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Thanksgiving Preview - Iggles Blitz
Philly at Dallas. Big game. Thanksgiving afternoon. Big game. First place in the NFC East on the line. Big game. So what am I hinting at? This is a big game. It is still November so this isn’t some do or die moment in the season. The Eagles will do well if they can win 2 of the next 3. They could survive going 1-2, but it would make life harder on them. Rather than worrying about different scenarios, let’s steal a page from Chip Kelly and just focus on the moment. Beat Dallas.

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Cowboys - Birds 24/7
The Eagles usually aren't very chatty leading up to games, but it was clear this week that the defensive linemen had an edge as they prepared to face the highly-touted Cowboys offensive line. DeMarco Murray leads the league with 1,354 yards and is averaging 5.1 YPC. He has 268 attempts, 51 more than any other back. The Cowboys' offense ranks fifth in rushing efficiency, while the Eagles' defense is ninth against the run. Bennie Logan has more tackles than any other nose tackle in the league. Fletcher Cox has been the best player on defense. And Cedric Thornton plays the run well on a weekly basis. Connor Barwin sets the edge consistently, and Trent Cole is coming off one of his best games of the season.

Fan-Demonium: Bring On The Cowboys -
The Eagles got to celebrate Sunday's win over the Titans for about 30 minutes. Then it was time to shift focus to this week's opponent, the hated Cowboys. That's what happens when you have such a quick turnaround. While there is something cool about having the Eagles play on Thanksgiving, it does put tremendous stress on the players and coaches. Dallas is 8-3 and tied with the Eagles for the best record in the NFC East. This is a different team than in recent years. They are playing better defense and there is a real commitment to the run game. If you study Dallas, you'll see there is a real symmetry to the team.

Clock is ticking on Sanchez's second chance - Inquirer
Mark Sanchez and the Eagles had a very short week to prepare for Thursday's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, but, in some ways, time is even shorter for the quarterback than for the rest of his teammates. Sanchez faces a ticking clock as he makes his fourth start while Nick Foles recovers from a collarbone fracture. If he plays well enough, time can slow down a little and the organization might be less inclined to rush Foles back into the lineup. If he plays poorly, the hands of the clock will begin to spin around, and what might be Sanchez's last chance to redeem himself as an NFL starter could vanish.

Eagles-Cowboys: 5 things to focus on - CSN Philly
If Romo has been really good (and he has), then Sanchez has been something closer to average. He has an 86.8 quarterback rating, That would put him 20th among qualified quarterbacks, though he hasn’t played enough yet to be ranked. That’s just so-so. But the Eagles don’t really need Sanchez to be a top-tier quarterback. They don’t even really need him to be above average. They need him to limit mistakes, make good decisions and secure the football. He hasn’t been great at that. In four games, Sanchez has thrown six interceptions. He’s also fumbled twice.

Oddsmakers like Sixers to win more games than Eagles this season - The 700 Level
When you're sitting down for Thanksgiving turkey and finish asking your grouchy Uncle Anthony if he thinks the Sixers would beat the Kentucky Wildcats or not, try this one on him: who will finish their respective seasons with more wins, the Philadelphia Eagles or the 76ers?

Is Odell Beckham the Best Receiver of This Rookie Class So Far? - numberFire
Beckham's touchdown catch on Sunday night dropped the collective jaw of the nation, but is he really the best receiver in the class?

Connor Barwin making a difference - ESPN
Connor Barwin knew right away that Ralph Brooks Park desperately needed help. The small, blacktop basketball court was cracked and pocked. One rim was busted. The other was bolted on a graffiti-laced, wooden backboard. The jungle gym was rusty, horribly outdated and unsafe. The lights didn't work. A mural painted on the side of a nearby building told the story of the blighted Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philadelphia: "STOP THE VIOLENCE" it says in large, red letters above a list of the names of dozens of people who were killed on neighborhood streets.

Can Connor Barwin steal the Defensive Player of the Year award? - SB Nation
Connor Barwin has 12.5 sacks and is leading a suddenly threatening Philadelphia Eagles defense. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says to keep an eye on the dark horse DPOY candidate.

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