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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 00:22:37 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Picks Against the Spread 2017: Week 14 Games

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Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

Before the 14th Sunday of the 2017 NFL regular season kicks off, let’s have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for today’s games. (Click here for NFL Week 14 picks without regard to the spread.)

Here are suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today’s NFL betting lines and more via SB Nation. My regular season record after the 13th week is 93-77-6. Let’s get to the picks.

NFL Week 14 Games

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5): The Bears suck. It’s not like the Bengals are all that great, either, but Chicago’s just really bad at this point. It’s that simple. PICK: Bengals -6.5

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (-3): Nathan Peterman is reportedly expected to start with Tyrod Taylor banged up. I don’t need to remind you of what happened the last time Peterman started, but I’ll do it anyway: FIVE interceptions. Five! Buffalo might be able to win in spite of him since they’re home and Indy sucks, but I don’t know. I think I’ll cautiously take the points here. PICK: Colts +3

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-3): I have more faith in Jimmy Garoppolo than Tom Savage. Maybe one day I’ll be able to spell Jimmy G’s name without looking it up. But yeah, I’m taking the 49ers to win two games in a row. Call me crazy. PICK: 49ers +3

Green Bay Packers (-3) at Cleveland Browns: This might be the Browns’ best and only chance to win a game this season. It’d be pretty fitting if they got a win only a few days after firing Sashi Brown and hiring John Dorsey. But this Packers team still has something to play for with an Aaron Rodgers return potentially on the horizon. Taking the Pack here knowing that this will probably be the week the Browns win. PICK: Packers -3

Minnesota Vikings (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers: This isn’t a tough one for me. The Vikings are looking really good and I don’t think the Panthers are really all that great. They’re kind of a fraud team to me. For the Eagles’ sake, it’d be great if Carolina wins this game. But I don’t expect it to happen. PICK: Vikings -2.5

Detroit Lions (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It sounds like Matthew Stafford plans on playing. The problem is he’s still banged up. I don’t really trust the Bucs much but this Lions team is on the brink of imploding down the stretch. PICK: Buccaneers +3

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-4): This is the week the Chiefs bounce back! I keep saying this, and then it doesn’t turn out to be true, but for real this game. This is the week. Feel free to laugh at me when I’m wrong yet again. PICK: Chiefs -4

Dallas Cowboys (-4) at New York Giants: There’s part of me that feels like the Giants are going to put up more fight than expected in this one. Eli Manning is back as the starter and Ben McAdoo is gone. The guys are going to be hungry for a win against a division opponent. But then there’s part of me that feels like New York’s poor run defense won’t be able to contain the Cowboys. I’ll pick Dallas and hope I’m wrong about it. Knowing my luck, watch the Giants cover but still lose. PICK: Cowboys -4

New York Jets (-1) at Denver Broncos: Yeah, the Broncos are straight up trash. The Jets don’t have a great roster but at least they fight. Denver’s quarterback situation is just awful. And that’s saying something in a game where they’re playing the JETS. PICK: Jets -1

Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers (-6): Washington is banged up and the Chargers have been hot lately. I like L..A. to win this one as they try to chase the AFC West crown.

Tennessee Titans (-2.5) at Arizona Cardinals: Yuck. The Titans are 8-4, but they’re not a very impressive 8-4. They actually have a negative point differential. Arizona is starting Blaine Gabbert, so it’s not like I can take them, but they usually play tough at home. Despite this, I’ll take the Titans because of the Gabbert factor. PICK: Titans -2.5

Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars (-3): I don’t know why people keep underestimating the Seahawks. Russell Wilson has the ability to negate some of Jacksonville’s defensive strengths. Defensively, the Seahawks can still stop the run. Blake Bortles could be good for at least a turnover or two in this one. I like the points here. PICK: Seahawks +3

