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Who wore their postgame camo better? Tom Brady's coat or Carson Wentz's blazer

Who wore their postgame camo better? Tom Brady's coat or Carson Wentz's blazer

Neither quarterback played particularly well in the Patriots' tight win over the Eagles at the Linc on Sunday evening so it makes sense they'd both want to hide postgame.

New England quarterback Tom Brady opted for a camo winter coat while Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went with a camo blazer and black turtleneck look when addressing the media.

Who wore it better?

We kid, mostly, but these postgame choices are clearly in step with the NFL's Salute to Service initiative. You likely noticed Wentz wearing a unique camo sleeve during the loss to the Patriots that many on Twitter mistook for an actual tattoo sleeve.

Wentz does have a tattoo but it doesn't look anything like that sleeve.

You can learn more about the NFL's Salute to Servie iniatitive here and bid on game-worn items to support the cause.

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Roob's observations after Eagles squander strong start and drop the ball late vs. Patriots

Roob's observations after Eagles squander strong start and drop the ball late vs. Patriots

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This one was especially painful, because the Eagles put themselves in terrific position Sunday over the hated Patriots, building an early 10-0 lead before just collapsing.

The Patriots came into the Linc and handed the Eagles an excruciatingly ugly 17-10 loss, dropping the Eagles back to 5-5.

The Eagles were terrific on defense, holding the Patriots to one touchdown and fewer than 300 yards. But when the offense is this hapless? Doesn’t matter.

And the Seahawks are up next.

Let’s get going with our 10 instant observations.

1. As much as we all said that the Eagles could afford to lose to the Patriots and Seahawks and still win the NFC East as long as they take care of business the rest of the year … it’s hard to think about that after the way the Eagles played the last 42 minutes of this one, getting outscored 17-0. When you have a 10-0 lead at home, I don’t care how many Super Bowls the team on the other sideline has won, you find a way to finish. That’s on Doug Pederson. I know the offense is undermanned, they’re banged up, they’re missing a lot of guys. But the Eagles failed to score on their last 10 drives. And they really only moved the ball on one of them. Pederson had to come up with answers, and he just couldn’t.

2. What happened? Obviously, the Eagles missed Lane Johnson, who left the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Carson Wentz missed some guys. The running game really slowed down. There were drops, penalties and a turnover. But really it comes down to one thing. Howie Roseman left this roster with no firepower. Yeah, injuries, blah, blah, blah. Who cares. Everybody has injuries. How do you go play football with no wide receivers? There’s plenty of blame to go around, but Roseman put this roster together. He took the bows when the Eagles won the Super Bowl. This team has no functional wide receivers, and that’s on the GM.

3. That first half was the worst pocket presence we’ve seen from Wentz. He took four sacks — the first time in his career he’s been sacked four times in a first half — and fumbled on one of them deep in Eagles territory, leading to a Patriots field goal. Fair to say at least three of the sacks were avoidable. I understand Wentz always wants to make a play, but he’s got to be smarter with his decision making. He was better in the second half. And it’s important to remember the Patriots’ pass defense is 2nd-best in the NFL over the last 20 years. But it’s definitely something Wentz has to be better at.

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4. I don’t get the kid gloves with Miles Sanders. Splitting the carries with Jordan Howard is one thing. But with Boston Scott? After what I’ve seen from him over the last month and a half, I figured Sanders would get 18 to 22 touches. He had 13 and only four in the second half. With no DeSean Jackson, no Alshon Jeffery, no Jordan Howard. Four touches in the second half. The same number as Scott. That's just a terrible job by Pederson.  

5. It felt like once the Patriots took that 17-10 lead early in the third quarter they were just content to run a few plays, punt the ball deep and let Boston Scott either let the ball roll inside the 10 or return it a few yards. Bill Belichick used field position as a weapon. He knows the Eagles can’t make plays down the field, and he was perfectly fine just giving them the ball and letting them do pretty much nothing. He wanted them to have the ball. His plan worked, which is a pretty sad statement about the Eagles’ offense.

6. I just can’t take Nelson Agholor mistiming or misjudging or misplaying a deep ball. It’s just tough to watch him right now. They’re not going to cut him, but sometimes I feel like it might be best for everyone if they do.

7. I can’t even imagine where the Eagles would be without Zach Ertz. He was 9-for-94 Sunday and is having another big year. On a day when all the wide receivers combined had 75 yards, Ertz was huge. Dallas Goedert had three awful drops (one negated by a penalty), but Ertz has been very good. There are times it feels like he’s their only weapon.

