Wake-Up Call: Eagles In Good Spot After Six

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Jason Kelce hung out in the corner of the Eagles’ locker room Sunday night, checking his phone and congratulating his teammates.

The Birds’ center would have loved to have been in uniform competing against the Giants. But after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia injury, Kelce instead spent the game on the sideline next to his buddy Evan Mathis, his offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and others.

This wasn’t how most observers envisioned the first six games going. Kelce went down in Week 3. Evan Mathis suffered a knee injury in Week 1. And Mychal Kendricks went down in Week 2. Quarterback Nick Foles has 10 turnovers (seven interceptions, three fumbles). LeSean McCoy (Sunday notwithstanding) has come nowhere close to matching last year’s production. And while the defense looks improved, it’s still an inconsistent unit.

Yet here the Eagles are at the bye tied for the best record in the NFL at 5-1. Read more »

‘I Have Nothing To Explain To Anybody’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Getaway day coincided with picture day for the Eagles, and Chip Kelly used that combination to generate one last show of efficiency before sending players off for a week of rest.

“We set a record: four minutes and forty seconds. We got everybody — the entire team, every position group, the coaches and the training staff done in four minutes and forty seconds,” said Kelly. “Oh, it was tempo. And I would challenge anybody [to match that].”

Once that historic feat was accomplished, the players were able to kick into bye-week mode. They have off until next Tuesday when they’ll begin preparations for the Cardinals. Kelly’s message to his guys on their way out the door? Read more »

Sproles Has MCL Sprain

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

The Eagles will not be without Darren Sproles for long.

“He’s got an MCL sprain,” said Chip Kelly. “We’ll see how long it’s going to be. Could be a week or two. Could be back after…we have a week off, so he’ll get treatment and we’ll assess him when we get back next Tuesday.” Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Giants, the Day After

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

This was a different version of LeSean McCoy.

Standing at the podium dressed in dark jeans and a black vest, this looked like the tailback who led the NFL in rushing a year ago. The guy who made defenders look silly, juking, shaking and breaking ankles when he touched the ball. The player who was capable of routinely picking up chunks of yardage, no matter the opponent.

It was two weeks ago that the other McCoy showed up, standing by his locker at Levi’s Stadium after a loss to the 49ers and requesting that reporters ask him about any topic besides the Eagles’ stagnant running game. He was frustrated. He had put in more offseason work than ever before. He had talked big about 2,000 yards and being the league’s top back. And because of a variety of circumstances – most out of his control – he wasn’t producing results.

That changed Sunday night when McCoy piled up 149 yards on 22 carries as the Eagles shut out the Giants 27-0 and improved to 5-1 on the season. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Giant Statement

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

The Giants waited until the home team was off the field before gathering at the 50-yard line at the conclusion of warm-ups, their cleats digging into the Eagles’ logo. Led by Jason Pierre-Paul, a handful of players began stomping up and down on the emblem in a clear sign of defiance.

When Chip Kelly‘s crew returned and the game began, not a sliver more of disrespect was permitted. And it was the Eagles that did the stompin’ on their way to a 27-0 win and a 5-1 record.

“They can do all that,” said Lane Johnson, “but it’s basically whatever happens between the whistles that counts. We did that tonight; they didn’t.” Read more »

Sproles Leaves With Knee Injury

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Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Sproles was tackled awkwardly to the ground late in the third quarter and suffered a left knee injury.

It occurred during a four-yard run off the left tackle. Sproles’ left leg got stuck behind him as defensive tackle Markus Kuhn wrangled him to the ground. Sproles was able to walk off on his own but was sent to the locker room after a brief examination by trainers on the sideline. LeSean McCoy was by Sproles’ side as he got looked over on the trainers table and offered words of encouragement before he walked indoors.

“It made me pretty mad, the way it was on the field, kind a cheap-shot kind of deal,” said right tackle Lane Johnson. “He’s a key part to our offense, too. I don’t know what the verdict is on his injury — I think they’ll find out more tomorrow — but I don’t think it looks good.”

Sproles has been one of the team’s most valuable players through six games.  He had 32 yards and a touchdown on the ground and four punt returns for 57 yards before exiting.

Chris Polk (hamstring) did not dress. Trey Burton worked with the running backs this week and got a few carries down the stretch when McCoy needed a breather.

Instant Observations: Eagles 27, Giants 0

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Eric Hartline | USA Today Sports

Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 27-0 win against the New York Giants. The Birds improved to 5-1 and are in a first-place tie with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. They have a bye next week before returning to action against the Cardinals in Arizona. Read more »

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