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
Subject: The Sixers Are in the Top 5 in Zach Lowe
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.
Subject: Now What? Assessing The Phillies
Subject: And Now We Have Video of Joel Embiid Dominating Tennis Courts at Night
Subject: Colin Cowherd is the dumbest sports personality in America
HOT TAKE ALERT
I’d like to think I usually don’t concern myself with Hot Take Artists such as Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, etc. Their jobs basically involve saying controversial stuff in order to get people riled up and gain more attention. By giving them the attention they want, you lose.
But I just can’t help myself today. I have to share this awful Cowherd take because it’s just so ridiculous.
Philadelphia is the dumbest sports city in America pic.twitter.com/gx10OchApB— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 3, 2017
If you don’t wanna watch the clip, here’s the summary: Philly fans are dumb because they “ran Andy Reid out of town” and they’re too harsh to Villanova head coach Jay Wright. Cowherd also throws a line in there about how “Philly was once the nation’s capitol and [they] blew that too.”
I can’t believe we’re still talking about Reid being fired from the Eagles more than five years later.
In a perfect world, yes, the Eagles would’ve been able to keep Reid around. But it wasn’t realistic. He was too involved in personnel. He even admitted this after leaving Philly.
Reid made a number of big mistakes at the end of his career here. Cowherd totally fails to mention the awful Danny Watkins pick. Or the fact that Big Red hired THE OFFENSIVE LINE COACH to be his defensive coordinator.
Yes, the Eagles had a lot of success under Reid. But they also never the game that mattered the most. It’s not like Reid was perfect.
It’s true that Reid has had a lot of success with the Chiefs after being fired by Philly. But there’s just no way you can look at that and say “should’ve kept!”
KC is a totally different environment for Reid. He’s less involved with personnel (or at least it appears that way). He’s calling the plays again instead of delegating to lesser-talented offensive coordinators (I’m looking at you, Marty). Reid’s offense going stale in Philly forced him to get creative at his second NFL head coaching gig.
The narrative that Eagles fans ran Reid out of town is so off-base. If Cowherd really believes that Philadelphia is the dumbest sports city in America, then that makes him the dumbest sports personality in America.
Subject: Nine curated playlists for the Philadelphia Flyers
A song for every hockey occasion! For every distinct hockey feeling! The hills are alive with the sound of hockey!
Man, it’s nice to have the boys back in town. Well, technically speaking, out of town, but...you get the idea.
As we prepare for this fresh new start, I tried to think of some good ideas to get the season off on the right foot. What’s the one unifier among us?, I wondered. Hockey, duh doy, but what besides that? Music, of course! This is an emotional sport that we follow, and what better to help you celebrate the highs and wallow in the lows than a selection of pre-made playlists created by yours truly.
Enjoy! Or don’t! Taste is subjective.
New season, new you!
1. Dreams and Nightmares (Intro), Meek Mill
The first track off the Philadelphia native’s debut album is the perfect way to set the stage for the upcoming season. Dreams and nightmares? Sure sounds like my Philadelphia Flyers!
2. Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
While it’s perhaps a little on the nose, Survivor’s rock anthem remains classic while also harkening back to images of Rocky and Apollo Creed, the true heroes of our time.
3. Tom Sawyer, Rush
The lead single off one of the defining pieces of 80s rock, Tom Sawyer is perfectly confident for a season opener. Plus, it’s literally impossible to listen to Geddy Lee’s screeching tenor without feeling a distinct desire to get the fuck up and do some jumping jacks or something.
4. It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll), AC/DC
Hah, heard that, AC/DC! This song is sick. Not much else to say. Next.
5. Sabotage, Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys had to be on this playlist because, hey, what’s more exciting than this? A badass song for a (hopefully) badass season.
6. Pursuit of Happiness, Kid Cudi, MGMT, Ratatat, Steve Aoki
The Flyers used this remix several years ago as a warm-up, and once you’ve heard it, you immediately realize why. It’s the perfect electro-house jam.
7. All That I Know, Moosh & Twist
Twist opens the first verse with a tone-setter: “You already know just where I be dog, I ain’t being cocky/But Philly what I’m reppin’, watch me check it like it’s hockey.” All That I Know has slick, polished bars, an earworm of a chorus, and is altogether an absolutely addictive listen.
8. Money Longer, Lil Uzi Vert
Still one of the most iconic examples of critic-dubbed “mumble rap”, the song that helped launch the global Lil Uzi Vert brand is cocky, self-assured, and well-suited for this playlist.
9. Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh), Rich Homie Quan
Managing to sound incredibly relaxed over the bouncing beat, Quan gives us a three-minute long brag session, and who among us can’t relate to that? Oh, all of us? Still, great song.
10. Space Jam Theme, Quad City DJ’s
Though Space Jam is a movie about basketball that literally stars Michael Jordan, the theme to this iconic film is a flawless closer to pump you up for the start of the season.
Sweet baby boy Paddycakes has tallied. May he continue to fuck up some box scores. Long may he rain on these hoes. Amen.
1. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Blood, Sweat & Tears
I could cut this playlist after this song, to be quite honest. This song bangs, and Blood, Sweat & Tears is legendary. I am screaming this song as I type these words. Imagine me screaming it lovingly at Nolan.
2. D.R.A.M. Sings Special, D.R.A.M. (uncredited), Chance The Rapper
The first interlude on Chance’s third mixtape, Coloring Book, Special is so distressingly sweet that it’ll give you a cavity. Brush your teeth, or pay the price.
3. Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundations
Would Nolan ever break our hearts? Fortune says “never.”
4. You Make My Dreams, Hall & Oates
Philadelphia legends Daryl Hall and John Oates deliver an absolute bop on this track, and quite frankly, the 19-year-old from Winnipeg sure does make my dreams come true.
5. Unforgettable, Nat and Natalie King Cole
This remix edits Nat’s original solo to a duet with his daughter. It’s a standard for a reason. Beautiful, just like our very good boy.
6. You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban
Josh Groban killed six cherubs in the dark sacrifice necessary to create this fuckin’ masterpiece, a tour-de-force for the vocalist. The least we can do is dedicate it to Our Son.
7. Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Kanye West
Transitioning now from dreamy thankfulness into slightly more he’s hot shit and we all know it territory, West’s first single off the revered Graduation album is the perfect song for this, our perfect beautiful child.
8. Me Too, Meghan Trainor
Trainor’s electronic self-love anthem only continues that theme, and I, for one, would love to see Nolan Patrick just rip this song to shreds at Adobe or something.
9. I’m the One, DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
2017’s summer jam is the perfect penultimate song for this playlist, and while he maybe didn’t go first, he’s definitely the one to us.
10. The Greatest, Sia, Kendrick Lamar
Sia and Kendrick go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you look for the song facts about this tune, you’ll note it was literally written about Nolan “Rosy Cheeks” Patrick.
Getting hurt is a part of life, you just didn’t think it would hurt this bad.
1. Hurt, Johnny Cash
Sure, Cash’s Nine Inch Nails cover may be predictable, but it’s the best cover song of all time, and sometimes, you just gotta cry it out.
2. Physical Pain, Joan Armatrading
Joan Armatrading’s music is completely underrated, so if this is what it takes to get more people to listen to her, then I’ll do what I have to do.
3. Bodies, Drowning Pool
Hey, it sucks seeing a dude get injured! What better to work off that frustration than literally the only Drowning Pool song I know?
4. S.O.B., Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Rateliff and the band’s debut single is the catchiest and most socially acceptable way to yell “son of a bitch” at the top of your lungs.
5. Don’t Lose Your Temper, XTC
XTC’s wild new wave, art rock style is impossible to duplicate, much like the understanding but frustrated anger with an injured player.
6. The Show Must Go On, Queen
Mercury recorded this song while dying from AIDS and absolutely crushed it. The least you can do is stop being a baby about a hockey team.
7. Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine
Well, it was either this or Taylor Swift.
8. Float On, Modest Mouse
“Bad things will eventually get better,” says a humble rodent. Don’t believe it, though, because they write about depressing shit like, almost exclusively.
9. Roll with the Changes, REO Speedwagon
REO Speedwagon is a gem of mid-1970s American rock, and I stand by the fact that the use of this song in 24/7 was exceptionally clever. (By the way, someone on Spotify helpfully compiled all the songs used in the Flyers/Rangers 24/7 here.)
10. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N., Noah And The Whale
Acceptance: the final stage of grief. He’ll be back. He always comes back. Don’t worry your pretty little head about it.
Assuming it’s a player you like, of course! If not, please skip forward to the “for a big win” playlist!
1. Stay, Rihanna
The Queen of Barbados and also Queen of The World’s voice has never sounded so heart-wrenchingly beautiful than on this track with Mikky Ekko. Don’t cry. You can keep it together.
2. Last Kiss, Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder has perpetual marble mouth, but this song is very sweet and very depressing, so here you go, Pearl Jam fans, you scamps.
3. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd’s song about detachment and loneliness is easily one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and even from the first notes of the opening riff, it’s enough to make you sob! Perfect!
