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Nick Bosa said the 49ers figured out Jalen Hurts: ‘Hopefully the Cowboys watch the tape’ - Inquirer
“Jalen is looking at the rush every play,” Bosa told reporters on Wednesday. “So you just have to be disciplined and not give him that quick escape route. ... When you play on a good team like this, a really good team, you have to sometimes give up some of the selfish-type statistics, rushing out of your gap, stuff like that, for the bigger picture, and I think we did that great. We made Jalen stay in the pocket and escape outside instead of those B gaps [between the tackle and guard], and it paid off.” [...] “We put the blueprint out there,” Bosa said Wednesday. “Hopefully the Cowboys watch the tape.”

Eagles Film Analysis: All-22 defense takeaways from the 49ers game - BGN
I am stunned that Nolan Smith and Sydney Brown didn’t get more playing time in this game. They both looked really good when they played. I think people can forget that whilst there are major question marks about Nolan Smith as a pass rusher, he was a fantastic run defender in college. Similarly, Sydney Brown is a fantastic run defender. I would have loved to have seen Sydney Brown get some more reps from the slot when the 49ers were in heavy personnel, or even as a hybrid linebacker/safety in place of Christian Elliss. I found the Eagles’ use of personnel odd in this game. I haven’t even got any clips of Eli Ricks in this one, but what on earth was that all about? He came in a handful of times and was asked to line up and play man coverage in the slot where he got badly beaten nearly every time he was on the field. I’m not a huge fan of the Eagles’ use of personnel this year.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.141: Doing it live for Cowboys/Eagles - BGN Radio
On this special live recording, Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa preview the Eagles-Cowboys Week 14 matchup and answer your questions!

Cowboys Week - Iggles Blitz
The Cowboys are the hottest team in football. The Eagles are coming off a major beatdown. As crazy as it sounds, I think these circumstances favor the guys in green. You want Dallas hearing how great they are. Their offense is unstoppable. Dak Prescott should win MVP. CeeDee Lamb is a combination of Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson. The Dallas defense is making big play after big play. Having Micah Parson and Daron Bland is like seeing LT and Deion playing together. The Eagles are probably the worst 10-2 team in sports history. The offense stinks. Jalen Hurts is a mess. The defense is awful. The CFP committee would probably choose Florida State over the Eagles. The sky high Cowboys are taking on the poor old Eagles. What is the line for this game, 20 points? 25 points? Why even bother playing? The Eagles aren’t trash-talking. They aren’t thinking about last year. They’re quiet and focused. That’s exactly what you want. Maybe having Deebo Samuel feed them multiple helpings of humble pie will turn out to be a good thing. You know Nick Sirianni and Hurts are as focused and driven as they possibly can be. Losing is bad, but getting absolutely dominated is a whole other level of bad.

‘It’s really tough:’ Zach Cunningham helping Shaq Leonard prepare for Eagles debut - NBCSP
Zach Cunningham knows exactly how challenging it is coming in late and trying to learn the defense. Because a few months ago he had to do the exact same thing. The Eagles signed Cunningham two weeks into training camp, so he missed OTAs and all the spring practices and two weeks of camp, but at least he had a month before the season opener against the Patriots. “I would say it took maybe a few weeks (to get acclimated),” he said Thursday. “Something like that.” Now Shaq Leonard has to do the same thing. Only he has less than a week to do it. The Eagles’ linebacker carousel has been in motion all summer. It was only a few months ago that guys like Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley and Myles Jack were getting 1st-team reps alongside Nakobe Dean. Things have sure changed.

Duffy: What happened to the Cowboys’ offense since the first matchup? -
Prescott is playing at an extremely high level right now, and when you look at his numbers over the last four games, he ranks near the top of most of the important quarterback passing metrics. His command of the offense is palpable, conducting like a seasoned maestro in the pre-snap phase while executing with surgical precision after the snap. His ball placement and overall accuracy stand out at all three levels, and he’s also creating more often outside the pocket than what he had been doing in the beginning of the year. When I began my study of the Cowboys’ offense leading into the Week 9 matchup last month, I saw a pass game in the beginning of the season that was often disjointed. Receivers were not on the same page as the quarterback. There was no real threat outside of star receiver CeeDee Lamb. Prescott was forcing the issue in key spots, leading to turnovers, especially down in the red zone. Through eight weeks, the Cowboys ranked 29th in the league red zone touchdown percentage, and their efficiency in most other areas was good ... but not great. Fast forward five weeks and those numbers at the top speak for themselves. So, what has changed? Here’s what the film and numbers have shown since the season’s mid-point, and it starts with additional aggression downfield.

The Week 14 NFL Betting Props Playbook - ESPN+
CeeDee Lamb anytime TD (-133): Players with a TD projection of 0.88 or above have found the end zone in 20 out of 25 cases this season. Lamb’s checks in at 0.90 for Week 14. A high TD projection should be no surprise for a player who has found the end zone in four straight games and in five of his last six. Lamb has seen 17 end zone targets — two more than any other player. He’s in an excellent spot this week against an Eagles defense that has faced the most WR targets and allowed the most WR receptions and touchdowns (23) this season. That includes at least one WR touchdown in 11 out of 12 games. (The exception, naturally, was the Jets.)

