Behind Enemy Lines: Philadelphia Eagles
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off arguably their best regular season win in years, a 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
Now 2-0 for the first time since 2008, the Cardinals return home to face the Philadelphia Eagles.
Also 2-0, the Eagles are making their first trip to the Valley since the NFC Championship game a few years back. The teams faced off last season, with the Cardinals winning 21-17 in Philadelphia.
Friday, September 21
Jason Babin took another indirect shot at the replacement officials. He admitted that the “integrity [of the game] is slipping.”
Andy Reid and Juan Castillo haven’t hesitated about giving major minutes to draft picks Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Brandon Boykin. And, so far, Reid and Castillo have hit the New Jersey Mega Millions Lottery.
With the offensive line in tatters, nagging injuries to the wide receiving corp and a quarterback trying to find his identity, it suddenly looks like the Eagles’ defense may have to carry them
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was on the practice field on Thursday, but it was not clear how much he would participate.
Demetress Bell appears to be in line to start at left tackle Sunday against Arizona, since King Dunlap missed practice for the second consecutive day with a hamstring injury. Dunlap’s status for Sunday has been in question all week, and Eagles coach Andy Reid has sounded pessimistic about his returning Sunday.
Thursday, September 20
Without veteran starter Mike Patterson, who’s healing from offseason brain surgery, Fletcher Cox has stepped up to fill the void on defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles are sitting pretty heading into Week 3 with a 2-0 record. However, Andy Reid’s club hasn’t been able to escape the injury bug, with a litany of players on the injury report going into their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Eagles cornerbacks have quietly gone about the business of putting handcuffs on opposing wide receivers.
Before he even played a down in college, we had been hearing about Bryce Brown. The running back from Wichita was the nation’s top recruit according to Rivals.com in 2009, and his drama-filled process was must-see Internet.
Last week, defensive end Brandon Graham said he was hoping to double the number of snaps he played in the opener – four – in the Eagles’ second game. He played that many plus one against the Ravens. Still, Graham was at the bottom of the food chain for the second straight week, playing the lowest number of snaps among the Eagles’ five defensive ends.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ ever-changing offensive line had another new look Wednesday, when C Dallas Reynolds and LT Demetress Bell took all the reps with the first team after injuries threw them into the lineup during Sunday’s 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Wednesday, September 19
The Philadelphia Eagles escaped their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens with a 24-23 victory, making them the second team in NFL history to win its first two games of the season by exactly one point.
The Eagles aren’t doing things the easy way. They may have started 2-0 but they have nine turnovers and haven’t done enough to break into the top five.
Jason Kelce’s season is over after the Eagles center underwent surgery to repair the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Tuesday morning.
For just the second time in their history, the Eagles’ offense has broken the 900-yard barrier in their first two games. The only other Birds club to do so was in 1980, which resulted in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said left tackle King Dunlap (hamstring) and wideout Jeremy Maclin (hip) would not practice today, as the Eagles began preparations for Sunday’s visit to Arizona.
Tuesday, September 18
Michael Vick, once the most invincible player in the NFL, is far from unbreakable since joining the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick does not have the speed or the agility he once had while owning NFL defenses as the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.
Somewhat lost in the aftermath of Sunday’s huge victory over the Ravens, which was awesome enough in its own right before anything else came along to sweeten the pot, the good fortune continued to swing the Eagles’ way later on that evening.
Quarterback Michael Vick has thrown six interceptions in two games. Is he healthy? Is he feeling the pressure after owner Jeff Lurie said coach Andy Reid needs to make the playoffs to keep his job?
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday morning that starting center Jason Kelce would be placed on injured reserve and miss the remainder of the season due to the knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s game.
Monday, September 17
Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Monday that center Jason Kelce has an MCL tear and a partial ACL tear in his right knee.
When the smoke cleared from a 24-23 win over the Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles were left with one truth: They have a very real, possibly dominating defense.
Two of quarterback Michael Vick’s most dangerous weapons are battling injuries. Maclin might not even be ready to practice by Wednesday.
The Eagles have some of the most electrifying players in the league, but they are having a tough time holding on to the football so far this seasson.