Game Review – PHI 19, OAK 10

Posted: December 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 82 Comments »

Derek Carr was filled with the Christmas spirit. I assume that is the reason that he threw that gift on an interception to Ronald Darby with less than a minute to go.

That pick rescued the Eagles from a dog of a game and helped them to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs. Please make sure to send a Thank You note to Mr. Carr. That pick was a heck of a lot better than a crappy sweater or bottle of cheap aftershave lotion.

Playing on Christmas night is never ideal. I spent the day with my family and then went into Eagles mode that evening. Still, I never got the normal gameday vibe. It looked like the players had the same issue. Add in the cold weather and you can see where both teams played poorly.

It was incredibly frustrating to see the Eagles play such sloppy football. Bad pass. Dropped pass. Missed block. Missed tackle. And on and on. The Raiders came into the game at 6-8 and played like a team with that record. Derek Carr threw the ball away on 4th down. I mean, it’s 4th down. Don’t worry about the interception. Take a chance. Whatever you do, don’t casually lob the ball over the sideline. Ugh.

The Eagles offense was a mess all night long. They were 1 of 14 on 3rd downs. They had one TD drive. Nick Foles was a man on a mission. Unfortunately the mission was to strengthen Carson Wentz’s case for being the league MVP. Foles looked lost and out of sync. When he wasn’t off-target with his throws, he was retreating from the line of scrimmage faster than me from a vegan buffet.

Foles wasn’t alone. More than a few of his teammates struggled as well. I appreciate that they wanted to suck as a group (All for one and one for all!). That’s the kind of camaraderie the Giants wish they had. But maybe next time someone can suggest trying to play well as a group. That would be even better.

Luckily the Eagles defense came to play…and the Raiders decided to help them out. Carr basically played about the same as Foles. That’s not good for Carr, who is the Raiders franchise QB. Yikes.

His coaches didn’t do him any favors. They played very conservatively, which didn’t make a lot of sense for a team that had nothing to lose. The Raiders had already been eliminated from playoff contention. They should have been loose and played accordingly. Instead, they looked like the team trying to protect the backup QB.

The Eagles made key plays in crunch time and came away with the win. They won’t get any style points for this performance, but they are now 13-2 and the NFC’s #1 seed in the playoffs. That’s a great gift for all the Eagles fans out there.


Doug Pederson didn’t have many crucial decisions to make. He went for it on 4th down twice, with the Eagles converting both. There was a situation in the 2nd half where he declined a penalty, giving Oakland 2nd/13 instead of 1st and long. You can argue that he made the wrong decision there, but the Raiders went 3 & out.

The offensive gameplan looked ugly when they came out and threw three straight passes. I didn’t like that at all. The next drive was all about running and throwing to the RBs. The offense looked terrific and scored a TD. After that, things changed. The run game struggled in a big way and Foles couldn’t get the passing game going. It was hard to tell what they wanted to do. Nothing seemed to work.

Jim Schwartz got his defense to play well. There was one glaring mistake by Jalen Mills that gave Oakland a long TD pass, but the defense had the right approach in this game. They were tough and aggressive, but smart as well. 


Nick Foles played poorly. He was 19-38-163 with a TD and an INT. The numbers aren’t pretty and neither was the performance. To be fair, he didn’t get much help. Kelce had several bad snaps. Multiple players dropped passes. Lane Johnson was erratic. Field position was bad for much of the game. This was also the first cold weather game of the year for the Eagles. Still, Foles had some basic plays he failed to execute and those cost the Eagles at least 7 points, possibly more. 

Threw pass in early 2nd Qtr that should have been a pick-six, but DB dropped it. Had a clean pocket and forced ball to Ertz. Reggie Nelson undercut the route and had the ball hit him in the hands. Terrible decision to throw that. On 3rd/5 in 2nd Qtr, threw deep to Agholor, who wasn’t really open or in good position to make the catch. Had AJ coming open on the back side for a 1st down. Poor decision.

Best throw of the night came late in the 1st half. Had to pull a bad snap off the ground. Then moved to his right. Saw Agholor open over the middle and hit him with a strike for gain of 11. Play didn’t count due to holding call.