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (-1): The Eagles are going to beat the Rams. Make no mistake, Sean McVay’s squad is really good. Wade Phillips is the best defensive coordinator in the league. This will be a tough battle for Philly. But ultimately I feel like the Eagles match up well against the Rams. The Eagles’ defensive line should be able to get pressure on Jared Goff. The Eagles’ offense should be able to attack a Rams defense that isn’t good against the run. Eagles gonna get that W. PICK: Eagles +1

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5): The Steelers beat the Ravens 26-9 in Baltimore earlier this season. I have a feeling the game will be closer this time around. But I’ll still take the Steelers with home field advantage. PICK: Steelers -4.5

New England Patriots (-11) at Miami Dolphins: Miami showed signs of life last weekend by sticking it to the Broncos. They will do no such thing against New England. PICK: Patriots -11





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 00:59:40 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Rams 2017: Game time, TV schedule, live online streaming, channel, radio, and more

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Learn more about the Philadelphia-Los Angeles matchup set to take place on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles are still out on the West Coast for the second tilt of a three-game road stretch. Sunday’s matchup features a battle against the Los Angeles Rams.

It’s a huge game.

There are so many interesting angles to this game. Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff. Doug Pederson versus Sean McVay. Jim Schwartz versus Wade Phillips. Those guys aren’t necessarily directly facing each other, but their performances will certainly be compared side-by-side.

The importance of this game goes beyond the story-lines. Philadelphia needs to win this one in order to essentially lock up a first-round bye. A loss to the Rams would have people questioning just how good this Eagles team is ... especially after losing to the Seahawks last weekend.

The Eagles can prove their doubters wrong by going out and winning a big game on the road. Philadelphia is expected to have a lot of fans at this game, so they’ll have some nice support.

This is the DVOA Bowl. Both of these teams rank tied for No. 1 overall by Football Outsiders.

It’d be great to see the Eagles prove they’re the real No. 1.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the game.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time: 4:25 PM ET

Channel: FOX

Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Los Angeles, California

NFL Network replay: TBA

Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass

FOX Sports GO

Odds

Per Bovada, this game is basically a pick’ em.

Philadelphia Eagles +1 (-110)

Los Angeles Rams -1 (-110)

History Lesson

The Eagles are 19-17-1 in 37 all-time regular season appearances against the Rams. The Eagles are 5-1 in their last six games against the Rams. The Eagles haven’t lost to this team since 2004. These two teams last played in 2014, when the Eagles won by a final score of 34 to 28.

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Eagles 2017 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1 - at Washington Redskins (Sept. 10, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 2 - at Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 3 - vs. New York Giants (Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 4 - at Los Angeles Chargers (Oct. 1, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)

Week 5 - vs. Arizona Cardinals (Oct. 8, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 6 - at Carolina Panthers (Oct. 12, 8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN) Thursday Night Football

Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Oct. 23, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football

Week 8 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 29, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 9 - vs. Denver Broncos (Nov. 5, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Week 10 - BYE

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

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

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

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

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

Week 16 - vs. Oakland Raiders (Dec. 25, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football on Christmas

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





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 01:26:28 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams game TV coverage map

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Check to see if you get the game.

IT’S GAME DAY - time for Philadelphia Eagles football! But can you watch their NFL Week 14 game against the Los Angeles from where you are? Probably. If you live in the RED on the television coverage map below, you’re in luck (via 506Sports.com).

If you live in the red, you can watch the Eagles-Rams game on FOX starting at 4:25 PM ET. As you can see, a big chunk of the country is set to get the game. (Including not pictured here: Honolulu, Hawaii.)

Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color analyst), and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) are on the call. Alternatively, you can turn on SportsRadio 94WIP to listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick during the game.

If you DO NOT live in the red, you’re likely either stuck in the blue or the grey. The blue features the Seattle Seahawks versus Jacksonville Jaguars game. The grey features no game at all.

For more information on how to watch today’s Eagles game, CLICK HERE.





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 05:59:45 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia is set up very well for the future

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/10/17.

