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The Steelers Have Reloaded Their Defense and Now Stand Atop the NFL - MMQB
The NFC East is what we thought it was. And what a mess it is! In Philly’s 23–9 win over Dallas on Sunday night, Carson Wentz threw two picks, one of which looked like a punt, to bring his league-leading total to 12. He continues to look like he’s regressed badly (his lack of awareness on strip-sacks by Donovan Wilson in the first quarter and Leighton Vander Esch in the second quarter was glaring). Dallas rookie Ben DiNucci was worse, because, well, he probably didn’t belong in an NFL game in the first place—the seventh-round pick was pressed into action because of Andy Dalton’s concussion last week. The weird thing is that Philly’s already been acting like a seller on the trade market, and now they’re in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. So their approach over the next couple days will be interesting, with my sense being that GM Howie Roseman knows there are parts of the roster that need to be reworked, particularly with next year’s cap crunch looming. As for the Cowboys, they’re in the awkward spot of being in a playoff race with a new coach and a team that has seemed listless at some points, and lifeless at others. They were the former on Sunday, which is actually better than the latter.
Eagles vs. Cowboys snap counts: T.J. Edwards and Alex Singleton produce with more playing time - BGN
Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards evenly split playing time as the top two linebackers with Nathan Gerry landing on injured reserve. Both players really filled the stat sheet. Singleton had eight total tackles and one quarterback hit. T.J. Edwards had 13 (!) total tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, and one sack where he forced the fumble that led to McLeod’s touchdown. No one will mistake them for the most adept guys in coverage but they can do some things well, which is better than nothing! It sure wasn’t like the Eagles missed Gerry out there. Also gotta credit Singleton and Edwards for playing a ton on special teams.
FROM THE SB NATION NFL SHOW: BLG invades Monday Football Monday - BGN Radio
The SB Nation NFL Show brings together the greatest fan-alysts from across SB Nation’s NFL team communities in one place for the first time ever. Expect deep analysis, irreverent jokes, and plenty of bickering between rivals. It’s a show for NFL fans, by NFL fans.
Sure, the Eagles aren’t good, but I invaded the Monday Football Monday podcast to the tune of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s broken glass intro to read receipts of Cowboys fans being super delusional heading into the 2020 season.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 2, 2020
Maybe it’ll cheer you up: https://t.co/Cy72bKwbJN
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles have ‘trust and faith’ in Carson Wentz amid struggles - ESPN
Carson Wentz is on pace for the worst statistical season of his career. He leads the league in turnovers (16), interceptions (12) and sacks (32), is 31st in completion percentage (58.4) and 29th in yards per attempt (6.1). His play had picked up over the past few games as he led multiple comeback efforts before tailing off against Dallas, which entered the game as the most giving defense in the NFL. Jalen Hurts, the team’s second-round pick this past April, has been sprinkled into the offense over the first half of the season, lining up all over the formation including at quarterback, where he’s completed two passes on as many attempts for 27 yards. Hurts has played 23 snaps total. The offense has generated 215 yards (9.3 average) and two touchdowns on those plays.
NFL Week 8 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 23, Dallas Cowboys 9 - PFF
The Cowboys averaged 7.7 yards per pass play with Dak Prescott at QB, tied for the third-best in the NFL. Since his injury in Week 5, they have averaged just 3.4 yards per pass play, the lowest in the league. The offensive line was not giving him any favors, as they allowed pressure on over 30% of his dropbacks, compared to Carson Wentz’s 11%. The running game did not fare much better, as the Cowboys gained 133 yards at a paltry 3.8 yards per carry. [...] Like in weeks before, the saving grace of the offense was receiver Travis Fulgham. He caught six of his seven targets for 78 yards and a score. He has e2arned Wentz’s trust, and they have created one of the strongest offensive duos this season. On the ground, Boston Scott flashed some wiggle and juice, running for 70 yards on 15 carries, forcing missed tackles all over the field.
Fantasy football target share for NFL Week 8 - Fake Teams
The Eagles were clearly trying to get the ball into Jalen Reagor’s hands in his first game back from injury and that is very encouraging to see. Dallas Goedert only getting one target is not encouraging to see.
The Questions That Will Define Each NFL Division Race - The Ringer
In the fourth season of The Wire, there’s a scene in which Prez is asked who is winning a football game. “No one wins,” he says. “One side just loses more slowly.” He must have been watching Dallas play Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football. NFC East teams are 1-15 against opponents with winning records this season, a record that will drop to 1-16 when the Giants inevitably lose to the Bucs on Monday. The Eagles, who at one point were down nine of their 11 projected offensive starters, are in first place. The Cowboys, who allowed the second-most points through seven games in NFL history and are starting Ben DiNucci at quarterback, are just 1.5 games back. The New York Giants or Washington Football Team could plausibly win this division. No matter which wretched team emerges with the East title, though, it’s clear that they are all slowly losing.