8. That missed tackle by Nate Gerry on Mohamad Sanu was one of the worst plays we’ve seen this year by an Eagles defender. Gerry was in perfect position to stop Sanu for a one-yard gain but just flat-out whiffed, and Sanu turned what should have been a nothing play into a 30-yard gain — the Patriots’ longest play of the game. Five plays later, the Patriots scored their only touchdown and took the lead for good. Just inexcusable.

9. In all, though, really a terrific effort by the defense. They’ve now allowed just 44 points in their last three games, and that’s a huge improvement from earlier in the year. I still think the Eagles win the NFC East, but they definitely have some things to figure out on the other side of the ball.

10. I’ll tell you what — Jalen Mills has played really, really well since he came back. This defense is so much sounder with Mills and Ronald Darby than it’s been in a long time.

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5 matchups to watch as Eagles host Patriots in NFL Week 11

5 matchups to watch as Eagles host Patriots in NFL Week 11

The Eagles (5-4) are back from their bye week with what might be their toughest game of the season against the Patriots (8-1) at the Linc.

The last time these two teams played against each other in a game that mattered, the Eagles won 41-33. But a lot has changed since then.

Here are five matchups to watch on Sunday:

Tom Brady vs. Jim Schwartz

No, the Patriots didn’t win Super Bowl LII — I remember that pretty clearly — but Brady did have a big statistical game. He threw for 505 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. That’s the most passing yards ever in a playoff game. I know they lost and I know that was nearly two years ago, but Brady carved up the Eagles that night. His numbers this season aren’t nearly as incredible. In nine games, he has 2,536 yards with 14 TDs and 5 INTs, but he’s still capable of having a big game.

“Yeah, he's a tough competitor and gives them a chance to win every week,” Schwartz said. “He doesn't make many mistakes.”

So it’ll be on Schwartz to find a way to force him into a few mistakes on Sunday. Maybe that means blitzing, maybe that means showing a few looks for which the Patriots won’t be prepared.

There will be pressure on Schwartz, with an extra week to prepare, to figure out a way to slow down Brady more on Sunday than he did in the Super Bowl less than a couple years ago.

Julian Edelman vs. Avonte Maddox

The Patriots’ top receiver this season has been Edelman, who missed Super Bowl LII 18 months ago. In 2019, the 5-10 slot receiver has 63 catches for 663 yards and four touchdowns. To put that in perspective, the Eagles’ top two receivers (not including tight ends) are Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. They have a combined 66 catches for 635 yards and six touchdowns. Edelman is a real threat.

Maddox returned for the Bears game before the bye and will be given a tough task on Sunday in Edelman. Edelman has been consistently good this season but also has two 100-yard games.

Stephon Gilmore vs. ???

The Patriots are famous for taking away their opponents best player and they do this in a few different ways. Gilmore is their best corner, so it would make a lot of sense if they just match him up against the Eagles’ best receiver. But Alshon Jeffery’s status is in question. So there could also be the possibility that the Patriots decide to put Gilmore on tight end Zach Ertz, a possibility offensive coordinator Mike Groh didn’t dismiss earlier this week. It’ll be interesting to see what the Patriots decide, especially if Jeffery doesn’t play.

It’s worth noting that the Eagles will probably use a lot of 12 personnel (two tight ends) in this game. And they already use that personnel package more than any other team in the league. It’s something the Patriots have struggled with. More on that from NBC Sports Boston.

Doug Pederson/Mike Groh vs. Bill Belichick

This is where Pederson needs to be innovative. The Eagles will have to have a few scenarios in their minds of how the Patriots want to defend them and have wrinkles ready to throw at them. In a lot of games, I think the coaching matchups are overblown; the players win or lose games. But the most intriguing thing about this game is the chess match that will go on between Belichick and the Eagles’ offensive staff, which includes Carson Wentz. The Patriots’ defense is an opportunistic bunch, leading the NFL in takeaways. So Wentz will have to be careful with the ball, but Pederson’s play-calling needs to be better in this game. Should be fun to watch.

Eagles’ run game vs. Patriots’ run defense

Before the bye week, we watched the Ravens run for 210 yards against the Patriots in their huge 37-20 win in Baltimore. Now, 61 of those yards came from Lamar Jackson and the Eagles won’t have that type of run game production from their quarterback this week. But the point is that I think the Eagles can run on the Patriots.

While they have the 11th run defense in the NFL, giving up 99.1 yards per game, you have to remember that they’ve been up on teams. In four of their nine games, the Patriots have given up fewer than 60 rushing yards. But in those four games, the Patriots have outscored their opponents 74-14 in first halves, including three first-half shutouts. Many teams got behind them and were forced to abandon the run.

And, overall, the Patriots are giving up 4.7 yards per carry, which ranks 26th in the NFL.

The Eagles have found success running the ball this season and they should try to get that run game going against the Patriots.

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