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

Through 2020, no team in better shape than Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are in awfully good shape this year, sitting at 10-2 with four games left. Just as importantly, they’re in pretty good for the future, as well. In fact, you can make a case that they’re better positioned for the future than any other NFL team. Thank Howie Roseman for that. With Alshon Jeffery signing a four-year contract extension last weekend, the Eagles now have 19 players under contract through the 2020 season. That means at least three more years with the current nucleus that's been so impressive so far this year. No other NFL team has more players signed for the next three years. The Browns and Redskins are close. Both have 18 players signed or with a team option through 2020, but both also have very serious quarterback questions.

Philadelphia Eagles fans are invading Los Angeles ahead of the Rams game - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles fans already took over Los Angeles when the Eagles played the Chargers earlier this season. Now they’re ready for a repeat performance ahead of this week’s Eagles-Rams game.

Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Rams - PhillyVoice
Total points: 48. That's the current total being offered over at Bovada, and given that these are the top two scoring offenses in the NFL, that number may seem a little low. However, both of these teams also boast top-15 defenses, with each holding opponents to below 20 points per game. And, sure, their defenses can help keep some of the scoring down, but I don't see both the Eagles and the Rams being held well below their season averages of 30.9 PPG. The only way this hits the under is if it's a totally one-sided affair – and that also seems highly unlikely.

The Duel - Iggles Blitz
Goff vs Wentz. 1 vs 2. After their rookie seasons, it looked like the Eagles had clearly gotten the better player. Now you can see that this is one of the rare cases where both teams landed outstanding QBs. This isn’t going to be Manning vs Leaf, Pt. 2. It will be interesting to see if this develops into a rivalry. The Eagles and Rams haven’t faced each other a lot recently. They played once in the previous five seasons. If both teams win their division, they could start playing on a regular basis.

Lawlor: Can The Eagles Get Back To Their Fun-Loving Ways? - PE.com
Sunday's showdown with the Rams will be the biggest game of the year for the Eagles. They can clinch the NFC East title and really help their chances of securing a first-round bye. They have an opportunity to show they can beat one of the best teams in the league. The Eagles have the potential to bounce back from a tough loss in Seattle. There is a lot on the line. It feels good to have the Eagles playing in a game like this. You have to go back to December of 2014 to find anything similar, but Mark Sanchez was the quarterback then and that team had some holes. Thankfully, this team is in much better shape. The last really compelling December game was in 2013 when the Eagles played the Cowboys in the regular-season finale. The winner took home the NFC East crown and the loser missed the playoffs. That was fun, with the Eagles winning a tough game.

Silva's Week 14 Matchups - Rotoworld
Carson Wentz emerged from last week’s tough trip to The Clink with another top-13 fantasy result and gets another difficult matchup against the Rams, who have held 9-of-12 quarterbacks faced outside the top-12 fantasy scorers while ranking third in the league in sacks (37) and allowing the NFL’s fifth-lowest passer rating (77.3). While Zach Ertz's continued presence in the concussion protocol is a significant concern, I'm confidently riding with Wentz as a matchup-proof producer with top-13 fantasy scores in 10-of-12 starts. The Rams have the NFL's second-highest blitz percentage, and Wentz has thrown 12 of his 29 touchdown passes against the blitz. … The Eagles are committed to a three-man RBBC. In last week’s loss to Seattle, Jay Ajayi led the unit in touches (12) but played only 41% of the snaps. LeGarrette Blount came in second in touches (8) on 19% of the downs. Corey Clement logged six touches on a 37% playing-time clip. Ajayi is a big-play-dependent flex against the Rams’ No. 21 DVOA-rated run defense. Blount and Clement are not viable.

