Redskins vs. Vikings Prediction: Betting Line, Odds & Pick

NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2020

We have talked a lot about the draft, biggest remaining needs for every NFL team, some breakout candidates and other stuff, so let’s now get back to more of a big picture and look at some teams from an angle of where could they go next season. In this article, I am analyzing those teams that finished fourth in their division this past year and why they could win it in 2020 or land at the bottom once again, plus an outlook where I actually see them.
Of course much of this is about these eight teams and how much better or worse I feel about them than the general public, but it was heavily dependent on their three division rivals as well. The top half I could certainly see earn a playoff spot and surprise some people if everything goes right. After that a lot of my faith is more built around the lack of great competition and giving some hope to these respective fan bases. As the cliché goes – everybody is 0-0 right now.


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1. Arizona Cardinals


Why they can win the division:
Let’s just start with the main point here – this Cardinals squad has all the ingredients to make a big jump in 2020. I expect Kyler Murray to enter the superstar conversation in year two, after impressing with his arm talent and ability to extend plays in a (somewhat controversial) Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign. Steve Keim managed to unload a bad David Johnson contract and basically acquire an elite receiver in DeAndre Hopkins for a second-round pick. Kenyan Drake now has a full offseason to learn this offense and make himself a major factor once again, following up an outstanding second half of the season once the Cardinals traded for him with Miami. He perfectly fits into this offense with a lot East-West based rushing from shotgun sets and his involvement in the pass game, including those quick throws as an extension of the rushing attack. Arizona’s defense should be a lot better with run-stoppers being added in the draft that fit their 3-4 base front with Utah’s Leki Fotu and LSU’s Rashard Lawrence, since they can stay in those packages against the other teams in their division running a lot of 12 and 21 personnel probably. Add to that a do-it-all player with ridiculous range and overall athleticism in Isaiah Simmons at eight overall, plus all the other guys being in their second year under DC Vance Joseph. I love Budda Baker as a missile from his safety spot and I think some of the other young guys on that unit will take a step forward, like second-year corner Byron Murphy, who I talked about last week. Now let’s get to rest of the West – every other team in that division has some issues. The 49ers are facing the objects of a potential Super Bowl hangover and some limitations with Jimmy G at the helm. The Seahawks have question marks on the edge on either side of the ball with Cedric Ogbuehi and Brandon Shell fighting for the starting gig at right tackle and Jadeveon Clowney still on the open market, with a bunch of draft picks these last couple of years having to step up. And the Rams had one of the worst O-lines in football last season and they lost some pieces on defense. The Cardinals already gave all these teams issues in 2019 and have now added pieces that were clearly missing when last matching up against each other.

Why they could finish last again:
Most importantly, I am still not completely sold on the Cardinals offensive line, with D.J. Humphries being signed to a rather expensive deal as a below-average left tackle, third-rounder Josh Jones – while earning a late first-round grade from me – still needing an overhaul on his footwork before he can slide in at right tackle and guard Justin Pugh finally having played a full 16 games for the first time since 2015 last season. NFL coaches had a lot of time to study Kliff Kingsbury’s Air-Raid offense, which when you break it down is pretty simplistic in the amount of schemes they run. Yes, he diversified it a little as last season went along, going under center and running some pro-style rushing plays, but at its core, you can learn how to create some issues for all those mesh concepts and spread sets. As far as the Cardinals defense goes, it is more about pieces than proven commodities. Patrick Peterson is seemingly on the decline, they are thin in the secondary and could Chandler Jones follow soon, after he has been one of the most underrated pass-rushers in the league for a while now? You are staring the reigning NFC champs in the eyes, a team that was a few inches away from earning a playoff bye and another squad that went to the Super Bowl just two years ago. This is probably the best division in the entire league.

Bottom line:
I still believe the 49ers have done enough to repeat as division champs, re-tooling for all the losses they have suffered this offseason. However, I’m feeling pretty good about the Cardinals earning a wildcard spot. While I believe in the Seahawks quarterback and the Rams head coach respectively to not allow their teams to not have throwaway seasons, I also see enough issues with those squads to make me believe the Cardinals could have the second-best year of anybody in the West. To me they are pretty clearly the best of these eight teams, because they have a young phenom at quarterback, stars at pretty much every position, a different type of system around them and what I’d like to call “juice” coming into 2020.


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2. Detroit Lions


Why they can win the division:
Matt Stafford is back healthy and when he was in the lineup last season, this was a team that defeated the Eagles, Chargers and only didn’t finish the job against the eventual Super Bowl champion Chiefs because of some crazy stuff going on late. The veteran QB stood at 19 touchdowns compared to five picks and was playing at a near-MVP type level. However, Detroit’s identity will be built on the run game with re-investments in the offensive line as well as adding D’Andre Swift to form a dynamic one-two punch with him and Kerryon Johnson. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones may be the most underrated receiving duo to go with Danny Amendola as a tough guy in the slot and T.J. Hockenson coming into year two as a top-ten pick a year ago, having shown flashes when he was healthy. The defense is finally starting to take shape with third-overall Jeffrey Okudah as an elite corner prospect being added to an underrated secondary, Jamie Collins being a chess piece in the front seven after already having worked well with Matt Patricia and some young guys up front trying to prove themselves to go with the versatile Trey Flowers. Maybe more importantly than the Lions themselves – Nobody else got that much better and none of the other three really stand out to me. Other than the Vikings probably – who had the advantage of making a record-breaking 15 selections – the Lions might have had the best draft within the division. Thanks to that last-place schedule, they get to face the Redskins in the East (instead of Eagles & Cowboys) and Cardinals in the West, who I just talked about taking a step forward, but are still a better draw than the reigning conference champions or possibly having to travel to Seattle. I believe that new regime in Detroit has finally built an identity on both sides of the ball with the heavy investments in the run game and back-seven on defense. Winning ten games might earn you a division title, if everybody plays each other tough.

Why they could finish last again:
Can these guys finally stay healthy? Matt Stafford to my surprise played a full 16 games in eight straight years before last season, but a lot of that had to do with his toughness to fight through pain and he had major issues with that shoulder early on in his career before basically breaking his back after putting the team on it for the last decade. Kerryon Johnson has missed 14 of 32 possible starts and he has never carried the ball more than 118 times a season. Their receiving corp has been banged up quite a bit too. More glaring even – how will all these additions of former Patriots players work out? Can Matt Patricia build a New England 2.0 in Michigan or is he just bringing in players he knows will listen to him and the way he wants things to be done? Detroit could also rely on a lot of rookies to be immediate impact players – possibly two new starting guards on offense, running back D’Andre Swift probably sharing the load with Kerryon, Jeffrey Okudah having to immediately become their CB1 and Julian Okwara being asked to become a much more consistent player if they give him major snaps. And I recently talked about how their uncertainty at punter could be an issue for their ball-control, defense-minded style of play. They also have an early bye (week five), which I’m never a big fan of, after facing the Bears, Packers, Cardinals and Saints, which probably includes three playoff teams. If Chicago can get any competent QB play, all these teams should be highly competitive.

Bottom line:
I don’t think any team in this division wins more than ten games. Unfortunately I don’t see the Lions go over that mark themselves either. The Packers won’t come out victorious in so many close games (8-1 in one-possession affairs), the Vikings have lost a few proven commodities and look for young talent to immediately replace those and the Bears still have a quarterback competition going on. So if Detroit can do any better than just split the season series with those three teams, I see them finishing above .500, but ten wins is the ceiling for me. In terms of the competition inside the division, the Lions may be my number one team in this conversation, but I see a much clearer path to things crashing down for Matt Patricia and them having another disappointing season than I do with the Cardinals. No team in this division may finish below that 8-8 mark.


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3. Miami Dolphins


Why they can win the division:
When you ask the general public, the Buffalo Bills right now are the favorites to win the AFC East, but they haven’t done so since 1995 and they still have to prove they really are that team. The Patriots lost several pieces on defense and Tom Brady of course, which probably leads them to starting a quarterback, who over his four career pass attempts has thrown more touchdowns to the opposing team than to his own. The Jets are still building up that roster, with GM Joe Douglas trying to plant seeds on burnt earth, and they face a BRUTAL schedule. So Miami has a lot of things going in their favor for an organization that I believe in what they are trying to build. Depending on what happens at quarterback, you could have a veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was by far the best inside the division in several key categories last season and/or Tua Tagovailoa, who had one of the most prolific careers we have seen from anybody in the SEC. They added at least two new starters on the O-line, they now have one of the premiere cornerback trios in the league with the all-time highest paid player at the position in Byron Jones and first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene to go with Xavien Howard and with some added beef up front, they are finally looking a lot like what Brian Flores had in New England. DeVante Parker really broke out over the second half of 2019 and Miami should have a much better rushing attack because of the additions up front and two quality committee backs in Jordan Howard and Matt Breida being added. They have two other young pass-catchers ready to break out this upcoming season in tight-end Mike Gesicki and a UDFA receiver from a year ago in Preston Williams. Whenever Tua’s name is called upon, he will be a perfect fit for Chan Gailey’s horizontal passing game.

Why they could finish last again:
As much as I like what I see from this entire organization, it is probably just a year too early for Miami. So many young players could be thrown into the fire and a lot of them I look at as needing that experience – 18th overall pick Austin Jackson (USC) is more of a developmental tackle still with his footwork and hand-placement issues, 30th overall pick Noah Igbinoghene (Auburn) has only played cornerback for two years and was bailed out by his athletic tools at times, third-rounder Brandon Jones has to develop more of a feel in deep coverage and at least one more rookie lineman will likely start for them. Even outside of this year’s draft class, they already had several players on their roster that are still moving towards their prime. Whether you look at last year’s first-rounder Christian Wilkins, a lot of second- and third-year pass-catchers or their young linebackers outside of Kyle Van Noy. The Bills are entering year four of that turn-around under Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, the Patriots still have the greatest coach of all time and will be a tough matchup solely based on that and the Jets at least have people playing for their jobs, plus a very talented young quarterback I still believe in. As much as I doubt Adam Gase, as long as Sam Darnold doesn’t get mono again, the offense should at least be competent, and the defense could potentially have a top-five player at every level with All-Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, an 85-million dollar linebacker in C.J. Mosley and my number one prospect in last year’s draft on the interior D-line with Quinnen Williams.

Bottom line:
As I mentioned before, the Bills are the front-runners in this division for me. As much respect as I have for Bill Belichick, I haven’t seen enough from Jarrett Stidham to make me a believer and he shrunk in some big moments at Auburn. The Jets to me could be a lot better than they were in 2019 and still go 6-10 just because of the type of schedule they are up against. So the Dolphins to me could easily finish anywhere from second to fourth, depending on how some of the players on that roster progress. I wouldn’t bet on them actually making the playoffs, but they could absolutely be a pain in the butt for some of the better teams in the AFC and in 2021 they might be the pick here.


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4. Los Angeles Chargers


Why they can win the division:
First and foremost, this Chargers defense is absolutely loaded with no real hole that you can point to. Derwin James is back healthy after a first-team All-Pro rookie campaign, Chris Harris Jr. comes in to make this secondary one the elite units in the NFL to go with two more Pro Bowlers among it and they have some guys I expect to break out like Jerry Tillery, Drue Tranquill and Nasir Adderley. In terms of having matchup pieces and a versatile pass rush to challenge Kansas City, nobody in the league may be on the same level as these guys. Offensively, Ihave talked about how the left tackle spot is concern for L.A. with a battle between Sam Tevi and Trey Pipkins for the starting job, but the other four spots are as good as they have been in a while, acquiring Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner via trade, signing a top five right tackle in Bryan Bulaga and getting Mike Pouncey back healthy. Tyrod Taylor can steer the ship and even if Justin Herbert is thrown into the fire – which I wouldn’t recommend – they have the skill-position players and willingness to run the ball to take pressure off those guys. While the Chiefs return 20 of 22 starters from a year ago, this wouldn’t be the first time we saw a Super Bowl champion have some issues the following season and as much as we want to hype up the Broncos and Raiders, both their quarterbacks (and other players of course as well) have a lot to prove still. Outside of KC, the Chargers likely have the smallest changes to what they do other than moving on from Philip Rivers and we saw that formula work the year prior, when they challenged Kansas City until the very end for the division crown and the conference’s top seed potentially. While they probably would have liked to bring in Tom Brady over the offseason, the fact they decided against signing Cam Newton to a roster that is ready to win right now, shows you the confidence they have in that quarterback room.

