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Eagles News: Sam Bradford needs to step up in must-win game against Redskins

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/24/15.

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It's time for Sam Bradford to take charge of the Eagles - Daily News
IT'S TIME. Time for Sam Bradford to stand up and be counted. Time for him to make Eagles Nation finally fall in love with him. Time for him to make Chip Kelly look like a GM genius instead of the village idiot. Time for him to strap Kelly's underperforming team onto his back and carry it across the finish line. Time for him to have the game of his life against the Redskins on Saturday night and keep the Eagles' playoff hopes alive. Time for him to be great. Kelly certainly can't count on a defense that has given up 178 points in the last five games to rise up and stifle red-hot Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense, particularly if nose tackle Bennie Logan (calf) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (shoulder) can't play. Washington is going to score points. Probably a lot of them. Which is why the Eagles need a huge game from Bradford.

A look at Bennie Logan and the Eagles' run defense after five games, and now - PhillyVoice
As our Matt Mullin pointed out earlier this week, many of the Eagles' defensive struggles have coincided with linebacker Jordan Hicks being lost for the season. Hicks was clearly a major loss, however, I wonder how much of the Eagles' struggles in their run defense of late have had to do with NT Bennie Logan not being healthy.

Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Blitzing Bradford - Birds 24/7
For three quarters against Arizona, Sam Bradford was slinging the ball around the field, seemingly upping the value of his next contract with every big third down completion. But then came the fourth quarter, which included two interceptions, that all but put the fire out on his previously excellent performance. Bradford finished the day completing 28 of his 41 passes for 361 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He averaged 8.8 yards per pass attempt and recorded a 91.6 passer rating. "I thought Sam played well," Chip Kelly said after the game. "Again, I think we have got to catch the ball better for him. I thought he threw the ball well tonight. He got hit, but he stayed in there and delivered the ball." Even with the pair of picks, plus a third giveaway when he was strip-sacked, Bradford turned in a performance featuring several impressive throws. He hung in the pocket to deliver great balls despite pressure, he fit his throws into tight windows and he displayed improved timing with his targets.

Bad News for Bennie - Iggles Blitz
Logan has had a strange season, but he remains a key part of the defense. This summer Logan was unblockable. He made all kinds of plays and looked to be ready for a breakout season. He played very well early in the season, but somewhere in the middle (Carolina game maybe) he just hasn’t been the same. Maybe he’s been dealing with a nagging injury. Maybe he wore down. I don’t know the cause, but I do know that his play has leveled off. His last TFL was on Thanksgiving. Beau Allen is the backup NT. I don’t think he’s the kind of backup you just insert into the lineup and move on. Allen has played limited snaps this year. He’s got 17 tackles, 1 TFL and 1 PD. I was hoping he would take a big step forward this year, but he’s been inconsistent in my eyes. Maybe being forced into the lineup will bring out the best in him.

Eagles' Nelson Agholor remains up during down season -
In the 11 games he's played, Agholor has 19 catches for 225 yards and one touchdown. He didn't catch a pass last Sunday in the Eagles' 40-17 loss to Arizona, the third time this season he's been held without a catch. "Last week, for most of the game, he was playing against Patrick Peterson,'' Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said of the Cardinals' Pro Bowl cornerback. "He actually did some good things against him. But we weren't really throwing that direction.'' From the opening game of the season when Agholor was covered by Atlanta's Desmond Trufant, he has seen the other team's best corner more times than not.

Josh Huff: 'I imagine myself in a much bigger role' - CSN Philly
Josh Huff chose his words carefully Wednesday — perhaps because of the neverending saga regarding DeMarco Murray's touches — but made clear that he's not satisfied with his role in the Eagles' offense. He didn't sound like a malcontent, but rather a guy awaiting more opportunities. "Production-wise, no," Huff said when asked if he's getting closer to where he wants to be. "I imagine myself in a much bigger role. But I'll control what I can control. The opportunities I've had, I've been able to make plays for the team. ... Obviously I want more. I want to be a go-to guy. I've just got to wait my turn and continue to work and go after it."

Eagles Focus Is On Short-Term Success -
It is the nature of sports fans and sports media to speculate, to dream, to engage in conversations that extend far beyond the week ahead. What's going to happen in the future? That's part of the focus for sports fans ...

Week 16 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em - Yahoo!
Cousins is white-hot at the moment with four-straight games having a passer rating over 101. In that span, he’s averaged 285 passing yards (three 300-yard games) with seven touchdown passes and another three as a runner. The big thing with Cousins is he’s limited his turnovers. He’s tossed just one interception the past four weeks. The concern this week with Cousins, though, is he’s been far better at home. This one’s on the road for the NFC East marbles. Both teams are going to lean on their best players. Cousins, right now, is one of those for Washington. And he’s going to be way up in pace, as the Eagles run the fastest offense in the league, which will, of course, allow the Redskins’ offense to run more plays on their side of the ball.

ProFootballTalk: Florio, Harrison split on Eagles-Redskins matchup - PFT
Rodney Harrison insists that the Eagles’ secondary will struggle mightily against the Redskins’ weapons, while Mike Florio continues to give Jay Gruden bulletin board material by picking the Eagles.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s 1-game suspension upheld - SB Nation
The Giants' star wide receiver will miss their "Sunday Night Football" game against the Vikings.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
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