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Philadelphia Eagles links for 9/17/2013.

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Eagles-Chargers Review: Looking Back at Missed Opportunities - BLG, BGN
After a 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers, it was hard to not think about how the Eagles were so close to winning on Sunday. Philadelphia seemed only one play away from ending up with a different result. If they had just capitalized on that one chance. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that wasn't the case.

5 initial observations on Eagles-Chiefs this Thursday - JimmyK, Philly.com
4) The Chiefs had 4 players on their defense who made the Pro Bowl last year, despite a 2-14 record. Those 4 players are S Eric Berry, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Justin Houston, and LB Tamba Hali. The Chiefs have a number of other talented players on their defense, including the aforementioned Brandon Flowers, and a player who stood out to me in the Dallas game, DL Dontari Poe. This is by far the best defense the Eagles will face so far this season.

Earl Wolff Making Strides At Safety - Danta Klaus, PE.com
The Eagles secondary, as an overall unit, struggled mightily against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Rivers finished the day completing 36-of-47 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns, resulting in a 124.3 quarterback rating. Tight end Antonio Gates looked like his old self, hauling in a team-high eight catches for 124 yards, while Malcom Floyd made five catches for 102 yards in the first half prior to sustaining a neck injury and Eddie Royal scored three touchdowns on seven catches for 90 yards. The Chargers air attack could do whatever it wanted, and the Eagles defensive backfield had no answers.

Monday Morning Stuff - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
80 points. 846 yards. 0-2 record. That’s how the 2007 Giants defense started off their season. New DC Steve Spagnuolo was teaching his scheme. He had talented players to work with, but the team struggled as they learned the system…and faced talented QBs in Tony Romo and Brett Favre. I’m not saying the Eagles defense will become a juggernaut unit, but keep things in context. This is a completely new system. And they just faced RG3 and Philip Rivers.

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Chargers Defense - Sheil Kapadia, Bird 24/7
Michael Vick played an outstanding game. He looked comfortable in the pocket, knew where to go with the football and delivered darts all day long. Was he perfect? No. The one deep ball led DeSean Jackson out of bounds (although he still had a chance to make a play). And Vick’s throw to James Casey in the end zone was a little low, even though he should have made the catch. But overall, 23-for-36 for 428 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Domo's Day-After Dissection: Eagles-Chargers - Paul Domowitch, Eagletarian
Yes it was awful. After the game on Sunday, Chip Kelly said his team has to do a better job of generating a pass rush than it did against the Chargers. And that’s certainly true. The Eagles managed just one sack and six hurries against Philip Rivers. But a much bigger problem was/is the coverage. Rivers attempted 47 passes Sunday. Just five of those throws took longer than 2.6 seconds to get out of his hand. Twenty-nine of them were out in 2.2 seconds or less. Eight were out in 1.5 seconds or less.

Eagles Fans’ Incredibly Ambivalent Relationship with DeSean Jackson - Enrico, The700Level
He’s a polarizing player, that’s for sure. He leads the league in receiving yards after just two games and put up big numbers on Sunday. He found the endzone once for a huge score but as we stated, had his share of mistakes as well. By all accounts, DeSean is a new player this year, putting the past contract squabble and lackadaisical play behind him. He’s poised for a Pro Bowl type season.

Kelly admits to mistake on Eagles' final drive - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
Chip Kelly should have called timeout on the Eagles’ last drive Sunday to keep Michael Vick from missing a down. He also left too much time on the clock for San Diego’s last drive by running his offense so quickly. These truths aren’t critiques from a cynical sports writer or rants from ticked-off fans. They came straight from the head coach’s mouth Monday, less than 24 hours after the Chargers outlasted the Eagles 33-30 in the Linc opener to hand Kelly his first NFL loss.

Diagnosing the Eagles Week 2 Loss - Phil Thompson, FanSpeak
Lack Of Pressure:
The Chargers dropped back to pass 48 times and Philip Rivers was only ever sacked once. After doing such a good job last week in getting pressure, the defense really failed here. With Philly shorthanded (and struggling) in the secondary, they need to rely on the front 7 to generate a lot of pressure.

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