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September 17, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite the new uniform, new offense and new teammates, Sam Bradford, in many ways, looked like the St. Louis Rams version of himself Monday night in the Eagles' 26-24 loss to the Falcons. But there was a new-car smell to the performance and some optimism considering the quarterback's efficient second half. Bradford was accurate, got the ball out quickly and for the most part avoided throwing beyond 20 yards downfield. The short passing was game-plan specific and predicated on a Falcons defense that emphasized not getting beaten deep, Chip Kelly said Tuesday.
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September 17, 2015 | BY DEREK SARLEY, For the Daily News
SO RESOLUTELY does Chip Kelly abhor complexity that if he were editing this piece, he'd already have changed two of the first six words to "much" and "hate" and checked for synonyms on the seventh. His offense boasts the league's shortest playbook, quickest calls and fewest huddles. Everything builds on a foundation of superior fitness married with simple execution of straightforward plays. Which sometimes doesn't work. On Monday night against the Falcons, the Eagles ran an experiment.
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September 16, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The Eagles didn't lose because Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal. Yes, those three points would have provided the winning margin, but much of the blame can be pinned on a woeful first-half performance. And the two units that were considered weaknesses for the Eagles entering the season - the secondary and the offensive line - were instrumental in spotting the Falcons a 20-3 lead before the break. Chip Kelly's troops rebounded and even went ahead in the second half, but a 17-point cushion - unlike in last season's opener against the Jaguars - proved to be too much to overcome and the Eagles fell, 26-24.
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September 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Chip Kelly measured his options and sent Cody Parkey onto the field. The Eagles trailed by two points with less than three minutes remaining in the game, and although they needed just 1 yard for a first down, Kelly went with the safe move: a 44-yard field-goal attempt. He didn't expect Parkey's kick to sail wide right, costing the Eagles their best chance for a late lead and leaving them stunned by a season-opening 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. After Parkey's missed field goal, the Eagles took the ball back at their 14-yard line with 1 minute, 49 seconds left and a chance to win. Their hopes were dashed when Sam Bradford's third-down pass went through Jordan Matthews' hands and was intercepted by Ricardo Allen at the Eagles' 29-yard line with 71 seconds remaining.
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September 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ATLANTA – Wasn't it hilarious Sunday night, watching the Giants and Cowboys outblunder each other? Nearly fell off the couch laughing, didn't you? That would be the same couch you tried to heave through the living room window at halftime last night, with the Eagles – so obviously the cream of the NFC East, until they actually had to go out and play -- fortunate to be down "only" 17 points in what became a 26-24 season-opening loss to the host Atlanta Falcons, who began the evening as slight underdogs.
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September 16, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ATLANTA - Like Chip Kelly, Sam Bradford knows how good he can be if his body would only stop betraying him. Like Kelly, he knows he can make the Eagles' spread-tempo offense sing. He knows he can be one of the league's very best quarterbacks. If he only can stay healthy. He felt it two years ago before tearing his left ACL for the first time. Felt the pieces of his game finally all coming together. Felt it again last August after coming back from that injury, only to have the room go dark on him again.
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September 15, 2015
IF THE EAGLES don't score three or four touchdowns tonight, I'll be shocked. If their pass rush can't pressure Matt Ryan enough to keep the defense from being killed by the deep ball, I'll be surprised. So I think the Eagles will win. But if they lose a sloppy, high-scoring opener to what looks like it'll be a decent team, in the Georgia Dome, where Ryan has been very hard to beat, with Sam Bradford playing well and staying healthy, well, life would go on. Prediction: Eagles 30, Falcons 23.
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September 11, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
LINEBACKER Marcus Smith and tight end Zach Ertz both returned to the Eagles' practice field yesterday. But how much they will play Monday night against Atlanta, or even if they'll play at all, remains to be seen. Smith missed the final three preseason games with a hamstring injury. Ertz missed the entire preseason after needing surgery to repair a core-muscle tear. Smith, who was supposed to be the backup outside linebacker behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, said he has been working with Shaun Huls, the team's director of sports science and reconditioning, to "get my endurance back so I can do everything in practice.
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September 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was minutes after the Pennsbury boys' soccer team dropped its season opener to Father Judge last week, and Justin Chapuis was already thinking about how he could have prevented the two goals from ending up in the back of the net. The senior center back blamed his fitness - he wasn't yet in midseason form - for the first Judge goal. In a few more weeks, he added, he would be able to run back and stop the ball before it crossed the goal line. You can forgive Chapuis and the rest of the Pennsbury back line for thinking every game should be a shutout - it is what they are used to, after all. Father Judge's two tallies were the first the Falcons had given up in a while.
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June 12, 2015 | BY STEVEN REA, Inquirer Staff Writer srea@phillynews.com, 215-854-5629
BLEAK AND painfully earnest, "Aloft" is a story with a mystical bent and an important parenting tip: If you're going to leave your children alone in a pickup while you're off in the woods overseeing a healing ritual, don't leave the key in the ignition. Really. A gloomy feature by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa (2010's Oscar-nominated "The Milk of Sorrow"), "Aloft" time-travels between a late 20th-century landscape where everybody looks impoverished and scared and a here-and-now where everyone looks, well, not that much improved.
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