Big Win

Posted: November 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 136 Comments »

The Eagles now have the inside track to winning the NFC East and they are still very much in contention for having the best record in NFC. We don’t know how things will turn out, but the team put itself in good position with Thursday’s win.

I think the biggest shock was the play of the defense. They limited DeMarco Murray to just 73 yards on 20 carries, and he had to break tackles on some runs to get his numbers to that level. The Eagles didn’t sell out to stop him. They just kept him under control. The Dallas passing game didn’t fare much better. Tony Romo had thrown at least one TD pass in 38 straight games. That ended on Thursday against the Eagles. With Dez Bryant going against Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. Wow. Jason Witten was all over the TV as usual, but instead of this being highlights of his catches it was highlights of him relentlessly yelling at people on the sidelines. As Tony Bruno would say…”Beautiful”.

Speaking of beautiful…

I wrote a piece the other day about how the Eagles might have some advantages due to the quick turnaround. My point was that the Eagles Sports Science program would likely help the players recover quickly and be physically ready for a Thursday game and that the Eagles superior coaching staff would help them to be mentally prepared for the game. Sure looked like both things happened on Thursday.

Jason Garrett is now 2-3 in Thanksgiving games. His wins came against a Miami team that finished 6-10 and an Oakland team that finished 4-12. Those wins don’t say much about the Dallas staff and their ability to handle a short week.

Eagles players now have an extra few days of rest before they report back on Tuesday for practice “training”. The coaches have plenty of time to study Seattle tape and put together a gameplan. The interesting thing about going from Dallas to Seattle is how opposite they are. You need to score points against Dallas. They have a crappy defense, but powerful offense. Seattle is just the opposite. They have the #1 defense, but only a so-so offense. You must be able to play a low-scoring game against them. The hope is to score your usual amount of points, but you can’t count on that against such a stingy defense.

It was very encouraging to see the Eagles win the battle up front so decisively on Thursday. We had a good feeling about the O-line vs the Dallas D. That favored the Eagles, but if you remember the season finale from last year, Dallas kept the game close by having the DL actually make some plays. The Eagles just dominated yesterday.

And the matchup of the day…Dallas’ dominant OL against the Eagles front seven…that wasn’t close. The Eagles were the dominant unit. Murray didn’t have big holes to attack. Tony Romo was under constant pressure. I couldn’t help but think back to Sunday night when Romo had 7.6 seconds on some plays on the final drive. Just how bad is the Giants D? Yikes.

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That just sounds pathetic.

Now that’s just funny.

Just so you know, Dez Bryant isn’t looking past his next opponent (Chicago), but he is focused on the rematch with the Eagles. Let’s hope his teammates have the same level of concentration and focus. Should make the Bears game a lot more fun.


136 Comments on “Big Win”

  1. 1 Crus57 said at 11:57 AM on November 28th, 2014:

    I posted in the last thread but I think it bears repeating here: I was not impressed with Coopers effort on Matthews TD. I think his attitude needs adjusting before he becomes a problem (or gets benched).

  2. 2 Mitchell said at 11:59 AM on November 28th, 2014:

    I thought this was one of his better games but I can see his lack of effort/concentration. The example I can think of is the confusion on the goal line.

  3. 3 Tumtum said at 12:54 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I didn’t notice the lack of effort, and agree it was one of his better games. Of course I was watching in a house packed with people that didn’t give a damn about the game and were going out of their way to distract me.

    Still not a fan of Cooper and wish he wasn’t here.

  4. 4 Crus57 said at 1:04 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    For reference, here is the play:

    Cooper lines up at the top of the screen, runs a route and then stands there with his arms in the air rather than trying to block for Matthews.

    I know it’s only a minor thing but it just doesn’t seem to mesh with the effort shown by the rest of the team, especially in the context of the INT he helped contribute to last week and the argument with Sanchez and subsequent pass he wasn’t ready for this week.

  5. 5 Jernst said at 1:33 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Dude, I watched the play a half dozen times trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, but Cooper is almost 10 yards away from Matthews and there’s no one near him for Coop to block, not to mention that Matthews is clearly going in for a fairly uncontested TD…not sure what else Cooper could have done. All he could have done was block in the back or hold unnecessarily and negate the TD. Rather him just signal TD as he did.

  6. 6 Mitchell said at 1:37 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Yeah I think Cooper, on that play, was cele rating the td.

  7. 7 Crus57 said at 1:49 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Fair enough, it’s always possible I overreacted. Just didn’t feel to me like the kind of thing Kelly encourages, to celebrate the TD when there are is still a defender to beat and other defenders pursuing, but I certainly admit it was a very minor thing.

