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Cowboys WR Michael Gallup on if Eagles’ aggressive defense will be more aggressive Sunday, attacking rookie QB Ben DiNucci: “I assume so. I would. Bring the whole house. Why not? We’ll make up for it. It’s all good.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 29, 2020
How will Jalen Reagor’s return affect Travis Fulgham? - BGN
I’d expect Fulgham to remain the primary target-getter, while Reagor becomes the more explosive option, both before and after the catch. But more than anything else, I expect the Eagles to continue experimenting. They have two healthy, young, exciting, starting-caliber wide receivers on the roster for Sunday Night against Dallas — that literally has not happened in Doug Pederson’s head coaching career. As such, they will continue the uncertain alchemy of putting these unknowns in different roles, with a focus on building their chemistry with Carson Wentz and finding more space in what has always been a laborious passing game. For once in the Eagles’ wide receiver room, they might have a good problem instead of a bad one.
The Kist & Solak Show #204: The LT Debate + Cowboys Preview + Nate Gerry On IR?! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak debate how the return of Jason Peters’ should impact the offensive line as a whole and especially regarding Jordan Mailata PLUS Nate Gerry on IR?! Cancel the season.. but don’t, because it’s Dallas Week and the gang is going to preview this puppy whether you like it or not! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Mailbag: Should the Eagles hope to face Andy Dalton, or Ben DiNucci? - PhillyVoice
I will respectfully disagree. The Eagles have had great success against “no-name” QBs in each of the last four years. A quick list: 2020: Nick Mullens, 49ers, 2020. W, 25-20. 2019: Luke Falk, Jets: W, 31-6. 2018: Josh Johnson, Football Team. W, 24-0. 2017: C.J. Beathard, 49ers. W, 33-10. I think I like their chances better against DiNucci.
Wentz finally has what he’s needed all along - NBCSP
I mean, look at those names. Are you kidding me? Thirteen of them aren’t even in the league anymore. Really, it’s a miracle Carson performed as well as he did the first few years of his career considering the lack of firepower he was playing with. DGB, JJAW, Hollins, Turner, Johnson, Huff, Aiken, Treggs, Davis, Carter, Gibson, Wallace, Burnett and Wheaton combined for nearly three THOUSAND snaps and caught 121 passes. There were moments of magic with Alshon and Nelly before Wentz got hurt in 2017, but those moments were fleeting. And rare since then. There’s always been a sense of … “Just wait until he’s got a real cast of wide receivers. Then we’ll see the real Carson Wentz.”
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles: Which team is set up for success in NFC East? - ESPN
You think the Eagles’ line is a wreck? Have you seen the Cowboys’ line? Tyron Smith is done after playing two games because of neck surgery. La’el Collins is out for the season because of hip surgery. Zack Martin didn’t play last week because of concussion, and did you see how brutal it was? Six sacks by Washington and zero fight after quarterback Andy Dalton was decked on a dirty hit by Jon Bostic. The Cowboys’ line has the look and feel of a fourth preseason game. They have started five different combinations up front already. Oh, I forgot the center spot. Travis Frederick retired somewhat surprisingly in the offseason, and his replacement, Joe Looney, has missed the past three games with a knee injury. That has put 2020 fourth-round pick Tyler Biadasz out there maybe a little earlier than the Cowboys had hoped.
Despite injury setbacks and success of other rookie receivers, Jalen Reagor is ready to explode for the Eagles - Inquirer
Jalen Reagor never missed games because of injury. He played every chance he got at Waxahachie High in Texas. He was as durable in college at Texas Christian. But in a span of about a month, the Eagles wide receiver suffered two injuries, the second causing him to miss five games. And in that time a lot happened. Many of Reagor’s draft classmates at receiver established their NFL bona fides. And even on his own team, there was a breakout performance at the position. Reagor, however, wasn’t concerned enough to be distracted. He was too busy rehabbing and attempting to subvert most estimations for his return after he tore a ligament in his thumb against the Rams on Sept. 20. “It’s all mental. If you want to get back, you’ll get back,” Reagor said Friday. “If you want to keep nursing the injury, you’re going to keep nursing it. It’s all mental. People don’t really realize that and people try to put a stamp on when I’ll come back, but nobody knows my body better than me.”
Defense ready for ‘full arsenal’ from QB Ben DiNucci - PE.com
What do we really know about DiNucci? He’s not particularly big at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds. He ran the read option very successfully in college, so he has some athletic ability. His arm is average, by NFL standards. DiNucci entered last Sunday’s game against Washington in the second half and completed 2 of his 3 passes for 39 yards. And now he’s set to start what could be a must-win game for a desperate 2-5 Dallas team in prime time at Lincoln Financial Field. “We definitely took a lot at some of those things (college tape) to see what we’re gonna get,” said linebacker T.J. Edwards, scheduled to return to action on Sunday night after missing three games with a hamstring injury suffered in the win over San Francisco. “He’s a guy really comfortable in a zone read and things like that. He did that in college. I think we’re really kind of expecting the full arsenal in this game, so we really have to be on our reads and on our cues at all times just because they’re in the same boat as us – nothing to lose and we both want to win this game, so we’re expecting just about everything from him.”
