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Eagles News: Dak Prescott holds on to the ball longer than any quarterback Philadelphia has faced this season

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My 5 favorite Eagles vs. Cowboys games of all time - BGN
The Eagles and Cowboys have played too many memorable games to count over the years.

The NFC East is Wide Open - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Brandon Lee Gowton are back to give their thoughts on the state of the tight race in the NFC East including their reaction to the Cowboys loss to the Titans, Timmy Jernigan’s return, and the catastrophic sequence of events for the division leading Redskins. All that and more!

Will Cowboys ever win big with Dak Prescott at quarterback? - NBCSP
When the Eagles face Prescott, they’ll face a QB who: Has an 87.4 passer rating over the last two years, 18th-highest of the 24 quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 500 passes during that span. Ahead of only Mitch Trubisky, Taylor, Eli Manning, Bortles, Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota. Has averaged 6.9 yards per pass attempt, 21st-highest of those 24 quarterbacks, ahead of only Manning, Taylor and Flacco. Ranks 17th in completion percentage, 15th in touchdown passes and 19th in passing yards among that same group. Has just three career 300-yard games. The same number as Matt Barkley during the same span.

Eagles report cards through the first half of the season: Defense edition - PhillyVoice
CB Jalen Mills: Mills was downright bad in the first quarter of the season, giving up a slew of big plays. However, one area where he’s been good is when opposing offenses have entered the red zone. There’s little question that he’s a flawed player, and his poor start has perhaps irreparably ruined the perception of him for the season, but he’s been better in the second quarter. Still, for as much as he does seem to get beaten, there’s an expectation that he should be making more plays, and he has not yet picked off any passes. Grade: C+

Depth Chart Guesses - Iggles Blitz
I hate to see Carter go, but he’s expendable at this point. He didn’t contribute a lot on offense and Tate now is in the mix now so Carter was going to play even less on offense. Carter did show he belongs on an NFL team. I’d love to see him back on the practice squad, but it would also be cool to see another team give him a shot to keep playing on an active roster. As for McGill, adding him makes you think it isn’t likely that Tim Jernigan plays this week.

Momentum Growing For Eagles In NFC East -
Newly acquired wide receiver Golden Tate, wearing No. 19, is digging into the offensive scheme. He admits that the X’s and O’s are “quite a bit different” than what he saw in Seattle and Detroit, so he’s spending a lot of time studying and preparing for Dallas on Sunday night. By the way, Tate had eight receptions for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Dallas on September 30, so he’s got some familiarity with where the Cowboys are vulnerable on defense. In any event, the task for the rest of the week is to get Tate comfortable with the game plan. He doesn’t have to learn the entire playbook, just the scaled-down version for game night.

The keys to a second-half surge for Carson Wentz, Eagles - ESPN
What has to happen for the Eagles to make the playoffs? The trade-deadline addition of receiver Golden Tate should help the offense turn it up a notch, as will the expected return of running back Darren Sproles (hamstring). The key for the Eagles will be to avoid serious injury down the stretch. They currently have eight players on injured reserve -- including four starters -- and plenty of others who are ailing. If they have better health in the second half, they should remain right in the thick of the NFC East race, with a good chance of finishing on top.

Ranking all 32 starting NFL quarterbacks after Week 9 - PFF
10. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles2018 OVERALL GRADE: 83.9. Accuracy percentage: 56.9% (20th). Clean-Pocket Grade: 90.0 (11th). Though he ranks outside the top-10 in accuracy percentage and clean-pocket grade, Wentz has still played well enough to earn a top-10 spot in terms of overall grade. He ranks third in passer rating on throws of 10-plus air yards (139.0) and seventh in passer rating under pressure (119.4) so far this season.

Dallas week: Ten thoughts on the Eagles-Cowboys matchup - The Athletic
Dallas has struggled to get anything going downfield. The Cowboys rank tied for 29th with just 20 explosive pass plays this season. Slot receiver Cole Beasley leads the team with 366 receiving yards, but he’s averaging just 10.2 yards per catch and has produced only one explosive play all year. Rookie Michael Gallup has shown flashes. He’s averaging 18.5 yards per reception and has six plays of 20-plus yards. Allen Hurns scored on a double move against the Titans, and there’s no doubt that the Cowboys will try a few of those against the Eagles’ corners. Overall, even with the addition of Cooper, this remains a below-average group of pass catchers.

Eagles OL coach Stoutland: Don’t count Lane Johnson out for next game - Morning Call
Just as offensive coordinator Mike Groh indicated the day before, Staley doesn’t see any problem with Corey Clement’s game, even though his average yards per carry is a full yard less than a year ago, when he made the team as an undrafted rookie. “You notice what we do around here with our backs,” Staley said. “We play all our backs. We try to get them all in the rotation and we try to give them the ball. It’s hard at times, especially when you’ve got a star like Corey — and I do see Corey as a star.”

