Zone Read: Eagles-Texans, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.

His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.

The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.

Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Maclin Proving His Worth

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

HOUSTON – In a first half defined largely by the instability on offense, Jeremy Maclin has been the constant.

The offensive line has already gone through 13 different personnel combinations. LeSean McCoy has been up and down. Darren Sproles missed some time. And on Sunday, Mark Sanchez took over for the injured Nick Foles.

That’s a lot of moving parts. Not surprisingly, Chip Kelly‘s attack has been erratic overall.

Maclin, though, has consistently delivered. Read more »

With Sanchez Under Center, Eagles Pull Out Win

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

HOUSTON – On his first regular-season snap in almost two years, Mark Sanchez dropped back and unfurled a bomb down the middle to Jeremy Maclin, who caught it in stride en route to a 52-yard pick-up. Five plays later, he found Jordan Matthews in the back of the end zone for six.

So much for easing into the action.

“How about that, huh? I was expecting maybe a handoff or a quick screen, ease my way in but you know Coach Kelly,” said Sanchez. “I said it [earlier] if he was a basketball coach he would bring you off the bench shooting three-pointers so that’s the way it goes. You have to be ready.”

Sanchez finished 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Eagles escaped Houston with a 31-21 win. Read more »

Jeremy Maclin’s Gatorade Crash Echoed Jim McMahon Play 23 Years Ago

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Although the Eagles lost a frustrating game to the Cardinals on Sunday, Jeremy Maclin had his best game of the season: He caught 12 passes for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And he had the best comic relief in the game as well. During a punt return, Maclin was pushed out of bounds and right over a table filled with Gatorade! He then crashed into another table, knocking that aside and splatting face-first onto the ground.

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All-22: The State Of the Eagles’ Offense

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After Sunday’s win against the Rams, Chip Kelly discussed the process of feeling out opposing defenses early in games.

“Just try to loosen them up,” Kelly said. “A lot of times as we play teams, it’s figuring how they decide to defend us. They were in a big man scheme, different than some of the other teams we face. Trying to get a feel for what they are going to do from a defensive standpoint.

“They have done a good job of playing zone and man. Just what are they going to choose to play us in, and they chose to play us in a lot more man today than we had seen. Even any of the other games we had played, I think Jacksonville and San Francisco played us in a ton of zone. These guys, their choice was to play us in man. Just have to do a better job with some of our man beaters. We had some guys there, but we have to do a better job. We knew what we were getting. We just have to execute.”

For the second week in a row, the offense looked shaky, managing two touchdown drives while turning the ball over three times. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Rams

NFL: St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Rams.

QUARTERBACK

Nick Foles - He’s not playing well. Foles is missing throws, making questionable decisions and looks jittery in the pocket. Overall, he went 24-for-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Foles turned the ball over a second time on a fumble while scrambling. Read more »

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