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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 11:30:30 EST from rss

Subject: Broncos-Eagles Week 9 Live Thread

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With the bye week on the horizon, the Eagles hope to enter the week off at 8-1 as they take on Brock Osweiler and the Denver Broncos at home. The team will be wearing their all-black uniforms for the game. On the injury front, Ronald Darby (ankle) and Zach Ertz (hamstring) are questionable. Doug Pederson said…

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

Subject: Eagles-Broncos Inactives: Zach Ertz OUT, Jay Ajayi ACTIVE

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Look who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 9 game against the Denver Broncos.

In surprising news, Zach Ertz is OUT. Doug Pederson said he was going to play but the starting tight end struggled through warmups prior to the game. Ertz suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thursday.

That’s really bad news for Philly. Ertz leads the team in all major receiving categories and the Broncos are vulnerable to tight ends. Expect an increased workload for Trey Burton and Brent Celek in Ertz’s absence.

New Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is ACTIVE, as expected. He’s reportedly set to be involved in “a small package of plays” since the Eagles only acquired him on Tuesday. Jay Glazer says expect 10-15 snaps but that “could change.” LeGarrette Blount figures to get a bulk of Philly’s carries with Ajayi expected to be limited.

Starting cornerback Ronald Darby is OUT after being ruled questionable on the final injury report. He should be ready to return after the Eagles’ Week 10 bye. Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, and Rasul Douglas will continue to get the bulk of playing time at corner with Darby out.

Nate Sudfeld is inactive after being promoted to the active roster this week as the team’s third-string quarterback.

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

TE Zach Ertz - Injury.

CB Ronald Darby - Injury.

QB Nate Sudfeld - Third string quarterback.

OT Taylor Hart - Depth offensive tackle.

DE Steven Means - Fifth defensive end.

DT Elijah Qualls - Fifth defensive tackle.

WR Shelton Gibson - Sixth wide receiver.

Denver Broncos Inactive List

QB Paxton Lynch, RB De'Angelo Henderson, DB Lorenzo Doss, LB Todd Davis LB DeMarcus Walker, OL Donald Stephenson, WR Jordan Taylor





[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 11:54:41 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Broncos 2017: First quarter score updates

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The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Denver Broncos at home today.

IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their ninth game of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Today’s game begins at 1:00 PM Eastern.

The Eagles can advance to 8-1 by beating the 3-4 Broncos. This is an opportunity for the Birds to extend their win streak to seven in a row.

Check out the Eagles-Broncos BGN Radio pregame show below. Stay tuned for the postgame show in the recap thread immediately after the final whistle.

BGN Radio Pregame Show #Eagles vs #Broncos

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, November 5, 2017

LET’S DO IT!

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:

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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 13:48:24 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Broncos 2017: Second quarter score updates

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After the first quarter, the Eagles lead by 17 to 3.

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:

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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 14:46:20 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Broncos third quarter score updates

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After the second quarter, the Eagles lead by 31 to 9.

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:

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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 15:37:28 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Broncos fourth quarter score updates

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After the third quarter, the Eagles lead by 44 to 9.

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:

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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 16:24:02 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Broncos Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia

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Seven wins in a row!

The Philadelphia Eagles DEFEATED the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field by a final score of 51 to 23. The Eagles advanced to 8-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a Week 10 bye. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

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Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, November 5, 2017

FIRST QUARTER

Broncos win the coin toss and elect to receive. Eagles defense up first.

Brock Osweiler hits Demaryius Thomas for a first down on the first play, but not without taking a shot. Denver head coach Vance Joseph oddly decides to call a timeout after the first snap. The Broncos try to get the run game going but no dice. 3rd-and-3 and Osweiler’s pass is incomplete. But Jalen Mills gets called for defensive holding to move the chains. Kind of seems like BS when the refs didn’t throw a flag until after they saw the pass was incomplete. Denver moves into field goal range but a holding penalty sets them back. A potential Osweiler interception goes through the hands of Rasul Douglas on second down. Could have been a pick-six. 3rd-and-17 and Osweiler completes a pass short of the sticks but Patrick Robinson breaks up the play with a big hit. Broncos settle for a 52-yard field goal from Brandon McManus. Broncos lead, 3-0.

