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December 22, 2014
The Eagles gained nearly 500 yards of total offense yet lost to a 3-11 team. Here are the biggest mistakes that added up to a loss: 13 penalties for 102 yards , including six that resulted in Redskins first downs. Cody Parkey missed two field goals in the third quarter. Mark Sanchez fumbled on the game's first possession, leading to a Redskins field goal. Sanchez was intercepted with 1 minute, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, leading to Washington's game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining.
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December 22, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES HAVE seen both sides of the spectrum regarding Robert Griffin III. Two seasons ago, during the quarterback's dynamite rookie season, his Redskins beat the Eagles twice, RGIII in the process tossing six touchdowns to one interception and, in the teams' first meeting, scrambling for 84 yards. Last year the Eagles returned the favor by sweeping Washington. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner threw four touchdowns to three interceptions but completed only 56 percent of his passes over the two meetings.
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December 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - The Eagles need a starting quarterback. It won't be Mark Sanchez. That realization came long before the Eagles' playoff-dashing loss to the Redskins on Saturday. But it was hammered home when Sanchez, given the opportunity to lead his team on a game-winning drive, threw another interception. It was his 13th turnover in a little more than 71/2 games. That's about par for his course. Sanchez had 98 turnovers in 62 games in his previous life as a New York Jets quarterback.
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December 20, 2014 | Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles run   The Eagles' rushing offense has gone through a two-week spell averaging 3.1 yards per carry. One of their worst rushing games of the season came in the first meeting against Washington, when the Eagles rushed for only 54 yards. The offensive line was in shambles that afternoon and is improved now. But the Eagles must play better than they have in recent weeks, and they also must play with a lead and accumulate more plays. The Eagles have averaged 21.5 carries during the last two games after averaging 38 carries in the previous three.  LeSean McCoy averaged 4 yards per carry Sunday and has rushed for only four touchdowns this season.
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December 19, 2014
Trent Cole out for Redskins game | Eagles Notes, D4
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December 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trent Cole underwent surgery on his fractured left hand and will miss the game Saturday against the Washington Redskins, coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday. Cole had a plate inserted into his hand. His status for the Dec. 28 regular-season finale against the New York Giants remains undetermined. Brandon Graham will start in Cole's place at outside linebacker. Graham, a former first-round pick, has been a reserve for Cole and Connor Barwin throughout the season. Graham has 34 tackles and has matched a career high with 51/2 sacks this season while playing 39 percent of the defensive snaps.
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December 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
REMEMBER Chris Baker? Jason Peters just barely does. The Eagles' left tackle was asked yesterday about his Sept. 21 ejection from this season's previous Eagles-Redskins game, avenging Baker's blindside block that leveled quarterback Nick Foles. "Hadn't even thought about it," Peters said yesterday, as the Birds prepared for Saturday's NFC East rematch in Landover, Md. "We're going down there to win . . . Point blank. Whatever we've got to do to win, that's what we're going down to do. " Peters said that since Baker is a nose tackle, they probably won't encounter one another that much.
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December 18, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRANDON GRAHAM might start this week, and no one has been cut or fired. Graham's last stint as a starter came in 2012, when Andy Reid cut Jason Babin and then fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn, freeing Graham from the bench. Graham, the team's 2010 first-round draft choice, then managed four sacks in six starts. But the following offseason brought Bill Davis and a 3-4 defense. With Connor Barwin signed to play one outside linebacker position, Graham got stuck behind Trent Cole, who currently sits second on the franchise's all-time sack list behind Reggie White.
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December 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Outside linebacker Trent Cole fractured a bone in his hand against the Cowboys on Sunday night, an NFL source said Monday. It's unclear whether the Eagles veteran will need season-ending surgery. Even if he doesn't, Cole would be a long shot to play against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. Cole was unavailable for comment after the game. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he didn't have an update on Cole at his Monday news conference. If Cole is sidelined, Brandon Graham would start at the "Predator" outside linebacker spot opposite Connor Barwin.
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December 16, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Whatever he decides, whenever he decides, Chip Kelly will shrug when he makes the announcement. He will either say, "Nick Foles is our starter. Mark Sanchez is our backup. The starter is ready to go, so he's back in there. " Or he will say, "We feel like Mark has played well enough to keep the job right now. Having Nick ready if something goes wrong is a great situation to be in. " And then he will shrug, as if saying anything other than that would be silly. We'll find out soon enough, maybe as soon as Monday, although even if Foles is cleared to return to practice this week, Kelly would be content to let that drama play out for a few more days.
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