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Lane Johnson expects to play Sunday vs. 49ers - PFT
Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson missed one game with a groin injury, but he doesn’t think he’s going to have to miss another. Johnson told the Philadelphia Inquirer he expects to be ready for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Johnson said the injury was related to the injury that forced him to miss the last two games of the regular season last year, but that he thinks he’ll be fine long-term. “Just kind of popped some scar tissue from last year,” Johnson said. “So it flamed up. But I’ll be ready to rock.”

‘What I do is not who I am’: Eagles’ Lane Johnson looks to destigmatize mental health topic for HS students - Inquirer
Johnson remembers growing up playing high school football at Groveton High School in Groveton, Texas and the passion he saw from the local community for the team. But he also remembers the challenges of being a teenager, trying to figure out who his friends were and what he wanted to do with his life, all the while struggling with self-confidence.As the four-time Pro Bowler spoke to the students, he shared the advice that he wish he was given at their age. “What I regret looking back is how much time I wasted wondering if I wouldn’t be enough, wondering all this, wondering all that,” Johnson told the students. “And what you got to realize is that you only have a certain amount that you can control.“You really don’t have a whole lot of impact on anything else, you can control your attitude, you can control your mindset, you can really control the people that you hang around.”

The Eagles sure have a lot of bulletin board material for the 49ers game - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t need extra motivation to beat the San Francisco 49ers this week. It’s already a massive game as it relates to the NFC playoff picture. With an Eagles win, their chances of clinching the No. 1 seed improve from 68% to 92%. With an Eagles loss, their chances go down from 68% to 54%. But the reality is that the Eagles have been provided with extra incentive to win on Sunday. For starters, Nick Sirianni can play up the classic ‘no one believes in us!’ angle that’s worked well in Philly before. The Birds somehow have the luxury of being a 2.5-point home underdog on DraftKings Sportsbook despite their 10-1 record. And if that’s not enough, well, let’s revisit all the trash talking that the 49ers have done since losing to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, shall we?

NFC East Mixtape Vol.139: The Eagles refuse to lose - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa recap the Week 12 action and discuss the biggest storylines in the division.

NFL MVP candidates, ranked to show no favorite deserves it in 2023 - SB Nation
The case for Jalen Hurts. When we look purely at who under center is doing the most to lead their team to victory, it’s Hurts by a mile. Hurts has three fourth quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives to his name against some of the league’s best competition. The Eagles have a brutal schedule this season after being runners up in the Super Bowl, yet Hurts keeps finding a way to make this team win the ugly games. As it stands he’s set to finish with 45 all-purpose touchdowns, making him the focal point of the entire Philadelphia offense. That’s even with a change at offensive coordinator that forced him to adapt, and being without Miles Sanders who was the team’s best running threat a year ago. It’s a resume deserving of the award.

Why Week 13 against the Eagles is more than ‘just another game’ for the 49ers - Niners Nation
The 49ers are aware of the implications of their Week 13 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been less than a year since the Eagles knocked Brock Purdy and the Niners, in a literal and figurative sense, out of the playoffs. We’ve gone through the playoff standings for this week. If the playoffs started today, the Niners would host Josh Dobbs and the Vikings. But their eyes are on a bigger prize. According to the New York Times playoff simulator, the chances of being the No. 1 seed are 20 percent as of today. ESPN’s Analytics has the same odds. A loss to the Eagles this Sunday drops that number to one percent, while a win more than doubles the likelihood of a bye week to 40 percent.

Eagles vs. 49ers: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Trent Williams is in his 13th season. He has been named to the Pro Bowl 10 times, and he was a First-Team All-Pro both in 2021 and 2022. Obviously he is a great player. Otherwise, Banks, Brendel, Burford, and McKivitz are all below average NFL starters. As a collective foursome, they represent the biggest weakness on the Niners’ roster. The Niners’ biggest worry has to be Haason Reddick vs. McKivitz, who was a fifth-round pick in 2020, and is starting full-time for the first time in career in 2023. He won’t be confused for an elite athlete. The Niners would be wise to give McKivitz help against Reddick on obvious passing downs. Or, you know, at least not ask a backup tight end to block him. Otherwise, this is a game that the Eagles’ young defensive tackles absolutely must win their matchups against this mediocre Niners interior offensive line.

Their Best Shot - Iggles Blitz
There is real value in Buffalo playing well. They pushed the Eagles to the brink. Buffalo was up by 10 at the half and going into the fourth quarter. They made big plays on offense and defense. The Eagles finally got off the mat in the second half and came alive. The Eagles cut the score to 17-14. The Bills went right down and stretched it to 24-14. It wasn’t until James Bradberry picked off a pass that the Eagles were able to take control of the game. And even that didn’t last long. The teams exchanged scores until the Eagles won in OT. Winning in the postseason isn’t easy. You need to be tested. That doesn’t mean just playing good teams. You want them to push you. What did SF learn from blowing out Dallas? It was fun to watch, but it didn’t tell them much.

Eagles’ offense still drawing criticism, but at 10-1 is it fair? - ESPN
OFTEN LOST IN the hyper-focus on Johnson’s performance is the fact that this is Sirianni’s offense. Sirianni, the former Colts offensive coordinator, was hired in Philadelphia in part because of his offensive chops. He started off as the Eagles’ playcaller when he came aboard in 2021 before passing those duties off to Steichen midway through his first season so he could better manage the entire operation on game day. But it’s his system, and he remains heavily involved in game-plan development. And, it turns out, he’s part of the playcalling equation. Following a questionable run call on 3rd-and-11 in the fourth quarter against the Washington Commanders in Week 4, Sirianni revealed that Johnson wanted to pass in that situation, but Sirianni overruled him and dialed up a run. Sirianni declined to say how often that occurs in a given game or season but indicated it was a similar set up when Steichen was the offensive coordinator. “What I don’t think people understand is we go through this process together. As we come in here, the offense has not changed very much as far as the schemes that we’re running from Shane to Brian,” Sirianni said. Added Johnson: “That’s how it’s been here the last three years, so obviously Nick is the head coach, and if he wants us to run something, our job is to play to his vision and how we attack defenses.”

