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Why Eagles’ Miles Sanders might deserve Offensive Rookie of the Year over Josh Jacobs, Kyler Murray -
Over the last five games, Sanders has averaged 78 rushing yards (and 117.6 yards overall) and 4.72 yards per carry. On the season, he has 766 rushing yards and three touchdowns, numbers he should be able to improve upon against a weak Giants defense. Only four other running backs have at least 700 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards this season: Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette. In NFL history, only 12 other rookie running backs have reached those benchmarks. It’s a collection of players that includes Gale Sayers, Marshall Faulk, Reggie Bush and Edgerrin James.

He’s fast. He’s piling up yards. Is Eagles running back Miles Sanders the next offensive rookie of the year? - Inquirer
Among rookies, Sanders trails only Jacobs’ 1,316 yards from scrimmage, which adds up rushing and receiving yards. His 1,590 all-purpose yards, which includes kickoff and punt returns, leads all rookies. Jacobs, the only running back selected in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, is questionable for Oakland’s season finale on Sunday. If Jacobs is sidelined, Sanders would need just 41 yards to surpass Jacobs in the rankings. “I’ve got a lot more stuff to worry about instead of just worrying about rookie of the year,” Sanders said. “If it comes, it comes. But I’m trying to get this playoff berth.”

Who is the Week 16 Pepsi Rookie of the Week? -
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles — The running back had 156 scrimmage yards (79 rushing, 77 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in a 17-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys. [BLG Note: You can vote for Miles in this poll.]

Scramble for the Ball: 2019 All-Rookie Team - Football Outsiders
RUNNING BACK: Three players on our squad were instant selections; no need for discussion or debate, just objectively correct picks. Josh Jacobs leads all rookie rushers by at least 400 yards and ranks ninth in DYAR and 12th in DVOA. In a year where no quarterback has really stood head and shoulders above the rest, there’s no reason for Jacobs not to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Frankly, Jacobs should be going to Orlando on the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster -- he hasn’t just been good for a rookie; he has been a legit star. His 66 broken tackles rank fourth in the league (subscription required), and his 25.2% broken tackle-per-touch rate is the best for anyone with at least 200 touches this season. He’s elusive and powerful; he has been the focal point of Jon Gruden’s offense. If you’re going to draft a running back in the first round, they’d better be dominant, and while Jacobs hasn’t been a Saquon Barkley or anything, he has paid plenty of dividends this year. An easy, easy pick. Jacobs’ dominance is by no means meant as a slight to Devin Singletary, David Montgomery, or Miles Sanders, all producing well for their teams at a fraction the cost of Jacobs. But Jacobs is the clear standout.

Daniel Jones gives the Eagles a reason not to overlook the Giants - BGN
Certainly, Jones was not facing a defensive juggernaut against Washington, as many of his throws were to wide open receivers. But according to Elias, no other rookie QB in NFL history had ever thrown for 350 yards with five touchdowns and no picks in a single game. In his last six starts he’s thrown 17 TDs and just 4 INTs while completing 62.8% of his passes for a QBR of 99.2. On Sunday, he showed accuracy and a strong arm with some touch as well, and against an Eagles defense that struggles on the road (29.0 points per game vs. 16.9 at home), Jones could be in line for another big day.

From the Bleachers #12: Burn the Ships! - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy celebrates the Eagles victory over the Cowboys, JAR Rankings and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

’We want them hats and T-shirts’ -
“We want them hats and T-shirts,” Brandon Graham said in an interview for the Eagles Insider Podcast presented by Lincoln Financial Group. “That’s what it’s all about. We don’t want Dallas getting theirs. We want ours.” So, this is how it goes down: Both Dallas and the Eagles will have a trunk filled with NFC East Champions hats and T-shirts on Sunday because, well, that’s what you do. An Eagles win and, trust me, that locker room is going to be a party. And every player will get his NFC East hat and T-shirt. “We work hard for this and our goal at the beginning of every season is to win the division,” Graham said. “It doesn’t matter how you do it. You know that if you win the division, you get into the playoffs. And you can’t win it (the Super Bowl) if you aren’t in it (the playoffs).”

NFL Week 17 PFF Preview: Players to watch, fantasy football advice and betting projections - PFF
Last week, three players had five receptions for the Eagles, and those players were tight end Dallas Goedert, running back Boston Scott and running back Miles Sanders. That is the formula that they’ll have to rely on in Week 17, as well. Sanders leads this Eagles team with 165 receiving yards on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield — which is a pretty remarkable stat for a running back — and Goedert has the 10th-highest receiving grade among qualifying tight ends this season. Even with all the injuries, there is still something to work with in the passing game — the Eagles will just have to tap into receiving production from the running back and tight end positions to continue their momentum.

Picking one player from every NFL team with something to prove in Week 17 - ESPN
Sidney Jones, CB. Jones is beginning to flash and might have a chance to make an impact next week against the Giants with Ronald Darby exiting Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a hip flexor injury. Jones has made multiple big plays in limited snaps over the past several weeks, including a pass breakup in the end zone late against Dallas that helped seal an Eagles win. The former second-round pick out of Washington has not dressed for every game and has been serving in a reserve role after struggles earlier in the year. A strong finish will breathe new life into his career in Philadelphia.

