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Eagles News: Philadelphia has two of the top 19 ranked pass rushers

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Rankings: Top-25 pass-rushers through Week 6 - PFF
13. Fletcher Cox, DI, Philadelphia Eagles. Consistently one of the top interior rushers in the NFL, it has been no different for Cox in 2019. He may not have recorded a sack yet, but with four hits and 24 hurries, his 28 total pressures rank third at the position through six weeks. [...] 19. Brandon Graham, EDGE, Philadelphia Eagles. Graham has maintained his position as one of the most productive edge defenders in the NFL, ranking 11th at the position with a 10.9 pass-rushing productivity rating. So far in 2019, he has registered four sacks, five hits and 27 hurries.

Cowboys player says Doug Pederson “might want to shut his ass up and stay on the sideline” - BGN
The Eagles will have a chance to both prove Pederson right and humble Lawrence — who has zero career sacks in nine career games against Philadelphia — on national television this Sunday evening.

Babes On Broad #8: Dallas Sucks? Dallas Sucks - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne get you prepped for the divisional showdown between the Eagles and Cowboys with thoughts on the WR group PLUS they give you the Recipe/Drink of the Week that you need to enjoy the game! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

Mailbag: Are the Eagles headed toward a rebuild in the not-too-distant future? - PhillyVoice
Frank Reich, in my view, is already one of the best head coaches in the league, much less coordinator. So yes, I think you’re on solid ground in considering Groh a massive downgrade. As for the Doug part of your question, I think he’s really good, but like anyone in any profession, he could benefit from someone working alongside him who has great ideas, like Reich. I think Jay Gruden would make a lot of sense as a guy who can bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to the table.

Lots of Noise - Iggles Blitz
I can’t promise you the Eagles will win on Sunday night, but Pederson has been masterful with handling his locker room and getting his players to keep grinding. You could see that on Sunday. The Eagles fell behind 24-3. They didn’t stay down. In a flash, the game was 24-20. The Eagles weren’t able to pull out the win, but that emotional toughness and that mentality serves them well over the grind of the NFL season. The Eagles are built for 60 minutes and 16 games. There will be ups and downs, but they generally fight through that and end up in a good place. A win on Sunday night would be huge for getting this team headed back in the right direction.

The message is clear: Eagles’ season has reached a critical point - ESPN
“I don’t know if he guaranteed a win, a lot of people took it that way, but at the same time, I love it,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “I love playing for Coach. Whatever he says, I’m behind him 100 percent. I’m not going to flinch about anything he says because I believe in him 100 percent and that’s the same way everyone in this locker room feels. Whatever he says, we’re going to ride with.” When multiple things that fall outside of normal behavior happen in a week, it could simply be a sign that the higher-ups sense a shakeup is needed. Or, it could be evidence that their typical practices aren’t having the desired effect.

Eagle Eye: What’s happened to Dallas’ offense? - PE.com
This offense has been vertically more explosive this year, picking up big plays in bunches. The presence of Amari Cooper, who is banged up heading into this game, has certainly helped, but I think Moore’s presence has been even bigger based on what I’ve seen schematically on film. Traditionally, the Cowboys’ offense has relied heavily on isolation routes. Instead of constructing concepts where routes work together to manipulate coverage and get players open, the Cowboys typically depended on receivers to win one-on-one (not always, but more often than not). That is not the case this year, as they’ve made the passing game much more “quarterback friendly” with the use of motions, shifts, stacks, bunches, and an increase of play-action to go along with Elliott and the run game behind that offensive line. Here’s how it all comes together.

Joe Banner Q&A: Eagles will have big coaching advantage vs. Cowboys on Sunday night - Inquirer
Domo: Howie Roseman and Eagles VP of player personnel Andy Weidl have had some conversations with Joe Douglas about Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Would he help? Banner: I think he’s the type of player that they’re likely looking at. He’s a guy that could help them. But he hasn’t played nearly as well this season as he has previously. So they have to gauge whether a change of scenery might benefit him. Williams can become a free agent after the season. Even if the Eagles viewed him as a half-season rental, there’s a reasonable chance that they’d be able to get back at least a portion of whatever they traded for him in a comp pick.

The 8-Point Lead: Andre Dillard’s opportunity, Jalen Mills’ return, Connor Barwin’s legacy, more Eagles news - The Athletic
It’s a reasonable argument, although I still think Pederson should defer unless there’s a situational argument otherwise. The notion that the Eagles fall behind just because they defer is not accurate when researching opening drives. Since Pederson became head coach in 2016, the Eagles have won the coin toss 32 times. They have deferred to the second half in all but one game — a December 2016 loss to Cincinnati. In the 31 games in which the Eagles deferred, the defense allowed a touchdown on the opening drive eight times and a made field goal six times. That means the offense has taken possession with the score 0-0 for 16 of 31 games — about 55 percent of the time.

Eagles’ Alex Singleton waited years for chance to play in NFL - NBCSP
Alex Singleton faced a huge decision after the Eagles released him on Aug. 30 following a strong preseason. Go back to the CFL, where he was a two-time all-star and a job was waiting, or stick around in Philly and toil in anonymity on the Eagles’ practice squad. Singleton said he would have been more than happy to head back to the Calgary Stampeders if it didn’t work out here. But as much as he loved his time in Canada, his dream has always been to play in the NFL. So he swallowed his pride and toiled in anonymity on the practice squad the last six weeks, hoping for a shot at the 53-man roster.

DeMarcus Lawrence responded to Doug Pederson’s comments about Sunday’s game... in a more aggressive way - Blogging The Boys
Why does this need to be said? What good can from it? I ask again... why? DeMarcus Lawrence has become well-known for his spicy soundbites in weeks leading up to games and the reality is that when you’re winning those go over well, but when you’re losing, especially on the defensive side of the ball where Lawrence plays, people begin to get worn out and roll their eyes at it all. It’s totally fine if the Cowboys are using Pederson’s words as motivation and/or bulletin board material, but putting it out into the ether like that doesn’t seem like the best move for a defense that is getting scored on all over. Perhaps Lawrence is trying to motivate his teammates but this just doesn’t seem like the best way to do it.

If the Cowboys are relatively healthy, they’re the pick in Week 7 - DraftKings Nation
There is always plenty to consider in the context of all this, but Prescott needs Cooper out there. This week he faces a shaky Eagles pass defense, and having Cooper and Cobb — along with the two tackles — will be key. Betting this game comes down to the injured players. If they sit, I have zero interest in wagering on either team in this game. If they play, I’m down for grabbing the Cowboys. They’re -2.5 right now, so if you think those two will play, hop on this before it climbs up to three.

The 2020 NFL free agents we would and wouldn’t pay next offseason - SB Nation
Robby Anderson, WR, Jets. Anderson has been a useful weapon since joining New York as an undrafted free agent in 2016, but his uneven production could convince the franchise to look elsewhere for Sam Darnold’s top target. The former Temple star blew up with a 92-yard touchdown catch — the longest play of the year so far — in the Jets’ first win of 2019, but he’s generally been unable to exceed his 2017 breakthrough (63 catches, 941 yards) in the two years since.

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