Who’s Your Daddy?

Posted: November 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 349 Comments »

The Eagles came out red hot and then went into a bit of a funk. They trailed 9-7 at the half. The coaches made some adjustments and the Eagles dominated the 2nd half. They ended up winning 37-9.

Things got so ugly that Dallas pulled Dak Prescott and just tried to run out the clock late in the game.

The Eagles won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

Rushing:  PHI 215, DAL 112

Sacks:  PHI 4, DAL 0

The 2nd half was just a total butt-kicking. The Eagles hadn’t run the ball much in the 1st half. They started feeding the ball to the backs and those guys produced. Jay Ajayi had the huge play with his 71-yard run. Dallas had to fight for every yard. It had to be soul-crushing to watch him run up the middle basically untouched for a gain like that.

The game was strange because PK Jake Elliott took a hit to the head and didn’t play the final three quarters. That meant the Eagles couldn’t kick FGs or extra points. They went for it on 4th downs inside the 40 and then went for two after TDs.

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill handled the KO duties and did an amazing job. He actually put the ball into the end zone a couple of times. He even had a touchback!!! This team has the Next Man Up vibe unlike any team I’ve ever seen.

There were a lot of heroes in this game.

  • Derek Barnett had 2 sacks and was disruptive throughout the game. His strip-sack led to a FR score by Nigel Bradham.
  • Ronald Darby came back for the first time since the opener and played well. He got away with an early PI in the end zone, but did a good job on Dez Bryant. Darby also picked off a pass.
  • Alshon Jeffery has been huge the last couple of games. He was 4-67-1 and some of those catches were tough grabs. He’s coming up big when this team needs it.
  • The RBs. Ajayi ran for 87 yards, Blount ran for 57 and Clement ran for 50, including a TD. Kenjon Barner had a huge catch early in the game and ran for a TD as well.

As for the marquee QB matchup…no contest. Carson Wentz was off tonight, but made clutch plays and ended up with 2 TD passes. Dak Prescott struggled all game long. He had to deal with a lot of pressure, but made some terrible mistakes. He threw 3 INTs and fumbled once. He also was just off target on some of his throws, both high and low. Dallas needed Dak to step up tonight and play like a star. Didn’t happen. 18-31-145 with no TDs and 3 picks.

The Eagles are now 9-1. They have a four-game lead in the division and have the best record in the league. This team has won three blowouts in a row and seems to be coming together at the right time.

Life is good.

*****

Man is it fun to go win down there.

_


  • mtn_green

    So eagles to have me biting my fingernails for three quarters of a blow out.

  • EJ

    Welcome back Ronald Darby!

    • Masked Man

      Darby was sharp today out there.

      Dez was basically shut down.

      • dandynator

        like shannon sharpe said, did dez catch something other than a slant ?

  • SteveH

    Dak aint shit. I’ve been saying it and I’ll keep saying it until it’s commonly accepted wisdom.

  • SteveH

    My only complaint for the game is their running backs actually got over 100 yards combined for the game. Only just barely, but still.

    • Masked Man

      Yeah, I was looking at the Dallas rushing stats. Not overpowering.

      They had 27 carries for 112 and no TDs w/ under 4.2 yards per carry.

      Alfred Morris can still do it for one game I guess.

      He won’t last all year I’m betting.

    • Guy Media

      Getting gashed by bum Alfred Morris wasn’t ideal.

      • Tumtum

        I mean we can call him a bum and slow and make fun of him, but he has never done anything but succeed when asked to run a football in the NFL.

        • DustyRyder71

          He’s always been a nice second back. Good power, good burst, solid but nothing special. He can catch you off guard when you’re playing the pass and rip off a big one here and there, and I suspect that’s what happened last night.

          • Tumtum

            Nah, just good solid running. Of course they had success with the inside zone like Collins worth mentioned due to the Dak keeps. That is just basic NFL run game a this point. He is just a good back. People forget he has a season with more yards that Shady had when he won the rushing title.

    • stephenstempo

      It looked to me like the game plan for the d line was to ignore the run and just get after dak. They seemed to be flying up field like mad men on some of those longer runs by Dallas.

      • EagleOne1983

        It looked like the whole team was just playing too fast that first half. Once they settled, the Cowboys couldn’t do anything but ask Tom Cruise to save them.

    • Tumtum

      Their running game had a lot of success yesterday. It is certainly something to improve (greatly) upon. The option was a real issue. It wasn’t a whole lot of just out play our guys upfront and gain yards. It was a lot of deception. Our run game had a taste of that too so I can’t complain too much, but it must improve.

  • CSA

    I love the fact that Dallas has married themselves to a drastically over-rated QB. He’s the kind of guy that will keep them at 8-8 for a decade. All you have to do is watch his footwork to see why he can never be consistent.

    • daveH

      Like Romo. Great for us !!

      • dillinja

        Honestly think Romo was/is better

        • xeynon

          Yeah, I think so too. Romo had more big play ability than Dak does.

        • daveH

          Id be fine having Romo playing for 25 years to come away with zero wings but still having the starting job

      • oreofestar

        Romo was actually good

        • daveH

          He was but he always always always have us asweet gem of a fail .. never as brutal as a butt fumble but damn close

    • CTbirdsguy

      I think it’s fair to presume that, just like Wentz will continue to improve on his way to becoming the greatest of all time, Dak can someday become Alex Smith

    • Masked Man

      Married themselves to an over-rated QB?

      Just like they did with Romo.

    • Buge Halls

      “…drastically over-rated QB.” And here I thought Romo retired!

      • CSA

        Romo was a quality QB. He legitimately scared me. Dak doesn’t scare me a bit by himself.

    • Tumtum

      I hope you are right. I would still rather have him than any QB other than Wentz in the NFC East.

      • xeynon

        Nah. He’s better than Eli at this point, but without taking salary cap implications into account I would take Cousins over him.

        (And Foles and Sudfeld, of course).

      • DustyRyder71

        I’d take Cousins over Dak every day of the week. He’s a much more technically sound passer.

        • Tumtum

          I think they are both pretty good in that regard. If Dak loses out on stationary throws, he is pretty damn amazing from throwing on the roll. Don’t get me wrong, I think Dak is a very average NFL QB, but *Kirk’s* GM doesn’t even know his name.

  • SteveH

    Dak Prescott with that solid 30 QB rating tonight. One of the NFL’s brightest young stars.

    • P_P_K

      This is what happens when you lose your rb and you aren’t talented enough to carry your team

      • Guy Media

        Dak Pennington.

      • Buge Halls

        I would say that every player Dallas lost, there are equal losses on the Eagles…RB, LT, LB. The Eagles have been able to overcome it, Dallass, not so much!

        • P_P_K

          Exactly.

      • DustyRyder71

        These six games are going to be a major blow to Dak’s confidence. He’s being exposed as the 4th round pick that he is out there.

    • Stephen E.

      Insert Gregg Easterbrook “if every Dak pass had clanged on the ground incomplete, he would have had a higher QB rating.”

      • P_P_K

        He stepped into a great situation, with Zeke and that powerhouse O-line. He played well and got accolades he didn’t deserve. Now one and all know, “He’s no Carson Wentz.”

  • EJ

    We must lead the league in 2-point conversions now. LOL.

    • P_P_K

      Probably running out of plays.

  • Flyin

    Tommy, this team is so unique in a positive way as you stated. I have no expectations, I just sit back and let them prove themselves each week. As of now, they may have an opportunity to knock on the door. All I see in the future is the Bears.

  • Masked Man

    Did you guys know that Jerry Jones put Jerry Jones’ picture on the front cover of the Dallas Cowboys 2017 Press Guide?

    Jerry Jones was very appreciative of the acknowledgement as well!

    Haha. Seriously. Go Eagles!

    • Forthebirds

      Aw! We wentz and ruined Jerrah’s HOF celebration. Too bad. So sad.

  • Insomniac

    Doug entered the twilight zone for the first half before waking up in the second. Well not really, Wentz and the WRs weren’t playing well but damn run the ball if your QB is struggling.

