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Eagles News: Three Eagles players make PFF’s NFL Week 5 Team of the Week

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NFL Week 5 Team of the Week - PFF
Edge Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles: While he hadn’t registered a sack coming into the game, Graham had racked up 26 total pressures, so it always felt likely that the sacks would come. Against the Jets they definitely did, with Graham finishing the game with three sacks, two hits and two hurries from just 21 pass-rushing snaps. [...] RG Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia Eagles. Brooks showed why he was the highest-graded guard in the NFL going into Week 5 with another impressive performance. He was solid in pass protection, allowing a hit and a hurry from 37 pass-blocking snaps, but he really stood out as a run-blocker, producing an 85.1 PFF run-blocking grade on the day. [...] CB Orlando Scandrick, Philadelphia Eagles: It’s rare that you have to lead with a defensive back’s work as a pass-rusher, but we need to talk about Orlando Scandrick’s work as a pass-rusher. He blitzed five times on Sunday, registering a pair of sacks and a hurry. He forced a fumble on both of those sacks, recovering one of those himself and housing it for an Eagles score.

15 thoughts from the Eagles beating the crap out of the Jets - BGN
Jordan Howard’s rushing stats through five games: 53 carries, 248 yards (4.7 average), 4 TD, 0 fumbles. Miles Sanders’ rushing stats through five games: 54 carries, 193 yards (3.6 average), 0 TD, 2 fumbles. Sanders is the more dynamic talent but Howard is clearly the more polished and reliable running back. Howard should continue to be the 1A in the Eagles’ rotation. Pederson needs to get him some more carries. While Sanders has struggled as a runner, it’s been encouraging to see him have success as a pass catcher. He’s been looking mighty fine on the wheel route.

At the Podium: NFC East Shake-Up - BGN Radio
John Stolnis gets you updated on the Jay Gruden firing by Washington, including thoughts on interim head coach Bill Callahan, plus thoughts on the rest of the division after a fortuitous Week 5 for the Eagles. Then pressers from Pederson (x2) and Wentz! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Reason to Believe - Iggles Blitz
It feels like the defense is headed in the right direction. They lead the NFL in run defense. They have multiple takeaways in 3 of 4 games. The DL seems to be coming alive. Fletcher Cox is getting a bit better every week. Brandon Graham had a breakout game. All three of his sacks came from playing DT in the Nickel or Dime. Derek Barnett has sacks in consecutive games. The young guys, Josh Sweat and Daeshon Hall, both got to the QB. Tim Jernigan will return to the mix sometime in the near future. Eagles LBs are starting to make plays. Nigel Bradham dropped an easy pick-six in Green Bay, but then got the tipped ball at the end. Nate Gerry came up with a pick-six against the Jets. Kamu Grugier-Hill is the best athlete the Eagles have in the middle of the field and he’s getting healthier each week. That should improve the LB play. Rodney McLeod has played at a high level the past two weeks. He came up big on multiple goal line plays against the Packers. McLeod blew up a short yardage run, just missed a sack and had an INT vs the Jets. He’s all over the field and making his presence felt.

7 thoughts with 2019’s defining stretch upon Eagles -
Carson Wentz averaged 8.03 yards per pass attempt in the opening-day win over Washington, a healthy number helped by the long-ball connection with DeSean Jackson. The dynamic wide receiver played in only 11 snaps against Atlanta and hasn’t played since and Wentz’s yards per passing attempt have dropped – 5.37 yards in Atlanta, 7.19 against Detroit, 5.93 in Green Bay, and 6.52 in the win over the Jets. The difference might not seem like a lot of yards, but it makes a difference. The Eagles, Pederson said, have adjusted by using 12 personnel more – with both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the field – and it’s working. This is a versatile offense. It is obviously better with Jackson on the field, but the Eagles have other options and in the long run, when Jackson is good and at his peak and threatening defenses on every play, the Eagles are going to have a lot of ways to win when they have the football. Until Jackson is back, expect to see a lot of personnel packages and creativity coming from the offensive coaching staff.

Beat back and forth: DeSean Jackson’s status, Jordan Howard’s ascension and more on the state of the Eagles - The Athletic
I’m not so sure I think too much of Pederson’s declaration. We can all see that Howard has been more effective as a rusher than Sanders over the last few games. His touches (31 over the last two games to Sanders’ 24) and his increasing snap percentage tell us that Pederson knows this too. But I don’t think the playing time split needs to be much different than it has been. Sanders has made big plays in the passing game in two of the past three games, and it’s not like the Eagles are going to pull an Adam Gase and run one running back into a wall. This is how Pederson wants to run things, pun not intended but happily discovered. As for whether this means Sanders’ rookie season is trending toward disappointment, I think we should calm down. It’s a long season and I’m sure he’ll become the lead back again at some point. I think the most important news angle on the state of the team right now is the status of DeSean Jackson. Pederson said the Eagles will “push” Jackson more this week to see how he reacts and admitted the team misses Jackson’s explosiveness. We can see that, too. The Eagles technically only attempted one true deep pass on Sunday, although Pederson rightly corrected me that there was a second attempt that drew an illegal contact penalty. What’s your sense of where things stand with Jackson? Am I right to circle the Cowboys game in two weeks as when the Eagles hope to get him back?

Hidden in lopsided win: Eagles’ passing game in a funk - NBCSP
Wentz hasn’t connected on a pass play of more than 20 yards to a wide receiver in three straight games. That equals the Eagles’ longest such streak without a completion to a wideout since 2000.

