What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 11th in its power rankings:

LeSean McCoy posted 162 yards from scrimmage in Week 16, and is now 92 yards shy of the Eagles’ record, set by Brian Westbrook in 2007.

Doug Farrar of SI.com has Nick Foles’ 7-TD performance vs. Oakland as one of his stories of the year in the NFL:

Peyton Manning’s seven-touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL’s 2013 season opener wasn’t that much of a surprise — after all, Manning had thrown 37 touchdown passes in his first year with the Broncos, and there were question marks about the fitness of Baltimore’s secondary. However, what Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles did to the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 3 was far less expected — he also matched the seven-touchdown NFL record, and did it in the first three quarters of Philly’s 49-20 victory before head coach Chip Kelly replaced him with backup Matt Barkley. The game effectively marked the end of the Michael Vick era — at least for the Eagles — and started Foles on a historical month. His 152.8 quarterback rating for November was the single greatest for any quarterback in NFL history over a similar period of time. Foles, a third-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona, didn’t throw his first interception of the season until the aforementioned win over the Lions, marking a streak of 237 straight passes without an interception, a franchise best.

John Breech of CBSSports.com has LeSean McCoy third on his MVP list:

There’s only one player in the NFL dominating his position this season like Peyton Manning’s dominating the quarterback position and that’s LeSean McCoy. Through 15 games, McCoy has 1,476 rushing yards, which is 14.7 percent more than his next closest competitor. To put that in perspective, Manning only has 9 percent more passing yards than his next closest competitor. The Eagles have won six of their past seven games and the only game they lost in that span was in Week 15 when Chip Kelly went crazy and decided to only give McCoy the ball eight times. Kelly must not have known that the Eagles are 1-6 since 2010 when McCoy gets 10 or less carries.

Chris Burke of SI.com has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings:

It had been three years since Matt Cassel had a performance like the one he delivered against Philadelphia in Week 15, so maybe we just chalk that whole game up as an anomaly. That’s the only time since September the Eagles have allowed more than 21 points.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 11th:

That was a heck of a performance against the Bears. Too bad it didn’t matter.

Peter Bukowski of SI.com has Chip Kelly as his Coach of the Year:

No, Kelly hasn’t revolutionized the league like Cris Collinsworth’s occasional bouts of hyperbole would make you believe, but the Eagles offense is rolling and the defense has improved. This Philly team went from an undeniable mess to a legitimate darkhorse in the NFC with a quarterback who didn’t even start the season under center. After a trouncing of the Bears Sunday night, Philadelphia can capture the NFC East title by beating the Tony Romo-less Cowboys in Week 17. Even Kelly’s biggest supporters couldn’t have seen this coming.

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 12th:

With a win next week, the Eagles will barely slide into the playoffs. But I promise you, no one wants to face this team in the postseason. They are way too explosive.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles 11th:

Love how the Eagles utilize the running attack; it really is a thing of beauty. Philly came into Sunday night’s matchup leading the league with 152.9 rushing yards per game — and flat-out blew past that mark, posting nearly three bills against the Bears. Looks like Wilbert Montgomery’s single-season team record of 1,510 yards might go down. Oh, well. Who’s looking forward to Sunday night? This guy … was. #NeckBeard

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles seventh:

Before Philly sends out the playoff tickets, the Eagles need to figure out how to score more than three points against the Cowboys.

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  • chucky’s in love

    the cowboys stopped the eagles cold in week 7. eagles scored 3…that’s right three…points on the boys. what makes you think the eagles can score on, and beat the boys in week 17?

    • Joe from Easton

      Because the Eagles team that scored three points on Dallas that day is not the one Dallas will be facing on Sunday. That Dallas defense isn’t the same either; they got worse.

    • Beastmode

      Lol

    • airgreen7

      Both teams are not the same. Dallas is depleted and the Eagles are improved. I’m not going to say that it is a done deal because this is an anything-can-happen league. If we keep our heads straight and play our style of football, I don’t see us coming out of Dallas with anything other than a win.

