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Rankings: Top-25 Cornerbacks through Week 5 - PFF
20. RASUL DOUGLAS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Douglas is among the group of four cornerbacks to record five or more pass breakups through the first five weeks of the NFL season, and that playmaking ability has earned him a spot on this list. His forced incompletion rate of 29.6 percent is the highest in the league among all players with 25 or more targets in their coverage. He has made a few blunders, namely letting Terry McLaurin run free for a big touchdown in Week 1, but his play as a whole has been big for an oft-maligned Eagles secondary.

Vikings writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will win in Week 6 - BGN
Bleeding Green Nation already took some time to chat with Daily Norseman in order to preview this Week 6 Philadelphia Eagles versus Minnesota Vikings matchup. (You can read that here.) Today, we’re back with three reasons why each team might lose. This format allows us to show what the other side is worried about. See below for three reasons why the Vikings could lose, as written by Ted Glover of Daily Norseman. To see why I think the Eagles could lose, check out DN.

Babes On Broad #6: For All You Zamboners - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne take a look around the Philly sports landscape with a special focus on the upcoming Eagles Week 6 Game with the Vikings PLUS the Babes give their Recipe/Drink of the Week & answer some questions from the #BabeSquad!Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.

Three reasons the Eagles will lose to the Vikings - Daily Norseman
If you stopped by our little corner of the Internet yesterday, you may have stumbled across our ‘Five Good Questions’ segment with Modern Day Philosopher and Man of The People Brandon Lee Gowton, purveyor of Bleeding Green Nation, the SB Nation Eagles site. Well, I say you can never get enough of a good thing, so Brandon is back, giving us three reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles most definitely will might lose to the Vikings Sunday. Brandon, tell us why you have no faith in your team to compete against the mighty and powerful Minnesota Vikings Sunday (that’s not how this was asked, I’m just taking some serious artistic license here): For full disclosure, I wrote three reasons why the Vikes will lose to the Eagles Sunday over at Bleeding Green Nation. Go over there and check it out after you finish this. Or before, whatever.

Eagles mailbag: Is Fletcher Cox beginning to show signs of life? - PhillyVoice
I do not believe in the idea that a player should be a game-changer regardless of their ailments, based on what they are being paid. Do you want your highly-paid players to be producing? Obviously, yes. But if a guy has an injured foot, and he’s fighting 650 pounds worth of double teams regularly, the stat sheet looks barren and people start saying, “You make a lot of money. Do better.” That’s not reality. Cox played through an injury that eventually required surgery in the divisional round of the playoffs last year. I don’t question his desire to win. Clearly, Cox has not been the same so far this season, but his game on Sunday was probably his best of the season, and is reason for encouragement. He has a favorable matchup this Sunday in Minnesota against a bad Vikings interior O-Line, and I believe he can build on his progress of a week ago.

Game Review – PHI 31, NYJ 6 - Iggles Blitz
The DL had their best game of the year and it isn’t even close. Brandon Graham had his breakout game of the year. Had 3 sacks, all while rushing from DT. Got the sacks in different ways. Used leverage, burst and hands to get the first. Next one was a hustle sack. The final one was all about effort, as he fought through two blockers to get to Falk. Graham also got pressure on the pick-six by Gerry. Graham stayed wide, playing the QB outside-in. That killed the bootleg and created the INT. Smart. Disciplined. Fletcher Cox created an INT late in the 1st half. Drove the RG back into the QB and affected the throw, which came out high. McLeod was able to pick that off over the deep middle. INT > sack. Cox pushed the pocket on multiple pass plays. He was credited with 1 TFL, but that could have been more. He was in the backfield more than any game so far.

Week 6’s biggest fantasy football questions: 32 NFL reporters give advice - ESPN+
Do you anticipate a larger share of the targets for Dallas Goedert anytime soon? I do think his targets will increase some over the course of the season. The Eagles are in need of explosive plays in the absence of DeSean Jackson, and Goedert is a player who can create downfield. Working alongside one of the best tight ends in the game, Zach Ertz, Goedert is rarely going to see a heavy number of targets, but the Eagles operate in two-tight-end sets frequently and want to make sure they are maximizing Goedert’s skill set the best they can.

