The Linc - No Worse Than A Winning Record

Rich Schultz

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/23/2013.

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Eagles vs. Bears Final Score: Philadelphia Routs Chicago In Blowout Victory, 54-11 - BLG, BGN
My detailed recap from last night's game. The Eagles put up over 500 yards of total offense in a blowout victory over the Chicago Bears.

Handing out 15 awards from the Eagles-Bears game - JimmyK, Philly.com
The Eagles had 5 plays of 20+ yards, which is actually below their average on the season. So far this year, they have 93 plays of 20+ yards, or 6.2 per game, which is now the 2nd highest total since the league started tracking that statistic in 1991. The only team ahead of them is the 2001 Rams, or "The Greatest Show on Turf," who had 96 plays of 20+ yards. 4 to go.

PHI 54, CHI 11 - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
That final score just sounds nuts. The Eagles played a complete game and flat-out dominated Chicago in every phase of the game. It truly was a thing of beauty. The Eagles ran for 291 yards. Both Shady and Bryce Brown went over 100 yards. All 3 RBs ran for a TD. Nick Foles was very efficient as a passer, going 21 for 25. 2 of the incompletions were throwaways and a third one looked like it might have been the same thing. The defense gave up 48 points last week, but only 11 tonight. The Eagles corners matched up better with the big Bears WRs than they did with the Vikings receivers who have such good RAC ability. Cary Williams played his best game of the year. Brandon Boykin had a pick-6. And the Eagles shut down Matt Forte. He finished with just 54 total yards. Trent Cole had 3 sacks. Mychal Kendricks had 2 sacks and a FF.

Kelly takes big risk, but it pays off - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
Yes, the Eagles have wiped away the memory of that alarming loss last week in Minnesota, and regenerating some momentum and self-confidence in his own players would have been an obvious motivation for Kelly to treat Sunday's game with the utmost importance. But whether he intended it to be or not, this performance had to be a powerful play on the Cowboys' fragile collective psyche, too. Dallas (8-7) needed a late touchdown pass by Tony Romo on fourth-and-goal just to edge the hapless Redskins, 24-23, and remain a game behind the Eagles (9-6) in the standings. Because they would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, the Cowboys will win the NFC East if they beat the Eagles next week at AT&T Stadium.

10 observations from Eagles-Bears - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
This is why you play the game. Because now the Eagles go into a crucial game in Dallas for the NFC East title coming off an overwhelming 54-11 win over the Bears instead of a terrible loss to the Vikings and then an off day with the subs playing. Remember when Phil Simms called the Eagles’ offense one of the five worst in the NFL? Yeah. Ha.

‘We want Dallas! We want Dallas!’ - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
The Chicago Bears had everything to play for with a division title on the line. The Philadelphia Eagles had the bare minimum to gain—improved seeding in the playoffs, if they get in. Guess which team showed up? The Eagles blew the doors off the visiting Bears 54-11 at Lincoln Financial Field in front of a national TV audience. Nick Foles was flawless. LeSean McCoy paced the running game to 289 yards. The defense and special teams shut down numerous Pro Bowl players. It was a complete effort in every phase, and the outcome was never in question. Long before the final gun sounded, 70,000 Birds fans echoed the message the home team had just sent: bring on the Dallas Cowboys.

A Night Of Perfect Eagles Football - Dave Spadaro, PE.com
In a most convincing manner, the Eagles announced with their 54-11 demolition of the Chicago Bears on Sunday that they are ready for anything. The ball is rolling with furious momentum toward Texas for an NFC East showdown ...

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