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Eagles have most difficult finishing schedule in NFL - ESPN
Following a bad home loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, which dropped the Philadelphia Eagles to 4-5 and put them two games behind the Washington Redskins in the division, quarterback Carson Wentz recognized that the bandwagon was likely emptying on the defending champs. ”We realize a lot of people are going to want to write us off at this point,” he said. “Now it’s just time to play ball and try and go shock some people.” To do so, they’ll have to overcome not only a rash of injuries, but also the most difficult closing schedule in football. Philly’s remaining opponents have a combined record of 40-23. That .635 win percentage is tops in the NFL, per ESPN Stats & Information research, ahead of the remaining schedule of the Raiders (.592) and Jets (.570).

The Eagles’ first quarter offense stinks - BGN
The Eagles had two weeks to prepare for the Cowboys and scored all of three points in the first quarter. That was actually an improvement for the season. The Eagles have gone scoreless in the first quarter in six games. That’s pathetic. Injuries have certainly been a factor for the Eagles struggles. But coaching is another. The fear of a “brain drain” when Doug Pederson lost two top offensive assistants is being realized.

At the Podium #10: Darby Done for the Season - BGN Radio
A double dose of Doug Pederson with a side of Carson Wentz, check out what those two had to say about the Eagles miserable loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Plus, big news on Monday as Pederson announced Ronald Darby has a torn ACL and will be out for the season. Plenty of info in this sucker, get your fill.

Which players are the Eagles likely to bring back from injured reserve? - PhillyVoice
It’s interesting that the Eagles have opted not to reactivate Mack Hollins yet, even though Pederson has said that he is healthy. It’s certainly possible that they view Wallace as the deep threat piece their offense presently doesn’t possess, and are waiting for him to (A) be eligible to return, and (B) get healthy enough to contribute. There’s also perhaps no rush to reactivate Hollins, especially if the Eagles suffer an injury to Ertz or Goedert, thus making Rodgers a more valuable player. In other words, while the Eagles are able to bring back one or more of their players from IR, there’s no real rush on their part to do so.

The Hits Keep Coming - Iggles Bliz
Doug Pederson didn’t exactly have a lot of answers at Monday’s press conference. Then again, Pederson hasn’t exactly had many answers this year. The coach who was so brilliant a season ago, calling the right plays and knowing exactly how to lead his team, has not called the right plays or pushed the right buttons this year. The players who made so many big plays last year can’t seem to make any of them this year. The personnel department made key move after key move a year ago, haven’t come close to those results this season. There seems to be a competition…Team Blame Pederson vs Team Blame the Players vs Team Blame Howie. The truth is that everyone owns a share of this disappointment. Just like they all deserve credit for winning the Super Bowl a year ago. Pederson isn’t suddenly dumb. Howie didn’t forget how to find talent. Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox and the other key players didn’t lose their ability. You just see this some years in sports. On paper, everything makes sense. But reality proves to be very different.

The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles Draft Suddenly Matters — A Lot - The Draft Network
It’s a well-kept secret: that despite his excellent roster management on the waiver wire and the trade block, his aggressiveness as a trader, and shrewdness as a cap manager, Howie Roseman’s drafting struggles from his first stint at GM seem to have remained. They aren’t as dire, but they still fester. Roseman could put them to bed by fielding a young, dynamic team around his soon-to-be-nine-figure QB; and he must, if he wants to turn that massive investment in Carson Wentz into more Lombardi trophies.

The Six Things Wrong With the Defending Champion Eagles - The Ringer
The Eagles have not been able to replace Ajayi’s presence since he tore his ACL earlier this season. Wendell Smallwood had two carries for 4 yards and three catches for 30 yards, Corey Clement had five rushes for 13 yards, and rookie Josh Adams led the team with seven rushes for 47 yards. Yet none of the team’s backs were able to make the same impact when it mattered, especially when Philadelphia needed a first down and Ajayi often came through in the clutch. The Eagles rushed for just three first downs on Sunday night, a shortcoming punctuated by Eagles coach Doug Pederson deciding not to go for a 37-yard field goal from the Dallas 20 and trying to convert a fourth-and-1, only to see rookie running back Josh Adams lose 3 yards on the play.