Kenjon Barner got the “start” at running back since he was in on the first play. Carson Wentz’s first pass of the game goes for Brent Celek but gets batted away by Brandon Marshall. LeGarrette Blount runs for a yard on second down. Then Wentz hits Zach Ertz — sorry, no, he’s out, that’s Trey Burton — for a first down. Wentz keeps on the zone-read and drops a pass right in the bucket to Alshon Jeffery for a 32-yard touchdown. Just a beautiful throw. Great play-call, too. Defense totally bit on the fake handoff to Jay Ajayi. It all looked too easy, in a good way. Eagles lead, 7-3.

Vinny Curry tackles C.J. Anderson for a loss. He’s gotten so much better in that facet of his game this year. Used to be known for being poor against the run. Anderson gets hurt and has come out of the game. Then Brandon Graham joins the party with a tackle for loss. He was reading run all the way. A false start puts the Broncos at 3rd-and-13 from their own 5-yard line. Osweiler’s pass is #ShortOfTheSticks as he gets hit by Derek Barnett. Osweiler exchanged some words with Derek Barnett after the play. Broncos QB is enjoying all these hits. Denver punts.

Wentz hits Torrey Smith for a first down. Then he hits Celek, who fights through contact to move the chains. Fun to watch. Wentz tries to hit Burton deep in the end zone but the ball is overthrown. Wentz targets Jeffery on third down but the pass is immediately broken up. Philly settles for a 45-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. It’s good. Eagles lead, 10-3.

Osweiler throws a pick right to Robinson on the first play of this drive. Lol. Robinson returns it to the Eagles’ 15-yard line to put Philly’s offense in prime scoring position.

Wentz throws another touchdown on a screen pass to Corey Clement. That’s Clement’s third score of the season! Pederson doing a great job with play-calling today. Eagles lead, 17-3.

SECOND QUARTER

Barnett beats a block to notch a tackle for loss. The rookie is really heating up. Osweiler’s third down pass is nearly picked off again but two Eagles defenders bump into each other. Denver has to punt.

Ajayi gains six yards on his first Eagles carry. Nice applause from fans at the Linc. Blount gets stopped short of the marker and the Eagles have to punt.

A 44-yard punt return from the Broncos sets them up on the Eagles’ 43-yard line. Credit Corey Graham for preventing a touchdown on the play. Osweiler’s third down pass is incomplete so the Broncos settle for a 53-yard field goal. Eagles lead, 17-6.

Wentz’s first down pass is batted down. Then hit second down pass is dropped by Jeffery. Wentz draws the Broncos’ defense offside with another hard count, second time so far. Then he hits Jeffery for a first down despite the fact the wide receiver was being held by Bradley Roby. Wentz beats a blitz by dumping down to Celek for another first. Then the quarterback drew a roughing the passer penalty. Looking like it could’ve been grounding, but a Broncos defender threw the ball at Wentz after the play so it would’ve been an unsportsmanlike penalty anyway. Then Wentz throws a 27-yard pass to Burton for another touchdown. Good god. Wentz is on freaking fire. Eagles lead, 24-6.

Broncos drive their way down to field goal position. Looked like Emmanuel Sanders got away with a push-off on Joe Walker, but no call. Denver moves into goal-to-go territory. A Jaylen Watkins tackle for loss (?!) forces the Broncos into third down. Osweiler’s third down pass is incomplete. Great stop by the defense. Broncos settle for their third field goal of the day. Eagles lead, 24-9.

Wentz to Mack Hollins for an 8-yard gain. Then the Jay Train powers through for a first. Wentz draws the defense offside AGAIN. His hard count is really a weapon. Ajayi runs for a big gain. Then he runs for an even bigger gain! 46 yards to the house for a score. Good god, this Eagles offense is scary good. They’re doing all this without Ertz, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles! Against a top defense! Choo Choo. Eagles lead, 31-9.

Curry sacks Osweiler. The Eagles force the Broncos to punt with one minute remaining in the first half. Wentz hits Jeffery along the sideline. Then he tries to do the same again but the pass is dropped. End of the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

Eagles get the ball to start the second half.

