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The rapid decline of Eagles LT Jason Peters is underway, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
In week 1, Peters struggled with Football Team uber-talented rookie DE Chase Young. In Week 2, the Eagles made it a priority to get the ball out Carson Wentz’s hands quickly. In Week 3 against the Bengals, the wheels fell off for Peters, as he gave up 2 sacks, and was lucky it wasn’t 4 or 5. This has been Peters’ worst start to a season in memory, and the optics of it look worse considering that he refused to move to LT without a bump in pay after Dillard went down for the season with a biceps injury. [BLG Note: Pro Football Focus has Peters ranked 47th out of 73 tackles.]

Bengals game felt like the beginning of the end for Jason Peter - Inquirer
It felt like Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes. Mike Schmidt vs. ground balls. Ric Flair vs. Ric Flair. Peters’ antagonist wasn’t as formidable as those examples, which only emphasized his decline. Cincinnati’s Carl Lawson is a solid edge rusher, but he ran around, inside, and over the left tackle like he was Lawrence Taylor. Peters allowed two sacks, but there could have been three or four more had quarterback Carson Wentz not escaped harm. Most alarming was a left-hand stab power move from the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Lawson that turned the 6-4, 300-and-something-pound Peters 180 degrees around before the defensive end wrapped up Wentz. Peters settled down some in the second half, partly because coach Doug Pederson had schemed him additional help or quicker throws. But when the Eagles needed longer conversions and deeper quarterback drops late, Peters’ problems with Lawson returned.

Eagles vs. Bengals snap counts: Still no production from J.J. Arcega-Whiteside - BGN
John Hightower played 40% of the Eagles’ snaps in Week 1 before dropping down to 10% in Week 2. With DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside all getting hurt, he led all Eagles receivers in playing time in Week 3. Not an ideal scenario to have your 2020 fifth-round pick in that spot. Hightower saw three targets and caught two balls for 19 yards. He also drew two pass interference penalties.

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The New Normal - Iggles Blitz
One big difference here is that Reid had total control. Pederson relies on Roseman to bring in the talent and that’s been an issue the past few years. How many blue chip players have the Eagles acquired since the Super Bowl? One – Darius Slay. And the Eagles got him at age 29. There have been far too many misses in the past few years.

Who gets fired first? Howie Roseman, Carson Wentz or Doug Pederson? - NBCSP
Every time you see D.K. Metcalf and Terry McLaurin making plays while J.J. Arcega-Whiteside rides the bench, you’re reminded of it. Every time you see an Eagles corner struggle while premium draft picks Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas play for other teams, you’re reminded of it. Every time you watch another Eagles linebacker blow a coverage or miss a tackle while L.J. Fort or Kamu Grugier-Hill make plays elsewhere, you’re reminded of it. Every time the Eagles overpay for a free agent to mask their draft misses, you’re reminded of it. Roseman’s work to build that 2017 team was nothing less than magical. Every move was a slam dunk. But his track record is poor since then, and his misses have as much to do with the Eagles’ decline as Pederson’s coaching or Wentz’s playing. Heck, even when the Eagles draft a good player — Jalen Reagor looks like he’s a keeper — a guy they bypassed, in this case Justin Jefferson, goes off for 175 yards in his third career game.

Justin Herbert’s Silver Lining, Why Bears Are Going With Foles, Wentz’s Struggles - MMQB
On the flip side, Carson Wentz is really struggling, and opponents that I’ve talked to see a different player than they did a couple years ago. Some of the issues aren’t his alone—the offensive line in Philly certainly has had its injury woes—but Wentz isn’t helping matters, and defenses are starting to take advantage of a quarterback who appears to be pressing, isn’t trusting what he’s seeing, is trying too hard not to make mistakes and is holding the ball too long as a result. One coach I talked to Monday mentioned the amount of “worm burners” Wentz is throwing now—throws that go into the ground as a result of a quarterback squeezing the ball too hard. In fact, there were cases of those on Sunday on plays when Wentz had guys open. I’m not sure what the fix is for the Eagles here. But I do know that what we’re all seeing isn’t a mirage. There are real problems.

NFL Week 3 Recap: Looking at the biggest storylines from Sunday - Pro Football Network
The 2020 Eagles could still make a playoff run in the weak NFC East, but the current configuration of the team has clearly run its course. That may not mean that the Wentz and/or Pederson era is over, but it’s time for fresh coaching voices and to prepare for a youth movement. It’s hard to imagine the Eagles with a better record than 1-4-1 after their upcoming San Francisco 49ers-Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens slate. At that point, Pederson could lose the confidence of the veterans in the locker room. Assuming, of course, that he has not already lost it.

The Day After: A diary of Carson Wentz’s busy Sunday that ended with a whimper - The Athletic
The hard truth is the longer this goes on, the more urgent the need will be for the Eagles to investigate what they have in Hurts, especially if they look slated to have an early pick in a draft with several early options at quarterback. Again, it’s only Sept. 28! I hesitate to be too subjective here, but the impression I got from watching Wentz’s every move Sunday and overanalyzing his body language and interactions with teammates is that he lacks the joy he brought to the game in years past. I wouldn’t be joyful if I was playing like that either, but this season already has the makings of one that will beat down a lot of previously held good feelings across the organization.

