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Carson Wentz ‘Not Big On Celebrating Success Up To This Point’ - CBS Philly
Angelo Cataldi bluntly asked Wentz if he hates the Cowboys yet. “I’m not a fan, I’m not a fan,” Wentz admitted on Friday. “I think it’s cool, anytime any of these NFC East games, they’re all rivals. Obviously, with it being a Sunday Night Football game, that’ll be fun. That’ll always be a fun one and I know our fans really love that one extra, and so do we.”

Which NFL team is the biggest threat to the Eagles? - BGN
Can anyone stop the Birds?

Friday Conversations: Ben Livingston & Charles McDonald -
John Barchard goes over the Eagles extension of Tim Jernigan and what kind of impact that has now, the offseason and beyond. Plus he welcomes in Ben Livingston from the Carlin and Reese Show on 94WIP, along with Charles McDonald from the Falcoholics, Football Outsiders & the Setting The Edge Podcast to chat QBs, Cowboys & more!

Identifying the best, most important games of NFL Week 10 - ESPN
Cowboys vs. Falcons: No game this week has as much on the line in terms of the playoff race than this one. Both teams can see their potential playoff prospects swing fairly dramatically depending on the outcome. Dallas may hold the sixth seed in the NFC in the "if the season ended today" scenario, but the season doesn't end today, and according to FPI, the Cowboys face the most difficult remaining schedule of any team in the league. Dallas still has two division games against the Eagles (FPI's top-ranked team), including the home encounter in Week 11, and tough games at Oakland and home to Seattle still to come. When factoring in FPI's projections for the rest of the season, Dallas has a 49 percent chance to make the playoffs, seventh best in the NFC. A win would get the Cowboys to a more comfortable 66 percent and a loss would drop them to 32 percent, the biggest difference of the week.

Smart Coaches Don’t Punt - Slate
The coach that Lewis and his NFL brethren should look to for inspiration is Philadelphia’s Pederson—one of the front-runners for the NFL’s coach-of-the-year award. Overall, the Eagles have faced 13 different fourth-and-1 situations this year. They’ve gone for it seven times and have converted all seven. With results like that, expect Philadelphia to keep being aggressive and for that to remain the smart decision.

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz's scheme secret; five big questions -
Both the Rams and Eagles invested heavily in weapons in the offseason, allowing their young QBs to spread the ball around, as Ryan did so well last season. (Take away the players, and Shanahan's offense -- which opposing scouts have told me for years is really hard to defend schematically -- can be fundamentally the same and much less effective, as you're seeing right now with the 0-9 San Francisco 49ers.) And like all good coaches, the Rams' Sean McVay (who worked with Shanahan in Washington), Eagles' Doug Pederson and their respective staffs are in tune with their identity and play to their strengths.

Eagles' Chris Long discusses charity, dancing with Ellen DeGeneres - PhillyVoice
Long also touched on why he was one of numerous New England Patriots members to not attend a customary ceremony at the White House for Super Bowl winners. "My man kind of lost me with his campaign," Long said of President Donald Trump. "I don't think I would feel like a real guy if I didn't follow my heart and say, 'That's just not for me.' I think people going is fine. That's not an indictment on them for showing up. But for me, it didn't jive with my personal ideologies and opinions.

Game Review – PHI 51, DEN 23 - Iggles Blitz
2017 has been a season of tests for the Eagles. Could they win on the road? Could they win close games? Would Carson Wentz take a big step forward? Could they overcome injuries? So far, the Eagles have passed every test. Last Sunday they had a new one, facing the #1 defense in the league. This was our chance to see Pederson, Wentz and company show what they could do against a legitimately dominant unit. Denver had not allowed any team to score more than 29 points or gain more than 276 yards all year. So how did the Eagles do? They piled up 51 points and 419 yards. Denver is no longer the #1 defense.

The Kids Are Alright - McNabb or Kolb
Carson Wentz’s start to the 2017 season has garnered national plaudits for his stewardship of the Eagles’ league-leading offense. But it being 2017, there lurks a coterie of skeptics who claim his underlying ability is “horrendous” like Blake Bortles or merely pedestrian like Andy Dalton. Even more emphatically, poor Jared Goff was confidently pronounced a bust after one season. Is it fair to judge a quarterback solely on his rookie year? What about after the first nine weeks of his second season in the league? And how might one systematically evaluate a developing quarterback, relative to historical data?

