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[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 06:05:00 EST from rss

Subject: Lawlor: Battle-Tested Teams Are Better Prepared For The Playoffs

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The last two weeks have been incredibly nerve-wracking for Eagles fans, players, and coaches. The games have gone right down to the wire with the Eagles managing to come away with a pair of tough ...

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Lawlor-Battle-Tested-Teams-Are-Better-Prepared-For-The-Playoffs/56029c32-0af3-494e-ae72-c826f7a0ca36

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 08:00:03 EST from rss

Subject: Why every NFC playoff team is scary (or not)

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Sorting out the postseason hopefuls from a Philadelphia perspective

It’s beginning to look a lot like ...

Playoffs.

That’s right. The holiday season is upon is, but so, too, is the postseason. (Soon enough.)

This Christmas, as an alternative to worrying whether or not your name landed on the Nice List, let’s run through all the teams that qualify as potential NFC playoff contenders from a Philadelphia Eagles perspective: Why should the Birds be weary of every team they could ultimately face in January, and why shouldn’t they?

Minnesota Vikings (11-3)

Be scared because ... they have a pool of guys (Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Stefon Diggs) who will carve you up with volume catches and a defense that makes up for a middling turnover rate with a killer knack for stopping third-down plays.

Don’t be scared because ... even amid his gritty, overachieving 2017, Case Keenum has to be one of the most favorable playoff quarterback matchups, especially considering his lack of postseason experience.

Los Angeles Rams (10-4)

Be scared because ... Todd Gurley went off when the Rams last played the Eagles, and he isn’t slowing down — a sure sign that L.A. has the firepower to do what it did against Philly in Week 14, when Carson Wentz was still active, and drop 35 points.

Don’t be scared because ... Jared Goff looked rather sheepish when the Eagles finally applied pressure late in Week 14, and only if Jim Schwartz’s defense continues to erode should the Rams have as many opportunities for clean-pocket throws and open-space scores.

New Orleans Saints (10-4)

Be scared because ... Alvin Kamara is a walking highlight reel out of the backfield, Cameron Jordan is a sneakily dangerous threat off the edge and Drew Brees is, you know, Drew Brees — the guy who ended the Eagles’ last trip to the playoffs.

Don’t be scared because ... they have very much been hit or miss, coughing up 31 points (and almost a game) to the Washington Redskins, blowing a crucial divisional bout with Atlanta and stumbling through a win over the New York Jets in their last five weeks alone.

Carolina Panthers (10-4)

Be scared because ... they’re finally letting Cam Newton loose on the ground, Luke Kuechly and Co. are fully healthy on defense and they’re getting hot at the right time with six wins in their last seven games.

Don’t be scared because ... Cam is prone to doing lots of questionable things when you put pressure in his face as the Eagles did in Week 6, and wins have hidden the fact that they’ve allowed an average of 26.5 points per game over the last four weeks.

Atlanta Falcons (9-5)

Be scared because ... they employ maybe the most imposing wide receiver in the game in Julio Jones, they’re only a year removed from a run to the Super Bowl and they’re quietly on their best stretch of the season at 6-2 in their last eight.

Don’t be scared because ... they’ve struggled to look like themselves all year, battling untimely penalties, a negative turnover differential and a late-blooming run game to the tune of 10 different games that were decided by six points or less.

Detroit Lions (8-6)

Be scared because ... they know how to air it out (fourth in the NFL in passing offense), and if any team qualifies as the underdog spoiler, it’s them, considering they’re fresh off a 2-2 stretch that includes a 44-20 loss to the offense-less Baltimore Ravens.

Don’t be scared because ... they are a self-admitted one-dimensional attack that surrenders more points than all but seven teams, and they’ve made beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears look ugly in consecutive weeks.

Seattle Seahawks (8-6)

Be scared because ... Russell Wilson.

Don’t be scared because ... their dependence on Wilson’s legs wouldn’t allow for a repeat of their Week 13 win over the Eagles, or at least in that fashion, and their defense is essentially the same feisty, undisciplined group that won playoff games — except older, way more banged up and now downtrodden by the Jaguars (!) and Rams.

Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

Be scared because ... they’re better than when they last played the Eagles, Dak Prescott has picked up his game and Ezekiel Elliott should hit the ground running as the returning centerpiece of the Dallas offense.

Don’t be scared because ... they’ve been no stranger to long stretches of offensive ineptitude, their defense was an extra Derek Carr arm length away from putting a nail in the season coffin and their path to the playoffs is just as daunting.





