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2020 quarterback rankings and Week 9 review - PFF
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles — 63.1. Wentz has battled back to break out of his early-season slump, but it’s still concerning that he leads the league with 23 turnover-worthy plays, 10 more than any other quarterback. [...] Daniel Jones, New York Giants — 75.6. Jones has played better than his 76.1 passer rating would indicate. He’s suffered the league’s highest drop rate at 6.9% while also being pressured on a league-high 43.0% of dropbacks.

Is this the week the Eagles will finally fail to beat the Giants? - BGN
1,466 days. That’s how long it’s been since the Philadelphia Eagles lost a football game to the New York Giants. The Eagles have an opportunity to extend that streak in Week 10. The Birds are currently 3.5-point favorites at MetLife Stadium, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. But might the Giants finally be due for a win? One could make that case.

At the Podium: Doug Sorta Defends Wentz, Kinda? - BGN Radio
Doug Pederson faces the media (from 11/11/20) to answer questions about Brett Favre’s recent comments inre: Wentz vs. Foles!

A look at the Eagles’ NFL-leading 32 sacks allowed, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
The combined records of the teams above is 12-45-2 (.220). Take out the games in which two of the teams above played each other, and it’s 4-37 (.098). My conclusion? There’s a strong correlation to between giving up a lot of sacks and losing football games. #Analysis. In the Eagles’ case, what’s to blame? For this exercise, we looked at all 32 of the Eagles’ sacks, and tried to determine what went wrong on each sack.

Is There Hope? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have yet to play a good game this year. They have looked good for quarter or even a half (or sometimes not at all). At some point, things will come together and the team will play well. Almost every team does this for a week or two. I don’t have any confidence in this team, but I am fascinated by the potential, if they can stay healthy. If the revolving door continues, the miserable season will continue. Carson Wentz has been a trainwreck this year, but that could change. If he has improved protection, a legit ground game and good receivers to throw to, Wentz could suddenly look like…Carson Wentz. You know, the guy who has played like a franchise QB at times. The guy who has carried the team on his back at times. If Wentz starts to fly right, this season gets interesting quickly.

2020 NFL midseason report: Biggest questions, record projections for all 32 teams - ESPN
Biggest question left to answer: Can Wentz stabilize? He was wildly erratic over the first half of 2020 and is on pace for the worst season of his pro career. Entering the team’s Week 9 bye, Wentz led the league in turnovers (16), interceptions (12) and sacks (32), was 32nd in completion percentage (58.4) and 30th in yards per attempt (6.2). He authored a handful of big-time moments and already has a career-best three fourth-quarter comebacks, but the Eagles need more consistent quarterback play. The rest of this season will largely be about evaluating whether Wentz is capable of giving it to them.

Carson Wentz’s over aggressiveness downfield has been his undoing - Inquirer
That has left John Hightower as the primary deep threat. But even though the fifth-round rookie has struggled since Week 1, the Eagles have continued to force passes downfield to him. Of Wentz’s 45 20-plus-yard attempts, 13 have gone to Hightower. The receiver has caught only two. “We haven’t hit as many as I would have liked,” Pederson said Wednesday. “But the fact that we’re getting him behind the defense and having opportunities down the field are things that we can improve on and we can get better at. For me, that’s the encouraging part is that we have so much room to really grow in that area.” But while Hightower has been involved in many of Wentz’s dubious downfield moments, his over aggressiveness has been the common denominator. The fumble he coughed up on the Eagles’ third play from scrimmage against Dallas may have been one of the worst of his career.

Healing time: How return to health helps Eagles - PE.com
It is still not certain if Jeffery is going to be given the green light for Sunday at the Giants, but he is closing in as he was a full participant for the first time this season on Wednesday. And when he does return, Jeffery will be in a less-familiar role. The wide receiver position has transitioned in 2020 to a young group led now by Travis Fulgham and first-round draft pick Jalen Reagor. Slot receiver Greg Ward is in his second season there. John Hightower is the take-a-shot rookie who is separating down the field and Quez Watkins is another draft pick who can run like the wind and is developing. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is progressing in his second season. Where would Jeffery fit in? How would he fit in? Both answers are unclear. Fulgham isn’t going to lose reps. Reagor is on the upswing now that he’s healthy. Maybe Jeffery works in slowly and the Eagles see how it all develops. Maybe Reagor or Fulgham move into the slot and challenge Ward. The Eagles have options here, and that is the exciting part of things. Jeffery, with his big body and large catch radius, can create favorable matchups, particularly in the red zone.

NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Saints on shortlist of NFC Super Bowl contenders - The Athletic
21. Philadelphia Eagles. They face a wide range of outcomes in the final eight weeks. With Travis Fulgham’s emergence, along with the return of Jalen Reagor, Miles Sanders and Dallas Goedert, Carson Wentz is positioned to rebound from his terrible first half of the season. It’d be no surprise to see Wentz get hot and for the Eagles to get on a bit of a roll. On the other hand, this team has no offensive identity, and Wentz leads the league in turnovers. If he continues to struggle, would Doug Pederson consider giving Jalen Hurts a shot?

