Subject: Matt Read placed on waivers, Flyers
With Shayne Gostisbehere’s injury, the Flyers will carry eight defensemen to start the season, and Read was the casualty in the meantime.
Sunday night’s roster cuts brought the Flyers down to 24 players, just one above where they’ll need to be by Tuesday afternoon. The original plan seemed to be to send one of Travis Sanheim or Samuel Morin up to Allentown, but a third-period injury suffered by defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere suddenly necessitated that the team carry an additional extra defenseman in the event of an injury on its season-opening four-game road trip.
Ron Hextall indicated last night that the Flyers would likely bring all three of Morin, Sanheim, and Robert Hagg to California with them, which meant that either Gostisbehere would be heading to injured reserve or that a forward would be waived. Today, we’ve learned that they’ve chosen the latter path, and that the casualty of that move is Matt Read.
Matt Read is on waivers.— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) October 2, 2017
First, the good news: The fact that Gostisbehere is likely not going to be on injured reserve suggests that this injury is likely not a serious one. That’s a good sign for a team that needs Gostisbehere to be in his top form this season after a rough 2016-17 campaign.
With the decision to carry eight defensemen for as long as Ghost is hurt, however, the Flyers’ forward ranks will have to be cut to 13, and it’s not too surprising that Read was the one who was left out. He — alongside Oskar Lindblom, who was sent to Lehigh Valley last night, and Jori Lehtera, who figures to be a healthy scratch in the season opener — was on the “scratch line” for the final preseason game, and his spot on the roster has felt a bit tenuous throughout this entire camp. We called him “one of the most expendable players currently on the roster” back in September, and the team’s decision to waive him essentially confirms his spot at the bottom of the priority list when it comes to the team’s forwards.
For Read, whose waiving comes after six years with the Flyers, the question now is what happens next. First, there’s the remote possibility that he gets claimed on waivers tomorrow. However, given his large cap hit (Read makes $3.625 million against the cap this year) and declining skills (he’s a solid fourth-line player at this point, but not much more), that seems unlikely.
What does seem most likely here, assuming he clears, is that Read will be back with the Flyers before too long. If Ghost ends up being healthy, the Flyers could even decide not to send Read to Lehigh Valley, since they have that option if he clears waivers. But the odds are that if he clears he’ll be sent to the Phantoms until the team knows that Gostisbehere is healthy, at which point they’ll likely bring him back up and send a defenseman to the Phantoms.
It’s theoretically possible that the team carries eight defensemen for a while even once Ghost is available, which would mean that Read would stay with the Phantoms for a while, but unless they’re willing to put all of Morin, Sanheim, and Hagg in the lineup — something they seem hesitant to do — they’ll probably send one of Morin or Sanheim to the Phantoms, where they can get consistent ice time.
We’ll have to see how things shake out once Gostisbehere is healthy and once we learn of Read’s waiver fate on Tuesday. But for now, there’s your 23-man opening-night roster.
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Subject: Markus Golden Injury: Cardinals lose top pass rusher for the season
Not good for Arizona.
Golden is now out for the 2017 season. The team officially placed him on the injured reserve list on Monday afternoon.
This is a significant loss for the Cardinals. Golden is one of the team’s best pass rushers; he led Arizona with 12.5 sacks in 2016.
Here’s what they’re saying about this news over at Cardinals SB Nation site Revenge of the Birds.
Kareem Martin will get the first crack at “replacing” Golden, but Golden has some irreplaceable qualities.
He is one of the most ferocious competitors I have ever seen. His motor runs hot for 100% of the time he is on the field and his attitude his something the Cardinals will desperately miss.
The Eagles (3-1) are set to play the Cardinals (2-2) in Philadelphia this weekend. Chandler Jones, who has four sacks this season, still figures to be a pass rushing threat off the edge. But no one else on Arizona’s roster currently has more than one sack this season.
Subject: Chiefs vs. Redskins: How to watch Monday Night Football, game info, live streaming, odds, more
Watch MNF here.
The Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL after the Atlanta Falcons lost on Sunday.
The Eagles will certainly be hoping Andy Reid’s team remains that way after tonight’s game.
