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Jalen Hurts offers promise in Eagles’ loss to Ravens - ESPN
Philadelphia generated 109 yards on six plays out of two-quarterback looks (18.0 average), compared to 255 yards on the other 58 snaps (4.4 average). Hurts totaled 26 yards on three touches and gave the Ravens a little something extra to think about when he wasn’t involved on the play, including on Miles Sanders’ 74-yard run that resulted in a JJ Arcega-Whiteside touchdown. The idea that Carson Wentz should be benched in favor of Hurts should be put on ice for now. Wentz nearly rallied a decimated offense back from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit, throwing for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not to mention, the Eagles are tied to Wentz financially after giving him a four-year, $128 million extension last summer. Sitting him is a move that would be very hard to come back from.

Roob’s instant observations after Eagles failed comeback against Ravens - NBCSP
I still don’t like the Jalen Hurts draft pick. When you draft someone in the second round he’s got to be a starter for you. But he clearly adds some juice to the offense when he’s in there and makes this team harder to defend, and there just aren’t very many people like that on this team. I like seeing him out there. But Sunday, Pederson waited until the Eagles were down 17-0 before we even saw Hurts. How about springing him on people before the game is out of hand?

Wentz + Hurts: It’s time to build the Eagles offense around the 2-QB package - The Athletic
Carson Wentz needs help. By the end of Sunday’s 30-28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Wentz was on the field with just one other projected offensive starter. With his patchwork offensive line going against one of the league’s best defenses, he was under constant duress, battered by a career-high 16 quarterback hits. His five wide receivers entered the 2020 season with a combined 38 career catches. Despite all that, Wentz did what he could to will the Eagles within a two-point conversion of coming all the way back from an 18-point second-half deficit. The Eagles owe it to Wentz to give him the kind of help that will make things easier on his body and make it easier for the offense to move the ball. They owe it to Wentz to put Jalen Hurts on the field more.

Jalen Hurts isn’t a threat to Carson Wentz. He might be the weapon Wentz and the Eagles need. - Inquirer
Had the game continued on its early trajectory and ended in a rout, had the Ravens continued bullying the Eagles’ offense all afternoon, a quarterback controversy might well have developed. This is Philadelphia, after all. It doesn’t take much. As it turned out, though, the Eagles’ 30-28 loss showed that the quarterback position is the least of their problems, and while Wentz is the main reason for that truth, he’s not the only reason. The Eagles really were dead as doornails until Hurts defibrillated them back to life. Two plays after his 20-yard run, he carried the ball again for a first down, juking and moonwalking for 3 yards. “Jalen was making people look silly out there today,” wide receiver Travis Fulgham said. “Gave some juice to the team.” Then he caught a throw-back pass from Wentz that gave a hint of the options and possibilities that he opens up.

13 thoughts on the Eagles’ loss to the Ravens - BGN
Wentz got the Eagles in position to tie the game towards the end despite all the offensive injuries listed earlier in this article. He had friggin’ Jamon Brown and Brett Toth protecting him. He had Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, Richard Rodgers, Greg Ward, and Boston Scott as his top five leading receivers by game’s end. He made some real nice throws while getting hit, like his 4th-and-9 touchdown throw to Fulgham to bring the Eagles within one possession with 3:48 remaining. He continued to make things happen with his legs by taking off for a 40-yard run. Make no mistake: Wentz can afford to be better. His fumble directly led to the Ravens scoring seven points. He nearly threw a pick six right towards the end of the first half. We should be holding the $128 million man to a higher standard than leading the team to some moral victories instead of actual wins. Overall, though, one should be encouraged by how Wentz is trending up after such a poor start to his 2020 season. We’re seeing a franchise quarterback as opposed to a guy who deserves to be benched. If only the Eagles could get the man some damn help.

