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Film breakdown: Cody Parkey's hang time will produce better kick coverage results -
In Cody Parkey's professional regular season debut, he drilled a crucial 51-yard field goal, matching Alex Henery's career long. Just as importantly, five of his seven kickoffs went for touchbacks, and the two that were returned only made it out to the 13 and 14 yard lines. The two kickoffs that were returned were of particular interest to me. On those two kickoffs, Parkey had hang times of 4.1 and 4.4 seconds, both of which are very good. Here were Parkey's kickoffs on the day, by distance and hang time.

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Jaguars - Birds 24/7
We can sugarcoat it, or we can call it like we saw it: Nick Foles played poorly. The numbers say 27-for-45 for 322 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. I believe that if we had seen "normal" Foles, he may have broken Donovan McNabb's single-game franchise record of 464 yards passing. There were big plays left on the field all game long.

Eagle Eye: How The Offense Turned The Tide -
he first game may not have gone as many fans expected (though if you read my preview of the Jaguars last week, you would have known that this team would be no slouch), there was a lot to learn from. The Eagles fought incredibly hard in all three phases of the game for the win, which is hard to come by in the NFL each and every week. Let’s start with the offense. Since his arrival, head coach Chip Kelly has often talked about his desire to put opposing defenders in "dual conflict" and attack them. What does that mean exactly? That means you want to find defenders who have responsibilities in the run game and pass game, and make them choose which one to defend. It was definitely a theme on Sunday, and it resulted in what became the game-winning touchdown pass.

Eagles lucky to escape with 'teaching points' - CSN Philly
We can talk about the game now, right? We’re far enough removed from the proceedings where we can be honest, where even the most inflexible fanboys can put down their midnight green pompoms for a moment and acknowledge two truths: The Eagles won. The Eagles were fortunate.

In new media world, Rice video bound to end up on TMZ - Inquirer
There's a marvelous scene in the film All the President's Men in which the Washington Post's editors are holding their afternoon meeting, reviewing the day's most important stories and deciding which ones merit front-page placement, when the topic of Watergate comes up. It is still early in the scandal's evolution, and one of the editors argues that "no one cares" about its latest development. Besides, the editor says, if Watergate were really a big deal, we'd put our most seasoned political reporters on the story. We wouldn't keep two nobodies like Woodward and Bernstein on it.

Evan Mathis has sense of humor even after awful knee injury - T7L
At least Mathis is keeping things jovial on Twitter, having a bit of fun with a fan who tweeted at him yesterday about tearing it up in the season opener.

On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator - FanSpeak
Football season is here! To celebrate we've released upgrades to On the Clock 2015! We want you to be able to test On the Clock Premium for FREE for the next 2 weeks! So everyone will be using the Upgraded Premium On the Clock until September 16!

NCAA Rescinds Bowl Ban, Scholarship Reductions
The two biggest sanctions as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal have been lifted.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley concedes he made mistake - ESPN
For not calling a timeout before the Eagles went for it on 4th and 1.

The case for going for it on 4th down - SB Nation
SB Nation goes inside the numbers to figure out when football teams should go for it on 4th down. Short answer: a lot more often!