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Buccaneers release Josh Freeman - Bucs Nation
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released Josh Freeman, finally bringing their offseason drama to a close. The Bucs tried to find a trade partner for the former starting quarterback, but all of the leaks and drama as well as his $6.5 million remaining salary created a situation where he had no trade value.

Grading the Eagles at the quarter pole: Offense edition - James Kempski,
Michael Vick is having a very odd season. On the one hand, he’s completing passes at a 55.1% clip, which is 31st in the NFL. On the other hand, he has a yards per pass attempt average of 9.2, which is astronomical.

The Resistible Force Meets the Movable Object - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
We know the Eagles are saying that right now. But so are the Giants. That’s what happens when a 1-3 team meets an 0-4 team. Both teams look at the opponent as someone to get healthy against. The question becomes which team can play well and turn things around. Beyond the whole team, this unit is a great matchup of the awful Eagles defense and the woeful Giants offense. If the Eagles can’t stop the Giants, who can they stop? If the Giants can’t move the ball on the Eagles, who can they move it on? Even a philosophical genius like Larry Socrates wouldn’t know how to figure this out.

All-22: The State Of the Eagles’ Defense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
On Monday morning, Earl Wolff woke up, got something to eat and turned on the tape. He had made his first NFL start about 20 hours earlier in Denver, going up against Peyton Manning and a potent Broncos attack. Even though the Eagles suffered a 32-point loss, there were plenty of lessons to be gained for the rookie safety.

Chip Shots: Kelly chastises McCoy for interruption, asks NFL for trophy - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Chip was his typical snarky self at Thursday’s press conference. When somebody mentioned Philadelphia could move into first place in the NFC East with a win over the Giants and a Cowboys’ loss to Denver, Kelly joked that he already contacted the league office about the trophy presentation

Michael Vick: 'I'm not holding the ball too long' - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
"No. I’m not holding the ball too long," Vick said. "I’m not holding the ball too long all. Don’t try to make that an issue. It’s not."

Chip Kelly's sports science working with the Eagles? - Jordan Ranaan,
Through the first four weeks of the season, only the Chicago Bears had fewer players on their injury reports. The Eagles have averaged 3.5 players per week on the report. The NFL average has been 8.8 players on the injury report. The New York Jets lead the league with an average of 18.8 players on their injury report.

Women's World: Fueling The Rivalry - Brandyn Campbell,
The Eagles will head to Metlife Stadium to face the New York Giants on Sunday in a must-win game for Philadelphia. A "W" must be secured for a number of reasons, but probably the best one for fans is, simply, because it's the Giants. With a delightfully dreadful 0-4 record, Big Blue's season is off to a miserable start.

Week 5 NFL Predictions & Game by Game Analysis - FanSpeak
The Giants have allowed 36, 41, 38, and 31 points en route to an 0-4 start. Since 1970, only two other teams suffered a 0-4 start during which they allowed more than 30 points in each game, both in 2008. The Lions (0-16) and Rams (2-14) combined for just two victories in that season. Under Chip Kelly’s machine gun offense, the Eagles produce a lot of points and a lot of yards, they give up just as many on defense. It won’t matter this week. The Giants are bad and won’t be able to keep up. Take the Eagles on the road by a touchdown.

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