Jeffery West

19 Dec 18
International Economic

Livestock are domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce labor and commodities such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool. The term is sometimes used to refer solely to those that are bred for consumption, while other times it refers only to farmed ruminants, such as cattle and goats.[1] In recent years, […]

19 Dec 18
Finding things that bring a smile to others

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY that belongs to you can be from many sources, such as: utility deposits, inactive savings or checking accounts, overpayments, refunds, such as hospital bill refunds, funds for liquidation escrow accounts, and uncashed checks. Also, check under the names of your parents, grandparents and other relatives (one bachelor uncle left behind a nice and […]

18 Dec 18
maxemfingerrecruiting

– The Walter Camp National Player And Heismam Trophy Awards Preview! By Super Scout Max Emfinger These Five Players For The Walter Camp National Player Award Are Listed With Their Number of College Football Weekly Awards and it Includes Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray With Seven MVP Awards, Plus Another One in The BIG-12 Championship Game, […]

18 Dec 18
Eagles Wire

Heading into Sunday’s game as 13 point underdogs to the formidable Los Angeles Rams, the Eagles accomplished a major feat, upsetting the Rams by a score of 30-23 in their own building. I noted some key players and observations from the Eagles’ thrilling victory in Los Angeles:   Nick Foles Foles certainly has a knack […]

17 Dec 18
Rolling Stone
For at least a decade now, rap beats have been getting fiercer every year. The biggest producers in the genre largely abandoned traditional acoustic instrumentation, instead embracing the abrasive potential of software. As Kanye West worked on his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he kept a note on his wall reading, “NO ACOUSTIC GUITAR IN THE STUDIO.” Producers like Lex Luger and Metro Boomin, who enjoyed dominant runs in the 2010s, took that approach to an extreme, constructing hulking beats that hit like jackhammers. The wave crested last year, as a new generation of fast-rising SoundCloud rappers earned record deals by meting out battering, rumbling, distorted sounds in 2-minute bursts. Concessions to melody seemed at best a distraction, if not a sign of weakness. But in a bizarre about-face, soft guitar licks re-infiltrated hip-hop’s commercial power centers in 2018. Their ascendance was cemented this fall, when Lil Baby and Gunna‘s “Drip Too Hard” — which builds around a prominent guitar loop — became one of rap’s biggest hits (278 million streams since September). “Drip Too Hard” was still one of the most popular records in the country at the end of November, when Meek Mill’s guitar-first “Dangerous” completed a long climb to Number One at mainstream R&B/hip-hop radio. The same week, Travis Scott picked the second single from the juggernaut Astroworld: “Yosemite,” a collaboration with Gunna and Nav that also revolves around a circular guitar pattern. Jae Brown, who works in both A&R and marketing for Motown and Capitol Records, ticks off other similar-sounding tracks. “Kodak Black’s ‘Calling My Spirit’ [released this month] — that’s one of my favorite songs right now,” he says. “The ‘Tik Tok’ record by 6ix9ine and [Lil] Baby [released in November]. You see guys like Yung Lan and the collective Working on Dying using it, like in Matt Ox’s ‘Zero Degrees’ [in October]. That sound is part of very big, very relevant records right now.” Of course, the presence of guitars in hip-hop is not new. The genre’s origins in soul and funk samples ensured that riffs were an important part of hip-hop history — Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks,” which is commonly cited as the first Gold-certified single in rap, revolved around a slick guitar sample. “The genre’s always been influenced by guitar overall,” says George “Geo” Cook, who is director of operations, brand manager and program director for the Dallas rap station KKDA. “In the Eighties, you had Run-D.M.C.’s guitar-infused hit ‘Walk This Way.’ You had riffs in Arrested Development’s ‘Everyday People,’ Tupac’s ‘Thugz Mansion,’ Dr. Dre productions.” But in the second half of the 2000s, that guitar sound became less fashionable. Soul samples were no longer an essential part of hip-hop’s mainstream. And advances in production programs and autotune meant that most of pop music moved away from a live-instrument foundation. Young producers enjoyed brief turns guiding rap — Mike Will Made-It, DJ Mustard — and guitars played no role in their signature formulas. Their success stemmed from the wall-buckling power of their programmed drums and bass lines. Guitars seemed flimsy in comparison. KKDA’s Cook first noticed the return of the acoustic guitar when he heard “Go Flex,” a minor hit for Post Malone in 2016. Another strum-happy Post Malone single, “I Fall Apart,” debuted on the Hot 100 the following year. 2017 also saw the release of Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams,” the now-massive hit that samples acoustic guitar from Sting’s “Shape of My Heart,” and XXXTentacion’s “Jocelyn Flores,” which is based around childlike, Guitar-101 licks. But this year’s guitar-rap wave likely has a different source: Young Thug’s 2017 mixtape Beautiful Thugger Girls, which the rapper labelled his “singing album,” and some fans dubbed a country record thanks to Thug’s use of the phrase “yee haw.” On the album cover, the rapper perched on a bed with an acoustic guitar in his lap. Casual fans who knew Thug’s hits like “Danny Glover” and “Lifestyle” were surprised to hear him crooning over guitars and strings on the album opener; later, he sampled modern folkies Bright Eyes on “Me or Us.” Beautiful Thugger Girls was not a commercial smash. Every one of Thug’s recent mixtapes — Slime Season 3, Jeffery, Super Slimey — has gone on to sell more copies. But Lil Baby, who went to school with Thug in Atlanta, and Gunna, who is signed to Thug’s label, appear to have perfected a version of the Beautiful Thugger Girls sound that’s more palatable for the mass market. Their instrumentals are zippier and less faux-folksy than Thug’s; the guitars tend to spring-out and recoil quickly. “You didn’t hear too many people rapping on beats with those type of guitars [in the past],” says Turbo, the producer who created many of Gunna’s biggest songs. “We bringin’ back the live sound,” adds Quay, the producer who works regularly with Lil Baby. Though the resurgence of prominent guitar parts in hip-hop seems surprising at first, it makes sense when you consider that many young rappers are already strongly melody-focused. “When you rap like that, usually a piano or guitar is how you structure your song,” says Dallas Martin, SVP of A&R at Atlantic Records. “So a lot of people are using that to catch a good rhythm.” Martin signed the young rapper Roddy Ricch to Atlantic this year, and his currently rising single, “Every Season,” is also based around an acoustic guitar riff. It’s amassed nearly 30 million streams in less than two months. The revival of guitars also makes sense as a minor backlash to last year’s SoundCloud rap eruption. Lil Pump, Smokepurp, 6ix9ine, Playboi Carti, Ski Mask the Slump God and Tay-K made brawling music that was largely averse to melody. But despite the rugged energy of those rappers’ hits, contrast works well in pop. “The juxtaposition of a romantic guitar riff against big, bruising 808s really entices people,” Capitol’s Brown says. That includes SoundCloud rappers themselves: 6ix9ine featured both Lil Baby and Gunna on his recent album.  To the extent that this year’s wave of acoustic-loop beats have a regional base, it seems to be Atlanta. That’s home for Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Baby, Turbo and Quay, and also for Southside (Black’s “Calling My Spirit”), Yung Lan (“Tic Toc”) and Cassius Jay (“Every Season”). But a Georgia driver’s license is not a requirement for producers hoping to slip acoustic guitar loops into their songs. The “Yosemite” beat is the work of June James, based in Houston. And JD on tha Track, another producer riding the same wave, lives all the way in Valinhos, Brazil. JD used to make beats that emulated the more severe sound of Chicago rappers like Lil Bibby, until he started hearing Lil Baby and Gunna records. “They came with the guitars,” the 21-year-old producer says. “I had to switch it up.” Earlier this year, he sent a beat to Lil Tjay, a rising rapper from the Bronx. The instrumental was gentle and melancholy, with drifting guitar lines during the verses. “We would be in the studio and every time [Lil Tjay] played that record, he said, ‘this is a hit,'” recalls Maria Arangio, the A&R at Columbia who signed the rapper. Lil Tjay added verses and released the record as “Brothers;” the single quickly accumulated over seven million streams. It’s almost certain it will grow further: Since radio basically stops adding new songs in December, Columbia hasn’t even started promoting the song on the airwaves. The same goes for Atlantic with Ricch’s yet-to-be-promoted “Every Season,” while Scott’s “Yosemite” only breached the mainstream R&B/hip-hop radio chart this week, and in Dallas, Cook just moved “Drip Too Hard” into power rotation. “There’s a lane for that type of music to continue to catch more and more listeners,” Arangio says. The full impact won’t be felt until 2019; expect more strumming.
