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‘We won the Super Bowl’: Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins brushes off offseason comments from Saints’ Alvin Kamara - PennLive
“Did I address that? ... No, we won the Super Bowl. No, no,” Jenkins said. “The bulletin board material is really more for you guys than for us. No more incentive than I already have,” Jenkins added. “I got a laundry list of reasons why I want to be excited for this game. One, because it’s our next game. Two, our season’s kind of in the balance and we need it. And I can go on for days. I don’t need any more motivation.”

Eagles are the biggest defending Super Bowl underdogs since 2009 - BGN
Well, the Eagles are making history.

Safety Blitz with Malcolm Jenkins: Already dangerous Drew Brees ‘has weapons all over the place’ - PhillyVoice
“The Saints have sure made it hard (to defend) adding the guys that they have,” Jenkins said. “Sean Payton’s creativity has an ability to get guys open. (Wide receiver) Michael Thomas is playing out of his mind. You have Alvin Kamara who’s doing really well, and with Mark Ingram, that gives them a balanced run game. Ben Watson is a reliable tight end who has been playing for a long while. And the other guys are just making plays. Then you add Brandon Marshall to the mix. Drew has weapons all over the place. Drew is going to make some throws and he’s make some plays. It’s just one of those things where we have to match up well.”

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!

Best bets on Week 11 NFL games - ESPN In$ider
While the Eagles’ offense has been frustrating, the bigger concern has been their defense. They started off the year as a top-five team against the run, but it turns out most of that was schedule related: Philadelphia faced four of the NFL’s worst rushing teams in its first five games (Buccaneers, Vikings, Colts and Falcons). Philadelphia currently ranks No. 24 against the run despite playing the third-easiest schedule of offenses. The past three games, it ranks as the fourth-worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 5.9 YPC and a 56 percent success rate. On the other side of the ball, this Eagles offense is likely going to become somewhat one-dimensional, although they should still try to stay somewhat balanced against the Saints’ run defense, which ranks third, but against the fifth-easiest schedule of run offenses. Philadelphia is likely to find some success through the air, although it may not be as easy as initially expected. The Eagles like to run a lot of their offense through their tight ends, who have a whopping 38 percent target share. But the Saints are the NFL’s No. 5 defense against tight ends, holding them to just 6.4 yards per attempt and a 45 percent success rate.

Carson Wentz has improved from last season, why can’t the Eagles capitalize? - Inquirer
Wentz is thriving notwithstanding team-wide problems. The personnel isn’t as good. The coaching and game plans haven’t been as sharp. And the execution, as a result, hasn’t been as consistent. Injuries have played a role, but the Eagles simply haven’t been able to capitalize on their quarterback’s Year 3 progress. Why? It’s difficult to point fingers. But if Pederson was being honest with himself, he would at least factor some of his play-calling into the equation. Wentz is completing 71 percent of his throws – more than 10 percentage points higher than last season (60.2). His touchdowns per pass attempt has fallen (7.5 percent to 5.6 percent) but so, too, has his interception rate (1.6 percent to 1.1 percent). And his 108.5 passer rating would have been the NFL’s best in 2017. Passing numbers are up across the NFL. There are 14 quarterbacks with ratings over 100. The season is far from over, but the previous high was eight in 2013. But despite the overall decline of the team around him, Wentz’s numbers are only marginally down on third downs (a 123.7 passer rating in 2017 compared with 99.5 in 2018) and in the red zone (116.3 to 105.6).

The Sidney Jones Watch Is Back On For 2018 -
There remains a high degree of just-how-good-will-he-be? with Jones. He’s got all the physical attributes you want in a cornerback – he’s 6-0, a solid 181 pounds, and he moves well, tackles willingly, changes direction, and appears to have a high football IQ. He needs work, for sure, and over time the game reps will sink in and Jones will play a more natural game rather than feeling around in the dark just a bit, if you will, for lack of game snaps at this level. The Eagles need Jones to play at a high level given the second-round draft pick investment and the league’s obvious open season on defenses. NFL offenses are scoring at a record rate and, let’s be honest, it’s never been easier to complete a pass in league history. Cornerbacks can’t make contact with a wide receiver more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and throws down the field are either completed at a high rate or penalized (on defensive backs) at an even higher rate. In so many ways, a cornerback has the odds stacked against him.