The one play that changed everything in the Cowboys loss to the Eagles - Blogging The Boys
Before going any further here, let’s get one thing out of the way - the Dallas Cowboys are a bad football team. They really had no business being in a competitive game with the Philadelphia Eagles, other than the fact that the Eagles are a bad football team. The Cowboys had plenty of opportunities to win this game but they kept settling for three instead of getting seven after turnovers, and they called one extra trick play than they needed to. So, in reality, you can’t blame the referees for their loss. Still, one play really sticks out in this game where the Cowboys got robbed twice on the same play, and it directly changed everything that was happening in that moment. Let’s set the stage. With 5:36 left in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys only trailed by six points, 15-9. This game was very much still winnable for the Cowboys. In fact, Dallas was driving the field, starting from their own 25-yard line to reach the Eagles 21-yard line. They were facing a 3rd-and-6 when the play in question occurred.
Four things we learned from the Giants’ 25-23 loss to Tampa Bay - Big Blue View
Jones made some nice throws against a good Buccaneers’ secondary. But he makes some nice throws every game — and still more throws that look nice, even if they aren’t strictly on target. But he still hasn’t learned when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Jones had a pair of interceptions on passes he had absolutely no business throwing, and those passes could well have been the difference in the game. It seems like one of us is writing that sentence (or one like it) almost every game, and the Giants just can’t keep giving free possessions away to opposing offenses. It’s less than ideal when the announce team is gets excited that he threw the ball away rather than forcing it into coverage. And, frankly, Jones was lucky he only threw a pair of interceptions. He had three more which were in the hands of opposing defenders and dropped; one by Shaq Barrett, and another two on the final drive, either of which would have ended the game. The Buccaneers’ defense had another two opportunities to get their hands on the ball in the first half, but those weren’t as close. The Giants are 1-7, and Jones throwing to guys in the wrong uniform is part of the reason why.
To Buy or Sell - That is the Question - Hogs Haven
Ryan Kerrigan - For Washington, moving the all-time sack leader makes the most sense. On one hand, Coach Ron Rivera has to really love the depth he currently has at EDGE, with both Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson backing up youngsters Montez Sweat and Chase Young. On the other, Kerrigan, who has been the consummate professional throughout his entire career here, DESERVES the opportunity to play for a team who will utilize his talents as he enters the twilight of an outstanding career. Despite being 32 years old, Kerrigan still has plenty of gas left in the tank. They key here though, is does Washington feel they can get more in return in the form of a compensation pick if he leaves via free agency.
10 takes on the Bears’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints at home - Windy City Gridiron
3. We were sold a bad bill of goods on Nick Foles and over the past two weeks, that has become all too apparent. I’m not sure there was one objective Bears fan who looked at the Foles acquisition and thought he was the long-term answer. I also don’t think there were many fans who believed he was actually a legitimately good NFL quarterback. Even so, we were told that he knew that offense and that his familiarity within it and the coaches was why they chose to give up a fourth round pick and guarantee him over $20 million over signing another cheaper free agent option. So far, I’ve seen a veteran quarterback’s confidence within the offense and his personnel shrinking by the snap. Over the past two games Foles is getting hit more behind a makeshift offensive line. In turn, he’s not setting his feet and panicking more in the pocket, leading to more sacks. Because of this, his accuracy is becoming an issue, as is his decision making. Heading into 2020, I was very adamant that Mitchell Trubisky was not the answer and shouldn’t be starting. While I still feel this way, it’s becoming harder for the team to justify playing a veteran that is quickly looking more and more like Trubisky on a weekly basis without the athleticism.
Patriots defensive tackle Beau Allen out for the season, Bill Belichick confirms - Pats Pulpit
The New England Patriots’ defense had some major issues against the run recently, with Sunday’s loss against the Buffalo Bills seeing the unit give up 193 yards and a touchdown on just 34 carries. Needless to say that the team needs to find a way to shore up its run defense, but we now know that help won’t come in the form of interior lineman Beau Allen: as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed on Monday, he will not return this season. “No, Beau won’t play this year,” said Belichick during a media conference call. “He just won’t be ready.” Allen originally arrived in New England in March, when he signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the club. Originally expected to help replace free agency departee Danny Shelton, the big-bodied defender missed the entire full-team portion of training camp for undisclosed reasons. He still made the team’s initial 53-man roster before being moved to injured reserve, though, which was an indication that the team thought he could return.
2020 is the year for Russell Wilson to claim his long-overdue MVP award - SB Nation
Russell Wilson is the NFL’s king of consistency. For the past nine seasons, he’s posted a quarterback rating of 92 or higher on the year, with six seasons of a quarterback rating over 100. Wilson has basically done it all since he’s entered the NFL: he won Rookie of the Year, he’s become a perennial Pro Bowler, and he’s won a Super Bowl ring. There’s only one honor that has alluded him: Most Valuable Player. In that sense, Wilson’s tremendous consistency maybe be his enemy. Always brilliant, constantly reliable, Wilson has too often been overshadowed by players who put up ludicrous single-season statistics that are far outside their norms. That’s helped make Wilson an MVP bridesmaid. This year is the time to change that.
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