[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 09:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles Game Plan: Week 16

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This week on Eagles Game Plan we break down Nick Foles' four touchdowns against New York before looking ahead to how the Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed against the Oakland Raiders.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Eagles-Game-Plan-Week-16/692e4c19-77e6-46e0-ab15-5cd753a15f42

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 10:33:24 EST from rss

Subject: Didinger: Nick Foles Quieted His Critics Four Years Ago In Oakland

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Nick Foles wasn’t thinking about making history when he took the field in Oakland on November 3, 2013. He was just trying to prove to his coaches, his teammates, and himself that he could really p...

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Didinger-Nick-Foles-Quieted-His-Critics-Four-Years-Ago-In-Oakland/bcc0fbdf-b97f-44c5-a570-569304703785

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 11:00:07 EST from rss

Subject: The NFC East is full of holiday spirit

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‘tis the season of giving

Happy Holidays from the NFC East, where nearly everyone is in the spirit of giving, or turning the ball over, or getting carved up like a turkey, or

Philadelphia Eagles (12-2)

Last Week: Jolly ol’ St. Nick Foles threw four touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 34-29 win over the Giants.

This Week: Host the Raiders on Christmas. Combined with the Sixers playing on Christmas, everything is set up beautifully for Christmas to be ruined.

The Giants were DOA this season and are just going through the motions with an interim coach. So how did the Eagles defense rebound from a nail biting performance against the Rams? They didn’t. They were even worse. The Giants entered the game averaging 296 yards on offense, and 15 points a game, they put up 504 yards and 29 points.

Eli Manning threw for 434 yards, the 4th highest total in his career and for 3 touchdowns, the 15th most in his career. Roger Lewis’s 74 receiving yards were 20% of his season total, Tavarres King’s 70 were 30% of his, and Sterling Shepard doubled his touchdown total.

Shitter’s full.

Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

Last Week: Beat the Raiders 20-17, ending the Ezekiel Elliott suspension by winning three games in a row against bad teams after losing three games in a row to good teams.

This Week: Host the Seahawks, who are good.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys were caught up in the Christmas spirit. The Raiders entered Sunday Night dead last with 2 interceptions, a laughably low total that has already gotten people fired in Oakland. The Cowboys gifted them 2 more. The Raiders had the worst passer rating against, but Prescott’s 59.5 rating dropped them from the top spot. Prescott ends the Ezekiel Elliott suspension with a passer rating of 76.6, which over the course of this season would be 31st in the league among qualified starters. Like the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Elliott’s suspension showed what happens if Tiny Tim doesn’t get help.

Washington Redskins (6-8)

Last Week: Beat the Cardinals 20-15, giving them 3 wins against the NFC West, which is three times as many wins as the Redskins have against the NFC East.

This Week: Host the red hot Broncos, who are coming off wins against the Jets and Colts, who are also crappy.

Bah humbug.

New York Giants (2-12)

Last Week: Freed from Ben McAdoo and with a Jimmy Stewart-like new lease on life, the Giants finally scored more than 28 points. Mr. Potter got away with stealing over $100,000 (present day value), and the Giants still lost.

This Week: Travel to Arizona to face Blaine Gabbert, who has never lost to the Giants. Because he’s never played them.

Nobody gets into the holiday spirit like Eli Manning. After scoring touchdowns on three straight possessions, and going at least 75 yards on all of them, Manning went three and out, then threw an interception because of course he did, and then went three and out again, with that punt being blocked, and lost the game. He spread the joy around to teammates, with four pass catchers having career best or near career best games, and like Scrooge, in the end he helped everyone else out by losing to the Eagles and getting them one win away from the #1 seed in the NFC.

Tweet of the Week (In Two Parts)





[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 12:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Old School All-22: Westbrook On The Wheel

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This week on Inside The Eagles, Merrill Reese and Mike Quick look back at a pivotal play made by Brian Westbrook against the Raiders in an Eagles win.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Old-School-All-22-Westbrook-On-The-Wheel/4bbc8ebd-a457-4807-b18c-8d9b7b7ad881

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:21:13 EST from rss

Subject: Press Pass: Chris Long

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Defensive end Chris Long tells us about his favorite Christmas gift growing up, finally returning to Lincoln Financial Field, and the Eagles Pro Bowl players.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Press-Pass-Chris-Long/10eab0d0-3855-4630-96ce-d139addbe71f

