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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Giants game -
The Giants played the Eagles in their nickel defense for the better part of the game and often didn't bring a safety into the box. The Eagles run game made them pay, with LeSean McCoy going off for his first big game of the season. 22 for 149. The Eagles out-gained the Giants on the ground 203-85. Trenches... owned. Also, the Giants didn't score.

Play Smart - Iggles Blitz
Nick Foles is a pretty smart young man. He is humble and shows good self-awareness. He is willing to take the blame when things go wrong and he seems to understand why things went wrong, which is always important. But there are times on Sundays when he makes you want to pull your hair out and scream "WHY???". Foles threw a pair of INTs on Sunday night that were just awful.

Eagle Eye: Anatomy Of A Shutout -
It’s rare that a game can go as well in all three phases over all four quarters in a game as it did for the Eagles on Sunday night against the New York Giants. Even in some of the team’s most recent impressive victories (the wins over Oakland and Chicago immediately come to mind), the Eagles’ defense could not keep the opponent out of the end zone like they did against the Giants. Sunday was such an imposing outing for that unit, that I felt the need to split this week’s article into two parts. Sure, it was great to see the run game get back on track and the offense to move the ball as efficiently as it did throughout the game, but after such a dominant performance I wanted to start with the defense. Let’s see how they were able to quiet an offense led by Eli Manning that, entering the game, was hitting on all cylinders.

Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Giants - Birds 24/7
Bennie Logan - The coaching staff credited him with two tackles. Logan brought Manning down 1 yard past the line of scrimmage on what was essentially a sack on third down in the second quarter. He also dropped Hillis after a 1-yard run in the red zone in the third. Per, Logan is seventh among all defensive linemen in tackles and second among nose guards.

Week 6 Wrap-up: Heavy Is the Head - Grantland
Eagles-Cowboys is shaping up to be a titanic tilt. They will play twice in 17 days, with the Cowboys at home on Thanksgiving followed by the return trip in Week 15. I give the slightest edge to the Eagles because their offensive line should be healthier than it is now, and that should get their running game going on a more consistent basis. If you thought the Cowboys were better than the Eagles, though, it would be hard to say you’re wrong.

Will Chip Kelly’s emphasis on special teams become an NFL trend? - The 700 Level
Has an NFL head coach ever emphasized special teams the way Chip Kelly has? Sure, roster spots are won and lost every day over special teams, but few teams have actively sought blue-chip special teamers the way the Philadelphia Eagles have.

Eagles film review: Williams, Fletcher redeem themselves - CSN Philly
Starting cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams, the most maligned Eagles over the past week for the team's nearly blown 27-point lead over the Rams, responded with their best efforts of the season. They took away several of Manning's first reads then benefited from the quick pressure generated by the pass rush. Six of the team's eight sacks were blends between back-end coverage and pressure up front.

You have to get up early to beat Kelly and Eagles offense - Inquirer
More often than not, Kelly is able to tailor an offensive strategy for each opponent that is designed to either surprise the other guys or to laser in on some deficiency he hopes to exploit right away. If successful, the result is early points, a quick lead and a better idea of what the other offense will have to do from there. All teams adjust and Kelly's game plans are met with countermeasures eventually, but there's nothing like grabbing hold of a game at the beginning. Of all the things Coughlin did or didn't say, his take on that part of it was very interesting.

What happens to NFL teams that get shut out? - SB Nation
The Post-Mortem cuts open the Giants to see if there's any hope left after Sunday's shutout by the Eagles. Also on the slab this week, the Buccaneers and their first-quarter failings, the Raiders' futility and more.

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