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Jeopardy Contestant Wagers $4133, Becomes Instant Legend - Crossing Broad
This is absolutely glorious. On Thursday evening’s episode of Jeopardy!, contestant Adam’s selection of “One-Word Book Titles” for $1,600 triggered a Daily Double. That’s when the magic happened. Adam, never one to shy away from a moment to flaunt his fandom, wagered $4,133. When host Alex Trebek asked if there was any significance to the oddly-specific wager, Adam dropped this nugget LIKE A BOSS.
Peter King lists Eagles as his top “gut feel” landing spot for Jalen Ramsey - BGN
UPDATE: NFL insider Mike Garafolo also chimed in on the Eagles’ interest level in Ramsey. “It’s definitely high, I can tell you that much. And they have done their homework on Jalen Ramsey. The problem with the Eagles is they’re involved in everything. Howie Roseman is always involved, he checks out everything. So you don’t quite know the level of the interest, but the more that I talk to people down here [at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia], the more I hear back from them, the more that I think the interest is legit here. I don’t think they’re ready to meet that asking price of two first-round picks just yet. But we talked earlier in the show about how they thought their defensive front was going to be so good and injuries have slowly chipped away at that. Well, much in the way that a defensive front can help your coverage, your coverage can also help your front. So, I would not be shocked to see the Eagles at least make a strong push here to potentially bring Jalen Ramsey to Philadelphia. We’re not there just yet, but I can tell you that there’s been a lot of homework done by the Eagles on Jalen Ramsey, from what I am told. And they are definitely squarely in the mix, I’ll put it to you that way.”
The QB Scho Show #33: Unleashing Matt Stafford - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield talk about the correlation between Trubisky and Caligula, Wentz’s wild week 2, and how the Lions have opened up the offense for Matt Stafford as they look ahead to week 3! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles film breakdown: Isaac Seumalo was horrendous vs. the Falcons - PhillyVoice
The Eagles don’t have any reserve guards on the roster who are typically active on game day, unless you count Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who got his first ever action at guard Week 1, and looked less than awesome himself. Stefen Wisniewski had a very bad training camp and preseason, but he’s still available. It’s really hard to play any worse than Seumalo did on Sunday night, and it puts Carson Wentz’s gutty performance even more into perspective.
Starts Up Front - Iggles Blitz
You don’t mind a player getting overwhelmed by someone that is better than him. Seumalo was beaten by multiple players and just struggled all night. Some of those plays showed questionable effort and that’s not good. No matter what, play your butt off. Battle every snap. Win your share of the battles. You can bet Jeff Stoutland will be in his ear in a big way this week. Seumalo won’t keep his job if he repeats that performance. The good news is that he gets a chance to redeem himself. The Eagles believe in giving players a chance to bounce back and that has generally worked well for them. We’ll have to wait and see what happens on Sunday. A lot of eyes will be on Seumalo.
Kellerman on Wentz: ‘We’ve seen him do things Dak can’t do’ - ESPN
Max Kellerman contends that Dak Prescott is in a better situation than Carson Wentz, but he would still pick Wentz because “the heights he hits are different.”
Week 3 NFL picks against the spread - The Athletic
Eagles (-6) vs. Lions. The Eagles are banged up at wide receiver, and their offensive line did not play well last week. Assuming Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are out, the key will be whether backups like Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside can get open vs. the Lions in man coverage. One thing I like about Matthew Stafford so far: He’s being aggressive. Through two weeks, 21.52 percent of his passes have traveled 20 yards or more downfield. That’s fifth highest among qualifying QBs. Detroit hits on some big plays, but the Eagles score late for the cover. The pick: Eagles (-6).
