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Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots

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Week 6: Confident Cowboys, Dangerous Dak And The Top 12 Quarterbacks In The NFL Right Now - FMIA
I think I don’t want to let this week go by without a tribute to Zach Ertz, traded to Arizona on Friday. Zach Ertz scored the most important touchdown in the 88-year history of the Eagles. Let’s go back to February 2018, to Super Bowl 52, and let me tell you the story. If you love the Eagles, you may not need to be reminded—it may be seared on your brain. With 2:25 left in the fourth quarter, Philadelphia trailed New England 33-32. Eagles ball, third-and-seven, at the New England 11. Coach Doug Pederson said into quarterback Nick Foles’ helmet, “Wristband 145. Wristband 145!” For this Super Bowl, Foles had 194 plays in tiny agate type on the wristband. Pederson scanned all his third-down calls and found number 145, a triple-bunch formation clustered to the right, a speedy back in Star motion (sprintout motion), and Ertz alone at the left of the formation. In the huddle, Foles found 145 on his wrist and said, “Gun trey left, open buster star motion, 383 X follow Y slant.” From the NFL Films wiring of the game, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said on the sidelines: “Third-down here. We’re gonna have to double 86.” On the biggest play of the game, the Patriots planned to double Ertz. And the Patriots messed up, big-time. The Eagles thought if they put running back Corey Clement in motion to the right as the fourth option on the right, safety Duron Harmon would leave the double-team on Ertz to follow the speedy Clement. As I wrote a week later: “So the Patriots did not double 86. How does Patricia’s communication not get to the field on the biggest play of the season—or how do the Patriots not account for the real possibility of the safety vacating his space to follow a motion man? That’s something that will haunt the Patriots, the way they’ve haunted so many teams since the turn of the century.”

Odds and End Zones #5 - The Eagles’ Offense Stalls - BGN Radio
Shamus and Zo discuss Thursday night’s Eagles game, try to find the team’s defensive identity and talk shop about college football.

Cardinals Secure 6–0 Status Despite Unusual 48 Hours - MMQB
The Panthers, Eagles, Dolphins and Broncos all, you’d think, will continue to monitor the Deshaun Watson situation, based on where their QB situations sit right now. Their starters haven’t done nearly enough, yet anyway, for those teams to not consider an eventual upgrade.

So Long, Zach - Iggles Blitz
Are the Eagles a better team? No, of course not. Ertz is a proven player. The draft pick and Gowan are unknown commodities. But Ertz was going to move on at some point so the goal was to get what you could and focus on the future. The X-factor in all of this is Tyree Jackson. He’s big and athletic and looked like a good pass-catcher this summer. If he could develop into a good role player, that would give the offense a boost.

Offense strives for consistency, continued growth following mini-bye weekend -
Given the opportunity to examine the internal workings of the coaching staff, Head Coach Nick Sirianni has clear goals for his 2-4 Eagles looking forward, one of which includes continued growth for an offense that has shown anticipated fits and starts with a quarterback who has made 10 career starts, an offensive line that has had four different starting combinations, and skill-position players still learning their way around the NFL. Within that, the intention is to find out what is the staple of the offense, the bread and butter for an explosive group of players that has been just that at times through six games, along with moments where penalties and missed chances set the team back. Who are the Eagles on offense? Who are they going to be as the year progresses? It’s something Sirianni spent some time over the weekend examining.

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles Week 7 odds, opening betting lines, point spreads - Silver And Black Pride
Las Vegas Raiders fans are in a good mood after a dominant victory over the Denver Broncos on the road. The Raiders overcame all the noise and distractions of the past week to put on one of their best performance of the season. DraftKings posted odds for all the Week 7 games. The Raiders are a three-point favorite over the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at DraftKings Sportsbook. The over/under is 48 points. Jalen Hurts will lead the Eagles into Allegiant with the hopes of a bounce-back win after a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Thursday night.

Dak Prescott hurt his calf on the final play of the 35-29 win over the Patriots - Blogging The Boys
Prescott went on to say that he could have kept playing in the game if had to and that it won’t keep him out. Of course, we’ll have to wait for further confirmation on that, but it’s good there is a bye week just in case it is something that lingers a bit.

Giants-Rams ‘things I think’: Somehow, the Giants just keep digging the hole deeper - Big Blue View
I think the New York Giants are challenging my creativity. I keep thinking they can’t look worse. That the games can’t look uglier. That there has to be a bottom to this pit of miserable football they have fallen into. I keep looking for new ways to explain it when it does continue to get worse. I am running out of ideas. Game after game and season after season the Giants’ woes seem to reach new levels of absurdity. Sunday’s 38-11 loss was yet another step down, another week in which they dug the hole a bit deeper, another week in which watching the Giants was sort of like getting a root canal without Novacaine. MetLife Stadium was probably half-full when the game started. By game’s end there were only a few thousand fans left. Why the ones remaining were toTrturing themselves, I have no idea. This one was so bad, the Giants made such a pitiful showing in a non-competitive 27-point loss, that Rams coach Sean McVay was ticked off. At his own team. For not embarrassing the home-standing Giants by even more.

Knee-jerk reactions: Colts defeat Texans at home 31-3 - Stampede Blue
There are a variety of reasons for third-down inefficiency but this weakness kills a lot of offensive possessions. At times, Wentz holds onto the ball too long. Wentz still has a habit to miss high with a lot of his passes too, in part due to some mechanical issues he’s had since college. Also, offensive play-calling on third down isn’t particularly exciting either. A lot of long-developing route concepts have made it even more difficult on a banged-up offensive line. Also, while the Colts’ running game is definitely a strength, even with the injuries on the offensive line, it is oddly ignored at times. The Colts have attempted to run the ball on third down with one to five yards to go and converted seven of nine times for a 78 percent success rate versus a passing success rate of 47 percent. Finally, it’s fair to say that without some pretty big runs by Jonathan Taylor today, the offensive performance wouldn’t have been nearly as exciting. It all counts, but it’s worth noting.

Dolphins vs. Jaguars 2021 final score, immediate reactions in Week 6 - The Phinsider
This was Miami’s game early, and they did not put away the Jaguars. Two redzone drives ending in field goals was the difference here. They needed to keep the pressure on the Jaguars, and they let them escape. This did not feel as bad as some of the recent games, but the result is just as bad. The Jaguars had not won since Week 1 - of 2020. The Dolphins now fall to 1-5 and still have way more questions than answers.

Sunday Late Night Wrap Up #6: TJ Watt gives Steelers the 23-20 win in OT + Dak balls out - The SB Nation NFL Show
Find out the top storylines, biggest injuries, and everything else you need to know from Week 6 in about 15 minutes! Rob “Stats” Guerrera recaps every game that was played on Sunday as only we can here at SB Nation.


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