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With one big fix Nate Gerry Jersey , 2018 Eagles can be an elite team - NBCSPThe real question is how good is this defense, and honestly, I don’t know the answer yet. Six games in, two things stick out: No. 1, they’re allowing way too many big plays. And No. 2, when they don’t allow a big play, they’re very good. The Eagles have allowed seven plays of at least 45 yards, tied with the Raiders for most in the NFL. It’s also the most they’ve given up six weeks into a season in at least 25 years. Those seven plays have netted 420 yards, which equals an incredible 20 percent of all the yards the Eagles have given up all year. This sounds nuts, but when the Eagles aren’t allowing big plays, they’re not allowing very much at all, and the numbers prove it. The Eagles’ defense has allowed the third-fewest first downs in the league, 17.7 per game. Only the Ravens (15.5) and Bears (17.0) have allowed fewer.Terrible, Awful Defense - Iggles BlitzThe Eagles defense has been awful this year. Right? Wrong. The Eagles are 5th in points allowed and 13th in yards allowed. The Eagles have played three teams in the Top 10 in the league in yards gained. Two of the teams are in the Top 10 in scoring. Adam Thielen lit up the Eagles secondary. He happens to be the leading receiver in the league this season and has set an NFL record by having six consecutive 100-yard games to start the season. I’ve written a few times already about how this is the Year of the Offense. We are seeing some amazing things done this year. We have to keep that in mind when judging the defense. I’m not excusing them for blowing the lead in the Titans game, but the defense hasn’t been nearly as bad as some would think. The Eagles have the third best 3rd down defense in the league. They have the best Red Zone defense.Win a copy of Doug Pederson’s book, plus a signed football and Eagles visor - BGNIt’s been some time since we’ve had a giveaway here at Bleeding Green Nation but thanks to our friends over at Hachette Books we now have some cool prizes for some lucky winners. Hachette Books is giving away ONE grand prize of Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson’s book FEARLESS, a signed football and a signed Philadelphia Eagles visor! Five runner ups will each get a copy of FEARLESS.Ranking the Eagles’ positional needs for a move before the trade deadline - PhillyVoiceThe thinking here is that Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby will continue to start on the outside, with Mills kicking inside to the slot in nickel, and Rasul Douglas coming in to play on the outside. That’s a decent enough emergency solution for now, but what if the Eagles suffer even more injuries? The acquisition of a safety who can play deep middle would solve a lot of problems.Of course, safety also happens to be an under-performing position league-wide, meaning that it’s not all that likely that a good one will be available for a reasonable cost. Adding a corner with some inside-outside versatility would also make some sense, if the Eagles like what they have seen of Avonte Maddox at safety.Study Week: Preparing For QB Cam Newton - PE.comCall it Project Cam Newton. As the Eagles returned to work on Monday after a mini-bye weekend, the defense turned its focus to the Carolina quarterback who presents such a unique challenge. At 6-5 and 245 pounds (more on that later), Newton is a blend of rocket-armed quarterback and bruising running back. There is no other player like him in the NFL. Welcome to prep week for the Eagles’ defense. “If you don’t prepare for Cam Newton and his ability as a ballcarrier then you will have a rough day against him,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “They have designed runs. They’re running ‘power’ runs. He’s more of a power running back than half the running backs they have. He’s tough to get on the ground. At the same time, you can’t commit 1,000 guys to the run, because he can pick it up and throw it. They’ve got more-than-capable guys on the back end. So that’s what makes it a unique challenge to match up with these guys.”Monday Morning Optimist: I’m done defending Ron Rivera - Cat Scratch ReaderRon Rivera is going on eight years of trying to establish the run in the Carolinas and it is past time he gave it a rest. If I thought he knew who I was then I would think he opened the game yesterday with five straight runs just to spite me. This is the part in the Optimist where I am supposed to point to the Panthers’ 3-2 record. I should say that there is still plenty of season left and that the Panthers are only getting healthier as they approach the meat of their divisional schedule. All of that is true. But can you really look at the rest of the schedule and tell me you trust Rivera to lead the Panthers into the playoffs?Source: Le’Veon Bell not expected to report to Steelers this week - ESPNThe Pittsburgh Steelers are not expecting running back Le’Veon Bell to return to the team this week, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Steelers are on their bye this week and the players are off Thursday through Sunday. Bell could next report Monday, Oct. 22.8 NFL teams that are proving you should never overreact in September - SB NationPhiladelphia Eagles: They are 3-3 now after a dominating performance against the