Washington currently ranks second in the NFC East at 2-1. A win would keep them in second since the Eagles currently own a head-to-head tiebreaker over them. A loss, meanwhile, would drop Washington to third in the division at 2-2.
Here’s hoping the Chiefs pull out a win tonight. Don’t let us down, Big Red.
Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals TV Schedule
Game time: 8:30 PM EST
Date: Monday, October 2
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Location: Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, Missouri
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Washington Redskins +7.5 (-115)
Kansas City Chiefs -7.5 (-105)
Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.
Subject: Josh Norman Injury: Redskins cornerback might miss Eagles game
Bad news for Washington.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman suffered a rib injury during Washington’s Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Speaking to ESPN during halftime, head coach Jay Gruden said Norman might miss a few weeks.
#Redskins coach Jay Gruden tells Lisa Salters at halftime that CB Josh Norman (ribs) is expected to be out a few weeks — at least.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2017
This news is relevant to the Eagles because Washington is set to play Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 7 on Monday, October 23. It seems like Norman might miss that game.
Norman did a good job of limiting Alshon Jeffery (three receptions, 38 yards) during the Eagles-Washington game in Week 1. Norman is obviously one of the best players on Washington’s roster.
Even with Norman playing well, however, the Eagles still defeated Washington at FedEx Field by a final score of 30 to 17.
Washington hasn’t looked too shabby since losing to the Eagles, so their next matchup projects to be a tough game. If Norman isn’t able to play, that’s a significant loss for Washington.
Subject: Every team in the NFC East lost this week ... except the Eagles
Any week where the Philadelphia Eagles win is a good week.
But a week where the Eagles win and all three other NFC East teams lose?
That’s exactly what happened in Week 4.
It’s the first time it happened since 2014.
The Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dallas Cowboys lost The New York Giants lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the Washington Redskins were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Here’s an updated look at the NFC East standings.
UPDATED NFC EAST STANDINGS— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 3, 2017
1st - Eagles (3-1)
2nd - Cowboys (2-2)
3rd - Washington (2-2)
4th - Giants (0-4)
The Eagles are alone up top with a 2-0 division and conference record. The Cowboys are 1-0 in the division but 2-1 in the conference. Washington is 0-1 in the division and 1-1 in conference games. The Giants are 0-2 in the division and 0-4 in the conference.
Now, none of the NFC East teams looked flat out horrible this week. The Cowboys only lost by five. The Giants lost on a last second field goal. And Washington would’ve potentially won if Josh Doctson doesn’t drop a touchdown pass late in the game. This division isn’t going to be a cakewalk for the Birds.
But the Eagles are the best team in the division right now through four games. Now it’s time for them to keep it going.
Subject: NFL Power Rankings 2017: Week 5 Edition
Ranking all 32 NFL Teams.
Week 4 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 5 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 1) - The NFL’s only remaining undefeated team at 4-0. Andy Reid’s team hasn’t looked unbeatable by any means but they’re really good. Clearly the best squad in the AFC.
2 - Detroit Lions (LW: 4) - The Lions are inches away from being the NFL’s second undefeated team. Tough close loss for them last week. Detroit bounced back on Sunday with a win over the Vikings in Detroit.
4 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 6) - Le’Veon Bell ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in addition to logging four receptions for 42 yards. The Steelers are always going to be dangerous with him around. Not to mention Antonio Brown and the other weapons they have.
5 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 17) - Is it safe to say the Bills are the NFL’s biggest surprise? There was thought they might be tanking after making some trades in the preseason. But here we with Buffalo getting a road win in Atlanta. One week after beating the Broncos, too. The Bills look good.
6 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2) - The Falcon’ offense is still pretty good but the defense has some weaknesses.
7 - Denver Broncos (LW: 8) - Denver’s defense has held Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy, and Marshawn Lynch to a combined average of 1.9 yards per carry (95 yards on 50 carries). Tough unit to crack.
8 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 11) - The Eagles aren’t without flaws. There are concerns about the secondary. With that said, the Birds are tied for first in the NFC and their sole loss came while playing on the road against the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team. In other words, the Eagles are a good football team.
