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Brandon Graham destroyed a Jaguars player, setting the tone on special teams - Philly.com
Brandon Graham had the biggest hit of the day last Sunday against the Jaguars, and no, it wasn't the play in which he raced into the backfield unblocked and flattened running back Toby Gerhart. In fact, the TV feed never caught the biggest hit of the day, which occured on a kickoff that went for a touchback.

Eagles-Colts Game Preview - Iggles Blitz
It took only one week for the Eagles to ascend to the top of the NFC East alone, as the rest of the NFC East all lost their opening games of the 2014 season. The Eagles, of course, are coming off a wild 34-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in which they were shut out in the first half. The Eagles, though, did not emerge unscathed from Week 1, as two starting offensive linemen were lost for an extended period of time. With Allen Barbre on Injured Reserve and Evan Mathis out until at least Week 10, the Eagles' offensive line is a bit in flux. It’s likely that we’ll see Andrew Gardner at right tackle and a new face at left guard as the big men up front try to protect Nick Foles from the Colts' defense.

All-22: Strong Start For Eagles Defense - Birds 24/7
Sunday's Week 1 win against the Jaguars was a good start. It must be noted that Jacksonville could end up being one of the five worst offenses in the league. But after a couple lapses early, the Eagles' defense dominated in the second half. Jacksonville was held scoreless on eight second-half possessions: five punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble and the end of the game. The pass-rush, a question mark going into the season, looked like a strength against the Jaguars' below-average offensive line. And players like Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks turned in outstanding individual performances. Below is a look at what we saw in Week 1.

Nick Foles and Interception Index Regression - Advanced Football Analytics
Though that's far from untenable, this updated total would have made Foles one of the 10 most intercepted quarterbacks in the league last season.  With 14 career fumbles as well (including two already in 2014), it's not hard to imagine Foles being one of the five to eight most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the league this season.

Domo's Eagles-Colts scouting report - Daily News
With the exception of Darren Sproles’ quick-snap, 49-yard touchdown run, the Eagles’ ground game wasn’t all that effective against Jacksonville. They ran the ball 32 times. On the other 31, they averaged just 3.1 yards per carry. LeSean McCoy was held to 74 yards on 21 carries. Eight of his runs went for zero or negative yards.

Chip Kelly: Mentally, Luck like Manning, Brady, Brees - CSN Philly
There’s plenty to like about Andrew Luck. Chip Kelly outlined just a few of the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback’s most admirable traits. "He’s 6-4, 235 pounds. He’s the smartest guy you’re going to go against," Kelly said Thursday as the Eagles prepared to battle the Colts on Monday night in a nationally televised game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Eagles-Colts Game Preview - PE.com
It took only one week for the Eagles to ascend to the top of the NFC East alone, as the rest of the NFC East all lost their opening games of the 2014 season. The Eagles, of course, are coming off a wild 34-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in which they were shut out in the first half. The Eagles, though, did not emerge unscathed from Week 1, as two starting offensive linemen were lost for an extended period of time. With Allen Barbre on Injured Reserve and Evan Mathis out until at least Week 10, the Eagles' offensive line is a bit in flux. It’s likely that we’ll see Andrew Gardner at right tackle and a new face at left guard as the big men up front try to protect Nick Foles from the Colts' defense.

Breaking Madden: Tony Romo's week in Quarterback Hell - SB Nation
Tony Romo threw three straight interceptions last Sunday. His punishment: all his toys have been taken away. Welcome to Quarterback Hell.