    • J Bird

      Well Charles, you’re definitely in love seeing as how you are completely blind.

    • DEBO 215

      They’re a completely different team now. Also, Sean Lee isn’t playing.

    • Brian

      Hey, Cockroach, the Eagles stopped themselves in the first game. The all-22’s proved that. The Eagles were, and are, clearly the better team.

      • Richard Colton

        Eskin. +1

        • Brian

          Thought it, as I typed it.

    • Justin

      Guess how I know you didn’t watch the first Eagles-Cowboys game.

      • Brian

        Well….?

    • Maggie

      Are you a bear? Have you been in hibernation? Or just listening to “sports commentators” who refuse to look at facts which might interfere with their prejudices?

    • Breezy

      I can’t even…

  • Joe from Easton

    Screw Florio.

    • airgreen7

      Yup. Exactly my sentiment….

    • DEBO 215

      This.

    • G_WallyHunter

      He’s so smart with his insight.
      Who woulda thought? They need to score more than 3 points.
      See that’s where Florio’s wrong, what if Dallas O sucks so bad they get 0?
      Then Eags can score 3 points. Florio ya dummy

      • pkatz

        Let’s be real: if the Dallas O is so terrible they have zero points then the odds that our defense gets a safety or two are not negligible. They could win a hockey game, 2-0 or 4-3

        • G_WallyHunter

          Great point, Florio didn’t consider that they could indeed win by a safety, so would only have to score 2. that’s awesome, Florio ya dummy

    • Loke1988

      I know he sounds like a d!@k but last week there was zero pressure and the last time out against the CowPukes, well you know what happened. The entire team choked along with the coaches. They need to prove it when it counts and we all know it.

    • pjcostello

      Agreed, He’s a douche. Not for this comment specifically, but a whole website full of them.

  • airgreen7

    I hope that we post some HUGE numbers against Dallas. I was going to a sports bar to watch the game with the missus but it looks like I will be holed up at home since she has to be on a special liquid diet prior to surgery the next day and also since the game was flexed to prime time. At least I can still scream to the top of my lung to my wife’s dismay at home. GO EAGLES!!!

  • Agoldman

    Would really like to know how it can be said the Eagles will barely slide into the playoffs if they beat Dallas. Winning a division by 2 games is not barely sliding

    • Joe from Easton

      I wanted to talk about that stupid comment too, but it was rife with innuendo while I was typing, lol.

    • KobraKai7474

      Especially when there is a distinct possiblity the final qualifier in the AFC is going to skulk into the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

    • DEBO 215

      Agreed. 10 wins in the NFC is strong considering how good the conference is as a whole this year. There’s no easy out. You don’t get the Jags, Raiders, Texans, etc…in the NFC.

      • anon

        we got the skins and giants twice, and we did play the raiders

        • pjcostello

          …and the Broncos got the Raiders twice, the Texans twice, PLUS the Giants and Redskins! Guess they’re also ‘sliding’ into the playoffs. :-)

    • pjcostello

      I posted the same comment on Fox. It’s just inane.

  • DEBO 215

    Chip Kelly = Coach of the Year. Easily. Guy is going to finish over .500 in his rookie campaign, possibly with 10 wins and a division title and he has had to endure starting 3 different QB’s and inherited a pretty terrible secondary. Credit to Billy Davis for turning this D around and getting them to play well too. Not to mention this teams overall health is outstanding and a lot of that can be attributed to his sports science, workout and diet changes.
    No one wants to see midnight green across the field in the playoffs. No one.

    • Richard Colton

      COTY is arbitrary and pointless. Its like NBA MVP or Comeback Player of the Year. Kelly won’t win because there are three coaches ahead of him with more buzz and better claims – Reid: huge win/loss turnaround Rivera: successfully turned around career of NFL superstar and moribund franchise Arians: no QB and has been winning in the NFLs toughest division.

      Ray Rhodes won the award, so I’m not going to cry if Chip never does.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya that’s unfortunate with Rivera, Reid, and Arians.
        I think Reid and Rivera are the big 2, Arians won it last year for goodness gracious sakes, if he won it again that’d just be all around ruckus.

