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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/28/15.

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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Jets game - PhillyVoice
The Eagles only had 231 yards of total offense. They gained 3.4 yards per play. The second half was particularly woeful offensively. In the second half the Eagles had eight drives -- Five 3-and-outs, a 4-and-out, a lost fumble, and finally, an ugly series to end the game in which the Eagles had a delay of game followed by a false start, before the Jets committed a penalty of their own to seal the deal. Let's be real here -- The only reason the Eagles won this game was because they forced four turnovers. The defense is balling. The offense still looks like crap.

Four Downs: Rookies Impress In First Eagles Win - Birds 24/7
After the Atlanta game, I understood why Bradford rarely threw the ball down field. Dan Quinn’s defense is designed to take away the big plays, so the Eagles constantly had receivers open on underneath routes. After the Dallas game, I was more dubious. Now, I wonder if Bradford has a confidence problem. We saw the quarterback make good throws down the field in the preseason, and he clearly has a great arm, but he still appears hesitant he goes through his progression. Earlier in the season, I attributed it to rust because he hadn't played a regular season game in almost two years. Now, that excuse doesn't work as well.

Big Day for the D - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles gave up 20 points in the 1st half of the season opener. Since then, they have allowed 36 points in 10 quarters. That’s good defense, especially when you consider that the offense still isn’t exactly sustaining drives and helping them to stay off the field. Nobody will be calling this bunch Gang Green II any time soon, but they are showing real signs of improvement from the past couple of years. The Jets ran 75 plays, generated 323 yards and 17 points. The Eagles defense came up with 1 sack, 2 TFLs, 9 PDs, 2 FFs and 4 takeaways. Beyond the stats, they seemed to come up with key plays at key moments. I think all of Eagles Nation was ready to lose it when Ryan Mathews fumbled late in the game. A few plays later, the Eagles take the ball right back. That was a huge moment in the game. Keep in mind that the defense did that while missing Cedric Thornton, Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and Taylor Hart.

Eagles' rookies step up on defense - Daily News
Two weeks ago, it looked like the one and only member of the Eagles' 2015 draft class with any shot to make an impact this season was going to be their first-round pick, wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

Chip Kelly a bust? Eagles happy to silence critics in win over Jets - NJ.com
The sharks were circling around Chip Kelly this past week, both nationally and locally, as many questioned if the NFL had "figured out" the Eagles head coach.  On Sunday, in a 24-17 win over the New York Jets, his players were happy to silence their head coach's critics.  "Whenever you are down, there are always going to be people talking. We know that this offense can be a very good, dynamic offense," center Jason Kelce said. "It's only a matter of time before it picks up and takes off."

Eagles' O-line takes 'big step' against best defense it's faced - CSN Philly
It was the bounce-back game the Eagles' running backs and offensive line so desperately needed after netting just 70 rushing yards in the first two weeks. "We knew it was going to be on the O-line," right tackle Lane Johnson said after the Eagles' 24-17 win. "We heard all the negativity. It's on us. We had to step up. It's a big step from last week, but it's still not where it needs to be, but we're making improvements. We knew our backs were against the wall this week. We knew we had to get some type of ground game going, which we did."

Kelly: Eagles Were Ready For Street Fight - PE.com
"It’s got to be the same mentality (next week as it was this week)," he said. "Obviously, you've got to make your adjustments on Tuesday and just go, because what happened the week before in this league sometimes really doesn’t have a real big impact on the next week. Every week’s going to be kind of a street fight, and you’ve got to be prepared. We still have a lot of corrections to make, but it’s obviously easier on Tuesday when you’re talking to a team after a win than it is after a loss."

Brian Westbrook has doubts on a new Eagles - BGN
Some have compared the new trio of DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles to the great 2003 running back corps that featured Correll Buckhalter, Westbrook and Staley, now the Eagles' running backs coach, has encouraged the comparison himself. On the same day he was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Westbrook told BGN in an exclusive interview that the situations are not the same.  His point had nothing to do with the skill of the 3 RBs, or the offensive line they need to block for them. He just doesn't think that three established veterans will be happy dividing up the snaps.

The Rams just set their own field on fire by accident - SB Nation
The St. Louis Rams' Sunday home game hasn't started yet, but it's already up in flames. Literally. ON FIRE.

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