird, man,” said cornerback Nolan Carroll, a free agent who played for Dallas in 2017 following three seasons in Philadelphia. “I just felt, being in the locker room with the guys I was with in Philly and creating that bond, I felt almost sort of like I was cheating on them.” ”The guys were cool, but it was still one of those, ‘He was on the enemy’s side,’” Carroll continued. “So they viewed me still like that, and I think the coaching staff viewed me the same way. I had to try and go above and beyond to prove that, ‘Hey, I don’t play in Philly anymore. Don’t see me as the guy wearing the Eagles uniform and helmet. View me as a Cowboys player with a star on my helmet.’

The season is all on the line for Eagles, and the D-line is all on Fletcher Cox - Inquirer
“There have been a lot of plays that [Cox’s] teammates have made as a result of him either getting extra attention or being disruptive and someone else has made the play. But when it’s all said and done, really doesn’t matter who is making the play. It’s a matter of getting stops and keeping points down and getting wins.” That’s a fine explanation of the downturn in production for Cox, except that teams have been focused on containing him for a number of seasons. The difference this year is what he has been able to do despite that. His health might be a big part of it — in addition to any lingering foot issues, Cox was listed this week as limited in practice by a triceps injury — but the state of the entire line is probably also a contributor. Four teammates have started at the other tackle position this season.

NFL Week 16 Preview: We May Finally Sort out This NFC East Mess - The Ringer
The only part of Philadelphia more injury-plagued than their secondary is its wide receiving corp, which will make it hard for the Eagles to move the ball if Dallas jumps to an early lead. The Cowboys want nothing more than to go up early and sit on their opponent with their run game, which is exactly what Dallas did to the Rams in their 44-21 win last week. It’s also what they did to the Eagles when they beat Philly 37-10 in Week 7, when Dallas jumped to a 27-7 first-half lead. Dallas won’t be as dominant in this game, but the Eagles haven’t shown much in recent weeks to suggest they are at Dallas’s level.

Good or bad, Malcolm Jenkins knows Lincoln Financial Field will be loud Sunday - NBCSP
Malcolm Jenkins knows it’s going to be loud at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. One way or the other. “It’s going to be whatever we make it. We show up and lay an egg, it’ll be the loudest boos we’ve heard since I’ve been here. We show up and play some ball and I think it’ll be rocking.” He’s right. The Eagles are hosting the Cowboys for, all intents and purposes, a game that will decide the winner of the NFC East. Two bitter rivals in a do-or-die situation. Despite the fact that both teams have been disappointments this season, the Linc will be loud on Sunday and there’s still a ton on the line.

‘This guy’s different’: Malcolm Jenkins, nearly 100 games into his Eagles career, is most proud of his practices - The Athletic
Malcolm Jenkins will play his 100th game in an Eagles uniform on Sunday — 95 in the regular season and five in the postseason. He hasn’t missed a game since he signed with the team in 2014. The 100th game is a big, round number, an achievement of good health and performance. It also means little to Jenkins. Here’s what means more to him: During that time, he’s officially missed two in-season practices — on a Tuesday and Wednesday in 2015, when he wasn’t allowed to practice while in the league-mandated concussion protocol. In an interview this week, Jenkins didn’t remember those sessions, nor had I, but it’s fair to say he’s never missed an in-season practice of his own volition. (Jenkins skipped voluntary workouts this past offseason.) No other injuries kept him out of Eagles practices: not a shoulder injury in 2014, a foot injury in 2016 or a wrist injury in 2018. Those were the only other times he appeared on the injury report. “It’s hard to put together that many games, but it’s even harder to be available for every practice,” Jenkins said. “That’s what I’m most proud of.”

Week 16 Rankings - Rotoworld
Having Greg Ward as his No. 1 receiver hasn’t prevented Carson Wentz from passing for eight touchdowns over his past three starts. Wentz has stepped up when the Eagles needed him most. The Cowboys contained Jared Goff in Week 15 but coughed up big games to Mitchell Trubisky and Josh Allen in the two weeks prior.

