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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/9/17.

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Super Bowl bound? Vegas insider bullish on Eagles - NJ.com
Steve Fezzik of Pregame.com sees it differently. The professional handicapper joined Colin Cowherd's podcast to preview the NFC, and is bullish on what the Eagles can become this season. When asked to give a Super Bowl LII prediction, Fezzik went all in on Philadelphia. "I'm going to keep bumping Philadelphia up," Fezzik said. "I'm betting on Philadelphia to continue getting better through the year. A darkhorse. Wentz keeps improving. Philadelphia goes to the Super Bowl and they're going to play the Patriots. (Jimmy) Garoppolo will be starting because (Tom) Brady will be hurt and the Patriots will still make it."

Eagles vs. Redskins Week 1 Game Preview - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #258). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. Redskins game in Week 1, talk about Alshon Jeffery vs. Josh Norman, and much more.

Counterpoint Ep. 6: Eagles O/U For The Season - BGNRadio.com
Jack Fritz is SO pumped for football season to be back! He goes through some O/U for the Eagles season with John Barchard, responds to Mike Lombardi's comment about Doug Pederson, tells you not to be immature when drafting Cowboys in fantasy football and a lot more!

Jeffrey Lurie wants burden off of Doug Pederson for fourth down decisions - PhillyVoice
That was a ballsy call. If you don't convert there, you give the Vikings a chance to score going the other way before the end of the first half. But if you do, you're likely going to get at least a field goal, which the Eagles did. That was a fourth down call that helped the Eagles win a game like they also did against the Browns and Bears, among others. My question is this: Does anyone really even remember this call? I can admit that I hadn't before I went back and looked at all of Pederson's fourth down calls a season ago. But you know what calls everyone does remember? The two failed fourth down calls in the Eagles' first matchup against the Giants. There's no doubt Pederson would have been criticized harshly for his call against the Vikings had he not converted and the Vikings scored going the other way. But because he did... crickets. Observers tend to only remember the calls that go wrong. Don't be that fan. #EmbraceTheMath.

This Redskins offense won’t have the upper hand against Eagles defense - Hogs Haven
Additions by Philadelphia and subtractions by Washington has evened the playing field for Week 1.

What Alshon Jeffery should bring to the Eagles' offense - The Athletic
The trust level between Wentz and Jeffery will be a key area to watch early in the season. According to the Football Outsiders Almanac, only 16 percent of Wentz's throws last year traveled more than 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. Jeffery is not a burner, but he can make plays downfield. Wentz and Pederson (with his play calls) have to give him opportunities. Jeffery also uses his size is on slants and other short and intermediate routes. Once he gets a defender on his back, he offers a big target and a big catch radius for the quarterback, who can get away with his throws not being perfect.

The Pederson Plan: Locker Room Takes Ownership - PE.com
Instead of having different players serve as captains each week, head coach Doug Pederson wanted something different. So he had the players vote last Monday to name five season-long team captains for 2016, with a sixth captain to rotate on a game-by-game basis ...

In season opener at Redskins, Eagles need to show they've solved slow starts - Daily News
The first quarter Sunday might tell you whether the Eagles are going to defeat the Washington Redskins in the season opener. That’s assuming last year means something, which is a tricky assumption, as the Kansas City Chiefs demonstrated in New England Thursday night. But in 2016, the 7-9 Eagles were outscored 78-56 in the first quarter, though they ended up outscoring opponents overall, 367-331. In eight of their nine losses, they did not have a lead going into the second quarter. The lone exception was the Dec. 11 game against Sunday’s opponent, the Redskins, a game in which the Eagles held a 3-0 advantage after 15 minutes, but lost 27-22. They fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter of their previous meeting with Washington, a 27-20 loss at FedEx Field last Oct. 16.

Eagles-Redskins 5 matchups to watch - CSN Philly
After a terrible start to training camp, Robinson rebounded once Ronald Darby was acquired. That move pushed him inside and he found a home in the slot position for the Eagles. For the most part, that will be a position by committee this season, but against a shifty player like Crowder, Robinson should get first crack, while Malcolm Jenkins will have to deal with tight end Jordan Reed. For as much attention as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon got over the last couple years, Crowder has turned into a really solid option. He had 67 catches for 847 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. Against the Eagles last year, he had five catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. He's a big part of Washington's offense.

Jon Dorenbos trade may be rescinded - PFT
The Saints recently sent a seventh-round pick in 2019 to the Eagles for long snapper Jon Dorenbos. With Dorenbos now needing surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, the Saints may be getting their pick back. “Yes, that will handle itself,” coach Sean Payton told reporters on Friday regarding whether the trade will be rescinded. “In other words, this is a preexisting condition that he had genetically at birth. Yes, absolutely.”

Teams with worst depth at each position group - ESPN
Dallas' reputation as the best offensive line in the league is built heavily on the three All-Pros: left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin. If Jonathan Cooper and La'el Collins can live up to their draft potential, this could be an even stronger unit going forward. The problem is the drop-off, should any of those top players succumb to injury. Dallas' most experienced backup is tackle Byron Bell (72 starts), who hasn't started a game since 2015 after dislocating his ankle last year. Chaz Green was a third-round pick in 2015 who started two games at left tackle last year, but he's not going to make anyone forget about Smith.

2017 NFL Preview - SB Nation
The Eagles were a little better in 2016 than most realize. The team is naturally bound to improve after suffering a lot of close losses last year. Carson Wentz figures to take a big leap, especially after the Eagles surrounded him with legitimate weapons to work with moving forward. Meanwhile, Jim Schwartz’s defense features one of the best lines in the league, one that should be able to get after quarterbacks with regularity.

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