        Chip, Rivera, Reid, that’s what we’re looking at.
        I think you’re right in saying Reid and Rivera have more buzz, but as you said, very arbitrary. Maybe they look at the roster turnover (22/53 I believe) and full staff turnover besides Duce and Ted (22/24 staffers), and they see Chip’s complete program make-over as more deserving.
        I guess we’ll see, should be exciting

        • Richard Colton

          It would be neat if he won, but I don’t need the trophy to convince me Chip has the ability to win a Superbowl. I’m already convinced.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Hell ya agreed, would just be nice to see that recognition! Especially in a rookie year damn.. just in aw

          • DEBO 215

            Agreed. I just think he deserves it. Riverboat Ron is a decent coach but that defense is why that team is so good…(ahem…Sean McDermott…)
            Andy Reid has the easiest schedule in the history of schedules and had a team with a ton of talent returning from injury.

          • Breezy

            Its nice to be confident that your coach can and will get you victories on gameday. I don’t think reid ever beat teams with his coaching while he was here.

        • ztom6

          I don’t care about Kelly winning coty. Give it to Reid instead.

    • Weapon Y

      There’s a strong case for lots of head coaches this year: Chip Kelly, Andy Reid, Ron Rivera, Bruce Arians, and Bill Belichick are the top 5 choices in my opinion. Not necessarily in that order though.

    • Maggie

      I was advocating COTY before Christmas, but, okay, you can join in. Even though it is more about politics than reality, it does have a nice ring to it. it’s a bit like MVP some years. Is Peyton REALLY more valuable to his team than Russell Wilson is to his? And according to the same talking heads, the Patriots will find it very difficult to win without Gronkowsky, so maybe he is more valuable to HIS team, lol.

  • GW.Fisher

    Mike Florio. smh

  • Beastmode

    Tony Romo’s back is only slightly improved since epidural injection and treatment. Didn’t practice, attend team meeting or game-plan session
    -ed werder on twitter

  • KobraKai7474

    I continue to be mystified why writers, like Mike Florio above, continue to ignore the obvious about the first Dallas game and the likely reason for its outcome: Nick Foles was clearly concussed early in the first half of the game NOT on the play before he was finally removed. THAT is why he played like a…. well… like a guy with a concussion. I understand why the Eagles and the NFL might want to cover that fact up, but why exactly do we have a free press if even sports reporters are too afraid or too lazy to uncover the truth?

    • Beastmode

      Esp when it looked like he really didn’t bang his head that hard, at least from my couch.

    • Joe from Easton

      Yea, he looked like it was his first practice in pop warner out there. Missing throws that some couch QB’s could make. Foles will dissect them on Sunday as he has done to every other defense all year.

    • GEAGLE

      I’m mystified as to why it even friggin matters? GREAT QBs have HORRIBLE games where NOTHING goes right all the time!!!! when you set the league on Fire for almost 3 months, why the hell does it matter that he has one horrible game?
      ..
      Friggin The great Tom Brady for the past two YEARS is completing 27% of passes in the redzone to everyone not named Gronk. Losing division games to Miami, squeeking out late second wins against the friggin Browns
      ..
      Folesy DESTROYED a Tampa defense that OWNED Drew Brees! The same Drew Brees that lost to the rams NAND couldn’t score 20 points during a CRUCIAl game
      ..
      If we are being honest, you can include the Dallas game! and FOles has still been better then RGme,kAp, Tannahill, Luck, Cam and even Wilson who I think the world of….and FOles is asked to make more decisions in this offense they every single one of those QBs..those offenses don’t use packaged plays as frequently as we do. Every single one of those young QBs have the luxury of both MORE NFL experience, and more time and continuity in the offenses that they are asked to run…yet Nick has out played every last one of them..
      ,,,
      Serious Question…if Howie calls Chip and says listen the Colts just offered us the ANNOINTED one, Andrew luck! straight up for Saint Nick…what do you think Chip says to Howie?….he would tell him to hang up the damn phone, that’s what he would say

      In the HISTORY of Football, you won’t find too many QBs who at this point in their career. With so little NFL experience and so I little time spent in the offense, have played better than Nick FOles…people can wait for some silly law of average to bring I his game down(talking to you McManus), but sooner or later they will get sick of pinching themselves and not waking up, and they will realize that this is REALITY!!!
      ..
      I know Stuff like this just doesn’t happen to philadelphia Eagles fans…but STOP PINCHING YOURSELVES!!! You are NOT Dreaming!!! This is REALITY!! And it’s ONLY going to improve!!!