10 - New England Patriots (LW: 3) - The Patriots have allowed the second most points in the NFL through four weeks. That defense is looking like a big problem.
12 - Houston Texans (LW: 20) - Deshaun Watson is looking pretty good! The Texans were a franchise quarterback away from being a legitimate team and now it looks like they might have one. Hard to believe this team started Tom Savage in Week 1.
13 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 9) - Only six teams have allowed more points than the Cowboys have this season. Their defense is an issue. The Cowboys have been able to hide their defense in the past by utilizing a clock-controlling run game. Ezekiel Elliott is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry, though, so he’s not quite looking like his 2016 self.
14 - Washington Redskins (LW: 13) - Washington had the Chiefs beat ... until Josh Doctson dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass. That’s too bad. For real, though, the Chiefs showed good fight in KC. They look tough. The bad news is they suffered a lot of injuries in the game, including one to Josh Norman.
18 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 15) - It’s unclear when Sam Bradford will return and now Dalvin Cook is out for the year. The Vikings’ defense will keep them from being among the league’s worst teams, but this team is going nowhere fast.
19 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 22) - After starting out 0-2, the Saints have bounced back with two straight wins.
20 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 10) - The Titans sure looked awful on Sunday. Making matters worse is that Marcus Mariota is hurt and might not play this week. Tennessee is probably screwed if Matt Cassel has to play.
21 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 7) - I knew the Jags would make me regret putting them up so high last week. Inconsistent team.
22 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 21) - I’m moving the Cardinals down despite winning because they’re not good. Both of Arizona’s wins have come in close overtime games against some of the NFL’s worst teams (49ers and Colts).
24 - New York Jets (LW: 29) - So it turns out the Jets aren’t as bad as everyone thought they’d be. Two wins through four games! The bad news is their shot at the No. 1 pick is fading.
25 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 31) - Hey, the Bengals are showing some life since firing their offensive coordinator.
Glennon was better as a rookie than Wentz was. It's amusing to me that people assume Glennon is garbage.— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) March 9, 2017
28 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 26) - Won’t have a real home game all year due to the dumb decision to move them to Carson, California. Why even bother being a fan of this team?
29 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 30) - The 49ers haven’t won a game this year but I’m moving them up because they’ve played some real close games. San Fran “only” has the league’s sixth worst point differential.
30 - New York Giants (LW: 28) - The Giants have looked better in the past two weeks than they did in the first two weeks. But they’re still bad and their season is virtually over at 0-4.
31 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 27) - Worst point differential in the NFL at -65. The next worst team is 21 points ahead of Indy. The Colts desperately need Andrew Luck to return.
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - You won’t believe this, but the Browns are still very bad.
Worth noting today the Browns traded out of the Carson Wentz pick, chose Cody Kessler over Dak Prescott and then passed on Deshaun Watson.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 2, 2017
Subject: Eagles News: Carson Wentz is playing better than the stats show
Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/3/17.
Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...
Carson Wentz's stats don't tell the whole story - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Carson Wentz isn't putting up huge numbers, he isn't carrying the Eagles on his back, he isn't showing monumental statistical improvement over last year. What he is doing is winning. And there's something to be said for that. Wentz has made strides since last year and shown growth in Year 2 in the offense, it's just that so far that growth and evolution has been subtle and not really reflected in his stats. You see it in his pocket awareness when the protection breaks down. You see it when he throws the football away instead of trying to force it into too tight a window. You see it in his ability to make big plays late in games when he absolutely has to.
Eagles-Chargers Final Score: 14 things we learned from Philadelphia’s win over Los Angeles - BGN
The numbers aren’t super flashy: Wentz completed 54.8% of his passes for 242 yards, one touchdown, and a 91.1 passer rating. But make no mistake: Wentz looked pretty good in this one. His accuracy was the best it’s been all season. The way he floated some of those deep passes down the field ... beautiful stuff. Those throws were right on the money. It was apparent how Wentz was really in control of this game. He was constantly making calls at the line of scrimmage and getting the team organized. One of his checks was especially impressive. It was the play where he hit Alshon Jeffery over the middle for a tough third down conversion. Speaking of, Wentz is so clutch when it comes to those tough third down situations. Wentz’s brain was a big reason why the Eagles were so sold on him. It doesn’t always show up in the stats, but it’s clear he’s a big contributing factor to why the team won.
