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Miles Sanders: A franchise RB in the making for Eagles - PE.com
Sanders is the first NFL running back to record at least 850 scrimmage yards and 300 return yards in his first 12 career games since Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) in 2007.Through 12 games, Sanders ranks fifth in all-purpose yards (1,190) in Eagles rookie history. Also ranks third in scrimmage yards (879) in rookie franchise history. When he gained 47 yards from scrimmage against New England a couple of weeks back, Sanders became the third player in team history to post 1,000-plus all-purpose yards in their first 10 career games, joining DeSean Jackson in 2008 (1,085) and Ted Dean in 1960 (1,066).

Cowboys lose to Bears and give Eagles another chance to pull level in pitiful NFC East - BGN
Does any team actually want to win the NFC East?! It sure doesn’t seem like it. For the second week in a row, the Dallas Cowboys failed to extend their lead over the Philadelphia Eagles by losing a game they were favored to win. The Cowboys lost to Mitchell Trubisky (!) and the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. And so the 5-7 Eagles will once again have a chance to pull level with the 6-7 Cowboys if they win this week. The Birds are currently 9.5 point favorites over the New York Giants — who’ve lost eight games in a row — on Monday Night Football.

The Kist & Solak Show #154: How to Win Friends & Elevate Teammates - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have a discussion about “elevating your teammates” before hitting up part one of their usual two-part preview of Eagles-Giants, this time with the focus on the match-up between the Giants’ offense against the Eagles’ defense! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Build for the Future - Iggles Blitz
I still believe in Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. The Eagles still have some outstanding pieces in place. Johnson, Ertz, Cox, Graham, etc. Young guys like Derek Barnett, Miles Sanders, Avonte Maddox and Dallas Goedert all look to be key players for the future. There is more right than wrong. That said, the Eagles do need to look hard in the offseason at how to build for an extended run. Forget about chasing the short term Super Bowl. Build a team to play together for several years. They need to be really selective about which older players stay around and which ones get added. Jeffrey Lurie talked about the need to add a lot of players in the draft classes of 2019 and 2020. The Eagles didn’t do that in 2019. They do need to do that in 2020. This team needs young talent. And the coaches need to embrace the young players. Don’t patch. Don’t repair. Build for the future.

Week 14 NFL picks against the spread - The Athletic
Eagles (-9.5) vs. Giants: The Eagles have been one of the most boring teams in the NFL and embarrassed themselves last week in Miami. The Giants have lost eight in a row and will go with Eli Manning in place of the injured Daniel Jones. In other words, there’s not much here for a great Monday Night Football promo. I think the Eagles win and stay alive in the NFC East, but I’ll take the points. The pick: Giants (+9.5).

How long will Jeffrey Lurie give Doug Pederson to turn Eagles around? - NBCSP
So how long should we expect Lurie to stick with Pederson if things don’t get better? History — Eagles history and NFL history — can help us sort this out. Lurie has fired four head coaches — Rich Kotite, Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid and Chip Kelly. He let go of each one at the exact same time — after the first time their teams failed to reach the playoffs two straight years. Does that mean if the Eagles don’t win the NFC East this year and the Eagles don’t rebound and reach the playoffs next year, Pederson is gone? Probably not. It’s hard to imagine Lurie looking at Pederson the same way he looked at Rhodes, Kotite or Kelly. That Super Bowl trophy could very well earn Pederson more than just two down years. Plus, only one coach in NFL history has ever won a Super Bowl and been fired before he coached at least four more seasons with that team.

2019 PFF Week 14 NFL Power Rankings - PFF
17. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Since their bye in Week 10, the Eagles have been in free fall, losing games to the Patriots, Seahawks and Dolphins over the past three weeks. Luckily for them, the Cowboys are trying their hardest to keep things interesting in the NFC East. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby both got abused by the Ryan Fitzpatrick–Devante Parker super connection, each of them allowing over 100 passing yards into their coverage in the game. No matter how strong their defensive front and pass-rush is, there is certainly reason to be concerned about their secondary holding up against any sort of test.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide receivers for Week 14 - Fake Teams
[BLG Note: Alshon Jeffery is ranked 23rd.]

Meet the 2020 offseason NFL quarterback market: Early predictions on 16 players - ESPN
Nick Foles — Most likely 2020 status: Trade bait. Foles has enjoyed success playing under Chip Kelly, Andy Reid and Doug Pederson. He has been a mess everywhere else. I wonder if the Jags could find a way to eat enough money and make a deal work with the Eagles. A more plausible fit would be with the Chiefs, who already had to experience life without Patrick Mahomes for a couple of weeks. Colts coach Frank Reich also had success coaching Foles under Pederson in Philadelphia, but Indy already has Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer under contract for 2020.

Cowboys continue to prove they are a terrible team in 31-24 loss to Bears - Blogging The Boys
This Cowboys team didn’t just get beaten. It is beaten. Prescott was off on just about all his throws, even when he completed them. Nothing really worked offensively once they got past the opening script. The defense made another shaky quarterback look like an All-Pro. And the special teams let the Bears improve their field position on punts while doing little to help when the ball was coming to them, with Brett Maher contributing both the missed field goal and putting the kickoff after the Cowboys’ second touchdown out of bounds to help the Bears. It was truly a team effort in the worst way. This is the second time in a row when the Cowboys needed to put their best effort on the field to get this season back on track, and for the second time they looked like they shouldn’t even have six wins. The sidelines looked shell-shocked. One camera shot of Sean Lee was absolutely telling, as he looked like a man who had no answers or ideas. It was fitting, as the defense almost never was able to get off the field.

What’s next for the Cowboys? - PFT
The fact that the Cowboys still have arguably the best chance of any of the teams in the NFC East to be that team will continue to nudge owner Jerry Jones away from firing coach Jason Garrett, in large part because Jones apparently (and justifiably) has no confidence in any of the other members of the staff to do what Garrett can’t: Finally start the lawnmower on a team that has the talent to be much better than it is. So what will they do? The players will yell, scream, rant, and rave, Jones will talk about how fairy tales can still come true, and quite possibly the Cowboys will fall flat (again) in 10 days when they host the Rams.

What’s wrong with the 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles? - Big Blue View
The New York Giants travel to the always-friendly (cough, cough) City of Brotherly Love on Monday to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Neither the 2-10 Giants nor the 5-7 Eagles are having the kind of seasons they hoped for. So, in this week’s ‘5 questions’ segment with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, we try to find out what is wrong with the Eagles. We also want to know if an Eagles’ fan could possibly consider Eli Manning a Hall of Famer. Let’s get started.

OBJ: “I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else” - Dawgs By Nature
Cleveland’s ongoing struggles have led some to fear that this season could be a one-and-done situation for Beckham and the Browns. The veteran wide receiver was asked about what the future holds on Thursday, and while he did not come out and demand a trade, he also did not exactly express his undying love to the franchise. [BLG Note: OBJ gonna be available again this offseason?]

Ranking the 6 most embarrassing losses for NFC East teams this season - SB Nation
Yeesh. Every other division has at least one team with eight wins. How did the NFC East get here? By way of many awful losses. Out friends at Blogging The Boys already ranked the Cowboys’ losses by how disappointing they were. But Dallas isn’t the one team failing to take advantage of opportunities. All four teams in the division have shit the bed at least once in 2019. Here are the six most inexplicable losses by the NFC East so far, ranked by how embarrassing they were. [BLG Note: Hmmmmmm, can you guess No. 1?]

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