At the ready: Eagles WR corps thinned by injury but still with high expectations - PE.com
“I kind of just played ball again,” Hollins said. “I don’t think I’ve had that many snaps (69 on offense in Atlanta) since college, really, playing special teams and offense. It was really cool. This whole last week, I’ve prepared to play. I’ve been running and running and running. What’s really nice about this week versus last week is maybe expecting to play a little bit more if I can be, and being ready for that role, versus last week not having that expectation. The chemistry is there. That’s one thing that Coach (Mike) Groh (offensive coordinator) and Coach (Doug) Pederson (head coach) always said, ‘Be ready as if you’re a starter. You’re one play away from being a starter.’ It’s good that we have a few days to work together but that chemistry is already there.”
Eagles will learn sooner than later if they made rookie mistakes - Inquirer
In any case, Sanders has gotten added playing time, although he really hasn’t done that much with it. He has 21 carries for 53 yards, but 19 of those yards came on a single play in the opener against Washington. Aside from that carry, he’s gained 34 yards on 20 tries. Sanders has a tendency to skitter along the line of scrimmage looking for an inviting gap that was a lot easier to find at Penn State than it is in the NFL. Somewhat often, what he finds is the sideline. “That will come with me reading the defenders and seeing how they are attacking our O-line,” Sanders said. “It’s just about me being more sharp with my decisions and trusting my eyes. I’ll be getting more reps and getting more comfortable, and my decisions will be sharper.” Arcega-Whiteside was on the field for just five snaps against Washington but was thrown out there for 75 snaps against Atlanta. He ran decoy for the most part, getting just four targets and one catch for four yards. Wentz stuck with Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz, mixing in some Mack Hollins as well, but Arcega-Whiteside felt ready in the situation.
Greg Ward waits patiently for his chance to play - NBCSP
And since they haven’t gone out and signed anybody, the logical assumption is that Greg Ward, who had a terrific training camp, will be promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Why hasn’t that happened yet? Probably because Howie Roseman doesn’t want to tip his hand. Whoever the Eagles release to make room for Ward is someone the Eagles don’t want to lose. And the later in the week the Eagles release someone, the less likely it is that another team will claim that player. None of this matters to Ward. “You attack practice like you do any other day,” Ward said. “If they need you to take reps and you already know you’re not active that week, you still take every single practice like you’re going to play. Stay ready, stay positive. Just prepare mentally and physically.
8 key starts & 8 sits to consider for Week 3 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
Matthew Stafford, DET (at PHI) - START. Welcome to the sleepery world of Matthew Stafford! Even if you don’t believe it, the Lions quarterback has the fifth-most PPR points through Week 2. He’s averaging 25.5 per contest, and although he’s thrown a couple of picks, he has also thrown for five touchdowns. The Eagles gave up 380 yards against Washington and 320 against Atlanta. They are being torched by QBs, and Stafford comes in hot after leading a comeback victory last weekend.
Thursday Week 3 Detroit Lions injury report: Eagles still hurting on offense - Pride Of Detroit
The Detroit Lions injury report had some minor changes on it from Wednesday to Thursday. Reserve safety C.J. Moore was downgraded to no participation after popping up on the injury report earlier in the week with a heel injury. Moore has played in 53 special team snaps through two weeks, so if he misses this Sunday’s game against the Eagles, the Lions will have to find an adequate replacement. Additionally, Rashaan Melvin is back on the injury report, presumably with the same knee injury that has been nagging him since the beginning of the season. Melvin hasn’t missed a game yet this year, and he currently leads the NFL with five passes defended. Meanwhile, Taylor Decker, Jarrad Davis and Da’Shawn Hand all remain limited in practice. Both Decker and Davis appear to be on track of potentially returning this week, but Hand, now back in an arm brace, appears to be a little further off.
Jalen Ramsey details why he asked for a trade on ‘17 Weeks’ podcast - Big Cat Country
Jalen mentioned he didn’t care about the sideline blowup with head coach Doug Marrone and that things like that happen in the NFL. Emotions run wild in an intense game and you lose your cool. Ramsey said he didn’t care about that and it had nothing to do with his request. “Some disrespectful things were said on their (Jacksonville) end that made me definitely walk out and call my agent as soon as I walked out,” Ramsey said. “I said, ‘It is time. My time is up here in Jacksonville. I want to ask for a trade.’”
