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Birds at the bye - Inquirer
It's too much to ask for Foles to come close to the 27-touchdown, two-interception performance of 2013, but it's reasonable to expect him to take better care of the ball. Foles' 10 turnovers in six games are the most of any quarterback in the NFL. He is completing 59.5 percent of his passes, well below last year's 64.0 mark. Foles has appeared capable of stardom this season and the Eagles are 5-1, but Foles must be more consistent.

Fan-Demonium: 10 Takeaways At The Bye -
The Eagles are 30th in the league in red zone efficiency. The team just above them is the Jets. Yikes. If you kick too many field goals, that is going to catch up with you. Good teams score touchdowns when they drive deep into scoring territory. I do think one of the big issues if offensive line play. When you are in a condensed space, scheming is less effective. You must be able to execute base plays and a big part of that is running the football. McCoy only has one rushing touchdown this year. As he starts to find the end zone more, expect the overall red zone offense to get better.

Weekend Reading: Ertz On Chip, Harbaugh - Birds 24/7
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was a guest on Daniel Jeremiah's podcast this week. Ertz touched on a variety of topics, including the differences in offensive philosophy between Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly. "It is a lot different to be honest," Ertz said. "I mean, they are very different where at Stanford we had three play calls and we would dissect it, we would use all of the play clock, it’d be five seconds or less every time we snapped the ball. Whereas Chip is almost the complete opposite. We call the play no matter what the defense is in, and we run it with as much time on the play clock as possible. And we’re gonna go fast every play and we’re gonna make the defense react to us. The offense is gonna set the tempo and not let the defense dictate what we’re gonna do. So I think it is very different."

Seahawks' loss (Percy Harvin), may be Eagles' gain - Inquirer
With 10 games remaining on the schedule, of course, the Eagles still have more than enough time to get healthy, starch and iron away many of the wrinkles and imperfections in their performance, and play more like the way they did against the Giants. But based on conventional wisdom entering this season, their improvement would lead to the second reason for skepticism: The Seahawks - the defending Super Bowl champions - loomed atop the NFC. They had the greatest home-field advantage in the league, a coach in Pete Carroll who knows Chip Kelly and Kelly's history and tendencies well, and a bumper-car style of play on offense and defense that felt fit for an earlier, lower-tech era of football.

Quick Slants: Grading Eagles' WRs at the bye - CSN Philly
The Eagles are 5-1 at the bye. Throughout the week, we've graded Nick Foles, the defensive line, linebackers and the safeties. Today, we're looking at the wide receivers. Six games into the post-DeSean era, the Eagles have survived without Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin has emerged as a legit No. 1 wideout. While Riley Cooper has been a disaster, rookie Jordan Matthews has shown glimpses at times. So how has the group as a whole performed thus far? Derrick Gunn and Rhea Hughes graded the position on Thursday's edition of Quick Slants.

Brian Orakpo Leaves Game With Pec Injury - Hogs Haven
Brian Orakpo left today's game against the Titans in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Head Coach Jay Gruden said the injury was to Orakpo's right pectoral during his postgame presser. Orakpo previously injured his left pectoral in 2011 and 2012.  Both injuries ended his season, and that is the fear with this latest injury.

Injuries to C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson open a door for Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown - The Buffalo News
Fans who want to see what Bryce Brown can do likely will get their wish in next Sunday's game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. Brown has been a healthy scratch all season.

Rams fake out Seahawks for a punt return touchdown - SB Nation
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