4. I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You, Colin Hay
Colin Hay’s claim to fame was as the frontman of Men at Work (remember Down Under? Great song), but Hay’s solo career has produced some absolute bangers, including this unsubtly upsetting song which totally fits the mood.
5. Night Changes, One Direction
Had to get a 1D song in here somewhere. Night Changes is the best One Direction song, and you can fight me on that, if you still have strong opinions on One Direction in the year of our Lord 2017.
6. Don’t Look Back In Anger, Oasis
Despite the fact that Oasis is kind of a meme now (speaking of, here’s Wonderwall), Don’t Look Back In Anger is a warning against dwelling on those who’ve wronged you. Just in case you were looking to direct your hate towards a certain angry goaltender Dad.
7. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
One hit wonder extraordinaire, The Proclaimers, really friggin’ nailed this one, huh? This jam is all about dedication, buddy. You’ll follow your boy anywhere. Even to St. Louis, which, as we all know, doesn’t exist.
8. Send My Love (To Your New Lover), Adele
Adele’s contentious album of the year winner 25 was so deep with hits that Send My Love was actually the third released single. This is the ultimate “no, I’m not bitter” song, even though, perhaps, you are still a little bitter.
9. Who Are You, The Who
In this context, this song is very petty. Sometimes, though, you just have to pretend like you’ve never met someone before and then ask, “who are you?”
10. Someone New, Hozier
Trades mean new boys! New boys! New boys! New boys! New boys!
Sports? They’ve never been so good!
1. Get The Party Started, P!nk
P!nk’s second studio album, M!ssundaztood, is a perfect representation of her wheelhouse: strong vocals, good lyrics, and pop music with a decidedly alt-flair. The poppiest of the tracks, Get The Party Started, was, unsurprisingly, most popular.
2. Yeah!, Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
Usher and Lil Jon’s smash hit that helped launch crunk music into mainstream music (and the mid-2000s charts) remains just as fresh as the day it came out.
3. Big Pimpin’/Papercut, Jay Z, Linkin Park
Collision Course was the album that defined a generation of kids who couldn’t decide between rap and rock, and this mashup is the second best of the six. (Originally, this entry was just Big Pimpin’, but...Tidal. Enjoy this anyway.)
4. Team, Krewella
The description of the music video for Krewella’s electronic dance hit reads “Not ‘no new friends,’ it is ‘only real ones.’” Fitting. We’ve got real ones for days!
5. Praise You, Fatboy Slim
Aw man, I remember this song from way back when it was on Now That’s What I Call Music! 2. Always got me feelin’ hype.
6. Maria (I Like It Loud), Scooter
The song affectionately known as “Doop” became somewhat of a phenomenon for Philadelphia when it was originally adopted by the Union. After a good run as goal song, this eurotrash techno classic deserves a spot on the win list.
7. 7/11, Beyonce
The lead single from Beyonce’s eponymous platinum-edition album, 7/11 is a good ol’ fashioned party track. Ain’t nothin’ better.
8. Dope, BTS
Easily BTS’s most commercially successful venture at the time but their third EP, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 launched the group into mega-stardom, much thanks to this high-energy hip-hop/dance-pop hybrid hit now synonymous with their style.
9. Feeling Myself, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce
The second collab between the self-proclaimed queen of rap and Queen B did not disappoint, and this is a true jam for after a win.
10. Whipped Cream, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
I couldn’t help myself here. A fun little song from a quintessential album (if not solely for the cover art).
For a big loss
Sports? They’ve never been so bad.
1. The Sound of Silence, Disturbed
This haunting cover of the Simon and Garfunkel sad girl classic is a choice way to begin your next mental breakdown.
2. I Don’t Care Anymore, Phil Collins
You still care, but let's try to pretend for a while Phil lets the reverb on that set sing.
3. 9 Crimes, Damien Rice
This was, without a doubt, my favorite depression song while in high school. That says enough, I think.
4. Say Something, A Great Big World
If you were actually giving up on this awful team, you certainly wouldn't have made it to number four on a playlist dedicated to the emotional trauma they put you through, but again, let’s pretend.
5. Fix You, Coldplay
Chris Martin was never and will never be better than he was during Fix You. People overuse the word iconic a lot, but...wow, iconic.
6. hate u love u, gnash, Olivia O’Brien
Have to be honest, this is just getting depressing at this point.
7. Frustrated, R.LUM.R
This is the heavily produced and eclectic R&B of the future. R.LUM.R is a genius with a falsetto that challenges The Weeknd’s.
8. Dirty Work, Steely Dan
“I refuse to support this team further,” you say, while looking at the declining ticket prices on StubHub and immediately seizing the opportunity. You vulture.
