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Ready Or Not - Iggles Blitz
A lot of people ripped Sirianni for that analogy. It is cheesey to be sure, but I’m fine with it. I’m just not sure it is accurate right now. What foundation is being laid? I don’t see anything that looks foundational. When Andy Reid took over in 1999 he wanted to install his version of the West Coast offense. He had Jim Johnson install an attacking 4-3 scheme that used zone blitzes. The results were ugly at times that first year, but you could see the schemes. And Reid created the right culture. When OL George Hegamin got on Reid’s bad side in Training Camp, he was punished in a public way and then cut the next day. That sent a message to the team. DT Bill Johnson was joking around in the locker room after a 33-7 loss to the Panthers and Reid didn’t like that. He cut Johnson the next day. Message sent. Reid was very protective of his players, but they had to do things the right way. Chip Kelly took over in 2013. He talked about tempo and wanting a strong run game. Kelly introduced us all to Sports Science and looked for every advantage possible. You could see his ideas in action right away. He wasn’t able to build on them, but there is no question that you knew his vision. With Sirianni, I’m not sure what we know. The run game comes and goes. The over-reliance on RPOs seems to be an issue. Defenses have figure them out more than any time in the past. The passing game is a mixture of screens and deep balls. Jonathan Gannon’s defense is extremely conservative. Scheme aside, the team is sloppy. We see dropped passes and missed tackles. We see dumb penalties and mental mistakes. What’s the foundation Sirianni is laying?
Eagles-Lions Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles are visiting the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon. In order to preview this Week 8 matchup, I reached out to our enemies over at Pride Of Detroit. The magnificent Mike Payton kindly took the time to answer my questions about this upcoming tilt. Let’s take a look at the answers.
A rant about the Eagles, a Lions preview, and more - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski get together to talk about your favorite frustrating football team. The guys discuss the Joe Flacco trade, if/when Jalen Hurts could be benched for Gardner Minshew, whether offense or defense is the bigger problem, the Fletcher Cox mistake, NFL picks against the spread, and more.
5 Qs with Bleeding Green Nation: Why the Detroit Lions will beat the Eagles - Pride Of Detroit
It seems like for a month now, Detroit Lions fans have been pointing at Halloween as the game where the Lions could get their first win of the Dan Campbell era. The Eagles are in pretty rough shape this season. They’re 2-5 and have lost their last two games. But much like the Lions, they appear to have been in just about every game they’ve lost. With that in mind, I did pick the Lions to win this week, but I can’t help but feel like this is a trap game for a team that hasn’t won a game. Don’t ask me how that works. It works. How do Eagles people feel about this game, though? To answer that question we reached out to our friend Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation for answers. Here’s what he had to say about the Eagles.
GamePlan: NFL Trade Deadline Notes, Plus the Latest on Deshaun Watson - Sports Illustrated
The Lions getting their first win? There’s no two ways about it: Philly’s reeling. There are players on the trade block, following the departure of Zach Ertz. Jalen Hurts has been up and down. The run game’s been non-existent. The team’s been bad. And because it’s Philly, there’s drama around the team too. All of that’s one reason why I took the Lions this week. The other is that right now I think they’re probably the better team. So maybe in the week the first unbeaten fell on Thursday night, we’ll have the last winless group rise. [...] TWO BEST BETS ... Lions (+3.5) at Eagles: This is, at the very least, a hotly-contested one. And I actually think, like I said above and in Thursday’s mailbag, Detroit will wind up with a big win.
NFL picks against the spread: Sheil Kapadia has the Bills, 49ers and Bengals in Week 8 - The Athletic
As for the Lions, I loved how Dan Campbell coached against the Los Angeles Rams. Detroit executed two fake punts and an onside kick. They tried to make the game weird and didn’t play scared. That’s precisely what teams should be doing when they’re 15.5-point underdogs. The Lions’ roster entering the season was one of the NFL’s worst, and they’ve been decimated by injuries. But they play hard and they try stuff. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got their first win here. And if you think I’m taking this Eagles team to cover 3.5 on the road against anyone, you’re mistaken. The pick: Lions (+3.5)
2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 8 - Fake Teams
QB2) Jalen Hurts. This is a PREMIERE matchup via the air, where we know Hurts needs help. Detroit’s 8.4 NY/A (2nd worst) and 15 scores allowed (4th worst) are super enticing.
Fantasy Football: Late NFL Week 8 waiver wire targets - PFF
RB Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles. Boston Scott is the better waiver target for Week 8, but Gainwell has the most potential for the rest of the season. Several talented rookie running backs peaked in the second half of the 2020 season, and Gainwell could follow suit. He is the Eagles’ highest-graded running back so far this season. With Miles Sanders likely out for at least a week, he should receive more opportunities. Scott might be best suited to take advantage of the Lions‘ defense, but if Gainwell plays well, he should earn more playing time.
