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Best trash-talkers, most overrated, more: NFL players tell all on QBs - ESPN
Jay Cutler did escape the wrath of those who named the NFL's most overrated quarterback. That honor went to the New York Giants' Eli Manning, who has won two Super Bowl championships but ranks No. 30 in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) in the five seasons since he turned 31 years old. The Giants are 31-39 since that point.

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The Eagles Can Grab The NFC East By The Throat -
John Barchard and Vince Quinn take your through the MNF matchup against the Redskins this week. How much has changed since Week 1? Washington is a different team but its not because they got better, they go unhealthy. What will it take for the Eagles to win? Will the game be a lot close than Vegas is thinking? All that plus our NFL picks and more.

A look at the Eagles' 2017 draft picks' progression through six games - PhillyVoice
After a very impressive preseason, Barnett has played 162 defensive snaps (42.2 percent) so far during the regular season as a rotational defensive end. His stats aren't eye-popping so far, as he has 7 tackles, a sack (actually just 0.5 sacks since he had to share his sack with Justin Hamilton), a fumble recovery, and two tackles for loss. Still, the flashes of ability are there, and in my view, the sack numbers will eventually come, perhaps in clusters.

Eagles made the right choice in signing Alshon Jeffery over Terrelle Pryor - Daily News
As for Jeffery, the Eagles have zero regrets about their decision to sign him. He and Torrey Smith have dramatically upgraded Carson Wentz’s receiving corps. Jeffery is second on the team in receptions to tight end Zach Ertz, second to Ertz in first-down catches, tied for second with Nelson Agholor behind Ertz in third-down catches, and he already has two red-zone touchdowns, which is second only to, yep, you guessed it, Ertz, who has four. Jeffery’s chemistry with Wentz, like Pryor’s with Kirk Cousins, is a work in progress. But it seems to be improving every week. “He has an upside that we still haven’t seen yet,’’ said five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Quick, the Eagles’ longtime radio analyst. “That still hasn’t materialized yet with those two [Jeffery and Wentz]. But I think it will.

One is the Loneliest Number - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles won the opener in part because they made the Skins one-dimensional. Washington had no run game and that meant Kirk Cousins had to carry the offense. Go back to last year. The Skins ran for 230 yards in the first meeting and 107 yards in the rematch. Washington only ran for 64 yards in the opener. That put a lot of pressure on Cousins and he didn’t handle things well. He was only 23 for 40 and there wasn’t much in the way of big plays. The Skins come into this game with the 10th best rushing attack in the league. The Eagles have the #1 run defense. You can bet Washington will make more of an effort to run the ball this time around. You can also bet that Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan and Vinny Curry look forward to shutting down that run game, just like they did in the opener. Good run defense goes beyond just the guys up front. The whole Eagles defense has been great at playing the run.

Jason Peters continues to defy odds in HOF caliber career - FanRag
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters has been defying the odds his entire pro career. After watching his first six games of 2017, it is clear that he continues to play at an elite level. The 6-4 undrafted free-agent defensive lineman and tight end out of Arkansas originally entered the NFL as a TE, but was moved to the offensive line in 2005 thanks to the suggestion of then-Buffalo Bill head coach Mike Mularkey. Peters’ raw athleticism and elite play strength is a rare combination of traits to find on a 6-4, 328-pound frame. Over the course of his 14-year career, Peters has started 147 games and counting, with nine Pro Bowl (two with the Bills) and six All-Pro (two with the Bills) selections. One more selection to the Pro Bowl and Peters will tie Eagle legend Chuck Bednarik for the most in franchise history at eight. Peters has torn his Achilles’ tendon twice and dealt with significant back problems throughout his career, but at 35 years old he continues to outclass the competition with a remarkable array of skills.

Eagle Eye: Beware, Washington Will Bring The Pressure On Monday Night -
Going into this week’s matchup against the Washington Redskins, one of the major storylines is going to be the Eagles’ ability to protect against the blitz. In three games over the last two seasons, the Redskins have sacked quarterback Carson Wentz 13 times. Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski put out an interesting stat this week, which stated that Wentz is the most-blitzed quarterback in the league, with defenses sending extra rushers on 39.3 percent of his pass attempts this season. Wentz has been successful against the blitz, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions, per Jaworski. The Eagles should expect to see pressure on Monday night. With that in mind, let’s look back at some of the ways the Redskins have tried to attack the Eagles over the past year and a half, and how the Eagles can protect against it.

