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[#] Mon Dec 25 2017 11:01:18 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Raiders 2017: Christmas game time, TV schedule, online streaming, channel, radio, and more

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Learn more about the Philadelphia-Oakland matchup set to take place on Monday.

The Eagles are finally back in Philadelphia after playing on the road for the last three weeks. Indeed, the Eagles are home for Christmas. You can count on them.

Tonight’s game obviously features a big opportunity for the Birds. A win over the Oakland Raiders would mean clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture. The road to the Super Bowl will go through Philadelphia.

Jolly Old Saint Nick Foles will be looking to have another strong outing against a Raiders defense that isn’t very great. The Eagles could also really use a bounce back performance from their defense.

It’s hard to think of a much better Christmas gift than an Eagles win. Here’s hoping they make the Philadelphia faithful very happy tonight.

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

TV Schedule

Date: Monday, December 25, 2017

Time: 8:30 PM ET

Channel: ESPN, PHL17

Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NFL Network replay: Tuesday, December 26 at 3:30 AM ET and 1:00 PM ET

Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass



Per Bovada, the Eagles are heavy favorites.

Oakland Raiders +10 (-110)

Philadelphia Eagles -10 (-110)

Over/under: 46.5

History Lesson

The Eagles are 6-5 in 11 all-time regular season appearances against the Raiders. These two teams last played in 2014 when Nick Foles threw seven touchdowns, which tied an NFL record. Remember that?

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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)

[#] Mon Dec 25 2017 12:00:14 EST from rss

Subject: Raiders-Eagles Game Predictions

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The Eagles return home for the final two games of the regular season beginning with tonight’s Christmas finale against the Oakland Raiders. With a win, the Eagles can clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. To recap, here’s where the staff stands entering Week 16: 1: Bob (13-1) 2: Tyler (12-2) T3: Chris, Coggin,…

[#] Mon Dec 25 2017 14:16:15 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Raiders 2017 Game Predictions

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Who will win this week?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Santa Claus may have already left some cool presents for you under the tree, but there’s one more gift that could really make this holiday special: an Eagles win tonight.

As you know by now, tonight’s tilt is very important for the Birds. It’s a big opportunity to lock up home field advantage throughout the 2018 NFL playoff picture. All the Eagles would need is two home wins in the post-season before getting to play in the Super Bowl.

The good news is that tonight’s game should be winnable. The Raiders aren’t great. After overachieving to go 12-4 in 2016, they’ve fallen out of the AFC playoff picture at 6-8 this season. Oakland’s offense is no longer good enough to make up for the fact their defense is one of the worst units in the league.

Speaking of bad defenses, Jim Schwartz’s unit turned in a very concerning performance against a depleted New York Giants team last week. Schwartz cited a lack of “urgency” as the reason why the Eagles didn’t play well. If that was truly the case, then we need to see the players come out with more desperation tonight. And if they don’t, Schwartz can’t escape the blame.

Oakland’s offense will be an interesting test for the Eagles since Derek Carr, not unlike Eli Manning, gets the ball out quick. Philadelphia will need to prove they can stop the slants that consistently tore them up last week.

The feeling here is the Eagles’ defense will play better at home. They’ll have the entire crowd on their side. The Raiders won’t be super motivated after being officially eliminated from the playoff race. The weather will be cold.

How the Eagles defense plays will really shape the level of optimism about the team moving forward. There’s already a good deal of confidence in Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense after the backup quarterback’s good outing last week. He should be able to have success again on Monday night.

There’s really no good reason for the Eagles to lose this game. If they’re going to be serious about making a Super Bowl run, they need to take care of business tonight and lock up the No. 1 seed.

Given the way the Eagles have taken care of inferior opponents at home for most of the season, I feel good about their chances.

Santa’s going to deliver an Eagles win tonight.


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Score prediction: Eagles win, 42-17

Bold prediction: Nick Foles throws more touchdown passes than the amount of snowballs that get thrown at Santa

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[#] Mon Dec 25 2017 18:29:06 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Raiders 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 Oakland Raiders in Week 16 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 8:30 PM ET on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Raiders game via online streaming.]

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

Subject: Eagles-Raiders Inactives: Jalen Mills and Mychal Kendricks are ACTIVE

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Who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders.

Starting cornerback Jalen Mills and starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks are ACTIVE after being ruled questionable to play on the final injury report. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski is still OUT. There’s a feeling that he could play if he really needed to, but the team is taking a conservative approach to his recovery with the playoffs in mind. Chance Warmack will start at left guard for the second week in a row.

Rasul Douglas is ACTIVE after being a healthy scratch against the Giants last week.

Joe Walker is a healthy scratch at linebacker. That’s a minor surprise. Dannell Ellerbe is active over him.

Will Beatty is active once again with Wis out.

Both Shelton Gibson AND Marcus Johnson are inactive, which means the Eagles enter this game with only four wide receivers.

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

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

OG Stefen Wisniewski - Injury.

LB Joe Walker - Depth linebacker.

WR Shelton Gibson - Depth wide receiver.

WR Marcus Johnson - Depth wide receiver.

DT Elijah Qualls - Depth defensive tackle.

DE Steven Means - Depth defensive end.

RB Wendell Smallwood - Fifth string running back.

Oakland Raiders Inactive List

No surprises for the Raiders. Starting defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and starting cornerback David Amerson are notably out. Oakland placed starting left tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve earlier this week.

CB David Amerson

QB Connor Cook

DE Mario Edwards Jr.

DT Treyvon Hester

OL Ian Silberman

OT Jylan Ware

WR Isaac Whitney

[#] Mon Dec 25 2017 19:25:02 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Raiders 2017 live results: Score updates and highlights

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Christmas football!


IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their 15th game of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. The game begins at 8:30 PM Eastern.

The Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC and advance to 13-2 by beating the 6-8 Raiders. This is a big opportunity for the Birds.


[Editor’s note: Hello readers, we’re trying something new with the game threads tonight. Instead of making a new thread for each quarter like I usually do, I’ve been asked to just do an updated live blog that features score updates and highlights. So keep refreshing this thread for more updates. Use the comments as a place to discuss the entire game. Thanks for your patience as we test this out.]

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!

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 00:08:08 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles officially clinch home field advantage in 2018 NFL Playoffs

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No. 1 seed.

