Zone Read: Eagles-Seahawks, the Day After

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY

There was a lot of talk about measuring sticks in the Eagles’ locker room Sunday evening. Questions regarding what the players learned about themselves during a windy afternoon at the Linc. Discussions on whether the team is capable of competing with the best of the best in the conference.

After a 24-14 loss to the Seahawks in which the offense looked completely outmatched, the Eagles are now 0-3 against NFC teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

The overall mood, though, was more upbeat than one might expect. As Russell Wilson knelt down to kill the clock in the fourth quarter, Connor Barwin walked around to his teammates and delivered fist-pounds and hugs. When Mark Sanchez returned to his locker after his press conference, Jordan Matthews greeted him a handshake.

Everyone seemed to share the same feeling.

“I don’t think that anybody in here feels that we can’t beat the Seattle Seahawks,” said center Jason Kelce. “I just think they were much better than we were today. And I think we feel the same way about Green Bay and about any team in the NFL. On any given day, you can win in this league. And it really comes down to us just continuing to improve each and every day.” Read more »

Three And Out: Eagles-Seahawks Predictions

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas – USA Today

Player I’ll be watching

McManus: Mychal Kendricks

Russell Wilson told Philly reporters this week that teams have used a spy on him ever since he started playing football. Odds are the trend will continue Sunday. Whether Kendricks is the one who draws that particular assignment or not, he’ll be playing a critical role against Seattle.
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Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Titans

Photo Credit: Derik Hamilton - USA Today

Photo Credit: Derik Hamilton – USA Today

Here’s a player-by-player review of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Titans.

QUARTERBACKS

Mark Sanchez – There was some good and some bad with Sanchez. He completed 30 of 43 passes for 307 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Sanchez has generally gotten the ball out quickly and done a good job of climbing the pocket when he feels edge pressure. He takes fewer shots downfield than Nick Foles. Per Pro Football Focus, 12.9 percent of Sanchez’s attempts have traveled 20+ yards downfield (15th). With Foles, the number was 18.9 percent (second). Twenty-four of Sanchez’s 30 completions Sunday were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Read more »

McCoy Trying To Grind It Out

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

If you were to close your eyes and conjure up an image of the 2013 LeSean McCoy, chances are he’s on the loose. Maybe he’s bounding over a hapless Detroit defender and prancing through the snow while the rest of the mere mortals spin their wheels. Whatever it is, he’s probably slashing and gliding and on the attack.

Do the same exercise for this year’s version, and you might see defenders swarming into the backfield as No. 25 tries to flee this way and that before being swallowed up by the wave.

It’s been a grind for the reigning rushing champ, and that grind has gotten to him at times. Read more »

Notes: Sproles Honored Once Again

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina - USA Today

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina – USA Today

As Darren Sproles brought in the 55-yard punt off the foot of Brad Nortman Sunday, he said the middle of the field “opened up like the Red Sea.”

Sproles shot right through the gap and zipped 65 yards for the touchdown. For his efforts, he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

This is the third such honor for Sproles this season – twice for special teams and once for his contributions on offense. He is tied with Aaron Rodgers (this week’s opponent) for the NFL lead with three Player of the Week Awards. Read more »

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