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If Eagles are to get respectable, they must get wins now

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws a cross throughout follow on the group’s NFL soccer coaching facility in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photograph/Matt Rourke)

Sufficient of this.

If the Eagles are going to make a good displaying after their first Tremendous Bowl title, it’s time to achieve this. They’ve misplaced three of their previous 4, flip over the ball too typically, and may’t make huge defensive stops.

They are closely injured bodily and, maybe psychologically, by a Four-6 document as they host the New York Giants (Three-7) on Sunday.

“It’s uncharted territory a little bit,” coach Doug Pederson says. “I feel the blokes have actually dealt with it nicely. They’re disenchanted, they’re annoyed, fairly frankly, as all of us are. We haven’t performed up to the caliber that we’re able to enjoying.

“Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, and we’re not going to do the same. We just have to come to work ready and practice, and prepare, and as they say, try to go 1-0 each week.”

Six weeks of 1-Zero could be ok to win the NFC East, through which they path Washington by two video games and Dallas by one. The Eagles have two video games left with the Redskins and one with the Cowboys, to whom they have misplaced in Philly.

New York has gained two in a row to briefly quiet the social media and tabloid complaints about Eli Manning. The veteran quarterback has confirmed that given a while to throw — the O-line has vastly improved the previous two weeks — he nonetheless can produce. And he has gifted teammates in Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard.

“I think we’re running the ball better than we did, so I feel like we’re playing better football, but we got to continue doing that,” Manning says. “They’re a good team, they’re a good defense, they got a good front four and they’re a little banged-up in the secondary, but they’ll have a good plan and we just got to go execute.”

The weekend started with the Thanksgiving Day tripleheader.

At New Orleans, Drew Brees threw 4 landing passes to inexperienced receivers and the Saints (10-1) gained their 10th straight recreation with a 31-17 victory over Atlanta (Four-7) that eradicated the Falcons from rivalry within the NFC South.

At Dallas, Amari Cooper had a 90-yard landing catch whereas ending with 180 yards receiving and two scores and Dallas pulled even with Washington atop the NFC East at 6-5 with a 31-23 Thanksgiving victory over the Redskins.

At Detroit, Chase Daniel set profession highs with 230 yards passing and two touchdowns to hold Chicago (Eight-Three) rolling with a 23-16 win over the Lions (Four-7).

Off this week are the Chiefs and Rams, the ultimate byes of the season. They are in all probability exhausted after that 54-51 Monday night time affair during which Los Angeles improved to 10-1 and Kansas Metropolis fell to 9-2.

Seattle (5-5) at Carolina (6-Four)

The winner right here might place itself in robust place for a wild card. Neither the Seahawks nor Panthers determine to catch their division leaders, the Rams and Saints, respectively. A Seahawks loss clinches the NFC West for LA.

Carolina has misplaced two straight in completely totally different manners, a blowout by the hands of Pittsburgh after which a one-point defeat at Detroit when a 2-point conversion failed .

Each groups will need to run the ball; Seattle leads the league in yards on the bottom regardless of not having a standout operating again.

Tennessee (5-5) at Houston (7-Three), Monday night time

Not solely are the Texans, winners of seven in a row, in control of the AFC South, they’ve turn into an element for a possible playoff bye. They’ll want to sustain the superb work on each side of the ball.

J.J. Watt has made a powerful comeback from principally two wasted seasons with 10 sacks and a seemingly continuous presence across the ball. He could possibly be notably damaging if the Titans want to play Blaine Gabbert for the injured beginning QB, Marcus Mariota.

The Titans have been maddeningly inconsistent. They dominate New England, then get blown out at Indianapolis. This can be a uncommon troublesome matchup for the remainder of their schedule.

Pittsburgh (7-2-1) at Denver (Four-6)

An indication of a contender is enjoying poorly — very poorly at occasions — and nonetheless profitable. The Steelers did that final week at Jacksonville, a recreation that would catapult them to greater issues in a division they already management.

Antonio Brown is tied for the league lead with 11 landing receptions and has at the very least one landing catch in eight consecutive video games. With a TD reception on Sunday, Brown would tie Corridor of Famer Lance Alworth (in 1963) and A.J. Inexperienced (in 2012) for the third-longest streak of video games with a landing catch in a single season. Jerry Rice has the mark with 12 in 1987.

Denver comes off a stirring comeback victory on the Chargers and linebacker Von Miller comes off one other one in every of his dominant performances with a key interception and his 100th sack.

Miami (5-5) at Indianapolis (5-5)

A pair of .500 groups headed in reverse instructions.

The Dolphins are reeling, coming off a bye after losses in three of 4, however anticipate to have beginning quarterback Ryan Tannehill again from a shoulder damage. The Miami offense has gone 9 quarters and not using a landing.

