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PFF’s NFL Team of the Week: 2019 NFL Week 1 - PFF
FLEX: WR Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles. Just like he never left! Back with the Eagles, Jackson found himself back in the end zone on the receiving end of some deep passes. Quarterback Carson Wentz hit him on two throws 20-plus yards downfield, totaling 104 yards and two touchdowns. LT Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles. Peters was once again a force in pass protection for the Eagles in their win over the Redskins. The Eagles dropped back to pass 41 times with him on the field, and he produced a 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency rating with no sacks, hits or hurries allowed.

Dak Prescott takes a shot at the Eagles - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles don’t play the Dallas Cowboys until Week 7 this season. The game is set for October 20, which is a month and 10 days away. Despite this, Dak Prescott’s already got his NFC East rivals on his brain. Check out this sideline clip from the Cowboys’ Week 1 win over the New York Giants.

The Kist & Solak Show #116: Eagles’ Week 1 Film Review Special - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak do the coaches film deep dive of the Eagles’ Week 1 win over Washington including thoughts on Carson Wentz, the OL performance, the pass rush/coverage correlation and some venting over Jim Schwartz’s nonsensical deployment of his defensive backs.. oh, and DeSean Jackson. Lots of DeSean Jackson... and some NFL Week 1 thoughts... and an update on Malik Jackson. PACKED SHOW! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

DeSean Jackson’s speed still kills, even at 32 - SB Nation
Speed tends to be the first thing that goes for aging athletes. DeSean Jackson isn’t most aging athletes, though. At 32 years old, he’s still racing past corners and making life difficult for safeties. That speed was on full display in the Eagles’ opener against Washington and bodes well for Philadelphia’s offense this season. Jackson caught eight passes for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Eagles’ 32-27 victory. He scored his 30th career touchdown of at least 50 yards for second place all-time, passing Randy Moss and with only Jerry Rice ahead of him. The NFL’s Next Gen Stats also clocked him at 21.4 mph at his fastest on Sunday, behind only to Malcolm Butler and Saquon Barkley. Jackson eclipsed 900 receiving yards in five of his six first seasons, all with the Eagles, but he’s only done it twice again since. Although he didn’t made it past 800 yards in either of his past two seasons with Tampa Bay, that could change this year in his return to Philadelphia. And the Eagles have definitely been missing a field-stretching player like Jackson ever since he left the team.

DeSean Jackson trails only Jerry Rice in career touchdowns 50 yards or longer - PFT
With those two touchdowns, Jackson now has 31 touchdowns of 50 yards or longer in his NFL career. Only Jerry Rice, with 36, has more. Jackson entered Sunday in a tie with Randy Moss, who is now third in NFL history with 29 career touchdowns of 50 yards or longer.

10 DeSean Jackson stats that will blow your mind - NBCSP
Half a century — Jackson became the first Eagle with two 50-yard TDs in the same game in 52 years, since Ben Hawkins had touchdowns of 63 and 69 yards from Norm Snead in a tie with the Redskins in 1967 at D.C. Stadium. Last NFL player with two 50-yard TDs in the same game was Odell Beckham for the Giants against the Ravens in 2016.

Eagle Eye: Domination in the trenches ignites the rushing attack - PE.com
The passing game is important, especially when you have a quarterback like Carson Wentz, but the best offenses at the end of the year are ALWAYS going to be some of the best running teams in the league. You have to be able to win in a variety of ways if you’re a great team in the NFL, and the Eagles showed really positive signs toward being a team that can win in the trenches when needed in Week 1.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 2 edition - PhillyVoice
2) Eagles (1-0): The grossness of the Eagles’ alarming first half against Washington was offset somewhat by their dominance in the second half. On the positive side, once they got clicking, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense looked like they could be very good this season. On the not so positive side, the pass rush was suspect, and the secondary allowed receivers to get wide open when the quarterback had time to throw. There’s a lot to be corrected before Week 2.

