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Top 30 Player Jerseys – NFL.com
Carson Wentz finished in front Tom Brady (No. 2.) Dak Prescott was #3, lol. Talk about buyer’s remorse.

What They Say About The Eagles: NFCCG Volume I – BGN
AFC fans react to the Eagles victory last Sunday.

Next LVL: Do the Eagles have enough to beat the Patriots? – BGNRadio.com
Touron and Barrett Brooks Walk through the incredible game plan that beat the Vikings and see how you will beat this Patriots team. We go to the upper room to look at the Eagles physique and compare it to a few Ravens teams that had success against Brady and Belichick.

Former GM Mike Lombardi drops other incredible Eagles knowledge bombs – Reuters Sports News
Except that Foles is under contract with the Eagles next season. Why exactly would they pay him “start-up money” when they don’t have to? Or did Lombardi just have no idea Foles wasn’t a free agent? The reality is that the Eagles are in a fantastic situation as a result of Foles’ surprisingly good play. This is by no means a dilemma.

It’s About Us – Iggles Blitz
Doug Pederson was asked how he would handle the Eagles against the Patriots and all of their accomplishments. It’s easy for the Patriots to look larger than life when you think about everything this team has accomplished over the years. If the team sees Tom Brady as the greatest QB of his generation and a future Hall of Famer, they’re in trouble. The Eagles should consider Brady as this week’s opponent. That’s not trying to diminish his accomplishments, but rather to not let all that history be a factor in the game. Pederson made a brilliant comment. “It can’t be about the Patriots. It has to be about us. Somebody give this man a bag of Funyuns. That’s the perfect answer. It really ties into my recent articles about how good this team is. all year. If the Eagles execute…if the Eagles eliminate errors…they will win this game.

Eagle Eye: How Jim Schwartz Fooled the Vikings – PE.com
Having looked at the offensive performance against the Minnesota Vikings, it’s now time to look at a solid defensive outing against a hard-to-keep unit out of the end zone. The Eagles allowed a touchdown on the first drive and then stopped the Vikings from scoring. For me, the defensive performance started up front with another almost dominant outing from the defensive line. Cox Fletcher was phenomenal once again, making plays in the running game and generating pressure on Keenum case throughout the game. Tim Jernigan owned the line of scrimmage. Brandon Graham was his usual relentless self. Vinny Curry was active against the run and the pass. Derek Barnett had, arguably, the biggest play of the entire game. Chris Long was outstanding all night. Here are some of my highlights from the group, starting with #91 inside.

Chris Long called the Eagles in free agency, not the other way around – ESPN
Chris Long took free agency and upended it the same way he often does with opposing quarterbacks. Rather than wait for a call from an NFL team last year, he identified where he wanted to go and made sure it happened. The defensive end revealed this week how the process unfolded just months after earning a ring with the team the Philadelphia Eagles will face next Sunday in Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots. Unable to sit and wait for things to unfold, Long proactively called Eagles executive Howie Roseman. He wanted to play in Philadelphia after a conversation with the former Eagle and current Los Angeles Ram Connor Barwin.

Philadelphia’s Jason Kelce is a road leveler and PFF’s top run blocker – PFF
A combination of Pederson plotting more with Kelce’s forces and Kelce getting stronger flipped the All-Pro switch inside the Eagles center again. He was dominant in the running game, from the first snap to the last, with only one game rated under par all season. His 95.9 blocking rating is not only the highest among centers, it’s the highest of any NFL offensive lineman this season and a career high.

Word of Muth: Patriots Dominate – Football Outsiders
The Patriots return to the Super Bowl for the second straight year. New England had to come from behind to win the AFC Championship game, but for me at least it seemed almost inevitable. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady simply did what they apparently always do and found a way to win a close game late. For me, the story of the AFC Championship Game was New England’s ability to protect Brady. The Patriots didn’t have a lot of running game (and apparently didn’t plan on having much of it), so that game was going to come down to their offensive line’s ability to resist pass protection. They certainly did their part.

