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2020 NFL Trade Deadline: Potential matches teams that need a boost should be exploring - CBS Sports
Eagles – Zach Cunningham. They need a boost at linebacker but expect to get much healthier after their bye at offensive line and wide receiver. The NFC Least is sitting there for the taking and GM Howie Roseman is all about that trade action. Yeah Cummingham just signed a new deal and sure, the Eagles have some cap stuff to sort through, but maybe they sort out a creative means to get it done. Having him able to run around and help in pass coverage would be huge. [BLG Note: Can’t see the Eagles taking on this contract but maybe they’ll look for linebacker help elsewhere.]

Weapon X Mailbag: What’s the Eagles’ endgame with Jalen Hurts? - BGN
Do you really, truly take a quarterback on Day 2 to be soley that type of backup? It just doesn’t feel right to me. On top of the short-term injury issues with Wentz missing time, there’s obviously a long-term component as well. If Carson Wentz yet again doesn’t finish the season or suffers a catastrophic injury, the Eagles want a quarterback they believe can be a legit QB1 for them under center. Call it Russell Wilson guilt, but the prospect of passing on a quarterback of Hurts’ caliber, whatever the Eagles consider that to be, was too much for this front office.

Eagles-Ravens Aftermath + Giants Preview + NFL Picks - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton work through their weekly Wentz confidence index, give their takeaways from the Eagles loss to the Ravens, ask for more Jalen Hurts, ask if the Eagles will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, preview the Giants, make their NFL Picks & more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles vs. Giants: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
As you can see, Daniel Jones has had at least one turnover in every game he has played, with the lone exception being a Week 16 game against the Football Team. The Eagles have the second-worst turnover differential in the NFL, at -7, and only five teams in the NFL have fewer takeaways. They must find a way to take the ball away from an offense that is extremely prone to coughing it up.

Game Preview – NYG at PHI - Iggles Blitz
I’ll be interested to see what the Eagles do at RB and TE. Boston Scott is the top RB. Richard Rodgers is the top TE. Scott had a big day against the Giants last year, but that was playing behind a good OL. The Giants D is better this year and the Eagles OL isn’t nearly as good. You have to feed RBs so it will be interesting to see how Scott, Corey Clement and Jason Huntley are used. With DeSean on one side and Travis Fulgham on the other, the Eagles actually have a pair of playmaking receivers. If the line can give Carson Wentz time, he should have chances to make plays. That could be fun to watch. The Giants won’t blitz as much as the Ravens or Steelers. That should help the OL.

The Eagles’ decision to activate Alshon Jeffery is inexcusable - Inquirer
Alshon Jeffery has yet to play in a game for the Eagles this season, and, at this point, it’s fair to speculate whether he ever will. Most Eagles fans would be quite all right with that. It’s a wonder Howie Roseman continues to welcome the daily reminder of one of his worst contracts, and, perhaps more embarrassing, the inexplicable wasting of a roster spot for seven weeks. While the Eagles have lost young prospects, such as tight end Noah Togiai and defensive end Casey Toohill, to the waiver wire, and established reserves, such as cornerback Rasul Douglas, all while becoming the most injured team in the NFL, Jeffery has languished on the 53-man roster.

A four-win NFC East champ? How it could happen, plus predictions from our staff - ESPN
The Eagles have been ripped apart by injuries each of the past three seasons, but even for them, this is ridiculous. Quarterback Carson Wentz and center Jason Kelce were the only original members of the offense on the field by the end of Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It will be a struggle every week, but with Prescott lost for the season, the Eagles have the clear-cut top QB in the division in Wentz, as well as a Super Bowl winning coach in Doug Pederson and some mettle-tested veterans. That should be enough to clean up in the remainder of their divisional games. Predicted finish: 6-9-1.

Ranking all 32 NFL starting quarterbacks after Week 6 of the 2020 season - PFF
17. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz opened the season up in a funk that looked terminal at times. He looked as though he could barely throw a football, and even though he was making solid decisions and reads, you wouldn’t know it by where the ball was ending up. However, he pulled himself out of the tailspin somewhere in the middle of the 49ers game, and since that point, his PFF grade has been around 20 grading points higher, even if the wins haven’t yet followed. Wentz has been dealing with his team’s massive injury crisis — which hasn’t helped — but if he continues his improved play, he will likely claw his way back up the rankings.

