Eagles News: Derek Barnett’s brother killed in car crash

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Brother of Philadelphia Eagles player Derek Barnett killed in Nashville hit-and-run crash – Tennessean
The brother of Philadelphia Eagles player Derek Barnett died in a hit-and-run crash in Nashville Tuesday morning, a person in the football program with the University of Tennessee confirmed to the USA TODAY Network – Tennessee. David Barnett, 33, was killed in a two-vehicle crash reported at 3:25 a.m. near the intersection of Burkitt Road and Whittemore Lane in South Nashville, Metro Nashville police reported.

Taking down Carson Wentz talking points – BGN
Is Carson Wentz fully recovered? It’s been a been a major talking point since Ian Rapoport suggested that he wasn’t. David J. Chao, MD suggested it would be unrealistic to suggest it was possible less than a year out from surgery. This talking point has bled into several factors of Wentz’s game: deep ball accuracy, accuracy on the move, and his running ability as a scrambler. Let’s deal with these points in order.

The Kist & Solak Show #49: Eagles-Redskins Film Review – BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have re-watched the Eagles 28-13 win over the Redskins with a critical eye and share with you, gentle listener, their takes about how the Eagles performed on both sides of the ball. Do they owe an apology to Nate Gerry? Just how good was Wentz’s opening drive performance? What’s adding new variety to the Eagles offensive scheme? All that and more on a loaded film review show! Powered by SBNation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 14 edition – PhillyVoice
7) Eagles (6-6): The Eagles are playing their best football of the season at the moment, which isn’t exactly a high bar. If there’s one thing that Eagles fans can hang their hat on, it’s that the offensive line is really starting to come together. If they can play anywhere close down the stretch to the way they played last season, they have a chance. I believe that unit offers the most hope.

Far From Perfect – Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have given us a lot of reason for optimism over the past two weeks. At the same time, this team still has a long way to go. They’ll be facing first place teams over the next three weeks and must play better if they want to win those games. I was ready to give up on this team last week when they trailed the Giants 19-3. The team simply looked dead in the water. And then they dominated the second half. I got very down on the team on Monday night when they gave up the 90-yard TD to Adrian Peterson. How do you let a 65-year old man run for 90 yards? LBs and DBs couldn’t chase down the Ancient Mariner’s older brother. Ugh. After that horrendous moment, Peterson ran 5 times for just 3 yards. The Eagles moved on from the mistake and tightened up their defense.

Lawlor: Reason To Believe In This Eagles Team – PE.com
The big boys up front have really gotten the run game going. The Eagles ran for 127 yards last week and 130 more on Monday night. You absolutely have to give some credit to the running backs, but the line is a big reason for that success. Jason Kelce did a great job on Darren Sproles’ touchdown run. Kelce got wide and sustained his initial block. He was then able to take out another defender, giving Sproles a path to the end zone. Jason Peters got the best of defensive lineman Jonathan Allen on multiple run plays, opening big lanes for Corey Clement and Josh Adams. The offensive line didn’t give up any sacks against Washington. They gave Carson Wentz time to find his receivers and get them the ball. When the runners have room and the quarterback has time, the offense is going to come alive.

How the Philadelphia Eagles Can Make the Playoffs – New York Times
You can use The Upshot’s playoff simulator to explore all of the Eagles’ remaining paths to the playoffs — and the paths for every other team. You can explore other possibilities, like whether your team can get a first-round bye or win the division, right here.

For Eagles’ offense, ‘better’ effort needs to evolve into ‘best’ – and it needs to happen soon – Daily News
The Eagles’ offense is making strides, but we’re in December, and the kinds of mistakes that kept the Monday night game from being a blowout could be fatal against the better teams ahead.

Dose: Eagles Rout Redskins – Rotoworld
Alshon Jeffery was a no-show for the Eagles, limping to 31 yards on three catches while facing blanket coverage from Josh Norman, who picked off Carson Wentz in the end zone for his third interception of 2018. Alshon got off to a hot start in his return from shoulder surgery but has faded quickly, averaging a lethargic 37.2 yards over his current five-game touchdown drought. Jeffery’s teammate, veteran Swiss Army knife Darren Sproles, was used sparingly in his return from a three-month absence (nine offensive snaps), but made the most of his light workload, turning four carries into 22 yards and a touchdown. Sproles also chipped in on special teams, adding 19 yards on three punt returns.

