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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/5/17.

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Grotz: CyberSproles keeping in close touch with Barner, Eagles - DelcoTimes
Darren Sproles, rehabilitating his arm and knee on the West Coast, isn’t the only injured Eagles player to keep paying it forward to teammates. Special teams captain Chris Maragos (PCL surgery), playmaking linebacker Jordan Hicks (torn Achilles’ tendon) and offensive tackle Jason Peters (knee surgery) all are hanging around their teammates and providing help in some form. Peters gave Eagles players a pep talk before the last game, a 33-10 win over the 49ers. And he did it on face-time. “It was before a meeting just to talk to the guys,” Barner said. “He talked to us to just let us know. You love that attitude as a teammate knowing that those guys, even though they’re hurt, they’re still a part of this. You don’t find that many places. I’ve been in places where guys have been on IR and you never see them. You never see them, never hear them. Out of sight, out of mind. This is special.”

Know Thine Eagles Enemy: Broncos Run Defense - BGN
All is not what is seems on Denver’s ferocious defense

Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Broncos - PhillyVoice
Eagles takeaways: 1.5 - The Broncos have turned the ball over 17 times this season, second-worst in the NFL. The Eagles defense meanwhile, is eighth in the NFL with 14 takeaways this year. That's not an incredibly high number – and the change at QB in Denver is the big wildcard here – but the fact that the Broncos have turned it over 11 times in their last three games, including five times against the Chiefs on Monday night, is impossible to ignore. It may be difficult imagine anyone being much worse, but this is Brock Osweiler we're talking about after all.

Denver Talk - Iggles Blitz
One of the things that makes me feel good about this game is that the Eagles have been pretty even-keeled this year. They did get a bit crazy after the Giants win, but other than that they have done a good job of staying focused and going one week at a time. The Eagles won’t be trying to win the Super Bowl on Sunday. They’ll just be trying to beat the Broncos. It will be fun to see Wentz go up against the league’s best defense. He faced Top 10 units last year (MIN, SEA, BAL, NYG) so this isn’t a first for him. The challenge for Wentz is to play well and lead his team to points. He was 2-3 in those games last year, but the offense wasn’t exactly impressive. He’s a lot better now and has a much improved supporting cast.

Eagle Eye: Von Miller And The Denver D - PE.com
The Denver Broncos present a big challenge for the Eagles offense this week. Not only do they have one of the league’s most disruptive pass rushers in Von Miller, but they employ a scheme that makes the most of the speed they have in their defensive front. They also use a lot of stunts and twists in their various pressure concepts, something that has given the Eagles offense a bit of trouble this season. In their base defense, Denver plays a 3-4 front, but more often than not this team is in their subpackage looks with extra defensive backs on the field. Most often, they are in their ‘Dime’ package, with six defensive backs, four defensive linemen, and one linebacker on the field. The Broncos are one of the biggest Dime teams in the NFL, and they play a lot of man coverage. This makes them one of the fastest and most aggressive outfits the Eagles will face this season.

Despite lack of catches, Torrey Smith making difference in unique way - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Torrey Smith may not be catching a ton of passes these days, but he's helping the Eagles in another way. By not catching them. Smith drew his third pass interference penalty of the year Sunday in the win over the 49ers, and it was a big 36-yard penalty on Dontae Johnson down to the 1-yard line to set up the game's first touchdown at a point in which very little was going right for the Eagles. This is nothing new. Going back to his rookie year of 2011, he's drawn an incredible 41 pass interference calls, along with eight defensive holding penalties. Add them up and we're looking at 849 yards. That's about half a mile of pass interference penalties. Without going through thousands of gamebooks, there's no way to determine exactly where Smith ranks in the NFL since 2011 in drawing pass interference penalties. But it's a safe bet to say he's among the leaders.

Biggest Week 9 NFL questions, stats and predictions - ESPN
Are the Eagles the Super Bowl favorites? If the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday, they will move to 8-1 for the fifth time in franchise history. The previous four times they started with that record, they either reached the Super Bowl (1980 and 2004) or the NFL's championship game in the years prior to the Super Bowl (1949 and 1960). Of the 90 teams to start 8-1 or better in the Super Bowl era, 44 percent reached the title game and 24 percent won it.