It’s official: the Philadelphia Eagles will enter the 2018 NFL Playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

The Eagles clinched home field advantage by defeating the Oakland Raiders on Christmas night. It was VERY ugly, but somehow the Birds got it done.

#Eagles vs #Raiders Postgame Show! Home. Field. Advantage. Merry Clinchmas!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Monday, December 25, 2017

Being the No. 1 seed means the Eagles will only need to win two home playoff games before playing in the Super Bowl. The other advantage of being No. 1 is that the Eagles will get to play the lowest remaining seed in the divisional round before playing in the NFC championship game.

Of course, it’s hard to feel great about the Eagles’ chances of winning in the post-season considering how they’ve struggled against bad teams since Carson Wentz has gone down. Philadelphia’s defense got exposed in Week 15 against the Giants. Then Nick Foles imploded against a bad Raiders defense that ranked 32nd overall by Football Outsiders. Not very encouraging.

Now that the Eagles have locked everything up, they’ll have nothing to play for in their Week 17 matchup against the Cowboys. The game will also be meaningless for Dallas since they were eliminated from the playoff picture on Sunday night. We could potentially see Doug Pederson rest the Eagles’ starters on New Year’s Eve. After that Raiders game, though, they might need the extra playing time to work through their issues. We’ll see what Pederson decides.

For now, enjoy the Eagles finishing on top of the NFC in 2017. If you can.


Top six seeds

1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 13-2 overall, 10-1 conference

2 - Minnesota Vikings: 12-3 overall, 9-2 conference

3 - Los Angeles Rams: 11-4 overall, 7-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over NO)

4 - New Orleans Saints: 11-4 overall, 8-3 conference (direct tie-breaker over CAR)

5 - Carolina Panthers: 11-4 overall, 7-4 conference

6 - Atlanta Falcons: 9-6 overall, 8-3 conference (direct tie-breaker over SEA)

In the hunt

7 - Seattle Seahawks: 9-6 overall, 7-4 conference

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 01:13:59 EST from rss

Subject: 8 winners and 5 losers in the Eagles win over the Raiders

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The best offense is a good defense

A win is certainly better than a loss, but the Eagles 19-10 victory over the Raiders wasn’t that much better than not winning. Stick some coal in the offense’s stocking.


The Eagles, barely

It was ugly, but the Eagles clinched the #1 seed in the NFC. The road to the Super Bowl goes through Philly, however short or long it is.

Zach Ertz

9 catches for 81 yards was one of his better games of the season, and there was ample opportunity for more if Nick Foles had any accuracy.

The defense

The Raiders stink, but after getting raked by the Giants last week to give up just 10 points and get five turnovers, including on the final play to ice it, is a great bounce back. It wasn’t always pretty, with the secondary having some rough moments, but they got back to their dominant ways at home, where they’ve given up 10 points or less 5 times. They’ll face a better offense in January, but confidence should be at least partially restored.

Jason Kelce

Kelce has been excellent all year and deserved a Pro Bowl nod, but with Wentz out it seems he’s stepped up his game to another level with multiple key blocks on big runs against the Giants and Raiders.

Jake Elliott

With the #1 seed on the line, Elliott cooly nailed a 48 yarder on a cold, windy night. That’s his second game winner of the season, and in both he missed an earlier kick. Cool under pressure.

Carson Wentz’s MVP argument

Wentz isn’t going to win it, and missing three games he shouldn’t, but this game put to rest any of the “system QB” arguments that Wentz’s great season was a result of being in some perfect offense for QBs. Yes, people were actually claiming that. And they still might, but with everyone watching this game and Nick Foles play poorly, everyone knows that argument is bunk.

The wind

The wind claimed victories over both kickers, pushing high percentage kicks wide and impacting kickoffs. Jake Elliott’s strong leg should be an asset in January. With Greg Zuerlein out, no playoff team has an advantage there.

Philly sports

2-0 on Christmas. Happy Holidays.


Nick Foles

Last week we saw 2013 Foles, this week we saw 2014 Foles, will we see 2015 Foles next week? He underthrew receivers, overthrew receivers, missed easy runs for first down, and had poor pocket awareness. The Raiders defense was dreadful. Foles was even worse. The Raiders are bottom five in passer rating (102.6), yards per attempt (7.7) and completion percentage (69.0) and Foles played like a bottom 5 QB with a 59.4 rating on 4.3 yards per attempt and completing 50% of his passes.

Lane Johnson

Johnson had a great game against Khalil Mack, but his three penalties negated gains of 25, 11 and 22 yards. Giving up three sacks instead might have been better.

The Raiders and omens

Oakland are a cautionary tale for the Eagles: last season was a near-mirror image of the Eagles this year, as Derek Carr led the team to one of the best records in the league then fell to injury and it all fell apart. In the offseason virtually everything the Raiders touched turned to ash: their decision to fire their offensive coordinator has backfired, they’ve fired their defensive coordinator, and free agency has been a bust.

Duracell and ESPN

The in-game promotion reminding people of the 1968 Santa Claus halftime was a great advertisement for Energizer. ESPN’s recycled special after the game was equally insulting.

Some Jake Elliot fantasy football owners

Doug Pederson deciding to take a knee screwed some people over.


[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 06:00:01 EST from rss

Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: Put things in boxes, yell at small children

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

*Happy Boxing Day, Canadian (and British) fam! But more importantly, it’s World Juniors day! But first, the Flyers. Who lost, again. In a shootout, again. Let’s look back at Saturday’s game with 10 things. [BSH]

*And just like in the Sabres game before the Columbus game, a fantastic effort by BAMFBrian Elliott was wasted by the team in front of him. Can’t believe has hasn’t gone full-Chechmanek on these guys, to be honest. [NBC Sports Philly]

*In fact, you’d be hard pressed to call someone besides Elliott the MVP of this team. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Is a playoff push really even a thing worth talking about with this team? []

*After that big fat losing streak, the team took to some old-fashioned solutions to their problems on and off the ice. And it seemed to work. Sort of. Still makes for a nice story. [SB Nation]

*Looks like Zac Rinaldo is back on his bullshit, and given what Radko Gudas received as punishment for his last transgression, one assumes our old pal Zac is in for a bit of a vacation. [ProHockeyTalk]