Top 10 pass defenses across the middle of the field - PFF
PASSER RATING ALLOWED ACROSS THE MIDDLE: 81.6. The Eagles defense has given up eight touchdowns over the middle of the field this year while making nine interceptions, the third-most picks in the league. Patrick Robinson, our fourth-highest graded cornerback through 13 weeks (92.1 overall grade), has led the talented secondary while linebacker Mychal Kendricks (82.2 coverage grade, 11th overall) and Nigel Bradham have anchored the linebacking corps in coverage. Bradham leads all 4-3 linebackers in yards allowed per cover snap (0.58) and coverage snaps per reception (15.7).

Eagles-Rams: Biggest NFL game in L.A. in more than 20 years - ESPN
Upwards of 2,000 credentials were distributed, which is about 500 more than usual. The Fox pregame show will be staged onsite, live from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And the only tickets available at the start of the week were on the secondary market, a first this season. Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles isn't just one of the biggest games this week, it's the biggest NFL game that L.A. has experienced in decades.

Eagles-Rams scouting report - Inquirer
The strength of the Rams defense is on the defensive line, where Aaron Donald is one of the NFL’s best players. Donald has eight sacks this season as a 3-4 defensive end. Stefen Wisniewski stayed under the radar this season, which is a good place for a left guard. He’ll get a lot of attention on Sunday because of his responsibility against Donald. Robert Quinn is also an accomplished pass rusher around the edge, and he’ll challenge Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who struggled at left tackle last week. The Rams are missing former Eagle Connor Barwin, who will be replaced by rookie Samson Ebukam.

NFL Quarterbacks Are Leaning On The Short Pass — And It’s Not Working - FiveThirtyEight
At the bottom, seven quarterbacks had a combined z-score below 2.0 standard deviations. That includes the trio of favorites for the MVP race in Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, whose aggressive styles this year have been a positive for their offenses. Similar things could have been said about Deshaun Watson before Houston’s standout rookie tore his ACL.

LA Rams sign LB Cameron Lynch, waive CB Dominique Hatfield - Turf Show Times
Entering week 14, injuries around the league are starting to compile, and the Los Angeles Rams are no different. With ILB Alec Ogletree questionable for the game, and OLB Connor Barwin doubtful, the Rams have made a roster move in correspondence.

How the Saints’ Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram dissect defenses - SB Nation
What makes the Saints’ backfield duo so unstoppable?

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 06:26:47 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Rams Game Predictions

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Who will win this week?

Huge game for the Philadelphia Eagles today.

Biggest one of the year.

The Birds are looking to bounce back after losing to the Seattle Seahawks last week.

That loss was a reminder that the Eagles are mortal. Despite looking invincible at times during their nine-game winning streak, the Eagles are beatable.

But there’s a big difference between today’s contest compared to last week. On paper, at least, this game figures to be a better matchup for the Eagles.

Philadelphia won’t have to deal with chasing around the ever-elusive Russell Wilson. Instead, they get a much less mobile Jared Goff, comparatively speaking. It’s time for this Eagles defensive line, which is the strength of the team, to really come up big in a huge spot. The Eagles still rank first in the NFL in generating pressure (per Pro Football Focus), so the Eagles should be able to make life difficult on Goff at times.

But it’s not like today’s game will be a walk in the park for Carson Wentz, either. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is one of the best defenders in the NFL. He’s able to create havoc up the middle. Wentz needs to play much better than he did last week. It won’t be an easy task for him, but he’s shown resiliency this season so he could bounce back.

That’s the desired theme of this week’s game. Play better than you did last week. I think the Eagles will do that.

Another key difference from last week’s game is that the Rams’ run defense (26th in opponent rush yards) is a weakness for them. This is really a week for Doug Pederson to pound the rock.

Pederson, not unlike Wentz, is also really in need of a bounce back week. He faces a tall challenge as he tries to out-scheme Coach of the Year candidate Sean McVay and one of the best coordinators in the league, Wade Phillips. The hope is Pederson’s game plan is much more aggressive than last week’s ... timid ... approach.

I’ve been feeling all week that the Eagles are going to rebound in this game. That’s meant as no disrespect to the Rams, who are very good. I just think the Eagles are the better team matchup-wise, and they’ll prove that today.

