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[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 19:03:46 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks Inactives: Dannell Ellerbe active for first time this season

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Who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 13 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Eagles linebacker Joe Walker is INACTIVE. Walker suffered a stinger injury last Sunday and was ruled questionable heading into this week’s game.

With Walker out, veteran defender Dannell Ellerbe might start in his place. The Eagles signed Ellerbe a few weeks ago. Philadelphia doesn’t play a ton of base defense so he’s not expected to see extensive playing time.

For the second week in a row, Shelton Gibson is active over Marcus Johnson. Last week marked the first time Gibson suited up this season.

Elijah Qualls is inactive after being up for last week’s game. He’s no longer needed with Beau Allen back.

Trey Burton is active after being ruled out last week due to injury.

Veteran offensive tackle Will Beatty is still inactive.

Wendell Smallwood is a healthy scratch for the third game in a row.

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

LB Joe Walker - Injury.

DE Steven Means - Depth defensive end.

OT Will Beatty - Depth offensive tackle.

RB Wendell Smallwood - Fifth string running back.

WR Marcus Johnson - Depth wide receiver.

DT Elijah Qualls - Depth defensive tackle.

QB Nate Sudfeld - Third string quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks Inactive List

No real surprises here. Starting safety Kam Chancellor and starting left guard Oday Aboushi are among Seahawks players ruled inactive.

[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 19:00:58 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks Week 13 Live Thread

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The Eagles start a three-game road trip tonight in Seattle as they take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Tonight marks the first of two games against the NFC West, with next week’s game in Los Angeles to take on the Rams. With a win, the Eagles would officially clinch the NFC East and be…

[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 19:23:17 EST from rss

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

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The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Seattle Seahawks today.

IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their 12th game of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Tonight’s game begins at 8:30 PM Eastern.

The Eagles can advance to 11-1 by beating the 7-4 Seahawks. This is an opportunity for the Birds to extend their win streak to 10 in a row and maintain their NFC lead.


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


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the first quarter!

[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 21:10:14 EST from rss

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

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After the first quarter, the Eagles trail the Seahawks by a score of 10 to 0.

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


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the game!

[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 21:50:14 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks score updates for the third quarter

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After the second quarter, the Eagles trail by a score of 10 to 3.

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


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the game!

[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 22:50:40 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks score updates for the fourth quarter

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After the third quarter, the Eagles trail the Seahawks by a score of 17 to 3.

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


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the game!

[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 23:34:57 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia

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The streak is over.

The Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at CenturyLink Field by a final score of 24 to 10. The Eagles dropped to 10-2 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a road game against the Rams. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

BGN Radio Postgame: #Eagles vs #Seahawks Reaction

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, December 3, 2017


Eagles win the coin toss and elect to defer. Seattle’s offense up first.

Russell Wilson keeps for a 7-yard run to open the game. Jalen Mills whiffs big time while trying to tackle Tyler Lockett after a short catch. Not pretty. Wilson goes to Doug Baldwin on 3rd-and-7 to move the chains. Dannell Ellerbe and Najee Goode splitting time at middle linebacker in Philly’s base defense. More quick passing from the Seahawks, and another first down. Derek Barnett shoves Duane Brown right back into Wilson’s face to force an incompletion. Seattle runs a draw on third down and Mychal Kendricks makes the stop to force a 46-yard field goal attempt. Bend but don’t break. Kick from Blair Walsh is good. Seahawks lead, 3-0.

Kenjon Barner breaks off a good return on the kickoff but Goode gets called for a block in the black. Ugh. Ends up being a 30-yard penalty. Carson Wentz targets Torrey Smith for a short gain on first down. LeGarrette Blount takes a carry for one yard at most. 3rd-and-2, Wentz drops the ball, but picks it up and runs for a first down. Bradley McDougald hits Wentz on the slide for a 15-yard penalty. Cheap shot, but free yards. Blount trucks old friend Byron Maxwell. Eagles get to 4th-and-1 and ... punt? What’s up with that, Doug Pederson? Wentz has been unstoppable on sneaks. Not a fan of that call.