Silva’s Week 11 Matchups - Rotoworld
To catch the 6-3 Redskins in the NFC East, Carson Wentz must turn the 4-5 Eagles into one of the NFL’s highest-scoring teams to make up for Philly’s disintegrated secondary and at-best inconsistent rushing attack. The Eagles’ passing-game struggles have been mostly due to protection breakdowns, yet New Orleans ranks bottom ten in sack rate (6.2%) and QB hit rate (13.3%) and is still missing first-round RE Marcus Davenport (toe). This game matches up teams with stout run defenses but leaky pass defenses on the Superdome’s fast track, greatly enhancing shootout potential. I think it will fly over the 56-point total. Wentz is a high-ceiling play with multiple touchdowns in six straight games and a 14:2 TD-to-INT ratio during that span, good for top-ten fantasy scores in four straight starts. RT Lane Johnson’s (knee/ankle) return is another huge boon to Wentz’s fantasy outlook. … The Eagles’ three-man RBBC is safe to ignore at New Orleans, which permits just 3.28 yards per carry and 43.7 receiving yards per game to running backs. Coach Doug Pederson did promise after last week’s loss that UDFA rookie Josh Adams would get more work. Clearly the Eagles’ top runner, Adams turned 16 carries into 108 yards (6.75 YPC) in his last two games but has one target and zero touchdowns all year. Adams is a bench stash in season-long leagues who could become usable in better-script games. Philly projects to play from behind, and New Orleans has held seven of its last eight opponents under 100 rushing yards.

Preview: Eagles (4-5) visit Saints (8-1) - KYW
The Eagles continue to get ready for Sunday’s game in New Orleans against the Saints. KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon spoke with Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton about this one.

An early look at top free agents in 2019 – Defense - PFF
Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles. Brandon Graham is one of the elite edge defenders in the game, and he has Super Bowl experience under his belt. Currently, he has an overall grade of 90.3, ranking first among edge defenders. He has produced 42 total pressures (33 hurries, five hits, four sacks) on 280 pass-rush snaps, good for a pass-rush productivity rating of 8.4, tied for 13th among edge defenders. Although he is known mostly for his pass-rushing prowess, Graham has quietly been among the elite run-stoppers at the edge position this season; he has 14 run stops on 103 run defense snaps, ranking fifth in run stop percentage (13.6%) at his position. Whether he stays or goes, he will be a force in the trenches for his team.

Eagles-Saints cheat sheet: Matchups, storylines and predictions - The Athletic
The Saints have all kinds of weapons that are likely to cause the Eagles trouble and Brees is equal opportunity when it comes to passing to the open man. But there’s no doubt that Michael Thomas, who’s having an insane season, is the passing game’s focal point. Forget that he leads the NFL with 78 catches on the season so far (for 950 yards) and consider his catch rate of 89.7 percent. Since the NFL started keeping track of targets in 1992, Thomas’ catch rate ranks as the second-best ever for a player with at least 70 receptions. Every other player in the top 20 is a running back and the next closest wide receiver is 2012 Randall Cobb at No. 40 with a 76.9-percent catch rate. Complicating matters for the Eagles is that Thomas lines up all over the place. According to SportRadar, Thomas has 30 catches for 419 yards in the slot and 48 catches for 531 yards on the outside. He’s especially prolific on first down, where his 35 catches are second only to Zach Ertz’s 36.

Saints vs. Eagles Matchups: New Orleans defense vs. Philadelphia offense - Canal Street Chronicles
The New Orleans Saints host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. New Orleans rolls into this contest on an eight game winning streak and with the lead in the NFC South. The 4-5 Eagles come in having lost four of their last six games, third place in the NFC East and in danger of falling out of the conference playoff race. The Saints struggled defensively over the season’s first month, but have solidified in some areas in the last few games. New Orleans has the league’s 23rd ranked defense in both points allowed (25.8/game) and total yards allowed (376/game), but are beginning to show big play potential. Philadelphia, who were close to the top of the league’s rankings in nearly every offensive category a year ago, currently rank 13th in total yardage (373/game) but are averaging just 22 points per game. The Eagles have had a number of injuries on both sides of the ball, and now likely face a must-win situation to keep their postseason hopes alive. Today, we have a look at how the Saints defense matches up against the offense of a desperate Philadelphia team.

An Appreciation for Rams-Chiefs, Football at Its Finest - The Ringer
It’s the NFL’s dream matchup: MVP candidates, innovative offenses, and Super Bowl contenders. These teams are the future, and the rest of the league would be wise to follow suit.

Which NFL team with a losing record would you pick to make a run to the playoffs? - SB Nation
The good news for the Eagles is that the NFC East remains imminently winnable and, on paper, no team in the division is as talented as Philadelphia. Wentz is completing 71 percent of his passes and has a 15:3 TD:INT ratio. The Eagle defense has allowed fewer than 20 points per game over the last five weeks. All the tools to make a run are there, Pederson just hasn’t figured out how to line them up in 2018. On the other hand, the Eagles’ final seven games include road dates against the Rams and Saints, two dates against East-leading Washington, a showdown with the AFC South-leading Texans, and a Dallas rematch of the Cowboys game they just lost. Is it too late to change my answer?


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