What was going through Eagles’ Matt Pryor’s mind while being on the COVID-19 list? - NJ.com
Pryor went into self-isolation, saying Thursday he dreaded the entire situation. “Being away from the team and feeling like an outcast for about a week. It brings you around to what’s really important. You get a sense of everything in front of you. Not saying that I didn’t know what I had already, but it puts a lot of things into perspective when you are away from the team. You are not allowed to practice. You miss out on the little things like spending time away from the team and working on your craft. Pryor said that even though it was tough being away from the team, he did not want to be the cause of a COVID outbreak at the NovaCare Complex.
Week 8 starts & sits: Brandon Aiyuk, Julian Edelman, Le’Veon Bell, & more - Fake Teams
WR CeeDee Lamb vs Philadelphia Eagles. Ugh watching this Cowboys offense completely fall apart is painful. The loss of Dak Prescott has not only torpedoed the Cowboys in real football, it’s also torpedoed the Cowboys in fake football. Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott are the only guys you can reliably trust now and even then you have a right to be worried about them. Lamb is coming off his worst game of the year in which he didn’t catch a single one of his five targets, but did have a one yard run. So that’s 0.1 fantasy points! The Eagles secondary has surrendered the 10th fewest passing yards to wide receivers the last four games and I’m not sure I want to trust concussed Andy Dalton or some guy from the Sopranios to get Dallas’ offense back on track.
Cowboys @ Eagles: “While Carson Wentz unquestionably deserves blame... the organization has failed him in a number of ways” - Blogging The Boys
With the Cowboys taking on the Eagles on Sunday night, it’s time to get some information on the enemy from some experts. Here are five questions and answers with our friends over at Bleeding Green Nation.
We Cannot Escape the Ghost Ship That Is the 2020 Dallas Cowboys - The Ringer
You can’t write the obituary for the 2020 Cowboys yet, and that’s the problem. They are failing—stacking embarrassments on embarrassments—and in any other season, a team displaying such incompetence could easily be dismissed. Any of the Cowboys’ foibles through the first seven weeks could be laughed off as minor chords in a lost season. Just this week, their owner told a radio host to shut up, and their maligned defensive coordinator stopped a press conference because he got Tabasco in his eye. But you cannot dismiss these Cowboys, not when they are 2-5 but still only a half-game back in the NFC East and easily in position to host a playoff game. They are, like every team in their division, trying to dunk on an 8-foot basket. The two sweetest words in the English language, Homer Simpson once said, are “de-fault.” And that is the motto of the NFC East this year, in which one team, against all sanity and fairness, gets to call their season a success.
Watching the WFT beat up on imploding Cowboys squad made Washington fans feel better - Hogs Haven
The Cowboys took a beatdown at the hands of the Washington Football Team in Week 7, and it had an immediate effect on how good Hogs Haven readers feel about the direction of the team. After bottoming out at just 44% following the 1-point loss to the Giants in Week 6, fan confidence rebounded to 67% after Sunday’s festivities at Landover.
Giants-Buccaneers Friday injury report: Giants’ offensive linemen back to work - Big Blue View
Aside from Will Hernandez, who is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus on Wednesday, the New York Giants had their full complement of offensive linemen back at practice on Friday. Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley and Cam Fleming, considered to have had close contact with Hernandez, were all full participants after testing negative for the virus on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the Giants practiced with only four offensive linemen and with tight end Eric Tomlinson playing right tackle.
The Patriots’ dynasty is getting closer to extinction - SB Nation
Watching the New England Patriots get blown out by an injury-ravaged 49ers team in Week 7 said so much about where this team has ended up after moving on from Tom Brady. For so many years the Pats winning the AFC East was as reliable as water being wet, but now the Buffalo Bills are surging toward the division crown while New England keeps sinking further below a .500 record. This was always going to be a year of transition for Bill Belichick, but early promise in the season has now given way to disappointment. There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the team’s struggles, and it goes even beyond Cam Newton falling off a cliff. Now, serious questions loom over how they progress. Not just in 2020, but beyond.
89,000 new Covid-19 cases per day. And the worst may be yet to come. - Vox
The United States has reached a new terrible milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic. This past week, the country saw, on average, 75,561 new cases per day — the highest on record in a pandemic full of atrocious records. On Thursday, 89,000 Americans received a positive test result. From north to south, east to west, the virus is spreading uncontrolled again. This is not a peak. We’re in the midst of a climb. Next week, we can expect yet another record: leaping from more than 9 million total cases to 10 million cases in a matter of a few days. The number of people in hospitals across the country is ascending, too, hitting 46,000 on Thursday. And this will likely be followed by rising numbers of deaths in the coming weeks. Why? Because this is the pattern we’ve seen in every Covid-19 surge during the pandemic. It’s not going to change now. There’s a momentum to this virus.
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