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Eagles News: Philadelphia looking to do “something fun” ahead of the NFL trade deadline

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Football Night in America - NBC
Mike Florio: “You mention Jordan Howard, that was an offseason trade. You know, the trade deadline’s coming up Tuesday at 4:00 PM Eastern. I’m told to watch the Eagles, they may be looking to do ‘something fun’ now that they’re 4-4 and they’re in the mix. They tried to get Jalen Ramsey. Patrick Peterson, he’s a guy the Cardinals have rejected multiple offers to get him, including at least one first-round pick. But the Eagles may have something cooking now that they’re at .500.”

NFL Trade Deadline: Eagles, Jaguars, Saints want a playmaker, and Robby Anderson is a top target for some - CBS Sports
Receiver remains a position of heavy focus ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, with Jets speedster Robby Anderson almost certain to be traded, league sources said. With Emmanuel Sanders and Mohamed Sanu already dealt, interest remains high in Anderson, Bengals Pro Bowler A.J. Green and others, with the Saints, Eagles and Jaguars pushing to add a playmaker, sources said. Anderson is young and cheap, and the prospect of him getting a big contract from New York’s new management team are slim, which has increased the pace of trade talks this week.

8 thoughts on the Eagles’ much-needed win over the Bills - BGN
Doug Pederson said Carson Wentz’s performed “extremely well” and that’s a fair assessment when you look at how other quarterbacks have performed against Buffalo’s tough defense this season. Wentz’s performance clearly stands out as the best showing.

The Kist & Solak Show #139: Eagles Bully Buffalo - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles 31-13 road win over the Bills... How big is this win? How good were the Bills, really? What’s the picture for the Eagles look like moving forward? All that with a bevy of breakdowns of plays and individual performances PLUS the gang reads your THREE WORDS! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Bills game - PhillyVoice
8) The ‘Not So Special Teams’ Award: Boston Scott. The Eagles have lost fumbles on punts 3 times in 8 games this season. There are days when the Eagles struggle to stop opposing offenses, and when they’re finally able to get off the field, you can’t continue to have these demoralizing turnovers, giving the ball right back to the opponent. They have got to clean that up.

The Drive - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz was terrific. He was 17-24-172 as a passer, with a TD and no picks. Wentz made some really good throws. His TD to Dallas Goedert was a really impressive play. Wentz had to throw around a defender and put the ball where Goedert was going to be. That score gave the Eagles the lead and opened the game up. The thing Wentz did that really stood out was run the ball. He was 5 for 39 on the ground, aside from kneel-downs. Two of those runs came on third downs on The Drive. One looked like a QB draw, but Wentz said after the game that was supposed to be a screen. A DE got in the way so Wentz just took off running and moved the chains. This was the kind of performance the Eagles have been looking for from Wentz. He wasn’t Superman, but he stepped up in key situations. He also made the guys around him better.

Way-too-early 2019 NFL playoff picture: AFC, NFC standings through Week 8 - ESPN
The NFC East race has quickly become a two-way battle between the Cowboys and Eagles, and the Cowboys gained an early leg up with a Week 7 victory over the Eagles. The Cowboys also have an early advantage in the division record tiebreaker with a 3-0 record; the Eagles are 1-1. If we’re lucky, the teams will play a de facto NFC East championship game in Week 16 at the Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field. But the Cowboys have a more difficult remaining schedule, according to FPI. The strength of their upcoming opponents ranks No. 13 in the NFL, while the Eagles’ remaining slate ranks No. 30.

As Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard step up, should Eagles be a run-first operation? - Inquirer
Sanders also caught three passes for 44 yards Sunday. But critics of Pederson’s pass-happy play-calling have noted that two of the Eagles’ best wins have come when they’ve run more than they’ve passed. They gained 160 yards on 33 carries in the Week 4 win over the Packers. But the Eagles favored the run last week in Dallas, and Pederson’s most controversial decision Sunday came on third-and-4 in four-down territory. Rather than place the offense’s fate in Wentz’s hands, he called a quasi-run to receiver Nelson Agholor, who was dropped for a 5-yard loss. “I don’t think that we’re a strictly run offense that’s going to go through the ground, and we’re not a strictly pass offense,” center Jason Kelce said. “I think when you get pigeon-holed into one of those it becomes pretty easy for a defense to defend you. I think that whatever the defense is giving us on that day, we have weapons to take advantage of it.”

NFL Week 8 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 31, Buffalo Bills 13 - PFF
Rookie running back Miles Sanders was able to take short passes and generate yardage for the Eagles’ passing attack. Sanders also ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter, displaying his breakaway speed after getting a key block from Jordan Howard to spring him free. After facing criticism over their play the last few weeks, the Eagles’ defense finally stepped up by shutting down Josh Allen & Co. on the road. The secondary did a good job in coverage, with Malcolm Jenkins putting forth a solid effort in this one. Fletcher Cox was his usual self, destroying any Buffalo lineman that lined up in front of him, and unfortunately for guard Jon Feliciano, this was often him. Vinny Curry was also a force as a pass-rusher today, winning a number of his matchups with bull-rushes.

