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32 NFL Observations, Week 9 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Brooks has gone 1,617 consecutive pass blocks without allowing a sack. He allowed one in his first game as an Eagle in 2016 and hasn’t allowed one since then. That is the longest active streak for offensive linemen.

Jason Kelce calls out the Cowboys and their bandwagon fans - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles starting center Jason Kelce has had some fantastic quotable moments over the years, and his speech at the Super Bowl parade cemented his place in franchise folklore. He continued to be the voice of the people on Wednesday, when he went on the 94WIP Morning Show and talked about his feelings toward the Eagles’ NFC East rival and Sunday night opponent, the Dallas Cowboys — and their fans.

Brian Westbrook, Crown Royal Purple Bag Project - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Brian Westbrook to talk shop about the Eagles season, Dallas week and what it meant to him as a player, and also to inform the fan base on how they can contribute to the Crown Royal Purple Bag Project that supports veterans and active duty service members!

Eagles vs. Cowboys: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
4) The Eagles’ DL vs. the Cowboys’ overrated OL. One of the most overrated thing in sports over the last half-decade or so has been the Cowboys’ offensive line. The reality is that they have been a great run-blocking line, but have largely been average in pass protection. In 2018, they still carry an elite reputation among many in media, but they’ve been so bad this season that they got their offensive line coach Paul Alexander fired.

NFL experts predict: Week 10 upset picks, fantasy flops, more - ESPN
Pick a fringe fantasy player who should be started in Week 10. Sando: Golden Tate, WR, Eagles. Tate scored a season-high 33.2 fantasy points with eight receptions for 132 yards and two scores against the Cowboys in Week 4. The Eagles will surely feature Tate against Dallas in Week 10 after acquiring him during their bye week. Dallas will be traveling on a short week following an uninspiring loss to face a Philadelphia team with an extra week to prepare for a prime-time game at home.

Carson Wentz not listed on Wednesday injury report - PFT
After two straight Wednesdays during which the Eagles quarterback was limited in practice due to a back injury, Wentz was not mentioned on the first injury report prior to Sunday night’s showdown with the Cowboys.

All-22: How can the Eagles solve their sack problem in the second half of the season? - The Athletic
Schwartz has been reviewing Eagles film with The Athletic since the start of the 2017 season. He thinks the issues in protection are fixable and not panic-worthy. “There are not a lot of guys just getting beat straight up,” Schwartz said. “It’s almost like the law of averages. Last year, everything went perfect basically for this unit. They played really well. And this year, it seems to be like just random shit is happening.”

7 Philadelphia Eagles crucial to success vs. Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 - PennLive
The Cowboys offense isn’t quite as explosive as it was at Dez Bryant’s peak — he has a new address — but there are still some pieces that have potential, even if the production isn’t there. Dallas got wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders at the trade deadline, and quarterback Dak Prescott targeted him eight times in Monday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. Cooper caught a touchdown in that game, as did Allen Hurns, a former 1,000-yard receiver during his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby had a key stop during the win over the Jaguars, and he’ll likely see time matched up against each.

What’s the deal with Corey Clement? Eagles RB, coaches try to explain his slump | ‘Some people just don’t understand’ -
Staley said this week that the Eagles were trying to ease Clement back in as he recovered from his quad injury. Clement, though, says he’s been 100 percent since he was cleared for the Giants game in Week 6. Still, the numbers aren’t doing Clement any favors. He’s averaging 3.3 yards per carry, down from 4.3 last year, and only has 14 catches in six games after he was expected to take on more of a pass-catching role this season. He also is down from 2.84 yards after contact per attempt to 2.38 this year, per Pro Football Focus. Even more alarming: Per Pro Football Focus, Clement has the worst overall rushing grade in the NFL among running backs with at least 40 carries.

Carson Wentz’s priceless reaction to Chris Maragos’ funny shirt - NBCSP
Chris Maragos was rocking a legendary “Step Brothers” shirt recreated to depict Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, as captured on Kamu Grugier-Hill’s Instagram story in the cafeteria after practice Wednesday. What’s even funnier than the shirt is Wentz’s reaction to seeing it for the first time. He’s pretty amused at the whole thing.

Cowboys vs. Eagles injury report: Dallas defensive line getting thin - Blogging The Boys
Joining the four guys mentioned above as non-participants in today’s practice are Taco Charlton, David Irving, Geoff Swaim and Deonte Thompson. Randy Gregory was limited. That’s three rotation guys along the defensive line battling injuries. Charlton has a shoulder injury, Irving has the high-ankle sprain and Gregory is still trying to come back from a knee scope. The Swaim injury hurt against the Titans as there were some terrible missed blocks from the tight end position that hurt the running game. He can’t get back fast enough.

Source: Cowboys LB Sean Lee expected to miss 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury - SportsDay
Sean Lee’s latest injury is expected to keep him off the field until December and could push his return into the final weeks of the regular season. Lee injured his left hamstring in Monday night’s loss to Tennessee and will miss the next four to six weeks, a source said. The front end of that time frame would put the linebacker back on the field for the Cowboys’ rematch with Philadelphia on Dec. 9. The tail end would put his return against Tampa Bay on Dec. 23 with two weeks left in the regular season.

Patriots fill final roster spot by re-signing OL Matt Tobin to a one-year contract, add RB to practice squad - Pats Pulpit
The New England Patriots have been busy the last few days, making multiple transactions on their 53-man roster and 10-man practice squad. When all was said and done, the Patriots were left with one open spot on their active team — and it now looks as if they have filled it: as first reported by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, New England has signed veteran offensive lineman Matt Tobin to a one-year contract. Tobin is a familiar face in Foxboro: the Patriots originally brought the 28-year old on board as an unrestricted free agent in March. He competed for playing time at offensive tackle and guard over the summer but despite season-ending injuries suffered by Isaiah Wynn and Ulrick John was unable to secure a roster spot behind starters Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon, and top backup option LaAdrian Waddle.

NFL Midseason Predictions 2018: Revisiting Playoff Picks, Super Bowl LIII Champion, Award Winners - Sports Illustrated
Despite their current records, the key challengers in the NFC will be the Eagles and Packers. And the Steelers and Patriots will challenge in the AFC, as always, but—rookie quarterback or not—this is the year of the Chiefs. Well, at least until the Super Bowl, where Brees’ experience and guile will carry his loaded roster to the promised land.

Review: Drew Brees is having the best season of his career at age 39 - SB Nation
Let’s just get the stats out of the way to begin with, because Drew Brees is doing some ridiculous things and that’s why you’re here, right? Through eight games, Brees has completed 76.3 (!!!) percent of his passes for 2,336 yards with 18 touchdowns and one interception. He’s on pace to smash the record for completion percentage in a season of 72 percent, set by none else than Brees last season. Brees has a passer rating of 120.6, not far behind Aaron Rodgers’ record 122.5 rating in 2011 that earned him NFL MVP honors. He also has a rating of 86.6 on ESPN’s Total QBR — just behind Tom Brady’s record of 88.5 from his MVP season in 2007. It’s been seven years and I’m pretty sure still nobody knows what QBR is, but the point is Brees is crushing it.


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