The 8-Point Lead: Jordan Howard ‘loves contact,’ Dalvin Cook was almost an Eagle, is Derek Barnett a dirty player? - The Athletic
An interesting “What if?” in Eagles history came in the second round of the 2017 draft. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is going to be the focal point of the Eagles’ defensive game plan this weekend — he has 542 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards and 5.9 yards per carry — but it once seemed like Cook could play for the Eagles. “We were close to pulling the trigger on that one,” Pederson said. The Eagles badly needed a running back in the 2017 draft, which was considered one of the deepest recent RB classes. Whatever questions about Cook existed when he left Florida State, the Eagles were determined to answer. As The Athletic’s Chad Graff wrote in July, the Eagles sent a security official to Miami for extensive background work on Cook, and then signed off on him, he said. Staley told Cook to have his phone ready for a call when the Eagles selected at No. 14. The Eagles drafted Barnett in the first round — they’ll always prioritize a player on the lines — but the second round appeared like an opportune time to address the running back position, especially when Cook slipped to Day 2. The Eagles were set to pick at No. 43. They tried trading up but never paid the price, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Instead, the Vikings moved from No. 48 and No. 41 by trading their fourth-round pick in the deal, jumping the Eagles by two picks to select Cook.

Maybe it’s just me but ... 7 things to watch vs. Vikings - PE.com
As much as everyone is talking about the “big names” for Sunday’s game in Minnesota, I think some of the “supporting cast,” if you will, is going to make the difference. And here’s the guy I’m zeroed in on: weakside linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. He is still working his way back from the knee injury that sidelined him through three games, but now that Grugier-Hill has his legs under him, I think he’ll build on a terrific spring and pre-injury summer. Nathan Gerry had the big play with the coverage on running back Le’Veon Bell and the 51-yard interception return for a touchdown and he’s still a big part of the defense, but Grugier-Hill played 20 snaps against the Jets on Sunday and could be in line for a bigger role. I could see him shadowing running back Dalvin Cook in space. Grugier-Hill has the athletic skills to do that. Keep an eye on him on Sunday.

Sidney Jones: ‘It’s been a battle with my body’ - NBCSP
“It’s been a battle with my body,” he said. “I’m not going to say it’s easy, but you can’t just sit here and dwell on it. That’s how you go in the dump. You take it for what it is and jump that hurdle he talked about and play every snap and come back harder every time.

Bedard: Michael Bennett plays 11 snaps, 3 before garbage time – Is this the end? - Boston Sports Journal
Michael Bennett, whom the Patriots traded a fifth-round pick to the Eagles for and gave him a $4 million signing bonus, played just 11 snaps against the Giants. He spent most of the game standing behind his fellow defenders, with his helmet unbuckled, sometimes with a jacket on. Bennett didn’t enter the game until the first snap of the second quarter and he played just three plays in the first half. Nearly 73 percent of his playing time (eight of 11 snaps) happened after the Patriots took a 28-14 lead with 7:54 to play in the game. In other words, Bennett received end-of-the-bench garbage time. That’s startling for a veteran player who has never played fewer than 600 snaps in a 16-game season, and has posted 148 quarterback pressures (22 sacks) in the previously two seasons combined. Bennett is now on pace to play 346 snaps. His career-low was 565 in ‘16 when he was limited to just 11 games.

8 starts & 8 sits to consider for Week 6 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
Kirk Cousins, MIN (vs PHI) - START. No, Cousins hasn’t been a league-winner so far, but in Week 5 he proved that if he takes to the task at hand he can easily be at least a weekend-winner. We must account for the Giants being at the other end, which made things easier, but Cousins delivered the goods finishing with 306 yards on 22 completions (27 attempts) for two touchdowns. He broke the 10 Yards Per Attempt for the first time this season (11.3), looked downfield—favoring Adam Thielen over Steffon Diggs—and put up his best performance so far with 23.6 fantasy points. Cousin’s floor is as low as they come (remember, Minnesota keeps running more than passing), but against the Eagles this week he will have a good chance to repeat this type of outcome. Philadelphia has allowed the fifth-most passing yards and excluding the Jets in Week 5, every other team they have faced has been able to pass for 200-plus yards and score between one and three touchdowns through the air.

Why did Pat Shurmur punt down two scores with 7 minutes left? He trusted the Giants defense - Big Blue View
Pat Shurmur’s decision to punt on fourth-and-2 with his New York Giants trailing the New England Patriots by two touchdowns on Thursday has been hotly debated. I’m on record expressing the belief it was the wrong move. Asked on Friday to expand on his thinking about that decision, Shurmur said only that he had confidence in the team’s defense. “Two scores, we had found a way to get them stopped on a few occasions, so I thought we were just going to punt the ball, get them stopped and continue to play,” Shurmur said. “That was the thought at the time.” That, of course, did not work out. The Patriots went 63 yards in seven plays to make the score 35-14. [BLG Note: Giants ain’t going nowhere with Shurmur as head coach.]

Ask a former NFL player: Is now the time to start panicking about the Patriots’ shaky offense? - SB Nation
In this week’s mailbag, Geoff Schwartz checks in on the injuries that keep piling up in New England, the Richard Sherman-Baker Mayfield beef, and how fans can learn to watch football.

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