Why they could finish last again:
I’m not a huge fan of Derek Carr, but the Chargers will probably have the worst quarterback in the division in 2020. And their starting left tackle could be the worst in the entire league. As good as their defense will probably be, you can not consistently win games in which your offense doesn’t put up 20+ points in the league today – especially when all these teams in their division have spent so much on acquiring offensive firepower these last couple of years. I believe all three of their division rivals got better this offseason and the Chargers spent their top draft pick (sixth overall) on a young quarterback, who might not even help them win games this season. As I already mentioned, Kansas City brings back almost their entire starting lineups and they went 12-4 despite Mahomes seemingly having his knee cap facing the sideline while laying on his back. I have uttered my thoughts on Denver several times now, which you can read up on later. As for Las Vegas’ new team, they did start last season 6-4 and just heavily invested into their two major issues – wide receiver and linebacker. And while I don’t like to talk about it – injuries have been a huge issue for this Chargers team in recent years and I don’t really know what it is even, but I can’t assume that they all of a sudden can stay healthy.

Bottom line:
In terms of talent on the roster outside of the quarterback position, you could make a pretty compelling argument that the Chargers are ahead of all the other teams on this list. That’s the reason they have a pretty high floor of finishing around .500 and if everything works out, they could absolutely be a playoff contender. However, for this exercise in particular, I believe their upside is capped by what they have under center. Tyrod Taylor can be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL this season and in terms of upside, Justin Herbert has all the tools to become a difference-maker once he steps on the field, but they don’t have the explosiveness the Chiefs or the Broncos have for that matter. With so much continuity on a team that has the best player in the entire league, I can’t go against the Chiefs and in the end we are evaluating the chances to actually win the division.


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5. Washington Redskins


Why they can win the division:
These guys are very reminiscent of the 49ers with their defensive line, in terms of having invested a lot of high draft picks into the unit these last couple of years and now with that second overall pick bringing in a true stud from Ohio State – this time in Chase Young. When you look at all those guys up front – with the Bama boys patrolling the middle, Matt Ioannidis capable of moving around the front, Montez Sweat looking to break out in year two and Ryan Kerrigan still being there as a productive veteran – they will wreak some havoc this season. Ron Rivera could finally bring some structure to this organization and help them turn it around on defense with the addition of an old companion in Thomas Davis, plus some high-upside players like Reuben Foster and Fabian Moreau looking to prove themselves. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a very underwhelming rookie campaign, but he clearly wasn’t ready to be out there and found himself in a bad situation in terms of the support system around him. I like a lot of their young skill-position players the front office has surrounded him with, when you look at Terry McLaurin trying to become a young star in this league, who produced despite shaky quarterback play last season, Kelvin Harmon and Antonio Gandy-Golden being two big-bodied targets I liked these last two drafts, Derrius Guice hopefully finally being able to stay healthy to lead this backfield and this year’s third-round pick Antonio Gibson being a chess piece that you can manufacture touches for. Somebody I forgot to mention in this discussion recently is Steven Sims Jr., who is a jitterbug with the ball in his hands. New offensive coordinator Scott Turner will implement a system that should make life easier on his second-year signal-caller as well, while relying heavily on the run game.

Why they could finish last again:
Haskins is by far the least proven QB of the bunch, with Daniel Jones even being head and shoulders above him in their respective rookie seasons. No pass-catcher outside of Terry McLaurin had any major production to speak. Counting on a 37-year old Thomas Davis to not only be a leader for them, but also make plays on the field, could create issues, and Washington lost some pieces in the secondary. This offseason is a challenge for any team, that is looking to implement a new system on each side of the ball, but I think especially for a motivator like Rivera, who can give his squad a heartbeat and push them to success, not being there in person with those guys will hurt. Most importantly however, this division to me will be a two-man race between the Eagles and Cowboys – as it has been for a while now. They both will likely have top ten quarterbacks, better receiving corps, better offensive lines and more experienced defenses. The Giants may not blow anybody away coming into 2020, but looking at the two matchups from last year between them and the Redskins, Big Blue beat them 24-3 the first time around, when Daniel Jones threw one touchdown compared to two interceptions and then he diced them up for five TDs and no picks in week 16. The one area Washington would have had the clear upper hand was with their front-four, but New York just invested a lot of draft capital into their O-line to prevent that. Just go through the Redskins’ schedule and show me more than six wins. I dare you.

Bottom line:
These last two sentences really say it all. Even if Philly and Dallas split the season series and Washington can get a game off either one of them, it will be tough to turn around this squad as quickly as this season – with reduced practice time and team activities – to a point where they can finish above both of them. Both of them could easily win double-digit games in 2020 and while I think the Redskins are on the right track if Haskins looks more like the Ohio State version of himself, other than their defensive line, no unit for them is ready to compete for the division quite yet. Just going through their schedule in an objective manner, it is tough to find any lay-ups and say Washington has some baseline of wins they count on. To not have them any lower than this is more due to the respect for Riverboat Ron and how high I was on a lot of the guys they drafted recently.


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6. Jacksonville Jaguars


Why they can win the division:
I was going back and forth between my number six and seven teams, because the Jaguars are projected to pick first overall come next April for a reason – they did lose a lot of pieces. However, to me it came down to the fact that the AFC South might be won at 9-7 or 10-6 and this coaching staff actually has to win to keep their jobs. There is a lot noise about the Colts, but when you go back to last season, Philip Rivers was a turnover machine with serious questions about his arm strength. Bill O’Brien made some very questionable decisions for Houston and Tennessee is counting on a formula that is built on a 250-banger running the ball 25+ times and Ryan Tannehill finally repeating a career year, as they are coming off an AFC title game appearance. As far as Jacksonville goes, Gardner Minshew was the highest-graded rookie quarterback according to PFF and altogether I would have put him second only behind Kyler Murray. D.J. Chark broke out as one of the young star receivers and I had a first-round grade on Colorado’s Laviska Shenault if he can be healthy, because his talent is off the charts. I think the O-line would have benefitted from another tackle to kick Cam Robinson inside to guard, but those guys are some road-graders to make the run game work. Defensively the only real contributor from that Sacksonville group a couple of years ago who actually wants to be there is Myles Jack, but I really like their young duo off the edge in first-rounders Josh Allen last year and now K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU). There are some questions about the back-end, but they were built front-to-back with a lot of zone coverage behind it and depending on the development of ninth overall pick C.J. Henderson, they can roll away from him matching up with the opposing team’s number one receiver. Avoiding some of the better AFC squads altogether is pretty sweet as well, to go with facing no playoff team from last year outside their division until the middle of November.

Why they could finish last again:
I’m just not sure if all of these players are ready to fight for that coaching staff and organization. Two of their remaining veterans (Leonard Fournette and Yannick Ngakoue) have openly talked about how they want to be traded, they only have a few actually proven commodities on that entire roster and with the way they have unloaded big cap numbers, they have set themselves up for a true rebuild potentially, as they are expected to be in the Trevor Lawrence-Justin Fields sweepstakes come next April. Even if they can get a few breaks and the division is up for grabs, does this organization even want to win this season? If not for the injury to Jacoby Brissett in the middle of the season, all three other teams in that division would have almost certainly finished above .500 and the Colts are actually the team that improved by far the most among them. That Texans, who have actually won the South four of the last five years, including last season, may be the smallest challenge and still sweep Jacksonville. Vegas rarely misses completely and the Jaguars right now are the odds-on favorite to pick first overall come next April, with an NFL-low OveUnder of 4.5 wins on the season. And as favorable as the early portion of their schedule looks like right, check out this eight-game stretch after their week seven bye – at Chargers, vs. Texans, at Packers, vs. Steelers, vs. Browns, at Vikings, vs. Titans, at Ravens. Ouch. They might go winless over that period.

Bottom line:
The Jaguars to me are a very interesting team, because I believe they have accumulated a bunch of young talent, which gets lost a little when you see all the names that aren’t there anymore. There is a lot to like about this roster, when you look at what these players could develop into, but that doesn’t mean they will have success this year already. The Colts have the best 53 currently in the division (or 55 now), the Texans have the best quarterback and the Titans are coming off an AFC Championship game appearance. Gardner Minshew could make this kind of a tough decision if they end up picking anywhere after first overall and I think some of those other kids will put up pretty good numbers, but they are still pretty clearly fourth in the South as for now.


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7. Carolina Panthers

Why they can win the division:
Nobody knows for sure what Matt Rhule and his new coaching staff will throw at them. Joe Brady gets to work with Teddy Bridgewater once again, who he already coached in New Orleans – so there will be familiarity for him in this system and they already “speak the same language”. That young receiving corp with D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, free agency addition Robby Anderson and even an up-and-coming tight-end in Ian Thomas is pretty underrated actually, plus of course they have one of the truly elite weapons out of the backfield in Christian McCaffrey, who is probably set to break his own RB reception record once again. The Panthers defense-only draft has brought them a monster in the middle in Derrick Brown (Auburn), a really talented edge rusher in Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State) on the opposite of last year’s rookie stud Brian Burns, a super-rangy safety with linebacker size in Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois), what I think is a starting corner in Troy Pride Jr. (Notre Dame) and some other pieces in the secondary. The talent is clearly there and now you bring in a scheme that is probably going to be unique for the NFL level as well, when you look at that 3-3-5 Baylor ran under Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow. As much as we want to praise our legends of the game, the quarterbacks of the two front-runners in this division will be 41 and 43 years old respectively and let’s not forget that Atlanta started out last season 1-7.

Why they could finish last again:
Especially this offseason, without certainty if there will be anything like training camp or even a real preseason, that completely new staff with new systems they are trying to teach will certainly have some growing pains. Bridgewater has been a top-20 starting QB maybe one year of his career and even when he was applauded for the way he filled in for Drew Brees last season, he finished dead-last in intended air yards among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts. How will that mesh with a lot of vertical targets around him? When he has those guys running free on slants and dig routes, the ball will get there, but will he be willing to throw that deep post or give his guys a chance on go-balls? Defensively they are counting on a lot of young players and they have nobody to even come close to replacing Luke Kuechly, as well as making the switch to an unproven scheme possibly, if they actually use some of those 3-3-5 looks coming over from Baylor. When you look at Rhule’s track-record, it always took him until year two to show improvement and then in that third season is when those teams can really make some noise. And that was in the AAC and Big 12 respectively. Now he is in the NFC South with a team that just went 13-3 in the Saints and a Bucs squad that already was 7-9 and lost six of those games by one score, only because despite finishing fifth in takeaways, they ranked in the bottom five in turnover differential due to easily leading the league with 41 giveaways. That should get a lot better with Tom Brady coming in, who has never even quite thrown half of Jameis Winston’s 30 interceptions in any of his 20 years in the league. Even the Falcons – for as poorly as they started last season – went 6-2 after really coming together and making some changes in their bye week last season.

Bottom line:
The Panthers are clearly the most unproven team in this division. While new systems that haven’t been scouted yet certainly have an advantage in terms of game-planning early on, especially in this offseason with heavily limited live reps most likely, that might equal a net minus. You have to root for a guy like Teddy Bridgewater and the way he has worked his way up to a starting spot again, but I just don’t look at him as a surefire franchise signal-caller. The other three teams in the South all have top ten quarterbacks in the league in my opinion and much more continuity around them. Until the Panthers finally get to their bye week at the start of December, I don’t see them winning more than four of those twelve games. At that point they may have their eyes on a different goal already, if Teddy B isn’t the clear answer under center.


