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Eagles News: Boston Scott is a Giants killer

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Roob’s observations after Eagles’ 4th-quarter comeback on Thursday Night Football - NBCSP
Boston Scott showed me a lot with that miracle game-winning touchdown catch. Scott is really a Giants killer. He had his only two big games last year against the Giants and then makes a WR type of catch in the corner of the end zone to win a game the Eagles had to win? This is a backup running back who really hadn’t done much this year and had never caught a touchdown pass in his career. That was a big-time play.

Eagles vs. Giants: 12 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
Boston Scott — Okay, Boston Scott was a winner, we love Boston Scott, what a great catch, they should make him the primary running back in every Giants game for the rest of time.

The Kist & Solak Show #203: Eagles King of the East After Giant Win - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles wild win over the Giants to take the NFC East lead that apparently half of the East fans don’t want anyway... Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

‘Things I think’ about Giants-Eagles: A game the Giants should have won - Big Blue View
I think this was a game the New York Giants should have won. It certainly wasn’t pretty and there were lots of reminders along the way that these were two NFC East teams with a combined record of 2-9-1 when the night started. Still, after their best drive of the season, a 15-play, 97-yard, 7:50 march that ended with a touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard, the Giants held an 11-point lead, 21-10, with just over six minutes to play. The streak of seven straight losses to the Eagles was about to be broken. A second straight victory was about to put them into the middle of the scrum for the lead in the NFC East. And then it all fell apart.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Giants game - PhillyVoice
2) The ‘Hero Ball’ Award: Carson Wentz. When you’re playing one of the worst teams in the NFL, it’s imperative that you do not gift them turnovers, and that’s what Wentz did deep in Giants territory. The following was just a head-scratching throw that was picked off in the end zone by James Bradberry. Seriously, what is that? He was also lucky that a silly throw across his body — and across the field — wasn’t disastrous.

First Place - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are now atop the NFC East for a few days. If Dallas loses on Sunday, the Eagles stay in first place. While winning is fun, this was a troubling performance. There are a lot of issues to pick through. Since it is game night and late, we’ll skip over that stuff for now and focus on the positives. Wentz threw for 359 yards and led his team on an impressive comeback. He was sloppy at times, but came alive when the team really needed him. Wentz’s game-winning TD pass was a thing of beauty.

NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 22, New York Giants 21 - PFF
These offenses aren’t all that dissimilar in their current states. Injuries and struggles up front have created a situation where both quarterbacks have been under heavy pressure. Carson Wentz and Jones are both athletic guys who will make some impressive throws and plays despite less-than-ideal situations, but they’ll also put their teams in bad situations by being careless with the football and trying to play hero ball. We saw that with Wentz on Thursday. There are simply times — like the interception to James Bradberry — where Wentz needs to realize that no play is better than a forced play. We also saw the other side of the spectrum with Wentz — he had quite a few passes that will end up being labeled as big-time throws, and he gave himself some opportunities with his legs, leading the Eagles on two touchdown drives late to regain the lead.

Carson Wentz leads Philadelphia Eagles’ late-game surge to beat New York Giants - ESPN
Wentz has had a sometimes-bumpy start to the season — his 10 interceptions through seven games are the most by an Eagles quarterback since Sam Bradford in 2015 — but he has picked up the pace over the past three games and continues to show a penchant for late-game success. “It just shows that he is taking that step in the right direction to be one of the top quarterbacks in this league,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said. “This is what it takes, especially with the situation that we are in healthwise as a team. We know these games are probably going to be closer than we would like, but it is good to see your quarterback stand in there, go toe-to-toe, take some shots and still lead your team down the field for the win.”

Hard to decipher the 2-4-1 Eagles, a mediocre team with flashes of brilliance - The Athletic
Verdict: Pederson is typically on top of challenging situations, so we can chalk this one up to an unfortunate communication lag on a clear review and the Giants snapping the ball quickly. But the absence of offensive creativity is a real concern, especially with Hurts’ usage. The Eagles have a mini-bye before their Week 8 game against the Cowboys and then a full bye before they play the Giants again in Week 10. This needs to be a period of self-scrutiny for an offense that needs it.

Fourth-quarter madness ends with Eagles atop NFC East -
This one wasn’t pretty. The Eagles were only 3-of-8 in the red zone with a Wentz interception, a Jake Elliott missed 29-yard field goal, and a stop on fourth down at the 3-yard line when Wentz threw a jump ball to tight end Hakeem Butler that, in all honesty, should have been another defensive penalty on the Giants. They converted just 4 of 13 first downs. Philadelphia missed two two-point conversion plays. It was, as Wentz said, ugly. But a win is a win is a win. And Wentz completed 5 of 7 passes for 121 yards on the final two drives, averaging 17.3 yards per pass with two touchdowns for the 10th fourth quarter or overtime comeback win in his career.

Say this about the Eagles: They don’t give up - Inquirer
And then they won, and maybe that’s the one thing that can be said about them this season. Despite the injuries. Despite the wild swings between their poor and decent play. Despite the oft-odd coaching decisions and the understanding that, even if they do manage to win their division, the title of NFC East champs will carry the same prestige as being the tallest Lollipop Guild delegate in Oz. Despite all those frustrating aspects to this nutty season, the Eagles don’t give up. They’re going to drive you crazy for the next two-and-a-half months, but they don’t give up, and that’ll be enough to get everybody through those two-and-a-half months. “We don’t worry about the past,” said Brandon Graham, whose strip-sack of Jones in the closing seconds clinched the win. “We try to stay futuristic.” It was a perfect line for this night, for this season, and for this particular team.

At 2-4-1, Eagles move ahead of Cowboys for first place in NFC East - PFT
Given how bad the Cowboys looked in their first game after losing quarterback Dak Prescott for the season, the Eagles have to be considered the favorites to win the division. Carson Wentz hasn’t been very good this year, but he’s certainly the best quarterback in a division where Andy Dalton, Daniel Jones and Kyle Allen are the other starters. The NFC East is probably going to have a team with a losing record win the division. For the Eagles, a final record like 6-9-1 might be enough to host a playoff game.

The Cowboys are fundamentally broken, but it goes beyond the coaches and players - Blogging The Boys
But again, it doesn’t matter, because this Cowboys team is fundamentally broken. It’s got nothing to do with Dak being out, McCarthy not being a good coach, or anything else on the field. The problem is that the Cowboys as an organization are being run into the ground by two men - Jerry and Stephen Jones - whose model for roster construction is inherently flawed. The Joneses have been (rightly) lauded in recent years for their more conservative approach to free agency and Will McClay has helped them unearth some great talents in the draft. Look no further than this year’s rookie class, which currently has five starters or frequent contributors to the team. But roster construction goes beyond getting good players; you have to build a good team, with players that complement each other’s strengths. Let’s break it down between all three phases of the game.


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