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What did JJ Arcega-Whiteside learn from costly penalty?

What did JJ Arcega-Whiteside learn from costly penalty?

After JJ Arcega-Whiteside was called for holding on Miles Sanders’ 21-yard touchdown run, he went back to the sideline, where Jason Peters gave him some tips about how to execute that block without committing a penalty.

Then J.P. saw the play on film.

“He told me, ‘You didn’t do anything wrong,’ JJAW said. “He said, “‘That wasn’t a hold.”

It wasn’t a hold, but it goes into the record books as a hold.

Welcome to the NFL.

Arcega-Whiteside and Sanders, the Eagles’ two second-round picks, were both playing in their first NFL regular season game on Sunday. 

With 5:55 left in the fourth quarter and the Eagles up 29-20, Sanders zipped through a huge hole carved out by Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks and powered his way into the end zone for what should have been his first touchdown and a 36-20 lead. 

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Arcega-Whiteside was cited for holding Redskins cornerback Josh Norman around the 15-yard-line, although if you watch the play, you can see JJAW disengage as Sanders runs past them. 

Norman flops down to the ground and swipes at Sanders, but the rookie is gone. 

It should have been a 21-yard touchdown. 

“I knew he didn’t hold,” Sanders said. “I just knew. It was my first touchdown. That’s a BS call. But it is what it is. We got the W.” 

The Eagles won 32-27, but Sanders is still looking for his first official touchdown. 

“I mean, what can you do?” Arcega-Whiteside told NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark. “It kind of sucks because I get in five plays and one of them was a penalty and on top of that it’s to take away a touchdown from a guy I came here with? But just live and learn.

“I asked the guys, I asked the coaches, what can I do in that situation, and they all said nothing. ‘What are we going to do, tell you to block less aggressively? Let him go make the tackle?’ Next time I see a flop I’ll have to flop, too.” 

Arcega-Whiteside said he’s not too upset about the bogus call because he knows he’s going to get another chance to block for his fellow rookie on a touchdown that will count. 

“One hundred percent,” he said. “Just like I know he’s going to get one for me.”

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Good Eagles news for those who value sleep

Good Eagles news for those who value sleep

The Eagles-Seahawks game in two weeks at the Linc has been flexed out of its Sunday Night Football spot to an afternoon kickoff.

The Eagles will now host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 on FOX in Week 12.

From the NFL:

- Eagles-Seahawks moves from 8:20 p.m. on NBC to 1 p.m. on FOX.

- Packers-49ers moves from 4:25 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

This is good news for anyone who hates those late-night starts and values sleep, but bad news if you’re living out of town and wanted to watch the Eagles on national TV.

Before this change, the Eagles weren’t scheduled to have any of their remaining four home games as 1 p.m. starts. This also means the Eagles have just one more primetime game scheduled — Monday Night Football at home against the Giants on Dec. 9.

Here’s the Eagles’ updated remaining schedule as it stands now:

Week: 11: vs. NE on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:25 p.m.
Week 12: vs. SEA on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.
Week 13: @ MIA on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
Week 14: vs. NYG on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8:15 p.m.
Week 15: @ WAS on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
Week 16: vs. DAL on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4:25 p.m.
Week 17: @ NYG on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

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Do Tom Brady and Patriots have a Philly Special of their own planned this time around?

Do Tom Brady and Patriots have a Philly Special of their own planned this time around?

Tom Brady was asked this week how long it took him to get over the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
 
“You’re saying I’m over it? Come on now,” Brady said. “That’s a lot of mental scar tissue from that year.”
 
Brady will face the Eagles Sunday for the first time since Super Bowl LII, when the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis.
 
Brady has played in nine Super Bowls, winning six. He’s won three of his last four. But on Feb. 4, 2018, the Eagles toppled Brady and Bill Belichick, setting off the greatest celebration in Philadelphia history.
 
“That was a tough game,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston. “But you learn from that year, and we came back stronger the next year and won the Super Bowl. I think everything is a matter of perspective. When you play in that game and you play great teams you’re not going to win them all. This is not the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals. It’s all about tough competition against the best teams. They deserved it that year and now a couple years later we get a chance to play the organization again."
 
Brady was asked about the Philly Special, which gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead before halftime and has become not only the most iconic play in Philadelphia sports history but also one of the two or three most iconic plays in Super Bowl history.
 
“Tough play to stop,” Brady said. “They executed it well. Trick plays, when they run it as well as they did, they always seem to work and they give you a lot of momentum. They’re still talking about that play. That play will go down in history, just like a lot of those big plays in the Super Bowl have. So, good for them.”
 
The Patriots, of course, tried a trick play earlier in the second quarter, but Brady dropped a pass from Danny Amendola that would have given the Patriots a first down deep in Eagles territory.
 
Would the Patriots consider running the Philly Special Sunday against the Eagles at the Linc?
 
Don’t put it past them.
 
Mohamed Sanu has thrown four career touchdown passes, Julian Edelman is 3-for-3 passing in his career for 75 yards and Jakobi Meyers started his career at North Carolina State as a quarterback.
 
“There’s some good passers on our team,” Brady said. “We’ve got a lot of ex-quarterbacks. … They’ve all got good arms. These guys can throw the ball. You never know what we’ve got up our sleeve. Might have to go into our bag of trick plays and see what we come up with.”
 
The Eagles didn’t exactly shut Brady down that night 21 months ago at U.S. Bank Stadium. He threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns. 
 
In his career, Brady is 4-2 against the Eagles with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions, both in the 2015 game in Foxboro that the Eagles won three weeks before Chip Kelly was fired. Malcolm Jenkins got Brady for a 99-yard pick-six in that game, and Byron Maxwell had the Eagles’ other INT.
 
In two games at the Linc, wins in 2003 and 2011, Brady has six TD passes and no INTs.
 
Here’s a look at the highest passer ratings in Lincoln Financial Field history with a minimum of 50 attempts:
 
118.3 … Tom Brady
112.1 … Kirk Cousins
103.5 … Aaron Rodgers
100.0 … Carson Wentz
96.5 … Matt Schaub
96.4 … Cam Newton
96.0 … Jon Kitna
92.2 … Donovan McNabb
92.1 … Tony Romo
91.4 … Carson Palmer
 
The Patriots easily won both of Brady’s games at the Linc  — 31-10 in 2003 and 38-20 in 2011 (despite 400 passing yards from Vince Young).
 
The last time the Eagles beat the Patriots in Philadelphia was 1999. The Patriots’ head coach was Pete Carroll, their quarterback was Drew Bledsoe and the Eagles’ quarterback was Koy Detmer. His backup was Doug Pederson.
 
“Really tough environment,” Brady said of the Linc. “Should be a great Sunday afternoon for football. They’ve definitely got great loud fans. It’s a tough place to play. There’s a lot of loud places. Baltimore was loud, Buffalo’s loud. It gets to the point where you basically can’t hear.”
 
Brady has a 215-61 career record and an NFL-record 531 career touchdowns. 

He’s the greatest of all time, but he’s also dealing with a personal two-game losing streak against the Eagles, and the Eagles and their fans are going to do everything within their power Sunday to get that streak to three in a row.

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