No word on when Eagles rookie Sidney Jones will play, but he has been a part of all team activities - Inquirer
The coaching staff is trying to keep Jones as involved as possible this season while he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in March. He hasn’t taken a snap for the Eagles in a game or even a practice, but they have made sure the second-round pick is like any other player in every other setting – whether it’s in team meetings or on the team plane. “Hasn’t missed one meeting. Hasn’t missed a practice,” defensive backs coach Cory Undlin said. “He’s out there every single day. He’s right next to us. He gets every call in every period. I call on him in the meetings as if he was playing. He knows the defense.”

Emphasis, execution of tackling by corners key to defense's success - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Sure, they've had good tackling cornerbacks before. Eric Allen loved being physical. Troy Vincent rarely missed a tackle. Sheldon Brown during his prime was as good as any cornerback in the league bringing down receivers. But this? A secondary where every cornerback is a capable and willing tackler? This is uncharted territory. One of the reasons the Eagles go into the bye week 8-1 with a seven-game winning streak is the ability of this defense to prevent big plays. And that's all tackling. By everybody. Not just the linebackers, safeties and guys up front. Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Patrick Robinson and Jaylen Watkins, the four guys who've gotten virtually all the cornerback reps this year, have all proven to be exceptional tacklers. And it really sets the Eagles apart from other defenses.

2017 NFL mid season special team rankings - PFF
2) Philadelphia Eagles - The second-best team in our PFFELO rankings is also the second-best team in terms of special teams so far. Rookie kicker Jake Elliott has been a revelation, making five of his six attempts from 50 or more yards, while forcing an average starting field position of the 23.4 yard line on 53 kickoffs so far. Kenjon Barner has the third-highest graded punt returner in his six games played, averaging over 11 yards per return while settling for only six fair catches. Kamu Grugier-Hill leads the team with seven total tackles in coverage.

Salute to Service: Eagles Chris Long holds veterans in high regard - NFL Player Engagement
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long doesn’t have to look far to find popular and successful family members. There is his father Howie, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, who was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection for the Oakland Raiders and is now one of the stars on Fox’s NFL pre-game show. There is also younger brother Kyle, a starting guard and a 2013 first-round pick of the Chicago Bears. And older brother Howie, Jr., who works in the Raiders’ personnel department. Go way back and you’ll even find ties to Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Chris, himself, is a 10-year NFL veteran and came into the 2017 season sixth among active players in sacks. Football and athletic accomplishments aside, two other family members who Long admires and appreciates even more are his cousin Nicole Addonizio, and his grandfather Frank Addonizio, who both served in the Army — Frank during World War II.

Salute To Service More Than A Game For Eagles Cheerleader Ally -
For Eagles Cheerleader Ally, the Eagles Salute to Service game this past Sunday against Denver was one that was most special to her. Her younger brother, William, was deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2016. But Ally hasn’t seen him often since he graduated from high school. William joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Vanderbilt and was deployed only months after earning his degree which was tough for Ally and her family. “It was shocking but it was kind of like, ‘Here we go, we knew this was going to happen,'” says Ally. “It was time to get prepared and deal with it and take it one day at a time and that’s really what it was. It was a challenging long nine months for my family.”

Do Thursday Games Cause More Injuries? - Football Outsiders
It's not hard to find players going on the record about how much they hate Thursday Night Football (TNF). Their concerns center around player health, safety, and fitness to play after just a four-day rest period. These concerns were on display in last night's TNF matchup, where Doug Baldwin attributed his groin injury to short rest and Richard Sherman reportedly ruptured his Achilles after nursing soreness in the tendon for at least two weeks (when his Achilles first popped up on the injury report). Would Baldwin have avoided injuring his groin and Sherman avoided exacerbating his Achilles if the game had been played on Sunday instead? It's impossible to know in any individual case, but I was curious if these concerns would show up in NFL-wide injury reports. Are there higher rates of reported injuries for weeks with short rest, as opposed to normal or even extended rest?

From Baghdad to Iwo Jima, an anthem for the dead - SB Nation
Two Marines — one a veteran of Iraq and the other a survivor of Iwo Jima — remember the fallen and weigh the meaning of a national anthem.


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