The one Patriots stat Eagles fans probably don’t want to hear
Since 2001, the year Tom Brady took over as starting quarterback, the Patriots are 15-0 in the playoffs against a new opponent and 12-9 in a rematch of the regular season. Every Belichick-era playoff outing was a rematch, including season sweeps at the hands of the 2005 Broncos, 2006 Colts, 2011 Giants, 2012 Ravens, and 2015 Broncos. the Patriots in the playoffs, despite losing 45-3 at Foxborough six weeks prior.

Wisdom from McMahon, Ertz on Gronk and more in Roob observations – NBC Sports Philadelphia
I asked Fletcher Cox on Friday how he reacted to people who doubted the sincerity of his statement Thursday that he had never watched a Super Bowl. He replied, “I don’t care. [bleep] what people think of me and i don’t care [bleep] what people say about me and i don’t care [bleep] what people write about me. All I care about is that there’s no one out there who can block me one-on-one. Gotta love Fletch.

Why the D line gives the Eagles their best chance of winning the Super Bowl
Fletcher Cox and company will have their hands full against Tom Brady and the Patriots. But the Eagles defensive line has the advantage up front. They likely hold the keys to a Super Bowl LII victory.

Orlovsky: Five keys to how Eagles can beat Patriots in Super Bowl – The Athletic
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s ability to prevent anything over his DB’s head, but also stifle the Vikings’ dink-and-dunk passing game, is what stood out in the criticism of the movie of the NFC championship game. It’s a formula that must also be part of the Philadelphia Super Bowl plan. The Eagles want to call off the Patriots’ offense. Yes, Brady and the Patriots offense will get their yards, but get them each. The Patriots offense is littered with changes and pre-snap moves; they do this to gather information for their players before the ball is broken and force the defense to communicate. The Eagles need to have championship-level communication on defense, from first shot to last. Don’t give New England anything for free because you forgot to talk. The Eagles motto needs to bend, but don’t break. When New England drops into the red zone, can Schwartz and his players find a few ways to get off the field on third down and get the Patriots trotting Stephen Gostkowski outside? If the Eagles can find a way to turn two red-zone drives led by Brady into six points, not 14, the parade is one step closer.

Doug Pederson was the class of 2016 coaching class
Obviously, Kelly, McAdoo and Mularkey were failures. The book still came out on Koetter, Gase, and Jackson, but it doesn’t look good on any of the three (especially Jackson). And then there’s Doug Pederson. The Eagles head coach has had two good seasons, thanks in part to stability as coordinator with Frank Reich and Jim Schwartz. Since arriving in Philadelphia, the Eagles rank 4th in runs scored, 5th in runs allowed and 2nd in point differential.

Nigel Bradham fined $9,115 for face mask – PFT
The NFL fined Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham $9,115 for a face mask penalty in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

Super Bowl 2018: Football Outsiders looked at the Patriots’ 4 worst games of 2017 to see if the Eagles could find a way to win – Pats Pulpit
What can be learned from these games, however, is how these teams disrupted Brady and the weapons he was playing with. The Buccaneers pressured Brady on 40% of his dropbacks and the Dolphins affected Brady on 36% of his dropbacks (according to Pro Football Focus), which ranks among the highest pressure rates against the Patriots all year and join the Los Angeles Chargers (nearly 50% pressure ratio) as the outings with the three lowest point totals of the season. The Eagles have a terrific passing rush and they’ll have to affect Brady all night if they want to disrupt the Patriots’ march to another championship. Philadelphia can’t get much out of the Patriots’ performance in the first five weeks of the season, but putting pressure on Brady is still key to success.

Patriots optimistic Rob Gronkowski will be cleared of concussion protocol ahead of Super Bowl – SB Nation
Rob Gronkowski left the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Jaguars after being hit in the helmet by Barry Church. Gronkowski was immediately taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion, which medical staff confirmed. The team ruled him out for the remainder of the game. He’s now on league protocol for concussions, but the team is “optimistic” he’ll be cleared to practice and play in the Super Bowl against the Eagles.

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