Dak Prescott. (USA Today Sports)
The Eagles’ defensive game plan against the Cowboys is relatively simple: Stop the run and make rookie quarterback Dak Prescott beat them.
“He’s got a great run game to help him out. Nothing has really been heavily on his shoulders, so we haven’t gotten the full rookie quarterback out of him,” Leodis McKelvin said. “What every quarterback would love to have is a run game, and that’s what he has. That’s what keeps him the player he is.
“The goal is to stop the run. That’s what got everything going, and that’s what will keep things going.” Read more »
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Now that Week 7 of the 2016 NFL season is over, let’s take a look at the updated standings in our weekly NFL game predictions. Josh is still in the lead while Chris is at the bottom of the pack.
Every Thursday, the Birds 24/7 staff will predict the winners of each and every game. We’re also inviting you, the readers, to get involved by voting in the polls below. We’ll take your favorites to win each game and log them in the “Readers” column in the prediction table. We’ll tally the results along the way and see who comes out on top at the end of the season. Feel free to post your own predictions or discuss the writer predictions in the comments.
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Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
The two rookies haven’t even played each other yet, but players and coaches are already saying the burgeoning rivalry between Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott could be the a Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning-like matchup for years to come.
“Peyton and Brady — that’s an extremely high honor to be mentioned with those guys. But obviously, I’ve spoken highly of Carson; I know he can be named with those guys with more years of playing. Also, I have a high respect for Dak, too,” Jordan Matthews said. “(Prescott) has a good mindset. You’re talking about a guy who is a poised quarterback. He knows what it means to be a leader. He knows what it means to be game-planned for, and I feel like Carson is the same way.
“The thing I love about Carson, obviously, is he has that same ability, but he also has a chip on his shoulder. So you’re talking about two guys that could potentially be like a Brady and Peyton rivalry. The only difference is you’re going to get this two times a year and possibly playoffs. It’s a fun thing to be a part of, but I’m glad we got (Wentz).” Read more »
Mychal Kendricks. (Jeff Fusco)
Some thoughts on why the Eagles’ defense played so well in their 21-10 win over the Vikings after reviewing the All-22 coaches film: Read more »
Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)
Reports on Monday indicated the Eagles were interested in trading for 49ers receiver Torrey Smith and possibly Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, but Doug Pederson denied that Wednesday morning during his press conference.
“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said, “and I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.” Read more »
Jim Schwartz. (Jeff Fusco)
With Week 7 of the 2016 NFL season in the books, here’s a look at three Philadelphia Eagles numbers that matter.
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Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
There’s been a lot of talk about how Carson Wentz has struggled recently, and rightfully so. The rookie quarterback has completed 54% of his passes for 317 yards (6.3 yards per attempt), one touchdown, two interceptions, a fumble lost, and a 63.5 passer rating in his last two starts.
Wentz has struggled with accuracy issues that were present during spring and summer practices. He’s failed to see open receivers at times, including a moment on Sunday when he had Brent Celek running wide open down the middle.
But while Wentz has struggled, it’s not all his fault. Read more »
Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)
In the final five minutes in the fourth quarter of all NFL games this year, running backs have fumbled just three times (h/t Reuben Frank). Ryan Mathews owns two of those — both coming in the last three weeks — as the Eagles had the lead and were trying to wind the clock down.
“It’s definitely a concern and we don’t want to see it, especially in those situations,” Doug Pederson said. “We’ve got to continue to either find out if he’s tired, where he’s at at the end of the game; if we need to put Wendell [Smallwood] or Darren [Sproles] in there — we’ll find out more about that. But by no means am I down on Ryan at all. We just have to make sure that he understands that he can’t obviously do that and put ourselves in a situation where we’re giving the ball back to the opponent.
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Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
The seventh week of the 2016 NFL schedule is over. Now it’s time to see how all 32 teams stack up. Let’s dive right in to this week’s edition of NFL Power Rankings. For reference purposes, here’s a link to last week’s order. Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
With the Eagles preparing to take on the Dallas Cowboys with first place in the NFC East on the line, let’s dive into the latest Philadelphia Eagles stories from around the web. Read more »