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NFL 2018 first-quarter All-Pro Team - PFF
Jason Kelce’s reign atop the center position continues. He was the highest-graded offensive lineman in the entire NFL a season ago and hasn’t had any sort of Super Bowl hangover to speak of. Fletcher Cox is off to the best start of his career, which is saying something given how good he’s been. We collect times a pass-rusher beats an opposing offensive lineman yet the pass is thrown too quickly to record a pressure. Cox’s 11 such blocks defeated are the third-most of any defensive lineman in the NFL.

NFL insider says Eagles “have been mulling the potential of a Le’Veon Bell trade for a while now” - BGN
The “Le’Veon Bell to the Philadelphia Eagles” rumors are not dying down. It began with NFL insider Jason La Canfora calling the Eagles a “sleeper team” to acquire the Pittsburgh Steelers running back. Then he reported the Eagles have “interest” in Bell. The latest from La Canfora is that the Eagles “have been mulling the potential of a Bell trade for a while now.”

The Kist & Solak Show #20: Arif Hasan of The Athletic Minnesota - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Arif Hasan of The Athletic Minnesota to preview the Eagles upcoming Week 5 battle and NFC Championship Game (38-7) rematch with the Vikings! What’s up with the Vikings slow start and does it point to a bigger problem with the defense? How is life with Kirk Cousins? What’s up with the leaky line and the Everson Griffen situation? All that and more in this special preview!

Eagles vs. Vikings: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
One way the Eagles can help out their secondary against guys like Thielen and Diggs is to get after Cousins. The Eagles only registered one sack in the NFC Championship Game, but they outright dominated the Vikings up front, pressuring Case Keenum into bad throws all game long. They also held the Vikings to 70 yards rushing on 18 carries (3.9 YPC). The Vikings’ Achilles heel last season was their offensive line, and they didn’t do much to improve it. This is a matchup the Eagles must not only win, but dominate.

Tough Losses - Iggles Blitz
We see things through an Eagles-centric lens. We focus on the Eagles losing that game and making mistakes. We also have to give the Titans credit. They are now 3-1 and certainly look like a team on the rise. Tennessee spent a Top 10 pick on WR Corey Davis to give them an explosive receiver. He sure looked like an explosive receiver on Sunday. Marcus Mariota played like a franchise QB. And that defense made their share of big plays. I’m not excusing the Eagles mistakes, but we do need to make sure we give the Titans some credit as well.

Did Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh throw defense under bus? - NBCSP
This really bothers me. Whether intended or not, Groh gave the impression he was throwing the defense under the bus. He seemed to be saying, “Hey, we did our job,” implying that the defense didn’t do theirs. Which, of course, they didn’t. Nobody did. You just lost in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead and you didn’t score a touchdown on your last five possessions despite two drives inside the Titans’ 20-yard line. Don’t stand there bragging about getting a field goal in overtime before losing a football game. Just a bad look.

Michel Sproles: Not Just A Survivor, A Warrior -
It just didn’t make any sense. Michel and Darren Sproles just had their second daughter, Rhyan. Shortly after she was born, Michel noticed that an area of her right breast was thicker than the rest. She went for an ultrasound, and it showed obstructed milk ducts. That could have made sense, except for the fact that she wasn’t breastfeeding. Michel knew something wasn’t right. She pleaded to get a mammogram and on October 17, 2012 doctors delivered the news that no one ever wants to hear – Michel had ductal carcinoma (DCIS), a non-invasive form of breast cancer.

Untangling the NFL Injury Web - Football Outsiders
A few interesting things jump out here. First, Philadelphia and Miami each have two different coaches among the ten safest. That suggests something smart being done at the franchise level that transcends specific coaches. That could be the product of strong investments in sports science and analytics, careful monitoring of player workload, or any number of other factors. If you’re looking to keep your team healthier, though, I’d start by talking to the hard-working folks of the Eagles and Dolphins. Playing for one of these low-risk combinations is associated with a 20 percent reduction in your odds of injury versus an average team and coach.

Dalvin Cook, Trae Waynes miss Wednesday practice - Daily Norseman
Running back Dalvin Cook and running back Trae Waynes sat out of Wednesday’s practice. Cook is still nursing the hamstring injury that he suffered in Week 2 and left him on a “pitch count” against the Rams last Thursday, while Waynes is apparently dealing with the effects of a concussion suffered during that loss in Los Angeles. Waynes will have to pass the concussion protocol in order to get back onto the field by Sunday, but it still remains to be seen whether or not Cook will be able to take the field against what is, right now, the best run defense in the NFL. The Vikings’ rush offense is currently the NFL’s worst, so any spark that Cook could potentially provide would be welcomed.

Let’s talk about Eli Manning, risk management and the Giants’ offense - Big Blue View
In the wake of the New York Giants’ 33-18 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, the level of consternation surrounding the production from the Giants’ offense is reaching a fever pitch. Against a defense - and particularly a secondary - that had made opposing passers look like Patrick Mahomes through three weeks, Eli Manning and company struggled. Manning completed 31-of-41 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown, but yet again there were opportunities missed in the passing game and a plethora of check downs. Studying this Giants’ offense right now uncovers a team trying to find its schematic identity, a quarterback struggling to gel in the new system, an offense leaving too many chances on the field, and questions over how this team handles risk.

LeSean McCoy denies most recent accusation of domestic abuse by ex-girlfriend - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has again denied that he ever abused anyone, including his ex-girlfriend and the son they share. This comes on the heels of new domestic abuse allegations by his former girlfriend, who added testimony to her lawsuit originally filed in reference to her home invasion assault this summer.

Bills should consider trading LeSean McCoy, Kelvin Benjamin - ESPN
McCoy, 30, is the NFL’s eighth-oldest running back and has failed to gain more than 50 rushing yards in eight of his past 12 games. That can partly be attributed to injuries, problems along the offensive line and poor quarterback play that has resulted in pass-heavy approaches while trailing. Sunday was the latest example of why the situation around McCoy in Buffalo is unlikely to considerably change before he either reaches a point of physical decline or the end of his contract with the Bills. ”I’m not used to [the lack of usage],” McCoy said. “I’m used to getting the ball a lot. But when the game is kind of getting out of hand, we’re getting down early -- we got to throw the ball. I understand it. I’ve been around the league a long time. Sometimes this happens.”

The Earl Thomas Saga Is Only the Beginning - The Ringer
On Sunday, one of the best defensive players of his generation broke his leg and then flashed his middle finger at his own team’s sideline while he was carted off the field. It was a sad end to Thomas’s contract negotiations with Seattle, and an illustration of growing frustrations in a league where even the best players barely have any leverage.

The night Patrick Mahomes became an elite NFL quarterback - SB Nation
Whatever doubts or questions we had about the Chiefs QB were answered emphatically in a Monday night comeback win over the Broncos.


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