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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/24/17.

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Wentz gives game ball to family of Lukas Kusters - ESPN
Carson Wentz delivers a game ball to Travis Kusters and his family, who were standing on the sideline Monday night. The Kusters lost their son Lukas to cancer in June, but not before meeting and spending a day with his hero, Wentz.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Redskins game - PhillyVoice
10) The 'Dutch Destroyer' Award: Lukas Kusters and Carson Wentz. If you haven't seen the story by ESPN on Lucas Kusters, who had a "Make-A-Wish" day with Carson Wentz back in May, and passed away shortly thereafter, just go now. Kusters' family was in attendance for Monday night's game against the Redskins, and they were treated to the game ball that was caught by Zach Ertz for a touchdown in the second quarter. Wentz spent time with the family both before and after the game. In addition to being a great football player, he is also the height of class.

Eagles-Redskins Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia’s win over Washington, 34-24 - BGN
Highlights and analysis from the game!

Almost a Great Night - Iggles Blitz
For now, focus on the huge win. The Eagles came out sluggish. They didn’t play well and the Skins were ready. Luckily, Washington could only build a 10-3 lead before the Eagles woke up. What happened? Carson Wentz happened. He hit Mack Hollins for a 64- yard TD to tie the game and it was like a light switch for the whole team. The Eagles scored another pair of TDs to go up 24-10 and completely take control of the game. The Skins cut it to 24-17, but Wentz wasn’t done. He escaped from a sure sack and ran for a key 1st down. That drive ended with another TD pass and the Eagles were back up by two TDs. Game over.

Carson Wentz shows off superstar-level play in win - NFL.com
Almost midway through the 2017 NFL season, it feels as if we still have little idea as to who the best teams are. The AFC has the perennial contenders and usual suspects right at the top, but the NFC was recently thrown into a cloud of mystery after the Packers lost their Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback for the season. However, one team has quietly been lurking at the top of the NFC standings, not drawing much attention as a favorite in the conference. On Monday Night Football in Week 7, the Philadelphia Eagles seemed to finally enjoy their long overdue coming out party. A team that entered this season coming off a middling 7-9 season in Doug Pederson's first year, the Eagles weren't projected by many as one of the league's best teams. Yet, here they sit; sporting a 6-1 record atop the NFC East and brimming with optimism. The type of hope that rapidly eroded to withering misery in the final chapters of the Chip Kelly era just two seasons ago. The Eagles are one of the best examples of the all too real truths in the NFL today: if you nail the quarterback position, everything else begins to fall into place. Philadelphia utterly and completely nailed it with Carson Wentz firmly entrenched as their franchise passer.

Carson Wentz is turning into a superstar - Yahoo
Let’s pick the best Carson Wentz play from Monday night’s 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins. From a physical sense, it’s hard to beat his touchdown pass to Corey Clement. He twisted and turned out of a sack and somehow made a strong, accurate throw from an awkward angle. There might not be five quarterbacks in the NFL with the athletic ability and arm to make that play. If you want to go with the most exciting highlight, Wentz somehow escaping Washington’s pass rush was the one. Wentz was enveloped by the Redskins’ pass rush to the point you couldn’t see him on the television screen. Then suddenly he emerged from the scrum and rushed for 17 yards. It showed how fun Wentz is to watch. And it came on third-and-8 with the Eagles ahead by just seven points, so it was a huge play in the game.

The day after: Welcome to the full Carson Wentz experience - The Athletic
In some ways, Wentz has the traits of a common, ordinary guy. For example, at 12:28 a.m., he apparently decided he needed a mirror to put his tie on. So he left his locker, found one and was suited up nicely for his post-game press conference. In other ways, ordinary seems like a downright ludicrous word to describe him. That was the case in the fourth quarter with the Eagles facing a 3rd-and-8, up 24-17. The pocket collapsed, and it seemed for sure that Wentz would take a sack, the Eagles would punt, and Washington would have a chance to tie the game. But with bodies surrounding him, Wentz somehow escaped, found running room up the middle and picked up a first down.