*So, the NFL plays football games on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Do you think the NHL should book games on holidays too? [ESPN]

*The year end best-of lists have begun; first up is PHT’s best hockey moments of the past year. [ProHockeyTalk]

*But now the big stuff! The World Junior Championship kicks off this morning! Will Carter Hart become a national hero?? Will you yell at children on your television for playing sports badly?? Will you join our pal Bill and root for Team Belarus??? God it’s so much fun. Canadians, you guys can’t miss it. Americans, here’s where we can watch. [NHL Network]

*Let’s take a look at the kids that make up the big three teams in the tourney. First, the Swedes, featuring future Flyer Linus Högberg. [Habs Eyes On The Prize]

*Next up: the Americans. We’re the reigning champs and the pressure to repeat will be on with the tournament being held in Buffalo. They’ve got a strong team, so they’ll make a push for sure. [HEOTP]

*And finally, Team Canada. Our lord and savior Carter Hart. And a bunch of other kids, I guess. This is one of the first years that Team Canada doesn’t really feature any big name elite prospects, so it’ll be fun to see how they do. [HEOTP]

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 09:03:43 EST from rss

Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

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Philly went 2-0 on Christmas Day. The Sixers had a pretty good game. The Eagles…well…they won and clinched home-field advantage! But it wasn’t good. They won 19-10, but my god was it a terrible game to end your Christmas. Nick Foles…oh boy was he a trainwreck. Nick Foles could’ve ran himself or thrown to 1…

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 09:27:53 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Nick Foles is a big concern for Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/26/17.

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

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Raiders game - PhillyVoice
The Eagles were obviously not going to be as potent on offense in transitioning from Carson Wentz to Nick Foles, but Monday night really revealed the differences between the two players. Everything Foles does is slower. His release is slower, the ball gets to its target slower, decision making is slower, his foot speed is obviously slower, and even with Wentz often holding onto the ball longer than most quarterbacks, it seems that the time from snap to throw is significantly slower. The Eagles' offense, led by Foles, just looks like it's in slow motion.

8 winners and 5 losers in the Eagles win over the Raiders - BGN
A win is certainly better than a loss, but the Eagles 19-10 victory over the Raiders wasn’t that much better than not winning. Stick some coal in the offense’s stocking.

Eagles Earn #1 Seed With Dominant Win - Iggles Blitz
I skipped the Raiders game, but saw the Eagles won 19-10 so I assume things went smoothly and everyone is happy. Right? After watching that game, part of me wishes I had skipped it. Ugh. The Eagles did win and made some clutch plays, but that was a bad performance by the offense. They gained a season-low 216 yards and needed an end of game defensive TD to get to 19 points. Nick Foles really struggled, going 19-38-163 with 1 TD and 1 INT. I wish I could tell you the numbers are deceiving, but that’s not the case. He played poorly. More than a few people went into panic mode with “The season is over”.

There's no hiding for Foles — he has to be better - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Nick Foles didn't try to hide from it. He was honest. "I didn't play good enough," he said. "Absolutely. I've got to play cleaner." The Eagles beat the Raiders, 19-10, on Christmas night at the Linc. They're 13-2 and clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC. If they keep winning, the next road game they play will be in Minnesota at Super Bowl LII. But if Foles plays like he did Monday night, they're not gonna get there.

Eagles' poor play on third down is cause for playoff concern - Daily News
While they managed to beat the Raiders, 19-10, and clinch home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs, their joy over the win was somewhat muted by the fact that they converted just 1 of 14 third-down opportunities against a Raiders defense ranked 27th in the league in third-down prowess. “One for 14 is not pretty high,’’ coach Doug Pederson said after the game. “When you’re 1 for 14 on third down, you’re not doing very well on first and second downs.

'We gotta be hard on ourselves': Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson reacts to sloppy win over Oakland Raiders - PennLive
The Philadelphia Eagles clinched home-field advantage with a 19-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, and the victory didn't come in particularly pleasing fashion. While rookie Derek Barnett's touchdown as time expired ended the game on a high note, the Eagles still made mistakes in all three phases of the game and left plenty to be desired, especially for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. That isn't lost on coach Doug Pederson. "We gotta be hard on ourselves as coaches and players looking at this film moving forward and get things fixed offensively," Pederson said. "I thought defense played really, really well, kept us in the football game. ... Team effort, though -- found a way and sitting here today 13-2."

Mission Accomplished: No. 1 Seed For Eagles -
There are going to be some games in the course of a 16-game NFL season when the offense just … can’t … get … anything … going. Monday night was one of them for the Eagles. Fortunately, the defense and the special teams were there to do the heavy lifting as the Eagles surged late to beat Oakland, 19-10, and clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs ...

Merry Christmas, NFC: The No. 1 Seed Eagles Suddenly Look Very Beatable - The MMQB
You don’t want to overstate the importance of one game. But Foles threw far better sideways than any other way Monday, and he piloted one drive of more than 14 yards in his last nine possessions against a team with a porous secondary in a major swoon entering the game. He was inaccurate, continued to have trouble finding top receiver Alshon Jeffery (two targets, zero catches) and inspired zero hope that when the games matter he’ll be able to flip some switch and respond like a playoff quarterback should. Foles now has a five-point win over the moribund Giants and an all-time lucky win over the disorganized (that’s putting it nicely) Raiders. The next game he has that means something is nearly three weeks away. The Eagles’ staff has a lot of work to do to find some way that Foles can perform competently to win a playoff game.

The day after: Where do Nick Foles and the Eagles go from here? - The Athletic
On the other hand, he could look exactly like he did against the Raiders. When Foles looks bad, he looks really bad. And Monday night's game was not necessarily a real outlier. It's a performance that Eagles fans who have watched Foles have seen before. That's what makes the future so tough to project with the Eagles. There's good Foles and bad Foles and really no rhyme or reason to which version will show up on any given week.

Eagles clinch No. 1 seed in playoffs but look shaky against Raiders - ESPN
Last week, the defense was the issue. This time around, it was the normally reliable offense that struggled. Quarterback Nick Foles (19-of-38, 163 yards, TD, INT) came back to earth following a four-touchdown outing against New York. He was off-target on a number of throws -- including a pair to tight end Zach Ertz deep in Oakland territory that could have put them in control. His high pass on a short throw to Ertz midway through the fourth quarter tipped off Ertz's outstretched hand and was intercepted by safety Reggie Nelson. If not for the defense's efforts, that could have been the game's key moment. Behind Foles, a team that had been red-hot on third down went just 1-for-14 in those situations.