  8. 8 daveH said at 2:10 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I don’t feel it either.. think he played it cooler to stay away and not draw in add’l D ..just kept it cleared out .. matthews was flying anyway

  9. 9 Mitchell said at 1:37 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Ditto to your whole post.

  10. 10 Tom said at 3:36 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    What are you talkin about. Watch his blockin on maclins long catch and sproles run …. Don’t think you could be anymore wrong.

  11. 11 Mitchell said at 11:57 AM on November 28th, 2014:

    Loved watching Bayless squirm in his chair today!

  12. 12 GEAGLE said at 8:27 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    He is such a donkey…

  13. 13 OregonDucker said at 12:32 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Normally I avoid mainstream Philly media but this article on Sanchez gives you insight into the man and his family. He comes from good stock!

  14. 14 Tumtum said at 12:40 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Sound a lot like the 2009 Eagles who got demolished in week 17 in Dallas and then had to go right back and play there again….only to get demolished.

  15. 15 P_P_K said at 3:17 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    That was painful.

  16. 16 shah8 said at 5:48 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Was watching…

    Jamal Jackson, whereforth art thou!

  17. 17 daveH said at 12:43 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    loved the 2nd drive!!
    and Ertz maybe should have caught that TD because it only got swatted away once it bounced off his fingers .. loved the pass and also that sanchez had other options with mattews open in the middle and shady untouched out on the wing!
    if we’d have know that we are on backup qb with neither one ranked too high, and backup linebackers ..and be 9-3 id never ever would belive it!!

  18. 18 Tumtum said at 12:52 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I don’t know that ball looked pretty uncatchable. My biggest issue on that drive was the read-option Sanchez gave and would of had a 100 yard (not that he needed 100) score available to him if he took.

  19. 19 BlindChow said at 2:25 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Possible it was one of those designed runs and not an actual read-option…

  20. 20 A_T_G said at 6:19 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    It seems as though Sanchez is being limited when he is allowed to pull back the handoff. It only seems to happen on plays where we have a chance to score. Maybe a nod to self-preservation, maybe an effort not to go to the well too often.

  21. 21 P_P_K said at 3:17 PM on November 28th, 2014:


  22. 22 bdbd20 said at 12:52 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    It was obviously a fluke win. Their OL is obviously better than ours. As is their RB, QB, and WR’s.

    No doubt they will be better with 10 days to prepare. Obviously.

  23. 23 Jarock said at 1:01 PM on November 28th, 2014:


  24. 24 EagleNebula said at 1:04 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I am assuming you forgot the “*sarcasm”

  25. 25 bdbd20 said at 1:30 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    If you have to say “sarcasm,” doesn’t that just defeat the purpose?

  26. 26 A_T_G said at 6:16 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Yep. If you have to label it, you aren’t doing it right.

  27. 27 Tom said at 3:34 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I take our oline and shady anyway of the week over them. Maclin and Matthews over dez and Williams …. And last time I checked romo still hasn’t won a playoff game and missed about ten times. So overrated.

  28. 28 NickS1, Armchair GM said at 3:36 PM on November 29th, 2014:

    Sadly, Romo has one playoff win. It was against us.

  29. 29 anon said at 1:06 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    they are but our coaching and defense is way better. culture over skill or something like that?

  30. 30 P_P_K said at 3:17 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    For a minute I though Dez Bryant had hijacked your name. Then I realized the spelling and grammar was correct. Couldn’t be Dez.

  31. 31 76mustang said at 12:57 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Love how fresh the Eagles looked in comparison to the Cowboys. These 10 days between games this late in the season, combined with the sports science regimen will give the Eagles the freshest legs down the stretch (plus doesn’t hurt that Kelce, Mathis, and Johnson missed time earlier in the season).

    Coaching staff is remarkable in how they’re developing this team – I remember reading some anonymous quotes of PAC-12 DCs when they learned that Chip was moving on to the NFL, the consensus being they were happy they no longer had to game plan against that SOB! The Eagles are already competing near the top of the NFL in just season 2 of what Chip is building – and this year is wide open. Really impressed with the Eagles organization – kudos to Mr. Lurie and his vision in developing Howie and bringing in Chip!

  32. 32 Tumtum said at 1:03 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Near the top, but unfortunately not near enough. That GB game is sticking in my craw.

