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Eagles-Bears preview

September 16th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Eagles-Bears preview | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

Location- Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Weather- 81 and sunny
Time/Channel- 8:30 PM ET, ESPN
Point Spread + Over-Under Line- Bears by 3, O/U 42 1/2

Injury Report

Eagles

Leodis McKelvin (cornerback)- questionable (hamstring)
Zach Ertz (tight end)- doubtful (ribs)

Bears

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Eagles Mid-Season Report Card: Defense

October 22nd, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles Mid-Season Report Card: Defense | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL, TalkSportsPhilly

The Philadelphia Eagles defense has been a roller coaster over the last few years. In the last few years alone we have gone from the end of Brian Dawkins career in Philly, to the “Dream Team”, to a whole new regime that now has their own defense built through various free agent signings and draft picks.

For the last few years, the defense has always seemed to be the weakest spot of the Eagles, however, this year the defense is showing improvement.

Being a member of the Eagles defense is no easy task. With the offensive philosophy of Chip Kelly, the defense is forced to play a lot more than most teams. There are games where they are out on the field for 35 to 40 minutes, which is no easy task for any defense. The amount of time on the field allows for mistakes and a lot of exposure for opposing offenses to find holes to exploit. However, the defense has been a solid group, and has often been labeled a “bend but not break” defense as they give up a lot of yards, while the amount of points they give up doesn’t show that.

That phrase still stands true so far this year as the Eagles are 24th in yards per game (allow 380 yards per game), while they are just 13th in points per game (giving up 22 points per game).

A defensive line group that is led by young draft picks such as Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton, Beau Allen, and Vinny Curry have played very well. Cox has arguably been the best player of that group, as he has really shown the ability to get after the quarterback, stop the run, and has shown consistency every single week. Logan and Allen have been a good duo at the nose tackle position, as they are doing a solid job of clogging the middle and making plays. Allen was a seventh round pick in this years draft, and his play shows that he was a steal and a great find by the Eagles in the last round of the draft.

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With Eagles at a Crossroads, Kelly’s Crew Faces a Crucial October

October 2nd, 2013 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on With Eagles at a Crossroads, Kelly’s Crew Faces a Crucial October | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

The Eagles’ 2013 season is only a quarter over, but there’s no denying that the next few weeks will go a long way in determining whether November and December will even matter.

Coming off a 52-20 drubbing at the hands of the unbeaten Denver Broncos, the Eagles now enter a five-game stretch of games that give Chip Kelly’s battered Birds a chance to rebound and show they have a shot at winning the NFL’s weakest division.  Upcoming games include home and away contests with the 0-4 New York Giants, a trip to Tampa to play the Buccaneers who are also 0-4 (and have a bye this weekend), plus a home contest against the up-and-down Dallas Cowboys, and a trip to Oakland to play the Raiders, who currently sit at 1-3 after a loss to the Redskins.  Five winnable games.

Of course, it’s very possible the opposite could happen and we’ll learn that it will take another year or two before this team and its fans can even think about a return to the playoffs.

There’s quite a bit of cause for alarm.  The first two weekends of the season saw the Eagles score an impressive 33-27 win over the ‘Skins followed by a tough 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers. But then came that five-turnover 26-16 loss to Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs and Sunday’s dismal defeat at the hands of Peyton Manning & Co.

When you look at some of the numbers, it’s even more startling – and makes you wonder whether the league has already figured out how to shut down Kelly’s high-powered offense.

After averaging 30 points over the first two games, the average tumbled to 18 ppg over the next two. And that’s not nearly enough when you consider the Eagles’ defensive problems. In addition, there are worries about the Birds’ not-so-special teams.  Denver scored one touchdown on a 105-yard kickoff return and another on a return of a blocked punt.  Also, Alex Henery missed his third field goal of the season after connecting on 27-of-31 last year.

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