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NFL Picks: Predicting Week 11 against the spread - The Athletic
Eagles at Browns (-3). Miles Sanders was outstanding as a pass-catcher last season, but the Eagles’ offense has struggled to make use of him this year. When Carson Wentz targets Sanders, he’s averaging just 3.4 YPA; that’s tied for last among all players who have been targeted at least 25 times. The Browns rank 31st in coverage against running backs, according to Football Outsiders. This would be a good game to get Sanders going. The Eagles’ next four games after this one are against the Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Cardinals. I think they find a way to win ugly here. The pick: Eagles (+3)

5 Eagles-Browns predictions: Will Miles Sanders continue impressive pace? Run defense up to the task? - NJ.com
Sanders ranks 14th in the NFL with 519 rushing yards, despite missing three games this season due to multiple injuries. Last year’s second-round pick has averaged six yards per run this season, and his ability to move the ball on the ground will be an asset to the Eagles as they look to rebound against the Browns. NJ Advance Media expects Sanders’ ground gains to continue, as we project a stat line of 16 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown the running back in Week 11. The Browns are among the better run-defending teams in the league, but Sanders should be able to pick up yardage with his shiftiness.

Eagles announce four roster moves ahead of Browns game - BGN
Exciting to see that Joe Ostman is finally going to be active for his first regular season NFL game! Ostman was having a good training camp before suffering an ACL tear in August 2019. The 2018 undrafted rookie free agent signing also had a good camp this year but the Eagles inexplicably kept Genard Avery on the roster over him. With Vinny Curry set to miss this week’s game due to being on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Ostman will be the fourth defensive end behind Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Josh Sweat. Ostman can also help contribute on special teams. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with his opportunity.

The QB Factory #17: Fiona Gallagher In A Clean Pocket - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield lament the multiple issues plaguing the Eagles offense and preview Baker Mayfield! NOTE: Skip ahead to the 6 minute mark if the historical reference isn’t your vibe. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Five over/unders for Eagles’ Week 11 matchup vs. Browns - PhillyVoice
Baker Mayfield TD passes: 1.5. Mayfield has thrown multiple touchdowns in five of nine games this season. Twice he’s thrown one, and twice he’s failed to find the end zone. The two in which he had zero TDs? They also happen to be his last two games. The Eagles defense, meanwhile, has actually been pretty good at keeping opposing receivers out of the end zone, allowing just 13 TD receptions on the season (1.44/game), which is good for sixth in the NFL. Once again, the weather could be a factor here — that, or the fact that the Browns tend to rely on Chubb and Hunt even more when they get down into the red zone — and it seems like a safe bet that Mayfield won’t have more than two TD passes. He’s done that just once all season (against the Bengals) and is averaging 1.67 touchdowns per game. Is it that much of a stretch that the Eagles defense, with Odell Beckham Jr. out for the season, can do one better and keep him below two TDs? UNDER.

Game Preview – PHI at CLE - Iggles Blitz
I have no idea what to expect from the Browns defense or Eagles offense. Garrett’s absence will hurt a unit that is middle of the pack. The Eagles have been a mess this year, but they will get LG Isaac Seumalo back. That should give the OL a boost. It doesn’t sound like RG Nate Herbig will play, but it would be great if he did. I’m really curious to see how the Eagles play. Last week’s performance was disappointing because of the loss, but also the way the team looked. They didn’t play with any urgency. If that happens again, the Eagles will lose and the outside pressure on them will increase. It is possible that the team will play with more urgency. Doug Pederson’s teams have struggled coming out of the bye. Will they wake up and get going this week? I wouldn’t be shocked for the Eagles to win this game. That’s not based on X’s and O’s so much as the fact they are going to have a good game at some point. We’ve seen all the things that can go wrong. One week things will go right and the team will win a game they shouldn’t.

What would it take for the Eagles to bench Carson Wentz for Jalen Hurts? - Inquirer
Internally, the Eagles know they’re sitting on a powder keg. Despite multiple requests, the team’s public relations staff hasn’t made Hurts available to reporters on Zoom calls since late July. Under normal circumstances, he would be required to conduct interviews once during the week before a game and once immediately after. In most cases, a change would happen organically. Wentz would get hurt, or he would perform so poorly that it would be obvious. While the division lead does afford the Eagles time, having something to play for does add an element to the equation. The great unknown, though, is how Hurts would perform under the circumstances. The Eagles’ second-round investment said plenty about their belief in his ability. And since they’ve had him in the building, the optimism has only grown.

Reagor vs. Jefferson in Roob’s 10 Random Observations - NBCSP
9. Miles Sanders has three 60-yard runs in his first 22 career games. LeSean McCoy had one 60-yard run in 90 games as an Eagle. Since last year began, Sanders and Derrick Henry are the only NFL players with three 60-yard runs (Henry has 239 more carries). Sanders’ 5.1 rushing average is 10th-highest in NFL history through 22 games [minimum of 250 carries], behind Bo Jackson, Chris Johnson, Clinton Portis, Nick Chubb (who the Eagles face on Sunday) and Adrian Peterson.