Eagles clinch #1 seed in NFC; Vikings in line for #2 seed - Daily Norseman
On Monday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles won an ugly. . .and, boy howdy, do I mean ugly. . .game over the Oakland Raiders by a score of 19-10. That victory clinched the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs for the Eagles, meaning the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC, technically, runs through Philadelphia. Though, after tonight’s performance, I’m not sure how scared or impressed anyone should be by that.

17 stats that tell you everything you missed from Christmas weekend in the NFL - SB Nation
The Eagles’ 19-10 win over the Raiders was sloppy. The two teams spent much of the second half trading turnovers, starting in the third quarter and ending on the very last play of the game. The two teams gave the ball away a combined seven times, which is the most in any half this season.


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[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 10:43:01 EST from rss

Subject: A very ugly Clinchmas for the Eagles

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #288). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Raiders game in Week 16, talk about Nick Foles' struggles, Philadelphia's defense, and much more.

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 10:30:02 EST from rss

Subject: Four Flyers prospects hope to put on strong showings at World Juniors

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Hockey’s premier under-20 tournament gets underway today, and four Flyers prospects figure to play key roles on their respective national teams.

NHL hockey won’t be back until tomorrow, as the three-day Christmas break is still ongoing today. And the Flyers won’t be playing again until Thursday night, when they’ll head down to Florida to begin a four-game road swing. But one of international hockey’s showcase events begins today, as the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship will get underway in Buffalo.

The event is a highlight of the hockey calendar, as the best under-20 players across the world get together and face off beginning the day after Christmas and ending a few days into the new year. And for a lot of American hockey fans, it’s the best and highest-profile chance they’ll get to see some of their team’s top prospects in action.

That’ll be the case this year for fans of the Flyers, who have four prospects in action on four different national teams. Let’s briefly run through who those players are, and what’s expected from — and at stake for — each of them.

Carter Hart (Canada)

Hart, one of the Flyers’ 2016 second-round picks, is no stranger to the big stage for the Canadian junior team, as he was the primary goalie in last season’s silver-medal finisher. The 2016-17 WJC was an up-and-down experience for Hart, who appeared to briefly lose his starting job to Lightning goalie prospect Connor Ingram before reclaiming it (and losing the Gold Medal Game to the U.S. in a shootout) after Ingram also struggled.

With a Team Canada roster that doesn’t appear to be the near-consensus favorite that it often is in this tournament, much of the pressure will be on Hart to be a rock for his country. He’s had an otherworldly first half of the WHL season; after missing some time early due to mononucleosis, Hart has posted an absolutely ridiculous .961 save percentage and 1.32 GAA in 17 games with Everett.

Still, questions (mostly unfair ones, but questions regardless) were raised about Hart after he struggled a bit on the international stage last year, so neutral evaluators will be watching him closely. If Hart posts another overall uninspiring showing, questions about his readiness will almost certainly continue in at least some corners. If he anchors Canada to a medal, though? People calling him “one of the best goaltending prospects in hockey” may have to think about dropping that “one of” qualifier.

(Yes, I think it’s very silly that four to eight games in a single tournament can swing opinions that much. So it goes.)

German Rubtsov (Russia)

Like Hart, Rubtsov is making his second appearance in the World Juniors after getting a look on last year’s team that probably didn’t go quite the way he was hoping for. He played a secondary role on Team Russia, tallying no points in bottom-6 minutes before taking a high hit in the quarterfinal round that led to a broken nose, sidelining him for the rest of the tournament.

Rubtsov figures to play a more prominent role on this year’s Russian team, and for Flyers fans, the hope here is that a great tournament can kick-start a successful second half of the season for the 2016 first-round pick. Rubtsov has hummed along at a point-per-game pace in the QMJHL season, and while at first glance that’s not terrible, it’s actually a step back from where he was in limited time in the Q last season, and fans that were expecting more out of him this season probably haven’t loved what they’ve seen so far. A strong performance at the WJCs could re-instill some confidence in the young Russian.

Maksim Sushko (Belarus)

Belarus is back in the top tier of World Juniors after a one-year relegation to the tournament’s second division, and Sushko (who played a minor role on that team as a 17-year old) will be there with them. Nine forwards aged out of that Belarus team from last year, so the 2017 fourth-round pick will likely be asked to play a more prominent role as the team hopes to extend its stay at the highest level of WJC competition.

Sushko got out to a blazing-hot start with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack this season, as a four-goal game in mid-October highlighted a torrid month that had Flyers fans thinking that Ron Hextall may have found a mid-round gem last summer. Sushko inevitably cooled off a bit from that start, and he enters the tournament with 16 goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares on one of the tournament’s clear underdogs, and if he can flash the skill that he’s shown at times this year against big-name countries, he may start to get even more of this fanbase’s attention.

Linus Högberg (Sweden)

Something of a sleeper in the Flyers’ system thanks to his playing in another country and the team’s depth of defensive prospects, Högberg — who just turned 19 this past September — is in the middle of his second season at Sweden’s highest level of hockey. He’s posted four points (one goal, three assists) in 25 games with the Växjö Lakers this season, and while his numbers don’t jump off the page, his overall skillset was enticing enough that he was always likely to receive an invitation from Team Sweden.

This is likely the first chance that a lot of Flyers fans will have to see Högberg, who has largely flown under the radar since his selection in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. While he’s not likely to be flying up and down the ice setting up goals left and right, he figures to play a key defensive role for Tre Kronor in the WJC. Hopefully the stage isn’t too big for a 19-year old that already has meaningful experience in one of the best hockey leagues on the globe.

WJC game time schedule: December 26, 2017

12:00 p.m. ET: Czech Republic vs. Russia
2:00 p.m. ET: Belarus vs. Sweden
4:00 p.m. ET: Canada vs. Finland
8:00 p.m. ET: USA vs. Denmark

Teams in bold feature Flyers prospects. All games, with the exception of Belarus-Sweden, will be on NHL Network in the U.S. and TSN in Canada. Belarus-Sweden can be seen on TSN GO in Canada.

