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December 20, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE STATISTICS from Sunday suggest that Chip Kelly quit on the run too soon, that LeSean McCoy's eight carries reflected the kind of panic attack that often carried the day during the final Sundays of the Andy Reid regime. The truth, more likely, is that Kelly never quit on the passing attack - or more descriptively, was never compelled to. Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns against a Vikings secondary ranked near the bottom of the NFL, and if he had been just a teensy bit more accurate and his receivers a teensy bit more focused, Foles might have thrown for 200 more yards and two more touchdowns.
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December 20, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
THE DAY IS LONG, leading into the NFL's Sunday night game, the Daily News has learned. The Eagles will spend much of it sitting around a hotel, trying not to pay too much attention to TV. Ultimately, they could take the field knowing they need only to beat the Chicago Bears to wrap up the NFC East, should Washington defeat visiting Dallas earlier in the day (1 p.m., Fox 29). Or they could take the field knowing they can't possibly wrap up a playoff spot, win or lose, until they play at Dallas the next Sunday, Dec. 29. Should Dallas win this week, the only thing an Eagles win or loss against Chicago could affect is whether the Birds have a shot at the third or only the fourth seed.
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December 18, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Football players listen to what their coaches say, usually, but they always pay more attention to what those coaches do. In the aftermath of the loss to the Vikings - from which the Eagles emerged battered but really no worse off than before - it's worth wondering whether they exited the old Hump Dome in Minneapolis feeling as if Sunday's message was a little mixed. On one hand, Chip Kelly was aggressive enough early in the third quarter to attempt a fourth-down conversion deep in his own territory.
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December 18, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly said that the Eagles will play all their starters against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, regardless of the result of Dallas' game with Washington earlier that day. If the Cowboys lose, the Eagles can clinch the NFC East title with a win over Chicago. However, if the Cowboys win, the Eagles cannot clinch the division unless they beat Dallas on Dec. 29 - even if the Eagles lose to the Bears. If the Cowboys win Sunday, the Bears game still matters to the Eagles. It could dictate playoff seeding, affecting a potential first-round matchup and second-round opponent.
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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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