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5 NFL teams with the most to gain or lose in Week 3 - PFF
There is no quarterback in the NFL right now with a lower passing grade than Carson Wentz (42.7), and he’s one of just two quarterbacks who has seen over 30% of his targeted passes get charted as uncatchable through two weeks. It would be one thing if it were just inaccuracy, but Wentz is also giving defenses ample opportunity to get the ball back for their offense. His eight turnover-worthy plays are the most in the NFL. PFF’s Mike Renner looked a little bit deeper into what was wrong with Wentz and the Eagles’ offense this past week, and there’s a lot to unpack. Even in a weak NFC East, they need to figure things out quickly to realize their hopes of getting back to the postseason. Luckily for them, a banged-up Cincinnati Bengals’ defense that just got rolled by the Cleveland Browns is a good opportunity to do so. Cleveland was in a similar spot after a disappointing 2019 season and opening performance against the Baltimore Ravens. Philadelphia has a lot riding on being able to follow suit and get their rhythm back offensively.

11 things to watch when the Eagles play the Bengals in Week 3 - BGN
The Bengals’ run defense isn’t good. Cincy’s allowed the fifth most yards per rush attempt and they rank 25th against the run in DVOA. Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt logged 63 combined rushing attempts for 354 yards (5.6 average) and four touchdowns against this team. [...] Sanders should be able to have success against this group. Aside from his costly fumble, the second-year running back looked good in Week 2 with 20 carries for 95 yards (4.8 average) and one touchdown. And that was in his first game back after missing nearly all of training camp with a hamstring injury. One would think Sanders’ conditioning should be better for this game.

Eye On the Enemy #32: Eagles-Bengals Preview w/Cincy Jungle - BGN Radio
John Stolnis is joined by Matt Minich of Cincy Jungle to get a Bengals perspective of the upcoming Eagles-Bengals Week 3 tilt!

Behind Enemy Lines: Closer look at Carson Wentz’s struggles - Cincy Jungle
My confidence level isn’t very high. I do think he’ll rebound to some extent at some point because it’s just so hard to imagine he’ll continue to be THIS bad. We’ve obviously seen him play much better than this in the past so we know he’s capable of improving. But it’s also hard to envision a major rebound how he’s stubborn and doesn’t seem to be taking well to coaching. Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor — Bengals head coach Zac Taylor’s little brother — is known for being more of a buddy than a disciplinarian when it comes to his relationship with Wentz. I just don’t know that anyone really has the power to get on Wentz’s case and properly hold him accountable for struggling.

Nate Herbig is now the Eagles’ No. 1 OG, so let’s get to know him, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
Herbig’s game against the Rams showed some nice promise, especially in the run game, but it also provided a little bit of a peek at his deficient areas.

Game Preview – CIN at PHI - Iggles Blitz
One player who has been terrible this year is Nickell Robey-Coleman. We heard how good he looked in camp, but he has struggled in coverage and as a tackler this year. I would love to see Cre’Von LeBlanc get more snaps over NRC.

Eagles-Bengals cheat sheet: Matchups to watch, injury news, predictions and more - The Athletic
If the Eagles don’t win Sunday, it will get uglier than it’s been in years in Philadelphia. The schedule becomes more challenging. If the Eagles can’t beat an 0-2 team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2015 and has eight combined wins the past two seasons, then they will be in the conversation for one of the worst teams in the league. The Bengals should be able to move the ball on them, and Burrow can be dangerous with his skill players.

Time to panic? A closer look at what’s ailing Eagles’ Carson Wentz - ESPN
Has the presence of Jalen Hurts and threat of losing his job gotten into Wentz’s head? “It certainly could. I lived that situation,” former quarterback Ron Jaworski told 97.5 The Fanatic. Jaworski was entrenched as the Eagles’ starter before Randall Cunningham was drafted in the second round in 1985. He lasted one more season as the starter in Philadelphia. “I still remember draft day: Oh, the Eagles drafted Randall Cunningham in the second round. OK, the clock is ticking! You know that, so you know that you have to raise your level of [play], and there’s an added amount of pressure. This is four years after I’m the league MVP, the highest-paid player in the NFL, all of a sudden they draft a quarterback. Everyone has a shelf life, and you begin to feel that pressure.

Andy Reid’s midnight drive to Baltimore in Roob’s 10 observations - NBCSP
1. Much was made over the summer about how Carson Wentz had bulked up. With a healthy offseason for the first time in three years, he reported to camp noticeably bigger and stronger: “This offseason, I was really able to get after it and work out a little harder in my gym. I haven’t gained anything insane weight-wise, but I have definitely gained some weight.” Watching Carson these first two games, I can’t help wonder if he put on a little too much weight, too much muscle. He looks a bit slower afoot than he has in the past, a little lumbering, and I wonder if it’s affecting his movement in the pocket. Wentz has never been a huge running QB, but he’s always made plays on the move and used his legs to buy time and escape trouble. I haven’t seen that this year. And maybe it has nothing to do with the added weight, but something is very different about the way he’s playing, and the sooner he and the Eagles figure it out the better chance they have of salvaging the season. [BLG Note: I had also theorized about this back in training camp.]

10 things to know as Eagles enter a ‘must-win’ moment -
7. Intangibles for Sunday? The turnover ratio is the statistic to watch as the Eagles enter the game at minus-5 after two weeks. Jim Schwartz’s defense has not yet produced a takeaway. It’s time against an offensive line that is taxed with all of the empty sets. Burrow takes a lot of hits. The Eagles are going to win on the back end by dominating on the front end at the line of scrimmage.

Fantasy Football Rundown: Week 3 - Fake Teams
Joe Burrow looks like the real damn deal through two games and fantasy managers would be wise to add him if he’s available. Burrow’s shown smart decision making, an accurate arm, and an outstanding rushing floor, totalling 65 rushing yards and a touchdown thus far. With his loaded pass catching corps in tow, Joe Burrow has solidified his position at the back-end of the QB1 fantasy ranks. Start him accordingly.

Week 3 NFL Survivor pool strategy and picks - DraftKings Nation
Trap pick — I think the Eagles will beat the Bengals, but there are two reasons to avoid this game. The first is Philly just might be a bad football team, and a loss any given week is a real possibility. The second is the Eagles play the Giants at home in Week 7 and that offers some down the road value you might not get by using the Browns or one of the safe picks.

Cowboys have some decisions to tackle - Blogging The Boys
The injury news about the Dallas Cowboys has included some unwelcome developments. The concern is that left tackle Tyron Smith may need a bit longer to recover sufficiently from his neck injury, making him unavailable for the trip to play the Seattle Seahawks. It’s also looking like his counterpart at right tackle, La’el Collins, may not be ready to return from IR in Week 4 as was hoped. Meanwhile, their planned backup as swing tackle, Cameron Erving, is also on IR, and there has been no reports about how he is progressing. It is an absolutely disastrous situation.

Giants roster move: WR Johnny Holton promoted for 49ers game - Big Blue View
[BLG Note: Former Eagles wide receiver.]

NFL expert picks, Week 3: Who wins the Injury Bowl? - SB Nation
The best games this week could really preview where the end of the season will be. The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys face off, both of whom figure to at least be a part of the NFC playoff picture, and potentially even the championship itself. Seattle gave us one of the best Sunday Night Football games in a long time, with an absolute barn burner against the New England Patriots that saw Russell Wilson go off with five touchdowns.


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