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The Eagles defense put forth one of their best efforts of the season Sunday holding the Dolphins to only 10 points, forcing three turnovers and racking up 9 sacks. It was a great performance that begs the question, why can’t they play that every week?
Andy Reid says the difference this week was that the team bounced back from the early adversity in the game this week.
“I thought one of the positive things that we did in this game, I think you have to feed off of certain things coming in. And so you get yourself ready, and in the right frame of mind to play, and then you’ve got to overcome any lows that might take place early. So, I thought that one of the things that we improved on were some negatives at the beginning of this game, we fought through those and turned them into positives. I’m not sure we’ve done that as well as we should have, as coaches and players, in the past. I was proud of the coaches and players for doing that, because things did not start off the way you want a game to start off. Guys hung in there, the coaches stayed aggressive, the players stayed aggressive, good things happen.”
DeSean Jackson finally got a big touchdown catch after weeks of pretty disappointing play and the coach was sure to call out his effort.
“He’s just getting warmed up. He attracts a lot of attention, and really on that one he was supposed to be doubled, I mean, when you really look at it. The corner didn’t settle back underneath it. So, he did a great job on the sell on the safety, allowed the corner to drop, corner thought he was going through the middle, corner dropped, and he was working on the safety there. Listen, when you’re a good player you attract a lot of attention, and that’s what he’s had this year, and that’s been probably the issue there.”
The Eagles postseason hopes are all but over, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about them.
Twitter sports maven @FakeWIPCaller is outraged that the Eagles won on Sunday- and predicts the next month for the Birds
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Miami Dolphins 26-10 in a sloppy affair Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium. The two teams combined for five turnovers in a game that moved the Eagles to 5-8, keeping their longshot playoff hopes alive for at least one more week.
The Eagles defense turned in one of their best efforts of the season limiting Miami to just 10 points, racking up 9 sacks and forcing three turnovers. Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle & Phillip Hunt all recorded their first career sacks, while Trent Cole & Jason Babin each had three a piece.
On offense, LeSean McCoy keeps rushing toward history with two more scores today. He now needs just one more rushing TD this season to equal Steve Van Buren's franchise record of 14, which has stood since 1945. Also. one more receiving or rushing TD would tie McCoy with Van Buren for the most total TDs in a season. With three and a half games left, it seems as though McCoy is very likely to own both franchise records before the end of the season.
Overall it was a comfortable win by the Eagles today and one that at least keeps them in the playoff hunt. To win the NFC East, the Eagles need to win out and have the Giants go no better than 2-2. They'd also need the Cowboys to go no btter than 1-3. The Eagles will play the Cowboys in two weeks.
Dolphins' QB Matt Moore has been taken to the locker room after being sacked by Brian Rolle in the third quarter of this afternoon's Eagles vs Dolphins game. Moore was slow to get up after Rolle hit in the act of passing on a play where Reggie Bush simply failed to block the blitzer. Moore tried to get up, but eventually fell back down to one knee and had teammates calling over the trainers. He stood on the sideline for several minutes before being taken into the locker room.
Moore has started 9 straight games since taking over for Henne and has led the Dolphins to a 4-1 record over their last five games. Over that stretch he's played well enough that at least some Dolphin fans are wondering whether he might be the solution at QB. Prior to Moore taking over, the Dolphins were winless and had their sights set on Andrew Luck.
The Dolphins are calling it a head injury and call Moore's return questionable.
Jeremy Maclin had missed the previous three games for the Eagles with hamstring and shoulder injuries and now it appears as though he won't be able to finish this one. Maclin has started the second half standing on the sidelines with a visor on. He had one catch for 13 yards on the day.
Maclin was listed as probable all week until Saturday, when he was downgraded to questionable. However, he did pass his pre game tests and started the game. The team has still not released official word on whether he has re-aggravated the hamstring or what has happened. But for now it appears as if Maclin is done for the day. He has been replaced by 2nd year man Riley Cooper.
The Eagles still lead 24-7 halfway through the third quarter at Sun Life Stadium.
A comedy of errors by both teams has resulted in yet another Miami turnover that has to an Eagles TD. After a Matt Moore fumble, Michael Vick hit DeSean Jackson for a 34 yard TD to put Philadelphia up 24-7 with five minutes left in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Let's go through the errors in order.
Error #2 - DeSean Jackson fields the punt, turns and throws the ball across the field to rookie CB Curtis Marsh, who can't handle the pass resulting in a fumble which is recovered by the Dolphins.
Error #3 - On the very next play, Jason Babin hits Matt Moore from behind, knocking loose the ball which is recovered by the Eagles. Four plays later Michael Vick hits DeSean Jackson for a 34 yard TD.
The Eagles have now scored 17 points off Miami turnovers.
LeSean McCoy has rushed for his second TD in less two minutes of game time as the Eagles have surged to a 14-7 lead over the Dolphins at Sunlife stadium this afternoon. McCoy's TD was set up by Kurt Coleman's fourth INT of the season, which he returned 35 yards to the Dolphins' one yard line. Two plays later, McCoy punched it in for his second TD of the game.
