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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 12 - PhillyVoice
In other words, the Eagles are going to have to win one of their four difficult matchups against the Seahawks/Packers/Saints/Cardinals, and then also win their two remaining games against the Cowboys and Football Team. Good luck with all that. There’s a strong possibility that the Eagles finish last in maybe the worst division ever. If so, it’ll be extremely difficult to justify anything other than a complete rebuild.

Initial thoughts on the Eagles vs. Seahawks matchup - BGN
I don’t really know what new to say about the Philadelphia Eagles at this point. They’re a bad team and it looks like things are only going to get worse. Week 12 hardly figures to be a respite for the (midnight green) Birds. They’re facing a Seattle Seahawks team that’s owned them for some time now.

From the Bleachers #42: Eagles & Sixers, Compare & Contrast - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy talks about how outlooks for two Philly sports teams have suddenly flip-flopped.

Where Things Stand - Iggles Blitz
As for Howie Roseman, I would fire him. Howie has made some terrific moves over the years and he built a Super Bowl roster in 2017. Kudos. He’ll forever have a place in Eagles history. Howie’s decisions since then have not worked out as he hoped. Since bringing the Lombardi to Broad Street, here are the five best players Howie has brought to Broad Street: Miles Sanders, Darius Slay, Dallas Goedert, Josh Sweat, Travis Fulgham. That’s hardly the foundation of a Super Bowl run. You could argue that Malik Jackson belongs in there over Fulgham and we certainly don’t know how the 2020 rookies will pan out, but that’s part of the point. We haven’t seen anything great from the group. There are compelling rookies all over the NFL…just not in Philly. The moves just aren’t working out any more. There are holes all over this roster. Just as bad, there doesn’t seem to be a plan. It feels as though he’s grasping at straws. There is a clear need for someone with vision running the personnel side of things. There is no need to keep Howie around. You could let him go now and start the search for a new GM. The roster is what it is. What Pederson does between now and January matters. The same isn’t true with Howie. I have no idea if Lurie will even consider putting Doug and Howie on the hot seat, let alone do it. Lurie tends to be a smart, patient man. But this organization is heading in the wrong direction. Letting Howie try to fix it would be a mistake. If he had the answers, the team wouldn’t have these problems.

A Peters theory, Pederson’s future, more in Roob’s 10 bonus random Eagles observations - NBCSP
What happens with Howie Roseman? I think it’s much less likely but not out of the realm of possibility that he has his responsibilities shifted. But what’s interesting is that assuming the Eagles don’t win this watered-down NFC East — and they won’t — they’re going to have a fairly high draft pick. Top 10 and conceivably top five or six. That’s a huge pick for this team. Franchise-altering. This doesn’t happen often. The Eagles have had only two top-10 picks in the last 20 years — Lane Johnson in 2013 and Wentz in 2016. Does Lurie want the guy that drafted J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Sidney Jones, Andre Dillard and Jalen Hurts making such a monumental pick? Maybe not?

Carson Wentz: Maverick Revisited - TouchdownWire
Now, full faith and credit to the Browns, because as you can see on the final two plays their defense does a good job of showing Wentz one look presnap in their response to motion, and then spinning the coverage at the start of the play. That certainly contributed to the hesitation. But as a quarterback if you think, you’re dead – to quote from Top Gun – and right now, Wentz is thinking. Is there an easy fix? From where I sit, there is not. There are certainly other issues with the Eagles offense, but right now the biggest is in the mind of the quarterback himself. That is hard to fix on the fly.

Ranking Eagles scenarios: Benching Carson Wentz, Jason Peters? Firing a coach? - The Athletic
The last thing I’ll say is that if and when the Eagles are out of contention, they must give Hurts a chance to play. In that likelihood, they would be heading into the offseason with a top-10 pick in what is said to be a loaded draft for quarterbacks. They will owe it to the organization to investigate those quarterbacks and will need to know how Hurts factors into their long-term quarterback calculation. I think Mailata replacing Peters at left tackle would be the likeliest of those four options, but you carefully chose the word “benched.” I don’t think Peters will ever be benched in the definitional sense, but he could be soft-replaced with the announcement of an injury. (Or the Eagles could simply move him to right guard, which is what should have happened weeks ago in a sane world).

Veteran ironmen serve as a lesson for young Eagles -
For center Jason Kelce, a start on Monday night will mark his 100th consecutive regular-season start – the longest active streak among NFL centers. We last saw Kelce gutting his way through Sunday’s loss in Cleveland after taking a shot to his left elbow and wearing a brace on the elbow to play in the second half. Kelce has been voted to the Pro Bowl three times and has also been a three-time All-Pro, and his place among the all-time greats in the NFL at his position is well established. The toughness part of it, and the durability part, is also to be applauded. “It’s a physical game and you have to prepare yourself for that,” Kelce told me earlier in the year. “I love the game; I love the competition. I prepare the right way and, let’s be honest, you have to be a little bit lucky out there, too. I’m just fortunate that I’ve been in the game as long as I have and I’m enjoying every bit of it and I’m appreciative of it as well.”

