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Eagles-Buccaneers Final Score: Nick Foles leads Philadelphia to 3-3 record with win over Tampa, 31-20 - BLG, BGN
My recap from yesterday's game. Two wins in a row feels good.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Buccaneers game - Jimmy Kempski,
The "Who's That Guy Wearing #14" Award: Riley Cooper
There were two bigtime plays from Cooper today. On his long TD reception, Cooper did a great job giving a little subtle push off on Johnthan Banks, creating separation so he could make the catch. He also had an un-Riley-like long catch-and-run on a quick hitter.In the first 5 games, Cooper had 8 catches for 93 yards and a TD. Against the Bucs, he had 4 catches for 120 yards and a TD.

Foles Steps Up - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Nick Foles got the start and played very well. He had some issues with the blitz in the 2nd quarter, but was better in the 2nd half. He went 22-31-296. He had 3 TDs and no INTs. He also ran for a TD, a great designed play on the opening drive. The media peppered Chip Kelly with questions about whether Foles played well enough to win the starting QB job. Kelly wasn’t about to give that answer. You need to study the tape. And even then…one game is one game. Foles was very impressive. The whole offense was impressive. Many NFL pundits talked about how the Eagles would not run the ball well without Vick. Eagles were 33-138 on the ground. Shady McCoy was 25-116. The OL did a good job and McCoy worked his magic.

DeSean Jackson Backs Up His Words - Danta Klaus,
When DeSean Jackson went up against Darrelle Revis, then of the Jets, for the first time in 2011, the All-Pro cornerback shut Jackson down and allowed just two catches for 28 yards. The battle between the two this time around started well before the opening kickoff of Sunday’s Eagles-Buccaneers game, when Jackson asserted during a press conference earlier in the week that he was faster than Revis, and that he did not think the latter could "run with me." Jackson saw a healthy dose of Revis in what was one of the game's most fascinating matchups.

Kelly, Eagles Get Run Game On Track - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
Kelly has built part of his reputation on coming up with creative and effective ways to run the football. So when the concepts he installs in the game-plan don’t work, he takes offense. But this time around, that feeling led to a solution, as LeSean McCoy piled up 116 yards on 25 carries against a stout Bucs defense.

Foles should be the starter: second-year QB masterful in Eagles 31-20 win at Tampa - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Foles should be the starting signal-caller next Sunday and going forward. I know that statement won’t sit well with a segment of the fan base who is infatuated with Vick’s natural ability, but he simply isn’t as sharp when it comes to delivering the football. Foles is now completing 67.2 percent of his passes compared to Vick’s 53.8. The quarterback ratings are 127.9 to 90.6. It’s clear as day which player is more efficient, and Vick’s 307 rushing yards aren’t making up that difference.

Nick Foles has earned another start - Bob Ford, Inquirer
Kelly has also been consistent in saying that the players are the ones who determine their own playing time by their actions on the field. The message to the locker room if Foles starts against the Cowboys is that he wasn't kidding about that. Play well and you keep playing. Not a single player would grumble if Foles was allowed to keep the dice after the hot roll against Tampa Bay.

Vick worried about losing starting job? 'Not at all' - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
"Nick’s a great player. He does exactly what he needs to do when he goes out on the field. That’s not something I’m going to worry about. I’m going to worry about getting healthy."

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