    For his first game back, Darby was great. He just moves so much faster and smoother than any of the CBs that we had. That is one talented dude. Mills is going to be Mills, he’ll get the job done. Robinson continues his good year, damn shame he’ll cost more than we’d like. Jenkins got his first pick of the year! I can’t really recall McLeod making plays other than getting tipped picks but someone has to make those right?

    The DL continues to embarrass opposing OL. Cox and Jernigan are beasts. Graham is like the Boogie Man, he just lives in your QBs pocket. Barnett is playing great for a rookie, he could end up replacing Curry soon if Curry doesn’t take a hometown discount to stay.

    LBs were quiet tonight but Bradham had that fumble recovery for 6.

    Much love for KGH, kickoffs and the 2 point conversions were crazy.

  • dandynator

    love the facts that jim scwartz said after the game that it was too easy. that it was time to pack our shit and bring ont the next opponent. he has that killer mentality love it

  • Frencheaglesfan

    I’m not so sure I want a first round Bye given how sloppy we play everytime we have extra rest!

    • Guy Media

      I want one. They’ll be coming off of 7 consecutive games and will be likely to have quite a few guys with nagging injuries in need of rest.

      • Buge Halls

        I’m hoping that Week #17 will basically be a bye week. Some of those starters will have mysterious “injuries” crop up!

        Although, the thought of sweeping Dallas (and the NFC East sounds pretty nice!)!

        • Forthebirds

          If we are playing for top seed, the game will matter. otherwise, it will be the reverse of last season’s last game.

    • xeynon

      You always, ALWAYS want the first round bye.

      One fewer game on the way to the SB = one fewer chance to lose.

      • wee2424

        1 fewer game to chance injuries, and an extra game off to heal the wounded.

  • Masked Man

    (Here’s a poster from Pro Football Talk that was interesting tonight.)

    eagleswin says:

    November 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Wentz’s cold streak was partly because of drops, the receivers dropped 3 first downs during that lull.

    Dak Prescott looked like he was still rattled from the hits he took
    last week. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s hearing footsteps during
    Thursday’s game.

    The return of Darby helped make the Eagles secondary stronger and
    gave Dez no room to operate. The defense was also able to negate Dak’s
    mobility for the most part while Wentz was able to use his against the
    Dallas defense.

    Totally crazy that they went in to half time 7-9 and philly dropped
    30 on them in the second half. Jerry is probably ready to take his
    embarrassment out on Goodell again.

  • SuPaFrO

    This is exactly how I imagine the rams game!

    This is pretty close to my prediction tonight’s score of 35-10!! Whooh!! EAGLES!!

    • Guy Media

      The Rams game presents a somewhat different challenge as they’re coordinated by Wade Phillips; so we’re going to really have to not wait until the 2nd half to start running because he kills QBs.

      • SuPaFrO

        Oooh definitely. I was really hoping to get wade since the early 2000s. If u saw the rams game is pretty much how Vikings opened up the game. Almost identical to this game. 7-7 for the first half until they Leif punishing the the Rams.

        • SuPaFrO

          Fan of his side early 2000s**** hoped for him post JJ

  • SteveH

    Hi, I’m pre-zeke suspension Dak Prescott, and I have DirecTV.

    and I’m post-zeke suspension Dak Prescott, and I eat paste.

    • Masked Man

      “Eats paste..?” Hahahaha.

      I don’t know what it means, but it’s funny anyway!

      • Guy Media

        “Eating paste”, as is generally understood, is a way of describing a person of being of unreasonably low intellect; i.e. the child in school who eats the paste used by students for arts and crafts projects.

        • wee2424

          Learn something new everyday.

  • Daniel

    Big V needs some props after this game. He’s really stepped up, and no one has been complaining about him.

    • Guy Media

      Yeah, he seems more and more locked in each week.

    • xeynon

      Collinsworth acknowledged him last night late in the game.

    • DustyRyder71

      The importance of this, and what it means for the future of this team, cannot be overstated. Finding a legit starting LT in the 5th round (if that is the case) is the kind of dumb luck that leads to years of dominance.

      Howie 2.0 is one charmed motorfinger.

      • xeynon

        Could be luck, could be good scouting. The Eagles have had two good drafts in a row since Howie returned to running the personnel department:

        2016: Wentz was pretty clearly a home run. Mills and Vaitai are starting caliber players plucked with late round picks. Smallwood and Seumalo have been up-and-down but both have had their moments and might still have a future with the team. Joe Walker is a nice ST player if nothing else, which is all you can realistically expect from a seventh rounder.

        2017: 3 of the top 4 picks (Barnett, Douglas, Hollins) appear to be hits, with the fourth (Sidney Jones) not having had a chance to prove himself yet due to injury. Gerry and Qualls have contributed some depth snaps/ST play, which again is about what you’d expect from late round guys. Jury remains out on Gibson and Pumphrey, granting neither got off to a great start. Even if they bust, however, early returns suggest this will still turn out to be a solid draft.

        • DustyRyder71

          When I say “luck”, I’m not at all discounting the scouting. Call it a case of making your own luck. The last two drafts bear out the fact that this organization knows what it’s doing.

          But a starting caliber LT with a 5th? Not quite Tom Brady with your 2nd 6th, but it’s pretty damn great.

  • Frencheaglesfan

    The announcers tonight were absolutely horrendous. This is a total disgrace. We are talking about the biggest rivalry in the biggest sport in America and they were just lazy. Everyone talks about the drop of the ratings by claiming it’s the national anthem issue or the flag by the refs but those announcers were taking away a lot of fun in watching the game by just commenting plays like it was a chess game.

    • unhinged

      Al Michaels sounded like he was on sedatives. The king of hype – a master of subverting the present by spewing facts (instead of shutting the hell up and letting the plays have center stage), had a subdued performance. Yawn. I felt sorry for Cris Collinsworth.

      • John Luck Pickerd

        Collinsworth was just as bad last night. While Al sounded like he was always moments away from pasing out on ambien, Cris was just horrible… was just such a Cowboys backer.

        • Forthebirds

          I would have preferred Romo calling the game. At least he gives you some insights. Now, if only his voice didn’t sound like he was still going through puberty.

          • fran35

            Yeah, but that dude is too much of a homer. Great announcer though. And I love his quarrels with Deion

      • DarthBanner

        Collinsworth, the former receiver who acted like a receiver cutting across the middle is currently revolutionizing the sport?

    • Dave

      Highlighting each player’s PFF grade is downright silly and would seem to be a conflict of interest.

  • 冬天虽已来临,祝您四季如春!

  • Frencheaglesfan

    Seriously, those annoucers just kill some of the hype I get watching the games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-M8sxcOp8&list=PLRdw3IjKY2glQ2FimzfplPax-SQ6jEA17. Just look at the highlights like the darby interception or the bradham recovery fumble they are like yeah whatever big turnover you know. I watch the games on Gamepass on replay, do you have an alternative to offer me? Is there a radio podcast of the game I could listen to at the same time? Thanks in advance for your help guys.

    • bentheimmigrant

      Gamepass used to let you select audio stream. Might still be there somewhere in the new version?

      • Frencheaglesfan

        No they took it away :(!

    • Guy Media

      You want to get at the local radio broadcast. 94.1 FM these days Merrill Reese.

      • Frencheaglesfan

        Thanks, I will look into that!

    • Buge Halls

      firstrowsports!

    • SuPaFrO

      Try ViPbox I can even watch from my phone. N no spam!!

  • Guy Media

    That was an absolute beat down in the 2nd half. Pederson got himself corrected at half time and they came out and put one of the all time beatings on the Cowboys. These last 6 games should be a fun series of tests of a combination of focus, talent, and toughness.

  • Ankerstjernen

    Because I am a terrible and smug weirdo I passed by BTB’s forum just to see the game thread from the 4th quarter last night. I highly recommend it. Here are a few nuggets:

    “Everyone was giddy to move on. Prescott is a great kid, great character, but is not a pocket passer. Has no touch and cannot or will not throw his receiver open.”

