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Nick Sirianni’s passionate defense of Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson - NBCSP
“I think Brian has done a phenomenal job of calling the game,” Sirianni said. “Obviously, Shane (Steichen) did an unbelievable job all last year, but I don’t feel like we’ve missed a beat on offense. “We’ve been in a good groove, and Brian has just done, to me, a great job of leading this group. Has done a great job calling the game, adjusting in the game. I just think he’s done a top-notch job.” The Eagles are 9-1, the best record in the NFL. They’re 6th at 27.3 points per game, 1st in 3rd-down percentage and 5th in first downs. They’re even up to 9th in the red zone after being near the bottom a month ago. They just scored 21 points in a win over the Chiefs, who have the NFL’s No. 2-ranked defense. They scored 28 vs. the Cowboys, who are 3rd. They scored 25 in Tampa, who is 9th.

Eagles Film Analysis: All-22 offense takeaways from the Chiefs game - BGN
This was a very up-and-down (with more down) performance, but I thought it was mainly on the coaching staff and offensive line rather than Jalen Hurts. Overall, I feel really good about the adjustments the Eagles made and also some of the run game stuff was really encouraging. I still expect this offense to be extremely good for the rest of the year.

Eagles vs. Chiefs takeaways - BGN Radio
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Eagles vs. Bills: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
On average, Josh Allen holds the ball for 2.87 seconds per dropback, per the NFL’s NextGen stats. That’s significantly longer than some of the other quarterbacks the Eagles have faced so far this season, like Tua Tagovailoa (2.37), Mac Jones (2.49), and Dak Prescott (2.65). However, Allen does a great job of eluding pressure and shaking off pass rushers with his size, strength, and speed. He has only been sacked 14 times this season, and the Bills as a team have allowed the second-fewest sacks in the NFL (14), behind only the Chiefs (13). Despite the low number of sacks taken, Allen has four fumbles. That’s been a theme over his career. He had 13 fumbles in 2022, and he has 56 fumbles in 88 career games. Those are Wentzian fumble stats. The Eagles are always preaching techniques to jar the ball loose from the opposing quarterback, but I imagine that’ll be an area of added focus this week in practice.

Re-grading the Eagles: Should Shaq Leonard be on Howie Roseman’s radar at linebacker? - Inquirer
But the Eagles are trying to win a Super Bowl, and with Dean unlikely to return following foot surgery, Roseman may want to strengthen the position just as he did earlier in the season when he signed Roby and traded for safety Kevin Byard. Leonard will be available for reason. His playing time had decreased in Indianapolis to the point where he wasn’t active in the Colts’ last game. The former All-Pro was once one of the league’s best, but wear and tear seems to have caught up to the 28-year old. He may not be as equipped to handle a full load or play in obvious pass situations. But Leonard has always been best vs. the run and could rotate in when necessary. He’s a savvy, respected veteran who has played in multiple systems. He may be able to help.

Week 12 NFL picks: Unanimous selections in all three Thanksgiving Day games; Eagles over Bills on Sunday - NFL.com
Why Brooke is taking the Eagles: No team is playing better all-around football than the Eagles right now, with our last impression of them being a near-perfect half to complete a comeback win at Arrowhead. But there’s also no time to get complacent amid a gauntlet in the schedule. Jalen Hurts has played exceptionally well since Week 7, completing 72.8 of his passes and throwing 12 TD strikes against just two picks — not to mention his four rushing scores. That starting point is about the same time the Bills began their slump, but Josh Allen looked much better last week under new OC Joe Brady and it’s possible he takes another positive step against Philly’s bottom-five pass defense. Even if Allen’s clicking with Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Co., will it be enough to match a red-hot Hurts at the Linc? The 8 Ball reads: Outlook not so good.

Fantasy Football WR Report: Man, zone coverage performance ahead of NFL Week 12 - PFF
Khalil Shakir has been one of the league’s most efficient receivers as of late, and a lot of that damage has been done against zone coverage. He is averaging 0.46 fantasy points per route run against zone, which is tied for the 16th-best mark among wide receivers. Shakir could continue to be a strong deep play this week against the Eagles, who are allowing the most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position.

