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NFL quarterback kryptonite: The biggest weaknesses for all 32 of the 2020 starting QBs - PFF
Carson Wentz — Biggest weakness: Accuracy. Wentz has never been the most accurate quarterback, but it’s been a particularly concerning issue early in 2020. According to PFF’s ball-location charting, Wentz’s best finish in accuracy percentage came in 2017, when he finished 12th, but the rest of his career has him ranking among the league’s worst. He finished 38th in 2016, 27th in 2018 and 33rd last season, and he’s currently last in accuracy percentage in 2020. Wentz is clearly slumping, and he is off in all aspects of his game, making the inaccuracy he’s previously overcome look even worse. [...] Nick Foles — Biggest weakness: Really bad games. Foles is still remembered for the highest of his highs, as his performances in the 2017 NFC Championship Game and the subsequent Super Bowl make up one of the best two-game stretches in NFL history. However, Foles also had five of the 10 worst games by an Eagles starter during his time with the team between 2017 and 2018, despite playing just 13 games compared to Carson Wentz’s 24. The highs are high and the lows are low when it comes to Foles.

Eagles vs. 49ers Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The 49ers’ biggest weakness is easy. It’s their offensive line. It’s been bizarre. Multiple players are struggling, and it’s not as if they lack talent upfront. Three first-round picks are starters. Statistically, the 49ers have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, but that also matches up with the eye test. For whatever reason, they haven’t been able to get their running game going. Play-action has helped against the pass rush, but the line has made players who aren’t good look like stars. Philly’s defensive line has a significant advantage in this game, and that’s probably the biggest area where most fans are concerned. Fletcher Cox going against the 49ers interior line could spell fora disaster.

The Kist & Solak Show #197: How Long is the Leash for Wentz? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak dig into the Nick Foles comments about Frank Reich that notably omitted Doug Pederson, debate the meaning of Doug’s animated conversation with Howie Roseman, ponder if the leash should be short enough if Carson Wentz could be pulled at half against the 49ers PLUS an actual preview of the upcoming game! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles mailbag: What are logical trade destinations for Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox? - PhillyVoice
Even if Wentz rebounds (I think he will — it’s just to what degree), this roster is old, in decline, and no longer equipped to compete for a Super Bowl. They must commit to something close to a full-on rebuild, which I don’t think has to take a long time, as long as you’re able to fix your cap situation, start hitting on some drafts, and make smart free agent acquisitions. But they’d have to be willing to suffer through another bad season in 2021, before we can start to see some positive results again in 2022 and beyond. At some point (after this upcoming loss, probably), I’ll lay out what I think they should do to be a competitive team on the upswing again in 2022. My concern would be if they attempt to do some half-assed rebuild (we’ll call it a “retooling”), in a way in which they think this roster, as currently constructed, can still compete. If they go that route, I think it’ll take longer for them to completely bottom out, thus prolonging the time spent in your metaphorical abyss.

Rough Week - Iggles Blitz
Maybe focusing on tempo will bring out the best in Wentz and the offense. Of course, playing fast can make it tough on the players when you don’t have a deep bench. Fulgham, Burnett and Rodgers could get a lot of snaps. They better be ready. Pederson used to be at his best when facing top defenses. He was at his most creative and seemed very dialed in. It would be great for that guy to show up this week and call a masterful game. It would help if whoever has the voodoo doll of Eagles players would quit sticking pins in. Enough. We get it. They’ve wronged you and they deserve to suffer. Let them play. That’s punishment enough this year.

Kapadia’s Eagles mailbag: Dishing on the state of the team in Week 4 - The Athletic
Again, Lurie has all the receipts. If things go terribly, and he decides to continue with Roseman in his current role, Lurie will have to explain why he thinks that’s the right decision, and we’ll all make determinations about whether that explanation makes sense. Bottom line: Roseman is in charge of all roster decisions. The roster is a mess, and there doesn’t appear to be an easy way out of that mess given the Eagles’ resources. So the criticisms are fair. But it wouldn’t surprise me to see Lurie direct blame in other directions and give Roseman the benefit of the doubt. History suggests that’s probably the most likely outcome.

Who’s responsible for the Eagles’ winless start? Assigning blame to the chief culprits in Philadelphia - CBS Sports
Howie Roseman (50 percent). Since then, however, Roseman has swung and missed a lot more than he’s made contact, let alone hit home runs. And most of his malpractice has come on the offensive side of the ball, which is especially problematic in today’s NFL. The most glaring mistake: A repeated and crippling dedication to aging or oft-injured starters, coupled or fueled by an inability to consistently unearth young talent. Injuries are an unpredictable part of the game, so Roseman can’t always be faulted for a pulled hamstring or torn ACL, but there’s a stark difference, for example, between banking on a 30-year-old DeSean Jackson to break a five-year streak of missed games and drafting just one good wide receiver.

