On the eve of the second showdown between the Eagles and the Giants, we wait to see how
1. THE BEST OF CHIP KELLY
Chip Kelly had a lot going on in the week between games against Dallas and the New York Giants – namely at the quarterback position. When he wasn’t talking quarterbacks, Kelly had more to say about a variety of other topics. We rewind on The Best Of Chip Kelly this week ...
On special teams: "I've been pleased with them. I think there are particular plays where you wish it was a little bit different, but I think overall we're getting good effort. Sometimes the bottom of our roster has been transformed a little bit with some injuries. So you're throwing some good new guys in there that have been integral, special teams guys. Losing
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4. THE RETURN OF DT MIKE PATTERSON AS ... A GIANT
The Eagles made USC defensive tackle Mike Patterson their first-round draft pick in 2005. He played in 122 games, with 106 starts, through the 2012 season here, and then signed with New York as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
On Sunday, Patterson returns to Lincoln Financial Field as a visitor. He knows it’s all business.
“It’s not going to be emotional,” Patterson said. “I learned real quickly that this is more of a business. I think I’m going to be more excited than anything. I still know people out there around the area. It’s just going to be an exciting game. I’m looking forward to it, I’ve been practicing against those guys for so long, so I’m waiting to bust some moves out. We’ll see what happens.
“I think it probably would have been different if Andy (Reid) was there still. I feel like it’s a whole new team. The only thing that’s the same are the players that I played with there.”
5. GIANTS: STEPPING UP AGAINST THE RUN
The Giants did a terrific job against
“Well, we’ve been pretty good against the run. The test that’s out there for us is, yes, we hit the quarterback a bunch the other day, a bunch, but the test is out there for us. Something like this against (Michael) Vick, with the receivers that he has (in Philadelphia, where the Giants play on Sunday), that will be the test.
“You’ll have to see how we are in all phases. Can we defend, can we contest every ball? But let’s face it, we’ve done a hell of a job against the run. Some of the greatest backs, the MVP of the league (Adrian Peterson, who was held to 28 yards Monday), and that’s terrific and we are physical and we’re getting more physical all the time. That’s a terrific thing, because if we can play like that defensively, it certainly is going to help our team all the way around. The idea of playing from the lead is something we haven’t really done much.”