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The one thing that could save Eagles’ season - NBCSP
Graham and Cox rank fifth and seventh in Eagles history in sacks. Jackson and Hargrave were key pickups the last two offseason. Sweat and Barnett are both off to good starts with two sacks in three games. There’s no excuse if this group doesn’t perform at a high level. They’re healthy, they’re experienced and all of them except Sweat were either big-money free agents or first-round picks. The outlook is grim for the Eagles. If they’re going to make a bid for respectability over the next 13 weeks, it’ll have to start with the guys up front.

Eagles vs. 49ers: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
1) The Eagles’ defensive line vs. the Niners’ offensive line — The Eagles’ best chance of winning this game is if they can get consistent pressure on the quarterback, whether that be Jimmy Garoppolo, or Nick Mullens (likely Mullens). Last Sunday against the Bengals, the Eagles’ defensive line was dominant, as the defense sacked Joe Burrow eight times, and hit him 18(!) times. On average, Mullens has gotten the ball out, from snap to throw, at 2.68 seconds, per the NFL’s NextGen stats. Garoppolo has gotten it out at 2.75 seconds, on average. Those are both middle-of-the-pack averages, though the Niners’ offense is built on the run game and a quick passing attack.

Weapon X Mailbag: Would the Eagles draft Trevor Lawrence? - BGN
If things continue on this train wreck trajectory, you’d have to see what you have in Jalen Hurts, right? I was high on Hurts during the pre-draft process (though, understandably, not for the Eagles specifically). I thought that a Dak Prescott-like career was on the table. I’d rather roll with the supposed generational quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence over a maybe-Dak, but the Birds owe it to both Hurts and themselves to find out if he can cut in Philadelphia. Let me reiterate: I can’t believe we’re having this conversation in late September and I can’t believe that it’s relatively realistic that they’re the worst team in the NFL. Yes, if they have have the first-overall pick, take Sunshine. It looks to be a lock that the Eagles will finish with a top-10 pick.

Mailbag: What’s the Most Fair Solution For a Rescheduled Steelers–Titans Game? - MMQB
This is a fun topic that Conor Orr covered for the site last week and I’ll give you my blanket answer: There are very few teams that wouldn’t take Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence if they had the first pick. Kansas City would trade the pick. Seattle, too. Baltimore and Houston (which doesn’t even have a first-round pick) probably would. Cincinnati, Buffalo and Arizona probably (?) would. Dallas I actually think would be a toss-up. Who else? I think Green Bay would take Lawrence. I think the Rams and Eagles would, too. That’s the kind of prospect we’re talking about here. Lawrence is in the John Elway/Peyton Manning/Andrew Luck category, which means he’ll be the best in eight years, and a legit once-in-a-decade prospect.

A Tricky Situation - Iggles Blitz
If this team starts 0-5-1, which is possible with the Niners, Steelers and Ravens up next, that changes things. You have to then focus on the future. As much as it would hurt, put vets like Graham and DeSean on the trade block. Bench/cut/IR Jason Peters and get a young OT on the field. Find out if Jordan Mailata, Jack Driscoll or Prince Tega-Wanogho can play. When you are dealt lemons, don’t try to make a 6-9-1 pie. Play the kids. Build for the future. Don’t let this be a season where you come away with questions on the young talent. Old, slow and bad is…wait for it…bad. This team sure doesn’t seem to have strong chemistry right now so it sure feels more likely for the wheels to come off than this group going on a run.

NFL Week 4 Preview: Fantasy football advice, betting tips and matchups to watch - PFF
Headline of the game: Philadelphia’s offense is in trouble. The Eagles were in rough shape offensively heading into Week 3 against the Bengals, and it’s hard to have any more confidence in the group after its performance. Carson Wentz produced another four turnover-worthy plays, bringing his total on the season to 12 — double the next closest quarterback. He is the only quarterback in the NFL with an accurate pass rate below 40%, as well. Outside of Wentz, injuries to Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert make an already questionable receiving corps that much thinner for this game against San Francisco.

Why isn’t Carson Wentz seeing the entire field? | Film Analysis - Inquirer
The only other major difference with the team was the drafting of backup Jalen Hurts. Wentz said Wednesday that his relationship with the second-round rookie has been positive and that the several plays involving him thus far have stressed defenses. But it’s fair to question whether looking over his shoulder has affected his ability to see the field and thus play as he did for most of his first four seasons. Wentz may never be as spectacular as he was in 2017, but there is still a much larger sample of good games than bad. There is time to turn his season around. “Everything for me is trust myself,” Wentz said. “Not try to overthink or do too much ... I want to not shy away from letting it rip and playing fast. Sometimes it is just going back and talking to myself in that way and just continuing to be myself and not overdoing things.”

