Eagles Secure NFC East

3 January 2014

LeSean McCoy snow
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Philadelphia Eagles secured the NFC East division following a 24-22 victory against the Dallas Cowboys at the AT & T Stadium on Sunday evening.
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Chip Kelly’s team brought up their 10th success of the regular season. If they are to make the Superbowl though, they will have to come through the competitive NFC half of the NFL draw which includes Betfair favourites Seattles Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
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It is the third straight year that the Cowboys have lost a division decider for a play-off spot in NFL. They end the season with an 8-8 record once again and will now be preparing for their next campaign in 2014.
Dallas were without the services of Tony Romo for the crucial tie in Texas. He had back surgery on Friday and is in rehabilitation. That allowed Kyle Orton to step into the team as a replacement.
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Despite leading for large parts of the match, the Eagles had cornerback Brandon Boykin to thank for an interception from an Orton pass with less than two minutes to go. That was crucial for the visitors as it enabled them to hold on to the win.
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Orton finished with 358 yards for the Cowboys but missed the opportunity to secure the victory for his side when he was in possession in the closing stages.
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Nick Foles starred for the Eagles as he threw two touchdown passes in the game. The first was to NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy, while the second successfully reached Brent Celek.
McCoy is the first Philadelphia running back to win the rushing award since Steve van Buren in 1948.
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Philadelphia will now take on New Orelans on Saturday evening in the wild-card round. They will be favourites with Betfair to come out on top against the Saints in the outright market for the game.
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Riley Cooper
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Prior to this week’s bye Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper caught three passes for just 37 yards despite a favorable matchup with the Washington Redskins. It was his seventh game with fewer than 40 yards. In his other four games he’s averaging 112.3 yard and 1.5 touchdowns. Do you think he’ll be more the starting fantasy option down the stretch or the one that should be on your bench?
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I’m leaning more toward the former. While I don’t think he’ll consistently put up prolific numbers, I do think he’ll be a solid WR2 or WR3 depending on the matchup.
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Next week he plays the Arizona Cardinals. They enter the week averaging 243.5 passing yards and 1.8 passing touchdowns allowed per game. With the rapport Cooper has with Nick Foles, he should have a strong showing in this one.
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In Week 14 he faces the Detroit Lions. Detroit enters the week having allowed 283.8 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. This has the making of a shootout, and Cooper should be heavily involved. Another strong performance is likely.
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In Week 15 Cooper should dominate the Minnesota Vikings’ terrible secondary. The Vikes enter the week allowing 280.1 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. Each week the pass defenses they face get worse.
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In Week 16 he gets the Chicago Bears. Statistically, at 239.1 yards and 1.5 touchdowns allowed per game, they are the toughest secondary they face, but they lost Charles Tillman for the year.
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If you play the full 17 weeks, you’ll be excited to face the Dallas Cowboys. They enter the week ranked last in pass defense with 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns allowed per week. Cooper had six catches for 88 yards in the first meeting.
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The Eagles will be playing for a playoff berth and the schedule is favorable for the Eagles passing game to finish strong. Cooper should be a great asset down the stretch.
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Foles and Vick

