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Eagles CB Patrick Robinson off to hot start in 2017 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles CB Patrick Robinson has quietly jumped out to a tremendous start to the 2017 season, and is currently the highest graded cornerback in the NFL with an overall PFF grade of 92.6. Making his performance even more surprising, is that his elite level of play this season is on the heels of his worst season as a pro in 2016, in which he finished with an overall grade of 45.1.

Top 5 cornerbacks by playmaker index - PFF
1. Patrick Robinson, Philadelphia Eagles - Playmaker Index – 31.8 percent - With the amount of plays Robinson has made on the ball this year, it’s no surprise though five weeks of the season he is PFFs top graded CB at 92.6 overall.

Petition to ban Pete Morelli from Philadelphia Eagles games reaches over 40,000 signatures
Update: this thing has over 58,700 signatures now! Add yours if you haven’t already.

Eagles are all alone atop the NFC - PhillyVoice
With Brett Hundley filling in for Rodgers, the Packers' offense was ineffective, as Green Bay fell to the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers managed just 227 total yards and Hundley was intercepted three times. Meanwhile, the Eagles already beat one of the other 4-2 teams on the road (Panthers), one is quarterbacked by Case Keenum and/or Sam Bradford (Vikings), and the other is a team that hasn't had a winning record since 2003 (Rams).

A Different Kind of 5-1 - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are 5-1, their best start since they were 5-1 back in 2014. You’ll hear that phrase a lot for the next week. I remember the 2014 team peaked at 9-3 after crushing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. That might have been the peak of the Chip Kelly era. Life seemed so good, but the team went 1-3 down the stretch and didn’t even make the playoffs. Before that peak, the Eagles had been 5-1 earlier in the season. I was curious to see how that hot start stacked up against the current 5-1 start.

Resetting the NFC playoff picture after Aaron Rodgers' injury - ESPN
Carson Wentz ranked 21st over the summer in our 2017 QB Tiers survey of 50 NFL coaches and evaluators, but there was every expectation he'd be climbing up the list in a hurry. One general manager even thought Wentz in 2017 could join the top tier, reserved this year for Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan (barely). A defensive coach said he thought that was tremendously premature. "My eyes work better than my ears," this coach said. "Philly is good because they have an offensive-oriented head coach [Doug Pederson] who turns the entire defense over to a really good defensive coordinator [Jim Schwartz], they pressure the passer, play nasty D and have a young quarterback who has really made some strides." It's less ambitious to say Wentz is making the jump from the third tier into the second, which is generally reserved for quarterbacks who carry their teams some of the time but not consistently -- guys who can contribute significantly to a championship formula.

Eagle Eye: Panthers Recap And Redskins Preview -
Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell go back to the tape and break down what they saw from the Eagles big win over the Panthers before previewing the tough division matchup against Washington on Monday Night Football.

All-22: On Fletcher Cox's power and how the Eagles' offense got on track - The Athletic
“[Having Fletcher Cox back] changes a lot, especially in a game like [this] where you’re facing a quarterback that is kind of dynamic,” said defensive end Chris Long. “[Newton] doesn’t necessarily slow you down on the outside, but he makes you rush balanced. To have that push in the middle to kind of keep them honest and keep Cam honest, it makes a big difference. I mean if you look at some of his errant throws, some of his interceptions, that pressure in the middle is what creates that.”

Eagles rookie DE Derek Barnett finally records a sack; could more come in bunches? - Inquirer
It took Derek Barnett 355 minutes into his NFL career to finally record a sack, and the joy of the Eagles’ first-round pick was apparent. The sack came at a crucial time late in Thursday’s 28-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. Barnett rushed deep into the pocket, pushed through the left tackle, and dived at a slipping Cam Newton’s feet to knock one of the NFL’s strongest quarterbacks to the turf. Defensive tackle Justin Hamilton jumped on Newton to finish the play – both were rewarded with a half-sack — and the Panthers were left with a deep third down. Barnett didn’t celebrate with a planned sack dance. He hugged Chris Long, the veteran end who told him while he was sackless to keep playing as he was and he would be rewarded.

Roob's Random Points, part 1: Eagles' power ranking, playoffs, I-95 traffic tips - NBC Sports Philadelphia
A big theme on Twitter since Thursday night has been fans saying, "Calm down, don't get carried away, settle down, it's only six weeks." You know what? This team hasn't done anything since 2008 and they're now 5-1 with four straight wins, a hot quarterback and the best run defense in the NFL. There's nothing wrong with getting excited!

Redskins injury news: Jonathan Allen out 3-4 weeks with Lisfranc injury, Dustin Hopkins will miss Eagles game - Hogs Haven
The Redskins got the win yesterday against the 49ers, but also lost at least two players for next week's game against the Eagles. Rookie DL Jonathan Allen had an MRI for a foot injury today, and Head Coach Jay Gruden said Allen suffered a Linsfranc injury. He could miss 3-4 weeks according to Gruden, but that injury can linger. Anthony Lanier will be active with Allen out. The Redskins will be working out kickers today after Dustin Hopkins injured his hip. Hopkins last kick yesterday was a missed extra point.

Week 6 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
Technically, "deep" passes are those that travel more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage, but if we extend that to throws that traveled more than 13 yards past the line of scrimmage, we get these numbers for Carson Wentz this week: 7-of-9 for 146 yards.

What do the Packers do without Aaron Rodgers? - SB Nation
The two-time MVP broke his collarbone, but Green Bay can still contend.


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