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NFL Week 16 Team of the Week and Player Awards – PFF
Offensive line of the week: Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia’s offensive line shone Sunday, whether they blocked passes, made holes for the ground game or received downfield. Lane Johnson was standout as he not only came down with a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, but he also hit a shutout with zero total pass-block losses. Most of the other Eagles’ front five had as much success as Johnson did on the pass protection front, as four of the five starters did not allow a single push and combined for a pass-block loss. In total, the Philly Olympics allowed only three pressures, all from right guard Nate Herbig, and they finished the game with the best PFF pass-blocking character of the week. [BLG Note: Lane Johnson, T.J. Edwards, and Darius Slay all made PFF’s Team of the Week.]
Eagles vs. Giants: 19 winners, 5 losers, 3 IDKs – BGN
Johnson kicked ass as a block; he finished the game as Pro Football Focus’ best offensive lineman. But it was his first touchdown reception of his career that was the highlight of the day. The Eagles got the ball to their start right tackle on a game named after where Johnson is from: East Texas. Alexis wrote a really good story about Johnson’s score and how happy his teammates were for him, you should check it out. Really cool to see Lane get a score after what he’s been through this year. From leaving “lived in hell for a long time“To have a stadium full of fans cheering for his performance, yes, that must have been nice. Well deserved moment.
On the podium: Sirianni, Hurts, Smith, Singleton and Scott win in week 16 against Giants – BGN Radio
After the Eagles’ Week 16 victory over the Giants, Nick Sirianni, Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, Alex Singleton and Boston spoke to the Philly media about the team’s performance.
DeVonta Smith is a toe tap machine, with gifs and stuff like that – PhillyVoice
In the Philadelphia Eagles’ win over the New York Giants on Sunday, DeVonta Smith had an incredible toe reception for a touchdown. With his back facing the sideline, Smith had a toe in bounds, and without letting his heel come down outside the bounds, he was able to touch his second set of toes in the bounds to score. Smith said of his catch: “I felt a little like Michael Jackson.” It’s the kind of field awareness and body control one would expect from a star veteran recipient, not a rookie. And really, it was just one of many that Smith has had through his rookie season.
The day after: The Eagles dare to find out how far their O-line can carry them – The Athletic
But it was an ugly game for Hurts. In the first half, he looked more nervous in his pocket than he has been in some time. He almost threw an interception on the match’s initial third down when he forced an attempt on Dallas Goedert, who was picked off and then knocked down on review. Later, he fumbled as he was fired from behind while inexcusably taking too long to maneuver in his pocket. Perhaps most worrying was the absence of Hurts’ running ability on Sunday. He only ran twice in 7 yards (as Zach pointed out, the last time Hurts started a game and ran only twice was when he was in college a second time). It’s easy to connect the dots between Hurts’ lack of running and the ankle injury that cost him a fight earlier this month. “It’s just the way the game went,” Hurts said. The Eagles ‘best chance to make noise in the playoffs is likely to involve Hurts’ abilities as a rusher who serves as a power multiplier for their running game. So much the more reason why it’s so tempting to secure an off-season spot next week, thus giving Hurts an extra week of rest.
The seven questions that will determine the NFL Playoff Race – The Ringer
There is not a wild-card team that should scare the Cowboys if Dak Prescott is completely healthy, as Dallas has a very adaptable offensive line and an active defense that matches pretty much any opponent. It might not play the Eagles just a few days after seeing them in Week 18; it could contribute to the Cowboys’ decision-making process of potentially resting their starters in Philly.
How many NFL coaching jobs will be opened before the season ends? – MAQB
During my talk last Sunday with Eagles coach Nick Sirianni, we got to grips with his team’s start to the season – Philly had 2-5 after seven games and 3-6 after nine. He mentioned talking to novice DeVonta Smith and Landon Dickerson about it back then. The two came from an environment in Alabama where a single loss is an event that falls into the sky, and therefore the idea of enduring losses in droves could have seemed foreign to them. And Sirianni could honestly talk about it because he was once there, after going 66-2 in his five years as a college player at Div. III Mount Union. “Green Bay has the best record right now and they have lost three games,” Sirianni said. “So the best teams lose games, and they lose more games than you would ever think in college. It’s the same thing I had to learn when I first came into the league. When we played at Mount Union, we did not lose either. many fights. And I say, ‘Oh my god, we just lost seven fights. That would be tragedy there.’ And then it’s just the guys we have on this team and being able to deal with the adversity that happens in the season and be prepared for it.I’m grateful to our guys that they know how to work through hard times . ”
With Nick Sirianni, the Eagles’ present is promising and the future is bright – PE.com
“When you have great leadership, you can get through rocky times. There will be rocky times in the NFL,” Sirianni said. “It’s no secret that we have great leadership and they have been a big part of this.” Security Rodney McLeod spoke with the team before the Washington game. Center Jason Kelce spoke Saturday night. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox will have the honor of next Saturday. Sirianni had delivered the night before the message in 12 games and “the players heard enough from me and my message again and again and again – different ways of saying it – but again and again and again “and turning the microphone to his leadership.” It’s great to hear the captains speak and deliver their message, “Sirianni said.