9. Mad World, Gary Jules, Michael Andrews
Play this iconic Tears for Fears cover over the lowlights of the loss and by George, you’ve got yourself a viral tweet. 100 retweets, guaranteed.
10. Spirits, The Strumbellas
The Strumbellas are Canadian, so this song about fighting off your demons really jives with our theme. Guns in your head? Seek medical attention.
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.
1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
Let’s get something straight. The Flyers will never get enough.
2. Smarter Than You, The Undertones
The Undertones have a great history of super fun punk-rock tracks that feel like spasms, and this song is no different, but its relation to this playlist really starts and stops with the title.
3. Smooth Sailing, Queens of the Stone Age
This song is just fuckin’ awesome start to finish, and it really does feel like smooth sailing after beating the Pens, doesn’t it?
4. Rebel Yell, Billy Idol
Rebel Yell but instead of about a woman screaming for more D, it’s me screaming for more defense! Get it? Okay, goodbye.
5. Okay, I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don’t, Brand New
6. All I Do Is Win, DJ Khaled
I mean, can’t argue with straight fax, right?
7. Diva, Beyonce
Beyonce always carries a strong message of female empowerment, but this was the loudest and strongest example of that message in her career thus far. What can I say? The Flyers beating the Penguins always makes me feel like That Bitch.
8. Applause, Lady Gaga
Gaga’s weakest showing, Artpop, still had strong singles, namely this EDM jam that still gets stuck in my head and has distinct Tinkerbell overtones.
9. Power, Kanye West
The first single from West’s masterful My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, earned widespread critical acclaim, stayed on the Hot 100 charts for eight weeks, and is the perfect song for happily @ing Penguins fans on twitter after a win.
10. Freek-A-Leek, Petey Pablo
Don’t really have a reason for this excellent song being on the list other than to remind people of it.
Hah! Good one.
It’s dramatic, it’s tragic, it’s tradition.
1. Devil Town, Bright Eyes
Remember when this song was in Friday Night Lights? Sometimes, small Texas towns can also be Philadelphia, the city where sports go to die.
2. Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen
Forgive me, but I couldn’t avoid this song. It’s just too sad.
3. The Drugs Don’t Work, The Verve
The same can be said of me after Flyers losses. I take a handful of Advil and just...nothing.
4. Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt
James Blunt is so sad and exclusively makes sad music, so...it works here. Goodbye, The Flyers. We’ll see you never.
5. human, Christina Perri
This offering from Perri’s jittery mezzo is eerie to me for some reason, and honestly, I am only human, so why do I keep doing this to myself? I’m going home.
6. All Time Low, Jon Bellion
Wanna hear the lyric that sums up the last four years of Flyers hockey? “I’ve been trying to fix my pride, but that shit’s broken.” Literally same, Jon.
7. F**K All the Perfect People, Chip Taylor, The New Ukrainians
Yeah, fuck you, whomever makes the playoffs. We didn’t need that shit anyway. We’re above all that. We prefer sadness. It’s our choice.
8. This Year, The Mountain Goats
As I’ve previously tweeted, The Mountain Goats have a song for every unique form of sadness there is. This form of sadness is “things will get better maybe, and if they don’t, I’ll just die instead.”
9. I Will Follow You Into The Dark, Death Cab for Cutie
Would you die for the Flyers? I’m literally asking. Would you? I know that you would. This song is about dying for the Flyers (or something).
10. Until the Night, Billy Joel
This song is what I consider to be Billy Joel’s masterpiece. Beautiful vocals, beautiful piano, beautiful message. We’ll make it out of this. I hope.
Yes, bitch! Stanley Cup, here we come!
1. My Neck, My Back, Khia
Another Philadelphia native, Khia’s breakout song is just like, a fun one. Don’t, uh, don’t play it in front of kids though.
2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
Lauper flexes her lyric soprano and hits a belted E5 effortlessly here, and boy, that makes your spine tingle and also explains why people should stop trying this thing at karaoke, Brian.
3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Whitney Houston
From icon to icon, we move to Queen Whitney who proved with this song, once and for all, that pop dance tracks with serious vocals are far better than pop dance tracks with basic vocals.
4. Peanut Butter Jelly, Galantis
My best friend Alex was the first person to play me this song, and she told me that her dad heard it at a spin class. So yeah. Pretty good stuff.
5. No Diggity, Blackstreet
No Diggity is one of those jams that just sticks with you until you’re dead. Excellent verses from Dr. Dre and Queen Pen pair well with the smooth vocals from the Blackstreet boys, whose harmonies blend effortlessly.