      • OregonDucker

        The combination of Chip scheme with FOles decision-making/accuracy is the difference. This is not a last second Brady/Romo pull the rabbit out of the hat offense. It is a symphony of talented players creating beautiful, elegant plays time and time again. It is NOT a one man QB show – it’s team effectiveness at a quantum level. This is NOT a Bart Starr/Johnny Unitas deal, it’s MAGIC. All Aboard the Chip Train!

      • UKEagle99

        I agree. Nick FOles has not spent a single day of the off season as #1, the starter, the guy, numero uno. I have very high hopes for a playoff birth and a NYG type run. If it doesn’t happen, so be it. However I would love to see what FOles and this offence can do next season, with a few more Chip parts and a lot more time.

    • Spooonius

      1. We can’t prove it.
      2. Unless something makes it into the national conversation, it’s not on these guy’s radar. I don’t think they actually watch the games.

    • ztom6

      Or, they could just be telling the truth: Foles was just having a bad day.

  • Adam

    Guys like Florio, Prisco, they aren’t as dumb as they like to pretend to be. It’s a known fact that if you write bad things about teams like the Eagles, you get page views and comments on your articles. Eagles fans come out in force to stuff like this. That’s where they make their flow. So when you get your panties in a bunch over stuff like this, know you’re falling right into their trap.

    • KobraKai7474

      Valid point. That is why I refuse to click the links and read the full stories from almost all of these national guys… except for the ones I already read and respect (and that list pretty much starts and ends with Peter King, Don Banks, Bill Barnwell, and Gregg Easterbrook)

      • nicksaenz1

        Easterbrook? Say it ain’t so.

      • Stephen Stempo

        lol Easterbrook the guy who said Rookie Coach Kelly got snookered over the Sopoaga trade.

  • Brian

    Today’s the anniversary of the last Eagles championship in 1960. I think we’re due…

  • KobraKai7474

    We learned two weeks ago what happens when you overlook a team that appears, on paper, to be an easy win. Presumably, the Eagles have learned that lesson, too. Having said that, the omens for this week are just too good, and they have nothing to do with Tony Romo’s back/hip/disk/heart/whatever. The simple fact is that the Eagles will go into the game very healthy on both sides of the football with, most importantly, an un-concussed quarterback. THAT is why this game will not looking anything all like the first game. I am not saying the Eagles can’t lose (again, just look at what happened in Minnesota two weeks ago if you feel otherwise), but I AM saying they will NOT look like the team that played Dallas earlier this season… not even close. Dallas didn’t do anything special or amazing in the first game except lay a hit on Nick Foles that concussed him, and, quite frankly, repeating that formula is their only real hope for winning this game.

  • Syracuse Eagle Fan
    • KobraKai7474

      He left out one in the “What the Cowboys did…” section: Give the Eagles starting quarterback a concussion.
      Sunday, even if they could repeat that part of the formula and concuss Nick Foles again, the Eagles now have a healthy backup with honest-to-goodness NFL experience to take his place.

  • Brian
  • Rashad Johnson

    looks like chip was the real deal .Next year the NFL will see more and more College level plays and most teams will have to adjust to the faster paced offense .Who knows the NFL teams may start to hire College coaches as the norm ,you know how it is ….bandwagons and all.

  • Rashad Johnson

    Love that avatar .When I first saw N.Foles as a rookie before he was picked up by the Eagles I had the funny feeling I knew him from somewhere, you just solidified it .lol