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NFL evaluators make picks on Week 8’s best games - ESPN In$ider
The Eagles have their own issues. Much focus is on the cornerback spot, and rightfully so. But their Total QBR is down from an elite 78.1 at this point last season to a league-average 57.3 so far, while their defense has actually improved its QBR allowed, from 52.5 through seven games last season to 46.7 so far in 2018. Based on ESPN’s expected-points efficiency metrics, the offense and special teams have fallen off much more this season than the defense has fallen off. Looking more closely, this Eagles team isn’t getting the long touchdown passes that helped turn games last season. The 2018 team has two touchdown passes longer than 15 yards, tied for last in the league with Oakland, Tennessee, Baltimore, Buffalo and Houston. Philly had seven at this point last season. ”This is a tough call, but I will take Philly,” another insider said. “Too many things going on with Jacksonville right now.”

NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles exploring cornerback options - BGN
With the Giants clearly in fire sale mode, I don’t doubt that Jenkins is available. But I don’t think the 30-year-old corner makes sense for the Eagles. Jenkins would cost nearly $7 million in cap space for the rest of the 2018 season before carrying a $14.75 million figure in 2019. Conley makes much more sense for the Eagles. The 2017 first-round pick is only 23 years old. He’s inexpensive and under contract through at least 2020, prior to his fifth-year option potentially being activated for 2021. Conley has fallen out of favor with the Raiders as he’s been benched for former Eagles corner Daryl Worley.

The Kist & Solak Show #33: Jaguars’ Offense Preview, Ben’s Nuclear Trade - BGN Radio
Join Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak as they go over a wild trade option that Ben concocted.. does it make any sense? Also, can the Eagles’ defense rebound after allowing 21 straight points to the Panthers by shoring things up against an anemic Jaguars’ offense?

A look at Carson Wentz’s 29 career fumbles - PhillyVoice
The other significant issue with Wentz is that he has 29 fumbles in 34 career games. That’s a lot. #Analysis. Because quarterbacks are often credited with fumbles that aren’t always necessarily their fault, I thought it would be useful to take a peek back at all 29 to see what they looked like.

Present, But Not Permanent - Iggles Blitz
We don’t know how things are going to play out this year. The Eagles could get hot and win five games in a row. They would get the attention of the rest of the league. The team could continue to win one, lose one and hover around .500. I don’t see this team falling apart and finishing 6-10 or something like that. Anything is possible I suppose, but I think there would have to be even more injuries. This team has Carson Wentz, one of the best QBs in the league. Wentz is playing at a high level. You aren’t going to win without good QB play unless you have a spectacularly good defense or a lot of fluke plays going your way (see the 2017 Bills). The Eagles still have plenty of other talent. The OL is good. Jeffery and Ertz are terrific pass catchers. Cox, Graham and Bennett give them a trio of very talented pass rushers. Bradham and Hicks are talented LBs. Jenkins is still a good safety.

Debrief: Things we know (and things we don’t) after Week 7 -
It’s cliche to say that NFL games come down to a single play or two, but it’s a cliche because it’s true. I don’t think any differently about the Panthers and Eagles after Sunday’s game. They look like two roughly even, rugged NFC teams with defined strengths who have the goods to improve their weaknesses and make a playoff run with a little fortune. Similarly, little separated the Bucs and Browns, the Chargers and Titans, the Saints and Ravens and the Cowboys and Redskins on Sunday, but there will be grand postgame conclusions and meaning drawn, blame and credit assigned until we do it again next week. There is something unsatisfying and uncomfortable about recognizing what a massive, perhaps dominant role randomness plays every NFL Sunday in determining the latest standings. It’s as if we want this sport that we invest so much time in to make more sense than it really does, to apply some order after the fact where it doesn’t. I choose to embrace the chaos, accept that many teams are roughly equal, and try to separate the trends with staying power from the things we can’t possibly know ahead of time. Which is most everything.

NFL Week 8 NFL Network Philadelphia Eagles @ Jacksonville Jaguars Preview - PFF
The Eagles defense has allowed 509 passing yards from hurry-up offenses this year, the most among defenses. The Jags would be wise to use that to their advantage as they go up against the Eagles in London.

Eagles at a disadvantage in London - NBCSP
The Jaguars have done this trip a bunch. This will be their sixth time playing at Wembley Stadium. The Jags are 3-2 in that stadium but have won their last three straight there, including a blowout 44-7 win over the Ravens last September. In those three games, the Jags have forced eight turnovers while giving up just one of their own. Pederson credited an advanced team the Eagles send across the pond back when the schedule came out this spring. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to prepare them for this trip. It’s not like a bunch of other teams haven’t gone before, but the Eagles needed to figure out how they were going to handle it. In many respects, the Jaguars have an advantage. Many of their players have done it all before and they know what to expect. The Eagles are just hoping their preparation will make Sunday’s game as normal as possible. Then, they just have to get out there and play better.

Any Given Sunday: Panthers over Eagles - Football Outsiders
Where have the Philadelphia Eagles gone wrong as an offense? It’s a weird question to ask as you see another hyper-efficient Carson Wentz start hit the books. Wentz has 227 passing DYAR in just five starts. More to the point, the traditional statistics look even gaudier than that. Wentz is completing 70 percent of his passes, has thrown 10 touchdowns and just one interception, and he’s got a top-10 adjusted net yards per attempt figure. And yet, since he came back, the Eagles are 2-3 and have scored more than 23 points once. Part of the problem has actually been Philadelphia’s rushing offense. Those Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy rumors? They weren’t planted just because Jay Ajayi went down. Philadelphia has struggled to generate much in the rushing game since Wentz has come back. In Weeks 1 and 2, non-quarterback rushers combined for 25 DYAR. Since Week 3, they’ve generated -13 DYAR, and even that undersells how bad they’ve been a bit. If you limit it to just the last month of the season, the Eagles don’t have a single runner with a positive rushing DYAR, and that total number drops to -51 DYAR.

The Bortlesfly Effect Is the Key to the Football Universe - The Ringer
Jacksonville has repeatedly chosen to stick with Blake Bortles at QB, no matter how poorly he’s played. This decision has shaped the fate of the Jaguars’ franchise—and perhaps so much more.

Should the Jaguars change starting left tackles? - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former first round pick and New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers two weeks ago and he’s yet to play for the team. The Jaguars, who placed their first two left tackles on season ending injured reserve, have been operating with Josh Walker at left tackle.

Review: Should Cody Kessler be starting for the Jaguars instead of Blake Bortles? - SB Nation
Blake Bortles is still the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s had three straight horrible games that ruined a 3-1 start and dropped the Jaguars below .500, but coach Doug Marrone still says Bortles under center gives the team “the best opportunity to win.” That may end up being true when the Jaguars travel to London to face the Eagles in Week 8, but it definitely wasn’t the case in Week 7. When Bortles left the field, Cody Kessler took over and the Jaguars offense finally looked halfway competent again.


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