    “Wentz is such much better than Dak it’s sick”

    “Philly’s defense is so much better than ours
    It’s not funny.
    It’s starts with the coaching and depth.”

    “Philly is a better franchise than Dallas
    Rebuilt in 2 seasons. Garrett just needs 7 more years…”

    “Dak stinks without Zeke”

    “look at that throw by wentz….
    tight window, and still fit it in there with no problem….”

    “Has Dak ever made a pass that good? That read and delivery, thread the needle, ball placement really nice.”

    “It’s one thing to lose to the best team in the NFC
    it’s another to get your asses handed to you on national TV.
    Maybe losing here & on Thanksgiving will remind Jerry to stop making inflammatory statements & acting like a high schooler who’s prom date broke up with him.”

    “Why is it so easy for them to convert 2 point conversions?”

    “It pains me to say I’m not even sure Dak is a franchise QB at this point”

    “I’ve never seen a staff so incompetent with not being able to make adjustments. From letting Chaz Green get eaten alive 1 on 1 all game last week, to running the same predictable garbage play after play on offense and defense, this coaching staff flat out stinks.”

    “This year is no fun
    Wish we could have two fun years in a row.”

    For hours of good ol’ fashioned fun, here is the thread: https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2017/11/19/16676184/dallas-cowboys-vs-philadelphia-eagles-live-game-discussion-iv

    • A_T_G

      Ah, no schadenfreud tastes as delicious as Cowboy schadenfreud.

    • or____

      A heartfelt THANK YOU to you sir.

    • Ankerstjernen

      I also really like this sequence, from the halftime:

      “Anyone want to wager
      which coaching staff makes the better half time adjustments?”

      “I have onnnnneeeee millliooonn dollars
      on “Not Jason Garrett”

      “Betting on the Cowboys making good adjustments….
      Is like betting the Titanic doesn’t sink.”

      “Sad, but true.”

    • Bert’s Bells

      The only one I don’t agree with 100% with is:
      “Philly’s defense is so much better than ours
      It’s not funny.
      It’s starts with the coaching and depth.”

      Marianelli is a really good coordinator. What he’s been able to get out of a dysfunctional roster for the past couple years is remarkable.

      The depth part is true. And the part about Philly’s defense being so much better.

      • xmbk

        Yeah, Marinelli has been a big part of their success. Been rooting for him to get a HC job for a while.

        • Corry

          Not sure if he’s going to get much of a chance. He was head coach of the 0-16 Detroit Lions.

          • Stephen E.

            I think we have all been trying to forget that fatal train wreck of a season.

      • xeynon

        That is a different defense with Sean Lee in there. The difference is that while Jordan Hicks is a comparable player, the Eagles have the depth to compensate for his loss, while the Cowboys do not have the depth to compensate for the loss of Lee.

        • Bert’s Bells

          Absolutely.

        • Stephen E.

          To be fair, Joe Walker is really poor, but not only do we have a DC and a versatile player to compensate (Jenkins), but they obviously identified the depth issue and addressed it by signing Ellerbee.

          • xeynon

            (Almost) every team suffers injuries to key players every year. That’s part of the game. Good coaches find a way to scheme around it compensate for having backups in the lineups at some spots.

            Anti-Pederson bias aside, Mike Lombardi said it well on the GM Street podcast last night – Jason Garrett can only coach when he has a roster full of Pro Bowl-caliber players to work with. Most of the time you don’t have that luxury even if you have a very talented roster.

    • Dude

      The one guy typed a whole Bob Seger song about Garret’s inability to adjust. Fantastic! Thanks for that.

    • fran35

      Thanks for this. This is like legal porn.

      • Ankerstjernen

        Wait, porn is illegal??!? Holy shit.

  • Dave

    After the past few weeks, it has become apparent that Howie needs to resign Alshon. Torrey and Ags both have unreliable hands. I think last night’s outcome would have been much different without Alshon on the field.

  • Buge Halls

    Darby “getting away with” the PI seemed to be how they were calling the game last night. Neither team was called for it – reminded me of how Seattle used to (and still does somewhat) get away with PI constantly.

    I have to say it’s frustrating to watch games being called so differently by different teams of refs. I’d really like to see more consistency from them!

    • Corry

      Yeah, hat’s off to Vinovich’s crew last night. They let ’em play. The refs get too much camera time these days. They called the egregious ones and let the ticky tack stuff go, which is the way it should be in my opinion.

    • Donald Kalinowski

      It’s still DPI. But Dallas got away with a few later in the game

    • Howie Littlefinger

      It was consistent both ways. They let them play last night.

    • Forthebirds

      It was refreshing to watch a game where the refs let the reams play.

  • Corry

    So is there anyway we can get homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and NOT take the first week of the playoffs off?

    Regardless, that was a fun second half to watch. This team is special. We’ve gotten contributions from nearly everyone on the active roster. The coaching staff is awesome at making adjustments and prepping players. The front office has put together a great roster. I’m excited to see where this team goes and for the next decade or so of the Carson Wentz era.

    • Donald Kalinowski

      Nope. 2nd game of playoffs is always against the top 2 seeds at home.

    • A_T_G

      The Cowboys will probably be free that week, maybe we can get them to play, just for fun. Also Washington and NY.

  • A_T_G

    I saw a comment about how Darby was a surprise to see on the field all are, that conditioning was expected to be a concern. It made me think, how many time did the corners have to run down the field? I can remember one deep ball where Mills drilled Dez at he was in the air on the sideline for an incompletion. That is the only downfield throw that comes to mind before the garbage drive at the end.

    • Corry

      Darby’s INT was a deep throw. Technically that was a completed pass.

  • Donald Kalinowski

    I think the NFC is alot more interesting than the AFC. When it comes to the Rams, Vikings, Eagles, Seahawks, and Saints there really is no clear favorite. Nexr year you can also see the last 2 NFC title winners, Falcons and Panthers, as well as the Packers, Cowboys and Giants bounce back next year. On top of that the Lions, Redskins and the Bucs will he challenge for the playoffs every year. There really is only 2-3 crappy teams in the NFC.

    • Forthebirds

      Before Sunday, the NFC had 9 times with winning records, the AFC 5.

  • Rob Jarratt

    Besides making a great open field tackle on a punt, Kamu can kick. Who knew? To me, this is the best example of “next man up” with this Eagles’ team. HV is obviously another one.

  • Tumtum

    So I don’t watch ESPN, but if I did I would be curious to see if they still had Dak as a 50 Superbowl winner best HoF QB ever and Wentz as jag.

    • xeynon

      In his last two games, Dak has been sacked 12 times, turned the ball over 6 times, put up 16 points, and compiled a QB rating of 69.0.

      You don’t put up those kinds of numbers unless you’re a FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK.

      • sonofdman

        For example, see Eli Manning.

  • Corry

    Off topic to last night’s game: Saints lose Alex Okafor for the season due to a torn achilles. He’s been a big part of the defensive turn around in New Orleans.

  • EJ

    Good News —
    Saints still have to play the Rams, Panthers, and Falcons.
    Vikings will play Lions, Falcons, and Panthers.

    • Masked Man

      Those two NFC South division games are big- Panthers and Falcons.

      • Philadelphian

        Damn Redskins almost beat the Saints. If any team scares me it’s the Saints and Drew Brees.

        • CrackSammich

          And they just got Terron Armstead back.

          • xeynon

            They also lost Alex Okafor. Injuries cometh and goeth.

        • Mac

          The other way to look at it is this:

          The saints needed a crazy comeback to be the Washington team… and we know the Eagles are built in a way that is similar to Washington (but with more talent at most positions).

          • Philadelphian

            You are right about the need to make a comeback, but it’s the capability of Brews to lead such a comeback that concerns me. It’s that ability, when done repeatedly, that makes an elite QB. Not that Wentz doesn’t have that ability, because I think he does, but it’s still a situation he lacks experience in on this level.

          • Mac

            Brees is a dangerous man indeed. The only kryptonite that I’m aware of with him is the pass rush up the middle, which as it happens is a strength of our Eagles team.