McCoy now needs just one more rushing TD this season to equal Steve Van Buren's franchise record of 14, which has stood since 1945. One more receiving or rushing TD would tie McCoy with Van Buren for the most total TDs in a season. With three and a half games left, it seems as though McCoy is very likely to own both franchise records before the end of the season.
McCoy's two TDs today are even more impressive coming against the Dolphins, who have one of the best run defenses in football. Prior to this game, they had allowed just three rushing TDs all season. McCoy is also the first RB with two rushing TDs in a game against Dolphins since Fred Jackson in 2009.
LeSean McCoy scored his 13th rushing TD of the season as the Eagles pulled into a 7-7 tie with the Dolphins in the 2nd quarter at Sunlife Stadium this afternoon. McCoy's score from from two yards out came against a stingy Miami rush defense that had previously only allowed three rushing TDs all season.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano will undoubtedly catch some flack after his decision to go for a 55 yard FG, which was missed, gave the Eagles excellent field position on the drive. It took Michael Vick just three completions to put the Eagles in the red zone, where LeSean McCoy then went to work.
McCoy is approaching two long standing Eagles franchise records. His 13th rushing TD of the season ties him for second all time with Ricky Watters and Steve Van Buren. It also puts him just two TDs behind Van Buren for the franchise record of 15, which has stood since 1945. He also needs just two TDs overall to reach Van Buren's total TDs mark of 18, also set in 1945.
The Eagles appear to be officially back to full strength this afternoon as Jeremy Maclin, Michael Vick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who have missed the past three weeks, will all be active today against the Dolphins.
The inactives are pretty interesting.
WR Steve Smith, CB Brandon Hughes, DE Brandon Graham, G Julian Vandervelde, OT Winston Justice, DE Juqua Parker and LB Greg Lloyd.
Steve Smith not even being able to be dressed is certainly a new low for his this season. Juqua Parker and Brandon Graham being inactive means that Phillip Hunt will be active for the first time in at least a month. It’s somewhat fitting for him to play today given that he came out of the CFL just like Miami’s pro bowl pass rusher Cameron Wake.
For the Dolphins, the inactives are:
RB Steve Slaton, LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, OT Will Barker, OG Ryan Cook, OG Rey Feinga, TE Will Yeatman, DT Ryan Baker
LeSean McCoy has been one of the most consistent fantasy performers in the NFL this season and is approaching several Eagles records. He's scored at least one TD in all but one game this season, and trails Maurice Jones-Drew by three yards in the NFL rushing title race. He needs only three TDs to break Steve Van Buren's franchise record of 18 and is 378 yards shy of Wilbert Montgomery's single season franchise rushing record set in 1979.
All that said, McCoy does face a good Miami run defense that is giving up the fifth fewest rush yards per game this season. Plus, they've given up the second fewest fantasy points per game to running backs over the past five weeks. Still, given how McCoy has played this season, that's no reason not to start him.
Here is Numberfire.com's fantasy projection for McCoy today.
The Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) travel to the Miami Dolphins (4-8) Sunday. For those of you who would like to catch the game, here's the TV schedule and radio information for this Week 14 NFL match up.
We are into the fantasy football playoffs in a lot of leagues and unlike they have in reality, the Eagles may actually come through for you in fantasy down the stretch. While Jeremy Maclin will be a gametime decision, the return of Michael Vick means that the Eagles offense is just about up to full strength. If Maclin does play, then the offense, which amazingly is still among the league's best in terms of moving the football, could be in for a productive couple of games to end the year.
Vick has had three weeks to heal his broken ribs and comes back to face a suspect Miami pass defense. The Dolphins are giving up the 9th most yards per game through the air in the league this season. Here's what Numberfire.com predicts for Michael Vick against the Dolphins this afternoon
Michael Vick - 20.34/32.20, 230.35 yds, 1.30 TDs, 0.78 INTs for 15.16 pts
The Philadelphia Eagles said this morning that have downgraded WR Jeremy Maclin from probable to questionable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Maclin will travel with the team to Florida and will likely be a gametime decision.
The third year WR has missed three straight games with shoulder and hamstring injuries, but all indications were that he would be ready to play this weekend. However, it would appear that he's had some sort of setback. When talking about Maclin's injury over the past few weeks, Andy Reid has said that it's been the hamstring that been the main concern. Actually, Maclin was only limited in practice all week as a precaution and not to overly stress the hamstring.
But as we all know, hamstring injuries are extremely unpredictable. Guys get pick up a hamstring during a game and sometimes they're back the next series of they're out for a month. And as we're seeing with Maclin, sometimes these things can linger.
Jeremy Maclin will make his return to the Eagles lineup this weekend after being listed as probable on the teams' Friday injury report. Maclin has missed the past three games with hamstring and shoulder injuries. His return will not only be a boost to the Eagles offense, but also to his fantasy owners as he was the Eagles leading receiver in all categories prior to the injury. Maclin had emerged as a favorite target of Michael Vick and seemed to have passed DeSean Jackson as the Eagles #1 target.
Speaking of... Vick will also make his return to the lineup after also missing three games. He fully participated in practice all week. The only other Eagles injury of note is Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed as questionable. He missed the past three games with an ankle injury, but told reporters this week that he plans to play.
