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Former Eagle Walter Thurmond venturing into pro wrestling - Inquirer
This weekend, he will dabble in another of his childhood passions: professional wrestling. Thurmond will make an appearance Friday for the National Pro Wrestling League, for its show in Petaluma, Calif., when he will accompany wrestler Cory Machado to the ring. According to Machado, it wasn’t hard to persuade Thurmond to take him up on his offer. “Walt is excited to be a part of this,” Machado said. “If you have to convince somebody to buy something or to do something,” he said, “it probably isn’t the right fit.”

Eagles’ Jeffrey Lurie releases statement in response to Donald Trump comments - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Saturday evening following comments made by President Donald Trump. Trump recently called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.

Five over/unders for Eagles' home opener against the Giants - PhillyVoice
LeGarrette Blount carries: 9.5. Blount carried the ball 14 times in the season opener, a 30-17 win over Washington. Then, last week against the Chiefs, Blount didn’t get any rushing attempts, finishing the game with just one reception … for no gain. The Giants are almost as bad at defending the run as they are running the ball, and that could mean we see more Blount on Sunday. Will he get to double-digit carries? That’s likely going to depend on how the rest of the game unfolds – if the Eagles are down early, I’m going to get both this and the previous over/under wrong – but I just don’t think it’s very likely that Blount finishes with so few carries.

Giants Preview - Iggles Blitz
The Giants aren’t a good team right now. You don’t want to help them at all. Make that team drive the field and beat you with long, methodical drives. Big plays are the great equalizer. This is a game the Eagles should win, but I think it will be ugly. The Giants are too good on defense to get blown out. That said, one of these weeks the downfield throws are going to start hitting and those are the types of plays that can break a game wide open. I wouldn’t count on that Sunday, but it is possible.

Frightening Eagles D-Line awaits skittish Eli Manning, Giants - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has a theory as to why New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is looking jumpy in the pocket. “You usually see ghosts," he said, "after you done got hit by one." Manning has been sacked eight times -- tied for the second-most in the league through two weeks along with this week’s counterpart, Carson Wentz -- while absorbing 12 quarterback hits. He is getting sacked on 10.3 percent of his dropbacks, fourth-most in the NFL, despite getting the ball out of his hands at a reasonable rate (2.54 seconds on average) according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Eagles-Giants cheat sheet: Matchups, storylines and predictions - The Athletic
In some ways, the Eagles and New York Giants come into their Week 3 matchup at The Linc with similar strengths and weaknesses. Both defenses boast fearsome front fours, while Jim Schwartz and Steve Spagnuolo are scheming around key injuries in the secondary. Both offenses are looking to get the running game on track to varying degrees, while Carson Wentz and Eli Manning have been hit early and often. And yet, it feels like the two NFC East rivals are trending in two opposite directions. Most of the Eagles’ problems seem fixable compared to what the Giants are dealing with. For instance, nobody on Philly radio pressed the panic button this week, much less ranted and raved about middle school geometry while discussing the state of the offensive line.

Five Matchups To Watch Vs. Giants - PE.com
Let’s get this straight: It’s going to take a lot for the Eagles to beat a Giants team coming to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday that has its backs against an 0-2 wall. And there are many more nuances to the game than an off-to-a-great-start Eagles defensive line against a trying-to-find-its-comfort-zone Giants offensive line. With that, here are some matchups to watch in the Eagles’ home opener ...

Giants coach Ben McAdoo will continue to call plays - NFL.com
According to those in the building, the coaches have turned up the temperature on the players during what has been an intense week. They all sense the urgency that comes with being winless through two weeks, but there is no panic or desperation. Players say the coaches have remained confident in their abilities and the offensive changes should be characterized as tinkering and fine-tuning. McAdoo has been even-keeled, which the players appreciate.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Eagles' secondary, Isaac Seumalo, the Grateful Dead and more - CSN Philly
But it's important to recognize one thing — guys play hard for Doug Pederson. Every week. Since Pederson became the head coach, there's really only one game where the Eagles weren't competitive, and that was at Cincinnati last year, a game that just got away from the Eagles. Every other game they have really battled.

JPP knows it’s a “must-win” game for Giants - PFT
Two months ago, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was musing about his team going undefeated. Now he’s just hoping they can win a game — and he knows they need to do it on Sunday at Philadelphia. “Honestly, it’s a must-win game,” Pierre-Paul said Friday, via the New York Post. “We know we need this game. It’s a division game. I don’t see us going 0-3.” Then again, he didn’t seem then going 0-1. Or 0-2.

REPORT: Jason Verrett Will Have Season-Ending Knee Surgery - Bolts From The Blue
Injuries have been an issue with Verrett for his entire career. In four seasons with Los Angeles, he has only played 25 games. That’s an average of just over six games per season. When the 2017 season comes to an end, Verrett will have played just five games in the past two years. A 2014 first-round pick, Verrett looked to be the answer at cornerback for the Chargers. He had a strong campaign in 2015, but since then the injuries have taken their toll on the former Pro Bowler.

Which 2-0 and 0-2 NFL teams will see their fortunes change? - SB Nation
Some undefeated teams haven’t looked so convincing.

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