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Winning - Iggles Blitz
he Eagles are 1-3 this season against teams with winning records. Does this mean anything? Pop open a can of cold PBR and let’s talk about it. In a word…no.

All-22: What’s Ailing the Eagles’ Offense? - Birds 24/7
Some have theorized that Kelly has schemed up a type of plug-and-play offense where many of the parts are interchangeable and easily replaced. But the truth is, by pretty much any measure, this offense is struggling. The Eagles rank 18th in Football Outsiders' DVOA. They have struggled to run the ball effectively or sustain drives all season long. And they are turning it over on 17.5 percent of their offensive possessions (30th).

Eagles Notebook: Kelly isn’t thrilled with Smith’s practice habits - Inquirer
At first, it was understandable. Later, it was curious. By Monday, it was an issue: Chip Kelly is not putting first-round draft choice Marcus Smith in a game, not even a lopsided loss. And he has a reason. "He needs to be more consistent," Kelly said Monday at the NovaCare Complex, "from a practice standpoint."

Domo's Eagles-Titans scouting report - Daily News
Running the ball often has been a struggle for the Eagles this season. A year after leading the league in rushing, they are 19th in yards per game (114.2) and 12th in yards per carry (4.0). LeSean McCoy is averaging a career-low 3.7 yards per carry and has just four double-digit-yard runs in the last 4 games. But he has rushed for 80-plus yards in 5 of the last 6, including 88 yards on 23 carries against the Packers. He has the most runs for zero or minus yards (52). Darren Sproles is averaging an impressive 6.8 yards per carry, but because of his value as a returner and receiver, the Eagles are reluctant to overuse him as a runner. He has just 38 carries, but has four touchdowns and nine runs of 10 yards or more. The Titans haven’t been very good against the run. They’re giving up 143.5 yards per game on the ground and 4.4 yards per carry. They’ve been gashed for 569 yards in the last 3 games, including 206 in Monday night’s loss to the Steelers.

Didinger: Eric Allen Belongs In The Hall -
Eric Allen was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last week. Allen was part of a class that included the late Bobby Walston, the former end and placekicker, and brought the number of Eagles in the hall to 19. Allen was a superb cornerback, a near-perfect combination of physical skill, toughness and intelligence. He wasn't as flashy as Deion Sanders or as intimidating as Ronnie Lott, but he was a key player in Buddy Ryan's Gang Green defense. He was voted into the Pro Bowl five times in seven seasons with the Eagles.

Eagles break Nick Foles news on Twitter, quickly deny own news - The 700 Level
The Eagles official Twitter account broke some rather surprising news this afternoon when they tweeted that injured quarterback Nick Foles took reps at practice. The only problem was that wasn't actually the case. As columnist Reuben Frank pointed out, Foles was just out there tossing the ball around.

Why The Eagles Have Problems Running The Ball and RB Analysis vs Packers - EaglesPostGame
This offense works off of the success of the running game which sets up play action. Even tough the Eagles offense found itself down 7 more additional points with every possession credit must be given to Chip Kelly for sticking with the run. For most of the game the Eagles offense had a 50-50 run/pass balance. They finished the game with 44 passes and 31 rushes. LeSean McCoy found little running room the whole first half but credit to Chip Kelly for making adjustments which opened the running game in the second half and the Eagles finished with 109 yards on 31 attempts. Is LeSean McCoy to blame for the running woes? NO.

The NFL All-Bargain Team " Grantland
Includes two Eagles players.

Don't blame RG3 for all of Washington's problems - SB Nation
RG3's comments following a Week 11 loss to the Buccaneers prompted a public reprimand from his head coach and a wave of criticism. But the wrong person is getting most of the blame for the team's struggles.

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