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Eagles are dominating in the trenches - PhillyVoice
On the season, on average, the Eagles have out-gained their opponents on the ground by more than 70 yards per game. Here is a chart that shows "Rush yard differential," or the difference between rushing yards per game, and rushing yards allowed per game. As you can see, the Eagles lead the league in this metric.

Eagles are now favored to win the Super Bowl and Carson Wentz has the best NFL MVP odds - BGN

Afternoon QB With BLG: The Eagles Are So Good That We Don't Know What To Say About Them -
BLG talks about: how the Eagles dominated Denver, why it's OK to starting calling this team a Super Bowl favorite, how the Eagles have amazing team chemistry, and much more.

Teams at the Top - Iggles Blitz
I happen to think the Eagles are the best team. Clearly I am biased, but I can make a good case. Both teams are Top 5 on offense (points and yards). Both are very good on STs. Both are good on defense, but very different. The Eagles have a historically good run defense right now. They lead the league and are completely overwhelming RBs. The Rams are 26th in run defense. They give up 4.6 yards per carry.

NFL MVP poll: Who's the midseason favorite? - ESPN
The case for Carson Wentz: The quarterback of the team with the best record is almost always a top candidate, and at the moment, that's Wentz of the 8-1 Eagles. He leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes against just five interceptions, and he ranks in the top five in passing yards, passer rating and Total QBR. Heading into the bye, Wentz dropped four touchdown passes on the Broncos' secondary in last week's win to stamp his and Philadelphia's case as legit.

Eagle Eye: How The Defense Dominated Denver -
After looking at the play of the Eagles offense in their dismantling of the Denver Broncos, I want to now look at what can be described as another dominant outing from this Eagles defense. They gave up 23 points in this game, but this was another extremely impressive performance against a Denver team that was very up and down throughout the season and was ushering in a new starting quarterback in Brock Osweiler. Needless to say, the Eagles defense gave Osweiler a warm, Philadelphia welcome to start the game.

Eagles DE Chris Long working to bring clean water to East Africa - 6ABC
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long was joined by friends and family Monday night in Center City to raise money to tackle a major issue off the football field. Chris is working to help those in Tanzania who are in need of clean water. "It started as a trip to Kilimanjaro and ended up being a life changing experience both for Chris and the people of East Africa," Chris' father and football legend Howie Long said.

All-22: How the Eagles found a way to drop 51 points on the Broncos - The Athletic
“It was working in practice, and they did a good job of scheming the game plan,” Jeffery said. “Carson did a great read. We practice it. If he pulls it, just take off and run. That’s how it worked out.” And of course, it helps that the quarterback is capable of making special plays on a weekly basis. “This is a hard throw, and Wentz throws this very casually,” Schwartz said. “You have Von Miller in your face. You have a very tight window. He hits him in stride. And it looks like he’s not even trying.”

Film Breakdown: Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement: The Eagles' three-headed RB monster - Inquirer
Each week this season, we’ll breakdown a player, trend or scheme from the Eagles’ previous game using the coaches all-22 film. This week, we spotlight their multi-faceted run game after the addition of Jay Ajayi. Eagles running backs rushed for a combined 197 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 51-23 win over Denver. The Broncos had held opposing offenses to an average of 72.9 yards on the ground and hadn’t allowed a touchdown in their first seven games.

Eagles making NFL history on both sides of ball - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Opposing teams have run the ball only 166 times against the Eagles this year, the fewest in NFL history through nine games. The previous low was 171 against the 2003 Titans.

'First thing is honesty': How Eagles' Duce Staley handled RBs after Jay Ajayi trade - PennLive
LeGarrette Blount said the first call he received last week after the Eagles decided to trade for another Pro Bowl running back came from his position coach. Duce Staley played 10 season in the NFL. He's mentored a handful of stars during his five-year tenure as Philly's running backs coach. And he wanted to be the one to tell the 30-year-old Blount that the team dealt a fourth-round pick to the Dolphins to acquire Jay Ajayi, a ball carrier who will compete for significant playing time and carries.

Week 9 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The 2017 season has seen a lot of parity, without a historically dominant team. But the best teams of the year are still pretty good, and they're very well-rounded. As of this week, there are now four different teams that rank in the top 10 on both sides of the ball, two of which are in the top 10 on special teams as well. The Rams are one, and the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles are the other. In fact, the Eagles are even better-balanced than the Rams are. They rank ninth or higher if we break down the game into five phases instead of three: pass offense (4), pass defense (8), run offense (9), run defense (8), and special teams (5).

NFL 2017 PFF mid-season All-Pro Team - PFF
Elite Stat: Over his last three games, Jason Kelce has allowed just five pressures including not allowing any in his last outing against Denver in Week 9. Jason Kelce has returned to form his best play this season for the Eagles and has been a major part of their offensive line being so dominant. Kelce has allowed 13 total pressures, which is more than ideal for a center, but his run blocking in Philadelphia’s zone blocking concepts has been fantastic, and catapults him to the top of PFF’s center rankings.

Broncos offensive line gave up more pressures against Eagles than any other game - Mile High Report
According to Pro Football Focus, the Denver Broncos offensive line gave up more pressure against the Philadelphia Eagles than in any game this season.

Pete Carroll’s stubborn run-first attitude cost the Seahawks in Week 9 - SB Nation
The Seahawks can’t run the dang ball anymore, but they keep trying anyway.

Bad Quarterback Performance Of The Week: Brock's Still Bad - Deadspin
Brock Osweiler is back and I have some really good news: He’s still very much Brock Osweiler. Coming into this weekend, the former $37 million man hadn’t started a game since January 2016, and he hadn’t started one for the Broncos since January of 2015. But his long and tragicomic and implausibly lucrative journey eventually brought him back to Denver, and on Sunday the Broncos were reintroduced to an old friend.


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