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Eagles TE Dallas Goedert was a beast against the Packers, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
There isn’t anything Goedert doesn’t do well. He can block (as over-documented above), he’s strong, he’s quick, he can get yards after the catch, and he has good hands. Of course, on that last point, Goedert had a horrible drop against the Lions Week 3, however, in 2018, he had a drop rate of 2.9 percent on the season, which is excellent. In my view, there’s little concern about his ability to catch the football. While he may not put up huge numbers in the stat sheet, Goedert is going to be a major factor in the offense this season.

Report: Eagles are “still highly, highly interested” in Jalen Ramsey, offered two draft picks to the Jaguars - BGN
TL;DR version - Jaguars ownership wants to keep Ramsey. So much so that they turned down a first-round pick and a second-round pick from the Eagles. Mort thinks the Eagles are a logical favorite for Ramsey but they’re hardly the only dog in the race.

The Kist & Solak Show #126: Eagles-Packers Film Review - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have broken down the film of Packers-Eagles and have their takeaways of what it means for the Eagles’ offense and defense moving forward.. PLUS Cowboys loss sets in motion a huge Week 7 game, and the Eagles need a corner... who can they get? Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

The Long Run - Iggles Blitz
Can Schwartz fix this defense and get them to play well? I think he can. I know he’s not loved by some (and I don’t understand his critics at all), but the man has put together Top 5 defenses for three different teams. That tells you he can coach. His reputation isn’t built on one year or one player. Schwartz can flat out coach. The secondary is about as porous as a spaghetti strainer right now. As Schwartz gets time to work with his players and some other players get healthy, I think the coverage will improve. Let’s remember that the Eagles have faced some good QBs. Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Famer. Matt Ryan could be a Hall of Famer (better career than most realize). Matt Stafford is a former #1 overall pick. Case Keenum is a veteran QB who has won a playoff game. The pass rush should get better and that can help the secondary in a big way. I think getting Kamu Grugier-Hill healthy will help. He has great range and athleticism. He should help in coverage.

Week 4 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank as the sixth best team in the NFL in terms of DVOA.]

3 teams that improved SB54 odds the most heading into Week 5 - DraftKings Nation
I’ll admit, the Eagles surprised me with a road win against the undefeated Packers on Thursday. And of course, a win like that will certainly impact a team’s Super Bowl odds. Philadelphia, now at 2-2 and second in the NFC East behind Dallas, had the most significant shortening of odds by any team in the top half of the league in Week 4, going from +2000 (T-7th-shortest) to +1300 (6th-shortest.) The Cowboys, who are 3-1, have +1200 odds to win the big game, so that’s a big compliment to Philly from the DK Sportsbook. Next up, the Eagles have the pleasure of facing the 0-3 Jets. This game has the second-biggest point spread of the week, with the Eagles as 13.5-point favorites. It’s hard to envision any scenario that would result in a Philly loss, but maybe the bye week worked wonders for New York. I highly doubt that’s the case, even if Sam Darnold (mono) is somehow able to take the field again. The Eagles have a tough road ahead, so I don’t expect to see them in the same position in a few weeks.

Eight takeaways from talking to the Eagles position coaches - The Athletic
It doesn’t sound as if the Eagles will settle on a “featured” running back anytime soon. Running backs coach Duce Staley continues to tout the team’s committee approach, which has been apparent this season. “We have a three-headed monster and it’s been like that for a while around here and it will continue to be,” Staley said. “Each and every week, the game plan itself changes. … I’m going to rotate those guys. We’re going to try to get the best guy in for that play call.” Miles Sanders has played 41 percent of the offensive snaps, which is the most among the top three running backs. Jordan Howard has played 32 percent of the snaps and Darren Sproles has played 29 percent of the snaps. Through four games, all three have had a game in which they led the team in playing time. The Eagles’ commitment to a committee can also be seen in the distribution of offensive touches. Sanders has 51 touches (45 carries, six receptions), Howard has 46 touches (40 carries, six receptions) and Sproles has 17 touches (12 carries, five receptions). Staley said the determination of which running back to use on a given series or play is based on the play call and the hot hand.

10 Eagles offensive stats that will surprise you - NBCSP
Points per game: The Eagles are averaging 27.5 offensive points per game, fifth most in the NFL, behind only the Ravens (33.8), Chiefs (32.0), 49ers (32.0) and Buccaneers (30.8) and tied with the Rams. Third downs: With Dallas going 4 for 11 on third down in New Orleans Sunday night, the Eagles moved ahead of the Cowboys into the No. 1 spot in the NFL in third-down conversions at 56.1 percent. That’s the highest on record for the Eagles four games into a season (available stats go back to only 1991) and seventh highest by any NFL team after seven games during that 29-year span.

