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FMIA Week 6: Chiefs-Patriots Leaves Expectations in the Rearview - FMIA
I think I’ve got the offensive slump/revival of the Eagles figured out. It’s the Alshon Jeffery factor. The reasons: Jeffery’s the favorite wideout of Carson Wentz. They went nine months and two weeks without playing in the same game. Wentz needs a big and reliable target downfield, because he’s always going to take chances downfield, and his coach is going to call plays for the big and reliable wideout. They didn’t practice full-speed much at all in the offseason because of injuries and rehabs of each. Wentz returned in Week 3 and struggled against Indianapolis. Jeffery played his first game of the year in Week 4 at Tennessee, and Wentz hit him downfield in the middle of two cover men for a touchdown. Chemistry began to happen in that game and then in practice. In the fourth game back for Wentz and third back for Jeffery, against the Giants the other night, Wentz rolled right on a scramble play two minutes into the game, seemed to motion for Jeffery to follow him, stared a hole through Jeffery, and threw across his body on the run to Jeffery for a perfect back-of-the-end-zone touchdown. Eagles scored 34. I believe Wentz now has his two aces in the hole, Zach Ertz and Jeffery, to always rely. I think the Eagles’ slump is probably over.

NFL Trade Rumors: Latest on LeSean McCoy, Amari Cooper, Patrick Peterson, Karl Joseph - BGN
NFL trade rumors are heating up with the October 30 deadline just a little over two weeks away. Here’s a look at the latest buzz out there.

The Kist & Solak Show #27: Eagles-Giants Film Review - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak are refreshed after a relaxing weekend and they have some observations about the Eagles-Giants coaches film. Is Wentz fully back? He is. Are Michael Bennett and Fletcher Cox really good? They are. Is Jim Schwartz owed an apology? Maybe not yet but he’s on the right track PLUS much much more!

Trade Talk Update - Iggles Blitz
We’ve talked about this for a while now. The Eagles would love to add a talent like Le’Veon Bell, but cost is certainly an issue. It seems like he would cost at least a 2nd rounder, and that’s an issue since Bell is a free agent at the end of the year. You could let him walk in free agency and get a comp pick in 2020, but that would mean you couldn’t sign any big free agents. The Eagles like to be aggressive so dealing with a constraint like that wouldn’t be ideal. Bell is supposedly going to report to the Steelers this week. Will his teammate welcome him back? Does the organization really want him? If the price tag lowered somehow, Howie might get real interested real fast.

Upon further review: Carson Wentz’s improvisation, replacing Sidney Jones and a dominant pass rush - The Athletic
So what will the Eagles do going forward? They could go with the same plan: move Maddox to nickel in three-receiver sets (or for the whole game) and play Douglas at safety. Or they could bump Jalen Mills inside in sub packages, play Douglas outside and keep Maddox at safety. The third option would be to move Maddox to nickel full-time and have someone else entirely play safety. That might be someone they trade for or Tre Sullivan (unlikely). I thought that Maddox looked pretty good at safety last week. If I were the Eagles, I’d have Douglas play outside in sub packages, bump Mills inside and keep Maddox at safety. We’ll see if Jim Schwartz feels the same way.

’This Is Exactly What We Wanted To See’ - PE.com
“This is exactly what we wanted to see,” Grugier-Hill said. “This is the first time we put together a complete team effort and look at the score, man. That’s what happens.” The Eagles were frustrated in last week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings by their inability to create opportunities on defense as well as mistakes hurting efficiency. All of those problems were solved against the Giants, starting with the opportunity created at the outset.

Solak’s 2019 Mock Draft 2.0 - The Draft Network
Pick: Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami. Both Jeffery Simmons and Willis are available for Philadelphia among the interior penetrators — I think Jim Schwartz will find Willis’ frame and play style a bit more reminiscent of Timmy Jerningan. Jernigan suffered a back injury in the early 2018 offseason, and Philadelphia and Jernigan agreed to a restructured contract that released all of Jernigan’s guaranteed money — that’s a clear sign that Jernigan’s path to 100% is a long and narrow one. Philadelphia’s trotting out stop-gap veteran Haloti Ngata and 2016 UDFA Destiny Vaeao in Jernigan’s place, while also getting quality reps out of tweener DT/DE Michael Bennett. But with Chris Long and Brandon Graham both uncertain to return in 2019, Bennett will be needed more on the outside. Enter Willis, who’s resurrected an unsteady career in Miami with violent hands, a quick first step, and a developing arsenal of pass-rush moves. His penetration opposite elite DT Fletcher Cox will flummox offensive lines for years to come.