            I’m not so bold as to suggest it would be a game the Eagles “should” win, but rather that it’s a matchup that they “can” win.

        • Masked Man

          Saints are dangerous. As long as they have to play 1st round and 2nd round to get to the NFC Champs game, I think we’ll be OK.

          Hope to see them below the 2nd seed in the NFC. Their defense got exposed some. But they are explosive on offense at times.

        • xeynon

          I think the Saints are the biggest threat as well. However if they have to come north to play the Eagles in the cold in an NFC championship game at the Linc I don’t rate their chances that highly.

          • Dragon_Eagle

            Saints are much more of a running team now and they found a defense, They are equipped for playing in weather and outside a dome.

            So are we though.

            I very much look forward to beating the snot out of them. We owe them more than one.

    • xeynon

      The Eagles have the easiest remaining schedule by a fair margin in the NFC. Only teams with winning records we play are the Rams and Seahawks. We should be the heavy favorites to secure the #1 seed.

  • nopain23

    Lattimore and kamara are leading candidates to win def. and off. rookies of the year. However if DB gets to 8.5 sacks and Clement 10 TDs maybe..just maybe they pull off the upset.
    The front office and coaching staff needs to be credited for a phenomenal job. We fans give ’em a lot of flack but outside of lattimore, kamara can we think of any two rookies we would want?.
    DB is MR. Stripsack and all Clement does is score TDs . Outside of no. 11 when was the last time this team had not 1 but 2 freaking rookies we could be this excited about??!!!
    Thank you Howie and Joe!!!!!

    • Masked Man

      Howie and Joe got fingerprints all over this team!

      Deep roster filled with play makers everywhere!

    • kajomo

      Wentz, Big V, and Mills

  • Forthebirds

    The game determined the winner of the division and ended the who’s better, Carson or Dak controversy. Neither had a great game, but Carson came up with some clutch throws, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Dak 0-3.

    • Philadelphian

      One game doesn’t end that controversy. Both guys are good QBS. Don’t get me wrong because I believe Wentz is the better QB, but one game shouldn’t be used to make that determination. If the shoe was other foot and it was Prescott that had the stronger game I would feel the same way.

      What this game showed was the impact of injuries and the importance of depth.

  • Someguy77

    Most underrated on both sides of the ball right now:

    My nods are Brooks at RG and Bradham at LB. Neither will get a Pro Bowl nod nor should they but there play isn’t that far off either.

    Brooks impresses me the most given the issues he had last year (anxiety) and the ankle injury earlier this year he played through.

    • wee2424

      Wasn’t aware he was playing with an ankle injury earlier on.

    • xeynon

      I think you make a good case that both deserve to be in the Pro Bowl, Brooks particularly. He has been downright dominant this year and I believe he grades out as one of the best guards in the NFL according to PFF (for what that’s worth).

      • CrackSammich

        They won’t be able to play in the probowl.

  • Masked Man

    Man, the Eagles really shut down the Cowboys wide receivers. Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams had no impact on the game. No deep receptions or 20+ plays, no TDs… Nada. Zilch.

    Just a few slant pass receptions each for the entire game. And Jason Witten disappeared.

    Darby was huge and had a big impact on the game in his 1st return outing. He got a big pick. Eagles Safeties Jenkins and McLeod fly around all game. Those two guys both got picks. Mills and Robinson play with lots of swagger and never seem to be out of position.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Ak also shut down the the Allas WRs too.

      Our D was on fire all night. Felt like we were playing the pass all night. Sure was a thing of beautiy

      • Masked Man

        Haha. Ak has no D, and Allas has no D!

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Excellent point. The DL did its job as usual, but the DBs also made plays, contained everything, and took advantage of the opportunities when they came.

      I was, in particular, impressed with the coverage on Beasley. He has killed us (and other teams) in the past. P. Robinson, in particular, had one really nice play with outstanding coverage plus a PBU on a sideline throw.

  • Frencheaglesfan

    We just blew the F out of our greatest rival that was desperate for a Win and giving it all at home and the craziest part is we only played a half and a drive. This team is amazing.

    • sonofdman

      The defense played 4 quarters.

  • Masked Man

    Just reading on Jimmy Kempski’s blog that Chris Maragos would have been the emergency kicker until he was injured.

    That’s why KGH said after the game that he only practiced doing that for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

    http://www.phillyvoice.com/handing-out-10-awards-eagles-cowboys-game-2017/

    • Philadelphian

      MM: Did you hear anything about Elliot or if Sturgis is ready to play if necessary?

      • Masked Man

        Did not hear. Elliot got his bell rung by Ryan Switzer on that first kickoff return.

        Switzer got a big return as you recall, and Jake tried to lower his head and shoulder to tackle him near the sideline. Of course Switzer lowered his too and Jake got a shot to the helmet.

        Jake will need a week for the concussion protocol clearance. Hope he is back strong next week with a clear head.

  • eagleyankfan

    Dallas game plan – run the ball, get the ball out quick. When the produced 9 points, they had to go back to “their” bread and butter – which played into the Eagles hands. Dink and Dunk will keep you in the game – until….

  • xmbk

    Home field is going to be extra important for the playoffs, given how much Wentz changes plays at the line. Early in the game, seemed clear to me that the crowd noise was making adjustments difficult, hurting their rhythm. Be interesting to watch over this stretch of road games, particularly Seattle.

  • SteveH

    http://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/eagles/kamu-grugier-hill-proves-everyone-wrong-eagles-kicker

    Spoiler: Grugier-Hill’s first practice kick on the sideline missed the net and bonked a fan on the sidelines.

    • wee2424

      Hopefully a Dallas fan.

  • scratcherk

    Few observations:

    1. Barnett was sick yesterday. His pressure on delayed rush caused Dak to rush his throw and led to the Darby INT.
    2. Barnett’s bend was on full display on strip sack. Made Byron Bell look FOOLISH.
    3. 3rd and 1. First drive in second half. BIG BALLS DOUG with the play action pass to Celek. That got the momentum going.
    4. Wentz was lit up on some of those throws after he threw it. He hung in there and delivered it PERFECTLY.
    5. Wentz is sick with his field vision. The 2 pt conversion, when I thought he was just going to run out of bounds, then finds someone come open and threw across his body for the conversion was awesome.
    6. Dougie P knows what buttons to push. He’s got the pulse of this team unlike Chip or even Andy.
    7. Wentz was much more demonstrative after TDs. I was shocked/happy to see him make it rain… He’s really growing into this leadership role

    • Howie Littlefinger

      7. Guy doesn’t probably doesn’t even know that has anything to do with the strip club lol

      awe shucks

    • kajomo

      I did not want Barnett in the draft. I’m glad he proving me wrong. He has been very good the last 3 games

      • xeynon

        I think a lot of people dismissed him because of “lack of athleticism” due to his pedestrian times in speed and agility tests and average size. Balance and body control are forms of athleticism however and he appears to be elite in both of those. His ability to bend around the edge and slip block attempts is elite already.

        • or____

          There’s a word for those people. In fact, there’s a variety of words one can choose from. Idiot, dumba**, fool, clueless, ignorant….etc…

      • MattE

        It was a different approach this year, i.e. Chip years were all about measurables. This last draft was actually about college production, you win some and you lose some, Pumphrey vs. Barnett for example. Both drafted more based upon production more so than extrapolation. Do you win going the other route also? Yes, Ziggy Ansah and JPP come to mind.

        • MattE

          its kind of funny though…. the way these guys are being coached this year I think you can develop either type of player in this environment

  • Bert’s Bells

    I don’t know about everybody else, but when an opposing team tries and inside handoff I just start laughing.

  • Frencheaglesfan

    My only real concern at this point: Wentz is taking too many brutal hits, my heart loves that toughness but my brain is scared about his durability for the next 10+ years.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      He seems like he does the old rope a dope. Dude is a fighter and plays better after getting hit, honestly.