Clement breaks off a 33-yard run by the gain is limited by a Jeffery holding penalty. Still a first down, but too many miscues by Alshon this year. Eagles move the ball into the red zone. Lane Johnson has to come out of the game (not good!) so Isaac Seumalo comes in at right tackle. Wentz tries running for a first on 3rd-and-8 but gets stopped short. His pass to Nelson Agholor on 4th-and-1 brings up 1st-and-goal. Wentz tosses to Clement on an option play for the easy score. This is a rout. Eagles lead, 38-9.

Broncos have nothing going. Malcolm Jenkins breaks up a pass on third down.

In-between drives: Chants of “Trust The Process” break out after the Eagles show Joel Embiid (and Justin Anderson) on the jumbotron.

Eagles have nothing going themselves. They punt.

Broncos take over and Osweiler throws another interception after Fletcher Cox pressures him. Rodney McLeod picks it off and takes it to the red zone. Brandon Graham absolutely LIT UP some sorry offensive lineman on the return.

The Eagles run a few times and then Wentz hits Jeffery in the back of the end zone. This is nuts. Elliott misses the extra point. Eagles lead, 44-9.

FOURTH QUARTER

Broncos slowly move down the field and get all the way to the 1-yard line. Osweiler connects with Thomas in the end zone on third down for the most empty score. Eagles lead, 44-16.

Standing ovation as Nick Foles enters the game with 9:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Chance Warmack in at right guard for Brandon Brooks. Seumalo back in at right tackle with Johnson resting. Seumalo gets beat by Miller on third down and Foles is strip-sacked. Denver recovers for a touchdown. Looked to me like Miller was clearly offside, but no call. Eagles lead, 44-23.

Eagles get to 4th-and-1 after a few Clement runs. Foles airs it out to Agholor for a 35-yard gain. Great throw by the Eagles back up and nice contested catch by the receiver as well. Broncos challenge even though it’s clearly a catch, lol Vance Joseph. Clement runs in for ANOTHER Eagles touchdown. Eagles lead, 51-23.

Broncos take over and have to punt.

Wendell Smallwood makes an appearance with 2:42 remaining in the game. He runs for 26 yards. Eagles run some clock and turn the ball over on downs.

Broncos turn the ball over on downs.

Victory formation.

FINAL SCORE

Eagles win, 51-23. SEVEN IN A ROW. Just a total beatdown today. The Eagles are 8-1 heading into their bye. Life is good.

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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 16:54:11 EST from rss

Subject: Cowboys vs. Chiefs: Start time, game info, how to watch

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Let’s go Big Red.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1 after blowing out the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Sounds really nice, right?

Now it’s time to sit back and watch the second team place in the NFC East: the Cowboys. Dallas is hosting the 6-2 Chiefs.

The Eagles are already so good that they don’t need to rely on their rivals losing, but it would still be great to see the Cowboys drop to 4-4 today. Eagles fans will be hoping Andy Reid’s team can pull it off.

In other NFC East news, the Redskins are playing the Seahawks in Seattle. It’d be better for the Eagles if Washington wins that game since the Seahawks are a bigger threat to the Eagles’ No. 1 seed. But that probably ain’t happening.

Here’s all the basic info you need to know about this game.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

TV Schedule

Game time: 4:25 PM EST

Channel: CBS

Date: Sunday, November 5

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Location: AT&T Stadium | Arlington, Texas

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass

Odds

Kansas City Chiefs +2 (-105)

Dallas Cowboys -2 (-115)

Over/under: 53.5 points

SB Nation Blogs

Chiefs - www.ArrowheadPride.com

Cowboys - www.BloggingTheBoys.com

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[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 17:29:37 EST from rss

Subject: 8 winners and 3 losers from the Eagles

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A mile high in Philly

The Eagles broke the Broncos 51-23 in a game that wasn’t even that close. It might just be easier to list who wasn’t a winner on the Eagles. Such as the fireworks company.

WINNERS

Carson Wentz

That’s our baby boy. Four touchdowns in three quarters of play against a very good defense. Another “how many QBs can do that” sack evasion. And he did it without Zach Ertz, who has been his best receiver this season, so you can check that box off along with all the other ones this year. This kid is ridiculous.

