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In Roob’s Observations: Mulling the futures of Sean Desai and Brian Johnson - NBCSP
1. I truly believe Brian Johnson and Sean Desai could very well be coaching for their jobs these last four weeks of the regular season. It’s not like Nick Sirianni to make knee-jerk changes, and the fact that he kept Michael Clay around and special teams has turned it around this year could affect his thinking. The Eagles are still 10-3, but these last two games have been blowouts of historic proportions. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to open 10-1 or better and lose back-to-back games by 20 or more points at any point the rest of the season. This is only the third time in the last 50 years the Eagles lost by 20 or more points in consecutive games and the other two other times it happened, the Eagles were a losing team that was out of playoff contention – in 1998 and 2015. Both times, the head coach got fired within the next few weeks. The head coach isn’t getting fired this time, but somebody might. For both sides of the ball to collapse like they have the last two weeks is alarming. These weren’t just losses. They were largely non-competitive blowouts. This is the first time the offense has failed to score a touchdown in a meaningful regular-season game in seven years and the first time the defense has allowed at least 33 points in three straight games since 1967. Maybe both losses were the product of the 49ers and Cowboys having three extra days rest and the Eagles being worn out under the weight of too many snaps against elite teams in too short a time. But if this keeps up? If the Eagles continue to look unprepared, unimaginative and uninspired on both sides of the ball? If they fail to wrap up the NFC East when all they have to do is beat four losing teams to clinch the division and No. 2 seed? If they make a quick postseason exit? The Johnson and Desai watch will be on.
Eagles vs. Seahawks stats preview - BGN
The Eagles’ defense isn’t far away from being the worst defense in the league on 3rd/4th downs and in the red zone. That sounds like a pretty abysmal combination to me. Luckily, this Seahawks team struggles on offense in the red zone and isn’t a great deal better than the Eagles’ defense in the red zone. I think the Seahawks are a decent team and have some good weapons, but some of the underlying numbers of this team are pretty bad. The Eagles should feel pretty confident if they play well.
Eye on the Enemy #161: Eagles-Seahawks Preview + Both defenses stink, whose is worse? - BGN Radio
Field Gulls’ John Gilbert stops by to preview the Eagles-Seahawks MNF game with John Stolnis.
The Right Approach - Iggles Blitz
Think about some of the greatest defenses we’ve seen over the years. The 1985 Bears were a speed team that blitzed relentlessly. The 2000 Ravens were built on size. The 2002 Bucs might be the greatest pass defense of all time. Three different approaches. All led to Super Bowl wins. And those were three very different defenses. The schemes were good, but it was the players making those schemes come alive that was the real key. The Eagles have the talent to win and play good football. They have to eliminate mistakes and start making plays. That doesn’t require new schemes. That requires better execution. Of course there are times when the coaches make bad calls. No one would dispute that. But the Eagles schemes have worked fine at times this year. What needs to happen now is the coaches figuring out the best way to get the players to execute at a high level. Part of that is more practice and drilling on fundamentals. Part will be calling the right plays to bring out the best in the guys. Two straight butt-kickings should have all the players and coaches as focused as possible. Let’s hope all the work from this week pays off in Seattle.
NFL Week 15 picks, schedule, odds, injuries, fantasy tips - ESPN
Storyline to watch: It’s a matchup of two of the leading candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon, the fifth overall pick, has 3.0 sacks, 16 passes defensed and a 97-yard pick-six on his résumé. Eagles defensive tackle Jalen Carter, chosen four spots after Witherspoon, has 4.0 sacks, six tackles for loss and the fourth-best pass rush win rate among interior defenders. With a national audience watching Monday night, this game could go a long way in determining the DROY winner.
Every NFL team’s highest-graded wide receiver from Week 14 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Olamide Zaccheaus (72.9). Dallas clamped down on Philadelphia in Week 14, despite A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith combining for 167 yards. Olamide Zaccheaus’ lone catch of the night came on a fake punt in the second quarter. He gained 28 yards and helped the Eagles regain some momentum, already down 10-0. Zaccheaus has only eight catches on the season, but he has gained six first downs, scored twice and recorded four gains of 15-plus yards.
