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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/24/15.

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Papal visit causes Eagles to practice at Monmouth this weekend - PhillyVoice
To some Philadelphians, the papal visit this upcoming weekend will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For many others, it will be looked at as nothing more than a major inconvenience. If you’re in the latter camp, just know that the local professional football team is in the same boat. The Eagles are choosing to skip town before the World Meeting of Families really starts to take over the city. They will travel to North Jersey tomorrow before practicing at Monmouth University on Friday and Saturday to prepare for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.

The Eagles Run Game is a Hot Mess - ChipWagon
We all know Chip Kelly's Eagles as a run-first team. That's the way it's been since he's been here. So it shouldn't be surprising that when the Eagles can't get the running game going, it bogs the whole offense down. As I suggested on the weekend, I expected Chip to mix things up in the running game a bit more, but unfortunately, we did not see that on Sunday. Once again, it was a ground game based mostly on inside zone and sweep. He did run a bit more from under center this week presumably to try disguise the direction of the run play. It didn't work against the Cowboys but it was mostly because of poor run blocking up front. Now this doesn't excuse the play of Sam Bradford and the WRs, more on that later, but for now the Eagles have a ton of issues along the offensive line with the run game and they must get it sorted out. I wish I could just lay the blame on the two biggest question marks of the offseason like I did last week, but Andrew Gardner and Allen Barbre were hardly the biggest culprits on Sunday. I'm afraid this game is going to look even uglier when the All-22 comes out, but a number of blocking issues could be seen miles away on the TV feed.

Jets' Antonio Cromartie says Eagles' offense seems slower with Sam Bradford than Nick Foles - NJ.com
"Honestly, I think when you look at the offense, their up-tempo actually has slowed down more with Sam Bradford than it was with Nick Foles," Cromartie said. "It seems like it. When you're watching the game on TV, and then you watch the games from last year with Nick Foles and those guys, it seems like the tempo was a lot quicker. To me, it looks like it's slowed down a little more with Sam Bradford, because he's still trying to grasp the offense. I think Nick Foles understood the offense, so they were able to move at a faster pace."

Sam Bradford remains confident and players remain confident in him - Inquirer
Before the season the biggest concern about Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was his health. Now after a poor performance in Sunday's 20-10 loss to Dallas, the biggest question is about his psyche. As is expected of a quarterback, Bradford has taken his share of hits from the media and fans as the Eagles have stumbled to a 0-2 start. And now they have to visit a 2-0 New York Jets team that has caused 10 turnovers and is coming off Monday night's 20-7 win over the host Indianapolis Colts. Bradford insists he still believes in his teammates and himself despite the bad start.

Trey Burton: Through the Pain - Birds 24/7
In the midst of a season in which he would pass for 975 yards and five touchdowns, and run for 643 yards and five more scores, Carpenter struggled in front of his childhood hero. He completed four of nine passes for 32 yards and threw an interception, and Venice barely pulled out a 5-3 victory thanks to a fourth-quarter safety. But Carpenter and the Indians finished the year 11-2, another high point for Peacock and Venice, whose resurgence began when Burton took over under center. Now a mainstay on an NFL roster, Burton consistently remains in touch with the football program he helped transform. This past summer, along with former Venice teammate and current Pittsburgh Steeler Dri Archer, Burton returned to his hometown and put together a day-long football clinic and camp for local kids.

Film Study: Cosell Analyzes The Jets - PE.com
In our new weekly feature, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell will share his observations of the upcoming opponent through the tape study of the team's previous game. Here are Cosell's notes from the Jets' 20-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Fran Duffy's Eagle Eye in the Sky will feature the All-22 of the Jets' defense on Thursday.

Jason Kelce provides best reason yet for Eagles' offensive struggles - CSN Philly
"The first four games the first year Chip was here, teams didn't really know what we were doing. But for the most part, we've never had this huge playbook," Kelce said Wednesday at his locker. "That's never been part of our arsenal. We like to major in things that we do, and we have plays that go off of each other very nicely. When teams try to take away one play, we have plays that can hit them. "The problem is in games when you don't take advantage of what's there, then you kind of handcuff the coach. I think there were plays to be had this past Sunday (against the Cowboys) and there will be plays to be had this Sunday, and we just have to do a better job when we get in those situations of executing."

Eagles far from only 'contenders' at 0-2 - The 700 Level
Since the NFL expanded the playoff field to 12 teams in 1990, only 24 have made it after beginning the season 0-2. That's basically one per season. So we're saying the Eagles have a chance. At least they have just as much of a shot as the other eight clubs that are winless through two weeks. Not only are the Eagles far from the only team to have dug themselves a deep hole to kick off the 2015 campaign, but they're also not even the only team that was considered a Super Bowl contender to begin the season.

Which 2-0 NFL teams are contenders and which ones are pretenders? - SB Nation
Dallas Cowboys (Net points: plus-9): Saying the Cowboys might have some struggles on the way should come as a surprise to no one. Brandon Weeden will take over for at least eight weeks and that includes games against teams like the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. There's certainly more to the Cowboys than Tony Romo, as the team has a top-flight defense and an elite offensive line, but things could get bumpy with a quarterback who boasts a 5-16 record as a starter in his career.

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