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Eagles News: Three out of five NFL executives prefer Carson Wentz over Dak Prescott and Jared Goff

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Ask 5: Which QB from 2016 NFL Draft do you prefer? -
I spent a lot of time around the Rams during the preseason and it was easy to notice the improved talent around Goff. He finally has some targets that are capable of separating down the field, and he also has one of the best play callers in the league (head coach Sean McVay) orchestrating the Rams' offense. This has led to increased confidence for Goff, and he's playing outstanding football. Prescott continues to impress me with his poise and playmaking both inside and outside of the pocket. However, if forced to choose only one of these quarterbacks to lead my team, I would still stick with my pre-draft ranking and select Wentz. I love his blend of arm strength, toughness and creativity. He's on his way to becoming a special player. I'm excited to watch all three of these guys continue to grow.

Eagles Film Review: Philadelphia’s defense overcomes injuries to help secure a win - BGN
The Eagles were handed some unfortunate circumstances that every team has to deal with, as injuries forced them to play without four starters in this game. Fletcher Cox, Jordan Hicks, Rodney McLeod and Ronald Darby — each the best players at their respective positions, with McLeod possibly being the exception — were all hurt at some point in this game and never returned. Darby and McLeod were ruled out coming in and Hicks and Cox sustained first half injuries that left a depleted unit almost barren. Fortunately, the Eagles’ spirit didn't break and despite a few late bumps in the road the Eagles were able to force turnovers and put an offense that struggled to capitalize for a portion of the day in position to win the game.

Counterpoint with Jack Fritz -
Jack Fritz is back with an all new Counterpoint and wondering if the Eagles are lying to Doug Pederson about analytics. PLUS Jack looks to stay perfect in what the line's saying, asks if Dunkin Donuts is feeling the pressure of a good Eagles team AND when did Kuma Grugier-Hill, become Mr. Eagle?

Eagles offense top 10 in a high number of stats - PhillyVoice
The above snapshot shows that the Eagles' offense has been efficient moving the football, gobbling up a high number of first downs, while keeping the defense fresh by staying on the field longer than any offense in the NFL. In the process, they're 10th in points per game, and ninth in yards per game. Yet, the city of Philadelphia's construction of a rocket designed to fire Doug Pederson into the sun because he went for it on 4th and 8 continues.

Jake Elliott: Reality After Historic Kick -
He made the kick, did a bunch of interviews, was carried off the field … and then it all became surreal for Jake Elliott after his 61-yard field goal gave the Eagles a walk-off win over the Giants last Sunday. In some ways, it feels like it happened a long, long time ago. In others, it is still happening ...

Mathletes: Eagles' analytics team has an in-game line to Doug Pederson - ESPN
When Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson was asked about his head-scratching decision to go for it on fourth-and-8 late in the first half against the New York Giants on Sunday, he began his explanation with a revelation. "Yeah, it was something I discussed with the guy that's helping me upstairs with some of the analytics," Pederson began. Huh? He's talking to someone in the analytics department about critical football decisions in-game?

Upon further review: On Blount's performance, replacing Sproles and 4th downs - The Athletic
My sense after the first two weeks was that if the Eagles were going to find efficiency on the ground, it was going to have to come by way of the scheme and the offensive line. Both those things were factors, but give credit where it's due. The running backs made things happen on their own as well. LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles combined to carry 33 times for 171 yards (5.2 YPC). Blount looked like the Eagles' best back. He ran over a pair of defenders on an early 17-yard run and later had a 20-yarder. One of Blount's most impressive runs was a 5-yard carry in which the offensive line gave up all kinds of penetration, but he still picked up positive yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Blount averaged 4.17 yards after contact. That was tops among all backs who had at least 10 carries in Week 3. I've been skeptical of Blount's ability to produce in 2017, but that was a legitimately impressive effort.

Appreciating Darren Sproles’s Preposterous NFL Career - The Ringer
With an ACL tear and a broken arm ending the 34-year-old running back’s season, it’s time to celebrate the diminutive speedster’s uncommon achievements.

Film breakdown: Jalen Mills vs. Odell Beckham shows how far the Eagles cornerback has come - Inquirer
He did a very good job of limiting the big plays. I think most of those [receptions] were short. I mean, he was targeted 20-some-times and I think they averaged about 5 yards per attempt. He was tackling well.

Hard to ignore the irony of Kenjon Barner replacing Darren Sproles - CSN Philly
"I got a text from Sproles at like 5 in the morning West Coast time [Monday] saying, 'I tore my ACL.' I didn't even know. "You hate to see that, especially from a guy who’s one of the best guys I've ever met in the league. So to see him go down like that was terrible. You never want to see any guy go down like that. “Sproles has been a huge influence on my career and has really helped me a lot. So to see him go down, I wasn’t happy about that."

Thanks For The Memories, Philip - Bolts From The Blue
But all of the polish and accolades and awe-shucks attitude have blinded me to the fact that Philip Rivers is just not as good as he used to be. He has become the best interception machine in the NFL, leading the league in 2 of the past 3 years and ]on track for a 3rd. At times he seems uncomfortable in a pocket that has been blocking their butts off. It’s like he thinks his eyes are deceiving him. His decision making leaves you scratching your head. He is throwing to covered receivers, and bypassing ]open ones. His arm strength may not be the same.

The Giants are still looking for something to celebrate - SB Nation
The Giants just keep fooling themselves with all of these trickery end games and mixed messages and hidden codes and it is showing up in everything they do, especially in the way they are playing football. It is a disjointed effort thus far, an 0-3 record truly earned and deserved, a bunch that has fewer first downs than its opponents and less possession time. A group with fewer rushing yards (by a lot, 460-146) and more sacks allowed than earned. A big, bad defense that has not yet recorded an interception.

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