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The Debrief, Week 5: Fresh faces top Watchability Rankings -
My two favorite plays of the season were authored by Carson Wentz and Nelson Agholor, which is a very 2017 thing to write. Facing a third-and-19 against the Cardinals on Sunday, Wentz saw a blitz coming, stepped up in the pocket and tossed the ball high enough into the Philly sky to bring rain. Agholor did the rest, complete with a splash into the end zone. Wentz will miss a routine throw or four each week, and he'll make some head-scratching decisions, like on his red-zone interception against Arizona. But he's so much fun to watch, like a cross between the young versions of Daunte Culpepper, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton. His other possible Play of the Year, a wild Week 1 scramble before finding Agholor deep, was typical of this season, in which defenses have been unable to get Wentz to the ground.

Eagles-Panthers Preview: This Could Be The Alshon Jeffery Game - BGN
THIS IS THE ALSHON JEFFERY GAME - Eagles wide receivers match up really well versus Carolina’s secondary - these are the least tough cornerbacks Alshon has had to face all season. Plus the Panthers could challenge Zach Ertz this week.

Counterpoint Ep. 10: Draft Twitter Jumps On The Wentz Wagon -
Jack Fritz goes over how the beatdown of the Cardinals got draft twitter to jump on board the Wentz Wagon, he checks the Doug Pederson confidence meter and brings a brand new guest to the #100 take of the week.

Brandon Brooks: Lane Johnson a huge loss, but we have the utmost confidence in Big V - PhillyVoice
Repetition, doing the same things over and over, the exact same way. Stout [Eagles’ offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] prides himself in that. We pride ourselves in that. No matter who goes in, who’s down and who has to step up, it’s done exactly the same way. We understand that –especially the backup position – guys are one play from having to step in and play. It’s just the same thing over and over. You never get bored with doing the right thing. We do the same thing so many times. One quote that Stout says as an O-line we live by, a Bruce Lee quote where he says, ‘Fear not the man who that has 10,000 kicks and practices it one time, fear the man that has one kick and practices it 10,000 times.’ With Stout, we the same thing over and over and never get bored with it.

Game Review – PHI 34, ARZ 7 - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz played his best game of the season, going 21-30-304. He threw a career high 4 TDs. The only real negative was an INT he threw before halftime. Wentz was impressive because he was good in so many ways. He made terrific throws. He avoided pressure in the pocket and ran when he needed to. He used hard counts to get Arizona to show pre-snap blitz looks. Then he adjusted plays. They also jumped offside a couple of times.

No Excuses For Prime-Time Eagles -
Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan doesn’t want to hear about all the pitfalls of playing on the road Thursday night. All he sees is an opportunity for the Eagles to play in a prime-time game and show the country what kind of team the Eagles have in 2017 ...

Eagles 'cram' for Cam Newton, dangerous Panthers attack - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was antsy as he took the podium Tuesday for his weekly session with the media. "OK," he said, trying to set the tone, "short week, short press conference." The feeling across the NovaCare practice facility, particularly in the defensive wing, was that time was of the essence. That is not uncommon when a team is slated to play a Thursday night game, especially one that is on the road. But this matchup with the 4-1 Carolina Panthers kicked the Eagles' studies into overdrive, similar to a student pulling an all-nighter in front of a final exam.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Wentz, Pederson and drafting Donovan McNabb - The Athletic
As you and I have discussed, I've been a big fan of [Carson] Wentz's from before they drafted him, and I think everything he's doing indicates that he's as good as everybody had hoped, and he may be getting there faster than it was realistic to expect. So I think that's what elevated my expectations going into the season. I think that's the main reason they're 4-1. Not that they're going to win four out of every five games the rest of the year, but I'm not sitting here like, ‘Wow, this is going to turn around. The schedule gets tougher.' They'll lose some games, but I think they're a very solid, well-constructed team. I still don't think they're getting great play out of the wide receivers. Yet they're playing very well on offense most of the time — and against certain defenses that will have an impact. But by dominating the line of scrimmage and getting such good play out of the quarterback position, they're competing with any team in the league and will continue to be able to do that, in my opinion.

Panthers vs. Eagles: Defensive Preview - Cat Scratch Reader
On to this week. The Panthers defense gets no break as next up on the docket is a 4-1 Eagles team that boasts one of the league’s most prolific offenses. Coming into Thursday’s tilt, Doug Pederson’s boys rank 3rd in the NFL in total yardage and T-6th in scoring. They are led by second year quarterback Carson Wentz and his stupid arm sleeve. A quick glance at his passing charts reveals a quarterback that mixes in the occasional 35+ yard heave with a bunch of passes thrown within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. That leads us to our keys for the victory on this color rush Thursday.

The Eagles are out to another hot start, but beating Panthers will make it feel real - CBS Sports
The 2016 Eagles started 3-0 before struggling, and this year's version is 4-1 and looking even better.

Former Eagles WR Ben Hawkins Dies At 73 - CBS Philly
Former Eagles wide receiver Ben Hawkins died on Monday, the team said. He was 73. A third-round pick of the Eagles in 1966, Hawkins spent eight of his nine NFL seasons in Philadelphia, where he played 102 games (67 starts) from 1966-73. He is tied for ninth in team history in receiving TDs (32), 10th in receiving yards (4,764) and 19th in receptions (261).

Source: Cowboys defensive tackle Stephen Paea is retiring - Blogging The Boys
Paea’s retirement comes on the same day that word surfaced about the Cowboys releasing Nolan Carroll. They were two of the team’s bigger free agency signings this past offseason (the Cowboys didn’t make any huge signings) and they are both now gone permanently. They both began the season as starters.

NFL QB Overview from Week 5 - PFF
Wentz was efficient throughout the game operating the Eagles quick passing attack with a number of RPO’s, quick game and hitting big time throws down the field. Wentz found the void in the defense hitting Torrey Smith on a post for a 59-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but by far his most impressive play came in the third quarter on a third and 19 against an all out cover-0 blitz where he felt the rush, pushed up in the pocket, and delivered a strike on a deep cross to Nelson Agholor, who danced around the defender for a touchdown. His lone big mistake of the game was an out and up attempt to Zach Ertz where he lead S Antoine Bethea with his eyes resulting in an interception in the end zone at the end of the first half.

NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 6: Which of last year's division winners will miss the playoffs? - SB Nation
Philadelphia got off to a 3-1 start in 2016 before grinding to a 7-9 finish as teams gradually adjusted to the play of then-rookie QB Carson Wentz. On Sunday, Wentz showed off his development by setting career highs in passing touchdowns (four) and passer rating (128.3) against a middling Cardinals defense. That’s great news for the 4-1 Eagles — and troublesome for the rest of the NFC East. The Cowboys look vulnerable after losing to the Rams and Packers in their 2-2 start, albeit in close games that featured correctable mistakes — namely giving Aaron Rodgers the ball with 73 seconds left on the clock. Dallas is one loss away from matching 2016’s total, and tailback Ezekiel Elliott is averaging nearly 1.5 fewer yards per carry than he did as a rookie


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