Wentz Leads With MVP-Type Performance - PE.com
The chants were faint, delivered by a deliriously happy crowd at Lincoln Financial Field, but they were audible, with 11:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. “MVP. MVP. MVP.” Quarterback Carson Wentz had just delivered his fourth touchdown pass of the night in a 34-24 win over Washington and the fans couldn’t hold back ...

Opportunity knocked against Eagles. The Redskins refused to answer. - Washington Post
“I mean, just do the math,” Gruden said. “If you look at 3-3 and 6-1, and we’ve lost twice to them, that’s a big difference.” The difference is 2½ games now, but consider it 3½ because the Eagles control the head-to-head tiebreaker. Barring a Philadelphia collapse, it seems Washington will be in a cluster fighting for wild-card positioning. A lot can change over the final 10 games, but the Eagles look as solid as the Redskins look committed to inconsistency.

Jason Peters injury means a new team in Bills tackle trade rumors - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo has a glut of tackles. While most teams keep three or four on the roster, Buffalo has five. If the injury is significant enough that the Eagles don’t think Peters can return to form this season or maybe ever, they could potentially swing a game-breaking trade for Cordy Glenn. Glenn has a major contract and rookie Dion Dawkins filled in when Glenn was sidelined with an injury. Buffalo’s handling of Glenn suggests they’d be willing to part with him for the right compensation and he’s the cornerstone Philadelphia could build on. If Peters’ injury is shorter-term, say an MCL injury as Bowen said, Philadelphia could look to add Seantrel Henderson or even Jordan Mills on the cheap as a backup option. Henderson can play both sides of the line and Mills could allow Lane Johnson to slide over.

Duane Brown could still be traded - PFT
Monday night’s injury to Eagles left tackle Jason Peters also may increase the chances for a trade, since Philly could consider getting involved. The mere prospect of an eleventh-hour effort by the Eagles could also prompt other teams considering the move to make their move quickly. Likewise, with another slate of games looming before the deadline arrives, anyone thinking about trading for Brown may not want to risk another contender suddenly developing a need.

Eagles' rookie class puts on a show in Monday Night Football win - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles' 2017 rookie class was out in force Monday night, and in a huge division showdown on national TV, Derek Barnett, Mack Hollins and Corey Clement helped the best team in football improve to 6-1. Barnett recorded two sacks and Hollins and Clement both had dramatic touchdown catches in the Eagles' 34-24 win over the Redskins at the Linc.

The 5 O'Clock Club: Early reactions Redskins-Eagles on MNF - Hogs Haven
This was a tough game to watch. The Redskins were outplayed and cleanly beaten. Injuries to key players on both teams. Time to start watching records of other NFC teams and aiming for a wildcard spot. Those Eagles look to be for real. Wentz gets my vote for league MVP.

Pryor sees snaps heavily reduced against Eagles - Washington Times
Leading up to Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he needed to better incorporate wide receiver Josh Doctson into the offense. Through five games, the Redskins’ 2016 first-round pick appeared on just 37 percent of Washington’s offensive snaps. Gruden, however, didn’t tell reporters that Doctson’s increased role was going to come at the expense of playing time for Terrelle Pryor. Pryor finished with just two catches for 14 yards in the Redskins’ 34-24 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Doctson started in place of Pryor, who sat out for most of the first half and rarely saw the field.

5 winners and 5 losers in the Eagles’ 34-24 win over Washington - SB Nation
Good luck with the Wild Card race, Washington and Dallas, because that looks like it’s a wrap. The Eagles are 6-1, have the longest winning streak in the NFL, and there isn’t even another winning record in the division now that Washington is 3-3. That’s also the second win over Washington, so the tiebreaker is gone too. Philadelphia is probably the safest bet as a lock for the playoffs after seven weeks.

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