Scripted plays? Get the Eagles a rewrite! - Daily News
Specifically, when you have an entire bye week to prepare for an opponent, and your first four plays are a 1-yard pass on which Zach Ertz misses a block on DeMarcus Lawrence, a run for no yardage, a 7-yard screen on third-and-9, and an interception, it seems as if there might be a bit of a disconnect somewhere in the process. ”I do evaluate the calls, because I put those together. That’s solely on me,” coach Doug Pederson said Monday, after his team went three-and-out on the first series for the fifth time this season, and failed to score in the first quarter for the seventh time in nine games.

Reality Check For Eagles: Season Is On The Brink -
The positive spin is that seven games are remaining and the NFC East is still there – the Eagles trail Washington by two games, with two games remaining against the Redskins – and the Eagles are going to fight. They are going to be “resilient,” and that’s a good thing. But let’s also be real here: The Eagles blew a terrific opportunity on Sunday night to establish themselves in the NFC East to open the second half of the season. The loss was telling in so many ways. How can this team allow the Cowboys to take command at Lincoln Financial Field? Where was the fire? Where was the passion? The urgency?

Upon further review: What the numbers reveal about the Eagles’ dramatic drop in scoring output - The Athletic
This backs up the eye test. Nothing seems to come easy on offense. They get some chunk plays here and there, but the payoff only comes if they execute in the red zone. Obviously, part of this is personnel. With Mike Wallace (and to a lesser extent Mack Hollins) sidelined, they lack a true deep threat at wide receiver. Of course, it’s not like Torrey Smith lit the league on fire last year, and the Eagles were still able to produce big-play touchdowns. So it’s fair to blame some of this on coaching and scheme as well. The way the Eagles are playing, there is such little margin for error. Every team has self-inflicted wounds — the missed throws, drops, blown blocks and penalties. But the best offenses can make up for those with quick-strike scores. That element has been hasn’t been available to the Eagles this season

Doug Pederson second-guesses Josh Adams’ workload - NBCSP
The usual pattern with Doug Pederson is that at his regular Monday press conference he’s asked why he didn’t run the ball more the day before. And then he says, yeah, he should have. This week was different. Pederson didn’t wait to be asked why impressive rookie Josh Adams didn’t get more work. He brought it up himself. “Do I think he can have a few more touches? I do,” he said. “So that’ll answer everybody’s question right there. I do feel like he can touch the ball a few more times.” That clears that up. Adams was 9-for-61 in London against the Jaguars and followed that with a 7-for-47 performance Sunday in the loss to the Cowboys. Overall, the rookie from Warrington and Notre Dame is averaging 5.7 yards on 27 carries

NFL Week 10 Sunday Standouts: Defense - PFF
S Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles. Key signature stat: Produced five defensive stops on 69 defensive snaps. The Eagles fell to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, but Jenkins still had a productive evening. Jenkins logged an impressive nine total tackles and five defensive stops on the night. He allowed just one reception for five yards in coverage.

Stephen Jones doesn’t approve of Kris Richard’s involvement in pregame scuffle - PFT
Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard was in the middle of a pregame exchange with the Eagles before Sunday’s game. Video showed Richard and Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills exchanging shoves. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was not a fan of Richard making himself a part of the pregame antics.

Carolina Panthers waive RB C.J. Anderson, sign RB Travaris Cadet - Cat Scratch Reader
Anderson signed a one-year contract worth $1.7 million in the offseason, but he hasn’t been much of a factor in their offensive game plan through the first nine games of 2018. Anderson has only rushed 24 times for 104 yards in nine games, which is well below what he expected to produce given that he rushed for over 1,000 yards in his final season with the Denver Broncos in 2017.

Ranking the 10 dumbest mistakes we’re still talking about from NFL Sunday in Week 10 - SB Nation
The Eagles and Cowboys were both in must-win mode on Sunday night. But at home and coming off a bye, the Eagles were an easy favorite. The Cowboys were ready, though. After trailing for most of the night, Philly fought back to tie things up midway through the fourth quarter. Ezekiel Elliott put Dallas back on top with his second touchdown in what was a monster night, but the Eagles still had over three minutes to work with to tie or take the lead. Carson Wentz quickly moved them down the field with a few short passes and a scramble, before facing fourth-and-7 at the Dallas 35-yard line. To no surprise, the pass went to Zach Ertz, who caught a game-high 14 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. But whether the play call was to blame or Wentz’s throw, Ertz came down with the ball juuuuust short of the first-down marker.


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