Feel free to use this thread to discuss today’s games.

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 10:41:46 EST from rss

Subject: So How Are We Supposed To Feel?

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There are two distinct ways to look at the Eagles’ last two games. On one hand, if I would have told you at the beginning of the season that they would beat the Raiders on Christmas to go to 13-2 with their only loss since September coming on the road against the Seahawks, you would…

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Subject: Nobody Wins: Ten Takeaways from Eagles 19, Raiders 10

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[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 11:24:25 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Raiders snap count analysis: Dannell Ellerbe takes over at middle linebacker

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Playing time tracker.

Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles' 19-10 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.


The offensive line played the entire game. Chance Warmack seemed to relatively hold his own at left guard again with Stefen Wisniewski out.

Alshon Jeffery only missed five offensive snaps but was held to two targets for zero yards. He had a chance make a catch on a pass thrown behind him but he couldn’t come up with it. After the game, Jeffery denied interview requests.

81% of the snaps feels very high for Torrey Smith, who just isn’t giving the Eagles a ton this year. Yet another week where I pine for more Mack Hollins.

Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement nearly had an even split at running back. With that said, their stats look a lot different. Ajayi: 14 carries for 52 yards (3.7 average), two receptions for 21 yards and one touchdown. Clement: two carries for 14 yards (7.0 average), one reception for six yards. Ajayi is the flashy guy while Clement is relied on to the do the dirty work, such as pass protection.

LeGarrette Blount’s playing time has taken a hit with the increase of Ajayi. Blount’s last four games: 27 carries, 71 yards, zero touchdowns. Plus three receptions for 14 receiving yards.


Malcolm Jenkins and Nigel Bradham have played a lot of snaps this year. Those guys certainly deserve some time off in Week 17.

The Eagles usually go with a heavier rotation at defensive tackle but Fletcher Cox nearly played all the snaps. They should look to continue to rely on him more when the games matter most.

Jalen Mills missed a few snaps after getting banged up. Rasul Douglas, who was a healthy scratch last week, got some playing time in his absence.

Chris Long ended up playing the second most snaps of any defensive end because Brandon Graham suffered an ankle injury. After the game, Graham indicated the injury wasn’t serious. He was seen walking without a limp.

It feels like Tim Jernigan has been quiet for some time now.

Dannell Ellerbe got the start at middle linebacker in Philadelphia’s base defense. He finished the game with four total tackles (two solo) and one tackle for loss. Nice play.


Bryan Braman continues to have a big special teams role after returning to Philadelphia.

Isaac Seumalo has gone from being the undisputed left guard to only (barely) playing on special teams.


The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Stefen Wisniewski, Joe Walker, Shelton Gibson, Marcus Johnson, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Wendell Smallwood.

The following player(s) were active but did not play: Will Beatty and Nate Sudfeld.

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 13:49:15 EST from rss

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This would make Week 17 interesting.

Doug Pederson touched on a number of different Philadelphia Eagles topics during his weekly day-after press conference. One of his most interesting answers was in response to a question about Sidney Jones’ availability for this week’s game against the Cowboys.

Again, that’s one of the spots we’ll have to take a look at this week. See where he’s at physically. I know football [wise], he’s healthy and all that, but he hasn’t taken a hit in a long time, too. So it’ll be day-to-day. I want to see where he’s at by the end of the week.

Now, that’s hardly a guarantee Jones will play this week. But Pederson could have ruled it out and he didn’t. In previous weeks, Pederson hasn’t been so quick to leave the door open for a Jones return.

This week marks the last stretch of practices that Jones can participate in without being activated to the 53-man roster. Jones is currently still on the non-football injury list. The Eagles started practicing Jones on December 13, which means his 21-day window ends on January 3. The Eagles have until then, at the latest, to either activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the rest of the season.

If the Eagles are satisfied with Jones’ progress, they can activate him prior to this week’s game against Dallas. The Eagles can afford to throw him into the fire, too, since they don’t have to worry about winning the game. Philadelphia officially clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC by beating the Raiders on Christmas.

The Eagles made it clear they were very high on Jones, who they selected in the second round, leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. Philadelphia said he was a top 10 prospect on their board prior to the Achilles injury he suffered in March.

With Jalen Mills struggling recently, it sure wouldn’t hurt to see what Jones can offer.

And now for some other takeaways from Pederson’s Monday presser ...


I have not [decided]. It’s going to be day-to-day, quite honestly. Obviously, injuries play a factor in that. Listen, you’re only limited to 46 [players on the active game roster] and you can only put seven guys down. If do you the math, then some of your starters are going to have to play.

Pederson hasn’t finalized his decision, but I’d guess he rests the guys who are dealing with nagging injuries. It’d also make sense to rest some of the players who have played a ton of snaps this year, such as Nigel Bradham and Malcolm Jenkins.

But with the Eagles’ offense looking so bad against the Raiders, they might need some extra work in Week 17 to get things ironed out. Which brings us to ...


If [not getting him hurt] is the approach, then I would have rested him last night, quite honestly. I can’t worry about that. I gotta get him as many reps as he can [get] and be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season really is just beginning, quit honestly. We’ll be smart. Make good decisions there as a coaching staff. Talk to the coordinators about play time and all that. And we’ll a good plan later in the week.

The read here is that Foles will play for at least a few series against Dallas. But not the entire game.


That’s another one. You’d love to hopefully get him some time in there. We haven’t really seen him in an Eagles uniform take snaps under center, outside of practice. So it’d be good to get him some time.

Pederson mentioned last week that he’d like to get Sudfeld some playing time. He reiterated that message on Monday.


Nothing really against Joe [Walker] and Najee [Goode], felt like it was a great opportunity for Ellerbe to get in there and see what he could do. He’s a big, physical guy who gives you a presence in the run game and he made some plays last night, showed up. So it was good to see him play.

He did well. He did well in the game. It’s hard to say right now that the job is his. Joe’s still fighting through a little bit of that [neck] injury and working himself back, and Najee’s played well in there. Right now, if I had to stand here today and say Ellerbe is the guy, then he might be the guy moving forward.