  33. 33 76mustang said at 1:15 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Point is that there isn’t one contending team that hasn’t been blown out by somebody this season. Players have to have a short memory – Eagles coaching staff prepared this team well…

  34. 34 unhinged said at 11:28 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Who blew out the Seahawks – was that the Cowboys? Did they get embarrassed by anyone else? They just beat two of their toughest opponents 19-3 in back-to-back games, and they look to have their mojo back. They could run the table and still not make the playoffs, whereas the Eagles could lose and still make the playoffs. The Eagles will see a playoff performance from Seattle, and this will be a great measuring stick for our offense.

  35. 35 NickS1, Armchair GM said at 3:42 PM on November 29th, 2014:

    If SEA wins out they’re in.

  36. 36 stephenstempo said at 3:01 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Mine too. But everyone has a clunker on their schedule where they were just not in it for whatever reason. Even Green Bay.

  37. 37 P_P_K said at 1:00 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I’ve never said this before, “Plaxico Burress is righteous.”

  38. 38 A_T_G said at 6:14 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    This game has led you to explore a few fresh ideas, hasn’t it?

  39. 39 BobSmith77 said at 1:04 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    There is one possible downside to the Eagles victory:

    Jason Garrett’s potential firing became just a bit more likely. Great knowing your adversity is mediocre at best and a known quantity. Just have to be happy that Jones is running things still in Dallas and Snyder in DC.

    No single thing has helped the Eagles more the last twenty years.

  40. 40 Jarock said at 1:09 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    You consider that a negative, but as long as Jones is the owner/gm, no great coach is going to want to touch that situation. Jones will continue to hire yes men and the Cowboys will continue to be mediocre. Jerry Jones, in the words of Jimmy Bama, please never die.

  41. 41 Crus57 said at 1:15 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    The only problem I could see is if an up and coming college coach gets hired, knowing that when things go badly he can blame it on Jerry Jones not giving him full control.

  42. 42 Jarock said at 1:22 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    . . . and this is a healthy coaching situation . . . . how exactly??

  43. 43 Crus57 said at 1:50 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I didn’t mean it would be healthy, only that it could possibly be effective for a year or two before Jones inevitably derails it.

  44. 44 Kelce's Beard said at 2:24 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    our college coach > their potential college coach

  45. 45 EagleNebula said at 3:24 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    If he is an up and comer he will have more options than just the Cowboys.

  46. 46 EagleNebula said at 1:09 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Jones has made Dallas a hostile place to coach, he will have trouble getting any coach who has other viable options (i.e. any good coach). He will never give a head coach the amount of power they would want – no way he will give up control over the roster. I am not worried about Garrett leaving, any more than than I was when Shanahan getting tossed from DC.

  47. 47 Bert's Bells said at 1:20 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Yup. I think Garrett might have been a pretty good coach, but Jones ruined him.

  48. 48 jmh said at 2:47 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Actually that was a thought that crossed my mind during the 4th quarter. What kind of coach would Garrett be within a normal NFL environment? He doesn’t seem to be a bad guy or an idiot, So how good or bad would he be in Chicago or San Fran or wherever? Although he’ll probably have Jerrah-induced PTSD for years.

  49. 49 Jarock said at 1:16 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I hope Dez stays with the Cowboys for life, if only for the comedy of his commentary. He is incredibly talented and a complete clown. Like far too many receivers, he is totally in love with himself and believes that he is the center of the football universe.

  50. 50 P_P_K said at 3:15 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    We think he’s a jerk. Imagine what his defensive teammates think of him after all his helpful “pep talks.”

  51. 51 BobSmith77 said at 1:26 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Top Secret:

    Years ago Lurie set up a secrer operation called ‘Jerry’s Kids’ in which he pays Jimmy Johnson an annual retainer and and per call. Everything is done via cash drops with burner phones used only once. So top secret that Roseman and Kelly know nothing about if it.

    In each of the calls, Johnson calls jones directly and only speaks to him if he picks up. Johnson needles Jones on the call with a brief put down and encourages Jones to make a ridiculous move and make an ill-advised move in player personnel:

    ‘Hey Jerry I hope you and yours had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed that huge turkey. If you had a real QB like Johnny Football maybe you would have won that game instead. Enjoy the leftovers this week because there looked to be plenty of turkey to go around.’

    Basically encourages Jones to stay on his present disasterous path and makes foolish moves like trading a decent pick for manziel this offseason and dumping romo. In 2 more weeks, have Johnson leave a message that Jerry needs to get a real stud ruining back and spend a 1st rounder on it this offseason to truly committ to the run.’

  52. 52 Jarock said at 1:27 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    . . . and he doesn’t even have to!!! Jones self-sabotages all on his own 😛

  53. 53 sprawl said at 1:34 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I’m not looking past Christmas but I cannot wait until my birthday in January.

