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Eagles News: “Sean Desai knows what he’s doing”

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Roob’s Observations: Eagles rally late, finally beat Andy Reid’s Chiefs - NBCSP
3. Two weeks after holding the Cowboys to six points in the second half, this much-maligned defense blanked the Chiefs in the second half Monday night. Sean Desai knows what he’s doing. The Cowboys scored 17 before halftime, six after halftime. The Chiefs scored 17 before halftime, none after halftime. That’s against two of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL. To blank Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid and the Chiefs in the second half in their own stadium is astonishing. I know this isn’t the Chiefs offense of old, but this is the 29th-ranked pass defense in the NFL and they pitched a 2nd-half shutout against Mahomes. Unreal. The Eagles got such a big boost from Bradley Roby, who played for the first time since the Jets game and was outstanding, and the other newcomer in the secondary, Kevin Byard, was much, much better than in his first two games. Mahomes threw two TDs in the first half and then after halftime threw 22 times for 99 yards. They held Travis Kelce to 44 yards, didn’t allow a pass play longer than 17 yards and allowed only four passing first downs after halftime. An incredible performance by a defense and in particular a secondary that has taken its lumps this year.

2023 NFL season, Week 11: What We Learned from Eagles’ win over Chiefs on Monday night -
Tip of cap due to Eagles’ defense. Philadelphia pitched a shutout in the second half. Their pass rush did a great job of closing in on Mahomes enough to force misses (and a crushing intentional grounding penalty), and after surrendering 121 yards on the ground in the first half, Philadelphia gave up just 47 in the final two periods. While it wasn’t perfect (and included a handful of tackling issues, especially in the secondary), this unit’s collective effort was able to keep the Eagles in a game in which their offense was struggling plenty. Hurts admitted after the game the Eagles’ offense “didn’t help (the defense) out enough,” but with the help of a key fourth-quarter turnover — Kansas City’s second of the night — the Eagles stayed afloat long enough for their offense to come alive. That type of complementary, clutch football is what separates average from elite.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Chiefs game - PhillyVoice
1) The ‘Shutout’ Award 0️⃣: Sean Desai and the Eagles’ second half defense. Remember in the Super Bowl when the Chiefs had four possessions that went like so: Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown, Clock-draining walkoff field goal. On Monday night, the Chiefs’ second half possessions went like this: Punt, Punt, Fumble, Punt, Punt, Turnover on downs. Hmmm, I wonder if there was a difference between last year’s defense and this year’s defense. Hint: One defensive coordinator made adjustments at halftime, and the other just kept running the same bend-don’t-break “death by a thousand paper cuts” scheme.

Gritty, Not Pretty - Iggles Blitz
The second half was a different story. The Eagles kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard. That was a mixture of good defense and good luck. The Eagles made key plays. They also got lucky with some KC drops, including one from MVS that might have won the game. The Chiefs run game was great in the first half, but only produced 47 yards after halftime. Mahomes still had some good moments, but even he couldn’t overcome his teammates mistakes. Give the Eagles defense a lot of credit. They did what they could to limit the Chiefs. They slowed down Kelce (7-44 for the game). The defense tackled well. They got pressure on Mahomes in key situations. KC only had one play go more than 20 yards (24-yard run by Pacheco). Their longest pass play was 17-yards. The Chiefs had to play small-ball and it didn’t work too well. [...] Sean Desai beat another good QB. His defense shut out both the Dolphins and Chiefs offenses in the second half. I’m guessing Jonathan Gannon couldn’t have pulled that off.

Spadaro: 12 takeaways from an instant classic vs. Chiefs -
6. Philadelphia’s run defense entered the game leading the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game, 66.3. But Kansas City established the line of scrimmage, used a trio of running backs, and gained 168 yards on the ground. That helped the Chiefs’ offense largely stay on schedule and helped them win on third down, converting 8-of-17 on the night. But let’s look deeper at this. The Eagles shut out the Chiefs, who led 17-7 after two quarters, in the second half. Shut them out. Zero points. Kansas City had just nine first downs in the second half, five on a drive that ended with the Eagles forcing and recovering a Travis Kelce fumble in the red zone (the Eagles took the ball away twice in the red zone). Kansas City gained just 32 rushing yards in the second half and the Eagles completely shut them down in the fourth quarter. Sean Desai, that’s a great job of adjustments.

It’s time to embrace these ugly Eagles wins - BGN
Imagine being a Lions, 49ers or Cowboys fan last night, knowing you could gain a game on the Eagles if they lost to the Chiefs, seeing them down 17-7 at the half. For every other team in the NFL, that game is a loss. Heck, the Chiefs NEVER lose games at home when leading by 10 points. Andy Reid NEVER loses a game out of the bye week. Last night, they did, and it doesn’t matter how ugly it was or how the game was trending through three quarters. You don’t gain extra games in the standings for style points. The Eagles, despite their warts, have beaten all comers and have proven they’re the best in the NFL. Now, they may lose this Sunday to Buffalo. The Bills’ 6-5 record isn’t great, they’ve suffered from an uneven offense and fired their offensive coordinator last week. But on a short-week after a big win over the defending Super Bowl champs, it wouldn’t shock me to see a slight let-down game from the Eagles this year, although Hurts and Nick Sirianni have proven to be immune to such things in their tenure here. Which is all the more reason not to care how this team does it. They find a way. They are so talented, and their QB is so cool, they can usually overcome sloppiness and mistakes and do what needs to be done.

