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October 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
"The NFL is coming, the NFL is coming. " That's the Paul Revere paraphrase they want to yell in Britain, and they want to yell it a lot more than three times a season. George Osborne, the country's treasury chief, told the Evening Standard last week that the British government will do whatever it takes to get a permanent NFL team in London, which is where the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons will play Sunday in a game that begins at 9:30 a.m. here and shortly after tea and crumpets at Wembley Stadium.
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October 27, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles are 5-1 this season - just one touchdown drive away from being undefeated - and that record is remarkable considering the adversity that has greeted the start of Chip Kelly's second year. Some of the adversity couldn't have been predicted or prevented. Some has been self-inflicted. And some is the result of opponents' adapting to what has been learned about how the Eagles will play on both sides of the ball under Kelly. Specifically, the offensive line and middle of the defense have been affected by injury.
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October 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Polk had 799 carries in four seasons at the University of Washington. He's had 11 in three NFL seasons with the Eagles. He hasn't had an actual offensive touch - including the preseason - since the end of last season. Injuries have played a part in Polk's limited playing time, but so, too, has the running back's place on the Eagles depth chart. He has played behind some talented tailbacks in LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles this season. But that doesn't mean Polk is satisfied with his role or he carelessly transitioned into being primarily a special-teams contributor.
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October 20, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Most of us did not see this coming. Most of us, in fact, thought the Dallas Cowboys were headed in reverse, a team primed to fall flat on its face after three straight .500 seasons that concluded with defeats in winner-takes-the-division games against each of its NFC East rivals. Quarterback Tony Romo, 34, was getting too old and coming off back surgery that kept him out of the regular-season finale against the Eagles last season. Jason Garrett was first in line only when he was standing among the NFL's mediocre head coaches.
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October 16, 2014 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J - Brandon McManus received the call around 7 in the morning on Aug. 26 from the New York Giants, telling the former North Penn and Temple star he had been cut - another opportunity to kick in the NFL lost. Or so he thought. McManus had a feeling other NFL teams would be interested. He just didn't think it would come so soon. As he drove down the New Jersey Turnpike to work out at Temple, McManus received another call - from the Giants, again. One of those life-changing calls that makes your head spin.
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October 15, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DONOVAN MCNABB has company. Like the former Eagles quarterback, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted on Sunday that he didn't know a game could end in a tie. That explains the quizzical look he had when players started walking onto the field to shake hands with the scoreboard reading, Panthers 37, Bengals 37. "I was like, what? I was confused," Benjamin told the Charlotte Observer. "They had to explain what was going on. In a way, it still kind of felt like a loss.
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October 13, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
From start to finish, they were the two best teams in the NFL last season, and there was no room for debate. The Denver Broncos had the most prolific offense in league history, putting up a record 606 points behind a record 55 touchdown passes from the ageless Peyton Manning. Four Broncos had 10 touchdowns or more. The Seattle Seahawks had a defense that could enter the discussion among the best of all time. The Legion of Boom allowed 14.4 points per game during a year in which the league average was 23.4.
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October 7, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
AT A TIME when the NFL is dealing with concussions, domestic abuse and new HGH testing procedures, here comes news that there is a zero-tolerance policy on . . . stereo headphones. From now on, players can only appear on camera using the products of the league's new sponsor, Bose - leaving practice, warming up before games, and during postgame interviews. The new policy effectively sacks Beats By Dre, the popular line co-founded by rapper and hip-hop producer Dr. Dre. Yesterday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement that "the NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field or during interviews unless authorized by the league.
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October 1, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Samantha Davis was still in high school at Bishop McDevitt when her father would bring home tapes of football games he had officiated and review them. Sometimes during these film sessions, she would walk by and say, "Wasn't that a penalty?" And her father would tell her, "You should do this. " Davis is a 2014 La Salle University graduate who, in addition to taking her father's advice, is now taking graduate school classes in history at La Salle. She spends her weekends looking for pass interference and works a side job on the sideline at Eagles games.
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September 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Peters was fined $10,000 for his involvement in the fight that followed Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker's blocking Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to the ground in Sunday's game. Peters' fine was for unnecessarily striking an opponent in the head area after the play was over, according to the NFL office. While the league ruled that Baker's hit was legal and that he would receive no further discipline, he was fined $8,268 for grabbing an opponent by the face mask. Both Peters and Baker were ejected from the game.
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