Hassan Ridgeway and DeSean Jackson Land On IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Shortly after activating the practice windows for four of their players already on IR, the Eagles made more injury moves on Monday afternoon.

The Eagles have placed both defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway and receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve.

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Eagles Activate Practice Windows for Four Injured Players

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Monday, the Eagles announced some positive developments in regards to their injured players.

Around noon, the team activated the 21-day practice windows for four of their players on IR.

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Eagles Evaluation: Eagles Earn Win Despite Terrible Showing

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles escaped Thursday Night Football with just their second win of the season, but make no mistake, it was the worst game they’ve played in four weeks.

The Eagles were coming off promising games against three of the league’s top teams with a win and two games that the Eagles managed to keep themselves in.

A defense that can only be held accountable for about 20 points per game against top offenses allowed 21 to the league’s worst offense. An offense that averaged 28 points against elite defenses barely scrapped together 22 against one of the worst.

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Thursday Night Heart Attack Special: Eagles vs. Giants Recap

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By Connor Donald, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

After a couple tough matchups with the top dogs of the NFC North, the Ravens and the Steelers, the Eagles got an early must win, divisional date with the New York Giants in week seven. The 1-4-1 Eagles and the 1-5 Giants are very much in reach of the first place 2-4 Cowboys. Who would have thought we would be talking must win games in week seven and chasing a 2-4 first place team in the NFC East. Only in Philadelphia and only in the NFC Least.

The first half was far closer than it should have been. The Eagles offense ran 44 plays to the Giants 20. The Eagles gained 222 total yards to the Giants 124 yards. While the Eagles also had just over 20 minutes of possession to the Giants just under ten minutes. An ill-advised Carson Wentz interception throwing in the end zone and a Jake Elliot missed field goal to end the first half, ultimately left us with a three point lead, 10-7, instead of a 6 or even 13 point lead that it could have been. As Joe Buck called it, “a woulda, coulda, shoulda first half for the Eagles”. Wentz decision making pushes him to a league leading tenth interception and continues to struggle with the concept of simply throwing the ball away. The defense looked great forcing and recovering a fumble, getting an interception and applying some great pressure on Daniel Jones.

The second half was largely a boring slug fest of three and outs, until Daniel Jones busted off an 80 yard run, before face planting close to the ten yard line tripping over his shoe laces. Ultimately leading to a Wayne Gallman touchdown and the Eagles going down 14-10 just over half way through the third. The third quarter ended with a beautiful Wentz to Fulgham connection, if anybody is still wondering about this connection and emergence, it’s real! Sadly the drive ended on a fourth down attempt to Hakeem Butler that was a clear pass interference against the Giants.

The Giants took advantage of the miss PI call and marched 97 yards in 15 plays and burning 7:50 to the end zone for a Sterling Shepherd touchdown. This leaving the Eagles with just under seven minutes to claw back an eleven point lead. Thanks to a 59 yard John Hightower catch, the Eagles were set-up for a red zone appearance that led to a Greg Ward touchdown. Richard Rodgers continued to step up and be a second half hero with a 30 yard connection from Wentz to get them deep into Giants territory for a typical Eagles heart attack comeback! And Boston Scott made the 18 yard touchdown grab on a dime from Carson Wentz! With 40 seconds to go the Giants had one final chance and in 2017 Super Bowl fashion, Brandon Graham with the strip sack recovered by Vinny Curry to secure the win.  

One positive takeaway was the defense, for the most part. The major ouch play being the 80 yard Daniel Jones run that led to the touchdown. The front four were getting to Daniel Jones with pressure all night including some timely sacks by Derek Barnett and, yes I have double and triple checked the play, Nate Gerry. They were also able to force a fumble and Jalen Mills had an interception. One week after calling for Schwartz’s job, again, the Eagles defense stepped up and gave the offense countless opportunities. The defense helped to win the turnover battle, something critiqued week over week. The defense made timely stops, something critiqued week over week. Love Schwartz or hate him, he brought his defense out with the must win mentality and kept things afloat for much of the game. However, helping keep a sinking ship of an offense afloat can’t last all night, even against the Giants.