’I want to give back to everybody’: Jalen Carter relishes the opportunity to serve - PE.com
From Apopka, Florida to Philadelphia, giving back to the kids in his community has been a staple of Jalen Carter’s everyday life. The rookie defensive tackle hosted a Thanksgiving impact event on Tuesday, November 14, at the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia in Wissahickon, serving a Thanksgiving dinner buffet to 150 kids. “It went great,” Carter said. “I wanted to do it because I did it back home already. It was my first big event in the city, so I was thankful to give back to those kids.” Carter, the ninth overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, spent time with each kid who attended the event, shaking hands with each of them, taking photos, and sharing laughs.

Three Buffalo Bills DBs non-participants during Wednesday’s walkthrough - Buffalo Rumblings
Should any — or all — of the above players be unable to play Sunday, Buffalo has two more safeties on the active roster: Jordan Poyer and Damar Hamlin. They have Christian Benford, Rasul Douglas, and Siran Neal as the only other cornerbacks on their active roster. The Bills have five cornerbacks on their practice squad. Josh Norman has already been elevated three times this season and would have to be added to the 53-man roster (which means someone would have to be waived) if they wanted to insert him into Sunday’s game. Ja’Marcus Ingram has been elevated twice and could be called up once more if needed. On the other hand, Buffalo has exactly zero safeties on the practice squad, so there’d a lot of hope that Hyde and/or Lewis will be available.

NFL Thanksgiving games: Picks, schedule, injuries, fantasy - ESPN
Stat to know: Commanders quarterback Sam Howell has been sacked a league-high 51 times this season. More bad news for Washington? The Cowboys have generated pressure on a league-high 39% of opponent dropbacks.

Confidence in the Cowboys plateaus, and it’s wild card or bust according to fans - Blogging The Boys
We asked another important question about the Cowboys catching the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East crown. After the Eagles won over the Chiefs, the odds dropped. Only 19 % of Cowboys fans believe it will still happen.

Washington Commanders Tank Tracker 2023 – Week 12 - Hogs Haven
When I wrote the introductory 2023 Tank Tracker, just a week ago, the earliest that I could plausibly project the Commanders to pick in the draft was 5th overall. That projection was based on an assumption that the Commanders couldn’t possibly lose to the 2-8 Giants, who were starting a third string rookie UDFA at QB. Fans were still ambivalent about the value of losing out, despite the Josh Harris ownership group signaling that they were already looking to next season when they forced trades of Montez Sweat and Chase Young for draft picks. Sunday’s shock upset changes everything. By managing to lose the unlosable game, Ron Rivera’s hand-picked team has opened up myriad plausible scenarios for the Commanders to pick earlier than fifth overall, and possibly even as high as second. The second overall pick has special value in the 2024 draft class, because two elite QB prospects are expected to go one and two. That creates opportunities for a team that doesn’t need a QB to trade back in the first round and acquire multiple early round picks, or for a team that does feel the need to upgrade the QB position to take a shot at Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. Even if the Commanders don’t rise as high as second overall, picking in the top 5 provides the opportunity to draft one of the elite prospects, such as OTs Olu Fashanu or Joe Alt, who might not be available where they are currently slated to pick, or to trade back with a QB-needy team that is desperate for one of the next tier of signal callers or another elite prospect.

Giants waive PK Cade York - Big Blue View
The New York Giants on Wednesday waived placekicker Cade York, who was signed to the 53-man roster when Graham Gano was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. York was inactive for all three games he was on the roster after being signed off the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad. The Giants instead chose to have veteran Randy Bullock, who had been signed to the practice squad, do the placekicking. Bullock is now out of practice squad elevations and the obvious move is to sign him to the 53-man roster. Bullock, 33, has made his only two field-goal attempts and is 6-for-6 on extra-point attempts in three games with the Giants.

Jets Release OL Dennis Kelly - New York Jets
The Jets have released OL Dennis Kelly. Kelly (6-8, 321) signed with the Jets P-squad Oct. 11 and then the active roster on Oct. 31

Have the Chiefs finally asked Patrick Mahomes to do too much? - SB Nation
Kansas City fell to 7-3 on the season in a disappointing Super Bowl rematch on Monday Night Football to the Eagles. It’s ridiculous to hit the panic button, but there are some concerns. The Chiefs failed to score in the second half, numerous offensive players made mistakes, and Patrick Mahomes has gone from being immortal in 2022, to amazing in 2023. Mahomes is on pace for his fewest passing yards and touchdowns since 2019. The most interceptions of his career. He’s still brilliant enough to will the Chiefs to 7-3, but it garners asking the question is he’s being asked to do too much. Today in Football Court: Case 23-56192 “Have the Chiefs finally asked too much from Patrick Mahomes?”

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