The best rushing game of the Doug Pederson era, Carson Wentz’s efficiency and more: 7 takeaways from Eagles-Bills - The Athletic
This shouldn’t be the way the Eagles play every week. And with Wentz at quarterback, they should trust that his passing can carry them to wins. But part of the Eagles’ success in 2017 was being able to run when they needed to run. In fact, two of the four 200-yard rushing games under Pederson came during that season. This is the best backfield Pederson has had with the Eagles, so there’s reason to believe they should be effective when the offensive line plays up to expectations. Howard said the Eagles will be “pretty hard to stop” when the running game and passing game have big games together. But it stood out to me that even Wentz called establishing the run the “recipe.” The team is built around Wentz because of the plays he can make. It wouldn’t make sense to ask a $100-plus million quarterback to be a game manager. The way Wentz explained it, much of what the Eagles like to do in the passing game starts with effective running. “We just want to establish the line of scrimmage,” Wentz said. “The big guys up front that we have, that’s one of their biggest strengths, establishing the line of scrimmage. And I think everything else that we do from the play-actions, the bootlegs, the nakeds, all of that stems from those guys controlling the line of scrimmage.”

Thunder and Lightning ground game leads way in huge road win at Buffalo - PE.com
Doug Pederson wasn’t looking for any deception. He wanted power. He wanted the Eagles to run the football holding an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and that’s exactly what the offense did for 8 minutes, 17 seconds into a gusty wind at Buffalo’s New Era Field in a 31-13 needed-to-have-it victory. The Eagles played power football with running back Jordan Howard carrying much of the load, with quarterback Carson Wentz running for two first downs, and with a short passing game that devoured the clock. The Eagles challenged the teeth of the Buffalo defense and won, using tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as blockers, bringing in lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai as an extra blocker, mixing in Ertz and Goedert in the passing game – Goedert had a 7-yard gain for a first down and Ertz converted a third-and-7 play with an 18-yard gain to the Buffalo 3-yard line, setting up Howard for a touchdown run that put the game out of reach with 6:12 remaining. The score capped a 14-play, 83-yard drive that was telling for the players on the field.

Jordan Reid’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 - The Draft Network
15. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama. A team that entered the season with very high expectations has not lived up to them thus far. A secondary that has been poor and surrendered lots of explosive plays to this point is in desperate need of fresh talent. After a failed attempt to acquire Jalen Ramsey via trade, GM Howie Roseman is completely aware that this team needs help in the secondary. After suffering a season-ending injury in 2018, Trevon Diggs has experienced a nice bounce back season. His fluidity, ball skills, and playmaking abilities would be a welcomed addition to a porous unit.

Five takeaways: Buffalo Bills’ flaws exposed by Philadelphia Eagles - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills lost to a motivated Philadelphia Eagles team this week and it was ugly. Buffalo had miscues and was dominated in every facet of the game. We’ll highlight the five things we think were the most important here in our takeaways post.

NFL Week 8 insider notes: Bears should bench Mitchell Trubisky, Bucs also have a big QB problem, and more - CBS Sports
It was yet another week where Gardner Minshew showed he can play in this league and deserves to keep his job whenever Nick Foles is healthy.

Five things we learned from the Giants’ trip to Detroit - Big Blue View
The New York Giants couldn’t quite complete the comeback against the Detroit Lions, falling 31-26 and dropping to 2-6 on the season. Despite Detroit twice leading by double-digits, this game was never really out of hand. There was good and bad from the Giants on the field — as there is in any game. Rookies and veterans alike showing positive signs as well as making some head-scratching mistakes. What can we learn from the game as the Giants drop their fourth straight game going into a divisional matchup against the Dallas Cowboys?

Chicago’s Kicking Curse Has Put Its Season on the Ropes - The Ringer
A last-second missed field goal brought back bad memories of the Bears’ appearance in last year’s playoffs, but the team has issues with much more than just its special teams unit.

The Bears’ biggest problem is they’re scared to play offense - SB Nation
Fear is why the Bears chose to kneel in the last minute against the Chargers. It’s also the main reason Chicago left Week 8 with a 17-16 loss. Set up with a fresh set of downs on the Chargers’ 21-yard line and trailing 17-16, Chicago had 43 seconds to score a game-winning touchdown or make a field goal easier for kicker Eddy Piñeiro. Bears head coach Matt Nagy called for a kneeldown instead, because he was afraid of his offense screwing things up. He was more confident that Piñeiro — who missed a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter — would make a 41-yard field goal to win the game. Piñeiro missed wide left.

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