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Eagles News: Philadelphia's run defense is the best in the NFL

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/2/15.

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Eagles stopping the run better than any NFL team - CSN Philly
On a team that’s 1-2 with a shaky quarterback, an injured kicker, an inconsistent running game and a rash of recent injuries, the Eagles do have one thing they can count on. The best rush defense in the NFL. The Eagles take the NFL’s No. 1-ranked rush defense into Washington this weekend, and they’ll get quite a challenge from one of the league’s top rushing offenses. Opposing teams are averaging just 3.1 yards per carry against the Eagles, well ahead of the Jaguars (3.3) for the NFL lead. This is the Eagles’ best start against the run since 2008, Jim Johnson’s last year as defensive coordinator and the last time the Eagles won a playoff game.

The Eagles' deep passing game is non-existent - PhillyVoice
While the Eagles have had seven plays of 20+ yards this season, they have not completed a single pass that traveled more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage. In other words, all of those 20+ yard pass plays have come as a result of receivers picking up yards after the catch. If you lower the threshold even further, on pass plays in which the ball has traveled at least 11 yards past the line of scrimmage, here are Sam Bradford's numbers this season.

Key matchups for Eagles vs. Washington Redskins include Sam Bradford -
Eagles QB Sam Bradford vs. Redskins' Secondary: Bradford's struggles in his first three games as an Eagle have been well chronicled. Outside of the second half against the Falcons, he's been ineffective. Sunday he faces a Redskins' secondary that is ranked tied for seventh in the league in pass defense, but will be without its top cornerback DeAngelo Hall. The Redskins are not deep at corner, so Bradford should be able to take advantage of both Will Blackmon and slot corner Bashaud Breeland. The Redskins' safeties — Dashon Goldson and Trenton Robinson — are not known for their coverage ability, either.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evaluating Agholor - Birds 24/7
"I think Nelson can do even better than me," said Matthews. "I'm not going to sit here and say that you can honestly pay attention to numbers in the three games and make crazy assumptions. It's so early, and I think once we get going as a whole offense, that's going to help him out more."

Peter King: ‘I’m Still Gung-Ho About Chip Kelly’ - CBS Philly
"I’m still gung-ho about him and you know look—every week adds a piece to the mosaic," King told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. "Chip Kelly is a one thousand piece jigsaw puzzle Angelo, and what we have now is most of the border is done. So now we’re filling in the sky. It can’t be done instantaneously and it can’t be done after two bad weeks and a pretty good week. It’s just like the DeMarco Murray thing, I don’t know how it’s gonna end and I don’t know how this whole thing with Kelly is going to end up."

Offense Looks For Its Next Step Forward -
Nobody is pretending that the Eagles offense is a snap of the fingers away from erasing all that ails. Three games in and it's apparent to all that the offense remains a work in progress.

Eagles a defensive team so far - Daily News
Since 2008, the Eagles' defense has been, at best, a work in progress. It ranked eighth in yards and 10th in points as recently as 2011, the first year former offensive-line coach Juan Castillo coached the "D," but given that the unit was perceived to be loaded with free-agent talent, and the team had to rally to finish 8-8, Castillo's accomplishment wasn't exactly celebrated.

Breaking Madden: RGIII burns down Washington - SB Nation
One of the most exciting quarterbacks of the decade is a third-string quarterback on America's worst sports franchise. They don't deserve to be happy. In this episode, Robert Griffin III plays defensive end for all 16 of Washington's opponents. This is the quest for 0-16.

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