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Eagles News: DeVonta Smith has one of the best Week 4 matchups

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Fantasy football: Best and worst matchups at each position for NFL Week 4 - ESPN+
Favorable matchup: DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (versus Kansas City Chiefs). He’ll probably be characterized a disappointment thus far, checking in as WR55 with his 28.50 PPR fantasy points and having been quiet in what should’ve been a big Week 3 considering game flow, but Smith’s usage offers much room for optimism. Through three games, he’s the Eagles’ leader among flex-eligible players, with 96 routes run, a 22.6% target share and 89.1% of the team’s snaps played on offense. Hot-starting sophomore Trevon Diggs is a large reason why Smith was held quiet last week — Diggs had an interception and two passes defensed on six coverage snaps when aligned with Smith — but the Chiefs, with slow-starting cornerbacks Mike Hughes and Daniel Sorensen covering the perimeter, present Smith with a far cozier matchup in Week 4. To that point, these Chiefs have the sixth-most Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed to wide receivers (5.16), and have allowed the third-most PPR fantasy points per target to the position (2.19) and the third-most points to opposing WR1s (61.7).

Eagles vs. Cowboys: 9 winners, 12 losers, and 4 IDKs - BGN
Running the ball is too often viewed as this magical panacea. In this specific instance, though, everyone can admit the Eagles needed to run more than they did. It’s crazy how they didn’t try to take advantage of a lighter Cowboys defensive front that was really banged up. The issues with Sirianni went beyond a non-existent run game. There’s evidence to suggest he didn’t put Jalen Hurts in the best position to succeed.

Odds and End Zones #3: Big Red Returns to Philly - BGN Radio
On the latest episode of Odds and End Zones, Shamus Clancy and Zo discuss the Eagles’ Monday night loss to Dallas and preview the upcoming matchup against the Chiefs.

Eagles vs. Chiefs: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Fletcher Cox has seen some double teams, but he has not yet had any tangible impact, especially in the stat sheet, as he 4 tackles (none for loss), and no sacks. He did have a fumble that was forced by Hargrave pop into the air and into his arms against the Cowboys for TD last Monday night. If the Eagles are going to have a chance of slowing this Chiefs offense down, they are going to need someone other than just Hargrave to make plays. This would be an opportune time for Cox to step up.

Digging into what makes the Chiefs so tough to defend - PE.com
6. Nickel cornerback Avonte Maddox knows the Chiefs are going to present a lot of different looks for him, including Kelce and speedster Tyreek Hill. Maddox says the goal is to “plaster in coverage” and limit the big plays as much as possible. “You’ve got guys who can move around in various spots. They have a lot of guys who can rotate and they have great speed. They try to create mismatches,” he said. “We have to pay attention to that and make sure we adjust.” The key to slowing Hill? “Don’t let him run deep,” Maddox said, chuckling. “Don’t let him beat you deep. You watch him on film and he looks like he’s playing at a different speed.”

Fantasy Football Volatility Index: The riskiest and safest plays for Week 4 - Fake Teams
Week 4 ultra risk-averse plays. QB Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles). Speaking of haters hating hated players... what about “running back” Jalen Hurts? Oh, boy. Do you know how many quarterbacks have been better than Hurts three games into the season? Four. That’s it. Kyler, Tommy, Pat, and Staff—Hurts and Josh Allen are tied in total FP after three games. Not bad for a running back, is it? The truth is, Hurts has had no competition when it comes to rushing stats at the QB position: he’s already racked up 179 yards on 26 carries while scoring a touchdown, and only Lamar Jackson has put up more yards and TDs although on nine more rushing attempts. Hurts has yet to reach 100 passing attempts on the year (he’s at 97) and he “only” has passed for 780 yards through W3 (16th-most) but he’s completing passes at a 64%-clip while boasting a 5:2 TD:INT ratio. Again, not bad for a rusher masquerading as a quarterback, as fools would label him. Three weeks in a row finishing as a QB1 isn’t a joke, and Hurts has yet to drop below the 20-FP mark in any game this season.

Week 4 NFL game picks: Rams top Cardinals in battle of unbeatens; Tom Brady bests Bill Belichick - NFL.com
This isn’t about catching the Chiefs at the wrong time. The two-time defending AFC champions don’t need more motivation; they need to clean up their turnovers and provide some defensive resistance in the red zone, where they have given up 12 touchdowns in 13 opponent trips. The Eagles were overwhelmed in Dallas, picked apart by a quarterback who didn’t need a bunch of big plays to walk them up and down the field. Here comes another!

State of the NFC East: It is easy to believe that the Dallas Cowboys are division favorites - Blogging The Boys
We have reached Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season and for the first time the Dallas Cowboys sit atop the NFC East. All feels right in the world. Dallas has a perfect record within the division (they are only 1-0 so no need to freak out) and has made it through their toughest two-game stretch of the season with a .500 record. The fact that the tough stretch was literally their first two games has led to a point where the schedule is starting to soften up for them. It is especially hard not to draw this conclusion after the Cowboys’ drubbing of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. This has been a really fun game to talk about and it was particularly fun to discuss with Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation. Every week he and I talk about the state of the division on the NFC East Mixtape, a podcast that can be heard on both the Blogging The Boys and Bleeding Green Nation airwaves.

