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What they're saying: The Eagles' replay woes, more Folesmania, and a podcast

The Eagles are now 5-5, they're very relevant in the NFC playoff hunt, and will attempt to halt their home losing streak at 10 against that team from Washington this week. Here's what they're saying... Earl Wolff out for multiple weeks, most serious of the three Eagles injuries vs Packers - Zach Berman, Inquirer

What they're saying: The Eagles' replay woes, more Folesmania, and a podcast

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

The Eagles are now 5-5, they're very relevant in the NFC playoff hunt, and will attempt to halt their home losing streak at 10 against that team from Washington this week. Here's what they're saying...

Earl Wolff out for multiple weeks, most serious of the three Eagles injuries vs Packers - Zach Berman, Inquirer

Earl Wolff’s knee injury will keep him out for multiple weeks, general manager Howie Roseman said on his weekly radio show on 94-WIP. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee) and tackle Jason Peters (quadriceps) also left Sunday’s 27-13 win over the Green Bay Packers, but neither injury is as serious as Wolff's. The status of Kendricks and Peters for Sunday's game against Washington is up in the air for this week.

Another step - Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

Tommy talks about Nick Foles' performance against the Packers:

I think Foles passes the eye test. He looks the part of the starting QB. He has command of the offense. There aren’t wasted timeouts. There aren’t plays where he is completely confused and bickering with the receivers on the way back to the LOS. Foles handles pressure well, for the most part. No QB likes defenders in his face, but I don’t see Foles being overly bothered. He’s able to stay in the pocket if needed. He can slide to the left or right. He can also run. There is no Kolb in his game. That’s where you keep backing up and creating a new pocket 5 yards deeper.

Another take on Foles - EaglesBlog.net (via Sigmond Bloom's Twitter account)

Sigmund Bloom is a good football writer and analyst. Here are some thoughts he shared after studying the PHI-GB game.

Digging deeper into the replay issue - Tim McManus

McManus is referring to the obvious non-catch by the Packers' Jarrett Boykin along the sideline, that the Eagles should have challenged, but didn't. I had actually planned on writing about this, but since McManus did it so well, I won't. "McManus!"

The Eagles were offsides on the play, so the Packers had to wait for the official’s explanation. They appeared to huddle. When Green Bay finally did get to the line quarterback Scott Tolzien was calling out commands (possible audibling), prompting Troy Aikman to say: “Tolzien, unaware of it, he’s taking his time at the line.”

How could Pat Shurmur (the go-to man in the booth) and company only get one look in that time?

Here’s one plausible explanation: According to an Eagles spokesman, the televisions can be set to the in-house replay feed — the same feed that is shown to the crowd on the big screens. That is typically a home-team friendly operation. If a replay favors the opposition, it generally won’t make it up to the big board. Is it possible that the Eagles had the wrong channel on? That would explain Kelly’s assertion that “what our coaches see in the box isn’t what everybody sees on national television.”

Jimmy note: I timed how long the Eagles had to challenge that play from the time it was ruled a catch to the Packers' next snap: 58 seconds. Was Shurmur sleeping in the booth, but wearing glasses that appear to make him look awake, like Homer Simpson in jury duty? That's the only explanation I can provide.

Video: DeSean Jackson takes preemptive measures to avoid Philly booing - Enrico Campitelli, 700 Level

Jimmy note: In the video within the link above, Ray Didinger says DeSean's request is "mularkey of the highest order."

Oh snap! Once you go "mularkey of the highest order" on a man, it's on...

Foles is both lucky and good - Rich Hofmann, Eagletarian

It has all fallen right for Foles in the last two games, and that is true. And if your eyes told you he wasn’t as good this week on a blustery day at Lambeau Field as he was last week, the numbers are still outrageous — 12-for-18 for 228 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 149.3 quarterback rating.

And the results? They are quite real. Foles has bounced back from the disaster that was his game this year against the Cowboys, and from the concussion he suffered that day, and even from a first half against the Packers where he seemed a bit tentative. The resilience is what strikes you now. As wide receiver Jason Avant said, “He hasn’t let bad times determine his future.”

How often do good QBs have bad games? - Brent Cohen, EaglesRewind

So next time Nick Foles has a bad game (like that’s ever going to happen again), remember this post.  Even the greatest QBs have bad games, and it happens more often than you’d think.

Jimmy note: Very interesting numbers by Brent here. Good stuff, especially if you're not an Eli Manning fan.

Eagles run the ball (and the clock) to ice the game - Reuben Frank, CSNPhilly

They knew what was coming. And they still couldn’t stop it.

The Eagles led the Packers by 14 points early in the fourth quarter. The defense had just stuffed the Pack on a 4th-and-4 deep in Eagles territory, but there was a lot of football left to play, and a 14-point lead at Lambeau never seems safe. No matter who’s at quarterback.

There was 9:32 left in the fourth quarter.

The Packers never ran another play.

Jimmy note: The Eagles 9:32 minute game killing drive is probably my favorite moment of the season so far. On the Packers' official website, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers spoke about the last time-killing drive:

“We had one third down when we had a chance to get off the field and missed the tackle,” Capers said. “We had people in position and (Eagles running back LeSean McCoy) juked us and made us miss. Sometimes we had people in perfect position and he made us miss because he’s a skilled guy.”

Foles makes another strong statement - Dan Klausner, Eagles Mothership

Foles had a relatively easy day against the Raiders, as he was rarely under pressure and able to go through each of his reads before making a throw. Receivers were running wide open deep down the field, as well. That was rarely the case against the Green Bay Packers, however. Nevertheless, Foles was not afraid to test the Packers’ secondary and put the ball up for his receiver to make a play, even in double coverage.

That is how the Eagles scored their first two touchdowns – a 55-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson, and a 45-yard bomb to Riley Cooper. A little luck never hurts, either. On the touchdown to Jackson, Foles underthrew hi m ever so slightly, but the two Packers defensive backs collided as they went up to make a play and knocked the ball into the air. Jackson was right there for the rebound and walked in, backwards, for the touchdown. On the first of two touchdowns to Cooper in the game, Foles underthrew the ball a little bit, but this time on purpose in order to lead Cooper away from the coverage and take advantage of his baseball skills. As Foles put it, he threw the ball “around the safety.”

Report: Nick Foles is Eagles' starting QB for rest of season - Brandon Gowton, BGN (via Howard Eskin)

Eskin notes that Eagles coach Chip Kelly won't officially confirm the notion, at least not yet, but Foles will start regardless. 

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Podcast...

• Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com and I recap the Eagles-Packers game.

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In case you missed it at the Red Zone...

• Here's Eagles backup OT Allen Barbre choke slamming Packers OLB Clay Matthews.

• The Eagles were favored in 8 of their 10 staight home losses.

• Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Packers game.

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