Doug Pederson's offense is carrying Jim Schwartz's defense through time of possession - PhillyVoice
At varying points this season, the Eagles have played without their starting stud DT (Fletcher Cox), their best linebacker (Jordan Hicks), their best cornerback (Ronald Darby), one of their starting safeties (Rodney McLeod), and some of the other depth pieces in the secondary and on the defensive line (Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, and Destiny Vaeao). The Eagles' game-sealing, 13-play, 6:44-minute drive on Sunday against the Chargers bailed out an Eagles defense that was getting torched in the second half. At some point this season, Jim Schwartz's defense may have to carry Pederson's offense, but right now Pederson's offense is carrying Schwartz's defense.
Pump the Brakes A Bit - Iggles Blitz
After Sunday’s win, there is a lot of excitement in regard to the Eagles offensive line and the 3-headed monster at RB. The Eagles ran out the final 6:44 of the game and were physically dominant at times so it is easy to understand the praise for the run game. There is also a need for some context. The Giants defense is currently 28th against the run. The Chargers are 31st. The bigger story would have been if the Eagles didn’t run well. Both teams were strong against the run last season so this could be an early season anomaly, but it sure didn’t look like it the last two weeks as the Eagles piled up 193 and 214 yards on those teams. The Eagles ran methodically in gaining all those yards. There was one 68-yard gain. This wasn’t a bunch of crazy runs or long plays that inflated the stats.
Number Tell An Impressive 3-1 Eagles Tale - PE.com
A little trade secret: Not all of the facts and nuggets that we write or speak about in various forms of media come from reporters’ brains. Some, maybe a lot, come from something like the Postgame News and Notes package put together each week by John Gonoude of the Eagles’ media relations department. It’s great stuff, and worthy of a deeper dive today ...
Pederson less aggressive on 4th down vs. Chargers - The Athletic
According to the model, the likelihood of successfully converting the 4th and 1 is 68 percent. That means going for it produces a win probability of 75.8 percent (.68 * 80 + .32 *67) compared to the 74 percent win probability of punting. According to the math, Pederson's decision decreased the Eagles' chance of winning.
Eagles' early-season success isn't just maturity; it's also because of newcomers - Inquirer
After winning consecutive games by a combined five points, Eagles coach Doug Pederson praised the team’s growth and maturity from last season. But the success is not simply the 2016 roster maturing. A major part of the Eagles’ 3-1 record is the newcomers acquired to upgrade or change last year’s team. The evidence came in Sunday’s 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. On the opening drive, Chris Long had a strip sack that was recovered by Derek Barnett. Both players are new to the team. The Eagles responded with a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey, the highest-profile offseason addition. The star of the game was running back LeGarrette Blount. The top defensive tackle was Tim Jernigan. Of the 30 players who played at least 20 percent of the offensive or defensive snaps on Sunday, 11 joined the team this offseason.
Rickie Ricardo, Spanish voice of Yankees and Eagles, in league of his own - ESPN
A few years later, he ended up in Philadelphia as a "Spanish ambassador" and was asked to call an inning or two for the Phillies. Ricardo said if you give me an inning, I'm never leaving. "Three nights later," he said, "the main guy gets sick and I fill in, and I never left. I became the No. 2 guy until he left." The Phillies gig led him to the Eagles and, in 2014, to the Yankees. (He still does some Phillies coverage for the station that broadcasts the Eagles.)
Unity in faith, focus and protests driving Philadelphia Eagles' early rise in 2017 - CBS Sports
Inside the Eagles, a family atmosphere has taken shape under second-year coach Doug Pederson.
Post Snap With Malcolm Jenkins: ‘We’re Heading In A Good Direction’ - CBS Philly
Malcolm Jenkins envisioned this. A week ago, Jenkins said the Eagles could be the class of the NFC East. The Eagles’ team leader and veteran safety said the Eagles could be sitting at 3-1 at the quarter mark of the NFL season. And the Eagles could be making strides in looking even better than they have in September. It appears after the Eagles’ 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday that everything Jenkins perceived has come to fruition. “We’re 3-1, 2-0 in the division and getting ready to hit a stretch of home games, so we’re obviously in a great spot,” Jenkins said. “We still have some things we could be better with and clean up some mistakes as we go along. For the most part, I think everyone is happy where we are.
