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Eagles News: Philadelphia has the easiest remaining schedule in the NFC East

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Eagles' playoff hopes rest on second-half schedule - DelawareOnline
The Eagles’ only remaining games against teams with winning records are at New England (7-0) on Dec. 6, and at home against Arizona (5-2) on Dec. 20 and against the Giants. The other games are home games against Miami (3-4) and Tampa Bay (2-4) on Nov. 15 and 22, respectively, at Detroit (1-6) on Thanksgiving and at home against Buffalo (3-4) on Dec. 13. The Eagles have the easiest schedule among the NFC East teams. Their final nine opponents have a combined record of 30-31. Dallas’ remaining opponents are 36-30, the Giants’ are 35-23 and Washington’s are 32-27. Everyone except the Eagles has two games left against undefeated teams. The Eagles only have one.

Week 8 NFL picks - PhillyVoice
The Cowboys are a league-worst -9 in turnover differential, and only have three takeaways on the season. You aren't going to win many games generating 0.5 takeaways per game in the NFL. Meanwhile, DE/woman beater Greg Hardy is slapping clipboards and former starting RB Joseph Randle is crying about being replaced in the starting lineup. The Cowboys are beginning to look like a train wreck.

Assessing the OL - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles O-line has been erratic this season. I think even the guys on the line would agree to that description. That said, I think some people are exaggerating the OL’s struggles. Let’s talk about the good and the bad. Anyone who thinks the OL is awful or terrible or anything like that is just flat out wrong. Use the stats. Use the eye test. Whatever you want. This group is better than most people give them credit for. Right now the Eagles are 9th in the NFL in rushing. They are down at 16th in yard per attempt, but 4.2 ypc is solid. The running game really struggled early on. In the first two games, the Eagles ran 33 times for 70 yards. Since then, the run game has really come alive. In the last five games, the Eagles average 146 yards per game, which would lead the league. The average per carry goes up to 4.66, which would be 5th or 6th in the league.

Eagles at the Bye: A look back at the highs and lows - Inquirer
It’s an ominous sign when your most valuable player has played only 26 percent of the snaps. But Mathews has been the one skill position player on offense to exceed expectations this season. The running back rushed for over 100 yards when an injured DeMarco Murray missed the New York Jets game, and he averaged 7.3 yards per carry in spot duty in the six other games. Chip Kelly has done a questionable job of getting Mathews, who appears to have better physical skills than Murray, more involved in the offense. When both have been active, Murray has averaged 4.0 yards per touch and Mathews 7.4 yards.

Players Poll: What’s Chip Kelly’s Real Name? - Birds 24/7
Chip Kelly rarely reveals much information about himself to the media, but is he the same way with his players? We decided to go around the Eagles’ locker room and find out just how much his guys know about him. We asked them about their coach’s real name, in addition to the weirdest fan interaction they’ve had.

Eagles fans don't want Sam Bradford back, according to poll -
The Sam Bradford era is seven games old, but already it seems like Eagles fans are ready to move on. According to a Twitter poll that had over 1,000 votes, 82% of fans do not want Bradford back next season, meaning the fans would rather go to their fourth starting quarterback in four years than give their current quarterback -- and soon to be free agent -- a new contract. Given his play, it is hard to blame him.

Breaking Down The Eagles' Rotations -
This number is a bit deceiving, because a fair number of Darren Sproles’ snaps have come on plays in which he’s split out wide as a receiver. DeMarco Murray has garnered 50.3% of the carries between the three this season, despite missing a game with a hamstring injury, while Mathews is second at 32.0%. Sproles has accounted for 17.7% of the Eagles’ carries this season but has caught 38.6% of the passes thrown to the trio.

Rookie of the Year watch: Gurley, Cooper standing out -
Chip Kelly's offseason machinations have backfired with Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell failing to meet expectations. His first two draft picks -- Nelson Agholor and Eric Rowe -- have also disappointed. Hicks and Ryan Mathews are the bright spots.

The Lions offense can't go wrong with Jim Bob Cooter - SB Nation
The Detroit Lions have a new offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter. His job: turn around a sagging unit that's not even scoring 20 points per game with Megatron and Golden Tate in the lineup.

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