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8. Cincinnati Bengals


Why they can win the division:
We’re not that far away from 2015, when the Bengals won the AFC North with a 12-4 record as the fifth year in a row making the playoffs. Since then this is the first time I feel like there really is change happening with this team. Marvin Lewis was replaced by a young Zac Taylor, trying to prove himself to the league, they drafted Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow first overall to replace as average a quarterback as we have had over the last decade in Andy Dalton and the front office finally spent some money in free agency. While you would think a quarterback going first overall usually comes into a situation, where he is devoid of talent around him, Cincinnati suddenly has one of the better group of skill-position players in the entire league, assuming A.J. Green is back healthy. Tyler Boyd is a stud in the slot, who will be Burrow’s version of Justin Jefferson, a 50-50 ball specialist in second-round pick Tee Higgins (Clemson) matches perfectly with Burrow’s expertise of winning with ball-placement and if they get anything from former first-rounder John Ross at least as a decoy with his speed, that’s a plus. I expect Joe Mixon to be among the league leader’s in running back receptions and be more effective in space with those receivers around him as well. The signings the Bengals have made on defense gives them a lot more talent and complements very well what they already had. D.J. Reader is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league and frees everybody up along the front, they completely overhauled that linebacker group, which was a major issue these last couple of years, they brought in a starting CB2 and nickel from Minnesota to pair up with William Jackson III, who is ready to announce himself as one of the best corners in football, and Von Bell is a great match with the rangy free safety Jessie Bates.

Why they could finish last again:
As talented as all those guys throwing, catching and running the ball may be, it all starts with what’s happening up front and the Bengals offensive line is still in transition. They could have two of the worst starters in the league at both guard spots and right tackle once again, with the prior ones close to reaching that bust status and Bobby Hart still somehow having a starting job. As great as Joe Burrow was last year at LSU and how clean his evaluation was, how much better than Andy Dalton will he be right away, especially going up against those scary defensive fronts inside his division? Defensively they could easily have six new starters, which obviously can be looked at as a positive sign, considering they allowed 20+ points in all but two games last season, but there is also a lack of continuity and reduced time to fit all those pieces together. Cincinnati’s coaching staff hasn’t really proven anything yet and they will be facing a massacre of a schedule, with three occasions of back-to-back road games and while three of their final four games of the season are at home, they will face the Cowboys, Steelers and Ravens, to go with a trip to Houston in-between. If they don’t beat the Chargers in the season-opener, they probably don’t get that first W until week four against the Jaguars and then they have to hope they can sneak out another one until their bye week. Baltimore is tied with Kansas City for the highest projected win total with reigning MVP coming into just his third season, Pittsburgh is favored to make the playoffs with Big Ben back under center and Cleveland was the offseason favorite in 2019, while fielding an even better roster this year.

Bottom line:
I feel bad for putting this team last, because I thought Joe Burrow was the top quarterback and definitely worthy of that number one pick and the Bengals finally spent big money in free agency to retool the defense. To me this is less about them than the Ravens, who just were the number one overall seed in the playoffs at 14-2 and haven’t done anything other than get better themselves, a Steelers team that made a run at the playoffs with the worst quarterback play in the league now getting Ben back and a Browns roster that is among the top ten league-wide in most people’s opinion. Still, there is a lot to like about this team at the skill-positions, which is probably behind only Cleveland in terms all the weapons they have, some young standouts on defense and hope that all of this brings a fresh breath of air.