Week 13 DVOA Ratings – Football Outsiders
It’s hard to undersell just how important this week’s Philadelphia at Dallas game is for the playoff picture. If Dallas wins, the division race is essentially over. In simulations where the Cowboys win this game, they win the division over 97 percent of the time. Meanwhile, the Eagles will still have to play the Rams in Los Angeles and the Texans at home. Their playoff odds will drop to 6.9 percent. On the other hand, an Eagles upset turns Philadelphia into the new favorite to win the division. Despite their difficult remaining schedule, the Eagles will be 4-1 in the division if they win Sunday, with a game remaining against injury-wrecked Washington. Dallas will be 3-2 in the division with a trip to New York still on the docket. With an Eagles win, the odds to win the division become 54.3 percent for the Eagles, 36.4 percent for the Cowboys, and somehow still 9.1 for the Redskins even though we’ve given them a huge DVOA penalty for being down to their third quarterback. Right now, only Arizona has a worse weighted DVOA than the ratings we’re using for Washington in the simulation. Still, as Arizona showed this weekend, teams that bad can still pull off upset victories, and each of their remaining opponents has a negative total DVOA right now. In 44 percent of our simulations, Washington finishes the season at least 8-8.

No change in schedule for Sunday Night Football in Week 15 – PFT
When the NFL’s schedule came out in April, the Week 15 schedule showed that the Rams would host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The NFL has the option to flex another game into that slot, but they won’t be exercising that option. The league announced that the Eagles and Rams will be staying put.

Cowboys vs. Eagles is now THE NFC East game of the year with major playoff implications – Blogging The Boys
A Philadelphia win changes the equation. Both teams would be 7-6, but the Eagles would be the team that controls their own destiny. Still, that’s not quite the death sentence for Dallas that it could be. Why? Because the Eagles still have to go on the road and play the Rams, then come home and host the Texans. That’s two division leaders that are playing some of the best ball in the NFL. Winning out for Philadelphia is a tall task, only made slightly easier by finishing with Washington.

We Need To Talk About Colin Kaepernick – Hogs Haven
If the Redskins are serious about winning football games, they need to make a tough decision.

Let’s get weird: Here’s how the Giants win the NFC East – Big Blue View
Now let’s be clear, this path is not mathematically probable, and to be honest, it’s not something that is going to happen. Football Outsiders gives the Giants just a 0.1 percent chance to win the division. But we can see what that path is thanks to the playoff simulator from The Upshot by The New York Times. Here is how the Giants win the NFC and make the playoffs as an 8-8 team this season.

Urban Meyer retiring from Ohio State after the Rose Bowl – Land-Grant Holy Land
BLG Note: Former Eagles quarterback coach Ryan Day is going to be the new head coach at Ohio State.

Buffalo Bills embrace youth movement; release Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes – Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills shook up their receiving corps in a big way on Tuesday evening, releasing veteran receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes. In their place, Buffalo promoted two players from the practice squad: cornerback Denzel Rice and defensive end Mike Love.

Steelers Fan Chokes Pregnant Chargers Fan During Scuffle – Deadspin
On Sunday night, a Steelers fan got into a fight with a man in yellow pants and a Chargers blazer. During the shoving match, the Steelers fan grabbed the yellow pants-wearer’s wife by the neck, at which point the fight was quickly broken up before it escalated. The Pittsburgh Current published photos of the choking, which you can see here (their website is broken as hell currently), and Pittsburgh CBS station KDKA-2 published a video of the incident shortly after.

NFL should leave you feeling sick after recent revelations involving Kareem Hunt, Reuben Foster – Yahoo! Sports
I’m sick of it all. The excuses. The apologies. The fake outrage. Most of all, though, I’m sick of the hypocrisy. From the NFL. From team executives. From a large swath of fans. Four years have passed since the infamous Ray Rice video, and we have learned nothing. We are no better. And, sadly, neither is the league. The events of the past week — the Washington Redskins’ imprudent decision to claim Reuben Foster three days after he was arrested on a domestic-violence charge and the Kansas City Chiefs’ dismissal of Kareem Hunt nine months after he shoved and kicked a woman — were proof of a larger, more insidious disease that has taken root in the way the NFL conducts its business.

What we know so far about the Kareem Hunt assault investigation – SB Nation
The RB was released by the Chiefs shortly after he was placed on commissioner’s exempt list.

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