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Malcolm Jenkins’ great play could have been greater, without costly block-in-the-back call - Inquirer
It looked like an inadvertent collision. Malcolm Jenkins had just blocked Matt Prater’s 46-yard field goal attempt and Rasul Douglas was running with the ball, behind Jenkins. In front of Jenkins, a Lions player stopped and started to turn inside, as Douglas angled away from the sideline. Jenkins bumped the player from behind, several yards away from Douglas. The Lions player was barely moving, would not have gotten over before Douglas passed him, regardless. But a flag flew for a block in the back. That was enough to ruin Douglas’s return, which went into Detroit territory and would have at least set up a game-tying field goal in the final 99 seconds. The Eagles got the ball at midfield. Granted, at home that should have been plenty good enough to kick a field goal or score a game-winning touchdown, but not on this day. What would have been the winning heave bounced off the heels of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s hands on fourth-and-15 from the Eagles’ 45.

7 thoughts on the Eagles’ frustrating loss to the Lions - BGN
Carson Wentz needs some dang help. Other than being unrealistically perfect, I don’t know what more Wentz could’ve done to help the Eagles win this game. For the most part, Wentz was pretty sharp against the Lions. He finished the day with the following stat line: 19/36, 259 yards (7.2 average), 2 TD, 0 INT, 94.6 passer rating. He also rushed for 33 yards on four carries, including a 19-yard run that immediately set up Jordan Howard’s 1-yard rushing touchdown. Wentz’s numbers would look even better if he didn’t have to deal with SEVEN drops, three offensive pass interference penalties, and two offensive drives killed by fumbles. The drop that hurt the most was obviously JJ Arcega-Whiteside failing to haul in Wentz’s 4th-and-15 pass that would’ve set up goal-to-go territory with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter. The Eagles could’ve scored a go-ahead touchdown or at least settled for a gimme field goal to force overtime. Instead, the game ended and now we get to hear about how Wentz isn’t clutch.

The Kist & Solak Show #123: Week 3 Woes Plague Philadelphia - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles Week 3 loss to the Lions in another heartbreaking last minute disappointment filled with blunders and frustrating moments... Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Lions game - PhillyVoice
4) The ‘Can’t Do It Alone’ Award: Carson Wentz. Wentz didn’t make mistakes, and he put his teammates in plenty of positions to make plays, but when your receivers are dropping everything, you’re down to your third LT at various points of the game, your special teams units give up a kick return TD, and your guys lose two fumbles, what can you do?

Blown Opportunity - Iggles Blitz
The defense held Detroit to 287 yards and just 2 of 4 in the Red Zone. Unfortunately the defense could not make any big plays. No sacks, forced fumbles or interceptions. Another game where the pass rush struggled. It will be interesting to see what the tape shows. Matt Stafford didn’t have a great day, but the rush didn’t affect him enough. Dropped passes were incredibly costly. Dallas Goedert dropped a TD. Nelson Agholor dropped a third down pass that would have moved the chains. And these two were crushing. Anyone who blames Carson Wentz for this loss is nuts. Pure nuts. Wentz wasn’t perfect, but those were catchable passes. He needed his pass catchers to…make catches. Crazy, right? It would be one thing if Wentz was throwing the ball near them and expecting highlight plays. Those passes were both good throws that should have been caught.

NFL Week 3 PFF ReFocused: Detroit Lions 27, Philadelphia Eagles 24 - PFF
It wasn’t a great day for the Eagles’ defense as a whole, but Zach Brown really impressed. While Nigel Bradham was often engulfed in the run game, Brown put forth a sterling effort and led the team in tackles. One of the hallmarks of this Eagles team is that their defensive line. Much was expected of them against the Lions, but its two heaviest hitters failed to land consistent blows, with both Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham having their worst games of the season so far.

With Eagles’ injuries piling up, they find themselves in trouble with the Packers next - ESPN
Troubling trend: Running back Miles Sanders had a pair of fumbles on the same drive in the first half -- a particular concern given he had ball security issues at Penn State. The Eagles remain high on the rookie running back, but he has been dealing with some growing pains over the past two weeks in particular. It might be time to increase the role of veteran Jordan Howard.

Roob’s 10 observations after Eagles lose an ugly one to Lions at home - NBCSP
Mack Hollins followed his 5 for 50 with a 4 for 62, and for a guy who started the season as the Eagles’ fifth receiver and really not even a lock to make the roster, I’ll take that from him. He’s not a great receiver, but he’s shown up the last two weeks when a lot of people haven’t.

