Despite working on contingency plans this week to account for Hurricane Joaquin, the NFL announced that it does expect the game to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedEx Field. Here’s a look at how the teams are coming in from a health perspective:
LB Kiko Alonso (knee), DE Taylor Hart (shoulder), DE Cedric Thornton (hand)
LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), S Chris Maragos (quadricep), RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), T Jason Peters (quadricep)
TE Trey Burton (shoulder), WR Riley Cooper (knee), WR Josh Huff (hamstring)
Earlier in the week, Chip Kelly sounded optimistic that Peters and Maragos would be available for this one. Murray was a full participant Thursday and Friday after being limited on Wednesday. He missed last week’s game against the Jets with a hamstring strain.
Jay Gruden did not sound optimistic earlier in the week about DeSean Jackson‘s chances, and it turns out the receiver will in fact miss the matchup with his former team because of a lingering hamstring. DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Perry Riley are out as well.
“Our whole way of looking at it is not be satisfied with just 10-6, 10-6,” Jeffrey Luriesaid in March. “It’s to try and go for it. You got to take risks to do that. It’s worth it to take the risk.”
Perhaps the biggest risk Philadelphia has taken so far in Chip Kelly’s tenure is trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford. Foles threw for 40 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions and 5,054 yards in 21 games under Kelly. Bradford, meanwhile, had only played in seven games in the previous two seasons at the time the deal was made. Read more »
With a new defensive coordinator and DeSean Jackson likely out of the lineup, Washington will look different than the last time Philadelphia saw them. With that in mind, we asked several Eagles about what to expect from their NFC East rival on Sunday. Read more »
Will the Pope bless the Eagles a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)
Malcolm Jenkins wants to apologize to you.
“DeAngelo Williams was terrible [Sunday],” he said. “I lost my fantasy game, by the way, because of him. I guess I’m not the one that should be giving fantasy advice.”
Although we’ll give the Eagles safety another chance this week, we decided to listen to him and talked to rookie defensive back Denzel Rice. According to Jenkins, Rice is undefeated in the secondary’s fantasy league and has the best team “by far.” Both of their sleepers picks for this week are at the bottom.
As always, the projections for the Eagles are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on. Read more »
In the fourth episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh pose the question: Who’s the top dog in the uneven NFC East? They also look ahead to the Eagles’ Week 4 showdown with Washington and give us some predictions.
According to Chip Kelly, NFL coaches watch the weather as much as anything else. That might normally be an exaggeration, but this week, the claim holds some water.
With the league eyeing the trajectory of Hurricane Joaquin as it tracks towards the Northeast, Kelly fielded plenty of questions about how his team is preparing for a potential rainstorm when the Eagles head to Washington this Sunday.
Here’s what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
MMQB’s Andy Benoit explored the struggles of Sam Bradford despite the Eagles’ win against the Jets in Week 3.
Week 4 presents a great opportunity for this passing game to get on track. Philly faces a Washington defense that, through three weeks, has been schematically predictable. Unless it’s third-and-medium-or-less, new defensive coordinator Joe Barry has generally employed a straight three-over, four-under zone. (Or that’s how the coverages have ended up, anyway.)
Early in the down, they’ve been disguised as other things, and a big part of the coverages are the built-in rotations defenders take in unraveling their disguises. Bradford must get a handle on those rotations and project where moving bodies are going. Whether he does or not will be the most revealing indication yet of what Chip Kelly really has in his new quarterback.
Asked about Nelson Agholor‘s slow start, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur pointed to the early portion of Jordan Matthews‘ rookie campaign to help explain why it’s premature to be overly concerned.
“I think there’s a lot of similarities to his game if you compare it to Jordan Matthews a year ago,” he said. “You know, he was kind of grinding it out and we were all asking questions, ‘When is it going to happen? When is it going to happen?’ And boom, he had a game where he had a good bunch of production.”
To Shurmur’s point, Matthews was held to three catches on eight targets in his first two games. The breakout occurred in Week 3 against Washington — this week’s opponent. Matthews had eight catches for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns to kickstart what proved to be a very productive rookie year.
“I think Nelson can do even better than me,” said Matthews. Read more »
The Eagles’ season through three weeks has been a fascinating series of twists and turns. Before the opener in Atlanta, many considered the rushing attack to be a potential juggernaut. After Week 3, however, they rank third-to-last in yards per carry.
The secondary, meanwhile, was considered a potential weakness in the offseason. But after the win against New York, the Eagles’ defense ranks in the top-10 in interceptions, opponent passer rating and yards per throw allowed. Read more »
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