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All-22: Forming the Wall And Stopping the Stretch - Birds 24/7
Billy Davis was asked Tuesday about the difficulty in making potential scheme changes, given that teams are approaching Week 13. "It’s tough to change who you are at this point in the season," he said. "You have to stick with what you have success with and try to correct and get better at the things you’re struggling with." Davis' comment applies to teams around the NFL. In the offseason, coaches assess personnel and decide what they want their squads to look like from a schematic standpoint. They then practice, tweak and practice some more. Wrinkles can be added, and ideas can be scrapped. But as we approach Thanksgiving, for the most part, identities have been established.

Maclin Parts Ways With Agent - Birds 24/7
Jeremy Maclin has terminated his contract with agents Ben Dogra and Jim Steiner, a representative of the NFL Players Association told Birds 24/7 Tuesday. He is currently without representation. The move became official on November 20. By rule, a player must wait five days to hire a new agent. That means Maclin is clear to sign with another agent on Wednesday.

Quick Turnaround - Iggles Blitz
Thursday football games aren’t a great idea. There isn’t enough time for players to fully rest up from the prior game. And coaches don’t have enough time to review the previous game and then prepare for the upcoming opponent. Short weeks are tough. In theory, the team with the best coaching staff should have an advantage. I would definitely take the Eagles staff over the Cowboys. That said, the Dallas coaches have done a great job this year so this isn’t like some past years when I would have given the Eagles a substantial advantage.

Eagle Eye: A Good Prelude To Dallas -
Despite the "We Want Dallas" chants resonating through the stadium early in the second half of Sunday’s game against Tennessee, the Eagles had to beat the Titans before worrying about Dallas and they were able to do just that. In what was a full-team victory, with nine different players catching passes, three forcing turnovers, three generating sacks and, oh, another special teams touchdown, the Eagles handled their business and now travel down to Dallas for a battle for division supremacy. Let’s jump to the tape and see how the Eagles were able to come away with the "W" against the Titans …

Broad Street Braman - ChipWagon
In a follow-up to yesterday's post on Josh Huff's opening kickoff return for a TD, I present to you the All-22 of Bryan Braman (with an assist from Brandon Graham).

Casey Matthews will be tested by Cowboys running game - Inquirer
Last season, in the Eagles' season finale against the Cowboys, Casey Matthews did not play a single snap on defense. He had been moved from inside to outside linebacker before the season but played sparingly throughout the year. By the final game, which decided the NFC East crown, Matthews was only on special teams. A year later, circumstances have changed considerably. Not only is Matthews back inside, but he will start against the Cowboys on Thursday in the Eagles' biggest game this season to date, and he will likely play every snap at the "Mike" linebacker spot.

Sanchez and Romo seek to redefine their careers - Inquirer
Mark Sanchez and Tony Romo won their first playoff games on the same night: Jan. 9, 2010. Sanchez and the New York Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. Romo and the Cowboys beat the Eagles in Dallas. A big night for both of them. A big day for both of them coming up now.

Eagles' Marcus Smith ready to prove himself vs. Dallas Cowboys under Thanksgiving's bright lights -
Eagles first-round pick Marcus Smith has been glued to the bench since coming to Philadelphia, spending more time on the inactive list than on the field. That should change this Thursday, when the linebacker could go from little-used backup to playing under the bright lights of the Thanksgiving day game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Eagles eager to face — and stop — DeMarco Murray - CSN Philly
"We up front look forward to shutting down backs that consistently get 100 yards a game, so DeMarco Murray’s a great running back, and me, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox know he’s getting 100 yards a game, and we want to be the ones who are that bump in the road for him," Eagles defensive lineman Cedric Thornton said.

NFL Things to be Thankful For: The WR Class of 2014 - Grantland
It’s not just Beckham and Evans and Watkins. It’s Kelvin Benjamin, who almost single-handedly kept the Carolina offense afloat early in the year before it dragged him under, too. It’s Jordan Matthews and Jarvis Landry, each of whom led their teams in targets yesterday. It’s John Brown and Martavis Bryant, who have been electric big-play machines as third wideouts. And it’s the Jaguars offense, which has consisted almost entirely of rookie wide receivers. This year’s group of rookie quarterbacks might be struggling, but it’s going to be fun to watch these young wideouts grow in the years to come.

Brett Hundley likely entering 2015 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley, arguably the most scrutinized player at his position in the draft, pretty much announced on the Jim Rome Show Monday that he will enter the draft after this season. The junior already has his degree and said "I’ve done everything I wanted to do here. … That’s probably my last one against USC." If Hundley does go pro, he would be smart to play in the Senior Bowl. As a graduate, he’s eligible. There he would benefit from different passing game concepts.

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