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November 16, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't look now, but the 1950s are breaking out in the NFL. Talk all you want about parity, but nearly one-third of the league's 32 teams - 10 of 32 - have yet to win a Super Bowl. That might change in what is shaping up to be a season of revivals. More than halfway through the 2014 schedule, four of the NFL's eight divisions are led by teams that have never hoisted a Lombardi Trophy - the Eagles, Browns, Lions, and Cardinals. That's interesting because, if you're willing to conflate the new and original Browns, those four combined to win 10 of the 14 NFL titles between 1947 and 1960.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy showed his frustrations on the sideline during the Panthers game. He was atypically subdued immediately after the Monday night contest and even a day later during his radio show despite the Eagles' 45-21 landslide victory. McCoy was still ornery two days later when he met with reporters in advance of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. It's no secret why the running back is frustrated these days. He's averaging more than a yard less per rush this season than he had in his first five years in the NFL, and with so little on the Eagles to criticize, McCoy has taken the brunt from nitpickers.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles worked out free-agent quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Thad Lewis last week, an NFL source said. Pryor, who spent his first three NFL seasons with the Raiders, was traded to the Seahawks in April and was released in August. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder wants to continue to play quarterback, but he could have a better chance to land with a team as a wide receiver. The Eagles also worked out the 6-2, 220-pound Lewis, who has four seasons of NFL experience as a backup, in August.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
By now, everyone agrees that the story the Eagles and their fans hope is evolving - the rag-arm-to-riches resurrection of Mark Sanchez - is going to be a great one, if only it would actually happen. If Sanchez continues to win in relief of the injured Nick Foles, and keeps the Eagles on course for a postseason run, then, yes, it will be one heck of a story. Not only would it be a feel-good turning point for Sanchez, who exited New York after four active seasons with the Jets as an object of ridicule, but it would certainly add to the growing legend of Charles Kelly, Miracle Man. The only problem with such a comeback and such a story is that the NFL doesn't appear to offer a precedent of anything quite like it ever happening before.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
SPORTS
November 15, 2014
THE PICK I THINK THE Eagles will score points Sunday, in whatever weather. If I could convince myself they would handle Aaron Rodgers and stop the Packers every now and then, I'd take the Birds to win. But I can't quite get there. I want to. I don't think the Packers, outside of Rodgers, are real special, especially on defense. There will be holes to run through and receivers getting open. But for that to matter enough, the Eagles will have to get the ball and keep it, develop some offensive rhythm.
SPORTS
November 15, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THEY REMEMBER the year they watched the phenomenon unfold. Bradley Fletcher was a junior at Iowa. He intercepted two passes that season and began to pop on scouts' radar, a big step in his college career that helped him go in the third round 2 years later. Brandon Boykin was a senior at Fayette County in Fayetteville, Ga., a high school star preparing to head to UGA. That was 2007. From different sections of the country, they, with the rest of the football world, turned their eyes to New England and witnessed history.
SPORTS
November 15, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
LeSEAN McCOY says it's all about winning football games, not rushing titles. Says individual goals and achievements rank a distant second to getting a W. He's being truthful. But that doesn't mean he's not as frustrated as hell at the way his sixth NFL season is going. This is a man who ran away with the league rushing title last year; a man who, deep down in his heart, thought a 2,000-yard season was very doable this year. While the Eagles are 7-2, McCoy is averaging just 71.2 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry.
SPORTS
November 15, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN IT COMES to fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, the Eagles defense has been among the most generous this season. In CBS Sports' scoring, they've given up the fourth most. In ESPN's, they have given up the second most. That is precisely why Aaron Rodgers owners are as pumped up this week as Hans and Franz. "These guys are very hot and they're very hot at home," Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said. "Aaron Rodgers is playing as well as you've ever seen him play.
SPORTS
November 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE ONLY special-teams unit in the NFL with five touchdowns to its credit this season is really enjoying itself, Bryan Braman said yesterday. "As a group, it's definitely been a lot of fun," said Braman, a linebacker who was signed from Houston last offseason for his special-teams prowess. "Just seeing the production, all the way around the board - everybody's getting tackles, everybody's getting blocks, just doing what they're supposed to do. When their number's called, they're there to make the play.
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