Here's who the BGN writers are predicting to win. Here's advice when picking against the spread.

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Score prediction: Eagles win, 28-24

Bold prediction: Jay Ajayi runs for 150 yards and two touchdowns

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Leave your own predictions in the comments. Vote in the poll below (click here if you can’t see it).





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 07:28:13 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Playoff Picture: Eagles fans rooting guide for Week 14

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What should you be watching today?

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t play the Los Angeles Rams until 4:25 PM today.

In order to pass the time, Eagles fans can watch some games that will have an impact on the NFL playoff picture. Philadelphia is still in good shape despite losing last week. But they could be in even better shape with some help. With that in mind, here’s who you should be rooting for today.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

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: 9-4 overall, 7-3 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: 8-5 overall, 7-2 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

NFC EAST GAMES

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants: This game was originally scheduled for a late afternoon start but it got moved up since both teams aren’t good. The interesting thing about that is the Eagles can officially clinch the NFC East before even playing today. If the Giants can somehow pull off an upset, Philly would be guaranteed a spot in the 2018 NFL playoffs. The Giants winning would also hurt their draft positioning, so it’d be really great if that happens. C’mon G-Men, do it for Eli Manning! Root for the Cowboys to lose.

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams: The Eagles’ odds of securing a first-round bye go to about 97% if they beat the Rams. This is a huge game for Philly. Root for the Eagles to win, obviously.

NFC GAMES

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers: Here’s the big one. A Vikings loss would be GREAT for the Eagles. Minnesota losing combined with Philadelphia winning would put the Eagles back at the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture. In this scenario, the Eagles would clinch home field advantage in the playoffs by simply winning at least two out of last three games (at NYG, vs. OAK, vs. DAL). Even if both teams end up 13-3, the Vikings would lose out on a tie-breaker to Philly due to record against common opponents played. Root like hell for the Panthers.

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: As you can see in the standings above, Detroit is ahead of Green Bay and Dallas. Therefore, a Lions win makes it harder for the Cowboys and Packers to make the playoffs. Root for the Lions.

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans: We don’t want the 49ers winning because that potentially helps the Giants get a better draft pick. Root for the Texans.

Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns: Two sides to this one. On one hand, it’d be nice if the Browns lost because we don’t want to see the Giants somehow end up with the No. 1 overall pick. On the other hand, every Green Bay loss makes it less likely Aaron Rodgers somehow sneaks into the playoffs. I think the latter scenario is more relevant to the Eagles. The consolation here is that a Green Bay win hurts the Cowboys’ playoff chances. Root for the Browns.

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: We don’t want the Bears winning because that potentially helps the Giants get a better draft pick. Root for the Bengals.

Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers: Don’t really care a ton. It’d be preferable to see Washington get the most wins possible while still also missing the playoffs. Worse draft pick that way. Alternatively, a Washington loss puts them one step closer to being officially eliminated from the post-season. Root for the Chargers to lose, I guess.

Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals: Again, don’t really care. A Cardinals loss makes it harder for Washington to get a draft pick than them. Also puts Arizona closer to being eliminated. Root for the Titans, I guess.

Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars: If the Panthers win today and the Seahawks lose, Seattle would drop out of six playoff spots. The Seahawks are a tough matchup for the Eagles. Wouldn’t mind seeing them missing the playoffs. Or at least decrease their chances of hosting a home games in the post-season. Root for the Jaguars.

THE REST OF THE GAMES

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills: We don’t want the Colts winning because that potentially helps the Giants get a better draft pick. Root for the Bills.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs: I’d say it’s best if the Raiders, who play the Eagles in Week 16, aren’t as desperate for a win in Philly. Better to root for Oakland to not be in the playoff picture. Root for the Chiefs.

New York Jets at Denver Broncos: We don’t want the Broncos winning because that potentially helps the Giants get a better draft pick. Root for the Jets.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers: Eh, doesn’t really matter. Root for your preference.

