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Unsung hero Donnie Jones keeps getting better for Eagles - CSN Philly
And Jones is having — by far — the greatest season by a punter in Eagles history, and for a team that has struggled much of the season on offense and gone through some inconsistencies on defense, one constant has been a punter that has delivered booming, unreturnable punts that have routinely pinned opposing offenses deep in their own territory. Jones is the oldest Eagle, and he’s been one of the best this year. His 47.8 average is eighth-best in the NFL, and his 42.8 net average is seventh-best and fourth-best among outdoor kickers.

Keys to the Eagles v Dolphins Game - Eagles Rewind
Despite being 4-4, the Eagles are still respected by the analytics community. Led by a stout defense and strong run game, the Eagles are ranked 10th overall in Team Efficiency Ratings by FootballOutsiders.com. That places them only two spots behind the Denver Broncos and seven spots ahead of the Atlanta Falcons. Their week 10 opponent, the Miami Dolphins, come in ranked 21st overall.

Eagles' Kendricks in position for another strong second half - Inquirer
Indeed, nearly $12 million of Kendricks' salary is guaranteed. So he isn't going anywhere, at least for the next few years. And frankly, the Eagles need him now more than ever. Kendricks was up and down in the two games since his return from a hamstring injury, but there were signs that he could be close to all the way back. And when Kendricks has been at full speed, he's been electric. He has peaked in the second half of his first three seasons. The Eagles open the latter half of their schedule on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and Kendricks will start and likely play the majority of snaps at inside linebacker.

5 over/unders for Eagles vs. Dolphins - PhillyVoice
I just pointed out that the Eagles should be able to run all over the Dolphins, and it's all going to start with DeMarco Murray. The former Cowboy has averaged 19 carries and 86 yards per game over his last four starts, and those numbers should be easy to hit against a Miami defense that is allowing 4.9 yards per carry and 142 yards per game to opposing backs. Yes, the Dolphins have Ndamukong Suh up front, but that hasn't done much to improve their run defense. And if Kelly wants to run his backs out of the shotgun, this might be one of the times you don't want to complain. Miami is surrendering 6.7 yards per carry to opponents when they run out of the shotgun. And it's not like it's a terribly small sample size, either.

Fan-Demonium: The NFL's Biggest Mystery - PE.com
The Eagles have studied the tape and they have seen the talent the Dolphins have. They have also seen the mistakes the Dolphins have made on almost a weekly basis. Miami, like the Eagles, has way too many self-inflicted wounds, as Chip Kelly likes to call them. Just last week Miami had a snap go out the back of the end zone for a safety. A penalty wiped out a long kickoff return. Little things like that add up in the course of a game. Beating the opponent is hard enough. When you have to beat yourself as well, there are going to be some long days. The Eagles have been a bit of a mystery themselves this season, but have started to eliminate some of their mistakes and have now won three of four games. The team now has a chance to get above .500 for the first time all year. This is a huge opportunity and the Eagles need to take advantage of it.

Chip Kelly Update: Killing the Zombie - Fishduck
All of the NFC East rivalries are bitter, but Philadelphia vs Dallas is probably the worst. These games bring out the best or worst in the Eagles. No game last year was as fun for Eagles fans as the 33-10 demolition of Dallas in front of 20 million viewers on Thanksgiving Day, not even the 27-0 shutout of the disrespectful but less fearsome New York Giants. In 2013, the perfect capper to the regular season was the Week 17 game that sent the Eagles to the playoffs — by knocking Dallas out. But when it goes bad, it goes really badly.

Eagles’ Scouting Report Of the Dolphins - Birds 24/7
Bill Davis on similarities between the Eagles' offense and the Dolphins' offense: "There really is a lot of the offense that Chip runs, and [former Eagles Quarterbacks Coach/current Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor] took a lot of that with him. So we see a lot of familiar plays that we've seen over time and that we practice all offseason. He's got a great scheme. He's got a running quarterback who played receiver [in college] and played it well, so he's got the mobility piece. They have designed quarterback runs; a lot like we [faced] in Carolina.

Eagles' Sam Bradford still far from a franchise quarterback - NJ.com
One touchdown, one interception.  That is what Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who is coming off of his best game of the season in his team's win over the Dallas Cowboys, has managed to come up with over the past two games, a harsh reality buried in all of the excitement surrounding his play.  In some ways, the sudden optimism about Bradford is warranted.

Game Preview – Time to Whip Flipper - Iggles Blitz
For the second time this year, the Eagles can get above .500. The last time they tried, Carolina beat the Eagles. This is much different. That game was on the road against an undefeated team. This is a home game against a team that has lost 2 games in a row and given up 69 points in those games. If you can’t win this game…well, I’d rather not think about that possibility.

NFL boosts security for Sunday games after attacks in Paris - SB Nation
The league "strongly recommends" that fans not bring bags to games this weekend.

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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