Carson Wentz is back to making those classic Carson Wentz plays - NBCSP
Coming off a serious knee injury and subsequent ACL and LCL surgery, I had some real concerns about the type of player Carson Wentz would be upon his return. Would he be as mobile? Would he be able to buy time in the pocket? Would he be able to make the signature plays we all grew accustomed to during his near-MVP season in 2017? Yes. Yes. And yes.

Tom Brady Shows Patrick Mahomes and the Rest of the World He’s Still the Boss - The MMQB
The old master and the young phenom went toe-to-toe down on Sunday night, and in the end the Patriots veteran demonstrated to the football world why he’s the G.O.A.T. Oh, and that Mahomes kid is pretty amazing, too. Plus, covering the rest of NFL Week 6

The Winners and Losers From NFL Week 6 - The Ringer
The Patriots may have emerged from Sunday Night Football with a win, but the Chiefs’ ability to dictate the style of the game was a win for Patrick Mahomes II, too. Plus: Nathan Peterman’s very bad day, the Vikings’ questionable dance moves, and Jon Gruden’s miserable U.K. trip.

Refocused, NFL Week 6: Washington Redskins 23, Carolina Panthers 17 - PFF
Devin Funchess struggled to create separation, but he was able to use his huge frame to come up with two critical grabs. The first was a touchdown he caught by going over the top of the defender, and the second was another contested catch in the fourth quarter. The offense couldn’t stay on the field for the first three quarters of the game due largely to Carolina’s inability to run the ball. Christian McCaffrey had little in terms of room to operate, and Cam Newton didn’t help matters with a couple of incorrect reads on option plays.

Are The Redskins And Josh Norman Headed For A Painful Break Up? - Hogs Haven
I work in an environment where myself and my colleagues constantly wear headphones. Music, Youtube, podcasts help get us through the day as be build things on our computers. If our Senior comes into our space and demands our attention to address us the headphones come out without question. I can’t see any reason why Josh Norman, a 7-year veteran, would not pay attention to what the Head Coach has to say during halftime unless he simply didn’t care. We all have our opinions about Jay Gruden but I don’t think any of us would condone a player being so cavalier and disrespectful toward him during a game.

Jets 42 Colts 34: Sam Darnold Has His Breakout Game - Gang Green Nation
Sam Darnold: I think Darnold has played quality games up to this point, but today was the first time he was THE driving force in a victory. In the Jets’ other two wins to date Darnold has been effective, but he has been able to lean on a strong run game and a stout defense. He was really in caretaker mode and only asked to make the periodic play. In this game, the burden was on his shoulders. He responded in his big play, playing a nearly flawless game aside from an ugly first half interception. Darnold was 24 for 30 for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns, and that 1 interception. He did this on a day where the Jets were held to 3 yards per rushing attempt. He led his team to a win on a day where his defense allowed 34 points. He produced without his top receiver for most of the game. [BLG Note: Lol Giants.]

What the hell happened to the Jaguars? - SB Nation
About a month ago, it felt safe to anoint the Jacksonville Jaguars as the best team in the NFL. On Sept. 16, the team bullied the New England Patriots in a 31-20 win in which the defense held Tom Brady in check and Blake Bortles shredded the Patriots defense. Four weeks later, the Jaguars look like a disaster. After getting resoundingly defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-14, last week, things got much worse on Sunday with a 40-7 demolition at the hands of the previously struggling Dallas Cowboys. During the first five weeks of the season, the Cowboys couldn’t top 26 points or keep opponents under 13 in a single game. But against a Jaguars defense that’s supposed to be special, the Cowboys ran wild. So what gives? Are the Jaguars frauds?

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