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Eagles fan accuses Giants WR Brandon Marshall of spitting in his face - Sporting News
An Eagles fan is claiming Giants receiver Brandon Marshall spit in his face during an argument before Sunday's game in Philadelphia. Sporting News has obtained details on the incident from a fan (Dave R.) who was on the field at the time. The first confrontation, which took place during pregame warmups, was started by comments yelled by an Eagles fan, who we'll call "Cunningham" due to his jersey.

Eagles-Giants Final Score: 9 things we learned from Philadelphia’s thrilling win over New York - BGN
Big takeaways from the Birds game.

The Giants Are Done - BGNRadio.com
John Barchard and James Seltzer revel in a sloppy, but thrilling 27-24 victory over the Giants. The guys discuss Jake Elliott's monster kick, the surprising effectiveness of the running game, a sub-par performance from the defensive line, and much more.

Dislodge yourselves from Doug Pederson's butt for that 4th-and-8 call, people - PhillyVoice
He's right. Fans and media tend to criticize the gambles that don't work, while taking the ones that do for granted. It's commendable that Pederson is willing to take on the unfavorably skewed praise-criticism ratio to do what he and the team think is the best decision to win the game. And you know what else? Beyond the math, Pederson's willingness to go for it on fourth down is, you know, fun. I mean... Right? I would imagine that if you don't at least get a little hyped up for a team going for it on 4th and 8, you're not a fan of Las Vegas, ordering an occasional steak wrapped in bacon, or having sex in the back seat of your car after-hours in a dark corner of the parking lot at Home Depot. To each their own, I guess.

According to model, Pederson's 4th-and-8 call a true coin flip - The Athletic
According to the model, the Eagles' odds of winning if they choose to go for it are 77.56 percent (38 percent success rate * 85 percent win probability + 62 percent likelihood of failure * 73 percent win probability). Compared to the 78 percent chance of winning if they punt the ball, it makes the decision a true toss-up. The discrepancy in the chances of converting on 4th and 8 could weigh the decision to favor punting, but that's hard to say without knowing what else the Eagles' model takes into account and how those other variables are weighted. And if Pederson was confident in a particular play in that scenario, you can see why he would make the decision he did. As Brian Baldinger broke it down on Twitter, the real goat of the decision was Carson Wentz, who took an indefensible sack.

Darren Sproles' injury means bigger role for Wendell Smallwood - ESPN
It appears Smallwood will take on some of the responsibilities held by Sproles prior to the injury. "I think Wendell on third down specifically, Corey as well, they're going to have to step up and assume that role," Pederson said. Smallwood (5-foot-10, 208 pounds), the second-year back out of West Virginia, created some buzz this summer before being slowed by a hamstring injury. Possessing a decent mix of power and speed, he can run between the tackles and off the edge and could develop into a quality receiving option out of the backfield. He has been inconsistent to this point in his young career, however, and is still very much a work in progress when it comes to pass protection. Like Clement, he wasn't asked to do a ton of pass protection on the college level. Sproles was very adept in this area despite his stature. If Smallwood and/or Clement don't mature as pass blockers (and quickly), that could spell trouble for quarterback Carson Wentz.

Costly Win - Iggles Blitz
The player this impacts the most is Wendell Smallwood. He has the ability to run, catch and block. The Eagles have lined him up in the slot to get him 1-on-1 with a LB and then thrown the ball his way. That’s where Sproles is such a mismatch. Smallwood isn’t as good a receiver, but he can be functional in that role. I think the difference with the offense won’t be the playbook, but rather how many plays get called for the RBs. You want to make sure Sproles gets 10 to 12 touches a game. Just because Smallwood can fill his role on offense doesn’t mean you want him to get the ball as much. He may end up with those touches, but it won’t be by specific design. If Smallwood is open on a given play, you throw the ball his way. If he’s running well, you feed him. You just don’t think of him as a go-to guy right now.

Carson Wentz delivers in clutch, but deep-ball success still eludes Eagles QB - Inquirer
It took only one pass for him to set up Jake Elliott’s 61-yard, game-winning field goal, but it was a clutch throw, and it came after Wentz directed two drives over the previous seven minutes that twice knotted the score. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 68 yards over that span and checked the Eagles into several run plays that netted chunks on the ground. Wentz managed the game, which isn’t typically how the Eagles’ offense is going to win games, but on a day when the run game was effective, it sufficed. He did miss first-half opportunities, however, that would have put a Giants comeback further out of reach. And the two most egregious occurred late in the second quarter.

Eagle Eye: How The Eagles Brought The Run Game To Life - PE.com
There was a big change up front against New York, with second-year lineman Isaac Seumalo (who I’m still very high on) going to the bench and veteran Chance Warmack getting the start. Warmack played the first two series, then worked in a rotation with Stefen Wisniewski. The former Penn State star ended up with the lion’s share of the snaps (44 to Warmack’s 32). Honestly, the entire line had its moments in this game against a really talented New York defense. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson held up their end of the bargain on the outside, but I was really impressed by the three interior players. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson form an impressive duo for the Giants, and the Eagles were up to the task. Center Jason Kelce was outstanding in this game. Right guard Brandon Brooks was once again strong. His play has gone unheralded but I could argue he has been the Eagles' most consistent lineman thus far. Wisniewski and Warmack both chipped in as well.

Talented, young cornerbacks no 'Band-Aids' for Eagles - CSN Philly
It's hard not to wonder: With Jalen Mills on the brink of establishing himself as a true No. 1 cornerback and rookie Rasul Douglas shining in his first two NFL starts, what happens when Ronald Darby gets back? And what happens when Sidney Jones gets back? Answer? Who cares! All I know is that after a decade of watching recycled, over-priced, disinterested veterans like Ellis Hobbs, Nnamdi Asomugha, Byron Maxwell, Bradley Fletcher, Nolan Carroll, Cary Williams and Leodis McKelvin, it sure is encouraging to see the Eagles stockpile promising, young largely home-grown cornerbacks.

Jerry Jones' 'protest' said little about inequality - SB Nation
The Cowboys owner found a way to support his players ... but what of the original protest?

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