From one extreme to another in a matter of seven days.
Nick Foles, fresh off his first snow game at any level, will now play his first NFL game indoors when the Eagles travel to Minnesota Sunday.
“Yeah, it will be a little different. Wind shouldn’t be a factor unless they have the AC blowing up,” Foles joked. “I’m just going to play football.” Read more »
The idea that a football team would be getting physically stronger as the season goes along seems counter-intuitive. The Eagles are 13 games into their campaign. Add training camp into the equation, and the grind has been going on for more than four months now. You would think the body would start wearing down right about now. Yet some players believe the opposite is happening in Year One under Chip Kelly.
“You can tell just from the reps that we do. I’m not saying that I’m just jumping up crazy, but what used to be hard to me is starting to become a lot easier towards the end,” said Brandon Graham. “Like the other day I put 405 on the bench [and did three sets of three] and it was pretty easy, and I feel like next week I want to go up a little more because that’s how good I feel right now.” Read more »
The Eagles are coming off an emotional, memorable win over the playoff-hopeful Lions. They have won five straight and, after a Dallas loss to Chicago Monday night, find themselves in the driver’s seat in the NFC East. Up next is a 3-9-1 Vikings team that could very well be without star running back Adrian Peterson.
Any concern about a letdown in this spot?
“No,” said Chip Kelly. “We’re just a one-week operation. I was literally thinking of the Vikings game running off the field on Sunday. It’s, ‘What is our next opportunity to go out and see where we are as a team?’ That’s what this deal is all about. I think the teams that are mentally tough can work their way through it, and I think we have a mentally tough group. Read more »
If television ratings are any indication, Philadelphia hasn’t been this invested in the Eagles in some time.
As we mentioned yesterday, Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Lions pulled a 34.9 rating, the third-highest rated 1 p.m. Eagles game since 1997. The other two came during the ’04 Super Bowl run — Nov. 7 against the Steelers (35 rating) and Nov. 28 against the Giants (36.7 rating).
The overall numbers are up as well. The cumulative rating for the Eagles’ 13 regular-season games stands at 28.5 — a 12 percent increase over last year’s mark. Take a look at how the ’13 figures compare to other recent seasons. Read more »
Quick note to get things started:
The Eagles-Lions game pulled a monster rating of 34.9 in the Philly market. Per the team, that is the third-highest rated 1 p.m. game dating back to 1997. The other two both came in 2004 during the Super Bowl run.
Also, the Week 16 Eagles-Bears game has been flexed to Sunday Night Football, bumping Patriots-Ravens to 4:25. There is a chance the Eagles-Dallas game gets flexed as well. The NFL typically makes that decision on Monday after the Week 16 games.
Now onto the Twitter questions. Read more »
The Eagles have the best big-strike offense in the NFL. They had eight plays of 20-plus yards Sunday, upping their league-leading total to 80 on the season. With three games remaining, they have a shot at surpassing the record of 96 established by the “Greatest Show On Turf ” Rams back in 2001.
Chip Kelly‘s offense has 19 touchdowns of 20-plus yards, which is also tops in the league. Three of those came in the fourth quarter against Detroit, as LeSean McCoy rattled off TD runs of 40 and 57 yards, and Chris Polk got loose for a 38-yarder.
The big play is part of this team’s identity. And it’s not all about getting the big play, it’s also about stopping it. Read more »
Sunday was the first game Nick Foles has played in the snow. He’s practiced in it, he said, but never played in it.
That’s not all that surprising. Foles hails from Austin, Texas and played his college ball in Arizona. Typically when he’s suited up for a home game over his career, it’s been short-sleeve weather.
Given his lack of experience in that department, Chip Kelly was asked a few weeks ago if there’s any way to help get a quarterback prepared to play in the elements.
“We’ve got the weather machine and we crank it up,” Kelly joked. (Though if any team in the league had a weather machine, it would be this one.) “It’s just getting comfortable and getting a feel for it.”
No other way to go through it except to go through it, in other words.
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DeSean Jackson was the first one into the tunnel when the clock struck zero. There’s not a whole lot of meat on that 175-pound frame, and he was frozen stiff.
“I can’t feel my feet!” yelled Jackson as he buzzed by. “I can’t feel my feet!”
Chip Kelly came into view a moment later, jogging quickly towards the locker room as a fan’s voice rang down the hall behind him. “Way to go, Chip!”
Then Michael Vick, a giant grin on his face, side-by-side Brent Celek, who let out an emphatic, “Uh!” Roc Carmichael quietly sang the Eagles fight song on his way in. A nearby teammate was not as subtle, screaming, ‘That’s what I’m [expletive] talking about!” Read more »
LeSean McCoy had just ripped off a nine-yard run on what proved to be his final carry of the night, and did a little Incredible Hulk flex as he sat in the snow. As he got up and exited the field, chants of ”Shady!” began to break out. They got so loud that some members of the offense began waving at the crowd, asking them to quiet down so they could execute the next play. The fans knew they had just witnessed something special.
It was a performance that left his teammates in awe.
“The cutting and everything, the jumping, that’s…I just was kind of watching it and going, ‘That’s the best running back in the league right there. It’s a good thing we’ve got him on our side,’ ” said Jason Kelce. “It was impressive to say the least because if I was to try one of those, I probably would have did the splits right around the 50-yard line.”
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McManus: Todd Herremans
Alex Henery was college teammates at Nebraska with Ndamukong Suh and says he has been texting with him this week as the Eagles get set to welcome in Suh’s Lions. Henery noted that when he and Suh were at Nebraska the Cornhuskers faced a Nick Foles-led Arizona club in the Holiday Bowl back in 2009. Nebraska rolled 33-0. Henery remembers Suh creating all sorts of problems for Foles.
“I think he was 0-for-20 or something,” said Henery.
Actually, Foles was 6-of-20 for 28 yards with an interception. Read more »