Carson Wentz’s Crucible - Rotoworld
This has to come from within Wentz, who has righted the ship in the past. The storm has never been this severe, but ups and downs have come to define Wentz’s play. The variable this time is an offensive line that has never been this injured before. With no time to throw to a receiver group that might as well not be on the field, what is the path to rejuvenation? It will have to include some of Wentz’s 2019 role player all stars like Greg Ward and Boston Scott. Miles Sanders taking his expected sophomore leap. Ertz once again absorbing 10-12 weekly targets. Alshon Jeffery running a few routes. D-Jax, at some point, actually staying healthy for a game or two. As much as this is a Wentz problem, it’s also an Eagles problem. Pederson and GM Howie Roseman tried to squeeze a little too much juice out of the Eagles’ 2017 championship core.

Week 4 early spread picks for the 2020 NFL season - PFF
The 49ers have suffered worse injury luck than any other team in the NFL by a large margin. The team they trotted out Sunday was without just about all of their star players, save Fred Warner and Ross Dwelley. Despite trotting out Nick Mullens at quarterback, Kyle Shanahan put on an absolute display — the 49ers averaged 8.2 yards per pass play, third-best in Week 3. Through three weeks, the 49ers rank second in expected points added per early-down pass play. Do the Eagles want to win games? This seems like a fair question given that they decided not to try and win the game late in overtime against the Bengals. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in turnover-worthy plays, and the quarterback with the second-most such plays — Dwayne Haskins — has half as many. Let that sink in for a moment. Shanahan will be just fine to put the team on his back once again.

Judging Week 3 NFL overreactions: Is Mitchell Trubisky done in Chicago? How bad is the NFC East? - ESPN
The Cowboys have allowed 78 points over the past two weeks, and their only win was a historic miracle. The Washington Fumble Team came back to beat the Eagles in Week 1 but has turned the ball over seven times in the two games since. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has three touchdown passes and six interceptions and hasn’t hit 50.0 in Total QBR in any of his three games. And the Giants just lost 36-9 to a team composed almost entirely of 49ers backups. Not sure if the math works this way, but it’s possible that if you can’t beat a team’s backups, you can’t be considered one of the top 32 teams in the league. It’s ugly out here in these NFC East streets, and none of these teams has even had to play the Ravens yet. (And they all will.)

NFL insider notes: Texans, Eagles, Vikings among teams exposed for who they really are, plus more from Week 3 - CBS Sports
As for the Eagles, do I really need to go into depth? They are 0-2-1 and got outclassed by rookie Joe Burrow and the winless Bengals and were lucky to get that tie. They are getting worked on both sides of the line of scrimmage and Carson Wentz looks totally lost. The NFC East stinks, but the Eagles are cooked, with the injuries compounding the situation. Looks late early in Philly.

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 3 - The Ringer
Philly now sits at 0-2-1. Just three seasons ago, this team won the Super Bowl thanks to Doug Pederson’s fearlessness; now he’s scared enough that he’ll happily split the result with a team that should finish close to the bottom of the league. He played to tie the game; Herman Edwards would be sick.

My optimistic plan to turn this season around ... now! -
Use the no-huddle offense early and often. Wentz likes it. The offense likes it. Keep using it. I’m not necessarily talking full-on Chip Kelly, because that offense was limited and once teams caught up, Kelly didn’t have a second act up his sleeve. Go “Turbo” and keep it that way. Pick up the pace. Do something to establish an identity with this offense, because through three games it’s hard to tell what the Eagles are all about on offense. They have a lot of ideas and it just seems to come out as a bunch of plays. What are the Eagles trying to establish offensively, other than using a lot of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends) looks? Well, without Goedert it’s tough to have the same style. Richard Rodgers can block, so utilize his skills. Take what every player can do and use those skills to maximum him on the football field.

Injury updates: Jordan Reed has a knee sprain and will go on the short-term IR - Niners Nation
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media to provide a few injury updates on Monday. Shanahan said that tight end Jordan Reed has a knee sprain and would go on the short-term injured reserve. Once Reed returned to the game on Sunday, he sustained an MCL injury. Shanahan said Reed’s timetable to return is between six to eight weeks. Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), George Kittle (knee), and Raheem Mostert (knee) will all be evaluated during Wednesday’s practice. Shanahan also mentioned that K’Waun Williams had hip discomfort, so he’ll be evaluated as well.

Timmy Jernigan to be released by Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
According to a report from our own Demetrius Harvey, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be releasing defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan later today. Jernigan was signed in August to help shore up the interior of the defensive line, but he played just 54 snaps across three games and had one quarterback hurry and one tackle on the season. [BLG Note: Timmy just hasn’t been the same since that mysterious 2018 offseason injury.]

NFL Week 3 recap: It’s time for everyone to stop doubting the Bills - SB Nation
Hell yeah that’s a punt, followed by running out the clock. These are not the actions of teams that want to win football games. The punt happened because the Eagles false started on a 59-yard field goal attempt, then the Bengals looked at the situation and were like “a tie sounds pretty good, actually.” You have to imagine that the logic behind this was that Cincinnati didn’t want Joe Burrow to get another loss and hurt his confidence, while the Eagles just wanted to ensure they didn’t lost to Cincinnati — also destroying their confidence. The reasons are less important that the beauty of this tie. One which will frustrate football writers for years when they’re calculating win/loss records over time and have to account for the ties.

Experts say Covid-19 cases are likely about to surge - Vox
The surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths in America over the summer resulted from a toxic mix of factors: states reopening, lockdown fatigue, and a season typically filled with vacations and holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. People gathered and celebrated indoors — at bars, restaurants, and friends’ and family’s homes. Millions of people got sick, and tens of thousands died. This fall, experts worry it will all happen again: States are rolling back restrictions, people are eager to get back to normal, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up. America may be on the verge of repeating the same mistakes, which would risk yet another surge in the Covid-19 epidemic.


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