Alshon Jeffery

With Zach Ertz a late scratch, someone was going to have to step up, and preferably Jeffery. He did, with two beautiful touchdowns. He had a few passes he should have caught, but of the 6 he did, 5 went for first down or touchdown.

Brent Celek and Trey Burton

Jeffery wasn’t the only one to step up in the absence of Ertz. Celek and Burton combined for an Ertz-like 5 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Celek had a pair of 15 yard gains that turned back the clock, and Burton’s touchdown catch was a great play. It looked like the game plan was to always get those two going, not that they were suddenly pressed into action.

Jay Ajayi

He knows like maybe a dozen plays, and that’s all he needed as he got his first touchdown of the season. His 77 yards were his third best of the year, on only 8 carries. This is just the beginning.

Corey Clement

Three touchdowns. Look out Jay Ajayi.

Offensive line

Von Miller’s biggest contributions until the game was out of hand were penalties.

Vinny Curry

Curry has been strong against the run all season long, and now he has a great highlight play to show for it with his violent take down of CJ Anderson. And he picked up a sack.

Doug Pederson

The Eagles were always expected to improve their record from last year, but before the bye? Doug Pederson deserves all the accolades that come his way. Especially after this game, which was both extremely well coached and incredibly fun.

He went for it on 4th and 1 up 31-9 and then again up 44-23. He ran up the score in the 3rd quarter. The third quarter. This is what Chip Kelly was supposed to do.

This was Pederson’s best game. It’s not just that the Eagles blew out the Broncos, it was how they did it. The offensive line played great against a talented pass rush. Carson Wentz and the game plan were excellent against a great group of cornerbacks. Backups stepped up when called on with Brent Celek, Trey Burton and Corey Clement having good games. I bet the All-22 will show that Nelson Agholor was a great decoy all game long, as the Eagles offense had no issues and never forced the ball to him (great catch by Agholor on the deep pass by Foles). Alshon Jeffery’s touchdowns were excellent play calls. Jeffery’s fake screen route created huge separation for his first touchdown. On the second, the use of Ajayi as a decoy had the Broncos defense biting.

And we got a glimpse at how Pederson can spread the playing time for his running backs that shouldn’t cause any issues. With Jay Ajayi looking really good in his debut, I don’t think it was a coincidence that Pederson gave Blount both carries in the red zone following Rodney McLeod’s interception. There has been and will continue to be a lot of opportunity to spread around this year.

LOSERS

Vance Joseph

-Called time out :30 into the game. Just take the delay of game.

-Didn’t challenge Emmanuel Sanders’s “dropped” pass on 3rd down.

-Finally gets into the red zone and kicks a field goal on 4th and goal down 24-6.

-Started Brock Osweiler.

Brock Osweiler

LMAO.

Zach Ertz

Some incredibly sad news to report as Ertz was apparently euthanized prior to the game.

BGN mourns his passing.





[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 18:13:21 EST from rss

Subject: Is Carson Wentz the Eagles' version of Tom Brady?

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #276). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Broncos game in Week 9, talk about how the Birds are 8-1, praise Carson Wentz, and much more.





[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 19:01:30 EST from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate dominant win over Denver Broncos

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VICTORY TWEETS!

The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1 after beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 51 to 23. Seven wins in a row, baby. You know what time it is!





[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 22:28:14 EST from rss

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Can’t argue with this.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1. Do you know why that’s significant?

Book your tickets to Minnesota, baby. The Eagles are going to the SUPER BOWL.

OK, we still don’t know that for sure. But at this point it’s really not a crazy thing to say.

Yes, just because the Eagles went to the championship game the last four times they were 8-1 doesn’t guarantee anything. But it does provide context for how good this year’s team is. And good isn’t really an accurate description here. This Eagles team is more than good; they’re GREAT! (Right, Tony?)

The Eagles are more than just mere Super Bowl contenders. They should be Super Bowl favorites at this point.

