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NFL players react negatively to Jimbo Fisher’s face mask grab - PFT
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher aggressively grabbed the face mask of linebacker Tyrel Dodson on Saturday, after Dodson was involved in an altercation with an Arkansas player. Multiple NFL players took issue with Fisher’s conduct, despite the circumstances. [...] “Garbage,” Eagles defensive end Chris Long said on Twitter. “And the announcers immediately laughed it off and downplayed it. If it were a player doing that to a teammate . . . . whoa buddy.”

An honest evaluation of Alshon Jeffery’s impact on the Eagles’ offense - BGN
What does Alshon Jeffery bring to the Philadelphia Eagles and what impact does he have? Jeffery is going to bring consistent production with a potential to take over games with his contested catch ability. Life is easier for quarterbacks when he’s on the field as he makes his impact felt at all three levels and hauls in tight-window targets with high frequency. Jeffery rarely receives double coverage, but an added bonus is that he forces deep safeties to respect his presence when he’s lined up on the weak side of formations that the Eagles like to use, like trips.

Final Eagles-Titans Preview Extravaganza - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton bring one last heater of a podcast (moodcast?) to preview the 2-1 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles on the road against the 2-1 AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans!

Five over/unders for Eagles’ Week 4 matchup vs. Titans - PhillyVoice
Total points: 41.0. That’s the current total being offered over at Bovada, and while it’s low, it doesn’t quite seem low enough for these two teams. Why? Well, for one, there are big questions at quarterback for both teams with Mariota still injured and Wentz still catching up to game speed after missing nine months. The Titans like running the ball, and with a less-than-100-percent Mariota, you can expect that trend to continue. The problem there is that the Eagles have the best run defense in the NFL for the second year in a row. And on the Eagles side, their starting running back, Jay Ajayi, is set to return ... and play through a fractured back. Yup. I predicted a 23-10 win for the Eagles, and that makes me more than comfortable taking the under here.

What Is and What Might Have Been - Iggles Blitz
Failing to move up for Mariota in 2015 turned out to be a lucky break for the Eagles. Even with the right QB, Kelly wasn’t going to last in the NFL. Maybe Mariota’s presence would have bought Kelly another season, but it wasn’t sustainable. His people skills weren’t going to improve even if the offense did. Timing is everything, in life and football. The Eagles mediocre 2015 season put them in position to move up in 2016 and get the QB they wanted. Just as important, they had the right coach in place to help turn him into a star in the NFL. The combination of Wentz and Pederson, along with a big dash of Nick Foles, helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl.

Can Eagles’ Carson Wentz be even better after taking a big step in second season? - Inquirer
The accuracy part is important to watch this season. When Wentz first discussed what he could improve in 2018 during the spring, he mentioned his completion percentage. Wentz completed 60.2 percent of his passes last season. Completion percentage is not always an indication of accuracy because an aggressive quarterback who throws downfield often has a lower percentage than a quarterback who throws shorter passes. But Wentz admitted that “I expect more out of myself in that area.” When asked this past week, Wentz would not divulge what his target completion percentage is this season. ”I don’t really dive into stats a lot,” said Wentz, who completed 67.6 percent of his passes in Week 3. “Obviously, would love to see that number go up. Don’t really have a number for a goal. But definitely want to see that number keep climbing.”

Analysts Weigh In On A Critical Eagles Road Game - PE.com
“It seems like they’re both in the same situation. Injuries on the offensive side of the ball, so they’re leaning on the defense, leaning on special teams to get through the first month of the season as both offenses work through their issues,” FOX game analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston said after a production meeting with the Eagles at the team hotel. “With Carson (Wentz) coming back for Philadelphia, the Eagles are a little bit ahead of the curve. I don’t think we know what Philadelphia is going to be offensively at this point. They haven’t had everyone out on the field together, so the fact that they’re 2-1 without having their players out there should be exciting for the fans.

The Kapadia 10: Eagles-Titans thoughts, numbers and predictions - The Athletic
On paper, this is an excellent matchup for the Eagles’ defense. The Titans have run the ball on 53.6 percent of their snaps — tops in the NFL. The Eagles have been very good against the run since the start of last season. Tennessee has produced just four plays of 20-plus yards through three games. That’s the fewest in the league. In terms of personnel groupings, the Titans are an even split between 11 personnel and multiple tight end sets (12 and 13 personnel). Kamu Grugier-Hill figures to see the field plenty with the Eagles in base. Corey Graham is expected to start for Rodney McLeod, and we’ll see if the Eagles use different sub packages or just stick with base and nickel.