Scramble for the Ball: Demanding Expanding - Football Outsiders
Money-Back Guarantee Lock of the Week — I’m taking the Giants (+3.5) at home against the Eagles, even though Philadelphia is coming off of the bye and should, conceivably, be healthier. I suppose the big question here is how much of the Eagles’ struggles came due to their significant injury concerns, and how much because the Eagles are just ... not a very good football team. The Giants kept it close against the Eagles a few weeks ago, losing by one point on the road in a game that required a furious Philadelphia comeback in the final five minutes. I think these teams are closer in talent than generally accepted — and that means I’m taking the home team and the points.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 10 - Fake Teams
5) Miles Sanders - Sanders should be fully recovered from his knee sprain — ready to rock and roll against a lackluster Giants’ front-seven.

Giants-Eagles first look: 4 storylines for Sunday’s game - Big Blue View
Playoffs? Really? It seems utterly silly to even consider the playoffs with the Giants at 2-7. Yet, if the Giants defeat the Eagles on Sunday they will have three victories with six games to play, and no team in the putrid NFC East will have more. So, whether it should be or not, Sunday’s game is one with playoff implications.

Bears sign Rush to the 53, Kush to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron
On Tuesday the Chicago Bears announced that defensive tackle Anthony Rush was signed to the 53-man roster and that offensive lineman Eric Kush was signed to the practice squad. Rush originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason after playing his college ball at UAB, but he was cut in July. He landed on the Raiders practice squad, but was signed back to the Eagles where he appeared in nine 2019 games. He played in four games this year with the Seahawks, but was waived last month.

After further review: Why the Cowboys should give Tony Pollard more of Ezekiel Elliott’s touches - Blogging The Boys
This isn’t a piece to advocate for a new starting running back in Dallas. There is a lot more in depth film analysis that goes into play to make a decision like that. Elliott’s value to this team is often undersold as many are fixated solely on stats and price tags. What he brings to the team in short-yardage situations, pass protection, and wearing down defenses aren’t considered here. But what we can deduce is that from what we saw in the Steelers game, Pollard was easily the more efficient runner, and the Cowboys coaching staff should find more ways to put the ball in his hands. Elliott not being at full health is even more a reason. When you consider that this season offers nothing in the form of a deep playoff run, there is no time like the present to give the young running back more touches and take some of wear off of a running back who already has a lot of mileage.

The Fatal Flaws That Could Sink the NFL’s Top Contenders - The Ringer
No matter how good a football team might be, it’s almost impossible for one to be flawless. And in the parity-loving NFL, the margins between the good and the great teams are usually slim. Entering the 2020 regular season’s halfway point, there is one unbeaten team; one one-loss team; six two-loss teams; and seven three-loss teams. All of them are in the thick of the playoff picture, but one setback, especially with just one bye up for grabs in each conference, could be massive. The three teams tied for the best record in the NFC (Saints, Seahawks and Packers) are only one game in the loss column ahead of the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place teams in the conference (Buccaneers, Cardinals and Rams). Four teams in the AFC are currently 5-3 and battling for the conference’s final two playoff spots, yet are a victory away from jumping to fourth place. All of these teams do many things well—but none are perfect. With the playoff picture taking shape, all it takes is one misstep to doom a team’s postseason chances. With that in mind, here are the biggest issues facing each contender as the season enters its second half.

Joe Biden is Joe Flacco - SB Nation
Joe Biden and Joe Flacco share the same first name. Both come from Delaware, one of the oddest places in America a person can come from. That isn’t a slight to Delaware. It can’t possibly be, because I lack the requisite information to slight Delaware, a place that manages to remain obscure despite sitting a two-hour drive from both New York City and Washington, D.C. If America is your kitchen, Delaware is the weird little cabinet above the fridge. When did you last open it? It’s been years, hasn’t it? It’s not entirely accurate to say Flacco and Biden are from Delaware. Both arrived there by way of Pennsylvania (Flacco played at Pitt and Biden was born in Scranton). At any rate, as notable figures associated with Delaware, they’re in very exclusive company. This list of the most famous Delawareans can’t even get to 14 without invoking Delino DeShields.

How to have a safer — but not safe — pandemic Thanksgiving - Vox
Thanksgiving 2020 couldn’t come at a more dangerous time, or pose more serious risks for coronavirus spread. We know Covid-19 spreads easily in households, among people who know each other. We know Covid-19 circulation increases when people spend a lot of time together indoors, talking, eating, and drinking, like Thanksgiving. We know there’s a risk in bringing together people from different generations, from different regions of the country, with different risk factors, to one location, as often happens at Thanksgiving. We also know the risk of spreading the virus is higher when community transmission of the disease is spiking, as it is in so many places across the United States right now. Plus, come the end of November, it will be cold outside in many parts of the country. Eating outdoors or opening windows to increase ventilation in a home may be tricky. So, the uncomfortable question: Should Thanksgiving be canceled — or postponed? It’s something to think critically on.

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