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Can Jalen Hurts fix his fumbling problem? - NBCSP
Jalen Hurts is going to fumble. That’s just a fact of life. The way he plays quarterback – running around, extending plays, plowing forward for extra yards – it’s bound to happen to some extent. The problem is, lately it’s happening too much. Hurts has fumbled in seven straight games, the longest streak by any NFL player since Carson Wentz fumbled in nine straight games over the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The longest streak on record going back to the 1970s belongs to Kerry Collins at 11 straight in 2001, according to the Stathead player streak finder. Since he became the full-time starter in 2021, Hurts has fumbled 26 times, tied for 4th-most in the NFL behind Justin Fields (35), Trevor Lawrence (29) and college teammate Tua Tagovailoa (27). So far this year, Hurts is tied for sixth with eight total fumbles. Josh Dobbs (14), Tagovailoa (12), Lamar Jackson (11), Desmond Ridder (10) and Zach Wilson (10) have more.

Eagles-Cowboys film analysis: Starting to have huge doubts about Sean Desai - BGN
Firstly, before we look at some bad stuff, it’s worth noting that it wasn’t all bad. I actually thought the defense played reasonably well on early downs, and it turns out I was right! But what is the point of being good on early downs when you are SO bad on 3rd down?! This Eagles’ defense is just flat-out terrible on 3rd and 4th down. It feels almost impossible to be this bad on late downs.

Eagles at Seahawks preview - BGN Radio
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Eagles mailbag: Is the 2 seed better than the 1 seed this season? (It’s not, but let’s put that nonsense to bed) - PhillyVoice
The Eagles’ scheme last season was a well-oiled machine, and part of that was because Jalen Hurts made major leaps from his first full year as a starter in 2021 to his second starting season in 2022. Their opponents had four or five days to prepare for them each week, and that was about it. Certainly, nobody was wracking their brains on how to stop the Eagles during the 2022 offseason when the answers at the time seemed pretty obvious. In 2023, you can be sure as hell that teams around the league were watching a whole lot of Eagles film during the offseason (a) to see what they could steal, and (b) to try to figure out how to stop them. Defenses always figure out a way to catch up, and to some degree this season with the Eagles’ offense, I believe they have. Ultimately, I think that what is happening is fans are overestimating Johnson’s importance to the success of the offense. It’s Sirianni’s menu, with help from Johnson, Patullo, Stoutland, and others. Johnson is picking off that menu on gameday, and on some plays, not even. Maybe Johnson isn’t good. I’ll be honest — I don’t know. It’s tough to tell, honestly. But he just feels like an extremely easy and convenient target, when the players haven’t always executed and none of the other coaches seem to catch any shrapnel at all when the offense has a bad game.

Game Review – DAL 33, PHI 13 - Iggles Blitz
Jalen Hurts did not have his A-game, going 18-27-197. He fumbled in Dallas territory. Ugh. The Cowboys blitzed him effectively and Hurts struggled with it. There was a 4th down pass to DeVonta that was stopped short due to the blitz. If Hurts makes a slightly better throw, that is a 1st down. The whole offense was just off. DeVonta just missed a couple of key plays. One was a pass that got knocked out of his hands and the other was a long TD that was inches away. Hurts just missed a long play to AJ Brown. There was a sideline throw late in the half that was inches away from being inbounds. Sometimes the throws weren’t good enough. DeVonta and AJ didn’t make the tough catches that they normally do. Each of them had fumbles in Dallas territory. You aren’t going to win a big game when your three best offensive players fumble. Ugh. AJ had an OPI penalty on a play that got the Eagles inside the 10. DeVonta did that last week. More sloppiness. You can’t have that stuff. It was frustrating to see the Eagles throw short of the sticks on multiple 4th downs and 3rd downs. I’m a huge believer in the importance of run after the catch, but throwing short on key downs isn’t smart.

Offseason questions for all 32 NFL teams: What will the Bears do with QB Justin Fields? Will Dallas get a deal done with QB Day Prescott? - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Can The Eagles Get Younger In The Secondary? The Eagles have one of the oldest secondaries in the NFL, with Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Bradley Roby and Kevin Byard. Not only are they old, but they are expensive. Can Howie Roseman rebuild the secondary in one offseason? The Eagles might need to add multiple starting cornerbacks and a safety next year. The Eagles have a team coverage grade of 61.0, the seventh-worst in the NFL.

NFL Week 15 bold predictions: Bills’ D steps up in win over Cowboys; Steelers score season high - NFL.com
DeVonta Smith has quietly been the WR6 in fantasy points per game over the second half of the season. A.J. Brown has more than double the targets of Smith when playing against man coverage. Against zone, however, Smith has just one fewer target than Brown — but Smith has been the more productive Eagles WR in that circumstance, with more receiving yards and touchdowns than Brown. Smith will have another chance for a ceiling performance on Monday versus a Seahawks defense that plays the second-most zone coverage in the NFL — leading you to victory in Round 1 of the fantasy playoffs.

The Week 15 NFL Betting Props Playbook - ESPN+
Jalen Hurts over 8.5 carries (-104): Hurts is averaging 9.7 carries per game and, despite going under this line in losses to the 49ers and Cowboys over the last two weeks, he’s reached nine attempts in nine out of 13 games this season. He sits first in QB carries (126) and fourth in scrambles (37). Seattle has faced the 11th-most QB rushing attempts this season, with mobile quarterbacks Daniel Jones (10) and Lamar Jackson (14) both reaching double-digit carries against them.

