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All-22 of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott giving no effort - PhillyVoice
Obviously, Elliott's effort above is horrid, and indefensible. Yes, the Cowboys were down by 18 with a little over six minutes left in the third quarter. They were also down by 15 with the same time remaining a year ago in the playoffs against the Packers, and they came back to tie that game before eventually losing in regulation. In other words, this game was far from over.

Eagles-Chiefs All-22 Offense Review: Carson Wentz showing improvement - BGN
I thought Doug Pederson had a great game play-calling and gameplan wise. I don't blame him for bailing on the run game and he used various formations really well throughout the game. On the first drive alone, the Eagles used Alshon Jeffery in the slot, bunch formations with Ertz as the X Iso receiver, unbalanced formations with Lane Johnson next to Jason Peters and Jeffery stacked behind Torrey Smith. This Eagles offense is tough to gameplan against.

Afternoon QB with BLG -
BLG rants about the Eagles running game, tells you why the loss to the Chiefs isn't a huge deal, and previews three over/under numbers for the Giants game in Week 2.

Lots to Learn - Iggles Blitz
We have a lot to learn about this team. We’ll start with the run game since that is the hot topic. I’m not sure why everyone is so panicky about the situation. It seems that people need something to latch onto. Clearly the Eagles aren’t running the ball well enough or enough times. No one disputes that. It just feels like people are trying to make this into a defining issue for the season. Doug Pederson is trying to figure out his new players. He is throwing the ball a lot and really trying to get it down the field. He is forcing the issue a bit, but that’s what happens early in a season when you have so many new faces. Game situations haven’t helped matters. The Eagles were in a tight game in the opener until late. Against the Chiefs, it was tight until the 4th, when the Eagles fell behind and went to pass-only mode.

All-22: Why the Eagles couldn't pull off the upset in Kansas City - The Athletic
Had Burton executed his block, it would have been on Wendell Smallwood to make a play against Sorensen. That's another problem. None of the Eagles' running backs — except Sproles — have shown they're capable of winning those one-on-one matchups.

Big Picture, Eagles Can Make Some Noise -
We look ahead, because that’s what you do in the NFL. Heal for a few hours after a loss, address areas to correct, and then look to the next opponent. The Giants come to town on Sunday as the Eagles open their Lincoln Financial Field schedule, and there are significant things to build upon here ...

Running better, not more, is solution to Eagles' problems - Morning Call
That said, the ridiculous ratio in Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Chiefs — the Eagles called 13 runs to 56 passes — isn’t going to lead to much success in the NFL. Yet their instincts to abandon the run as early as they did in this contest absolutely gave them the best chance to win at the end. Had the Eagles stayed committed to the run against the Chiefs, whose defense owned the line of scrimmage every minute it was on the field, they actually would have lost by a lot more than seven points. Running the ball better is the only solution. That will lead to all the other positive results. Obviously that is a much more difficult task than running more. Yet until or unless they can get that part down, the ratios will continue to be similarly skewed, for better or worse.

Carson Wentz on an Andrew Luck pace (and that's not good) - ESPN
Normally it's not a bad thing to be compared to Andrew Luck. But in this case, it is. As CSN Philly points out, Wentz is second all time in pass attempts by a quarterback in his first 18 games (692), just one shy of Luck. It's one thing to empower a young, promising quarterback and another thing entirely to put him in harm's way by constantly dropping him back. As has been the case with Luck in Indianapolis, the Eagles haven't had a steady run game to lean on in Wentz's brief career, so they've gone pass-heavy. Wentz had 46 pass attempts on Sunday and is averaging 38 attempts per game in the pros. The run game is a weak spot, no doubt, but Wentz's development should be this organization's No. 1 priority. Darren Sproles averaged 4.8 yards per carry vs. Kansas City, so it's not like the ground game was totally stagnant. Even if it were, coach Doug Pederson has to do better by Wentz and pound the rock more.

Eagles need to get into better third-down situations - Daily News
“You can’t win on third and long in this league,” Ertz said. In Week 1, the Eagles kind of did that, converting eight of 14 third downs overall, five of nine from 7 or more yards. In Week 2, they again came out well overall, converting eight of 15 third downs, including five of the 12 times they were in third and 7-plus. But three of those long conversions came late in the game when the Chiefs were backing off, protecting a 14-point lead. So through two games, that’s 21 times in third and 7-plus, 10 conversions. Probably not a sustainable rate. And just too much time spent “behind the chains,” as Doug Pederson likes to say.

Eagles rookie CB Rasul Douglas impresses in NFL debut - CSN Philly
Rasul Douglas was walking out of the visiting locker room at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday and Mychal Kendricks jumped up from his locker and started walking with the 22-year-old rookie. "You were great out there, man," the sixth-year linebacker said . "Like, dude. You played really, really well. You were ballin' out there." Douglas looked stone-faced but Kendricks kept it up. "I LIKE the way you played. You got after it, bro. Liked it. Liked it, man." Finally Douglas cracked a huge smile. Yeah, the Eagles lost, but Douglas enjoyed an auspicious NFL debut Sunday when forced into action after Jaylen Watkins left the Eagles-Chiefs game with a hamstring injury.

Unlike the Patriots, the Eagles threw right at Chiefs CB Marcus Peters - Arrowhead Pride
Tom Brady and the Patriots avoided throwing at Chiefs CB Marcus Peters so since they’re Brady and the Patriots I just assumed that the Eagles would follow suit and QB Carson Wentz would not throw in Peters’ direction. I was wrong. The Eagles not only threw at Peters, they threw at him a lot. Pro Football Focus tracked it at eight attempts in Peters direction. Of those eight throws, six were caught for 71 yards. PFF notes that Peters allowed more than 71 yards in just three games last year.

Fan Confidence Poll: Are The 0-2 Giants A Playoff Team? - Big Blue View
Ben McAdoo still believes the New York Giants are a good team despite their miserable start to the 2017 NFL season. “We are not going to panic. We are not the first good team to start 0-2,” McAdoo said on Tuesday. “When we first got together in April and talked about how we weren’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. We were going to get everybody’s best shot. This is New York. We had two prime time football games vs. two pretty good opponents and it’s no excuses, but we got to find a way to get better and we are not going to throw the baby out with the bath water.” How about you, Giants fans? It’s already obvious from a small sampling that there is panic in the fan base.

Chris Jones was the Chiefs’ one-man wrecking crew against the Eagles - SB Nation
With three sacks, two forced fumbles and a game-changing interception, Chris Jones earned retired NFL defensive end Stephen White’s Hoss of the Week award.


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