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NFL 2017: A Mishmash of Mediocrity, Where No Team is Great, Some Are Good (and One is Perfectly Bad) - The MMQB
COACH OF THE WEEK: Doug Pederson, coach, Philadelphia. I’m a longtime go-for-two kind of guy anyway, but Pederson’s move on Thursday night was one of his many solid decisions in the game that got the Eagles to 5-1. A minute into the third quarter, Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for Philadelphia, and Jake Elliott kicked the PAT to put the Eagles up 17-10. But on the play, the Panthers were whistled for an illegal formation for lining up directly over the center on the PAT try, which is illegal. Ref Peter Morelli announced the penalty in the stadium, saying the Eagles would take the five-yard walkoff on the ensuing kickoff. The game went to commercial. When the break was over, here was Morelli saying, “Philadelphia has elected to go for two points. The ball will be placed on the one-yard line.” Now for a here’s-how-the-sausage-is-made moment: Refs and head coaches have an agreement, that if there’s any doubt whether the team wants to accept or decline a penalty, the ref will look at the sideline and the coach will make some sort of signal about his intentions. And so CBS had a camera replaying Pederson yelling at Morelli (if my lip-reading is correct): “Look at me! I wanna go for two!” And so the Eagles did, and LaGarrette Blount barreled in from the one, and it was 18-10 instead of 17-10. Good call by Pederson, obviously; the coach in that circumstance can either take the one point and assess the five yards on the kickoff, or he can go half the distance from the 2-yard line to try for the two-point conversion. I think more coaches should go for two from the 2, but moving it to the 1 makes the call a must-do, even if it means risking taking one point off the board. Smart by Pederson.

Report: Sam Bradford’s knee situation could be career-ending - BGN
NFL insider Jay Glazer shared some major updates on the Sam Bradford injury situation prior to the start of Sunday’s NFL Week 6 games.

Mr. Right - Iggles Blitz
Pederson has the Eagles off to a 5-1 start. His young QB is playing at a high level. Things look good in the short term and for the long term. Pederson has shown a good feel for game management, motivating his team and developing young talent. Pederson is pushing the right buttons. Go back to Andy Reid’s first few years. He was trying to build a winning team and establishing the right culture. Reid was aggressive and creative. Everyone remembers the onside kick against Dallas. He used that tactic in other games. The Eagles ran some brilliant fake FGs back in those days. There was a fake punt that turned into a long TD for Brian Dawkins in 2002.

Unlike 'Dream Team,' 2017 Eagles proving you can win with a bunch of new pieces - PhillyVoice
After a 7-9 finish in 2016, the Eagles spent much of the offseason systematically upgrading their roster at the positions that needed it the most, including cornerback, wide receiver and running back. It wasn't rocket science. The holes on the depth chart were glaring. Still, you never know how those newly acquired pieces are going to fit in with the players already on the roster, both in the locker room and on the field. Heading into the 2017 season, it was one of the major questions head coach Doug Pederson was hoping to have answered. And with six games in the books, the early returns are in.

The NFL Panic Meter: How every team feels right now - ESPN
Rating 1: Everything is fine — The Eagles kicked back and relaxed as most of the league toiled over the weekend. A Thursday night win at Carolina has them sitting pretty at 5-1. They're exceeding expectations and having fun doing it. With three straight home games prior to their bye week, the Eagles are feeling very good about their lot in life at the moment.

Upon further review: Wentz battled, Bradham delivered epic performance - The Athletic
Looking at the big picture, Wentz was pressured and hit for much of the game, but he kept his poise and made some big-time throws. None was bigger than the 3rd-and-16 completion to Mack Hollins late in the third quarter. On the very next play, he threw a dime to Jeffery for a 37-yard gain. And Wentz made a great throw on the first touchdown to Ertz. Every week, he stands in the pocket, takes hit and delivers. His toughness has been on display all season, and it says something that on a day when not everything went his way, Wentz still posted a passer rating of 110.7. The improvement from last year is obvious, and the biggest takeaway from the first six games is that the Eagles have a franchise quarterback who is making the leap.

Even At 5-1, Eagles Know They Must Improve -
The goal is perfection, and it is unattainable, but it remains the reach for every football team. So the Eagles are 5-1 and they have put themselves in good position in mid-October, and with four of the next five games in the raucous confines of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles have a chance to create a solid playoff scenario for themselves ...

The Eagles are starting to look like a real NFC contender - The Comeback
It’s been a few years, but the Philadelphia Eagles are fun again. Ever since I started getting involved covering college football as much as I do, my interest in the NFL declined. It wasn’t so much because I don’t like the NFL as it was needing a day to unwind. Spending 14 hours a day watching college football on Saturday after staying up late for Thursday and Friday night games led me to not have much interest in watching anymore football on Sunday, and maybe spend some time with my wife and take care of some projects.

Roob Stats: Just how historic has the Eagles' run defense been so far? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles have allowed just 394 rushing yards in six games. That's the fewest they've allowed in their first six games since 1954 — a span of 63 years! They allowed 342 the first six games that year. The only other seasons they've allowed fewer rushing yards at this point of the season were 1943 (384 yards) and 1944 (393 yards).

Eagles' reign of the NFC intensifies as Aaron Rodgers goes down - Inquirer
Taking a spin around the NFC, where the Eagles would be the No. 1 seed if the season were over today.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian returned to ‘Sunday Night Football’ after leaving with a shoulder injury - SB Nation
The Eagles play the Broncos in three weeks.


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