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December 17, 2013 | By Pat Borzi, For The Inquirer
MINNEAPOLIS - Baffling. Greg Jennings spent seven seasons in Green Bay catching passes from Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, but never had as many receptions in one game as he did Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings: 11, for 163 yards and a touchdown. Jennings has a wonderful imagination when he is in the right mood, and Sunday's 48-30 victory over the Eagles - accomplished without all-pro tailback Adrian Peterson (foot sprain) - turned a smiling Jennings fanciful. "We've got a special group in that [receivers]
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December 17, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
MINNEAPOLIS - In the catacombs of the decaying Metrodome, Chip Kelly was trying to account for a loss that could not be explained or excused, and high on the wall behind him was a reminder of what the Eagles could have cost themselves Sunday. Above Kelly's right shoulder, as he answered questions about his team's humiliating, 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, a television showed the Dallas Cowboys playing the Green Bay Packers. That game was still in the first quarter, and for a while, that was some juxtaposition: The Cowboys were building a 23-point halftime lead, so it seemed that at the very moment Kelly was speaking, the Eagles were releasing their grip on first place in the NFC East.
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December 16, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I'm asking you to trust me, even though there are not results. … It will turn. " - Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis, Oct. 1 Bill Davis speaks with the command of a head coach. He has been an assistant in the NFL going on three decades, and the Eagles gave him his third stint as a coordinator. On Oct. 1, Davis sounded more like an embattled coach with the credibility of a supermarket tabloid. The Eagles had lost three consecutive games and had surrendered 52 points to the Denver Broncos two days earlier.
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December 15, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
THERE'S NO question that Adrian Peterson is a fast healer. Not since the Minnesota Vikings' star running back tore an ACL in late-December 2011 and came back less than 9 months later to nearly break the single-season rushing record and win the MVP award. After suffering a midfoot sprain in the second quarter of the Vikings' overtime loss at Baltimore last Sunday, Peterson has vowed to return to face the Eagles tomorrow, making what would be yet another impressive return after being carted off the field a week earlier.
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December 14, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Jason Peters says there is no pain in his right Achilles tendon - no soreness, no twinge of discomfort when he digs his foot into the dirt, nothing. He tore it twice in less than two months last year, missed the entire 2012 season, and after two surgeries, after losing 25 pounds to shave his weight to 320 and ease the strain on the tendon, with the help of a daily stretching routine and with his 32d birthday approaching next month, he is again starting for the Eagles at left tackle, is again among the NFL's best at his position, and he feels as if he'd never been injured at all. "The way I feel right now," he said, "I've got at least five in me - five years, five good years.
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December 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper's contract expires at the end of the season and he knows it. "Yeah, it's up," Cooper said. "It's definitely crossed my mind. But I'm approaching this whole season and the next three games, just play as hard as you can and then at the end of the day everything will take care of itself. " The Eagles wide receiver signed a four-year, $2 million contract when the Eagles selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Entering this season, Cooper played mostly as a fourth receiver and would have likely had the same role if Jeremy Maclin didn't suffer a season-ending knee injury in July.
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December 13, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES have always reached out to the local community. Everything from charity appearances, to visiting fans in hospitals, to building playgrounds. Last night the Birds soared to new heights by making their practice bubble available to the West Chester University football team so it could prepare for Saturday's Division II national semifinal against Lenoir-Rhyne. Due to the recent snowfalls, many area fields are unplayable so the Eagles are allowing several teams to use the facility.
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December 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the players on defense, Mychal Kendricks had to be the most excited when the Eagles made the switch to a 3-4 scheme. Kendricks played behind an odd-man front in California and said he felt uncomfortable last season playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. At first the Eagles had him lining up on the strong side opposite the tight end, but that just gave the 6-foot, 240-pound rookie one more potential blocker to shed. Realizing the mistake, the Eagles moved Kendricks to the weak side late last season and he improved.
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December 10, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The snow certainly helped to slow down the potent Detroit passing game on Sunday, but the Eagles defense also did its share of strong work, especially against football's best receiver, the Lions' Calvin Johnson. Johnson had only three catches for 49 yards, which was a major reason the Eagles earned a 34-20 win over Detroit at Lincoln Financial Field. Johnson set the Lions team record for career receiving yards on a 33-yard reception late in the first quarter, but he did little damage after that.
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December 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles say they were prepared for Sunday's snowstorm, but the timing of it, along with an inaccurate forecast, still caught them by surprise. The Detroit Lions and the Eagles were warming up when the snowstorm hit. The field was covered with snow throughout the game. "We were ready," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "We prepped the building. I think the city did a great job of prepping the streets around here and the parking lots. The only thing you can't prep is the field.
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