Carson Wentz: ‘I still believe in them. They still believe in me’ - PE.com
It is a private moment for a team that has just finished the daily practice at the NovaCare Complex, when everyone comes together and the group breakdown happens. Usually, it’s Head Coach Doug Pederson who breaks down the team as it huddles, but in one post-practice instance this past week it was quarterback Carson Wentz, who felt the need as a team leader to address the group. So he did it. “Obviously, coming off a loss there are a lot of different things going on outside this building, I just wanted to remind everybody to stay together in this building,” Wentz told me in an exclusive interview for the Eagles Insider Podcast. “Just keep believing. Put everything behind us. I’m excited for this last half of the season and I know everybody else is. For me, it was simply reminding everybody like, hey, I still believe in them, they still believe in me, and let’s put everything else behind us and keep that (noise) outside the building and take care of what’s in this building and take care of each other and hopefully good things happen.”

Best NFL game stacks to target for DFS GPPs in Week 11 - PFF
The Eagles are 12th in our opponent-adjusted run-defense grades, but the Browns haven’t been slowed by anyone on run plays this season. This model is high on the Eagles’ passing unit, which fits in well to the game-script narrative from the betting markets. If the Browns build an early lead and ride their rushing duo, we could see plenty of opportunities for Carson Wentz and his now-healthy receiving unit. In this scenario, both wide receivers are at a low enough price point to justify a double stack with Wentz. No one will be high on Travis Fulgham after his performance last week, which makes him an enticing DFS option. Both pass-catchers have difficult matchups, which will drive ownership elsewhere. In a week with few viable options, the Eagles’ game stack is starting to pop in this model. The one concern is the slow pace of the Browns’ offense, especially when it holds a lead.

Eagles vs. Browns: NFL Week 11 Preview and Prediction - Dawgs By Nature
Although there was a bye week in between, the Cleveland Browns are set to play their third straight home game against the Eagles. The past two games in FirstEnergy Stadium have been hit with heavy winds (and rain at times), but it was the high winds that made it difficult to throw the ball. The winds will be negligible this Sunday — about 10 miles per hour — but there is a 100% chance of rainfall, per the forecast, and temperatures will feel like 34 degrees.

Eagles Week: Stipe Would Smoke Rocky Balboa - Dawgs Of War Podcast
Our heroes return to celebrate Victory Monday (on a Wednesday). Kevin reflects on the upcoming winter and gives his take on how we should handle it (04:40). A shoutout to the folks in Northeast Ohio (and everywhere) dealing with the pandemic and/or on the front lines (05:45). Rawley and Kevin recap the victory over the Texans (07:35). Kevin explains why we all need to stop listening to everyone (but particularly the national media) about Baker (16:55). Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) joins the fellas to review the upcoming Eagles/Browns game (21:20). Brandon is an Eagles reporter, as well as Editor-In-Chief of Bleeding Green Nation (@BleedingGreen, BleedingGreenNation.com) and a cohost of the #1 Philadelphia Eagles podcast “BGN Radio”. Rawley also gets Brandon’s take on the Rocky movie franchise (56:46). Buckle up.

Browns will still host up to 12,000 fans, despite local stay-at-home advisory - PFT
The pandemic, if you haven’t noticed or actively have tried not to, currently is worse than it’s ever been. The stark contrast between the critical nature of the public-health crisis and the shrugging that so many are still doing in the face of it will be illustrated on Sunday in Cleveland. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns can still host up to 12,000 fans for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, despite a stay-at-home advisory issued Wednesday for Cleveland and greater Cuyahoga County.

Chiefs make key roster moves ahead of Sunday night matchup vs. Raiders - Arrowhead Pride
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Chiefs are planning to host offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski on a visit given the injuries along the offensive line. Friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports added that the Chiefs are expected to sign Wisniewski to the practice squad, then promote him to the active roster — similar to the reported plan with cornerback DeAndre Baker.

Assessing Giants GM Dave Gettleman: Should he stay or should he go? - Big Blue View
“It’s kind of a 50-50 proposition in my mind at this point. It could definitely go either way ... If I was going to guess because of COVID, because of everything that’s happened I think he stays one more year,” he said. Whatever happens, I do not believe Giants ownership will fire Gettleman. If he leaves, with a shove or of his own volition, I think it would be via retirement. In the end, though, it really comes down to the nitty-gritty of the working relationship between Gettleman and Judge. If that relationship is solid, if ownership believes they are an effective team and Gettleman wants to continue, I think Diamond will be right that the GM gets to stay a little bit longer. I would be OK with that.

What the Cowboys defense should expect from the Vikings offense - Blogging The Boys
While Dalvin Cook is far and away the biggest threat to the Cowboys defense, wide receivers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson will get their fair share of victories as well, especially with rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs on the injured reserve list. Both Jefferson and Thielen move around a ton, and will spend time on the boundary and in the slot, which presents some matchup nightmares for the Cowboys given both receivers route-running ability, size, and consistency at the catch-point. Justin Jefferson, the Vikings 2020 first-round pick, has been one of the best rookies in the NFL, and has the ability to takeover games if given free releases and coverage cushion. Adam Thielen is still a consistent threat for Kirk Cousins, and is Cousins go-to receiver on third downs and in the red zone.

As coronavirus cases surge, hospitals are beginning to be overwhelmed - Vox
As confirmed coronavirus cases rise to their highest levels since the pandemic began, hospitals across the country are reporting critical staff shortages. And those shortages may only grow worse in the weeks to come, as thousands of the 1 million Americans diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past week begin to require hospitalization. According to an NPR analysis of data released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week, more than 1,000 hospitals across the country have been identified as “critically” short on staff as they face a dramatic third wave of Covid-19 infections.

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