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Eagles News: DeMarco Murray is ready to take on the Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/17/15.

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DeMarco Murray ready to face his former team on Sunday - PhillyVoice
"I'm not worried about it [being the Cowboys]," Murray said after practice on Wednesday. "Like I said, this is a game that -- it's just Week 2. No matter who it is, I'm going to do the same thing I've been doing leading up to other weeks. I'm not going to do anything different for my preparations. I'm not going to try to go out there and do this or that and be special. We're going to do what we do and run our plays and go from there."

Sam Bradford impressed teammates with halftime pep talk - CSN Philly
Nothing was working for the Eagles’ offense Monday night, so at halftime Sam Bradford gathered his teammates in the visiting locker room at the Georgia Dome for an impromptu meeting. "He just stood up and said, ‘Hey, we’ve all got to play better, we’ve all got to start making plays,’" center Jason Kelce said after practice Wednesday. "He told us, ‘Everybody needs to forget the score and forget the first half and just focus on your job, your technique on each play. We have to get something going. It’s no one single person, it's all of us. We all have to play better in the second half.’"

Foles Gold - Iggles Blitz
Nick Foles led the Rams to an upset of the Seahawks on Sunday. They won 34-31 in overtime. One TD came on a punt return, but the rest came on offense. Foles threw for one TD and ran for another. The Rams gained more than 350 yards and looked very good at times. This had more than a few people making the argument that Chip Kelly erred when he traded Foles away. No, he didn’t. Chip made the right move.

Eagles' running game grounded by blocking woes - Inquirer
There were successes here and there, but most of them came outside on sweeps. The Eagles' base running play - the inside zone - was shut down virtually all night. And if they can't get that play to work consistently, the rushing offense has lost its spine. The reasons for failure were plentiful, but mostly the Eagles' blockers were getting bullied by the Falcons' defensive front seven. Kelly ditched the running game in record speed. Aside from two late second-quarter carries by Sproles, the Eagles ran only five times before the break. In the second half, they rushed only nine times out of 34 plays.

Five Myths of the 2015 Eagles Offseason - McNabbOrKolb
Overall Thoughts: no, the sky isn't falling. It's one last minute road loss against a team that could be better than we thought. But if you were predicting Super Bowl for this Eagles group, consider that this first game was remarkably similar to the opener last year--when the team needed a few lucky breaks to win 10 games, and still didn't make the playoffs. There's a long way to go.

Positives from Eagles' loss: Sam Bradford, 2nd half and more - The 700 Level
How could you be anything but encouraged by Bradford’s performance on Monday night? Yes, the sixth-year veteran got off to an ugly start, completing 55.6 percent of his passes in the first half for 4.3 yards per attempt in the first half. He wasn’t in sync with his receivers, and those missed opportunities ultimately cost the Eagles. But what did you expect? Bradford had not competed in a meaningful professional football game in nearly two years. He played just four series during the preseason. Some level of rust was to be expected.

Eagles Key Plays: How They Happened - Birds 24/7
How it happened: Alonso made an incredible one-handed grab to shift the momentum, but he got beat by White after being put in a difficult situation. The Eagles were in nickel, so Malcolm Jenkins came down to cover the slot receiver while Chris Maragos entered the game at safety. Maragos followed tight end Jacob Tamme on a 10-yard out route, leaving Alonso one-on-one against White in the middle of the field. White froze Alonso before getting behind him in the end zone, but Ryan made a bad throw.

CB Maxwell Has 'Beat Dallas' On His Mind -
They call it "selective amnesia," and it means that to succeed in the NFL as a cornerback, you must forget the immediate past and focus on the present. That's kind of where Byron Maxwell is right now after his tough outing in Atlanta on Monday night and with Dallas ahead on Sunday.

We are getting closer and closer to Tom Brady's official endorsement of Donald Trump for president - SB Nation
Brady on a potential Trump victory: "It'd be great."

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