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NFL Power Rankings Week 7: 1-32 poll, plus tracking each team’s confidence rating - ESPN
24. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4). A 32-6 thrashing of the Falcons in the opener shot the confidence meter to places unexpected, but the Eagles have since crashed back to reality. Shaky playcalling, injuries along the offensive front and inconsistent play from quarterback Jalen Hurts have limited the offense, while the defense has had wild fluctuations in its performance. The good news for Philadelphia is that it is past the most difficult part of its schedule. There are wins to be had against the likes of the Giants, Jets, Lions and Washington. The confidence meter should tick up, even if it never reaches its Week 1 post again.

NFL Mock Draft 2022: Three top 10 picks for the Eagles - BGN
3) Philadelphia Eagles (From Miami)- Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon: The Eagles have needs at every level of their team, but taking a blue chip defensive talent is a great way to build for the future. The Eagles defensive line is a strength, but continuing to add young talent will keep it strong for the long run.

Eagles-Bucs takeaways and goodbye to Zach Ertz - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss Zach Ertz trade ramifications, problems with the Eagles’ offense, concern levels with Nick Sirianni/Jalen Hurts, some optimism for the future, and read your Apple podcast reviews in this episode. If you’re able and interested in getting BLG a birthday gift, make a donation to Philabundance.

Eagles looking like future ‘sellers,’ but should have incredible draft capital - PhillyVoice
“I don’t view us as being sellers,” Roseman said. “I view us as still having an opportunity in the next 11 games to show what kind of team we are.” Certainly, Roseman wasn’t going to answer that question by saying, “Yep, this season is toast. It’s fire sale time.” That’s a message that would not be received well by the players, especially with 11 games to go, and would do nothing to preserve the illusion of leverage to other teams potentially interested in available players. The Eagles have a very small number of good, older players that don’t have bad or immovable contracts, so the Eagles can’t be heavy sellers, but they should very clearly be willing to explore trading off aging and/or underutilized players to further bolster their draft capital.

What we’ll learn very soon about Sirianni and the Eagles - NBCSP
Now, the schedule does become more manageable here: A Raiders team with an interim coach, a winless Lions team, the Chargers at home, a Broncos team that’s lost three straight, a Saints team that lost at home to the Giants and then five straight against the Jets, Giants and Washington, three teams that are a combined 5-13. The point of all this being that now is when we’ll really start to learn about this coach, this quarterback, this team. Because what they’re going through now is what a lot of teams with new coaches go through. Can they handle adversity? Are they able to fix their glaring issues on both sides of the football? Can they develop some discipline and drastically reduce the stupid penalties? Can Sirianni come to his senses and start running the ball, say, 35 percent of the time? They’re at 22 percent now, including 15 percent over the last four weeks. Can this staff develop some of the young players who haven’t shown improvement yet? Sirianni has had some rough moments here so far, and I’d be lying if I said the thought hasn’t crossed my mind that he may be in over his head, that this was a disastrous hire and that things aren’t going to get any better.

QR Week 6: Gaskin Gags in England - Football Outsiders
Jalen Hurts’ average pass was thrown to receivers 13.9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, deepest of any qualifier this week. Officially he only had three deep completions for 72 yards with one interception, but he added 95 more yards on a pair of DPIs. It’s a good thing he threw deep so often, because he was terrible on short passes, going 8-of-18 for only 27 yards and a touchdown. That’s 1.5 yards per pass, and that’s off-the-charts bad; the average short pass this season has gained 6.4 yards.

6 thoughts from Nick Sirianni about the State of the Eagles - PE.com
1. The day-and-a-half the team spent self-scouting was revealing in that it confirmed some thoughts the team had through six games, allowed them to examine their tendencies and gave Sirianni and his staff a minute to look around the league to see what’s working. In other words, it was a productive period of time for the Eagles. “When you get those extra couple of days, you get that extra time to prepare and to see things a little more clearly about yes, what you want to attack with the team you’ve got coming up, but what are your tendencies, what are the things you are doing well, what are you doing poorly and really just to dive into that,” Sirianni said. “It helps you see things more clearly, like, ‘Yeah, we should be doing this more’ or ‘We should do this less.’”

