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Eagles News: Zach Ertz is becoming Sam Bradford's favorite target

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/20/15.

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Sam Bradford looking to Zach Ertz more and more - CSN Philly
Ertz had his best game yet in 2015 versus the Bills, leading the Eagles with five receptions for 98 yards. The 41-yarder was quite possibly the most exciting play of his career to date, watching him haul in the pass, run over one would-be tackler, then drag another for a good 20 yards before finally being hauled down. It was the exactly the type of play we thought we would have seen more of from Ertz by now. It’s the type of play that, if current trends continue, we should see a lot more of in the future. Since Week 5, Ertz has 35 receptions for 397 yards, good for second on the team. The third-year tight end has just four catches and two yards less than wide receiver Jordan Matthews during that stretch, and that’s after missing all of one game and most of another with a concussion.

Eagles vs. Cardinals: Predictions - PhillyVoice
The Cardinals have the #1 ranked offense and #4 ranked defense in the NFL. They also have a +153 point differential, which is second-best in the NFL, and the best yardage differential in the NFL at +95.1 per game. Simply put, the Cardinals are a better football team than the Eagles. When you're overmatched to the degree the Eagles will be this Sunday, ideally your special teams units can make a play to swing a game. Over the last two weeks, the Eagles have come up with enormous special teams plays. Can they summon one or two more? It's probably not a sustainable trend.

Fletcher Cox Is Even Better Than You Think (No Really) - EaglesRewind
Fletcher Cox is having a truly dominant season. But you wouldn’t know that if you just looked at the box score. The primary reason behind the Eagles 2-0 run was not Sam Bradford, although he played well in both games. It was not the special teams or defensive touchdowns, even though they came up huge against the Patriots. And it was not Kelly’s decision to cut Miles Austin or demote DeMarco Murray, although that certainly did help. It was Fletcher Cox. Often overlooked, at least by the national media, Cox has turned in two of the more dominant performances of his career. The Patriots and Bills offensive line tried everything: double teams, chip blocking, heck, even triple teams. It didn’t matter. Cox was a human wrecking ball hell-bent on disrupting the flow of two very good offenses.

Kellystrator: Chip Goes Deep -
On Eagles Game Plan, head coach Chip Kelly joins Ike Reese to break down three key plays from last week's win over Buffalo, including the first touchdown of Nelson Agholor's career ...

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Cardinals Predictions - Birds 24/7
Bradford is not exactly a touchdown-throwing machine, Josh. While he's shown marked improvement over the last five outings dating back to the Carolina game, he had just one multiple-TD performance in that stretch (at New England). He missed a couple games, granted, but his 14 touchdowns on the season puts him in a tie for 25th among QBs. (Tom Brady is the leader with 33 TDs followed by Carson Palmer with 31). On Sunday, he'll face an Arizona team that is top-ten in limiting passing touchdowns (18) and third in interceptions generated (16). Patrick Peterson, Tryann Mathieu and company can make it tough for any quarterback  -- particularly ones that aren't blessed with a ton of receiving threats. The Cardinals blitz more than anybody, which means there should be opportunities downfield. But I'll say Bradford plays to his average and throws for one score Sunday.

Eagles' Lane Johnson feels obligated to stay on the field - Inquirer
"It's part of the job description," Johnson was saying Thursday after practice. "It's a [lousy] job. As far as payment, payment is among the best, as far as tackle. But it really is a [lousy] job. Nobody knows your name unless you mess up. It's just part of the job description. "I've heard stories of Jon Runyan when he went and cracked his tailbone in the cold tub and had to get a shot in his [rear end] before he had to play every game. You just learn from guys like him. He kind of set the tempo for what it's like here."

Pretenders or contenders? Eagles' game against Cardinals will tell - ESPN
The Eagles are 6-7 and don’t really need to win their game this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. If they lose to Arizona, they can win the NFC East title by beating Washington and the New York Giants over the final two weeks. Heck, they may not even have to beat the Giants. But Sunday’s game against the Cardinals is important for other reasons. The Eagles can’t clinch the division title, but they can continue the winning streak they improbably started in New England two weeks ago. And they can win a game against a very good NFC team, something they will be looking to do if they do win the division title and host a wild-card game. It is fitting that this measuring-stick game is against Arizona.

What if Sam Bradford just doesn't want to be Eagles' quarterback? -
One thing that has struck me about Bradford from the day he arrived here is his honesty in answering questions from the media. And he couldn't have been any more honest on Wednesday. Players in the final years of their contracts are always asked about coming back. Other than defensive lineman Reggie White, who made it quite clear he wasn't going to play for Eagles owner Norman Braman again, every player says kind of the same thing: "Sure, I want to be back,'' whether he means it or not. Bradford may want to be back, but he darn sure didn't give any indication of that when asked. It's impossible to know what's really going on in Bradford's mind and if there's a team or a city where he'd rather be.  Who knows what happens the final three weeks of the season and maybe into the postseason, and maybe what's in Bradford's mind changes if the Eagles exceed expectations and he's the reason why. Then again, maybe that just makes him more attractive to where he really wants to be.

Kenney lambastes Eagles over Temple stadium fees -
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney criticized the Eagles ownership Friday for trying to make a bigger profit on a new lease proposal for Temple University to play football games at Lincoln Financial Field. "The Eagles are frustrating to me," Kenney said after speaking in the morning at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit at Community College of Philadelphia. In his view, "they are not ... as community-committed as the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers are."

'Concussion' will make your head hurt - SB Nation
In a year where Hollywood brought us live dinosaurs, light sabers, and cover-ups by the Catholic church, this might be the most unrealistic film of them all.

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