BGN Instant Reaction Show - Week 11: Eagles beat Chiefs, 21-17 - BGN Radio
Jess Taylor and Shane Haff share their initial reactions to the Eagles ugly Week 11 win against the Chiefs.

Jalen Carter almost intercepted Patrick Mahomes thanks to YouTube - SB Nation
Late in the first half of Monday night’s Super Bowl rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, Patrick Mahomes had a plan. Eagles rookie defensive tackle Jalen Carter had one too. Mahomes had just connected with running back Jerick McKinnon on a short gain, setting the Chiefs up with a 2nd and 1 at the Philadelphia 25-yard line with just a few seconds left left in the first half. But with Kansas City out of time outs, Mahomes needed to spike the football to give Harrison Butker and the rest of the field goal team time to get onto the field to try a short field goal before halftime. That’s when Carter, who was in on the tackle of McKinnon, remembered something he saw on YouTube.

Eagles unsatisfied after winning Super Bowl rematch vs. Chiefs - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got his first professional win against brother Travis Kelce and his old coach Andy Reid, but he and some of his teammates left Arrowhead Stadium feeling less than satisfied following a 21-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl LVII rematch Monday night. “Listen, I’m really happy,” Jason Kelce said. “I would have probably been happier if we would have put together a really dominant performance offensively and played great. I think the fact that we didn’t do that makes it a littler bittersweet. I think the defense is largely why we won the game today. Hats off to those guys, and I’m certainly happy to be 9-1.” With wind and rain a steady presence throughout the night, neither passing offense fared particularly well. Jalen Hurts threw for 150 yards and an interception and was sacked five times while Patrick Mahomes went for 177 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.

Jalen Hurts: We didn’t play to our standard, but we found a way to win - PFT
“I don’t think we played clean tonight. I don’t think we played to our standard, nowhere near our standard,” Hurts said in his postgame press conference. “But I think the thing that you can’t test or quantify is the resilience that a team has, the ability to persevere and see through things and overcome things, and this team has that. We’ve yet to put up a performance to our standards, but we continue to find ways to win. When you win games like we’ve won games, that builds a ton of character. We’re kind of in, I guess, character development mode with the games we’ve played and how we’ve won. It’ll only serve us for great things in the future.”

The Ringer’s NFL Power Rankings — Week 12 - The Ringer
Seven of the Eagles’ 11 true possessions against the Chiefs ended in punts. Another ended in an interception. But three ended in touchdowns, and that was enough for Philadelphia to notch a cathartic 21-17 victory over the squad that bested it in Super Bowl LVII. Not everything has always clicked for the Eagles this season. While they sit atop these power rankings, they rank just fifth in offensive expected points added per drive and 23rd (!) in defensive EPA per drive. They’re an unsustainable 6-1 in one-score games. But they also have so many ways to win. On a night when Jalen Hurts was off his game (he had just 150 yards passing, and 27 percent of those came on one throw), A.J. Brown couldn’t get anything going, and the defense leaned more on drops from the Chiefs pass catchers than its own playmaking ability, other players came through for Philly. D’Andre Swift picked up 76 rushing yards on just 12 carries, regularly gashing the Chiefs defense on the ground, and tacked on another 31 yards on three receptions. DeVonta Smith tallied 99 receiving yards on six catches. And, of course, this team needs only 9 yards to pick up a first down, as they tush pushed their way forward in several crucial moments. Monday proved that no matter how many close games the Eagles play, they will always be a tough out for even the best opponents. They just have too many ways they can win.

NFL Week 11 Recap: Immediate fantasy football takeaways from Eagles-Chiefs Monday Night Football - PFF
Eagles adjust to not having Dallas Goedert: The Eagles turned to a rotation of tight ends and more personnel diversity without their star tight end. The Eagles started the game by rotating between Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra at tight end, with a loose tendency of Stoll playing more on run plays and Calcaterra playing more on pass plays. Despite Calcaterra running more routes, Stoll was targeted more often and caught one pass for 3 yards. Calcaterra left for the locker room with an ankle injury in the third quarter and didn’t return. Stoll became an every-down tight end at that point. Calcaterra returned to the sideline and tried to jog, but he never returned to the game. The Eagles spent most of the game in 11 personnel, as usual, but they also utilized 10 personnel for a few plays. Until that point, Philadelphia hadn’t used a four-wide receiver set since Week 13 of last season. They also ran a few plays out of 21 personnel. Traditionally, 21 personnel is a halfback and fullback, but for the Eagles this season, it means two halfbacks on the field. They used much less 12 personnel than usual, partially because of the tight end depth and the game script. It seemed sensible to ignore the Eagles tight ends in fantasy leagues once Goedert went down with his injury, and this further confirmed that.