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins: It’d be hilarious if the Pats lost in Miami. Root for the Dolphins.





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 08:58:31 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Week 14 Games Schedule: Start time, online streaming, TV channel, how to watch, announcers, and more

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Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 14 games.

Sunday is here which means it’s time for Week 14 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. There are a total of 14 games on today.

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t play until later today at 4:25 PM ET. They’ll face the Los Angeles Rams.

While you wait for the Birds game to start, check out this NFL Week 14 rooting guide for Eagles fans to get you through the day.

Click here to see which game is broadcasted in your region. For early games, the Philly area is set to receive the important Vikings vs. Panthers game on CBS and the Cowboys vs. Giants game on FOX. Remember that Philly can officially clinch the NFC East with a Dallas loss.

Here's who the BGN writers are predicting to win. Here's advice when picking against the spread.

Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 14 games. Use this thread for game discussion.

Online Streaming

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Sunday, December 10

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn

Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

New York Jets at Denver Broncos

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
Channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday, December 11

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
TV channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

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Note: This is an open thread. Discuss NFL Week 14 games here in the comment section.





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 10:20:50 EST from rss

Subject: Three Eagles numbers that matter for the Rams game

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Previewing this week’s matchup.

Here’s a look at three numbers that matter as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14.

30th - Where the Rams rank in opponent rush yards per attempt (4.7).

No matter how you slice it, the Rams are not good at defending the run. Just look how they rank in some key categories.

Opponent rushing yards per attempt — 30th (4.7)

Opponent rushing yards per game — 27th (122.8)

Rush defense DVOA — 21st

When asked if the run defense stats were flawed at all, Rams writer Joe McAtee from Turf Show Times assured us they were not. Here’s what McAtee had to say in a conversation with BGN Radio on Friday.

No, I’d say the stats are pretty on point. I mean, the talent level in the secondary is off the charts. They’ve got some incredibly talented secondary [players], across the cornerbacks and safeties. So obviously teams are going to lean into the run in the first place, even with Aaron Donald up front. What’s been troublesome is the play of the linebackers. Both starting outside linebackers — Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin, who’s probably still injured this week — just haven’t been that good in the run […]

Then on the inside, Mark Barron’s done a phenomenal job. Obviously, as a transitioned safety out of Alabama, you expect run defense skills not to be an issue there. It’s really been Alec Ogletree, who’s a converted outside linebacker, who moved inside because he had the football intellect to be able to handle the signals and the calls for the defense, but maybe doesn’t have the skills to play run defense on the inside of the 3-4.

And so because of that, along with an issue on the final defensive end spot across from Aaron Donald, it’s just not a run defense. And they struggled along with it last week against Arizona for a couple drives where Kerwynn Williams, of all people, started carving them up. I think every team has issues. You can’t have a team with 53 Pro Bowlers, and I think that’s the biggest Achilles heel overall for the Rams right now, along with the lack of collective experience coming on the back of a decade of a poorly run franchise, is that technically the biggest issue they’ve got is defending the run.

Running the ball effectively will be critical to an Eagles victory today. The Rams’ run defense is the most vulnerable aspect of the team that can be exploited.

The good news for the Eagles is that they can run the ball well. Philadelphia ranks seconds in total rushing yards with 143.3 per game and fourth in rushing yards per attempt with 4.6.

If there was ever a game to lean heavily on Jay Ajayi, it has to be this one. In four games with the Eagles, the Jay Train has gained 229 yards and one touchdown on only 29 carries. That’s good for a whopping 7.9 yards per attempt.

Leaning on the run helps the Eagles in several ways.

One, it takes some pressure off Carson Wentz. The second-year quarterback struggled with accuracy issues against the Seahawks. He could stand to benefit from effective play-action calls.

Two, it potentially lessens Aaron Donald’s impact as a pass rusher. Donald is a monster. Running the ball means fewer opportunities for him to create havoc and sack Wentz. The Eagles can run away from Donald if they need to.

