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Eagles vs. Saints Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
I see this game going something like 37-31, bad guys. No offense in the least bit, but the Eagles just “need” this game more. They’re going to be playing desperate. I could see the Eagles flying all across the field, making plays, laying it all on the line. Of course, every win in the NFL is important, but I could see the Saints falling just short to a scrappy and desperate Eagles team. That being said, that doesn’t change my predictions for the Saints season much. The Saints are Super Bowl-or-bust in 2018. It would be absolutely poetic for Drew Brees to win his first MVP of the year in zhis final season, win a Super Bowl (in front of the Atlanta Falcons’ faithful, no less), and ride off into the sunset. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I see the Saints making it into the playoffs, playing at least one of their games at home. Beyond that, who knows?

Eagles-Saints Preview Extravaganza - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton know the Eagles have a monumental task ahead of them.. with the hardest schedule remaining, is there any hope left to sneak into the playoffs? Full preview of the Eagles-Saints game and Week 11 Picks!

Mailbag: Who has been the Eagles’ biggest disappointment so far in 2018? - PhillyVoice
If I have to pick just one, I think both of your choices of Clement and Agholor are good, but I would say Lane Johnson, mainly because he raised the bar for expectations so high a year ago. Johnson hasn’t been bad, necessarily. He has shown toughness, playing through a high ankle sprain, but he gave up two huge plays against the Titans and Vikings to a rookie and a nobody, and has otherwise not quite looked the same, even before he began battling through injuries. Last year, even though he faced an absolutely ridiculous murderer’s row of outstanding pass rushers, he was still the clear-cut best offensive tackle in the NFL, in a league full of great ones. I still don’t think he gets enough credit for how superb he was in 2017, but the dropoff from his elite play in 2017 to his merely OK play in 2018 has been the biggest disappointment, in my view.

Checking in on the Young Guys - Iggles Blitz
Avonte Maddox has shown some really good traits. He tackles well. He’s aggressive. Maddox takes good angles to the ball, which shows a combination of brains and instincts. He can play in the box or back deep in centerfield. The Eagles found a good young player. The challenge is figuring out where to put him in the future.

From teammates to competitors, Jenkins, Brees share mutual respect - ESPN
There can’t be many people in this world who associate Drew Brees with Sisqo, but then, few have the kind of history with the quarterback that Malcolm Jenkins does. ”My very first NFL meeting, Drew Brees made me sing the ‘Thong Song,’” Jenkins said, drawing laughs. That was 2009. Jenkins was fresh out of Ohio State and Brees was entering his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints. The veteran had no problems putting the first-round pick through a little initiation, with an assist from his teammates.

The root of the Eagles’ problems on defense | Film breakdown - Inquirer
There have been games when the backups haven’t done their jobs, but there have been errors throughout the lineup. The Eagles have done well situationally, in terms of third down and red zone, but the results haven’t been there, and it starts with Schwartz and some of his decisions. But when his unit has flopped — specifically in late-game situations vs. the Titans, Panthers and Cowboys – it’s been a systemic breakdown. Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s loss to Dallas and some of the key plays on defense in which the Eagles failed.

32 NFL Observations, Week 10 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Over the last two regular seasons combined, the Eagles players have 586 pressures. That is 77 more than the next closest team.

Cowboys DB coach Kris Richard tells his side of the story following pregame scuffle in Philadelphia - SportsDay
“It was a really interesting moment,” Richard said Thursday. “I look fairly young and people probably don’t know or recognize the level of being a coach, right, wrong or indifferent. I know they’re really good guys over there. They’re honorable and obviously they’re Super Bowl champions. ... It’s one of those things to where you kind of get caught up in the heat of the moment and things of that nature. But absolutely no disrespect was taken or wanted to be given by any means. It was one of those deals to where everyone’s prepared to kind of go out and do battle and things happened.”

Interview with the Enemy: Eagles dealing with more than just a Super Bowl hangover - Canal Street Chronicles
Another week of football, and another week of our Interview with the Enemy series. This week, our friend, Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, answers 5 quick questions about our week 11 matchup, a battle in the dome pitting the New Orleans Saints against the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Panthers sign RB Kenjon Barner, waive CB Josh Hawkins - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers have added another running back to their roster after claiming former Panthers, Eagles, Chargers, Eagles, Panthers and Patriots running back Kenjon Barner off waivers. Cornerback Josh Hawkins, who the Panthers claimed after being released by the Packers in September, was waived to make room for Barner on the roster.

Geoff Schwartz’s 3 best bets for Week 11 in the NFL - SB Nation
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons -3. I like the Falcons in this spot for a couple of reasons. First, the Falcons are coming back home after two weeks on the road. The Falcons in the dome play much differently than on the road. So far this season they’ve scored 31, 37, 34 and 23 at home. While the Cowboys have an excellent defense, I don’t trust their offense to score enough points here. They are too up and down weekly for me to trust them in this spot.

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