If you enjoyed this content, I would really appreciate if you could visit the original piece (with video clips) - https://halilsrealfootballtalk.com/2020/06/16/nfl-teams-most-likely-to-go-from-worst-to-first-in-2020/
You can also listen to my breakdown on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9kCcuPobNU
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Wildcard Round - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles(9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs Seattle Seahawks(11-5)
For the third season in a row the Eagles are limping into the playoffs with a multitude of injuries at key positions. But for the first time in those 3 seasons, starting QB Carson Wentz is at the helm and playing at his best. Wentz has won 4 straight must win games against division rivals and leading the Eagles offense complied mostly of backups and practice squad players to over 400 yards of total offense in each game. He will need to extend that winning streak to 5 games this week week against the Seattle Seahawks, the same Seahawks Wentz had his worst game of the season against where he turned the ball over 4 times. Wentz will need to stay hot and play much better than he did in the week 12 loss to the Seahawks. Like that game Wentz will be without his top targets at WR, and starting RG Brandon Brooks and RT Lane Johnson. Unlike last time, Wentz seems to have found a way to win without those key players. Key players have stepped up including Greg Ward and Boston Scott in those wins and they will need to again in their first playoff action of their careers. On the other side of the ball the Eagles will need to do something they have struggled with for years, stop Russel Wilson who is currently undefeated against the Eagles. Wilson has had an outstanding season and should be in conversation for MVP if not for Lamar Jackson’s amazing season. The Eagles defense will need to hold him in check if they hope to win, especially since the Seahawks will be without their top running backs. If the Eagles defense can hold, and Wentz can keep up his hotsteak, we may just see another week of postseason football in the Doug Pederson era with a hot team which can always be dangerous. Go Eagles!
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Date
Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
4:40 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
3:40 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
2:40 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
1:40 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 43°F
Feels Like: 37°F
Forecast: Clear. Clear throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0 %
Cloud Coverage: 11%
Wind: WNW 11 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Seattle -1.5
OveUnder: 45.5
Record VS. Spread: Eagles 7-9, Seahawks7-8-1
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
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Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Seahawks Radio
Seahawks Radio Network Steve Raible returns for his 37th season in the radio booth, his 15th as the play-by-play announcer and “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. Hall of Fame quarterback, Warren Moon, returns to the Seahawks radio team for his 15th season as an analyst.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game to a national audience with Kevin Harlan on play-by-play and Brian Griese providing analysis and Ross Tucker reporting from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Seahawks Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Internet 825) SIRI 82 (Internet 828)
XM Radio XM 225 (Internet 825) XM 226(Internet 828)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Internet 825) SXM 226 (Internet 828)
Eagles Social Media Seahawks Social Media
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 5-1 7-5 385 354 +31 4W
Cowboys 8-8 .500 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5 434 321 +113 1W
Giants 4-12 .250 2-6 2-6 2-4 3-9 341 451 -110 1L
Redskins 3-13 .188 1-7 2-6 0-6 2-10 266 435 -169 4L
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 49ers West 13-3
2 Packers West 13-3
3 Saints South 13-3
4 Eagles East 9-7
5 Seahawks West 11-5
6 Vikings North 10-6
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Vikings @ Saints 1/5/2020 1:05PM EST Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Seahawks @ Eagles 1/5/2020 4:40PM EST Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Ravens North 14-2
2 Chiefs West 12-4
3 Patriots East 12-4
4 Texans South 10-6
5 Bills East 10-6
6 Titans South 9-7
This Weekends AFC Games
Game Time Location
Bills @ Texans 1/4/2020 4:35PM EST NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Titans @ Patriots 1/4/2020 8:15PM EST Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Series Information
The Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (10-7)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
December 12th, 1976 at Veteran's Stadium Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 27 - Seattle Seahawks 10
Points Leader
Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (350-319)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0- against the Seahawks
Pete Carroll: 5-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Pete Carroll: Carroll leads 3-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Seahawks: 0-3
Russell Wilson: Against Eagles: 4-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Russell Wilson: Wilson leads 3-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Seahawks lead the Eagles: 4-0
Record @ CenturyLink Field: Seahawks lead 3-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 11 - Seahawks No. 7
Record
Eagles: 9-7
Seahawks: 11-5
Last Meeting
Sunday, Nov 24th, 2019
Seahawks 17 – Eagles 9
In a sloppy rainy game with high winds both QBs struggled, but the Wilson made plays when it counted and got help from running back Rashaad Penny who had a career day running for 129 yards including a 58 yard TD run. The Eagles defense was again fooled by a trick play on a flea flicker which saw Wilson hit Malik Turner for a 33 yard TD. The Eagles offense was terrible struggling to get anything going all day and missing key players including Jeffrey, Jackson, Agholor, Howard, Johnson and Brooks didn’t help. It was the worst game of the season for Wentz who turned the ball over 4 times in the Eagles loss. Russel Wilson continued his dominance over the Eagles and remained undefeated against them in his 8 year career.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/24/19 Seahawks Eagles 17-9
12/3/17 Seahawks Eagles 24-10
11/20/16 Seahawks Eagles 26-15
12/07/14 Seahawks Eagles 24-14
12/01/11 Seahawks Eagles 31-14
11/02/08 Eagles Seahawks 26-7
12/02/07 Seahawks Eagles 28-24
12/05/05 Seahawks Eagles 42-0
12/08/02 Eagles Seahawks 27-20
09/23/01 Eagles Seahawks 27-3
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Seahawks Seahawks
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 12 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Seahawks Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 388 607 63.9% 4037 27 7 93.1
Wilson 341 516 66.1% 4110 31 5 106.3
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 179 818 51.1 4.6 3
Carson(IR) 278 1230 82.0 4.4 7
Lynch 12 34 34.0 2.8 1
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 88 916 61.1 10.4 6
Lockett 82 1057 66.1 12.9 8
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 8.5 43
Green 4.0 28
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 80 62 18 2.5
Wagner 159 86 73 3.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry/Jones/Darby/McLeod 2 11
Wright/Flowers/Diggs 3 16
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 71 3292 61 46.4 42.3 28 4 0
Dickson 74 3341 63 44.1 40.9 34 5 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 26 22 84.6% 53 35/37
Myers 28 23 82.1% 54 40/44
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 14 314 22.4 67 0
Lockett 14 279 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Scott 6 43 7.2 13 0 4
Lockett 13 66 5.1 20 0 10
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Offense 360.8 14th 374.4 8th
Rush Offense 121.2 11th 137.5 4th
Pass Offense 239.6 11th 236.9 14th
Points Per Game 24.1 12th 25.3 9th
3rd-Down Offense 45.4% 4th 39.5% 16th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% 28th(t) 50.0% 13th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 66.7% 3rd 63.3% 9th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Defense 331.7 10th 381.6 26th
Rush Defense 90.1 3rd 117.7 22nd
Pass Defense 241.6 19th 263.9 27th
Points Per Game 22.1 15th 24.9 22nd
3rd-Down Defense 34.2% 4th 38.3% 16th
4th-Down Defense 61.1% 27th 58.5% 24th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55.8% 14th(t) 61.5% 26th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Turnover Diff. -3 22nd +12 3rd(t)
Penalty Per Game 6.8 9th(t) 7.1 16th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 52.3 9th 55.1 13th
Connections
Eagles HC Doug Pederson was born in Bellingham, WA, and grew up in Ferndale, WA. Pederson recently admitted that he "Grew up a Seahawks Fan" and used to attend Seahawks games at The Kingdome.
Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole is from Seattle and previously coached the Seahawks’ DBs (1999, 2001-02) and LBs (2000).
Eagles Safeties coach Tim Hauck played for the Seahawks in 1997.
Eagles Defensive Line coach Phillip Daniels was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
Seahawks Northeast Area Scout Todd Brunner worked for the Eagles for four seasons (1994-97) as an area scout covering the Northeast. He joined the Eagles as a scouting intern in 1992 and worked as a scouting assistant in 1993.
Eagles CB Sidney Jones attended University of Washington.
Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks played 6 seasons for the Eagles from 2012-2017 including winning a Super Bowl with him in Super Bowl LII.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Seahawks
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) QB Russel Wilson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) MLB Bobby Wagner (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lavato (Starter)
Recap from Last Week 17’s Games.
Eagles
Video
With the division on the line, the Eagles controlled their own destiny as they took on the division rival New York Giants on the road. The Eagles were already short and then they lost running back Miles Sanders and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks in the first half. But Scott, Josh Perkins, Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis combined for 16 catches on 25 targets, 225 yards receiving, 54 yards rushing and four TDs. The five players were cut a combined eight times by four teams since Aug. 31. But Carson Wentz got the most out of them as he lead the Eagles to their 4th must win game in a row beating the Giants 34-17.
Seahawks
Video
The Seahawks were playing for the division title against the 49ers in week 17 with a playoff spot already locked in for both teams. In the first half, the 49ers dominated, taking a 13–0 halftime lead aided by a Deebo Samuel 30-yard touchdown run on a pitch and catch. The 49ers also held Seattle to just 79 yards of total offense, including stuffing running back Marshawn Lynch on 4th and inches from the 49ers 31-yard line, causing a turnover on downs. In the second half, the Seahawks proved resilient, scoring multiple times. The Seahawks would never lead in this game however, as the 49ers countered every Seahawks score with one of their own, including a Raheem Mostert 13-yard touchdown run to make it 26–14 with 5:51 left. After Seattle cut the lead to five, a questionable personal foul call against Ben Garland forced a punt, giving them the ball back with 2:27 left. They marched all the way down to the 49ers 1-yard line, but a delay of game penalty pushed them back to the 6-yard line. After three incomplete passes, the Seahawks faced 4th and goal. Russell Wilson hit receiver Jacob Hollister with a pass to the 49ers 1-yard line, but Hollister was stopped inches short of the goal line by linebacker Dre Greenlaw, causing a turnover on downs with nine seconds left that sealed the victory.
General
Referee: Shawn Smith
Including playoffs, Philadelphia has the 2nd-best home winning percentage (.735, 25-9) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.838, 31-6).
In Week 17, the Eagles totaled 400+ yards for the 4th consecutive game, which is Eagles the longest stretch of 400+ yards since 2013 (6 games).
The Eagles captured their 2nd division title in the last three seasons and 3rd consecutive postseason berth (2017-19).
Philadelphia owns the No. 4 seed in the NFC Playoffs heading into Wild Card Weekend (Jan. 4-5, 2020).
Doug Pederson is the first Eagles head coach to lead his team to three straight postseason appearances since Andy Reid from 2008-10.
Philadelphia has made the playoffs in three-or-more consecutive seasons for the 6th time in team history.
The Eagles have earned a postseason berth for the 27th time in franchise history (since 1933).
Since 2000, Philadelphia is tied for the 4th-most playoff appearances (13) in the NFL, behind New England (17), Green Bay (14) and Indianapolis (14).
The Eagles are NFC East Champions for the 11th time in franchise history.
Philadelphia’s nine NFC East championships since 2001 are the most in the division, ahead of Dallas (5), N.Y. Giants (3) and Washington (2)
Draft Picks
Eagles Seahawks
OT Andre Dillard DE L.J. Collier
RB Miles Sanders S Marquise Blair
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR DK Metcalf
WR Shareff Miller LB Cody Barton
QB Clayton Thorson WR Gary Jennings Jr.
G Phil Hayes
CB Ugo Amadi
LB Ben Burr-Kirven
RB Travis Homer
DT Demarcus Christmas
WR John Ursua
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Seahawks
WR Desean Jackson DE Jadeveon Clowney
DT Malik Jackson DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Vinny Curry DT Al Woods
DT Hassan Ridgeway WR Josh Gordon
QB Josh McCown QB Geno Smith
G Mike Iupati
K Jason Myers
FB Nick Bellore
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Seahawks
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles FS Earl Thomas
DE Michael Bennett SS Kam Chancellor
DE Chris Long WR Doug Baldwin
S Chris Maragos WR Paul Richardson
RB Jay Ajayi DE Frank Clark
RB Josh Adams K Sebastian Janikowski
RB Wendell Smallwood G J.R. Sweezy
DT Haloti Ngata CB Justin Coleman
DT Shamar Stephen
SS Maurice Alexander
QB Brett Hundley
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge (join.profootballfocus.com/edge/)
WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Russell Wilson’s Deep Ball
The Eagles have not been great at defending the deep ball. Russell Wilson is good at the deep ball. I should just leave it at that, but that’s not what you’re here for. In 2019, Wilson’s averaging the 2nd-highest percentage of total throws targeting 20+ yards downfield (16.5%). Over the previous 3 seasons, Wilson has been 3rd, 2nd, and 8th. His Adjusted Completion % (accounting for drops) is 48.2%, good for 8th. His Passer Rating on Deep Balls is 119.2, good for 4th.
Matchups to Watch
Seahawks Pass Defense vs. the Eagles Pass Offense
Well, now the Eagles are in the playoffs after this tumultuous season. Anything can happen with this team, whether it's one and done or a Super Bowl run. Before we can all think about the future of this postseason, the Eagles need to get by a tough opponent in the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll's Seattle teams, with or without Wilson, has owned the Eagles. That extended into this season with the Seahawks winning an ugly game against the then hapless Eagles. A lot has changed for Philly since then, mainly their success through the air. The Nobodies have stepped up to help Carson eLeVaTe the passing offense as he nearly averaged 300 yard passing per game in the final 4 weeks of the season. Carson has played really well and the coaches stepped up big to help get the passing game going. Their game plan can't, and won't, be a repeat of their early "death by one thousand slant/flats" if they want to win. And the offense can't turn the ball over at the rate they did if they expect to win. This is an athletic pass defense with two great LBs that excel in coverage. The Eagles will need to continue to move the pocket for Wentz to extend the time to throw which will allow deeper shots to open up. Due to personnel, this isn't an offense that can rely on its skill position players to consistently win 1v1. They'll need to continue to be creative in their usage of screens to prevent the defense form keying on them again. If Zach Ertz is able to play, that would be a huge win for the Eagles as he is their best natural separator. Seattle is an easy defense to scheme for as there is very little they change on a week to week basis. It's just being able to hit on the plays they scheme up. One injury for the Seahawks that important to watch is the status of safety Quandre Diggs; he was acquired from the Lions on the cheap (for some reason) and is a key player in their coverage schemes. As of now, the Seahawks should be expecting him to go as he was a full participant in their latest practice report. Either way, this is the 15th ranked passing defense by DVOA. They can be beat through the air. It would be wise for them to build off the game plan the Niners used last week to win in Seattle.
Seahawks Run Defense vs Eagles Running Backs
Philly wasn't able to have a lot of success on the ground the last time they played for a number of reasons. One big reason for that was the injuries on the offensive line - which remains the same for the rematch. Lane Johnson's status for Sunday is still unknown and stud Guard Brandon Brooks landed on IR after the week 17 win against the Giants. The backups have played decently well in reliefof the two key linemen but their absence will always loom large. The variety of concepts the Eagles use in the run game is a big factor in its success as it keeps opposing defenses off-balance. Being down Brooks and Lane could hinder what the Eagles like to do if their replacements can't adequately step up. Moreover, Sanders sustained an injury last week (ankle) and should play, but his effectiveness really won't be known until game time. Since the bye, Sanders has stepped up in a big way when Jordan Howard's shoulder died. Sanders proved he is a capable receiver and pass blocker early on but really improved his ability as a runner very quickly when the team needed him the most. If he is able to be effective on Sunday, that would be a huge boost to the undermanned Philly offense. Additionally, Boston Scott has continued to step up for the Eagles when they need him the most. Scott doesn't profile as an every down back but was able to take that role last week when Sanders left the game. His ability to consistently find the open rush lanes has been paramount to his success. Like Sanders, when Scott is able to get the ball in space he is able to create chunk plays to move the sticks. Jordan Howard returned to the line up last week; while he only played one snap, his ability to now play should help the Eagles rushing attack. This Seattle defensive line is a weak unit that is missing key players. Jadeveon Clowney has been banged up for most of the season and his status for Sunday is questionable. His absence would be a huge boost for the Eagles. This Seattle rushing defense is 26th in DVOA; if the Eagles offensive line was 100% heading into Sunday, this would be the single biggest mismatch in this contest. As it stands now, the Eagles should have enough in their reserves to be effective against this front, but that is a risky bet. They weren't effective in their first meeting - they need to change that to win.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Receivers vs the Eagles Secondary
Russell Wilson has owned the Eagles in his career but will be entering Sunday's contest off his worst performance against this team in his career. He was sacked 6 times and was generally inaccurate for most of the game. He struggled to pick up some of the coverage changes the Eagles implemented in their secondary and lead to below average play. He's still Russell Wilson and this is still the Eagles pass defense: you simply cannot bet on the Eagles secondary anymore. Wilson has been a top 2 QB this year in an MVP caliber year carrying the Seahawks to this point in the season. There are very few instances in his time with the Seahawks where the Seahawks are down by double-digits late in a game. This is an Eagles secondary that struggles to stop the big play and cover outside receivers - the Seahawks have two dangerous weapons outside. The Eagles should have everyones favorite terrible CB back for this contest... Jalen Mills. The starter opposite him will be a mystery. Since his early season benching, Sidney Jones has been absolutely clutch for the Eagles on their current run. While his play hasn't been perfect, he's been less of a disaster than he previously was. Avonte Maddox and Cre'von Leblanc are fresh off really good performances against the Giants. If I had to guess, Maddox will start outside and Leblanc will see the slot; Jones would work into the rotation in more CB heavy looks. As previously mentioned, not only was Russ generally inaccurate in the first meeting, his receivers had a lot of key drops as well. Here is a big gain dropped by DK Metcalf. How about this dropped TD by DK Metcalf? Or this bricked layup TD pass from Wilson? My point is this: I generally think the Eagles pass defense, namely the secondary, has been more lucky than good in the second half of the season en route to an NFCE title. They are still here, which is awesome, but until they actually clean up their games it's hard to bet on them succeeding. Russ is one of the best passers in the league; it doesn't matter if he is scrambling or in the pocket, he'll generally eat you alive. This is a WR group, especially with Lockett and Metcalf, that will make defenses pay. They didn't last time, I don't think the Eagles will be so lucky this time. If I'm the Seahawks, I throw early and often. The Eagles defensive ranks against outside WRs: Yards allowed: 32nd, Explosive receptions: 29th, TDs: 29th, Yards per target: 27th. If Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer maintain status quo, like they do for some inexplicable reason, the Eagles have a real chance.
**Seahawks Decimated Offensive Line vs Eagles Pass Rush
The biggest aid to a struggling secondary is a strong pass rush. This is the foundation of the Eagles defense. While it isn't the stupid good group from the Super Bowl, it is still one of the best units in the league in getting pressure. Seattle has had bad offensive lines for years now and the group that'll start on Sunday fits that mold. Stud LT Duane Brown should miss this contest with a knee issue; this is a bad injury for the Seahawks as he is their best offensive lineman. The rest of their group is a well-below average unit that struggles in pass protection. The Eagles were able to get after Russell Wilson with 6 sacks in the first meeting and will need that kind of pressure again. Wilson can still make plays with his arm and legs while under pressure but it's still a difficult task for him. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham will need to continue to create havoc in the trenches. Derek Barnett must continue to build off his strong outing against the Giants. And if Timmy Jernigan can continue to play well, instead of up and down, then the Eagles should be able to get after Russ like they did Daniel Jones one week ago. The Eagles need to put this Seattle offense in bad situations to help out the secondary and help force some turnovers.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020 Detroit Lions Season Predictions

First off, my early guess at the 2020 53-man roster. However, it's a pretty certain bet that Detroit will make an addition or two either prior to or during the preseason. They signed DT Mike Daniels last year post-draft, have traded for players like Eli Harold (2018) and Greg Robinson (2017), or adding players via waivers (OT Andrew Donnal, DB Dee Virgin, RB J.D. McKissic, DE Romeo Okwara). So expect that there's another move or two that would add a player to this list...But here we go (please keep in mind some slight changes with the new CBA...it's still a 53-man roster, with a now 12 person practice squad, but there are now 2 additional active players, up to 48 from 46, with 2 practice squad players elevated per week)

Depth Chart / 53-Man Roster

QB (2/53): Matthew Stafford / Chase Daniel RB (7/53): Kerryon Johnson / D'Andre Swift / Ty Johnson / Bo Scarbrough / FB Luke Sellers WR (12/53): Kenny Golladay / Marvin Jones Jr. / Danny Amendola / Marvin Hall / Quintez Cephus TE (16/53): T.J. Hockenson / Jesse James / Isaac Nauta / Hunter Bryant OL (25/53): Taylor Decker / Joe Dahl / Frank Ragnow / Jonah Jackson / Hal Vaitai / Tyrell Crosby / Beau Benzschawel / Kenny Wiggins / Logan Stenberg
DL (32/53): Trey Flowers / Da'Shawn Hand / Danny Shelton / Nick Williams / John Penisini / Romeo Okwara / Austin Bryant LB (39/53): Jamie Collins / Jarrad Davis / Christian Jones / Jahlani Tavai / Reggie Ragland / Julian Okwara CB (45/53): Desmond Trufant / Justin Coleman / Jeff Okudah / Amani Oruwariye / Jamal Agnew / Darryl Roberts S (50/53): Tracy Walker / Duron Harmon / Will Harris / Jayron Kearse / Jeremiah Dinson
ST (53/53): K Matt Prater / P Jack Fox / LS Don Muhlbach
Thus some likely practice squad candidates: WR Chris Lacy or WR Travis Fulgham, S Jalen Elliott or S Bobby Price, RB Wes Hills, QB David Blough, LB Christian Sam or LB Anthony Pittman or LB Jason Cabinda, G Josh Garnett, DT Kevin Strong, DL Jashon Cornell, DE Jonathan Wynn, and some others I'm sure they'll add from other cuts.

