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Eagles vs. Patriots live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 11 game

Eagles vs. Patriots live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 11 game

7:28 p.m.: As bad as the Eagles’ offense has been for most of today, they're driving in a one-score game with two minutes left. 

6:53 p.m.: This is a one-score game but it doesn’t feel like it. With how the Eagles’ offense has been playing, this feels like an insurmountable lead. 

After three: Patriots 17, Eagles 10 

6:39 p.m.: Things aren’t going well for the Eagles’ offense: 

6:27 p.m.: The Eagles just went 3-and-out after the Patriots scored. After their touchdown drive, the Eagles’ offense has been awful. On their four drives since the 95-yard touchdown drive, the Eagles have just 14 yards of offense. 

6:21 p.m.: The Patriots just drove down the field and got in the end zone with a trick play. On 3rd-and-11 from the Eagles’ 15-yard line, Tom Brady pass it back to Julian Edelman, who threw a pass to Phillip Dorsett in the end zone for a touchdown. The Patriots went 84 yards and took all the juice out of the Linc. 

The worst play on the drive for the Eagles came on a terrible tackling attempt from Nathan Gerry. He had the runner for a loss and couldn’t tackle; the Eagles lost 25 yards on that. 

Early in the third: Patriots 17, Eagles 10 

6 p.m.: The Eagles had a chance to move the ball into field goal range but instead, Carson Wentz took a sack and then fumbled a bad snap and was sacked again. At halftime, the Eagles’ defense is doing it’s job but the offense is having trouble. That was expected. 

Not a ton of offense from either team in the first half. The Patriots out-gained the Eagles 121-111. 

Give credit to Jim Schwartz’s unit. Two of the Patriots’ field goal possessions started in Eagles’ territory. 

At half: Eagles 10, Patriots 9 

5:53 p.m.: After Carson Wentz fumbled to give the Patriots the ball at the Eagles’ 22-yard line, the Eagles held on the ensuing drive, giving up 1 net yard. The Patriots settled for a field goal. 

By the way, Lane Johnson (concussion) is out for the rest of the game. 

Late in the half: Eagles 10, Patriots 9

5:43 p.m.: The Patriots had a short field and got down the Eagles’ 4-yard line to set up a 1st-and-goal and the Eagles held them to a a field goal. Sure, Julian Edelman dropped a touchdown, but still, there was solid defense. 

There’s 3:21 left in the half: Eagles 10, Patriots 6 

5:31 p.m.: Lane Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion and it questionable to return. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in at right tackle. 

5:24 p.m.: The Patriots are on the board, but the Eagles’ defense held them out of the end zone. The Eagles gave up consecutive 3rd-and-10s on that drive, one on a pass and one on a DPI, but had great coverage on a 3rd-and-7 to force a field goal. 

Still 8:37 left in the half: Eagles 10, Patriots 3 

5:11 p.m.: That was a monster drive from the Eagles. They went 95 yards on 16 plays in 9:33 and punched in a touchdown on a 5-yarder from Carson Wentz to Dallas Goedert. Beautiful drive. The refs initially ruled the touchdown an INT, but rightfully reversed the call. 

Eagles are up two scores. 

In the second: Eagles 10, Patriots 0 

5 p.m.: The first quarter is over and the Eagles shut out the Patriots in the first. They are in the middle of a monster drive. 

After 1: Eagles 3, Patriots 0 

4:43 p.m.: Jason Peters has two big penalties already. His return from missing three games isn’t going well so far. 

4:30 p.m.: The Eagles get on the board first with a Jake Elliott 42-yard field goal. The Eagles went 51 yards on four plays, but the big play was a long DPI on Jason McCourty as he tried to cover Boston Scott down the field. 

Still early in the first: Eagles 3, Patriots 0 

4:22 p.m.: And a flyover! 

3:50 p.m.: We’re getting closer. I promise. 

2:55 p.m.: No real surprises on the Eagles' inactive list since we already knew Jordan Howard was out: 

2:47 p.m.: The Cowboys have a 24-14 lead over the Lions at halftime. That’s bad news for the Eagles but not unexpected. 

2:43 p.m.: Plenty of scenes from early warmups at the Linc:

1:37 p.m.: Big stop by the Lions in the red zone against the Cowboys, preserving a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. I won’t be able to watch this game but it’s a huge one for the Eagles. Not only do they have to root against the Cowboys every week, but the Lions are a common opponent to which the Eagles already lost. 

1:23 p.m.: I have arrived to Lincoln Financial Field. There are three hours to go until kickoff. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are up 7-0 in the first quarter over the Cowboys. 

8:41 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! The Eagles have an unusual 4:25 p.m. start today, so we have a little bit of waiting on our hands. 

The big news as you woke up this morning was that Jordan Howard (shoulder) will reportedly be out for this game. He has a stinger and hasn't yet been cleared for contact. That means Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and recently signed Jay Ajayi will have to carry the load.

As you wait for kickoff today, here are five matchups to watch in Eagles-Patriots.

At least we have Cowboys-Lions to watch at 1 p.m. 

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Navy pulls off iconic Philly Special at the Linc

Navy pulls off iconic Philly Special at the Linc

Let's just say, the Navy Midshipmen certainly know how to win over a crowd in Philadelphia.

On Saturday during the 120th Army-Navy game, a familiar play call was seen.

You might have seen it before. There's a statue immortalizing it in front of the Linc. It happened during Super Bowl LII. Anything come to mind?

That's right. The Philly Special.

What an awesome moment in the middle of one of the best days in sports. Check it out:


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A myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd and much more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!

A myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd and much more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!

Another myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd, an observation about Duce Staley and lots more in this weekend's edition of Roob's Random Eagles Observations! 

1. Dwayne Haskins may develop into a big-time NFL quarterback. He certainly has the arm. But right now he’s a 22-year-old rookie with 3 TDs and 7 INTs in seven career games and a miserable 61.2 passer rating — worst among current starter QBs. This is a quarterback the Eagles need to dominate. Pressure him. Mix coverages and blitzes. Confuse him. When you get your hands on a ball, make the interception. When you get your hands around him, bring him down. He can’t drive the offense 75 yards down the field in 10 plays, but he's got a legit arm so don’t allow big plays over the top. Don’t give the Redskins a reason to keep fighting like you did the last two weeks against bad teams. The Eagles are 4-1 against rookie quarterbacks under Jim Schwartz, allowing 12 points per game. More of that Sunday. This shouldn’t even be a game by 2:30 p.m. But I'm afraid it will be.

2. Here’s one for the Carson Sucks crowd: Despite missing eight games the last two years and with three games still to go, Wentz already has the 9th-most TD passes in NFL history by a QB in his first four seasons. Three more in the last three games move him up to 6th. He’s also thrown 35 interceptions. Of the 10 QBs currently ahead of him in TD passes over their first four seasons, only Russell Wilson has also thrown fewer than 44  interceptions in his first four years, and only Wilson and Dan Marino have a higher passer rating. Worst QB ever.

3. The Eagles have used 18 cornerbacks since 2016.  Eight of them are no longer in the NFL.

4. I’m always up for a good conspiracy theory. Did you know the first manned moon landing was actually fabricated and the astronauts were actually on a film set in Arizona made to look like the moon? For real! I saw it in Capricorn One! Some conspiracy theories are hilarious, like the one making the rounds this week. Did you know Jordan Howard isn’t really hurt, he’s sitting out to protest not having a long-term contract? I swear, I got that from at least a dozen people this past week. Yeah, that’s a great way to get a new contract! Pretend you’re hurt, lie about a neck injury, miss five games, watch your free agency value plummet and hope that the Eagles just happen to forget to inform other teams that you were healthy all along but just didn’t feel like playing. Makes perfect sense!  

5. MYTH: “Jim Schwartz NEVER ADJUSTS.”
REALITY: Since 2016, the Eagles have allowed the 11th-fewest first-half points in the NFL  [11.0 per game], but they’ve allowed the 4th-fewest second-half points [9.6], behind the Vikings, Patriots and Ravens. Among the top 20 defenses in the league over the last four years, only the Vikings [2.1-point differential] have a larger first-half / second-half point differential than the Eagles [1.4 points]. Overall, the Eagles have allowed the 7th-fewest points in the NFL over the last four years.

6. I count 21 Eagles players who’ve missed a total of 105 games so far this year, a figure that will go up considering how many won’t be playing the next three. Two things: 1) The Eagles have to take an honest look at every facet of their training, conditioning and rehab this offseason and figure out why half the team is always hurt. And 2) It really makes you appreciate guys like Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Kelce, the only Eagles to start and finish all 45 games since opening day 2017. Not far behind are Brandon Graham and Brandon Brooks (44), Fletcher Cox (43) and Zach Ertz (42). Those guys have been there for their team every step of the way — or almost every step — for three years now. They're all-time Eagles.

7. What the heck is going on with Genard Avery? The Eagles spent a 4th-round draft pick to acquire Avery from the Browns in October, and he’s played 20 snaps on defense in five games since. TWENTY SNAPS. He didn’t play a snap on defense in the Giants game. His snaps were supposed to go up as he got acclimated to the defense. Now he’s not even playing. He’s been here seven weeks now, and he can’t even get a single snap on defense? He’s playing a lot on special teams (19 snaps per game), but that’s an awfully expensive special teamer.

8. How bad are the Redskins? They've scored 79 points in six home games. They have eight offensive touchdowns at Fedex Field this year. And five of them were in their first two games. They've scored THREE offensive touchdowns in their last four home games. The Eagles are actually 3rd-BEST in the NFL in road scoring at 29.3 points per game. This REALLY needs to be a blowout.

9. Rasul Douglas is the Eagles’ best cornerback.

10. Think about Duce Staley’s body of work as Eagles running backs coach: 1) Got a 776-yard, 9-TD season out of Ryan Mathews in 2016. 2) Won a Super Bowl with LeGarrette Blount on his last legs and Jay Ajayi coming in halfway through the season. 3) Undrafted rookie Corey Clement, who had 10 catches all year, had a 100-yard receiving game and miracle TD in a Super Bowl. 4) Got over 500 yards and a 4.3 average from undrafted rookie Josh Adams in 2018. 5) Miles Sanders has already broken the franchise record for scrimmage yards by a rookie. 6) Jordan Howard was in the midst of a comeback year with a 4.4 average and 7 TDs before he got hurt. 7) Darren Sproles netted nearly 1,400 scrimmage yards in just 30 games, all after turning 33. 8) Boston Scott comes off the practice squad to pile up 128 scrimmage yards in a critical win over the Giants. 9) Eagles are the No. 12 rushing team in the NFL in four years under Staley even though nobody on the roster has rushed for more than 850 yards TOTAL during that span. 10) All 11 running backs who’ve gotten at least 30 carries under Staley have averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry under Duce. Nine of them have averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry. The Eagles haven’t had a back with 550 yards in consecutive years since Shady, yet the Eagles always seem to run the ball well. The guy’s really good.

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