Shad Khan on Jalen Ramsey: We have to do what’s right for the team - PFT
There’s been a growing feeling this week that this would be Ramsey’s final game as a member of the team as he’s requested a trade and signs point to one happening sooner rather than later. Jaguars owner Shad Khan stopped short of confirming that when he was asked about a potential Ramsey deal during an appearance on NFL Network Thursday. “This is a team sport,” Khan said. “I am very sensitive to individual needs, but we have to do the right things for the team.”
Forget Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew II Might Be Jaguars’ Future at QB - B/R
The Jaguars made Foles their top priority this past offseason, and he’s certainly not a terrible option. He’s expected to return from his broken clavicle by Week 11. By then, it may be too late. There’s absolutely no reason for Jacksonville to make a switch if the rookie continues to play exactly as he has since his days on the Palouse. The organization can absorb Foles’ exorbitant contract this season—and possibly next, as well—since its current starter is on a rookie deal. Then it could move on from the veteran when it becomes possible to do so. If the Jaguars ride or die with Minshew as their starting quarterback, the franchise could live happily ever after.
Gardner Minshew II Is a Jaguars QB Worth Getting Excited About - The Ringer
It’s early in the season, and Minshew is a sixth-round pick. Outside of one incredibly famous example, sixth-round quarterbacks don’t usually work out. But for now, Minshew is giving the Jaguars something they haven’t had in years: a passing attack worth getting excited about.
NFL quarterback kryptonite: The biggest weakness for all 32 starters - PFF
Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott. Weakness: Uncatchable passes. Prescott has been accurate to start the 2019 season, but if last season is any indication, he probably will regress to being more of a middle-of-the-pack quarterback in our accuracy charting. In 2018, Prescott saw just 61% of his passes deemed accurate, while 19.6% of his passes were deemed inaccurate and uncatchable, the 10th-highest rate. Avoiding that will only mean good things for the Cowboys in 2019.
The 5 O’Clock Club: DRC disappointment - Hogs Haven
Rodgers-Cromarie played a rather ineffectual 63 snaps for the Redskins across two games that they lost. To secure those 63 snaps, the Redskins used a little over $1m of Dan Snyder’s money, which I don’t care about. The opportunity cost, however, was a $480K roster spot that could have been used on a young contributor with potential upside, and a probable 7th round 2020 compensatory draft pick — and that price seems too high for what the team got in return. Injuries happen, and they can’t be fully predicted, but when you sign a 33-year-old cornerback who retired after missing 9 games due to injury a year ago, you can’t be surprised when it all goes pear-shaped.
Antonio Brown Accuser Says He Sent Her ‘Intimidating’ Text Messages After SI’s Story - MMQB
Two days after Sports Illustrated’s story about Antonio Brown, the Patriots receiver allegedly included an accuser in a series of text messages claiming she was only out for money, asking others to look into her background, and including a photo of her kids. Through her lawyer, the woman has now asked the NFL to intervene.
Matt LaFleur’s Packers offense sure looks a lot like Mike McCarthy’s, at least early on - SB Nation
Matt LaFleur rode a rising tide of spread offense awareness to go from Falcons quarterbacks coach to Packers head coach in just three years. The 39-year-old earned high marks for rehabbing the Rams working under Sean McVay, and while a 2018 spent as Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator didn’t yield many on-field accolades, it was still enough to convince Green Bay he was the man who could turn a proud franchise’s flagging fortunes around. But through two games, his fresh start for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense looks very familiar. Barring a handful of big plays, LaFleur has trended more closely to Tennessee’s staid offense than the high-powered fireworks championed by McVay. Green Bay’s 4.3 yards per play is the third-lowest mark in the league, beating out only the lowly Jets and Dolphins — one team that’s already onto its third starting quarterback of the season and another that’s devolved into a black hole of despair. While some of those struggles can be attributed to a pair of tough defensive matchups to start the season, it’s clear these Packers aren’t yet the offensive juggernaut they were hoping to be after making a major coaching change.
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