After only playing one defensive snap since signing with the Eagles after the Week 10 bye, Ellerbe handled 39% of Philly’s defensive snaps in Week 16. Sounds like he could be the team’s new starter at middle linebacker. That’s been an obvious area of weakness since Jordan Hicks went down. Ellerbe isn’t in his prime, but he’s been a reliable starter at the NFL level before in his career. The same can’t really be said for Walker or Goode.


He’s OK. He’s going to be day-to-day. It’s unfortunate, ankle and all that. But we’ll get him where he needs to be and see where he is at the end of the week.

I’d expect Graham to sit out in Week 17. No need to rush him back for a meaningless game. He should be back for the Eagles’ first playoff game.


I do [expect him back]. He’s getting better, too. He’s another one in that same boat, as BG. It’s been two weeks. He’s feeling better today.

Wisniewski suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 14. The Eagles’ starting left guard missed two games since then. There’s been a feeling that Wis could be playing if he had to, but Philly is taking a cautious approach with the playoffs in mind. Plus, Chance Warmack hasn’t been a total disaster while filling in for Wis.

[#] Tue Dec 26 2017 17:45:13 EST from rss

Subject: John DeFilippo: Next in Line

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Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan — young bucks are taking the coaching ranks by storm. Eagles’ QB coach John DeFilippo looks primed to join them.

In his characteristic outfit—windbreaker, shorts, and sneakers—Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo watches rookie QB Carson Wentz work through a routine handoff drill. DeFilippo checks to ensure Carson completes his drop and turns downfield, as if to throw a football he no longer holds, perhaps fooling an unsure defender into defending a phantom play-action pass.

“Here we go...good!” Carson had just hit the top of his drop—DeFilippo is already sprinting to a different section of the field. “QBs, we’re outta here, we’re outta here, we’re movin’, we’re movin’, we’re movin’.”

There are not enough hours in the day for Coach DeFilippo. Affectionately called Coach Flip, he’s the mastermind behind Wentz’s meteoric second-season rise and one of the hottest names on the NFL coaching circuit. Mike Pettine, ex-defensive coordinator of the New York Jets, recalls DeFilippo’s office light outlasting all others during late evenings in the Jets facility, where DeFilippo was the QB coach back in ‘09. When Pettine moved on to become the head coach of Cleveland, he hired DeFilippo in 2015 as his offensive coordinator.

While juggling acquired veteran QB Josh McCown and hotshot second-year QB Johnny Manziel, DeFilippo constructed one of Cleveland’s most prolific offenses: 4,156 passing yards (4th-most in franchise history), 2.0 INT % (2nd-best), and a 4,100 passing yard, 1,500 rushing yard season for the first time since 1986. In an effort to assist Manziel—who played far better under DeFilippo than he did in 2014 then-Browns’ OC Kyle Shanahan—Flip installed semiweekly worksheets for his quarterbacks, to test their understanding of his offense.

To this day, DeFilippo hasn’t shaken the habit. As Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic writes:

Every Friday, DeFilippo hands his quarterbacks a test that also serves as a tip sheet. It’s 20 to 30 pages and about 55 questions with photos and text containing information about the upcoming opponent. If the defense is showing a certain look pre-snap, how should they adjust the protection? If Wentz reads zone coverage on a specific passing concept, where should he go with the ball? If a cornerback is playing a specific leverage, how is the receiver supposed to adjust his route?

“I like to have a lot of juice,” DeFilippo says through a smile when discussing his dogged coaching habits. “I like guys that move fast, talk fast, do everything fast. I think when you train that way and you practice that way, when the game’s moving fast on Sunday it slows things down for you.”

Down to the last man on the depth chart, DeFilippo refuses to turn the dial even one notch down. When promoted to the active roster following the ACL tear of Carson Wentz, once third-string QB Nate Sudfeld remarked that he would no longer go through his pregame workout with Coach Flip. When Sudfeld was inactive, DeFilippo would run him through a fierce 45-minute drill session, testing not only Sudfeld’s mechanics and arm, but his mental acuity and perpetual preparedness.

DeFilippo’s boundless energy and youthful pursuits—he’s a notorious sneakerhead—harmonizes with young quarterbacks specifically, adding to his appeal as a potential hire for rebuilding NFL franchises. In his years as an NFL QB coach/offensive coordinator, DeFilippo has worked with JaMarcus Russell, Mark Sanchez, Terrelle Pryor, Derek Carr, Johnny Manziel, and Carson Wentz—all in their rookie seasons. Considering the careers of a few names listed may not impress, but DeFilippo hasn’t gotten more than two seasons with a single quarterback in his career. What he can concoct with some stability remains to be seen.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a comfortable 50 degrees on a cloudless day at Lincoln Financial Field. Coach DeFilippo jogs onto the field, rocking longer pants—shorts would be unbecoming for game day—with the otherwise typical get-up. His second-year QB and MVP candidate is about to complete over 60% of his passes, throw for 227 yards, and rack up 3 touchdowns against the Chicago Bears—all in three quarters of play.

Little does DeFilippo know that on NFL Network before the game, NFL Analyst Brian Baldinger dropped his name as a potential target for the Bears, when they inevitably look to fill some coaching vacancies to groom their shiny new QB, Mitchell Trubisky. But Baldy isn’t talking offensive coordinator for Coach Flip—no, he’s got greater heights in mind for the up-and-comer.

Sean McVay, head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. turned around a franchise mired in mediocrity, hauled QB Jared Goff from the rancid pits of “BUST!’ after a dreadful rookie season, and has the inside track to a Coach of the Year recognition in his first season at the helm. Head coaching comparisons don’t get much better than that.

But the comparison extends beyond the magnetic vigor of youth and quarterbacking savvy of experience—both are wizards on the chalkboard.

DeFilippo has gained the love of Philadelphia fans everywhere for his occasional guest appearance on Eagles Game Plan, the weekly film-centric show hosted by While most guests detail the unique aspects of their selected plays that would interest the general watcher—why Wentz made a certain decision; how the play design left Ertz wide open—DeFilippo fires off reads, audibles, and protections as if he were installing an offense. The other coaches--HC Doug Pederson, OC Frank Reich, RB coach Duce Staley—speak colloquially to the host, Ike Reese. DeFilippo turns to the camera, looks straight into the lens, and addresses the listener directly.

