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NFL defense rankings through Week 6 - PFF
16. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are an interesting case in the pass rush vs. coverage debate. They possess one of the premier pass-rushing units in the NFL, spear-headed by All-Pro caliber players Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox. Both rank among the top five at their respective positions in total pressures, contributing to a defense that leads the NFL in pressure rate at 44%. Despite that, they fall at just 16th on this list largely due to deficiencies in their secondary that were on full display against Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs last week. As a coverage unit, they’re prone to allowing big plays. No team has allowed more 30-yard touchdowns to opposing passing attacks (six) or more 100-yard receivers (six) than the Eagles have this season.
Eagles vs. Cowboys Game Preview: Six questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) and Dallas Cowboys (3-3) are set to play at AT&T Stadium on Sunday Night Football. In order to preview this Week 7 matchup for first place in the NFC East, I reached out to our mortal enemies over at Blogging The Boys. The dastardly Dave Halprin (just kidding, Dave is a nice guy) kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game. Let’s take a look at his answers! Also, don’t forget to check out my side of the Q&A exchange over at BTB.
Special: A Conversation With Chris Long - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Chris Long to discuss what he’s been up to in his life after football with thoughts on a potential return, how he views the Eagles’ young pass rushers, what he’d do with his clone and what he’s got going on with the Crown Royal Water Break!. Brought to you by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles vs. Cowboys: 5 matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
The Cowboys don’t try to hide the fact that they want to run the football, which they typically do very well with Ezekiel Elliott. As noted above, Elliott got 28 carries last week even though the Cowboys were trying to come back from a big deficit all day. Again, as noted above, whether it’s backups at the offensive tackle spots or their gimpy starters, the Cowboys are going to want to run the ball effectively to take the pressure off of their pass protection. The Eagles have done a great job against the run all season, perhaps at the expense of a terrible pass defense. They could use another strong effort in this game, particularly on the early downs, so they can put Dak Prescott into unfavorable downs and distances.
Game Review – MIN 38, PHI 20 - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz played well overall. He was great at times. He was 26-40-306. Wentz threw a pair of TDs and was picked off late in the game. He had a couple of key passes dropped (stop me if you’ve heard this before). Wentz made a great pre-snap read and adjustment in the 3rd Qtr. That gave him Miles Sanders 1 on 1 with a LB. Wentz hit him for a gain of 45 and that set up a score. Wentz hit Sanders earlier in the game for a 32-yd TD. I loved his short TD to Jeffery. Wentz dropped back and no one was open. He moved in the pocket, but instead of running he kept his eyes on the receivers. He then hit AJ for a short score. There was another play where Wentz moved around to buy time and he hit AJ for good completion over the middle. Wentz ran the read-option and kept the ball. He got 16 yards on that. Smart play.
Philadelphia Eagles Now In Scramble Mode At Trade Deadline - The Draft Network
Adding a corner who can take away primary reads changes the entire profile of the defense, as pass rushes arrive more often, more turnover-worthy plays are generated, and more drives are ended on sacks instead of delayed by pressures/hurries. Accordingly, a steep price tag for a player such as Harris or Peterson is justified -- though clearly, multiple first-round picks is outside of the Eagles’ range. Otherwise, Ramsey would be jersey-swapping into midnight green. The Eagles need a corner, and the big fish is out of the pond. While more tepid general managers might turn back to their roster for a solution, Roseman -- one of the most frequent and aggressive traders in the league -- will likely look to push the envelope as the trade deadline nears. Expect Philadelphia to continue knocking on doors and turning over rocks to see if an available CB pops up -- and if a trade is to be made, it will likely be the NFC East contenders who close the deal.
Defense gears up for a heavy dose of RB Ezekiel Elliott - PE.com
This defense knows what it’s up against, and each and every one of the players understands that to beat the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles must have a good game against running back Ezekiel Elliott. In the four games he’s played against the Eagles in his three NFL seasons, Elliott is 4-0 and is averaging 4.82 yards per carry and 30.3 touches per contest. So, the task is a significant one for the defense, a unit that ranks second in the league (72.8 yards per game) against the run, on Sunday night. The Eagles’ defensive players provided a scouting report on No. 21, who is sixth in the league this season with 491 rushing yards, averaging 4.3 yards per tote.
After six games, Fletcher Cox still is trying to find his mojo, and his first quarterback sack - Inquirer
While the Eagles’ problems at cornerback have drawn most of the scrutiny, their pass rush might be an even bigger problem if Fletcher Cox can’t return to his dominating ways.
