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Sub Hub - Iggles Blitz
There wasn’t a whole lot of angst with Eagles fans when Nick Foles went down on Sunday. He was playing pretty well, but an ugly pick-6 left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Bring on Mark Sanchez. Then came the news of Foles injury and that he would be out most of the year, if not all of it. Momentary frustration was no longer part of the equation, but the reaction was mostly the same…bring on Mark Sanchez.

Edrina Polk Not Only Told, But Showed, Her Son Chris How To Play Football - CBS Philly
Chris Polk and his mother Edrina Polk, have a special relationship. Edrina, without a father-figure by her side, not only told her son Chris how to be a better football player, but actually showed him. Polk, the 24-year-old Eagles running back, grew up as the middle of three children (with a younger sister and older brother) to Edrina. Chris was an incredibly active child, always running around and Edrina, who played softball herself, searched for an activity for Chris.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It: Sweeping the Texans - ChipWagon
On Sunday the Eagles continued to keep the running game going despite facing, in my opinion, the best player in the entire NFL. JJ Watt made a huge impact on this game early on but as the game went along the OL settled down and the tempo probably didn’t help the Texans stay fresh. More notably, the Eagles chose a heavy dose of sweep plays to the outside away from Watt. Breaking down the design of these sweep play just never gets old.

Why Isn’t Kendricks Making All the Calls? - Birds 24/7
When discussing DeMeco Ryans, Eagles coaches have always mentioned his value in getting the defense lined up before the snap. For every game since the start of the 2013 season, Ryans had served as an extension of Billy Davis on the field. He watched film, he studied, and everyone on that side of the ball trusted him. Ryans had the helmet with the headset that connected to Davis, and the process went smoothly on a weekly basis. But with the Eagles' leader sidelined due to an Achilles' injury, the coaches now have to come up with a new plan for who will make the calls. Mychal Kendricks is the only three-down inside linebacker on the roster, but he's not going to take over full play-calling duties.

Fan-Demonium: Why Sanchez Can Deliver -
Sanchez made good decisions in the game. His throws were accurate. I thought he put great touch on several key passes. Sanchez hit Jordan Matthews on a fade for a short touchdown. That was an exceptionally good throw. The ball needed some air on it so Matthews could run under it, but the pass couldn't be too soft or the defender could get to it. Sanchez put the ball right where it needed to be and it had great touch. Matthews made the grab and got both feet down. The other red zone score was a pass to Maclin on the right side. Maclin was well-covered, but the defender had his back to the ball. Sanchez threw the ball low and Maclin went down to make the grab.

Chip Kelly-Marcus Mariota reunion quite possible - CSN NW
Classify this under the category of semi-wild speculation, but the wheels are in motion for a potential reunion between Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and former Ducks coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.

Eagles aren't half-bad so far this season - Inquirer
This is a better team than I thought it was going into the season. If Chip Kelly gets the quarterbacking situation straightened out long-term, I think he will win a Super Bowl here, but probably not this season. Advancing to the playoffs and winning a round would be a very acceptable outcome, given the holes that remain to be filled in the 2015 offseason. Especially if the team comes out of 2014 sure it has the right quarterback on hand, whether that turns out to be Sanchez or Foles.

Domo's scouting report: Eagles-Panthers - Daily News
The Eagles’ ground game finally seems to be getting in gear. They have averaged 162.0 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry in the last 4 games. LeSean McCoy has had four straight games with 80-plus yards. The returns of C Jason Kelce last week and LG Evan Mathis this week are major boosts to the running game even as RG Todd Herremans went on IR with a torn bicep. Kelce, Mathis and LT Jason Peters are three of the most athletic offensive linemen in the league. With Darren Sproles and Chris Polk both healthy, the Eagles have 3 RBs who bring different things to the table. Polk had 50 yards and a TD on 8 carries last week v. Houston. McCoy and Polk both were effective in the red-zone, combining for 27 yards on 6 carries inside the 20. The Panthers are 26th in the league against the run (131.9 yards per game) and 32nd in yards allowed per carry (4.8). But they’ve been better lately, holding opponents to 3.7 yards per carry in their last 3 games.

NFL at the Half: Breaking Down the Numbers " Grantland
Some interesting Eagles nuggets... The Eagles lead the league in drives ended by lost fumbles and have the 2nd worst red zone offense in the NFL generating just 4.1 points per red zone trip.

The best and worst of the 2014 NFL season so far - SB Nation
We're halfway through the NFL season, which means it's time to hand out some awards. Danny Kelly picks the best and worst from the season's first nine weeks.

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