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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 6 - JimmyK,
For the second consecutive week, the Eagles have the NFL's Offensive Player of the Week. Last week it was DeSean Jackson. This week it's Nick Foles. I think we all know what that means for Week 7. Clear off a space on your mantle, Allen Barbre. You're next.

Living in the Moment - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I’m not one that believes you need fiery speeches to win, regular or postseason. I do think you sometimes need to be able to push buttons with a team. I’m curious how good Kelly is at this. The closest thing to a big game the 2013 Eagles have faced is coming up Sunday, with 1st place on the line. Since this is mid-October that doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it does mean something.

Film review: How Nick Foles feasted on the Buccaneers - Derek Sarley,
There’s a reason, however, that people are always talking about small sample sizes and how you can’t judge a quarterback after a game and a half. There are statistical question marks – such as the fact that Foles is completing deep passes at a rate that’s not only double what he managed last year but also well in excess of such notables as Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers – but also idiosyncrasies in every match-up that make it hard to draw broader conclusions.

The Notebook: Home field embarrassment - Stephen White, SBN NFL
Eagles head coach and, for all intents and purposes, offensive coordinator, Chip Kelly, put Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan in clown shoes at the end of their game on Sunday.

Why The Foles-Vick QB Controversy Doesn't Matter - Brian Solomon, McNabbOrKolb
As for 2014 and beyond, neither Vick nor Foles is the answer. Vick is 33, constantly banged up, and has no more improvement left in him. Foles is young but limited. Not only is he largely immobile (QB draw aside), but his passing skills rely on the low upside combination of poise and short passes. His arm is weak and interception rate last year was bouyed by drops. Long term, that's not a combination worth investing in.

Ray Didinger: The History Of Eagles-Cowboys -
Walk up to any Eagles fan and say the following two words: Dallas Cowboys. Better step back to watch what happens next. The eyes will narrow, the nostrils will flare, the fists will clench. There will be growling and, most likely, profanity. That's how most folks in Philadelphia feel about the Cowboys. They want to crush 'em, whup 'em, pound 'em into the turf. The Cowboys aren't the Eagles’ oldest rival -- the Giants and Redskins have been around longer -- but the Cowboys stir the most emotion.

All-22: Breaking down Chip Kelly's 'genius' - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
One specific play from the Eagles’ 31-20 win over Tampa illustrated McCoy’s point about Kelly’s ability to get his desired matchup. With Kelly, it’s all about mathematical advantages, and the first Eagles touchdown over the Bucs is an education in simple math.

Philly LB Connor Barwin Takes The Bus To Work - The Post Game
Connor Barwin has been known to take a direct route to opposing ball carriers. The 27-year-old Eagles linebacker leads Philadelphia this year with three sacks. He's got a career total of 21 sacks to go along with 100 tackles. When Barwin travels around cities, however, he doesn't always take the quickest route. Instead he opts for a more environmentally friendly one.

NFC East: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly from Week 6 - FanSpeak
Nick Foles’ performance against the Buccaneers was masterful. Foles completed 71% of his passes and compiled a passer rating of 133.3, a small sample size, but much more encouraging than Vick’s numbers thus far. Vick gives the Eagles explosiveness with his legs, but Foles creates a good amount of explosive plays with his arm. Even if Vick regains the starting role when healthy, Foles gives the Eagles stability and hope for the future.

Former NFL player Irving Fryar indicted in NJ - Yahoo
Former NFL player Irving Fryar and his mother were indicted by a New Jersey grand jury Wednesday on charges they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam.

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