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Former NFL vice president of officiating thinks refs missed game-changing call in Eagles-Titans

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Former NFL vice president of officiating thinks refs missed game-changing call in Eagles-Titans

It looks like the refs may have missed a huge, potentially outcome-altering call in the Eagles' loss to the Titans, according to Dean Blandino, former vice president of officiating of the NFL and current Fox rules analyst.

The play in question was the strip sack of Carson Wentz that occurred one minute into the fourth quarter of a seven-point game.

Upon first look, it appears that Harold Landry comes in and cleanly separates Wentz from the ball, but the closeup shows a much different story.

It appears that Landry actually nails Wentz in the face, helping the ball jar loose, allowing the Titans to recover and take over in Eagles territory. 

With the turnover, the Titans went on to hit a 33-yard field goal en route to tying the game and winning in OT. If a call had been made on the play, the Eagles would have retained possession and turned a 3rd-and-20 into an automatic first down with possession on the Titans' 45-yard-line.

So, was this a penalty? Blandino thinks so.

A lot has been made of contact against quarterbacks this season, but this one seems pretty legitimate, especially with Blandino chiming in. We’ll see how much this decision by the refs hurts the Eagles come December if the team ends up needing one extra win.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Should the Eagles bring back Shady?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Should the Eagles bring back Shady?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro figure out if the Eagles should sign LeSean McCoy or another veteran running back. 

Looking closer at the all-Andy Reid vs. all-Doug Pederson teams. Roob’s dispels some long-standing Eagles myths. And the guys continue better or worse with a deeper dive into the cornerback position. 

It’s all right here: 

  • (1:55) — Carlos Hyde will not be joining the Eagles.
  • (8:28) — Available veteran running backs.
  • (16:41) — All-time Andy Reid Eagles vs All-time Doug Pederson Eagles.
  • (32:13) — Debunking 10 Eagles myths.
  • (39:57) — Better or Worse: Cornerback.
  • (47:06) — Brian Dawkins advocates for mental health. 

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ESPN unveils new 2020 projections with Super Bowl chances, playoff predictions

ESPN unveils new 2020 projections with Super Bowl chances, playoff predictions

With June almost here, we're a little more than three months away from the start of football, which means it's time to fire up the arguments about which teams will dominate the 2020 regular season.

ESPN unveiled its 2020 Football Power Index rankings on Tuesday, an analytics-based look at all 32 teams, and no one should be surprised by the No. 1 team, defending champion Kansas City. Good for Andy Reid.

But outside the top two teams - the Chiefs and the No. 2 Ravens - it's clear ESPN's rankings believe the NFC is the stronger conference, with six of the top eight teams hailing from the NFC.

Including, you guessed it, the Eagles.

The Eagles rank No. 6 in the league, according to ESPN, one year after they won the NFC East despite a rash of injuries and setbacks. It feels fair: the Birds didn't even reach the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but this year they'll (hopefully) be healthy and ready to make some noise.

The problem for Eagles fans, however, comes when you look one spot above the Eagles to No. 5 and find... the Cowboys.

Rough.

ESPN's projections basically have the Eagles and Cowboys in a dead heat - which is fair - but they give Dallas the slight advantage instead of the Birds, an interesting decision considering the ways both teams finished their respective seasons last year.

Here's a look at a few of ESPN's more interesting projected stats:

5. Dallas Cowboys
Projected wins: 9.3
Chance to reach playoffs: 69%
Chance to win NFC East: 48%
Chance to win Super Bowl: 4.8%

6. Philadelphia Eagles
Projected wins: 9.1
Chance to reach playoffs: 66%
Chance to win NFC East: 44.7%
Chance to win Super Bowl: 4.3%

ESPN's Seth Walden explained Tuesday that the relative consistency in Dallas's offensive personnel, plus the addition of Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, gives the Cowboys the advantage.

It's certainly an explanation. 

One might imagine that, given the teams' fairly even offseasons, these projections would take recent history into account and give the Eagles the slight upper hand. Alas, it's the other way around.

I know I'll gladly take the coach with a more recent Super Bowl win, and the team with the more recent division championship, until proven otherwise.

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