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Eagles News: Ryan Mathews is playing better than DeMarco Murray

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/12/15.

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The Ryan Mathews-DeMarco Murray race - Daily News
For the season, Mathews is averaging 5 yards per carry while Murray is averaging 2.7. In every game they have played together, though, Murray has gotten more carries - and he has publicly lobbied for even more than that. Murray missed one game, against the Jets, with a hamstring problem. As we try to figure out exactly who fits where, it is only fair to factor the hamstring into the calculus. Nobody has said anything about it still being an issue, and maybe it isn't. Then again, it wouldn't be the first hamstring to linger and nag for this long. There is still a chance that, say, after the bye week, Murray will be more explosive and more decisive, the combination of health and comfort in the offense turning him into more of the runner the Eagles were expecting. But in the here and now, Mathews looks to be the better fit.

Eagles-Saints Final Score: 10 things we learned from Philadelphia's dominant win over New Orleans - BGN
During the game, I noted on Twitter that Mathews looks "springier" than Murray. He just looks more effective when he runs the ball. The numbers don't lie, either. Mathews finished with 73 yards on eight carries for an average of 9.1 yards. Murray, meanwhile, finished with 83 yards on 20 attempts. Murray looks too slow at times. He runs into his offensive linemen too often. Mathews needs to continue to get more touches.

What caused Chip Kelly to draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Eagles win? - PhillyVoice
I went back and watched the play, the ensuing review and the lead up to the next play, but was unable to find any footage of Chip yelling at a ref. You can, however, see the referee tell Sam Bradford, Allen Barbre and Jason Peters that the call was on their coach as he walked off the 15-yard penalty. It was strange, considering the Eagles were on the winning side of that specific review. But if I had to venture a guess, it would be this: Kelly was not happy with the series of events that forced the Eagles to punt just a few plays earlier.

Four Downs: Philadelphia’s Dominant Defense - Birds 24/7
Jason Kelce was also pushed far into the backfield on one play, but he was better overall. The center helped spring Mathews for a big run with a great cut-block. Brent Celek was also better, as he helped open up big running lanes for Mathews too. As for the running backs, this game will surely reignite the debate of whether Mathews fits the Eagles' offense better than DeMarco Murray. Mathews did seem to have better holes than Murray to run through, but he also did more with the space he was given. He was shifty in the open field and finished with eight carries for 73 yards and a touchdown. Murray, meanwhile, also ran for a touchdown along with 20 carries for 83 yards.

Chip Kelly, Eagles silence critics — for now — in win over New Orleans Saints -
Looks as if it might be a quiet, low-key week for the national media. Chip Kelly and the Eagles won. Beat the New Orleans Saints, blew them out actually, 39-17.  That's right Kelly and his team beat head coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. So what's Brian Billick and Buzz Bissinger and anyone with the initials B.B. going to say this week?

Blowout - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have looked very good for a quarter or even a half this year, but it wasn’t until Sunday that they played a good game. The potential had been there all along, but not the results. The players weren’t executing and the coaches weren’t finding any answers. That changed today. There were some schematic tweaks. But this game was about players, not coaches. The Eagles dominated the line of scrimmage. The Saints scored the first and last TDs of the game. In between, the Eagles outscored them 39-3. That’s pretty amazing. You don’t dominate like that because of a coach or one player having a great day. That was a team effort.

The Three-Headed Monster Comes To Life -
Entering Sunday’s game with New Orleans, the Eagles were averaging just 70 yards per game on the ground, far from what was expected of the team’s talented group of runners. There have been flashes here and there during the first four weeks of what the running game could be, but Sunday marked the first time that they were able to put it all together. And boy was it fun to watch. The Eagles consistently fed the running backs during Sunday’s 39-17 win over New Orleans, racking up a whopping 186 yards on the ground. Each of the three running backs averaged at least 4.2 yards per carry and DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews each scored a touchdown as the 2015 version of the three-headed monster finally poked out all three of its heads.

Nelson Agholor doesn't believe left leg injury is serious - CSN Philly
Eagles wideout Nelson Agholor said he will have an MRI on his injured left leg Monday after leaving Sunday’s 39-17 win over the Saints early (see Instant Replay). Agholor said the lower-leg injury isn’t to his ankle, but instead is "muscle related." After leaving the game, trainers tried to loosen up his leg muscles but they remained tight. Although there’s no diagnosis, the first-round pick doesn’t think the injury is severe. He said he wanted to come back in Sunday’s game but team doctors held him out. Agholor said he hopes to be able to practice this week.

'Orlovsky gets a big ovation from the crowd': A tale of Lions futility - SB Nation
The Lions are horribly sad under Jim Caldwell, and it's not going to get better.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
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