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Eagles’ trip to Green Bay looks like a mismatch, but Brandon Graham brings fury and focus to his 155th game - Inquirer
Brandon Graham isn’t the most talented pass rusher in Eagles history; he might not even rank in the top handful there. But if you were to change the ranking criteria to factor in persistence, to consider leadership, along with mental and physical toughness, you would find No. 55 at or very near the top. His tone doesn’t vary, on or off the field, even in a season such as this one, when another 32-year-old might wonder whether chasing around Aaron Rodgers this weekend as a nine-point underdog is really going to be anything more than pointless drudgery. At Green Bay’s Lambeau Field on Sunday, Graham is scheduled to make his 155th appearance in an Eagles uniform, which will tie him with Trent Cole for the most games played by a defensive lineman in franchise history.

5 reasons I still believe in Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson - BGN
Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson have done a lot of things wrong this season and both should be held to account. But I still believe these guys are good. It’s going to take hard work and a new team architect (translation: new general manager) who actually knows how to draft and develop young talent to make that happen. But in the end, I believe Wentz and Pederson are talented and, given the proper infrastructure and personnel around them, can be successful in Philadelphia once again.

From the Bleachers #43: The Case for Losing Out - BGN Radio
It pains Shamus Clancy to say it, but it’s time for the Eagles to tank... here’s why...

Eagles podcast: What big picture changes should we see the rest of the season? - PhillyVoice
On the latest episode of BGN Radio, Brandon Gowton and I discussed the latest Eagles news, and what we should / will see from the team the rest of the season.

Where Wentz’s implosion ranks among all-time QBs - NBCSP
It’s tough to speculate what happens next with Wentz since there’s really so little precedent for what’s happened so far. Normally in these circumstances, you look to the past to help predict the future. But what Wentz is doing is unprecedented. So who knows? All we can do is close our eyes, hang on for dear life and hope that the Carson Wentz of old isn’t gone forever.

Evans: Fantasy Football Passing Report ahead of NFL Week 13 - PFF
This Eagles offense is a mess. Nobody is going to want to target this offense in DFS, which is precisely why I am eyeing them in a matchup against a burnable Packers defense. Because this offense is likely to already be contrarian, there is no need to venture beyond the clear top two options in Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor. They are both fairly priced, with Reagor at $4,500 and Goedert at $4,300. I like the idea of correlating Eagles with Davante Adams to capture upside in a potential back-and-forth affair. Remember Travis Fulgham? It boggles the mind that the Eagles are giving less than 50% of snaps to a player that single-handedly carried their offense through the middle of the season. He is too expensive at $5,200 as a part-time player. However, I am obligated to mention the revenge-game narrative, as the Packers cut him in the preseason.

NFL Picks: Predicting Week 13 against the spread - The Athletic
Eagles at Packers (-8). The Eagles went to Lambeau in Week 4 last year and beat the Packers, 34-27, to improve to 2-2. Fourteen months later, their entire operation is a complete disaster. Carson Wentz has been one of the league’s worst quarterbacks, and Doug Pederson and his staff have been unable to come up with any solutions to help Wentz. The Eagles’ defensive line has been a strength, but Fletcher Cox is dealing with a neck injury, and Green Bay’s offensive line ranks first in pass block win rate. Maybe the Eagles will lean on Miles Sanders and their run game to keep it close. But this one could get ugly. The pick: Packers (-8).

Packers-Eagles Q&A, Part 1: What’s behind Carson Wentz’s struggles? - Acme Packing Company
The Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers had a high-flying, high-scoring shootout in Week 4 last season, treating a prime time audience to a tense game that came down to a late, semi-controversial interception. In that game, the Eagles became the first team to truly exploit the “run hard and throw to tight ends” approach that ultimately sealed the Packers’ fate last season, despite a strong 13-3 record. Fast forward a year and the Packers again have a strong offense, still struggle with some of the same issues on defense, and figure to again push deep into the playoffs. The Eagles...well...things are rough in Philadelphia. Even though they’re nominally in position for a playoff berth thanks to the wretched state of the NFC East, they’re a far cry from the team that gave the Packers problems last year. What’s going wrong in Philadelphia? To find out, we turned to Brandon Gowton, the man in charge at Bleeding Green Nation. Today, he’ll walk us through the Eagles’ offense. Check back tomorrow for Brandon’s thoughts on the Eagles’ defense.

Jason Kelce nominated for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award -
Jason Kelce has been a model of consistency and reliability in 2020. The three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro center is the only Eagles offensive lineman to start every game this season, a unit that has fielded 10 different starting combinations. He’s only missed a grand total of four snaps. In the one game he missed time, Week 11 at Cleveland, he returned from an elbow injury and earned Pro Football Focus Team of the Week honors for his gutsy performance. On Thursday, the NFL announced that Kelce is one of 32 nominees for the prestigious Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.

Matchup with Eagles a ‘little extra special’ for Packers’ Jon Runyan -
Having grown up inside the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker room, it’s only fitting Jon Runyan’s first NFL start may come this Sunday against his childhood team. As the son of the former Pro Bowl right tackle and beloved Eagle who carries the same name, Runyan has deep roots in the Philadelphia area. He followed his dad to practice, knew the name of practically every player on the Eagles’ roster and played high school football at St. Joseph’s Prep in North Philly. And now, it’s brought the younger Runyan to this point – a rookie offensive lineman who has performed admirably for the Packers in spot duty this season. A bulk of his of 156 offensive snaps have come the past two weeks, having been pressed into action at left guard due to the domino effect of Elgton Jenkins filling in for injured center Corey Linsley, who exited with a knee injury in Sunday’s 41-25 win over Chicago and hasn’t practiced yet this week.

Fantasy football Week 13 picks, sleepers, busts and rankings: Matthew Berry loves and hates these QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs - ESPN+
Quarterbacks I love in Week 13: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, vs. Eagles. Remember all the preseason concern about the Packers not getting Rodgers any weapons? It turns out Rodgers is the only weapon Green Bay really needs. I mean, why get a few extra firecrackers when you already have a fighter jet in your arsenal, right? Live and learn. Anyway, despite Aaron Jones, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard all missing time this year, Rodgers is still QB4 on the season, trailing only Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson. And he has only improved as the pieces around him return to action. Rodgers has at least 21 fantasy points in six straight games and three-plus touchdown passes in five of those six, including a total dismantling of what was, in theory, a good Bears defense. I expect another big game this week against the Eagles. Despite a valiant (defensive) showing against the Seahawks on Monday night, Philadelphia is allowing the second-most yards per pass attempt since its Week 9 bye. I have A-Rod as a top-two play this week.

Broncos Country is very happy about the return of Will Parks - Mile High Report
This has been a difficult season for the Denver Broncos. Good news has been hard to come by, but we all got a little bit when it was announced that Will Parks was rejoining the team. He joined Ryan and Ben on Broncos Country Tonight and talked about his journey back to Denver. If you are a Broncos fan on social media, then you know how excited Broncos Country is about the return of Parks. His departure was met with well-wishes, and some sadness. We all hoped for the best, but things just didn’t work out in Philadelphia. After his release, it made sense that the Broncos, having lost Bryce Callahan for the season, would try and bring him back.

Week 13 Dallas Cowboys Rooting Guides: It is going to be quite the week for the NFC East - Blogging The Boys
This week tests the line that may be blurred for some in terms of deciding what they want to root for as rooting for the tank involves hoping that the Philadelphia Eagles win a game. Now that Philly is no longer in first place in the NFC East they have taken their rightful place among the worst teams in the league and looking at their schedule they might not win another game. It is possible that they could leapfrog the Cowboys in the draft order.

Giants’ injury report: QB Daniel Jones again does not practice - Big Blue View
Jones threw on the sideline and moved around more than he had on Wednesday, but it looks more like Colt McCoy will be the QB vs. Seattle.

America’s failures have led to a new daily record in Covid-19 deaths - Vox
The number of daily Covid-19 deaths in the US is now about the same as the number of people who died on 9/11.


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