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Donovan McNabb has as many wins (4-0) in the last 21 Eagles/Giants games as Eli Manning (4-17) — Great stat from @Reddit_Eagles.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 13, 2018
10 things we learned from the Eagles’ big win over the Giants - BGN
“Clutch” is a descriptor usually reserved for end-of-game heroics but I believe it applies to Carson Wentz’s performance against the Giants as well. This was a big spot for the Eagles. After losing two games in a row, Philadelphia easily could’ve come out struggling and dropped to last in the division with a loss to the Giants. But Wentz didn’t allow that to happen. He put the team on his back and led the way to victory. Wentz finished the game with the following numbers: 26/36 (72.2%), 278 yards (7.7 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 122.2 passer rating. That’s great stuff. And speaking of clutch, just look at these third down numbers: 14/15 for 168 yards and two touchdowns for a 152.9 passer rating. Whew.
Eagles slot corner Sidney Jones likely out for a while - PhillyVoice
Going forward, while Jones heals up, the thinking here is that the Eagles will start Mills and Darby on the outside, with Jenkins and Maddox at safety. In nickel, Mills would move inside to the slot, with Douglas filling in at outside corner. That will allow Maddox to focus on safety, the position the Eagles want him to play the rest of the season, and where he can gain experience to perform as well as possible during the stretch run. It would also allow Douglas to play on the outside at corner, where he is most comfortable, and where his skill set can best be utilized.
Problems Solved? - Iggles Blitz
The 2018 Eagles have better leadership and chemistry than the 2011 team. I don’t think anyone will dispute that. The 2007 Eagles had good chemistry and leadership. That team had talent problems. L.J. Smith was the starting TE. I’d say Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are better than him. Omar Gaither and Takeo Spikes were the primary LBs. Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham are a better duo. The 2007 team didn’t have a pair of WRs like Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. They didn’t have a group of pass rushers like Graham, Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett and Chris Long. Time will tell if the 2018 Eagles are truly different than the 2007 or 2011 teams that were so maddeningly up and down. For the win over the Giants to mean anything, the Eagles must go out and play well against the Panthers. Instead of enjoying success, they need to build on it.
Cleaning Out A Winning Eagles Notebook - PE.com
In place of Jones, the Eagles used Avonte Maddox as the nickel cornerback and brought in cornerback Rasul Douglas at safety. Tre Sullivan saw some late-game reps at safety, a valuable bit of duty that gave him a taste of regular-season game speed. Maddox deserves a lot of credit for having the maturity and versatility to help in multiple spots in the defense. He has a chance to be a pretty darn good football player.
Tackling a tough subject: should Eagles let Jason Peters and/or Lane Johnson rest and heal for a few weeks? - Daily News
Maybe, even if Peters’ bicep isn’t seriously injured, it’s time to consider giving him some time off to heal anyway. And the same could hold true for Johnson, who was injured in the Minnesota game, Pederson confirmed. ”I get what you’re saying. Those are all things we’ll consider. We’ve got time,” Pederson said, when a reporter asked about giving Peters some recovery time, at age 36. “We’ve got 10 days before we play again, and we’ll see where all our guys are … in a week or so. But right now, we’re not going to make any of those determinations after this one game. I want to get through the weekend, get to next week, and see where everybody is at, coming up.
Exclusive column: Nowhere to hide for Eagles rookie Jordan Mailata - Daily Telegraph
WHEN you’re more two metres tall and nearly 160kgs, it’s hard to blend into the crowd. You can’t really hide … So even though when I first moved to Philly I’d never played a down of football or done anything really, it didn’t take any time at all before I was already getting recognised. I thought it was bizarre. I kept saying to myself “this is crazy, I don’t even know what I’m doing yet!” But wherever I went I was getting stopped in the street by people who wanted to talk. At first, I was a bit shy. When people came up to me I would deny who I was! Then as I went along this journey and recognised the sort of platform I was on now, and how big of an impact being a Philadelphia Eagle was, I realised I have to be fair to the fans. To a point!
Ranking all 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL through Week 5 - PFF
12. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. PFF Overall Grade: 81.1. After finishing with an 84.9 grade before suffering a knee injury a season ago, Wentz has largely picked up where he left off since entering the lineup in Week 3. Sitting back and playing coverage has not worked out well for opposing defenses so far, with Wentz grading at 87.6 when teams opt not to blitz, good for fifth-best.
