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Michael Bennett done being reserved, ready to become more vocal - NBCSP
“I feel like people are responding to it. At first, you want to be reserved, but that’s not me. That’s not who I am as a person. The person I am, I’ve always stood for what I believe in, regardless. This is not a moment not to do that, not to remind us of what it takes to rekindle a relationship. Sometimes, when you play sports, you assume the relationship is great every single day. You have to be able to work on those relationships, work on evolving with the team. That’s where we’re at now. Doing the little small things that we did before when we were the underdogs, not as the champions. ‘Oh, maybe we don’t need to run.’ No, we need to run harder. We need to take one more step. ‘Maybe we don’t need to study.’ No, we need to study five more minutes. Everything is about taking the next step for the growth that we need as an individual and as a team.”

A lack of a running game is hurting Carson Wentz - BGN
There is also the obvious lack of explosiveness by the Eagles running backs this season. Last year, the Eagles led the entire NFL in rushing plays of more than 20 yards, with 19, and had three rushing plays of more than 40 yards. This year, they have had four plays of 20+ yards, tied for 24th in the NFL, and have not had a single rushing play of 40+ yards.

The Kist & Solak Show #43: Concerning the Eagles’ Offense & Power Rankings - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak plead for the Eagles to take advantage of a leaky Saints’ defense and give in-depth analysis how the two units compare to each other. PLUS Power Rankings are here, the gang gives their top 5 best teams!

Five over/unders for Eagles’ Week 11 matchup vs. Saints - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz turnovers: 0.5. Aside from a penchant for dropping the ball, Carson Wentz has been great at avoiding turnovers since returning from his torn ACL. His interception against the Cowboys last Sunday was just his third of the season, and if the Eagles hope to upset the Saints in Week 11, he’ll need to avoid giving them the ball on a short field. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening against a Saints team that has forced multiple turnovers in two of their last three games and has turned the ball over at least once in each of their home games except their season-opening loss to the Bucs. Whether it’s a fumble or an interception, I think Wentz turns the ball over at least once on Sunday. That, however, doesn’t mean he’s in store for a rough day, but the Eagles are likely going to have to pass a lot to keep pace with the Saints, and will cause Wentz to have the ball in his hands quite a bit. I’m just playing the law of averages here.

Beating the Saints - Iggles Blitz
The Saints are 8-1. This is a good team. They are not the ’85 Bears. Or even the 2017 Eagles. They are 23rd in points and yards allowed. Three teams have scored 35 or more points against them. Teams can score on them. But can the Eagles? Carson Wentz was red hot in the second half of last week’s game. He’s posting strong numbers this year. There is no doubt in my mind that he can light up the Saints defense. Doug Pederson needs to trust his start QB. Put the game in his hands. Don’t abandon the run, but make this game all about Wentz and his weapons. Throw the ball to Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Spread the ball around and move the chains. The Eagles aren’t going to win this game with 17 or 20 points. New Orleans season low is 21 points. They scored 24 in another game. You must put up 28 or 31 to feel comfortable about your chances to beat them.

Eagles-Saints: Pre-game stats that matter | Paul Domowitch - Daily News
The Eagles have had 22 touchdown drives. Just eight of them (36.4%) have been seven plays or less. Last year, 28 of their 47 TD drives (59.6%) were seven plays or less. The Eagles had nine TD drives last season that were three plays or less. So far this year, they’ve had one. The Eagles are 25th in average drive start this season (26.7-yard line). Last year, they were fifth (30.0). Just 15 of their 100 possessions have started at their own 40 or better. Last year, they had 43. Their opponents’ average drive start has been the 28.5-yard line. That’s the highest in the last three years.

The NFL’s best at everything: Top performer in 60 distinct categories - PFF
Best bull rush: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles. Cox is a 310-pound defensive tackle who ran a faster 40-yard dash at the combine than Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. Cox uses that explosiveness to run through guards on an almost at-will basis.

Eagles to wear home uniforms in New Orleans as golf bet comes due - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles will be wearing their home green uniforms in New Orleans on Sunday for their matchup against the Saints, as Sean Payton’s bet with Doug Pederson is finally coming due. Back in March at the owner’s meetings in Orlando, the two were paired up for the annual coaches’ golf outing, and decided to make it interesting. “We wanted to liven up the match, and we decided to bet and we chose jersey colors,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Three holes into it, ended up beating him, and that was it.”

Are Eagles Ready To Play An A-Plus Game? -
This is a tough spot. Everybody understands that. For the first time in seasons, the Eagles are playing a team that has performed at a significantly higher level throughout the year. The Eagles are on the road, in hostile territory, against an 8-1 team. Is this when the Eagles come out and play an A-plus kind of game? “We just have to play the way we know we can play,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “We know they’re a good team. It’s about us, not them. We have to play clean football and we have to play at our highest level. That’s the goal every week.

New Orleans Saints vs Philadelphia Eagles: Bold Predictions - Canal Street Chronicles
It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius! So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 11 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: a battle in the dome against the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. This is their chance to look brilliant!

Redskins Roster Moves: Byron Marshall activated from IR, Brian Quick waived - Hogs Haven
The Redskins made it official and have activated [former Eagles] RB Byron Marshall from IR. He is the second player to be activated this week, WR Trey Quinn was the first to return. The Redskins waived WR Brian Quick for the corresponding roster move. Marshall said earlier this week that he has been healthy and ready to go for over a month. The Redskins now have 5 RBs on the roster, but two of them(Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine) have been ruled out this week. Thompson has been dealing with rib injuries that have caused him to miss several games. Perine was injured in practice on Thursday.

Oh no, this Rutgers Philly Special attempt - SB Nation
Rutgers tried the Eagles’ famous Super Bowl trick play against Penn State in pretty much the same situation: fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Scarlet Knights ran it to the left instead of the right, but the concept’s the same, and the result almost was, too. Disaster then struck.

What the hell are the Tennessee Titans? - SB Nation
Are the Tennessee Titans a team you can believe in? On the one hand, they beat up on the New England Patriots in Week 10. On the other, the Titans team started September with a loss to the Dolphins and then October with a loss to the Bills. Yes, they have wins over the Jaguars and Eagles — an AFC Championship team from last year and the defending Super Bowl champion. But those wins aren’t quite as impressive now that both teams are floundering. No team has allowed fewer points than Tennessee, but only four teams have had more difficulty getting points on the scoreboard.


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