Three, it allows the Eagles to keep Sean McVay’s high-scoring offense off the field. This clock-controlling strategy was used when the Eagles played the Falcons last season. Atlanta’s offense was historically great in 2016, but Philadelphia was able to hold them to their worst offensive performance in part thanks to being able to pound the rock.

Run the ball against the Rams, Doug Pederson.

2.5 - The amount of seconds per snap Goff has spent in the pocket. More than any other quarterback in the NFL.

This stat comes from @JB_Long, who also notes that all 20 of Goff’s touchdown passes have come with him throwing from the pocket.

It doesn’t take a genius to point out that the defense really needs to rush the passer. But that’s especially true this week against a dangerous Rams offense.

Last week’s matchup was a tough one for the Eagles. Normally, Philadelphia is really good at generating pressure. According to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles actually lead the league in pressuring quarterbacks. But against Seattle, the Eagles’ pressure was negated by Russell Wilson’s uncanny mobility.

The Eagles won’t be facing that same challenge this week. Goff is much less mobile than Wilson. He’s also prone to hold on to the ball; only four quarterbacks take longer to throw the ball. And all of those quarterbacks (Tyrod Taylor, Wilson, Jacoby Brissett, DeShone Kizer) have mobility to extend plays in a way that Goff doesn’t.

Philadelphia’s defensive line is the strength of Jim Schwartz’s unit. They need to have a really big game against a good Rams offensive line. Los Angeles ranks eighth in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate and 10th in PFF’s pass block efficiency. The Eagles have played well against good o-line this year, however.

Look for the Eagles’ stout run defense to limit Todd Gurley’s impact as a rusher. His receiving ability is still a concern, but if the Eagles can force the Rams to be one-dimensional, they’ll give themselves a chance to get to Goff over and over.

It’s worth noting that Goff has small hands for a quarterback. He could be prone to getting strip-sacked by this Eagles defense.

96% - The Eagles’ chances of landing a first-round bye if they beat the Rams, per FiveThirtyEight.

If the Eagles LOSE to the Rams, however, their chances drop down to a mere 40%. That’s a 56% swing. Everyone already knows this is a big game, but the numbers put things into context.

If the Eagles beat they Rams, they’ll be up two games on both the Saints and Rams (three and four seeds) with only three games remaining. Philadelphia’s last three games include: at New York Giants, versus Oakland Raiders, and versus Dallas Cowboys. With that schedule, clinching a bye shouldn’t be very difficult.

The Eagles still have a chance at landing the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC Playoff Picture. If the Eagles beat the Rams AND the Vikings lose to the Panthers today, Philly would be back in first place. From there, the Eagles would only need to win two out of their last three games in order to clinch home field advantage throughout the post-season.

So, yeah, today’s a big opportunity for the Birds! Don’t mess it up, guys.





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 13:44:08 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams 2017: Updates, time, TV schedule, predictions and more

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Everything you need to know about the game!

Welcome to NFL game day! The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Rams game via online streaming.]





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 14:04:37 EST from rss

Subject: South Jersey Guy Wins Christmas With This Eagles Fight Song Synced Display

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There’s decorating for Christmas, and then there’s decorating for Christmas. Via the Deptford’s Dazzling Lights Facebook page, a Deptford, New Jersey resident named “Charleigh” decided to decorate with an Eagles theme this holiday season. Check it out: This is a display that would make Clark Griswold proud. Meanwhile, I put up this Eagles flag in…

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 14:20:06 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams Predictions

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After winning nine straight games, the Eagles hit a bump in the road last week in Seattle. So did most of our predictions, except for Anthony. This week, the Birds are in Los Angeles for the second time this season to take on Jared Goff and the Rams. To recap, here’s where the staff stands…

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 14:59:11 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams Inactives: Zach Ertz is officially OUT

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Who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Starting tight end Zach Ertz is officially OUT. Ertz suffered a concussion last week against the Seahawks. He was limited in practice and ruled questionable leading up to this week’s game. Early on Sunday morning, multiple NFL insiders said Ertz was “doubtful” to play.