    Seeing as my dad’s birthday falls on the same date as mine it would be a great excuse to get some tickets to a home field playoff game coming off the bye…

  54. 54 McNabbulousness said at 1:41 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    anyone watching the flyboys, they’re looking like shit against the blueshirts

  55. 55 OregonDucker said at 2:04 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Kleptolia at Birds 24/7 came up with a name for the Eagles Defense – this name came from comments by Bennie Logan yesterday.

    Eagles Defense = “The Nobodies”

  56. 56 NinjaP said at 5:10 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I like it.

  57. 57 Richaud Jeaffreson said at 12:43 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Too close to the Dolphins “No Name Defense” of the 70’s.

  58. 58 D3FB said at 3:27 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    I like it as well, because it works in several ways.

    Who is the flasiest DL?
    Who starts on the DL?
    Who do they take shit from

  59. 59 Flying B-Dawk said at 2:57 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Sounds like Foles is on track to come back on time, contrary to the report the other day. Having two quarterbacks capable of winning with this team is going to be a nice problem to have again.

  60. 60 xmbk said at 3:01 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    How long until Huff replaces Cooper?

  61. 61 P_P_K said at 3:13 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    The crazy, week-to-week fan in me says today. The cool-headed coaches may well be thinking next year.

  62. 62 A_T_G said at 3:59 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I thought Huff was going to replace Brad Smith and Dez was going to replace Cooper.

  63. 63 Jarock said at 4:48 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    !@#$ NO!!!! Last thing the Eagles need is a new headcase to replace the not so dearly departed Desean.

  64. 64 Insomniac said at 3:11 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    How would you guys feel if we signed Ray Rice?

  65. 65 OregonDucker said at 3:23 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Not sure Chip would consider due to character issues. The move could also affect locker room chemistry.

  66. 66 A_T_G said at 3:58 PM on November 28th, 2014:


  67. 67 Jarock said at 4:47 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    It would make keeping and resigning Cooper look like a politically correct decision :S

  68. 68 GermanEagle said at 4:50 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I’d throw up.

  69. 69 iceberg584 said at 4:53 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    If he offered some sort of value added, then maybe….but I’d prefer to continue with Shady-Sproles-Polk.

  70. 70 Sean Stott said at 4:57 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I’d have to root against the Eagles

  71. 71 Avery Greene said at 5:16 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I could see Snyder or Jones signing him.

  72. 72 wee2424 said at 5:57 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Wouldnt be happy, and i think it would be a head scratcher considering the talent we have at RB. Also, the play where Huff ran as a RB, i think that may be the start of something that we will see occasionally.

  73. 73 anon said at 1:24 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    wouldn’t care generally standup guy, string stiff arm. but we don’t need him, and it’s too late to learn the system. also lost a step. maybe miami? or another team that needs rb help. chargers?

  74. 74 Mac said at 3:31 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    His career was trending downward before people found out he hit his wife. So that’s a no interest on talent and also a red flag on character. Polk is a better Rb at this point (and it’s not even close).

  75. 75 GEAGLE said at 8:01 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Don’t see the point in signing Ray rice…we barely can find enough touches for Sproles n polk, what’s the point of adding Ray?

  76. 76 GEAGLE said at 8:29 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    What would be the point in signing Rice? We barely can get Sproles and Polk enough carries…. Why would Rice sign with us, when he can probably go play for a playoff team like the colts that has carries to offer him

  77. 77 GEAGIRL said at 3:22 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    iM glaD my huby geting his doo. See his pridection for cowbeys game as exemple. haha you phonnys!! He know homer jirks! I wesnt’ alowed out of cage fer game aginst the peackers and mised but look at dis prdicistion wich was proly wright. He didnt tell me finel scere but sed dey winned. You dumm eigles fans dont no shit HE a regelar notsradumass Dis pridectin for peackers hear

    They aren’t Hard enough to beat us! show me that they can beat us,
    because they haven’t beat a team like us all year,,,NO ONE blows us out,
    4th quarter, we are always in the game…let’s see how these front
    runners respond to a tough Eagles team ready to kick their ass in the
    4th when they are sucking win and 3 running backs trample their

    Can’t wait for our respect tomorrow!!!


  78. 78 Tom said at 3:30 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    What a troll

  79. 79 James said at 4:02 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I generally read GEAGLE and like his insight, but that had me LOL.

  80. 80 levdog said at 6:19 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Sorry, not funny.

  81. 81 A Roy said at 3:31 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Let’s talk for a minute about that punt near the end of the game. Basically, the Eagle player was camped, waiting to (practically) fair catch the ball, and he was leveled by Harris. If the Harris does nothing, the ‘Boys get the ball on the 5 YL. Since he was given the personal foul, it was half the distance from the 20 and they got it on the 10. It would appear he was rewarded for committing a foul. Seems to me it should be treated like a hold on a kick return…from the spot of the foul.