Buffalo Bills receiver Jordan Matthews to miss time with thumb injury - Buffalo Rumblings
As first reported by WGR’s Sal Capaccio, the Buffalo Bills could be without top wide receiver Jordan Matthews for at least a month after the thumb injury he suffered in Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Matthews will undergo surgery to repair the thumb, the second injury he’s suffered since the Bills acquired him via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in August for Ronald Darby (who has yet to return to the field after an opening-week ankle injury) and a third-round pick. He missed almost all of his offseason work with the team after chipping his sternum during his first practice with the team.
Wolf Administration Emphasizes Importance of Practical Financial Skills for Students - Yahoo
Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary David W. Volkman addressed high school students at William W. Bodine High School today at an event promoting the importance of financial education for young people. Visa, Inc. and the National Football League partnered to create this unique "Financial Football" event, featuring an interactive, fast-paced game designed to teach students money management skills. Wiessmann and Volkman were joined by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella, Ron Fielder of PHEAA, representatives from Visa, and special guest Malcolm Jenkins, strong safety for the Philadelphia Eagles.
11 moments that defined the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington on ‘Monday Night Football’ - SB Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs are still the only undefeated team in the NFL, but beating Washington wasn’t an easy feat on Monday Night Football. The team needed Alex Smith to orchestrate one last drive in the final minute that set up a game-winning field goal to give the Chiefs the 29-20 win. It was an impressive performance by two good football teams and just came down to who had the last possession.
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Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: Number nineteen in your programs, number two overall in your hearts
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*And how might Patrick compare to other number two overall picks? [Inquirer]
*Future Flyers goalie Felix Sandstrom continues to impress across the pond. [BSH]
*Preseason can lead to a lot of overreaction from fanbases. Here are five of the biggest ones to come out of the last couple of weeks. [USA Today]
Subject: Video: Joel Embiid Was Spotted Running Through The Streets of Philly Last Night
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Subject: Flyers 2017-18 season preview
Folks...the season hasn’t started and we’re already yelling. It’s going to be a fun year.
It's the season preview show and we're yelling about Oskar Lindblom's demotion, the defensive log jam, Ghost's injury, and Giroux's move to wing. The gang makes their predictions for the upcoming season and attempt to console each other in light of the youth movement not fully coming to fruition.
Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup
Subject: Regression is mean to NFC East
Pretty good if you’re an Eagles fan though
Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Last Week: Actually ran the ball and beat the Chargers in
San Diego Philadelphia Los Angeles 26-24
This Week: Host the Traveling Bruce Arians Diaper Filling Show
After two weeks of a running attack that resembled QWOP, the Eagles have found new life on the ground after remembering that they employ running backs. Sure, they beat a winless team by two points after beating a winless team by three points, but holy crap have you seen the time of possession? They’re averaging a Christopher Nolan movie a game, with the plot twist being the defense giving up in the end of games. Good thing they only see the field in the fourth quarter for about four minutes a game.
Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
This Week: Aaron Rodgers
Dez Bryant, IDP MVP
Dez Bryant breaks up another INT on pass that Trumaine Johnson had in his hands. Bryant's got more PDs this season than half the NFL's CBs— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) October 1, 2017
Cowboys fans are now excited when Dez doesn’t catch the ball.
Almost nothing is going right for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott looks like a 4th round pick, Dez Bryant is living off name value, the offensive line misses Doug Free, Sean Lee is once again hurt, and the defense is still 8 players away from being decent. At least DeMarcus Lawrence is having a career year in a contract year for a team that refuses to understand the basics of the salary cap.
Washington Redskins (2-2)
This Week: Bye week
Are we sure this team is good? Their best receiver is Terrelle Pryor, their leading pass catcher is a running back. Their starting running back doesn’t lead the team in rushing. Their defense had one great game, in the other three they were average at best. Kirk Cousins is having another Kurt Coupons season of putting up good numbers while his team is mediocre. It’s going to be a few weeks before we find out if the Redskins are for real, as they have a bye before Cousins faces his next team, the hapless 49ers.