Eagles Esoterica: Zach Ertz plays ‘The Recently Married' game - The Athletic
This week's edition of Eagles Esoterica is completely original and not derivative in any way. Back in 2013,'s Bo Wulf broke the story that Eagles tight end was dating then-college soccer player Julie Johnston. Four years later, Johnston's star has surpassed Ertz's, despite the tight end's impressive start to the season. Last spring, the two were married. Shortly thereafter, they appeared together in the ESPN Body Issue. This is well-worn territory. On Wednesday, we tried to find out how well Ertz knows his wife, based on the answers she provided to USA Soccer and other publicly available information. It's a game we like to call, “The Recently Married” game.

NFL QB Rankings by PFF grade after Week 6 - PFF
Carson Wentz continued his strong play with a number of big throws against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Whether extending plays on third down or dropping a deep ball in the bucket, Wentz continues to hit on a high percentage of positively-graded throws, now ranking third in the NFL in that department. The next step is cutting back on some of the negatively-graded throws where he has the eighth-highest percentage in league, but there’s been more good than bad to Wentz’s game, particularly over the last two weeks.

Getting over gut-punch loss of Chris Maragos no easy task for Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
It was late last Thursday night in Charlotte, well after the celebrating in the locker room subsided and well after most of his teammates had already gotten on the bus to take them to the airport. Eagles special teams captain Chris Maragos, with a heavy brace on his right leg, emerged from the visitors' locker room and limped through the cement bowels of Bank of America Stadium. The pissed off look plastered on his face as he left the field after injuring his right knee in the fourth quarter had given way to a look of resignation. He knew. Maragos was officially placed on injured reserve Thursday, which means the Eagles will have to continue what they hope will be a magical season without one of their unquestioned leaders.

Tim Jernigan has worked to become a natural on Eagles defensive line - Morning Call
“He’s made a lot of penetration plays,” Schwartz said. “He’s been very disruptive [to opponents], and that was not an overnight success. It took him a long time to sort of have it ingrained in his DNA to attack. For so many years, well, for three years, he had been sort of a lateral, at-the-line-of-scrimmage-type player, and he just fit what [they] wanted him to do, and he stuck with it. “We stuck with him. He had ups and downs through training camp also. I mean, there were some times that he wasn’t performing at a really high level. But he was making progress toward where we wanted him and he’s hard to handle now, and a lot of it’s because of him attacking. He’s an explosive player, he’s disruptive, he plays with a lot of energy. The players feed off of him also.”

Philadelphia Eagles' Lane Johnson: 'Hungry' veteran newcomers making difference - PennLive
Johnson, who's played with the Eagles since 2013, said the motivation of the Birds' veteran newcomers gives him confidence that the team is built to contend for a full season. "I just see a lot of hungry guys," said Johnson, whose Eagles will host the Redskins on Monday night. "I mean, even the guys we brought in. Our starting D-line, you got Tim Jernigan, who felt like he wasn't in a good scheme and was going to be a breakout guy here. [Cornerback] Patrick Robinson was underneath the radar, and he's playing great."

The 5 O'Clock Club: 5 questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Week 7 MNF edition - Hogs Haven
Back in Week 1, Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation was kind enough to answers questions about his favorite team for us. Having survived that experience, he’s back for more, armed with the knowledge that his team is in first place in the division, and that nothing that happens in Week 7 will change that. The Monday Night Football matchup provides the Redskins with the opportunity to get the bad taste out of their mouths from the opening week loss to Philly. Let’s see how the Philly fan base is looking at their team and this week’s game right now.

8 things to watch in NFL’s Week 7: Steelers and Bengals will probably get rowdy - SB Nation
Adrian Peterson is looking for his 100th rushing TD in a later London game, Brett Hundley officially takes over in Green Bay, and the Falcons-Patriots rematch is here.


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