Hit Ertz on quick out on 4th/3 for 1st down. That was a quick, accurate throw. Had Ertz wide open for a TD late in the half and just put the ball too high. Bad throw. Next play was 3rd/4. Moved to his right from the pocket. Had a couple of potential receivers near him and possibly could have run, but chose to throw the ball away. Dumb. It’s 3rd and medium. Try to make a play.

Made a poor throw down the field to Agholor in the late 3rd. Still should have been caught, but was dropped. Would have put the Eagles inside the Red Zone. Off-target to Ertz in the late 3rd. Might have been a TD. At worst, the ball would have been inside the 5.

Was at his best on drives late in both the 1st and 2nd half. Threw short, quick passes and moved the team into FG range in both cases.

Struggled with accuracy and decision-making. Also fell back into an old bad habit of moving back from the line of scrimmage to get away from pressure. Not good.


LeGarrette Blount finished 5-12. Just had no running room. Best run went for 22 yards in the early 3rd Qtr, but holding call wiped that out.

Jay Ajayi was 14-52 on the ground. Had an impressive 14-yard run in the late 3rd. Went up the middle and read his blocks well. Fumbled late. I thought they would rule forward progress, but the refs let the fumble stand. Actually had several plays where the ball came loose after he hit the ground or the play was over. Only one actual fumble, but you want the RB to hold the ball until the whistle blows. Highlight play was when he caught a screen pass and took it 17 yards for a TD.

Corey Clement was 4-14 on the ground. Had a 12-yd run. 1-6 as a receiver. Ran the ball on 4th/short and moved the sticks. Hit the hole hard on that play.


Alshon Jeffery…did he play? Only targeted twice and didn’t have a catch. Had chance for key play in the late 3rd. Foles tried to hit him over the middle, but AJ couldn’t make the grab. Was an awkward play, but the kind AJ should make. Would have set team up with 1st/GL.

Torrey Smith was targeted 5 times, but only went 1-5. Was open on a couple of those plays and the ball just didn’t get there.

Nelson Agholor was 4-35. Lined up tight to formation and had good block of DB on run by Blount. Had a chance for a big play in the late 3rd. Got open down the field. Foles underthrew the pass, but Agholor adjusted and was there to catch it. Just dropped the ball. Would have put the Eagles inside the RZ. Caught key pass on crossing route late in the game.

Mack Hollins had a good block on 4th down run. Lined up tight to the formation and used his shoulder to block defender and keep Clement clean.


Zach Ertz had a busy game, going 9-81. Called for holding on 1st Qtr run. Good on short catches. Had 25-yard catch and run to jump start drive late in the half. Had a pass go off his hands in the 4th and get picked off by DB. Caught a lot of short throws, especially to the right side. Had chance for TD, but ball was too high and incomplete. Had chance for possible TD, but that was also too high.

Brent Celek Had a good wham block to help spring Ajayi for a good gain in the 1st Qtr. Had catch and run for 12 yds late in the 1st half. Also got out of bounds to stop the clock.

Trey Burton wasn’t targeted. Struggled as a blocker.


Lane Johnson was very up and down. Kept Khalil Mack under control for most of the game. Still, had some bad moments that hurt the offense. Good down block on 4th down. Gave Clement cutback room and he got the 1st. False start penalty late in the 1st half. Had a questionable holding call late in the half that wiped out an 11-yd gain. Read a stunt perfectly. Shoved the DE over to Brooks and picked up the looping DT. Called for holding on 3rd Qtr run. Wiped out a 22-yd gain. Failed to pick up DT on stunt and he sacked Foles. Mack got the best of him on run play late in the game. Led to loss of 6 yards.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai played pretty well. Did a good job on Bruce Irvin on pass plays. Good block on 3rd Qtr run by Ajayi that went for 14. Bad block on run to his side in the early 4th. Led to TFL.

Jason Kelce had an up and down game. Blocked well, but had multiple bad snaps. Highlight came on 2nd drive. Made the key block on a screen pass that went for a TD. Got out in space and pushed defender out of the way, clearing path to the end zone for Ajayi. Buried 96 in pass pro. Raiders rushed 3 DL and 96 was the NT. Brooks hit him from the side and got him off balance. Kelce slammed him into the ground and ended up out wide by LT. Don’t see that in pass pro very often. Beaten by DT on 3rd Qtr run. No gain on the play.

