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Eagles News: Carson Wentz hits a low point

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Against Saints, Eagles see a Carson Wentz we’ve never seen before - NBCSP
“I’ve played a lot of football games in my career and this is one of the worst losses I’ve ever been a part of, and yes, it’s frustrating,” Wentz said. “It’s frustrating all the way around. Offensively, defensively, special teams. We just got beat. We have to be better, and it starts with me.” Until Sunday, Wentz had been able to overcome his slow starts with big finishes. Against a Saints defense that had given up 19 touchdowns and had just six interceptions while allowing a monstrous 108.8 passer rating through nine games, Wentz was 19 for 33 for 156 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. “The last couple weeks, it’s (been) frustrating,” Wentz said. “I definitely take a lot of it on my plate, on my shoulders. I have to come out better.”

Saints’ game plan targeted Carson Wentz and Sidney Jones as Eagles’ weak points - BGN
Jones had a really bad missed tackle on the Saints’ first offensive play of the game, which was a 38-yard run by Mark Ingram. Jones then struggled in cover — though that’s not unusual for players covering Michael Thomas — before ultimately having to leave the game early with another hamstring injury. The Eagles’ hope for Wentz and Jones is that they’ll be two of the team’s best players for years to come. On Sunday, however, the enemy perceived them as weak points and took advantage.

At the Podium #11: Pederson & Wentz Live From the Struggle Bus - BGN Radio
There are a lot of questions stemming from the Eagles humiliating loss to the Saints and their 4-6 record, and as such the media asked those questions to Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. Find out what the message is to the team, what went wrong on some key plays, and get updated on the laundry list that we also call an injury report.

The Eagles’ five biggest needs in the 2019 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
3) Wide receiver. The Eagles’ skill players on offense are slow. What they lack is a speedy playmaker capable of makes big plays down the field and opening up the intermediate areas of the field for Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery. It’s pretty clear that Nelson Agholor isn’t that deep threat, and it’s even clearer that Shelton Gibson isn’t either. Playmakers needed.

Needing a Fix - Iggles Blitz
As for the offense, that was an anomaly. I know they’ve been mediocre this year, but that was flat out bad. They had 3 INTs and just one TD. Carson Wentz had arguably the worst game of his career. The offense won’t play like that this Sunday. Will they actually play well, the way we’ve expected all year? That’s a different question and I honestly don’t know. The coaches must figure out the reason for the slow starts. That has to change.

When will Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz beat the odds? - Inquirer
The bottom line is that, hype to the contrary, the Eagles won’t be dangerous if they can make the playoffs merely because they have Wentz at quarterback. It’s a nice thought, but it’s not true. Until Wentz wins a shootout, or overcomes the team’s deficiencies by himself, opponents are going to make sure the game is “on him.” That’s not his fault. He is in this position because the Eagles aren’t as deep as they were last season, and are more susceptible to being rendered one-dimensional. No one has to be reminded, of course, that when the Eagles did beat the toughest of odds, survive the biggest of tests, and leave other teams floundering in their own game plans, Carson Wentz wasn’t the quarterback.

Welcome To The True ‘Must-Win’ Part Of 2018 -
Right now, though, it’s not about the Giants. It’s about the Eagles, a 4-6 team that has lost five of its last seven games and is desperately in need of a spark, any spark, that can generate some confidence. Some items on the agenda … Carson Wentz: What’s Going On With Him? Sunday’s performance in New Orleans – three interceptions, 19-of-33 passing, 156 yards – was the worst of Wentz’s NFL career. He was all over the place with his throws and his decision-making. Clearly, Wentz is trying to do so much with every throw. He’s out of sorts. What will it take to get him back in rhythm? Wentz making progress is the overarching top end-of-season requirement for the football team after his comeback from knee surgery. Sunday, he was in a funk.

Malcolm Jenkins: Being winners of Super Bowl doesn’t win you a game - ESPN
Jenkins was clearly unhappy after the game. Usually the last one to leave the locker room, he exited without speaking to the media. A couple of reporters caught up with him in the tunnel. The normally expansive Jenkins was short and in some cases sharp in his responses. ”[Being] winners of the Super Bowl last year doesn’t win you a goddamn game this year,” Jenkins said when asked about the team’s poor play following a title run. “So when you look at what we’ve done all year, our record [4-6] is reflective of how we’ve played. It’s as simple as that. There’s nothing confusing about it. Just turn on the tape, and watch. You get what you put in.”

Redskins signing QB Mark Sanchez to back up Colt McCoy - Hogs Haven
The Redskins lost starting QB Alex Smith for the season yesterday after he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He had surgery, and the injury is not considered career-ending. Colt McCoy stepped in yesterday, and was almost able to lead the Redskins to a comeback win over the Houston Texans. Washington only carried two QBs this year, and the emergency QB would have been either Trey Quinn or Jordan Reed.

Jerry Jones: Wouldn’t sell Cowboys for less than $10 billion - PFT
“If I had to sell the team tomorrow I wouldn’t accept anything less than $10 billion,” Jones said. “But, I don’t want to imply that I would take $10 billion for them. The Cowboys are just not for sale. They’re a long-term asset and my immediate family — which has been a part of making them what they are today — they’ll own the Cowboys long after I’m gone. . . .

Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s perfect night vs. Vikings ‘rewarding’ after rough week - Chicago Tribune
As Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s 33-yard field-goal attempt sailed between the uprights in the north end zone Sunday night, the Soldier Field crowd roared. After hitting an upright on two extra-point attempts and two field-goal attempts in last week’s Bears victory over the Lions, he broke his bad luck on his first try. Parkey’s field goal with 5 minutes, 58 seconds to play in the first quarter gave the Bears a 3-0 lead against the Vikings. He followed with a 41-yard field goal with 50 seconds to play in the second quarter and finished his night 3-for-3 with a 48-yard field goal with 2:48 to play in the 25-20 win. “Rewarding,” Parkey said of bouncing back. “Honestly, I try to stay very even-keeled, good or bad. The more I play, the more big kicks I’m going to hit. We try to minimize all the bad stuff that happens. This team did an amazing job today helping me out.

The Saints Can Beat You With Anyone and Week 11’s Game-Changing Plays - The Ringer
A new week, a new role player emerges for Drew Brees and the explosive New Orleans offense. Plus: The Jags’ QB woes are laid bare against the Steelers, Lamar Jackson is as elusive as advertised, and the Cowboys’ ground game finds its footing.

The Saints Are Looking Like the 2007 Patriots: Week 11’s Big Stories - Sports Illustrated
Veteran Benjamin Watson says his 2018 Saints have the same relentlesss mind-set—and same explosive talent—as the record-setting ’07 New England team he played on. Plus, Leighton Vander Esch and the surging Dallas defense, Lamar Jackson’s big debut, the Steelers’ myth-making and much more from a rollicking NFL weekend.

The 14 most incredible moments from the Rams’ win over the Chiefs, the best NFL game EVER - SB Nation
The Rams beat the Chiefs 54-51 in what turned out to be arguably the best NFL game ever played. The 105 points scored between the two teams was the third-highest output in the history of the NFL. The Rams moved to 10-1 on the season while the Chiefs fall to 9-2, but both control their own destinies as they cruise toward a first-round bye in the playoffs. It was a barnburner from start to finish, and no one from the players to the coaches to the fans was able to take a breath during the game. Here are the best moments from the explosive Monday Night Football matchup.


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