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Reminder: Preseason results are meaningless -
League-wide, preseason success has a similar lack of correlation to regular season success. Over the last 10 seasons, 16 teams finished the preseason undefeated. Here are those teams.

Quick Take - Eagles are the Best Team Ever - Iggles Blitz
It sure is a lot more fun when the Eagles play well, huh? They certainly did look good on Thursday night. That said, we cannot ignore just how bad the Steelers looked. Was Mike Tomlin coaching that team or Mike McMahon? Yikes. Quick thoughts on the game.

Eagles' pass rush shows signs of improvement against Steelers - Daily News
The interception, which came on a third-and-10 play in the second quarter, was caused by pressure. Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks flushed Roethlisberger out of the pocket, and outside linebacker Trent Cole was in his face as he tried to get the ball to running back Dri Archer. Carroll, playing in his first preseason game after missing much of training camp with a hamstring injury, made a nice play to intercept the pass.

Kelly: Don’t Know What Henery’s Battling - Birds 24/7
Asked if Henery is battling a confidence issue, Kelly said: "I wish I could put my finger on it. I don’t know what he’s battling, but obviously you’ve gotta make a field goal like that. You’ve gotta make it."

Eagles-Steelers: Brandon Graham, first-team defense dominates Steelers' offense in win -
It was easy to be concerned about the Eagles' defense after they gave up close to 1,000 yards in the first two preseason games. On Thursday night, however, the unit finally showed some signs that all hope isn't lost.

10 observations from Eagles-Steelers - CSN Philly
I’m not sure how Chip Kelly is going to find room for Bair on the roster, but the overaged defensive end -- 29 years old, a first-year pro, never played in an NFL regular-season game -- has done enough to warrant strong consideration. He’s a pure two-gapper and isn’t going to get any pass pressure, but he’s tough against the run and really looks like a playmaker.

'D' Makes Statement With First-Half Shutout -
Ninety six total yards of offense. A turnover. Zero points allowed. The Eagles' starting defense put together a performance Thursday night that, in the words of safety Malcolm Jenkins, complemented the high-scoring offense. In what will likely be the final chance for the starters to play before the regular season opener on September 7, the defense shutout the Pittsburgh Steelers' starters in the first half en route to a 31-21 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.

What Is the NFL’s ‘Corner 3’? | Grantland
In search of an undervalued, easily exploitable path to football scoring efficiency. (Hint - Chip Kelly is ahead of the curve, the Cowboys are way behind)

The confusing evolution of RG3 - SB Nation
Or: If RG3 isn't sure who he is any more, how are we supposed to figure him out?

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