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Eagles’ kicker Cody Parkey’s on his way to a Pro-Bowl season

December 11th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Eagles’ kicker Cody Parkey’s on his way to a Pro-Bowl season | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

(Yong Kim/ Staff Photographer)

It would be his first, and a well-deserved selection for Parkey, too.

The Eagles’ rookie kicker’s only 22 years old, and was an undrafted free-agent out of Auburn, one that was picked up by Indianapolis this past May. Parkey was signed by the Colts to be their kick-off kicker, since every-day kicker Adam Vinatieri, at age 41, accepted a more limited role with the team, due to his age. Parkey was described, coming out of Auburn, as a kicker with a big leg, and one that was considered as one of the top kickers in this past-year’s draft.

Three-months later, he was traded by Indianapolis to the Eagles for running back David Fluellen, who was also undrafted. Each team’s trash ended up being the opposite team’s treasure, after the trade went down. Oddly enough, both were released just prior to the trade, but it was approved, due to the releases not being official until 4 PM of that day.

Fast-forward a bit, Parkey’s made tremendous strides and has been fantastic thus far this year, making Eagles’ fans easily forget about the failed experiment that was Alex Henery, Parkey’s predecessor, who’s now a free-agent. Henery had signed with the Lions, following his release from the Eagles three-weeks prior, on September 22nd, replacing Detroit’s struggling kicker, Nate Freese.

Shortly after, however, after three field-goal misses in one game vs. Buffalo, Henery was cut again, following the Buffalo game two-weeks after his signing. He had gone just 1/5 in his two games with Detroit, and 0-2 from 40-49 yards. Despite his criticisms in Philadelphia, in three years, from 2011-13, with the team, he went 74/86 in field-goal attempts; an 86% efficiency. But he was mostly criticized for his weakness, in not being able to be consistently good on long field-goal attempts and kick-off returns, many of which weren’t touchbacks or deep kicks.

Back to Parkey, first off, to give you an idea of how great he was at Auburn, too, he went 15/21 (71.4%) on field-goals in his collegiate career, and impressively led all of college football in that time span in touchbacks, with 69. Despite his success, he was only 1/4 (25%) in 50+ field-goal attempts, although this year he’s improved dramatically in that category, going an incredible and perfect 4/4, including a 54-yard field-goal on October 26th at Arizona. His leg strength, and deep field goals, have been very impressive, surprisingly good, and vital to the team’s success thus far this year. Parkey’s also been extremely clutch, too, as shown by the numerous 50+ made field-goals this season.


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New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)- Wild-Card Playoffs- Game Predictions, Breakdowns, Injury Reports

January 5th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)- Wild-Card Playoffs- Game Predictions, Breakdowns, Injury Reports | Filed in Eagles, Football

So every Philadelphia fan got their Christmas wish as the Eagles are back in the playoffs, for the first time in three years and in head coach Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach. Hopefully, knock on wood, the New Year can begin with a “bang” with a win when the Eagles square off against Drew Brees and the Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night. In this case, it’s a match-up of two former Texas quarterbacks who went to the same high school (Westlake) in Austin, Texas.

After a 3-6 inch snow storm in the Delaware Valley a day ago, the weather will be a huge factor in the game, not because of the snow but rather because of the cold weather and wind chill. At game-time it will be roughly 20 degrees with 6 mile-per-hour winds, making it feel like 19 degrees. Not exactlyLambeau Field weather this weekend, but not San Francisco weather either, to say the least. There will also be undercover cops at the game, some of which will go undercover as Saints’ fans in the stadium stands.

New Orleans has never won a road playoff game in franchise history; a span of 47 years. Brees has three of those road losses (Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco), despite playing fantastic in those games, throwing eight touchdown passes to just three interceptions.  In those three respective games, New Orleans’ defense has been the problem as they’ve given up an average of 38.7 points/game. This season, New Orleans was spectacular as usual at home as they went 8-0 at home, while they went just 3-5 on the road.

Brees, the former Super Bowl MVP, had another stellar year this season throwing 39 touchdown passes to just 12 interceptions, with another 5,000+ passing yard season (5,162), a completion percentage of 68.6 and a quarterback rating of 104.7. He ranked within the top five/10 among all NFL quarterback leaders in most, if not all, of his stats, including (with his league ranking noted in parenthesis): completions (2nd), attempts (3rd), passing yards (2nd), touchdown passes (2nd), QB rating (6th), passing yards per game (2nd), yards/attempt (7th) and passing touchdown percentage (4th), among others. Among those noted stats above, he ranked second only to Peyton Manning (who broke Brees’ previous single-season passing yards record) in pass completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and passing yards per game.


