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Eagles’ issues in the secondary go beyond Jalen Mills in loss to Titans - Inquirer
The Eagles tied the score, 20-20, and went ahead a field goal on the first drive of overtime, but the Titans were undaunted on the game-winning scourge. On fourth-and-15, the Eagles dropped into a zone, but Graham let receiver Taywan Taylor get behind him for a 19-yard pull before the sideline. ”In that situation, you’ve got to know that they’ve got to go deep,” Graham said. “So there’s no reason for me to be at normal 10 yards when you know they’re going to throw it 15-20. They’re going to throw behind the sticks. It was just a dumb play by me.”

Who do you blame most for the Eagles’ loss to the Titans? - BGN
It’s time to point fingers, not wag them.

The Kist & Solak Show #18: Eagles 23 Titans 26 Week 4 Reaction - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak break down the Eagles Week 4 23-26 road loss to the Tennessee Titans. Why should Corey Graham be shot into the sun? Corey Davis had his breakout game against Jalen Mills, coincidence? Analysis on Wentz’s solid day, Alshon’s big return, plus taking sides on decisions and much much more! BONUS: Benjamin slams Michael’s marriage like a savage!

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Titans game - PhillyVoice
It’s been a long time since the Eagles just gave a way a game they had in hand, but that’s exactly what they did on Sunday. There were multiple times throughout the game in which ESPN’s “win probability” tracker gave the Eagles a better than 90 percent chance of winning. They were up over 93 percent after the Eagles went up by 14 points in the second half, and they were up over 92 percent when it was 20-20 in overtime and they were driving, potentially for a touchdown-scoring win.

Some Positives - Iggles Blitz
The loss to Tennessee is going to sting for a while. Rather than only obsess on everything that went wrong (and there was plenty), let’s also point out some things that went right. Carson Wentz was terrific for parts of this game. He made some absolutely great throws. He put great touch on a ball to Alshon Jeffery to move the Eagles away from their own goal line. Great throw. His TD pass to Jeffery was a bullet. Wentz gave his guy a chance to make a play (and AJ did). Maybe the most impressive throw of the day was a pass to Nelson Agholor on 3rd and 21. Wentz threw an absolute strike that should have moved the chains, but Agholor dropped the ball. Ugh. Wentz wasn’t perfect to be sure, but we saw his A-game at times and it was a reminder of just how good he can be.

Eagles Fail To Finish In Agonizing OT Defeat - PE.com
A split second after Tennessee wide receiver Corey Davis caught the 10-yard touchdown pass to break the Eagles’ hearts on Sunday, defensive lineman Chris Long slammed his helmet to the ground and it rolled toward the Eagles bench as Tennessee Titans players raced across the field to celebrate a 26-23 overtime win in a back-and-forth game that was there for the Eagles’ taking many times. In the end, it came down to one thing, and one thing only. A failure to close. “It’s very disappointing that we didn’t close it out,” defensive end Brandon Graham said. “That’s what we’re used to doing and today we didn’t get it done. It’s a lousy feeling.”

The day after: Areas of concern rise to surface in Eagles’ loss to Titans - The Athletic
Wentz has been sacked nine times in two starts, including four times on Sunday. League-wide, in the past two weeks, only two quarterbacks (Josh Allen and Deshaun Watson) have been sacked more. Wentz has been hit 17 times, second-most among quarterbacks in the past two weeks. And some of the hits vs. the Titans were vicious. Wentz popped up every time, but the pounding that he’s taking is not sustainable. There are several factors associated with the leaky protection. Johnson has not had a good start to the season, and the Eagles have struggled with stunts and blitzes. Jason Kelce appears to be fighting through a lower body injury. The running backs and tight ends are not doing their part (Wendell Smallwood, specifically, had issues vs. Tennessee). Wentz doesn’t have 100 percent of his mobility back. And the receivers are struggling to get open at times. That’s all led to too many negative plays and too many hits on Wentz.

Refocused, NFL Week 4: Tennessee Titans 26, Philadelphia Eagles 23 - PFF
Quarterback Carson Wentz is starting to look like himself, as he displayed some nice throws and escapability in the pocket against the Titans. For the most part, Wentz made good decisions all day and played relatively mistake-free until a poorly thrown dropped interception in overtime. Guards Stefen Wisniewski and Brandon Brooks struggled handling interior pressure, giving up multiple hits each.

Inability to protect Carson Wentz costs Eagles - ESPN
Wentz was blitzed on 34 percent of his dropbacks (compared to 25 percent last week against Indianapolis), per ESPN Stats & Information. Three of his sacks came against extra pressure. It was just the second time he’s taken three sacks against the blitz in his young career, the other being Week 7 against Washington last season. ”They blitzed quite a bit,” said right tackle Lane Johnson. “I think they did a good job with their defensive front, they have good interior guys, good D-ends, great pressure. We have to do a better job with protecting the quarterback, and just try to grow from it.”