What team in the NFL would you take over the Eagles right now? They have it all. Great coaching. Doug Pederson is doing a fantastic job; he should be Coach of the Year. Carson Wentz is playing like the NFL MVP. Jim Schwartz’s defense is better at stopping the run than any team in the league, which allows them to also pressure the quarterback. Dave Fipp’s special teams unit is still one of the best around.

The Eagles are just an all-around complete team. They’ve been crushing their opponents ... all while missing some of the best players on the roster due to injury: Zach Ertz today, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Ronald Darby, Jordan Hicks, etc.

This year just feels different than all of those ones where the Eagles aren’t the team hoisting the Lombardi at the end of the season. This Eagles team is playing great football. They have amazing team chemistry. There’s a strong home field advantage at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles fans are even representing strong on the road. Everything is clicking.

Now, look. There are tough challenges ahead. The Eagles still have to beat the Cowboys. They still have to play on the road against the Seahawks and the Rams.

But the Eagles shouldn’t fear those teams. Those teams should fear having to play the Eagles.

Philly’s football team is on top of the NFL. It almost feels too good to be true.

But it’s not. The Eagles are for real.

This is a team that can win a Super Bowl.





[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 05:32:29 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Broncos player says Philadelphia runs a college offense

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/6/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Chris Harris: Eagles run a college offense - PFT
“They run this college offense,” Harris said, via James Palmer of NFL Media. “They run kind of what the Chiefs do. They got an option to run, an option to pass. They run the read option, the real option. He’s checking to a lot of things. It’s a college offense and he’s just executing it very good.” If that’s a college offense, one wonders what one calls the Broncos unit? Harris did call it the best offense they’ve seen, but the Eagles put up 419 yards with near balance in passing and rushing yards to move to 8-1 on the year. The Chiefs, who beat the Broncos in Week Eight and used to employ Eagles coach Doug Pederson, entered the weekend as the only team with more points than the Eagles this season, which suggests a trip back to school might be in order for the league’s defenses if they’re going to stop two of the most impressive teams in the league this season.

Is Carson Wentz the Eagles' version of Tom Brady? - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #276). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Broncos game in Week 9, talk about how the Birds are 8-1, praise Carson Wentz, and much more.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Broncos game - PhillyVoice
Von Miller, arguably the best defensive player in the NFL, had a meaningless strip sack against Isaac Seumalo in the fourth quarter on a play in which he was probably offsides. That sack/fumble was returned for a Broncos touchdown, so it'll look good on the stat sheet and on Miller's highlight reel. However, the reality is that when Lane Johnson was in the game, Miller didn't do jack. He got owned by Johnson for three quarters before Johnson came out of the game with a huge lead.

The Beatdown - Iggles Blitz
I did not see this coming. The Eagles completely dominated the Broncos, beating them 51-23. This wasn’t fluke plays (long kick returns or pick-sixes type stuff), this was complete and total dominance. The Eagles completely controlled the line of scrimmage. Carson Wentz was barely touched. Brock Osweiler took a beating. The Eagles ran for 197 yards. Denver ran for 35. Dominance.

With Jay Ajayi added to mix, Eagles look unstoppable against Broncos - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles went from very good to downright scary with the addition of running back Jay Ajayi. Just ask the Denver Broncos. Acquired from the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, Ajayi made an instant impact in his Philly debut, breaking off a 46-yard touchdown run as part of an eight-carry, 77-yard performance that helped the Eagles cruise past Denver, 51-23. "It was special," Ajayi said afterwards. "First off, it's my first touchdown of the season, and it's exciting for it to have been in Philly in my first game as an Eagle. I don't think it could have been written any better than that."

NFL Midseason MVP: Carson Wentz Leads the Race; Tom Brady, Alex Smith Round Out Top 3 - The MMQB
1. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia. Wentz, Brady. Brady, Wentz. Can’t go wrong either way. The Eagles have the best record in football, and Wentz has had dominating games against one excellent defense (Denver’s, on Sunday) and a good one, Washington’s. Wentz led Philly to 85 against Denver and Washington in the past three weeks. He has the NFL touchdown pass lead (23), and he’s second in yards and third in rating. Perfect example of his impact: Against Denver, he rolled right and, with Von Miller in his face, threw 32 yards down the right sideline perfectly for Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown—with Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib in tight coverage. Wentz has been making these types of plays all season.

