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Eagles News: Carson Wentz belongs in the MVP conversation

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Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate - PhillyVoice
In 2017, there are a handful of quarterbacks who have better numbers than Wentz. Namely, they are the Chiefs' Alex Smith, the Patriots' Tom Brady, the Saints' Drew Brees, the Redskins' Kirk Cousins, the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, and even the Texans' Deshaun Watson. However, none of the above players have skyrocketed their team from, in some national writers' perspectives, a bottom ten type of team, to what should currently be considered unanimously to be one of the five best teams in the NFL. He still has a lot of work to do, but six games into the 2017 season, Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate.

Eagles-Panthers Final Score: 11 things we learned from Philadelphia’s statement win over Carolina - BGN
Take a lap, Draft Twitter. You said Wentz sucked and you were wrong. Wentz didn’t play a perfect game on Thursday night by any means. He’s still dealing with those accuracy issues that need to go away. He also missed a WIDE OPEN Nelson Agholor on third down late in the game to seal the deal. Despite his struggles, and despite facing a lot of pressure early in the game, he still put up a very strong performance: 16/30 (53.3%), 222 yards (7.4 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 110.7 passer rating.

The Philadelphia Eagles Are 5-1 -
John Barchard and Vince Quinn went live from the Casino at Delaware Park as they go CRAZY after the wild Thursday Night Football vs the Panthers. John offers a draw to #DraftTwitter, Vince gushes over Doug and we celebrate the road to victory! E A G L E S - EAGLES!

Pressure - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles didn’t blitz much. They didn’t have to. The D-line consistently got good push. They didn’t have free runners landing highlight hits on Newton all night long, but they affected him with pressure. Newton threw 52 passes and only got 239 yards. That is…bad. Consider that in the previous game, Newton threw 33 passes and had 355 yards. The pressure generated by the Eagles did two big things. First, it sped him up. The Panthers love to throw the ball downfield. They couldn’t do that with the Eagles DL getting regular pressure on Newton. Suddenly he was throwing the ball to RBs and TEs in the flat. Rookie Christian McCaffrey had 10 catches for 56 yards.

Tough guy Carson Wentz galvanizes the Eagles - Inquirer
Carson Wentz is a large man, comparatively speaking. But in person he’s a wiry 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. As he finished dressing in the visitors’ locker room at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night, a national reporter asked the Eagles quarterback if he had broken any ribs from the hits he took. Wentz, as he often does when being complimented or seemingly complimented — as the reporter’s implication that he had played through cracked ribs suggested — just smiled and shook his head. A few moments later he strolled into a nearby room and climbed the podium for a news conference. After a cursory question about the importance of the 5-1 Eagles’ 28-23 win over the Panthers, Wentz was asked once again about his condition.

Notes: Injury Update And New Challenge For Doug Pederson -
“The players are going to read and they’re going to listen to all the media outlets on TV and just hear how people are talking about them and saying how good and how great they are. But you’ve got to keep it real too. And that comes from me,” Pederson said during Monday’s press conference. “We’re winning these games but there’s a lot to fix a lot to correct as well. It’s never perfect obviously. Bottom line is we want to win the game but at the same time, I’ve got to keep them focused and grounded. Even some of the situational stuff still. We’ve got to eliminate the big play on defense. Got to get better in the red zone on offense. Keep working in those areas. We weren’t as good on third downs last night so we have to keep working that and so just keeping them focused and detailed on those specific areas.”

Historic penalty disparity does not go unnoticed by Eagles - ESPN
The Eagles escaped Carolina with a victory Thursday, so the historic disparity in penalty yards wasn't the all-consuming topic of conversation in the locker room afterward. But Philadelphia's players and coaches took notice, and there will be some clips sent to the NFL offices this weekend for review. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in their 28-23 victory, compared to one penalty for 1 yard for the Panthers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday night’s game was the first in NFL history in which one team had at least 120 penalty yards and their opponent had fewer than 10 penalty yards. "We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren't good calls," said Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. "Adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and hunker down."

Carson Wentz levels up, places himself in elite QB tier after statement win - NBC Sports Philadelphia
he last two weeks, Wentz has blossomed. He's got seven TDs, one interception, 526 passing yards and passer ratings of 128.3 and 110.7. The Eagles are 5-1, winners of four straight, and their 24-year-old quarterback is a legitimate MVP candidate. Wentz has won games before, but this felt different. This felt like a young player genuinely elevating himself into the pantheon of elite NFL QBs. "You saw glimpses of it when he was in college, obviously, with the championships and the success that he had," Pederson said. "You just look at his whole sports life and the success he's had — you just never know though until you get them in your building and you start coaching them to see exactly what you've got.

Surprise return by Fletcher Cox boosts Eagles defense - The Athletic
There was no reason for Fletcher Cox to play Thursday night. After two missed games with a calf injury, Cox and the Eagles had every reason to let the All-World defensive tackle take advantage of the upcoming mini-bye to ensure his health for the next game — an important NFC East clash with Washington on Monday night. Instead, Cox returned and changed the face of what had been a steady enough defense without him. From the first play of the night for the Eagles' defense, when Cox announced his presence with authority by tackling Jonathan Stewart for a meager 1-yard gain, Cox affected Cam Newton’s pocket and helped spearhead a dominant performance for the run defense. On the stat sheet, he only accounted for two assisted tackles, but he made two of the most impactful plays of the night.

Will Redskins Challenge Eagles for Title of Best in the East? - Hogs Haven
You want to call the Philadelphia Eagles the #1 team in the NFC East? I can’t argue too hard there. They are sitting in first place in the standings with a pretty-looking 4-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, which is not necessarily a knock on anyone at this point. The Eagles led off their campaign with a win over the Redskins, and they dismantled the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend after winning a pair of tight contests against the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers. While math has not exactly been my best friend in life, it seems fair to let math lead the way in Week 6, and math says 4-1 is good enough for first place. Congratulations, Philly.

Carolina Panthers Film Analysis: Breaking down Cam Newton’s three interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles - Cat Scratch Reader
What went wrong and who is to blame?

49ers release NaVorro Bowman after brief hunt for a trade partner - SB Nation
NaVorro Bowman’s time with the San Francisco 49ers is over after he was released by the team on Friday, the team announced at a press conference. “NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the league and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our faithful fans.


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