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Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report and Predictions

December 1st, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report and Predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Time/Place- 01:00 PM, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
TV Channel/Radio Station- FOX/94.1 WIP

The Eagles come back home, after their bye week last week, this Sunday at 1:00 to play the smoking hot Arizona Cardinals at the Linc. Arizona comes in at 7-4, after a blowout victory vs. Indianapolis last week, 40-11. They’ve won four straight, and yet, if the playoffs started today, they wouldn’t make it. Thus, they are hungry and continuing to fight, to earn one of those two wild-card berths come playoff time.

On the flip side, the Eagles come in at 6-5, off of their bye week, having won three straight prior to the off week. They blew out Oakland 49-20 almost a month ago at Oakland’s Coliseum, a game in which Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes (with no interceptions to boot). The next two weeks, prior to the bye, they defeated Green Bay at Lambeau 27-13 without Aaron Rodgers behind center, and defeated rival Washington at home 24-16, respectively. This season, Nick Foles has thrown zero interceptions, and 16 touchdown passes, for an amazing quarterback rating of 128; which leads the league.

Foles isn’t sure to win MVP honors just yet, because he’s missed a few games, and well, because Peyton Manning is lighting the league on fire, at a dramatic rate, but he’s proved, at least for the time being, that he’s worthy of being in this league as a starter. Chip Kelly even gave him his vote of confidence.

Defensively speaking, Philadelphia has picked up the load there tremendously as well, improving under their new 3-4 scheme, under first year (under the Eagles) defensive coordinator Billy Davis. They’ve only given up 13.5 points-per-game in their past four outings, and the improvements have led to the team being ranked 18th in the league defensively now, in points-per-game against, with 23.6. 


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Philadelphia Eagles- 24- Washington Redskins- 16- Post-Game Thread/Recap

November 20th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Eagles- 24- Washington Redskins- 16- Post-Game Thread/Recap | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Nick Foles hugging backup QB Kirk Cousins after the game (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Leave it to Brandon Boykin to make a big play to save the game for Philadelphia, with 32 seconds left in the game at home vs. rival Washington.

The Eagles looked as if they were going to cruise easily to victory this past Sunday vs. the now 3-7 Redskins, but the game drastically changed, in Washington’s favor, when the Eagles decided to slow down the pace of the game with a 24-0 lead after halftime.

That’s when Washington’s defense came up with a few stops in succession, to be able to put their offense, struggling at that point, in a position to score some points and get back in the game. Well, that’s exactly what they did. Washington scored 16 unanswered points in the 4th quarter, and after a 24-point deficit, cut the lead to just a touchdown (plus a two-point conversion). Even more impressively perhaps, on top of the touchdowns to cut the Philly lead, was Washington’s red-zone offense’s effectiveness on the two-point conversion attempts. They were 2-2 in two-point attempts, even though they were poor outside of that in the red-zone.

The first time they made it to the red zone was with little over nine minutes to play in the second quarter, when backup running back Roy Helu Jr. ran for a 24-yard gain to setup 1st and 10 on the Philadelphia 20 yard line. On the very next play, Eagles’ linebacker Connor Barwin sacked Griffin for an eight yard loss, and subsequently stripped the ball from him for a forced fumble, which lead to an Eagles’ recovery by Fletcher Cox.


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DeSean Jackson wins NFC Offensive Player of The Week Award

October 11th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on DeSean Jackson wins NFC Offensive Player of The Week Award | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

NFC Offensive Player of the Week

The Eagles’ controversial, yet talented wide receiver has been awarded and named the NFC Offensive Player of The Week, not Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo.

After a dynamite-like, explosive performance this past Sunday vs. the Giants in New York, in which he compiled 12 receptions for 132 receiving yards, and one touchdown. He was targeted, in total, 12 times on Sunday, and averaged a yards-per-catch average of 18.9, which included a game high 56 yard completion in the 2nd quarter to set up a 1-yard LeSean McCoy rushing touchdown. Jackson’s lone touchdown reception came in the 4th quarter, from backup Nick Foles, to put the Eagles up by two possessions, 36-21.

