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Eagles News: Philadelphia’s offense is facing too many third-and-longs

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Eagle Eye: Plain And Simple, Offense Didn’t Win On First Down -
Going through the film from the heartbreaking loss against Tennessee, there are a handful of plays on both sides of the ball that clearly affected the outcome of the game. Let’s focus on the offense here and see what went right and what went wrong in the loss. The Eagles were one of the best third-down teams in football in 2017. Right now, they rank 17th in the league, but on Sunday, they were just 5-of-15 on the day. Wentz completed just 4 of 11 passes, was sacked once, and posted a quarterback rating of 89.2. Why were the numbers so bad? Look at this stat. On 15 third-down snaps on Sunday, the Eagles needed to gain an average of 9.67 yards for a first down. That means they were looking at third-and-10. That’s not a winning formula, and it certainly impacted the Eagles in this game.

11 things we learned from the Eagles’ disappointing loss to the Titans - BGN
One reason why I still feel relatively optimistic about this team’s outlook is because the Eagles still have one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Overall, Wentz looked sharp on Sunday. Despite facing a ton of pressure, Wentz managed to complete 66% of his 50 attempts for 348 yards (6.96 average), two touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 99.4 passer rating. Wentz threw with great velocity and accuracy. His numbers would look even better if he didn’t have to deal with an inordinate amount of drops.

Camden awards Eagles’ Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins with the key to the city - PhillyVoice
What can’t be lost, and who was also recognized throughout the various speeches was Gwendolyn Jenkins, Malcolm’s mother and president of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. “If there is a way to cut the key in half, I would,” Malcolm said. “This key is probably going to end up in her house, because my mom is the one who really, really puts in the work and makes this go. It was great to hear everyone up there today mention her. She’s the one who puts in the hours to make it go, and I definitely wouldn’t have received this award without her.”

The Eagles’ Slow Start Is More Than Just a Super Bowl Hangover - The Ringer
Despite having Carson Wentz back and one of the most talented rosters in football, Philly is just 2-2 through the first quarter of the season. Is this merely a blip? Or do the defending champs have cause for concern?

Contender Angst Index: Top NFL teams off to the worst starts - ESPN In$ider
Low angst: The Eagles barely beat the Colts and barely lost to the Titans in the two games since Carson Wentz returned from knee surgery. That isn’t much to go on. A veteran evaluator said the Eagles’ chances will hinge on their ability to get and stay healthy at receiver, running back and in their pass-rushing rotation. That assumes Wentz can stay healthy as well -- no sure thing after the Titans hit him 11 times Sunday. And it assumes the Eagles can restore a secondary that entered the season with question marks at cornerback and is worse off with safety Rodney McLeod on IR. The rest of the NFC East isn’t running away from the Eagles, diminishing the angst level for the defending Super Bowl champions.

These Eagles are far from a great team right now - NBCSP
You can’t imagine the 2017 Eagles losing that game in Nashville because there’s no way that version of the Eagles ever loses that game. Maybe there’s a Super Bowl hangover, but I don’t think their struggles are for lack of effort. I think it has more to do with being the reigning Super Bowl champions and getting their opponents’ best each week. The Titans celebrated after the overtime win like they had won the championship. Every single team the Eagles face this season is going to give it everything to beat the champs. We talked about that bull’s eye this summer; now we’re seeing it.

Week 4 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Kicker: Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles – 81.1. Elliott only made two field goals on the day, but both were extremely important. The first sent the game into overtime, while the second put the Eagles in front in overtime before the Marcus Mariota to Corey Davis game-winner gave the Titans the victory.

Chip Kelly remains winless in his return to college - PFT
In San Francisco Kelly went 2-14, and he lost his last two games with the Eagles. Add those records to his four losses at UCLA and Kelly is 2-20 in his last 22 games as a head coach. For a coach who went 46-7 in four seasons at Oregon, that has to be hard to stomach.

Monday Morning Pleighbook: Fitzmagic is dead. Long live Fitzmagic. - SB Nation
The Chicago Bears crushed the Bucs, Earl Thomas sent a message, and Alvin Kamara has left the building in Week 4’s Monday Morning Pleighbook.


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