Brandon Graham stuffs the crap out of a Mike Davis on a first down run. Yeesh. Feels like he has a monster tackle for loss at least once a week. Seahawks run again to set up 3rd-and-7. Graham easily beats Luke Joeckel at left guard and sacks Wilson to force a punt. Beast! What a series for BG.

Wentz overthrows a WIDE OPEN Nelson Agholor on first down. Wtf? Would have went for a nice gain. Can’t miss that one. Wentz has a tendency to sail passes at times and it showed up there. Wentz gets sacked on third down as the Seahawks force a three-and-out. Halapoulivaati Vaitai struggling to block Frank Clark. Frustrating.

Seattle moves the ball on a few chunk plays through the air. Wilson bought time to spark a big catch-and-run opportunity for Davis. Ronald Darby gets called for pass interference. Tacky call. Then Nigel Bradham gets called for defensive holding. Wilson hits Jimmy Graham for a red-zone touchdown. Malcolm Jenkins beat in coverage. Seahawks lead, 10-0.

Eagles get flagged on special teams again. They end the first quarter with four penalties for 44 penalty yards to Seattle’s one penalty for 15 penalty yards. The sole flag on the Seahawks was an obvious call (late hit on Wentz). Carolina game all over again.


Wentz jukes a Seahawks defender on 3rd-and-1 to pick up a first. Then he picks up another first with his legs. Jay Ajayi runs for a first. He’s looking good. Toss to Corey Clement and the rookie picks up a first. Eagles in field goal range. Wentz throw to Zach Ertz is low, hits the field, incomplete. Clark gets called for being offside on 3rd-and-7, but not before drilling Wentz from behind. Refs didn’t blow the whistle to protect Wentz. Cool. Blount converts 3rd-and-2. In the red zone now. A Blount run to the 2-yard line gets wiped out by a blocking penalty on Alshon Jeffery. Feels like Alshon’s had like a billion of those this year. In reality, that was his seventh penalty of the season. Stop that, man. Maxwell makes a good tackle (fitting!) on third down to force the Eagles to a field goal in the red zone. Boo. Jake Elliott makes the chip shot. Seahawks lead, 10-3.

Tim Jernigan gets banged up on the Seahawks’ next drive, but appears to be OK. Philly forces Seattle to punt after containing a Wilson scramble on 3rd-and-12. Good job, defense. Barner gets hit after calling fair catch on a punt. Seemed like pretty obvious fair catch interference, but no call. How surprising!

Great block from Jason Kelce springs Ajayi to 3rd-and-inches at the 2:00 minute warning. Wentz sneaks for a first. Still perfect: 11/11. Toss play to Clement on 3rd-and-2 goes for no gain. Lane Johnson just fell down. Not great. The Eagles let the clock run down to 18 seconds ... and then instead of going for it they punt. Uh, not even going to try to take a shot to get into field goal range? Unusually conservative tonight. Not going to win this game by playing scared. Seahawks kneel to end the first half.

By the way, zero targets for Jeffery in the first half. Only one for Ertz.


Eagles get the ball to start the second half. Wentz immediately goes to Ertz for a first down. Then again. Wentz spins out and throws on the run to Jeffery. There he is. Another first down. Tempo. Wentz connects with Smith on third down. It’s clearly a first down. The refs spot it short, because of course. Pederson challenges it. Don’t love the decision to challenge because the Eagles could’ve just went with the sneak. Sure enough, the Eagles lose the challenge. Lol. IT WAS CLEARLY OVER THE LINE.

