PAT SHURMUR is as close to an expert on Sam Bradford as there is. He was his offensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2010 when Bradford, the first overall pick in the draft that year, was the league's offensive rookie of the year.
Paul Domowitch's Eagles Report Card RUSHING OFFENSE The Eagles had hoped to lean on the run game to take the pressure off rookie RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, but ran a season-low 48 plays, just 21 of them runs. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles combined for 80 yards on 13 carries.
RUSHING OFFENSE Sitting on a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter, the one and only thing the Eagles couldn't afford was turn the ball over, and that's exactly what Ryan Mathews did. The Eagles averaged a season-high 5.5 yards per carry and had six runs of 10 yards or more. But the fumble canceled most of that out.
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UNTIL THIS week, when ESPN's Ed Werder correctly reported that the Eagles are considering making him the starting right tackle if/when Lane Johnson begins serving his long-awaited 10-game PED suspension, you hadn't heard or read much about Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
By Paul Domowitch RUSHING OFFENSE Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner came into the game with nine rushing attempts between them. Against the Steelers, they combined for 121 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. Smallwood had four runs of 10 yards or more. Barner had two.
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Paul Domowitch is a pro football columnist with the Daily News, where he has worked since 1982. He has covered nearly 30 Super Bowls and has been a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the last 15 years.