Will Eagles scoreboard watch? Will Bears try to win?

Will Eagles scoreboard watch? Will Bears try to win?

Everyone knows the situation. That includes the Eagles players who will face off against Washington in Week 17 on Sunday afternoon. 

The Eagles need to win and they need the Bears to beat the Vikings to get into the playoffs. 

That’s the only way to get in. 

So while the Eagles are going to say all the right things and while they need to simply focus on what they can control — beating the Redskins — you’ll also probably forgive them if they take a moment to peek at a score that means something to them. 

“We can't control what Washington puts on their scoreboard,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. 

Pederson also said he won’t be peeking at the board if the Bears-Vikings score gets up there. 

The problem is there will be some scoreboard peeking going on during the Bears-Vikings game too. Because the only reason the Bears have to play is the chance to take the No. 2 seed away from the Rams, who will be playing the 49ers at the exact same time. In order for the Bears to take the two-seed, they’d need to win and have the Rams lose to the lowly 49ers. 

Here’s what Bears coach Matt Nagy said about all this Monday: 

There are plenty of factors that will go into that decision. If the Bears feel like they don’t have anything to play for because the Rams are going to win, they might start taking out starters. The other side of that is that if the Vikings win, they will travel to Chicago to face the Bears in the wild card weekend. Do the Bears want to show too much of their playbook in a game that might not mean anything? 

But, then again, do the Bears want to face the reigning Super Bowl champions in the wild-card round just as the Eagles are starting to take that form again? 

Pederson and Nagy have known each other for years, by the way. They both come from the Andy Reid coaching tree and were on the same coaching staffs in Philadelphia and Kansas City. 

On Monday, I asked Pederson if he’d call his old buddy and ask for a little help this weekend: 

“I might,” Pederson said. “Maybe I've done that, we'll have to see. Maybe I've already done that this morning.”

When asked his philosophy on situations like ones the Bears are in, Pederson said, “You play to win those games.” 

The opportunity to get a first-round bye is huge, so on that part, he’s right. Really, Eagles fans just have to hope the 49ers keep their game against the Rams close enough to make the Bears feel like they still have a shot and continue to play their starters. 

So the Eagles will be scoreboard watching a game where there will be more scoreboard watching. It’s an Inception scenario heading into Week 17. 

And Pederson said he won’t even peek. It’s the right answer, but it’s gonna be hard to avoid. 

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How close were the Eagles to keeping Raheem Mostert?

How close were the Eagles to keeping Raheem Mostert?

Several years before his monster game for the 49ers over the Packers, Raheem Mostert was just another undrafted rookie trying to make the Eagles' roster. Mostert on Sunday became the first player in NFL history with 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game.

Four years ago, he was an Eagle. Here's a story NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank wrote on about Mostert's preseason back in August of 2015.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when we were all set to concede a roster spot to Kenjon Barner, Raheem Mostert does this.

Fifteen carries for 69 yards, eight catches for 93 yards and quite a statement that if the Eagles are going to keep a fourth running back, it should be him.

Barner, a third-year pro from Oregon, was terrific the first few games of the preseason, with two punt returns for touchdowns, a 50-yard gain on a screen pass and a rushing touchdown.

Mostert, a rookie from Purdue, has quietly been very good playing in Barner’s shadow, but with Barner getting just a couple touches Thursday night against the Jets, it was Mostert’s turn to shine.

He became the first Eagle in at least 15 years with 60 or more yards both rushing and receiving in the same preseason game.

For what it’s worth, only five Eagles in the last 50 years have had 60 rushing yards and 90 receiving yards in a regular-season game -- Brian Westbrook four times, Wilbert Montgomery three times and Timmy Brown, Ricky Watters and LeSean McCoy once each.

“I was just really trying to focus on the task at hand and trying to make a couple big plays out there and help the team out,” Mostert said at his locker.

“That was my main focus. I thought I did a pretty good job, but there’s always room for improvement. But I really tried my best and that’s all I can do.

“I came in with focus, My mentality was I’m going to stick it out, I’m not going to quit, I’m going to keep fighting, keep pushing, and at the end of the day that’s all anybody ever asks me to do in the NFL.”

Mostert finished the preseason with 351 yards from scrimmage, most by an Eagle in a preseason in at least 20 years.

That’s a ton of yards. Nearly 90 per game.

He averaged 4.0 yards on 39 carries and added 194 yards on 14 catches.

No back in the NFL had as many yards from scrimmage this preseason or as many total yards, including returns. He finished fourth in the NFL this preseason in receiving yards and fifth in rushing yards.

All of which guarantees Mostert absolutely nothing.

Barner’s numbers were impressive too. And with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles -- three Pro Bowlers -- there may not even be a spot on the 53-man roster for a fourth running back.

Final cuts are due Saturday, but head coach Chip Kelly is expected to trim the Eagles’ roster on Friday afternoon.

“I’m not really too worried about it,” Mostert said. “Whatever happens happens. I’m just going to continue to push and just do my thing. Honestly. I’m not too worried about the cuts. I’m going to just work on what I’ve got to work on, regardless.”

Mostert was a two-time Big East sprint champ in college, but unlike most track guys that come to the NFL, he’s a physical runner, a capable blocker and a polished receiver.

“When you look at some of those track guys, you’re like, ‘OK, they’re fast and that’s about it. They can’t catch, they can’t block,’” Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley said. “He’s totally different. He brings a lot to the table. He’s aggressive, he can block, he can catch.”

There’s a school of thought that Barner, as a third-year pro who’s bounced around the league a bit, will be easier to sneak through waivers if he’s released. So you keep Mostert instead of leaving him unprotected and release Barner, hoping to add him to the practice squad.

The other school of thought says that Barner has done more than enough to warrant a roster spot and you keep him and let Mostert go, hoping nobody claims him, then bring him back on the practice squad.

The only certainty is that Mostert will be somewhere. Either on a 53 or on a practice squad.

Not that he wants to get released and start over somewhere else.

“I definitely think that [I’ll be somewhere], but I’m not going to be happy about it,” he said. “I know I can do a lot more and minimize the mistakes that I’ve had because I’ve had a lot of mistakes.

“It’s all on what I put on film, that’s what really matters. I’ve just got to continue to do the little things right in order to be special and be great for the team.

“Whatever the outcome is, I’m not too worried about it. I’ve just got to keep pushing, keep fighting. … Just to be the ultimate player.”

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Andy Reid’s former Eagles players are thrilled he’s going back to Super Bowl

Andy Reid’s former Eagles players are thrilled he’s going back to Super Bowl

One of Andy Reid’s biggest strengths — one he shares with Doug Pederson — is that his players love him. He connects with them.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that so many of his former players are really happy for him right now as Reid is heading back to the Super Bowl 15 years after he took the Eagles.

It seems like most of Philadelphia will be pulling for the Chiefs in two weeks.

But we also know a bunch of Reid’s former players and co-workers from Philadelphia, some who played in Super Bowl XXXIX, will be rooting hard for Big Red in Super Bowl LIV.

Here were a few of their reactions on Sunday night:

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