Garbage officiating crew. Eagles go for the sneak and get it anyway. Wentz is 12/12. Wentz throws to Jeffery to set up 1st-and-goal. What a strike, what a catch. Wentz scrambles forward, fumbles at the 1-yard line, the ball goes out of bounds for a touchback. Seahawks’ ball. Devastating turnover. Just not the Eagles’ night, man.

Seahawks move the ball with help from the refs. Meanwhile ... Beau Allen getting mugged, no call. Wilson intentional grounding, no call. Ronald Darby gets away with a facemask and Seattle fans start to boo loudly. Such a shame. You really have to feel bad for the Seahawks. Just not getting any help from the refs tonight. (Sarcasm!) Eagles blitz Wilson and the quarterback airs it our deep to a wide open Baldwin. Rodney McLeod couldn’t cover him one-on-one. Jim Schwartz’s call sure didn’t work out. Easy touchdown. Wait, nope, Baldwin’s foot was out at the 1-yard line. Eagles force the Seahawks to 3rd-and-goal, but Wilson hits Lockett for a touchdown anyway. Seahawks lead, 17-3.

Wentz hits an open Agholor for a big gain. It could’ve been even bigger if the pass wasn’t underthrown. Wentz throws to Jeffery, who gets tackled at the knee by Maxwell. Has to come off the field. Wentz’s throw to Ertz on third down is dropped as a Seahawks defender mugs him. Ertz hurt, too. Eagles go for it on 4th-and-3. Wentz gets pressured on a corner blitz and forces a throw to Barner, who stumbles and can’t track the ball. Would’ve been an easy first. Instead, turnover on downs. Play-call wasn’t bad, neither was the decision to go for it. But why is the fourth-string running back out there for that play?

Eagles defense gives up a big run, but then they eventually force Wilson into intentional grounding (FINALLY) on third down. Great job by Barnett to force pressure and get a big hit on the quarterback.

Wentz sacked by Justin Coleman on a corner blitz to end the third quarter.


Wentz gets pressured, starts to get tackled to the ground from behind ... and somehow chucks a ball deep to an open Agholor for a big gain. Holy crap. How does he do that?! Unreal. After a few unsuccessful run plays, Wentz eludes pressure and airs it out deep to Agholor again. It’s a touchdown! Agholor burned his former teammate, Maxwell, on the play. Eagles back in this! What a clutch drive by Wentz. Seahawks lead, 17-10.

Injury update: Ertz ruled out for the rest of the game after being evaluated for a concussion. Not ideal.

Wilson laterals after taking off on a third down scramble and the Seahawks pick up a big gain. The only problem is ... it was CLEARLY a forward pass. No flag from the refs. Pederson doesn’t challenge it. Ugh. Seattle marches down the field and scores a touchdown. Kendricks gets beat by J.D. McKissic, which isn’t even a real name. What a bullshit game, man. Seahawks lead, 24-10.

Eagles get to Seattle’s 40-yard line. 4th-and-6. Wentz’s throw is high. Cool, cool.

Eagles sack Wilson on third down to force a punt.

Wentz gets picked off on a desperation heave to the end zone. Maxwell is the one to intercept it. Fitting end to this kind of game.


Eagles lose. The win streak is over. The Eagles are 10-2 heading into Week 14. The season is far from over, but this game really sucked. Very frustrating.


Stay tuned for much more Eagles-Seahawks postgame coverage (click here).

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 00:27:10 EST from rss

Subject: 7 losers and 3 winners from the Eagles loss to the Seahawks

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Sleeping in Seattle

The Eagles fell to the Seahawks 24-10 and fell out of the top seed in the NFC on Sunday Night Football. It was an ugly game all around. If you wanted the Eagles to face some adversity before the playoffs, you got it. Unfortunately, they didn’t rise to the challenge.


Russell Wilson

Wilson needs no additions to his resume, but this game was his MVP For Your Consideration reel. His offensive line was so overmatched that the Seahawks just had him immediately leave the pocket with a lot of bootlegs, and yet he had a great game. It’s a bit miraculous he has survived all season behind that line. The talk entering the game was how the Seahawks were a one man band on offense, and Wilson continued his tour, accounting for 82% of Seattle’s yardage and all of their TDs.