It’s hard to pick against the Eagles after ‘gritty’ win over Chiefs in Super Bowl rematch — and potential preview - PHLY
But even when that happened, the Eagles still found a way to limit the Chiefs. Josh Sweat forced Mahomes into an intentional grounding. It was the type of performance that shows why Desai deserves to be on head-coaching lists in a few months. “The defense kept making plays,” Sirianni said, “waiting for the offense to make plays, and they did in a critical time.” Sirianni was referring to a 42-yard catch by DeVonta Smith that set up Hurts’ touchdown run to give the Eagles the lead. The play was actually a check that Hurts made at the line of scrimmage. Hurts likes to say he’s a triple-threat quarterback, and it was his mind that helped the Eagles win the game. “Good quarterbacks make three or four plays that change a game with their mind,” Sirianni said. “They got to do a great job throwing the ball, running the show, but they make three or four checks a game with their mind that can make big differences.” “Those things kind of come to you in a game,” Hurts said. “You make those plays when you need to make those plays.”

Chiefs-Eagles reaction: The offense continues to let defense down - Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs can’t make this many mistakes and expect to win against a good team. Kansas City had two red-zone turnovers in the game, both of which took place at the Philadelphia 14-yard line. In the second quarter, quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an end-zone interception. Then in the fourth quarter, tight end Travis Kelce had the ball punched out, ending a promising drive that could have given the Chiefs a 10-point lead. Kansas City also took seven penalties that cost it 55 yards. And yet — despite all that — the Chiefs could have won the game if wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling hadn’t blatantly dropped a perfect pass in the fourth quarter. His drop was just one of 26 accumulated by Kansas City’s pass-catchers this season.

Buffalo Bills open as underdogs at Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 - Buffalo Rumblings
After an impressive 32-6 victory over the New York Jets, Buffalo will look to carry that momentum into their game against Philadelphia. Quarterback Josh Allen put on a show, showcasing his dual-threat abilities and reminding Bills Mafia why they fell in love with him in the first place. Interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady gave Allen the freedom to be himself in key moments, and it paid off in a big way. Running back James Cook also had another standout performance, further solidifying the Bills’ offensive success. On the defensive side, cornerback Rasul Douglas made a significant impact with two interceptions and a fumble recovery, underscoring the depth and talent of Buffalo’s defense. On the other hand, the Eagles have notched an impressive 9-1 record, despite struggling to find their rhythm at times during the season.

Cowboys playoff picture: Eagles win over Chiefs keeps their NFC East lead the same - Blogging The Boys
As far as the NFC East is concerned, the Cowboys are still in need of help. The next couple of weeks will be very interesting as Dallas will play on back to back Thursdays with their Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Commanders followed by their Thursday Night Football contest against the Seattle Seahawks. Those games will be followed by Sundays where the Eagles will host the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. These next two weeks will then take us to the next matchup between Dallas and Philadelphia, and while the rivalry is what it is, the reality is that if Philly does not lose between now and then that the true significance of it could dwindle a bit. There is an argument to be made that the most critical game remaining for Dallas right now is the Seahawks game given that Seattle could be the primary contender for the #5 seed and right now that is the most probable path to the playoffs for the Cowboys.

What are the odds? Washington Commanders are big Thanksgiving road underdogs against the Dallas Cowboys - Hogs Haven
The Commanders are on the road again, and it will be a short week as they get ready to travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys for Thanksgiving. They are coming off back-to-back wins by double digits, and will be looking to keep that trend going against a Commanders defense that continues to allow big plays and big scores by their opponents.

Tommy DeVito vs. Tyrod Taylor, the 2024 NFL Draft and more ‘things I think’ - Big Blue View
Here is a question, though. If Tyrod Taylor is off injured reserve and ready to go Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers, the week after the Giants’ late-season bye, who starts at quarterback? Before Sunday’s victory over the Washington Commanders, I would have said it was a no-brainer that Taylor had to start. My argument would have been that in an already frustrated locker room Brian Daboll would risk losing player support if he did anything else. Now? I think that’s open for debate. This Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots will have to factor in. The Patriots are also 3-8, but they are coming off a bye and Bill Belichick has always made life miserable for young quarterbacks. Remember Sam Darnold admitting he was seeing ghosts against New England? As of now, I think I’m still siding with starting Taylor. His experience, especially with two games remaining against the Philadelphia Eagles, could be invaluable. If DeVito lights it up against the Patriots, though, that feeling could change.

MRI confirms that Talanoa Hufanga tore his ACL; should be ready for Week 1 in ‘24 - Niners Nation
The 49ers received unfortunate news Monday morning as Talanoa Hufanga’s MRI confirms that the All-Pro safety did, in fact, tear his ACL on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [BLG Note: He’ll miss the Eagles-49ers game in Week 13.]

Monday Football Monday #160: Week 11 NFL Recap - The SB Nation NFL Show
Mark Schofield and JP Acosta recap all of the Week 11 NFL action on Sunday.


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