Eagles Waive Ryan Lewis, Sign a Running Back to Practice Squad

By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With Jalen Mills eligible to return to from the PUP list this week and the plan for him to begin practicing this week, the Eagles have made a roster move.

On Monday, the team released corner Ryan Lewis.

The reason for the move has not been announced as officially to create a spot for Mills, but that is the most likely scenario.

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Eagles Evaluation: Vikings Top Birds

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Big wins in Green Bay and hosting the Jets seemed to have the Eagles back on track, but their road trip first took them to Minnesota, who houses two great receivers to match up with the Eagles depleted secondary.

A loss is nit what we hoped for, but it certainly isn't surprising, especially when the Eagles really only have one corner on the roster with the speed to even have a chance at keeping up with Stefon Diggs and he was ruled out ahead of the game. Ronald Darby has the speed, if you were wondering. Whether his coverage skills would have been enough is another story.

On the opposite side, the offense that was not great against the Jets was similarly ineffective on Sunday with a struggling run game and a rookie running back being the only really solid option in the passing game. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are making big bucks to be mediocre players at this point.

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Postgame Report: Eagles at Vikings

By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles took the trip back to the Super Bowl LII promise land to take on the Minnesota Vikings. They're trying to keep up the momentum they've built over the last few weeks against the Packers and Jets. At the half, the Eagles were down, 24-10, and they came out the half with a little life but quickly went down hill. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: Alshon Jeffery (I Guess)

The Offense never really got going. Sacks, turnovers, and penalties never let the Eagles offense get in a rhythm. If there was one bright spot I guess it was Alshon. finished with 10 catches for 76 yards and that one touchdown that was pretty sweet. Although the offense sputtered, Alshon did have a solid game and deserves some respect for that. 


Defensive MVP: No one

The Eagles defense got torched. To add insult to injury, Eagles linebacker, Zach Brown, called out Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins earlier this week. 

Kirk Cousins went on to throw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns with a 76% completion percentage. Because of this absolute manhandling of the defense, there is no defensive MVP. 


Breakout Stars
  • Andre Dillard- Dillard came in for the injured Jason Peters and played decently. The Vikings defensive line is stout and Dillard held his own in the trenches
  • Hasaan Ridgeway- Ridgeway was one of the few Eagle defenders that came to play and totaled 3 tackles and 2 for a loss.

Highlight Reel
  • Carson Wentz's touchdown pass coming out of the half was a pretty sweet play in which Wentz avoided a few Vikings and found Alshon Jeffery in the end zone.
  • Andrew Sendejo picked off his former team after a drop by Stefan Diggs. A nice moment for Sendejo to have against his former team.

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Halftime Report: Eagles at Vikings

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By Matt Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Eagles face the Vikings in week six of the regular season. The Eagles defense has looked horrible so far giving up 24 points and 251 yards. The Eagles go into half time down 24-10. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

QB Carson Wentz

Wentz has been a bright spot in the Eagles struggling offense. Wentz has thrown for 143 yards as well rushed for 23 yards. Wentz added a big touchdown pass to Miles Sanders to cut the Eagles deficit to 14.


First Half Defensive MVP

S Malcolm Jenkins

Jenkins has been the one bright spot in the Eagles defnese so far. Jenkins had a huge pass deflection to prevent a touchdown and hold the Vikings to a field goal. Jenkins finished the half with three tackles and one pass deflection.


Who Needs To Step Up

The whole Eagles secondary needs to step up. They have been getting burnt all day giving up 201 yards and three touchdowns. If you Eagles want to stay in this game their secondary is going to need to play a lot better in the second half.


Who To Watch Out For

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielan. Both star receivers have been torching the Eagles secondary racking up 173 yards and scoring three touchdowns. The Eagles need to keep an eye on the two receivers as it looks like they’re in for another big half.


Week Six Preview: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

By Matt Szczypiorski, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

This week, the Eagles travel up north to their second home in Minnesota to take on the Vikings. For those of you who forgot, the Eagles won Super Bowl LII in the Vikings' house, after they kicked the living daylights out of them in the NFC championship game two weeks prior.

