Happy Thanksgiving! Week 12 of the 2016 NFL season kicks off today. There are a total of three games scheduled for Turkey Day. The early game features the Minnesota Vikings at the Detroit Lions. The afternoon games is an NFC East battle between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. Then the Pittsburgh Steelers will be in Indianapolis to play the Colts in the evening.
Now that Week 10 of the 2016 NFL season is over, let’s take a look at the updated standings in our weekly NFL game predictions. Josh is still in the lead with BLG and Chris right behind him, while the readers are at the bottom of the pack
Every Thursday, the Birds 24/7 staff will predict the winners of each and every game. We’re also inviting you, the readers, to get involved by voting in the polls below. We’ll take your favorites to win each game and log them in the “Readers” column in the prediction table. We’ll tally the results along the way and see who comes out on top at the end of the season. Feel free to post your own predictions or discuss the writer predictions in the comments. Read more »
Doug Pederson remains unsure if Nelson Agholor will play against the Packers on Monday Night Football after the second-year receiver said he’s in his own head and pressure has negatively affected his play.
Agholor made the remarks after he committed a costly penalty and dropped a potential big-play ball in Seattle on Sunday, before the Eagles elevated practice squad receiver Paul Turner to the 53-man roster on Monday.
“I have not made a decision yet [if Agholor will play against Green Bay]. We brought Paul Turner up. I just got to wait and see by the end of the week how our numbers fall out,” Pederson said. “If I can carry five [receivers], I carry five; if it’s four, it’s four. We’ll see when we get to the game.” Read more »
It’s apparent by now the Eagles aren’t winning the NFC East this year. The Dallas Cowboys are running away with the division at 9-1. Sitting at 5-5, Philadelphia is also two games behind the second place 7-3 Giants and 1.5 games behind the third place 6-3-1 Washington Redskins. Oh, and all of the Eagles’ rivals currently hold a head-to-head tie-breaker over the Birds.
But the Eagles don’t need to win the division in order to make the 2016 NFL playoffs. There’s still hope Philadelphia can latch on as the fifth or sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture. Read more »
Lane Johnson filed unfair labor practice charges against the NFL and NFL Players Association, the MMQB’s Albert Breer reported. Johnson’s complaint, which was filed with the Department of Labor under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, stems from the 10-game suspension he is currently serving for his second failed drug test. Read more »
Let’s take a spin around the NFC East and check in with what’s going on with the other three teams in the division.
Through the first four games of Carson Wentz’s career, the comparisons made by his coaches to Jim Kelly, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning didn’t even seem that crazy. The rookie was a long way off of reaching the status of any of those three, but he set records and drew praise from opponents as easily as he guided the Eagles’ offense down the field.
Wentz had the top passer rating in NFL history after four games by a rookie, just beating out a guy named Dan Marino. Wentz’s mark of 103.8 also ranked fourth in the NFL among all quarterbacks this season, but his passer rating in the last six games has dropped to 72.4, the lowest in the league (h/t CSN’s Reuben Frank). The Eagles’ record has suffered a similar fall as they’ve gone 2-5 after a 3-0 start, but according to Doug Pederson, the key to getting Wentz going again is by addressing the run game — not the pass game — first. Read more »
Eagles fans can finally rejoice: cult-hero practice squad wide receiver Paul Turner has been signed to Philadelphia’s active 53-man roster. In order to make room for Turner, the Eagles released cornerback Aaron Grymes.
“Right now, with some of the injuries that we have at other spots, and we’re constantly evaluating the roster and seeing where we are there, we gave him some work last week in practice and just feel like this is a good opportunity now not only for him but for us to see where he’s at, see what he can do and give him an opportunity,” said Doug Pederson. “We’ll give him some work this week and make a decision on whether he’ll be [active for the game] or not later in the week.”
Turner’s promotion comes one day after Nelson Agholor mightily struggled in the Eagles’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It seems possible Turner’s call up could coincide with a decreased role for Agholor. Pederson did not rule out the possibility of benching the 2015 first-round pick. Read more »