Chance Warmack got the start for Wiz again. Another solid showing. Developing some chemistry with Kelce. They had good combo block on early run to the left. Warmack engaged the DT, passed him to Kelce and then Warmack went downfield and blocked LB. Good block of DT on 3rd/5 run let Clement go for 12 yards. Helped screen pass with block in the 1st Qtr. Wasn’t a thing of beauty, but got enough of defender to keep him off Ajayi.

Brandon Brooks was very good in pass pro. More up and down in the run game. Pulled to the left and had a good block for Ajayi run in the late 3rd. Gave him an alley and Jay went for 14.



Vinny Curry had a good game. 4 tackles, TFL, PD, FF. Came unblocked off the edge for TFL in the 3rd. Came up with a FF in the late 3rd when he got in on a tackle of Lynch and was able to get the ball out. Looped inside on 4th Qtr pass play and got good shot on Carr. Pass got thrown and should have been picked off. Fought through block to get into the backfield and get Lynch for TFL in the late 4th. Blew by the LT with hard inside move and got pressure on pass that Darby picked off.

Fletcher Cox wasn’t as dominant as usual. The Raiders have a good interior trio and used double teams to keep him under control for much of the game. Called for holding in the 3rd Qtr. Engaged the RT and got his hands on the RG, who was trying to go block Ellerbe. Looked like a bad call during the game, but I can see why it was made after watching the All-22. Shed the RG and just engulfed Lynch for no gain on 4th Qtr run. Was in on 3 tackles. Played his best in the 4th Qtr.

Brandon Graham had another good game, but got hurt late. Finished with 4 tackles and TFL. Blew by the RT and put Lynch down for TFL in the late 1st Qtr. Got pressure from edge in early 2nd and forced Carr to run for short gain. Had a key moment in the game. In the mid-2nd, rushed from LDT. Got held by the RG and drew a flag. Raiders completed a deep ball so that a 55-yard penalty. Huge play. Got TFL on Lynch run in the late 3rd.

Tim Jernigan was somewhat quiet. Got in on 2 tackles. Got pressure on a couple of plays. Got held on Lynch run up the middle that gained 15 yards. Great effort on 4th Qtr play. Rushed the passer and then chased Carr as he moved from the pocket. Pass went to Lynch near the sideline. Jernigan kept hustling and made the tackle.

Derek Barnett was quiet for part of the game, but played his best late. Got a hit on Carr in the mid-2nd. Forced him to throw the ball away on that play. Drew a holding call on run play in the 4th. Disruptive as a rusher in the 4th. Scooped up a fumble late in the game and ran it back for a TD.

Chris Long had an outstanding game. Got pressure all game long. Big hit on Carr on early 3rd/14. Looped inside and leveled Carr. Got a sack in the early 2nd, but was called offside. Wiped out sack and instead of ending a drive it gave them a 1st down. Came up with strip-sack to open the 4th Qtr. Only problem, Long didn’t see the ball loose and started celebrating. OAK recovered. Was unblocked on 4th Qtr pass play and forced Carr to throw the ball away.

Beau Allen came alive in the 2nd half. Good tackle of Lynch on run in the late 3rd. Only gave up a few yards. Had chance to make tackle on screen pass, but fell for fake and the RB turned that into a big gain. Tackled Lynch on run up the middle late in the game. Great effort on the play. Great effort on another 4th Qtr play. Carr threw short pass to Lynch who headed out wide. Allen chased him down and made the tackle, giving up 4 yards.

Destiny Vaeao only played seven snaps. Quiet game.


Mychal Kendricks was quiet. Got in on 3 tackles. Blitzed a couple of times. No real impact plays.

Nigel Bradham led the team with 8 total tackles (6 solo). No dropped INTs for a change. Was good in coverage a few times. No impact plays.

Dannell Ellerbe played MLB. Up and down showing, as you might expect. Overran outside run and let RB cut back for 4 yards. Was out of position on run to start the 3rd Qtr. Lynch ran up the middle for 16 yds. Didn’t get wide enough on 3rd Qtr run that went for 34 yards. Read the play and moved laterally, but needed to go one gap further. Came unblocked up the middle for TFL in the mid-3rd. Used his hands well and showed the ability to shed blockers.