Make no mistake about it, this week is a rivalry week. It may not have the history that the Eagles rivalry with the Cowboys or Giants has, but oh baby does it have the bad blood.

It’s not necessarily bad blood between the two teams, but these two fan bases have genuine hate for each other. Here’s one reason why:

Before the NFC championship game, Vikings fan pulled this stunt, claimed they were “taking over Philadelphia," and then whined and complained that Eagles fans were mean to them after all they did was talk trash before the game.

Philadelphia fans hate this fanbase. I despise this fanbase. Minnesota fans are everything Philadelphia fans are not. They have this kind of fake toughness aura around them, evidenced by the way they acted during that NFC championship. Most of all, though, Minnesota fans are soft (again, see the way they acted after the NFC Championship). This is one thing that Philadelphia fans will never be accused of, and the fans take extreme pride in that.


Eagles Offense vs. Vikings Defense

The Eagles offense finally got off to a strong start in the first quarter last week against the Jets. Unfortunately, after Jordan Howard plunged in from a yard out on the first possession, the Eagles offense only mustered 10 points the rest of the way against the woeful Jets. Nobody on the offense had their best game, including head coach Doug Pederson.

Since DeSean Jackson sustained an abdominal injury in week two, this offense has really lacked explosiveness. The offense will be without DeSean again this week, but he is aiming toward a return next week in Dallas. With the offensive weapons they have outside of Jackson, the lack of explosiveness honestly makes sense. I wouldn’t label anyone else on the offense as “explosive.”

Other than maybe the occasional wheel route from Miles Sanders or the missed deep shot to Nelson Agholor, all of the offensive weapons are more possession type players. It’s time for Pederson to get creative with the play calling. He’s going to have to against Minnesota’s stingy defense.

The Vikings boast one of the best defensive units in the league. Minnesota is allowing the fourth-fewest yards per game (292.4), while also allowing the fifth-fewest points per game (14.6). There isn’t a weakness on this defense, as they also rank in the top ten in pass yards and rushing yards allowed. Not to mention, they are a brick wall in the red zone, as they allow less than 50% of red zone possessions to end with a touchdown.

Minnesota’s defensive line has some monsters, as they have 15 sacks through five games. Pass rushers Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen will have maybe their toughest match-ups of the year, though, against Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. Linval Joseph is a beast of a defensive tackle and is a key cog of Minnesota’s game plan against the run. The Birds offense will have to neutralize him if they want to run the ball effectively.

The Vikings linebackers are strong against the run and the pass. Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr form one of the best duos in the middle of any defense in the league. Barr recently re-signed with Minnesota over the offseason, landing a lucrative contract. He is worth the money.

Minnesota’s secondary has not been the same force that they have been the past few years. Make no mistake about it, they are still an above average unit, certainly better than the Eagles secondary. Although, it is clear that this year they can be beaten.

Starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes has not had a good start to his season, so I expect the Eagles to target him. In recent years, that would have been an absurd idea. Safety Harrison Smith is still a fantastic football player with incredible instincts. My advice would be to throw to the side of the field he is not on. Zach Ertz isn’t afraid of him though.



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Eagles Defense vs. Vikings Offense

The Eagles defense had easily the best game of their season last week. While the Jets are awful and they were starting their third-string quarterback after giving all the practice reps to their regular starter during the week, the defense played far better than anyone anticipated. 10 sacks to go along with two defensive touchdowns is one heck of a performance. Unfortunately, The Birds do not play the Jets every week.

The Eagles remain dominant against the run, ranking as the best team in the league in terms of rushing yards allowed. They will face easily their toughest test this week though, against young stud running back Dalvin Cook. The Vikings have the third most rushing yards per game, at a whopping 166 yards per game. When your quarterback is Kirk Cousins, you have to do what you have to do to keep the offense afloat.

Okay, Kirk Cousins is not that bad. He’s a strictly average quarterback. The thing that separates Cousins from other average quarterbacks, though, is that even average quarterbacks can stumble their way into a big win. Cousins has the most incredible stat I may have ever seen.