New York Giants (0-4)
Last Week: Extended their streak of not scoring 28+ points to 13 games and lost 25-23 to the Bucs.
This Week: Host the Chargers, so somebody is coming away with a win. Probably the Chargers, who have racked up plenty of experience on the road this year and don’t hate their best player.
After a controversial week, #Giants are not benching or handing on-field discipline to Odell Beckham, source said. The Mara talk was enough.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2017
Imagine disciplining your best player for scoring touchdowns.
That was easy.
The Giants went 8-3 in one score games in 2016. Even a marginal regression by the defense would put a strain on the Giants below average offense. The regression has been severe, and now the Giants are the worst team in both real and pretend New York. Just End Their Season.
Tweet of the Week
Giants haven't won a gime since this picture was taken pic.twitter.com/iW0Gxl7rDm— Rob (@rob_young17) October 1, 2017
Subject: Eagles-Chargers PFF Grades: Philadelphia
Best and worst of the Eagles-Chargers game.
Pro Football Focus releases the top five graded players from each team after every single NFL game. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Philadelphia Eagles following their Week 4 win against the Los Angeles Chargers.
C Jason Kelce, 90.0 overall grade
CB Patrick Robinson, 87.1 overall grade
T Lane Johnson, 86.8 overall grade
T Jason Peters, 86.7 overall grade
G Brandon Brooks, 86.1 overall grade
THE OFFENSIVE LINE
It’s no surprise to see four offensive linemen featured in the top five this week. The Eagles absolutely mashed the Chargers up front.
Philadelphia was able to open giant holes in the run game, as seen in the picture at the top of this article. The Eagles ran for one touchdown and 214 yards on 42 attempts (5.1 average). Philly’s run game was especially clutch late in the game when the Eagles had a two-point lead with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter. The Birds just kept pounding the rock until they ran out the clock.
When it came to pass protection, the Eagles only allowed one sack. That’s impressive considering Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram had combined for 23.5 ever since they started playing together in 2016. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson held both of them to zero sacks in this matchup.
After finishing as the second highest graded Eagles player in Week 3, Kelce finished first this week. Talk about a bounce-back season.
When the play calling was kept to the Eagles bread and butter of zone runs, their offensive line led by Jason Kelce presented a platform for their backs to dominate. Kelce comfortably got the better of his matchup with Brandon Mebane and, along with double teams from the guards and tackles either side of him, consistently cleared a path for the ground game and was a key factor in the Eagles closing it out with an outstanding drive to wind off nearly the last 7 minutes of the game.
As we all know, PFF was very high on the Eagles’ offensive line heading into this season. They said Philly had the best OL in the league.
Well, so far Kelce ranks second out of 47 centers graded by PFF this year. Peters and Johnson rank second and fifth, respectively, out of 68 tackles. Starting guards Brandon Brooks and Stefen Wisniewski rank 10th and 17th.
Chance Warmack hasn’t played enough snaps to qualify in the rankings. His current grade would put him at 43rd, which is one spot under a familiar name ... Allen Barbre. I keep saying the Eagles should really just stick with Wis but it seems like they’re insistent on getting Warmack in there.
Here’s some offensive line porn for your viewing pleasure.
Shot 2 - Split zone run. Ertz basically blocks 2. Agholor releases outside, removes slot CB. GREAT doubles. Blount does the rest for 68 yds! pic.twitter.com/UCIyH7e4Hw— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 3 - OL was downright NASTY yesterday. Great double teams again up front. Peters / Wiz get 3-tech on the ground. Kelce/Brooks stretch NT pic.twitter.com/mAaBwUbo6L— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 11 - Wentz reads this blitz perfectly; throws right into the void. Beautiful. Don't miss the end zone shot for a Jason Peters highlight pic.twitter.com/SaRvSULu1A— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 15 - Final drive again; watch how backside LB is late to react to run (RPO effect). Great pass-off frontside between Kelce / Brooks pic.twitter.com/YJfHl4uoan— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Robinson has finished in the top five graded players three times now this season. Who could’ve seen that coming?