Najee Goode played in some jumbo sets. Didn’t stand out.


Malcolm Jenkins was in on 6 tackles. Had a TFL, FF and FR. Got sealed on 3rd Qtr run that went for 34 yards. Needed to stay wide and funnel it back to the LBs. Made a great hustle play in the early 4th. Long knocked the ball away from Carr and a Raider recovered and started to run. MJ chased him down and made the tackle, only giving up a few yards. Made a huge play in the mid-4th. Stripped the ball away from Ricard after run up the middle. Was able to recover the fumble as well. Hugely important because the Raiders were already in FG range.

Rodney McLeod had a solid game, making 6 tackles. Made an outstanding open-field tackle of RB after short catch on 3rd/long. Exploded through his legs and put the guy down hard. Made a heads-up play in the late 3rd. Saw the ball come loose as Lynch was being tackled and ran up to recover it. Led to the tying FG. Good coverage of RB on 4th Qtr pass play when he lined up wide and went downfield. Carr had to throw the ball away on the play.

Corey Graham had a quiet game compared to last week. Got away with big mistake. Carr threw deep ball in mid-2nd. Graham got deep and was in position to pick off or deflect the pass. Whiffed. The WR caught it for huge gain. Play got wiped out by a holding call on the RG.


Ronald Darby mostly played well. Was in on 6 tackles. Good run defender. Called for illegal contact in 4th. Was covering TE out wide and bit on double move. I wondered if that was a bad sign. More than made up for that late in the game. Played a route perfectly and picked off Carr. That came with less than a minute left and ended a potential scoring drive (ball near midfield). Clutch play for second week in a row. Flipped over to LCB at times in the 4th Qtr when Mills was out with an injury and Rasul Douglas felt better at RCB.

Patrick Robinson had a solid game. WR got by him on early 3rd down and had chance for good gain, but throw was off-target. Got lucky. Broke up a pass over the middle in the mid-2nd Qtr. Picked off a pass in the late 3rd. Read the route and played it perfectly.

Jalen Mills played very well for most of the game. Made one huge mistake when he bit on a sluggo and gave up a 63-yd TD. 2nd week in a row that he gave up a TD on that play. So frustrating. Had very tight coverage on early 4th down play and Carr had to throw the ball away. Made a huge play in the early 3rd. Covered Crabtree on 3rd down inside the 10-yd line. Played the route perfectly and then broke on the ball, knocking it away and forcing OAK to settle for a FG attempt. Had a chance for INT in the 4th Qtr on poorly thrown downfield pass. Just couldn’t make the grab. Tackled well on run plays.

Rasul Douglas came in late to replace Mills. Did his job and the ball wasn’t thrown his way.



KOR – All touchbacks.

PR – Kenjon Barner averaged 6 yards on three returns.

Donnie Jones – Averaged 41.8 yards per punt. Downed one inside the 20.

Jake Elliott – Missed an easy FG. Ugh. Didn’t end up hurting the Eagles. Made a clutch kick late.




82 Comments on “Game Review – PHI 19, OAK 10”

  1. 1 Guy Media said at 6:34 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    “It was incredibly frustrating to see the Eagles play such sloppy football. Bad pass. Dropped pass. Missed block. Missed tackle. And on and on.”

    I’m still flabbergasted that they gave that sort of effort in a nationally televised game with a chance to win home field. I’m still excited they won, but that had better be the last sloppy / lazy effort until next pre-season.

  2. 2 Guy Media said at 7:17 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Shame for Graham that he’s hurt and won’t get a chance to log double digit sacks. The team overall is tied for 14th in the league with sacks this year at 37, I was hopeful we’d have been closer to 45 (3 / game) at this point.

  3. 3 mark2741 said at 8:40 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    I recall last year they started off with more sacks and then tailed off as the season progressed.

  4. 4 Guy Media said at 9:49 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Yeah, I’d really like to see the sack total get to top 5 in the league next year.

  5. 5 daveH said at 1:33 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Id rather be in top 5 of QB pressures .. then he alwsys feels the stress. . Was trying to find stats on it

  6. 6 37OHSSV_O773H said at 9:37 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Why was Nick Foles throwing deep downfield on third down and short yardage? I think that happened a couple of times. He couldn’t throw an accurate short pass all day, why was he throwing deep in windy conditions? Argh.