awful Giants on Thursday Night Football. Carson Wentz has now started four games and he’s starting to get his sea legs back. The offensive line, which has weirdly struggled at times, is starting to clamp things back down. Their defense is super legit and the Eagles are on the way back to the playoffs....Social Media Information:BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageBGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreenBGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowtonBGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio Folks, it’s Dallas week.There are people who will tell you that the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have the biggest rivalry in football, some will say it’s the Broncos vs. the Raiders, and others the Packers vs. the Bears.Heck Authentic Corey Graham Jersey , there are some Eagles fans who will tell you our biggest rival in the New York Giants, and there are certainly some Cowboys fans who probably feel Washington is their biggest rival. But they’re all wrong. It’s Eagles vs. Cowboys or go home. So in celebration of Dallas Week, here are my five favorite Eagles vs. Cowboys games of all time. I did not include the 1980 NFC Championship Game, as I was only 4 years old when that game was played. These are all games that I remember vividly as supremely satisfying moments in this storied rivalry.1987 - Buddy Runs It UpThis rivalry wasn’t much of a rivalry at the beginning. From 1960 through October 11 of 1987, Dallas had a 36-18 record against the Eagles. At one point, the Cowboys had won 21 of 23 against the Birds in the late 1960s-early ‘70s, but under Buddy Ryan, the tide began to turn.In 1987, NFL players went on strike and, for three games, scab players played in place of the real players for most teams. Toward the end of the strike, however, some players had crossed the picket lines, although none of them were on the Eagles. Ryan, in his second year as head coach, urged his players to stick together through the strike, so when the “scab” Eagles went to Dallas for an early October match-up, it was a game that supposed to be decided by the replacement players.However, prominent veterans like Tony Dorsett and Randy White had crossed the picket lines and, under the guidance of head coach Tom Landry, Dallas played some of their star players against the clearly overwhelmed Eagles, running gadget plays along the way, in a 41-22 rout.Two weeks later, with the regular players back on the field, the Eagles outplayed the Cowboys and held a 30-20 lead as the seconds ticked away. It looked like Randall Cunningham was simply going to take a knee and run out the clock, but instead, he popped up threw a pass into the end zone intended for wide receiver Mike Quick. Quick was interfered with on the play and, with two seconds remaining, Keith Byars rumbled into the end zone for a “rub-it-in” touchdown to make the final 37-20. That game earned Buddy Ryan legendary status in Philadelphia forever, simply because he spat in the eye of Tom Landry and signaled to Eagles fans everywhere that the Eagles weren’t going to be pushed around, and that he hated the Cowboys just as much as you.1995 - 4th and 1Before his tenure as Eagles head coach imploded, Ray Rhodes had his good moments, and most of them came against the Cowboys.In his rookie season, the 1995 Eagles were 8-5 heading into their Week 15 matchup against Dallas, who entered the game at 10-3. The Birds were not nearly as talented as the Cowboys, but they did have one thing going for them on this day — Barry Switzer.The bumbling idiot who actually managed to luck himself into a Super Bowl title that seasonwith the Cowboys gave this game away at an ice-cold Veterans Stadium. Dallas led 17-6 at halftime but the Eagles had scored 11 unanswered points in the second half to tie the game 17-17 as the clock ticked toward the two-minute warning.The Cowboys faced a 4th and 1 at their own 29. Yes Youth Corey Clement Jersey , they had Emmitt Smith, but clearly the play here is to punt the ball away. Even Doug Pederson, who loves to go for it on 4th and 1 more than any coach in NFL history, would have punted this ball away. If you don’t convert, you lose. It was that simple.But, Switzer had Smith and his offensive line and so he figured he’d go for it anyway. They ran Smith off left tackle, but the Eagles front got penetration into the backfield and tackled Smith for a loss, giving the Eagles the ball deep in Dallas territory!But not so fast. Just as the play was starting, officials blew it dead as the clock hit the two-minute warning. Clearly, Switzer would re-think his decision and punt the ball away, right? Arrogance is an ugly sin, kids. Not only did Switzer decide to go for it again, much to the shock and incredulousness of John Madden, he ran THE SAME DARN PLAY. The Eagles, of course, stopped him again, and this time, the officials couldn’t take it away.The Eagles would kick a field goal and go on win 20-17. The two teams would meet again in the Divisional Round of the playoffs a few weeks later, where the Cowboys would get the last laugh, bludgeoning the Eagles to death in Dallas 30-11.2000 - The Pickle Juice GameIn Andy Reid’s second season as head coach, the Eagles were seen as a team on the rise, and would get an early test in the opening week of the season by traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys, who had gone 8-8 the previous season and lost a wild card game to the Vikings.What set this game apart was the unbelievable heat the players were forced to play in, with temperatures on the Astro Turf reaching 109 degrees, reportedly the hottest game in NFL history. In order to keep the players hydrated, Eagles trainers had them drink pickle juice leading up to the game, a disgusting-sounding bit of torture that seemed to help them play at a level no team should have been able to play at in the sweltering heat. Reid showed the world this Eagles team would be far different than the one that went 5-11 the season before. This was Donovan McNabb’s first full season as a starting quarterback and Reid began the 2000 season with an onsides kick that caught Dallas completely off guard. The Cowboys never recovered. Completely outclassed by a fresher Philadelphia team high on pickle juice, Duce Staley ran for 202 yards and the Eagles destroyed Dallas 41-14. It signaled the beginning of what would be the greatest run of sustained success in franchise history.2006 - The Return of T.O.This may have been the most highly anticipated regular season Eagles game of my lifetime. In 2004, Terrell Owens had led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in nearly a quarter century, coming back from an ugly ankle injury late in the season to make a miraculous and heroic appearance against the Patriots.Following the Super Bowl, Owens felt his seven-year, $42 million deal that included a $10 million signing bonus didn’t match his true value to the team (he wasn’t wrong, by the way), and so he became vocal about wanting his contract restructured. After bad-mouthing the team for failing to celebrate his 100th career TD catch and making numerous comments critical of McNabb, he was suspended for the last half of the 2005 season. He would never play another snap for the Philadelphia Eagles.The following off-season, Owens went looking for a new team and Womens Mike Wallace Jersey , despite disrespecting Cowboys fans by standing on the Dallas star in the middle of the field as a 49er and in the end zone star as an Eagle, T.O. signed with those very same Cowboys ahead of the 2006 regular season.Obviously, the two Eagles vs. Cowboys games on the schedule that year became filled with even more drama than usual, and the first of those contests came in Week 5, when the Birds, at 3-1, took on the 2-1 Cowboys at the Linc. The home crowd booed T.O. mercilessly, and he seemed to revel in the attention. However, he wouldn’t stay upbeat for long.The Eagles took a quick 10-0 lead after two early turnovers by Dallas, but the Cowboys would recover, taking a 21-17 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Eagles defense stiffened and the Eagles took a 31-24 lead on a 40-yard touchdown pass from McNabb to Reggie Brown. But Drew Bledsoe would have a couple more chances to tie the game. In his final drive, he went the length of the field, eventually getting the ball to the Eagles’ 6-yard line before throwing an interception in the end zone to Lito Sheppard that he returned 102 yards for one of the most memorable plays in Eagles-Cowboys history.Despite the hype, Owens would catch just three balls for 45 yards, completing one of the most satisfying moments in franchise history. The Eagles would beat the Cowboys 23-7 later in the year, with Jeff Garcia at QB, to win the NFC East.2008 - The Silver Lining Playbook GameIt was a game chronicled in the popular film Silver Linings Playbook, and took place just weeks after the Philadelphia Phillies had beaten the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series. Here were the Eagles, trying to keep that winning feeling alive in their season finale against the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia entered the final game of the season with an 8-6-1 record while the Cowboys were 9-6. It was a 4:25pm ET kickoff, and the Birds needed a couple things to go their way in the early slate of games in order to have a chance at making the playoffs.Perhaps riding the Phillies’ mojo, they got exactly what they needed when Oakland upset Tampa Bay and Houston beat Chicago in the early games. The Raiders were 13-point underdogs against the Buccaneers. However, with Tampa Bay and Chicago both losing, this final game of the season became a winner-take-all game in which the winner would win the wild card and the loser would be sent packing.After the two teams played a 3-3 tie in the first quarter, the Cowboys imploded and the Eagles exploded with a 24-point second quarter and a 17-point third quarter that turned this all-important Week 17 contest into an absolute party, with the Birds coming out on top, 44-6.The Eagles would ride that momentum all the way through the playoffs as the No. 6 seed, beating the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants on the road before finally falling to the Arizona Cardinals in an unexpected NFC Championship Game.There are many more games I could have chosen to populate this list. The 1992 Monday Night Football match-up with Herschel Walker, either of the Bounty Bowl games, the Snow Ball Game, or the 1991 game when they sacked Troy Aikman 11 times. All are great memories, but these five are my favorite.


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