The Linc - How Good Are the Eagles?

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/10/2013.

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How Good Are The Eagles? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
This Eagles team is hard to get a handle on. They have a record of 8-5, but this is a very different team right now than it was in September or even October. The obvious difference is Nick Foles taking over at QB, but that’s actually just one piece of the puzzle. The defense is world’s better. They allowed 34.5 points per game for the first month. Since then, no team has scored more than 21 points in a game. The Eagles were dead last in scoring defense for a while. They are now all the way up to 13th. Amazing. Give some credit to Bill Davis and his staff for figuring out how to use the players. Give a lot of credit to the players, since they have gotten better all year long and really become playmakers.

Eagles now have sole possession of first place in the NFC East, and a look at some playoff scenarios - JimmyK, Philly.com
The Cowboys were blown out by the Bears on Monday night. They didn't force a punt, they gave up 475+ yards for the 6th time this season, and there were plenty of shots of Jerry Jones looking sad in the owner's box. If you stayed up to watch the Cowboys' loss to the Bears in its entirety, it's hard to look at the NFC East as anything other than the Eagles' to lose. For now, the Eagles have a 1 game lead in the NFC East. Soak it in.

NFL Week 14 Winners & Losers: Snowy LeSean McCoy, Fallen Records, and a Botched Miracle - Grantland
This was the McCoy game that has seemed so close all year but has never quite happened. His 184-yard debut came on 31 carries, but since Nick Foles took over, there have been plenty of underwhelming outings. Apparently it took a blizzard to finally bring McCoy’s open-field advantage to an unfair place. McCoy has led the league the past two seasons in broken tackles, according to Football Outsiders, and I’m guessing he will again this year. His 1,305 rushing yards now lead the league, and if he somehow managed to string together a couple more big games and got to 1,600 for the year, I don’t know who would be surprised.

Eagle Eye In The Sky: Snow Bowl Review - Fran Duffy, PE.com
The book has yet to be completed on the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles, but what a memorable story it has been thus far. Think about some of the moments and games from this season that will last in Eagles lore for a long, long time. In the opening game against Washington, fans witnessed an offensive explosion unlike any other in the first half. Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven (SEVEN) touchdown passes against Oakland. Sunday is another addition to the list, as everyone will always remember where they were for the Snow Bowl of 2013 against the Detroit Lions. Let’s take a look at the game tape to see what went right for Chip Kelly’s team on Sunday.

Week 14 Eagles-Lions snowstorm game, in pictures | The MMQB with Peter King
Photographer Al Tielemans didn’t bargain for a blizzard when he went to Philly to shoot Lions-Eagles. But poor conditions can sometimes offer rich results

The 1998 Eagles, the 2014 Phillies, and the Endless Search for Hope - The Good Phight
Yes, it’s the Phillies heading into 2014. But it was also the Eagles between 1997 and 1998. Coach Ray Rhodes was losing his grip, but he’d taken the Birds into the playoffs the two previous years before falling to 6-9-1 in ‘97. Rhodes, the de facto GM as well as field leader, remained committed to aging veterans like wide receiver Irving Fryar and linebacker William Thomas, and felt he had his quarterback of the future in third-year man Bobby Hoying, a mid-round draft pick whom few others pegged for stardom. With former offensive coordinator Jon Gruden hired away as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the team waited months to fill the position and saw many preferred candidates turn down the job before settling on a journeyman college coach named Dana Bible. His offense averaged 10.1 points per game. The team went 3-13 and everyone got canned.

Why LeSean McCoy Deserves MVP Consideration - FanSpeak
Now the chances that a player not named Peyton Manning wins the MVP are about as good as Gary Kubiak's chances of winning coach of the year, but if there is a player worthy of such consideration it should be Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy is set to have the best season of his career and has been the heart and soul of an Eagles team that has already doubled their win total from a year ago.

Eagles vs. Lions 2013: BGN Radio Recap

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