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Eagles News: Lane Johnson says beating the 49ers felt like a loss since the offense didn’t play well

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Win leaves 7-1 Eagles unsatisfied, sheds light on team's mindset - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson looked borderline dejected sitting at his locker stall following Sunday's victory over the San Francisco 49ers. His team had won in convincing fashion, 33-10, to improve to 7-1 at the halfway point. I's the best record in football and only the seventh time in franchise history that Eagles have gotten out to this kind of start. The last time was 2004, when they went to the Super Bowl. Johnson, though, was in no celebratory mood. "I feel like a loss right now," he said. "Just the way that we performed in the first half is not the way that we wanted to execute. "I mean, I'm happy [we're 7-1], I'm just disappointed. Anytime the offense doesn't play the way we're capable of, it feels like a loss for us." That quote says plenty about the team's mindset and why there wasn't a single letdown game over the first half of the season.

Alshon Jeffery finally had his “Alshon Jeffery” moment in Eagles’ win over 49ers - BGN
It feels like it’s been said just about every week now. “This is the Alshon game.” “No, for real this time. This is it.” Truth be told, the Eagles still haven’t had the Alshon takeover game just yet. But the wide receiver did make a big impact in the Eagles’ win over the 49ers on Sunday. His touchdown reception was peak Alshon.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-49ers game - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz did not have his 'A game' on Sunday, as he missed a wide open Alshon Jeffery on what should have been a TD, and later, a wide-open Brent Celek. He also threw a bad pick to Akhello Witherspoon, leading to a score going the other way. In fairness, he faced constant pressure all day, but we'll generously call this a 'C game' for Wentz, who has been lights out over the past month. And yet, the Eagles still won by 26. That's what good teams do.

This Year - Iggles Blitz
The current Eagles are off to a 7-1 start. Is there any chance this is a mirage? I really don’t think so. This team is very different from the 1994 bunch in a lot of ways. The two things that stand out are the head coach and the QB. Kotite had issues with his players for years. Pederson is tight with his team and has done a great job of getting everyone to buy in and play as one. As for the QBs, Cunningham was somewhat of a head case by this point. He had gotten hurt or benched for each of the past three seasons. He got benched in ’94. He threw 16 TDs for the entire season (14 starts). Carson Wentz already has 19 TDs in just eight starts. He is the unquestioned leader of the Eagles and has a great relationship with Pederson. I think what this team is doing is sustainable.

At 7-1, Eagles Winning In Variety Of Ways -
What is making this Eagles season so special is that every part of the roster, every single player, is part of the 7-1 record. On an ugly Sunday of rain at Lincoln Financial Field, the defense and special teams stepped up and dominated the day in a 33-10 win over San Francisco ...

Hard-hitting Eagles defense a big reason for 7-1 start - Inquirer
As spectacular as Carson Wentz has been this season, it should be reassuring for Eagles fans to know they can still dominate a game without a sterling performance from Wentz. That’s because the Eagles have a swarming, opportunistic defense that led them to Sunday’s win. It held San Francisco to one touchdown, had four sacks, and hit quarterback C.J. Beathard 12 times. The 49ers had six three-and-outs and two other drives end with interceptions after three plays.

Philadelphia Eagles lean on 'hybrid player' Malcolm Jenkins, among others, to fill Hicks' void - PennLive
Nigel Bradham looked to his left at one point Sunday during the first half of the Eagles' 33-10 win over the 49ers, and instead of seeing a fellow linebacker like he usually would, he stared at safety Malcolm Jenkins. It was strange, Bradham admitted, to have Jenkins in that spot on the second level of the defense. But the sight offered him a sense of calm. "It's Malcolm, man," Bradham said. "He can do everything." Playing in their first full game since middle linebacker Jordan Hicks suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, the Eagles used a variety of personnel groupings to account for the loss of a defensive leader, including a dime package that put Jenkins in the place of a linebacker. That strategy was effective, according to Bradham. Nearly everything the Eagles' defense did during a thrashing of the winless Niners was effective.

The day after: How culture, competition have factored into Eagles' 7-1 start - The Athletic
The muted response following a 23-point victory says something about how expectations have changed and how the ceiling on what this team could accomplish has been raised. The Eagles are 7-1 at the halfway point of the season and own the best record in football. When examining how they got here, there's the obvious — stellar quarterback play (Sunday notwithstanding), a ferocious pass rush and outstanding special teams. But then there are the intangibles — specifically, coaching and culture.

Eagles-49ers: Roob's 10 observations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Really encouraging to see the Eagles win a football game on a day when Carson Wentz wasn't at his best (see report card). Wentz missed people he usually hits, threw an interception, took sacks when he held onto the ball too long and generally just wasn't quite the same Wentz we've seen so far this year, although he did throw two TD passes. But the defense allowed only one short-field TD, the secondary didn't allow any big plays and got in the end zone, special teams got another Jake Elliott 50-yard field goal and a blocked field goal and everybody on the roster kind of made up for Wentz's average-for-him day (see story). That's the sign of a great team.

Refocused: Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington Redskins 19 - PFF
QB Dak Prescott, 48.1 overall grade: Prescott struggled in the rain and wind but he was able to keep things moving on short passes. He had some misses that nearly put the Cowboys into bad situations and anytime he threw the ball over 20 yards he missed. When Washington was able to pressure Prescott, he only completed three passes on seven attempts.

Niners Nation DOOM Index: Post Week 8 loss to the Eagles edition - Niners Nation
Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers have abandoned the pretense and changed strategies on Sunday, going from playing close, fun games to losing crushing blowouts while showing absolutely nothing positive. As an added bonus, injuries have become even more prevalent and I honestly, as I write this, can’t recall everyone who is presently injured.

NFL trade rumors 2017: Tracking possible deadline moves - SB Nation
We could see some old faces in new places in November. But these are just rumors. That's it.


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