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Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines after Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
14. Philadelphia Eagles. Pressures allowed: 33. Rush yards before contact average: 1.2. It’s easy to think of everything Eagles right now as a disaster, given their 0-2-1 start, and the way injuries attacked the offensive line only reinforces that mindset. But this line was coming down from a period of being the best in the league, so even while banged up and reeling, this is still a middle-of-the-road offensive line. Jason Peters hasn’t been the force he once was at left tackle, which was predictable due to his age and the fact that he was supposed to play guard this year before a reshuffle, and Isaac Seumalo had been a weak link at left guard through two weeks before injury forced him out of the lineup. Overall, the pieces of a good group still exist in Philadelphia, and it isn’t a bad line despite the reshuffling. [BLG Note: Nate Herbig is PFF’s 19th highest graded guard.]

10 reasons to believe in the Eagles on Sunday night - PFF
8. Offensive line is raising its game. Nate Herbig is making a bit of a name for himself at guard – he played on the right side for two games and is starting his second game now at left guard – and his big body and power are coming together. His presence has helped solidify the offensive line. Lane Johnson is in a good place with his ankle and has managed that well. Matt Pryor makes his second consecutive start at right guard and Jason Kelce, while he will have his hands full with rookie tackle Javon Kinlaw, is playing fine football. Jason Peters has been sick this week and missed Wednesday and Thursday, but that just means more reps for Jordan Mailata and Jack Driscoll. Left tackle is something to keep an eye out for, however. San Francisco is missing Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, significant losses that will be exposed at some point. It starts on Sunday night.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles have an everything problem - BGN
Wentz has gone from shouldering the issues to becoming the issue, the last bastion of Eagles offensive health now fallen over the course of a two-year siege. His play is as stunning as it is catastrophic, and the full failures of the Eagles’ coaching staff, medical staff, and front office are brought into clarity by his struggles. Wentz never repeated his 2017 performance, both statistically and anecdotally — but since that year, the coaching staff lost its direction and harmony, the cupboards in the arsenal ran bare, and the front office provided no solutions. Wentz’s 2020 implosion is measured against his 2017 ascension only because his 2018 and 2019 seasons are waved away as mucked-up mulligans, injury-riddled peculiarities — phantasms that give us none of the context we seek. To what in his career can you point and definitively say: “This is what Carson Wentz is”?

The Super Not Depressing One - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton call out Doug’s cowardice, ask if the Eagles are buyers or sellers, preview the 49ers and make their NFL Picks! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Carson Wentz’s bad luck with receivers is kind of ridiculous - PhillyVoice
Could this be that the worst trio he’s ever thrown to? There actually is room for some debate on this, because over the course of his career he has had some truly dreadful injury luck with receivers. That paired with some missteps from Howie Roseman with regard to drafting pass catchers, and Wentz has rarely had a ton of talent around him to throw too.

Week 4 NFL picks against the spread - The Athletic
Eagles at 49ers (-7). This game can only go one way. At around 11:30 p.m. ET, Eagles fans head to the kitchen. They find leftover pizza and scarf it down before even bothering to warm it up. Then it’s to the freezer. One pint of ice cream equals one serving. On the computer, highlights of Super Bowl LII and the Philly Special on repeat. An emotional roller coaster of smiles and tears about how great things used to be and how bad they are now after a blowout loss to the 49ers has their team at 0-3-1. Every Eagles fan right now is nodding in agreement. The pick: 49ers (-7).

Ertz putting contract impasse out of his mind - NBCSP
Ertz said that since the season started, he’s found a way to stick to his routine during the week and make sure his focus is solely on football. “During the week I don’t think about it, honestly,” he said. “I have my process from Monday to getting ready for the game on Sunday. I do the same thing each and every week, so as long as my process is consistent, my mind is always in a good place going into the game. Very detailed from the time we finish the game on Sunday until the time we kick off that following week. So for me, I don’t think about all the external stuff going on. Don’t even have conversations about it, honestly. … For me, it’s just about the process. How can I be the best football player each and every Sunday and have that singular focus of trying to win a football game.”

