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Six Eagles players worthy of making the Pro Bowl - Philly.com
Connor Barwin, OLB: Barwin is tied for second in the NFL in sacks, with 10.5. He's also tied for second in the NFL in batted passes, with four (per ProFootballFocus). That is extremely impressive, considering he has dropped into coverage 135 times this season. Barwin plays the run well, he can cover, and now he's got some impressive numbers to go along with his versatility.

Eagles will need real McCoy against Packers - Inquirer
It looked as if the Eagles' rushing issues were solved after LeSean McCoy averaged more than 100 yards during a four-game span and the offensive line became healthier. Then McCoy turned in a 12-carry, 19-yard performance Monday in a rout of Carolina. He averaged fewer than 2 yards for the third time this season. It had happened only two other times since he became a starter.

Wulf's Den: The Bo Knows Bump - PE.com
Here's why Josh Huff will score his first career touchdown this weekend.

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Packers Predictions - Birds 24/7
I've heard some suggest the Eagles don't have a shot. I don't see it that way at all. I think these are two pretty evenly matched teams, and it would not surprise me if the Birds came out on top. Defensively, until the Eagles get run on, I'm going to assume they'll be fine there. But Rodgers is on fire and can hurt defenses in a variety of ways. I've been impressed with the job Billy Davis and the other defensive coaches have done with the pass-rush. I think they'll be able to pressure Rodgers, but he's a master at escaping and hitting on plays downfield. You can tell it's been a strange season when we can legitimately say that it's a lot easier to predict what the Eagles' defense is going to do on a given week than the offense. I'm just not quite sure what to expect from Sanchez and company at this point.

Chip Kelly Update: The Quarterback Whisperer? - Fishduck
Overall, though, Sanchez was excellent — 20/37 for 332 yards with two TDs, no interceptions and a quarterback rating of 102.5. Sanchez ran the tempo offense better than Nick Foles has this year, hitting open receivers and getting the ball out much faster (an average of 2.42 seconds vs. 2.73 for Foles).

Quick Slants: Super Bowl with Sanchez? - CSN Philly
Mark Sanchez has played seven quarters of football with the Eagles in the past two games. They're his first seven quarters in the NFL since the end of the 2012 season. In that time, he's led the Birds to two wins while outscoring the Texans and Panthers 69-35. Chip Kelly's QB-friendly scheme (see story) has flourished so far despite the change from Nick Foles to Sanchez — and NBCSN analyst Ross Tucker believes the Eagles can reach the Super Bowl under Sanchez.

Clay Matthews: Brother's comments not true - NFL.com
Everyone knew this was coming. The moment the words left Casey Matthews' mouth, he probably knew his brother would deny them. After Casey said older bro, Clay Matthews, wasn't thrilled with moving inside linebacker, it was clear that Clay would have to deny that (what else could he say?). That rebuttal came Thursday when Clay said "there's not much truth" to his brother's opinion and admitted to taking "some heat from a few guys" in the locker room. While there isn't much truth, there was some truth to Casey's comments. Clay said he initially wasn't a huge fan of the switch.

The best matchups and what to watch for on the NFL's monster Week 11 schedule - SB Nation
Similar to the Seahawks, the great matchup between the Eagles and Packers could feature one of Green Bay's best players out of position. Last week against the Bears, the Pack moved outside linebacker -- pass rush specialist, really -- Clay Matthews to the inside linebacker position. In a 3-4 defense, the move from the outside to the inside is a pretty significant one, because you're not only dealing with different alignments and different types of head-on blocks, you're playing way off the line and in space.

Mark Sanchez More Than Just Product of Chip Kelly's System - B/R
think Chip Kelly is a heck of a coach. I really do. And he has proved over the last season-and-a-half that he can win in the NFL with a system that creates an enormous amount of stress for opposing defenses. Turn on the Philadelphia Eagles' tape and look at the tempo, the multiple formations, play-action, packaged plays, zone schemes and pro-level route concepts that challenge the secondary. It’s a great system, a unique system that fits today's league. And his guys play fast. But you can't just throw any hack in there at quarterback and expect to see touchdowns and big plays with high-fives all over the field.

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