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***Eagles NRG Page - PE.com***
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Wulf's Den: How Do Rookie WRs Stack Up? - PE.com
You NEED to hear Mychal Kendricks' Batman voice.

Kempski's Corner: Eagles need balance - Philly.com
Did the Eagles ignore the running game too much in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals? Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski and Pat Gallen discuss this and break down the Eagles' matchup with the Texans.

All-22: On Davis, Allen And the Talent On Defense - Birds 24/7
The problem with the Eagles' defense has nothing to do with coaching or scheme. Davis has done a really good job this year, and his unit ranks eighth in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. The front seven has reached an impressive level of consistency. The defensive linemen and linebackers seem to understand the scheme and their roles. They play together well, show great effort and execute their assignments.

Eagles' Cox in rush to adjust - Daily News
FLETCHER COX' value to the Eagles' defense can't be measured in statistics. The third-year defensive end is seventh on the team in tackles, but that means nothing. He doesn't have any of his team's 19 quarterback sacks, but that really doesn't mean much either.

Fixing the Red Zone Issues - ChipWagon
How again is this team 5-2? When it comes to the Eagles, I am generally an optimist by nature. I believe Nick Foles will get better and I think with some healthy pieces coming back especially along the offensive line this team will start finally getting it together and really hit their stride. But what if they don't? This team is built to move the football and score points. I am not sure we can continue to depend on timely defensive scores and impact STs play. In other words, the key to this 2014 team in my opinion is getting the offense back on track. With regards to the turnovers and Nick Foles, Chip Kelly has stated that his turnovers aren't the result of one or two things. If they were, perhaps they could be fixed, or at least we could determine if they are fixable in the longer term. In the end, there is very little to say about that, Nick simply has to be better.

Eagles’ Week 9 breakdown: Houston Texans - The 700 Level
When the schedule came out, some fans may have mistakenly chalked up the Houston Texans as an easy win—somewhat understandable given last year’s 2-14 record. Despite the unbelievably bad finish, though, there is a ton of talent on this squad. A lot of the issues in 2013 stemmed from absolutely dreadful quarterback play, an area that still needs work, but is no longer costing the team games by the handful. With that situation under control, the Texans are a lot like most teams in the NFL, which is to say they can’t easily be overlooked right now. With star players at nearly every position on both sides of the ball, Houston can beat anybody on any given Sunday.

Mosher's scouting report: Eagles-Texans - CSN Philly
If Arian Foster had been this healthy last year, Gary Kubiak might still be the Texans’ head coach. Foster is back to being one of the NFL’s most dynamic running backs, with 766 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns through eight games. He has six 100-yard efforts in his seven games played. To put those numbers in perspective, last year’s rushing champion, LeSean McCoy, had 733 yards and three rushing touchdowns through eight games. In any other year Foster would probably be leading the NFL in rushing, but he’s a cool 288 yards behind Cowboys record-setter DeMarco Murray.

MVP Watch: Despite His Injury, Is Rob Gronkowski the League's Best Tight End? - numberFire
While other sites and analyses may look at standard statistics like yards per carry and completion percentages to determine the best player in the league - the MVP - we like to dig a little deeper here at numberFire. We like to use our favorite metric, Net Expected Points (NEP), and the various types, depending on the position.

3 things to watch in Cardinals vs. Cowboys - SB Nation
Regardless of who is under center for Dallas, the offensive line needs to do a better job of protecting the quarterback. Romo was sacked a season-high five times against Washington and was pressured on nearly 40 percent of his dropbacks. Washington blitzed an astounding 60 percent of the time and Romo had a lot of difficulty picking up the extra safety and linebacker pressures up the middle. The Cardinals are well-equipped to use a similar strategy on Sunday, with the highest blitz rate of any team over the last two seasons (47 percent). Romo clearly struggled when facing the added pass rushers last week, and it likely won't be an easier task for the inexperienced Brandon Weeden, who is in line to start if Romo can't go.

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