Just How Awful is Seattle’s Defense? - Football Outsiders
The Cowboys have now outscored opponents 35-17 in the first quarter. Their early-game scripts are delightful, mixing creativity with well-timed shots at explosive plays. Early leads will help their shaky defense as the season wears on by pushing opponents to abandon the run. (Or, in the Eagles’ case, leave the run on a mountaintop for the vultures to pick clean and the icy winds to blanch).

Giants’ roster moves: Giants sign OT Isaiah Wilson to practice squad - Big Blue View
We shouldn’t be looking at Wilson as a potential savior for the Giants’ offensive line given his history. However, considering the time of year and the state of the Giants’ offensive line, beggars can’t be choosers. Wilson has attractive tools in his play strength and length, but his poor leverage and footwork were notable even on his college tape. It’s possible that he could eventually provide depth for the right tackle position or perhaps even transition inside to guard.

Is It Unfair For Me To Want Our Own Josh Allen? - Hogs Haven
Finding a fixture at the most important position on a football team in today’s NFL is absolutely critical for long-term success in this league. Seven of the last eight Super Bowls have been won by elite quarterbacks (and the one of eight that wasn’t won by an elite passer, happened to have an elite passer on the losing end) - now granted, four of them were won by the same man (on two different teams, mind you), but that even further illustrates my point. In today’s NFL, passing is key! Being able to move the football, sustain drives to help keep your defense fresh, and put points on the board is the not-so-secret secret to success. Josh Allen may be the name I chose to insert into the title of this article, but you could take MANY current NFL quarterback’s names and insert them as a placeholder (it just so happens that the memory of Josh Allen was the one most recently burned in my mind).

Josh Gordon reminds Tyrann Mathieu of Calvin Johnson - Arrowhead Pride
Then on Thursday, Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu did his best to stoke the boiler of the Gordon hype train. “He kind of reminds me of Calvin Johnson,” Mathieu told reporters about his reaction to seeing him in practice. “Just the way he’s built.” When that name is being thrown out there, how is anyone supposed to temper their expectations for the newest Chiefs receiver? And Mathieu continued to shovel coal into the fire pit. “[He] looks like one of those kinds of guys where you see two people on him, you still throw the ball to him,” he said. “We really just look forward to seeing what he can come in and bring to the team. Obviously, everybody in the locker room has a great responsibility to continue to encourage him, push him in the right direction — but from what I’ve seen, he’s a hell of a football player.” When he talked about Gordon on Thursday, tight end Travis Kelce lit up.

4 burning questions for Week 4 in the NFL - SB Nation
No. 4: Can the Chiefs stop the bleeding? Dropping back-to-back games, Kansas City now finds itself in last place in AFC West and in need of a spark to get back on track. That should be relatively easy Week 4 against the Eagles, but if the drop this game there are major issues. The odds-on favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs are struggling so tremendously on defense that not even Patrick Mahomes’ greatness can dig them out — and he has been far from perfect in 2021. Kansas City is tied for last in the NFL in points allowed, giving up 95 over the last three games. They’re on par with the Lions, worse than the Jaguars, Jets and Falcons in this area. That is really, really bad. If the Chiefs want to have any hopes of getting this back on track they have to win against Philadelphia, and if that doesn’t happen and they fall to 1-3, well, it’s going to be approaching the time where we can write them off. I’m dying to know what happens.

Colts Injury Report: Seven Colts Miss Practice While a Further Four Are Limited - Stampede Blue
Both Quarterback Carson Wentz (ankles) and running back Jonathan Taylor (knee) were limited again today. Both should be healthy enough to feature Sunday against the Dolphins. Left guard Quenton Nelson continues to miss practice with ankle and knee injuries. Nelson is almost certainly going to miss the game on Sunday. Chris Reed will fill in for Nelson at left guard.

Kayvon Thibodeaux Is More Than Just the NFL’s Next Superstar Pass Rusher - The Ringer
The elite defensive lineman spurned SEC schools to join Oregon; is one of the first players to profit off his name, image, and likeness; and could be the no. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Now, he could even lead the no. 3 Ducks back to the College Football Playoff.

The Look Ahead #56: NFC West Battles + Low-hanging Brady fruit, and more! - The SB Nation NFL Show
Each week, Rob “Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa take a deep dive into the four biggest games of the week and preview every other game of the weekend in the Lightning Round. Cardinals can finally prove they belong in the NFC West discussion. The last chance for Jimmy Garoppolo to prove he deserves to stay the starter. The Broncos inevitable fall begins this week against Baltimore. What people are missing about Tom Brady’s big return to New England. Week 4 Lightning Round.

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