Week 9 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
This week’s big fallers are primarily in the NFC East: Washington drops from 16 to 21, and Dallas from 19 to 24. Philadelphia’s odds of making the playoffs went up 11.7 percent this week without even playing a game, and that’s without even taking into account all the injuries that Washington has suffered through in the last couple weeks.

Jason Garrett unconcerned about his future - PFT
“Absolutely,” Garrett said when asked if the Cowboys had a chance to turn it around. “We just have to focus on what we need to do. We just have to clean up the game and we have to get our eyes on Philadelphia right now.” Garrett signed a five-year, $30 million extension in January 2015, keeping him under contract through the 2019 season. He has a 70-58 record since taking over for Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season. The Cowboys have three winning seasons, two playoff appearances and one playoff win under Garrett.

Dallas Cowboys injuries from Titans game include Sean Lee, Connor Williams - Blogging The Boys
We’ve discussed many times how this isn’t the end of the world like it was in past years. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have showed they can handle the positions with Damien Wilson acting as the third linebacker in base defense situations. More unnoticed from the game was an injury to rookie starting guard Connor Williams. It’s a knee injury and it will keep him out of practice at the start of this week, at the minimum.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Have injuries ended the Redskins 2018 season? - Hogs Haven
Brandon Scherff is the huge loss here. Scherff is a talented, 2-time pro bowl right guard who was having perhaps the best season of his career prior to the injury. The Redskins were already thin at the position, and losing Laovao and Scherff in the same game leaves a gaping hole in the O-line. Compounding the dual injuries to Laovao and Scherff is the fact that Trent Williams just had surgery, and is expected to miss 2 to 3 more games. The Redskins are gonna have to field a patchwork offensive line for at least a couple of weeks, and the position group is likely to be a bit underpowered for the remainder of the season.

Lions waive Ameer Abdullah, sign WR Bruce Ellington, Zach Zenner - Pride of Detroit
Perhaps most notable, however, is who the Lions are waiving. Rapoport indicates Detroit will be waiving former second-round pick Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah has been a non-factor in Detroit ever since the Lions drafted Kerryon Johnson this year. In the first eight games of this season, Abdullah was active for just two and mostly relegated to special teams duties. Abdullah came to Detroit with high expectations, but poor offensive line play and early injuries derailed his career despite a promising start. Abdullah finishes his Lions career with 1,251 rushing yards (3.8 YPC) and just six rushing touchdowns.

The Match Game, Part 1: How NFL defenses lost their way - TouchdownWire
No offense is working at a more torrid pace than Kansas City’s, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes. And that is no mistake—head coach Andy Reid has been assembling a coaching staff and roster to take the league apart for years. While other NFL coaches have derided college offenses as gimmick-laden entities that will not consistently work at the professional level, Reid hired former Vikings head coach Brad Childress as a “spread game analyst,” hired former Nevada head coach Chris Ault as a consultant, and unleashed a ton of spread passing concepts with Alex Smith, who ran option stuff under Urban Meyer at Utah. Mahomes, coming from Texas Tech’s wide-open offense as he did, was the perfect foil for what Reid had been setting up for years. And now, more and more NFL offenses are beating NFL defenses to death with expansive formations and concepts, the minds behind those defenses are struggling mightily to keep pace. Matt Bowen, the current co-host of ESPN’s NFL Matchup show, played safety for the Rams, Packers, Washington, and the Bills from 2000 through 2006. Twelve years after he left the NFL, and in an era where he’s studied as much defensive tape as anyone in the business, Bowen looks at plays like Green’s touchdown and is aghast at how far offenses have stretched ahead of defenses at the highest level of football. The reason? According to Bowen, it’s a lack of forward thinking—a lot of defenses are playing the same schemes they would have 10-15 years ago, when offenses were nowhere near as complex as they are now.

NFL Panic Index 2018: Will Le’Veon Bell ruin the Steelers’ chemistry if he comes back? - SB Nation
It’s a disappointing continuation of 2017’s regression. Dak Prescott’s stats through eight games are virtually the same as last year’s, when his Cowboys went from the NFC’s top seed to out of the playoffs. His lack of aerial production has allowed opponents to key in on stopping Ezekiel Elliott, who has averaged 3.3 yards per carry and scored only a single touchdown in his team’s last four games. That’s put a better-than-expected defense on the ropes and forced Dallas into a position where it needs a miracle finish just to get to 10 wins. There’s a chance Prescott and Cooper build a rapport that elevates both their games, but time is running out to make 2018 anything more than a lost season.


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