What Doug Pederson learned about his football team Thursday night - NBCSP
But as bad as the Giants are, Thursday night’s win by an Eagles team decimated by injuries showed what sort of character is in this locker room. They just weren’t willing to lose again and fall to 2-4 and 0-3 on the road. They took command early and would up with a 34-13 blowout win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. And for one day, it really did feel like 2017 again. Whether they can sustain it is the next lesson Pederson will learn about his team.
Dose: Eagles Win an Easy One - Rotoworld
The story is much different for the defending Super Bowl champions, who now get back to .500 with the easy 34-13 win. QB Carson Wentz continued his hot streak, throwing for 278 yards and three scores, most of that coming in the first half as the Eagles built a 24-6 lead. Veteran WR Alshon Jeffery, like his quarterback, continued his strong play since returning from injury. Jeffery had eight receptions for 74 yards and a pair of scores. TE Zach Ertz stayed heavily involved, although this was the first game of the season in which he didn’t draw at least 10 targets. Instead, he had nine, catching seven of them for 43 yards and a touchdown. WR Nelson Agholor had a pair of long catches that could be called fluky and finished with a 3/91 line.
2019 NFL Mock Draft: Giants take a sleeper as first QB off the board, replace Eli Manning - CBS Sports
Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia. By the time the draft rolls around, Cajuste will be a household name ... thanks to a stellar combine. He’s not Jason Peters 2.0 but has similar athleticism.
The erosion of Eli: The Giant problem with the franchise QB - ESPN
Behind closed doors, several Giants players have expressed frustration with Manning’s performance, according to sources. One player specifically commented recently about Manning’s inability to do anything against Cover 2 and zone defenses. Manning’s struggles aren’t really new, and can’t all be pawned off on his offensive line. They’re an extension of the previous two seasons, when the Giants were among the league’s lowest-scoring teams. This isn’t a five-game outlier. This has become the norm.
The Giants’ Season Is Over—and Odell Beckham Jr. Has a Point - The Ringer
There were many depressing moments for the Giants in Thursday night’s long, gloomy 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles: the interception thrown by Eli Manning within the game’s opening minute, the MetLife Stadium crowd huddling in their ponchos and booing, the sad milestone of being thwarted on 15 straight third-down attempts. (At one point in the first half, Fox ran a Giants lowlights package titled “FRUSTRATION.”) But one of the worst came in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles punted the ball 53 yards into the arms of Beckham, who was returning kicks for the second straight game. He danced and he spun and he wound up out of bounds—for a loss of 8 yards. It was the perfect play given the state of the New York Giants: a lot of fancy footwork and a lot of backward progress.
Time for the Giants to start over, including at quarterback - Big Blue View
This just isn’t going to work with Manning at quarterback. Mara wanted it to. Shurmur wanted it to. GM Dave Gettleman wanted it to. They all thought Manning had enough in the tank that they could make it work. Manning is not, in my view, completely bankrupt of ability. It’s not going to work, though, no matter what Manning’s actual ability level is at this point. I said this months ago, before the Giants had jettisoned 2017 third-round pick and expected backup quarterback Davis Webb, and I have to stick by it. If the Giants don’t make the playoffs, and especially if the season implodes and they suffer through another four- or five-win season, there is no point in going forward beyond this season with Manning as the quarterback. I really hate coming to that conclusion. It is, however, hard not to look at this any other way.
There’s no excuse for in-game dehydration - PFT
The real question is whether the problem ultimately arises from Beckham failed to do what he’s told to do. Which underscores the question of whether anyone is able to hold him truly accountable to anything and everything that he needs to do to get the most out of his abilities. Success is much more than one-handed catches. Plenty of far less glamorous boxes need to be checked along the way, and if Beckham has chronic dehydration issues, it’s fair to ask why he isn’t checking the “drink enough water” box.
A rift brewing? Arizona Cardinals players have some doubts about move from Sam Bradford to Josh Rosen - Revenge of the Birds
Excuse me... What? How do I stop this ride? Now, I don’t think McManaman would say this stuff if it is untrue, however I have a hard time believing that anyone would be split on playing Bradford. But, remember, when I said that players could look at Bradford being inactive as a sign that maybe they would not want to play for the Cardinals and a response in the comments was simply, players know he was playing bad a deserved to be benched... Maybe it is not quite that easy. The NFL is fraternity, and many members of that fraternity have a different feel of what is happening. Maybe there is genuinely players that believe this, as hard as it is to fathom.
NFL pass rushers reveal how new rules make it impossible to be great - SB Nation
The NFL’s emphasis on protecting quarterbacks is putting defenders at risk, and they are not happy about it.
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