Compare these two clips: the first from Pederson, the second from DeFilippo. Included with each is the first ~150 words each says.

We kinda knew Denver, when we went big people, they were gonna bring 6-2 Goal Line (personnel) into the game, and so, felt like that our best opportunity was to get Carson on the edge. And so, all we're doing here is bringing Trey (Burton) down in motion, and we're basically sealing with Isaac (Seumalo) right here. Brent Celek does a nice job, and then Trey is actually gonna work through here on a crossing route. As you know, being a linebacker, you get guys moving in front of your face, it kinda moves your eyes just a little bit, and then we're trying to get the back into the flat.

This is kinda the gist of the play, and then Alshon working the back half of the end zone. This (read) is primary, for Carson, this is primary, this becomes secondary, and he actually gets his eyes back to the back part of the end zone and throws a laser to Alshon with great protection here on the pocket.

Well, first thing we knew is a couple of things. We knew the Redskins like to play what we called “middle of the field open” on second and long, so if there's a single safety middle here, we call that “middle of the field closed.” “Middle of the field open” means that there's two safeties, so we're calling this route for “middle of the field open,” so we knew on second and extra long, there was a good chance the Redskins were gonna be “middle of the field open.”

We have three types of reads for the quarterback: we have pure progression reads, which are literally no matter what the coverage is, one to two to three; we have a single-high, two-high read—literally, we're reading one side of the field if it's two-high, another side of the field if it's single safety middle; and then we have what we call levels throws, okay? Levels throws are an example of this play right here.

At the end of their respective bits, Pederson has stopped and started the tape three times, and has already moved on to a different camera angle. DeFilippo has not yet rolled a single second of film.

Keep his clip running, and Flip’ll barrage you further:

...Hollins works vertical with speed on what we call a circle post...

...Alshon’s gonna get into the wake—when we say get in the wake...

...we’re reading depth, width, and hips of this safety here, and we say “two outta three”...

...we knew they would cut the crosser with either the corner or the safety here...

...this is what we call a throw “covered about to be uncovered”...

...we knew when we crossed the 30, the Redskins wanted to be a “middle of the field closed” team...

...we call this a “faith throw” in the red zone...

...we call that a “take two” deep cross...

There isn’t a moment to consider how pertinent this insight may be for the casual fan—and why would there be? DeFilippo’s orientation to detail draws the world in black and white: either you understand something at its deepest, most nuanced level, or you don’t understand it at all.

DeFilippo knows he’s a workaholic—his wife has told him as much, he sheepishly admits in an interview as the newly-minted OC of the Cleveland Browns. “I wake up every day thinking that someone is out-working me, out-scheming me...that drives me. You can never watch enough tape, you can never study enough—you can never study people enough.”

Those listless nights have begun to pay off: DeFilippo is one step away from proving he can punch with the heavyweights.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Coach DeFilippo sits in front of a brown and orange backdrop, his hair markedly more pepper, less salt than any Philadelphia fan would expect. Almost three years ago he sat in this seat, hosting his introductory press conference as the offensive coordinator of a Cleveland Browns team that might—just might—have some hope for the upcoming season.

Asked about his success with young quarterbacks, Coach DeFilippo shares how he coaxed so much production out of since-fallen QBs like JaMarcus Russell and Terrelle Pryor.

Well, I think the first thing you do is get a personal connection, and see how they learn. I spend a lot of time developing how guys learn, and some guys are visual guys; some guys need to be coddled a little bit; some guys need to be ripped. So I think you find that connection on how a guy learns best, and you go that route. I think I’ve done a fairly decent job of finding that out with the different quarterbacks I’ve coached.

Bump the clock up a year, and DeFilippo’s finds himself in a new seat: a life-sized depiction of Sam Bradford behind him, a tablet emblazoned with the Philadelphia Eagle before him. He’s tinkering with yet another tricky QB room: incumbent starter Sam Bradford coming off of injury; system-familiar journeyman Chase Daniel; prized #2 overall selection Carson Wentz. When asked about the rookie’s demeanor through growing pains, DeFilippo takes a firm stance:

That’s one thing we coach with all of our quarterbacks: body language playing this position is very important. Everyone’s looking at you—from fans to coaches to your teammates—everybody on the field’s always watching you and how you react to certain situations. When there’s a situation that we have a “body language fine” like we call it, it’s pointed out, it’s corrected, and that’s not how the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks are gonna act.

Great football minds have risen to and fallen from power like monarchs and kingdoms—DeFilippo knows this all too well, having coached under names like Lane Kiffin and Rex Ryan. It’s not enough to know your stuff. Football coaches are leaders of men, and the emotional quotient is as critical—if not more so—than the intelligence quotient. Body language and personal relationships go just as far as pitches and catches.

Over his 9 years in the NFL as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, DeFilippo has seemingly fielded the question hundreds of times: what does an NFL QB need to succeed? A rabid worker, he often mentions work ethic and the passion to improve; a film nut, he remarks upon the agile mind and expansive recall; but his first answer remains unflinchingly the same: “If you don’t have great character playing the quarterback position in the NFL, you have no chance for success.”

Character stands paramount for DeFilippo—and predictably, it is the standard to which he holds himself as well. He has lauded Carson, and hoped for himself, that both men are “the same person every day.” DeFilippo knows that a coach—a teacher, as he would qualify it—must be a predictable figure, consistent in the manifestation of their character. An organization cannot be built around a tempestuous individual, controlled by the swells of their emotions. Just as his quarterbacks must have the short memory to bounce back from mistakes, DeFilippo remains driven by his standards, not by his successes and failures.

When DeFilippo was blocked from interviewing for the Jets’ offensive coordinator position by the Eagles after the 2016 season, he made those standards clear: “My goal this year is to become the best QB coach in the National Football League. And usually when you have that mindset, that one day at a time mindset”—he grins through his words once again—“things have a way of working out.”

You can check off that box: DeFilippo is the best QB coach in the league. Greater aspirations likely swim under the surface for such a potent mind and magnetic personality—though he’d never admit it, now matter how hard you pried. DeFilippo will firmly root his attention, daily and nightly, on preparing backup QB Nick Foles for a deep playoff run--but waiting in the wings, NFL franchises are chomping at the bit.

