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Carson Wentz and offense uneven, but Eagles win wild ride - ESPN
"There were a couple plays today where you're blocking, you're blocking, you're blocking, and you look back there and he's making guys miss and you're trying to find somebody to hit just to keep the play going," said Eagles center Jason Kelce. "The last guy that I played with that was able to avoid people like that was Michael Vick." "I don't know how the guy does it," added Peters. "He's just got a knack for feeling pressure coming, he rolls out of it and gets out of it and makes a play down the field. The only guy I've seen do that is Donovan [McNabb] and Mike [Vick] ... but Mike would run the ball instead of throw it."

Eagles beat Redskins: Instant reaction and analysis - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #259). In this episode, we recap the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Washington Redskins, talk about Carson Wentz's performance, grade Doug Pederson, and much more.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Redskins game - PhillyVoice
The Eagles lost five straight to the Redskins before finally taking care of business on Sunday. Two of those losses came because the Eagles could not stop Redskins game-winning drives with under two minutes to go. This time around the defense made a huge play and ended it.

Big Time Statement Win!!!!! - Iggles Blitz
Just having a little fun with that title. It was great to see the Eagles win in Washington today, but there’s no need to try to make it into some franchise defining moment. It was a good win, on the road, against a division rival. Here are some things that stood out to me.

The day after: Defense leads the way in Eagles' Week 1 victory - The Athletic
Doug Pederson wasn't totally clear with his explanation. He indicated it was a run-pass option, and replays showed that the offensive line was blocking a sweep to the left. But Agholor was in motion to the right, and Wentz decided to go his way. “That particular play you're referring to wasn't supposed to be a lateral,” Pederson said. “It just happened to be a lateral in that situation. It's based on what the defense presents. It's something we've got to do a better job with and get fixed.” I am not qualified to be a football coach, but if I were, I would have one simple rule for quarterbacks: Never, under any circumstances, throw the ball backwards. Only bad things happen.

Script Flipped: Eagles Win On Road -
LANDOVER, Md. - It came down to, as always seems to be the case against Washington at FedEx Field, the last drive after a game of drama and crazy moments. This final drive was won by the Eagles' defense, appropriately on a sun-drenched day to begin the 2017 NFL season. Pressure from Brandon Graham, who hit quarterback Kirk Cousins, along with inside pressure from Fletcher Cox forced a fumble recovered and returned 20 yards for a touchdown as the Eagles beat Washington, 30-17, ending a five-game losing streak against the Redskins ...

Carson Wentz's escapability would make Harry Houdini proud - CSN Philly
"He’s a magician, man," Agholor said. "He does what he does and it’s my job to give him a target because he’s going to juke as many people as he needs to and then find his receivers. I’m just happy it happened today and we got a touchdown out of it." From the time of the snap, Wentz avoided pressure for 8.82 seconds before he released the deep bomb with a sidearm throw that carried the ball about 40 yards through the air. "It was amazing, ridiculous, very impressive," tight end Zach Ertz said. "The guy's an unbelievable athlete. You guys see it. I see it every day. He's a special kid."

Monday Morning QB: NFL Season Begins With Eyes on Florida and Hurricane Irma - The MMQB
This fall, we begin a new section of the column called Most Valuable Possession, as part of The MMQB’s partnership with State Farm. Each week, I’ll ask an NFL person what his most valuable possession is, and why. (State Farm’s campaign mantra this year revolves around their customers’ most valuable possession.) As with many items in the 21-year history of this column, I have no idea where it will take us during the season, but we just might have some fun with it. Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz took a good 20 seconds thinking about it before he said sheepishly: “My phone. I almost hate to say it, but especially after a long day here [at the Eagles’ practice facility], with my schedule getting pretty jammed these days, my phone puts me in touch with everything I need to know. So I’d say my phone.”

With replay angles inconclusive, key ruling in Washington game remained a fumble - PFT
Referee Brad Allen told pool reporter Master Tesfastion of the Washington Post after the game that replay review was inconclusive, resulting in the play being upheld (or, more accurately, not overturned). Allen, who made the real-time fumble ruling (Riveron made the decision to uphold it), said, “I just have to go with my gut. And my gut said fumble.” The league has evolved away from the “indisputable visual evidence” phrase, replacing it with a requirement that the evidence be “clear and obvious.” Here, it was neither clear nor obvious that the ruling was erroneous.

The cord-cutter’s guide to legally watching the NFL - SB Nation
For fans who want to watch their favorite out-of-market teams on Sundays, the options can still be thin, though. DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket has been the gateway on Sunday afternoons and that’s still mostly the case in 2017. That’s available online, but it’s got some pretty strict limitations to who can sign up for it. Here are the many different ways NFL fans can tune into games without cable television.


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