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The Linc - Eagles back to .500

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Eagles vs. Packers Final Score: Philadelphia back to .500 in win over Green Bay, 27-13 - BLG, BGN
Not the prettiest performance, but it was a win the Eagles needed. The theme of this game was for the Eagles to take advantage, and in the end that's exactly what they did.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Packers game - JimmyK,
Just Name Nick Foles the Starter Already.
I mean... the guy has a 132.5 QB rating. Who are we kidding at this point? And yeah, that's not even an award. Just do it.

PHI 27 , GB 13 - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Big win. It wasn’t pretty. The final score is lopsided, but the game felt pretty even for most of the way. Going to Lambeau and winning is never easy. The Packers got down to their 3rd string QB, but it almost felt like that was an advantage. Scott Tolzien was a player the defense knew nothing about and he played pretty well. There were all kinds of crazy plays. I’ll go over them in a later post, but this was both teams doing crazy things. And the officials were all over the map. They missed calls for both teams. Nick Foles played good enough. His numbers were impressive (12-18-228 with 3 TDs and a rating of 149.3), but you have to look inside the numbers. There was some luck on the long TD pass to DeSean. I didn’t think Foles was as crisp this week, but he did what I wanted…he moved the ball and helped the Eagles to score points.

Back at .500, Birds have some direction - Bob Ford, Inquirer
The tundra wasn't frozen - it doesn't actually freeze anymore since they put heating coils beneath the sod - but it wasn't a toasty day in old Lambeau Field, either. The deep-fried cheese curds were the only warm thing in the building when the Eagles and Packers kicked off on Sunday. This isn't an easy place to play, even against a team missing its starting quarterback and, after one offensive series, missing its backup quarterback, too. That didn't hurt the visitors, but the wind still blew cold and steady off the bay, the 78,000 fans still howled along with it, and the Eagles were aware they hadn't beaten a team with a winning record yet this season.

Foles still not the starter, but still awfully good - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
At this rate, Nick Foles is going to be the first quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before he’s named a starter. OK, we’re exaggerating. A little. But Chip Kelly continues to decline to name Foles his permanent starter, and Foles continues to put up remarkable numbers. On Sunday at Lambeau, Foles wasn’t at his best. He underthrew DeSean Jackson on a deep ball, he turned the football over for the first time this year, he was sacked three times, he held onto the ball too long a few times … and when the dust had settled, his numbers, once again, were excellent.

Cooper Keeps Producing: ‘Nothing’s Changed’ - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
"I’m playing the same football I’ve played in the last couple years," Cooper said. "Nothing’s changed at all. I’m just going out there and trying to play hard like the game’s supposed to be played." On Sunday against the Packers, Cooper hauled in three catches for 102 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. The first one came in the third quarter with the Eagles holding a 10-3 lead. Nick Foles threw a pass up for grabs towards the end zone, and Cooper did a great job of adjusting to make a play on the ball. The result was a 45-yard score.

Eagles surpass last season’s win total 10 games into 2013 - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
The Eagles might be a year or two away from contending for a championship—they don’t even know who their franchise quarterback is (or do they?)—but at least one thing is now certain. This year’s team is officially better than the 2012 iteration. After finishing 4-12 in Andy Reid’s final season as head coach, Philadelphia has already clinched a better record just 10 games into 2013, Chip Kelly’s first season on the sidelines. With a sound 27-13 victory over a limited Packers squad, the Birds improved to 5-5 and once again find themselves in the thick of the playoff picture.

Foles Makes Another Strong Statement - Dan Klasuner,
Foles had a relatively easy day against the Raiders, as he was rarely under pressure and able to go through each of his reads before making a throw. Receivers were running wide open deep down the field, as well. That was rarely the case against the Green Bay Packers, however. Nevertheless, Foles was not afraid to test the Packers’ secondary and put the ball up for his receiver to make a play, even in double coverage.

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