The Linc - Super Bowl Sunday 2014

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/2/2014.

The biggest day of the NFL season is finally here.

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Super Bowl 2014, Broncos vs. Seahawks: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming, Halftime Show, and More - BLG, BGN
All the information you need to know about Super Bowl XLVIII. Use this thread to talk about the big game.

Connor Barwin thinks the Eagles' defense will grow in year 2 - JimmyK, Philly.com
In 2013, the Eagles' defense gave up 394 yards per game, which was 29th in the NFL. However, because of the Eagles' fast-paced offense which resulted in quick scores when they were successful and quick punts when they weren't, the defense faced 1150 snaps. That was the most in the NFL, and 109 more snaps than the league average. Perhaps the better metric to use for a defense that has to play an inordinate number of snaps is yards per play. In 2013, the Eagles allowed 5.5 yards per play, which was tied with 2 other teams in the NFL for 19th in the league. By comparison, the NFC Champion Seahawks gave up a very impressive 4.4 yards per play.

Optimism Abounds - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The 2013 season was a great ride with a frustrating finish. Because there was so much new and different about the Eagles, the loss to the Saints didn’t leave a sense of doom, but rather a sense of optimism.

Lurie touts Philly as possible Super Bowl site - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Lurie was impressed with this year's event to date - he's staying until Monday and will attend Sunday's game. He did not think weather would be a deterrent for hosting Super Bowl. He even called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the Dec. 8 Eagles-Lions game in eight inches of snow and raved about the experience. He conceded that there could be transportation issues, but noted that how much the spectators enjoyed it and the quality of the game. "It was one of the greatest sporting events in the history of Philadelphia," Lurie said. "As a football fan growing up with a lot of cold weather games, it was one of the greatest experiences both live, and cinematically. Just incredible. And until you had seen it, who knew?"

Is expanding the NFL playoffs a good or bad thing? - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
The NFL is no different, constantly searching for new ways to squeeze more coin out of the most popular professional sports league in the United States. For instance, every year there is talk of going from a 16- to an 18-game season, an idea I lambasted in the past when it was a much hotter topic. The 18-game schedule discussion seems to have died down for the most part, maybe because the players weren’t going for it, maybe because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t convince fans that’s what they want, because by and large they don’t. That doesn’t mean the league is done trying to expand its TV offerings however.

Super Bowl bingo - SBN NFL
After two weeks of parties, branding, lame narratives, grumpy football writers, press conferences and endless assurances about the weather, the Super Bowl is just about here. To further enhance your viewing experience and spice up your Velveeta soaked party, we made you a very special bingo game. We are assuming you know the rules. Fill in those lines horizontally, diagonally, vertically ... or for a challenge befitting the BIG GAME, fill in the whole dang card.

9 Defensive Free Agents That Could Interest the Eagles - Dave Stoessel, Eagles Addict
By now you may know that I consider safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward as the top targets for the Philadelphia Eagles in regards to free agency. However, there’s a chance neither will be available come March 11th. Furthermore, Howie Roseman has already gone on record and seemingly indicated they will stay away from high priced free agents. Though that could very well be the case, I still think there’s a chance they’ll go after one marquee player if that player is still young, fits the team and fills a need. Jairus Byrd and/or T.J. Ward fit that description. However, if neither of those guys are available, who else could be of interest? Below I’ve listed some players the Eagles could have varying levels of interest in.

Humphrey Headed To The Hall Of Fame - Alex Smith, PE.com
Another former Eagle has made his way to Canton, Ohio. It was announced on Saturday night that Claude Humphrey has been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Humphrey played defensive end for the Eagles from 1979-81. Originally the third overall pick by Atlanta in 1968, he was a member of the Falcons for 11 years before joining the Eagles. Though sacks didn’t become an official stat until 1982, Humphrey recorded 11.5 quarterback takedowns during his rookie season of 1968, earning him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

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