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NFL playoff odds and predictions for all 32 teams after Week 4 - ESPN
Chances of making the playoffs: 63.3 percent — Although the Eagles are only 12th in DVOA, they get a big advantage with both a one-game lead in the NFC East and head-to-head wins over both the Redskins and Giants. Philadelphia's schedule also gets much easier from here on out. The schedule so far ranks seventh and included three games on the road; the Eagles' remaining schedule ranks 26th and features seven home games and just five road games. (Washington ranks 8th, Cowboys rank 9th, and Giants rank 15th.)

Eagles Injury Updates: Latest on Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones - BGN
I’ve seen a lot of people asking about the statuses of injured Eagles cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones lately so I figured it’d be good to write a post about them instead of individually replying to all of the tweets I keep getting. Here’s the latest.

Eagles vs Cardinals Preview - BGNRadio.com
Vince Quinn and John Barchard breakdown this matchup on Sunday.... Is it yet again another time for Larry Fitzgerald to shine in Philadelphia? Probably.. BUT will it be enough for a Cardinals win? Eagles have been really successful with the run for 2 weeks, will it last for another week? We go over everything and give you are NFL Picks of the week.

How Eagles guard Brandon Brooks blocked anxiety from consuming him - The Athletic
“The business we’re in, you make a mistake, people magnify it. It makes it way bigger than what it should be. Just realizing that, s***, everybody makes mistakes. It’s the law of averages. That’s what calmed me down. And what I mean by that is, say you’re an eight out of 10 player. Some days, you’re going to have 10 out of 10 days. Some days, you’re going to have six out of 10 days. S*** averages out, man. So as much as you want to control everything that’s going on, as much as you want to be a 10 out of 10 player, some days you’re going to be f***ing six, man. That’s life.”

Mailbag: Are the Eagles only winning because they've had soft opponents? - PhillyVoice
I'm not sure what the Eagles are yet. We're only one-quarter of the way through the season and they're 3-1, like they were at this time last year. So a lot has to play out the rest of the season. That said, minimizing the Eagles' wins by framing the teams they've beaten as crappy opponents is entirely unfair.

Game Review – PHI 26, LAC 24 - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz had a strong game. 17-31-242 with a TD. Did a good job protecting the ball. Didn’t throw an INT. Bobbled a shotgun snap on a 1st Qtr play and wisely dove on the ball rather than forcing anything. Took sacks on a couple of plays rather than taking a chance with the ball. Isn’t overly cautious, but is smart about not taking dumb chances. That’s critical for a young QB. Jameis Winston drives his coaches crazy with some of the plays where he forces things and turns the ball over. That’s a good way to lose a game. Wentz had some great moments. He hit Agholor on the opening drive down the seam with a terrific throw. Right on the money. Great touch. Easy for his guy to catch. Big gain that set up at TD. That score came on a simple play. Wentz made the correct read and a good throw to Jeffery for the TD. Made a huge play late in the 1st Qtr. Chargers blew up a play-action pass. Wentz moved to his right and then threw back to the other side of the field and hit a wide open Blount for a gain of 20 yards. Not many QBs could pull that off. Showed escapability, arm strength and vision.

Is It A Blount-Clement RB Duo On Sunday? - PE.com
Head coach Doug Pederson says it will be a “game-time decision” on running back Wendell Smallwood and his status for Sunday’s game against Arizona, potentially altering the three-back system the Eagles used with so much success last week in Los Angeles ...

Eagles-Cardinals 5 matchups to watch - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jared Veldheer vs. Brandon Graham: The Cardinals' right tackle has struggled this season and is going against the Eagles' best edge rusher. Veldheer has given up two sacks, three QB hits and 16 QB hurries so far this season, according to ProFootballFocus. He really struggled against Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence. On a conference call with Philly reporters earlier this week, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer is in the best shape he's ever been. "We've just got to quit getting him hit so much," Arians said. Palmer has been sacked 17 times through four games. That's more than any other quarterback in the NFL and just the eighth time in the last 10 years a QB has been sacked that much through four games. Meanwhile, the Eagles had eight sacks in the first two weeks of the season but have had just two over the last two weeks. Graham might have a chance in this one.

Rookie Report: Derek Barnett - Crossing Broad
The results haven’t been there yet for Barnett, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming. He is a high-energy end who is always finishing plays. In addition, as we saw above, he may be a bit of a one trick pony at this point in his career, but that one trick is elite. That, combined with his high-energy play, will result in guaranteed production year-in and year-out. The floor is there. To get to that next level as a pass rusher, though, he still needs to add an effective inside counter to his arsenal. Forcing opponents to respect his ability to go inside will further expose them to his bread and butter move. Barnett is only 21 years old and, by all accounts, is a Carson Wentz-like worker. With his combination of natural talent, effort on the field and work ethic off of it, the future is still really bright for Derek Barnett.

Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles: Why The Eagles Will Lose To The Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
This week, we have looked at the Eagles and which player you would want on the Cardinals roster as well as an in-depth look at the Eagles from the Bleeding Green Nation editor Brandon Lee Gowton. Today, BLG was kind enough to give us three reason Arizona Cardinals fans should have confidence in the Birdgang as they head east to take on the Eagles.

Top 10 graded interior defenders - through Week 4 - PFF
PFF Elite Stat: Timmy Jernigan’s eight total QB pressures are good enough for a tie for 15th among defensive tackles. Jernigan has found a nice home on the front end of the Eagles front seven, grading positively in every facet, in every game this season to date. In doing so, Jernigan currently holds the league’s ninth-highest run defense grade and 16th-highest pass-rush grade among all interior defenders.

Malcolm Jenkins' Criminal Justice Season - The Philadelphia Citizen
This week, the Eagles safety shares what he has learned on police ride-alongs and issues a call for better police/community relations

NFL will change rule that banned some rookies from OTAs. It’s about time. - SB Nation
The NFL will finally change a rule that barred rookies from participating in organized team activities (OTAs) if their school was still in session, according to Pro Football Talk. While the rule aimed to prevent athletes from cutting classes and leaving school just before the finish line to practice with their new NFL squads, it often punished rookies who weren’t even enrolled and forced them to deal with a sharper learning curve. So while it had good intentions, it was definitely time for the NFL to dump the rule. Whether or not it will be scrapped entirely remains to be seen, but it will presumably be tweaked to avoid keeping players away from their team facilities unnecessarily.

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