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October 14, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
7.48 The Eagles were ranked 23rd in the league in first-down production going into the Saints game. They had averaged just 4.89 yards per first-down play in their first four games. On Sunday, they averaged a season-high 7.48, amassing 314 of their 519 yards on 42 first-down plays. Running backs DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, who had collectively averaged just 3.0 yards per carry on first down in the first four games, averaged 5.8 Sunday. One hundred thirty-one of the Eagles' 186 rushing yards came on first down.
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October 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
NOW THAT the thrill of witnessing an actual Eagles' home-field victory has worn off, now that photos of the final tally glowing on the Linc scoreboard have been framed and the scoresheets have been pressed into scrapbooks, many Eagles fans will spend the days until Monday night's encounter with the Giants debating one question: What was real in that 39-17 steamrolling of the Saints, and what wasn't? What might endure, and what was a mirage? Despite Chip Kelly's denials yesterday, it sure seemed the run- blocking got simplified a bit. There was way more room to maneuver than DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles saw in the first four games, combined.
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October 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fletcher Cox He has been performing at an elite level for two years, but Cox is sure to get the national attention he deserves after recording three sacks and forcing two fumbles. The Eagles secondary gets an assist for making Drew Brees hesitate. Josh Huff He played only five offensive snaps last week, but Huff was instrumental in the Eagles' early successes on Sunday. He took the opening kick 40 yards and reached the end zone after a 41-yard catch-and-run. RE: The flip into the end zone.
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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 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 Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through the first four games of the season, the Eagles offensive line certainly heard its share of criticism. What hurt most was that deep down, the players knew it was justified. So the maligned line picked an opportune time to turn things around. Playing by far its best game of the year, the line was a major reason for a 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Never mind that the Saints are 1-4 and are allowing 28.6 points per game. The Eagles accumulated 519 yards, 333 passing and a season-high 186 on the ground.
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October 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF YOU TURN left through a short, wide entrance way at the back of the Eagles' locker room at Lincoln Financial Field, there is a white-tiled space near the shower area. It's maybe 18 feet by 12, and it contains only an orange plastic bin for discarded towels, sitting in the far corner. After warm-ups, just before the Eagles were to take the field for yesterday's game against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Sam Bradford gathered his offense in that room. Tight quarters, yes, but good acoustics.
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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 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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