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Eagles News: Sam Bradford is starting slow but finishing strong

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/13/15.

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Bradford still starting slowly but making progress - Inquirer
In the first half of five games, Bradford has completed 54 of 96 passes (56.3 percent) for 524 yards (5.5 per attempt) with two touchdowns and three interceptions. In the second half, he has completed 66 of 94 throws (70.2 percent) for 757 yards (8.1 per) with six touchdowns and three interceptions. His first half vs. second half passer rating: 65.6 to 102.1. Bradford had a reputation for starting slowly with the Rams, but he had nearly identical passer ratings in the first half (80.0) vs. the second (79.7).

Jordan Hicks has been incredibly awesome for the Eagles and no one saw it coming - BGN
Really good piece by Ben, ICYMI.

Day-after review: Fletcher Cox is a beast - PhillyVoice
Against the New Orleans Week 5, Fletcher Cox wrecked the Saints offense, collecting six tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He has emerged as perhaps the Eagles' best player on the team who can cause havoc from a variety of positions along the defensive line. Let's look at some of his highlights against the Saints.

Sam’s Team - Iggles Blitz
There is a lot of season left. The Eagles offense showed what it could do on Sunday. Bradford threw for 333 yards and a pair of TDs. Even when he screwed up and threw Red Zone picks, there was no panic. The offense looked confident all game long. They played that way, moving the ball up and down the field. Facing a crappy Saints defense was a big part of that, but I also think Bradford’s talk helped. Bradford doesn’t need to give pep talks every week. It is far more important that he make good reads and accurate throws, especially in the Red Zone. But I do like the fact Bradford is now comfortable enough to be the leader for this team. Hopefully the next talk will be in the huddle right before Bradford throws the game winning pass in a key victory.

Eagle Eye: It's All About Protection -
It goes without saying that the Eagles had their most productive offensive performance of the season on Sunday afternoon against the New Orleans Saints. There were a lot of key factors for this, but the biggest difference was execution. The offensive line played at a higher level for 60 minutes than at any point so far this fall. There were still some drops here and there, but there was improvement in that area from the pass catchers. Aside from two red zone interceptions, quarterback Sam Bradford was largely accurate on the day. That all resulted in the team moving the ball much more consistently on Sunday, as they tied a team record in first downs and, aside from the two turnovers, were able to finish drives.

Eagles-Saints, The Day After - Birds 24/7
Such was the state of affairs as Kelly addressed the players before they headed for the team hotel. "He always uses analogies, and he had an analogy about [a fighter]," said linebacker Najee Goode. "When you keep getting hit, you keep getting hit, 1-3 right now...the outside looking in, people are thinking, 'What's wrong with the Eagles?' You keep getting hit. But we're going to throw the last punch. "Coach Kelly said, 'We have to throw the last punch no matter what.' You've gotta take it right in the face and just go straight ahead and knock them the f--k out."

Eagles sticking with Caleb Sturgis, have no plans to work out kickers according to Chip Kelly -
Despite missing an extra point for the second consecutive week, the Eagles will stick with kicker Caleb Sturgis and have no plans to work out any kickers this week head coach Chip Kelly said Monday.  "We're not going to work out any kickers," Kelly said during his day after press conference at the NovaCare Complex on Monday afternoon. "We're going to roll with Caleb."

Results, not quality of opponent important for Eagles - CSN Philly
Defeating the newly 1-4 New Orleans Saints doesn’t make the Eagles a good team, either. One game is not evidence a team has turned its season around, "found its identity" or quit making stupid, avoidable, fundamental mistakes. That can only be proven over time. But one thing we shouldn’t get too hung up on is the quality of the Saints, not when a team wins the way the Eagles did on Sunday. The game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates. The Eagles could’ve hung 50 on them were it not for two Sam Bradford red-zone interceptions, and the Saints tacked on a garbage-time touchdown as the clock hit zero. The Eagles offense racked up 34 first downs and 519 yards of total offense. The defense sacked Drew Brees five times and forced four turnovers.

NFL Week 5 Winners and Losers: Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller, Jamaal Charles, and More - Grantland
One of the reasons some folks were so high on Philadelphia coming into the year was that the talent on the Eagles defense could carry them for stretches. And no one in that group has more talent than Fletcher Cox. Cox plays all over the formation, but his strength is the ability to line up as a 3-technique tackle and go to work against overmatched guards. He dominated the interior of the Saints offensive line yesterday to the tune of three sacks, an additional tackle for loss, and two forced fumbles. The second turnover came early in the third quarter, just after Philadelphia had scored to take a 17-10 lead. On the first play of the drive, Cox dismantled Saints tackle Andrus Peat and dragged Drew Brees to the turf. The ball went spilling onto the ground before Cox pounced on it, giving the Eagles possession at the Saints’ 13-yard line. Sam Bradford tossed a touchdown on the very next play. It’s about as big of a two-play swing as any defender can have, and it was that sort of day for Cox.

The Steelers gambled and beat the Chargers with a gutsy last-second play call - SB Nation
The Steelers lined up out of a wildcat formation -- the QB, Michael Vick, is at the bottom of the screen, and Le'Veon Bell took a direct snap and looked to the outside. What makes the wildcat a wild call here is the fact that it's a play that takes a while to develop. A running back dive would've started with a snap to the QB and the RB running straight forward. If an RB dive had failed, the Steelers still might have had a second on the clock to call timeout and try again.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
Check this out, Eagles fans! And stay tuned to BGN for more info on contests involving free tickets.

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