Starting Points Week 5 - Rotoworld
The Jets are back from the BYE, but Sam Darnold is not, so the defense facing them is in play! If you want to differentiate from high Pats ownership, the Eagles are certainly a fine option. The Eagles’ D/ST isn’t the most talented group, but fantasy is all about the matchups. With the exception of Le’Veon Bell, there’s no one on the Jets Offense that worries me. I’m not even comfortable rostering Bell as the sixth-eighth-most expensive back this week. Aside from the fact that it’s obvious for the offense to run through him, the Eagles have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. The Eagles Offense is one of my favorite plays as I’m building my early lineups. Carson Wentz could easily be the highest scoring QB this week, averaging 22 fantasy points per game, and five more at home than on the road. Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffrey are clearly his favorite targets, but Ertz simply can’t find the end zone. I’m not ready to jump on the Jordan Howard bandwagon after his monster 3-TD game in Week 4, but his DraftKings price is pretty low… I’m keeping the faith with Ertz and Wentz, using Jeffrey liberally, and saving Howard, Miles Sanders, and Dallas Goedert for rare tournament plays only.

Eagle Eye: How did the Eagles deny Aaron Rodgers twice at the goal line? - PE.com
I threw Bradham’s near-interception from earlier on this clip as well to make sure it got into the breakdown. This was an awesome play call from Jim Schwartz, who put his unit in position to create a turnover that could have even gone the other way for points. The Eagles bluffed pressure with Bradham, who lined up close to the line of scrimmage. The veteran linebacker even feigned a blitz at the snap, occupying a blocker to prevent a double team elsewhere. Bradham falls back into the passing lane, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t see him until it’s too late. This was almost a huge play for the defense.

Eagles should stay clear of Jalen Ramsey - Inquirer
I completely understand why Eagles fans want their team to go after Ramsey, price be damned. They’re completely focused on this season, and they know Ramsey would make them a better team right now and help their Super Bowl chances. I can’t disagree with that. But Roseman needs to look at the bigger picture. He needs to think about 2020 and 2021 and beyond. If I’m him, I’m working the phones right now trying to make a deal for cornerback help. Just not Ramsey. Somebody else who, while maybe a little less talented, is also a little more affordable and isn’t going to gut my future assets and future cap space.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 5 - Fake Teams
28) Jordan Howard — Howard’s Week 4 performance should be enough to takeover as the official 1A in Philly’s backfield.

The good and the bad of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott - PFF
It’s yet another data point supporting the narrative that Prescott can execute a high-level offense when everything around him is perfect, but not so much when it’s not. The underrated storyline last week was the fact that left Tyron Smith struggled, allowing five pressures after not allowing any the first three weeks and now will miss time with a high-ankle sprain. This upcoming week’s game against the Packers will provide Prescott’s best litmus test yet. In it, he’ll face a Packers secondary that has ranked as the 4th best coverage unit in the NFL this year and he’ll do so without the franchise left tackle. The last time Smith missed time back in 2017, Prescott was sacked six times by Adrian Clayborn. On the 163 dropbacks Smith missed that season, Prescott earned a 56.1 passing grade. So while the early returns have shown some promise, any talk of Dak’s transformation needs to be shelved until after this upcoming stretch.

Cowboys will be without LT Tyron Smith in week 5 against Packers - Acme Packing Company
If he indeed misses the game as expected, Dallas will have two options at that position. One option would be to simply replace Smith with veteran backup Cameron Fleming, a sixth-year player who is in his second season with the Cowboys. Fleming, who was a 4th-round pick of the Patriots’ in 2014, has made a total of 23 career starts all over the line, including three last year in Dallas. Alternately, the Cowboys could move La’el Collins over from right tackle and insert Fleming on the right side. Either way, this sets up tantalizing matchups for the Packers’ edge rushers. Lining up either Za’Darius Smith or Preston Smith against Fleming — on extra rest, no less — should be advantage: Packers.

