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Super Bowl 56: The case for all 32 NFL teams to win a title in 2022, from the Texans to the Chiefs and Bucs - ESPN+
27. Philadelphia Eagles. Chance to win Super Bowl LVI: 0.2%. Chance to make the playoffs: 19.2%. The last time Philly’s starting quarterback entered his second season in the league, the Eagles won the Super Bowl and didn’t even need Carson Wentz to finish the job. I don’t think the Eagles have that sort of upside this season with Jalen Hurts as the starter, but those Eagles were one of the most likely teams in the league to improve before making it back on that same list again last month. An important thing to take away from that stunning 2017 season is how important it is to get into the playoffs with a plum spot. The Eagles were 11-2 and already in prime position to finish as the top seed when Wentz injured his knee, and while fill-in quarterback Nick Foles wasn’t very good to end the season, they finished as the top seed in the NFC, netting a first-round bye and two home playoff games. The Eagles aren’t a great team on paper this season, but what if the NFC East is horrible again and they sweep the division while going 6-5 outside of it against a last-place schedule? That might be enough for another first-round bye, and if Foles can win a Super Bowl, anything could happen.

State of the Eagles: 2021 Season Outlook - BGN
As painful as 2020 was, and as annoying some of the 2021 offseason has been, I am genuinely more excited for Eagles football than I have in a long time. Regardless of whether they will be good or bad, they will be different, and there is real value in watching to see how 2021 will shape the future direction of the team. I loved the Doug Pederson era for what it brought to Philadelphia, and the game of football. But it was becoming more and more clear that the team was rudderless after that Super Bowl win as assistant coaches left for greener pastures. At the very least, 2021 feels like the Eagles are finally trying to chart a course for success... How long it takes them to get there is another question entirely.

From the Bleachers #76 - 5 Things I Want from the Eagles This Season - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy lays out his five goals for the Eagles in 2021 and also gives his tips for the best “homegating” experience.

Eagles at Falcons: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
The Falcons’ regular starter at LG would have been Josh Andrews, but he’s on IR with a broken hand suffered during practice a week ago. You might remember Andrews from a pair of stints with the Eagles initially from 2014 to 2017, and then again in 2018. Andrews in now 30 years old, he’s on his fifth NFL team, holy crap the idea that he’s a starter for someone is just... According to PFF, Andrews was the second-worst pass blocking guard in the NFL last season, with a grade of 18.1. So if he can’t go, who’s the guy who isn’t good enough to beat him out for a starting job? That would be 2021 third-round pick Jalen Mayfield, who it appears will likely make his professional debut Week 1. Asked about the possibility of that scenario, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith gave a blunt answer: “Everybody’s gotta get baptized at some point.”

Can Nick Sirianni keep Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert both happy? - NBCSP
The Eagles last year led the NFL, running 12 personnel — two tight ends, two WRs, one back — some 35 percent of the time. How much 12 will Sirianni run? He’s not saying, but everything points to that figure dropping significantly. In training camp, Sirianni ran a ton of three wides, with the speedy young trio of DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins as the centerpiece of the offense. And the Colts, the team Sirianni came from, ran 12 personnel 21 percent of the time last year, 15th-most in the league. The league average was 20 percent. What adds a dimension of drama to all this is that Goedert and Ertz are both due to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, and for skill players, the more catches, yards and touchdowns you get, the more money you get.

Eagles, Falcons preparing for the unknown -
Sirianni’s offense is preparing for the pressure packages of Atlanta Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees, in his 48th season of coaching. He has seen everything in his time in the NFL with New England, Baltimore, and Tennessee. He has this great quote about blitzing – “We’re going to come from everywhere every week, so hang on.” – meaning that Atlanta is going to blitz, blitz, and blitz some more to create pressure on the backfield and havoc throughout an offense. That’s a huge challenge for a second-year quarterback with young receivers on the road in a hostile environment – a full-house crazy in Atlanta for the first time since the 2019 season – and the new head coach on the sidelines.

Falcons reveal depth chart for 2021 opener vs. Eagles - The Falcoholic
It will be baptism by fire for rookie Jalen Mayfield, who will serve as the starting left guard on Sunday. It’s unclear if this was the plan all along or if Josh Andrews’ broken hand injury played into this. Recently claimed left guard Colby Gossett will be behind him in case the team decides to make a change.

Winning in Washington has been hard to come by recently; but 2021 may be different - Hogs Haven
Becoming a consistent winner takes time, and things won’t happen overnight, but I believe that Washington has a good chance ahead of them to repeat as NFC East champions. These hurdles mentioned above are just that - hurdles - and grew larger and larger as the years have passed. But Rivera is one of the few coaches who can overcome the hurdles that are currently overshadowing this franchise.

Cowboys at Buccaneers second injury report: Everyone practiced with Ty Nsekhe limited, Zack Martin still on COVID - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys were back at it today, practicing in preparation for their game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. As with yesterday, everyone on the injury report practiced, with only reserve tackle Ty Nsekhe limited in his participation. Long snapper Jake McQuaide has returned to the team and is practicing after a procedural move on the roster. Of course, the big news for the Cowboys is the continued absence of All-Pro guard Zack Martin as he remains on the COVID list and is not expected to play.

Week 1 NFL power rankings: Giants clock in at No. 25 to open the regular season - Big Blue View
The New York Giants finished the 2020 NFL season with a 6-10 record to place second in the NFC East. Entering the 2021 season, New York fans are hoping for a better outcome. Aggregating seven rankings from around the Internet, the Giants come out to an average ranking of No. 25 in the 32-team NFL at the end of the 2020 season. Following the end of last season, the Giants were ranked No. 24 in the league.

NFL roundup: Latest league news from Tuesday, Sept. 7 -
The Las Vegas Raiders worked out former Lions and Eagles running back Kerryon Johnson, Pelissero reported per the transaction wire.

The Broncos played without a QB because of the worst Covid plan ever - SB Nation
This is, without question, one of the stupidest things not only of the 2020 NFL season, but perhaps all time. The four Broncos quarterbacks, Drew Lock, Blake Bortles, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskell couldn’t handle sitting apart for a couple of hours, so with the decision making and planning skills of toddlers who’ve been told they can’t have dessert before dinner, went about devising a scheme so they could sit right next to each other and watch film.

Off Day Debrief #53: Week 1 Power Rankings + 2021 Award Predictions - The SB Nation NFL Show
Each week Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton reset the state of the league with the only 100% accurate power rankings in the NFL world. The Bucs and Chiefs reign supreme in their conferences, but for how long? How good can Green Bay and Seattle be when their QBs have one foot out the door? Will this finally be the year the Chargers put it all together? Why Stats is buying into the 49ers as a legit contender. The NFC East team that people are sleeping on. MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookies of the Year predictions.

AANG IN THERE: Book 3 Episode 4: Sokka’s Master - Post Show Recaps
Zak Mohamed (@Zakmohamed32) and Jacob Redmon (@jkredmon) are joined by Brandon Lee Gowton to recap episode 4 of season 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender! They talk about Sokka’s character journey, silly moments from Sokka’s training, yoked Iroh, and much more. They rank the episode and talk through listener feedback. Plus, they do a Tea Quartet to sort teams in the NFC East in bending types! About Aang in There … Aang in There is a spoiler-filled rewatch of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Every week, Zak and Jacob break down an episode of ATLA with the benefit of knowing the whole universe of Avatar.


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