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Eagles News: Philadelphia’s football team proved they are “for real”

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They're for real: Eagles erase all doubt with win at Panthers - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles' legitimacy as contenders was in question thanks to the quality of their opponents over the first quarter-plus of the season. They had won four of their first five games heading into Thursday night. But three of those victories came against the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals, who have a combined record of 3-12. The Eagles should be questioned no more after going on the road to beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 on short rest Thursday night to become the first team in the NFC to five wins.

Statement Made: Eagles Are For Real -
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was everything a prime-time matchup should be: Big plays, high tempo, a lot of physical play, and, in the end, a win for a team determined to make a national statement. And here’s the statement made by the Eagles after a thrilling 28-23 win at Bank of America Stadium: The Eagles are for real with a 5-1 record, and they are in commanding position six games into the season.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Panthers game - PhillyVoice
Let's also just go ahead and state that Carson Wentz is very clearly a franchise quarterback that the Eagles can build around for the next decade-plus. He has the arm, mobility, leadership skills, smarts, and there's no question whatsoever about his toughness after the beating he took Thursday night. Carson Wentz is a stud, and if you disagree, you have no idea what you're watching. Against the Panthers, Wentz was 16 of 30 for 222 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and QB rating of 110.7. Those numbers are fine, I suppose, but they don't at all tell the story of how gritty a win this was.

Answers - Iggles Blitz
On the road. Short week. NFC opponent with 4-1 record. Questionable officiating. The Eagles had a lot to deal with and they showed a national TV audience just how tough this team is. They won a tough, physical game where both teams really battled. This game had the feel of January football. There was a lot of sloppy play, but I think the short week was responsible for some of that. This wasn’t the prettiest win. The Eagles had so many chances to put the game away and just couldn’t do it. You do have to give some credit to the Panthers. They’ve got a strong core of players that has won a lot of games in the past few years. Those guys don’t quit and Cam Newton can make spectacular plays. Somehow, the Eagles came up with an answer every time they had to have one.

10 winners, 5 losers and one sore loser from the Eagles win over the Panthers - BGN
Panthers running backs totaled 9 yards on 14 carries. Two of their four running backs finished with negative yardage. Cam Newton was great on the ground, but then Cam Newton is great on the ground. Shutting down everyone else on the ground is the best you can hope for. In the air, they picked off Newton thrice (though one was more of a fumble), and held Carolina to a pathetic 3.9 yards per play. And yet it was heart burn inducing. With two fourth quarter meltdowns already this season, there was no shame in assuming the worst on the Panthers penultimate drive. But they held. Jim Schwartz called a beautiful blitz and it paid off with an interception, and they held on Carolina’s final drive to seal the win. The Eagles defense sent the Panthers offense back to last year, and if not for an atrocious game by the officials this game should have been a blowout.

Instant observations: Eagles escape with 28-23 win in Carolina - The Athletic
Much of the game was a struggle for the offense with Carson Wentz under constant pressure. But a huge sequence at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter temporarily gave the Eagles control of the game. They faced a 3rd-and-16 from their own 19 when Wentz stepped up in the pocket and found Mack Hollins for a 20-yard completion. Wentz then threw a beautiful pass down the sideline for a 37-yard hook-up with Alshon Jeffery. And he finished the drive with a 24-yard touchdown strike to Nelson Agholor. The offense went 81 yards on four plays and took a 28-16 lead.

Eagles have all the signs of a Super Bowl contender - Yahoo! Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles’ breakthrough wasn’t supposed to happen this season. The Eagles were supposed to watch the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East. Maybe the New York Giants (ha!) would challenge the Cowboys. Maybe next year, the building Eagles would take a step. But early in the season, it became apparent the Eagles might actually be the best team in the NFC East. Now, it’s fair to wonder if they’re the best team in the NFC. The NFC has a few quality teams, but the Eagles can hang with any of them. On Thursday night they played at the Carolina Panthers, who were 4-1, and the Eagles were the better team. The Panthers made it close at the end, because they’re good too, but Jalen Mills picked off Cam Newton late and the Eagles held on fourth-and-goal in the final two minutes to finish the 28-23 win.

Fletcher Cox back to his dominating ways as Eagles win showdown - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Last June, the Eagles handed Fletcher Cox a six-year, $102.6 million extension. He was worth every penny on Thursday night. After missing two games with a calf injury, Fletcher Cox wasn't just active for the Eagles' 28-23 road win over the Panthers. He was dominant. "S---, it felt good," his fellow defensive tackle Tim Jernigan said. "It felt like he's back to his normal self. Dominating, doing what he do."

Carson Wentz's Philadelphia Eagles teammates follow 'the general' to win over Panthers - PennLive
"He is fearless," Panthers cornerback James Bradberry said. "I saw him take on one of our linebackers and a safety down there by the goal line. You could tell he was trying to will his team to win." Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor echoed that sentiment. And with the Birds surging into first place, the team seems more and more comfortable with direction Wentz is pulling them.

4 things we learned from Eagles’ 28-23 win over Panthers - SB Nation
Wentz faced a stiff challenge from the Panthers’ defense, and for the most part he passed the test. He was far from perfect, but made the big plays when needed to and rarely lost his composure. Wentz finished the game with 222 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-30 passing, throwing two scores to Zach Ertz and spraying key passes to Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. The Eagles are 5-1 partly thanks to Wentz, who still has flaws to his game but has taken a big step forward in his second season. This team looks like the real deal, and is now the odds-on favorite to win the NFC East.

Panthers vs Eagles Final Score: Panthers can’t seal the deal, lose 28-23 - Cat Scratch Reader
This game was all about missed opportunities, and not playing Carolina football. The Panthers couldn’t run the ball, and they couldn’t capitalize on the chances they had. The Eagles are a good team, with a great defense. But Carolina needs to find their running game again to be successful.

The NFL’s Surprise One-Loss Teams Look Built to Last - The Ringer
Philadelphia, Carolina, and Denver are all off to hot starts. Which is the most likely to remain a contender for the entire season?

HB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is upheld - PFF
With the original injunction in place, Elliott was able to resume his role as the Cowboy’s starting running back, and has played 294 snaps through five weeks of the 2017 season. He’s off to a good start, and is currently ranked ninth among 54 qualifying running backs with a PFF overall grade of 81.9.

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