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Wake-Up Call: A Different Challenge For Andy Reid

Posted Sep 12, 2017

The Eagles are back at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday for weightlifting and meetings. Our live coverage today begins with the coordinators' press conferences at 1:30 p.m. You will not want to miss those. Until then, here's what you need to know for Tuesday, September 12.

1. How Will Eagles Address Key Injuries?

There are all kinds of reports circulating about the injuries to cornerback Ronald Darby and placekicker Caleb Sturgis. The Eagles are not ready to make any definitive statements or provide specific timelines, so the outside world is left to speculate. Left tackle Jason Peters strained his groin on Sunday at Washington and is “day to day,” according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Dave Spadaro looks at how the Eagles' plan to deal with these injuries could make the difference between a playoff berth and a lost season.

2. Carson Wentz Was Simply Marvelous On Third Down

He was, in fact, "perfect."

Wentz was 9-of-11 for 148 yards with two touchdowns for a 158.3 quarterback rating, the highest possible, on third down Sunday against Washington.

Fran Duffy breaks down why Wentz was so effective against Washington's aggressive pressure scheme in his Eagle Eye column. I took a look at five under-the-radar plays that helped the Eagles get the win.

3. Strong Start For Special Teams

We should know by now to trust Dave Fipp.

He's engineered the best special teams unit in the league in two of the past three seasons, and it is off to another great year after Sunday's win.

The coverage units provided great field position. Sturgis was a perfect 3 for 3 on field goal attempts. Punter Donnie Jones had a net average of 41.8 yards per punt.

"It’s a collective effort and we take a lot of pride every time we step on the field,” said the captain of the group, Chris Maragos. “Go out there and change the game. That’s our mentality.”

Dave Spadaro has more.

4. Doug Pederson Challenges His Mentor

Former Eagles head coach and now Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has faced former assistants before, but what about his ex-players?

Head coach Doug Pederson gets the honor this Sunday when the Eagles travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs, who stunned the NFL world when they went to New England and upset the Patriots last Thursday.

"It’ll be fun to see Big Red on the other side but at the same time, I know he wants to kick my tail and I want to kick his. Andy Reid’s teams are well-prepared as we know and we’ve got to do the same thing this week. We just have to be ultra-prepared," Pederson said.

"That’s a tough place to play now. That’s a loud, loud place and we’ve got to be able to handle that crowd noise. We’ve got to do it through communication, through nonverbal communication, all of that’s got to be on point this week in practice. It’ll be fun to get out there, but once we tee it up and kick it off it’s all about the business. It’s all about the game."

Reid is certainly looking forward to the challenge.

"I have a lot of respect for him and I think he’s doing a nice job there," he told Kansas City reporters Monday. "I know he’ll have his team ready and they’ll come in here. He’s got a good football team, he’s got good coaches, so they’ll come in and be ready to go. Once you start the game, though, you’re playing the game and it really doesn’t necessarily matter who’s over there."

5. Not A Bad Look For Exploring The City

Exploring Philadelphia on this beautiful day in #Eagles gear!

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