Fantasy football Week 4 picks, sleepers, busts and rankings: Matthew Berry loves and hates these QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs - ESPN
Quarterback I hate in Week 4 — It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Not when Carson Wentz has been under center this year, with multiple interceptions every game. It’s hard to put it all on him considering Philly’s line and his lack of weapons ... but it’s also hard to see how it improves anytime soon. With Dallas Goedert now out, too, and DeSean Jackson iffy, Wentz will take the field Sunday with even fewer weapons than he normally has. He’ll also take the field against a 49ers pass defense that, despite being banged up, gives up the lowest yards per attempt, is tied for the fewest touchdown passes allowed and is second best in fewest passing yards allowed. In a game with one of the lowest over/unders on the slate, Wentz is gonna start for Philly, but that doesn’t mean he has to start for you.

Eagles’ long neglect of the linebacker position has come home to roost - Inquirer
If you’re going to spend money with the defensive coordinator’s aggressive system in mind, linebacker is at the bottom of the list. But the Eagles didn’t have to dig deep into their pockets to replace Hicks or Bradham. In fact, they had two players on their roster last season who would likely have been upgrades over this year’s unit. L.J. Fort was with the Eagles for only four games last season. He didn’t have a large role, but he was released primarily because he wouldn’t have factored into the compensatory draft formula past a certain date. The Ravens picked him up, and Fort has since become a valuable piece on their defense.

Can Butler give Eagles what they’ve been missing? - NBCSP
“There’s a lot of people that have been productive in the hybrid position,” Hakeem Butler said. “I feel I can be productive either-or but … I’ve seen guys like Darren Waller and you know a bunch of guys that just make that transition and do work on the inside on the safeties and linebackers, so I’m ready to do that same thing, take that next step.” Butler said he was initially resistant when NFL teams at the combine brought up the subject of moving him to tight end. “I kind of didn’t want to do it back then, just ego and whatnot,” he said. “Just belief in myself.” But getting cut a year after you were drafted and finding yourself on a practice squad can be pretty humbling. Now Butler just wants to play.

Four matchups to watch Sunday night: Aiyuk versus Slay will be must-see - Niners Nation
Fletcher Cox remains one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL, but Malik Jackson has given teams trouble up the middle as well. Jackson has six QB hits on the season, which leads the Eagles. Philadelphia has a deep defensive line that includes Vinny Curry, Josh Sweat, and Brandon Graham. This is the one area that worries me. Philadelphia is outside of the top-15 in both QB knockdown percentage and pressure rate, but they’re fourth in sacks. This is a team whose sacks come in bunches. We’ve documented the struggles of the 49ers running game. Kittle playing should be a significant boost as the offense has struggled to get to the edges. The Eagles have been stingy on the ground as a defense as well, allowing only 37% of runs to be successful. I’m fascinated to see what Shanahan does to neutralize this defensive line.

Week 4 bold predictions: Patrick Mahomes won’t be a top 10 QB - Fake Teams
3. The winless Eagles beat the 2-1 49ers. Justification: Doug Pederson is going to simplify the offense and I refuse to accept what we are seeing is the real Carson Wentz. I won’t say he’s elite but he’s not this bad and we will see him regain some form this week against an injured 49ers defense who is likely without: rookie DOY Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Emmanuel Moseley, Dee Ford but also Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert and Jordan Reed on offense.

Eagles make DraftKings team’s official daily fantasy sports partner and official sports betting partner - PE.com
The Philadelphia Eagles and DraftKings announced a new multi-year deal today which will make DraftKings the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner and Official Sports Betting Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington vs Baltimore Injury Report: Chase Young, Steven Sims Jr OUT, Terry McLaurin Questionable - Hogs Haven
Chase Young wasn’t expected to play this week after leaving last week’s game with a groin injury and getting ruled out quickly. It was reported to be a moderate groin strain, and he is day-to-day. Jack Del Rio didn’t want to rule him out until he had to, but there were no indications throughout the week that he would be able to play vs the Ravens. Washington also lost DT Matt Ioannidis(biceps) for the season this week. The other big name on the injury report this week is WR Terry McLaurin who is listed as questionable with a thigh injury. He was limited yesterday and didn’t practice today. Rivera didn’t give any updates on McLaurin’s status during today’s presser, but this would be a huge loss for an offense that doesn’t have many weapons. They will also be without WR Steven Sims Jr. who reaggravated his toe injury. This also affects punt returns, and will put a much bigger spotlight on undrafted rookie WR Isaiah Wright vs the Ravens.

Sciatica - SB Nation
You would never think about your back if it weren’t for bad reasons. No one wakes up and says “back sure feels good today” unless it had previously felt not-good. Hidden behind you, it is an unheralded part of the body that functions like a time bomb with a finicky detonator. While your back is capable of exploding in many ways, today’s focus takes us to the lower part of the spine — specifically, to a pain called sciatica. In order to properly review sciatica I went out and got some. If you’re interested in reviewing it for yourself, I recommend finding a very comfortable couch and working from there for multiple months during a pandemic. Combine that with the slightest amount of activity (such as a nature walk) plus a 31-year old dilapidated building of a body and you should be introduced to sciatica along the way.

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