The Kist & Solak Show #201: Eagles Fall to 1-4-1 w/Ravens Loss - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles loss to the Ravens in Week 6 action in a game that was closer than it had any right being.. get the gang’s thoughts on how it all went down right here! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Ravens game - PhillyVoice
On Sunday morning, a report emerged from Jason La Canfora of CBS that the Howie Roseman is itching to be a buyer at the NFL trade deadline. That shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, seeing as the team waived a promising, athletic rookie defensive end to make room for 32-year-old Vinny Curry’s return from injured reserve, a ridiculously shortsighted move that makes no sense long-term, and doesn’t even really help much, short-term. The Eagles are far from Super Bowl contenders (boasting the 19th best odds of 32 teams, according to’s consensus odds), and if they were in a division with even one good team, we’d almost be writing their obituary already. However, in this God awful division, it’s going to be very easy for delusional personnel folks to be encouraged by the team only losing by two points to the 2019 AFC No. 1 seed. And so, prepare yourselves to watch the Eagles light another draft pick on fire at the deadline to acquire a mediocre veteran, like they have the last two years.

Almost - Iggles Bliz
I came away impressed with Carson Wentz and the Eagles. I am not ignoring the fact they got down 17-0 and looked terrible. You do have to look at what happened closely. Jamon Brown made his first start with the team and he was awful. Jack Dricoll was the RT. If you’re the coaches, who do you help? And then you’ve got Jordan Mailata on his own. The Eagles offense was a mess in the first half. The pass protection was terrible. Wentz took a beating. He made one terrific throw to Hightower for what should have been a huge play, but it was dropped. Wentz and Sanders weren’t on the same page and a TD turned into a frustrating incompletion. The Ravens shut down the Eagles ground game.

Carson Wentz shall lead Eagles back on winning path -
Let Carson be Carson. Get off his back. Stop the criticism and appreciate the beauty of his game and his heart. That’s the message here. Quarterback Carson Wentz is a baller, as he again demonstrated on Sunday afternoon in a 30-28 loss to Baltimore in front of a lively and appreciative crowd of about 5,500 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles, left for dead trailing 30-14 with 7:17 to go in the fourth quarter, came roaring back to score a pair of touchdowns and came within a two-point conversion of tying the powerful Ravens with less than two minutes to go. “Carson is the type of guy who is going to put the team on his back, especially when we’re faced with adversity,” Head Coach Doug Pederson said. “Carson, playing as tough as he did, kept us in this game.”

NFL Week 6 PFF ReFocused: Baltimore Ravens 30, Philadelphia Eagles 28 - PFF
For the first three quarters, Wentz looked like the shell of himself that had started this season for the Eagles. He completed 11 of 20 balls for 120 yards but was sacked four times. He found some success late during the fourth-quarterback comeback, going nine of 18 for 77 yards with two touchdown passes including a huge 40-yard scramble. Overall, this will end up being just another loss in a terrible start to the season for the Eagles. The offensive line continued to give up pressures to the nasty Ravens defense. Wentz was pressured 14 times and took six total sacks. The Zach Ertz-Wentz connection was out of sorts again, as the tight end was targeted 10 times — only five of which were catchable. He ended up with four catches.

Audibles at the Line: Week 6 - Football Outsiders
What’s amazing is that while it felt like a blowout from start to finish, you could argue that the Eagles should have won today. They beat the Ravens in first downs and total yardage. But they left tons of points on the board — that failed two-pointer, the missed field goal at the end of the half, that failed fourth-and-1 play just outside the red zone. Flip any of those plays and they probably win.

Ravens vs. Eagles final: MVP, Winners & Losers - Baltimore Beatdown
MVP Calais Campbell. Three sacks for the defensive lineman. Three sacks for the man Eric DeCosta traded a fifth-round pick to acquire. Big man Campbell dominated the Eagles’ offensive line time after time and is now ever closer to 100 career sacks.

