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Game Review from the Raiders Press Box - Mark Saltveit, Iggles Blitz
At Oakland, I finally got a chance to watch an Eagles game from the press box — which is rare, since I live in Oregon and don’t have a travel budget — so I planned to focus on what you can’t see on TV. In particular, I was looking for details of pass coverage. It’s always hard to tell which receivers were open but not thrown to, or when a defense blankets every available target.

Film review: How Oakland helped Nick Foles make history - Derek Sarley, Eagletarian
When Nick Foles is good, he’s really, really good. This streakiness has shown up most notably in his deep attempts. Against Tampa Bay and Oakland, he threw 10 passes longer than 20 yards, completing eight of them for 295 yards and six touchdowns. Sandwiched between those efforts was the ugly game against Dallas, in which his longest gain all day netted just 14 yards.

The Case for Nick Foles as the Franchise QB - ChipWagon
So I went back and looked at Foles' 21 TDs since he came into this league last year. What I came away with, that has convinced me more than any stat, throwing motion, 40 time, collegiate performance, etc. is that Nick is a dynamic threat at QB who is putting the ball in the end zone in a variety of different ways. Let's have a look starting with Nick's red zone TDs. The biggest difference we've seen between Mike Vick and Nick Foles has been read zone performance. Why? Because Nick is more accurate, more decisive, has better anticipation, and isn't afraid to throw a receiver open (a quality that we've lacked in Philly for a long time).

All-22: Bennie Logan And ‘No-Run Day’ - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
For the Eagles, the practice week starts on Tuesday. But that session is primarily spent correcting mistakes from the previous game. Wednesday is when the team puts the pads on and looks ahead to the upcoming opponent. On most weeks, for the defense, that means an emphasis on stopping the run. While much of the league is focused on figuring out ways to get to the quarterback, Billy Davis has employed a two-gap 3-4 scheme that focuses on controlling the ground game. So when defensive linemen arrive at NovaCare on Wednesdays, the game-planning usually starts with the same idea.

Eagles shifting away from Johnson as returner? - John Gonzalez, CSN Philly
Damaris Johnson has done almost all of the kick and punt returning for the Eagles this season. That might not be the case this weekend when the Birds travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. Johnson tweaked his ankle in the Giants game but the diminutive returner was active in Oakland last weekend. Johnson was on the field for 15 offensive snaps as a wide receiver against the Raiders. He also got one rep on special teams. But for the first time this year, Johnson didn’t return a punt or kick. Are the Eagles shifting away from him and toward DeSean Jackson on punts and Brandon Boykin on kickoffs?

NFC East: Week 9 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - FanSpeak
Nick Foles threw for over 400 yards, completed 78.6% of his passes, and threw 7 touchdown passes. Wow! Foles stepped up just when the Eagles needed him most. The Eagles’ offense had been sputtering for the last 2 weeks, only managing 3 points, and Foles was able to ignite Chip Kelly’s offense en route to 49 points in a single game. Foles’ 7 touchdowns tied the single game record for touchdown passes. The Eagles are positioned one game behind the division leading Cowboys and if Foles can even play half as well as he did last Sunday the Eagles will be a legitimate threat to make a run for the division crown.

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