The Philadelphia Eagles

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made a statement last October when they beat Carolina on the road in Week 6.They're trying to do it again this season http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-nick-foles-jersey , this time at home.Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles (3-3) are back to prove-it mode after a so-so start. The Panthers (3-2) are also looking to establish themselves as playoff contenders when they play in Philadelphia on Sunday."We were fortunate enough to come away way with a victory on the road," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said about a 28-23 win in a Thursday night game on Oct. 12, 2017. "This year, it's no different. Two good football teams. Two aggressive style defenses. So it's going to have to be a complete game if we expect to win. It's going to be a really good test for us to see where we are in Week 7."Both teams were 4-1 when they met last time. The Eagles already have matched their loss total from last season but they're coming off a dominating 34-13 win at the Giants on Oct. 11. The Panthers lost at Washington 23-17."There's no reason to panic," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We're just going to keep working hard and trying to improve."Some things to watch between the Panthers and Eagles:TORREY'S RETURNPanthers wide receiver Torrey Smith was a starter for the Eagles last season and caught a touchdown pass on a flea flicker in the NFC championship game against Minnesota. He said he has no hard feelings over being traded to Carolina after only one season in Philadelphia. Pederson praised Smith's leadership ability."He's a great leader. Great man, first of all," Pederson said. "He brings explosiveness, he can still run, he can still get open."CONTAINING CAMThe 6-foot-5, 245-pound Cam Newton is difficult to tackle when he runs the ball. He has 208 yards rushing and a team-high three TDs on the ground."We have to make sure we do our job," Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said. "If you don't, that's when Cam gets out and he beats you. He's a big boy. You just have to make sure you go get him http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-corey-clement-jersey , bring him to the ground, tackle well. We have to be aggressive but play smart, too."Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said Newton is "more of a power running back than half the running backs they have."THE BODYGUARDEagles nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters isn't expected to miss a game despite tearing his right biceps. Pederson said there's no risk to a further injury and he doesn't see a need to rest the 36-year-old Peters. Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced Peters after the two-time All-Pro had season-ending knee surgery last season. He performed well enough to help Philadelphia win the Super Bowl.CHESS MATCHEagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce is eager to match wits with four-time All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly."You game plan against difference makers and he's one of those guys," Kelce said. "Not only is he an incredibly gifted athlete but mentally he's as sharp as they come. He does a phenomenal job as the orchestrator of that defense."DINK AND DUNKNewton has completed only one pass that traveled more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season. He is also averaging just 6.8 yards per completion. But Newton's completion percentage under first-year offensive coordinator Norv Turner is a career-best 65.9."When we get into the logistical things of football and what the defense is giving and what they aren't, you just can't go down and chuck the football downfield and just expect, 'Well, we didn't take shots in the game,'" Newton said. "Whatever Norv and his offensive staff calls, it's my job as a quarterback to execute it."Eagles takeaways from Mike Groh and Jim Schwartz press conferences heading into Week 2 It’s nice for Eagles players and coaches to have some extended time between their Week 1 Thursday Night opener and their Week 2 Sunday matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It gives them all a little extra time to get healthy and also to figure out how the heck Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 417 yards and four touchdowns (!) — Ryan. Fitzpatrick.Coordinators Mike Groh and Jim Schwartz talked to the media on Tuesday, and spoke a little bit about the team’s performance against Atlanta, and what they are doing to prepare for the Bucs.(TL;DR: Groh did not announce the starting QB, but Doug Pederson is expected to make an announcement in the next day or two.)Here’s what the Eagles’ OC and DC had to say:Mike GrohOn the Atlanta winThe OC echoed the sentiments of Mike Wallace from earlier this week, and is not freaking out about the lack of production in Thursday’s home opener. He did admit they have a lot things they need to fix and specifically to improve their execution — which http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jalen-mills-jersey , duh.He pointed out that Atlanta has a talented secondary, but there were definitely missed opportunities by some of the receivers on Thursday. And while saying there wasn’t really one schematic problem resulting in the slow offensive start, did say, “We know that we’ve got to create more explosive plays and push the ball down the field”.Groh also said there wasn’t a set snap count plan for rookie tight end Dallas Goedert against the Falcons, but that he’s a big plan for the offense’s future. He later spoke about the running back rotation and how there wasn’t really a game plan for