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Philadelphia Eagles flying high after total shutout of New York Giants

Monday, October 13th, 2014

by Brandyn Campbell

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BSThe Philadelphia Eagles head into their bye week flying on the highest note possible: On the heels of total shutout of those New York football Giants 27-0. 27-zip. 27-to-nada.

However you say it, the score is beautiful.

This is the game when LeSean McCoy finally got going, notching 149 rushing yards. The tight ends got into the act, with Zach Ertz and James Casey both getting in the endzone. Nick Foles finished the game with 21 for 34 with 248 yards for 2 touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

The Eagles defense showed up big time, completely stifling an offense that had averaged 35 points its last few games. But the streaking Giants simply had no answers for the Eagles, who got eight sacks (6 on Eli Manning and 2 on backup Ryan Nassib), limiting the two-time Super Bowl MVP to 13 for 23, 154 yards for exactly 0 touchdowns.

Connor Barwin was an absolute beast, getting to Manning for three sacks. Vinny Curry had a blast getting to the quarterback and sacking the Giants’ QB twice. Brandon Graham, Trent Cole and Brandon Blair also got into the each, notching a sack each.  Much as the New York media wanting to claim dismay at the portrayal of “Lil Eli Manning” in the Eagles cartoons, that’s exactly what he looked like on the field Sunday night.

It’s the first shutout for the Birds since 1996, and the first at Lincoln Financial Field.  Oh, the previous shutout, which took place in December of ’96. Against the Giants. In that game the Eagles won 24-0.

Darren Sproles, who added to the team’s touchdowns on Sunday night, left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. We’ll wait for news and hope that everything is okay with the most dynamic Eagles player this season.

It was the most complete win the Eagles have put together all season. The victory becomes all the more important as the Dallas Cowboys improved to 5 -1 earlier in the day, beating the Seattle Seahawks. Philadelphia retains its lead in the NFC East and has shown just how good–and dangerous–they can look when everyone is on their game. It’s a wonderful sight to behold for Eagles fans, and something that hopefully makes their next several opponents very nervous as they study the Birds’ Week 6 game film.

Cary Williams is a talker, but his line following the game was great:

“Who said we were a soft 4-1? We’re 5-1 now. Is that soft, too?”

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Eagles vs. Cowboys: Hoping to Avoid a Prime Time Embarrassment

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

by Brandyn Campbell






To state the obvious, the Philadelphia Eagles games are incredibly painful to watch these days.  The prime time games have become particularly worrisome, as it’s not just a segment of the country seeing how far the Birds have fallen this season.  It’s the entire nation.

While we hope against hope that the Eagles can stop their seven-straight game losing streak, particularly at Cowboys Stadium, I’m not sure that any of us truly believe the Birds can pull it off.

The 3-8 Birds face a 5-6 Dallas team.  Neither team is good, but there is no team that you can comfortably say that Philadelphia is better than right now.  And that hurts.  Tony Romo has 15 interceptions so far this season, but he’s only thrown two picks in the last four games.  As the Eagles defense has only a pitiful 7 takeaways this season, don’t expect Philadelphia to be able to force Romo to revert to his old ways.

Miles Austin is questionable for the game, but Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are ready to go as huge weapons on the Cowboys’ offense.  Running back DeMarco Murray may return for the first time in seven games, and if so he will try to build upon the success Felix Jones had against the Birds the last time the team’s met in Week 10.

On offense, Nick Foles will make his third start at quarterback, and Bryce Brown will return to start for LeSean McCoy.  Last week Brown made the game against the Panthers interesting,  rushing for a whopping 178 yards.  Foles has yet to wow us and the play calling for him has been incredibly conservative.  But that’s because it needs to be.  We’ll continue to watch and hope for improvement.  The Eagles lost their biggest deep threat when DeSean Jackson was lost for the year, but Foles is only averaging 5.5 yards per pass attempt.  Philadelphia will again feed the ball to Brown and Dion Lewis as much as they can, and hopefully Brown’s ball security has improved in the past week.

Some interesting points to watch: with Jason Babin shipped away to Jacksonville, Brandon Graham has his chance to make an impact on the d-line.  And rookie Vinny Curry will be back in action after making his first NFL start, making 5 tackles in only 22 snaps against the Panthers and adding some much needed energy and passion to the Eagles defense.

I’m only hoping for the embarrassment not to be too bad.  Is that too much to ask?

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports


QB Nick Foles and RB Bryce Brown Expected to Start for Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

by Brandyn Campbell





Rookies RB Bryce Brown and QB Nick Foles will lead the Eagles offense on Monday Night against the Carolina Panthers.


Nick Foles will see the bright lights of Monday Night Football for the first time as he returns as the Eagles starting quarterback for the second straight game.  Foles’ start is expected as the Philadelphia Eagles face the Carolina Panthers this week.  Mike Vick is still struggling to recover from and pass league mandated testing for a concussion sustained in Week 10 against the Cowboys .

The rookie quarterback will have another opportunity to get used to the speed of the NFL and find his stride within it.  Following his less-than-spectacular debut against the Redskins, where he threw 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards with two interceptions, Foles has vowed to learn from the experience and improve — quickly.

“I’m not going to make any excuses.  I need to get better.  I’m going to learn from it, though.  I was able to see what I did fundamentally, maybe decision-making sometimes, and I’m going to improve on it.”

Running back LeSean McCoy is also dealing with a concussion and another rookie, Bryce Brown, is expected to get his first start in McCoy’s absence.  Remarkably, it will be Brown’s first start since 2008 when he was in high school.  Drafting Brown was a gamble but the Eagles have used him steadily this season.  Brown has so far accumulated 141 yards on 32 carries.  He will need to show that his blocking abilities have greatly improved in order to provide some help to the struggling Philadelphia offense.

On the other side of the ball, another rookie looks forward to an exciting game, as defensive end Vinny Curry will be active for the first time this season.  And why not give the hometown kid a try?  The disappointing performance of the widely touted Eagles defensive line throughout the season has been one of the many storylines attributed to the 3-7 record of the team.  The second-round pick is eager to show the fans and his teammates what he can do, but knows that being active for the game doesn’t tell him how much action he’ll see on the field.

“Patience is the key.  Face it, those guys are household names [teammates like Trent Cole and Jason Babin].  I also want to establish my name around this league.”

“That’s going to be pretty sweet being active.  But now the thing is, hopefully I get a lot of plays.”

Curry’s enthusiasm is infectious and his eagerness to give his all to the team he grew up rooting for means he plans to put it all out on the table.  Or, more accurately, on the field.  What should Eagles fans expect to see from Curry when he finally gets an opportunity to show what he can do during NFL regular season action?

“Just a guy out there who has worked his tail off.  I was brought here in the second round, and I just want to show them what I can bring to the table and let them form their own opinion about me.”

In a game that may well yield yet another bleak outcome for Philadelphia’s woeful season, that’s something to root for.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports