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Jeff Lurie isn’t completely blind to Howie Roseman’s weak spot- NBCSP
You can certainly question the effectiveness of those two hires. It’s not like the Eagles’ draft record got any better with Douglas at the helm or in the two years since Weidl took over for him. And it’s really hard to judge Douglas or Weidl or anyone else as long as Roseman still has final say. Because someone can get all the right advice and still make the wrong move. Or he can get all the wrong advice and follow it. We don’t exactly know what’s been going on with the Eagles in recent seasons. But the fact that the Eagles made those hires in 2016 in the first place tells you that Lurie recognized a weak spot in Roseman’s game. What we know now is that the Eagles’ drafts haven’t been very good in recent seasons — they have drafted 36 players since 2016 and one of them has become a Pro Bowler: Carson Wentz in 2016 — and neither have their free agent acquisitions.

Six thoughts on Howie Roseman’s record and culpability in the Eagles’ season - The Athletic
When viewing these five draft years together, they simply haven’t selected enough difference-makers. After Roseman returned to power in 2016 and helped hire Pederson, the roster included Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Bennie Logan, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor as homegrown players who were either ascending or in their primes. How does that list look now?

Eagles vs. Washington Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the opponent - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1) and the Washington Football Team (6-7) are set to play this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. In order to preview this Week 17 matchup that stupidly got flexed to prime-time, I reached out to our enemies over at Hogs Haven. The admirable Andrew York kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming tilt. Let’s take a look at his answers. (Check out my side of the exchange coming up at HH.)

Eagles Off-Season Storyline Guide - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton run through the Eagles’ biggest decisions to make this offseason.

Cult Of Colt: From Under Center To Out The Door - Hogs Haven
It wouldn’t be a Washington Week 17 without a little bit of drama, right? After failing to get the job done in week 16 over the Panthers, the WFT needs a short memory to get right back after it with one more shot to punch their ticket to the postseason. Unfortunately for them, with the cancellation of the annual Mummer’s Parade (look it up) the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t the only ones who have a “no-hat rule” this week. To that end, on this edition of the Cult of Colt, Gumbi and I were joined by the gracious and talented Brandon Lee Gowton. You may know Brandon as the Manager and Editor-in-Chief of Bleeding Green Nation, co-founder of BGN Radio, and co-host of The SB Nation NFL Show (also, he’s on Cameo!)

NFL Week 17 game picks, schedule guide, playoff scenarios, fantasy football tips, odds, injuries and more - ESPN
Betting nugget: Philadelphia is 3-0 ATS as a home underdog this season and 11-4 ATS in such situations under coach Doug Pederson (including the playoffs).

Start and Sit: Week 17 - Football Outsiders
I won’t tell you to avoid the defenses facing resting starters. But if you’d prefer to, there are several plus options that do not have that downside risk. Washington is up to second in pass defense DVOA and sixth in adjusted sack rate, and they face an Eagles offense that is a top-two increaser of sacks per pass attempt and tackles for losses.

In Memoriam: Honoring the Eagles Legends lost in 2020 -
Eagles Legends Greg Brown, Timmy Brown, Dick Coury, Tom Dempsey, Dick Lucas, Howard Mudd, and Pete Retzlaff passed away in 2020.

The cost of winning: What the Cowboys stand to lose by finishing the season on a winning streak - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys have won three straight games and will enter Week 17 with an opportunity to make the playoffs. Regardless of what you make of this 2020 season, that’s still a pretty nice situation to be in considering the team started the season 2-7 and looked as if they were left out for dead. In fact, whomever ends up winning the NFC East will be a part of history as they will become the first team ever to make the playoffs after starting the season with a 2-7 record as all the previous teams are 0-258 in that situation. While it feels good to enter the regular-season finale with a chance for bonus football, there is another side of that coin that weighs heavily on the mind of many Cowboys fans - botching up their draft position. For a while now, there has been a line drawn in the sand between “Team Tank” and “Team Just Win Baby.” Last month, we offered up an argument of why sneaking into the playoffs is better than finishing with a top three draft pick, so feel free to check it out, but we’re not going to revisit that debate in this article.

Giants QB Daniel Jones “more forthcoming” than Joe Judge would have liked - Big Blue View
At the behest of their head coach, New York Giants’ players have spent the season being tight-lipped about injuries. Thus, it was surprising on Tuesday when quarterback Daniel Jones let slip that his hamstring injury will continue to limit him to playing mostly from the pocket this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Judge on Wednesday made it obvious he wished his quarterback had not been quite so open. Judge said Jones was “probably a little more forthcoming than I would have been.” “We’ll do whatever it takes to win the game,” Judge said. “I’m going to always put the players health into consideration into how we call the game ... if the gloves come off and you expose someone to long-term injury that’s not always the most opportune thing.”

The SB Nation NFL Show: How far can Josh Allen take the Buffalo Bills? - SB Nation
“I think Buffalo is a well-oiled machine and they’re really rounding into form heading into the playoffs,” Brandon Lee Gowton said in today’s SB Nation NFL Show podcast, “We were reluctant to believe earlier in the year, is Josh Allen really this good? Obviously there have been some moments when he’s faltered, but on the whole, when he’s good he’s really really good...I really feel that the Bills are going to win the Super Bowl for the first time in their franchise history.”


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