In Convincing Fashion, Eagles Roar Into Bye 8-1 - PE.com
There is no immediate historical comparison or perspective here, because the Eagles have not gone out and dominated teams on such a singular basis. Seven straight wins, with an average margin of victory of 14 points. An 8-1 record overall. The most recent victory, 51-23 over Denver, may have been the most convincing of all coming against the No. 1-ranked defense in the league ...

The Eagles Can Beat You in Every Which Way - The Ringer
The Eagles have separated themselves from the pack this year with balance in all three phases, and that showed up against the Broncos. The defense stifled Denver’s run game, allowing just 35 yards on 19 totes, and they got after quarterback Brock Osweiler, picking him off two times and racking up three sacks and 10 quarterback hits. The special teams unit continued its stellar play, too: Kicker Jake Elliott has had a few hiccups on extra point tries (he’s missed three times in the past two weeks), but he has hit 16 straight field goals—including a franchise record five from 50-plus yards—and connected on a 45-yarder on Sunday. But while the team’s defense and special teams units have more than carried their own weight, it’s the offense under sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz that’s turned the Eagles into what looks like an unstoppable juggernaut.

With masterful play-calling, Doug Pederson outschemed the Broncos - Inquirer
The plays that look the easiest are often the ones that exemplify the mastery of the play-caller. When Doug Pederson was named the Eagles head coach 22 months ago, and he announced that he would call the offensive plays, many were skeptical. His first season only marginally alleviated those concerns. But Pederson, like his young quarterback, has elevated his game in Year 2. And there have been times, such as Carson Wentz’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery that kick-started the Eagles’ 51-23 romp of the Broncos on Sunday, when Pederson’s maturation as a play-caller has invalidated the initial cynicism

‘Disrespected’ Eagles’ defense outshines vaunted Broncos’ D - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles reached a new low Sunday. The 226 yards of offense by the Denver Broncos is the lowest total allowed by the Eagles' defense this season. The Broncos entered Week 9 with the top-ranked defense in the NFL, and a reputation as arguably the best unit in the league. But the only dominant defense that showed up at Lincoln Financial Field was the Eagles' in a lopsided 51-23 victory. You think they wanted to make a statement? "They always don't give us the credit, but we have to go out there and keep putting people on notice that the Eagles are new and improved," Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said.

Philadelphia Eagles' 'super smart' RB Jay Ajayi makes quick impact in win over Broncos - PennLive
But there was something he didn't know about know about Ajayi until the past few days: The former Boise State star has a knack for picking up on small details of an NFL playbook, Brooks said. That's why Ajayi was able to make a quick transition onto a first-place team and play a significant role in Sunday's 51-23 blowout win over the Broncos. "Probably the biggest thing I've seen is he's smart as [expletive]," Brooks said. "With the protections, he came in and picked it up right away. Super smart cat."

NFL Week 9 Sunday Standouts: Defense - Pro Football Focus
DI Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles, 88.9 overall grade - The Philadelphia Eagles had their most dominant win of the season on Sunday, and star interior defender Fletcher Cox played a huge role in that victory. As a pass rusher he was far too much for the Broncos offensive line to handle, registering eight total pressures from 25 pass rushing snaps, and producing a pass rushing productivity rating of 24.0.

There are no words for Ben McAdoo's halftime speech, literally no words. - SB Nation
Ben McAdoo staring blankly into the void might be the perfect halftime speech for Team Camus in the existentialist flag football league, but it didn’t have much impact on the Giants. They got blanked 21-0 in the third quarter. And by the time the final whistle blew, that 17-point halftime deficit seemed downright quaint compared to the 51-17 drubbing they suffered.

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

Subject: Jay Ajayi makes strong first impression in Philadelphia Eagles debut (WATCH)

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He’s a beast.

It sure didn’t take long for Jay Ajayi to make an impact with his new team.

The 24-year-old running back made a strong debut with the Eagles in Philadelphia’s 51-23 drubbing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Despite only taking eight carries, Ajayi lead the Birds in total rushing yards with 77. His biggest highlight was the 46-yard touchdown run.