With Ertz out, the Eagles will rely upon Trey Burton and Brent Celek to step up at tight end. Being without Ertz certainly isn’t ideal for Philadelphia. Then again, the Birds scored 51 points without him against the Broncos earlier this season.

In other noteworthy news, linebacker Joe Walker is OUT for the second game in a row. Walker injured his neck against the Bears in Week 12. He was a full participant in practice all week before being ruled questionable on the final injury report. Najee Goode will likely get most of his playing time. Veteran defender Dannell Ellerbe is also active for the second week in a row.

For the third week in a row, Shelton Gibson is active over Marcus Johnson at wide receiver.

Steven Means is active for just the fourth time this season.

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

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

TE Zach Ertz - Injury

LB Joe Walker - Injury.

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.

Los Angeles Rams Inactive List

The Rams will officially be without leading receiver Robert Woods. Starting outside linebacker and former Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin is also out.

L.A. starting inside linebacke Alec Ogletree is active and will start despite originally being ruled questionable to play.

Rams inactives: QB Brandon Allen, WR Robert Woods RB Lance Dunbar, RB Justin Davis, OLB Carlos Thompson, OT Cornelius Lucas, OLB Connor Barwin





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 14:55:47 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams Week 14 Live Thread

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The Eagles wrap up their two week stay out west today against the NFC West leading Los Angeles Rams. With a win or tie, the Eagles would officially clinch the NFC East. They can also do so with a Cowboys loss or tie against the Giants. On the injury front, tight end Zach Ertz (concussion)…

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 15:25:02 EST from rss

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

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The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Los Angeles Rams today.

IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their 13th game of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon. Today’s game begins at 4:25 PM Eastern.

The Eagles can advance to 11-2 by beating the 9-3 Rams. This is an opportunity for the Birds to essentially lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs.

LET’S DO IT!

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 17:12:36 EST from rss

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

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After the first quarter, the Eagles lead 14 to 7.

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 18:07:15 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams score updates for the third quarter

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After the second quarter, the Eagles lead 24 to 14.

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 18:20:02 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles Fans Invade Los Angeles, Part 2

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The Eagles were lucky to have two trips to Los Angeles this season. It’s better than going out to London, which they almost had to do. Last time the Birds were out on the west coast, fans invaded the StubHub Center, a soccer stadium, for the Chargers game. It was an embarrassment for Los Angeles…

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 19:09:07 EST from rss

Subject: Carson Wentz Injury: Eagles quarterback ruled out of Rams game

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F word.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered an injury during Philadelphia’s Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz got hit hard in the legs on a play where he tried to run the ball into the end zone. Wentz made it in for the score but the play was called back due to a holding penalty.

A limping Wentz stayed in the game to throw a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery but the quarterback was evaluated by medical staff once reaching the sideline. From there, Wentz was taken back to the locker room.

With Wentz out, the Eagles have Nick Foles active as the team’s backup. Nate Sudfeld is the third string quarterback. He’s been inactive on game day.

This is all obviously terrible news for Philadelphia. Wentz has been so crucial to the Eagles’ success this season.

UPDATE: Wentz has been ruled officially out of the game with a knee injury. F***!

Developing story - continue to check back for more updates.





[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 19:00:39 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Rams score updates for the fourth quarter

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After the third quarter, the Eagles lead 31 to 28.

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[#] Sun Dec 10 2017 19:25:04 EST from rss

Subject: Carson Wentz Leaves Game With a Knee Injury

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Life in Philadelphia pretty much sucks right now. Again. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. Not sure about the severity of the injury, but it might be bad. @ProFootballDoc Any idea what this injury could possibly be on Carson Wentz, Doc? Resulted in him leaving the…

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