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Philadelphia Eagles offensive line receives boost with Lane Johnson's return - About
There is ample reason to believe Johnson's return will offer a significant boost. The 6-foot-6, 317 pound Johnson flashed major potential in his rookie season and, despite being suspended for the first four games this year, had the benefit of spending time in the team's offseason program. Johnson reportedly even gained seven pounds of muscle.

Does the Eagles' defensive staff lack self-awareness of the defense's capabilities? - Philly.com
With 9:25 left in the game on a crucial third and three from the Eagles 24-yard line, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw an incomplete pass, which would have likely led to a field goal attempt. The Niners were leading 23-21, and a made field goal would have extended their lead to five, likely forcing the Eagles to score a touchdown to win the game. However, 49ers tight end Derek Carrier was called for offensive pass interference, leaving the Eagles with an interesting decison.

Fan-Demonium: Too Many Mistakes - PE.com
I'm sure some fans hear Chip Kelly talk about how he thinks the Eagles are "just off a play here and there" and that they will be "OK if they get things straightened out" and wonder what he's talking about. The Eagles’ run game has been non-existent for two weeks. The offensive line is in a constant state of shuffle. Nick Foles has been erratic this year and the offense just got shut out on Sunday. This is all true, but the Eagles had a very good chance to win the game if Riley Cooper caught a pass that hit him in the hands. The Eagles lost that game by inches. Inches.

What’s Up With Nick Foles? - Birds 24/7
Some of the blame falls squarely on the quarterback. While it's true the Niners' pass rush did a good job of disrupting Foles for much of the day, there were times when his misfires had nothing to do with pressure. Take, for example, his errant throw to Brent Celek early in the contest. As you can see below, Foles is operating in a nice, clean pocket.

Healthy Josh Huff disappointed with lack of playing time - CSN Philly
Eagles rookie receiver Josh Huff says he's healthy and is wondering why he has yet to receive any playing time.

Foles on left shoulder: 'Just a couple bruises' - The News Journal
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles admitted that he has been playing with a bruised left (non-throwing) shoulder the past few weeks, but insisted that it had nothing to do with his performance Sunday, nor has it affected his mechanics.

Evan Mathis posts extremely detailed info regarding his return - The 700 Level
Evan Mathis posted the above image to a photo sharing service called Sqor on Tuesday evening laying out a very specific plan for his return. He plans to return in 5 weeks, 6 days, 4 hours, 14 minutes, and 20 seconds (give or take). That would mark a return on Monday, November 10th, the very same night the Birds take on the Carolina Panthers on Monday night football.

Eagles Week Four Report Card (brought to you by Life cereal) - Zoo With Roy
Doc Pizza: If I have to see LeSean McCoy take it wide for a 2-yard loss again I’m gonna friggin’ lose it. If the guy’s hurt, take him out of the game, we got the Polka man and the world’s fastest 5-foot-6 person to hand the ball off to. I know the offensive line is made of 1-ply, off-brand tissues from Walmart, but holy smokes at least try to get positive yardage. Sorry Shady, but you gotta step it up, buddy. Grade: L

NFL Week 4 Winners and Losers: Put Your Goggles On for Teddy, Luck, and THE BUCS - Grantland
A lot of Foles’s success last year came off easy play-action throws made available by that dangerous running game. Those plays become less effective when McCoy is getting the ball 10 times a game because the benefit of running the ball has all but disappeared.