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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/13/23.

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Eagles aren’t as good as last season - PFF
Defense is the side of the ball with the larger gap to close. We have become accustomed to viewing the Eagles as one of the best pass-rushing units in the league, but they rank just 12th this season in pressure rate, some 10 percentage points lower than Dallas at the top of the rankings. Their defensive front, which used to be a reliable seven rushers deep, is much closer to a true front four this season with players who can rotate in but not replace the same level of consistent production. The linebacker position has been a mess all season due to a mixture of injuries and an inability to replace departed starters. In the secondary, James Bradberry is currently allowing a 104.6 passer rating, up from his 51.8 mark last year, and the Eagles are paying him significantly more money for less effectiveness.

Regrading the Eagles: Is the offensive scheme helping Jalen Hurts enough? - Inquirer
Is two games enough of a sample to be concerned about the pass rush? While the Eagles weren’t matching last year’s productivity through the first 11 games this season, they were generating enough pressure to keep scoring relatively low and to offset the deficiencies in the back seven. But the 49ers and Cowboys games were different stories. Should the Eagles just tip their caps to two of the better offenses in the NFL for having their numbers? Should they chalk their tepid performance up to having to face opponents with an extra three days of rest? Or is there something lacking in the pass rush that is now being exposed in December? Through the first 11 games, the Eagles pressured quarterbacks on 48.4% of their drops, per Pro Football Focus. In the last two games, that percentage has dropped to 41.2.

The offense is going to have to carry the Eagles the rest of the way - BGN
The good news is, moreso than the defense, the offense has the pieces to do all of it. There is no limit to how good they can be. They truly are that talented. For two years, they’ve been one of the league’s most effective units thanks to the best offensive line in the league, two elite talents at wide receiver, and a decent mix at running back. They have won with a basic offense that has taken advantage of their superior talent, so it’s reasonable to assume that if Sirianni and Brian Johnson can come up with some wrinkles, they can recover their mojo over the last four weeks heading into the playoffs.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.142: Dallas beats Philly, Here comes December - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa recap the Week 14 action in the division.

Eagles at Seahawks: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
We haven’t seen the Eagles’ offensive line dominate in the trenches in the run game, since, what, like, September? They have certainly tried to run it, but that element in their offense just has not been very effective over the last few months, and has led to many a stalled drive. If they can get their run game going in Seattle, that should open up opportunities in the passing game, and perhaps help allow the defense to play a reasonable number of snaps. The Eagles’ last four games are against bad run defenses. It’s one thing to be slowed by a team like the 49ers, but it will be especially alarming if they can’t win up front against the Seahawks, Giants, and Cardinals down the stretch.

Free Advice - Iggles Blitz
This is one of the reasons I still think this team can do some damage. They don’t just have a good record. They are tied for the best record in the league despite playing a brutally tough schedule. That has to count for something.

How will Nick Sirianni navigate Eagles through this adversity? - NBCSP
The Eagles’ 42-year-old head coach puts a lot of thought into his messaging. During the offseason, if you see Sirianni strolling around his South Jersey town, he’s not wandering aimlessly. He’s thinking. Sirianni always has a video clip to show his team or a story to share. Anything to motivate. And then he tries to wisely pick his spots without making the moment more than it is. It sounds simple but it’s not and Sirianni takes it seriously. This is obviously a pretty big week to get the message right. The upcoming game against Seattle is suddenly one of massive importance as the Eagles try to take the NFC East title and still fight for the No. 1 seed in the conference. The Eagles have an extra day of rest before playing the Seahawks on the road Monday night and they need it. While there’s plenty on Sirianni’s plate this week as it pertains to the on-field product — his offense managed to score a paltry 6 points on Sunday — he’s going to have to dig deep to make sure things don’t snowball. Some of that will be on his leaders and his captains, but Sirianni is in charge of everything. This is his show and he happens to be running it with two new coordinators in 2023.

NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 15 - PFF
1. Philadelphia Eagles (No change). The Eagles’ offensive line struggled in pass protection against the Cowboys, especially the right side. Center Jason Kelce, right guard Cam Jurgens and right tackle Lane Johnson were responsible for 10 of the 12 pressures Philadelphia’s line allowed, and each earned a sub-45.0 PFF pass-blocking grade. On the other hand, left guard Landon Dickerson played his best pass-blocking game of the season, as he did not allow any pressure and earned an 87.8 pass-blocking grade, which led all NFL offensive linemen in Week 14.

Five biggest issues Eagles need to get right before playoffs - ESPN
The Eagles have slipped from fourth in rushing yards (152 YPG) last season to eighth (124.5) so far in 2023. Hurts’ rushing totals (126 rushes, 460 yards, 3.65 average) are down compared to this point last season (139 rushes, 686 yards, 4.94 average). He was dealing with knee pain for weeks and the Eagles have generally been more conservative with him, keeping his long-term health in mind. With Hurts drawing less attention in the ground game, there hasn’t been as much open space for the running backs to operate. Still, the Eagles could lean on the explosive D’Andre Swift more to take some pressure off both the pass game and a defense that has faced the sixth-most snaps this season at 65.3 on average — a number that has spiked to 74.3 over the past four games.

