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Week 8 Power Rankings: Players who must step up on all 32 teams - ESPN
Need more from: CB Jalen Mills. The Eagles cornerback has allowed a league-high 541 yards in coverage as the nearest defender, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Philadelphia as a whole has given up a league-worst 1,410 yards to wide receivers and eight touchdowns, as compared to just two interceptions.

12 things we learned from the Eagles’ loss to the Panthers - BGN
Shockingly, the Eagles continue to prove to be vulnerable at cornerback. It was Mills who gave up the 4th-and-10 after he slipped and left Torrey Smith wide open. He made matters worse by whiffing on the tackle attempt. Ronald Darby left Devin Funchess open for an easy touchdown after biting on a sluggo at a time when he should’ve been more conservative in the game. In possibly related news, the Eagles are reportedly interested in trading for Patrick Peterson.

The Kist & Solak Show #31: Injuries, Panic, Trades, & All-22 - BGN Radio
Join Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak in a LOADED show that covers Derek Barnett’s injuries, panic buttons being pressed, trades for Patrick Peterson, coverage gripes, and a gaggle of notes regarding the Eagles-Panthers coaches film plus much more!

Eagles vs. Jaguars: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
As noted above, the Jaguars lost starting LT Cam Robinson for the season with a torn ACL. Filling in for him initially was Josh Wells, who then injured his groin. The Jags placed Wells on IR, and signed former Giants bust Ereck Flowers. Over the last two games, the Jags have started Josh Walker at LT. Walker is a former undrafted guard who has bounced around the league, and had never previously started an NFL game. He has not been good, as you might expect. To be determined if the Jags stick with Walker, or if they give someone else (Flowers, maybe?) a shot. With the loss of Derek Barnett for the season with a shoulder injury, Michael Bennett will fill in as the starting right defensive end. This season, there’s an argument to be made that Bennett has been the Eagles’ most disruptive edge rusher. This is a matchup that a veteran like Bennett must dominate, and if the Jaguars slide protection his way, the rest of the Eagles’ defensive line must capitalize on their one-on-one opportunities.

Bank On Jim Schwartz To Fix The Defense -
You want to criticize Schwartz for his game plan? Go ahead. That’s part of the business. Nobody understands that better than Schwartz. But also respect his honesty and the body of work he’s built over the years and know that he’s one of the NFL’s brilliant defensive minds. The Eagles allowed 21 points on Sunday. All of them came in a 15-minute blitz. As Schwartz said on Tuesday, Carolina and quarterback Cam Newton deserve credit, too. It’s tough as far as optics go, yes, but it’s important to live and learn and make corrections for the next week.

Ranking all 32 NFL teams’ coverage units after Week 7 - PFF
21 - TEAM COVERAGE GRADE: 68.7. Forced Incompletion %: 12.3 (T-4th). Team Passer Rating Allowed%: 98.7 (12th). Top Coverage Defender (Coverage Grade): S Rodney McLeod (78.2).

McFadden: Eagles, Patriots ‘aggressive’ pursuing trade for Cardinals’ Peterson - Arizona Sports
“There are a boatload of teams that would love to trade for Pat,” McFadden told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “The three best teams that have been pretty aggressive so far in a day’s time (since reports of the request surfaced) is of course the Saints, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Those three teams have really been pretty aggressive for the most part trying to see exactly what it would take to make a trade become a reality.”

John DeFilippo, Kris Richard among coaching names to watch -
Vikings OC John DeFilippo: If Minnesota’s offense keeps rolling, this might end up being the hottest name in this hiring cycle, period. DeFilippo, 40, is sharp, driven, detailed and a lifetime QB guy going back to his college playing days. He was Carson Wentz’s position coach the past two seasons in Philadelphia. Now he’s putting his stamp on Kirk Cousins, who’s on pace to set career highs in passing yards (4,941) and touchdowns (32) in a new offense, and showing he can put the likes of undrafted receiver Adam Thielen in position to succeed week after week. DeFilippo interviewed with the 49ers after the 2015 season (which he spent as the Browns’ OC on a doomed staff) and the Cardinals and Bears this past year.

Week 7 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams remain on top of the DVOA ratings, far ahead of the rest of the league. But below these top teams, there’s a lot of movement up and down. What on earth are the Denver Broncos doing at No. 5? We explain. Plus: Buffalo is now the worst offense in DVOA history.

All the Players Who Could Move Before the 2018 NFL Trade Deadline - The Ringer
Possible Destination: The Eagles reportedly called the Bills about reacquiring their former star running back, who was ousted in Chip Kelly’s 2015 purge, after lead back Jay Ajayi tore his ACL earlier this month. Bills head coach Sean McDermott responded to questions about the report by saying, “We get calls all the time.” After his injury on Sunday, McCoy is still in the concussion protocol, and staying in Buffalo for the rest of the season seems more probable than being dealt.

Why did the Jaguars go back to Blake Bortles? - Big Cat Country
I think the fact that the game is in another country this weekend does have something to do with it. Bortles has made the London trip multiple ways and know show to handle the abnormal week and travel while still preparing as the starting quarterback. Making the switch to Kessler on the same week you change everything for international travel is a large under taking and if nothing else, NFL coaches like what they’re familiar with.

NFL Panic Index 2018: Why is the Eagles’ Super Bowl hangover so bad? - SB Nation
Talk about a hangover. Eagles fans are stumbling along, halfway through the season, with waning good feelings about the defending Super Bowl champs being 3-4 to start the season. The latest FanPulse survey revealed that just 38 percent of Eagles fans were confident about the direction of the team right now. So what’s wrong with the Eagles? You can point to a few different things. Big plays are one problem. The offense was the 15th best at generating them last season. This year, they were 22nd prior to a Week 7 loss to the Panthers. On the other side of the ball, the defense was the 4h best at preventing big plays; they’re 28th this year, so far.


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