Season Predictions

Week 1, Sept. 13: vs. Chicago Bears - The concern here is if Nick Foles is able to find some of the magic that led him and Philly to the Super Bowl. If not, Detroit nearly beat the Bears without Stafford in both games, so fairly confident Detroit can pull this one out. Detroit 28, Chicago 17.
Week 2, Sept. 20: at Green Bay Packers - Despite nearly winning both games, only to lose on last second FG attempts in both games, this one will be tough. Aaron Rodgers will likely be out for blood to start the season. Green Bay 31, Detroit 23.
Week 3, Sept. 27: at Arizona Cardinals - The Lions have been bad in the back end of back-to-back road games. With the Cardinals adding key pieces to their offense like WR DeAndre Hopkins, OT Josh Jones, and a defensive piece in S Isaiah Simmons, they're going to be tougher than last year, a game that Patricia and Pasqualoni's play-calling blew. Arizona 27, Detroit 24.
Week 4, Oct. 4: vs. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees is back for another season at least, and the Saints are going to be a Super Bowl contender once again. Perhaps getting them at home gives them the best shot to pull off an upset, but hard to see it at this point. New Orleans 34, Detroit 20.
Week 6, Oct. 18: at Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars lost perhaps more starters than any other team, with DT Marcell Dareus, CB A.J. Bouye and plenty of others to trades, cuts, and free agency. While QB Gardner Minshew is around as the start, the Jags may be looking at a tank in 2020. Detroit 26, Jacksonville 17.
Week 7, Oct. 25: at Atlanta Falcons - If Detroit is going to win the back of end of consecutive road games, it'll be this one. The Falcons added some nice pieces (DE Dante Fowler, RB Todd Gurley, CB A.J. Terrell) but overall, this team has dropped off from the one who appeared in the Super Bowl not too long ago. Detroit 33, Atlanta 28.
Week 8, Nov. 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts - This is my hinge game for the season. If Detroit loses here, playoffs are a long-shot, pending a handful of upsets at the end of the season. However, QB Philip Rivers was not good in LAC last year, and I don't expect that to change. Detroit 23, Indianapolis 19.
Week 9, Nov. 8: at Minnesota Vikings - The Vikings also went through a bit of a re-shaping of their roster, with like half of their defense changing place. I think Detroit will have a good chance to split with the Vikings, but the road games is definitely not the one I'm predicting. Minnesota 26, Detroit 21.
Week 10, Nov. 15: vs. Washington Redskins - The Redskins were absolute brilliant this offseason. With needs at practically every position except edge rusher, their biggest add this year was....edge rusher. They'll need to hope that Chase Young can rack up 5 sacks per game, or else they really don't have a shot. Detroit 37, Washington 17.
Week 11, Nov. 22: at Carolina Panthers - Former Baylor HC Matt Rhule will attempt to rebuild a strong defense, which was the sole focus of their draft. However, the Panthers offense still has plenty of question marks, including what caliber Bridgewater we're getting. Detroit 17, Carolina 14.
Week 12, Nov. 26: vs. Houston Texans (Thanksgiving Day) - Former Patriot assistants clash on Thanksgiving, as Bill O'Brien made some odd moves over the last two seasons, including the aforementioned trade of Hopkins. Detroit finds a way to pull this one out. Detroit 30, Houston 27 (OT).
Week 13, Dec. 6: at Chicago Bears - The Bears at this point will either in the thick of contention with their defense leading the charge, or the offense will again have imploded and they'll be turning their attention to scouting QB's like Trevor Lawrence, Trey Lance, and Justin Fields. Detroit 27, Chicago 23.
Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Green Bay Packers - The Lions get the Packers in Ford Field with a chance to split. Ultimately however, I still have concerns about Detroit's depth, especially on the DL and OL. The Packers have a bit better depth there, and I think that'll give them a shot to steal a game. Green Bay 22, Detroit 21.
Week 15, Dec. 20: at Tennessee Titans - Unless Detroit adds another starting caliber player on the interior DL, I am quite skeptical that Detroit will be able to pull out a win over a run heavy team like the Titans, with Derrick Henry leading the charge. Tennessee 20, Detroit 17.
Week 16, Dec. 27: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tom Brady comes to Detroit shortly after Christmas. Perhaps no team had a more exciting offseason than the Bucs, who brought in future Hall of Famers in Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay 33, Detroit 20.
Week 17, Jan. 3: vs. Minnesota Vikings - I'd be tempted to have the Vikings taking the week off, already having clinched a playoff spot, but with only 1 bye week now, that's less likely to happen, and the Vikings will want to ensure they get the better matchup. Minnesota 30, Detroit 26.
Final Record: 8-8, 3rd in the NFC North
Ultimately, I am not sure if this is enough to keep Patricia and Quinn. Should it befall like this, I would likely move on due to a late season collapse (I have it as a 4-game losing streak to knock them out of the playoffs). But perhaps it's just enough.