Kirk Cousins possesses a career record of 5-27 (1-8 with the Vikings) against teams with a winning record. Five wins. In 32 games. That’s a 15.6% winning percentage against perennial playoff teams. Also known as teams you would have to beat to, you know, win the Super Bowl.

Simply put, when the lights shine brightest, and the pressure is on, you probably don’t want Cousins leading your team. It’s okay though, Vikings fans. Your team is only paying him (checks notes)...$28 million per year, fully guaranteed. All that money to have a 15% chance at beating a team with a winning record. Incredible.

All that being said, Cousins played well last week after his own receivers called him out the week before for being bad. Speaking of those wide receivers, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs form quite the duo. They are very talented players who run great routes and don’t drop the football. They should absolutely torch our banged up secondary. If I know the Eagles the way I think I do, this defense has the capability to make Kirk Cousins look like Joe Montana.


My Prediction

I’m very nervous about this game. I think if the Eagles were at full strength and didn’t have so many injuries to key players, they would have the advantage over Minnesota. Alas, the Eagles are missing two of their top three cornerbacks, their deep-threat wide receiver and two key special teams returners in Darren Sproles and Corey Clement.

The Vikings also play much better at home than they do on the road. Both of their losses this year have come away from their spaceship that they call a stadium. However, something that is in the Eagles favor is their incredible ability to stop the run.

If the Eagles can stifle the Vikings potent running attack, that means the ball will be in the hands of Kirk Cousins more than Minnesota would like. Sign me up for that. Stopping the run is the key to this game. Make Kirk Cousins beat you. History has shown that he probably won’t. If Jim Schwartz’s unit stops the run, they will win the game. If they don’t, it will be a long afternoon.

I’m putting my trust in Schwartz and his men to do what they’ve done with consistent greatness all year. Eagles escape with a 23-21 win. Cousins has a good game against our putrid corners, as Thielen and Diggs are open all day long. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz have big games, and Carson Wentz doesn’t turn the ball over yet again. Cousins has the ball late in the game with a chance to drive his team down the field and win the game. He doesn’t get it done.

Eagles fans take over U.S. Bank Stadium and mock the Vikings skol chant (again).


Broadcast Information

Time: 1:00 p.m.

TV: FOX

Radio: 94.1 FM WIP

Online: NFL Gamepass


Injury Report: Eagles at Vikings

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have a few new names on the injury report, unfortunately, this week as they embark on the most difficult part of their season - three straight road games against skilled opponents.

There are two players notably missing from this list: Sidney Jones and Corey Clement.

Clement was placed on injured reserve and is out for the season following his second injury of the season.

Jones, meanwhile, is in position to start the game opposite Rasul Douglas.

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Eagles Promote Boston Scott To 53-Man Roster, Place Corey Clement On IR

By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Corey Clement had 133 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LII as an undrafted free agent. Not to mention his part in the Philly Special.

He went from being passed up by every NFL franchise to a key contributor in the biggest game the sport has to offer.

Nearly everyone thought that he had a bright career ahead of him.

That may still be true, but one and a half seasons later, the outlook is not the same by any means.

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Super Bowl LII Champion Stefen Wisniewski Signs With Kansas City Chiefs

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Eagles starting left tackle was replaced by Stefen Wisniewski in the 2017 season and then retook the starting job in 2018.

The Eagles originally brought back Stefen Wisniewski for the 2019 season, but ended up cutting him to save cap space while getting younger bodies on the offensive line in Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Matt Pryor and Nate Herbig - all of whom could be developed even further than they already all.

On Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Chiefs would be signing the Penn State product in the wake of injuries.

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Eagles Re-Sign Ajene Harris Following Johnathan Cyprien Landing On IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face yet again.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles announced the return of corner Ajene Harris to the team's practice squad.

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Eagles Thrash The Jets, What Does It Mean?

By Victor WIlliams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Eagles defense was able to find it's footing against the lowly Jets. Can the pass rush keep the foot on the gas moving forward? Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein of 97.3 ESPN give their reactions & analysis on the whooping the Birds put on the Jets. Tune in as they recap the defensive performance, Carson Wentz adding to his resume of miraculous plays & much more!

 

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