21 August 2013


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In the City of brotherly love, new Eagles head-coach, Chip Kelly, is not doing a lot to maintain harmony between himself and the press corps with his latest ambiguous statement on possibly the most contentious issue in Philadelphia – who will be the starting quarterback next season.
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Kelly was quoted as saying: “You can put your pens down if you think we’re naming a starting quarterback in this room right now.”
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With that succinct statement, it looks as though the battle for the starting spot between Nick Foles and Michael Vick will rumble on until the start of the season. Both of the protagonists were solid in their latest outing, keeping the debate alive. Foles got the start against the Panthers last Thursday but it was arguably the more experienced Vick who came out the better with a 90% completion rate and the one interception, which came on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first-half.
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With two games gone in the pre-season, Vick looks to have the edge – if the bland numbers are to be believed – with an 86.6% completion rate against Foles 78.5% figure. Vick also has the only passing TD although Foles has rushed for one.
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With Kelly expected to unveil a new-look offense in Philly, one that requires a mobile quarterback, Vick was expected to have the edge by many and he certainly looks as though he has been the more dynamic so far, although Foles is starting to move a little more from the pocket and improvise with his legs.
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There is little between the two in arm-strength – although, at the moment, it would appear Vick is winning the accuracy war. However, Foles has not been decidedly worse and he has been viable enough to keep Kelly from making a final decision – though the latest football odds favour Vick.
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We don’t expect that to happen until after the pre-season games are done and dusted – one top class performance could deliver the knockout blow either way but, for now, the Foles vs. Vick duel goes on and provides some, but not all, of the intrigue about how the Eagles will play and perform this year, especially after the disappointments of the past few seasons.
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Much is expected of Kelly this year and it will be vital that he makes the right choice between Foles and Vick – his first major decision is one that he needs to get right.
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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made a triumphant return in Week 16. No, his team did not win, but he was a nice option for fantasy football players. Particularly, those that play in points per reception (PPR) leagues. Can you trust him in Week 17 against the New  York Giants?
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Most fantasy leagues have already wrapped up. If your league is still going, McCoy is a solid option in Week 17.
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LeSean had just 13 carries against the Washington Redskins. McCoy rushed for 45 yards. The Eagles were forced to throw the ball 48 times as they were playing from behind a good portion of the game. That is where McCoy did his damage.
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LeSean was targeted 11 times in the pass game. He was able to catch nine passes for 77 yards. His 122 total yards were a solid total. The nine catches really made PPR owners happy.
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His owners were also happy that former flavor of the month Bryce Brown only had four touches in the game. After two big games, Brown was quiet the next two. He hardly had a presence in this one as he ran for 18 yards.
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McCoy and the Eagles aren’t going to be a playoff factor, but they will take joy in going after the rival Giants. The G-Men are in the bottom half in run defense. McCoy shredded them for 123 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards back in Week 4. McCoy’s concussion soured his 2012 season, but he could finish on a strong note with two straight big performances against NFC East rivals.
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The Bryce is Wrong?

14 December 2012


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Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown burst on the scene with 189 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 12. Brown scored a pair of touchdowns that day, but also lost two fumbles.
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Brown followed that performance up with 183 total yards and two more touchdowns in Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys. Brown lost a fumble in that game as well, but looked like a force to be reckoned with.
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Brown was stopped dead in his tracks by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, gaining just 12 total yards. He did not fumble the ball, but he didn’t get in the end zone either. The Bucs have the league’s best run defense. While nobody expected Brown to be that bad, based on this previous two performances, it’s not a surprise that he struggled.
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Thursday Night Football proved to be unkind to Brown as well. The Bengals aren’t quite as stout of a run defense as Tampa Bay, but they are solid. They held Brown to 45 total yards.
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After averaging 8.1 yards per carry in his first two starts, Brown has averaged 1.4 yards per carry in his past two games. That’s simply not cutting it.
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Next up is the Washington Redskins. They enter Week 15 with a top ten run defense. Considering the way that Brown has ran the past two games, you can’t feel good about his prospects, especially if LeSean McCoy is finally ready to return from his concussion.
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You can’t say for sure that the struggles will continue for Brown, but he’s looking like a very difficult option to choose in Week 16.
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By Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor
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Must Start Options
Quarterback - None
Running Back - None
Wide Receiver - A.J. Green (Cin)
Tight End -None
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Others to Consider
Quarterback – Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is a borderline QB1 this week, taking on an Eagles defense that has completely fallen apart. Over the past four weeks we have seen the following performances against them:

  • Week 11 – Robert Griffin III – 14-15 for 200 yards and 4 TD
  • Week 12 – Cam Newton – 18-28 for 300 yards and 2 TD
  • Week 13 – Tony Romo – 22-27 for 303 yards and 3 TD
  • Week 14 – Josh Freeman – 14-34 for 189 yards and 2 TD

