Here’s what we saw during today’s game between the Eagles and Washington. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against Washington: QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin, OLB Trent Cole, C Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DL Taylor Hart.
The only difference from last week is that Cole is out with a hand injury. He had surgery earlier this week. Taking Cole’s place will be Brandon Graham. If the Eagles go with a rotation, Marcus Smith II or Bryan Braman could get into the mix. But expect Graham and Connor Barwin to play most of the snaps.
DB Jaylen Watkins was inactive last week, but he’ll dress today. Read more »
Here’s a look at how the Eagles match up with Washington.
WHEN THE EAGLES RUN…
The Birds have failed to reach any kind of consistency with their running game all season long. LeSean McCoy has carried 274 times for 1,132 yards (4.1 YPC). The offense had some chances last week against the Cowboys, but after the Eagles got down by 21 points early, McCoy carried just 16 times for 64 yards. Read more »
The Linc was full of energy last Sunday night in the minutes leading up to the Eagles’ matchup with the Cowboys.
The fans coordinated an impressively loud “Dallas Sucks!” chant during the coin toss. They booed the Cowboys when the football got knocked off the tee by the wind. They were ready to celebrate a victory that would put their team in control of the NFC East.
The Eagles won the toss and decided to receive. But that’s when things went wrong.
As you know by now, the kickoff was short. Neither Brad Smith nor Josh Huff fielded it. The Cowboys recovered deep in Eagles territory and got in the end zone to take a 7-0 lead.
But the show Turning Point on NBC Sports revealed an interesting bit of information about the play: special teams coach Dave Fipp warned the players in the pre-game huddle that the kick would be short: Read more »
Here are three Eagles leftovers to get to:
1. LeSean McCoy was one of the few Eagles who spoke up in support of DeSean Jackson after the team released Jackson during the offseason. And earlier this week, he unveiled a pretty hilarious impression of the speedy wide receiver.
We never got to see what a Chip Kelly offense would look like with McCoy, Jackson and Jeremy Maclin all on the field at the same time. Maclin tore his ACL in the summer of 2013, and Jackson was gone by the time this season rolled around.
McCoy was asked about the prospects of Jackson and Maclin teaming up in Kelly’s offense.
“Just a lot of big plays, a lot of space, a lot of yards,” he said. “That’s what I would think. But you never know.” Read more »
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On Thanksgiving, the Birds’ defense applied consistent pressure on Romo, and the Cowboys’ quarterback struggled to connect with open receivers when he did have opportunities.
Sunday night was a different story, and Davis ended up being right. Despite a mostly ineffective run game, Romo picked the Eagles apart, completing 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“I think the biggest difference in the two games that we had… was the play of Tony Romo and the throws,” Davis said this week. “The throws on Thanksgiving were under-thrown and bad, and we were coming back and making plays. The throws the other night were on the money, and they were right where they needed to be.”
Romo certainly deserves credit for playing well in a big spot. But Dez Bryant scored three touchdowns one-on-one against Bradley Fletcher. Was the Eagles’ game plan sound? Was it just a matter of the more talented unit winning? We explore those issues with the All-22. Read more »
Jeremy Maclin stood at the podium after practice Tuesday afternoon and wanted to set the record straight on a couple different topics.
One was his relationship with DeSean Jackson. The two never seemed especially close when they played together, but Jackson told the Inquirer over the weekend that he’s happy for Maclin and the success he’s had.
“We’ve spoken a few times this year,” Maclin said. “I don’t know how people perceive that relationship between him and I. We’re cool. No hard feelings either way. At the end of the day, he’s in Washington now and we’re here.”
Asked to describe the nature of their relationship, Maclin said: “We were teammates. We were cool. I don’t really know what people think, that there was ever any type of bad blood or anything. We’re both competitive guys and both guys who are very capable of being talented guys in this league. When you have two guys of that caliber on one team, I think people look for things to try to pick at and try to pull you guys apart, but it’s not always like that.”
In reference to offseason speculation that Maclin wouldn’t have re-signed had Jackson still been here, he said: “Was I quoted in that report? [No]. OK then.” Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player review of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys.
Mark Sanchez – In a game where the Eagles needed to maximize their opportunities on offense, Sanchez failed to capitalize and made too many mistakes. Although, to be fair, he was far from the only problem.
Overall, Sanchez went 17-for-28 for 252 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Per Pro Football Focus, he was 12-for-13 on throws under 10 yards. On attempts 10 yards or more from the line of scrimmage, Sanchez was 5-for-13. He did not complete a single pass that traveled 20 yards or more from the line of scrimmage and attempted just two. Read more »
Here are three leftovers from Chip Kelly’s session with reporters on Monday.
1. Kelly has been peppered with a lot of questions about the Eagles’ lack of a downfield passing attack.
“I think people are playing us a lot deeper than they did last year,” he said Monday. “That’s very evident. I don’t think anybody really lets us get behind them anymore. People are playing coverage from the top down, as opposed to last year; we saw a lot more press-man last year.
“We are not going to force things in terms of trying to throw the ball deep over the top if they are not going to allow you to run over the top.”
Earlier in the season, the downfield throws were available. What’s happened since then? Read more »