  82. 82 Jarock said at 4:46 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    May not be the most popular take, but when I first watched that, I thought, “I think that was legal.” I know a flag was thrown. Both Jason Garrett and Harris said the ref basically said ‘you hit him too hard.’ He didn’t call for a fair catch. He’s allowed to block in that situation. It was an incredibly violent hit and because Carrol was looking back for the ball, it was became a blind side hit. Still not sure if it should have been flagged.

  83. 83 nicolajNN said at 4:50 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Ike Reese said on after the game that it was legal since he didn’t call fair catch. Still, I can kinda understand why it was flagged.

  84. 84 Bert's Bells said at 4:56 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Personal foul calls like that are at the ref’s discretion.

    He judged it a hit on a defenseless player.

    Mostly, it was a smart call for player safety. If they let that go the game could have spiraled into a bloodbath.

  85. 85 P_P_K said at 5:28 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I’d guess a couple years ago there would not have been a flag. Though it may still technically be a permissable block, the refs now call a lot of these.

    Reminds me a lot of the hit Foles took from that punk, Baker, in the Wash game. That was really uncalled for as the play was ending and Foles was not a factor. I am trusting Jason Peters hasn’t fogiven and forgotten, and will visit Baker when we play the Skins on 12/20.

  86. 86 Jarock said at 7:47 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    See, that’s the part that frustrates me. From what I know of the rule book, that was a legal play. Uncalled for, unnecessary, and arguably dirty, but nonetheless legal. When we put calls like that in the refs hands, we get “you hit the qb too hard” calls, and I LOATHE those.

    As to comparing it to the Nick Foles hit, I just don’t see that. Foles was jogging in the general direction when he was blindsided. Defensive players have lobbied for hits like that to be made illegal for years. Hines Ward made a living delivering those types of hits to LB’s on crack backs. For once, the league wised up and decided to protect defensive players as well as offensive ones. Carrol was blindsided because he was looking up, not because the Harris approached from behind his peripheral. It was a tough, nasty play and I get the Eagles players being pissed aobut it. Still don’t think it should have been flagged.

  87. 87 goeagles55 said at 11:26 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Foles was a defenseless player on that play. From the NFL rules:

    Article 9 It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless
    (a) Players in a defenseless posture are:

    (7) A quarterback at any time after a change of possession

    Carroll, by rule, was not a defenseless player in this situation. Also, the Cowboys player did have a good reason to block Carroll. Carroll would have downed the ball at the 5. Instead the ball went into the end zone for a touchback.

    A bad call is a bad call, even when it’s against the Cowboys.

  88. 88 P_P_K said at 11:35 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Thanks for the link. I guess I am going to have to agree that it was a bad call. Reading the rules, the hit on Foles should have been a penalty because he is a qb and was hit after a change of possession. So, the penalty on Foles wasn’t called, and the legal hit on Carroll was deemed a penalty.

  89. 89 wee2424 said at 5:52 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    The thing is you can tell he really did it out of frustration and malice. Should it have been flagged like it was? Im really not sure. Being an Eagles fan of course i say yes, as a genneral football fan, no, due to the fact it was legal, even though done out of malice.

  90. 90 A_T_G said at 6:39 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    That was my thought too. It was legal, unless it falls under the defenseless receiver category. That seems like a stretch. Carroll is a big boy, he knows what he is signing on for when he steps on the field. He needs to be more aware.

    But to the original comment, good observation. If the league wishes to discourage that choice, they need to do something different.

  91. 91 truehaynes said at 4:49 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    National media knows so little about football its crazy. Before last night most media members would say Dallas has a better d than us because they were 16th in total yards while we were 26th. What they don’t tell you us that Dallas was 26th in yards per play while we were 11th. Murray and there ball control offense was hiding there still awful d. Goes to show what a good run d can do against them. Our d gets no respect even when we are basically a top 10 d at this point who faces more plays than any team in the league

  92. 92 Always Hopeful said at 6:37 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I also think that the way Chip’s offense is run there needs to be new metrics fir evaluating this D. Just like you pointed out the yards per play…they usually are on the feild for more plays than any other defense so of course they’ll give up more yards. Great point.

  93. 93 D3FB said at 3:21 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Yards per play and points per drive are better statistical measuring sticks for this defense.