Indy is among the NFL’s hottest groups with 4 consecutive victories. Andrew Luck has thrown a TD move in a league-high 33 straight video games, and at the least three TD passes in seven straight, tying Dan Marino for the third-longest streak in NFL historical past. Luck can tie Peyton Manning (eight) for No. 2 towards Miami.

He additionally has not been sacked since Oct. Four, a career-best 214 makes an attempt. That five-game string with no sack is tied for third longest since 1982.

Inexperienced Bay (Four-5-1) at Minnesota (5-Four-1)

Yet one more prime-time look for the Vikings, who are Zero-Three at night time. Each groups are chasing the Bears, in fact, and have wild-card aspirations, too.

If Minnesota doesn’t discover a floor recreation, it’s doubtless doomed to being residence in January; it ranks 31st. Inexperienced Bay allowed 173 dashing yards to the Seahawks final week.

Inexperienced Bay doesn’t have that drawback. Aaron Jones, who missed the early season tie between these golf equipment whereas suspended, has 342 dashing yards and 4 TDs up to now 4 video games, plus 12 receptions for 100 yards and one TD. Jones leads the league with 6.Four yards per rush.

However the Packers have misplaced seven straight regular-season street video games since profitable in additional time at Cleveland final Dec. 10.

New England (7-Three) at New York Jets (Three-7)

Simply what the spiraling Jets want: Tom Brady and the very irritated Patriots making a go to.

New England performed poorly at Tennessee earlier than its bye, however wasn’t inside mild years of how badly the Jets carried out of their loss to Buffalo. Whereas the Patriots are on tempo for his or her one-millionth straight AFC East title (truly their 10th), the warmth on Jets coach Todd Bowles has intensified. New York has misplaced 4 in a row and has crushed New England as soon as prior to now eight tries.

Brady wants 147 passing yards and 4 landing passes to surpass Peyton Manning (79,279 passing yards and 579 landing passes) for probably the most in every class in NFL historical past, together with the postseason.

Jacksonville (Three-7) at Buffalo (Three-7)

The Jaguars had an opportunity to flip round their disappointing season when they led Pittsburgh 16-Zero final week. They folded, and now the questions intensify concerning the safety of the teaching employees and quarterback Blake Bortles.

Nonetheless, although Jacksonville has dropped six in a row, it’s remaining schedule is something however troublesome. To not make some kind of turnaround can be inexcusable.

One factor value noting concerning the Payments: They hold coming at you, regardless of maybe the least-talented offensive roster within the league. Their protection makes them aggressive.

Arizona (2-Eight) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-Three)

The Chargers blew an opportunity to be tied for the AFC West lead with some suspect play calls and play-not-to-lose mentality late towards Denver. Nonetheless, they are in wonderful form for a playoff berth, notably if Philip Rivers makes higher selections with a recreation on the road.

Rivers has 23 landing passes and has thrown for a minimum of 25 in 10 consecutive seasons. He wants two TD throws to tie former teammate Drew Brees for the second-longest streak. Peyton Manning had 13.

Like LA, the Cardinals come off a late-game fold, towards Oakland.

Oakland (2-Eight) at Baltimore (5-5)

With Joe Flacco sidelined towards Cincinnati, first-round decide Lamar Jackson introduced a operating recreation to the QB place, one thing Flacco gained’t be doing when he returns.

The Ravens rushed for 265 yards as Jackson ran 27 occasions for 117 yards, Gus Edwards had 115 yards on the bottom and each rookies rushed for seven first downs.

“Oh, he had 27 carries,” coach John Harbaugh stated. “You know what he did? He won the game. He played his tail off. Celebrate that, and move on.”

The Raiders hadn’t celebrated a victory since Sept. 30. They ranked 31st in run protection, so one other win right here appears unlikely.

Cleveland (Three-6-1) at Cincinnati (5-5)

The Bengals have been ravaged by accidents and appear headed for yet one more disappointing season. However a win Sunday would hold them within the wild-card chase.

Neither workforce performs a lot protection, so whereas this gained’t be Chiefs-Rams, it might maintain the scoreboard lit.

San Francisco (2-Eight) at Tampa Bay (Three-7)

Not a lot to advocate right here.

Bucs receiver Mike Evans has 957 yards receiving and may be a part of Corridor of Famer Randy Moss (six consecutive seasons) and A.J. Inexperienced (5) as the one gamers in NFL historical past with at the very least 1,000 receiving yards in every of their first 5 seasons. He figures to get it towards the 49ers whether or not Jameis Winston returns to beginning obligation at quarterback or Ryan Fitzpatrick goes.


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