Grading Eagles' 31-3 win over Bears in Week 12

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Grading Eagles' 31-3 win over Bears in Week 12

Grading the Eagles' 31-3 win Sunday afternoon over the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field (see breakdown):

Carson Wentz: 23/36, 227 YDS, 3 TD

For the third consecutive game, Wentz avoided committing a turnover and was sacked no more than once. It's a lot easier to run an efficient offense when negative plays aren't part of the equation. Wentz's 63.9 percent completion rate was also by far the highest it's been in the Eagles' last four games. Give him 29 yards rushing for good measure. The second-year passer got a little erratic with the football late in the contest — after he had already done more than enough to put his team in the driver's seat.

Grade: A-

LeGarrette Blount: 15 ATT, 97 YDS

Blount lost a fumble on his fourth carry of the game, negating a 35-yard carry. For some coaches, that would've been reason enough to turn primary ball-carrying duties over to Jay Ajayi or even Corey Clement. Instead, the Eagles went right back to Blount, who carried 11 more times for another 52 yards. Ajayi would later break a 30-yard run, only to put the ball on the carpet at the 1-yard line. The numbers were there, but ball security is paramount.

Grade: C

Alshon Jeffery: 5 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Jeffery exacted revenge against his former employer, leading Eagles wideouts in receptions and receiving yards against the Bears. However, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith demonstrated tremendous individual efforts as well. Agholor scored twice, taking a screen 15 yards to the house, then scooping up the Ajayi fumble in the end zone. And Smith returned to the game after a brutal shot over the middle, finishing with four catches for 30 yards. This was a mentally tough performance all around (see Roob's observations).

Grade: A

Zach Ertz: 10 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Not only was Ertz a beast through the air, hauling in 10 of the 12 targets that came his way. The fifth-year player has looked greatly improved blocking in the running game this season. With Trey Burton out with a back injury, the Bears were going to get a healthy dose of Ertz — and he delivered.

Grade: A

The Eagles averaged 5.9 yards per rushing attempt (minus kneeldowns), while the Bears' lone sack of Wentz came on a play where the quarterback was attempting to scramble. The running lanes were there, and the protection was solid for most of the contest, though Chicago was able to generate some pressure in the second half. Still, the only concern was the play of Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who was called for two holding penalties. Neither flag came back to haunt the Eagles, as both drives ended in a touchdown.

Grade: A-

Brandon Graham: 5 TKL, 2 TFL, 1.0 SK

The No. 5 rushing offense in the NFL was limited to six yards on 14 attempts by the league's No. 1 run defense. In all, the Eagles' front four produced five tackles for loss. With the Bears unable to move the ball on the ground, their offense wasn't going to be much of a threat. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky mostly took short, quick dropbacks, but was sacked once each by Graham and Fletcher Cox and hit five times total. The D-line will eat up a one-dimensional offense every time.

Grade: A+

Mychal Kendricks: 3 TKL

Truth be told, the Eagles' linebackers really didn't need to do much here, so let's talk about how dominant the defense was as a whole. The Bears ended the first half with just 33 yards of total offense and failed to pick up a single first down during the first two quarters. Statistically speaking, the linebackers may not have had a lot to do with that, but the unit certainly took care of its responsibilities.

Grade: A

Malcolm Jenkins: 2 TKL, 1 INT

While Jenkins was ultimately credited with an interception, the play itself turned into a negative when he fumbled the ball during the return. The veteran safety will no doubt admit he got a little too cute, and fortunately for the Eagles, they turned right around and forced a three-and-out. Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas broke up one pass each, Corey Graham came up with a pick in garbage time. This secondary excelled again, albeit against a rookie quarterback and undermanned receiving corps.

Grade: A

Jake Elliott: 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP

There was some concern with Elliott heading in after he missed a field goal or extra point in the previous four games, but he was perfect coming off of a concussion. Both of Donnie Jones' punts pinned the Bears' offense deep inside their own 20-yard line, while Kenjon Barner recorded one return for 17 yards. The lone issues came on kickoffs — an illegal kick out of bounds by Elliott and a 39-yard return by the Bears. Those need to be cleaned up.

Grade: B

Eagles' record: 10-1

The Eagles were playing a vastly inferior opponent, and it sure looked like it. There were some individual miscues, but the entire team was motivated, and the game plan reduced the Bears' offense and defense to rubble. The final score could've been even more lopsided than it was, but the Eagles led 24-0 at halftime, and the result was never in question. That's a credit to Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz, as the team extended its winning streak to nine games.

Grade: A+

Joel Embiid roasts Colin Cowherd for Sixers prediction

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Joel Embiid roasts Colin Cowherd for Sixers prediction

Colin Cowherd was worried about Sixers fans blowing up his Twitter account.

Really, his chief concern should have been Joel Embiid.

"The minute that game's over," Cowherd said, "my Twitter account's going to literally be in flames."

Embiid, a social media virtuoso, made certain Cowherd's nightmare came true.

You see, the Sixers on Wednesday night won their 40th game of the season by blasting the 19-win Grizzlies, 119-105, at the Wells Fargo Center (see observations).

Prior to the season's start, Cowherd, a host of the FS1 show "The Herd," lambasted the thought of Brett Brown's team achieving such a feat.

So a little wager was made:

"You know what I don't like about this, I don't like a couple of pro athletes … suddenly ganging up on me," Cowherd said, joking around. "I'm not a big fan of this."

That's too bad.

Embiid and Simmons felt no sympathy after the victory.

COLIN COWARD.... Coach deserves a lot of credit #40wins #TheProcess

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Now, Philly just needs to get the guy his jersey.

Maybe Embiid can sign it for him: "Trust the Process."

Meanwhile, these guys have 40 wins ... and they're not done yet.

Villanova hits icy patch on road to Final Four


Villanova hits icy patch on road to Final Four

The Philadelphia area — Villanova is not located *in* Philly proper — is being blasted by a huge snowstorm on Wednesday.

Could it keep the Wildcats from getting off campus and out of Philadelphia for the big NCAA Tournament game on Friday against West Virginia up in Boston?

It could! Check out the footage of their bus getting caught on the ice:

But the answer to the above question is probably "no." Jay Wright said they made it out OK.

The key takeaway here? The road to the Final Four needs to be properly plowed and salted.