  94. 94 truehaynes said at 3:43 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    I love our 2 gap scheme against the run. Its really built for playoff football. I would take our 5 man front (Cole/graham and barwin) over anyone in the league, especially considering the ages of our big 3. If we can make the offense one dimensional without committing a safety/db to play the run, it allows us to be decent in pass coverage as long as we can get to the quarterback. Only team that really scares me is GB at home where Rodgers is godlike.

  95. 95 Michael Winter Cho said at 9:25 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Occasionally commentors here will bust out raw yardage total-based stats as well. Painful…

  96. 96 Sean Stott said at 4:56 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Not sure if this has been pointed out yet, but PHI and ARI are the only two teams to limit Demarco Murray to < 100 yards rushing.

  97. 97 GermanEagle said at 5:27 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Ask Siri: ‘did the Eagles win’
    Enjoy. 😉

  98. 98 McNabbulousness said at 7:15 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    was never a big fan of apple but this is really good.

  99. 99 wee2424 said at 11:58 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    lol, what does it say? Have a google phone.

  100. 100 McNabbulousness said at 1:01 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    “philadelphia crushed dallas by a score of 33-10 yesterday”

  101. 101 Henly125 said at 12:41 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Keyword: Crushed.

    Siri knows best

  102. 102 shah8 said at 5:40 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    The Bears are completely gassed on defense. Any competence from the D offense, and they should be done quickly.

  103. 103 McNabbulousness said at 7:14 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    surprised the plaxico burress tweet didn’t mention any thing about dallas shooting themselves in the foot this past game.

  104. 104 wee2424 said at 11:57 PM on November 28th, 2014:


  105. 105 GEAGLE said at 7:16 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    Sucks to not have an Eagles game Sunday but the Patriots game is just about as important as an eagle game this week. We desperately need dirty Bellicek and Brady to do us a solid and beat The Packers this week. If the dirty Patriots can give us that one gift, we get to control our own destiny the rest of the season, and we don’t have to look over our shoulders at what other teams are doing…. If the Pats can give the Packers a loss, we will be one game ahead of them and if we handle our business and win out right, there isn’t anything other teams can do to really effect us….. if GB ties our record they get the tie breaker so we have to finish with one win more than them, that ensures that we don’t have to go to Green Bay no matter what…..and that’s really my only concern with the playoffs, keep us out of Lambeau and I don’t care who we face. I’d gladly face GB at the Linc…

    Be so great to see the Pack lose this week, so we can spend the last month not caring what happens in all the other games… Small gift from the Patriots and we get to control our own destiny, and with us getting healthy and peaking at the right time, controlling our own destiny is all we can hope for…

  106. 106 McNabbulousness said at 7:18 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    true story, it really throws you off if the eagles have to play monday, sat, or thurs.

    it would help us if the pats win but man i hate them sooo much.

  107. 107 GEAGLE said at 7:21 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    I honestly can’t recall ever watching a Patriots game and hoping that they win… I’m going to take advantage of this rare occasion to kick my feet up on Sunday and see what it’s like to root for BRADY lol…
    I have Shane Vereen and Blount… Not sure which of the two Patriot runningbacks to start in Lambeau. So Id be rooting for the Pats run game on Sunday anyway for fantasy… Looks like Ill be a Patriots fan sunday, I’ll be rooting for them like crazy to beat Rogers

  108. 108 Avery Greene said at 7:27 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    After this win, I feel more confident going in next week against Seattle. They struggle a bit on the road and their run D is their weak spot. If we can get 45 runs on the day, we will win handily. Anything over 30-35 passes is too much, but now the line is stabilized we shouldn’t have to worry about that.

    I originally had us losing this game, but if we win I def feel we can go 13-3.

  109. 109 wee2424 said at 11:50 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    They are ranked 4th in the NFL against the run. Thats not weak, thats even better then us.

  110. 110 GEAGLE said at 9:16 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Think we are better defending the run than they are, regardless of what the ranking says…without Mebane, they will struggle to stop us from running on them, and I bet they struggle to run on us, more than we struggle to lose on them….. Play contain, keep Wilson in the pocket like we did to KAp and Cam and we should be fine

  111. 111 GEAGLE said at 9:11 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Harry for me to worry about a team that struggles to hang 20 points on the scoreboard considering we score 28 just by rolling out of bed in the morning.

    I think we are too fundamentally sound as a team, and strong in the middle with Kelce and Logan to lose to a team that has injuries at NT and Center….we are going to win the interior battles all day long and that should have a trickle down effect on everyone else… Seattle will be too busy trying to help their french backüp center from not getting dominated by Logan, that they won’t be able to also help out on monsters like Cox, Barwin, COLE….