The weekly award for Jackson is the 5th time in his career that he’s received it, and 3rd time on offense (the other two were Special Teams Player of The Week Awards). Jackson is only the 3rd NFL player ever to have at least three offensive awards and two as well on special teams, alongside Santana Moss and Tim Brown. He previously won the award on offense in 2009, with Donovan McNabb as his QB, with a 2 reception-69 yard, 1 rush-67 yard, two touchdown (one receiving and one rushing) effort at Washington in October of the 2009 season. In the Eagles’ amazing comeback win vs. the Giants in December of 2010, Jackson not only won the game 38-31 on a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown as time expired, but he was subsequently awarded as well with the NFC Special Teams Player of The Week Award as well.

Jackson has shown himself to be this season more of a dynamic, versatile wide receiver, compared to/unlike year’s past where he was almost solely known as a deep threat.


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Ray of Hope

November 24th, 2009 by DanMurphy | 10 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

McNabb Looked Better

If you are an Eagles fan, the performance of QB Donovan McNabb Sunday night should come across as very encouraging. Yes, McNabb had his usual handful of utterly putrid throws; he always will people, so if you haven’t gotten used to that by now, you should. And, not surprisingly, Don took some sacks when maybe he could have gotten rid of the ball.

However, it was never about those two issues for me. I have always thought, even with those issues, that Donovan was a good QB, a QB who could keep his team competitive. But, I claimed we would never win a SB with him because HE WASN’T A LEADER, and he was “hopeful” in crunch time instead of determined.

Against Chicago, Donovan really showed me something – something I have been yearning to see out of him for as long as I can remember. Down by three points midway through the fourth quarter, Donovan LED the Eagles to a game-winning drive. Now, by no means did Donovan make all the plays to lead the Eagles down the field. No QB ever does (OK, Peyton Manning maybe); but, it was the way in which Donovan stayed cool under pressure and got the Eagles into the position that enabled them to have success. That’s a young, inesperienced offense Don is working with out there, and his demeanor and leadership allowed the youth to stay calm and collected, also.

Another important thing, in my opinion, was the look Donovan had in his eyes. For the first time since the NYG playoff game last year, Donovan had a determined, ‘win-at-all-costs’ look in his eye that replaced his usual ‘hopeful’ look come crunch time. I was very happy to observe this.

In conclusion, there is no way the Eagles are where they need to be, not even close. But, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that last night’s win is going to turn their season around. It was the perfect game for the Eagles to lose, the game we ALL THOUGHT THEY COULDN’T WIN. Well, after a mistake-ridden three quarters, it was THE EAGLES, yes, our Eagles, that came through in the clutch. And the man that led them was Donovan McNabb.

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Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears

November 22nd, 2009 by philliesfan0705 | 7 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Soldier Field Showdown


When: Sunday 8:20 P.M

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago

Line: Eagles -3

Relax Eagles fans. That’s the three most important words I can say going into this weekends match up with the Chicago Bears. The Eagles are reeling, coming off back-to-back losses that now have them sitting at 5-4 in a tough NFC East Division. The majority of Eagles fans have already pushed the panic button. The ongoing saga that Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb must go has begun yet again. The Eagles are also a little bit banged up as well. As saddening as it is to say it, it looks like Brian Westbrook’s dazzling career might have finally reached it’s last hoorah. This means that “Shady” McCoy will need to assume the role of the Eagles starting running back. Jason Peters is another key injury and his availability will be key in how well the Eagles will be able to protect Donovan McNabb.

Now you may wonder why I told you Eagles fans to relax. It blatantly seems that this Eagles team is in a state of turmoil that they will have a difficult time getting out of. To those people who believe this, I say look back to last year. The situation the Eagles are in right now is eerily similar to the one they were confronted with last year; only it’s a little bit easier this time. Going into a November 9th battle with the Giants last year, the Eagles were sitting pretty at 5-3, similar to their 5-2 record they had this year. They went on to hit a rough skid in November, dropping a close contest with the Giants, tying the lowly Bengals, and humiliating themselves in a blowout loss to the Ravens that included the controversial benching of Donovan McNabb. We all know how that season ended. The Eagles miraculously, and luckily, made the playoffs and even gutted it out to the NFC Championship Game.

So I say to you Eagles fans, please do not panic yet. The Eagles were in far worse shape last year than they are this year. I also believe that this year’s team is more talented than the Eagles of last year. As much as this game is a must win game, it’s just as much not a must win game. Don’t get me wrong; this game is huge in determining where the Eagles will go this season. However, the division is so close and playoff spots are easily up for grabs, meaning that a 9-7 team could very well make the playoffs this year. Losing this game will certainly not sit well with the fans. After all, we are Philadelphia fans. Winning is the only option and there is never an excuse for losing.


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