Three-And-Out: Eagles-49ers Predictions

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: David Molk

The Eagles have suffered several injuries so far this season, but the loss of Jason Kelce is one that could prove to be devastating. Kelce set the protections, was very good in the run game, solid in pass pro and one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the league on screens.

Those are big shoes to fill for Molk, who was out of the league last year and will be making his first career start. Against Washington, Molk struggled, but he’s now had a chance to practice with the first team all week long. The Eagles don’t need him to Kelce, but they need him to be adequate. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy’s State Of Mind

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers don’t seem to add up.

LeSean McCoy is averaging 2.9 YPC through three games. He has one run of 20+ yards and has only found the end zone once.

Yet somehow, the Eagles are undefeated, one of three teams in the NFL sitting at 3-0 going into this weekend.

“It’s hard to really say because when you watch a team on tape and you see other teams run the ball on them, they may play a different style defense to that team than they do to us,” said McCoy, when asked why the Eagles can’t seem to get the ground game going. “The first thing you look at to try and stop us is the run, which was obvious Sunday. So I really can’t call it, just gotta keep fighting and getting at it, and hopefully that passing game opens some things up. And now that’s a threat where people can back off a little bit.” Read more »

All-22: Maclin Gets Loose On Jailbreak Screen

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In Chip Kelly’s first game as an NFL head coach against Jim Haslett and Washington last season, he used a look in the second quarter that we would see pretty much on a weekly basis throughout the year.

It featured stacked receivers to both sides and a single back. Read more »

All-22: Issues Plaguing the Eagles’ Defense

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Billy Davis has had to strike a balance quite a bit since taking over as the Eagles defensive coordinator last year.

He is honest in admitting when his unit doesn’t play well, but he’s also a positive person by nature and tries to look ahead. After all, it’s not like the defense is loaded with talent, and the team is 3-0 heading into Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

“We weren’t playing well at all in that game, and we gave up a lot of yards and all those things,” Davis said Tuesday. “And most teams I’ve been with would let those bad plays ‑ we had five X plays. Most of the time you get in such a tank that at the end of the game when you have to defend 6 yards to win it, you don’t have the mental toughness to do it because you’re still frustrated from the bad game you’re playing. And our group didn’t show any signs of that. They showed such mental toughness and strength that we had to defend 6 yards for four downs, and they stepped up and got that done.”

On seven of 12 possessions, Washington’s offense either scored a touchdown or set up for a field goal. Kirk Cousins went 30-for-48 for 427 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. While Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Boykin made some nice plays down the stretch, this was the definition of a defense getting picked apart.

Cousins played at a high level for most of the game, getting rid of the ball quickly and making some impressive throws into tight window. But this is the NFL, and there are a lot of good quarterbacks. At some point, just giving the other guys credit is no longer valid.

Keeping that in mind, below is a look at some of the key issues that hurt the Eagles Sunday. And in case you missed it, yesterday we provided a player-by-player breakdown. Read more »

Peters On Baker: I’d Do the Same Thing Again

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders

Jason Peters knows that he put his team in a tough spot by getting ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against Washington.

He also knows that as the left tackle and a leader on offense, he’s going to stick up for his quarterback, regardless of the situation.

“I’d do the same thing if it happened again,” Peters said today. “A guy cheap-shotted my quarterback, and I’m gonna protect him.” Read more »

Eagles Reshuffle Offensive Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles showed off a different starting offensive line today during the portion of practice open to the media.

They had Jason Peters (LT), Matt Tobin (LG), David Molk (C), Dennis Kelly (RG) and Todd Herremans (RT) with the first team. That’s different players at four of the five positions when compared to who started on Sunday against Washington. Read more »

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