    • xeynon

      Lots of QBs his age take a ton of hits (see Newton, Luck, Prescott, etc.). As he ages I think you’ll see him start to unload the ball quicker.

      • Frencheaglesfan

        Well the durability of the QBs you’ve mentionned is quite a concern. Newton and Luck have missed plenty of games and Dak seems to be affected by the suckswhenitmatteryllis.

        • Howie Littlefinger

          Dak Cousins anyone?

    • Bert’s Bells

      He doesn’t take an abnormal number of hits.

      I’d have to see the numbers but I’d be surprised if he’s not actually cleaner than the average QB. He gets good pockets, has great feet and awareness to avoid rushers., and slides/goes out of bounds on like 75% of his runs.

      • Mac

        It “feels” like he takes a lot of hits because we all want so badly for him to take zero hits… This is (after all) a team that feels Superbowl bound.

        I agree with your assessment that the reality is that he doesn’t actually take that many hits.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      I agree. Oddly enough though, I think one of the traits he shares with his hero Brett Favre is the following. I remember listening to Favre in some interview a decade or so ago say he was also super hyped and excited to play. So, much so that he’s was somewhat scattershot during the 1st drive or so until he took a couple hits and that settled him down. After that, things were good.

      Do not interpret that to mean I’m suggesting Wentz should deliberately take a shot early in the game. Just I think he may get that hyper adrenaline rush and relish the contact.

    • or____

      My suggestion to you is that you might be better off watching NFL football.

      • Bert’s Bells

        Good point. Serious, we all love JP but we’ve basically watched him destroy his body so that he probably won’t be able to walk unassisted in 15 years.

  • Frencheaglesfan

    If as the Rebels of the NFC we need to pick a Jedi QB to face Darth Brader and Emperor Bellichick we either go Obiwan KenoBrees or Luke Skywentzer, right?

    • wee2424

      Skywentzer!!!!!!!

    • Masked Man

      Luke Skywentzer! Dilly Dilly!

      • Frencheaglesfan

        May the Wentz be with you!

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Philly! Philly!

    • RobNE

      I’m already having nightmares about the Pats. Want to avoid them so badly.

    • Someguy77

      Tough call but I would go with Obiwan KenoBrees and Payton.

      Defense isn’t as good but see the Saints’ offense giving them more match up problems on offense right now especially in a dome.

      Question is can the Eagles’ DL keep playing this well. Now Barnett is coming on and playing at a high level.

  • wee2424

    Terry Glenn passed away in a car accident.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      One of those guys u forget about until something like this happens. I will never forget Parcels referring to him as “She”. Tuna would be eaten alive for that now.

      RIP

    • xeynon

      Sad to hear. He was a Patriot and a Cowboy so I obviously never rooted for him as a player, but real life is a different thing.

  • iceberg584

    When it comes to counterfactual history, we talk a lot about the Bridgewater injury being a point of divergence, allowing us to unload Bradford, recoup draft assets, and get Wentz into the saddle in his first season. It got me thinking about the Tennessee Titans outright refusing to deal the 2nd overall pick in 2015. If Chip Kelly had been able to “do the deal”, we’re probably married to him as the coach for at least one more season past 2015, and we never have the draft capital nor incentive to pursue Wentz the following spring. I recall the Titans brass seeming ambivalent to Mariota, but feeling like they sort of just had to take the best available QB in that spot.

    • mtn_green

      Mariota is good. Would’ve taken similar draft picks and capital to get him. Wentz is probably better.

      • Duracell

        From all reports, it was going to take significantly more draft capital (at least one additional first round pick) plus Cox to grab Mariota.

  • CrackSammich
    • Someguy77

      Part of the new revolutionary idea that will sweep NFL teams – using a non-kicker who can tackle on coverage units.

      That ‘last man to beat’ becomes a lot tougher if it is a player who can actually make open-field tackles!

      • meteorologist

        Interesting. People are pooch kicking it to the 5 yard line these days anyways …

        • Someguy77

          I was being a bit sarcastic but yeah there has been an increase of teams trying to kick the ball inside the 5 and getting players to return the ball.

      • RobNE

        interesting but I think the advantage of a better tackler will not be more than the decrease in KO ability. But would be an interesting experiment to try in practice, can you get a LB to be proficient enough to take the job from the kicker. [I tend to think not]

    • MattE

      I love McAfee. I have a buddy who use to live in Indy and he was friends with a local radio host and they would party with McAfee all the time. Long story short the incident where McAfee got arrested in 2010 when found “swimming in a canal (1′ of water maybe lol), in the Broad Ripple (party section) of Indy” was due to my friend partying with him all night and McAfee gave up on trying to find my buddys apartment and fell into the body of water near the apartment, sometimes I remember that they are people like us lol.

  • meteorologist

    Hoping Tommy does another post soon on this unbelievably ridiculous secondary.

    Pro Bowl level or almost- Darby, Jenkins, PRob

    “Set it and forget it” good starters- Mills, Rodney Mcleod

    Young developing players with good to extreme talent- Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones

  • GermanEagle

    I don’t care How(ie) will do it but the Eagles need to find a way to keep Patrick Robinson. His play is just sick.

    • meteorologist

      Will be hard with Darby and Mills starting and Sidney and Rasul waiting in the wings. Will he want more playing time?

      • GermanEagle

        I don’t know. Not even sure what his price tag will be.

    • Someguy77

      Nah. You can’t pay a premium for past veteran production in the NFL.

      They drafted Jones and traded for Darby along with having Mills/Douglas. Use those dollars to address other needs or lock up other players (e.g., Bradham).

      • meteorologist

        Take advantage of his play this year for free to hopefully win a SB but know you can replace with Sidney next year

        • Someguy77

          Exactly he is like Blount. Key low-dollar FA signings who helped them this year and have provided great value.

          Move on from both next year though especially with Darby and Jones as the likely starters outside at CB and moving Mills inside.

          • GermanEagle

            I kindly beg to differ.

      • GermanEagle

        Have you seen him play? He’s been the best defensive back for us this year.

        • Someguy77

          He’ll want a decent deal and the Eagles have a lot of other key players to lock up.

          • GermanEagle

            This – I am not sure about.

          • Someguy77

            He’ll get it especially if he plays well in the playoffs.

            Banner did a number of things that drove me crazy while he was here but his mantra of setting a price and readily moving on from Eagles’ veterans worked out almost every time including with Dawkins.

          • GermanEagle

            You just lost any credibility with the last word you said..

          • Someguy77

            In 2002, they were able to cover up Kirkland until the NFC Championship Game.

            In 2003, Simoneau was ok but he struggled too which is why they brought back Trotter in 2004.

          • GermanEagle

            Mate

            With all due respect, but letting Dawk go was the biggest mistake in Joe Banner’s era, and he even himself has admitted it multiple times in public via Twitter.

            And please do not mention Kirkland with Dawkins in the same sentence / context again, ever.

          • meteorologist

            *except with Dawkins and I agree with your post

          • Someguy77

            Broncos got 3/4 of a very god season out of Dawkins until he got injured and was a nonfactor the rest of the way.

            Dawkins was generally a liability after his first year in Denver and they had to scheme around his limitations in pass coverage.

            Problem is the Eagles never really adequately replaced him or Mikell until their recent duo (Jenkins/McLeod).

            The one guy that Banner screwed up on and it really hurt the Eagles was not on paying Trotter.

          • meteorologist

            Yeah if he wants top dollar and the playing time, see yah. Why give that when we can pay less and develop our homegrown studs for the long term?

            Not saying he doesn’t deserve pro bowl CB $ and a starting spot but we aren’t in a position to need to give it

            I’m not 100% sure but staying disciplined in this case seems prudent

          • Bert’s Bells

            Just think of a wheeling and dealing Howie’s gonna do with that comp pick!

          • unhinged

            His ask will be too high when we bring home the Lombardi. I would bet that PR is here because HR asked JS “What do you need?” and Schwartz may get another CB in the next draft. So I think the only way he’s here next season is we don’t draft a promising CB, PR settles for a franchise-friendly offer and Schwartz can get that kind of play from him after he signs (which is not a given).