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So, they did do a good job on Freeman, but in general the TD have been plentiful. The thing with Dalton is that he hasn’t thrown for more than 230 yards in the past five weeks. Obviously, if he can hook up for two or three touchdowns there’s no issue, but that is a bit of a risk.
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He’s usable, depending on your other options, but his recent play (including 2 TD vs. 3 INT in his past two games) make him a risk and a preferable QB2.
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Quarterback – Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles
He was tremendous in Week 14, but that performance also came against the worst pass defense in the league and that has to be accounted for. In contrast to Tampa Bay (311.6 yards/game, 23 TD), the Bengals are allowing just 222.5 passing yards per game and 14 TD. It’s a much different matchup this week and, unless you are in a two-quarterback league, one you don’t want to mess with. There’s just too much risk involved in trusting a rookie quarterback still trying to find his footing.
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Running Back – BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cincinnati Bengals
He is close to being a must use option, but this is the playoffs so we don’t want to be hasty. However, his biggest issue is finding the end zone as he has rushed for at least 89 yards in four straight games (including three over 100). Having scored five touchdowns hurts his appeal, as does his inability in the passing game. While I would use him under most circumstances, he’s not a given. That’s especially true considering the Eagles leaky pass defense and the fact that they have only allowed seven rushing touchdowns on the season.
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Running Back – Bryce Brown – Philadelphia Eagles
He was awful in Week 14, but that was against a stout running defense who was porous against the pass. These are slightly different circumstances, as the Bengals have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns this season. With LeSean McCoy already ruled out you would think that Brown will get ample opportunity. Don’t write him off based on the tough matchup, because you don’t accidentally put up the numbers he did in Weeks 12 & 13. He’s a RB2/FLEX, depending on your options.
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Wide Receiver – Andrew Hawkins – Cincinnati Bengals
He is the clear second receiver and he has received eight targets in each of the past two games. As defenses focus on Green, that should provide other receivers a chance and he is the best of the group. That said, he’s a huge risk and could easily put up a goose egg. He’s a desperation WR3, at best.
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Wide Receiver – Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles
Without DeSean Jackson he is the clear top receiver in Philadelphia. That said, he’s shown the ability to have a big game (like in Week 14 with nine receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown), but also seemingly disappear at times. There’s a lot of risk, especially with a rookie QB throwing him the ball, so I would consider him more of a WR3.
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Wide Receiver – Jason Avant/Riley Cooper – Philadelphia Eagles
Could either of these two make a splash? Absolutely… Would I bet on it this early in the week with my fantasy title hanging in the balance? Not likely… If you are desperate and in the deepest of leagues, Avant could hold value. However, it’s a huge gamble at this time.
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Tight End – Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals
Similar to his quarterback, he is right on the fence and it solely depends on your other options if you use him or not. He’s going to have big days and has at least four receptions in each of his past four games. He also ranks second on the team in receiving touchdowns, with five, and with the way the Eagles are going that adds to his appeal. Tight end can be a tricky position, but I wouldn’t be opposed to using him.
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Tight End – Clay Harbor – Philadelphia Eagles
He’s coming off a big game, with six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Of course, he’s been targeted 35 times all season and had a total of three yards in the previous three weeks. Don’t bother taking the risk off of one good game.
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had another disappointing season come to the end as a rib injury landed him on the season-ending injured reserve.
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DeSean had some moments, including three games with at least 99 yards. He had at least 58 yards in eight of his first nine games.
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Lately though he has been a disaster. Jackson combined for three catches for 14 yards and a two-yard carry in his past two games.
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At this point I wouldn’t look to add any Eagle receivers to fill his place. Hopefully, Jeremy Maclin can benefit from his absence.
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DeSean’s value isn’t great heading into 2013 fantasy drafts.
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