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NFL Week Two Against Spreading – The Contest
Last week’s performance was pretty much perfect for Eagles fans. The team won, but they still had a lot to complain about. Offense went up and down the field, accumulating 27 first touchdowns and 455 yards against the Lions. But the defense was disastrous, allowing the Lions to score four of their last five possessions. The Vikings looked like one of the best-trained NFL teams in Kevin O’Connell’s debut. They plotted explosive plays for Justin Jefferson, and their defensive performance was encouraging. If there is any indication in the past week, the Vikings defense will play a lot of areas and mix up their fronts to make life difficult to oppose their midfielders. This is a symbolic match, but the bottom line is that I have a little faith in the Eagles’ defense after what we saw last week. Choice: Vikings (+1.5)
Eight Things the Eagles Defense Should Fix – NBCSP
Putting the team away: That’s just basic killer instinct. When you’ve collected 17 points in the middle of the third quarter and doubled your opponent’s yardage (364-170), you need to know how to finish the team. Whether it’s a takeaway, a big hit, or a third stop, you’ll find a way. The playoff teams do not allow teams to return to it as the Eagles did on Sunday. After the Eagles climbed 17 on Kenny Jenwell’s TD early in the third quarter, the Lions outnumbered them 216-82 the rest of the way and outplayed them 21-7. The Lions went 7-8 for third after the break. When the momentum starts to swing, someone has to play. Nobody did.
Eagles All-22 movie review: Takeaway from the victory over the Lions – BGN
We all know what happened when the Eagles went to a 5-man showdown with Jordan Davis. We know they stop running better. The problem is, obviously going to a 5-man front limits your coverage. In simple arithmetic terms, you can make more covers with more defenders with a 4-man front than with a 5-man front. But the eagles didn’t play Mahomes, it was hollow! Why not do more of these things. I totally understand the limitations of using a front of 5, but I don’t understand why it isn’t available this week. Especially in the early descents, against the first attack led by Jared Goff. I’m afraid Gannon would be a good coach but he is naturally passive and defensive enough to make this defense really good. It has to be better going forward, the team is too talented to give up so many points in favor of the Lions.
NFC East Mixtape Vol.74: Thoughts in Week 1 – BGN Radio
With the first week in the rearview mirror, Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa discuss the biggest takeaway from each team.
Eagles vs Vikings: Five Matches Alike – PhillyVoice
In the run-up to the 2020 draft, some classified Jefferson as “just a slot receiver,” despite putting huge numbers in LSUOffense in the hole and as an outside receiver. Some of the Eagles were among those who saw it this way, choosing instead to take Galen Regor, which they thought was the external velocity receiver they were looking for. Jefferson was an intelligent road runner who was very fast in his own right, and had no trouble breaking up at the college level, which quickly translated to the pros. The lesson: Don’t formulate specific attributes of what you think you need at the moment. Just take the best player. Monday night will be the first time the Eagles have had to take on Jefferson since that blunder, and it will be interesting to see what the plan is to try to slow him down. Darius Slay is the obvious candidate, but as Gannon mentioned, it’s hard to plan receivers to line up all over the place, especially when trying to get a corner that follows the best receiver without coverage.
Game review – PHI 38, DET 35 – Iggles Blitz
Fletcher Cox had a game of ups and downs. started slow. There were a few rounds where the dual teams really moved him. I’m not used to seeing that. Eventually he was fired or angry or something. When the Lions blocked him once, Cox got a good boost in playing passes. He and BG split the sack. It was more turbulent as the game progressed, but it definitely wasn’t his best game. Javon Hargrave had a strange game. The stats sheet shows 2 processors and that’s it. The game bar is definitely better than that. Hargrave was annoying at times, but he couldn’t play. He was always one step away from getting to QB or RB. He played hard and really worked to get to the ball. He got more pressure in the second half. Jordan Davis was up and down. I thought it started well, but I wonder if he got tired. His towel wasn’t very good later in the game. Lions C Frank Ragnow was able to stop him on his own for most of the second half. How can a guy get tired in just 22 shots? He may not have been tired, but his play was sloppy. Early on, I thought he was good against running and showed some good sports.
NFL QB Index, Week 2: Josh Allen claims number one, but Patrick Mahomes is hot in his heels – NFL.com
QB12) Galen Hurtz. Not surprisingly, the Black Hurts penetrated for 90 yards and had 17 points. It’s how – and why – he did it. Hurts used his legs to save the attack from the front landslide, with quarterback Jason Kelce admitting: “We saved a few times.” The Eagles didn’t beat the Lions without that aspect of Galen’s game, but his arm helped him, too. Take a look at AJ Brown, who ordered a 10/155 monster streak in a strong debut.
Dan Campbell: The league’s office has admitted the Eagles got away with intentional grounding – PFT
Lions coach Dan Campbell said today that the league’s office confirmed a missed call by officials on Sunday that benefited the Eagles. Campbell said he asked the league to explain why Eagles quarterback Galen Hurts was not called in for an intentional grounding on the first play and goal in the second quarter, when the Lions were pressing on him and he threw the ball into the ground. Campbell said the league admitted it should have been reported, but he couldn’t have challenged it at the time.