On Wild Card Weekend, as Philadelphia enjoys a first-round bye, DeFilippo will be available for a round of interviews for OC and HC vacancies alike. They won’t be his first—he interviewed for San Francisco’s 2015 HC job, eventually filled by Chip Kelly—but they will be far greater in number and competitiveness. DeFilippo is the next young, dynamic, charismatic head coach of the NFL—it’s just a matter of which franchise first takes that bold swing for the fences.

[#] Wed Dec 27 2017 05:24:30 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Malcolm Jenkins says Eagles need to have

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/27/17.

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

'Us-against-the-world mentality' oozing from Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
"For us to even have success, we have to have that us-against-the-world mentality," Malcolm Jenkins said. "And I think it's so important for us to lock up that home-field advantage because now all of the teams that they want to talk about being frontrunners and favorites to win have to come through us. And if you ask anybody in this locker room, 'Do we think that we can win a game against anybody in the Linc on any given Sunday,' I think that answer would be yes, especially with the NFC Championship Game or the Super Bowl being on the line. Winning a home game … I’d take those odds."

A very ugly Clinchmas - BGN
John and James break down an ugly but important Eagles 19-10 win over the Raiders. The guys celebrate the Eagles clinching home-field advantage, but voice their many concerns after what ultimately amounted to another disappointing clinching win.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary with one week left to play in the regular season - PhillyVoice
A week ago, the thinking was, "Nick Foles is hardly the problem for this team heading into the playoffs. The defense better get it together." This week, it's going to be, "OK, the defense is back, but Nick Foles should be catapulted 50 miles into the Atlantic Ocean." Still, the Eagles have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and they're 7-0 there this year. They now also have three straight tough wins under their belt, which may help when it matters. That's certainly the optimistic view, but they do have three weeks to get the offense back on track.

Freezer Burn - Iggles Blitz
Pederson says the issues are fixable. The offense has played well all year (until Monday night) so I agree with him. Foles isn’t going to turn into Carson Wentz, but he doesn’t have to. He needs to play better than he did, but he also needs the guys around him to eliminate their mistakes and to make some plays for him. It will be interesting to see if Pederson comes out throwing on Sunday. He might want Foles and the WRs to get as many reps as possible. That gameplan wouldn’t be ideal for trying to win the game, but Pederson may look at this more as a chance to get ready for the playoffs.

It's on Nick Foles to make sure Alshon Jeffery stays involved in Eagles' offense - Inquirer
In a game that the Eagles needed to win to assure themselves of home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, a no-catch night from their top wide receiver should be unfathomable, but understand: Circumstance always matters to a wide receiver and his production, and the responsibility for this goose egg wasn’t primarily on Jeffery. It was on Foles, and it has to change if the Eagles are to have any hope of reaching the NFC championship game, let alone the Super Bowl.

Eagles need to embrace their new quarterback reality with Nick Foles - ESPN
Third-down efficiency was particularly telling. The Eagles went 1-of-14 on third down, the lone conversion coming on a Corey Clement run. Foles and the passing game were shut out. That had been the money down for the Eagles this season: Wentz completed 64 percent of his throws and threw for a league-high 14 touchdowns on third down before getting hurt.

News And Notes From Christmas Night Win Over Raiders -
The Eagles improved to 13-2 after defeating the Oakland Raiders 19-10 in a see-saw affair that was decided in the game's final minute. The win clinched home-field advantage during the playoffs for Philadelphia for the first time since 2004. John Gonoude from the Eagles' media relations department compiled these notes from the win.

Week 16 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
Nick Foles ranked 31 out of 32 quarterbacks in Week 16. Only T.J. Yates was worse.

Talk of playoff tickets grows as Eagles fans look ahead - 6ABC
The Philadelphia Eagles meet the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, but after that, it's onto the playoffs. That has many fans asking about tickets, since the Eagles secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with their win over the Oakland Raiders on Christmas night.

Dak Prescott is the most generous QB in the NFL -- to the other team - SportsDay
Prescott has surrendered five touchdowns this season on turnovers -- four on interceptions and one on a fumble. That makes him the most generous quarterback in the NFL this season. And when a Prescott giveaway has been converted directly into a defensive touchdown, the Cowboys have lost 100 percent of the time.

Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett’s job is safe - Blogging The Boys

Giants safety Landon Collins called teammate Eli Apple a ‘cancer’ - SB Nation
NFL players usually stand behind their teammates. That’s not happening with the New York Giants. Cornerback Eli Apple seems to be on the outs, and safety Landon Collins didn’t mince words about it during a radio interview on Tuesday. “There is only one corner who needs to grow up and we all know who that is,” Collins said on 98.7 FM in New York, via Jordan Ranaan of “That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, [Dominique Rodgers-Cromarie] and [Janoris Jenkins], I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do. That first pick ... He’s a cancer.” It’s not the first time Collins has openly criticized Apple. He said on the same radio show last week that the 2016 first-round pick needs to “grow up.”


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[#] Wed Dec 27 2017 06:00:02 EST from rss

Subject: Wednesday Morning Fly By: NHL hockey is back at long last

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

*With the holiday break in full swing, we’ve been sating our hockey need with World Juniors hockey. Did you miss the first day? Still need some intro? Kurt’s got you covered. [BSH]

*Carter Hart’s been tearing it up in the WHL this season, and looks to build on that performance in the World Juniors Tournament. And Ron Hextall has some advice for him, as he keeps rolling. [Courier Post]

*So how did our kids and their teammates do? The results from day one of the WJC. [SB Nation]

*And we’ve got some news! Yesterday the Flyers activated Michal Neuvirth off injured reserve, and sent Alex Lyon back to Lehigh Valley. And this may be good news for Brian Elliott, with another back to back coming up. []

*New week, new power rankings. Let’s go. [Puck Daddy]

*Bad news from the other side of the Metro: the Blue JacketsCam Atkinson looks to be out for 4-6 weeks after breaking his foot during the game against the Flyers. [TSN]

*A breakdown of what we learned across the league this week [Puck Daddy]

*More news on the Zac Rinaldo front: he’s waived his right to an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety. He’ll have a phone interview later today. [TSN]

*And all of the discussion around Rinaldo’s actions and those of players like him raises the question: should teams be punished, as well as these players? [Pension Plan Puppets]

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