17 Dec 18
The Denver Post
A week ago, the Los Angeles Rams lost on the road and in the cold to the Chicago Bears. Nobody overreacted. Jared Goff has a brief history of struggling in weather below 32 degrees, and the rest of the team’s schedule and likely playoff path had them playing in Los Angeles or in domes. But Sunday’s 30-23 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles raises some questions. All of a sudden, the unstoppable Rams are out of sync. Sure, at 11-3, the Rams are still in line to be the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a bye week and a home game in the divisional round. But while it isn’t time to panic, Rams Coach Sean McVay has to figure out what’s wrong, particularly on offense. The Rams’ curious regression is just one of several big questions that remain unanswered with just two weeks to go. That’s where we’ll start this week’s column, before looking at the extremely tight AFC West race, a Bears team that keeps looking more and more like a Super Bowl contender, and some concerning signs for the Patriots. Is the Rams’ offense in trouble? Trouble? No, but there has to be some concern. It’s not that teams have figured out McVay’s offense, but defensive coordinators have finally come up with at least some answers. The loss of wide receiver Cooper Kupp is starting to show. Against the Eagles, 25 of Goff’s 51 targets were to either Todd Gurley and Josh Reynolds, and it was clear Philadelphia was willing to give up underneath throws so long as they limited the big-play abilities of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, whose longest receptions were 20 yards. Cupp’s presence took that receiving corps to another level, both underneath and down the field. The Rams are also overly reliant on Gurley, which became clear when he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter that sidelined him briefly. McVay admitted that the runner’s absence limited the offense on early downs. That put more in the hands of Goff, who struggled, with two interceptions, no TDs and a subpar QB rating of 66.8. Over the past three games, Goff has thrown just one touchdown to seven interceptions. “There’s some things that we all got to be better. He’s got to make better decisions,” McVay said, specifically referring to Goff’s ill-advised decision to try to throw the ball away after he stumbled on a key third-quarter play, which resulted in a turnover that led to a touchdown that proved to be the final margin. “You know, sometimes the only play is to just eat it and take a sack.” Many of these issues are fixable, including some recent struggles of the offensive line in pass protection. But the nearly unstoppable force of earlier this season has looked very different these last three weeks. Who will win the AFC West? Believe it or not, it could be the Chargers. Week 16 could decide it. The Chargers host the Ravens in a game that matters greatly for both teams’ playoff hopes. The Chiefs have a tougher matchup, on the road against Seattle on Sunday night. Running back Melvin Gordon is expected to return for the Chargers, and that’s huge. But the Ravens have proven during Lamar Jackson’s 4-1 stretch as a starter that they can compete against good offenses so long as they keep scoring down and don’t fall too far behind. While Patrick Mahomes will give the Seahawks’ young secondary problems, the Chiefs’ offense clearly misses Kareem Hunt. Spencer Ware is a good, physical back, but he’s not going to break off big plays the way Hunt did, which is what took this offense to another level. One could argue that Hunt’s departure, combined with the foot injury to wide receiver Sammy Watkins, took a touchdown per game away from Kansas City. The Chiefs’ defense can be run against, which is trouble against Seattle’s fierce rushing attack, but when they get a lead, their pass rush can be very effective with Justin Houston and Dee Ford on the outside and Chris Jones on the interior. Both teams close out the season with winnable AFC West games in Week 17, but the Chiefs need to beat the Seahawks — or see the Ravens upset the Chargers — to win the division. If not, they would drop to the No. 5 seed, meaning they’d be on the road for the entirety of the playoffs instead of earning a first-round bye and home-field advantage. What’s wrong with the Patriots? For the first time since 2009, New England might have to play in the wild-card round. Following Sunday’s 17-10 loss in Pittsburgh, the Patriots find themselves in the No. 3 seed, meaning they would need to win a home game and then two