Washington Roster Moves: Brandon Scherff and Cole Holcomb Activated from the Reserve / COVID-19 list; Tyler Larsen to IR – Hogs Haven
Washington activated 3 of the 5 players still on the reserve / COVID-19 today. Cole Holcomb and Brandon Scherff will rejoin the team as they prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles this week. Backup center Tyler Larsen was also activated, but was placed on IR for the Achilles injury he suffered two weeks ago against the Cowboys. Washington is down to two players on the reserve / COVID-19 list, training team guard Zack Bailey and DE Nate Orchard. The team did not place Jamin Davis on the list. He was inactive yesterday after showing symptoms before the match. The team said there was not enough to get test results, so he was disabled.
Giants vs. Eagles ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ review: Maybe Daniel Jones is actually good – Big Blue View
Jake Fromm was awful. He looked overmatched out and out of his league in his first NFL start. He finished 6 of 17 for 25 yards, an interception and a pass rating of 19.5. Fromm got no help, but the moment was clearly too big for him. Mike Glennon is awful. He’s just not a quality quarterback. Glennon completed 17 of 27, but most of them were dump offs as he passed for just 93 yards. “I would say it’s not ideal,” said Fromm, who issued an honest assessment of his game. “I wish I had played better. It’s frustrating for myself. It’s not the way I wanted to have represented myself, my family or, of course, this organization. It’s hard, but I want to learn from it. I do not think it’s going to get much worse than that. I said this Sunday night in my ‘things I think’ but you have to wonder if these two guys are proving that Daniel Jones can actually be good.
Cowboys vs. football team: The good, the bad and the ugly from week 16 – Blogging the boys
How fun and exciting has it been to see the Dallas Cowboys defense dominate conflicting offenses the last few weeks? Dan Quinn has his defensive unit playing at an extremely confident level right now and it could not be better timing with the playoffs just around the corner. If they can stay consistent with their game, they could be one of the most feared defenses in the off-season. With players like Trevon Diggs, Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory playing their best ball, the sky is the limit for what they can accomplish in the future. It is said, after all, that defense wins championships.
Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a broken bone and torn ligament in his right thumb – Niners Nation
Per Ian Rapoport, Jimmy G sustained a cut bone and torn ligament in his right thumb. [BLG Note: It remains to be seen if Trey Lance is an upgrade on Jimmy G as the 49ers push for a playoff spot. Scenario worth watching for the Eagles’ sake. San Fran beating the Texans in Week 17 would help towards Philly clinching as soon as this Sunday.]
3 winners and 5 losers from week 16 of the NFL – SB Nation
Taber: Washington … woof Taber? Bad. Are you losing to the Cowboys? Bad. Struggling because of them? Really bad. Are you ruining your playoff chances in the process? Hi there. It’s been some awful, awful, bad weeks since Washington seemed ready to push in the playoffs. It all culminated Sunday with a shocking loss.
Monday Football Monday # 68: Sunday belonged to Joe Burrow, Rams got it done, Wilson did better than Lawrence – The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney sum up all of Week 16’s football actions, including Joe Burrow, who announced himself in Bengal’s impressive win over the Ravens, Rams, who defeated the Vikings, and Zach Wilson, who fared better than Trevor Lawrence.
Welcome to Covid-19’s “Junior Year.” It’s not pretty. – Vox
After a brief delay from rising cases this fall, omicron, the newest and most transferable Covid-19 variant to date, is making its way across the nation, causing an increase of nearly 30 percent nationally in cases in a matter of days. While communities roll out eerily familiar security measures, for some it feels like 2020 again: In the past few weeks, California and New York have reintroduced indoor mesh mandates, restaurants from Philadelphia to Houston to Los Angeles are temporarily closing amid outbreaks, at home quick tests are sold out from shore to the coast, and some universities send students back online. Welcome to the “junior year” of the pandemic to adopt the dark comic expression that went viral on Twitter this fall. It seems that 2022 is destined to be the third year in a row marked by fear and confusion, positive tests and almost accidents – and a resounding sense of failure.
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