Week 4 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em - Rotoworld
Sits: Derrick Henry vs. Eagles: Fantasy footballers will say this one is “too easy,” but Henry is one of the top volume backs of the first three weeks. He’s top-nine in rushing attempts but has been unable to do anything with them. Henry has turned his 46 attempts into 139 scoreless yards (3.02 YPC) and has seen 18 carries in back-to-back games. The matchups have been dreadful, though, facing the Texans and Jaguars. Things don’t get any easier this Sunday. The Eagles have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs with runners averaging 2.83 YPC. Philly is No. 2 in run-defense DVOA. If this game gets out of hand in the slightest in favor of the Eagles, Henry will likely be relegated to the bench with Dion Lewis playing the vast majority of the snaps in catchup and pass modes for the Titans. Henry has ONE catch this season. Henry is a volatile RB3 with significant bust potential, though he is always a threat to break one. Henry did have a 60-plus-yard touchdown called back in Week 1 against the Dolphins on a weak holding penalty.

NFL Week 4 FOX Philadelphia Eagles @ Tennessee Titans Preview - PFF
Since leaving Minnesota as the Super Bowl 52 MVP, Nick Foles was almost unrecognizable. Through the first two weeks, Foles boasted a 79.6 passer rating from a clean pocket and averaged just 5.50 yards per pass attempt, both of which ranked among the bottom-five signal-callers. Carson Wentz will hope to return to the same player that finished the 2017 season with a passer rating of 110.3 from a clean pocket. Even though his season was cut short, in 2017, Wentz produced the most big-time throws among quarterbacks in the red zone and on money downs.

Stop Making James Conner a Foil to Le’Veon Bell, Sean McDermott Deserves a Pat on the Back, the Too-Long-Awaited Beginning of Baker Mayfield - The MMQB
Carson Wentz had an opportunity to knock some rust off last week against the Colts, the Eagles escaping with an ugly win thanks to the struggles of Indy’s offense. He’ll likely be sharper this week in Nashville, and he’ll have to be against a Titans defense that’s talented and creative. No one is paying attention to the Titans because, apparently, there’s little audience demand for an offense led by Blaine Gabbert or Marcus Mariota playing with a broken elbow, that could score up to and including 12 points in any given week. (I blame the millennials.) The defense, however, is getting healthy and looking wonderful. They have the collection of pass-rushers to give opponents fits up front, and they have one of the best cornerback trios in football with Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan and now Adoree’ Jackson cleared to return from a concussion, plus an elite safety in Kevin Byard. But rather than just line up man-to-man—as they could do and succeed—Mike Vrabel and Dean Pees are mixing in a bunch of zone and with some wild disguises to boot. Wentz is one of the most cerebral quarterbacks in the league (and he’ll get Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup), and he’ll be going up against one of the most cerebral and creative defenses out there right now. That’s good TV, you little punks!

Answering Week 4’s biggest fantasy football questions - ESPN In$ider
With Carson Wentz back, can this Eagles offense get back to its dominant 2017 form? It could take some time. Alshon Jeffery is due back soon and running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are on the mend. It won’t be long until the Eagles have “the band back together,” as coach Doug Pederson put it. That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly right out of the chute. I’d imagine the offense will begin looking like its old self around the midway point of the season.

Six matchups to watch during Titans-Eagles - Music City Miracles
The Titans vertical passing game has been non-existent to this point. No team has attempted fewer passes deeper than 20 yards downfield than Tennessee’s four. Three of those four came prior to Marcus Mariota’s injury in the opener in Miami so I think it’s safe to say that the disappearance of the deep ball was a response to the injury situations at quarterback and tackle rather than the way offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur would prefer to play offense.

The Rams are even better than last year. How in the world do you stop this team? - SB Nation
The only team keeping pace with the Los Angeles offense are the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs. But Kansas City may have a problem with a defense that’s forcing the Chiefs to win a shootout every week. The Rams haven’t had that problem much in 2018 with a defense that allowed a league-fewest 36 points in the first three weeks. But the unit looked especially vulnerable Thursday against the Vikings. Kirk Cousins racked up 422 passing yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions to nearly keep pace with the prolific Rams offense. The duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs combined for 19 receptions, 258 yards, and a touchdown against the Los Angeles secondary.

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