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October 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week of anticipation and banter along the New Jersey Turnpike ended minutes before midnight on Sunday, when the final seconds of the Eagles' convincing 27-0 win over the New York Giants finally ticked off the clock.  The Giants stomped on the Eagles' logo at midfield before the game, the latest in a week of manufactured drama. The lopsided score rendered any trash talk irrelevant in an NFC East rivalry given life by the impressive early-season records for both teams. There was no debate about which team is superior at this juncture when coach Chip Kelly jogged off the field after the Eagles' first shutout in nearly 18 years.
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October 14, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
They said the offense was different, better. They said Eli Manning was no longer a sitting duck in the pocket. They said a new quick-passing offense protected the New York Giants quarterback and offset a questionable offensive line. They were wrong - at least for one night. And at least for one night, the Eagles defense silenced its critics. Bill Davis' scheme had Manning and new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo flummoxed from the start. And a rejuvenated pass rush that has generated at least four sacks in each of the last three games was the spark as the Eagles shut out New York, 27-0, on Sunday night.
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October 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a week of questions about whether inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans would play Sunday night against the New York Giants, Ryans started and fortified the middle of the Eagles defense. Ryans was questionable after leaving last week's win over the St. Louis Rams with a groin injury. The linebacker was limited in practice throughout the week. But Ryans has not missed a game since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2012. Coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday, "If there is one guy that I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco.
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October 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Eagles' best unit this season did not disappoint on Sunday. The special teams, which had four touchdowns in the first five games, appeared similarly potent against the New York Giants. Chris Maragos blocked a second-quarter punt to give the Eagles their third blocked punt in three games. Darren Sproles unleashed a 43-yard punt return. Punter Donnie Jones pinned the Giants inside their own 10-yard line, and kicker Cody Parkey remained a threat on field goals and kickoffs. Sproles has been a significant upgrade as a punt returner.
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October 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles offensive line, like the rest of the team, set the tone early in Sunday's 27-0 win over the New York Giants. The line opened big holes for the running game and, for the most part, kept the pressure off quarterback Nick Foles. And considering the way their counterparts on the Giants offensive line were overmatched, it made the Eagles blockers look like a group of all-pros. While Giants quarterback Eli Manning was on the run all evening, Foles had plenty of time. New York quarterbacks were sacked eight times, including six of Manning, while Foles was sacked just once for 3 yards.
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October 14, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It was just 11 months ago that Nick Foles had become a sensation, throwing seven touchdown passes in one game, coming out of nowhere to run Chip Kelly's offense with calmness and precision and such care for the football. So reporters started calling Derek Long for answers and insight, because Long had coached Foles at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, and if anyone could account for Foles' rapid rise into a possible franchise quarterback, maybe an old coach who knew him well could.
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October 14, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
Much of the Delaware Valley, and maybe much of the NFL, found itself peering under the video review hood last night, reassessing its opinion of the now-5-1 Eagles. Hey, maybe this team is pretty darned good, after all. Who saw this 27-0 walloping of the NFC East rival New York Giants coming? The Eagles' first shutout since Dec. 1, 1996? Five sacks in the first half? A 20-0 halftime lead over Eli Manning and the G-men, who came in on a three-game win streak in which they'd won by an average margin of 18?
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October 14, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NOBODY EXPECTS Nick Foles to be the perfect quarterback, well at least nobody except for the most extreme critic. But Foles doesn't have to play perfect - the Eagles don't need that. What Eagles fans have been waiting to see from Foles has been consistency, signs that last year's remarkable season when he led the NFL in passer rating was not an aberration but the rise of a young field general. More than anything, it has been the up-and-down play of Foles through the first quarter of the season that has kept Birds fans from fully enjoying a start that has been as good as any top team in the NFL. And for nearly 28 1/2 minutes of the first half of last night's huge NFC East clash with the New York Giants, Eagles fans were satisfied because Foles was playing some of his best football of the season.
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October 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE COMMUNITY park in Jupiter, Fla., serves as a sprawling sports complex, packed with soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts. The fields don't feature bright-yellow uprights, but you could still sometimes stumble upon a small group of young men there, kicking and punting footballs. To them, the park is most valuable for its abundance of towering light poles. An exercise in pinpoint accuracy and elevation, clanking a football off a pole, of course, poses a more formidable test than booting one between uprights stationed 18 1/2 feet apart.
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October 13, 2014 | By Jake Kaplan, Daily News Staff Writer
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Giants while fellow inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back/kick returner Chris Polk were ruled out. Ryans, who suffered a groin injury in last Sunday's Eagles win, was a limited participant in practice yesterday and Thursday. Neither Kendricks (calf), who hasn't played since Week 2, nor Polk (hamstring) participated in practice all week. The only others officially ruled out were center Jason Kelce (hernia)
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