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October 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE a ton of statistical reasons why the Eagles shouldn't be 5-1 right now. Start with a quarterback who is 28th in the league in passing, 29th in interception percentage, 29th in completion percentage and 27th in yards per attempt. Move on to a defense that is 23rd against the run and is on pace to give up a franchise-record number of touchdown passes. This a team with the fifth-worst turnover differential in the league and the third-most number of giveaways. Their star running back was averaging just 2.9 yards per carry until the Giants came along wearing a red suit and black boots.
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October 29, 2014
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jeremy Maclin had the kind of day that should have been good enough. It was a day that was part flash, part courage, all professional. Maclin should have been able to revel in the moment as he described his two touchdown catches. He should have enjoyed a laugh about the sideline collision with a table full of Gatorade jugs that left him showered in electrolytes. Instead, like the rest of the Eagles, he was left with the hushed tones of a losing locker room and a string of might-have-beens.
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October 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PAT SHURMUR was asked yesterday about crowd noise in Arizona's domed stadium affecting his center, David Molk, whose start Sunday will be Molk's fourth in the NFL - and maybe his last, given Jason Kelce's pending return from groin surgery. Shurmur said crowd noise wasn't his biggest worry, in this matchup of 5-1 NFC teams. "The challenge this week for our center is the multiple looks that we face from the Arizona defense," the Eagles' offensive coordinator said. "They do a lot of different things to try and create pressure.
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October 29, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
The Eagles have been vulnerable to big plays this season, much more so than defensive coordinator Bill Davis would prefer. They're tied for 16th in the NFL with 21 pass plays of 20-plus yards surrendered, and tied for fourth with six pass plays of 40-plus yards given up. This could be a problem Sunday at Arizona, where the Cardinals operate a big-play passing offense with lots of weapons; they have hit for 20 of those 20-plus- yard pass plays, even...
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October 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
TOMORROW afternoon, Sonny and Christie Acho will occupy the same seats they always do when they attend Arizona Cardinals' home games, in the players' family section at University of Phoenix Stadium. They shouldn't prove difficult to spot. Just look for the only parents wearing midnight green and Cardinals red. "I haven't decided [what to wear], but definitely the Eagles will be represented, maybe in the shirt and Arizona maybe in the hat," Sonny Acho said by phone the other night.
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October 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. - In the most literal sense, the Eagles lost yesterday, 24-20, because Rashad Johnson shoved Jordan Matthews out of bounds in the end zone before Matthews could get his feet down, after Matthews caught Nick Foles' last-second heave to the left corner from the Cardinals' 16 yard-line. But that was a tough, low-percentage play, one the Eagles never should have needed to make in a game in which they outgained the Cardinals, 521-400, piled up a 27-17 edge in first downs, got a 54-yard field goal from rookie kicker Cody Parkey, and didn't allow a Cardinals first down in four successive second-half series, while starting five series in a row at their own 40 or better.
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October 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mychal Kendricks didn't look much like the dominant inside linebacker who began the season for the Eagles, and afterward, Kendricks acknowledged the calf muscle he strained in Week 2 against the Colts is not fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent, no," Kendricks said after playing mainly in dime packages against the Arizona Cardinals, in a 24-20 Eagles loss. He declined any further analysis, on the grounds that "I tried to diagnose myself the first time, I said 'spasm' . . . I don't want to lead people the wrong way. " Though the Eagles never said so, it seems pretty obvious Kendricks suffered a Grade II calf strain in Indianapolis, something that usually takes 4 to 8 weeks to come back from.
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October 29, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IF SOMEONE wants to donate a gently used safety to the Eagles, Chip Kelly will take it, he said yesterday. No word on whether you'd get a tax receipt for your contribution. But Kelly's point yesterday seemed to be that he doesn't expect any such miracles by today's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline. He added that the Eagles "aren't actively looking to upgrade" anywhere as the deadline nears. Perhaps partly because of that expectation, and how hard it is to engineer impact trades in the NFL, even more so during the season, Kelly delivered a strong defense of Nate Allen.
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October 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
In both Eagles losses, in San Francisco on Sept. 28 and in Arizona on Sunday, the Birds drove to within two yards of a potential game-deciding touchdown. But both times, they did not make it. Here is a comparison of those drives: VS. 49ERS 15 plays, 90 yards, 6 first downs Trailing by 26-21, the Eagles had first and goal at the San Francisco 6 with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter. First and 6: Nick Foles throws incomplete Second and 6: LeSean McCoy runs for 5 yards to the 1. Third and 1: Foles throws incomplete.
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October 28, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks returned to the field Sunday for the first time since he suffered a calf injury in Week 2. Kendricks, whose status was questionable entering the game, was used mostly in the dime defense in a 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. "As far as me coming back, I felt good," Kendricks said. "They wanted to limit my reps to keep things safe. " Coach Chip Kelly said the Eagles stuck to that plan because they did not know whether Kendricks would play during the week, so he did not take all the practice snaps.
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