Sloppy Start - Iggles Blitz
Akeem Spence was productive for Miami last year. He had 2 sacks, 6 TFLs and 9 QB hits while starting all 16 games. The Eagles have had good luck with finding 1-gap DTs. Justin Hamilton, Treyvon Hester, Hassan Ridgeway, etc. Spence is 6-1, 303 and is at his best attacking up the field.

Carson Wentz 2.0: QB adjustments spark Eagles - ESPN
Meanwhile, his average time in the pocket was 2.37 seconds, compared to 2.18 in 2018 -- a sign that he was allowing slightly more time for plays to develop before bolting into the unknown. While Wentz is in some ways coloring outside the lines less, he still has a tremendous amount of freedom to call plays at the line of scrimmage. He was a blazing hot 12-of-13 for 197 yards and three touchdowns on third down Sunday, and he revealed afterward that he was calling the shots in many of those circumstances, particularly in the second half, when the offense caught fire. ”There were a couple of times today we just wanted to get on the ball and see what they were doing coverage-wise so that we could call it at the line,” he said. “That’s nice that we were able to communicate as effectively as we did and get us in the right calls to pick up some key third downs. It kind of simplifies the game for us and lets us go make plays.”

Week 1 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
Only one game in Week 1 came out with the loser scoring a higher VOA rating than the winner: Washington (eighth) against Philadelphia (15th). This is an interesting one because the Eagles had the much higher success rate (50 percent to 40 percent) but Washington had more average yardage (6.98 compared to 6.24 for the Eagles). Some of the difference comes because the Eagles averaged just 8.2 yards to go on their plays while the Redskins averaged 10.3 yards to go. And part of the issue there was penalties, where Washington had 12 and Philadelphia only six. Washington had a lot of holding calls: five, including one on a punt. That’s something that needs to go into the DVOA system next time I get to do a big overhaul on it.

Falcons - Vikings: Five things we learned - The Falcoholic
1. The offensive line is still a work in progress. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this debacle is that it’s not fun playing perhaps the best defensive line in the NFL on the road in a hostile environment. Even prized left tackle Jake Matthews surrendered two sacks for a group that kept Matt Ryan on skates for most of the game and struggled to establish much in the run game. With first-round guard Chris Lindstrom now out half the season or more with a foot fracture and his first-round teammate Kaleb McGary still getting his rookie lumps out of the way, the team will need an immediate rebound from Matthews, continued stalwart play from center Alex Mack and whomever takes over for Lindstrom to step it up. The team can’t expect to do a ton this season if the offensive line plays like this again.

What we learned from the the Redskins loss against the Philadelphia Eagles - Hogs Haven
Lastly, the Redskins collapse was the ugliest of it all. The Redskins were outscored 32-10 after getting out to a 17-0 lead. Post-game, Eagles receiver Desean Jackson stated in an interview with Deion Sanders that he knew the Redskins would fold in the second-half because the Redskins more likely than not felt the game was over at half-time. Jackson’s comments are not gospel; however, he was in the locker room for three years and he has insight into how Jay Gruden’s team reacts to minimal success.

Nick Foles injury update: Jaguars QB to be placed on IR/to return, can return Week 11 vs. Colts - Big Cat Country
Foles’ surgery was reportedly this morning and he’ll officially be placed on the injury report later today. It was reported that Foles suffered a broken left clavicle in yesterday’s 40-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. If Foles is placed on injured reserve, he would be eligible to return in Week 11 when the team visits the Indianapolis Colts on November 17th.

Bengals waive Jordan Willis to sign LaRoy Reynolds - Cincy Jungle
Reynolds (6-1, 228), a seventh-year player out of the University of Virginia, was originally a college free agent signee of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. He has spent time with the Jaguars (2013-15), Chicago Bears (’15), Atlanta Falcons (’16-17) and Philadelphia Eagles (’18). Reynolds has played in 84 career games (seven starts), and has 81 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He was with the San Francisco 49ers this preseason, but was released during final cuts.

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