Now, Ajayi clearly had good blocking on most of his runs. So let’s not forget to credit the Eagles’ outstanding offensive line.

But you can also see Ajayi’s raw talent on display. With all due respect, LeGarrette Blount probably isn’t scoring a touchdown on that play. Blount simply doesn’t have that kind of home run speed, which is part of the reason why the Eagles acquired Ajayi.

Ajayi also showed off his physicality on the 14-yard run he had before his score. Look at how Ajayi breaks a tackle from Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and then keeps fighting for extra yards. Great stuff.

But wait. Isn’t Ajayi a locker room cancer, just like those Miami reporters said he was? Isn’t Blount going to have an issue with this trade?

You tell me.

Here’s what Blount had to say about his new teammate after the game.

“[His drought] ended today. I’m excited to have him here because I’ve been a fan of his all the way back to last year. He’s a really good player and is an exciting and dynamic player to watch. I like him a lot, and for the few days he was at practice this week, he said we’re going to be good and get this. They told us that we had to run the football on these guys, and that’s something he was really excited about, as you could see.”

Ajayi was able to make a big impact for the Eagles despite only being acquired by Philadelphia on Tuesday. Now he can take advantage of the bye week and really dive into the playbook.

The Eagles got this dude for a fourth round pick. Lol Dolphins.





[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 06:00:02 EST from rss

Subject: Monday Morning Fly By: Break time!

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*The Flyers are off until Thursday, and they did not end this stretch of games on a high note. First shootout game, first shootout loss. Way she goes, boys. Way she goes. RECAP!

*And somehow, we’ve plucked ten things to learn from this game that is not just “don’t score own goals” ten times. [BSH]

*But seriously, Saturday’s game was sloppy as hell. And you won’t win a lot of sloppy hockey games, folks. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Saturday’s game also featured one of the things that have really been hurting the Flyers lately: a slow start. [Philly.com]

*Anyhoo, on to the good stuff. Will O’Neill was sent back up to Allentown yesterday, but he got to play in an NHL game after 11 years of pro hockey and that’s pretty damn cool. [Philly.com]

*Robert Hagg has been throwing a lot of hits lately and oh boy is that extremely the Flyers’ shit. [Courier-Post]

*Dave Hakstol deserves every bit of criticism he gets from this fan base, but credit where it is due: the first line is a revelation. And Sean Couturier is evidence of that. [Philly.com]

*Michal Neuvirth came into Saturday’s game off of a very strong showing in St. Louis and a real opportunity to distance himself from Brian Elliott. He did not do this. [Yahoo Sports]





[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 07:12:07 EST from rss

Subject: NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles on the path for the No. 1 seed

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The opportunity is there for the taking.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1 after beating the Denver Broncos to a pulp on Sunday. Now that the 2017 NFL season is more than halfway over, here’s an updated look at the NFL playoff picture in the NFC.

As you can see, the Eagles are on top of the conference. If they keep this pace, they’ll be able to lock up home field advantage in the playoffs. Here’s a look at Philly’s remaining schedule:

Week 10 - BYE

Week 11 - at Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 19, 8:30 PM ET)

Week 12 - vs. Chicago Bears (Nov. 26, 1:00 PM ET)

Week 13 - at Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 3, 8:30 PM ET)

Week 14 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 4:25 PM ET)

Week 15 - at New York Giants (Dec. 17, 1:00 PM ET)

Week 16 - vs. Oakland Raiders (Dec. 25, 8:30 PM ET)

Week 17 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 31, 1:00 PM ET)

There are some tough games coming up. Playing the Cowboys, Seahawks, and Rams on the road won’t be easy. Then again, there’s no reason think the Eagles can’t win based on how they’re playing right now.

Getting a win over Dallas in Week 11 is especially critical. The Eagles can put an end to the Cowboy’s resurgence and virtually lock up the NFC East, if you don’t consider the race to be over already.

The Eagles obviously don’t need help from other teams to get to the No. 1 seed. If the Birds take care of business, they’ll get there. Still, it doesn’t hurt to root against teams like the Saints, Vikings, Rams, Panthers, Cowboys, and Seahawks. Losses from those teams will give Philly more room for error.