What Could Change This

Think it's also important to add a few points on what could vary the prediction in large ways...
1.) Injuries - whether to Detroit or to specifically NFC North opponents. A good example is Matt Stafford going down last season took Detroit from a pretty competitive .500 team to an absolute trainwreck. For example, should the Vikings lose Cousins or the Packers lose Rodgers, their likely shot at playoff contention vanishes. Chicago is probably the only team that wouldn't be massively impacted by a QB injury, but that speaks more so to their lack of certainty than it does to their depth.
2.) Adding another contributor or two. I specifically mention DL depth, as I think that's a big spot Detroit should look for another quality player. Even if it is an injury prone player like Mike Daniels or Marcell Dareus, it's probably worth the risk for a team who needs to win this season. Also be sure to watch
3.) Breakout performances - George Kittle went from a 40-catch, 500 yard, 2 TD rookie year to being an absolute monster in 2018 (88 catches, 1400 yards, 5 TD). Should Hockenson take a leap like that, think the offense could carry this team to more wins. Additionally, if guys like Jamie Collins can play like he did last year, or breakouts from younger guys like Tracy Walker or Da'Shawn Hand on defense, or even the rookies, you'd see some major improvements.
4.) Regression - The million dollar question is if the back injury slows Stafford at all, or if he comes back firing on all cylinders like he was. If he declines a bit, I think this team would then be closer to 6-10 or 7-9. Additionally, bringing in experienced players like Collins and Trufant is great, but if they start regressing then those are guys you were counting on now stepping back.
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[Game Preview] Week 4 Philadelphia Eagles(1-2) at Green Bay Packers (3-0)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at Green Bay Packers (3-0)
The Eagles will look to rebound on Thursday Night Football after back to back losses and a rash of injuries. After a disappointing loss to the Falcons in week 2, the Eagles followed up with another close loss in week 3 to the Detroit Lions. The Eagles backup WRs couldn’t get it together and overcome Alshon Jeffrey and Desean Jackson being out with injuries as they dropped the ball numerous times unlike my man catching babies and saving lives.. Week 4 isn’t going to get any easier, as the Eagles travel up to Green Bay to take on the Packers on short rest. The Packers have looked impressive in their first 3 starts dispatching their division rival Bears and Vikings followed by a nice win against the Broncos last week. Stopping Aaron Rodgers will be no easy task, especially with a secondary that is shorthanded with Ronald Darby slated to miss the game. The secondary was already giving up the 29th most passing yards in the league, as the highly touted DL has struggled to get to the quarterback this season. However, in a change from past seasons, the Packers have actually been winning games more often this year with their defense, which is creating turnovers and getting to the QB. Those are two things they did quite a bit last week vs the Broncos sacking Flacco 6 times and forcing 2 turnovers. The Eagles offense will need to protect the ball better this week after they put it on the turf twice last week versus the Lions. They will also need to do a better job protecting Carson Wentz as he was under duress the last two weeks. They should get some reinforcements back this week as both Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert was listed as full participants, however the team will still be without speedy WR Desean Jackson who is out with an abdomen injury. Hopefully the Eagles will be able to escape this game without any further injuries as they have lost players at key positions in each of the first 3 games. Here is to an injury free and hopefully better officiated game than last week. Go Birds.!
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Date
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Game Time Game Location
8:20 PM - Eastern Lambeau Field
7:20 PM - Central 1265 Lombardi Ave
6:20 PM - Mountain Green Bay, WI 54304
5:20 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 59°F
Feels Like: 59°F
Forecast: Partly Cloudy. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 42%
Wind: Southwest 8 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Green Bay by -5
OveUnder: 45
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 0-3, Packers 3-0
Where to Watch on TV
FOX/NFL Network will broadcast Thursday’s game to a national audience. Joe Buck will handle the play-by-play duties and Troy Aikman to provide analysis. Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink will report from the sideline.
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Internet Streams
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Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime - Andrea Kremer will handle play-by-play duties and Hannah Storm will provide analysis.
Radio Streams
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List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Bill Kulik and Luis Torres will handle the broadcast in Spanish on WTTM 1680 AM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LWTTM 1680 AM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Packers Radio Network
Packers Radio Network Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren enter their 21st season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network in 2019. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago. WTMJ, which has been broadcasting the team’s games since November 1929, continues its long-standing role as the flagship station of the Packers Radio Network.
National Radio
Westwood One will carry the game nationally with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli(analyst).
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Packers Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 81(Streaming 825) SIRI 83(Streaming 811)
XM Radio XM 225 (Streaming 825) (XM 226 (Streaming 811)
Sirus XM Radio SXM 225 (Streaming 825) SXM 226(Streaming 811)
Eagles Social Media Packers Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: packers
NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 3-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 2-0 2-0 97 44 +53 3W
Eagles 1-2 .333 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-2 76 78 -2 2L
Giants 1-2 ..333 0-1 1-1 0-1 1-1 63 94 -31 1W
Redskins 0-3 .000 0-1 0-2 0-2 0-3 63 94 -31 3L
Series Information
The Green Bay Packers lead Philadelphia Eagles in the series: 28-16 (14-27 regular season, 2-1 postseason).
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 29th, 1933 at City Stadium, Green Bay, WI. Philadelphia Eagles 9 – Green Bay Packers 35
Points Leader
The Green Bay Packers lead the Philadelphia Eagles (919-740)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Packers
Matt LaFleur: This will be LaFeur’s first game against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Matt LeFleur: This will be the first meeting between the coaches
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Packers: 0-1
Aaron Rodgers: Against Eagles: 4-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Packers 4-3
Record @ Lambeau Field: Packers lead 11-5
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 16 - Packers No. 5
2019 Record
Eagles: 1-2
Packers 3-0
Last Meeting
Monday, November 28th, 2016
Eagles 13 - Packers 27
Rodgers came out firing and led the Packers on consecutive touchdown drives to start the game. Rodgers extended the opening drive by running twice for 25 yards and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Adams for a 7-0 lead. After the Eagles answered on Wentz's 1-yard TD run , Rodgers led another 75-yard scoring drive. He threw a perfect 20-yard TD pass to Adams to give the Packers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Nolan Carroll had excellent coverage on the play, but Rodgers put the ball in a tight spot and hit Adams in stride in the back of the end zone. A Green Bay run in the 4th extended the Packer lead to 24-13 and the Packers added a late Mason Crosby FG for a 27-13 win.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Eagles 20 - Packers 53
The matchup of NFC contenders quickly turned lopsided after Green Bay took a 30-6 halftime lead. Rodgers threw for two touchdowns in the first half, while Micah Hyde scored on a 75-yard punt return. The Packers easily took care of the Chip Kelly led Eagles and completely shutdown the fast paced gimmick offense. The game was pretty much decided in the 3rd when Julius Peppers returned a Mark Sanchez pass 52 yards to give the Packers a 39-6 lead. Rodgers passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns, Lacy accounted for two scores, and the Packers defense stuffed the high-octane Philadelphia Eagles for a 53-20 win Sunday. It was the second time the Eagles allowed 50+ points under Chip Kelly, who is the only coach in team history to allow 50+ at least 2 times.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/28/16 Packers Eagles 27-13
11/16/14 Packers Eagles 53-20
11/10/13 Eagles Packers 27-13
01/09/11 Packers Eagles 21-16
09/12/10 Packers Eagles 27-20
09/09/07 Packers Eagles 16-13
10/02/06 Eagles Packers 31-9
11/27/05 Eagles Packers 19-14
12/05/04 Eagles Packers 47-17
01/11/04 Eagles Packers 20-17
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Packers Packers
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 4 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Packers Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 72 118 61.0% 803 6 2 91.2
Rodgers 57 93 61.3% 647 4 0 96.5
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 34 106 35.3 3.1 0
Jones 46 174 58.0 3.8 3
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 17 190 63.3 11.2 0
Adams 15 198 66.0 13.2 0
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Jernigan/Sendejo 1.0 2
Smith 4.5 12
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 15 11 4 0
Martinez 32 23 9 1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Darby/Gerry/Jones 1 3
King/Savage/Smith/Amos 1 4
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 7 363 54 50.7 46.0 5 0 0
Scott 21 1021 66 48.6 43.7 9 3 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 4 4 100.0% 41 6/6
Crosby 4 3 75% 42 7/7
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 5 106 21.2 29 0
Spencer 1 60 60 60 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 6 56 9.3 17 0 2
Davis 3 1 .333 1 0 8
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Packers Stat Packers Rank
Total Offense 365.0 13th 286.7 28th
Rush Offense 99.7 17th 89.3 24th
Pass Offense 265.3 12th 197.3 27th
Points Per Game 26.0 9th(t) 19.3 23rd(t)
3rd-Down Offense 56.3% 2nd 25% 29th
4th-Down Offense 42.9% 14th(t) 0% 22nd(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 58.3.0% 14th(t) 85.7% 2nd(t)
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Packers Stat Packers Rank
Total Defense 3350.7 16th(t) 328.313th
Rush Defense 57.0 2nd 131.0 25th
Pass Defense 293.7 29th 197.3 5th
Points Per Game 26.0 23rd(t) 11.7 2nd
3rd-Down Defense 37.8% 13th 34.9% 10th
4th-Down Defense 100% 25tht) 25.0% 10th(t)
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 50% 9th(t) 33.3%% 4th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Packers Stat Packers Rank
Turnover Diff. -2 23rd(t) +6 1st
Penalty Per Game 5.7 3rd(t) 7.7 18th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 48.3 4th(t) 53.0 8th(t)
Connections
Eagles HC Doug Pederson played 8 seasons with the Packers a backup to HoF QB Brett Farve in two stints from 1995-1998 and 2001-2004.
Eagles LB coach Ken Fajole was the Defensive quality control coach for the Packers in 1998.
Eagles safeties coach Tim Hauck played 4 seasons with the Packers from 1991-1994.
Eagles assistant TE coach Mike Bartrum played 1 season for the Packers in 1995.
Eagles LS Rick Lovato (not husband to Demi) played one season for the Green Bay Packers in 2015.
Packers CB Chandon Sullivan played one season for the Eagles in 2018.
Packers DC Mike Pettine is from Doylestown, PA and was an all-state QB at CB West High School. He also coached North Penn and William Tennent High Schools. He is the son of legendary PA High School Football Coach Mike Pettine Sr. who coached CB West Football for 33 seasons with a record 326-42-4 and won 4 state titles.
Josh McCown lists the Green Bay Packers as one of the few teams he has not played for in his career.
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles
Video The Eagles offense finally got some points on their first possession with a field goal by Jake Elliott, only to have the following kickoff returned for a touchdown. The Eagles offense struggled to get anything going all day without both their starting WRs. The team was plagued by fumbles and dropped passes throughout, and some questionable refereeing did not do that any favors. One missed call was particularly bad was it was only the most egregious facemasks in the history of the game as Miles Killebrew ripped off Eagles RBs Miles Sanders helmet on a kick return. The blantant miss was the same ref Todd Prukup who missed the PI in the Rams Saints NFCCG game last season. The Eagles still had a shot for the W after Malcom Jenkins blocked a Matt Prater FG with 1:53 to go in the game, but the Eagles offense came up short in the 27-24 loss as a drop by rookie JJ.J. Arcega-Whiteside dropped a first down catch with 41 seconds left as the Eagles fell 27-24.
Packers
Video The Packers looked strong in a win against the struggling Broncos. Aaron Rodgers found Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 40-yard strike on the opening drive and finished 17 of 29. Rodgers threw for 253 yards and a touchdown while Aaron Jones made it look easy on the ground getting into the endzone twice. On the other side of the balls Joe Flacco was not so lucky as the Packers got to the QB 6 times including 3 by Preston Smith who matched a career high. The Packers new looked defense forced 3 turnovers to take the team to +6 in that category which is good for first in the league.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Packers
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter)WR Devante Adams
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) QB Aaron Rodgers
TE Zach Ertz (Starter)
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Clay Martin
Philadelphia has posted a 5-5 (.500) record in its last 10 regular-season games vs. Green Bay. The last time the Eagles defeated the Packers was on 11/10/13 in a 27-13 victory at Lambeau Field.
The Eagles are the only team to defeat Vince Lombardi's Packers in the playoffs when they defeated the Packers 17-13 in the 1960 NFL Championship game.
In the divisional round of the 2003-04 playoffs, the 4th-seeded Packers led the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles 17-14 with only 1:12 left to go. After an incompletion, a 5 yard penalty, a sack and another incompletion, the Eagles seemed to be finished, facing an impossible down and distance. But, on the now-famous "4th and 26" play, a slant route to wide receiver Freddie Mitchell got them just enough yardage for the first down, and they were able to tie the game and take it into overtime. The went on to win the game 20-17 after another field goal from kicker David Akers.
Draft Picks
Eagles Packers
OT Andre Dillard LB Rashan Gary
RB Miles Sanders S Darnell Savage Jr.
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside C Elgton Jenkins
WR Shareff Miller TE Jace Sternberger
QB Clayton Thorson(I suck and am a Cowboy Now) DE Kingley Keke
CB Ka’dar Hollman
RB Dexter Williams
LB Ty Summers
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Packers
WR Desean Jackson S Adrian Amos
DT Malik Jackson LB Preston Smith
DE Vinny Curry LB Za’Darius Smith
S Andrew Sendejo G Billy Turner
LB Zach Brown CB Chandon Sullivan
DT Hassan Ridgeway CB Tremon Smith
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Packers
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles DE Mike Daniels
DE Michael Bennett LB Nick Perry
DE Chris Long WR Randall Cobb
S Chris Maragos OLB Clay Matthews
RB Jay Ajayi TE Lance Kendricks
RB Josh Adams SS Kentrell Brice
RB Wendell Smallwood CB Brashuad Breeland
WR Jordan Matthews ILB Jake Ryan
DT Haloti Ngata
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (76) needs 1 passing TD to move out of a tie at 6th on the Eagles all-time passing TDs list moving ahead of Sonny Jurgenson.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (29) needs 2 TDs to move up to 11th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR Jack Ferrante and Brent Celek
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying Jeremy Maclin.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6271) needs 194 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yard list to moving ahead of Mike Quick.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles needs 35 yards to move up to 5th on the NFL’s all-time all-purpose yards list passing WR Tim Brown.
Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player.
Packers WR Devante Adams needs 1 TD to move up to 12th on the Packers all-time receiving TD list tying Boyd Dowler and two TDs to move up to 11th tying Randall Cobb.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers needs 54 rushing yards for 3000 career rushing yards.
Stats to Know
2019 Packers’ Running by Direction
So far in 2019, the Packers have been averaging the greatest Yards Per Attempt when rushing in the gap between the Center and Right Guard (4.3 YPA) and outside the Right Tackle (5.0 YPA). However, the Packers will be facing Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham in those gaps, which is theoretically a win for the Eagles. When rushing anywhere to the left side, the Packers have been averaging fewer than 3.0 YPA, aside for the gap between the Center and Left Guard (3.6 YPA). Given the situation at RDT--Malik Jackson and Tim Jernigan injured-- and RDE--Barnett’s ankle not 100%--we could possibly see the Packers switch things up this game, despite the Eagles only giving up 57.0 yards per game and 2.9 yards per attempt.
Matchups to Watch
Eagles vs Themselves
It’s probably a little unfair to the Packers and their fans to list this first given their 3-0 start but it is relevant to this contest and the way the season started for the Eagles. There are a lot of reasons the Eagles could win or lose on Thursday, but they likely won’t have a chance to right the ship if they can’t get out of their own way. Even on a day with a depleted WR core, the coaches got this offense off to a good start with receivers open constantly only for them to drop or fumble the ball. The Eagles scored 10 first quarter points… only to trail by 10 at the half. The coaching staff did a lot of good Sunday to win the game on Sunday in spite of the player’s best efforts to lose it. It’s only week 4; there is still plenty of time for the Eagles to get going and make the playoffs. However, this early deficit they put themselves in could become problematic later in the season, especially if they drop their 3 conference game in as many weeks. It’s tough to call a week 4 game must win but this may be as close as it gets. The Eagles need to play and coach a cleaner brand of ball to help win the game. Consistency would be a welcome change but at this point we are asking too much. Don’t make an already difficult task more challenging.
Packers Pass Rush vs Eagles Offensive Line
The Packers have revamped their defense considerably over the last two offseasons and is one of the better units in the league as result. Not only did they add a lot of exciting players, they are well-coached. Mike Pettine is a very creative defensive coordinator that has done a great job on the young season. We saw the Packers become an aggressive team on the open market for the first time ever; rumor has it they realized they had Aaron Rodgers at QB and a championship window that was still open. The offseason splurge saw them lose the near-washed Clay Matthews and add Preston Smith (Redskins) and Za’Darius Smith (Ravens). Some people were critical of the signings given the lack of top-end track record with both guys. While I do think the overall point that free agency can help inflate salaries, The Smiths have been dynamic for Green Bay in their defensive turnaround. Preston Smith was a player I’ve always liked given his elite athleticism (84th Percentile) and length. Washington used him predominantly on the right side and he had modest production. Maybe the switch to Green Bay has quickly provided better coaching given his hot start, but he’s also used on both sides of the formation much more so that he was in years past. Za’Darius Smith is moved around even more than Preston to try and exploit matchups in the trenches. Both guys are quickly becoming valuable contributors. Additionally, there is the rapidly ascending Kenny Clark manning the interior and he’s a handful to deal with on a per snap basis. Clark is one of the quickest and strongest Interior Defensive Lineman in the NFL and can completely take over a game. Philadelphia has the talent on the offensive line to be able to handle the depth of talent on this Green Bay front. Pettine is also creative in his rush packages so it’ll be important for this OL to play smart in a tough environment. They also need to remain consistent. The offensive line was 9th best in pressure rate allow in week 1 and 12th in week 3 – in week 2 they were 23rd. Another road contest with a more exciting DL than what they’ve faced presents another challenge for the Eagles. This is strength vs strength matchup with the Eagles really needing their guys to continue with most of the good things they’ve done on the young season.
Packers Secondary vs Eagles Receivers
This section should be titled Hands vs. Eagles Receivers but it’s necessary to discuss the matchups available for Eagles against this secondary. The Packers have two young first round picks in this secondary that have the potential to be top 5 (or top 3) players at their positions in the NFL for a long time. Jaire Alexander, 2018 1st round selection, is rapidly ascending the CB ladder. He has everything you want in a corner: he can play press man or in zone coverage. He’ll follow a team’s best receiver all day possessing some of the best balls skills you’ll see in a corner. Lastly, he has swag for days. He’s a very difficult matchup for any receiver and one of my favorite players in the league to watch. Darnell Savage, 2019 1st round selection, is already a valuable safety prospect capable of playing any assignment you ask of him. He can cover in man and zone while also possessing great ball skills. This duo will form the backbone of the Packers secondary for years and are a significant challenge for the Eagles right now. Fortunately, Philly will likely have Alshon Jeffery back in the line-up after effectively missing two games with a calf injury. He’ll likely see a lot of Jaire Alexander which will free up the Eagles receivers against lesser members of the Packers secondary. Tramon Williams has been pretty good in the slot but is beatable with the other Eagles receivers. The real target for the Eagles in this one will likely be Kevin King, who likely dun wun it. King has struggled in his career and 2019 isn’t any different. The Eagles will also likely see Dallas Goedert take more meaningful snaps on Thursday further helping the cause. This is a tricky match up given the top end talent on the Green Bay roster. Philly will likely be better equipped to handle it Thursday but as we’ve seen through 3 games, that doesn’t mean much.
Packers Passing Attack vs Eagles Pass Defense
I think everyone in Philly “hate loves” this defense. There are certainly problems with the talent and holes in the scheme, but this defense rises to the occasion time and again bailing out the offense. This facet of the Eagles defense will be under the microscope with the future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers fully healthy. Green Bay hasn’t had an efficient or prolific passing attack in sometime but Rodgers is still an all-world passer capable of embarrassing our secondary. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s done it to us either – we were shredded in Philly back in 2016. Moreover, Davante Adams has taken a big step forward and is one of the best receivers in the NFL. He isn’t just some jump ball machine – although he can get the ball - he’s one of the more nuanced route runners in the league and usually always open with that large catch radius. While the Packers lack a real threat at WR2, they have young guys capable of making big plays when called upon. Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, and Rasul Douglas will all get real shots to prove their worth the next few weeks with Darby out and they draw a challenging matchup in a big spot Thursday. While Matt LaFleur is still working out the kinks in Green Bay, I think he has the ability to much more capable with modern NFL offenses than his predecessor Mike McCarthy. Time will tell if Discount McVay can become a top flight head coach. For right now, his offense and personnel present a challenge for Philadelphia.
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[Game Preview] Week 7 - Philadelphia Eagles(3-3) at Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) at Dallas (3-3)
The Eagles continue their three game road trip after being shellacked by the Vikings last week in Minneapolis. The Eagles head next down to Dallas to take on the division rival Cowboys, who are reeling from a loss of their own at the hands of the New York Jets.. After coming out of the gate red hot, Dallas has lost three in a row to the Saints, Packers and Jets and the Eagles will look to make it four for their rival. The Eagles have had their own struggles though as the secondary has been getting torched week in and week out with little adjustments from Schwartz, who refuses to give his beleaguered corners more safety help over the top. On the other side of the ball, it is much of the same from last season where the Eagles are suffering from slow starts and failing to put up points in the first quarter. It won’t get easier for them this week. The Dallas defense is stout giving only 331.8 yards per game which is good for 9th in the league while holding opponents to 19.0 points per game (8th in the league). On the other side, the Cowboys may get a boost with both their tackles returning to practice Thursday albeit as limited participants, it is a good sign for the Cowboys who badly missed them last week versus the Jets, however Cooper and Cobb both remained sidelined Thursday. Their participation Friday will be something to watch for to give a better idea for their status on Sunday. The Eagles are dealing with injuries of their own as Desean Jackson, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles and Nigel Bradham are all likely to miss the game this week. Injuries aside, this is a huge game with first place in the NFC East on the line for the two 3-3 squads. Look for the Eagles to try to establish the run early and utilize the screen game against the fast attacking Cowboy defense to get them on their heels. On the other side of the ball, the secondary may get some help this week with the return of Jalen Mills, but the secondary will need some help from their play caller. If the Eagles hope to hold Dak in check, Schwartz will needs to stop focusing on the run and be willing to give his corners help over the top, despite such a strong running threat from Elliott. If the Eagles can limit the big plays and force the Cowboys to grind it out, it will go a long way in winning this football game. It is Prime Time NFCE Sunday Night Football, so let's get ready for a slugfest this weekend. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Game Time Game Location
8:20 PM - Eastern AT&T Stadium
7:20 PM - Central 1 AT&T Way
6:20 PM - Mountain Arlington, TX 76011
5:20PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Retractable Roof Stadium
Surface: RealGrass Matrix
Temperature: 75°F
Feels Like: 75°F
Forecast: Clear. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 26%
Cloud Coverage:11%
Wind: 16m SSW
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Dalaas -3
OveUnder: 49
Record VS. Spread: EAgles 2-4, Cowboys 3-3
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Cris Collinsworth will provide his usual poor analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sideline.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Dallas Radio
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network Brad Sham returns for his 41st season in the Dallas Cowboys radio booth. Beloved by Cowboys fans, Sham's award winning play-by-play has provided the soundtrack to many of the most memorable moments in Dallas Cowboys history. Babe Laufenberg returns as the Network's full-time color analyst. A fixture on the sideline, veteran reporter Kristi Scales provides instant updates from the field.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game to a national audience with Kevin Kugler on play-by-play and Jason Taylor providing analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 81 (Internet 825) SIRI 83 (Internet 808)
XM Radio XM 225 (Internet 825) XM 226 (Internet 808)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Internet 825) SXM 226 (Internet 808)
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 1-0 2-3 161 149 +12 1L
Cowboys 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 2-0 2-2 153 114 +39 3L
Giants 2-4 .333 1-2 1-2 1-1 2-2 111 160 -49 2L
Redskins 1-5 .167 0-3 1-2 0-2 0-4 73 151 -77 1W
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (68-52)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
Points Leader
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2604-2374)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-4 against the Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 10-8 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Jason Garrett: Garrett leads 4-2
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 2-3
Dak Prescott: Against Eagles: 4-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Dak Prescott: Prescott leads 3-2
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 10-6
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Eagles lead the Cowboys: 6-5
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 15 - Cowboys No. 17
2019 Record
Eagles: 3-3
Cowboys 3-3
Last Meeting
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Eagles 23 - Cowboys 29
The Cowboys dominated almost from the start, but let the Eagles stay close to set up a wild fourth quarter as they outgained the Eagles 576-256 on the day, but the Eagles hung around to set up an exciting 4th quarter that saw 3 TDs on the final 3 series. After Dallas took a 7 point lead on a 75 yard TD pass from Prescott to Cooper, the Eagles responded with a TD of their own. After a bad call nullified a Dallas Goedert TD, the Eagles marched down the field and scored a game tying TD with 1:39 to go in the game. After the Cowboys failed to score on the next possession the game went to overtime where the Cowboys got the ball to start. The Cowboys quickly marched down the field and scored the game winning TD. Rasul Douglas jump the slant route and tipped the ball, but it ended up in the waiting arms of Amari Cooper who took it in for the score to give the Cowboys the 29-23 win.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/9/2018 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/11/2018 Cowboys Eagles 27-20
12/31/2017 Cowboys Eagles 6-0
11/19/2017 Eagles Cowboys 37-9
1/1/2017 Eagles Cowboys 27-13
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/8/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27
9/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
12/14/2014 Cowboys Eagles 38-27
11/27/2014 Eagles Cowboys 33-10
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 7 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 131 214 61.2% 1458 12 3 94.3
Prescott 147 211 69.7% 1884 11 6 102.9
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Howard 66 297 49.5 4.5 4
Elliott 113 491 81.8 4.3 5
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 33 366 61.0 11.1 1
Cooper 33 515 85.8 15.6 5
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 4.0 14
Quinn 5.0 14
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
McLeod 35 19 16 0
Vander Esch 51 31 20 0.5
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry 2 7
Awuzie/Lewis 1 2
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 22 1039 60 47.2 44.3 12 0 0
Jones 19 817 58 43.0 38.7 8 1 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 7 7 100.0% 53 16/16
Maher 11 7 63.6.5% 62 18/18
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 9 222 24.7 67 0
Pollard 3 73 24.3 28 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 9 84 9.3 17 0 3
Austin 6 26 4.3 10 0 4
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 349.3 20th 443.7 2nd
Rush Offense 111.2 15th 138.8 7th
Pass Offense 238.2 16th 304.8 3rd
Points Per Game 26.8 9th 25.5 10th(t)
3rd-Down Offense 50.0% 3rd 50.8% 2nd
4th-Down Offense 33.3% 23rd 0.0% 28th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 70.0% 4th 65.0% 6th(t)
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 353.0 14th 331.8 9th
Rush Defense 72.8 2nd 93.8 12th
Pass Defense 280.2 29th 238.0 12th
Points Per Game 24.8 23rd 19.0 8th
3rd-Down Defense 37.1% 12th 25.4% 2nd
4th-Down Defense 66.7% 23rd(t) 44.4% 14th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55% 17th(t) 50.0% 8th(t)
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. +1 12th(t) -3 23rd(t)
Penalty Per Game 7.0 11th(t) 8.0 20th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 60.5 14th(t) 78.3 31st
Connections
Eagles RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a native of Haltom, TX and went to Haltom High School. Vaitai played collegiately at TCU in Fort Worth, TX