Jay Ajayi to start slow and end with a bang, despite Pederson saying his foot injury was a factor in that decision. Groh noted that the Eagles didn’t have the ball as much as they hoped in the first half which limited some players snap count.He also didn’t cast any doubt on the team’s confidence in TE Zach Ertz after a couple drops on Thursday. Groh agreed that it was uncharacteristic of the tight end and that he’s chalking it up as a fluke on opening night. The performance won’t change anything they have planned for him schematically this season, they know what he can do.On the QB for Week 2Obviously Groh wouldn’t spill the beans about who the starting quarterback would be on Sunday against Tampa Bay, but did divulge that the team knows who is starting and they are already game planning.He did mention that Doug Pederson would be making an announcement about the starter in the next day or two.The OC also talked about the importance of getting into a rhythm is for Nick Foles, and that trying to get him some quick early completions are a good way to establish that rhythm — like it is for so many other QBs throughout the league — but that it’s the coaches job to get him those looks. At the end of the day, Foles got the win, and Groh learned a long time ago that winning is all that really matters:On Buccaneers prepGroh was asked what they saw from the Tampa Bay defense, and how it’s filled with several new faces — a couple of which are from Philly. The OC talked about how they are a very talented group, but a group they are familiar with.He went on to laud the Bucs’ linebacker Cheap Nate Gerry Jersey , Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, and how good the corner coverage will be once they get CB Brent Grimes back next to Vernon Hargreaves III. He likened the defense to Atlanta, in that they play fast and are quick on their feet.On calling ‘Philly Philly’Jim SchwartzOn the defense overall in Week 1Schwartz didn’t mince words early on in his press conference, and when asked about Sidney Jones’ performance noted that there were areas for him, and the rest of the defense, to improve as they head into the season.He did say that Jones had a few nice plays and was able to do things, like making a tackle for loss, that shows he can do more than just covering opponents — something the DC says, however, he’s expected to be able to do.The defensive coordinator also talked about the Eagles’ red zone defense and what makes it makes it so effective. He simplified things at first, as Schwartz does, “I mean, guys understand what to do”. But he continued about how important being able to rush the QB without blitzing.He also lauded his players for not panicking Cheap Jordan Hicks Jersey , but rather knowing what they are expected to do, and then doing them. Schwartz pointed out there was no frustration following some of the penalties either, just got back on the field and did their jobs.On Buccaneers prepSchwartz talked about the Bucs putting up 48 against the Saints in Week 1, and the DC noted big plays by DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick being difficult for New Orleans to stop. “Yeah, it was eye opening to watch it for sure,” Schwartz noted.He later went on to elaborate on how Jackson and Evans specifically are used differently, but both pose as deep threats.It isn’t just the wide receivers he has to prepare for either, with Schwartz specifically noting the size and catch radius of the Bucs tight end O.J. Howard. He pointed out that all of Tampa Bay’s TEs are huge and their size gives their quarterback a much bigger target. He emphasized having to be careful in man-to-man coverage and being about to keep an eye on the QB as well as whoever they are covering.On the DE/DT rotationSchwartz was asked about Fletcher Cox being in for so many snaps, but he admitted that isn’t the long term goal. The DC noted the team was trying to ease Bruce Hector into the rotation, starting with a small number of snaps and then building on that.He noted, “It’s probably not ideal, but it’s what we had to do to win the game, and that’s what we did.”Schwartz was also asked about how Brandon Graham looked in his return the field http://www.eaglescheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-ronald-darby-jersey , and while he quipped that it’s never ideal to miss most of training camp, that BG is a veteran and was able to jump right back into things. They did violate his pitch count a bit against the Falcons, but Graham stayed fresh and kept telling the staff he was good.Schwartz also said he doesn’t think we’ve all seen the full extent of what Brandon Graham can do, which is both exciting and terrifying to think about.The DC then talked about how the core to being able to rotate players, and therefore have players without amazing stat sheets, was having unselfish players. He noted that the front line defines success as a group, not individually, and that you need to have players who really can step into any role and understands the defense.On the linebackersThe defensive coordinator has never hidden his appreciation for what Nigel Bradham brings to the team, and is excited to have him back in Week 1. Schwartz also talked about getting Jordan Hicks back from his Achilles injury, and how he was able to provide a spark for the team with his sack against Matt Ryan on Thursday.Schwartz — by way of a somewhat failed baseball analogy — said there was a silver lining with regards to missing Hicks last season and other guys throughout the year, but also stressed that “when you are lacking something, it does force you to try to find another way to do it”.On his coaching style

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