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The Eagles' Jason Peters is PFF's top ranked tackle through Week 6 - PFF
Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles is PFF’s top ranked offensive tackle through Week 6 with an 86.9 overall grade. The Eagles have two of the top four tackles so far this season with Lane Johnson currently ranking fourth.

One of the best moves the Eagles made this offseason wasn’t the most popular at the time - BGN
Revisiting the Jordan Matthews for Ronald Darby trade.

BGN Radio Daily #33: Next Level Podcast -
Turron and Barrett Brooks break down what they saw against the Panthers, go over the expectations for the rest of the Eagles season, Wentz's play, the LB corp and a lot more on this episode of the Next Level Podcast.

Brandon Brooks: The Eagles are building something special - PhillyVoice
We all take [being 5-1 atop the NFC East] with a grain a salt, just because it’s early on. We’re doing a lot of good things and playing good football right now. But it’s not about right now. It’s about winning the NFC East, getting back to the playoffs, getting to the dance and going from there. Back with the OTAs in the offseason, when conditioning started, you can see guys coming together, you can see guys hungry. You can see guys putting in the extra time. Right now, the hard work is paying off. Back in OTAs, I was talking about building something special here and how you can see there is a difference in the team between year one and year two [under head coach Doug Pederson].

Carson Wentz-to-Zach Ertz connection among best in NFL - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz-to-Zach Ertz connection has quickly developed into one of the most prolific in the NFL. It might not be Tom Brady-Rob Gronkowski or Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown in terms of stature and longevity, but their recent production has them ranked alongside or even above some of the more celebrated tandems in the NFL. Consider these numbers from ESPN Stats & Information: Their 34 completions this season is the most of any quarterback-tight end duo through Week 6. They have six red zone hookups, second only to Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald (7) to this point in the season. Wentz has targeted Ertz eight times in the red zone, which is even with Brady-Gronkowski, while their four red zone TDs is the most of any QB-TE combo.

Q&A with Joe Banner: Where do Eagles rank in NFC hierarchy? - The Athletic
I think you'd have to say they're as good as any team in the NFC right now. You've got to factor in that Aaron Rodgers got hurt. The Falcons had a crazy game where they were way ahead but then lost. The Eagles beat Carolina. Washington is playing a little better than I think most people thought — certainly than I thought — so we'll see how this week goes. The teams on the west coast have been a little bit up and down. So I'm hard pressed to say they're the best. On the other hand, I can't really name teams that I think are better. So I'm just going to say that they're in the mix with any team in the NFC. They've got to stay healthy, although they've been winning these games with a couple of key injuries. I don't see any reason that they can't go into any game the rest of the year in which they wouldn't have at least as good a chance, if not better, than whoever they're playing.

Off The Field, Eagles Try To Win Every Day -
If it is a day off in the bump and grind of the NFL season, you’ll generally find Eagles players taking care of their business. Some of it involves football, of course, because taking care of the body is a 24/7 demand. Much of it, though, includes community work, making a difference to those in need ...

For Torrey Smith, North Dakota trip revealed critical quality about Carson Wentz - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Torrey Smith spent four years with Joe Flacco, who won a Super Bowl in 2012. And he spent two years with Colin Kaepernick, who lost a Super Bowl in 2012. And he sees those Super Bowl qualities he saw in Flacco and Kaepernick in Carson Wentz. "I think Carson has that make-up," Smith said. "That's why they picked him here." Smith was one of the Eagles' receivers that spent some time this offseason with Wentz in Fargo, North Dakota, where Wentz starred at North Dakota State. And he said after visiting the North Dakota State football complex and spending some time around the Bison program, he understands how Wentz got to be the way he is. "I'd say one of the biggest things I learned about him just by going to North Dakota is you see how and why he's that way," Smith said. "Obviously, he's like that as an individual, but the way they built their program is the same way. "There's nothing celebrated about all the championships they won. You see it in their trophy case, but you go in that weight room, there's nothing. It's work time. It's all about getting to the next one. Their success, they're worried about the future, and I feel like he's kind of the same way."

As injuries ravage NFL, Eagles want Carson Wentz to balance tenacity with caution - PennLive
But offensive coordinator Frank Reich insinuated this week that Wentz's attempt to bulldoze Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson and safety Mikes Adams was unwise. The Eagles would rather have their franchise quarterback avoid those type of violent collisions. "When you look at his whole body of work, he's done a really good job with that," Reich said. "We had one little outlier incident that hopefully just remains an outlier."

Eagles' wide-9 defensive alignment no longer widely disparaged - Daily News
Only eight NFL teams are allowing fewer points per game than the Eagles’ 20.3 through six games. The Birds lead the league in run defense, giving up 65.7 yards per game. Five years ago, if you’d told an Eagles fan such figures were possible while employing a wide-9 defensive front, that fan would have said, “By your leave, sirrah, I sense that you are attempting to make merry at my expense!” Or words to that effect. The Eagles players trying to execute the scheme at the time might have had a similar reaction. But now they know better.

Sudfeld offers Eagles insight on former team Washington - DelcoTimes
The quarterback room with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles is full of height as Sudfeld is 6-6, the others 6-5. Additionally, Sudfeld and Foles are baby faced lookalikes. There isn’t anything they wouldn’t do for each other, including autographs. “It’s been dying down but fans for sure think that I’m Nick because obviously we kind of have a similar build, similar hair color and stuff,” Sudfeld said. “We were playing the Chiefs, I think, and every week it would be ‘Nick, Nick, come on, sign this, sign this.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not Nick.’ And they didn’t believe me. So I went and signed a few things for Nick because I didn’t want them to think he was a bad guy and just ignoring them. I felt kind of bad about it.”

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Does Kaepernick Have a Chance to Beat the NFL? - B/R
Here at 10-Point Central, we love passion. I'm serious. I got an email recently that I loved because it was an agent sticking up for his client. Last week I wrote about how some in the NFL believe the Chiefs' Travis Kelce is the best tight end in football. That column drew a ton of reaction, from positive to negative to snarky (shocker). The most interesting response came in an email from Steve Caric, the agent for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Take a look.

Why the 2nd quarter of the Redskins season is the biggest of the four - Hogs Haven
This week against the Eagles is what makes the second quarter of the season the biggest of the season. Following Philadelphia, there are match-ups against the Dallas Cowboys at home and Seattle Seahawks on the road. Two games that will be bigger than the previous week’s game. Does that mean the season is over if the Redskins finish 1-2 or 0-3? Not at all. However, it does mean that the Redskins will be seeking the help from other teams in the final month of the season. If the Redskins wanted a time period to prove they are a legitimate threat in the NFC, the next three games against formidable opponents gives them that moment.

The Truth Behind Rising Injury Rates - Football Outsiders
Zachary O. Binney tries to explain the rise in NFL injury rates over the past decade. Are players getting hurt more often? Or are teams doing a better job of diagnosing and reporting injuries?

The Raiders were supposed to be fun this year. What happened? - SB Nation
The 2016 Raiders were 12-4, and probably would’ve been 13-3 if Derek Carr had been healthy at the end of the season. They were an offensive juggernaut, at the top of the league in many offensive categories. This season, after starting 2-0, they’ve lost four in a row, totaling the same amount of losses they did last year in just six weeks this year. What is happening in the East Bay? It’s eerily similar to what’s happening in Dallas.


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