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Eagles’ head of security Dom DiSandro not allowed on sidelines vs. Cowboys; 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw to be fined - NFL.com
Philadelphia Eagles chief security officer Dom DiSandro won’t be allowed on the sidelines for Sunday night’s road game against the Dallas Cowboys as the result of a Week 13 altercation with 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Saturday, per sources. DiSandro will be allowed to perform all other normal duties at AT&T Stadium, but he just can’t be on the field Sunday night, per Rapoport and Pelissero. The decision comes after DiSandro met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent and Eagles representatives at the league office on Friday, per Rapoport and Pelissero. “This is an ongoing conversation with the NFL, and we are going to respect the restriction that is currently in place,” the Eagles said in a statement. “Although Dom will not be on the sideline this Sunday, he will continue to fulfill his role with the team in all other capacities.”

Eagles at Cowboys Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the Week 14 enemy - BGN
2 - What’s the biggest concern with the Cowboys right now? Outside of the daunting gauntlet of upcoming games similar to the ones you guys just went through, it has to be the recent play of the defense. For most of the year, the defense was crushing it. Turnovers, scoring touchdowns, sacks - they were doing all that, but they were also shutting down explosive plays and stopping third downs. Doing those two things are so key to a great defense. But two games ago the Commanders and Sam Howell were carving us up although they failed to convert that to points. The Seahawks did the same but they converted theirs to points. The Cowboys defense finally rose up in the fourth quarter of that game, but these past two games have definitely been out of character defensively. DaRon Bland keeps intercepting the ball, but his coverage on most downs has slipped the past few games, he needs a rebound. Right now, it’s just a little bit of a worry, but if it happens again on Sunday, a flashing red light will go off.

Eye on the Enemy #160: Who needs to win this game more? - BGN Radio
RJ Ochoa joins John Stolnis to preview the Eagles-Cowboys Week 14 game. They discuss what to expect from Dak Prescott, talk key matchups and share thoughts on who needs to win this game more?

Cowboys vs Eagles: ‘Shaquille Leonard basically has to play this week’ - Blogging The Boys
It’s almost time for the Dallas Cowboys versus the Philadelphia Eagles. So we turn to Brandon Gowton over at Bleeding Green Nation for some information on the Eagles who are underdogs in this game. The Cowboys are currently 3.5-point favorites in the game according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

In Roob’s Observations: Eagles’ defensive struggles go beyond LBs, DBs - NBCSP
1. It’s easy to place the blame for the recent defensive struggles solely on the Eagles’ rickety linebacker group and the ever-changing secondary. But the defensive line, which is loaded with big contracts and Pro Bowlers, deserves its share of the blame, too. The Eagles have allowed an average of 435 yards in their last five games – 3rd-most in franchise history in a five-game period – as well as 29.4 points per game – 2nd-most in the league. They’ve allowed 15 passing TDs – 4th-most in franchise history in any five-game span – and 306 passing yards per game – 5th-most in franchise history over five games. But it’s not just coverage and tackling. The Eagles have not pressured well lately, especially the last three weeks. In wins over the Chiefs and Bills and the loss to the 49ers Sunday, the Eagles faced 121 pass attempts and managed just four sacks. They also had just one in the second Washington game. And they’ve fallen off big-time against the run as well. It’s hard to be too critical of the d-line, but the reality is they haven’t played as well lately as they were early in the season, and with the current state of the linebacker and secondary positions, the Eagles lean so heavily on the guys up front that when their performance falls off, the defense is going to struggle. The rotation has been a lot shorter than last year and the elevated snap counts may be catching up with some of these guys. Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis haven’t been quite so dominating, Josh Sweat has one sack in his last five games and Haason Reddick is up to 9 ½ sacks but has only one 2nd-half sack in his last five games, a sign he may be wearing down as well. If this defense is going to bounce back, it has to start with the guys up front.

Unwritten - Iggles Blitz
Right now everyone has an opinion on the Eagles. Some are harsh. Some are over the top and ridiculous (you probably know the one I’m talking about). Some are pointless and more grasping at straws than true problem-solving. There are some good opinions out there as well, but they seem to be few and far between. All of that talk goes away with a win in Dallas. It gets pumped up to insane levels with a loss. The Eagles control how things go from here. As bad as the Niners loss was, the Eagles made mistakes that led to that outcome. If they had played well, they still might have lost, but it could have been a tight game. The Eagles still have a ton of talent. They have the tools to win on Sunday and get things back on track. They don’t need help. The Eagles control their destiny (apologies for the tired cliche).