road matchups to get back to the Super Bowl. That’s a problem, because this team is 3-5 and has struggled to score points on the road this season. The franchise hasn’t won a road playoff game since 2007. What was also glaringly obvious in Sunday’s defeat is that the Patriots lack playmakers on defense. They also haven’t been able to stop the run the past few games. Which team will claim the AFC’s No. 6 seed? All of a sudden, the odds are shifting to the Indianapolis Colts. Sunday’s 23-0 victory over the Dallas Cowboys was a major step forward for the Colts, who have rebounded from a 1-5 start. They are in a three-way tie with the Ravens and Titans at 8-6. But the Colts’ closing schedule includes a winnable game versus the Giants and a tough Week 17 showdown in Nashville against the Titans. Baltimore, meanwhile, has the aforementioned road game against the Chargers next week. The Ravens can’t afford a slow start in that one, as Jackson has been very effective as a runner but hasn’t yet been asked to rally his team from a big deficit by throwing. Can the Bears win the NFC? That’s probably too much to ask, although the Bears continue to impress. Mitchell Trubisky brought out of a three-game slump by completing 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards in a 24-17 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and the Bears won their first division title since 2010. They have proven tough to beat at home, winning seven of eight games. But it’s worth remembering that Chicago’s path to a Super Bowl berth would likely require consecutive road games to beat Goff and Drew Brees. Sure, Trubisky and Chicago beat Goff and the Rams at home last week, but playing in L.A. would be a different story — and Trubisky still threw three interceptions in that game. Trubisky did learn a good lesson during his three-game slump. He didn’t try to force plays in the win over Green Bay. “Don’t do anything crazy,” he said. The Bears were able to methodically move down the field. Are the Eagles a threat with Nick Foles? Philadelphia was very impressive in its win over the Rams, and Foles reminded that he’s capable of winning the big games, completing 24 of 31 throws for 270 yards in the victory. He found Alshon Jeffery for several big plays, totaling eight completions for 160 yards to the big wide receiver. He makes the Eagles a viable threat if they were to make the postseason — now that we know Carson Wentz has been bothered by a back injury since October, Foles gives the team more options as a deep thrower — but they’ll need help. Not only does Philly need to beat the Texans next week and the Redskins in Week 17, but it needs the Seahawks or the Vikings to stumble in front of them. More story lines Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer finally got his way. He couldn’t get offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to run the football, so he fired him. New coordinator Kevin Stefanski dialed up 40 rushes for 220 yards in a 41-17 blowout of the Miami Dolphins. Zimmer thought DeFilippo had too much in his playbook, so Stefanski tried to simply things. He had Cousins take more snaps under center instead of in shotgun. With 40 runs, Cousins only had to throw 21 passes in what turned out to be an easy victory. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] — 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan decided to start looking at younger players following a 43-16 loss to Seattle two weeks ago. In doing so, the 49ers have come up with wins over the Broncos and Seahawks. In the 26-23 overtime victory over Seattle Sunday, the 49ers had as many as five rookies playing significant snaps on defense, including three in the secondary. They are fazing out veterans such as Earl Mitchell and Malcolm Smith. The result is a faster defense than what it had earlier in the season. — It’s remarkable how bad the Packers have been on the road. After losing to the Bears 24-17, the Packers are 0-7 in road games, even with Rodgers at quarterback. — If the Arizona Cardinals fire Steve Wilks as head coach after one season, it’s not out of the question they would look at former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who might be fired by the New York Jets. — Denver Broncos Coach Vance Joseph didn’t help his job security with Saturday’s 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He is getting criticized for going for a field goal in the final five minutes when he was down by four. He said he had confidence in his defense, but the secondary has been crushed by injuries.