Nelson Agholor

6 catches, 131 yards and a TD. If only Wentz had hit him in stride all game.

Seattle’s penalty luck

The Seahawks entered the game with a league worst 3 penalties a game deficit, in the hole over a penalty more than the next worst team. They were due for a game where the other team’s ledger was red, and for only the second time all season, they got it. More on that later.


Doug Pederson

His worst game of the season, and of his young career. The game plan was awful to start, with just one target for Zach Ertz in the first half, and none for Alshon Jeffery. Torrey Smith was thrown at five times. Seattle’s secondary was missing nearly all its pieces, short passes to your third best receiver is not a winning formula in that situation. The offense was better in the second half, getting the ball to its playmakers, throwing deep, scoring a TD and nearly scoring another, but there were still poor decisions littered throughout the second half.

Pederson’s fourth down decisions in the first half were questionable, but not crippling. It’s not like the offense was executing at the time. Perhaps it could have jumped started the offense, or perhaps it could have dragged them into more quicksand. The decision to use Kenjon Barner on the fourth down was questionable, though the play call worked.

Second half defense

When it rains, it pours. Throughout the 10 game winning streak, the defense has been consistently dominant, keeping the offense in the game when they started poorly. For the first half, the defense mostly held serve. And when the offense improved put together a big time drive to cut the lead to 17-10, it looked like this could be another bad start/strong finish game for the Eagles. Instead, the defense took the air out of the game and let Seattle march right down the field and score again. Perhaps the drive should have ended on the Russell Wilson lateral, but they gave up ten yards on a 3rd and 7 prior to that play, and then 21 and 15 yard passes after it. A total team loss.

Whoever is in charge of challenges (again)

The challenge on Torrey Smith’s third down catch was a poor decision. Smith had the first down, but officials usually don’t reverse spot calls, challenging them is futile. This one was predictably upheld. The decision to not challenge Russell Wilson’s forward pass was just as bad. Perhaps they would have lost the challenge, but that’s the one to risk it on. That’s two games in row with poor decisions by whoever is in charge of viewing replays.

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz did not have his revenge on Seattle.

The drive to make the game 17-10 Seattle was fantastic, and we got another in a growing list of “DID YOU SEE THAT” scrambles, but this was a bad game by Wentz.

His accuracy was off most of the night, over throwing a wide open Nelson Agholor in the first quarter for what could have been a TD, then under throwing him in the third for what could have been a TD. And in between, on the doorstep of a TD, he fumbled on the goal line. On reason the Eagles offense was pouring on the points was that they hadn’t turned the ball over in the red zone, they were always walking away with points. His worst game of the season.

Blaming the refs

Officials don’t lose teams games, they put teams in position to lose games. As bad as some of the calls against the Eagles were, and some of them were absolutely awful, they didn’t cost them a win. The Eagles came into the game with the 8th worst penalty per game deficit, it wasn’t costing them wins. The officials didn’t fumble the ball at the goal line, they didn’t target Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery a total of once in the first half, they didn’t stumble on a wide open 4th down pass, or leave Seattle receivers wide open for big gains.

The Eagles did. That’s why they lost.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Hope he exchanged jerseys with Frank Clark after the game, because Clark owned him all night, he ought to walk away owning his jersey too.

Cris Collinsworth

What the hell game were you watching Cris?

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 00:20:37 EST from rss

Subject: Marcus Smith is talking crap after the Eagles

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After the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday evening, former Eagles player and current Seahawks defensive end Marcus Smith sent out the following tweet.


How brave of Smith to talk trash after finishing a game against his former team with exactly zero stats of any kind save for one quarterback hit.