Examining the season-long race for the NFC East - PFF
The Eagles have been better than even money to win the NFC for precisely one week this season (Week 7). They promptly went to Dallas and got spanked 37-10, putting them in the underdog role thereafter. They’ve obtained a tremendous amount of help from everyone in their division, from Dallas failing to take care of business for almost an entire month to New York and Washington surrendering late leads against them the last two weeks. We have not seen a good Eagles performance since they went into Buffalo and beat the (now) playoff-bound Bills back in Week 8. If they have one more such short-handed performance in them Sunday, they will be at a 72.7% chance to take home the division going into Week 17.

2 key WR starts, 2 WR sits to consider for Week 16 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys. Cooper has been one of the more frustrating receivers in fantasy this season. Even those his talent is obvious and his overall numbers are solid, Cooper has a lot of duds in his box score. Arguably, last week was his worst game of the season. In what should have been a solid matchup against the Rams, he hauled in just one pass for 19 yards. This could have fantasy owners on the fence about rostering him, but he should bounce back this week. The Eagles’ secondary has been getting burned by top receivers all season and are allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the position.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends for Week 16 - Fake Teams
3. Zach Ertz vs. DAL - He’s the only tight end not named Kittle or Kelce to average six catches per game. Ertz’s 84 catches trails only Kelce’s 86. Ertz also leads all tight ends with 129 targets. The Cowboys overall are a tough pass defense, with a 5.8 NY/A mark. However, the ‘Boys have allowed the 3rd most receptions to tight ends—84, to be exact (tied with the Bears). Given the dearth of healthy receiving talent in Philly right now and the fact that the Eagles are at home, it’s not insane to consider Ertz right alongside Kelce this week. I think they are that close.

Jaguars Make a Sweeping Change by Firing Tom Coughlin. Could the Cowboys Be Next? - MMQB
Eagles CB Ronald Darby: Philly’s No. 1 corner practiced on Wednesday, which is a good sign that he’ll be available on Sunday. He wasn’t for the Eagles’ first game against Dallas, a 37-10 loss, and Cooper wound up with five catches for 106 yards.

Three ways that the Philadelphia Eagles could lose to the Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
It’s okay to say it out loud. We are all nervous that the Dallas Cowboys might lose to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Doing so wouldn’t totally end the Cowboys’ chances at winning the NFC East, but it would take their ability to control their fate out of their hands. Winning on Sunday gives the Cowboys a second straight division title which is something that nobody in this division has accomplished in a decade and a half, needless to say there is a lot at stake. How can the Cowboys go about winning this game, though? Or rather, how could the Eagles go about losing? Our friend Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation gave us three reasons why the Eagles could drop the biggest game of their season.

ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ to broadcast from Philadelphia before Eagles-Cowboys - PennLive
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys square off at Lincoln Financial Field in one of the biggest games in Week 16 of the NFL season, and ESPN is going to be there. The network will broadcast “Sunday NFL Countdown” from Xfinity Live! across from Lincoln Financial Field in the morning before the two teams square off in the afternoon with the NFC East title potentially on the line.

A look back at the worst playoff teams in NFL history, and how they performed - SB Nation
The 2019 field of NFL playoff teams is a bit of a mixed bag. With two weeks left in the regular season, there are a whopping nine teams with double-digit wins. But there are also some not-so-great teams that remain in playoff contention, like the 7-7 Eagles and Cowboys. There are even outside shots for the 6-7 Browns and Raiders to sneak into the postseason. That means there’s still a chance we see a .500 team make the playoffs. How would that stack up to the worst playoff teams in NFL history? Aside from the 1982 strike-shortened season, which had two 4-5 teams in the postseason, there have been 10 teams with 8-8 records or worse go to the playoffs in the league’s history. Some of them actually ended up winning in the postseason!


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