17 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1472213-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1472213-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1472213-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1472213-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throws under pressure from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald during the first half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, left, can’t catch a pass as Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Tre Sullivan looks on during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, right, scores past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Corey Graham during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) LOS ANGELES — The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it. After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after that breakthrough game, he was an improbable Super Bowl MVP. One season later in the same arena, Foles went back into Wentz’s spot under center after three months without game action. Foles promptly recaptured the magic, passing for 270 yards and confidently leading the Eagles to a 30-23 win over the Rams on Sunday night with plenty of help from his defense and his playmakers. Foles’ encore might not end in the Super Bowl again. It might not even include the playoffs. But after guiding Philadelphia to another win with a grace and poise belying his inactivity, the Eagles are thrilled to have him back in the game. “It’s been really emotional,” said Foles, who went 24 of 31 with one interception. “You hate for your teammate to get hurt. I feel really bad for Carson. … What you’ve done in the past, what I’ve done in the past, it doesn’t matter when you step on that field. It’s a new day. So I was dealing with the emotions, but prepping as hard as I could, and then realizing I’m not alone. I have great teammates out there. All I have to do is spread the ball around, lean on them, stay in the moment, and we were able to do that tonight. Today was a huge win for us.” Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns and rookie Josh Adams ran for another score as the Eagles (7-7) kept their playoff hopes quite viable with a gritty victory over the Rams (11-3), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s tenure. Foles hadn’t played since Week 2, but Wentz is out with a back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson declined to say whether Foles would start next week against Houston, but Foles’ teammates know what they’ve got after he slipped right back into his old role in a simplified offensive game plan. “That’s a guy with true character,” Smallwood said of Foles. “We’re just comfortable with him back there. We don’t feel like anything has fallen off. We know he’s going to step up there and do the job. We rode that guy and we stuck with him (last year), and he went out and played for us tonight.” The Eagles still trail NFC East leader Dallas (8-6) and sit even with Washington (7-7), so they will need help to get back into the postseason, most likely from Carolina and Minnesota stumbling down the stretch. But they’ll get an enormous boost from becoming the first team to beat the Rams twice under McVay. “It’s very satisfying,” Pederson said. “Our backs have been against the wall for the last few weeks. Hopefully this gives us momentum for the rest of the season. Our goals are still in front of us.” The Eagles scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter and then survived the Rams’ late rally. After Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott missed a field goal with 1:08 left, Jared Goff got the Rams to the Philadelphia 18 with 4 seconds to play — but he couldn’t connect with Josh Reynolds on a pass to the goal line as time expired. Goff passed for 339 yards with two interceptions in the Rams’ first loss at the Coliseum in seven games this season. Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns — giving him an NFL-best 21 TDs this season — while catching 10 passes for 76 yards. But the superstar running back also accepted the blame for failing to get out of bounds on a catch inside the final 20 seconds, depriving the Rams of likely two additional shots at the end zone. “We have to be able to figure this out and fast,” McVay said. “We are doing things that are uncharacteristic of us. Guys are making decisions and mistakes we typically haven’t seen.” The Rams already have won the NFC West title, and they still control their destiny for a first-round playoff bye with Chicago (10-4) right behind them. But Los Angeles also has produced three straight pedestrian performances since that epic 54-51 Monday night win over Kansas City last month and an ensuing bye week. “It’s good to go through some adversity at some point,” said Goff, who hasn’t thrown a TD pass since the first half at Detroit. “Going through it now, and in the position we are in with the playoffs, we (still) have to be urgent about getting these things fixed. These things are very fixable.” BIG TARGETS Foles repeatedly connected with Alshon Jeffery, who had eight catches for 160 yards in the third-biggest game of his career. Zach Ertz had three receptions to become the fourth tight end in NFL history with 100 catches in a season. INJURIES Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox went to the locker room on a cart during the first half with a hip injury, but returned to the field before halftime. Rams: Gurley missed several snaps in the second half with a knee injury, but returned. UP NEXT Eagles: Host the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 23. Houston can wrap up the AFC South with a victory. Rams: Visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 23. LA shut out the Cardinals at the Coliseum in September.
