Eagles News: Concerns Rising from the Cowboys Defeat

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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 17 Edition – PhillyVoice
On the surface, the Eagles’ loss in Dallas might be dismissed as a not-so-significant game, but if you’re an Eagles fan looking for reasons to worry, there are plenty, most notably: It was on Saturday night that Jonathan Gannon’s scheme still seems against defenders who are playing well? When will the injured list stop piling up and how much more might they suffer going forward because they couldn’t finish the job in Dallas? Will Jalen Hurts’ shooting ability be affected by his shoulder injury whenever he returns? If the Eagles beat the Saints on New Year’s Day, they can breathe a sigh of relief, lick their wounds, and start gearing up for the divisional round. If no…

Eagles NFL Draft Wishlist – BGN
The Eagles have one of the best defenses in the league and a lineup that now has three different players with double-digit sacks. However, few know better than Howie Roseman that you can never stop reloading in the trenches. While Josh Sweat, Haason Reddick and Jordan Davis are young mainstays, they can continue to add young and dynamic talent to keep this lineup one of the best in the league for years to come.

NFL division races: who will win the NFC East, AFC South, AFC North and NFC South? – ESPN+
The NFC East is still a race because of three bouncing footballs. In an extremely entertaining 40-34 slugfest on Saturday between the Cowboys and Eagles, the difference between winning and losing sure looked like three fumbles, each of which was recovered by the home team. See how they swung: With a seven-point lead going into the third quarter, Philadelphia quarterback Gardner Minshew and running back Boston Scott fumbled in an exchange, which the Cowboys recovered on the Eagles’ 37-yard line. They turned the short field into a five-play touchdown. After an Eagles touchdown restored their seven-point lead, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was sacked at midfield. The Cowboys got the ball back at their own 38-yard line, preventing the Eagles from getting a short drive. After another sack, they converted one of the key plays of the game by taking a third-and-30 with a throw to TY Hilton, scoring another touchdown four plays later. The Eagles took control with 2:24 left in the game, down three points, but running back Miles Sanders fumbled for the second week in a row. The Cowboys rallied at Philadelphia’s 21-yard line, allowing them to take time off the clock. We’ll soon come to their decision to kick a field goal, but in doing so, they’re up six points. Those three recoveries produced 10 points for the Cowboys and denied the Eagles possession that would normally yield about 3.1 points. If the Eagles recover just one of those three fumbles and nothing else changes, their chances of winning increase dramatically. Forcing fumbles is a skill, but once those fumbles hit the ground, who recovers them is random.

DeVonta Smith and AJ Brown Making History Together – NBCSP
DeVonta Smith and AJ Brown are one of the most explosive and productive wide receiver duos in the NFL. And here’s the best part: Smith is 24 and the Eagles control his contract until 2025, and Brown is 25 and has a contract until 2026. They’re not going anywhere. Smith on Saturday in Dallas had another monster game – his second consecutive 100-yard game and third in the last four weeks – and surpassed 1,000 yards in his sophomore season. He is only the third wide receiver the Eagles have signed in the last 30 years with a 1,000-yard receiving season, along with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Brown also recorded his second consecutive 100-yard game and third in four weeks, increasing his season total to 1,304 yards, already fifth most in Eagles history, but just 28 yards behind second place. Brown, who will play at least one more game and maybe two more, needs 106 yards to break Mike Quick’s franchise record of 1,409 yards set in a 16-game season in 1983.

NFL Fantasy Football Week 16 Recap: Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles – PFF
The Cowboys have been one of the best teams this season at slowing down tight ends and also one of the worst at stopping wide receivers. It’s not surprising that both of the Eagles’ starting receivers have 100-yard games, but Goedert wasn’t driven to that much knowing that, regardless of the injury. The Eagles play the New Orleans Saints next week, a team that’s been equally good at slowing down tight ends, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from putting Goedert back in their starting lineups if they’re cautious this week.

Getting off the Tua Tagovailoa Train – Football Outsiders
Dallas Cowboys-at-Philadelphia Eagles will have a great NFC championship game. The Cowboys proved they can beat any NFL team on Saturday, coming back from 10-0 and 27-17 deficits to beat the Eagles 37-34. The Cowboys spent Week 15 against the Jaguars and (let’s face it) Week 14 against the Texans proving they can lose to any team in the NFL, so their Christmas Eve comeback and late-game defensive stop was a change of pace. encouraging pace. The Eagles, for their part, demonstrated that they would hardly be defenseless without Jalen Hurts. They should be able to capitalize on home field advantage in the NFC playoffs next week against the New Orleans Saints, who gave the world a welcome gift by shutting out the Cleveland Browns in a 17-10 snooze. Eagles are now sudden, newly developed habits of making turnovers in groups and making critical mistakes in high leverage situations (such as giving up a bomb to TY Hilton at 3rd and 30). The Cowboys’ biggest problem right now is that there’s nothing sudden or new about these habits for them.