There are some issues within the defense, and no I am not going to rag about the linebackers, although they are an issue, we have beat that topic to death. Nickell Robey-Coleman has struggled in the slot and he continued to in this game allowing a couple catches and a costly pass interference on Engram that led to the Gallman touchdown. Evan Engram made Gerry, Parks, among others look bad in the middle of the field. The stat sheet only tells part of the tale for the defensive line, who may have struggled late against the run, but came up big in creating and sustaining pressure in Daniel Jones face all night, including of course the final strip sack by Brandon Graham to secure the win!

It really was a woulda, coulda, shoulda game for the Eagles offense throughout, and I don’t normally agree with Joe Buck, making the game far closer than it should have been. Yes the offensive line is still banged up, and struggled immensely with their sixth combination of linemen this year, an NFL record. Lane Johnson also left late again, personally I believe Johnson needs to get healthy and playing half games all year is not good. Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders were missing and boy could you tell Sanders was missing as the run game was stagnant for a second game this year without him. The Eagles were at their best pushing an uptempo offense, which they got away from late in the first half and continuing into the second half until of course we were behind and needed the points.

Offensive positives remain similar to the last three weeks. Travis Fulgham (5 receptions, 73 yards) remains the best receiver and a pleasant surprise in an otherwise tumultuous and overall frustrating season so far. He also drew a big pass interference on the final offensive drive for the Eagles. Greg Ward ended up a crucial part to the offense as well with 5 receptions for 42 yards and the only passing touchdown. And even without Ertz and Goedert, Richard Rodgers stepped up big time making six catches on eight targets for 85 yards. And of course Boston Scott despite the disappearing act for much of the game made the heroic touchdown grab with 40 seconds left to put the Eagles ahead. His catch largely being the only positive from his overall game.

In typical Eagles fashion, we were treated to a Thursday night heart attack special. This Eagles team continues to show it has no quit and is one of the most resilient teams in the NFL! We now lead the NFC Least, if only for a couple days, with a huge meeting with the Dallas Cowboys coming up next weekend.


Halftime Report: Giants at Eagles

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By Matt Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The 1-5 Giants visit the 1-4-1 Eagles in an NFC East battle. The Eagles have played a decent first half, but they have let some opportunities slip through their hands. Despite some missed opportunities, the Eagles lead ten to seven at the half. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

QB Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz had a decent first half finishing with 171 passing yards and eleven rushing yards. Wentz rushed for the Eagles lone touchdown to put the birds up 7-0. Wentz however, did throw an interception in the end zone to end an Eagles promising drive.


First Half Defensive MVP

DE Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett only had one first half tackle, but it was huge, backing the Giants into a third and 17. That Giants drive ended in a punt and you can credit that to Barnetts sack. Barnett also had a QB hit in addition to his sack.


Who Needs To Step Up

The Eagles Red Zone Offense

The Eagles offensive looked great in the first half except for when they were inside the Giants 20-yard line. The Eagles' final two red zone possessions have ended with no points. This will need to change in the second half if the birds want to walk away from this game with a win.


Who To Watch Out For

WR Golden Tate

Golden Tate only had one catch in the first half, but it was a big one going for a 39-yard touchdown. The Eagles need to make sure they don’t give up any big plays in the final 30 minutes.


Matt Pryor and Zach Ertz Flip 53-Man Spots, Eagles Re-sign Jamon Brown To Practice Squad

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles made some last-minute moves ahead of their Thursday night matchup with the Giants.

On the bright side, the Eagles returned Matt Pryor back from the COVID list, meaning he is likely to start at right guard.

With Lane Johnson scheduled to start alongside him, the Eagles line should play far better than they did last weak, particularly against a weaker pass rush.

The Eagles also made the expected move of placing Zach Ertz on IR to free up a roster spot for Pryor.

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Week 7 Preview: New York Giants (1-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1)

By Matt Szczypiorski, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

The Eagles are coming off of yet another loss on Sunday, and will have a quick turnaround as they host their divisional foes, the New York Giants, on Thursday night.

The Eagles have a putrid 1-4-1 record, yet sit just a half game out of first place behind the 2-4 Cowboys. Recently, that ugly record that disgustingly has three digits honestly has not been as horrifying as it may seem on the surface.

The Eagles last two losses came at the hands of two of the best teams in football, the Steelers and the Ravens. In both games, the Eagles found themselves down double digits in the second half, and in both instances they clawed their way back to make it a two point game.