I get it, Smith is happy about beating the team that cut him this offseason. But it’s not like Smith was treated unfairly in Philadelphia. The 2014 first-round pick had opportunities with the Eagles. He didn’t make the most of them.

Not to mention the fact that the basically wanted to be cut by the team this offseason anyway. Smith intentionally skipped voluntary offseason workouts despite clearly being on the roster bubble.

Just a really lame look for him.

But whatever, I guess.

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 01:09:32 EST from rss

Subject: NFC Playoff Picture: Literally nothing went right for the Eagles in Week 13

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Here’s a look at the updated NFC playoff picture now that NFL Week 13 is mostly over.

Top six seeds

1 - Minnesota Vikings: 10-2 overall, 8-1 conference (strength of victory tie-breaker over PHI)

2 - Philadelphia Eagles: 10-2 overall, 8-1 conference

3 - Los Angeles Rams: 9-3 overall, 6-3 conference (direct tie-breaker over NO)

4 - New Orleans Saints: 9-3 overall, 7-2 conference

5 - Seattle Seahawks: 8-4 overall, 6-3 conference

6 - Carolina Panthers: 8-4 overall, 4-4 conference

In the hunt

7 - Atlanta Falcons: 7-5 overall, 6-2 conference

8 - Detroit Lions: 6-6 overall, 5-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over GB, common games tie-breaker over DAL)

9 - Green Bay Packers: 6-6 overall, 5-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over DAL)

10 - Dallas Cowboys: 6-6 overall, 5-4 conference


Today really sucked for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only did they lose, but they didn’t get help from anyone else, either. At all. Go look back at my “NFL Week 13 rooting guide for Eagles fans” from today. None of the desired outcomes took place!

The Eagles dropped out of the No. 1 seed after losing to Seattle. The reason why is that the Vikings have a strength of victory tie-breaker over them. (Read here for more info on playoff tie-breakers.) The Eagles could really use a Vikings loss in Carolina next week. If Minnesota wins out, the No. 1 seed is theirs. The Eagles need them to trip up.

The Rams are now only one game behind the Eagles. Philly plays in Los Angeles next Sunday in the battle of Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff. The Eagles really need a win because losing would only hurt their seeding even more. Having a head-to-head tie-breaker over L.A. would be nice for Philly.

The Saints beat the Panthers on Sunday. Both teams were 8-3, so someone had to win, but it would’ve been more preferable for the Eagles if Carolina had won. The Birds hold a head-to-head tie-breaker over the Panthers after defeating them earlier this season.

Seattle is still a dangerous team, especially at home. Russell Wilson is just so hard to defend. The Seahawks may have lost Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman but their defense is still respectable at worst.

The Panthers aren’t really all that intimidating. Especially after the Eagles beat them earlier this year.

The Falcons were looking hot; they were 4-1 in their last five games. They played the Vikings tough on Sunday but Dan Quinn’s soft late-game decision to kick a field goal instead of going for a first on fourth down ended up costing them the game.

Detroit lost again on Sunday. They got beat soundly by the Ravens.

It took overtime for the Packers to beat Tampa Bay, but they got the job done. Next up for Green Bay is a game against the winless Browns. The Packers could be 7-6 with Aaron Rodgers coming back soon. Scary thought. The silver lining of a potential Rodgers return is that he might be able to hand the Vikings a loss. That’d help the Eagles. But Philly sure wouldn’t want to face Rodgers in the playoffs.

The Cowboys’ playoffs hopes are still alive after beating Washington on Thursday night. If you’re looking for a silver lining to Sunday’s misery, it’s that the Eagles’ loss to the Seahawks actually hurt the Cowboys’ shot at a wild card spot. Of course, the Eagles’ loss also leaves the door open for the very unlikely possibility that Philly could lose out while Dallas wins out to clinch the NFC East ... but that’s probably not happening.

... right?