      • Bert’s Bells

        Yeah, he’s going to command 3 years/15-20 million in free agency based on his play to date alone.

        • kajomo

          I was thinking 3-10.5. I think we are all really underestimating how little market there was for him this year, his age, and injury history. He would be shocked if he gets a big deal

          • Bert’s Bells

            Could be, because he’ll be 31. It’ll depend on who else is available. Wouldn’t be crazy for a quality CB to get 5m/year in free agency.

            Let’s hope he gets top 10 money (which is like 10m, I think) -that’d could land a 3rd round comp.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      If it doesn’t break the bank sure, but we are so deep here (can’t believe I just typed that – cupboard was bare not that long ago) and P.R. is the old man of the group.

      Then again, name the last CB to effectively cover Cole Beasley.

      • Bert’s Bells

        Cole Beasley is my least favorite Cowboy, so he’s probably pretty much my most hated player in the NFL.

        • P_P_K

          He’s an annoying little gnat.

        • Someguy77

          You really dislike him more than Byrant or Elliott?

          • Bert’s Bells

            Yeah, I don’t know exactly why.

            Maybe it’s because a friend of mine dragged to the Joe Dirt sequel.

    • meteorologist

      It’s a great discussion question and a great problem to have.

    • or____

      I think Howie and Doug need us to tell them what to do about the secondary because they clearly can’t be trusted to do a good job on their own….. oh wait….nevermind….the opposite.

    • Donald Kalinowski

      He also has to find a way to pay Bradham. Alshon as well since the free agency class sucks.

      • Tumtum

        Alshon has really stepped up the last few weeks. Yesterday felt, during the game, like by far his best game as an Eagle… 4-67-1

        I don’t mean to sound like a jerk to keep saying this, if we offer the guy 5-35 he should take it without a second thought. He probably isn’t REALLY worth that much.

        • Insomniac

          Considering how Torrey got 2/10, we’re going to be paying at least 9mil a year.

        • CrackSammich

          4-35 is probably even low balling him.

        • kajomo

          More like 5-47. We have no other options, but I think he wants to be here. Seems like a deal would get done

          • Tumtum

            Huh? I must be having an old eyes day on box score.

    • MattE

      Hate to say it, but a lot of salary cap yoga next year will be determined by the Godfather….. Jason Peters and what his plans are.

      • kajomo

        I don’t leave it up to him. We proved we can win with bog V. Time to move on with the youngster.

        • MattE

          basically I just meant if JP decides to retire lol.

          My feeling with him and Sproles is that they both might hang it up after this year.

    • Tumtum

      Howie has a big chip there. Offering a guy who has historically not been healthy, any sort of real guaranteed money, should get a deal done.

    • kajomo

      I am really confident he will be back. He will not get a crazy deal elsewhere due to age and injury history, we give him a chance to finish his career on a winner, he admittedly has a great relationship with jenkins, and I firmly believe these guys love playing with each other. A deal feels like a no brainer for both sides

    • Howie Littlefinger

      He’s had a great year so far but he is most likely not coming back. Someone will pay him nicely for a 1-2 year contract. I think he deserves it but we have Jones, Darby, Mills. and Douglas. Not to mention the very real next man up mentality.

      • Philadelphian

        Imagine that, after what seems to be an eternity we finally have a complete secondary.

        • Masked Man

          Jones on the shelf.
          Even cut McDougle, who was talented.
          Numbers game.

      • RC5000

        It’s not the next man up mentality. It is the next man up who has talent mentality especially at CB. We go with 4 and one guy gets hurt, then you’re suddenly at 3 and have no depth.

        This next man up mentality is working because of the talent. It’s not automatic.

        • Howie Littlefinger

          So how much is he worth? We have a limited amount of resources.

          We have AJ and Bradford to think about. Robinson has earned a minimum 5 mil per year contract this season. Your argument can be made about any number. U have 6 dibs let one walk and another gets hurt and we’re left with 4 dbs.

          • daveH

            He might take less if he we all get wings … yeah a Super Bowl of spicy Wings

          • RC5000

            We have 5 quality CBs – Darby, Jones, Mills, Douglas, & Robinson. I don’t agree that we have 6. Please don’t say Watkins or Corey Graham. I fully acknowledge we may lose him but I don’t agree it’s a certainty yet.

            They may be able to re negotiate some deals

            Robinson has been mostly in the slot and slot CBs don’t get starting $. I do think 2.5 – 3 million is fair and they might have to go 2 years and spread it out.

            He remained in the slot when Darby got hurt and he’s looked better in the slot in Sn Diego.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            I just don’t think they want to invest anymore in that position. He’s played great and I hope they find someway to keep him. I just think someone will pay him over 5 mil per year. He’s playing the BEST on a top rated defense.

            (Greengoblin at FS?)

          • RC5000

            One of the reasons for our success has been our depth…next man up with talent. It depends on how much cap room they can free up. I could see them paying 2.5-3 million since they don’t have much money invested in their CBs.

            The only 30 something CB getting a pretty big contract like that recently has been Brent Grimes who played great for years at outside CB.

            He’s playing the BEST but that’s a lot easier to do when you’re covering the 3rd WR.

            Yeah someday Mills could move to free safety!

    • laeagle

      Loved the play where he batted down that pass to Beasley. Shifty guys like him are deadly if you don’t have someone who can match them. If we end up in a rematch with the Patriots, that will be important.

    • scratcherk

      Should be a decent compensatory pick when he leaves for good money elsewhere

  • Someguy77

    Run game took it to the Boys in the second half when they decided to readily commit to it.

    Still the Eagles’ DL just continues to really impressive me. Yeah Morris was surprisingly effective at times but this DL just put a beating on Dak and hurried him repeatedly.

    If Barnett keeps playing at this level, this is the best Eagles’ DL and that includes even the Gang Green group from 1990 or 1991. This group has more depth (Allen was injured last night though) and is more versatile.

    • Bert’s Bells

      Morris had a few goods runs (22, 20, 12, 10). Beyond that he was lucky to get 2 yards and a cloud of dust.

      I’d rather give up a two 20 yard plays on the ground and stuff the other 16 hand offs.

      You can’t take away the good runs, but he was pretty much ineffective.

      I also think he’s a really good player and can easily be a featured back.

    • MattE

      Meh the Dallas OL gets a paycheck also lol

    • RobNE

      whoah slow your roll there. Were you watching the Eagles in 1991?

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Whoa there Hoss! I’m with Rob here.

        Let’s see them shut down top QBs first. If they play this way against the likes of Brees, Rothlisberger and/or Tom Brady, then we can have this discussion.

        • sonofdman

          They just did shut down a top QB. Brees, Roethlisberger, and Brady are pretty good, but are they as courageous as Prescott?

          • unhinged

            “Pretty good”? HoF each. I can’t imagine that Dak will end up there.

          • A_T_G

            I am pretty sure his tongue was firmly planted in his cheek.

          • sonofdman

            But Dak is the first QB ever to play behind an offensive line that was missing one of its starters. Pure Courage!

          • unhinged

            Ah ha. Got me.

  • eagleyankfan

    few weeks ago a few of us were praising what a wonderful job McDermott was doing in Buff — a couple of loses and now that team is a mess. That rookie was not ready to be a starter. Game was way too fast for him.

    • Bert’s Bells

      Switching QBs was a terrible idea. Did their self-scouting really show Taylor as the problem they needed to fix?

      • or____

        Or, they’re tanking

        • Bert’s Bells

          Need draft position for another mediocre QB!

          • or____

            Perhaps. Beats trying to best the cheatriots

        • Dave

          That’s one thing Lurie can hold his head high and tell the fans he never had the team tank.

          They legitimately tried with Foles, Vick, Sanchez, and Bradford. They stayed competitive and Howie still found a way to get a franchise QB.

        • Insomniac

          Chip Kelly style?

          • Dave

            Chip never intentionally tanked. He was just so inept at building a team, it just appeared that way.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            But the speed and impishness of the ineptitude is where he really excelled. Ur not a football guy so U wouldn’t understand how he changed football……..

