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Who could be on the move as the trade deadline nears? -
The Browns haven’t been shy about their desire for an offensive tackle, though they’ve been shut down every time they’ve asked about Redskins LT Trent Williams. One potential name to watch is Eagles reserve tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, or Big V. Several teams have been keeping an eye on him, so Philly may have a real market. But they could also re-sign him in the offseason or simply keep him for depth, so that factors into the price.

One trade each NFL team should make: 32 different scenarios for the 2019 trade deadline - CBS Sports
Philadelphia Eagles. Acquire: WR Robby Anderson (from Jets)Trade: 2020 third-round pick. A defensive lineman would be nice, but the bigger priority is arguably getting Carson Wentz and the offense on track. They can’t wait around for DeSean Jackson, and even if he returns soon, Anderson could be a longer-term speed threat. The Birds kind of got burned by dealing a third-rounder for a WR in 2018, but Anderson is different from Golden Tate in that he actually fits the mold of the role player they’re missing. They also reportedly wanted him before.

Jordan Matthews getting cut by the 49ers (again) makes one Eagles player’s roster spot less secure - BGN
And yet, keeping Sendejo around would be a real waste. A 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick is hardly an amazing asset but it’s more valuable to the Eagles than a 32-year-old safety who will be a free agent after this year. Sendejo certainly isn’t moving the needle for the Eagles in what may be a lost season. Draft picks should be especially valuable to an Eagles team that: 1) has the second oldest roster in the NFL, 2) has the worst ranked under-25 talent in the NFL, and 3) has made the fewest draft picks (10) over the past two years.

The Kist & Solak Show #138: Bills’ Defense Provides Tough Test - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak discuss the recent comments by former Eagles’ cornerback Orlando 6ix9inedrick, followed by digging into the second part of their two-part preview of the Bills-Eagles with an eye towards how the Eagles’ offense stacks up against the Bills’ defense PLUS final predictions! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Opponent preview: Philadelphia Eagles’ run defense - Buffalo Rumblings
The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 season isn’t going as well as many had hoped. Many disappointing performances have led to a 3-4 record leading up to the game against the Buffalo Bills in which we’re all naturally interested. One area that isn’t underperforming is the run defense. At 3.7 yards per attempt allowed, they’re good for seventh-best in the league. Only two teams have broken the century mark against them this year. Will the upcoming tilt against Buffalo be decided by Josh Allen’s arm, or are there opportunities for Frank Gore and Devin Singletary?

Five over/unders for the Eagles’ Week 8 matchup vs. Bills - PhillyVoice
Total points: 41.5. If you add the Eagles and Bills’ season averages on offense you get around 45 points per game. They combine to allow around 41 points per game defensively (the Bills allow just over 15 points per game, the third best in football). It’s a tough task to try and predict what kind of gameflow this one will have, as the Bills’ five wins have come against some pretty bad teams. Still, respecting the sturdy defense of the Bills and acknowledging the sputtering Eagles offense would lead one to surmise the under is probably the way to go in this one. The weather (rain and 20 mph winds) should also help keep this one low scoring.

Game Preview – PHI at BUF - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles defense has give up 75 points over the last two games. If they give up 35 or more to the Bills, Jim Schwartz shouldn’t be allowed on the plane ride home. Buffalo does not have a consistently good offense. The Eagles are going to load up the line of scrimmage and dare QB Josh Allen to beat them. Allen will make some spectacular throws. He will make some big plays. If you limit those, the Bills will struggle to move the ball consistently. He is a dangerous runner. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles spy him to try to limit his running. This could be a good role for Kamu Grugier-Hill. You need someone who can run and who is a good tackler. I don’t know what to expect of the Eagles offense. They really need to get the passing game going, but Buffalo plays great pass defense. The Bills aren’t as good vs the run. Doug Pederson needs to open up the playbook and find a way to score some points.

Understanding Quarterback Variance And How It Impacts Play - Sharp Football Analysis
There are plenty of Eagles fans that may not want to believe it, but Carson Wentz has been the most steady quarterback in the league since the start of 2016. His average of 4.9 Total Points is a little more than a point better than the league average, meaning that Wentz has turned in consistently above-average quarterback play since taking over as the Eagles starter.

Four intriguing games of NFL Week 8 - The Athletic
The Eagles win if: The run defense regains its dominance. Through the season’s first six games, the one and only thing the Eagles could hang their hat on was one of the league’s best run defenses, often at the expense of leaky pass coverage. But without Nigel Bradham and against Ezekiel Elliott last week, the Eagles were exposed even in that area. This week, against a Bills offense whose efficiency numbers tilt toward the run, the Eagles will again be without Bradham, their one good linebacker, and will line up a pair of rookies who have yet to play a regular-season snap at defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. Knowing Jim Schwartz, he will do his best to put this game in Josh Allen’s hands. That might not work, but it probably gives the Eagles their best chance. Game Prediction: Eagles 20, Bills 16. The Eagles have done nothing to reward this faith, and maybe I’m still too anchored to preseason expectations, but I think Wentz has some magic left to show before this season’s over, and Pederson has earned some benefit of the doubt in rallying the locker room.

Week 8’s biggest fantasy football questions: 32 NFL reporters give advice - ESPN+
How concerned should we be about Zach Ertz’s drop in targets and career-low efficiency? Defenses are paying more attention to him this year. He has received more double-teams than he ever had in his career, as defensive coordinators look to take away Carson Wentz’s favorite target. Coach Doug Pederson knows he needs to find ways to get Ertz more involved. Look for him to be more productive going forward, especially once DeSean Jackson returns.

