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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/17/21.

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Eagles film: Javon Hargrave signing paying off in Year 2 - Inquirer
Hargrave’s hard work paid off with two late sacks. With the Falcons trailing in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were able to pin their ears back. On this fourth down, Hargrave dusted Mayfield with an inside swim move and hunted down Ryan. But it might have been his quick get-off — he was the first at the snap — that most impressed. “We knew they were going to have to drop back and pass,” Hargrave said. “We’re really confident with everybody in the room that they can get to the quarterback when it came to them [late-game] downs. I just so happened to be the one who’s winning.” A series later, the Falcons again slid protection to Cox and Hargrave won his one-on-one.

NFL Week 2: Key matchups and storylines for all 16 games - PFF
Matchup to watch: Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave vs. 49ers interior offensive line. Hargrave has been one of the more underrated interior pass-rushers in the league for several seasons now, and he couldn’t be blocked in Philadelphia’s opener against the Falcons. His 47.8% pass-rush win rate led all defenders with at least 15 pass-rushing snaps this past week. Hargrave and Cox could create issues against San Francisco’s interior offensive line — the weaker portion of the unit on paper. However, Laken Tomlinson, Daniel Brunskill and Alex Mack combined to allow just one pressure in the opener against Detroit.

Eagles-49ers Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
4 - What is the 49ers biggest weakness? What should the Eagles be looking to exploit? ... It has to be the secondary, especially now that Jason Verrett is down. That’s not the only starter the 49ers are missing, though. Emmanuel Moseley has been in and out of the lineup during the summer and missed Week 1. Moseley didn’t practice on Wednesday and if he can’t go on Thursday, a fifth-round rookie who lacks top-end speed and Josh Norman will face DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor. That’s advantage Eagles. One of the 49ers biggest strengths is their team speed on both sides of the ball. If your corners can’t run, aren’t sudden, or confident, it’s a recipe for disaster. Based on how well Smith played Week 1, I’m terrified of what he’ll do to San Francisco.

Eagles-Falcons takeaways and Eagles-49ers preview - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski run through the biggest things we learned about the Birds from Week 1. A great start for Jalen Hurts, impressive debuts by Nick Sirianni/Jonathan Gannon, and much more. Then the guys look ahead to Philly’s Week 2 matchup against the 49ers and give reasons for both optimism and concern. To wrap things up, BLG and Jimmy make their NFC East picks against the spread (while also looking at the Colts and Dolphins) and give their Eagles-49ers prediction! PLUS: Details on the Eagles-Cowboys BGN watch party at Pistolas Del Sur in Week 3.

DeVonta Smith breaks out of shell with Eagles, dances The Smitty Shimmy - ESPN
Smith, though, isn’t as easily coaxed as others. He can be pretty reserved. An example: when asked about adapting to a big city like Philadelphia coming from the South, he came clean and said he hasn’t gone out. Like at all. Not even for a cheesesteak or a sit-down dinner with friends. Smith, who lives by himself, goes to the NovaCare Complex for work and then straight home after. “That’s just how I am. I don’t like being around a lot of people,” he said. “I don’t like going out. I’m just kind of to myself, sit inside, watch film, play the game, sleep. That’s about all I do.” So what did he do after his first NFL game to celebrate? “I went home and I played [NBA]2K,” he said.

NFL picks against the spread: Sheil Kapadia has Browns, Bills, Rams in Week 2 - The Athletic
Eagles fans went from “I have no expectations this season” at 1 p.m. last Sunday to “Maybe we can win the division?” by 4 p.m. Their offensive and defensive lines dominated in a win against the Atlanta Falcons, and that will have to be the formula again if they’re going to upset the 49ers. It would be no surprise to see Kyle Shanahan rely heavily on the run game. The Eagles played with two deep safeties on 39 snaps last week, according to TruMedia and Pro Football Focus. The 49ers looked shaky defensively at times against the Detroit Lions, and they lost starting corner Jason Verrett to a season-ending injury. I think Jalen Hurts will be able to make some plays against this group and keep it close.

How the Eagles offense can be explosive under Nick Sirianni - TouchdownWire
In Sunday’s 32-6 win over Atlanta, the Eagles didn’t have to open their entire offensive playbook. But what they did reveal shows they have intent on playing to the strengths of quarterback Jalen Hurts with three areas of focus: two-man concept reads, up-tempo RPOs and screen passes. If that first game was any indication, the Eagles appear to be focused on creating explosive plays off two-by-two concepts routes, as Patullo ran this formation at Texas A&M.

49ers in Five: Nick Bosa’s scouting report on Jalen Hurts - Niners Nation
“This guy’s definitely different than Kyler [Murray] and different from Russell [Wilson]. It really is tough. It’s a game plan thing. You have to game plan for guys like that and just be disciplined throughout the game...I’m no quarterback coach but Jalen’s just getting his feet wet in the league. He’s not really looking to run like Kyler is. Kyler is looking to run and I think Jalen wants to get rid of the ball, but if he has that chance, he’ll take it.” Hurts ran for 62 yards and almost nine yards per carry against Atlanta. Additionally, he threw three touchdowns and completed 77% of his passes. Stopping him from using his legs to keep the chains moving will be a primary focus of the depleted 49er’s defense on Sunday.

