Join Tim and Sheil for a live chat as the Eagles host the Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
McManus: LeSean McCoy
As we wrote about this week and discussed on our show Thursday night, McCoy has needed every ounce of his elite talent to keep the ground game up and running over the last several games. The open space that he enjoyed early on when Michael Vick was healthy has been filled with swarming defenders that are selling out to shut McCoy down. No longer concerned about the quarterback keeping the ball on the read option, the defense is able to flow towards McCoy without hesitation.
Recently, the 25-year-old has relied largely on his video-game like shiftiness to get his yards. With a lesser back, this offense might be in a little trouble.
McCoy put a scare into this organization when he grabbed for the back of his leg against Washington. The Eagles need him to stay healthy and fresh. He is on pace for 309 carries this season. His previous high was 273, set back in 2011. Read more »
We gauge where things stand with Nick Foles and Chip Kelly going into the bye.
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Herm Edwards definitively stated that Nick Foles is not an elite/franchise quarterback. Is it too soon to pass that kind of judgement, or is Edwards spot on?
Sheil and Tim offer their takes.
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McManus: Zach Ertz.
This game is a homecoming of sorts for Ertz, who grew up in nearby Danville, CA and played his college ball at Stanford. He has gotten tickets for about 20 friends and family members.
“Obviously, going home, I want to make some big plays out there,” said Ertz.
The offense could definitely use it. The 35th overall pick has 14 catches on 25 targets for 201 yards (14.4 avg.) this season and has yet to find the end zone. The reason tight ends outside of Brent Celek weren’t seeing the field more early on is because the run game was working just fine when the Eagles were in “11 personnel”. The run game has dried up of late, so there is logic in getting someone like Ertz on the field more — especially over a player like Jeff Maehl.
“I feel very comfortable. I’ve had some opportunities to make some plays and I think I’ve made the plays when I’ve had my number called,” said Ertz. “Hopefully that number continues to go up over the next eight games of the season, whether it’s blocking or in the pass game, wherever they need me.” Read more »
McManus: Nate Allen.
Billy Davis was armed with a few interesting stats when he met with reporters this week. One was that the Eagles’ defense is being thrown on an average of 45 times per game (44.28, actually). That number is so high in part because the Eagles give up a lot underneath in the name of preventing the deep ball.
The Giants were undeterred by this style of defense the last time these two teams played. By Davis’ count, Eli Manning threw deep 11 or 12 times against the Eagles in the first matchup. Manning attempted 52 passes overall in that game.
Safe to say the secondary will be busy again. Allen has been playing better of late, but faces a pretty stiff test on Sunday. Read more »
It’s Dallas Week. A host of new Eagles are just beginning to find out what that means.
Michael Vick rules himself out for Sunday in a surreal joint press conference with Nick Foles. Vick sure isn’t acting like a quarterback worried about his job security. Tim and Sheil give their takes on the situation.
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