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The remarkable return and rise of Eagles guard Brandon Brooks - Inquirer
He has played 618 offensive snaps this season and has committed one penalty. One. He has not allowed a sack all season and didn’t allow even a pass pressure Sunday. Put it this way: Brooks was named to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons, and he’s better now — after tearing his Achilles — than he was before. “I think he’s the best lineman in the NFL right now, if we’re being honest,” Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said. “Motherf—er’s bigger than every guard in the league, makes it look easier than any guard in the league. I don’t see anybody making it look that easy. F—g freak of nature. He had a long offseason of rehabbing, keeping to himself. ”Now the rewards are coming for him. There weren’t any moments where he felt sorry for himself. He’s just f—g different, a different f—g dude, man.”

Help us plan for a BGN Eagles road game watch party! - BGN
If you’re interested, shoot me an email at shamusjclancy @ gmail dot com so that I can get a rough idea of how many people would come and, in turn, find the best venue for us! If there’s a good turnout, I’d love to make this a regular occurrence. Whether it be for the playoffs, the draft or sometime next season, I want to help make this a tradition for BGN.

At the Podium: The Unfeel Good Win of the Season - BGN Radio
John Stolnis has words about the Eagles ugly win over the Bears with thoughts on the wide receiver group, PLUS three fresh pressers from Pederson and Wentz post-game, then from Doug Pederson again on Monday!

The Moves Begin - Iggles Blitz
This is a move the Eagles have to make, unless they know something we don’t. Matthews knows the playbook. He has good chemistry with Carson Wentz. Matthews can play all three WR spots. Sign this guy and he can help right away. Matthews would not be coming here to replace DeSean as a deep threat. Matthews would be coming into be part of a WR corps. He’s more likely to win with hands and route-running than pure speed. That said, Matthews can get open downfield and make plays from time to time. He made some big plays last year for the Eagles. It will be interesting to see what the Eagles do with the other roster spot. They could add another WR. They could add a safety. They could always consider adding another TE. I feel pretty certain they won’t be adding a DE.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 10 edition, Giants are dead - PhillyVoice
8) ”A win is a win?” Even the Eagles’ social media team realizes that their outlasting of the Bears on Sunday was super ugly, lol. Also, DeSean Jackson is done for the rest of the regular season with his abdomen injury, and the Eagles did nothing at the trade deadline to find a receiver who can run a sub-4.8 40 and occasionally catch a football.

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 9 of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
Pick No. 22: OT Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles. 2019 overall grade: 62.3. Dillard followed a strong Week 8 performance with an even better Week 9 showing. And even though he surrendered four quarterback pressures from 48 snaps against a talented pass-rush in the contest, he more than held his own against star edge rusher Khalil Mack, who managed just one hurry on eight matchups against the rookie left tackle.

Upon further review: Ten likes and dislikes from Week 9 in the NFL - The Athletic
6. The screen Doug Pederson dialed up late for the Eagles. With 2:24 left, the Eagles led the Bears 19-14 and faced a third-and-9 from the Chicago 44. They were without both starting receivers in DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery and needed to convert to kill clock and put the game away. Pederson dialed up a brilliant middle screen to tight end Dallas Goedert. The Eagles sent Nelson Agholor in motion one way and faked the inside handoff to Jordan Howard. Goedert crossed the formation like he was going to block Leonard Floyd (94) on a split zone run play. But instead, he shoved Floyd upfield and turned around for the catch. Goedert had blockers out in front and rumbled ahead for 16 yards. The Eagles went 74 yards on 16 plays and took 8:14 off the clock, kicking a field goal to secure the 22-14 win. It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Eagles go into the bye with a 5-4 record, still having the Dolphins, Giants (twice) and Washington on the schedule.

Eagle Eye: Inside the game plan to thwart Khalil Mack and the Bears’ pass rush - PE.com
The Eagles came up with a big win on Sunday against a very tough Chicago defense with blue chip talent at all three levels. As we highlighted last week in this space as well as on Eagles Game Plan, the matchup on third down, in particular, was going to be pivotal. The Eagles came in with the No. 2 third-down offense in the NFL, and the Bears had a top-five defense on third down after forcing a veteran quarterback in Los Angeles’ Philip Rivers to go 2-for-10 the previous week. The Eagles needed to stay ahead of the chains, meaning they had to prevent negative plays on offense. To do THAT, they would need to stop Khalil Mack.

The Jaguars Are Ruining All the Fun (and Potentially Their Future) by Benching Gardner Minshew II - The Ringer
Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that the team’s resident meme lord will hit the pine as Nick Foles returns from his collarbone injury. But Minshew showed much promise in his nine-game run, and the Jags could come to regret that choice.

Nick Foles vs. Gardner Minshew: Who should the Jaguars have named the starter? - Big Cat Country
The way I think about it is it’s not even a comparison of the two, it’s thinking if Foles wasn’t even in Jacksonville. If we didn’t have Foles, and Minshew was a higher round draft pick, would you even consider benching him? No. You’d be pumped at a guy who’s won 6/9 (nice) Rookie of the Week Awards. He’s a rookie. He’ll have his games against the New Orleans Saints or the Houston Texans. But there wouldn’t be a question as to if he’s the future.

Nick Foles named Jaguars starting QB, becomes strong fantasy football waiver wire add - DraftKings Nation
The Jaguars have a good set of young receivers and Minshew showed that they can get the job done. The fleeting glimpse of Foles in Week 1 was also positive, so there is a good chance Foles can at least pick up where Minshew left off and have upside for more. He should be a priority add in any deep or 2QB league and should make for a strong streaming option. the Jaguars schedule looks good, with a by this week, then @Colts, @Titans, Buccaneers, Chargers, @Raiders, and @Atlanta, on the plate. Those matchups are worth a preemptive add even in 12-team leagues if you don’t feel good about your quarterback situation.

Jets Sign LB Paul Worrilow, Promote RB Josh Adams From PS, Place CB Trumaine Johnson and WR Josh Bellamy on IR - Gang Green Nation
The New York Jets have signed 29 year old linebacker Paul Worrilow and promoted 23 year old running back Josh Adams from the practice squad to the active roster. To make room for the two additions the Jets have placed cornerback Trumaine Johnson and wide receiver Josh Bellamy on injured reserve.

Week 9 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank 13th overall in DVOA.]

Has Cam Newton played his last game for the Panthers? - SB Nation
Cam Newton won’t be returning to the Panthers’ lineup anytime soon. Carolina put its starting quarterback on injured reserve in advance of a Week 10 showdown with the Packers, ending his 2019 regular season after only two games due to a foot injury. That decision puts a middling franchise at a crossroad. Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, has only one year and no guaranteed money remaining on his contract. His replacement, former undrafted free agent Kyle Allen, is 5-1 as a starter in his stead. Moving on from Newton via trade would likely bring some draft assets back in return while saving the team more than $19 million in salary cap space in 2020. A Newton trade or release seemed unheard of four years ago when the dual-threat passer rallied his team to a 15-1 regular season record and the NFC championship. His Panthers have stagnated since then; he’s an even 23-23 as a starter in the three-plus years since.

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