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Film breakdown: Eagles' blitzes against empty backfields -
In the Eagles' win over the Rams, one of the biggest plays of the game came via Vinny Curry, who sacked Rams quarterback Austin Davis on third and goal from the five yard line. Davis fumbled, Fletcher Cox recovered, and the Eagles kept the Rams off the board. On that play, the Rams went with an empty backfield, and DeMeco Ryans checked to a different play. The check called for a six man blitz. With nobody in the Rams backfield, and no in-line tight end, there was no way the Rams could block all of the Eagles' blitzers.

Scoring - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles lead the NFL in scoring. Think about that for a second. Nick Foles and the offense have been inconsistent this year. They have turned the ball over too much. When they do hold on, the team has struggled in the Red Zone. The Eagles are kicking too many FGs. But the offense is doing enough to keep points on the board.

Finally! The Emergence of Brandon Graham - ChipWagon
Brandon Graham got off to a great start in 2014 with an impressive performance against the Rams. The performance gave him a big nod from the folks at ProFootballFocus with +5.5 rating and highlighted as one of the top edge rushers after week 1. I took a bit of an exception to that rating and felt that Graham's production was due to not getting blocked and he repeatedly showed some of the issues that prevented him from getting more snaps in 2013. I'm happy to say however, that Graham has riden the momentum of that strong first week and has really emerged as a key playmaker on the defensive side of the ball that warrants more snaps.

All-22: The State Of the Eagles’ Offense - Birds 24/7
Foles had Jeremy Maclin on a bubble screen, but instead chose to hand it off against an eight-man box. The Rams did not account for Maclin in the slot. Riley Cooper faced man coverage and ran his receiver off down the sideline. Maclin would have had a chance for a big play, but Foles handed it off, Todd Herremans got tossed to the ground, and the result was a McCoy run that lost a yard. Granted, no QB is going to shoot 100 percent on these, but essentially these packaged plays are Kelly's solution to not having a running quarterback. Given the struggles on offense, Foles needs to take advantage of any and all opportunities to pick up easy yards.

Eagle Eye: The New-Look Giants' Offense -
Under Tom Coughlin, the New York Giants have had a ton of continuity over the last few years. That all changed this offseason with the departure of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and his passing attack that Eli Manning had grown accustomed to and has won multiple Super Bowls with. In came Ben McAdoo’s rhythm-based quick passing game. New York had struggles early in the season, but seems to have found its stride and have played very good offensive football over the last month.

What Jeremy Maclin tells us about Nick Foles - CSN Philly
Here’s where it gets interesting -- or alarming, depending on the modifier you prefer. Of Maclin’s 57 targets, only 25 were catchable, per Pro Football Focus. Maclin caught all 25. He has no drops this year.

What Should Fantasy Football Owners With LeSean McCoy Do? - numberFire
The last sign for optimism is the Eagles offensive line seemed to get a little bit better as the game went along against the Rams on Sunday. They started to get more push, and McCoy had actual running lanes to work with in the second quarter and beyond. Shady’s best run of the day came with 3:23 left in the second quarter where Philly lined up in a singleback set and McCoy made one cut that allowed him to bounce it outside for a nice 19-yard gain. From that point on, there weren’t any big plays, but it was nice to see McCoy gaining positive yardage semi-consistently which is something we have not seen much so far this year. Things have been really ugly, but they seemed to get a little better against the Rams. Hopefully Philadelphia can build off some of that success and trend upward going into their Week 6 matchup with the Giants.

Eagles' Graham has used 'bust' label as motivation to improve - Daily News
IT WAS in the spring of 2012 that Brandon Graham declared himself a bust. The Eagles' 2010 first-round pick was weary from sparring, on Twitter and elsewhere, with fans angry with him for not being Earl Thomas or Jason Pierre-Paul, two future Pro Bowl defensive players who were on the board when the Birds traded up to pick Graham 13th overall that year. So during OTAs that May, after 2 years in which a serious knee injury and its aftermath limited him to 16 games, Graham said he would wear the "bust" label, use it as motivation.

Watch: Chip Kelly channels Allen Iverson's infamous practice rant - The 700 Level
Kelly channeled A.I. on Thursday before practice ... er, "training." His line of thought is a bit strange. He basically doesn't like the word "practice" for some reason. He prefers to label them "training sessions." Roob says it has to do with the cardiovascular nature of his prac... sorry, sessions.

Absent From Class: Where Are the NFL’s 2014 Draftees? | Grantland
1st round rookies just aren't playing a ton this season.

Breaking Madden: BEEFTANK returns - SB Nation
Five feet tall. 400 pounds. Age 76. Fast as the Dickens, and perhaps even faster. At long last, the hero of Breaking Madden has returned.

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