NFL says QB push play is being discussed, Roger Goodell has not expressed an opinion - PFT
Whether you call it the Tush Push or the Brotherly Shove, the quarterback sneak that the Eagles run so effectively and other teams can’t seem to figure out remains a hot topic of conversation within the NFL. But the league says Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t putting his thumb on the scale about any potential rule change. On a conference call to preview next week’s owners meetings, NFL Executive VP Jeff Miller dismissed reporting that Goodell has taken a stance on banning the play, saying that the league continues to have an open mind about whether the rules need to be modified. That confirms what PFT has previously reported, which is that the play is under review but the Commissioner has expressed no opinion.

Patriots claim linebacker/special teamer Christian Elliss off waivers from Eagles - Pats Pulpit
The New England Patriots are adding to their linebacker and special teams groups. As was announced via the NFL transactions wire on Thursday, the team has claimed Christian Elliss after he was recently put on waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliss, 24, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent out of Idaho in 2021. He bounced between Minnesota, Philadelphia and San Francisco as a rookie before eventually returning to the Eagles later that same season. He went on appeared in a combined 22 regular season and playoff games for the club over the three years since. Seeing most of his action on special teams, the 6-foot-3, 231-pounder has experience on five units: he was used on kickoff and punt coverage, both return squads, and was part of the Eagles’ field goal/extra point blocking operation. Elliss registered five kicking game tackles — tied for most on the team — through 12 games this season.

Every NFL team’s highest-graded wide receiver from Week 13 - PFF
DeVonta Smith was a bright spot on an otherwise bleak day for Philadelphia. Eight of his catches went for first downs, and he tallied two explosive gains for 36 yards. Smith caught a touchdown pass late in the game and finished with a 125.7 passer rating when targeted.

NFL Week 14 bold predictions: Matthew Stafford-led Rams upset Ravens; Dak Prescott COOKS Eagles -
Dak Prescott holds seven of the top 10 single-game passing-yard performances in Cowboys franchise history, but the No. 1 spot has eluded him for nearly seven years. That belongs to Tony Romo (506 yards in Week 5, 2013) ... until Sunday night. In a barnburner against the Eagles, Prescott will throw for 513 yards (and four touchdowns) to break the record, beat the Eagles and finish as the fantasy QB1 on the week.

Why the 49ers should sign veteran TE Zach Ertz - Niners Nation
Ertz has dealt with injuries in each of the past two seasons, which have been his main deteriorating factor, but has been productive and reliable when on the field, and is just two seasons removed from a 74-catch, 763-yard, and five-touchdown 2021 campaign. More importantly, reports have surfaced that Ertz is desiring to join a contender, with The Athletic’s Matt Barrows reporting the 49ers as a potential destination. Bringing Ertz in would provide the tight end with a chance to win a ring, while keeping him away from other potential contenders in need of another playmaker. As for logistics, the 49ers could move tight end Ross Dwelley, who is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, on Injured Reserve to pave a roster spot for Ertz, meaning they wouldn’t have to cut a player to add at the position. Overall, despite the age and injury issues, this is a move that makes sense for the 49ers, and should be one they look into if the opportunity presents itself.

Confidence in the Cowboys remains level, huge belief they will beat the Eagles - Blogging The Boys
We also asked Cowboys fans whether the team would win on Sunday night over the Eagles. Coincidentally, that number also turned out to be 85%. As in 85% of Cowboys fans think the team will beat Philly and temporarily take over first place in the NFC East.

Week 14 poll results: Giants fans split on where Evan Neal should play - Big Blue View
So SB Nation Reacts put the question to the Big Blue View community for the Week 14 poll: Where should Evan Neal play when healthy? Right guard won, but by a very narrow margin. This is our closest poll results to date, and frankly closer than I was expecting. I’m not particularly surprised that more respondents picked guard, but that so many think he should stay at tackle for the time being is eyebrow-raising.

Stats & Snaps: Week 13 Commanders vs Dolphins - Hogs Haven
The loss also represents an important milestone for Ron Rivera’s coaching career. Rivera has not had a winning season as head coach since 2017. In my Offseason Skeptic article on head coaches, I observed that Rex Ryan is the only NFL head coach to have a continuous streak of 6 non-winning seasons in the salary cap era. The loss to Miami guarantees that Rivera will not become the first cap-era head coach to break a 5-season non-winning streak. In order to tie Ryan’s record of six continuous, complete non-winning seasons, he will now just need to keep his job for the remainder of the season. Lord have mercy on the team that gives him an opportunity to break the record.

6 Jim Harbaugh NFL destinations if coach leaves Michigan - SB Nation
Washington Commanders. New ownership, a coach whose seat couldn’t get hotter. Could that mean Harbaugh in the nation’s capital? Perhaps. It’s difficult to see how Ron Rivera is able to continue coaching after this season as it was always semi-known this would be his last year as head coach unless something dramatic happened in 2023. New owners like to pick “their guy,” and Harbaugh would be a hell of a statement that they’re looking for a home run, not mediocrity. This Commanders team really isn’t bad. There are lingering questions at quarterback, and the defensive line needs to be reformed — but the cupboards aren’t bare. That could be really appealing for Harbaugh to be geographically close to his brother, and compete in the attention-filled NFC East.


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