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Will Mark Sanchez flourish or flop with the Eagles? - SB Nation
Mark Sanchez is getting another shot as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Danny Kelly has a look to see if things will work out better with Chip Kelly's Eagles.

Chip Kelly Update: Quarterback Resistant - Fishduck
The Philadelphia Eagles won again, beating Houston 31-21, and have the second best record in the NFL at 6-2.  They also lost three more key starters to injury and continue to play poorly in many respects, leading to lots of crazy statistics. For example, the Eagles have the second lowest red zone efficiency in the league, yet they are the fourth-highest in per-game scoring. This is probably the craziest.

Saturday Night Stuff - Iggles Blitz
You look at the standings and see Carolina in 2nd place in the NFC South. Their record is 3-5-1. That’s not good, but isn’t the end of the world. But in the last 7 games, they are 1-5-1. Yikes. Carolina started 2-0 and they’ve just fallen apart since then. How can a team with Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly play that badly?

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Panthers - Birds 24/7
The ground game was fantastic against the Texans. LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Darren Sproles combined to carry 34 times for 184 yards (5.4 YPC). In his last three games, McCoy has rushed 67 times for 349 yards (5.2 YPC). Overall, the Eagles' ground game ranks 19th, according to Football Outsiders' ratings. The offensive line is getting healthy at the right time. The Eagles will have four-fifths of their starters back Monday night. From left to right, the line will be: Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Matt Tobin and Lane Johnson. With Todd Herremans sidelined, Tobin moves from left guard to right guard.

Braylon Edwards says Eagles' Mark Sanchez was 'babied' in New York during his time with Jets -
In his first two seasons with the New York Jets, current Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez threw 33 interceptions, a number that head coach Chip Kelly has said he doesn't care about. Kelly might not care, but Sanchez's former teammate, receiver Braylon Edwards, says that number could have been a whole lot worse. "I believe early on his career, when he was with the Jets," Edwards said, "they babied him."

Backup Barkley puts last year's rough stretch behind him - Inquirer
Matt Barkley understands why Eagles fans may not have a high opinion of his ability to be an NFL quarterback. Pressed into duty last season as a rookie after Nick Foles and Michael Vick suffered injuries against the Cowboys and New York Giants, Barkley failed to guide the Eagles to a single point in 10 possessions. Four of the drives ended with interceptions and one when Barkley fumbled.

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For the first time in his career, the way Emmanuel Acho looks at it, he has some definition in his role. He is a rotational starter at linebacker, with huge responsibility in the Eagles' defense.

Eagles midseason report - Inquirer
The strength of the defense, particularly against the run, has been the line. Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton and Bennie Logan are as good a 3-4 run-stopping base front as there is in the league. Cox has gotten especially good at two-gap football. Thornton and Logan are blue-collar workers but are also capable of blowing up rushes in the backfield. The starters give up some as pass rushers. Cox has the most natural ability and has gotten consistent pressure, albeit without a sack.

5 NFL Playoff Picture Storylines for Week 10: Must-Win Game for the Chiefs and Bills? - numberFire
No, Arizona cannot literally clinch anything this weekend, but the surprising Cardinals are 7-1 and have a relatively easy game at home against the Rams. If they're able to win, and the Lions (who face the tough task referenced above) and Eagles (who are rolling with a backup quarterback against the scrappy Panthers) both lose, Arizona will have a two-game lead on the entire conference with a month and a half to go in the season.

All-22: Trent Cole becoming a versatile linebacker - CSN Philly
For years, Trent Cole flourished as a high-motor defensive end in Andy Reid’s 4-3 scheme. He made two Pro Bowls during the Reid era and recorded double-digit sacks in four seasons. Last year, Chip Kelly replaced the fired Reid and implemented a 3-4 scheme that moved Cole from defensive end to outside linebacker. Suddenly, after eight years in the league, Cole was being asked to rush from a stand-up position and drop into coverage.

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