17 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1553254-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1553254-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1553254-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1553254-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throws under pressure from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald during the first half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, left, can’t catch a pass as Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Tre Sullivan looks on during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, right, scores past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Corey Graham during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) LOS ANGELES — The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it. After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after that breakthrough game, he was an improbable Super Bowl MVP. One season later in the same arena, Foles went back into Wentz’s spot under center after three months without game action. Foles promptly recaptured the magic, passing for 270 yards and confidently leading the Eagles to a 30-23 win over the Rams on Sunday night with plenty of help from his defense and his playmakers. Foles’ encore might not end in the Super Bowl again. It might not even include the playoffs. But after guiding Philadelphia to another win with a grace and poise belying his inactivity, the Eagles are thrilled to have him back in the game. “It’s been really emotional,” said Foles, who went 24 of 31 with one interception. “You hate for your teammate to get hurt. I feel really bad for Carson. … What you’ve done in the past, what I’ve done in the past, it doesn’t matter when you step on that field. It’s a new day. So I was dealing with the emotions, but prepping as hard as I could, and then realizing I’m not alone. I have great teammates out there. All I have to do is spread the ball around, lean on them, stay in the moment, and we were able to do that tonight. Today was a huge win for us.” Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns and rookie Josh Adams ran for another score as the Eagles (7-7) kept their playoff hopes quite viable with a gritty victory over the Rams (11-3), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s tenure. Foles hadn’t played since Week 2, but Wentz is out with a back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson declined to say whether Foles would start next week against Houston, but Foles’ teammates know what they’ve got after he slipped right back into his old role in a simplified offensive game plan. “That’s a guy with true character,” Smallwood said of Foles. “We’re just comfortable with him back there. We don’t feel like anything has fallen off. We know he’s going to step up there and do the job. We rode that guy and we stuck with him (last year), and he went out and played for us tonight.” The Eagles still trail NFC East leader Dallas (8-6) and sit even with Washington (7-7), so they will need help to get back into the postseason, most likely from Carolina and Minnesota stumbling down the stretch. But they’ll get an enormous boost from becoming the first team to beat the Rams twice under McVay. “It’s very satisfying,” Pederson said. “Our backs have been against the wall for the last few weeks. Hopefully this gives us momentum for the rest of the season. Our goals are still in front of us.” The Eagles scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter and then survived the Rams’ late rally. After Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott missed a field goal with 1:08 left, Jared Goff got the Rams to the Philadelphia 18 with 4 seconds to play — but he couldn’t connect with Josh Reynolds on a pass to the goal line as time expired. Goff passed for 339 yards with two interceptions in the Rams’ first loss at the Coliseum in seven games this season. Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns — giving him an NFL-best 21 TDs this season — while catching 10 passes for 76 yards. But the superstar running back also accepted the blame for failing to get out of bounds on a catch inside the final 20 seconds, depriving the Rams of likely two additional shots at the end zone. “We have to be able to figure this out and fast,” McVay said. “We are doing things that are uncharacteristic of us. Guys are making decisions and mistakes we typically haven’t seen.” The Rams already have won the NFC West title, and they still control their destiny for a first-round playoff bye with Chicago (10-4) right behind them. But Los Angeles also has produced three straight pedestrian performances since that epic 54-51 Monday night win over Kansas City last month and an ensuing bye week. “It’s good to go through some adversity at some point,” said Goff, who hasn’t thrown a TD pass since the first half at Detroit. “Going through it now, and in the position we are in with the playoffs, we (still) have to be urgent about getting these things fixed. These things are very fixable.” BIG TARGETS Foles repeatedly connected with Alshon Jeffery, who had eight catches for 160 yards in the third-biggest game of his career. Zach Ertz had three receptions to become the fourth tight end in NFL history with 100 catches in a season. INJURIES Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox went to the locker room on a cart during the first half with a hip injury, but returned to the field before halftime. Rams: Gurley missed several snaps in the second half with a knee injury, but returned. UP NEXT Eagles: Host the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 23. Houston can wrap up the AFC South with a victory. Rams: Visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 23. LA shut out the Cardinals at the Coliseum in September.
17 Dec 18
New Delhi Times

 The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it. After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after that breakthrough game, he was an improbable Super Bowl MVP. One season later in the […]