Eagles locker room survey: Most vivid memory of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry - The Athletic
Carson Wentz, Eagles quarterback: I don’t really have one quite yet. But let’s hope it’s this weekend. How about that?
Eagles’ Jalen Mills has had enough ‘screaming and shouting at the TV’ - NBCSP
“There’s no simulation for it,” he said. “You just gotta go out there and do it. You can run as many 110s, as many sprints as you want. At the end of the day, football conditioning’s football conditioning.”
Start and Sit: Week 7 - Football Outsiders
Fresh off of allowing 333 yards and four touchdowns to Kirk Cousins last week and dealing with their own fading Super Bowl aspirations, the Eagles could have used Ramsey as much or more than the Rams. They didn’t get him, and that’s great news for Dak Prescott. The Eagles increase pass plays by 17%, the most in football, and Prescott rounds a top five full of quarterbacks buoyed by their weekly matchups.
Fantasy Football Volatility Index: The riskiest and safest plays for Week 7 - Fake Teams
TE Zach Ertz (PHI). While Ertz has disappointed a bit this season after he did last year, he has been one of the most consistent tight ends. Yes, he’s averaging just 12.9 points per game, but he’s been constantly scoring between 9 and 17 points, something really great at the tight end position given its situation this season. The randomness we’re seeing from TEs through six weeks is at an all-time high, so playing one of the safest—along with a relatively high average scoring per game—options at it sounds like a good plan to me.
Harrison Barnes, Malik Jackson paying for funeral of woman killed in home by police officer - ESPN
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes and his wife and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson have offered to pay for the funeral of a Fort Worth, Texas, woman killed in her home by a police officer last week. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was taking care of her 8-year-old nephew Saturday when a police officer making a wellness check fired through the window of her home and killed her. The officer was responding to a call about an open door at the residence.
How NFL’s Officiating Issues, on Display in Packers-Lions, Drove Discussion at the Fall League Meeting - MMQB
Will the Cowboys fire Jason Garrett during the bye if the team loses at home vs. the Eagles? I don’t think so, even though you could very easily make Rod Marinelli or Kris Richard (either is capable) the interim coach if you needed to. The Jones family is deeply invested in Garrett—remember, this is the backup quarterback they let into game-planning meetings in the late 1990s to prepare him for a coaching career—and I think they give him every chance to make it work before pulling the plug on him. And because his contract is up after this year, the writing will likely be on the wall on his future either way, so it’s not like they’d need to send a preemptive signal to anyone who’d be among their top targets (hello, Lincoln Riley) before the end of the season.
Four thoughts on a must-win game for the Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys now face a must-win game against the Philadelphia Eagles. If you don’t believe me, then maybe you will believe the numbers. With so much hanging in the balance, there is a lot to think about. This team is a lot closer to being good than you probably think. Football is a game of luck and bounces, more so than any other sport. While that may sound like an unsupported statement, it actually is very real, because there are so few games played in football versus other sports, so happenstance and bad plays have a magnified impact on a team’s failure or success. What is undeniable is that the Cowboys are just a handful of missed opportunities away from being 4-2, 5-1, or even 6-0.
Dan Snyder and the Redskins Are Doomed to a Purgatory of Their Own Creation - The Ringer
Washington’s professional football team is no stranger to losing over the past two decades. The 2019 Redskins may represent rock bottom, and they shed light on all of the mistakes that have led the franchise to this point.
What we know about the Patrick Mahomes knee injury - DraftKings Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a devastating loss in their Week 7 win over the Denver Broncos. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a knee injury that looked like a dislocation. He is expected to miss at least three weeks, but it could be longer if he suffered any ligament damage. Matt Moore replaced Mahomes in the second quarter and put together a solid performance. He finished the game completing 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. The defense carried the day for the Chiefs, and will be relied upon to help the Chiefs get through however long this stretch might be.
The Saints have a new identity — and it’s their defense - SB Nation
It wasn’t that long ago that the Achilles’ heel for the New Orleans Saints was their awful defense. The team was bottom five in the NFL in points allowed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. That dragged an elite offense to a 7-9 record three straight years. When the defense finally shaped up to become a middle-of-the-pack unit, the Saints were a playoff team again. Now — for the first time since Drew Brees signed with the Saints in 2006 — defense is the reason why New Orleans is a contender. The post-Brees era isn’t far off the horizon, but now it doesn’t look so scary for the Saints. The young group of defensive talent stands to carry the team for the foreseeable future.
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