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NFL Week 3 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 3 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 3 of the NFL season.

Ravens at Chiefs (Sunday, 1.p.m., CBS)

It’s Patrick Mahomes' world and everybody else is just living in it. He has seven TD passes in two games and is on pace for another 50-TD season. Lamar Jackson has also thrown seven TD strikes, but his have come against Miami and Arizona. The Chiefs' offense is putting up 477.5 yds and 34 points per game. The Ravens' defense is allowing only 13.5 points a game. They met last December in a 27-24 OT thriller that Kansas City won. With this one at Arrowhead, the Chiefs win by double digits.

Texans at Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)

Houston is hard to figure out. The Texans blew a late lead in Week 1 at New Orleans, then barely held on to survive against Jacksonville. Deshaun Watson, who was sacked a league-high 62 times in 2018, has already been dropped 10 times in two games. The Chargers could use holdout RB Melvin Gordon, but their run game has thrived without him. They rushed for 137 yards against Detroit and average 131 yards per game overall. The Chargers' injury list (S Adrian Phillips is on IR while TE Hunter Henry, S Derwin James, LT Russell Okung are unavailable for a while) is enough to make their fans cry. I like the Texans on the road in this one.

Saints at Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)

New Orleans could be in trouble. Drew Brees had surgery on the thumb on his right passing hand Wednesday and the word is he could be out for at least six weeks. The question now is can Teddy Bridgewater hold it down until the future Hall of Famer returns? The faces have changed around Russell Wilson, but as Wilson goes so will the Seahawks. Seattle is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013 when they went on to win the Super Bowl. I don’t think the 'Hawks are good enough to win the trophy this season, but they’re good enough to get by the Saints this week.

Rams at Browns (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)

Who are these Cleveland Browns? They got smoked in the season opener by Tennessee, then bounced back to manhandle the Jets. The Rams are who we thought they were — versatile on offense and attacking on defense. Baker Mayfield will get an up-close and personal look at the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald. Some experts have picked the Browns to win the AFC North and make some noise in the playoffs. This could be their statement game on national TV. I think they have great potential, but not enough this time to beat the Rams.

Bears at Redskins (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN)

The Bears' offense is still trying to find its footing. They didn’t score their first and only TD of the new season until late in the third quarter at Denver. Meanwhile, the Redskins as a whole are just not in sync. Their 0-2 start is bad enough, but their inability to run the ball effectively handcuffs the offense. This game could be ugly for a lot of reasons, but because of the Bears' defense, it will turn out to be a pretty nice win for da Bears.

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Some thoughts on the latest anonymously sourced report about Eagles’ offense

Some thoughts on the latest anonymously sourced report about Eagles’ offense

A day after ESPN’s Josina Anderson quoted an anonymous Eagles player upset the team didn’t land cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Anderson is now reporting on some frustration brewing about the offense. 

Here’s what Anderson said on NFL Live on Thursday afternoon: 

“With the team being 3-3, obviously, an Eagles source also talked to me about how they feel like that offense is functioning. One of the things that they said is, ‘We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes we just need to handle what is manageable.’ They said, ‘Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down.’ Carson Wentz right now is 38 percent on passes that travel 15 air yards, has three interceptions on passes like that, which is tied for most in the league. He also has 148 passes on those that are 10 yards or fewer. Right now, he has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on passes like that. So I do think it is an apt point.” 

While the specific criticism doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, I suppose it is newsworthy that there’s criticism of Carson Wentz and maybe (?) Doug Pederson at all. 

But the whole thing seems a little strange. Here are some thoughts on the report, its contents and what it means:

1. The actual criticism doesn’t make much sense to me. Who has watched this team over the past month and thought, ‘Hey, they really ought to check down more!’? The biggest problem with this offense since DeSean Jackson has been missing is the lack of a downfield passing game. And this source wants Wentz to check down more? It doesn’t add up. The stats are also kind of weird. Of course more interceptions happen on passes with lower probability rates. 

2. And … “Even Peyton Manning knew when to check down.” Even the most cerebral quarterback in NFL history knew what to do? Is that what we’re saying here? I guess maybe this means that even the best quarterbacks don’t take deep shots all the time, but Wentz really hasn’t done that this year. In fact, he’s 10th in the league in air yards per attempt. 

3. While the exact criticism seems strange, it is still probably noteworthy that there’s any criticism or frustration at all, and that someone felt strongly enough to leak those thoughts to a reporter. It’s not the first time we’ve seen anonymous source(s) speak critically of Wentz and/or the offense. 

4. And this isn’t the first time Anderson has reported on frustration within the Eagles locker room. Last year, there was a report that one player thought Wentz was “over-targeting Zach Ertz.” 

It would be speculation to assume this is the same player, but it seems like Anderson has become a sounding board of sorts for frustrations about the offense. 

5. Source-guessing isn’t worth it. I’m sure everyone has their hunches on who said what and I’m sure the Eagles and Wentz would like to know, but it’s a pointless exercise. 

6. The only thing more pointless than source-guessing is going back to the Wentz vs. Foles debate. Nick Foles is gone. The Eagles are Wentz’s team. 

7. If this is supposed to be a criticism of Wentz, I don’t really understand it. Could he play better? Sure. But he’s so far down on the list of Eagles’ problems this season. He hasn’t been the one dropping passes or fumbling the ball or getting burnt by deep passes. In fact, he’s played pretty well, considering all that. I also give him credit for how well he’s handled these anonymous criticisms in the past. He’ll probably handle this one the same way.

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Eagles Injury Update: Nigel Bradham misses practice again ahead of Cowboys game

Eagles Injury Update: Nigel Bradham misses practice again ahead of Cowboys game

Nigel Bradham on Thursday missed his second straight practice because of an ankle injury, which is not a good sign for his possible availability Sunday night in Dallas. 

Bradham injured his ankle in the loss to Minnesota. On Wednesday, he limped through the locker room with his left ankle wrapped. 

If Bradham doesn’t play this weekend and without Zach Brown, who was cut on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers are likely to be Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry and undrafted rookie T.J. Edwards. The Eagles also have Duke Riley and recently called up Alex Singleton. 

DeSean Jackson (abdomen) wasn’t practicing either. It’s looking like a long shot that he’ll be able to play against Dallas. 

Here's the official injury report: 

Cox (illness) returned after missing Wednesday. He’ll be good to go this weekend. 

Darby (hamstring) was a limited participant to start the week, but he was able to practice again on Thursday, again as a limited participant. 

Mills (foot) is not active yet, but there’s an open roster spot waiting for him if he’s able to return this week. Since he’s not on the 53-man roster, he’s not required to be on the injury report. It’s a good sign that he was practicing again today. 



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