While rookie CB Rasul Douglas struggled, veteran Patrick Robinson continued his string of solid performances with a coverage grade of 87.0. Robinson was on the field for 27 total coverage snaps and was not targeted a single time, he also recorded a pass break up on a play where he wasn’t the primary defender. Robinson provides some stability to the Eagles young secondary and looks to continue his strong season as the weeks progress.
Robinson ranks fourth out of 111 cornerbacks this season. Eric Rowe is still dead last at No. 111.
Robinson has only allowed one reception for every 14.3 coverage snaps, which ranks fifth best in the league. In 100 slot coverage snaps, Robinson has allowed seven catches for 128 yards and one touchdown. He also has an interception and four passes defensed. Robinson has tackled well; he ranks second overall in PFF’s “stop percentage.”
The Eagles’ secondary has their fair share of issues but Robinson isn’t a major one. He’s turned out to be a good bargain-bin signing for Philly.
Wentz didn’t make the top five but PFF included another mystifying blurb on him.
Another game of ups and downs from Wentz, with some big plays down the field to Zach Ertz and an early play to Nelson Agholor that were offset by some dangerous throws that on another day would have led to interceptions. Wentz’s completion percentage dropped to 35 percent under pressure today, and for the season it is at 39 percent. Greater efficiency under pressure will be crucial to the Eagles and Wentz taking a step forward as the season wears on.
It may seem like PFF hates Wentz, but it’s worth noting he’s ranked 11th out of all 32 quarterbacks this season. Still, this seems too harsh.
Sure, Wentz didn’t post a sexy stat line on Sunday. But anyone who watched the game knows he played well. Wentz’s impact goes beyond the ability to make plays with his arm. He did a great job of being in total command of the offense; making audibles at the line of scrimmage, shifting protections, etc. Wentz also dropped some absolute dimes on those deep passes he was previously struggling with this season. The second-year quarterback’s numbers would have looked a lot better if Torrey Smith didn’t drop some of his passes.
Here’s a look at some of the bright spots from Wentz’s performance.
Shot 6 - Not every play goes exactly as drawn up, though. Sometimes you just need your QB to make a great play. pic.twitter.com/XQgUJA6Cpo— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 8 - Wentz drops a dime over the top to Ertz (leads all NFL TEs with 17 1st down grabs; leads NFL TEs w/ 98 catches since 10/3/16) pic.twitter.com/0yOTNGWFMe— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 9 - Only a matter of time until Wentz & Smith hit on these. Great throws here. Both have had their share of mistakes. TDs will come! pic.twitter.com/R0zAWTrlai— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 11 - Wentz reads this blitz perfectly; throws right into the void. Beautiful. Don't miss the end zone shot for a Jason Peters highlight pic.twitter.com/SaRvSULu1A— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Shot 14 - Another example (this time from 4-min drill to end the game) same exact play that went to Ertz for 38yds. This time goes to Alshon pic.twitter.com/yxm7RFFSWp— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) October 2, 2017
Beau Allen had his best game of the season and gave the interior of the Chargers offensive line fits, he totaled five pressures on the day with four hurries and one sack. Allen finished with a pass-rush productivity (PRP) of 16.0, which currently ranks first among interior defenders for Week 4. Among the three interior offensive linemen for the Chargers, Kenny Wiggins had the best pass-block grade at 74.0, so Allen can expect to see stiffer competition as the season progresses.
Allen obviously isn’t a guy the Eagles want starting all 16 games but he’s more than a capable fill-in guy. It’ll be interesting to see what the Birds do with him this offseason when Allen is scheduled to be a free agent. The Eagles reportedly had contract talks with him earlier this year but nothing materialized.
PFF didn’t mention it in their recap but the Eagles’ secondary deserves a dishonorable mention here. Starting outside cornerbacks Rasul Douglas (67th) and Jalen Mills (88th) are far from perfect in coverage. Douglas was especially victimized in this Eagles-Chargers game. The safeties aren’t much better. Malcolm Jenkins (50th) and Rodney McLeod (79th) are having issues as well.
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