    I believe Sanchez needs to be on a 25-35 pitch count, and facing the Legion of Boom, when their run defense is the weakness, makes me think I don’t have to worry bout Sanchez throwing 40 times..lChip will try to run all game, and not have Sanchez test the LOB too often, and I really trust that we can win games with our OL back to full strength facing a team that I don’t have to worry about throwing 40’times against

  112. 112 levdog said at 10:46 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    i honestly feel that if the Patriots win we are going to the Super Bowl, this game is so big for the Eagles. Green Bay and Rodgers are a special team at home but beatable on the road. They are the team we don’t want to play on the road in the playoffs.

  113. 113 wee2424 said at 12:00 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Agree, i really think Packers are the only team we have to be truely worried about. Playing them at the Linc and not in GB is huge.

  114. 114 GEAGLE said at 7:58 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Yeah I’m fine with playing them at home, def don’t want to go to lambeau

  115. 115 GEAGLE said at 7:18 PM on November 28th, 2014:

    If the playoffs started today, Dallas would miss the playoffs LOL

  116. 116 RobNE said at 8:06 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Pats should sign ray rice. Everyone already hates them. #the patriot way

  117. 117 GEAGLE said at 8:15 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Assume the colts sign him out of neccissity. The colts tried to place a waiver claim for Ben Tate but he was awarded to the vIkings…

    If Ray Rice gets to chose from a couple teams, he is going to pick the colts, plenty of carries for him on a Super Bowl team..

    Ray Rices name isn’t enough to earn carries with the Patriots and that’s a crowded backfield with Verreen, Blount and Jonas

  118. 118 anon said at 11:31 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    it’d be great if vikings picked him up. didn’t even realize browns dropped tate.

  119. 119 GEAGLE said at 8:13 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    “Culture beats scheme every time”-Chippah

    Funny how all the Cowboys are talking trash after the loss, making one excuse after another for their Embarressing loss, acting like typical cowboy trash….

    Anyone hear any eagles taking trash or making excuses for the ass whooping we took in Lambeau?

    Chip kelly prioritized character when putting together these 53 players, how the hell can that ever lose to trash that jerry jones threw together?… Chip likes good players and quality athletes just like Jerry, the difference is THATS all Jerry cares about where as Talent and athleticism alone aren’t enough to get you a spot on the Eagles… Passion, character, selfless, willing to Sacrafice for the man lined up next to us…… How the hell can a chip kelly built team lose to Jerry Jones trash?

    Can’t wait to beat these cow bitches even worse in philly, making them look even dumber for The excuses they are making and all the crap they keep talking.

    I’m sure they will be running their mouth the week of the game, can’t wait to completely Embarress them again, and make a team that thinks they are good, get completely dominated by a division rival twice in 3 weeks…

    I’m going to enjoy the battle against Seattle, but I really can’t wait to cowboy week again….making them look like thee over rated trash that they are, never gets old!

  120. 120 GEAGLE said at 8:21 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Hearing Garner graded out really well against the Cowboys,., that RG spot has been a problem with Herremans going down… Think Tobin is the better talent with the most Longterm starting potential, but it’s clear that Tobin can’t perform on the right side as well as he was performing on the left side. So Garner is going to hold down the RG spot the rest of the way… Coaches thought he was a better fit at RT, but he handled guard duty well the past few weeks….he was the RG against Dallas and Titans, we ran the ball all over both teams, and he came in at RG against the Texans, we also ran the ball well that game….

    Lane and Garner also start developing chemistry, give them another two games playing next to each other, and we should be good to go for playoffs. I was pleased with the Right side of our Line…thought they needed more time to Gel, but they were solid against Dallas
    Cool to see Josh Huff get a RB carry, and pick up the first down to seal the win

  121. 121 GEAGLE said at 8:25 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    This DECEMBER cowboy collapse will be just as enjoyable as the Eagles winning out right the rest of the way….. I would be pretty damn shocked to see Dallas win at soldier field, Bears mathematically eliminated, now is when they will play some solid ball as the spoiler role…. Cowboys will get ran out of Philly, they suck at Home so Luck should light them up…

    And if they are in the middle of a 4 game losing streak, and epic DECEMBER collapse, they will be too broken as a team, to win the final game against rival skins

  122. 122 GEAGLE said at 8:30 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    So tired of fools looking at stats and rankings and thinking hat we don’t have a good defense…. Smh
    You can’t measure this defense and judge it by the same criteria you judge other defenses…

  123. 123 eagleyankfan said at 9:30 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Imagine what they could do if Kendricks and Ryans were able to play all season together. It’s hard to say “dominate” with Mathews at LB but — that D — was dominant during that game. I think Witten is still yelling at someone and Romo is diving to ground every time he sees the color green.

