What we learned (and didn’t) in Week 11: Players about to get paid

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Updated: November 21, 2017

7:27 AM ET

It is clear at this point that the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles cannot be killed with conventional weapons.

Down 9-7 at the half on the road Sunday night to a desperate Dallas Cowboys team and playing a third straight game without their Pro Bowl left tackle, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense dropped 30 points in the second half and coasted to their eighth straight win. Playing without their place-kicker, who suffered a head injury on the opening kickoff, they had a linebacker handle kickoffs and just went for two every time they scored a touchdown, converting three of four two-point tries.

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  • The NFL has no answer for the Eagles right now. They have scored 30 or more points in each of their past four games. There are three teams — the Browns, Bears and Giants — that haven’t scored 30 in a game since the 2015 season. The Eagles have done it in two of their past four halves.

    And while we can’t know for sure what awaits them over the next couple of months or how it will all turn out, if the Eagles keep this up, they are having the kind of year that makes people’s careers. Wentz could be MVP. Doug Pederson could be coach of the year. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will get head-coaching interviews. And it’s not crazy to imagine special-teams coordinator Dave Fipp or quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo showing up on those same interview lists.

    As they should, these kinds of things help the players involved, as well; and while watching Sunday night, you had to be thinking, “Alshon Jeffery is going to get paid this time.”

    Jeffery, you might remember, was an unrestricted free agent last spring who didn’t find the long-term deal of which he dreamed. Instead, he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles that pays him $9 million, with the chance to earn another $5 million in incentives. Nice money, sure, but the health questions that dogged Jeffery over his final two seasons in Chicago kept the numbers from getting as high as he had hoped. The Eagles, eager to build an improved receiving corps around Wentz in his second year, basically told Jeffery to come hang out for a year, no promises beyond that, and see if maybe they could all help each other.

    Jeffery hasn’t reached 100 yards in a game yet this season, but to watch the games is to see that he’s playing like a No. 1 wideout. He leads the spread-it-around Eagles in receiving yards, is second on the team in catches behind tight end Zach Ertz and is tied with Ertz for the team lead with six touchdown catches, including four in his past three games.