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Eagles News: Brandon Graham’s historic day

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/26/23.

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Graham explains what his new Eagles record means to him - NBCSP
Brandon Graham on Sunday afternoon will set a franchise record for regular season games played in an Eagles uniform. The guy who was once called a bust has outlasted everyone. And he’s become an absolute Philly legend in the process. “It means a lot,” Graham said this week. “Especially now that it’s here. Didn’t see this coming other than you wanted to play this long, but being with the same team, a part of this organization, it’s been nothing but fun these last eight years I’d say. The beginning was a little rough. But it’s been getting better and better every year. “For me to do this, I just want to thank the guys in front of me that’s paved the way. I just want to keep the torch burning and do the same thing for the young guys that’s coming. Just let them know keep it going.” Sunday’s game against the Bills will be Graham’s 189th regular season game in an Eagles uniform. He’ll pass David Akers on the all-time list.

‘Grace and tenacity’: Behind Brandon Graham’s longevity with the Eagles is Carlyne guiding the journey - Inquirer
Graham continued to face challenges, tearing his Achilles in Week 2 of the 2021 season to bring his year to a premature end. But at 33 years old, Graham was better equipped mentally to handle the injury than he did more than a decade earlier when he tore his ACL.“ He just embraced it a totally different way,” Carlyne said. “He knew, ‘this is just a part of my story, this is something that I have to go through. It allows me to have more time with you guys, I have the season off. I can be more a part of the family, I can do things, I can help you.’ So his approach, it wasn’t more so like, ‘Woe is me.’ It was like, ‘OK, this is happening, and I just have to come back and crawl my way out of it like I did before.’ And he did it with so much grace and tenacity.”

Sean McDermott is on the clock - BGN
This offseason Lezlie Frasier left the team to take a year off from coaching, and McDermott took over play calling. Two weeks ago the Bills had too many men on the field against the Broncos and gifted the Broncos another game winning field goal attempt. McDermott fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey and replaced him with former future head coach Joe Brady (remember him?). The Bills won last week by blowing out the Jets, who just got blown out again yesterday. In the short term, the change worked. And maybe it continues to “work” on Sunday against the Eagles, Josh Allen is capable of being any team by himself, even if sometimes that team is the Bills. But where does McDermott go from here if it doesn’t? The Bills are an old team. Their cap situation next year is pretty poor, they have the 3rd worst effective cap space for 2024 according to OverTheCap. They’ll be able to get out of that hole by restructuring Josh Allen and maybe Stefon Diggs, but they’re not going to be able to make significant additions without making significant subtractions. They can run this core back for 2024 but if they aren’t successful they’ll have to blow it up. Starting with McDermott, who has no one left to blame.

Above the Nest with Raichele #96: What to know for Eagles-Bills Week 12, Derek Barnett waived + Injury Reports - BGN Radio
Raichele Privette breaks down what you need to know ahead of the Eagles Week 12 game against Josh Allen and the Bills and runs through each teams injury report.

Ranking the Eagles’ remaining games from easiest to most difficult - PhillyVoice
5) Week 12: Bills: The Bills entered the 2023 season as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, and certainly they’re a talented team that actually owns the fourth best point differential in the NFL (+104). However, they have found ways to lose five games this season, and they have suffered a lot of serious injuries to some of the best defenders, notably All-Pro CB Tre’Davious White, All-Pro LB Matt Milano, and starting DT DaQuon Jones.

Game Preview – BUF at PHI - Iggles Blitz
I do think the Eagles have an advantage with their DL vs the Bills OL, especially on the right side. RG O’Cyrus Torrence is a rookie. He’s big and strong, but still learning. RT Spencer Brown is tall. Rushers can get under his pads and move him backward. The Eagles should be able to score points against Buffalo. The Bills are missing several key players due to injury. They are vulnerable to the run and with a banged up secondary can be vulnerable to the passing game. The Bills are second in the league in sacks so the Eagles OL will have their hands full. Buffalo has good rushers, but also uses blitzers very effectively. DT Ed Oliver has 6 sacks and 11 QB hits. He is playing the best football of his career. He’s also good against the run. Leonard Floyd leads the team with 9.5 sacks and 17 QB hits. MLB Terrell Bernard leads the team in tackles and also has 3.5 sacks. Buffalo traded for CB Rasul Douglas a few weeks back and he’s played well for them. He had a key INT last week. Douglas has great ball skills. You may remember that the way to attack him is with deep throws. Both AJ and DeVonta should go deep against him.

Five Philadelphia Eagles to watch vs. the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo is down Dane Jackson, who suffered a concussion last week in their win over the New York Jets. That leaves just Rasul Douglas and Christian Benford on the active roster, though the team will probably either elevate Ja’Marcus Ingram from the practice squad or sign Josh Norman from the practice squad. I expect that they’ll make the former move given that the latter would require releasing a player, and that gives Buffalo another big, physical corner to deal with Philly’s big, physical wideout in Brown. The Bills have struggled with bigger receivers over the years, but with Douglas, who’s 6’2” and 210 pounds, the team has some physicality outside that they didn’t previously. Brown has appeared frustrated at times on the sideline with his lack of targets, but he leads the team in every important receiving category this season (99 targets, 68 receptions, 1,013 yards, six touchdowns). Since Goedert broke his forearm against the Dallas Cowboys, Brown has only been targeted six times in five quarters, racking up two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown. If Buffalo can limit him on Sunday and force Hurts to use his other receivers, that’s a win for the Bills’ defense.

Cowboys are peaking at the perfect time - Blogging The Boys
Of course, the question of whether this is going to be enough remains. Making it to the playoffs seems all but a done deal, as two more wins in the last six games should lock up at least a wild card spot. But they want more than that. Obviously they would love to overtake the Eagles for the NFC East title and a shot at the number one seed. Going on the road in the playoffs is not desirable, unless they are really improved and can carry the energy to away games. Even if they don’t get the necessary help to overtake Philadelphia, they want to make sure they lock up the number five seed, because that will almost certainly lead to a game against the winner in the NFC South, where the New Orleans Saints currently sit on top with a 5-5 record (at the time this is written.) In any case, they don’t want to limp into the playoffs with three or four losses the rest of the way. There is a chance for Mike McCarthy to lead the team to at least twelve wins for the third year in a row, and that would help have them ready for the postseason.

Poll Results: Fans overwhelmingly want Tommy DeVito to start - Big Blue View
A week ago, it seemed as though Taylor was the obvious answer. After all, he’s an experienced and capable quarterback who’s spent a quite a bit of time with Brian Daboll. Then DeVito threw for three touchdowns against the Washington Commanders and the Giants had their best game of the season. The question got a lot thornier for the Giants, and so SB Nation Reacts wanted to see who Giants fans would rather see start for the remainder of the season. The results? Giants fans want to see a lot more of Tommy DeVito, and it isn’t even close. A full 82 percent of fans who responded to the poll want DeVito to remain the starter.

Tom Brady thinks the NFL sucks now, ‘there’s a lot of mediocrity’ - SB Nation
Scheme is a curious one. There isn’t the required jump anymore for college players to transition to the NFL. More colleges are implementing NFL concepts, and vice versa. This has blended together in a lot of ways to create a general approach to football strategy as a whole, rather than specific “college only” concepts that require complete re-training upon getting to the NFL. Rules is where I tend to agree with Brady, but he also helped cause a lot of that. The over-protection of quarterbacks is a direct result of Brady’s influence on the NFL as a player. Where things are getting too ridiculous is pass interference, which too often are bailing out QBs on underthrown balls because the receiver slows down as makes contact as a result. I would like to see that changed, because it is damaging the game.

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