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Eagles enjoyed 1st taste of international football at Wembley Stadium in London

Eagles enjoyed 1st taste of international football at Wembley Stadium in London

LONDON — If the Eagles were a soccer team, this is what it would have felt like.

Eagles fans made Wembley seem like the Linc Sunday. Or maybe more accurately, like the Vet.

They probably outnumbered Jaguars fans by at least 5-to-1 and they made their presence known with frequent Eagles chants — both in and out of the stadium — and by making noise at all the right times.

The Eagles noticed.

“It was cool, man,” Jordan Matthews said after his biggest game in two years.

“It felt like I was playing soccer out there with the field and the atmosphere. Really, really, really good time. Loved all the Eagles fans able to come out and give us an amazing environment.

“Fourth and 2 (in the fourth quarter), we needed a stop and they were loud out there. It was fun.”

The Eagles held off the Jaguars 24-18 Sunday in the first international regular-season game in franchise history.

They played preseason games at Wembley in 1989 and 1991, but that was nothing compared to this.

The atmosphere was certainly unique, with a nice mixture of Americans supporting their teams, Londoners who’ve become Jaguars fans because they play here every year and who became Eagles fans during the Super Bowl run, and lots of locals who just wanted to come out and watch kickoffs, punts and field goals.

“Loved it,” Zach Ertz said. “This game was honestly a lot of fun. It was kind of a Super Bowl experience in the sense that there's a lot more going on than just the football game.

“I loved hearing the other national anthem (God Save the Queen) during warmups. I thought it was really cool. I loved how everyone was singing it as a collective group.”

Ertz has a pretty close connection to big-time soccer, since his wife Julie plays pro soccer and also for the U.S. national team.

“Knowing kind of the history of the soccer, how passionate soccer fans are, football to (the British), it was a cool environment,” he said. “It is kind of a spectacle. I did like playing here a lot, honestly.”

This wasn’t Jason Kelce’s first trip to Wembley.

He came during the Eagles’ bye week in 2015 to watch his brother Travis play for the Chiefs in a win over the Lions.

"It’s a special city and I wish I had more time to hit the sites and get a feel for the people, but maybe I can do that in the offseason,” he said. “Biggest thing is that I didn’t know how it was going to feel out there. I thought it was just going to feel like a typical away game. Not at all man. As soon as they started God Save the Queen? It’s special. As an NFL player you don’t usually get to play on an international stage. You’re always kind of secluded to the United States, and that’s one of the down sides of the game, and I’m just happy that between London, Mexico City and some other places, American football is starting to be appreciated by a lot more people, and it’s fun to be a part of."

The record 85,870 fans at Wembley Sunday voted Carson Wentz “Man of the Match,” and Wentz seemed to enjoy his first taste of international football.

And not just because the Eagles won.

“It was really cool,” he said. “Coming in, obviously I had no idea what to expect, when everyone was going to be cheering, what the fans were going to be cheering for and everything.

“But it was an awesome experience, awesome environment. Definitely a fun one over here.”

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Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three key players at practice. 

Derek Barnett (ankle), Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) and Nelson Agholor (knee) all missed Friday’s session after also missing Thursday. 

It’s rare for players to miss the first two practice days of the week and play that weekend. 

Barnett, it seemed, hurt his ankle during the loss to the Dolphins but was able to finish the game, playing 50 snaps. This season, Barnett is second on the team in sacks with 4 1/2 and has played more snaps (78 percent) than any other defensive lineman. 

The only other defensive players to play more than him this season are Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. 

If Barnett can’t play on Monday, it’s likely Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat will see more playing time and perhaps Genard Avery will see a few more snaps. Maybe even Daeshon Hall or Shareef Miller might get to play a bit. 

Agholor has been dealing with his knee injury since the Patriots game. He missed the game against Seattle, but returned last week to play 63 snaps against the Dolphins. Last week, Agholor was limited in practice the first two days of the week and was not given a game status. 

If Agholor can’t play, Greg Ward could perhaps have a bigger role on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Grugier-Hill didn’t report concussion symptoms until Thursday and was then placed into the NFL’s concussion protocol. Based on the timing of all that, it seems like a long shot that he’ll be able to play on Monday night. 

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Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

The one bit of solace Eagles fans can take from the 2019 season so far is that it’s been a complete disaster for the Cowboys too. 

On Friday morning, the day after the Cowboys lost to the Bears to fall to 6-7, a cranky Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan in Dallas for his weekly spot and the station had to briefly drop his call after two consecutive swear words in the interview. 

But Jones came out of the gate cranky. 

The Cowboys’ owner and GM was asked if he had any answers for the way the team is playing right now and his answer was short: 

“We’re not playing very well.”

Are you embarrassed? 

That was the question that set him off a little bit.  

Hey, get your damn act together yourself. OK? Now, we’re going to have a good visit this morning but settle down just a little bit. We’ve got a lot to go over, now go on with your question. But I’m going to give you the answers I want to give you this morning. And I don’t like your attitude to come in. I’ve been traveling all night and I don’t have the patience to jack with you today.

A little later, Jones was asked if he understands why there are so many questions about head coach Jason Garrett. 

Here was his answer with the swear word at the end. 

Of course I understand why they come up. Our fans are interested. They’re frustrated that we’re not playing better and I understand that and I know. That goes with the territory. And I fully expect to have those questions and I know that if you really think about it, if I did have answers as to different directions regarding talent … if I did, I would not share them right now. Because, first of all, if you’ve got other teams’ talent in mind, that’s tampering. Even if you had something in mind, unless they’re not involved in the National Football League right now and that wouldn’t be smart if they were involved other places. So we want to do a good job here, I want to do a good job with you guys but there’s a whole bunch of time where I have to bulls--- the hell out of you.

One of the hosts then said he totally understood that. 

To which, Jones replied: “Do you understand bulls---?” 

That was when the radio station’s system took over and dropped the call with the Cowboys owner. The program director explained that they had to hit the dump button twice in a short span of time and the system is designed to then kill all sound but the hosts. 

A bit later, Jones rejoined the program. 

“I had been talking the whole time,” Jones said. 

Strange interview, but definitely worth the listen. 

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