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Grading Eagles' 31-3 win over Bears in Week 12

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Grading Eagles' 31-3 win over Bears in Week 12

Grading the Eagles' 31-3 win Sunday afternoon over the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field (see breakdown):

QUARTERBACK
Carson Wentz: 23/36, 227 YDS, 3 TD

For the third consecutive game, Wentz avoided committing a turnover and was sacked no more than once. It's a lot easier to run an efficient offense when negative plays aren't part of the equation. Wentz's 63.9 percent completion rate was also by far the highest it's been in the Eagles' last four games. Give him 29 yards rushing for good measure. The second-year passer got a little erratic with the football late in the contest — after he had already done more than enough to put his team in the driver's seat.

Grade: A-

RUNNING BACKS
LeGarrette Blount: 15 ATT, 97 YDS

Blount lost a fumble on his fourth carry of the game, negating a 35-yard carry. For some coaches, that would've been reason enough to turn primary ball-carrying duties over to Jay Ajayi or even Corey Clement. Instead, the Eagles went right back to Blount, who carried 11 more times for another 52 yards. Ajayi would later break a 30-yard run, only to put the ball on the carpet at the 1-yard line. The numbers were there, but ball security is paramount.

Grade: C

WIDE RECEIVERS
Alshon Jeffery: 5 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Jeffery exacted revenge against his former employer, leading Eagles wideouts in receptions and receiving yards against the Bears. However, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith demonstrated tremendous individual efforts as well. Agholor scored twice, taking a screen 15 yards to the house, then scooping up the Ajayi fumble in the end zone. And Smith returned to the game after a brutal shot over the middle, finishing with four catches for 30 yards. This was a mentally tough performance all around (see Roob's observations).

Grade: A

TIGHT ENDS
Zach Ertz: 10 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Not only was Ertz a beast through the air, hauling in 10 of the 12 targets that came his way. The fifth-year player has looked greatly improved blocking in the running game this season. With Trey Burton out with a back injury, the Bears were going to get a healthy dose of Ertz — and he delivered.

Grade: A

OFFENSIVE LINE
The Eagles averaged 5.9 yards per rushing attempt (minus kneeldowns), while the Bears' lone sack of Wentz came on a play where the quarterback was attempting to scramble. The running lanes were there, and the protection was solid for most of the contest, though Chicago was able to generate some pressure in the second half. Still, the only concern was the play of Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who was called for two holding penalties. Neither flag came back to haunt the Eagles, as both drives ended in a touchdown.

Grade: A-

DEFENSIVE LINE
Brandon Graham: 5 TKL, 2 TFL, 1.0 SK

The No. 5 rushing offense in the NFL was limited to six yards on 14 attempts by the league's No. 1 run defense. In all, the Eagles' front four produced five tackles for loss. With the Bears unable to move the ball on the ground, their offense wasn't going to be much of a threat. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky mostly took short, quick dropbacks, but was sacked once each by Graham and Fletcher Cox and hit five times total. The D-line will eat up a one-dimensional offense every time.

Grade: A+

LINEBACKERS
Mychal Kendricks: 3 TKL

Truth be told, the Eagles' linebackers really didn't need to do much here, so let's talk about how dominant the defense was as a whole. The Bears ended the first half with just 33 yards of total offense and failed to pick up a single first down during the first two quarters. Statistically speaking, the linebackers may not have had a lot to do with that, but the unit certainly took care of its responsibilities.

Grade: A

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Malcolm Jenkins: 2 TKL, 1 INT

While Jenkins was ultimately credited with an interception, the play itself turned into a negative when he fumbled the ball during the return. The veteran safety will no doubt admit he got a little too cute, and fortunately for the Eagles, they turned right around and forced a three-and-out. Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas broke up one pass each, Corey Graham came up with a pick in garbage time. This secondary excelled again, albeit against a rookie quarterback and undermanned receiving corps.

Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS
Jake Elliott: 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP

There was some concern with Elliott heading in after he missed a field goal or extra point in the previous four games, but he was perfect coming off of a concussion. Both of Donnie Jones' punts pinned the Bears' offense deep inside their own 20-yard line, while Kenjon Barner recorded one return for 17 yards. The lone issues came on kickoffs — an illegal kick out of bounds by Elliott and a 39-yard return by the Bears. Those need to be cleaned up.

Grade: B

COACHING
Eagles' record: 10-1

The Eagles were playing a vastly inferior opponent, and it sure looked like it. There were some individual miscues, but the entire team was motivated, and the game plan reduced the Bears' offense and defense to rubble. The final score could've been even more lopsided than it was, but the Eagles led 24-0 at halftime, and the result was never in question. That's a credit to Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz, as the team extended its winning streak to nine games.

Grade: A+

Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

The Eagles have been quite the disappointment this season, with the latest being their atrocious 37-31 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida. And with disappointments come possible troll jobs? 

As the clock wound down and fans became increasingly exasperated with the team, social media anger started to build and it looks like one fellow Philadelphia team may have added just an oh-so-subtle jab in there.

As the 37-31 score went final, the Flyers sent out quite the interesting reminder of their impressive record this November. It seems like they don’t want fans to forget that they are NOT part of the teams that have been disappointing this city. 

You have to admit, the timing is a bit suspicious. 


Fans certainly seem to think that the Flyers are trolling the Eagles with their post, based on the replies. 

https://twitter.com/sluongo19/status/1201252463703154688 https://twitter.com/btcs41/status/1201252665977720837

We love a little friendly fire between the Philadelphia sports teams, if this is a true troll job. Or maybe it’s just a conveniently scheduled tweet by the Flyers' social media team. 

You be the judge. 

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Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Updated: 6:35 p.m.

Oh boy.

Things have gotten wild over in the Eagles' world today, beginning with former Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick torching almost everyone on his old team on FS1’s “Undisputed” this morning (see story).

Then, Malcolm Jenkins clapped back at Scandrick in NSFW fashion to essentially dismiss the claims by Scandrick, to which Scandrick then responded on Colin Cowherd’s show that he essentially “wasn’t attacking anyone personally”(see story).

And so, after a morning of ping-ponging back and forth, we have the ultimate response, from the team itself.

The Eagles social media account offically weighed in in the most brilliant way. Actions speak louder than words, Scandrick, and you can't run from history.

Well damn, they really just exposed Scandrick. I mean, how do you come back from being shredded by both Jenkins and a professional NFL team?

So long Scandrick, you won’t be missed.

Jenkins himself apparently liked the tweet, too ... he had a very interesting quote tweet.



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