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Philadelphia Eagles Defense Focusing on Containing Houston Texans RB Arian Foster

October 31st, 2014 at 12:39 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles defense will face a huge challenge Sunday trying to contain Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. Foster is the focal point of the Texans offensive attack and presents a number of problems for the Eagles. The key to a victory against Houston will be containing Foster.

“He's got great vision and a great understanding of running zone plays, whether it be the wide-zone play or the tight-zone play,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of Foster. “And then makes great decisions of sticking his foot in the ground and getting physical and getting up the field. You have to get a lot of guys around him. I don't think one guy necessarily is going to take him down. It's going to take everybody on the defensive side of the ball being kind of keyed in on him to stop him in this week.

Foster is on a tear this season. He is second in the NFL with 766 rush yards as well as seven rushing touchdowns. He has seven runs of 20 or more yards and is averaging 109.4 yards per game. Foster is averaging a remarkable 5.2 yards per carry and is the engine that ignites the Texans 5th ranked rush offense. Foster has rushed for over 100 yards in six of his seven games played and is currently riding a four game streak of 100 yard games.

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Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin Thriving in Return from ACL Injury

October 29th, 2014 at 1:57 PM
By Nick Gill

One of the most pleasant surprises the Philadelphia Eagles have received this season is the play of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The issue is not that Maclin is short on talent, but that he is returning from an ACL tear in his knee. Maclin missed all of last season with the injury, but is back to thriving in 2014.

“Yeah, he's the Ed Block Courage Award winner, and certainly coming back from injury is hard enough, and playing a skill position like he plays is even harder,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “I think he's done a tremendous job. He's really battled through it. We obviously work with him on a day-to-day basis, and there are some struggles when you come back physically and then mentally, emotionally, as you're trying to get yourself back. We're hopeful that we see performances much like he had Sunday as we go forward.”

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Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly not Putting Much Weight into Trade Rumors

October 28th, 2014 at 1:31 PM
By Nick Gill

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is not putting much weight into reports and rumors that the team could potentially be active at the NFL's trade deadline, which ends today at 4 p.m. eastern time. Kelly squashed the rumblings reported by Pro Football Talk that suggested the Eagles are in the market for a safety.

“No, I'm not looking into the report and no, we're not looking into safeties,” Kelly said. “If someone calls us and says they want to give us their safety, then we would take a safety. I mean, I think the whole trade deadline in the National Football League, and I said it this morning, is a little bit overblown. I think there was one trade in the entire league last year, and we traded Sop [DT Isaac Sopoaga] to the Patriots and swapped draft picks.”

The idea of the Eagles wanting an upgrade at safety gained some traction because of the poor play of Nate Allen in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Allen blew the coverage which allowed wide receiver John Brown to beat the defense and score the 75-yard game winning touchdown. However, the Eagles seem content to continue with Allen.

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Blown Coverage Costs Philadelphia Eagles in 24-20 Loss to Arizona Cardinals

October 27th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Nick Gill

It all came down to one play for the Philadelphia Eagles' defense. The team had a three point lead with 1:33 left on the clock. The Arizona Cardinals were facing a third down and five from their own 25 yard line. Quarterback Carson Palmer took the snap, stepped up in the pocket, and delivered a strike to wide receiver John Brown, who got behind the defense for a 75-yard game winning touchdown.

“They got behind the defense,” Eagles' defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “They’re never deep enough if they get behind the defense. They can’t be behind the defense and they did. They’re all attached. The rush is attached as well as the coverage, the underneath coverage, the deep coverage. The Philadelphia Eagle defense got beat on that last play.”

There were mistakes by the Eagles before the Cardinals' winning touchdown, too. Specifically, quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions which took points off the board. The first came when he underthrew wide receiver Josh Huff in the endzone and was picked off by Antonio Cromartie. The Eagles were in field goal range at the Arizona 25 yard line. Foles' next interception came at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Arizona cashed in on the turnover with a game tying field goal.

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Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles and C Jason Kelce Inactive for Arizona Cardinals Game

October 26th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Nick Gill

Despite returning to practice after the bye week, Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles and center Jason Kelce are inactive for the game against the Arizona Cardinals. Both Sproles and Kelce were able to practice this week in a limited fashion, but neither made enough progress to play Sunday.

Sproles sprained his MCL against the New York Giants, which is the reason he is a no go today. The Eagles running game will rely on LeSean McCoy to carry the load against the Cardinals' number one ranked run defense. McCoy is coming off his best game of the season, a game in which he rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries. In Sproles' absence, running back Chris Polk will back-up McCoy. Polk was dealing with a hamstring injury, but is active for the game.

Kelce was a long shot to play after surgery for a sports hernia a little more than a month ago. The Eagles will continue to use David Molk as the starting center. Molk has started for Kelce since the injury and will continue in that role against the Cardinals.

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