NFL FACT OR FICTION: Eagles = NFC team to beat? Jalen Hurts the MVP front-runner? Broncos for real? - NFL.com
The Eagles are amazing. They simply have a knack for winning. Need proof? Well, the good folks at NFL Research have you covered. Sitting at 10-1, Philadelphia is just the third team since 1950 to win at least 10 of its first 11 games in back-to-back seasons, joining the 1972-73 Dolphins and 2005-06 Colts. And the Eagles have actually faced halftime deficits in five games this season. Their record in those contests? A perfect 5-0. The rest of the league’s record this season after trailing at half? A highly imperfect 35-129. Like I said, this team has a knack. The Bills outplayed the Eagles for most of Sunday’s game. So did the Chiefs on the previous Monday. Other teams like the Cowboys, Commanders and even the Patriots have had Philly on the ropes. It doesn’t matter. General manager Howie Roseman has put together a team with gobs of talent everywhere. These Eagles are so tough and clutch — and they can win any style of fight. They never flinch, but always pounce on the opposition’s mistakes. Still, despite that glowing preamble, this is fiction. The NFC team to beat is the 49ers.

Spadaro: Michael Clay’s outstanding special teams unit braces for another big test - PE.com
The special teams have had a series of successes this season, from Covey leading the NFL with a 14.5-yard average on punt returns, to a coverage unit that has been solid all season with changing parts, to Braden Mann averaging well over 50 yards gross and posting a strong net average these last five weeks – the last two in terrible weather for kickers. Then there’s Jake Elliott and he’s just been money all season, converting 19 of his 21 attempts. All very, very good measurables for the third phase of this football team. “I think we’re taking steps in the right direction as a special teams unit,” Clay said. “We always want to make as many contributions as we possibly can to the rest of the team. Through 12 weeks, we’ve done a really nice job, but I’ve also been a part of teams where you’re in the penthouse one week and the outhouse the following week. “The job is never finished until the season is over, so we’re going to keep grinding it out and helping this team as much as possible. The guys have done a really good job of contributing thus far.”

Figuring out why the Eagles’ offense keeps sputtering in the first half - NBCSP
A few key stats: The Eagles are averaging just 4.2 yards per play on first down before halftime in their last two games but 6.3 yards on first down after halftime. They’re average third down before halftime has been 3rd-and-9, and they actually averaged negative yardage on their eight third downs against the Chiefs and Bills – minus-5 yards on eight plays equals about negative 22 inches per third down. After halftime on third down in the same two games, they’re averaging 5.8 yards per play. Jalen Hurts these last two games is 9-for-18 for just 79 yards with no TD passes, two INTs and a 22.5 passer rating in the first half, and he’s 23-for-35 for 271 yards with three TD passes, no INTs and a 117.7 passer rating.

NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 13 - PFF
1. Philadelphia Eagles (Up 1). Right tackle Lane Johnson was inactive against the Bills due to a groin injury. Jack Driscoll replaced him. Driscoll actually finished with the highest pass-blocking grade (79.0) on the Eagles’ offensive line. Although he gave up a pressure on the first play of the game, he stayed clean the rest of the way.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bears take Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels crashes top 10 - The Athletic
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU. Educated guess: Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is going to be lovestruck once he gets eyes on Suamataia’s tape. Yes, the BYU left tackle is young and will need time, but Philadelphia drafts with long-term plans in mind. Suamataia has the talent to provide depth as a rookie and the upside to be an impact starter down the road.

2023 Cowboys analytics roundup: Dallas looking pretty unstoppable right now - Blogging The Boys
The offensive line has rebounded in a big way as it relates to pass protection. After their really rough performance against the Eagles, Prescott hasn’t been sacked once. Terence Steele specifically, who gave up 12 pressures to the Eagles, has just seven in the three games since, including zero allowed against Washington. The offensive line has also been much better in the run game, seeing improvements each week in run block win rate and adjusted line yards. The Cowboys have also enjoyed better rushing results as well, with Tony Pollard averaging 4.67 yards per carry since the bye after previously averaging 3.85 yards per carry.

Playoffs? The New York Giants? The math says it is still possible - Big Blue View
That is not happening. Not with two of their final five games against the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles, who might be the best team in football. Still, the Giants have games against the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints left on the schedule. All three of those teams are 5-6, directly ahead of the Giants in the conference standings right now. All three of those games are winnable. What, though, if the Giants do manage to win those three games and finish the season 7-10? Considering the schedule they have had to face and the reality that many analysts expected regression after last season’s 10-8-1 record (including playoffs) that’s right around where many figured the 2023-24 Giants would end up. Looking at how this season started, how would you feel if the Giants ended up with six or seven wins?

Stats & Snaps: Week 12 Commanders @ Cowboys - Hogs Haven
Against Dallas, Howell had a similar passer rating to Peyton Manning in his 13th start. He made a pick that Tom Brady avoided, but threw for nearly 3 times the yardage and scored as many TDs. Even with a the pick, he had a much better game than Drew Brees in his 13th start. Howell fell well short of three of the current season leaders (Mahomes, Purdy, Herbert), had a comparable overall performance to Josh Allen as measured by total QBR, and did a lot better than Dak.

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