Week 3: Daniel Jones Energizes Previously Sleepy Giants With Win - FMIA
It’s getting late early in the NFC East. The 3-0 Cowboys don’t have many weaknesses, and now they have a two-game lead over the beat-up Eagles and the Giants, and Philadelphia has a short-week game at 3-0 Green Bay on Thursday. Certainly not saying the Cowboys can’t be caught, but I’d feel better about the division race actually being a race if the Eagles weren’t so injured and if Dallas struggled at something.

From Brissett to Bridgewater to Jones (and Minshew!), Young QBs Steal the Spotlight - MMQB
That may come off as coachspeak, but there’s something philosophically deep tucked inside it. Patricia wants his Lions to be adaptable to do different things from week to week in order to make them, like the Patriots teams he once worked for, capable of being a game-plan-specific outfit. During this particular week, it meant knowing that the Eagles would be aggressive, go downfield and play with tempo on offense, and it meant keeping Philly’s tendency to gamble and get similarly aggressive on defense at bay by staying on schedule with down-and-distance on offense. And most of all, it meant to keep swinging late, because Patricia knew how the Eagles had a way of owning the second half.

Eagles make just enough mistakes to lose to Lions - PE.com
The Eagle have put themselves in a tough spot and they have no option other than to get ready for the 3-0 Packers. “It’s only as tough as we make it,” defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. “We’re 1-2 and it’s only as tough as we make it at this point. “We have a quick turnaround, so we can’t walk around all week feeling sorry for ourselves, because Green Bay is not going to feel sorry for us. We have to go out there and we’ve got to win on the road. That’s something we haven’t done this year.”

Miles Sanders pledges to ‘work my a-- off this whole week’ after miscues prove costly in Eagles defeat - PennLive
Sanders’ lost fumble led to a Lions field goal in the 27-24 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. He violated the core tenet of Staley’s philosophy, and it overshadowed the most successful game of his young professional career. “Put it past me,” Sanders said when asked what he was told on the sidelines after the fumble. “It’s a long season, long game, and don’t let it affect my game. I got back in and tried to make the best of my opportunity. Put it behind me. [I’m] not perfect, but I’m definitely going to work my a-- off this whole week and get better.”

Jordan Reid’s Mock Draft 1.0 - The Draft Network
27. Philadelphia Eagles - Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina. Needs: CB, IDL, EDGE. Through three weeks, the Eagles have been demoralized with injuries. The interior of the teams defensive line has endured a massive hit after Malik Jackson suffered season-ending surgery for a Lisfranc injury and Timmy Jernigan is already expected to be out for nearly a month with a broken foot. Jernigan is set to hit the free agent market following the season and Jackson remains an unknown in the teams scheme following his injury. Kinlaw begins a youth movement along the interior and is a very solid complement opposite of Fletcher Cox. For a team that’s known for rotating its defensive front, the Gamecocks interior rusher would be a nice fixture to add into the rotation.

Saquon Barkley suffers ankle injury in Week 3, reported to be high ankle sprain [UPDATE] - DraftKings Nation
Adam Schefter is reporting Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. A high ankle sprain is usually a minimum of two weeks absence, but can extend over a month depending on the severity of the injury. If Barkley misses any time, Wayne Gallman will see extensive work.

Report: Latest concussion could end Jordan Reed’s career - Hogs Haven
Jordan Reed’s NFL career has been a mix of spectacular play, and disappointing injuries. He was drafted by the Redskins in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. He has never played more than 14 games in a season, and never started more than 8 games despite being the #1 TE for years. Injuries have hit him every year, but concussions could finally end his time in the NFL. People have voiced their concerns for Jordan Reed’s long-term health after every concussion he has had in his college and NFL career(7 documented). He has admitted to hiding symptoms in an attempt to continue playing. Adam Schefter reported this morning that there is growing concern in the Redskins organization, and around the NFL that his latest concussion could end his career.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 3 - The Ringer
Welcome to the church of Danny Dimes. Plus: The Chiefs can replace seemingly anyone besides Pat Mahomes, the Patriots future has one glaring hole, and the Ravens attempted an innovative—if not particularly useful—kicking move.

Which NFL team’s hot start do we trust the least? - SB Nation
After two weeks, the dream of an undefeated season remains for nine NFL teams — including three in the NFC West — plus the still-unbeaten 1-0-1 Lions. Those teams won’t all make the playoffs, but a 2-0 record gives them a leg up. Not all these hot starts are created equally, though. Some are the product of proficiency on the field and will lead to a spot in the playoffs. Others are a function of weak scheduling and a few lucky bounces.

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