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NFL offense rankings through Week 6 - PFF
15. Philadelphia Eagles. Despite what the box scores says, quarterback Carson Wentz has been lights out in 2019 with an elite 90.6 overall grade (second only to Russell Wilson). The bigger issue with the Eagles’ offense is in their receiving unit that is underperforming. Wentz has dealt with 17 drops thus far, which is the most any quarterback has had this season. In addition, this receiving unit that is littered with talent has been horrendous in contested-catch situations, hauling in just 33.3% of their contested targets (27th). If Philly’s receiving unit can clean up their act, Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson can lead this offense to an even better ranking.

The box score is lying on Carson Wentz as he’s not to blame for Eagles’ underwhelming start - Yahoo! Sports
When PFF studies quarterback play, one of the biggest indicators of how good an individual really is as a passer is their performance on throws of 10-plus yards. In Wentz’s case in 2019, he has been as precise as they come on downfield throws, ranking second only to Aaron Rodgers in PFF passing grade. Along with that, Wentz has the fourth-lowest rate of uncatchable passes thrown 10-plus yards and has thrown the fifth-most big-time throws with 13. Safe to say, Wentz is a sharp passer.

Howie Roseman’s off-season is not looking so good - BGN
As one looks at the roster, one sees a team that isn’t getting much top-shelf production from their recent draft picks. As a way to make up for that, Roseman got busy this off-season and attempted to supplement the team with a number of free agent signings and trades. Through six weeks most of those moves have not worked out. Some of that has been bad evaluation and some has been bad luck. Regardless of the reason, and with the understanding there are still 10 weeks left in the season here are 12 moves that have either worked, not worked so far, or been utter disasters.

The Kist & Solak Show #132: Is It the Players or the Coaching? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have broken down the film of the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings and provide to you, gentle listener, their takeaways! Also, Jalen Ramsey is traded to the Rams, leaving the Eagles out in the cold. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A Tale of Two Jalens - Iggles Bliz
Jalen Mills will begin practicing this week. He has to be added to the roster in the next three weeks or go to IR. The Eagles think he is close to being ready to play. There were some comments about him even possibly playing this week, but that would shock me. The last game he played in was the Fog Bowl. Or the Miracle at the Meadowlands. Or was it 4th & 26? I think you get my point. He’s been gone a while. You don’t just throw that dude out there. We don’t know how much of an answer Mills will be. He was very up and down last year and had some issues in 2017. Mills is a good tackler. He’s tough and very competitive. He has 30 pass break-ups in 39 career games. He is excellent in the Red Zone. Would Adam Thielen have beaten Mills for a TD like he did Sidney Jones on Sunday?

Eagles film review: Encouraging signs from Andre Dillard vs. Vikings - NBCSP
In all, I thought it was a pretty encouraging performance from Dillard, especially considering the situation. He was forced into the game at a moment’s notice and without getting a chance to prepare. And he was also going against a team that has a pretty good pass rush. Based on Peters’ recent history, this won’t be the last we see of Dillard this season. There were definitely some things to build on here.

Maybe it’s just me but ... this is a strange Eagles-Cowboys week - PE.com
Maybe it’s just me but … this is one of the oddest Eagles-Cowboys pre-game weeks that I can ever remember. Anybody with me on this one? Both teams are battling injuries in an extremely significant way. Both teams are 3-3. The rest of the league has, it seems, put both the Eagles and the Cowboys in the rear-view mirror. Hey, note to everyone: The playoffs don’t start next week. October is about scratching out wins and positioning for the postseason. Ain’t no style points for winning. Just win. This game is as big as ever, with first place in the NFC East on the line. It’s huge. And it’s Eagles-Cowboys. Can’t wait.

