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Carson Wentz already accomplishing things even Donovan McNabb didn't - NBC Sports Philadelphia
After the Eagles beat the Cards at the Linc a couple weeks ago, I ran into Donovan McNabb outside the locker room and asked him if he thought he'd have any franchise records left by the time Carson Wentz was finished. "Are you kidding?" Donovan said with a smile. "Nope. He's going to break all of them." What he didn't say was that Wentz might break all of them this year. McNabb is the greatest quarterback in Eagles history. A six-time Pro Bowler. A guy who probably won't be a Hall of Famer but should at least be in the conversation. And Wentz is now doing things McNabb never did or didn't do until several years into his outstanding career.

Eagles belong in the Super Bowl contender conversation - BGN
The Eagles are for real.

Malcolm Jenkins among players lobbying for reform - ESPN
It was after midnight, and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was still at his locker stall. Dressed in a red and black plaid shirt, cargo pants and socks, he lingered after most of his teammates had left, answering every last question about a Monday night victory over the Washington Redskins. It would be another couple hours before his head hit the pillow. At 5 a.m. he rose, put on a brown custom suit and headed to 30th Street Station to meet up with teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith and to catch a train to Harrisburg. Two hours later, they arrived at the Pennsylvania Capitol for a full day of meetings with legislators to champion for various bills related to criminal justice reform.

Awestruck Eagles running out of words to describe Carson Wentz - PhillyVoice
“He is amazing,” said Nelson Agholor, who caught his fifth touchdown of the season in the win. “I talk about how great and how athletic he is and how he has a great arm, but the attention to detail, the film study, the professionalism he has as a quarterback is second to none in my opinion.” A legit MVP candidate in only his second season, the Eagles quarterback is for real. In front of a national television audience on Monday night for the second straight week, he once again delivered, finishing 17-of-25 for 268 yards, four touchdowns and an interception (126.3 passer rating). “Magic. To be as young as he is and do some of the things he does, you forget that this is only his second year,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “A lot of the times, I’m on the sideline telling him to slide, because sometimes he just goes for the extra two yards. It’s fun to watch him; he’s an exciting and electric player, and obviously, he has a lot of eyes on him around the league.”

Missing Pieces - Iggles Blitz
The thing you have to remember though is that Peters is a luxury, not a necessity. Denver won the Super Bowl in 2015 with veteran Ryan Harris at LT. The Panthers played them in that game with Michael Oher at LT. The Pats have won a couple of Super Bowls with Nate Solder at LT. He is a good player, but not an elite blocker. Teh Giants won in 2011 with David Diehl at LT. It certainly helps to have a veteran, but you don’t need a Pro Bowl/star LT to win big in the NFL. You do need good overall OL play. The Eagles can still get that if the rest of the line stays healthy. Losing Lane Johnson last year hurt, but the Eagles also had multiple OL injuries. There was no continuity.

Eagles Won't Hang Heads Over Injuries -
There really isn’t any time to lament the loss of starting left offensive tackle Jason Peters and starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks for the season. Injuries happen. It’s the NFL. It’s a lousy hazard of the job. Peters and Hicks join Caleb Sturgis, Darren Sproles, and Chris Maragos as key veterans, starting veterans, lost for the remainder of this Eagles year ...

NFL 2017 Week 7 - Team of the Week - PFF
Elite Stat: Carson Wentz had an adjusted completion percentage of 72 percent on Monday night. The highlight of his play on Monday night was a spectacular touchdown pass under pressure and off balance, but Wentz also performed a Houdini act to escape from a wall of bodies and make a positive play as well as simply execute the offense well pretty much all game. Wentz is playing extremely well so far in 2017, quickly developing into arguably the league’s best young quarterback with very little to cap his ceiling going forward.

Week 7 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
As I said before, the Los Angeles Rams are our surprise No. 2 team after they clobbered the Cardinals 33-0. The Rams are one of only two teams that come out above-average in all three phases of the game. The 6-1 Philadelphia Eagles are the other, putting them at No. 4 overall in DVOA.

How do Eagles move forward without Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks? - The Athletic
Vaitai fared well enough at first blush. The Eagles scored the same amount of points (17) with Vaitai at left tackle as they did with Peters on the night, and all three sacks of Carson Wentz took place in the first half. But Wentz’s yards per attempt dropped from 12.8 with Peters in the game to 8.5 with Vaitai playing. And on a night when the non-Wentz running game was an afterthought, the running backs’ yards per carry with Peters at left tackle was 3.3 compared to 1.9 with Vaitai. “He played well,” said Pederson. “He came in there — listen, he's a guy that just has to trust his ability, trust his fundamentals, trust his coaching. And he does get reps during the week on both sides, even though (he was on) the right side a week ago with Lane's absence, he played over there. So whatever the decision is going forward, he's been able to play both sides, which is beneficial to the offense.”

Losing Jason Peters can sack the Eagles' season - Daily News
So much happened, so late Monday night, some important stuff slipped through the cracks. The Eagles’ defense made two huge third-and-1 stops. First, Malcolm Jenkins slammed down Jordan Reed behind the line before he could turn upfield with a pass, then Kirk Cousins missed Jamison Crowder, the play set up when Jalen Mills stopped a second-and-3 run a yard short of the sticks.

Redskins Vs. Eagles - Studs and Duds - Hogs Haven
D.J. Swearinger - Wow, this was about as bad a game as a safety can have in coverage. Swearinger was abused all evening by the Eagles, and it almost seemed that Wentz was looking to exploit him whenever he got the chance. I told everyone during the offseason that Swearinger was NOT a free safety - any doubts about this now? Ertz was the Eagles leading receiver on the night. Guess who most of his receptions came against? The deep pass to Hollins...well, what can you say. He just got toasted.

Kirk Cousins has told people privately he is open to reuniting with Kyle Shanahan - Niners Nation
The article goes into detail about Cousins’ time in Washington, how it has shaped him, and why it could result in his departure when he ever hits free agency. Cousins is playing under the franchise tag for a second straight year. Washington could use the franchise tag once more next offseason, but it would require a $34 million salary for Cousins. They could also use the transition tag and pay him $28 million, although more than likely he would sign a huge deal they either match or let him walk with, so he gets paid big time in that case.

Carson Wentz has the Eagles in complete control of the NFC East - SB Nation
The Philadelphia Eagles hosted Washington on Monday Night Football and left little doubt as to who’s the team to beat in the NFC East. Carson Wentz had another sterling performance, recovering from a slow start to throw four touchdown passes in the 34-24 win. Wentz wasn’t too hot in the early going, facing intense pressure from Washington’s front seven as the Eagles fell into a 10-3 deficit in the second quarter. But once he settled down and started getting clean pockets, he took over the game.


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