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:22:14 EST from rss

Subject: Press Pass: Fletcher Cox

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Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox speaks on Brandon Graham not being voted into the Pro Bowl and what the team has to do to stop Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Press-Pass-Fletcher-Cox/3f0ee680-cd6a-438e-aeb3-9b6c98cd9b33

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:22:10 EST from rss

Subject: Press Pass: Nate Sudfeld

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Quaterback Nate Sudfeld talks about his love for the quarteback room, coach John DeFilippo, and how he plans to focus on the moment.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Press-Pass-Nate-Sudfeld/7b8f4b1f-82f7-4ee3-b235-41b335efcb89

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Progress Report: Nick Foles

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Quarterback Nick Foles threw four touchdowns in his debut as the starter against New York. Ike Reese and Mike Quick join Eagles 360 to break down some of his best throws in the game.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Progress-Report-Nick-Foles/a87fd52a-4ee1-4813-8cb4-388ab9d6a32d

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 14:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Chalk Talk: Grading Foles' Performance

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Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell give their thoughts and takeaways on Nick Foles during his first start replacing injured Carson Wentz on this week's Eagle Eye In The Sky Podcast.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/videos/videos/Chalk-Talk-Grading-Foles-Performance/e5c7864c-f358-4f3a-b8a4-55e0d6d468d8

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 14:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Chalk Talk: Grading Foles' Performance

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Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell give their thoughts and takeaways on Nick Foles during his first start replacing injured Carson Wentz on this week's Eagle Eye In The Sky Podcast.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Chalk-Talk-Grading-Foles-Performance/e5c7864c-f358-4f3a-b8a4-55e0d6d468d8

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:22:14 EST from rss

Subject: Press Pass: Fletcher Cox

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Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox speaks on Brandon Graham not being voted into the Pro Bowl and what the team has to do to stop Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Press-Pass-Fletcher-Cox/3f0ee680-cd6a-438e-aeb3-9b6c98cd9b33

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:22:10 EST from rss

Subject: Press Pass: Nate Sudfeld

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Quaterback Nate Sudfeld talks about his love for the quarteback room, coach John DeFilippo, and how he plans to focus on the moment.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Press-Pass-Nate-Sudfeld/7b8f4b1f-82f7-4ee3-b235-41b335efcb89

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:21:13 EST from rss

Subject: Press Pass: Chris Long

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Defensive end Chris Long tells us about his favorite Christmas gift growing up, finally returning to Lincoln Financial Field, and the Eagles Pro Bowl players.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Press-Pass-Chris-Long/10eab0d0-3855-4630-96ce-d139addbe71f

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 13:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Progress Report: Nick Foles

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Quarterback Nick Foles threw four touchdowns in his debut as the starter against New York. Ike Reese and Mike Quick join Eagles 360 to break down some of his best throws in the game.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Progress-Report-Nick-Foles/a87fd52a-4ee1-4813-8cb4-388ab9d6a32d

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 12:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Old School All-22: Westbrook On The Wheel

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This week on Inside The Eagles, Merrill Reese and Mike Quick look back at a pivotal play made by Brian Westbrook against the Raiders in an Eagles win.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Old-School-All-22-Westbrook-On-The-Wheel/4bbc8ebd-a457-4807-b18c-8d9b7b7ad881

[#] Thu Dec 21 2017 09:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles Game Plan: Week 16

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This week on Eagles Game Plan we break down Nick Foles' four touchdowns against New York before looking ahead to how the Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed against the Oakland Raiders.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Eagles-Game-Plan-Week-16/692e4c19-77e6-46e0-ab15-5cd753a15f42

[#] Wed Dec 20 2017 18:10:00 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles 360: Episode 43

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On today's edition of Eagles 360, we get an exclusive 1 on 1 with quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and detail the progress of quarterback Nick Foles. Hall of Fame wide receivers Mike Quick joins the show to give us our First Look at the Oakland Raiders.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Eagles-360-Episode-43/8d979797-a2a8-4491-9974-9f1aa2c4d7d1

[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles Update: Nick Foles' Rematch With The Raiders

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When quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles into Oakland in 2013, he tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. On Christmas night, Foles and the Eagles host the Raiders at the Linc. We preview that and head coach Doug Pederson also weighs in on a Pro Bowl snub.

http://prod.www.eagles.clubs.nfl.com/videos/videos/Eagles-Update-Nick-Foles-Rematch-With-The-Raiders/06c9c199-d913-458f-a6a4-61f70974020b

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