Roasted in Tennessee, it’ll be another vile week for Jalen Mills in Philly - NBCSP
“He’s a resilient dude. I think a lot of times, people will look at this from home and think he had a bad game, but a lot of it wasn’t necessarily his fault. He’s the guy by the ball, but the way we run our coverages, it wasn’t all on him. It’s one of those things that I’m sure … he always does respond. He’ll keep his head up, he’ll try to block out the noise. At the end of the day, as long as we believe in him, that’s all that matters.”

Week 4: The NFL at the Quarter Pole and an Overtime-Filled Sunday - FMIA
“I think people are more conscious of making [risky] decisions like this than ever before,” Vrabel said. “I studied Philadelphia a lot this offseason. Doug is the gold standard when it comes to making bold moves like this. We talked at the owners’ meetings and I’ve called him a few times about things. I’m lucky he’s been approachable about some of the things he does. So I’ve done a few things. We threw a pass on a punt to a gunner [for a touchdown] against Houston.”

When Fourth-Down Gambles Pay Off—and When They Don’t: Going For It In Week 4 - The MMQB
The Titans’ Mike Vrabel rolled the dice on his new team and came up a big winner over the Super Bowl champs, while Indy’s risk-taking might have saved the season—for the Texans. Plus what the difference is for the 3-1 Bengals, a Bears offensive explosion, how defensive coaches weigh up the body weight rule, impact rookies for the Chargers and Patriots, Gruden gets his win and much more.

The Winners and Losers From NFL Week 4 - The Ringer
The Titans weren’t as technical in their celebration—only nine players managed to make it into the pin formation, with wide receiver Corey Davis serving as a rogue walking pin. (Perhaps this was the second roll of a turn, and the first had been a near gutterball.) But the Titans made themselves clear: They weren’t scared of the Eagles, as a football team or as a mime comedy troupe. Tennessee beat the defending champions, 26-23, in overtime. If the past two years have proved anything, it’s that post-score choreography is not just useless fun: The teams that are best at celebrating touchdowns are also the best at scoring touchdowns. Because if you know you’ve got choreographic heat in the chamber, you’re not gonna let it go to waste.

Winners and Losers: Titans 26, Eagles 23 - Music City Miracles
Eagles Fans: They turned out in big numbers, but went home sad, just like 13 of the last 15 opponents to enter Nissan Stadium. The Titans are starting to have a real home field advantage.

5 takeaways from Colts 37-34 loss to the Texans - Stampede Blue
Head Coach Frank Reich has guts: Tied at 34 in overtime facing a fourth down and four with 27 seconds left on your own 43 yard line, you’d have to be crazy to elect to go for it. Well that is exactly what the Colts decided to do. Now it didn’t work out for the Colts this time but you have to feel happy about having a coach with that mentality. Now the play itself was not a great call. If there is anything to harshly criticize on this decision, its electing to throw the hook route in coverage. Still this represents a major change of the guard from the last coaching staff as Pagano was one of the more conservative coaches in football. Again it didn’t work out for the Colts this time but Reich’s mentality to make that decision needs to be applauded.

Instant analysis: Shame on me for thinking the Giants were going to win Sunday - Big Blue View
The Giants fooled us. Or, at least, fooled me. I picked the Giants to win on Sunday. And yes, I’m 0-4 and really, really bad at picking games. I have, however, always admitted as much. That’s irrelevant. Thing is, the Giants did enough good things against the Houston Texans to make me believe they were pointed in the right direction. That, facing a porous defense like the one the Saints had been through their first three games, the 30-point streak — now in its third season — was sure to fall. This, however, is still a team that can’t play consistently good offense. Is it the blocking? The play-calling? The quarterback play? Penalties at bad times? Is Beckham maybe, just maybe, not quite what he used to be before he busted his ankle?

Who was Earl Thomas flipping off on the Seahawks sideline? - SB Nation
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with a left leg injury that was revealed after the game to be a lower leg fracture. He went down trying to make a play in the end zone, and was tended to on the field before being taken off on the cart. He had an air cast on the leg, which he previously broke in 2016 in a collision with Kam Chancellor. The Cardinals scored on the play, and tied the game, 17-17, in the fourth quarter with the extra point immediately following the injury. Seattle wound up winning the game, 20-17. Thomas, on the cart, appeared to give the middle finger in the direction of the Seahawks’ sideline. You can see that below:

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