Eagles-Bills: Numbers that matter - Inquirer
Through seven games, 276 of the Eagles’ 453 offensive plays (60.9 percent) have been run with 11-personnel (1RB, 1TE, 3WR). But in the last four games, the Eagles have dramatically increased their use of 12-personnel (1RB, 2TE, 2WR). They’ve used it on 117 of 241 plays (48.5 percent) in the last four games. Eighty-two of the 162 plays the Eagles have run with 12-personnel this season have been pass plays. Wentz has a 58.5 completion percentage, a 6.4 yards-per-attempt average and has thrown eight touchdown passes and three interceptions with 11-personnel. He has a 60.2 completion percentage, a 7.4 yards-per-attempt-average and four TDs and one interception with 12-personnel.

Week 8 NFL Matchup Guide: Andy Reid’s Not Really Going to Start Patrick Mahomes, Right? - The Ringer
Philadelphia was embarrassed 37-10 by Dallas on Sunday Night Football last week. Philly fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and was behind double digits at halftime for the fourth time this season. The Eagles can’t afford to come out groggy against the Bills, who have one of the best defenses in football, led by head coach Sean McDermott, who was Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.

Point spread, total, moneyline and more for Eagles-Bills in Week 8 - DraftKings Nation
Actually, the Bills’ defense is a great place to start. It’s ranked third in total yards per game and points per game, which is exactly what Carson Wentz (DFS salary $5,600) doesn’t want to hear. Coming off of two consecutive road losses with four total turnovers, Wentz will have to overcome his poor play against one of the stingiest defenses. There are clearly some weak spots, though, considering Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to throw for 282 yards and a touchdown. Wentz has much better weapons at his disposal, he just needs to start using them. Zach Ertz ($5,100) is the prime example, as he has yet to eclipse 75 receiving yards and only has one TD on the season.

Eagle Eye: Tre’Davious White and the Bills will present a difficult test for the Eagles on Sunday -
What will the Eagles see when they take the field on Sunday in Buffalo? In short? A good team. The 5-1 Bills are playing tough, efficient football with a roster that’s been pieced together with a mix of free agents, key draft choices, and waiver-wire pickups who have come through in a big way. Let’s start on defense, where one player, in particular, has to be discussed right off the bat. Cornerback Tre’Davious White was a personal favorite of mine in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he’s met those expectations so far in his young NFL career as a first-round pick. White, who typically lines up at left corner for this Bills squad, is instinctive, tough, competitive, and a ballhawk on the back end.

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
Pick No. 22: OT Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles. 2019 overall grade: 47.6. Dillard got the first start of his career against a tough Dallas pass-rush in Week 7. He allowed a sack, a hit and three hurries on 34 pass-blocking snaps and ended the game with a pass-blocking grade of 54.3, 44th among 56 qualifying tackles this week. Over the last two games, Dillard has allowed 14 total pressures across 68 pass-blocking snaps, something he’ll likely want to improve upon if he’s needed in Week 8.

Eagles in deep trouble whether they kill Bills or not - Morning Call
The best they can hope for this season is mediocrity. Even if they should somehow catch and surpass the Cowboys to win the NFC East title, which is their only realistic path to the postseason, they won’t be able to advance. How can they? How can a team that keeps losing so many defensive linemen and cornerbacks to injuries survive? How can a team with absolutely no deep threat at wide receiver other than the injured and elderly DeSean Jackson be dynamic enough to compete in today’s NFL while allowing more points than all but seven teams?How can a locker room keep from spinning out of control after Wentz and the front office have once again faced anonymous criticism from within the organization? How can a team that either can’t cover receivers because it can’t rush the quarterback or can’t rush the quarterback because it can’t cover receivers or both expect to win meaningful games down the stretch, much less in the playoffs?

NFL rumors: These 3 Eagles are trade candidates after Sunday’s game against Buffalo Bills -
3. WR Nelson Agholor: Another player who could use a change of scenery. He’s struggling at pre-2017 levels this season, the last before he becomes a free agent. It’s doubtful he returns. The Eagles might be willing to trade him whether they’re buyers or sellers. If they’re buyers, they should be pursuing an upgrade at receiver — someone like Robby Anderson or Marvin Jones are intriguing fits — and can still trade away Agholor to another team. If they’re sellers, it’s worth seeing what they can get for him. His value is at its lowest point, but it’s no longer a great match. Cut the chord.

Xavier Woods gets $28,075 fine for hit on Alshon Jeffery - PFT
The NFL fined Cowboys safety Xavier Woods $28,075 for unnecessary roughness. Officials penalized Woods for a hit on Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery on the Eagles’ only touchdown drive. Woods received an unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on a defenseless receiver in the first half.

Jaguars sign Akeem Spence, place Marcell Dareus on IR - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a roster move on Friday morning, placing veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus on injured reserve. Dareus had been dealing with a core muscle injury and had it checked out by a specialist in Philadelphia on Thursday, and in turn needed surgery which will put him out for up to six weeks. Instead of carrying him as inactive, the Jaguars signed former Buccaneers, Lions, Dolphins and Eagles defensive tackle Akeem Spence

The NFL’s top trade candidates, broken down into 4 groups - SB Nation
Robby Anderson, WR, Jets: New York’s inconsistent deep threat has been tough to figure out so far in his career. Now, he’s averaging just 2.8 receptions per game in 2019. That lack of production may push the Jets to move on from Anderson. The booming market for receivers makes now a good time to do it.


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