December 3, 2013 |
COMING OFF of their Week 12 bye, the Eagles' defense knew it would be challenged with a different type of quarterback in Arizona's Carson Palmer. Unlike the mobile quarterbacks they faced during the month of November, Palmer was less of a threat to run, which allowed the Eagles to rush the 33-year-old veteran. With numerous blitz packages throughout their 24-21 victory against Arizona yesterday, the Eagles sacked Palmer five times and forced three turnovers en route to the defense's eighth straight effort in which they allowed 21 points or less.
November 27, 2013 |
There was a practice earlier this season when Fletcher Cox, just finished with the sled, looked to his left and saw Cedric Thornton still churning his legs, the sweat dripping from his chin. It was only a fleeting moment longer than Cox had driven his body into the blocking dummy. But after a few months of watching his fellow defensive end, Cox had a question for Thornton: "Man, why do you work so hard?" Eagles coaches have praised the work ethic of all their defensive linemen, so it's not as if Cox was slacking.
November 26, 2013 |
THE TURNAROUND for the Flyers has been well-documented. After the worst start in franchise history, the Orange and Black have found a rhythm, winning six of their last seven and collecting at least a point in all of those games. They now sit at 10-10-2, with a much more promising outlook on the season. "It's huge," Claude Giroux said about getting back to .500. "We have been playing better, and I really think we have a lot of things to still work on, but it is looking better. Everybody is contributing.
November 25, 2013
OFFENSE Nick Foles Foles had supporters among the fans entering the season, but few could have predicted the way he's playing. As a rookie, Foles was 1-5 as a starting quarterback with more turnovers than touchdowns. He's 4-1 as a starter this season and plus-17 in turnover differential. Foles has not thrown an interception. Foles has taken command of the quarterback job, which he could not win out of training camp. There have been questions for months about who will be Kelly's quarterback of the future.
November 25, 2013
OFFENSE LeSean McCoy No one has benefited more from Kelly's arrival than McCoy, who leads the NFL in rushing and has already topped 1,000 yards. When asked what it means to eclipse that mark in Week 11, McCoy said it means there are a lot more yards to gain. He'll have a chance to do it. McCoy's on pace for the most carries of his career. He is running behind a healthy offensive line, which is a big change from last season. But his value goes beyond his production. Some opposing defenses have tried to clog the box to stop McCoy, leaving more man-to-man coverage on the outside for the wide receivers to try to exploit.
November 25, 2013 |
The Eagles reached the bye week with a winning record and sole possession of first place. Coach Chip Kelly's first season in Philadelphia will include meaningful December football, and it comes after an entertaining first three months. Here's what happened and what's ahead: MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OFFENSE LeSean McCoy No one has benefited more from Kelly's arrival than McCoy, who leads the NFL in rushing and has already topped 1,000 yards. When asked what it means to eclipse that mark in Week 11, McCoy said it means there are a lot more yards to gain.
November 17, 2013 |
There's one thing the Neshaminy girls' soccer team hasn't had to get too familiar with this season: trailing. With a high offensive output all year - they have scored 103 goals - the Redskins have found themselves chasing an opponent to try to find the equalizer only twice. The first came in an early Suburban One National game against rival Pennsbury. More recently, Neshaminy fell behind in a grueling District 1 Class AAA quarterfinal against Spring-Ford. The second instance is noteworthy, because the Redskins (24-0)
November 4, 2013 |
UNCERTAINTY is a word defensive end Clifton Geathers, now playing on his sixth NFL team in 4 years, has become overly familiar with. Geathers' unusual journey to the Eagles came about after being cut five times before being traded by the Indianapolis Colts to the Eagles for fullback Stanley Havili last offseason. With instability throughout his short career, Geathers is ready to settle down with a team and hopes Philadelphia turns into a place he can call home for more than one season.
November 3, 2013 |
It happens with increasing regularity in the NFL. A team cuts ties with a veteran and hands his job to a rookie, even if said rookie isn't quite ready to assume the responsibilities of starting. The Eagles trading Isaac Sopoaga to make way for Bennie Logan doesn't quite fit that narrative, but the rookie is expected to take most of the snaps at nose tackle after the 10-year veteran was dealt to the Patriots on Tuesday. "I learned a lot from Isaac. I take nothing away from him. I wish him the best.
November 2, 2013 |
Not surprisingly, the Suburban One League National Conference title will be decided in Week 10. The winner-take-all showdown between Neshaminy and Pennsbury has been in the making since early this season. "Both teams have had successful years," Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt said. "I guess it's fitting that the league is going to be decided in the final week of the regular season. That's happened a lot of times. " In what is known as the Bucks County Brawl, the Redskins (9-0 overall, 6-0 National Conference)