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A.J. Green trade fits: Pats, Bills among those who could use WR -
4) Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles presently seem far more likely to try to acquire a cornerback than a receiver, considering the number of injuries in Philadelphia’s secondary. But never say never when you’re talking about general manager Howie Roseman, who’s always trying to upgrade his roster. While Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert make a potent 1-2 punch at tight end, the receiving corps has been beset by injuries (to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery) and inconsistency (Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins have fallen off the game-plan map, with Agholor logging 115 snaps and just four targets and one catch in Philly’s past two games). In a season that has been partly defined by the Eagles receivers’ inability to hold on to the ball, Green would provide Carson Wentz with at least one reliable targeting safe-haven.

Cautionary Tales for Dwayne Haskins and Josh Rosen - MMQB
From Hulkeinstein (@Hulkeinstein14): Who is one big-name guy who is barely mentioned, but can easily be traded by the deadline? Jets’ Leonard Williams. He’s making $14.2 million, and he isn’t necessarily the best fit for Gregg Williams defense. And he’s been a Pro Bowler, having made it in his second year in Todd Bowles’s defense. I’d think he’d be attractive to a team like the Eagles or even the Packers or Chiefs, given their current situations.

Eagles vs. Vikings Game Preview: Five questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
4 - If you were building a game plan for the Vikings, how would you attack them on both offense and defense? On offense, just stay balanced, stick to your early script, and keep the Vikings off-balance. When the Vikings have struggled on defense, it’s been when Mike Zimmer can’t figure out what’s coming next. They got down 21-0 against Green Bay and 16-0 against the Bears, and the defense had trouble getting off the field early. By the time the defense adjusted, it was too big a deficit for the offense to come back from. On defense, stop Dalvin Cook and make Kirk Cousins throw the ball. When that happened against Chicago, Minnesota’s offense was rendered useless.

The Kurt Cousins Litmus Test - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton review the Eagles’ Week 4 blowout of the Jets then take a look forward to the Kirk Cousins led Vikings PLUS NFL Picks and discussions on concerning position groups for the Eagles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Five good questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Daily Norseman
The Vikings welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to US Bank Stadium this week, and there is a lot at stake. Both teams are 3-2 and can’t afford to lose another game in what is quickly becoming a brutal NFC this year. With that backdrop in mind, we asked all around good dude Brandon Lee Gowton, the site manager of Bleeding Green Nation, some incredibly poor questions about this week’s game. As is always the case with these, our guest made me look exceptionally good with his answers, so I’ll take full credit for the high quality post you are about to dive into. I hope you enjoy, and if you’d like head on over to enemy territory and check out my answers to Brandon’s questions.

20 PFF stats to know after Week 5 of the 2019 NFL regular season - PFF
Eagles are spreading the drops around: No quarterback has had to deal with more drops than Carson Wentz this season. But while the Eagles’ receiving corps has 15 of them, no player on the team has more than two. In Week 5, all three drops came from different players. And in Week 2, some may have been led to believe that Nelson Agholor’s two drops would be a sign of things to come — but he hasn’t mishandled a pass since. It’s an odd but worrying trend for the Eagles. [BLG Note: Of course, Agholor has fumbled twice since then.]

Week 6 NFL picks against the spread - The Athletic
Vikings (-3) vs. Eagles. The Eagles have been underdogs 14 times in the last three seasons under Doug Pederson. They’ve gone 9-5 straight up in those games, and Pederson has had standout performances against some of the league’s brightest defensive minds. The Eagles scored 43 and 30, respectively, in two wins on the road against Wade Phillips and the Rams. They dropped 38 on Mike Zimmer and the Vikings in the NFC title game during the 2017 season and followed that up with a 41-point performance against Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl. Even two weeks ago, against a Packers defense that had been playing well, the Eagles scored 34 in a an upset win. One matchup to watch here: the Vikings in 21 personnel (two RBs, one TE, two WRs) against the Eagles’ base defense. The Vikings averaged 12.1 yards per play out of 21 personnel last week against the Giants — the highest average of any grouping in Week 5. The Eagles have mediocre to below-average linebackers who are vulnerable to play-action. This should be a fun game that’s close down the stretch, but the Eagles pull the upset. The pick: Eagles (+3).

Eagle Eye: Jordan Howard shows why he deserves more carries -
Not only are there a couple of different run schemes in there, but there is some outstanding movement against a pretty stout front seven. The Jets entered Sunday’s game with a top-10 rush defense in the league, and the Eagles were able to pound the rock at times throughout this game. Brooks continues to be a monster in the trenches, and Johnson continues to prove himself as arguably the top right tackle in football. Those two form what is far and away the best right side of any offensive line in the entire NFL. Howard ran the ball well in this game and, as Doug Pederson said on Monday, he will likely get the majority of the carries moving forward (as he’s done each of the last two weeks). Miles Sanders is still going to continue being a part of this offense, particularly because of what he can do in the passing game as both a blocker and a receiver.