[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 06:00:01 EST from rss

Subject: Monday Morning Fly By: Happy to announce we are all Lightning fans now

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

*It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the Flyers were at it again on Saturday. RECAP

*Some thoughts on the defeat from Maddie. [BSH]

*Kate’s photos from another killer day at the rink. [BSH]

*Is it 5-on-5 play that is dragging the Flyers down during this losing streak? The numbers don’t necessarily indicate that. [BSH]

*Is it the penalty kill? Sure hasn’t been helping the team over the last few weeks...or last few seasons. [BSH]

*I want to say yes, but who, the fuck, actually knows? []

*ONE POSITIVE: Shayne Gostisbehere, like we already knew, is a Pretty Cool Guy! [BSH]

*ANOTHER POSITIVE: Nolan Patrick isn’t overwhelmed early in his NHL career! []

*Dave Isaac wrote about how Wade Allison’s progress as a prospect could play a role in the Flyers’ decision to extend/deal Simmonds... [Courier Post]

*...and why Hakstol has decided not to break up the top line yet. [Courier Post]

*Advanced stats punching bag Brooks Orpik is apparently tired of being an advanced stats punching bag. Advanced stats punching bag’s teammates defend advanced stats punching bag [Washington Post]

*Will the Flyers can their current coach and strike while the Iron (Mike) is hot? I’m sorry. [NBC Sports]

*First, they took the Cup from us in 1997. Now? The Detroit Red Wings are trying to steal our Flyers’ spotlight as the saddest thing in hockey right now. Hey Detroit? GET LOST! [Winging It In Motown]

*And finally, it may have been recorded last week, but BSH Radio’s episode on firing Hakstol is still very relevant today. [BSH Radio]

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 07:17:16 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Doug Pederson explains key decisions made during Seahawks game

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/4/17.

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

Doug Pederson explains challenges, fourth-down decisions in Philadelphia Eagles loss to Seattle Seahawks - PennLive
The Philadelphia Eagles saw their nine-game winning streak come to a screeching halt in a 24-10 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in primetime on Sunday Night Football. The juggernaut that had been leaving teams in the dust ran into another team boasting a stingy defense and a playmaking quarterback, and the Eagles couldn't quite put together enough to come away with a victory. Over the course of the game, Eagles coach Doug Pederson faced a number of decisions on fourth down and whether or not to challenge some borderline plays. Some of those plays had a key role in the result.

NFC Playoff Picture: Literally nothing went right for the Eagles in Week 13 - BGN
Today really sucked for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only did they lose, but they didn’t get help from anyone else, either. At all. Go look back at my “NFL Week 13 rooting guide for Eagles fans” from today. None of the desired outcomes took place!

The Eagles lost, but there's no need for alarm - Inquirer
The morning after a loss has been an unfamiliar feeling in Philadelphia, so let’s start with a reminder: The sky is not falling. There is no reason to sound an alarm. The Eagles lost for the first time since Week 2 to a tough-minded, experienced, desperate team with a scorching quarterback. They are still 10-2 and still control their path to a first-round bye. Even though the Eagles were favored, this shouldn’t be an earth-shattering result or lead to a week of a despair. (I’ll be in California all week, but I can only imagine what the conversation will be back in Philadelphia.) I thought the Eagles were going to lose to the Seahawks and still think they’ll finish 13-3 and have the first weekend of January off. That would be an outstanding regular season.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Seahawks game - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz made some terrific plays, as he always does, but the biggest play in this game, by far, was Wentz's fumble at the goal line, which resulted in a Seattle touchback. A score on that drive would have tied the game. Instead, the Seahawks capitalized with a touchdown on the ensuing drive and went up by 14. Wentz also missed two major opportunities on throws to Nelson Agholor. The first was an overthrow early in the game that might have been a touchdown with an accurate pass. The other was actually a 30-plus yard completion, that also could have gone for a touchdown, but poor placement on the throw did not allow Agholor to get yards after the catch. Wentz is an MVP candidate, and the stat sheet will show that he threw for 348 yards, but this was not his best game.

