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October 9, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
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October 12, 2012 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
MAKING THE Eagles a 4-point favorite against anybody is a leap - they haven't won by more than 2. And the Lions, who weren't as good as their 5-0 start last season, aren't as bad as their 1-3 start this season. If they've really gotten themselves together during the bye week, this could be trouble. But the oddsmakers are right. If the Eagles really are the team they think they are, they should win this at home, and they shouldn't need any late fourth-quarter heroics to do it. Nnamdi Asomugha said Thursday the Birds' adventures covering Larry Fitzgerald a few weeks back taught them a valuable lesson heading into this week and Calvin Johnson.
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March 1, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HERE WE go again. Three years, ago Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was skewered when, in a predraft interview, he asked Dez Bryant if Bryant's mother was a prostitute. On Monday, Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk told radio host Dan Patrick that some teams at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis wanted to know if Notre Dame linebacker Mante Te'o was gay. On Tuesday, former Colorado tight end Nick Kasa told ESPN radio that some of the questions he was asked at the combine were a bit personal.
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January 8, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees led a record-setting offense by throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints poured it on in the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. New Orleans broke the postseason mark for total yards with 626, beating the record set 49 years ago. Brees hit on 33 of 43 passes while throwing for the most yards in a regulation playoff game. He had three completions of at least 40 yards.
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September 26, 2011 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Staring at a 20-0 deficit as they trudged into the Metrodome locker room at halftime, the old Detroit Lions would have started making plans to leave town with yet another loss. In this young season, it is becoming abundantly clear that these are not the same old Lions. Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the second half to help Detroit get to overtime, and Jason Hanson kicked a 32-yard field goal to finish off a 26-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
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January 6, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
I THINK we all can agree that the Eagles' defense was really, really awful this season. If, for some inexplicable reason, you still have your doubts about that, well, go check the NFL's final defensive rankings, and that almost certainly will put you over the top. They finished 30th in yards allowed and 28th in points allowed. They were 32nd in run defense, 28th in pass defense and 26th in third-down defense. They were 25th in sacks per pass play, 31st in red-zone defense and 31st in touchdown passes allowed.
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January 26, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paulsboro's Xavier Lundy turned on the afterburners in the third quarter Tuesday night to lead the Red Raiders to a 64-52 victory over visiting Lindenwold in a clash for first place in Colonial Conference Patriot Division boys' basketball. The Red Raiders improved to 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the division, which Lindenwold (11-4, 6-2) had led alone until it lost. Trailing Lindenwold, 27-21, at intermission, Paulsboro reasserted itself after a lackluster second period. Lundy, a 6-foot-5 sophomore forward, scored 13 of his game-high 23 points to lift the Red Raiders to a 47-40 lead through three periods.
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March 15, 2012 | Associated Press
The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson to an eight-year contract worth up to $132 million - the biggest deal in NFL history. Johnson's agent, Bus Cook, said the contract announced Wednesday was worth $60 million guaranteed. That figure and the total value of the contract are both NFL records. Johnson, nicknamed Megatron, is a two-time Pro Bowler, and his 45 touchdowns receiving are the most in the NFL since 2008. He signed a six-year deal worth up to $64 million after Detroit drafted him No. 2 overall in 2007, and was entering the final year of that contract.
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December 23, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PRIMARY reason there is more interest in Adrian Peterson's pursuit of history than Calvin Johnson's is that Peterson is chasing Eric Dickerson and a playoff spot. Johnson's team is going nowhere. Football is different, and probably better, than baseball in that regard. Individual football records are respected, but not revered like their diamond counterparts. Quick. Who was the last batter to hit .400 in a season? Anybody who knows the difference between Tom Brady and Carol Brady knows that it was Ted Williams (.406)
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January 6, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
I THINK we all can agree that the Eagles' defense was really, really awful this season. If, for some inexplicable reason, you still have your doubts about that, well, go check the NFL's final defensive rankings, and that almost certainly will put you over the top. They finished 30th in yards allowed and 28th in points allowed. They were 32nd in run defense, 28th in pass defense and 26th in third-down defense. They were 25th in sacks per pass play, 31st in red-zone defense and 31st in touchdown passes allowed.