The Eagles enter Sunday's contest against the Miami Dolphins as three-point underdogs.
The Eagles have seemingly faced "must-win" scenarios for over a month, but this week's showdown with the 'Phins figures to be an authentic determination of whether or not the Eagles continue fighting for their desperate postseason hopes.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore has been oft-criticized throughout his career. Running back Reggie Bush has been questioned as a feature back. Together, they lead a Miami Dolphins offense averaging 27.8 points in its past five games.
The Dolphins are 4-1 in that span.
Miami (4-8) hosts the Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) on Sunday, and Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said Moore and Bush could pose problems.
"He's doing a good job, he's managing the offense," Castillo said of Moore. "You know, what happens is, there's times when the coverage is real tight, and what he does is he ends up somehow finding a spot to get through and get five or six yards. It may be third-and-five and he gets six [yards], or third-and-eight and he'll get nine. In the red zone, he does a good job of keeping the chains moving with his scrambling."
Bush spent the first five years of his career with the New Orleans Saints, but has blossomed in Miami while shouldering a bigger load. With four games left to play, he has already run for a career-best 667 yards, including 100 last week in a win against the Oakland Raiders.
"The way he's being used, he's being productive. Great football player," said Castillo.
The Philadelphia Eagles enter a Week 14 matchup against the Miami Dolphins fully expecting to meet a stingy defense.
The Dolphins enter Sunday's game with a 4-8 record, the same as Philadelphia, but have won four of five. During that five-game span, Miami has surrendered fewer than 11 points per game and has allowed double digits just twice.
"Now, Mike Nolan is just a terrific coach. He's had defensive success virtually everywhere he's been. I remember when we played in San Francisco on many occasions he had an excellent defense," said Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
"And they have talent. So you mix that combination and I think they have a lot of confidence, you know some crazy things happen to them early in the season, they lost a lot of close games. So there's credit due there with this football team, there. They were 0-7 and they went hot. They were playing good football, certainly playing good football on the defensive side."
Added Mornhinweg, "They’re aggressive, they’re talented, it’s an excellent scheme and they play fast."
Michael Vick has finally given up. After being begged by coaches, teammates and fans to slide rather than take a big hit to get an extra yard... he's finally given in after his latest injury.
"I'm sliding now, I'm getting down. I've made my mind up," said Vick. "There's going to be times when I can't get those extra yards but I have to get down. And I get too caught up in the game sometimes but that leads to you being sidelined and not being accountable for your team on Sundays and not being out there. So I don't want to continue to put the team through that and I understand how drastic that can be sometimes."
However, Vick says that this new decision to slide isn't going to fundamentally change the way he plays.
"No, I'm still going to play the way I want to play, I'm just going to get down. It's not worth taking a hit for the extra one or two yards unless the first down marker is right there [smiling]. So I guess I still haven't changed."
It's about time. In one sense, I do respect the guy for wanting to be a football player out there and fight for every yard... but the reality is that when you're a QB, especially one being paid $80 million, self preservation is important.
The Philadelphia Eagles released their latest injury report today after practice as they continue preparing for their road game against the Miami Dolphins.
On Monday, we found out that both quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are expected to play this weekend against the Dolphins. Vick is ahead of Maclin in terms of practice time as Vick was not limited in practice today. Maclin is still determined to play this weekend. However, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is not expected to play in the game against the Dolphins (via Philly.com).
The following players were limited in practice today:
WR Jeremy Maclin (Hamstring/Shoulder)
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Ankle)
The following players were not limited in practice today:
The Miami Dolphins made Ronnie Brown the #2 overall pick in the 2005 draft and was one of their most popular and productive players until he came to the Eagles prior to this season. Of course, the #1 thing Ronnie Brown's time in Miami is known for is the re-introduction of the wildcat offense to the NFL. Brown and the Dolphins ran it in a way that still has yet to be duplicated.
"I think it was just something different," Brown said. "Nobody really tried to run it or nobody really ran it a lot in the NFL. And it's just a different look and it gets come of guys on the field at the same time that are capable of making plays. You know, and it tries to give defenses different looks and it makes them adjust on the run."
Despite a fondness for his time in Miami, Brown says he hasn't followed them all that much this season.
"A little bit, not too much. When I have an opportunity I'll watch them because I'm still close to a few of the guys on the team. And some of the guys I played with in college I try to keep in contact with, obviously."
As for his current team, Brown admits that this season has been a disappointment and blames at least some of the Eagles struggles on the abbreviated offseason.
"Well, it makes it tough anytime you lose because you put so much into it. And of course we didn't have an offseason like we usually do for everybody to get close and get a camaraderie or whatever. So I think as a team the way that we worked during camp we put a lot into it, and to come and not be successful that's always tough because you know how much you put into it as far as two-a-days. And the schedule's a little different, but at the same time you're dealing with the soreness and all this stuff and to come up a little short of your goals. And to know that we could have had a couple of games here and there, and of course it didn't work out. And I don't think a lot of games we played the way we're capable of playing as a football team."
Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin plan to return to the field Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
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