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Eagles fans arrive, and London may never be the same - NBCSP
The Eagles don’t arrive in town until Friday morning, but thousands — and I mean thousands — of Eagles fans were already in town Thursday. And making their presence known. “When we got to customs, there were hundreds of Eagles fans and one Jaguars fan,” Linda Carlin of Cape May said Thursday as she watched the Buckingham Palace guards marching around. “I actually feel bad for their fans. They don’t have any idea what they’re up against.” Carlin and her daughter Rosemary of Jenkintown arrived in London Thursday morning. They’re headed to the Eagles-Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and then staying in town for more sightseeing until next weekend.

Birds hold big pep rally for Philadelphia Eagles fans in London - 6ABC
With the Eagles just hours away from landing in London for this Sunday’s game with the Jaguars, the team hosted a pep rally for fans who have already made the journey. ”We’re running on hardly any sleep, but we are feeding off the energy,” one fan said.

Eagles vs. Jaguars Game Preview: Five questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) and Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) are set to play on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. In order to preview this Week 8 matchup, I reached out to our enemies over at Big Cat Country. The radiant Ryan O’Bleness took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game. Let’s take a look at the answers.

Eagles-Panthers Preview Extravaganza - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton go to town on this loaded Eagles-Jaguars preview show! Should the Eagles be buyers or sellers in the trade market? How bad is it if the Eagles can’t get it done against Blake Bortles and what does it even mean if they do? Plus NFC East picks and much much more!

Eagles’ ‘old guy’ strategy has not had good results in 2018 - PhillyVoice
Roseman’s “old guy” strategy certainly makes sense, as he was able to acquire contributing role players at a low cost. It paid off big-time for the Eagles in their run to the Super Bowl. In 2018, however, the five old guys Roseman acquired have missed a combined 16 games, which is a risk with older players, and have largely been ineffective when they have been on the field, Bennett aside.

Down Years - Iggles Blitz
Agholor really emerged as a playmaker last year. This year he’s been anything but that. Agholor averages 8.5 yards per catch, and that’s boosted by a 32-yard catch and a 58-yard catch. Yikes. Agholor lives at the line of scrimmage this year, and that’s not good. This would make more sense if Jimmy Bama’s hero Sam Bradford was throwing him the ball, but Wentz is the guy slinging the rock. Wentz is an aggressive QB who likes to go vertical. Agholor isn’t getting the best chances, but even when he does, he can’t take advantage of them. Robinson is a Saint (and hurt). Sidney Jones took his place and has played pretty well, but he’s not made any plays. Robinson covered well, picked off passes when the ball came his way and even had a sack. Jones has one pass deflection. That’s it.

Going for it: Aggressive-minded NFL follows in wake of Eagles’ success - ESPN
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz had the same reaction as many across the country when Doug Pederson put two fingers in the air instead of one late against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5, his team trailing by eight. ”I was a bit slack-jawed, like, ‘What are we doing?’” Schwartz said. “I wasn’t privy to those discussions and things like that with the analytics [people], and being sort of old-school it’s like, ‘What? No, no, kick the [extra point].’ And then after the game, somebody was explaining to me the statistics behind it, and it’s like, ‘Oh, I get it.’”

Jay Ajayi: ‘I’m Going To Come Back Stronger And Better’ - PE.com
While the Eagles went through their Wednesday practice at the NovaCare Complex, one step closer to Sunday’s crucial game against Jacksonville (9:30 a.m., 6abc in Philadelphia, NFL Network), running back Jay Ajayi was here meeting the United Kingdom media as part of an exhibition at the Museum of London wearing a thigh-to-ankle brace on his left knee, his season finished. Injured blocking in pass protection on October 7, Ajayi will be part of the team’s cheering section on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, not carrying 20 times and slashing through the defense, a hometown hero playing in front of his huge legion of fans. It’s not exactly as he planned it when the schedule came was released in the spring.

Every city in America needs a Malcolm Jenkins - Philly.com
Malcolm and his colleagues in the Players Coalition are outspoken advocates for criminal justice reform and the need to address the racial biases that plague our system.

The Four Must-See NFL Matchups for Week 8 - The Ringer
Blake Bortles Against the Eagles Defense: Bortles is just part of a multitude of problems facing the Jaguars. Last weekend, their defensive line managed to sack Texans QB Deshaun Watson, who has taken so many hits he couldn’t fly to the game, only once. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is graded by Pro Football Focus no. 53 at his position. Former no. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette, whose career rushing average is below 4 yards per carry, has yet to return from a hamstring injury. A.J. Bouye’s injury means they’ll be starting three undrafted rookies in the secondary alongside Ramsey.

Week 8 NFL odds: Best plays and bet your mortgage on the Philadelphia Eagles - Big Cat Country
If there were a prop bet for Blake Bortles throwing a pick-six I’d take that bet too. The Jaguars are a mess. Bet on the Eagles to win by at least four points.

Week 8 Fantasy football stats: The league’s funnel defenses - PFF
Everything was going according to plan on Sunday for the defending Super Bowl champions. On the verge of a two-game winning streak, they went up by 17 points at the end of the third quarter and were shutting out the Panthers. By the end of a 21-17 loss, the pass-funnel Eagles allowed Cam Newton to throw for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second half alone. No team faces a higher situation-neutral pass rate than Philadelphia (69%), and as long as they keep trotting out the likes of Jalen Mills – our 104th-graded coverage cornerback – few teams deserve it more. Their eighth-highest-graded run defense allows the second-fewest yards per game (85.7). The Eagles haven’t allowed many touchdown passes (10; eighth-fewest) due in large part to the overall strength of their defense. Only five teams allow fewer points per game. When it comes to perimeter pass coverage, however, their funnel reputation is well earned.

Johnny Weir loves his Philadelphia Eagles and Carson Wentz - Outsports
Johnny Weir is best known for his over-the-top flamboyance on and off the ice. Yet there’s a big NFL fan under those sequins and fancy hats that is as hardcore as the most fanatic Boo Birds. While Weir spends most of his time on social media being fabulous, he also doesn’t shy away from cheering on “his” Philadelphia Eagles whenever possible.

Brock Osweiler’s best play with the Dolphins continues to be deflected pass - SB Nation
Brock Osweiler has played relatively well since filling in for Ryan Tannehill. But Osweiler did not play well during the Thursday Night Football game against his former team, the Houston Texans. The Miami Dolphins did not play well, either. That’s a story for another time. We’re here to talk about Osweiler, and the fact that the Dolphins have finally found the secret to his success. Just deflect the football and have a bunch of random garbage happen and hope it works out. No, seriously. This just looks like a Madden glitch.

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