Don’t Expect to See Odell Beckham Jr. Traded This Season - MAQB
Things could change, but this figures to be a quiet trade deadline in general. Twenty of the league’s 32 teams have less than $5 million in cap space as it stands. Here are the 12 who have more than that … 1) Jaguars (1–5): $28.77 million. 2) Eagles (2–4): $21.03 million. [...] And a few of those teams (Eagles, Browns, Titans) are already heavy on cap commitments for next year, which limits their ability to move money around to fit in a newcomer. Cap space will be a factor, without question, as we creep closer to Nov. 2, and my feeling is those who end up getting moved could be players, like Marlon Mack, for example, who are on the back end of affordable rookie contracts.

Raiders Week 7 opponent: Meet the Eagles - Silver And Black Pride
Alabama receiver showdown:The Raiders’ Henry Ruggs III (a first round pick out of Alabama in 2020) is having a nice second season. The Eagles will counter with rookie DeVonta Smith, their first-round pick this year. Smith has been excellent as a rookie with 27 catches. Both of these players will want to put on a show for each other Sunday.

NFL Week 6’s biggest decisions: Chargers right to go for it on fourth down; Cowboys’ results mixed - NFL.com
Let’s ignore the fact that McCarthy oddly called one of his two remaining timeouts to kick a field goal with 24 seconds left instead of letting the clock wind down to sub-5 seconds first. Given the situation, and the timeout, the optimal call was to go for it by 16 percentage points of win probability value. The NGS Decision Guide estimates the Cowboys had a 74 percent probability of converting the fourth-and-1, compared to a 62 percent probability of making the 49-yard field-goal try. Ultimately, Zuerlein effectively sent the game into overtime, though it was still a risky decision, given that the guide pegged a make as giving the Cowboys — with one timeout left — a 58 percent chance (roughly the chances of winning in overtime) to win. If the Cowboys had converted on the fourth-and-1, however, they would have been able to either take their chances at the end zone or try a closer, more high-percentage field goal.

Cowboys injury updates: Dak Prescott has calf strain, belief is he won’t miss time, other injury notes - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are winners of five games in a row which is cause for a lot of optimism. Unfortunately, the party had a bit of a buzzkill on Sunday night when in the aftermath of the team’s win at New England, quarterback Dak Prescott was seen in a walking boot and was said to have a calf injury. Prescott noted that he felt fine and assured that all would be well, but the Cowboys noted that he was set to have an MRI on Monday which is when the results would give us the full picture.

On Sunday, Washington lost a lot more than just a football game - Hogs Haven
The fan reaction has been interesting to see, and from what I can garner, seems to fall into three really broad categories. The diehard optimists are now looking at the schedule in an effort to map out a path to a wildcard playoff berth, which is not completely improbable in the current 14-team playoff format. A second chunk of fans have written off the current season as lost already, and have now turned their attention fully to the question of which quarterback to target in the 2022 draft. But – and this should be troubling to Jason Wright, Ron Rivera and the Snyders – a significant number of fans (and only true fans are still left after the last 25 years) simply don’t care anymore.

Giants news, 10/19: Joe Judge — things are “definitely going to get better” - Big Blue View
Valentine’s View: Words. Meaningless ones that we have heard before. Too many times. From too many head coaches. I understand the question put Judge in a no-win situation. Still, vague, empty promises are not what is needed. Better football is needed. Victories are needed. Soon, maybe as soon as this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Leonard Williams and his teammates are going to be greeted by something worse than booing. Empty MetLife Stadium seats and silence.

5 winners and 3 losers from Week 6 in the NFL - SB Nation
Winner: The Las Vegas Raiders. It was unfair last week when the Raiders were forced to defend Jon Gruden before and after their flat loss to the Bears, but this week had to have been ludicrously tough. Somehow the players and remaining coaches navigated the choppy waters to beat the Broncos 34-24. This whole Gruden thing is so disgusting, and the unfair byproduct of it all is seeing Las Vegas have to deal with it when the team finally turned the corner and looked solid. I don’t know if this is something the team can truly move past and get back to their form before all this crap began, but I really hope for the players they can. I’m rooting for them.

Monday Football Monday #58: Aaron Rodgers taunts fans, Jaguars secure first victory, Ravens best team in AFC - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney kickoff the week recapping all of the Week 6 action, news and highlights including Aaron Rodgers taunting Bears fans, the Jaguars securing their first victory over the Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens who are looking like the best team in AFC.

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