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Has the Philadelphia Eagles’ Offense Been Figured Out?

December 19th, 2014 at 7:44 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Last season it seemed that the Philadelphia Eagles' offense was unstoppable. LeSean McCoy was leading the league in rushing. Nick Foles was looking like he was the next franchise quarterback (he still might be). The Eagles finished the season with the second best offense in the NFL.

This season, at times, it seems that the high powered, up-tempo offense has be unable to get back to the level it was playing at in 2013. It seems McCoy has not been able to get into open space as easily as he could last season. Foles only played in the first eight games, before he broke his collar bone in a win against the Houston Texans, and has thrown ten interceptions. He threw two all season last year.

The last two weeks, particularly the game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Eagles offense has felt like it just cannot get started. It got going for a few drives against the Dallas Cowboys last week, but was nowhere to be seen in the first half. When the Eagles played the Seahawks in Philadelphia two weeks ago they were held to just 139 total yards of offense, and only nine first downs. They were shut down. In the first quarter in last weeks game against the Cowboys the Eagles only had three possessions.

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Philadelphia Eagles Look to Extend Contract of Brandon Graham

December 17th, 2014 at 2:19 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

On the same day that Philadelphia Eagles' Head Coach Chip Kelly announced that Trent Cole would be missing Saturday's game at outside linebacker, there are reports that the Eagles are trying to extend Brandon Graham's contract.

Graham is in the last year of his five year, $15,935,185 contract he signed as a rookie in 2010. He is making $1.5 million this season.

Graham has been part of a rotation with outside linebackers, Cole and Connor Barwin. He is ranked second on the team with 13.5 tackles for a loss, his five and half sacks are good enough for fourth on the team. Although playing a smaller role, Graham has four forced fumbles on the season, tied for second most in the NFL.

"I think B.G. (Brandon Graham) has really picked up on what we are trying to do," Said Chip Kelly during Wednesday's press conference. "…Brandon can set an edge. Brandon can rush the quarterback. He is doing a better job in pass coverage and we have been really happy with him. I think he is really dedicated himself. He is played better from a special teams standpoint and every phase we have had an opportunity to get B.G. on the field I think he is done a good job."

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Philadelphia Eagles Fail to Take Control of NFC East, Lose to Cowboys 38-27

December 15th, 2014 at 6:05 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night 38-27 in what may be the most frustrating game of the season for the Birds. Whoever won the game would take a one game lead in the NFC East with just two weeks remaining in the season. With the loss, the Eagles are currently out of a playoff spot and do not control their own destiny.

The Cowboys kicked the ball off to start the game with Josh Huff five yards deep in the end zone and Brad Smith standing around the 15-yard line. The kick was VERY short, landing around the Eagles' ten yard line. Smith was shown on replay pointing to Huff, apparently telling him it was Huff's ball. Smith then ran up field to block, leaving Huff to sprint about 20 yards to pick up a loose ball. The Cowboys' recovery team beat Huff to the ball and recovered the opening kickoff inside the Eagles' 20-yard line. Demarco Murray scored the opening touchdown a few plays later.

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Philadelphia Eagles Need to Give LeSean McCoy the Ball to Beat the Dallas Cowboys

December 14th, 2014 at 7:26 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has said numerous times throughout the year that most defenses have been playing the Eagles with a single high safety. When the defense aligns themselves this way, it is easy to understand why teams would pass the ball more; there are favorable numbers and match-ups in the secondary. In order for the Eagles to beat the Dallas Cowboys tonight, though, running back LeSean McCoy needs to get the ball early and often. It is also important that Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur do not abandon the run if it does not work for the first five to ten carries.

When the Eagles and Cowboys met two weeks ago on Thanksgiving, McCoy was the best player on the field. He ran the ball 25 times for 159 yards and a touchdown. McCoy has faced the Cowboys nine times in his six year career and has racked up 854 yards rushing on 159 carries, which is good for 5.3 yards per carry. He has also added 24 receptions for 144 yards and averaged six yards per reception. McCoy has four total career touchdowns against the Cowboys.

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Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly’s Approach to Sunday’s Game

December 11th, 2014 at 9:06 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night in what has become a season defining game. The Eagles and Cowboys are two of four teams in the NFC with a 9-4 record going into this weekend. If the season were to end today the Cowboys would be the odd team out of the playoffs and the Eagles would be sitting third, hosting a playoff game. With an Eagles loss the two teams would trade spots and the Cowboys would be sitting third, while the Eagles would be left answering questions about a disappointing season.

" If we didn't beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in week one then we only have eight wins, and now we're in a lot tougher situation," Chip Kelly said when asked about the importance of the game on Sunday. "And if we don't go, week two, kick the field goal and win at the end of the game against the Indianapolis Colts, now we only have seven wins and we're really scrapping. They all add up, I don't think It's just when you get to the end of the season this game looks like it's magnified. But it's only magnified for us because of the wins we have going up into this."

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