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy, Alice Cooper
Playoffs in a song.
7. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming, Judas Priest
Assuming that the Flyers make it into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth (what? I’m trying to be realistic here), they’ll be going in with a chip on their shoulder, and what’s more fun than that? Hockey’s so good when it’s good.
8. Final Countdown, Europe
16 wins, baby. It’s the final countdown!
9. Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
Aren’t we all, Mr. Jovi? Plus, if all else fails, you can always revert to the Danny Briere version of this song that will haunt me until I’m six feet under.
10. Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen
The Flyers will not stop until they win the Cup or they lose four times against an opponent, whichever comes first. It’ll be fun no matter how it ends!
Subject: Colin Cowherd Trashes Philly Fans Over Andy Reid, Terry Francona and Jay Wright
Subject: Carson Wentz
Good job, Carson.
Carson Wentz hasn’t posted the most eye-popping stat line through the first four games of the 2017 NFL season, but he’s hardly been a slouch. Here's what a projection of Wentz’s current stats look like projected through a 16 game season.
Wentz has played 20 out of 20 possible games in his career so far.
Wentz threw for 3,782 yards as a rookie in 2016. He’s currently on pace to break a franchise record for passing yards. No Eagles quarterback has ever gone over 4,000. Donovan McNabb came the closest in 2008 when he had 3,916 yards.
24 passing touchdowns
Wentz threw 16 touchdowns in 2016 so this would be a nice little jump. The Eagles’ franchise record for passing touchdowns in a single season is 32 by Sonny Jurgensen in 1961. 24 touchdowns would rank tied with Randall Cunningham (1988) and Norm Van Brocklin (1960) for ninth most in a single season.
Wentz had 14 interceptions in 2016 so cutting them down would be ideal. Both of the picks Wentz has thrown this season were tipped. In fairness, though, he’s also had some potential interceptions that have fallen to the ground. Let’s call it a wash.
For perspective here, McNabb had a 21-13 TD-INT ratio in the second year of his career. Wentz is on pace for 24-8. That’d be a nice season and very much a step in the right direction.
Wentz threw the second most pass attempts of any rookie quarterback EVER last season: 607. That was too much. The Eagles are always going to end up throwing the ball with Wentz around; that’s what they drafted him for. But the run game has been effective lately, which is nice because it takes some pressure off the second-year quarterback’s arm. It remains to be seen how that holds up.
Wentz is on pace for the second most completions in single-season Eagles history. First overall is ... Wentz ... with 379 as a rookie.
7.2 yards per attempt
This figure is a significant increase from last year’s rate of 6.2. Wentz still needs to improve on his deep accuracy, but he’s still showing some improvement in this category. For reference, McNabb averaged 5.9 yards per attempt in his second season and 6.6 in his third. He didn’t reach over 6.5 until 2004, his sixth year in the league.
60.5 % percentage
Wentz completed 62.4% of his passes in 2016 so this figure is down. The trade-off, however, is that Wentz is gaining more yards per attempt on his throws. The Eagles were being a lot more conservative with Wentz as a rookie which helped inflate his completion percentage. For reference, McNabb didn’t reach above 60% until 2004.
80 rush attempts
It seemed like Wentz made a concerted effort to not run too much as a rookie. He only took off 46 times. Being more willing to run the ball was a point of emphasis by Eagles quarterback John DeFilippo this offseason. Wentz said that Flip has challenged him to pick up at least one first down with his legs per game. Wentz is more than capable of doing that so it’s a good thing for the quarterback to keep in mind.
388 rush yards
Wentz finished with only 150 rushing yards in 2016 so this would be a big jump.
0 rushing touchdowns
Wentz scored two rushing touchdowns as a rookie. I’d guess he’ll finish around that mark again this year.
Wentz seems to have a number of “fumbles” where there’s a botched snap. It’s not always his fault, but there are some times where he needs to be more careful. For example, Wentz took his eyes off the ball on a shotgun snap in the Eagles-Chargers game. He quickly recovered it. I wouldn’t put too much into this high number because “fumble” is a loose definition in his case.
Add up Wentz's projected passing and running yards together and you get 4,620 yards of total offense. Pretty good! Or at least it’s pretty decent for being “not a top 20 quarterback.”
For real, though, Wentz’s early numbers are encouraging. They definitely show he’s making progress in his development. Beyond the numbers, it’s clear Wentz is doing a great job of being in command of the offense.
Wentz isn’t without his flaws; his accuracy must improve. But there’s plenty of reason to feel good about him as the Eagles’ franchise quarterback moving forward.
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