Trial date set for man accused of assaulting Eagles’ Dallas Goedert - NJ.com
A trial date has been set for the man who allegedly assaulted Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert at a South Dakota bar in June. A pre-trial hearing is set for Nov. 2 and a trial date is set for Nov. 18, according to court records.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends for Week 4 - Fake Teams
6 Zach Ertz @ SF. He’s probably back to being a target-monster given that Dallas Goedert is on IR for at least three weeks with an ankle fracture. When Goedert was injured last week, Ertz soaked up 10 targets. Ertz is sitting on one score so far, and he’s also the best bet for red zone looks on this Eagles squad moving forward. The Niners are a brutal matchup for tight ends, but I’m leaning on the volume here. You’re hoping he finds paydirt, as the Niners have allowed a measly five receptions to enemy tight ends so far, and a paltry 40 yards. Oh, and zero scores. I like his volume moving forward given the additional injuries to the Eagles’ wide receiver corps, but this isn’t the week to go nuts with Ertz. He’s the TE3 at FantasyPros, and I think that’s too high.

Start and Sit: Week 4 - Football Outsiders
George Kittle suffered an injury in a Week 1 matchup against a Cardinals defense that looked favorable for opposing tight ends. Well, now healthy, Kittle should have another chance at a big day at home against the Eagles. They are the No. 1 booster of tight end touchdowns and just allowed three of them to the lone top-10 option they’ve faced this season, Tyler Higbee, in Week 2.

49ers-Eagles: Three players who need to step up - Niners Nation
Guard Daniel Brunskill — Brunskill played well last year while appearing at multiple different positions along the offensive line, but hasn’t been able to carry that over to 2020. The former AAF product got a 56.7 grade from Pro Football Focus last week against the Giants and graded as the 50th best guard in the NFL going into Week 4. He had four missed blocks against the G-Men and struggled with run blocking as well.

Dallas Cowboys fans have lost a lot of confidence in the team over first three weeks of the season - Blogging The Boys
The weeks following Dallas Cowboys losses can often feel longer than the ones after wins. Sad feelings tend to perpetuate longer than uplifting ones in a lot of ways. Unfortunately, the Cowboys have played three games this season and we have experienced the bitterness of defeat twice as often as we have the euphoria of victory. There is no question that the Cowboys are doing what they can to compete on offense, but people are disappointed with the results from the defensive side of the ball. Time will tell as to whether the Cowboys just ran into three solid quarterbacks to begin the season or if this is just truly who they are. Excuses are wearing thin and Cowboys fans will continue to hold the team to a high standard.

Fan confidence poll: Giants fans are falling off the cliff - Big Blue View
One loss wasn’t enough to shake the confidence of New York Giants fans in the team’s direction. Two losses put a small dent in fan confidence, but didn’t do major damage. Three losses, though? After Sunday’s lopsided loss to the San Francisco 49ers it appears Giants fans voting in our ‘SB Nation Reacts’ poll have headed for the nearest cliff.

Is Dwayne Haskins Trying to do Too Much With Too Little? - Hogs Haven
There has been tons of talk this week about Dwayne Haskins regressing (I’m guilty too in my film breakdown), but did anyone think he’s just trying to do TOO much with so very little? Sometimes, even for the great ones, you have to sit back and let the game come to you - even if your supporting cast isn’t the best... For young Haskins, I feel he is pressing a bit too much, and putting a lot of pressure on himself to try and make plays, often when there simply aren’t plays to be made. Excuses can me made, and in this piece I will make some - but the point is; he need to be better. So how can he get there?

3 games to watch in Week 4 which give perspective to the 2020 Steelers - Behind The Steel Curtain
Since they are the Steelers next opponent who they will be facing on a short week, the Philadelphia Eagles are still searching for their first win of the season as they travel across the country to take on the 49ers. With the Niners dealing with a lot of injuries, Steelers fans may want to pay attention to see if the Eagles can get things figured out in prime time before heading into the second quarter of the 2020 season.

Everything we know about the Titans Covid outbreak - SB Nation
The NFL is reeling Tuesday after a report than the Titans had a major Covid-19 outbreak inside their organization, and may have hidden that information from the league. Now, with a lockdown of the team in effect, there are questions about how wide the spread may have gone, whether it impacted the Vikings, who were the Titans’ Week 3 opponents, and where the NFL goes from here.

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