Obviously, both games ended in extremely frustrating losses that only tantalized Eagles fans of what could have been, but that despicable 1-4-1 record doesn’t seem detrimental once you factor everything into account.

That being said, if the Eagles lose this game at home to a truly terrible New York Giants team, it will be much harder to shine a positive light on this squad.

As is tradition at this point, the Eagles will be #BackInBlack as they like to say, for a home game against the Giants. For those of you who are not doing the math at home, don’t fret, because I am.

This is the sixth time in the last seven years the Eagles will wear their black uniforms for a home game against the Giants, and the fifth instance in which it will be a night game. I think this tweet sums up the current situation pretty well.

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Injury Report: New York (N) at Philadelphia

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

After a somewhat impressive performance on Sunday, the Eagles welcome the, slightly more woeful, New York Giants to The Linc. This is the first game all season it feels like the Eagles are a favorite going into the game. But who knows what team will show up on Thursday night? Granted, a majority of people didn't know who Jason Croom was when he scored on Sunday, so its probably fair to question WHO actually is going to be playing Thursday night. Here are some who will definitely be out and some who may try to fight through some injuries. Oh, and, of course, Alshon Jeffery.

Injury Report 

Philadelphia Eagles 

Out

Miles Sanders RB

Sanders is suffering from a knee injury and will not play this week. A huge hit to the Eagles offense, especially since Sanders was playing well as of late. Boston Scott is expected to carry the load in the running game.

Zach Ertz TE

Ertz, who has not played well at all this year, is out with an ankle injury this week. With Goedert also out, Wentz may have to look to Richard Rodgers and, last week touchdown-scorer, Jason Croom.

Malik Jackson DT

Jackson is out this week with a quadricep injury. Outside of his big hit on Joe Burrow, Jackson has been relatively quiet this year.

Jack Driscoll T

Driscoll left the game early last week after getting his ankle rolled up on. That led the way for Brett Toth to get some game reps last week.

Alshon Jeffery WR

Jeffery has found a home on the injury report. Not only is Jeffery suffering from the same foot injury but he now also has a calf injury. Feed Travis Fulgham.

K’Von Wallace S

Wallace suffered a shoulder injury on special teams on Sunday and is out this week.

Playing

Lane Johnson T

Johnson is going to try to tough it out and play through his ankle injury. If Johnson is to reaggravate his ankle, Brett Toth will get more game action

Desean Jackson WR

Jackson was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after dealing with a hamstring injury. He is expected to play but it’ll be interesting to see if he is on a snap count.

Marcus Epps S

Epps was a full participant in Wednesday’s after dealing with a rib injury. His game status was unlisted, so he should be full-go.

Avonte Maddox CB

Maddox was limited in Wednesday’s practice with an ankle that has kept him sidelined. Maddox is expected to suit up for Thursday night’s game.

Duke Riley LB

Like Maddox, Riley was also limited in Wednesday’s practice, but with a rib injury. Riley is also expected to be active for Thursday’s game.

New York Giants

Out

C.J. Board WR

Board is out this week while going through concussion protocol.

Tae Crowder LB

Crowder will not be playing Thursday after not practicing due to a hamstring injury.

Questionable

Darius Slayton WR

Starting receiver Darius Slayton will be a game time decision with a foot injury. Slayton has burned the Eagles secondary in the past so Slayton’s status could be key for the Eagles defense.

Playing

Dion Lewis RB

Half of the tandem that has to replace Saquon was a full participant in practice Tuesday and Wednesday. Dion Lewis is expected to play Thursday after dealing with a hand injury.


Fletcher Cox Restructures Deal

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have a game on Thursday night, but in Philadelphia the roster building never stops.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Wednesday afternoon that the Eagles had restructured Fletcher Cox's deal in order to create some cap space.

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Eagles Release Jamon Brown

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have seen all they need to see.

In the face of an additional guard, Matt Pryor, being out due to potential exposure to COVID, the Eagles rolled out a line featuring Jamon Brown on Sunday.

Brown proceeded to have what may be the worst game by any Eagles offensive linemen in the past few decades.

While the flak he got for taking a picture with his college teammate after the game was unwarranted, what he got for plays where he tackled Carson Wentz, fixed his gloves mid-play, headbutted Jordan Mailata, etc. was more than warranted.

The former third-round pick took a penalty and allowed two sacks on his own and that performance earned him the week off as the team released him Wednesday afternoon.

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