Sloppy in Seattle - Iggles Blitz
What an awful night. The Eagles laid a major egg. The offense was anemic in the first half. They got better in the 2nd half, but still made crucial mistakes. The defense had no answers for Russell Wilson and his magic show. Doug Pederson and the coaches weren’t on their A-game. And it didn’t help that every close call seemed to go against the Eagles, some proving to be huge. Other than that… Some will want to say “The Eagles have been exposed!” I don’t think that is the case at all. The Eagles have been sloppy in some recent games, but were so much better than the competition that they got away with it. Not tonight.

Correctable mistakes hold back Eagles in loss to Seahawks - NBC Sports Philadelphia
And while they lost to the Seahawks, they didn't necessarily get outplayed. The Eagles made way too many mistakes. Players made sure to give credit to Seattle, but thought they beat themselves more than anything. In a strange way, that's actually encouraging. "It's definitely better when it's a self-inflicted thing that you can correct," Jason Kelce said. "It's not like, in my opinion, still have to go watch the tape, but it wasn't like we were by far the worst team out there. I think we were the more undisciplined team today. And that ended up culminating in putting us in a situation where we couldn't win the game. I think that it's encouraging that as long as we get that fixed, we can beat a team like this and we should beat a team like this. It's encouraging, but at the end of the day, it's still frustrating."

Eagles miss opportunity to clinch East, pulled back to NFC pack - ESPN
The Eagles' defense entered as one of the stingiest in football but yielded three touchdowns on as many red zone trips. Philadelphia committed two turnovers and had untimely penalties. Coach Doug Pederson has had an aggressive mentality all season but played conservatively in the first half as his team fell behind. The Eagles had a chance to clinch the NFC East, and failed to do so. It’s the first bit of adversity in a while for the Eagles. Now, it's time to see how they respond.

On Disappointing Night, Eagles Miss Chances -
SEATTLE – It just didn’t feel right from the very start of the game on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks took the first offensive possession down the field for a field goal a couple of possessions later put together a touchdown drive. The Eagles offense was off kilter. There were too many penalties, too many missed tackles, too many missed chances for touchdowns in a 24-10 loss to Seattle...

The day after: Mistakes doom the Eagles in loss to Seahawks - The Athletic
The most concerning aspect of this game may be the play of Halapoulivaati Vaitai. He got worked by Frank Clark (two sacks, three tackles for loss, two QB hits) all game long. Vaitai had his share of struggles last week against the Bears. In the playoffs, the Eagles figure to face some talented defensive fronts. Vaitai has performed better than expected since getting the call to fill in for Jason Peters, but he still needs to develop quite a bit. Teams will continue to test him in the weeks ahead.

Russell Wilson got away with a forward lateral that the Eagles chose not to challenge - SB Nation
Doug Pederson definitely should’ve challenged this one.


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[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 07:41:08 EST from rss

Subject: Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson play big part in Eagles' disappointing loss to Seahawks

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #282). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Seahawks game in Week 13, evaluate the performances by Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson, go over the mistakes there were made, and much more.

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 07:49:49 EST from rss

Subject: Crossing Broadcast: Seahawks Game

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[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 09:14:45 EST from rss

Subject: Well, That Was Aggravating: Ten Takeaways from Seahawks 24, Eagles 10

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[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 09:12:34 EST from rss

Subject: Your Monday Morning Roundup

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And everyone went from Cloud 9 to the sky is falling, just like that. Eagles fans changed their tune now after the Eagles lost to the Seahawks 24-10 last night on Sunday Night Football. Many can point to various items as the reasons for the loss, but simply put, it came down to two big…

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 10:38:49 EST from rss

Subject: That Familiar Feeling of Dread and Angst

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And just like that, with an end zone fumble, some big missed throws, and a few inexplicable coaching decisions, the Eagles’ nine-game win streak and recent ride as NFC kings is over. Some people will pin the loss on the bullshit officiating of Tony Corrente’s crew and move on. Others will take a measured approach…

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 10:56:12 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Seahawks snap count analysis: Jay Ajayi leads the way at running back

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Playing time tracker.

Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles' 24-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13.


The starting offensive line played the entire game. So did Carson Wentz.

Torrey Smith’s playing time went up from 53% last week to 77% this week. The Eagles got him pretty involved, too. Smith ranked second on the team in targets with seven. His five receptions also ranked second on the team. He only gained 29 yards on those five catches, though. More Mack Hollins, please.

Zach Ertz left the game early after being evaluated for a head injury. There’s been no update on his status since then.

For the first time since joining the team, Jay Ajayi led the way at running back. Philadelphia is starting to trust him more. Ajayi had nine carries for 35 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and three receptions for 11 yards. Corey Clement played just three fewer snaps than the Jay Train. Clement only had three carries for seven yards (2.3 yards per carry) and three receptions for 30 yards. One week after leading all Eagles running back in snaps played (47%) against the Bears, LeGarrette Blount had a more limited role (19%) against Seattle. He finished with eight carries for 26 yards (3.8 average).

Kenjon Barner only played two offensive snaps. One was where he was wide open on 4th-and-3 but tripped and couldn’t track the ball.

The Eagles didn’t use Isaac Seumalo as an extra blocker in this game. They usually run a few of those sets each week.


Might be a nitpicky thing but after looking at this I feel like the Eagles defense could have used a little more Derek Barnett and a little less Vinny Curry. Barnett has looked pretty good.

Najee Goode took the bulk of snaps at middle linebacker in base defense during Joe Walker’s absence. Dannell Ellerbe was active for the first time all season but the veteran defender only played one defensive snap.


Nothing real noteworthy here.


The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Joe Walker, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Will Beatty, Wendell Smallwood, Marcus Johnson, Nate Sudfeld.

The following player(s) were active but did not play: Nick Foles, Chance Warmack.

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 11:53:13 EST from rss

Subject: Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese fired by New York Giants

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There it is.

Ben McAdoo has been fired by the New York Giants. McAdoo said as much to NFL insider Ian Rapoport on Monday morning. He’s the first NFL coach to get axed this season.

McAdoo’s firing hardly comes as a surprise. The Giants have been a disaster in 2017. After going 11-5 and making the playoffs in 2016, the Giants have dropped to 2-10 in McAdoo’s second season on the job. From alienating the locker room to benching the franchise’s most accomplished quarterback, McAdoo has been nothing short of a disaster. The Giants are a dumpster fire.

McAdoo isn’t the only one out in New York. The Giants are also reportedly firing general manager Jerry Reese. Reese first became GM in 2007. He’d previously worked for the organization since 1994. The G-Men are cleaning house.

This news impacts the Philadelphia Eagles in several ways.

We now know McAdoo won’t be coaching the Giants in their Week 15 home game against the Eagles. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, a former Eagles assistant, will take over as the interim NYG head coach.

We also know that the Eagles really dodged a bullet by not hiring McAdoo. He was their preference over current head coach Doug Pederson. I once heard a story from a very reliable internal source about how the Eagles were very ready to hire McAdoo back in 2016. The Eagles ended up forcing the Giants’ hand, which clearly worked out well for Philly.

The Giants were in desperate need of a new start. For the Eagles’ sake, it’s a shame that they realized that instead of trying to continue to patch things together.

Oh well. It’ll be interesting to see who the Giants choose to lead their rebuild.

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 11:40:04 EST from rss

Subject: Breaking Down The Eagles

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There are plenty of people who will tell you – and believe me, I heard from them on Twitter – that you can’t take one decision in a close game and use it as the foundation upon which to blame an entire loss. A lot of things went wrong last night, and the Eagles, despite…

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