Spadaro: Plenty of noise for the Eagles to handle vs. Seattle - PE.com
Shaquille Leonard: Feeling good about Eagles defense Signed last week, linebacker Shaquille Leonard played 14 snaps against Dallas and “got my feet wet” in the Eagles’ defense. If he is called upon to do more in Seattle, Leonard says he is ready. “I’m pretty comfortable and confident in my ability,” he said. “Taking it day by day, learning more and more each day, and taking it from there.” The adjustment, Leonard says, hasn’t been a difficult one. “Football is football, it’s just learning the terminology and the style, the way the coaches want you to play,” he said. “I think that’s the main difference between teams, but besides that, just tackle the guy with the football.” Seattle has an explosive passing game and productive running backs in Kenneth Walker and Zach Charbonnet and, yes, the goal for the Eagles is to execute on third down on Monday night. “It’s a key for every defense,” Leonard said. “When we are in those situations, we have to execute the defense and get off the field. This is part of football, part of what makes for a successful defense, so, yes, this is a priority for us.”
Week 15 NFL picks: Can Lions fend off Broncos on Saturday? Cowboys or Bills on Sunday? - NFL.com
Why Tom is taking the Eagles: Philly could use a breather after a pair of blowout losses to fellow NFC heavyweights San Francisco and Dallas. It’s a bit bizarre to think of a game in Seattle — which is still 4-2 at home — as a chance to get right. But the Seahawks’ 28th-ranked defense must look awfully appealing to Jalen Hurts and Co., who have faced top-seven units in four of their past five games. Philadelphia’s struggling defense might feel the same way about Seattle’s 20th-ranked offense, especially if Drew Lock starts at QB again.
Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 15 - FTN Fantasy
15. Dallas Goedert, PHI at SEA. Dallas Goedert demonstrated his health with an 84% snap share in his Week 14 return from a broken forearm. But with A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Quez Watkins also healthy and with Julio Jones now on the team, there may be too much talent on the Eagles roster for everyone to match their fantasy expectations. I am projecting Goedert for a 16.5% target share in Week 15 that ties him for just 15th at his position. You may have better options for fantasy.
Geno Smith: I’m better every day, we’ll see about Monday - PFT
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith is pushing to play after missing last Sunday with a groin injury, but it’s too soon to know if he’ll be ready to go on Monday night. Smith injured his groin in practice last week, but was able to get back on the field for the team’s practice on Thursday. During a Friday press conference, Smith said his condition has improved before adding that “we’ll see” what happens against the Eagles.
Seahawks vs. Eagles Week 15 preview: A losing streak will end - Field Gulls
For reference, the last two Seahawks games against Dallas and San Francisco resulted in Seattle being outscored 69-51. Therefore, Seattle is currently a better team than Philadelphia. Ok, probably not but I wrote that statement only partially in jest. You see, the Eagles do have some pretty glaring weaknesses. What if I told you that Philadelphia’s defense ranks worse than Seattle in points allowed/game and pass yards allowed/game? Or that Philadelphia has a -4 turnover differential compared to Seattle’s +1? Just what is Sean Desai doing with that talent on defense?
Cowboys Week 15 rooting guide: one more loss from the Eagles and Niners, please - Blogging The Boys
Seahawks over Eagles. While Seattle winning would actually make it harder for Dallas to clinch a playoff spot this week, are we really worried about the Cowboys getting into the tournament at this point? The focus should be on how good a seeding Dallas can get and that’s where the Seahawks can help us by hanging another loss on Philly. That, or any other Eagles’ loss the rest of the way, would open the door for the Cowboys to control their own destiny in the NFC East. Seattle isn’t looking great right now but they may still be the best team left on Philadelphia’s schedule.
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. The Giants are offically listing Waller as questionable.
2024 NFL Draft: Washington Commanders 7-round mock draft after the bye week - Hogs Haven
Round One, Pick #4. Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State. Offensive Tackle | 6’6”, 319 lbs. Earlier in the season, left tackle was not a primary need – if you went with conventional wisdom. So much has changed in recent weeks and a true franchise player is now a huge need. Olumuyiwa Fashanu is widely considered to be the best tackle in the draft and Washington makes the selection.
Our expert NFL picks for Week 15 of 2023 - SB Nation
We’re into the final stretch and the race for the playoffs. It’s Week 15 in the NFL, and things are about to get pretty wild. The slate of games this week are less about the individual matchups, and more about what they could mean for the postseason. There are numerous games on the schedule which seem mundane in isolation, but have big ramifications for the rest of the season. Take Broncos vs. Lions, for instance. At this point Detroit has more or less locked up the NFC North, but Denver has been surging incredibly in recent weeks. If they can win out their remaining games (not difficult considering it’s an easy schedule after Detroit), the Broncos could win the AFC West. That makes this game oddly fascinating. Another to keep an eye on is Cowboys vs. Bills. Dallas is trying to assert itself in the NFC East and prove they can be an elite team entering the playoffs — while Buffalo is just hoping they can find a back door into the postseason to begin with. This makes it another critical game when it comes to the playoffs.
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