Mahomes, Favre and other NFL stars reveal the larger-than-life tales behind Andy Reid - ESPN
Mariucci: Holmgren threw us in the same office, which was more like a closet. So yeah, you get to know someone really well. But it was fun. We started from the bottom like you’re supposed to. We coached against each other in T-ball. And we ate. We ate, man. One night we were at the Prime Quarter and we both order a giant 40-ounce steak. This thing is huge. The girl comes out and tells us if we eat this thing in under an hour you get your picture on the wall and a chef’s hat and all that. Andy finished his in 19 minutes. I ate mine in 30. Our picture is still on the wall there.

The Hopelessness Index: Ranking the Situations of the NFL’s Six Winless Teams - The Ringer
It’s not hard to imagine the Jets turning it around as soon as this week, provided Darnold returns. The defense has been competent to start the season, ranking 11th in Football Outsiders DVOA through three weeks. Le’Veon Bell has looked great in spurts in his first year with the team, even if the stats don’t paint the prettiest picture. The Jets are expected to get Quinnen Williams and C.J. Mosley back in the coming weeks. The roster could reflect the true level of talent on this team sooner rather than later. Also, there’s the matter of schedule: The Jets have four games remaining against winless teams so far this season. (Not every team in this ranking can go 0-16, regrettably.) There is, however, the question of coaching. Daily News beat reporter Manish Mehta, who was bullish on Gase’s hiring, recently compared the new coach to a used-car lemon. Additionally, an anonymous source told Mehta that “it’s always somebody else’s fault” for Gase. That would be a troubling anonymous quote if Gase didn’t publicly throw his players under the bus every chance he got. It could be tough for Gase to get the locker room to buy in. At least the rest of his coaching staff looks stable.

A dark present must galvanize a brighter future for the Jets - Gang Green Nation
The one decision Johnson has made during his tenure which has received universal acclaim was his hiring of Douglas. Whether Douglas will ultimately live up to the hype is unknown. Sometimes hot general manager prospects do. Sometimes they don’t. Johnson believed Douglas is the right guy to lead the Jets to glory, and many in the league agree.

Golden Tate back to work for Giants with suspension over - Big Blue View
With his four-game PED suspension completed, wide receiver Golden Tate returned to the New York Giants on Monday. “I think it’s going to be great he’s back. He should be fresh and ready to go,” coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday. “I have already spoken to him this morning. He’s in the building, and he’s looking forward to getting back at it.” Tate is ready to get back to work. “I’ve just been itching, been missing football and now the time is finally here,” he said. Tate was expected to start along with Sterling Shepard when the Giants signed him. Where does he fit now a quarter of the way through the season?

The 5 O’Clock Club: Fire Sale - Hogs Haven
Ryan Kerrigan - The 31-year-old Kerrigan has a contract that runs through 2020, but he’s already showing signs of slowing down a bit this season. For a team in full rebuild mode, as the Redskins now must become, there’s a place for a guy like Kerrigan, but he’ll need to be replaced by 2021 anyway, and it might be a favor to send him to a 2019 playoff contender looking for some defensive help and some locker room leadership.

What does Johnathan Cyprien bring to the Falcons? - The Falcoholic
Why did the Falcons add Johnathan Cyprien? The answer is simple in one regard—they needed a safety!—but probably carries some complexity not evident on first blush. To learn more about Cyprien’s recent history, we read up on what he did with his last two teams and chatted with Bleeding Green Nation manager Brandon Gowton. We also read plenty of takes from Jacksonville fans, which were not encouraging. From all this we’ve learned the common Cyprien scouting report—that he’s an asset in run support and a sure tackler, but a liability in coverage—checks out across the board.

Practice Squad Move: Colts Sign WR Marcus Johnson, Release DT Brian Price - Stampede Blue
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks on 1st September 2019. He previously spent the 2019 offseason with the Colts and training camp before being waived-injured by the team on August 31st 2019.

The 5 most fireable NFL coaches after the first month of the 2019 season - SB Nation
Gruden pulled his last playable card in Week 4, benching Case Keenum in favor of first-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Unfortunately for him, the former Ohio State star looked very much like an underprepared rookie against the Giants. Haskins led his offense to as many points as he had interceptions thrown in a 24-3 loss to New York rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. As the Giants rekindled their postseason hopes by improving to 2-2, Washington fell to 0-4 and effectively watched its shot at contention slip even further out of reach. That could spell the end for Gruden, who fell to 35-48-1 in five-plus seasons as the team’s head coach. He came into the season as the betting favorite to be the first man canned this fall, and a winless September only frayed the string of Damocles’ sword above his head.

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