  7. 7 Guy Media said at 9:50 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    I don’t mind trying to loosen things up, but you have to be executing better across the board.

  8. 8 Kaedwon said at 9:47 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Opps are going to run double moves on Mills all day until he proves he can cover. Early returns are discouraging.

  9. 9 Guy Media said at 9:48 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Yeah, not ideal. Also not ideal when the single high safety (McLeod) bites on the move as well.

  10. 10 or____ said at 10:07 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Not if he’s on the bench

  11. 11 Guy Media said at 10:09 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Good long-term point. That is future shut down corner Sidney Jones’s spot.

  12. 12 or____ said at 10:07 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Official on Jones. Sunday just got more interesting.

  13. 13 Guy Media said at 10:10 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Goals for Jones
    – look like he belongs on an NFL field
    – stay healthy
    – stir up some “fun” with dirty rat Cole Beasley and/or crybaby Dez Bryant.

  14. 14 or____ said at 10:16 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Well done sir.

  15. 15 xeynon said at 11:24 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    You forgot “pick off at least half a dozen errant Dak passes and run at least half of them back for touchdowns”.

  16. 16 Guy Media said at 11:26 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    How can that happen when Curry finally gets off of my naughty list by taking out Dak?

  17. 17 xeynon said at 11:53 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    I don’t want Dak to get hurt. I want him to be the Cowboys’ QB for a LONG time. He’s good enough that they won’t put major resources into trying to replace him, but not good enough to be a real threat to a team with a legit franchise QB like the Eagles, which is exactly what you want your division rivals to have. Nothing would make me happier than Dak becoming the Ryan Tannehill/Andy Dalton to Carson’s Tom Brady/Ben Roethlisberger for the next decade.

  18. 18 P_P_K said at 11:25 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Why do you insult rats and babies by comparing them to such losers?

  19. 19 Guy Media said at 11:26 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I’m just hoping that Eskin gets some more shots in on Cole.

  20. 20 Forthebirds said at 10:13 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    I apologize for not reading the whole recap, but it’s like eating leftovers from a really crappy meal.

  21. 21 daveH said at 1:27 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Ya keeping checking the fridge for other stuff … as if it might appear

  22. 22 P_P_K said at 10:16 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    I was thinking something similar about playing on Christmas. I wonder if homefield is actually a disadvantage on this day. Players away from home, spending the previous night in a hotel, wake up and it’s just another away game. Guys who are at home, especially those with kids in the family, are probably woken up early and spend the day warm & fuzzy, exchanging gifts, etc. It’s not an ideal way to raise bloodlust.

  23. 23 Guy Media said at 10:22 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    In retrospect, we would have been way better off with a Saturday game.

  24. 24 P_P_K said at 11:02 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    There were a couple times when it looked like Foles could have run for important yards. I wonder if he was coached not to take off.

  25. 25 ColorSgt said at 11:11 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    He’s probably afraid he might have to slide.

  26. 26 Insomniac said at 11:21 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Giraffes have a hard time sliding.

  27. 27 ColorSgt said at 12:25 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    He should be in this game. No need to get injured.

  28. 28 xeynon said at 12:49 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Perhaps they’ve told him not to run because they’re mindful of the risk of injury and will take those shackles off in the playoffs.

    In previous incarnations Foles has been a willing scrambler, if not a particularly adept one, so it seems unlikely he would suddenly stop doing it on his own.

  29. 29 ColorSgt said at 1:17 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    The threat of the qb running was a big part of chip’s offense. It still has it’s purpose now, but it’s not nearly as important.

  30. 30 Bert's Bells said at 1:55 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    There was a third down with like 6 to go where he had about 15 yards of green in front of him and threw the ball away.

  31. 31 P_P_K said at 2:53 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    That’s the play where I started to wonder if he had clear instructions not to run.

  32. 32 ChoTime said at 4:06 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I found that was strange. He’s not _that_ slow (ran for about 4 ypc in his first term here). He did decline to take a few first downs that didn’t look challenging.

  33. 33 P_P_K said at 4:25 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Side note: Are you gigging tomorrow night or watching the game?