          • Dave

            The irony is that Chip’s big theme for players was to have a growth mindset when he was in fact running the team with a fixed mindset.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            Classic narcissistic view of “Winning his way” vs what we do no “Winning”

          • Insomniac

            Coulda fooled me when he refused to address key issues.

          • or____

            Nah, I think McDermott will stay in the league:)

  • Tumtum

    During the broadcast with all the talk of all the RBs, and even a discussion focused on replacing Sproles, they did not ONE time mention the name Wendell Smallwood.

    This should stand out not only because he is irrelevant, but because it means that during a full week of pre-prod no one from the organization talked about him OR they were specifically told to ignore the dude.

    • Insomniac

      2/2 RBs whiffed on in the draft. Fire Howie and Doug!!

      • Dave

        When is Lurie gong to hold Howie accountable?

      • Tumtum

        Marshall is in Wash active roster. Can’t be that bad!

  • RobNE

    fun fact based on title of this article. We adopted from Indiana, had to get a paternity test so took the baby (our son) to a DNA clinic, where they had onesies with Indiana U colors that said “Hoosier Daddy?” on them. I laughed.

    • Bert’s Bells

      have you taken any time to show him what he needs to live?

      • RobNE

        like food and water? shelter? I think I’m missing your point.

        • sonofdman

          Google “Time of the season” by the Zombies.

          • RobNE

            ah got it, I know that song. Didn’t catch the reference though.

          • laeagle

            “what’s your name?”
            “who’s your daddy?”
            “Is he rich like me?”

            Congrats, btw. Is this a recent thing?

          • RobNE

            9 years ago.

      • daveH

        Oooo TOTS, way to deftly offer that smile to those old enough to enjoy this

    • mtn_green

      Gratz! Adopting is awesome. Really is such an awesome thing to do for a kid.

      • RobNE

        for us too. thanks.

    • daveH

      Awesome!

  • Dave

    Most expected Lane and Brooks to have a good year. But I’ll be damned if Kelce isn’t playing at a very high level. Wiz and Vaitai also seem to be playing well.

    I know either Pederson or Reich said earlier this season that they took some responsibilities away from Kelce and simplified his duties to help him excel.

    ESPN just had a segment on Lane vs Demarcus Lawrence and how well he handled him.

  • A_T_G

    “Head coach Doug Pederson revealed Monday that Elliott, the rocket-legged rookie, will be the Eagles’ placekicker long-term moving forward, but he also said he doesn’t know whether Elliott — who suffered a concussion Sunday night during the win in Dallas — will be available for this Sunday’s game at home against the Bears.”

    They are considering Sturgis if healthy, a street FA, or just going for 2 all the time until Elliott is back…seriously.

    https://twitter.com/RoobNBCS/status/932716844414365696

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Go for two every time!!!

      • ColorSgt

        Wants said they’ll need to draw up more plays.

        • A_T_G

          Yeah, I thought that was interesting in his postgame interview. It sounded like they had a collection of plays they have been practicing and keeping secret to use on conversions and they blew the wad last night. The cupboard is now bare.

    • wee2424

      He actually made a comment about really considering going for 2 all the time?

      • A_T_G

        Because someone would have to be cut to make room for a second kicker to fill in until Elliott is healthy – Sturgis or a FA – Doug suggested they might just go for two throughout the Chicago game so as not to lose someone.

        It would seem to me like you could talk to a vested vet that would otherwise be inactive anyway and be pretty confident he won’t sign elsewhere during the week. Players that need to pass through waivers ould be the only risk.

        • Masked Man

          Hate to say it. Wouldn’t miss Smallwood much though.

  • Howie Littlefinger

    Somebody tell Ertz

    “Winter is coming”

    • Insomniac

      Ertz: wait it’s the second half of the season? time to be inconsistent again.
      Philly: NOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • myartz04

    So…Derek Barnett is an impact player already eh?

    • Masked Man

      Barnett made an impact yesterday. Just ask Dak!

    • Dave

      He’s no Taco Charlton though 😉

      • Masked Man

        Hey Dave. I didn’t even here them mention Taco’s name last night. Did you? Did he play?

        • Dave

          Yes, he played 25 snaps but Vaitai handled him without a problem.

          I don’t believe they mentioned that DeMarcus Lawrence led the NFL in sacks with 11.5. Lane rendered him useless.

  • A_T_G
    • Dave

      I took me a little while to figure out the typo in Banner’s Tweet.

      He’s not wrong though. Watching Russell Wilson run for his life tonight with his horrible offensive line will be more telling of their chances this year then third banged up secondary.

      • Ark87

        Thank you for pointing out the typo, my brain weirdly filled in “teams” then him someone singling out the Texans specifically and I’m like, Woah Joe, then Texans definitely invest in their D-line at least.

  • Ark87

    I was thinking about that first half, everyone was off after that first drive. I think people were identifying the time in the tent as the turning point for Wentz, but there was a drive before that when he might have had his worst drive, I really don’t think the blow to the head was responsible. He and his receivers were just off.

    I’m not sure why we went so pass heavy. It seems like Pederson doesn’t like to start his drives off run-heavy. He starts his drives off a bit over-eager to get to the other side of the field, and with all the 3 and outs, it added up to a huge run deficit in the first half. I wonder how many of our run plays are audibled at the line by Wentz and the crowd noise hurts that? We need to lean heavy on the run from here on out though. Keep Wentz healthy, save those career highs for the post-season if we need them.

    • Bert’s Bells

      I saw it a lot the same way.

      This feels like one of those things Doug got from Reid -get your QB hot by throwing the ball. I wonder if they both got that from Holmgren.

      • Ark87

        Well put, I was struggling to put it to words, but exactly that.

    • Masked Man

      Well stated, Ark. Coming off longer breaks or byes might be different than other situations. Otherwise, all the 1Q play calling has gone very well.

      Remember? Coming off the 10 day break from Thur 10/12 at Carolina to Mon 10/23 at home with Washington, they started slow and sloppy until finally taking a lead with time running out in the half.

      That’s why I was predicting a sluggish 1Q again this game. But it lasted through the entire half at Dallas yesterday. The script led to 7 points. But after that the team was scoreless in spite of 2 interceptions by our defense to give some great field position.

      Doug tried to pass his way into a rhythm, and that usually seems to work. But with longer breaks, maybe the run game early on to knock the rust off would have worked better during the 2Q. It worked in the 3Q.

      Don’t know if some rough tough up tempo practice time during an off weekend would help the team keep their physical and mental sharpness. Just a thought. Have know way to know if coaches think that it could help to simulate game activity when off.

      And it wasn’t the defense that seemed off at all, but the timing of the offense beyond the scripted plays. A lot to think about here.

      But assuming we have a playoff bye week ahead, we’ll be coming off a two week break again soon. Maybe some energetic off week practice and or going to the run game after the 1Q opening script could help.

      Who knows? That’s why Doug gets paid the big bucks. Maybe Tommy has some thoughts he would share.

      We’re 9-1 Baby! Go Eagles!

      • Ark87

        Had the same thought, even went as far as thinking “which is better, the 1 seed or 3 seed in the playoffs” thinking about some red-hot damn-good team coming out of the wild card round and ripping into a sloppy but well rested Eagles team and just wondering if they can keep the game in reach for when they finally do wake up.

        Didn’t mention it because:
        A) don’t want to contribute to the getting way ahead of ourselves train on trap-game week (in the true meaning of the trap game btw, got @Seattle and @Rams coming up, so so easy to overlook Bears @ Philly as a gimme game)

        B) Of course you take a superbowl for the price of 3 wins instead of 4, and home field adavantage….I think, can’t stop thinking about it though!

        • Masked Man

          If you watch NFL playoff games you see that. Often the rested bye week teams wins.

          But there’s plenty of times when a hot playoff contender that won in the first round will knock a sluggish bye week team out of the box.

          Is it better to be a hot team that plays two rounds to get to the NFCG?