  124. 124 GEAGLE said at 9:37 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Love it when Romo and Eli start seeing ghosts against us waive the white flag and dive on the turf, giving themselves up before any eagle even touched them…..really crazy to think we only had a couple games with both Ryan and kendrick in our lineup…
    And look at our OL troubles. That’s the only reason we lost to the Niners, Justin smith was dominating 3 inexperienced interior line,an all lined up next to each other…if we had Kelce and mathis in San Fran, I’m sure they would have made up the 2 yard difference between losing and winning in San fran..

    If we had our OL and run game from day one, FOles probably would have never struggled as much as he did, since half his issues looked like issues that emerge from not trusting your OL.

  125. 125 eagleyankfan said at 9:25 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    I’m sorry, I walked into the wrong room. I’m use to people screaming about how bad we are after a win. Sorry to disturb you.
    A second pick by Nate Allen? What is this world coming to?
    Would love a sweep of Dallas — but first — this Seattle game might be a classic. Raise your hand if you predicted Sanchez would be part of a classic game.
    A LOT of Boo-hoo’ing by Dallas players and their fans. It’s a great week.

  126. 126 anon said at 11:26 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    nate allen with pick and fumble recovery, casey matthews with a sack and a tfl, no turnovers from the qb position, lead the game cleanly beginning to end, this is what we’ve been begging for all year?

  127. 127 P_P_K said at 11:35 AM on November 29th, 2014:


  128. 128 OregonDucker said at 11:34 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Don’t forget the Casey Matthews TL in the RedZone!

  129. 129 eagleyankfan said at 9:33 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    All the “pro’s” on Inside the NFL picked Dallas to win. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Hard to respect this guys….

  130. 130 GEAGLE said at 9:41 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Everyone picked dallas… Heck eagkes pregame show, RENDELL, westbrook, and Didinger all pickes dallas. Barkaan was the only one who had the birds….

    Can’t believe how bad the masses are at interpreting NFL football….crazy.. Hod Does Ray Didinger not know that Ronald leary is average at best and Cox was going to hand him his ass? How could he think rookie Zack Martin could dominate veteran Ced and Cox? I just don’t get it… How could anyone think that DL stood a chance against healthy mathis and Kelce? How could anyone think that. Poor tackling defense wasn’t going to get gashed by shady? How could anyone think doug free wasnt a liability in pass protection…

    I don’t get it, it was all fairly obvious if you ask me… I been saying these exact same things all year.. Getting to a point where I don’t even know where to find worthwhile media AnaLysis worth letting into our brain

  131. 131 eagleyankfan said at 9:55 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Most of my family are Giants fans and they were over watching the game. I had them all watch Kelce. He’s a beast. Shady exposed that D. Dez said he can’t wait to play the Eagles again and even called the players ‘kind of dirty’. He can have all the revenge he wants against the Eagles D but how is HE going to help that D stop the Eagles O?

  132. 132 GEAGLE said at 10:10 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Best center in the league, hands down… And he will remain the best center for years to come..
    I admit with Wagner back, seattle has nice LBs, but with our OL back to full strength, there ismt a linebacker in the NFL that I fear, Kelce andMathis. Will get to the second level and go hunting for Linebaker and smash whoever is in there way…. We smash Keachly, why would I care about Bobby wagner? Lol Kelce is going to maul him!!!

  133. 133 OregonDucker said at 11:34 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    We better be VIOLENT with Seattle. They are bullies and try to intimidate teams.

    Given our physical play, especially by the DL and OL, I honestly believe we will take it to them. Chip has these players believing. I’ve seen this all before. Something wonderful is happening – winning!

  134. 134 OregonDucker said at 11:37 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    FYI – this is what Azz teaches – violence from his Defensive lineman. Meanness – I love it!

    We gotta come up with a name for this front seven. The Huns or something.

  135. 135 GEAGLE said at 10:06 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Since joining the NFL chip is 7-2 in division games with both losses coming when he had to play Barkley as a rookie…… 3 games away from complete domination sweeping the division

  136. 136 OregonDucker said at 11:56 AM on November 29th, 2014:

    Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine – “It seems like Chip Kelly is hellbent on proving that everyone else overthinks football, but he does it in a way that nobody can figure out.”

    It really is no secret. Chip practices and play repetition hones execution on Offense and Defense. The Offense is a finesse offense focused on the execution of second level blocks, misdirection, and precise route running. The Defense is about gap control, edge setting, and scheme.

    If your opponent is not crisp in their execution, you get the Dallas game. And you will get such games every week, until the playoffs. That’s when the real fun begins.