A gulpful of good news on the injury front means ... -
The Eagles have been throwing it down the field, even with Jackson playing just 34 percent of the snaps. He’s played in just three games with 10 catches for 120 yards, hardly the numbers we all expected. Jackson has increased his level of participation in practice for a few weeks now – he was a “full participant” in the team’s walkthrough practice on Wednesday, but where he is, physically? That’s really the question. How confident is Jackson in opening up and knowing that his hamstring will be fine? The Eagles aren’t practicing this week, per se, so it will be hard for Jackson to know how his hamstring will respond in a game situation until, you know, he’s in a game situation. But having him on the field for however many reps he can give the offense will make the Giants account for his speed and deep-threat ability. It also would take some pressure away from wide receiver Travis Fulgham and provide quarterback Carson Wentz another outside threat. New York’s top cornerback is James Bradberry, who is playing at a Pro Bowl level. The Eagles can send out Jackson and Fulgham and use Greg Ward inside; then incorporate John Hightower and his speed for more outside pressure on the secondary. And it could have a chance to succeed in part because...

Eagles-Giants cheat sheet: picks, predictions, key matchups, injuries and more - The Athletic
Kapadia: I’ve seen progress from Wentz the past two weeks and thought Fulgham played well again last week. With Johnson back, I expect the Eagles to be able to move the ball. And their defensive line should dominate this matchup. It could be ugly in the first half but eventually the Eagles pull away. Eagles 27, Giants 17.

The real difference between the Eagles and Cowboys - NBCSP
“Why is that? Because what Andy Reid and his program stand for is the opposite of what the Cowboys stand for. The Cowboys are a star system. It’s all about building around individuals first and collecting talent, collecting great players. Andy has always been about building a team. And over the long haul, it’s a team sport, and one of the greatest examples of that is what’s happened with the Eagles and the Cowboys over the last 10 years. The Cowboys stand for everything that’s wrong with the NFL.”

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 7 - Fake Teams
18) Carson Wentz — Wentz has been getting it done for fantasy purposes with some scrappy play.

Giants at Eagles: 5 questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Big Blue View
There isn’t a whole lot that diehard New York Giants fans don’t know about the Philadelphia Eagles. They know the Eagles have beaten the Giants roughly a gazillion times in a row. They know classy Eagles fans love rubbing the noses of Giants fans in that losing streak. They know the NFC East stinks as a whole. They know there are certain Eagles’ players whose names they would like to forget. Anything else? Let’s turn to Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton for this week’s ‘5 questions’ to find out.

Week 7 offers opportunity to all 4 NFC East teams - Hogs Haven
Week 7 is guaranteed to be the first week of the 2020 season in which an NFC East division team doesn’t lose to a non-divisional opponent. The reason is that the four teams play each other, with the Giants @ Eagles kicking off the week on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys will travel to Washington for a Sunday afternoon matchup. I thought it might be useful to use a decision tree format to look at what the possible outcomes are for the division standings come Sunday night. There are only four.

How confident are you in the Dallas Cowboys at the moment? - Blogging The Boys
As you can see, Cowboys fans are at their lowest point of confidence in the team all season with an 8% level. They are actually the third-lowest among SB Nation communities (Jacksonville Jaguars fans sit at 7% while New York Jets fans are at 6%). It should again be said that Cowboys fans were expecting a very successful season so there is more room for drop-off, but even considering that, they have stumbled a significant ways down. The thing about the Cowboys right now isn’t just that they’re losing or even that they’re getting embarrassed in humiliating fashion. They seem to be a broken organization and are at the point where reports of discontent are already emerging between the players and coaches only six games into the Mike McCarthy era. That is as red of a flag as there can be.

Report: Seahawks sign Mychal Kendricks to their practice squad - Field Gulls
The Seahawks went through their bye week with an open spot on the practice squad and didn’t immediately fill it upon returning to the building on Monday. By Wednesday morning they had, however, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting Mychal Kendricks was returning to Seattle as a member of the practice squad.

SB Nation NFL Expert Picks, Week 7: Russell Wilson vs. Kyler Murray is must-see TV - SB Nation
What do we really know through the first six weeks of the young NFL season? Russell Wilson looks like the MVP, Derrick Henry is making power backs cool again, the Steelers’ young talent seems to have rejuvenated Ben Roethlisberger, the Chicago Bears keep finding a way to win despite having one of the league’s worst offenses, and the NFC East is terrible. We’re about to learn what’s real and what isn’t as the league heads into Week 7 and suddenly closes in on the halfway point of the regular season.

The real death toll from the pandemic in America may already be 300,000 - Vox
The official Covid-19 mortality figures might be dramatically underestimating the real death toll of the pandemic in the US, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From late January to early October, nearly 300,000 “excess deaths” occurred in America, the report authors estimate. That’s about a third more than the 216,025 coronavirus deaths the US reported in the same period.


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