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Wisniewski outshines Warmack in bizarre left guard rotation - The Athletic
Not counting penalties, the Eagles gained 3.9 yards per play on Warmack’s 30 snaps and scored 14 points. They ran for 3.5 yards per carry and gained 4.8 yards per pass play (counting Wentz scrambles on called pass plays). They ran the ball 57 percent of the time. With Wisniewski at left guard, the Eagles gained 5.8 yards per play over 41 plays, rushing for 6.3 yards per carry and gaining 5.2 yards per pass play. They ran the ball 45 percent of the time.

Jake Elliott and the Eagles buried the Giants - BGN
The Eagles ran the ball! John and James discuss the surprising effectiveness of the running game, including Wendell Smallwood's strong showing, Corey Clement making the most of his first real NFL opportunity, and most importantly, the terrific outing from Stefen Wisniewski and the crucial role he played in the ground game's success.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Giants game - PhillyVoice
Doug Pederson would have gotten destroyed by local sports talk radio this week if the Eagles lost this game, due his decision to go for it on fourth and 8 near the end of the first half. It was a debatable decision, for sure, but far from egregious. The Eagles were on the Giants' 43-yard line. If they convert, they're very likely getting points. If they punt, it's going to be a low net yardage return, no matter what. That call aside, Doug was 2/2 on fourth down conversions, which eventually led to 14 points they wouldn't have otherwise gotten if Doug were a scared little punk. And I guarantee you nobody will mention that. When coaches go for it on fourth down and get it, they never get credit. They only get criticized when it doesn't work, and that is so far beyond stupid it makes my head hurt. Embrace the aggressiveness.

Clutch - Iggles Blitz
Last year the Eagles failed to protect some 4th quarter leads. There were other games when they couldn’t finish off a comeback. The end of the game did not bring out the best in the team. We saw some of that last week, but Sunday was a very different story. The Eagles were clutch. They had to be, after turning a 14-0 lead into a 21-14 deficit. The first half of the 4th quarter was bad. Eli Manning was red hot and Odell Beckham remembered he was an elite player. Zach Ertz fumbled the ball away and the Eagles offense hit a wall. Thankfully the final seven minutes of the game were a different story. The Eagles outscored the Giants 13-3 and made enough clutch plays to win the game. The two biggest plays were the 19-yard pass from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery to put the team in field goal position and then the amazing 61-yard kick by rookie Jake Elliott.

Blount force: Resurgent Eagles' ground game good news for Carson Wentz - ESPN
Entering this week's action, coach Doug Pederson had his team throwing the ball at an unsustainable clip. Wentz dropped back 99 times through the first two games, more than any quarterback in the league with the exception of Aaron Rodgers (103), per ESPN Stats & Information. Following a road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, in which he dialed up 56 passes to 13 runs, Pederson conceded the approach was not a recipe for success. He responded by calling 39 run plays compared with 34 passes, and the backs incentivized him by racking up 193 yards on the ground. "That was our goal this week," said right tackle Lane Johnson. "We got tired of not running the ball, especially last week when we really needed it, so it was big."

A Miracle Ending To A Remarkable Win -
In a game that changed momentum in great, sweeping waves, the ending was absolutely surreal, improbable, magical. Jake Elliott, signed two weeks ago after placekicker Caleb Sturgis suffered a hip injury the opening-day win at Washington, kicked a franchise-record 61-yard field goal on the game’s last play to give the Eagles the winning points in a 27-24 win over the New York Giants on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field ...

Jake Elliott 61-yard field goal gives Eagles dramatic 27-24 win over Giants - Inquirer
Wentz thought “seven seconds was definitely pushing it with the route,” so the play required precision. Jeffery said that if more time was left, he would have fought for yards. With seven seconds, he needed the play to end quickly so the Eagles could have one last chance to at least try a field goal or set up a Hail Mary. “When I came to the sideline, I asked our special-teams coach if he’s ever made a kick that far,” Jeffery said. “He said [Elliott] can make it from 61 yards.”

10 facts about Jake Elliott's unbelievable walk-off field goal - CSN Philly
It was the third-longest walk-off game-winner in NFL history and the longest in 10 years — since a kick Eagles fans remember well. The longest game-winner ever is Tom Dempsey’s 63-yarder as time expired on Nov. 8, 1970, that gave the Saints a 19-17 win over the Lions at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The only other longer game-winner was Matt Bryant’s 62-yarder in Tampa against the Eagles on Oct. 22, 2006.

Eagles fans support players’ right to protest during anthem - The Undefeated
Watching from the stands in his No. 84 Eagles jersey, Travis Knapp said the scene felt patriotic. “I’m a proud American, and free speech is a First Amendment right,” said Knapp, who works in sales. “If you don’t feel like something is right, say something.” Of the protesting players, Knapp said, “Just wear their shoes. Wear their lives. Try to imagine what they go through. … So many people have been discriminated against in the world, discriminated against right now, and people don’t understand. Some people just don’t live through it.”

NFL Players Reach a Historic Turning Point in Their United Response to Trump - B/R
Some decades from now, maybe even longer, many Americans will look back at this day—September 24, 2017—as one of the most important moments in the nation's history. This is not hyperbole. This not overstatement. This is a fact. It will be seen as a day when a president attempted to bully a professional sports league, make its players kowtow, bend the knee to his desire. Instead, they took one. By the hundreds.

Donald Trump came after the NFL and made it impossible to ‘stick to sports’ - SB Nation
It’s a demand that anyone who has ever written about sports has heard, an old refrain from readers that just want you to stay in your lane: “Stick to sports.” Any time analysis strays from the confines of a field or locker room to, say, what one thinks of the latest U2 album (it’s bad) or our current political climate (also bad), the call comes out: “Stick to sports.” Sports, the thinking goes, are a respite, a blessed place that can remain free from the awful rhetoric and depressing news of the day. Sports are fun. Sportswriters and broadcasters, by that logic, should respect that, and keep their talking points limited to the game in front of them. On Friday, President Donald Trump made that impossible. During a supposed stump speech for Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, the president sounded off on the National Football League and his many problems with it. In the speech, he questioned rules meant to protect the safety of NFL players, boasted of his friendships with NFL owners, and implored them to “get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out,” if a player protested. He added, “he's fired. He's fired.”


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