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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary with Week 10 in the books -
Dez Bryant had himself a game in London last Sunday, catching six passes for 158 yards and two TDs. He's on pace for his third consecutive 1200+ yard season. Meanwhile, DeMarco Murray continues to roll right along. He now has 1233 rushing yards on the season. The next closest rusher is 400+ yards behind him. So that's great, right? Sure. If the Cowboys make the playoffs. But you know what those two guys have in common? They're both going to be free agents this offseason. Bryant is reportedly going to want to be paid like a top three receiver, and Murray certainly has an argument that he should be the highest paid running back in the game. It's a good thing for Dallas that Jerry Jones and Co have managed their salary cap with clockwork efficiency in recent years and will have plenty of room to pay those guys. Oh wait.

Chip Kelly’s Plan - Iggles Blitz
Chip wanted to establish a certain culture. That meant that you had to buy in to his ideas and doing things his way. There wasn’t going to be much compromise on this. Veterans like Brent Celek and Trent Cole bought in completely and instantly. Outsiders like Connor Barwin and Brad Smith fit in right away. An established star like DeSean Jackson did not fit and was gone after one highly productive year. The Eagles offense remains as productive as ever and the team is off to a great start at 7-2.

All-22: On the Eagles’ Run Game Struggles - Birds 24/7
There were several different reasons why the Eagles couldn't get their ground game going. But the main one was Carolina often chose to get an extra man in the box. Take this play, for example. The Eagles keep both tight ends in to block, but they're still outnumbered eight to seven.

Domo's Eagles-Packers scouting report - Daily News
After averaging 162 rushing yards per game in their previous 4 games, the Eagles struggled to run the ball v. Carolina. Like so many other teams, the Panthers brought an extra man down in the box and held the Eagles to 37 yards on 23 carries. LeSean McCoy was held to fewer than 25 rushing yards (19 on 12 carries) for the third time in the last seven games. He is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, which is 1.4 yards per carry fewer than last year when he ran away with the league rushing title. McCoy had 11 double-digit-yard runs against the Colts and Giants, but has just 7 in the other 7 games. The Packers have the league’s 30th-ranked run defense. They’re giving up 142.5 yards per game on the ground and 4.6 yards per carry. Were gashed by the Saints for 193 yards in Week 8. But defensive coordinator Dom Capers made the gutsy decision to move his Pro Bowl OLB, Clay Matthews, inside. The result: the Packers held the Bears to 55 yards on 24 carries last week.

A look at Mark Sanchez in cold weather games - CSN Philly
With a blustery day ahead at Lambeau Field, it makes sense to revisit Sanchez's numbers in cold weather games. For the purposes of this exercise, we looked at games he started when the temperature dipped below 40 degrees. There were 10 of those outings. Sanchez went 5-5. That includes a 2-1 mark in the playoffs. His numbers in those 10 games were mixed. Some good games. Some not-so-good games. (You can find the full cold weather game log to the right.) Sanchez went 167 for 283, 1,872 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. For those that don’t want to divide by 10 and move the decimal point on their own, that works out to 187.2 yards per game, 0.9 touchdowns, 0.9 interceptions and a completion rate of 59 percent.

LeSean McCoy: 2012 Eagles more talented than 2014 version? - The 700 Level
Yet if you were to ask LeSean McCoy whether the 2014 Eagles are more talented than the 2012 version—a squad that finished 4-12 and saw the dismissal of its head coach, mind you—the All-Pro running  back would give you a surprising answer. Anthony Gargano took McCoy down memory lane on Tuesday’s edition of the Players Lounge show on 94WIP, a stroll that brought some interesting feelings flooding back for Shady.

Position Coaches Help Eagles Excel -
There is little glory in the gig, but that's not why coaches get into the business. They do it because they love the game and they love making players as good as they can be. Position coaches are truly the unsung heroes, or otherwise, for an NFL team ...

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Report: Who Is at Risk of Being Fired? - numberFire
Tom Coughlin has been an NFL head coach since 1995, when he took over the Jaguars and led them to four playoff appearances in his first five seasons as their first head coach. His time in New York was similarly strong to start, with four playoff appearances in five seasons, but with the added bonus of a Super Bowl victory in 2007. Since then Coughlin has been on the sidelines for another Lombardi Trophy-winning campaign but has failed to make the playoffs in every other season. Yet he's only led the Giants to one losing season since 2004, so why is he on the hot seat?

Wins, Losses, and Draws: The NFL Form Guide | Grantland
Based on just about any measure, Philadelphia looks like one of the best teams in football right now. What’s strange, though, is how they’re doing it. Last year, Philly had one of the league’s best offenses. This year, they’re sitting 17th in DVOA, in part because their offensive line has been in tatters all season. Where the Eagles are actually dominating is on defense. Philadelphia is sixth in defensive DVOA after terrorizing Cam Newton and the Panthers on Monday night. Combine that with the NFL’s best special teams, and the Eagles are getting the kind of hidden benefits they didn’t have a season ago.

3,000 players, one controller, absolute chaos - SB Nation
It's not fair that Jon gets to play Breaking Madden all by himself. So this time, he invited thousands of you to push the buttons for him. This is going to be so stupid.

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