UPDATE: Justin Simmons has been sent to IR; The Broncos signed S Anthony Harris for team practice – Mile High Report
The quadriceps injury is worse than originally suggested. The Broncos transferred Justin Simmons to the injured reserve, so he will miss at least four games. In a similar move, the team promoted corner back Isang Bassi to the active list and signed earlier Minnesota Vikings Veteran safety Anthony Harris for the coaching team. Harris, 30, is an eight-year professional who spent most of his career with the Vikings before playing for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. In 2020, he led the team with 104 interceptions, and in 2019 he led the team with 6 interceptions. He can provide a good hiatus while Simmons gets healthy.
Giants Injury Report: CB Aaron Robinson Out After Appendectomy – Big Blue View
First corner back Aaron Robinson started by removing his appendix on Wednesday and will miss Sunday’s game against Carolina PanthersAnd the New York Giants Coach Brian Dabol said Wednesday morning. Daboll also said wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and corner back Nick McCloud (hamstring) will not train on Wednesday. Edge defenders Aziz Ogolari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeau will be limited, along with starting position John Feliciano and reserve safety Jason Pinnock. Safety rookie Dane Belton, who has since fractured his collarbone early in training camp, will be a full participant. Daboll said he expects Belton to make his NFL debut this Sunday. Who will replace Robinson as the outside quarterback against Adoree’ Jackson? Daboll has essentially listed every corner of the available linebacker – rookie Cor’Dale Flott, veteran Fabian Moreau (currently on the coaching staff), McCloud if healthy, Justin Layne and rookie Zyon Gilbert (coaching squad) as possibilities.
Jason Peters can help Cowboys cut back on penalties, ‘team will have a place for it’ per Jerry – Blogging The Boys
By waiting for the season to start addressing some of these issues, the Cowboys are playing a dangerous game in a battle to stay relevant until Prescott’s return. The fact that attacking looked exaggerated even with Duck on the field can be remedied once he’s healthy again, and the streak he’s protecting may look a lot different by then too. Peters had to choose to remain retired or join a team he thought would be in contention, whether or not he was a starter. Sitting on the bench for a team still reeling isn’t the outcome the Cowboys had in mind when they signed it, and while it’s only one game, it’s time to leave no stone unturned for the Cowboys. [BLG Note: Lol at the first part of this headline.]
Leaders vs Lions Wednesday injury report: Lions RBD not training Andre Swift with ankle injury – Hogs Haven
Wes Schweitzer was the only player on the active roster listed as not practicing (DNP) today. He suffered a hamstring injury against the Jaguars and was one of 3 players to get an MRI of the injuries. Vedarian Mattis will have surgery at the end of the season for a meniscus tear, and Jonathan Allen has left the game with a thigh injury. He was tied up with Cam Curl, Trae Turner (quad) and Jamin Davis (personal). Cam Curl missed the first game after sustaining a thumb injury in the second pre-season game against Kansas City ChiefsShe underwent surgery before the start of the season. He was on the side field with all his gear and a roll of the thumb. He wanted to play last week, but Darek Forrest stepped in and showed what he can do and how much he’s developed from the junior season.
Leaders strapped to a roller coaster Carson Wentz with all its ups and downs – SB Nation
Six Flags America stands just seven miles from FedEx Field in Bowie, Maryland. A quick spin on the Capitol Beltway, along with a few miles east along Maryland Route 214, takes you from where the Washington Leaders play on Sunday, to where thrill seekers get rollercoasters like Batwing, Firebird, and Superman: Hard Ride. After Sunday, those looking for thrills up and down may want to reverse those trends, leaving Six Flags behind Carson Wentz and the FedEx Field frontier. As former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III described it, Wentz’s burgundy and gold debut was “the most exciting Carson Wentz game ever.” In Washington’s victory over Jacksonville Jaguars, Wentz hit 27 of 41 passes for 313 yards and 4 touchdowns, but also threw a pair of jaw interceptions in the fourth quarter allowing the visitors to get back into the game and take the lead. However, Wentz came from below the extension, finishing the game with two of those passes in the final 10 minutes, which propelled Washington to the win.
Jets Sign S will go to the active menu – New York Jets
The Jets signed Will Parks to the active roster and CB Jimmy Moreland and P/K Ty Long signed to the coaching staff. Green & White also released WR-KR Diontae Spencer from the coaching squad.
Trey Wingo, Thursday Night Preview, The Gauntlet – SB Nation NFL Show
This week on the SB Nation NFL Show, Rob “Stats” Guerrera, Kyle Posey, and Justis Mosqueda prepare you for Week 2 of the NFL season. Before we get into the Thursday night soccer game, we’re joined by Half Forgotten History podcast host Trey Wingo. Trey has a statement to make about skeptical Patrick Mahomes and shares his takeaway from the first week of the NFL season. We have a huge game Thursday night between Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. In this week’s edition of the challenge, we discuss the first week narratives that will run throughout the regular season.
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