Love, Hate and why I’m done with Bruce Allen - ESPN
Quarterbacks I hate in Week 6: Carson Wentz, Eagles (at Vikings): Not counting the game against the semipro Washington Redskins, Wentz is averaging 209.8 passing yards per game this season. After three consecutive games with fewer than 20 completions, he now has to go on the road to face a Vikings team that is allowing just 14 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. I have Wentz just outside my top 10 this weekend.

Fletcher Cox still making an impact despite lack of stats - NBCSP
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox may not have a sack through five games, but opposing quarterbacks probably shouldn’t get too comfortable in the pocket. “I know my time is coming,” Cox said Wednesday. Cox is coming off his most impactful game of the season by far with five tackles against the Jets, two of those behind the line of scrimmage. And while the four-time Pro Bowler somehow wasn’t part of the Eagles’ sack parade on Sunday, coaches and teammates credited him with creating quite a few plays that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. “(Rodney McLeod’s) interception was all Fletch,” said Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. “(Josh Sweat’s) sack was Fletch disrupted the quarterback, stepped up, and Josh came off his block and was able to make the sack.

Start and Sit: Week 6 - Football Outsiders
Coming off back-to-back weeks with 13 or more carries and at least one rushing touchdown, Jordan Howard has established himself as the Eagles’ No. 1 rusher. Even in PPR formats, that should make him a flex consideration most weeks. But this is not most weeks. That Vikings defense that is ninth against the pass is even stronger (second) against the run. They also cut rushing touchdowns per attempt by 22%, third-most in football. With less involvement in the passing game than rookie teammate Miles Sanders, Howard needs to score to be relevant in fantasy. This isn’t the week to expect that to happen.

Fantasy Football Rundown: Week 6 - Fake Teams
Carson Wentz is a back-end QB1 in a very tough matchup. Jordan Howard is the 1A in this backfield now and Doug Pederson plans on increasing his touch total. Miles Sanders is still producing a high-volume of yardage though. If Sanders can get things to click, he’ll take the lead gig back. Howard is the RB19, given the tough matchup. Sanders is the RB30. Alshon Jeffery slides back to the WR2/3 fringes as he prepares for Xavier Rhodes. Zach Ertz is a top tier TE. Sadly, DeSean Jackson is unlikely to play this week. Nelson Agholor and Dallas Goedert are not startable.

Anatomy of Luke Falk’s pick six against the Eagles - Gang Green Nation
Brandon Graham is released right at the quarterback because the Eagles outscheme the Jets. Opponents are outscheming the Jets and getting favorable matchups with alarming frequency through the first four games. Predictable playcalling is typically the culprit when we see things like this happen with this degree of regularity.

Giants-Patriots final score: Giants fall to New England, 35-14 - Big Blue View
The under-manned New York Giants put up a surprisingly good fight Thursday night against the New England Patriots, but still lost, 35-14. The Giants are 2-4. [...] Daniel Jones went 15 of 31 for 161 yards with a touchdown pass and the three interceptions. He had a passer rating of 35.2.

Dear Dan Snyder: Everybody’s laughing at you and Bruce Allen - Hogs Haven
There is not sense of overwhelming relief that Jay is gone, though clearly things weren’t working for him or his team this season. There is no sense of excitement. No anticipation or excited chatter about who the next head coach will be. The fan base doesn’t really care. Fans are apathetic because they’ve seen this movie before. Many times.

Four thoughts about the Cowboys, post Packers edition - Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: The sub headline here is “There’s more cause for optimism than you may realize for the Cowboys.”]

Jalen Ramsey likely to play against Saints, says Shad Khan - Big Cat Country
“Well, I think [Jalen Ramsey] is going to be playing this week, and hopefully you’ll tune into the Saints game, but I think gotta balance what’s good for the team and what the individual wishes may be,” Khan told Katherine Ross of The Street. “I met with [Ramsey] a couple of days ago, had a heart-to-heart and I think we’ll be able to come to whatever makes sense for all.”

A.J. Green won’t be traded - Cincy Jungle
In case you needed a reminder, the Bengals are not going to trade A.J. Green. While their will undoubtedly be trade rumors until the NFL Trade Deadline passes, the Bengals aren’t trading their Pro Bowl receiver, something Zac Taylor re-emphasized on Thursday.

Dorktown: Why didn’t the NFL want Rueben Randle? - SB Nation
Granted, Randle then had what was surely an underwhelming offseason and preseason in Philly. Having made a minimal financial investment in him, the Eagles decided to go another direction, cutting him in August ... and no one ever picked him up heading into the 2016 regular season. No one even gave him a shot amid the non-stop roster churn during the season when players’ injuries and ineffectiveness have teams making constant personnel changes. Regardless of how lousy someone may look in the summer, that kind of regular season résumé has always led to, at the very least, a low-risk flier from someone at some point when the games become real. For the entire season, that never happened.


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