  34. 34 ChoTime said at 11:00 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Hm, my gig starts at 9 PM ( till 1 AM and it’s outside!), so I might miss most of it.

  35. 35 P_P_K said at 9:43 AM on December 31st, 2017:

    Happy New Year!
    “Fly Eagles Fly” as the ball drops?

  36. 36 Stephen E. said at 2:10 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Watching Foles “take off” is like watching the Spruce Goose take off.

  37. 37 P_P_K said at 3:08 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I’ve seen them feign injury to distract humans from their young. I can hear Merrill Reese now, “Foles is limping, he can’t run, the play is over… no wait, he’s fine, Smallwood has the ball on the other side of the field!”

  38. 38 Guy Media said at 11:13 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Chris Long rules! And good to see Obama is linking to our very own Philly dot com.

  39. 39 Tumtum said at 12:31 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    He does. I feel like this deserves even more attention, but I think Chris is just fine if we all forget about it.

  40. 40 Ryan Rambo said at 11:41 AM on December 30th, 2017:

    Eagles activated CB Sidney Jones (Achilles) for Week 17.

    The Eagles second-round pick from the 2017 draft, Jones is expected to play in their Week 17 game against the Cowboys. He is reportedly being “rewarded” for his hard work after tearing his Achilles in March and making a fast recovery. Achilles injuries are extremely difficult to return from and as a rookie, he may have some growing pains

  41. 41 Tumtum said at 12:29 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Kudos to the kid for working hard and not taking a redshirt year.

  42. 42 ColorSgt said at 1:20 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I feel like he would have worked hard wherever he ended up, but you have to think Carson’s work ethic sets the tone on this team.

  43. 43 daveH said at 1:23 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Even if the Eagles don’t heavily rely upon Jones, it’ll be nice to know he ended the 2017 season on the 53-man roster. The experience gained this season should serve him well as he competes for a starting cornerback job in 2018

    INDEED !!

  44. 44 Ryan Rambo said at 11:41 AM on December 30th, 2017:

  45. 45 P_P_K said at 2:52 PM on December 30th, 2017:


  46. 46 Ryan Rambo said at 12:45 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Giants waived OT Bobby Hart.

    It is an odd time to make this move, suggesting there is something going on behind the scenes. Of course, that would not be surprising considering the state of the Giants’ locker room. Either way, it is not a big loss despite Hart starting 20 games the last two seasons and the last three at right tackle. New GM Dave Gettleman’s first order of business should be fixing a long-broken offensive line

  47. 47 xeynon said at 12:52 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I suppose if Hart was a malcontent and they want to start clearing out dead wood now is as good a time to start as any. He’s a subpar starter so it’s not like it’s a big loss on the field.

  48. 48 Julescat said at 7:59 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Hart refused to play this Sunday

  49. 49 Insomniac said at 1:15 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    That’s funny, he couldn’t even fix the Panthers OL when he was there.

  50. 50 kajomo said at 3:06 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    It may have to do with shaping the roster for the future. If he’s not part of the future replace him with a player you want to see in camp next year.

  51. 51 Philadelphian said at 1:15 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Is it me or has Jernigan been quiet since signing an extension?

  52. 52 Insomniac said at 1:16 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    No it’s not just you. He’s also been banged up so I’m going to give him a small pass right now.

  53. 53 daveH said at 1:19 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Yes id much rather see Jernigan crushing Marshawn a bunch and wearing him down rather than my main man #53 Darryl Dawkins, i mean Nigel B

  54. 54 Donald Kalinowski said at 1:28 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I’m surprised they haven’t re-signed Bradham yet despite getting deals done with Jernigan and Alshon. Bradham is probably the 2nd best player on the defense.

    You could even make the argument that he’s the most important player on the defense when you consider the lack of depth at LB

  55. 55 daveH said at 5:05 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I hear that.
    I’ve made that argument. . Glad to hear you stated it
    Fearless, smart, Hits like an f in mule kick. .. more durable than our favirte MLB.
    I got his jersey.
    I hate that team leaders in tackles would be a DB

  56. 56 daveH said at 5:06 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Cox, Graham, Jenkins, Bradham would be my quick order

  57. 57 ChoTime said at 5:47 PM on December 30th, 2017:


  58. 58 A_T_G said at 6:40 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Unfortunately he is injured so often people forget how to spell his name.