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 4 - Fake Teams
27) Carson Wentz — Tough match-up and Wentz’ play is inexcusable — as is Doug Pederson’s coaching.

How an Australian girl with autism forged a bond with Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN
Peter Dinoris and his family live in Brisbane, Australia, some 9,500 miles — or close to a half-world away — from Philadelphia. Yet they are massive Philadelphia Eagles fans. How could they not be? The Eagles play in the city where the breakthrough happened, and champion a cause that couldn’t hit closer to home. Like many tourists, Dinoris wanted to run the “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his daughter, Leah, and son, William, when they first came to town eight years ago. William is a big fan of boxing as well as the iconic “Rocky” movies, so the touristy trip to Philly made sense while mom, Brenda, was in Ohio attending a conference centered on autism.

The 49ers biggest strength and weakness after three games - Niners Nation
Biggest weakness: So, about that running game. The offense is having success in spite of the line, which ranks 31st in adjusted line yards. The team’s calling card is supposed to be running wide zone. This year, the 49ers are 23rd in adjusted line yards behind the left tackle and 31st when running behind the right tackle. I’m not a fan of ESPN’s pass/run-block win-rate, as it’s calculated by using chips in players’ shoulder pads and has proven to be a bit fluky. In their stat, the 49ers are winning 55% of the time against the pass, which is 23rd, and 65% against the run, which is 29th. A Kyle Shanahan-led offense is struggling mightily to run the ball.

Steelers vs. Titans game postponed, day/time to be determined - Behind The Steel Curtain
There are several options for the league moving forward which were outlined at BTSC on Tuesday. The game between the Steelers and Titans could be played on Monday or possibly even Tuesday and still be considered a Week 4 matchup. Obviously, this puts the preparation for the Steelers Week 5 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on a condensed schedule even by moving to Monday, let alone Tuesday. If the game must be postponed further, it would most likely have to do with both teams shifting their bye weeks. If the Steelers and Titans end up playing on Tuesday, it will be the first Tuesday game played in the NFL since Week 16 of 2010 when the Eagles and Vikings had their game postponed due to a blizzard.

Cowboys rank 31st in ESPN’s pass rush win rate percentage through three weeks - Blogging The Boys
If you thought the Cowboys defensive line consisting of DeMarcus Lawrence, Everson Griffen, Aldon Smith, Trysten Hill, and Dontari Poe were going to give offenses around the league fits, think again. Right now, the Cowboys are one spot away from being the worst team in the NFL in terms of pass-rush win rate, according to ESPN’s metric.

Giants at Rams, Week 4: 3 things to know - Big Blue View
That’s how many points per game the Giants are scoring — 31st in the league. The Rams, by comparison, are seventh in the league at 29.7 points per game. The Giants are the league’s worst rushing team at 3.2 yards per attempt. The Giants are second in the league in giveaways (7) and and their -4 takeaway/giveaway differential is third-worst in the league.

Washington Injury Update: Chase Young expected to miss Ravens game with moderate groin strain - Hogs Haven
When Chase Young exited last week’s game against the Browns with a groin injury and was almost immediately ruled out, most people feared the worst. Young came back to the sidelines to watch the game and cheer on his teammates. He didn’t seem like he was seriously injured which was a good sign. There were reports that Young’s injury wasn’t serious, but he was getting an MRI to confirm. Ian Rapoport says Young suffered a moderate groin strain and he is not expected to play on Sunday when Washington hosts the Baltimore Ravens. This is a big blow to a defense that also just lost DT Matt Ioannidis for the year with a torn biceps. Young already has 2.5 sacks through the first three weeks, and has been disruptive in every game.

Seahawks sign Ryan Neal, add Damarious Randall and Tim Williams to practice squad - Field Gulls
Ryan Neal, who made the game-sealing interception in Week 3, was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, leaving Seattle with one open spot on the 53. [BLG Note: The Eagles signed Neal as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2018.]

NFL expert picks, Week 4: Who moves to 4-0? - SB Nation
And a special shoutout to Brandon Gowton, Editor-in-Chief of our Philadelphia Eagles blog, who completely called the tie last week.

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