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December 6, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Rowe is playing just his second season as a cornerback. The Eagles rookie spent his first three collegiate seasons at Utah as a shutdown free safety. Rowe said he is constantly learning at his new position. And his tests have been stiff. Rowe matched up last week against Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, one of the league's most imposing targets. And on Sunday, he'll be staring down New England quarterback Tom Brady, who Rowe said is the best quarterback he has ever seen at reading defenses.
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December 3, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
MALCOLM Jenkins' first-ever appearance in an NFL regular-season game was short and not so sweet. The 14th overall selection in the 2009 draft, he played only one snap in the New Orleans Saints' season opener against the Detroit Lions. It came early in the third quarter of what would end up being a 45-27 Saints rout. The guy on the other side of the line from him for that one play was none other than Calvin Johnson. "One-on-one, no help," Jenkins recalled. "Sixty-seven yards later, he stepped out on the 2-yard line.
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November 28, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeffrey Lurie DOWN - Ultimately, this is the Eagles owner's mess. He gave an NFL neophyte complete control of personnel in a sloppily arranged marriage that somehow left Howie Roseman in the building. What will he do to fix it? Chip Kelly DOWN - His offense has become predictable. His choice for defensive coordinator keeps coming back to haunt him. He can't get his players to play for him. And now Kelly has turned into a coach who makes countless head-scratching decisions. Bill Davis DOWN - He isn't a bad coordinator.
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December 5, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HERE IS a look at the out-of-division competition the 9-3 Eagles face in the NFC playoff race. First-round byes go to the two division winners with the best records. The other two division winners will host wild-card teams in the first round of the playoffs. The prediction is that the Eagles will be the No. 2 seed. PACKERS Record: 9-3 Position: 1st place in NFC North Best win: Week 13, vs. Patriots, 26-21 Worst loss: Week 8 at Saints, 44-23 Season highlight: Is it even possible to defeat Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field anymore?
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September 5, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE DRAFTS room is empty. The spilled beer has been cleaned up. No more cheat sheets, sleepers or mock drafts. For better or worse, richer or poorer, in suspension and health, we have our fantasy teams now. What we don't have are answers. Those will come in the next 17 weeks. By then, hopefully my guys will have paid their league fees. As Week 1 kicks off, here are a handful of questions that will be decided between now and when the Christmas carolers knock on the door and scare the bejesus out of our dog. *  What sort of impact will Darren Sproles have on LeSean McCoy's numbers?
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August 29, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Keenan Allen, Chargers: Allen's 71 catches were the seventh-most ever by a rookie wide receiver. He slipped to the third round coming out of Cal because of a knee injury. He's not sneaking up on anyone anymore. Antonio Brown, Steelers: Second in the league in catches (110) and yards (1,499). Look for him to improve on eight touchdowns and crack the top-five receivers heading into 2015. Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Since he had 12 TDs in 2012 and 13 in 2013, he's going to get 14 in 2014, right?
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March 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Eagles arrived at the Ritz-Carlton yesterday with the NFL buzzing about their attempts to trade wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The Birds continued to have nothing to say on the eve of the NFL meetings. General manager Howie Roseman was spending time with his family yesterday. Team president Don Smolenski mingled with reporters in the lobby but was much more eager to talk about the Lincoln Financial Field renovations. And chairman Jeffrey Lurie stayed out of public view, as did coach Chip Kelly.
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December 27, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his team lost eight of 10 following a 3-1 start, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak is embattled (sports jargon, meaning "about to be tossed out on his keister"), but he's serene about it. "It's part of this profession," he said of the daily questions he gets about his job security, then went into his best coach-speak. "I can only control what we do this Sunday. . . . After that, what happens as far as that goes, some of that's out of my control to some degree. " Translation: Munchak, who has one year left on his contract, may see an opportunity on the horizon.
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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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