  59. 59 DustyRyder71 said at 3:00 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    The late season fade-out was a recurring problem for Timmy in Baltimore, too. Hopefully a couple of weeks off will recharge his batteries.

  60. 60 Philadelphian said at 4:27 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    That’s what I was thinking.

  61. 61 Someguy77 said at 6:40 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Hasn’t done much since he came back for injury. Wonder how healthy he is.

  62. 62 Stephen E. said at 2:08 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Douglas must have been doing his job pretty well. Carr is smart enough to pick on a rookie injury sub, but he didn’t even try.

  63. 63 xeynon said at 7:38 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Carr is smart enough to pick on a rookie injury sub, but he didn’t even try.

    After that ridiculously moronic fumble while reaching for the pylon against the Cowboys two weeks ago in a must win game, are you sure about that? I’m pretty sure that Derek Carr eats paste, as another commenter put it when that play happened.

  64. 64 Dragon_Eagle said at 4:13 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Eagles continue to sleepwalk while Dallas plays for pride. Prepare for 2 more weeks of Nick Foles criticism. Cowboys 38 Eagles 17.

  65. 65 Ryan Rambo said at 4:16 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Eagles have been sleep-winning. F*ck Dallas. They had the past 8 weeks to play for pride.

  66. 66 P_P_K said at 4:24 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    No matter what, no matter when, no matter why: F*ck Dallas.

  67. 67 Tom33 said at 4:40 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    It’s weird – just doesn’t feel like Cowboys week. I guess it’s something I could get used to though…

  68. 68 P_P_K said at 5:20 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I’m with you 100%. I don’t think I’ve ever been so laissez faire about a Cowboys game. I remember when the schedule came out thinking beating Dallas would be a great way to ring in the New Year. Now, just hoping everyone stays healthy and can’t wait for the playoffs.

  69. 69 jshort said at 6:09 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    That’s because most everyone has been talking about last week. Forget it already. 14-2

  70. 70 P_P_K said at 4:24 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    The last prediction of yours that I remember was: Giants 28 Eagles 9. I tried to find a bookie who would give me 19 points. No luck. Know anyone that would bank Eagles +21 this week?

  71. 71 jshort said at 6:06 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I can’t believe this! You guys actually think we’re going to lose? Lay down for the Cowboys, I don’t think so.

  72. 72 daveH said at 6:20 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    If that help Jurah justify keeping the crap Princeton read head in place is cool w me

  73. 73 A_T_G said at 6:37 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I can’t believe this either, 15 games in and people still haven’t figured out what D_E is doing here?

  74. 74 Howie Littlefinger said at 6:52 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Regulars are aware of his civic sacrifice.

    I might even say if he had been more negadelphian we wouldn’t be wentzless

  75. 75 jshort said at 8:46 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I knew what D E was doing, just posted at the top of the chain after reading some of the responses below, and most of the week.

  76. 76 daveH said at 5:01 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Little things so often disappear but make such a difference

  77. 77 daveH said at 5:02 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Picture of KGB making sweet open fields tackle on a punt … couldn’t jam it in

  78. 78 daveH said at 6:19 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    And having KBGH kicking off is like having an extra tackler … might be a decent call in a key spot

  79. 79 Someguy77 said at 6:38 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Why has Torrey Smith been increasingly getting a lot more playing time of late and played 81% of the snaps last week which is his 2nd highest % this season (Chiefs game at 86% was his season high)?

    Yeah I know deep threats don’t show up much on the box score and have a low rate but I’m puzzled why he has played so much more lately. Looks like a veteran WR is long in the tooth and going to struggle to get a deal next year with any meaningful guaranteed money.

  80. 80 Someguy77 said at 6:43 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    Ajayi fumbles this week and he carries a bag of flour the next 2 weeks.

  81. 81 Donald Kalinowski said at 7:33 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I wish we could draft that RB from PSU. Hopefully he isnt drafted by the Giants.

  82. 82 xeynon said at 7:35 PM on December 30th, 2017:

    I’m more scared of the Giants drafting a successor to Eli, frankly.

    Barkley is fine, but drafting him with a top 3 pick would be a bad use of resources on their part. If they want to do that while ignoring more critical positions I’m all for it.