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Week 11 Game Recap: New England Patriots 17, Philadelphia Eagles 10


What you need to know

New England Patriots

Though it may not be the most talented bunch in the NFL, receiving pecking order beyond Julian Edelman is going to be tough to predict on a weekly basis. NíKeal Harry, Mo Sanu, James White, Philip Dorsett, and others will all see targets. Isaiah Wynnís return is a big one to watch. If he stays healthy and performs as he has in limited time, it will make the offense better.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were silenced on offense at home at the hands of the Patriots defense. While the game was within reach and one score, it was daunting to drive the field throughout and string together positive plays. The passing game was without DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery with Jordan Howard absent from the running back depth chart. The tight ends carried the load with 17 targets and Nelson Agholor was the de factor top receiver without much success. Carson Wentzís playmaking was on display even with the muted overall results on the stat sheet and scoreboard. The offense has bounce-back potential over the next month with shaky defenses including the Seahawks, Dolphins, Giants, and Washington.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 47 - 216 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Another mediocre day for the Patriots offense and Tom Brady, as theyíve displayed mediocrity throughout the season for the most part. Luckily for them, the defense held the Eagles to 10 points. The gameplan called for a pass heavy script, which made some sense given the Eaglesí stout run front, but Bradyís 4.6 yards per attempt was about right in line with the eye test. The windy conditions may have played a factor in his inaccuracy, but he missed several throws and nearly threw picks on a few occasions, including a blatantly bad throw and oversight in the end zone. Another instance was a bad overthrow on a simple screen pass that was nearly picked. Pass protection was fine, as this was more a case of him playing poorly and no run game to speak of. With that said, the return of NíKeal Harry should help some, and getting Isaiah Wynn back should hopefully materially change protection. If not, this is a team that will need to continue to rely on defense and special teams to win games.

RB Sony Michel, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 33 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (4 targets)
Against a good Eagles defensive front, Michel was bottled up, and his lack of skill wasnít able to make up for a tepid day at the office. He got nothing going besides a good cutback run of 10+ yards in the first half. This was a good example of how Michel can be phased out of a game, as James White had more targets + carries than Michel did, and even Rex Burkhead got in on some of the action. Michel is a low-floor touchdown or bust option in fantasy on most weeks, and will continue to be game script dependent.

RB James White, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 20 - 0, Rec: 4 - 16 - 0 (7 targets)
There were plenty of plays drawn up for James White including screens and runs, but none of them went much of anywhere, especially with Tom Brady inaccurate on even some basic throws. Heíll have better days through the air going forward.

WR Julian Edelman, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 15 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 5 - 53 - 0 (10 targets)
With a sample size of 1 pass, Julian Edelman was the best quarterback on the field during the game. Kidding aside, Edelmanís highlight play was one youíve likely already seen, a trick play where he rifled a strike to Philip Dorsett for a touchdown. Beyond that, he was once again the Pats leading receiver and did look a bit banged up here and there, but finished the game and was the best offensive weapon on a sluggish offensive day.

WR NKeal Harry, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)
NíKeal Harry didnít play a full complement of snaps, but surprisingly, he wasnít in on red zone or end zone packages. Expect his snap count to rise.

WR Phillip Dorsett, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 1 (5 targets)
Dorsettís highlight was catching a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman early in the 3rd quarter, but he was knocked out of the game after the catch with a head injury. Beyond that, there wasnít much to speak of since he missed nearly half the game, but he was still seeing good snaps.

TE Ben Watson, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 52 - 0 (4 targets)
Watson had a great diving catch for a chunk play, but on a day where the offense didnít do much, there wasnít much else to speak of. Heís still low on the totem pole for targets, especially with NíKeal Harry back.


Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 40 - 214 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 17 - 0
It was tough sledding for Wentz against the Patriots defense. Plus, the Eagles offense was without Jordan Howard, DeSean Jackson, and Alshon Jeffery of note. Wentz moved well to extend plays, but the lack of weapons was a clear limitation to stretch the field and win head-to-head matchups. Wentz avoided interceptions and shaky decisions throwing the football with his lone misstep being a strip fumble in the pocket before halftime. Wentz peppered Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert with modest success but the lack of wide receiver impact was a difference in the game. Wentzís best throws were a laser slant to Goedert for a goal line touchdown and escaping pressure in his own end zone for a long completion to sparsely used rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside pressed into playing time.

RB Miles Sanders, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 38 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (4 targets)
With Jordan Howard out of the lineup, Sanders drew the start against the Patriots and logged one of his least impressive games of the season with the stingy matchup. Sandersí best plays were solid cuts as a runner but for modest gains. Sanders added a third-down conversion through the air, but he was held in check as a receiver after five straight games of making impact plays. The schedule softens significantly in upcoming weeks for Sanders to bounce-back with better performances.

RB Boston Scott, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 26 - 0
Scott elevated to the primary backup spot against the Patriots with Jordan Howard missing the game. Scott was held in check as a runner outside of a 12-yard run, exhibiting a nice cut away from the defense. Scott did add a long defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score as a receiver.

WR Nelson Agholor, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (9 targets)
Agholor easily led the Eagles gutted wide receiver corps with nine targets against the Patriots. DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery both missed the game. Agholor had opportunities for a bigger game than his tepid 40 yards, including a near-touchdown on an end zone target running out of room on the back line before securing two feet in bounds. Also, Agholor could not haul in a fourth-down end zone target on another occasion. Agholor has not hit 50 yards in a game since Week 3 and has yet to find the end zone over the same span.

TE Zach Ertz, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 94 - 0 (11 targets)
Ertz saw a hearty 11 targets for the second consecutive game. Against the Patriots, Ertz was a short and intermediate route maven as the most predictable chain-mover for an otherwise limited passing game without DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jordan Howard in the lineup. Ertzís highlight play was a deep over route between defenders for more than 20 yards, a strike by Carson Wentz. Ertz also showed a quality stiff arm for after-the-catch yardage on another reception.

TE Dallas Goedert, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 36 - 1 (6 targets)
Goedert saw a season-high six targets with the Eagles shorthanded as DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jordan Howard missed the game against the Patriots. Goedert hauled in a laser slant throw from Carson Wentz on a goal line touchdown and logged more than 15 yards on a screen pass. Goedert continues to simmer as an ancillary target in the Eagles offense with explosive upside if Zach Ertz should miss time in the future.