Eagles will start Jay Ajayi slowly, but Ajayi could soon become the lead running back - Inquirer
Momentum in the NFL lives a fragile existence. Chemistry can be easily disrupted. There’s a detached, practical way to evaluate at the trade – the Eagles improved by adding a good player – but there’s also the understanding of more forces at work. This shouldn’t mollify the fans’ excitement for or expectations of Ajayi, because the Eagles changed their running game on Tuesday. Although Ajayi will slowly be integrated into the offense – the Eagles have introduced him to 10-15 rushing plays leading into Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, and he’s not even guaranteed to play – he could emerge as their top running back down the stretch run this season and into next year.

As Philadelphia Eagles ascend, resale ticket prices and Carson Wentz jersey sales rise, too - PennLive
ately, the image of Wentz won't go away. His jersey's a top seller. His face is plastered on billboards and featured in commercials. He's doing the opposite of disappearing in Philadelphia and across the country. Business related with the Birds is booming with the team soaring out to an NFL-best 7-1 record and Wentz rising into MVP contention. Resale ticket prices, merchandise sales and local sports bar tabs have mirrored the Birds' ascent, while initial signs suggest the team has potential to attract strong television ratings down the stretch of the season.

NFL Week 9 Preview: Broncos at Eagles - Pro Football Focus
T Menelik Watson vs. Edge Brandon Graham – After a large helping of Justin Houston last week, unfortunately things won’t get much better for Watson this week against the third-highest graded edge defender. Graham’s 37 total pressures ranks third among all 4-3 defensive ends this season. Watson got off to a rough start, allowing 13 total pressures in his first two games, but has since fared better allowing 10 pressures over his last five games.

Eagles will cover against reeling Broncos - New York Post
Looking to build on a 10-0 streak the past five weeks in this space! Denver heads to Philadelphia following a third straight defeat in Arrowhead against the Chiefs (minus-nine turnover margin during skid). The Eagles sit atop the NFC after an easy victory over the winless 49ers (Philadelphia is now on a 9-2 against-the-spread run). Though the Broncos’ defense hasn’t allowed an opposing offense to surpass 300 total yards, a third consecutive road trip on short rest and a dismal offense as of late has us leaning with the Eagles (12-3 ATS against AFC foes) in this one.

Betting the NFL: Riding the hot hands with Eagles, Saints - New Haven Register
This week I am looking at three teams, including two who have been on a roll that should keep that momentum going in Week 9. Everyone knows how hot Philadelphia and New Orleans have been in recent weeks. It starts with their quarterbacks. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has eight touchdown passes in his last five game, while Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz has 15 touchdowns in his last six games. Here’s the kicker. The Eagles are 6-0 straight up and 5-1 ATS in their last six games. In the last six meetings between the Eagles and Broncos, the home team is 6-0 straight up and 5-1 ATS. Denver will be tough, but its solid defense hasn’t been that solid, allowing 147 points in seven games this season.

Jay Ajayi's debut for Philadelphia Eagles - Sky Sports
Kicking us off on Sky Sports Action (407) from 5.30pm are the owners of the NFL's best record, the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles - giving us the chance to have a first look at Jay Ajayi in action for his new team - up against the meanest defense in the league in the Denver Broncos (3-4).

Eagles Chaplain Offers Insight Into Team’s Success - CBS Philly
The Philadelphia Eagles are dominant in the NFL right now- with one of the best starts to the season they’ve had in years. But what’s the secret? KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg got some insights from their team chaplain. “There’s something significantly special about this team,” says Rev. Dr. Herb Lusk, who played running back for the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons beginning in 1976. “I believe they have a divine connection- I really do.”

Scouting the Enemy: Philadelphia Eagles - Mile High Report
The Denver Broncos have lost three straight games, but hope to turn their season around with an upset win against the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles.

The NFL’s most surprising offensive lines and the biggest disappointment - SB Nation
From that list, there are three who concern me the most, and all three happen to be in the same division. The Eagles are 7-1, and their offensive line has been outstanding. Having Lane Johnson back has been positive. Stefen Wisniewski has done well at left guard, and then of course Peters, Brandon Brooks and Jason Kelce have played well. But Peters is now out for the season, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai has taken over at left tackle. I love that Doug Pederson and staff decided to keep Lane Johnson at RT; he’s been fantastic this season. If you move Lane, then you weaken two spots along the line. With Vaitai at left tackle, the Eagles can scheme up ways to get him help. In his first start for Peters, Sunday against the 49ers, he predictably had his ups and downs but held his own. Most of his mistakes were mental — ones that can be fixed just by playing more. I hope the Eagles offense can still flourish with him. It is fun to watch.

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