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson played for the Eagles during the 1994-95 season.
Cowboys DT Justin Hamilton played one season for the Eagles in 2017.
Cowboys PS QB Clayton Thorston was drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL draft, but was released during final cuts.
Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but was released before the season began.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Many Cowboys fans were born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however have no ties to Dallas nor have ever been to the city.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was born in Abington, PA, located roughly 15 miles north of Philadelphia
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson is from Groveton, TX and has family who are Cowboys fans including his grandmother who was told “Shut up, if you want to see 75” while she was rooting for the Cowboys.
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles
Video The Eagles saw a familiar nemesis in Kirk Cousins who scorched them in the past and this weekend gave them flashbacks. Cousins has been criticized this season for not living up to his contract, but he lived up to it Sunday throwing for 333 yards and 3 TDs against the bewildered Eagles secondary. The Vikings got it started early and with a Theilen TD on the opening drive. Despite all signs pointing to the Vikings being aggressive and exploiting the poor pass defense, Jim Schwartz stubbornly continued to keep 8 men in the box most of the day and left his corners on islands to cover the speedy Diggs and All-Pro Theilen on their own with no help over the top. While the defense was torched the Eagles offense had their own struggles as they once again failed to score in the first quarter and struggled to find rhythm throughout the day as they fell to the Vikings 38-20.
Cowboys
Video The Cowboys entered the game reeling from a home loss to the Green Bay Packers while the Jets looked to get a boost from QB Sam Darnold who returned to action for the first time since week 1 as he recovered from mono. A boost is exactly what Darnold gave the Jets as he threw for 2 TDs in the second quarter and was 23-32 for 338 yards on the day. The Cowboys were without their top 2 receiving targets in Randall Cobb who missed than game and Cooper who left the game with a quad injury after the first drive.The Dallas WRs struggled to get open and the high powered Dallas offense sputtered. Dallas did make a push in the 4th quarter, but the Jets were able to hold them off for their first win of the season under Adam Gase.24-22.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OT Tyron Smith (starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) DE Demarcus Lawrence(starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) DE Danielle Hunter
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt) CB Byron Jones
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt RB Ezekiel Elliott
LB Leighton Vander Esch (1st Alt)
WR Amari Cooper (2nd Alt)
QB Dakota Prescott (3rd Alt)
General
Referee: Jerome Boger
Since 2000, Philadelphia has produced a 21-17 regular-season record vs. Dallas, which marks the highest winning percentage (.553) by an NFC East team against the Cowboys in that span. The Eagles have also registered a 6-4 (.600) regular-season record at AT&T Stadium, winning 4 of their last 6 games at the venue.
Since 2016, Philadelphia ranks 4th in the NFL in primetime winning percentage (.722, 13-5) (including playoffs), trailing only Seattle (.781, 12-3-1) in the NFC.
The Eagles own the 3rd-highest overall winning percentage (.667, 6-3) in primetime road games since 2016, behind Pittsburgh (.778, 7-2) and New England (.714, 5-2)
Philadelphia owns the No. 2-ranked rushing defense (72.8), trailing only Tampa Bay (68.0). The Eagles also lead that category since 2016 (including playoffs), allowing just 91.2 rushing yards per game in that span. Philadelphia has not allowed a 100+ yard rusher in 9 consecutive regular-season contests.
The Eagles have produced the 3rd-best third-down offense (50.0%) in the NFL, behind Houston (51.4%) and Dallas (50.7%). Philadelphia’s 50.0% third-down conversion rate is the team’s 3rd best mark through 6 games since at least 1991, behind 1994 (51.0%) and 2017 (50.6%).
Philadelphia ranks 4th in the NFL with a 70.0% red zone TD efficiency, trailing only Houston (71.4%), Buffalo (71.4%), and Seattle (70.8%) in that category.
Carson Wentz ranks 2nd among NFL QBs in passing TDs per game (2.2) since 2017, behind Patrick Mahomes (2.8). Wentz also owns the 6th highest passer rating (100.5) in the NFL in that span, trailing only Mahomes (111.8), Drew Brees(108.8), Russell Wilson (105.8), Deshaun Watson (104.1) and Matt Ryan (100.7) (min. 500 attempts).
Miles Sanders ranks 3rd among NFL RBs in scrimmage yards per touch (5.97), behind Dalvin Cook (6.08) and Matt Breida (5.99) (min. 60 touches). Sanders has recorded a 30+ yard play from scrimmage in each of the least 4 games, totaling six 30+ yard plays (5 receiving, 1 rushing).
Draft Picks
Eagles Cowboys
OT Andre Dillard DT Trysten Hill
RB Miles Sanders OG Connor McGovern
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside RB Tony Pollard
WR Shareff Miller CB Michael Jackson
QB Clayton Thorson DE Joe Jackson
S Donovan Wilson
RB Mike Weber
DE Jalen Jelks
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Cowboys
WR Desean Jackson WR Randall Cobb
DT Malik Jackson DE Kerry Hyder
DE Vinny Curry TE Jason Witten
S Andrew Sendejo DT Christian Covington
LB Zach Brown DE Robert Quinn
DT Hassan Ridgeway
QB Josh McCown
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Cowboys
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles WR Cole Beasley
DE Michael Bennett WR Cole Beasley
DE Chris Long RB Rod Smith
S Chris Maragos WR Terrance Williams
RB Jay Ajayi DT David Irving
RB Josh Adams TE Geoff Swaim
RB Wendell Smallwood DE Taco Charlton
WR Jordan Matthews OLB Damien Wilson
DT Haloti Ngata
Milestones
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (30) needs 1 TD to move up to 11th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR Jack Ferrante and Brent Celek and he needs two TDs to move up to 10th all-time tying WR Ben Hawkins.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (5193) needs 171 yards to most up to 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list passing Eagles TE/HB Bobby Watson.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying Jeremy Maclin.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6271) needs 194 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yard list to moving ahead of Mike Quick.
Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (78) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie with Dallas QB Craig Morton for 6th on the Cowboys all-time passing TD list.
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WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Dak Prescott’s Time to Throw
In the first 3 weeks of the 2019 regular season, Dak was dropping an astounding 147.2 passer rating on dropbacks 2.5 seconds or less and 98.9 on those over. He averaged 2.67 seconds (8th-longest of QBs with a noteworthy number of dropbacks) in Time to Throw over that period, with 45.5% of his dropbacks coming in under 2.5 seconds. In Weeks 4-6 (3 Cowboys losses), Dak was averaging the 9th-longest average Time to Throw at an almost identical clip of 2.66 seconds. However, his passer rating in attempts coming under 2.5 seconds plummeted to 81.2, where his passer rating in attempts over 2.5 seconds also dropped from 98.9 to 85.3. Potentially missing key contributors, we shall see how these figures fare in Week 7 against an under-performing Eagles secondary--an understatement I fully acknowledge.
Matchups to Watch
Cowboys Passing Attack vs Eagles Pass Defense
There is no point in praising the Eagles limiting Dalvin Cook to under 3 YPC when they got absolutely torched through the air yet again. Few people love stopping the run as much as Schwartz despite the fact that having a worse pass defense doesn’t really help your odds of winning. Dallas enters this contest with their own injuries since Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb may not play. Cobb is a notable loss but missing Cooper would be a big help to a wildly poor Eagles pass defense considering what he is able to do. I’m not sure when to rank Cooper among the NFLs wide receivers, but he is a very good route runner that is capable of making himself an easy target for Dak Prescott. Second year pro Michael Gallup had a nice start to the season prior to missing time with his own injury and is a great compliment to the other two starting receivers on the roster. The Eagles enter with a poor cornerback room fresh off the roasting by Kirk Cousins and the great Vikings receivers. Rasul Douglas has been solid on the young season prior to last week. He’s not likely a long term starter at the position but he’s giving you good value for the resources used to get him. Sidney Jones may start opposite him if Ronald Darby can’t go or if Jalen Mills isn’t activated off PUP this week. That’s a problem area. Jones looks washed and lacks any sort of confidence needed to play outside. The players that may return will help the Eagles but they have missed significant time so expectations should be low in the short term. Moreover, the coaching staff has continuously failed to ensure the DBs are executing their responsibilities consistently and failing to develop them in meaningful ways to help out the team. Dallas has an opportunity to get right against this group as do the Eagles themselves given the Cowboys injury struggles. If the Eagles pass defense can just be solid – and not a liability – it’ll go a long way in ensuring success on Sunday.
Cowboys Offensive Line vs Eagles Pass Rush
The Eagles pass rush has not been bad so far this season… it just hasn’t been great. This is a defensive scheme that is predicated on a dominant front 4; we’ve seen what that can mean for the Eagles when they are playing at an elite level. Injury, recovery, natural regression, and the slow growth of younger players on the line have been contributing factors to Eagles lack of pass rush as compared to the previous two years. This is a big setback for the organization since the success of the scheme is predicated on this unit. Like the Jets game two weeks ago, this contest provides the Eagles with a chance to get right against a struggling and banged up offensive line with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins unlikely to go. Tyron Smith has returned to form as a top tier left tackle but has missed the last couple of weeks due to a high ankle sprain. As we saw in 2017, Smith’s absence has massive ramifications for the Cowboys offensive performance. La’el Collins had a good start to the season prior to suffering his own injury. Dak takes more hits and sacks without Smith in the game and that problem is amplified with Collins out as well. Brandon Graham has been playing well so far this season and the Eagles will need that to continue Sunday. Derek Barnett and the other EDGE rushers need to step up opposite him by taking advantage of backup Cameron Flemming. Travis Frederick has returned to the starting lineup this year after missing 2018. While he isn’t at the All Pro level we’ve become accustomed to, he’s still a solid center that is slowly returning to form. The Eagles need Fletcher Cox and whoever else will play on the inside to take advantage of the favorable matchups presented to them by a lesser Frederick and Connor Williams. It’s important to limit Zeke but it is also important to pressure Dak into making bad decisions and getting sacks. It’s not reasonable for anyone to expect a strong performance by the Eagles secondary but the defensive line can absolutely have an impact in this one. They will need to in order to win on Sunday.
Cowboys Secondary vs Eagles Passing Attack
The Eagles passing offense has been extremely underwhelming in the absence of Desean Jackson as they have no big play element at Wide Receiver with his injury. Alshon Jeffery has seemingly worked his way back from an early season calf injury and is a big, usually reliable target for Carson Wentz. Other than Alshon, none of the Eagles WRs are giving the offense anything of value without Jackson out there. Mr. Try Hard himself, Nelson Agholor, has been nothing but a waste of cap room given his production. If the pass isn’t absolutely perfect, he isn’t catching it. And he may not catch it even if it is. Mack Hollins? Who? JJAW is where? There were high expectations for this receiving group entering the season and they would be met if Desean was on the field. Unfortunately, this is a group that absolutely cannot make a moderately difficult play to bail out their QB. At some point this has to change for the Eagles to succeed this season. Zach Ertz has been getting a lot of extra attention from opposing defense since he is the best receiving option on the field for Philly right now and even he has cost the team recently. Dallas enters the game with a banged up secondary as Xavier Woods is out, Byron Jones may be out, and Anthony Brown may be out as well. This secondary gave the Eagles some issues last year and is hurting right now. Can the Eagles receivers make a play for their QB? Wentz is doing everything he can to put the team in positon to win each week this season: the rest of the offense has repeatedly let him down. The stakes are high in this game and the team needs this group to step up for the first time in a long time.
Eagles vs Slow Starts
The Eagles cannot start fast; the alarming trend from 2018 hasn’t gone away so far in 2019. I’d wager that Eagles fans can turn off the game for the first quarter and expect the team to trail by 10 early without scoring any first quarter points. This is a trend that cannot continue anymore. Coaches and players need to come together to figure out what they are doing wrong and stop doing that thing. It’s infuriating to watch and not conducive to success for this team to be in a position where they are constantly chasing teams. Statistics show that teams that start fast and score early are more likely to have success than not. Why the Eagles cannot get this fixed is beyond me but they have no choice but in doing so. They play themselves out of games with the slow starts. Failing to get going as they have been can cost them in the long run later in this season. Everyone who follows this teams knows this is a troubling trend that seems to not have an end in sight. We also know that if they can get going, they can have success. Will they? I am not sure.
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Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings free NFL game prediction, analysis and betting angles for the Oct 24, 2019 game. Redskins at Vikings Week 9 Pick - Odds - NFL Predictions Skip to main content Vikings vs Redskins Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds With three straight wins, the Vikings seem to have hit their stride as we approach the midway point of the season. Two of those wins have come on the road, including Sunday’s 42-30 win over Detroit, which is impressive after Minnesota dropped their first two road games of the season. The Thursday night game to kick off Week 8 looks like a major bore as the Minnesota Vikings are the biggest NFL betting favorites on the Mybookie Week 8 board when they host the one-win Washington Redskins.. How to Bet Redskins vs Vikings NFL Week 8 Odds & Game Info Here's everything to know about betting on Redskins vs. Vikings in Week 8, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for "Thursday Night Football." MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting In a homecoming game that will mark the first time Kirk Cousins has played his former team and the return of Adrian Peterson and Case Keenum to their old stomping grounds, the struggling Washington Redskins (1-6) face off with a surging Minnesota Vikings (5-2) at 8:20 p.m. ET Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium. We analyze the Redskins-Vikings odds and lines, while providing NFL betting picks and

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Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings - Thursday 10/24/19 - NFL Betting Free Picks & Predictions l Picks & Parlays The eighth week of NFL regular season football is getting started and we have ... Redskins vs Vikings Early Preview NCAAF Week 9 Live Odds, NBA Predictions & NHL Card Breakdown ... Nationals vs Astros Game 2 Live Odds ... Betting With The Bag - Duration: 33:49. SBR Sports ... Donnie RightSide and Whale Capper preview the week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. Catch their betting predictions and best plays on ... Jimmy and Teddy discuss the odds and predictions for Thursday Night Football Game between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings, plus they give out their picks for the NBA card tonight ...