‘Don’t nobody believe in us’ — Eagles’ young WRs feeling free - NBCSP
“You’re playing with house money,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “That’s how we’re approaching it. S—, don’t nobody believe in us. We believe in each other. We ain’t got no other choice. Whatever we do out there, they’re either going to not believe in us or they start to believe in us and we can build off of that.” It’s not like this trio is setting the world on fire, but the Eagles are winning. While Ward has been stacking some productive games, the production hasn’t really been there as much for Arcega-Whiteside and Davis. But all three contributed in the win over the Cowboys.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends in Week 17 - Fake Teams
5) Dallas Goedert @ NYG - With the Zach Ertz injury last week, Goedert logged a 9-91-1 line on a massive 12 targets. My ranking assumes that Ertz is either out or very limited. If Ertz is declared out, you could rank Goedert as high as the TE3 this week—but that also depends on the status of Gerald Everett. So stay tuned, gents. No matter what, my lean with the Eagles tight ends (if I were playing this week) would be to rank Goedert higher than Ertz.

Giants’ injury report: It’s a long list heading into finale vs. Eagles - Big Blue View
Cornerback Corey Ballentine (back), linebacker Lorenzo Carter (knee), linebacker Alec Ogletree (back) and offensive tackle Mike Remmers (concussion) were listed as ‘Did Not Participate.’ Listed as limited were cornerback Sam Beal (shoulder), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), offensive lineman Nick Gates (shoulder) and wide receiver Darius Slayton (knee). Ogletree and Remmers did not play vs. the Washington Redskins in Week 16. Ellison has not played in several weeks. Beal has had prior shoulder issues. Gates is the replacement for Remmers. Slayton limped his way through much of last Sunday’s game.

Shoulder injury keeps Dak Prescott out of Wednesday’s practice - PFT
Dak Prescott has not had a full practice since injuring his right shoulder in a Week 15 game against the Rams. He was limited for the three practice days before the Week 16 game against the Eagles. On Wednesday, the Cowboys listed Prescott as a non-participant. “Last week we took it day by day and this week we’ll do the same thing,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “Obviously, he was able to play in the ball game, so hopefully he’ll get on the same path where he is able to go on Sunday.”

The Cowboys loss to the Eagles showed exactly why Dan Campbell should take over in Dallas - Blogging The Boys
About a month ago, the case was made for Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell to be the next Cowboys head coach over bigger names like Urban Meyer, Lincoln Riley, and Ron Rivera. Then on Sunday night, Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk floated Campbell’s name as a possible candidate for the job, alongside Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Vikings assistant head coach/offensive adviser Gary Kubiak. And it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, too, as the Cowboys’ gut-punch of a loss to the Eagles on Sunday encapsulated exactly why Campbell is the guy the Cowboys need. There were a lot of things that point to this, but there were three specific moments that highlighted the need for Campbell.

Yes, Jason Garrett is a problem. But after the Eagles loss, he’s not the only Cowboys issue. - Yahoo! Sports
Now come the other questions. And these are the ones that should be tying Dallas fans in knots. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore? He’s been a revelation in the passing game and with quarterback Dak Prescott’s development. But he has shifted the balance of the scheme so far away from Ezekiel Elliott that the Cowboys’ offensive identity is unclear. There are times when the Cowboys can seem to fast-break it with anyone throwing the football. There are also times when dominating the tempo with Elliott and wearing out an already-thin opponent (see: the Eagles on Sunday) is a necessary and familiar downshift. Frankly, I’m not sure if Moore has figured out when to move from one gear to the next. He might be learning as he goes, necessitating a few more seasons of ironing out his balance. Or he might be a one-trick pony who bloats passing numbers but falls flat when Dallas has to suck the life out of a defense with a relentless and pounding drive.

The 5 O’Clock Club: There should no longer be any doubt - Dwayne Haskins is the Redskins’ quarterback... period - Hogs Haven
In short, Dwayne Haskins is the present and future of the Washington Redskins at quarterback, no matter what happens with the coaching staff in the coming weeks. The surprisingly fast development of Scary Terry and Steven Sims at receiver, combined with the expected explosive power of Bryce and Guice at the running back position means that Redskins fans can look forward to a young core of skill players who can grow together and create the offensive identity of the team for the next three or four years. Dwayne Haskins is no longer the team’s “quarterback of the future”. Dwayne Haskins is the Redskins’ quarterback... period.

A detailed timeline of how the 2019 Browns went from playoff hype to train wreck - SB Nation
The Cleveland Browns haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002. They will be the only team to finish the entire 2010s decade without a single winning season. It really shouldn’t be surprising that a team defined by ineptitude had a rough season. But 2019 was supposed to be different. The Browns were a Super Bowl favorite. After trading for three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland had 14-1 odds to win its first ever Lombardi Trophy. Only four teams — the Patriots, Chiefs, Saints, and Rams — were given a better chance by oddsmakers. Bets on the Browns poured in. Those expectations turned out to be too a heavy burden for the Browns to bear. First-year head coach Freddie Kitchens has struggled to deal with the pressure that comes with a talented roster. Browns players haven’t done well handling the frustration that comes with not stringing together wins. How did it all go wrong?


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