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Wulf's Den: The Eagles' Hidden Efficiency -
Always awesome. Check it out.

The Eagles miss DeSean Jackson's big plays -
There are certainly some other extenuating circumstances to account for the dip in big play production. For example, Nick Foles has not been as good a quarterback as he was a year ago, and perhaps there's an argument to be made that defenses around the league are getting better at defensing the Eagles' offensive scheme. Yes, the Eagles are 5-1, and seem to have a very healthy culture. And no, this should not not serve as an argument that the Eagles should not have cut DeSean Jackson.

What’s Next for the Defense? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have not allowed a single point over the last 2 weeks. Some of you will point out that one of those weeks was the bye, but I still think Bradley Fletcher gave up 4 catches for 62 yards. I kid, I kid. We can do that when the defense is coming off a shutout. Life is good and everyone is confident. The question is whether the shutout was an anomaly or the sign that the defense finally put it all together. Clearly I don’t expect another shutout. I’m talking about the outstanding play of the defense. I wrote a piece for BGN on whether the Eagles can build off the Giants game.

Chip Kelly Update: Bird on Bird Violence - Fishduck
This game is also a battle between the two hottest new coaches of the last two years, Bruce Arians and Chip Kelly. Both are 15-7 since the beginning of 2013, and their teams are currently tied for the NFL’s best record. They are a perfect contrast too, iconic symbols of opposite approaches. Arians worked his way up the NFL chain of command as an assistant coach for 20 years, and Kelly did the same in the innovative world of college football.

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Cardinals Predictions - Birds 24/7
I think this is going to be a low-scoring game. I'm slowly becoming a believer in the Eagles' defense. I have been impressed with the way it's generated a pass-rush in the last three games. Billy Davis' game plan against the Giants was fantastic. In Arizona, the Eagles get to face a pure pocket passer in Carson Palmer. And the Cardinals' offensive line is mediocre. Look for Fletcher Cox to be disruptive and the outside linebackers to continue to add to their sack totals. Palmer will throw the ball up for grabs when he's pressured. Things could get ugly if the Eagles' defensive backs do a poor job of making plays on the ball against Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. But I don't expect Arizona to be able to run the ball effectively, and I think the pass-rush will do enough to disrupt Palmer.

Eagles' red zone efficiency worst in 15 years - CSN Philly
They haven’t been this bad in the red zone in 15 years, and Chip Kelly and his coaches spent a good chunk of the bye week trying to figure out why. The Eagles come out of the bye week 5-1 going into their Sunday showdown with the 5-1 Cards in Arizona. But they’re tied for last in the NFL in red-zone efficiency, with a touchdown on just 40 percent of their possessions inside the opposing red zone.

Brandon Marshall vs. Darrelle Revis among top Week 8 battles -
The chess match that will ensue between Kelly and Bowles is must-see TV this week. Each is respected as a superb tactician and masterful game-day adjuster, but it is the unique styles of their individual units that will make this a fascinating game to watch. Kelly's Eagles offense revolves around a fast-paced, run-centric scheme that features one of the most explosive runners in the NFL. The coach finds clever ways to get LeSean McCoy on the perimeter on a variety of zone runs and screen passes, taking advantage of his speed and quickness in space. Yet Kelly also sprinkles in enough play-action with Nick Foles to keep opponents from selling out against the run. Given his ability to set up home-run shots in the passing game while befuddling defensive play callers with unique and exotic runs, Kelly's game plan will challenge Bowles' ability to make proper adjustments on the fly.

Cardinals No. 1 Against Run For Reason - AZC
In Bowles’ scheme, the defensive linemen have one lane to attack and can do so immediately following the snap as opposed to reading the offensive linemen. The drawback can be open cut-back lanes when the players push too far upfield, but the Cardinals have done a masterful job of retaining their gap responsibility while still being aggressive. The Cardinals are the only team in the NFL which hasn’t allowed an opponent to surpass 100 yards rushing. In the past 25 games, only 49ers running back Frank Gore (25 carries, 101 yards on Oct. 13, 2013) has gone over 100 yards individually.

The sad bracket: Which NFL team is the best of the worst? - SB Nation
Let's determine take the 12 worst teams in the NFL and throw them a playoff to determine the best of them for perhaps the least-coveted championship ever.

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