Cowboys at Vikings second injury report: Dak Prescott ‘pushed it’ in today’s practice, still listed as limited - Blogging The Boys
Yesterday, Dak Prescott took his first steps toward playing on Sunday night when he managed to participate somewhat in Wednesday’s practice. Prescott is nursing a calf strain suffered in the last game and so far, so good on his recovery. The Dallas Cowboys have been optimistic through the bye week that he would play, and as of now it seems he is on track. Yesterday produced no setbacks.
WFT fans split over which QB should start; confidence rises after 14 point loss in Green Bay - Hogs Haven
I mentioned in last week’s article on fan confidence that the question had been kicked around about whether Kyle Allen should be promoted to starter above Taylor Heinicke. We asked the fans through the SB Nation survey this week. The results were fairly inconclusive, with 51% answering that the team should make the switch to Kyle Allen, leaving 49% with the opposite opinion.
Giants vs. Chiefs injury news: Sterling Shepard “super confident” he will be able to play vs. Kansas City - Big Blue View
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard admitted on Thursday that the hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers was not the same hamstring injury that kept him out of two previous games. This one, he said, was to the opposite leg. Shepard told media that he tweaked the hamstring last week while running a route in practice. He said he is “feeling a lot better.” He also told reporters that he is “super confident” he will play Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Per reports from media at practice, Shepard is the only one of the Giants’ injured group of playmakers who did on-field work on Thursday. Wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, along with running back Saquon Barkley, worked on the side with the training staff.
Colts’ Stock Up/Stock Down: Week 7 - Stampede Blue
Carson Wentz did not look as polished as he had looked in previous games, but we can attribute that to the weather making things more difficult than they should have been. While there were several turnover-worthy throws and a lost fumble in the redzone, Wentz led this offense to a victory, scoring 3 touchdowns while turning the ball only once. Since the Titans game, where he played on 2 bum ankles, Wentz has thrown 8 touchdowns, ran for 1, and lost the ball just twice on fumbles.
Packers knock off Cardinals 24-21 behind running game, Rasul Douglas’ pivotal INT - Acme Packing Company
Less than a month ago, cornerback Rasul Douglas was toiling away on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. On Thursday night, he was in uniform for the Green Bay Packers and he delivered an incredible interception in the end zone with just seconds remaining to clinch a victory for his new team over his former employer. The Green Bay Packers had first and goal from the two-yard line with less than five minutes left in their week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals, with a great opportunity to take a two-possession lead. Instead, a goal-line stand by the Cardinals — featuring an apparent touchdown run by Aaron Jones that was overturned — kept the game within a field goal, giving quarterback Kyler Murray an opportunity to lead a late-game comeback. But Douglas made an incredible bobbling interception to deliver the Packers a 24-21 victory and pull them into a tie for the best record in the NFC.
Along with Brian Poole, Patriots reportedly add cornerback De’Vante Bausby to practice squad - Pats Pulpit
The New England Patriots practiced with two new defensive backs in uniform Wednesday. One would be Brian Poole. The other would be De’Vante Bausby, who has also signed to the practice squad, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.Both veterans worked out for the organization last week before starting nickelback Jonathan Jones went on injured reserve with a season-ending shoulder injury. Bausby, 28, originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburg State in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound corner has also been a member of the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Las Vegas Raiders and Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio Commanders.
Raiders: 7 potential trade targets before deadline - Silver And Black Pride
Since about Week 2 of last season, Las Vegas has been on the hunt for a new right tackle. They were hoping first-round pick Alex Leatherwood would end the search, but he’s now playing guard after struggling on the outside for the first five games of the year. Brandon Parker has been the team’s second option, but he hasn’t proven to be the solution either. Andre Dillard probably wouldn’t be the Raiders’ long-term answer, but he’s got two years left on a relatively cheap rookie contract and is stuck behind Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson in Philadelphia. Now, Dillard wouldn’t give the Silver and Black much of a boost in the ground game, but he would be an improvement in pass protection. Dating back to his days playing under Mike Leach at Washington State, that’s always been the former Cougar’s strong suit as he’s an athlete with good feet.
Is Tua Tagovailoa the quarterback of the future for the Miami Dolphins? - The Phinsider
How do the fans feel about Tagovailoa? According to our latest SB Nation Reacts brought to us by DraftKings, the majority of the fan base thinks Tagovailoa is the guy for the Dolphins moving forward. It is not an overwhelming majority, but it is still a majority of the fans seeing Tagovailoa as the quarterback to continue forward with the team.
The Look Ahead #60: Rodgers vs the world on TNF, Dak vs Kirk and more! - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa take deep dives into the four biggest games of the week, and hit every other game on Thursday and Sunday in the Lightning Round. Despite the absences, the Packers can still beat the Cardinals. Does Baker need to just be hurt for a week and let the Browns win without him? Why the Saints are going to get exposed by the Buccaneers this week. Kirk Cousins isn’t getting enough love for being clutch as hell this year, but Dallas should still win. Week 8 Lightning Round
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