Making sense of the Eagles’ decision to cut Zach Brown and what’s next at linebacker as Dallas looms - The Athletic
Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill are the two players set to benefit most from the move. It could also allow Bradham to move from middle linebacker to strong-side linebacker in the Eagles’ base defense. That’s not a formation they play often — the Eagles have had at least three linebackers on the field on only 30.6 percent of the defensive snaps — but Gerry can play middle linebacker. He has a firm understanding of the defensive scheme and can make the defensive calls. (“He’s smarter than I am in the meeting room,” linebackers coach Ken Flajole said.) Grugier-Hill, who missed the entire preseason and the first month of the season, has only been a part-time linebacker since his return from an August knee injury. But his play stood out to teammates and coaches during the spring and early part of the summer, and he was primed to be the second linebacker ahead of Brown before the injury. As special teams captain, Grugier-Hill still holds a key role with that unit, but he should take on more snaps at linebacker with Brown out of the picture. “Kamu is coming off of his preseason, so to speak,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said Tuesday. “We are excited about getting him back in a role that he had done a good job in through the spring and summer until he got injured.”

NFL Playoff Tracker: Why the Cowboys face a must-win game against the Eagles - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys are 3-3, and there’s no point in arguing coulda, shoulda, woulda. They are facing the most important game of the season in terms of their playoff odds. Win and their playoff odds get a significant big boost, lose and their odds drop to 15%. And that’s not even accounting for the divisional ramifications of a win against the Eagles. Also, the 3-3 Eagles are in the exact same spot as the Cowboys. A win on Sunday and they’ll remain on track for the postseason. Lose and they’ll have to turn to their backup QB once again to try and salvage their season.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 7 - Fake Teams
8 - Carson Wentz should have no issuse maintaining his mid-to-low QB1 season against Dallas.

Raiders workout RB’s LeGarrette Blount and Bo Scarbrough - Silver And Black Pride
Although the players were given the entire bye week off, coaches and front office members were busy tweaking the roster. Several transactions were made both adding and subtracting of players. The biggest move was the trade with the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Zay Jones. That work continued Wednesday with the Raiders working out big bodied backs LeGarrette Blount and Bo Scarbrough according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Cowboys sign defensive lineman Justin Hamilton - PFT
Hamilton, 26, has played eight career games with one start. He has spent time with the Bills, Seahawks, Eagles and Chiefs.

The Rams Are Basically Betting the House on Jalen Ramsey - The Ringer
The moves are a massive gamble from a GM who has made gambling his signature move. Los Angeles is 3-3 after starting 3-0. The NFC West is among the toughest divisions in football, featuring the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, who just walloped the Rams on Sunday, and the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks, who beat the Rams on Thursday Night Football in Week 5. The Rams hope Ramsey—get used to Rams-ey puns—can turn them back into Super Bowl contenders, though it’s a strange thought process. The Rams offense, not their defense, has been the problem in 2019. Their offensive line has gone from a strength to a weakness, and it has nullified their run game (where even C.J. Anderson was thriving last year). It has also forced Jared Goff to throw with anticipation and under pressure to uninspiring results. Last year, the team had the second-most-efficient offense in football, per Football Outsiders. This year, they have the 17th. The Rams’ running game has evaporated with Todd Gurley still feeling the effects of a knee injury that stripped him of his powers in the playoffs, but the team’s passing efficiency has also disappeared. In 2017, Goff’s first season with Sean McVay, the quarterback ranked no. 1 in the league in adjusted net yards per pass attempt, which accounts for touchdowns, sacks, and interceptions. It is the most all-encompassing QB stat we have (peep the all-time leaderboard if you aren’t convinced). Last year, Goff dropped to no. 6. This year he ranks 25th, one spot ahead of Eli Manning. Since the Super Bowl, the Rams offense has been below average.

The Rams played their last card by trading for Jalen Ramsey - SB Nation
The Rams’ theory is that Aaron Donald will be able to pressure opposing quarterbacks into mistakes downfield, then Ramsey — or the extra help defense available to shadow receivers Ramsey isn’t covering — will clean up that mess. It’s an idea that sounds great in theory. Los Angeles will pair two of the league’s most dominant defenders in hopes they’ll be able to hold things down long enough for a dormant offense to roar back to life. But if that doesn’t add the extra gear that turns an NFC Champion into a Super Bowl one, LA doesn’t have many other options to find the missing piece that could push them from good to great. Adding Ramsey means the Rams’ core is effectively set for the foreseeable future. If this group can’t bring a title to the west coast, it may be a long time before Los Angeles contends again.

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