Week 5 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
Was this the worst game of the week? Yes. Was it the worst game of the year? Also yes. In fact, it was one of the worst games we have ever measured. Exactly where it falls on the all-time table is yet to be determined; opponent adjustments and league baselines will fluctuate throughout the season. If the Eagles defense plays like gangbusters over the next three months, Falk’s DYAR numbers will improve; if the Eagles fall apart (and with five defensive backs on the injury list this week, that is certainly possible), this could be the new Worst Game of the DVOA Era. Going into Monday Night Football this week, it ranks as the fourth-worst game on record, and the worst game since Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a half-dozen interceptions in 2016 while playing for … the New York Jets.

Safest players to drop for Week 6 waiver priority - DraftKings Nation
Turn away and slam the door — Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles: There’s no reason to believe it’s going to get any better. Agholor has played with Carson Wentz for years, so the problem here isn’t chemistry or unfamiliarity. And if Agholor has a combined one catch on four targets over two weeks when DeSean Jackson (abdomen; questionable) is out, it’s only going to get worse when Jackson is back in the picture. Sure, Agholor led the team in targets and catches when both Jackson and Alshon Jeffery were out, but Jeffery has been back for two games now and Agholor’s workload has returned to the almost-nonexistent one he had in Week 1. It’s tough to let go, especially for those of us who spent a fair chunk of FAAB on him and were rewarded with two TDs in Week 3, but, as the song says, the past is in the past.

Fantasy Football Panic Index, Week 5: What happened to MVP Lamar Jackson? - Fake Teams
Wait, he’s still on your team? Nelson Agholor. While his numbers may not show it, Agholor has been a terrible fantasy receiver this year. If you take away his Week 2 and 3 games, Agholor is averaging three targets, one catch and a little over 10 yards per game. He’s famously dropped open passes and has already two fumbles on the year. Once more, the Eagles next five games is the stuff of nightmares for opposing wide receivers. The Eagles play at Vikings, at Cowboys, at Bills, Bears and Patriots. All but the Vikings rank top six in fewest fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. It’s time to move on from Agholor.

A TED Talk, week five - Daily Norseman
It’s easy to nitpick after a win, and after the disheartening loss last week, it was a good win and I’ll take it. The point is that this team is better than what they showed last week, for sure, and can still do better than the 28 points they got the hard way yesterday. The upcoming schedule is Philly, at Detroit, and then Washington at home on a Thursday night. I can honestly see a scenario where they can win all three...or lose two of three because lol if they lose to the Redskins just shoot me into the Sun and blow it all up.

Report: Opposing teams studying Kellen Moore’s time at Boise State which is helping them defensively - Blogging The Boys
Steve Wyche: “Here’s a little nugget. I was just with the Saints. Players told me when they played the Cowboys two weeks ago, they went back to look at Boise State tape when Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore played quarterback there. And they saw some of the hand gestures and some of the things that he liked to do at Boise that he’s incorporated into the Cowboys offense, and they were able to pick up some tendencies from that so now maybe there are some teams getting a read on what Kellen Moore likes to do. And that may be a part of the reason why Dak hasn’t had it so easy the past two weeks.”

Bruce Allen Redskins Presser: “The culture is actually pretty damn good” - Hogs Haven
Bruce Allen held a press conference for he first time in almost 5 years today. The reason? He had to explain why he fired Head Coach Jay Gruden but did not perform seppuku for the shame he has himself brought upon this franchise. Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder continue to run this organization into the ground and nothing will change until they are both gone.

Giants-Patriots opening odds: Giants are 16-point underdogs to undefeated Patriots - Big Blue View
History has taught us to never count the Giants out against the New England Patriots. But with a loss to the Vikings on Sunday that dropped the Giants to 2-3 overall and an undefeated Patriots team, the odds are against Big Blue Thursday night. The Giants, per DraftKings Nation, are 16-point underdogs. That is the biggest predicted spread amongst all of the week six matchups listed on the DraftKings Nation page. The next closest spread is the Cleveland Browns being 10.5-point favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Report: Titans are expected to sign former Bears kicker Cody Parkey - Music City Miracles
Memes aside, Parkey has pretty solid accuracy marks over his five year NFL career, connecting on 83.9% of his attempts, including 7 of 9 from 50-plus. Obviously, the hope would be that a change of scenery helps him regain his form without the baggage of that miss in Chicago lingering over him.

Patriots part ways with tight end Benjamin Watson after not activating him to the 53-man roster - Pats Pulpit
The Patriots had until Monday, 4:00pm ET to reactivate Watson to their 53-man roster or else he would enter free agency — and it looks like they opted for the second path: as first reported by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, the team has not added him to their active roster before the deadline, effectively ending the 38-year-old’s tenure with the team after only five months and zero in-game appearances during the regular season. [BLG Note: @Eagles?]

It’s Time to Get Excited About the 49ers, the Brash NFC Contender Hiding in Plain Sight - The Ringer
In a signature moment of a legendary college career, Baker Mayfield capped an upset 31-16 win at Ohio State by taking the Oklahoma Sooners flag, sauntering around the Ohio State stadium, and then planting it at midfield. The move infuriated the Buckeyes players and their fans to the point Oklahoma “higher-ups” told him he needed to apologize. He did half-heartedly, though it would have been better to point out that people living in a town called Columbus have no right to get upset when someone else plants flags on their turf. One of the Ohio State players who took particular umbrage with Mayfield’s mayhem was Nick Bosa. Two years later, Bosa got his revenge during the 49ers’ 31-3 dominant win against Cleveland on Monday Night Football. Bosa’s near-sack with seconds left in the second quarter sent the 49ers into halftime up 21-3 against the Browns, and Bosa did not hesitate to celebrate by mimicking Mayfield’s flag plant.

Firing Jay Gruden isn’t going to fix a thing for Washington - SB Nation
Evidently, Gruden is being blamed for the team’s 0-5 start. The reality, though, is that there’s no fixing this mess. Owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen are still in charge and that means Washington’s going to continue to be stuck in the mud.


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