Robert Kraft’s Hall of Fame Credentials and What’s Next: Mike Sando’s Pick Six – The Athletic
Frequent rushes and scrambles can increase the number of times fullbacks take hard hits, raising concerns about their bodies prematurely breaking down even if they avoid any catastrophic injuries during the run. Cam Newton, Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III ranked among the leaders in runs and projected runs per game among quarterbacks who have entered the NFL since 2000. None ranked among the leaders in quarterback longevity. Hurts, Justin Fields, Jackson, Kyler Murray and Josh Allen are among current players with high use of these forms. Hurts ‘Eagles and Fields’ Bears received praise for adapting their offenses to showcase what both players offer as runners. Both halfbacks suffered shoulder injuries while running runs designed for minimal earnings. They could slide more, run less, or aim for the right balance.

Burning questions as 2022 NFL playoff picture takes shape – NFL.com
5) Will the Eagles retain the #1 seed in the NFC? Yes. They are the most complete team in the league, and quarterback Jalen Hurts is the high tide that will keep them afloat above the challenges of Minnesota, San Francisco and Dallas. It’s unclear if Hurts will miss a second straight game with the shoulder injury, but the Eagles are deep enough to make it past the Saints without him. If not, he may be healthy enough to come back for the season finale against the Giants, who won 48-22 two weeks ago.

Dallas Cowboys Playoff Image: Bucs’ Sunday Night Win Makes Cowboys Playoff Game in Tampa More Likely – Blogging The Boys
Even if and when they win their division, the Buccaneers are stuck in the top four seeds in the NFC. As noted many times, the Eagles can win the NFC East with any Cowboys loss or win on their own (which they couldn’t do on Saturday, by the way) and if Dallas is the wild card, they’ll just be the No. 5 seed, which means they will visit the Bucs. That would be a very interesting week 18 for both Dallas and Tampa Bay. How seriously would any team take the end of the regular season knowing not only that they are going to the playoffs a week later, but specifically having the knowledge of who they will be playing in the Wildcard Round. Of course, there’s no speculation if this certain set of things doesn’t happen in week 17. But be prepared. The Cowboys are likely heading to Tampa Bay.

Giants-Colts odds: New York favorite to secure playoff berth – Big Blue View
The New York Giants are hoping the new year will bring the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2016, and punters are giving them a good chance of securing a berth. The Giants are 3-point favorites against the Colts in Week 17 and are -165 moneyline favorites in DraftKings Sportsbook. The over/under opened at 41 points. Both the Giants and Colts are still reeling from excruciating losses to the Minnesota Vikings: the Colts’ loss coming from a 33-point comeback, the Giants’ loss coming from a 61-yard field goal.

What are the odds? Washington Commanders open as favorites at home against Cleveland Browns – Hogs Haven
The Washington Commanders lost a must-play game against the New York Giants in prime time last Sunday night and then traveled across the country in a short week to take on the San Francisco 49ers. They were huge underdogs there, and the final score was a 37-20 loss. Washington remains the 7th seed in the NFC playoffs due to the loss of Seahawks and Lions. They are half a game ahead of the Seahawks and Lions, and they also have the Packers moving up the rankings if they beat the Dolphins today.

Tua Tagovailoa throws Christmas’ worst interception – SB Nation
The Miami Dolphins had one more chance to win the game against the Green Bay Packers on the last drive of their Christmas Day game in Week 16. The Packers had kicked a field goal to increase their lead to 26-20, and Tua Tagovailoa and Miami had two minutes left to take the field for a game-winning touchdown. Instead, the Packers froze the game two plays later, intercepting Tagovailoa for the third time in the afternoon. Packers DB Rasul Douglas grabbed the game-ending interception to freeze the victory and keep the Packers’ slim playoff hopes alive. The Dolphins looked to have Tyreek Hill open up the middle, but instead Tagovailoa tried to slot the ball into Mike Gesicki on the outside. He sent the bid by air and Douglas stepped in for the easy pick. This is just a horrible toss.

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