‘Do you realize how proud I am of you?’: Why Lane Johnson’s Man of the Year nomination matters to Eagles O-line coach Jeff Stoutland - PHLY
“So Lane, this is a big fucking deal,” Stoutland said in the meeting. “This is a huge deal.” Then Jason Kelce spoke. “This award a lot of times goes to someone who gives a bunch of fucking money to a charity and does a bunch out in … the open,” Kelce told him. “That ain’t fucking you. We all know that. But that doesn’t take away what you mean to the guys in this room, in this building, these people. That’s why they fucking nominate you — because everyone … finally sees who you are. And when I think of a man, I think of someone who…weathers the ups and downs in life, how you fucking move forward. You’re doing better than I’ve ever seen, and it’s so fucking awesome to see. And I know it ain’t all been perfect all the time. But like, there ain’t another (person) in the NFL who represents that better than you. That’s important for you to hear.” Stoutland embraced Johnson with a hug carrying the weight of 11 years of history. “I’m so proud of you, man,” Stoutland told Johnson. “This is a big deal, Lane.”

Why the NFL moved the Eagles to ‘Monday Night Football’ - Inquirer
But look at what’s happened in the two weeks since that announcement: The Chiefs have lost two straight games, including a crazy ending against the Buffalo Bills (7-6) that left Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid furious at the refs. At the same time, the Seahawks have lost four straight games and might be forced to start Drew Lock at quarterback due to Geno Smith’s groin injury.“ A week ago, this seemed like 100% the right move, and it may still be,” North said. “But after this past weekend, if we had to pull the trigger, you could make a case that Kansas City vs. New England might still work in the Monday night slot.”

Philly sports writers, eyewitnesses set the record straight about the Santa snowball incident 55 years ago - WHYY
Didinger recalled when Santa began his trek around the stadium, “the fans were in no mood for it, it was the end of a terrible season, they wanted the head coach fired, they were in no mood to welcome a shabby Santa Claus throwing cheap candy canes up into the stands.” At that point Macnow said Santa’s sleigh got stuck in a snow drift, and someone in the crowd chucked a snowball at the stand-in St. Nick. “Everybody has a laugh, a second person throws a snowball, a third, a fourth, a couple of hundred, a couple thousand, it becomes a barrage, and poor Frank Olivo, Santa, is hiding behind his sled trying to avoid it, and everybody has a laugh,” Didinger said. “It’s a funny thing, nobody gets hurt.”

NFL Week 15 weather reports: Multiple games impacted by rain, including Eagles vs. Seahawks on Monday night - CBS Sports
Weather forecast: Periods of rain throughout the day. Chance of precipitation at kickoff: 78 percent chance of rain. Breakdown: After dropping two straight, the Eagles need this game not only to get back on track, but to put them in a better position to win the division, which the Cowboys currently lead. [BLG Note: Can we chill out on the rain games this season?!]

Seahawks need to upset Eagles to keep playoff hopes off life support - Field Gulls
So, there it is. A win makes the probability of the Seahawks making the postseason about three times greater than a loss. And either way the matchup against the Eagles won’t be the final nail in the coffin for the 2023 season, even if some fans are ready to pack it in already.

Confidence in the Cowboys explodes after team demolishes the Eagles - Blogging The Boys
Next, we wanted to know how you felt about the Cowboys winning the NFC East. This question really has two parts - confidence that the Cowboys will keep on winning, and that the Eagles will stumble down the stretch. We asked this same question back in mid-November, and only 19% of fans thought Dallas could win the NFC East. Thankfully, that number has grown to a majority (51%).

Giants-Saints final injury report: TE Darren Waller practices again; Evan Neal unlikely to play - Big Blue View
New York Giants tight end Darren Waller, on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, practiced for the second straight day on Friday and could be activated in time for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Waller has missed five consecutive games with his injury. The Giants opened his 21-day practice window on Thursday. Head coach Brian Daboll was typically non-committal about Waller’s status for Sunday before Friday’s practice. “Did some good things [on Thursday], do some more today and see where he’s at,” Daboll said. “Know more after today’s practice.” Waller’s 36 catches and 384 receiving yards remain second on the team. He said earlier in the week that he probably would not be ready to play a full game, but felt he could contribute in a limited number of snaps. “I plan on contributing given the opportunity,” he said.

Commanders fans have clear ideas about Ron Rivera’s replacement - Hogs Haven
Anyone who reads Hogs Haven regularly will be unsurprised that a majority of this site’s members perceive the key decision to be identifying the right GM, who will then be empowered and entrusted with selecting the right head coach. Still, around 45% of those responding to the survey expressed opinions about the background they prefer to see in the next head coach of the Commanders. The majority of these respondents are looking for an offensive-minded head coach, with a about twice as many people wanting a first-time head coach promoted from a coordinator’s job as compared to a candidate with previous head coaching experience.

Brandon Staley, Tom Telesco fired by Los Angeles Chargers - SB Nation
The Brandon Staley Era in Los Angeles is over. As is the tenure of general manager Tom Telesco. After the Los Angeles Chargers lost in embarrassing fashion on Thursday Night Football, going down 42-0 in the first half to the Las Vegas Raiders before ultimately losing 63-21, owner Dean Spanos had seen enough. Both Staley and Telesco have been fired.

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