The Philadelphia Eagles entered Week 11 with a chance to gain separation in a crowded NFC playoff race and to clinch the lead in the NFC East.
But following a 38-7 dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles might have announced themselves as the best team in the league. Carson Wentz might be the frontrunner for the MVP race at quarterback, but the Eagles’ defense is the unit that deserves the most credit this season.
Four former Florida State players line up on defense for the Eagles, led up front by Timmy Jernigan. Acquired this offseason via trade, Jernigan has been a wrecking ball up front and has paired well with Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. At linebacker, Nigel Bradham is still making tackles left and right, and even had a fumble return for a touchdown in the game.
Finally, the tandem of Ronald Darby and Patrick Robinson might be the surprise duo of the season. Darby, who was previously with the Buffalo Bills, was traded in the preseason to Philadelphia, but has missed most of the season due to an ankle injury. However, he returned this week, locked down star receiver Dez Bryant, and even nabbed and interception.
Robinson has flown under the radar since he first entered the league in 2010, spending time with the Saints, Chargers, and Colts. But he has blown up this season in Philadelphia, quickly earning a starting role and has been one of Pro Football Focus’ top rated cornerbacks so far.
On a somber note, Chris Thompson’s season has come to an end in Washington. The former ’Nole fractured his fibula in Washington’s game against New Orleans and will require season-ending surgery. Thompson was in the midst of a breakout season with 294 rushing yards, 510 receiving yards, and six total touchdowns.
However, the good news is that Thompson just signed a contract extension with Washington, so it won’t be long before Redskins fans see him suiting back up again.
This hurts. Not being able to go out and perform for my God who blessed me with this ability, my brothers, coaches, and the fans. But if you know me you know I’m gonna work my butt off to be out there for y’all next season even better than I️ was before. Thanks for the support.— Chris Thompson (@ChrisThompson_4) November 19, 2017
Get right brother✊— Dalvin Cook (@dalvincook) November 20, 2017
’Noles in the NFL: Week 11
|Atlanta Falcons||Seahawks||L 31-34||Devonta Freeman||RB||Did not play due to injury.|
|Buffalo Bills||Chargers||L 24-54||Kelvin Benjamin||WR||1 catch, 20 yards|
|Nick O'Leary||TE||1 catch, 8 yards|
|Carolina Panthers||bye||N/A||Graham Gano||K||N/A|
|Chicago Bears||Lions||L 24-27||Eddie Goldman||DT||2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit|
|Christian Jones||LB||8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit|
|Cleveland Browns||Jaguars||L 7-19||Roderick Johnson||OT||Placed on IR.|
|Denver Broncos||Bengals||L 17-20||DeMarcus Walker||DE||No stats.|
|Menelik Watson||OT||Placed on IR.|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Browns||W 19-7||Rashad Greene||WR||Placed on IR.|
|Jalen Ramsey||CB||6 tackles, 1 PD|
|Telvin Smith||LB||5 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Giants||L 9-12 (OT)||Cam Erving||OG||Did not play.|
|Terrance Smith||LB||No stats.|
|Los Angeles Rams||Vikings||L 7-24||Lamarcus Joyner||CB||4 tackles, 1 PD|
|Miami Dolphins||Buccaneers||L 20-30||Lawrence Timmons||LB||6 tackles|
|Minnesota Vikings||Rams||W 24-7||Dalvin Cook||RB||Placed on IR.|
|Xavier Rhodes||CB||2 tackles|
|New Orleans Saints||Redskins||W 34-31 (OT)||P.J. Williams||CB||8 tackles|
|New York Giants||Chiefs||W 12-9 (OT)||Bobby Hart||OT||Started along the offensive line.|
|Travis Rudolph||WR||3 catches, 34 yards|
|New York Jets||bye||N/A||Terrence Brooks||S||N/A|
|Oakland Raiders||Patriots||L 8-33||Mario Edwards Jr.||DE||No stats.|
|Rodney Hudson||C||Started at center.|
|Sebastian Janikowski||K||Placed on IR.|
|EJ Manuel||QB||No stats.|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Cowboys||W 37-9||Nigel Bradham||LB||6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD|
|Ronald Darby||CB||8 tackles, 2 PD, 1 INT|
|Timmy Jernigan||DT||3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit|
|Patrick Robinson||CB||5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 PD|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Titans||W 40-17||Vince Williams||LB||7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 3 QB hits|
|San Francisco 49ers||bye||N/A||Tank Carradine||DE||Placed on IR.|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Dolphins||W 30-20||Javien Elliott||CB||No stats.|
|Garrison Sanborn||LS||Handled long snapping duties.|
|Jameis Winston||QB||Did not play due to injury.|
|Washington Redskins||Saints||L 31-34 (OT)||Dustin Hopkins||K||Placed on IR.|
|Chris Thompsons||RB||17 rushing yards, 16 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD|
Patrick Robinson's incredible season continues pic.twitter.com/87jwCKtWRM— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 20, 2017