Week 11 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
Philadelphia drops from -12.7% VOA (26th) to -20.7% DVOA (28th). Philadelphia ranks 26th in past schedule by DVOA compared to third in upcoming schedule. Philadelphia has also recovered 70% of fumbles this year including 12 of 18 fumbles on offense, 7 of 10 fumbles on defense, plus a couple of fumbles of special teams. The Eagles are the lowest-rated of the four NFC East teams according to DVOA and because of that plus the difficult upcoming schedule, they’ve now been passed by the New York Giants as our NFC East favorites in the playoff odds simulation. Washington is the best of the four teams but also has a difficult future schedule.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 12 - Fake Teams
20) Carson Wentz — Outstanding match-up but Wentz’s play is outrageously sporadic.

Eric Allen, a star corner for the Eagles three decades ago, is finally a Hall of Fame semifinalist - Inquirer
Eric Allen, a six-time Pro Bowl cornerback who was an integral part of the Eagles’ great defenses of the late ‘80s and early 90s, is among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. This is Allen’s first time as a semifinalist. He joins, among others, the late Sam Mills, a former linebacker for the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars and the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, who is a semifinalist for the fourth time. Mills made it to the final 15 last year.

NFL Power Rankings: The Saints Are Great No Matter Who Plays Quarterback - The Ringer
But after watching the Cowboys knock off the Vikings on the road on Sunday, a Dallas team that I’d mostly written off suddenly looks like a potential contender in the division again, particularly if Andy Dalton can continue to play efficient, mostly mistake-free ball. Dalton returned from a two-game absence (one game to a concussion, the other on the COVID list) to pass for 203 yards on 22 of 32 passing, tossing three touchdowns to one pick in the win. Both Amari Cooper and Lamb made plays in the passing game, and after reshuffling the offensive line (moving Zack Martin to right tackle), the run game found its footing, too, with Ezekiel Elliott breaking the 100-yard mark for the first time this year (carrying the ball for 103 yards on 21 totes, while adding two catches and a touchdown through the air). And while picking apart a bad Vikings defense isn’t something to write home about, the Cowboys’ late-game schedule sets up well for them to make a move up the standings. Dallas gets Washington at home this week, travels to Baltimore to take on a slumping Ravens squad in Week 13, then draws the Bengals (in Cincy), the 49ers, and the Eagles before finishing the year with what could be a win-or-go-home finale against the Giants in New York. I’m not quite ready to count the Cowboys out.

Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul in hospital after medical emergency - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are operating on a short week this week as they will host the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving Day, but on Tuesday morning they announced that they would be cancelling their Tuesday practice and all media availabilities for Mike McCarthy and the players. It was reported that cancellations were due to a non-COVID medical emergency regarding a Dallas Cowboys staff member. The situation was obviously a very serious one, and we have since learned that the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Markus Paul, had a medical emergency.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Is the Washington defense better than we think it is? - Hogs Haven
So, in my mind, a lot rides on this week’s game against Dallas. If Washington can beat Dallas and go 1-2 over the next three games, I think they have a chance to go 2-1 or 3-0 in the final three games, which would mean a final record of either 6-10 or 7-9, either of which could be enough to win the division, especially if it includes a 4-2 division record. The Cowboys, however, have played very well for the past two weeks against good competition, while Washington has played pretty well against lesser competition. The Cowboys have not played like the worst defense in the league in November. giving up 23, 24 and 28 points as the team has gone 1-2 against the Eagles, Steelers and Vikings. In short, they appear to be back from the dead.

Shaquill Griffin, Chris Carson, and Ethan Pocic return to practice as expected - Field Gulls
The Seahawks entered their mini bye week on a high note, having just defeated the Cardinals. Furthering that positivity was Pete Carroll and Seattle’s belief that several key starters would return to practice when the team did. On Tuesday, the Seahawks returned to practice ahead of Week 12 and that proved correct, as Shaquill Griffin, Chris Carson, and Ethan Pocic were on the field for Seattle. Both Carson and Griffin have been out since Week 7, when Griffin suffered a concussion and a hamstring injury (which was what kept him out in recent weeks) and Carson a foot sprain in Arizona. The Seahawks can now expect one of their starting corners to return on Monday Night Football, as well their lead tailback.

We teamed up with Polygon to create the perfect future sport - SB Nation
A few months ago, Brian David Gilbert of Polygon asked me if I wanted to collaborate on an Unraveled. I said yes without hesitation. Brian’s idea was to blend the best of traditional sports and esports to create the perfect Future Sport. Challenge accepted. Before filming, we decided that it would be helpful if we asked you all what sports and video games that you at least knew the basics for. If you participated in our survey, I want to thank you. Your input was very helpful in how we shaped the episode. After going through many sport combinations, we decided to combine the aspects of Subway Surfer and Dodgeball. We picked a free mobile game because we wanted this to be as accessible as possible. Not everyone has the same game consoles (as evidenced by the frustrating PS5 rollout), but almost everyone has a phone.


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