Eagles vs. Cowboys, part 2: Everything to know about SNF - ESPN
Jalen Hurts: He has posted some strong numbers against quality opponents (Niners, Bills, Chiefs) since the last time these two teams met, totaling nine touchdowns (four passing, five rushing) to two interceptions. However, his completion rate (59.8%) went down from the season average of 66.5%, while his time to throw increased to 3.31 seconds — second highest to Justin Fields — from a season average of 3.07 seconds. The game plans have left a little to be desired of late, with the offense often not coming to life until Hurts clicks into playmaker mode. Tight end Dallas Goedert, who suffered a fractured forearm in the first meeting with the Cowboys, is expected to return this week, which should benefit Hurts.

Eagles Legends Jeremy Maclin, Troy Vincent, and Brian Westbrook enter the College Football Hall of Fame - PE.com
The Philly Special is already taken. But on Tuesday, December 5, there was a special Philly connection when Eagle Legends Jeremy Maclin, Troy Vincent, and Brian Westbrook were part of the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 that was inducted during the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in Las Vegas.

Report: Bills fine Shaq Lawson for shoving fan in Philadelphia - PFT
Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson apologized after shoving a fan during an interaction at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 12 and he has reportedly been disciplined by the team for his actions.

Jets Lead Route DVOA for Defenses - FTN Fantasy
Buffalo has one of the biggest differences between standard DVOA vs. receivers on WR1 and this new Route DVOA on WR1. That makes sense, as they’re near the bottom of the league in opponent-adjusted yards allowed per game to WR1. (Kansas City is actually last at 51.2, and they are seventh in Route DVOA.) Other teams with a big difference include Green Bay (26th regular, 15th route) and Atlanta (25th regular, 16th route). In the other direction, the Philadelphia Eagles are 14th in regular DVOA vs. WR1 but 22nd in Route DVOA. The Eagles allow the most targets per game to WR1 at 11.8. No other defense is above 10.1 targets per game.

Big Blue View mailbag: The focus turns to 2024 - Big Blue View
Doug, I think the organization would love to see if Neal could string together three or four quality games at the end of the season. Just because Joe Schoen said he still believes in Neal’s ability to play right tackle doesn’t mean Neal will be handed that job. They still might move him to guard this offseason, no matter what Neal thinks of that idea. At the very least, he has to be given real competition for the job. If the Giants think that is Tyre Phillips, fine. If they think it is a free agent signing or draft pick, fine. Inside or outside, after the way the last two seasons have gone Neal should have to come into 2024 and compete for a spot. I am sure the Giants would prefer not to use another high pick on a tackle, but if that is what they have to do then that is what they will do.

Frustrated Commanders fans looking for big changes this offseason - Hogs Haven
Asking Commanders fans to say which team they prefer to see win this week can only be answered by “Hoping an asteroid destroys the Earth before Sunday Night Football kicks off”, so we instead asked which team Hogs Haven readers hate more. The results were, to me, surprisingly one-sided, with the long-standing hatred of all things Dallas that dates back to the days of head coach George Allen (Bruce’s father) in the 1970s still flowing strongly through our members. Perhaps it’s in our DNA. Personally, I voted for the Eagles, which surprised me. My anti-Cowboy bona fides are as good as anyone’s having spend my teen years rooting for Sonny, Billy and the the over-the-hill gang and being virulently anti-Dallas for decades. Somewhere along the way, Philly fans have become more annoying to me than those in Arlington Texas, and Nick Sirianni, unbelievably, bothers me more than Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy combined. Sorry Dallas, you’re gonna have to work harder to get back to the top of my most-hated list. Unlike 78% of the respondents in our survey, my disgust with the Philly team, its coach, and its fans now exceeds my disdain for the Cowboys team, owner, head coach, and followers.

49ers’ Deebo Samuels brings influence, gravity to open up San Francisco’s offense - SB Nation
Welcome back to Establish the Fun, where football is fun and we’re establishing that harder than the Atlanta Falcons on any given Sunday afternoon. We’re back with another three-pack of fun nuggets and tidbits for you to take into your viewing this weekend. With the NFL season coming down to the wire, there are some really cool trends popping up and more players beginning to establish themselves as winners at this level. There are more teams peaking at the right time, rounding into form or younger teams growing up right before the final playoff push. So, let’s have some fun and start with a young pass catcher out west beginning to make a name for himself.

TGIFootball #18: Previewing Week 14 in the NFL and Austin Ekeler - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa, Brandon Lee Gowton, and Stephen Serda preview every game in Week 14 of the NFL. After our game previews, Rob “Stats” Guerrera sits down with Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler to chat about LA’s up-and-down season.

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