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Why I’m not worried about Carson Wentz anymore - NBCSP
Is he playing consistently? Nah. Is he playing smart? Not all the time. Is he playing flawlessly? Not even close. But I dare you to find one snap this year, with all the adversity he’s faced - some self-inflicted, some not - where he’s wavered. One snap where he hasn’t encouraged his teammates. One snap where he hasn’t displayed tremendous resilience and toughness. That shows me a lot.
Are the Eagles on the Atlanta Falcons’ path? - BGN
This week, the Atlanta Falcons officially hit rock bottom. After blowing two leads in Weeks 2 and 3 in historic fashion and starting the 2020 season winless in their first five games, the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl just four years ago fired their general manager Thomas Dmitroff and head coach Dan Quinn. It doesn’t seem that long ago the Falcons had a 28-3 lead late in the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots. They were nearly champions. Now, they’re one of the worst teams in the NFL and are about to tear it all down and start from scratch. As BGN Radio host and the PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski noted, their fall from grace has been precipitous, and the Eagles now appear to be mirroring that descent into the abyss, with a one-year lag.
Off Day Debrief #5: Saints edge Chargers + Week 6 Power Rankings - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton debate whether to believe in the Saints after their win on MNF, and give the Chargers a little love for playing better than their record indicates. Plus, BLG explains how the Chiefs fall three spots in his power rankings after one loss, and Stats eats crow for his terrible 49ers.
From QB play to his contract, a look at what’s ailing Eagles’ Zach Ertz - ESPN
There has been no notable drop-off in his speed, which consistently tops out just shy of 18 mph, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. His separation on routes is about the same as well — 2.79 yards on average when the ball arrives this season compared to 2.70 yards in 2019, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. One thing that does stand out: He has only 39 yards after the catch, which ranks 163rd among receivers and 27th among tight ends. His yards after the catch per reception has ticked down from 3.08 in 2018 to 3.01 last season to 1.95 so far this season.
Travis Fulgham projections, Lane Johnson’s injury impact and more Eagles Q&A - The Athletic
As for the biggest storyline of the week, can I say it’s the quarterback again? It was so interesting to see how much more willing Wentz was to throw balls into tight windows Sunday once Fulgham earned his trust. It’s possible we’re not making enough of Fulgham’s emergence, because he seems to have single-handedly rescued Wentz from the zombie state he was in through the first four weeks. Obviously, the tenor of the season entirely changes if Wentz can return to form, especially with Dak Prescott out. Certainly, any chance the Eagles have of upsetting the Ravens will depend on Wentz playing well.
What does the Eagles’ defense do against Lamar Jackson? - PE.com
In other words, the Eagles have a tremendous challenge on Sunday. The 4-1 Ravens are still trying to figure things out offensively, especially when defenses – in rare instances – are able to contain Jackson’s legs and force him to throw from the pocket, or when the opposition takes a lead and Baltimore has to win with the passing game. In Baltimore’s lone loss this season, the Ravens fell behind 27-10 to Kansas City by halftime and Jackson was forced to play throwball. It didn’t work well for Baltimore – Jackson threw for all of 97 yards and even with the 161 yards the Ravens rolled up on the ground, it wasn’t enough in a 34-20 loss. Jackson’s record as a starting NFL quarterback is 23-4 in the regular season, but he’s 0-2 in the postseason as defenses have squeezed his rushing attempts and he’s been unable to win from the pocket as a passer.
Week 5 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank 30th in DVOA. The Ravens rank 1st.]
Have the Jaguars found a gem in CB Sidney Jones? - Big Cat Country
Oftentimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed for a football player to realize his potential, and while it is still extremely early, the Jaguars could have found one in cornerback Sidney Jones. Last Sunday, Jones became the team’s starting cornerback on the boundary of the defense due to both cornerback CJ Henderson and nickel cornerback D.J. Hayden being out due to various injuries. In his true Jaguars’ debut, Jones put on a show, accounting for three pass breakups and one interception earning him a grade of 91.7 on Pro Football Focus, one of the top grades across the board.
Where is last year’s Lamar Jackson? - Baltimore Beatdown
Still, something doesn’t seem right with the Ravens. Is it just me or does Lamar Jackson look like he’s struggling at times this year? Through five games, Jackson does not look like the MVP-caliber quarterback Ravens fans are used to seeing. Jackson has only thrown for 949 total yards whilst eclipsing the 200-yard mark only twice. His 949 yards rank 31st in the NFL. Notwithstanding the 50-yard touchdown run against the Washington, Jackson has proven to be ineffective in the running games at times.
Poll: What record will the Andy Dalton-led Dallas Cowboys finish with this season? - Blogging The Boys
The theme here is optimism so let’s say that the Cowboys split their series with the Eagles and also win one of the remaining two. We are talking about a 7-9 record here which, as sad as it is, might actually win the NFC East. Again this is football and anything can happen so it is possible that any one of these assumptions can break the opposite way that we outlined. The point to take away here is that the season is far from over for the Cowboys given the ineptitude of their division.
Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
CeeDee Lamb already looks like a star for the Dallas Cowboys and is doing much of his damage from an inside alignment while Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup typically line up on the perimeter. Lamb now has 395 receiving yards when lined up in the slot, which is over 100 more than the second-most in the league. His performance against the Giants earned him his highest PFF grade of the season, as well as a career-high in targets (11), catches (eight) and yards (124).
Daniel Jones: Are the Giants asking too much from young quarterback? - Big Blue View
Former Houston Texans quarterback David Carr comes to mind. Mark Sanchez and maybe now Sam Darnold of the New York Jets come to mind. Josh Rosen might fit that category. Maybe Robert Griffin III. Dwayne Haskins might be an example since he always seemed doomed to fail due to the dysfunction in Washington. Which brings us to Daniel Jones and the New York Giants. The Giants one of three winless teams in the league. They are 3-14 over two seasons in the games Jones has started, 1-13 since the fairytale start to his career last season. Jones is running for his life, pressured at a higher rate than any other quarterback in the league, per Pro Football Focus. He has one receiver he seems to trust completely — Darius Slayton. Jones’ security blanket and the Giants’ best player, Saquon Barkley, won’t play again until 2021.
Jets release Le’Veon Bell - Gang Green Nation
If you are going to say the Jets are an incompetent organization over the way they have handled this situation, I ask you to reconsider. It would be an insult to incompetent organizations to compare them to the buffoonery at work here. The worst coach in the NFL, a guy who has no business even being employed at this point, has run one of the few players with any ability off this team.
Derrick Henry stiff-armed Josh Norman into next week - SB Nation
Derrick Henry is one of the NFL’s most powerful rushers. The Titans running back and former Heisman winner had a breakout season last year, leading the NFL in rushing with more than 1,500 yards on the ground. Henry prefers to go through defenders than around them. Buffalo Bills veteran cornerback Josh Norman just learned that lesson the hard way. As Norman tried to tackle Henry in their Week 5 matchup, the Titans star hit him with an absolutely ferocious stiff-arm that sent Norman flying through the air.
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