          Or is it better to be the rested team that only has to win one “cold start” game to get to the NFCG?

          Some would say that by that stage of the season, the rest is better. The Eagles are deep and talented with no holes on the roster so maybe the rest would automatically be better if they blow teams away in the 2nd half anyway.

          • Ark87

            Good point on the rest. That’s something I didn’t account for 1 less game of attrition is huge. Just a little less likely not to lose key players on the road to glory is a big deal.

          • Masked Man

            Extra Rest vs. Cold Engine Start?

            Interesting coaching challenge.

          • RobNE

            Rest. Rest. Rest.

          • ChoTime

            Regular season at home: 57%
            Wild card at home: 66%
            Divisional at home: 74%

            Any questions? 🙂

    • Dave

      3 drops (2 by Ags and 1 by Torrey) really hurt those drives too, especially Ags dropped TD.

  • Masked Man

    Kamu Grugier-Hill was quoted as saying: “Everybody expected me to do bad anyway, so I didn’t have anything to lose!”

    (Lol. Our place kicker just went down guys. Let’s get the linebacker to kick it!)

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/11/20/eagles-linebacker-kamu-grugier-hill-overcame-rough-kicking-start/

    • A_T_G

      Talking about next man up vs. making excuses, Hill was actually the 4th man up in that responsibility, after Sturgis, Elliott, and the planned emergency kicker Maragos. This team is just so much fun.

      • Ark87

        Oh so much more satisfying because the Cowboys are the polar opposites. Total garbage in adversity. They only excel in seasons when their whole O-line and RB who gets 50 carries a game stay completely healthy.

        • GENETiC-FREAK

          Man thats what i dont get. All i hear oh we didnt have Zeke, Smith, Bailey and Lee. We didnt have Peters, Sproles, Hicks, Kickers, Darby just got back. Then they say oh but these guys are All Pro?? So you need a star studded lineup to be good?? lol

          Skip talking Dak as MVP all year now believes that Lee is the reason they lost and will continue to lose. Sooo Lee can throw, run, tackle, catch bullets with his teeth too?? Cowgirls have every excuse. Delusional.

          • Masked Man

            Only think I like about Dallas is their cheer leaders.

            And I don’t even like them THAT much…

            (I meant the real cheerleaders and not Jason Garrett!)

      • Masked Man

        I miss Maragos, ATG.

        But KGH was fun to watch yesterday. Reminded me of a guy named Rick Roby, old Dolphins kicker from I don’t know. The 70’s maybe.

        Built like Jeremiah Trotter and out there placekicking and booming balls down the field. Way back in the day…..

  • Ark87

    So apparently Belichick didn’t like playing in Mexico, saying it is just a tough trip to plan for. He certainly makes it sound like a pain. I don’t blame him and I guess and I don’t have an opinion one way or the other, but this quote:

    “We dealt with it. Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions or earthquakes, or anything else while we were down there. You have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened, so that was good.”

    Is Belichick making a joke or is this how his brain works?

    • daveH

      By geological plates and potential volcanos he means drug lords and gangs

      • Ark87

        In the article title I was immediately skeptical of the old white guy being terrified of Mexico. I mean I don’t know why, they send all their rapists and murders across our boarders, what with the wall not being built yet
        /s

        • daveH

          Beli may have been worried about getting jammed behind the wall indeed

      • Masked Man

        You got it. Even terrorists, potentially.

        • daveH

          Body part smugglers

    • Dave

      As a geologist, I can assure you Belichick is an uniformed idiot who bought into fear mongering.

      If he’s worried about earthquakes and volcanoes in Mexico, he might want to stay away from California so he doesn’t catch on fire.

      He should also stay away from New Orleans and Houston so he doesn’t get caught in a Hurricane.

      He should probably stay away from KC and the Midwest so he doesn’t get killed by a tornado.

      Seattle, San Fran and Oakland should also be avoided due to the large number of fault lines and chance of a 7.5 earthquake or higher.

    • Masked Man

      Euphemisms. That’s a potentially dangerous trip for a bunch of rich Americans to take these days.

      Advertised way in advance and with all famous faces too? Can you imagine the security precautions that we have no knowledge about?

      Airports, vehicles, routes, hotel accommodations, meals, practices, training facilities, stadium transport, staff, players, friends and families, etc?

  • KillaKadafi

    Hat’s off to Barner for a beautiful sideline catch on the opening TD drive,
    the follow-up run for a TD wasn’t too bad either!

  • KillaKadafi

    Just watching the highlights and 2 observations on Kendricks; when Mcleod Intercepted Dak, MK looked disappointed that he wasn’t given the opportunity to block for Mcleod on the return (due to Dez making the quick tackle). Then on the Barnett strip-sack, MK accelerates over and makes the perfect block for Bradham to go in untouched. Amazing speed and great execution.

    • Masked Man

      Kendricks is fast. Having a career year too.

  • Insomniac

    We could really use someone to stretch the field. If only we had a tall WR that could run pretty fast for his size..

    • Ryan Rambo

      I thought we had a guy. I could SMack myself for not being able to come up with his name!!

  • daveH

    Who wants wings ?

  • Dragon_Eagle

    So, just saw the following on NFL network. Eagles now are:

    #1 in points scored with 320
    #1 in point differential at +132

    with the blowout of Allas and the Rams loss.

    • ChoTime

      Pretty clearly the best team right now, no?

  • Ryan Rambo
    • P_P_K

      What a great team.

  • daveH

    2 guys never ever ever allowed on team premises or at the igglesblitz party..
    Name em :
    1 . ______________
    2. _______________

    • RC5000

      There are a lot more than that but
      1. Jerry Jones
      2. Eli Manning

      • daveH

        Jurrah indeed !!
        1. Sports Illustrated cover photographer
        2. Anyone from Campbells Chunky

  • dandynator

    love it cowboys play us then everybody questioning dak, garrett and dez lol cant get any better

    • Masked Man

      Beat Down

  • scratcherk
    • wee2424

      With how he is at that point the large majority of edge rushers in this league would either falls down before QB, grab QB by legs, or get him around the hips. To create that strip sack from where he was at point of the picture is somewhat special.

  • daveH

    2 guys never ever ever allowed on team premises or at the igglesblitz party..
    Name em :
    1 . ______________

    • wee2424

      Nnamdi and Rush Limbaugh.

    • Masked Man

      Terrell Owens and Jerry Jones

      • daveH

        TO is always allowed. .Kookie dude but greatest eagles wr ever ..
        Jurrah unfortunately gets an owners box once a year

  • dandynator

    one thing i gotta say that i love about this team is our 2 offensive coordinators are career backups qbs. one played behind favre and legendary coaches. dont know much about Frank W. but heard he made one of the greatest comeback in history. so if anybody knows how to adjust should be them and they are doing a phenomenal job right now. also if anybody should know the importance of running the football would be qbs and they also proving that keeping it more than balance

    • RC5000

      That’s kinda hard to you know what I said read mean man

    • FairOaks

      Frank Reich was the long-time backup to Jim Kelly on the Buffalo Bills. In college, he came back from a 31-0 halftime deficit to beat Miami, which was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history (since been eclipsed). In a playoff wildcard game, the Oilers had a 35-3 lead in the second half, and Reich lead that comeback as well, which I think is still the biggest comeback in NFL history. Kelly had been injured in the last regular season game, and I think Reich played the next game too before Kelly came back, as the Bills went to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl (and fourth consecutive loss).

      They (plus QB coach DiFilippo) have done a great job. And Nate Sudfeld, given the choice, seemed to prefer to ride the bench and continue to be coached by those guys rather than sign with another team and maybe play.

  • RC5000

    Seattle goes down. 6-4 now. Atlanta also 6-4.

    • Masked Man

      Best case scenario? I think it is.

      • Fufina

        Not so sure now, I felt pretty confident we would beat Seattle in Philadelphia in the playoffs with their secondary injuries. Wilson wouldn’t be able to magic up enough points to win the game.

        If Atlanta can sort themselves out offensively they have the raw talent to come in and compete with the Eagles.