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Wulf's Den: Great Tacklin' Jeremy Maclin -
Jeremy Maclin is having quite a season for the Eagles. Through 14 games, he has already set career highs with 78 catches for 1,207 yards and his 10 touchdowns tie his previous career high. Maclin is only 203 receiving yards shy of Mike Quick's single-season franchise record of 1,409 yards, set in 1983. But even if Maclin fails to catch another pass this season, he's already made history. In fact, he might be making a case for a position change in 2015. As you surely know, the Eagles lead the league with 33 giveaways in 2014. That means that Maclin has had 33 chances to prove himself a tackling machine, and boy has he delivered. In fact, 30 percent of the Eagles turnovers this season have ended with Maclin tackles.

Does the System Work? - Iggles Blitz
Jeff McLane asked Chip Kelly and Bill Davis questions about the defensive scheme this week. I haven’t spoken to Jeff on his thinking, but he seemed to be getting at the notion that the Eagles might be too centered on run defense. He also seemed curious about whether Davis really wanted to run the 3-4 that the Eagles currently use. The Eagles have had issues on defense over the last 2 years so I think these are fair questions. That said, I think they are flawed questions. Unless a team uses a highly unorthodox scheme (like what the Eagles used with Castillo/Washburn), things are really going to boil down to talent and execution.

Three And Out: Eagles-Washington Predictions - Birds 24/7
I'd be lying if I said I had a great feel for this game. The Eagles lead the NFL in turnovers, and as mentioned above, they give up more big plays than any other team in the league. Combining those two factors means they're not a lock against anybody. Having said that, Washington is banged up. It'll likely be without defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, and the status of left tackle Trent Williams (shoulder) is up in the air. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions against Washington this season. In other words, things are lined up favorably for Sanchez to be competent.

Chip Kelly Update: Well, Beat Washington Anyway? - Fishduck
"Beat Dallas" didn’t work out very well, despite Josh Huff’s epic 44 yard catch and run, and the Eagles need to draw an inside straight to make the playoffs — winning both remaining games, while Dallas loses at least one.

Robert Griffin III having trouble locating the end zone for Washington  - The 700 Level
Cheer up, Philadelphia Eagles fans. The Birds might need a little help making the playoffs, and they may not have their quarterback of the future or know where that person will come from—but it could be a lot worse.

Birds won't find QB in draft - Daily News
You're probably not going to be excited to hear this, but right here, right now, Foles is the front-runner to be the season-opening starter next September. That doesn't mean Chip Kelly wants Foles to be his quarterback for the next 10 years. It means there might not be any better alternatives out there

Rooting for another Cowboys choke - Daily News
WHEN THE Cowboys were going good in mid-November, we all said the same thing. Wait until December. They will fall apart as usual. DeMarco Murray can't hold up to that kind of workload. Tony Romo will get hurt and or try to win the game on his own. The owner will say something dumb, there will be a sense of palpable disharmony or mutiny, and we will all gleefully greet each other over the holiday season as usual, secure in the knowledge that, despite our own team's chances, Dallas' were worse.

Mosher's scouting report: Eagles-Redskins - CSN Philly
If I’m Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, I’m blitzing Mark Sanchez every opportunity I get. Sanchez isn’t throwing the ball downfield, so Haslett shouldn’t have reservations about leaving his corners alone on the outside against Jeremy Maclin. Haslett, one of the NFL’s most notorious blitzers, will typically bring extra pressure about 30 percent of the time, already a high number. He could dial that up a notch this weekend. The best chance Washington has of winning this game is forcing Sanchez into a few turnovers and converting them into favorable field position.

RG3 and J.J. Watt save the NFL - SB Nation
The Shield has received a terrible threat, and there's only one super duo who can stop it.

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