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October 13, 2015 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Executive Sports Editor
1. The mistakes aside, the Eagles' offense looked like an offense again: They moved the ball all day. They ran it out of a greater variety of formations - hello, there, to the second tight end, and to the quarterback taking the snap under center - and Sam Bradford did a lot more good things than bad. They only had 10 points at halftime because of Bradford's two interceptions, but they had 300 yards. They finished the game with 39 points and north of 500 yards. The question we all will debate in the coming week is if they have turned a corner or if they just ran into a godawful Saints defense.
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October 13, 2015 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
MALCOLM JENKINS has the advantage of grooming, elocution and charm. His fashion sense is unmatched; his oratory, peerless. Combine his charisma with his character and you produce one of the more earnest men in all of sports. But, this one time, don't believe his hype. Jenkins faced the Saints for the first time since they spurned him. He was a huge part of the Eagles' 39-17 blowout win that dropped Sean Payton and Co. to 1-4. "For me, personally, I looked at this game the way I look at any other game," Jenkins said afterward.
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October 13, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Chip Kelly wisely switched course from his I-coached-great-they-played-bad theme last week, everyone was a little shocked. He stopped talking about execution and spread around the blame for the team's poor start to include himself and the coaching staff, and that represented a true departure. It also demonstrated what a tight spot the Eagles had gotten themselves into. If Kelly is willing to set aside his stubbornness for a while, things must really be dire. And dire they were.
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October 13, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
"GOOD TEAMS beat bad teams. " You hear that adage all the time, in all sports. Often, optimists subjectively consider all wins equal. Usually, cynics consider wins over inferior opponents somehow less valid than wins over more solid competition. Another name for those cynics: Realists. Any realist who watched the exquisitely bad football played at Lincoln Financial Field between the Beagles and Ain'ts yesterday cannot, realistically, consider the contest and its outcome anything but an indicator that the current iteration of either team deserves credit for much more than showing up on time.
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October 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles have the ball The Eagles' inconsistent offense will have an opportunity to show its potential on Sunday against the NFL's 24th-ranked defense. New Orleans has allowed 381.5 yards and 26 points per game. Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who finally showed that he can stretch the field with a vertical passing game last week, could do so against the Saints. New Orleans has allowed six passing plays of more than 40 yards, the most in the NFL. The 9.8 yards per pass attempt against the Saints defense is also the most in the NFL. The secondary is getting healthier with cornerback Keenan Lewis and safety Jairus Byrd returning to form after early-season injuries.
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October 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On their way to the field Sunday, the Eagles will walk past a wall in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field with the team's motto on it for all the players to see: "HABITS REFLECT THE MISSION. " This is Chip Kelly's philosophy in Philadelphia, the NFL version of his "win the day" mantra at Oregon. It means that the Eagles are a composite of what they do each day, that their behavior from Monday to Saturday reflects their production on Sunday. No matter how diligent the Eagles have been about practicing and eating and sleeping and strength training, their 1-3 record after four games suggests they are a team with losing habits.
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October 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Delvin Breaux runs out of Lincoln Financial Field's visitors' locker room on Sunday afternoon to play against the Eagles, it will mark the continuation of an incredible comeback. The New Orleans Saints cornerback was told nine years ago this month that he should have died on the field when he broke his neck as a high school senior. The injury prevented him from being cleared to play at Louisiana State. His dream looked dim. But Breaux, who grew up in New Orleans, refused to give up. The rookie's journey to the NFL took him to a semipro league before stints in the Arena Football League and Canada.
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October 9, 2015 | Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
TWITTER followers might recall that during last week's ugly loss, I promised that if I got the urge to pick the Eagles to win again, I would repeat "Bad team. Bad team," to myself until the urge passed. The problem here would be that the Saints also seem to be a bad team. So I'm going to go the King Solomon route. A five-point oddmakers' cushion is really plush for a team with a banged-up offensive line that wasn't playing as if it belonged in the NFL when it was healthy. But I'm already sick of analyzing failure.
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October 9, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME the Eagles played the New Orleans Saints ended up affecting the way the current Eagles are constructed. Three major factors defeated the Birds on Jan. 4, 2014, when they hosted the first and so far only playoff game of the Chip Kelly regime: 1. They couldn't stop the run, after Bill Davis set up his defense to shut down a lethal passing attack oriented around tight end Jimmy Graham. 2. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played pretty well for a first-year starter but took a half to get going (hmm, that sounds kinda familiar)
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October 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Peters did not participate in the Eagles' practice Wednesday because of a lingering quadriceps injury, and the team is preparing for the possibility that Peters cannot play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. "He's as tough a guy as I've been around here in the three years I've been here, and if he can go, he will go," coach Chip Kelly said. "But, he's a guy we've really got to take a real good look at this week in terms of what he can give us. " Peters was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Week 3 win over the Jets.
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