Jordan Mailata faces tough challenge and more in Week 2 matchups to watch - NBCSP
Jordan Mailata vs. Nick Bosa. After signing a $64 million extension the day before the opener, Mailata had a good performance against the Falcons but now he’ll really need to earn his money. Bosa last year went down in Week 2 last year with a torn ACL but returned for Week 1 this season and picked up where he left off. Against the Lions, Bosa had 4 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFLs and 2 QB hits. Not bad for a player returning from a serious injury. Of his 52 snaps last week, Bosa lined up on the right side for 40 of them. So that means he’ll get his shot at the Eagles’ left tackle, Mailata. For Mailata, this will be one of the best tests during his young career. Bosa as a rookie in 2019 (as the No. 2 pick) had 9 sacks and 25 quarterback hits on his way to a Pro Bowl nod.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends for Week 2 - Fake Teams
TE10) Dallas Goedert. Zach Ertz is nursing a hamstring injury...I’m at least considering Goedert a low-end TE1.

Cowboys Week 2 opponent preview: The Los Angeles Chargers - Blogging The Boys
Unfortunately for the Cowboys their starting right tackle La’el Collins looks unlikely to play this week after many have held out hope to overturn his suspension. But what is bad for the Cowboys is very good for the Chargers as their best pass rusher Joey Bosa lives on that side of the line. Bosa is going to be one of the biggest challenges for the Cowboys offense as they will need to keep him in check in order to give Dak Prescott time in the pocket to pick apart this secondary. Bosa is also good in the running game as well so the return of Zack Martin to help either Ty Nsekhe or Terence Steele is a blessing for this game.

Victory Friday: It’s a win, and I’ll take it, but... - Hogs Haven
Don’t get me wrong, a win is a win, and is better than the alternative. I’d always rather win ugly than lose pretty, but Washington has now played two games and Taylor Heinicke and Terry McLaurin have carried the team while the defense, outside of stud Jon Allen, has looked stunningly average (or maybe worse). That’s not who this team is supposed do be. Washington has to travel to Buffalo in Week 3. They also have the Saints, Chiefs, Packers, Broncos and Buccaneers all on the schedule between now and the Week 9 bye. I don’t expect them to win all of those games under any circumstances, but if the defense can’t figure things out and if the team can’t clean up the penalties, then I don’t see how Washington can beat any of those teams. To have a successful season, the team needs to get a win or two against those six tough teams, and then win most of their games (especially the divisional matchups) in the 2nd half of the season.

‘Things I think’ after Giants gift wrap a victory for the Washington Football Team - Big Blue View
One of the things I heard some of the veteran New York Giants players talk about during training camp is that a team that has experienced a high volume of losing, which the Giants have more than any team in the league the last four seasons, has to learn how not to lose before they can learn to win. Well, here we are. The Giants fell to 0-2 on Thursday night, suffering a gut-wrenching 30-29 defeat at the hands of the Washington Football Team. This is a game the Giants absolutely LOST. Daniel Jones was brilliant, maybe as good as he has been in his two-plus seasons with the Giants. Graham Gano was a perfect 5 for 5 on field goals, including kicks of 52 and 55 yards. A pieced together offensive line gave Jones opportunities to make pays in the face of a defensive front with four first-round draft picks. Sterling Shepard caught nine balls. James Bradberry made a tremendous play right before the two-minute warning that could have been a game-winner. Yet, the Giants lost. They lost a game they should have won. They lost a game that in no way should have ever come down to a last-second field goal.

2021 NFL season, Week 2: What we learned from Washington’s win over Giants on Thursday night - NFL.com
Next Gen stat of the night: The completion probability of Taylor Heinicke’s late TD pass to Ricky Seals-Jones, thrown to the back of the end zone over coverage from Adoree’ Jackson, was just 13.7%. The air distance on the toss was 40.2 yards, and it was the second-most improbable completion by Washington of the NGS era.

Is the Colts Being Featured on the Inaugural In Season ‘Hard Knocks’ Actually Good News? - Stampede Blue
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the additional access into the locker room and brief behind the scenes looks for Colts fans—and I’m also happy to see more exposure for the Horseshoe at a national level (especially for a franchise that has significantly [and unfairly] been deprived of primetime games historically as of late). However, I’m also hoping it doesn’t become a distraction for the 2021 Colts. The team already has had to deal with a myriad of injuries and still presumably has one of the lowest team vaccination rates in the league for COVID-19—which is problematic. Not to mention, a new starting quarterback, who’s hoping to rejuvenate his once promising career, despite limited offseason practice time with his new teammates. Maybe Hard Knocks won’t become a factor on the field, and I can certainly appreciate the entertainment value of it all, but at the end of the day, I just want to see the Colts win football games in 2021.

6 burning questions entering Week 2 of the NFL - SB Nation
If there’s one thing less reliable than making strong proclamations about the NFL before the season starts, it’s making those same statements after one week of play. Preconceived notions of who would be dominant and who would struggle were blown open by one of the wildest, least-predictable opening weekends in recent memory. If there’s one prevailing thought I’m left with after Week 1 of the NFL is that I’m not confident any team that lost is as bad as they showed, and nobody won in a convincing enough way that I can confidently say they’re ready for a big run. That’s extremely exciting if you’re an NFL fan, so now’s the perfect time to dive into some of the burning questions we’re left with after Week 1, and see whether they can be answered yet.

The Look Ahead #54: Cowboys in trouble vs. LAC + Raiders look to shock everyone and more! - The SB Nation NFL Show
Each week, Rob “Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa tell you what to watch, what narratives matter, and what you might not be thinking about in the biggest games on the schedule. Plus, we hit the rest of Week 2 in the lightning round. Raiders can send a message to the AFC with a win over the Steelers. Will the Cowboys be able to stop Justin Herbert at all? Can Lamar finally get his first win over Patrick Mahomes?. Buffalo needs a win to quiet the doubters. Week 2 Lightning Round.

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