‘Things I think’ after Giants’ 20-19 victory over Washington Football Team - Big Blue View
I think Daniel Jones didn’t dissuade anyone who wants Trevor Lawrence to be a Giant. The end zone interception — and, yes, I’m flabbergasted that it wasn’t overturned on replay because Kendall Fuller was out of bounds — was the same mistake Jones made Week 1 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under pressure from Chase Young — really the only time Young showed up all day — Jones tried to throw the ball away but couldn’t get enough on it to get it out the back of the end zone. Against Pittsburgh, he waited too long to try and do the same thing. The play killed a 14-play, 64-yard drive that reached the Washington 7-yard line. Jones did a lot of good things with his feet and his arm Sunday, but he’s fortunate that play didn’t cost the Giants a victory. Jones, as he has in many games this season, did a lot of good things. He showed uncommon speed for a quarterback on a 49-yard zone read. He threw a touchdown pass. He made another critical mistake, though, and discouragingly it’s one he also made just a few weeks ago.

Report: Dak Prescott had no post-surgical complications, will continue to be around team this season - Blogging The Boys
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith suffered a difficult leg injury of his own almost two years ago and unfortunately dealt with infection after the fact that made the situation all the more dire. Miraculously, Alex Smith returned to the NFL playing field just a few hours before Dak Prescott’s injury. While we are still early in the process, reports following Dak’s surgery are very encouraging. ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted on Sunday that there are no post-surgical complications surrounding Prescott.

Washington is now the last place team in the worst division in football - Hogs Haven
Should the team lose to Dallas this week and finish the 4-game stretch at 1-3 or 0-4, it’s fair to wonder what the head coach’s next would be. Would the Kyle Allen experiment continue if he can’t produce a better record than Dwayne Haskins against inferior competition? Would Rivera turn to Alex Smith to lead the team through the second half of a lost season? Could he possibly re-commit to Dwayne Haskins in an effort to either let him prove he is the franchise quarterback of Washington’s future, or put enough on tape to generate some potential off-season trade value? What, exactly, has Ron Rivera accomplished by benching his starting quarterback four games into the season? At 1-5, and with more questions than answers, the Washington Football Team feels directionless on the field, which is a far cry from what most fans seemed to expect when Ron Rivera was hired to lead the franchise.

What’s that Bear doing? Beating your Panther tush in a 23 to 16 stomp-down - Windy City Gridiron
Nicholas needs to spend less time worrying about his fancy wiener and more time throwing good passes. Like many Bears fans, I let myself feel optimistic about what this offense could be under Nick Foles. Combine a smart playcaller with a cerebral quarterback who understands the nuances of the offense-defense chess match in a way Trubisky couldn’t comprehend? Sign me up, right? Well... there’s a reason Nicky has been a career backup. The man makes some bad throws. Today, those bad throws were on full display and I’m already regretting trading for him in my fantasy league.

Quick Reaction: Colts overcome horrible start to beat the Bengals 31-27 - Stampede Blue
Marcus Johnson has looked like the most dangerous Colts receiver at various times of the last three seasons. Today, he looked like he was clearly the teams best receiving option. He has speed, runs fluid routes, and clearly has the trust of Philip Rivers going deep. If Rivers hadn’t overthrown him in the second half, Johnson could have had another touchdown and likely gone over 150 receiving yards. [BLG Note: Former Eagles WR.]

Week 6: Ryan Tannehill, Titans Are Changing The Narrative In AFC - FMIA
Trey Burton, tight end, Indianapolis. Played a vital role in three touchdowns for the Colts as they came back from a 21-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati. This is the versatile player Frank Reich knew in Philadelphia (remember his “Philly Special” TD pass?), coming to life when the Colts needed him most. He took a direct snap to run in a 1-yard TD early in the second quarter, then caught a 10-yard TD from Philip Rivers before halftime. You’d have to look hard to see his next contribution: On the winning TD pass in the fourth quarter, Rivers to tight end Jack Doyle, Burton freed space with a legal pick on Bengal defenders, making linebacker Logan Wilson late to cover Doyle. Lots of players had more than Burton’s 59 yards on Sunday. Not many had the impact.

Stock Market Report 2.0 Vikings-Atlanta - Daily Norseman
Justin Jefferson: Jefferson is on a roll since they started getting him involved in the game more he has made big plays and become a go to target for Cousins. Today he was the brightest point on our offense. He is running routes well and has filled an outside receiver role better than I thought he would. Jefferson is trending up and I hope will only get better.


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