It was good for the Eagles that the Redskins beat Seattle on Sunday. The Seahawks are still one of the more threatening teams in the conference. The fact that they lost to Washington hurts their chances of getting home field over the Eagles.

With eight weeks left in the season, there’s still a lot that change. For now, the Eagles are playing great football. The path to the No. 1 seed is there for them. Getting a first round bye and home field advantage in the playoffs will only help them on their Super Bowl quest.





[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 07:55:19 EST from rss

Subject: Crossing Broadcast: Broncos Game

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[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 08:28:35 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Broncos snap count analysis: Corey Clement takes advantage of his playing time

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Playing time tracker.

Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles' 51-23 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 9.

OFFENSE

Jay Ajayi played 17 snaps in his Eagles debut. Decent amount for a guy who just got here earlier this week. LeGarrette Blount only played one fewer snap than the Jay Train.

Corey Clement led all Eagles runners with 28 snaps. Part of that is because he got carries in garbage time, but the other part of it is that the Eagles actually like the undrafted runner and want him involved in the offense. Clement had a strong day: he finished with 12 rushes for 51 yards (4.3 average) and two touchdowns. Oh, and he had a 15-yard receiving touchdown on a screen play.

Big increase in playing time for Brent Celek and Trey Burton with Ertz out, obviously. The Eagles have quality depth at tight end.

Mack Hollins played a career-high 30 snaps. Torrey Smith only played one more snap than the rookie wideout. Smith caught his first pass since Oct. 12 against the Panthers.

Isaac Seumalo filled in at right tackle when Lane Johnson went down with a bruised tailbone.

Stefen Wisniewski, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Jason Kelce were the only three starters who played 100% of the snaps with 69 each. Nice game for them.

Carson Wentz was pulled with 9:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. Nick Foles took over in his place.

Chance Warmack came in at right guard for Brandon Brooks late in the game.

Wendell Smallwood didn’t play until late in the fourth quarter. He likely would’ve been a healthy scratch on Sunday if Ertz wasn’t injured.

Oddly enough, Kenjon Barner got the “start” at running back for the Eagles since he was out there on the first snap. But he only played one more snap after that.

DEFENSE

Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks are taking the bulk of linebacker snaps with Jordan Hicks out. The Eagles have mixed Malcolm Jenkins in at linebacker as well. Philly has clearly tried to limit the snaps for Joe Walker and Najee Goode.

Patrick Robinson played the second most snaps of any Eagles corner. He got the start on the outside opposite of Jalen Mills. Robinson is splitting some of his snaps with rookie corner Rasul Douglas.

Reserve players Kamu Grugier-Hill and Dexter McDougle got to play some defensive snaps near the end of the game. Nice reward for two guys who play hard on special teams.

SPECIAL TEAMS

LB Nate Gerry - 21 snaps (58%)

K Jake Elliott - 17 snaps (47%)

LS Rick Lovato - 10 snaps (28%)

P Donnie Jones - 10 snaps (28%)

Gerry hasn’t played on defense but he’s been contributing on special teams.

Elliott made his only field goal attempt: a 45-yard kick. He missed one of his seven extra points. He missed two last week, so it’d be nice if this stops soon.

Jones only punted twice in this game. What a slacker.

DID NOT PLAY

The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Ronald Darby, Zach Ertz, Shelton Gibson, Elijah Qualls, Steven Means, Taylor Hart, Nate Sudfeld.

The following player(s) were active but did not play: N/A.





[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 08:41:42 EST from rss

Subject: Your Monday Morning Roundup

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This feeling will never get old. After another day at the office for the Eagles, the fans can proudly say that the Birds are the best team in the NFL after a dominating 51-23 victory for Philly over Denver at the Linc on Sunday afternoon. The Birds are now 8-1 heading into their bye week.…

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[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 09:10:32 EST from rss

Subject: Throw the Damn Towel! Ten Takeaways from Eagles 51, Broncos 23

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We’re at a point where broadcasters are bailing on the Eagles because they’re beating teams so badly. Yesterday CBS cut to the Ravens/Titans matchup in non-local markets to show a “more competitive game.” Even the local production crew ran out of things to talk about and decided to spend five minutes shouting out their camera…

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