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Eagles News: Carson Wentz is playing his best football in the fourth quarter

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/24/20.

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Seven games in, who are the 2020 Eagles? We don’t know quite yet - PE.com
Wentz has been best this season in the fourth quarter, tossing six touchdown passes and only two interceptions with a passer rating of 86.7. The Eagles have scored a total of 34 points the last two weeks in the fourth quarter and, for sure, Wentz looks so good in these hurry-up situations. How can he incorporate this approach in the first three quarters of games to come?

The great Carson Wentz transformation saves Eagles - NBCSP
Wentz the last two weeks in the first three quarters: 31-for-55 for 358 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 68.6 passer rating. Wentz the last two weeks in the fourth quarter: 15-for-28 for 214 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 118.2 passer rating. [...] The mistakes are still happening. The inconsistency. The turnovers. The misfires. And they drive you crazy. But the fourth-quarter magic is there, and it’s special. And if he can just bottle that up and spread it out over four quarters? The Eagles just may be able to salvage something out of this ugly season.

15 final thoughts from the Eagles’ flawless victory over the Giants - BGN
Anyone still doubting that he’s legit? I don’t actually think so but allow me to convince you further anyway. Travis Fulgham had five receptions for 73 yards in this game. He could’ve been even more productive if he didn’t drop two passes and Wentz didn’t miss a couple of open throws to him. Fulgham also drew two penalties for first downs on the Eagles’ final drive, which was important. Fulgham is now up to 23 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns through his first four games with the Eagles. Thus, his 16 game pace would be: 92 for 1,428 yards and 12 touchdowns. For perspective, the great Mike Quick (friend of BGN) leads the Eagles in single-season receiving yards with 69 catches for 1,409 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1983. That’s nuts! Fulgham is on pace to finish the 2020 season with 52 receptions for 816 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ranking the Giants’ 10 worst ‘gut punch’ losses to the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Whenever the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants convene to play football, weird things happen, and those weird things have typically favored the Eagles over the years. After Thursday night’s unlikely Eagles comeback win over the Giants — a win that not only propelled them past the Cowboys in the standings, but also made them the favorites to win the NFC East, according to TheLines.com — perhaps it’s worth ranking the Giants’ 10 worst ‘gut punch’ losses to the Eagles over the years. Does that sound fun? Cool, let’s do that.

Monson: The Philadelphia Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC East - PFF
The biggest thing in determining Philadelphia’s fortunes was always quarterback Carson Wentz‘s play. He was a trainwreck over the first few games of the season — the single biggest thing contributing to Philadelphia losing games. He looked like a golfer with the yips, at times completely unable to throw the ball to his intended receiver and put it in any kind of catchable spot. He didn’t generate a PFF grade above 57.0 over the first three games of the season. Wentz seemed to find himself midway through the Eagles’ matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, improving in the second half, making a big throw for the team’s first win and continuing that improved play against tougher opponents in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Those teams were just too good, and Wentz is still dealing with a decimated supporting cast, so it took until a game-winning drive against New York for his better play to be rewarded with a second win. But his improvement is critical for the team’s fortunes.

Don’t Stop Believing in Carson Wentz - Sports Illustrated
The damning thing about some of the numbers is how much better contextualized they are now than they were 20 years ago. ESPN’s Total QBR metric, which, before Thursday night had Wentz as the 25th-best quarterback in the league behind Jones, takes into account so many factors like receiver effort, down, distance, situation, protection and defense. It feels helpless to argue that, in some fleeting moment we saw against the 1-5 Giants that we should reconsider everything we’re being told about Wentz right now. But it’s also hard not to overlay some of the best moments we’re seeing atop an Eagles roster that is functional and somewhat familiar over the second half of the season and wonder where he might end up in some of those statistical categories at season’s end.

Brandon Graham: Game-ending strip sack will “change our season around” - PFT
The touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Boston Scott gave the Eagles a late lead. The strip sack from defensive end Brandon Graham sealed the win. And it potentially sparked a turnaround from the 2-4-1 Eagles, who suddenly are in first place in the division. “It’s going to change our season around, I do feel that,” Graham told reporters after the 22-21 win. “I believe that. I think every week we are going to continue to build on what we are doing and next up is the Cowboys. But I do think it’s a confidence boost for our team to let us know that, no matter what, we are still in this thing and we just have to keep fighting, keep believing and keep working on those little things that tend to sneak up on us in these games, so yeah.”

‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ review of Giants-Eagles: Giants stumble, bumble and drop the ball edition - Big Blue View
Evan Engram — I don’t care if you believe the third-down pass from Daniel Jones right before the 2:00 mark was a couple of inches off target. I think it was a beautiful throw. I think it’s a ball that an NFL player drafted in the first round who makes his living as a pass catcher absolutely has to catch. No excuses. Engram was WIDE OPEN on the kind of down field route we have been begging Jason Garrett to design for him. He had BOTH HANDS on the football without having to do any more than make a normal effort to catch it. Game over, Giants win if he makes that play. The ball has got to be caught.

Washington fan confidence in team direction is slowly eroding - Hogs Haven
It’s this sort of contradictory messaging from the head coach that has fans wondering exactly what the mission is this season, and how to measure progress. The signals from Rivera have been all over the place, starting with his decision to pursue Amari Cooper with a full-court-press during free agency, but to otherwise sit back and sign journeymen and third tier free agents and refuse to engage existing Washington players in long-term contract talks. It includes his initial exhortation for everyone to be patient as he instilled a new culture into the organization suddenly giving way to benching the franchise quarterback in a Quixotic pursuit of the NFC East division title four weeks into the season.

Cowboys @ Football Team final injury report: Zack Martin officially ruled out - Blogging The Boys
The bad news for the Dallas Cowboys was delivered earlier today by coach Mike McCarthy. As the team heads over to play the Washington Football Team, they will do so without right guard Zack Martin. He has been in concussion protocol since the Cardinals game and will not play this weekend. Presumably Connor McGovern will fill in for him.

Week 7 bold predictions: Christian Kirk stays hot against Seahawks - Fake Teams
4. Ezekiel Elliott is slotted as the RB2, he finishes outside the top 10. Justification: Washington Football Team’s rush defense is no joke. Here is a list of all of the running backs who have scored a rushing touchdown against them: Nick Chubb and Mark Ingram II. That’s it. Here is a list of the running backs who have rushed for over 90 yards against them: Nick Chubb. There is a chance Elliott thrives in receptions as Kareem Hunt did but I think Zeke is in for a challenge against Chase Young with Alabama’s Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne as the tackles.

Panthers place Rasul Douglas on COVID-19 list, re-activate Joey Slye and Trent Scott - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers have placed cornerback Rasul Douglas on the reserve/COVID list and ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Douglas was not at practice yesterday, and now we have an explanation why.

Can the NFL avoid a COVID-19 ‘forest fire’? The Titans’ outbreak showed a thin margin of error - ESPN
In reality, as it plans to fine the Tennessee Titans for protocol violations during their recent outbreak, the NFL has found that its successes and failures amid the pandemic have mirrored those of the society it was hoping to uplift. On the one hand, the NFL has outperformed the national infection rate by implementing daily testing and mask-wearing in many settings while deploying electronic devices to assist in physical separation and contact tracing. On the other hand, the NFL has been upended by lapses as simple as inconsistent mask usage and the urge to gather in relatively close quarters, demonstrating how thin its margin of error and how difficult its remaining task really are.

Report: Buccaneers set to sign Antonio Brown - Bucs Nation
Well, the rumors appear to be true. And it may happen as early as nest week. Veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown is reportedly set to sign with the Buccaneers and join quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the following Friday evening.

The Vikings’ rotten, precipitous collapse will take years to correct - SB Nation
On paper Cousins isn’t the problem. He’s posted incredible stats, occasionally eye-popping numbers — all of which present him as one of the only things going for the team in the last three years. However, there’s a shocking trend to his tenure in Minnesota: He can’t beat anyone good. Since arriving in town, Cousins has posted an abysmal 3-8 record against teams who were over .500 when they played. He also developed a penchant for stat-padding. Cousins took this to the next level in 2019, when his hot-and-cold performance was so pronounced it defies belief. Kirk Cousins passer rating against sub .500 teams: 121.9. Kirk Cousins passer rating against above .500 teams: 73.3. This isn’t a narrative, it’s a pattern: Cousins does not perform against good teams, and destroys bad ones. This makes him a middling NFL starter, but not one who can win a championship for a team — and that’s what he was paid to do.

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