Spadaro: Nick Sirianni focuses on 1 major question -
Head Coach Nick Sirianni met the media on Tuesday in a video press conference and emphasized that he believes in the coaching staff he has and that there are no plans to make major changes to the process. “I feel good about the people we have in this building. We’re 10-3 and in control of our destiny and we’re going to keep rolling and finding answers with the people that we have,” Sirianni said. And that’s that. On to Seattle and continued work toward ending a two-game losing streak. Sirianni said he had “total confidence” in Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai and pointed to third downs as an area to improve on that side of the ball. “We gotta coach ‘em better. We gotta put ‘em in better spots,” Sirianni said. “We have to detail it out for them. We also got to execute better. I think that everybody is in on that. This is a team game. Team. You hear me all the time say, ‘This is the greatest team sport there is.’ Usually when I’m talking about that, I’m talking about the good things that happen. But it’s also the truth when bad things are happening, too. “To single one person out is not the right move here. It’s, ‘How do we get better as a team?’ And we have to get better as a team, make no mistake about it.” Sirianni said, “It starts with me and then it goes to everybody else.”

Super Bowl QB Foles adds gold medals to trophy collection in Southern California - Pickleball
Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles described 2023 as a “family year” to spend time with his wife and kids, but that doesn’t mean that the free agent quarterback isn’t finding other ways to compete. Foles played in 3.0 mixed doubles and men’s doubles at the PPA Finals in San Clemente, CA, this past weekend alongside his wife, Tori, and friend Jim Davenport. Though the 6-foot 6-inch Foles certainly turns some heads with his physical prowess on the court, he says that the ability to not get too hung up on any point is the biggest skill he brings to pickleball from football.

Geno Smith’s status currently unclear for Eagles game - Field Gulls
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith missed last Sunday’s loss against the San Francisco 49ers after injuring his groin in a midweek practice. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Smith’s injury is typically a “two-week” absence, which logically means he’s in doubt for Monday’s must-win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Head coach Pete Carroll didn’t commit one way or another as far as Geno’s availability for the Eagles game. Seattle’s practice schedule has shifted by a day with the Monday kickoff, so that’s something to keep in mind.

NFC East deep dive into the race between the Cowboys and Eagles - Blogging The Boys
If you’re reading this, you’re already well aware that the Cowboys laid the smackdown on the Eagles last Sunday night. You probably also know that the win moved Dallas into first place in the NFC East. While we’re all still feeling great about recent events, unfortunately, the upcoming schedule for both teams could easily allow Philadelphia to get back into the lead before the playoffs. Despite the Cowboys’ excellent work to get to 10-3. tying them with the Eagles, 49ers, and Ravens for the best record in football, they still don’t control their fate in terms of winning the division. If both Dallas and Philly win out over the last four weeks, the green guys would slide back up to claim the NFC East.

Giants-Saints opening odds: New York looks to continue underdog win streak - Big Blue View
The Saints are 6-7 overall, but they’ve only covered the spread three times this year. They snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday in a 28-6 win over the Carolina Panthers, but it may have been too little too late. New Orleans has only been favored by 4.5 points or more twice this year. Both times, they failed to cover. However, the Panthers win reminded opponents that the Saints are capable of blowout wins against struggling opponents. New Orleans beat the New England Patriots 34-0 earlier in the season, who the Giants beat by only three points. That’s bad news for New York. When the Giants lose, they often do so by a wide margin; they’ve covered the spread in only one loss this year.

Washington Commanders Tank Tracker 2023 – Week 15 - Hogs Haven
If the Commanders stay where they are now in fourth place, they will likely take the podium after the top two QB prospects have been taken and one other player. The third player taken is most likely to be either the third QB in the draft class, or “generational” WR prospect Marvin Harrison Jr. Other possibilities include the top edge defender DE Laiatu Latu, TE Brock Bowers or one of the top two OT prospects (Olu Fashanu or Joe Alt in most early rankings). That leaves several elite options for the Commanders’ new GM to pick from, if he chooses to pick a player fourth overall. Alternatively, there will be more than one player available that other teams should be willing to trade up to acquire.

NFL MVP’s switch to ranked voting, and how it could determine the winner - SB Nation
Last year, that did not matter. Patrick Mahomes was picked first on 48 of the 50 ballots, and the other two voters had him second. He finished with 490 points, well ahead of Hurts, who finished second with 193 points after receiving a single first-place vote. Why might this matter this season? In what looks to be a closely-fought race, it might come down to third-, fourth-, and even fifth-place votes. For example, right now Prescott is listed as a slim favorite over Purdy at DraftKings, with the Dallas passer at +150, and Purdy at +185. Jackson checks in third at +475. But if, hypothetically, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Miami Dolphins in a few weeks to lock up top spot in the AFC, that could see Jackson close the gap. However, if enough voters were to put a particular player down on their ballots, or leave them off the ballot altogether, it could sway the voting enough in a year like this. Just imagine what the conversation would be if, again hypothetically, Purdy were to lose MVP because a number of voters put him fifth, or left him off the ballot altogether.

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