After a whirlwind holiday week, the Eagles settle back into a routine as the players reconvene at the NovaCare Complex for their first training session following the win over Dallas. The focus turns toward the Seattle Seahawks. It's a big game for the Eagles because not only do they want to maintain their lead in the NFC East, but the Seahawks are only one game out of first place in the NFC West. This matchup could affect playoff seeding down the line. Our live coverage today begins at 11:55 AM as offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator Bill Davis meet the media. Until then, here are the 5 Things To Know Today ...
1. Maragos Compares Kelly, Carroll
Safety Chris Maragos signed with the Eagles this past offseason after three years in Seattle, so he's played for both of the head coaches in this week's showdown. Here's his thoughts on Seattle's Pete Carroll and the Eagles' Chip Kelly, who both enjoyed success at the college ranks before coming to the NFL ...
"Both very innovative, love the new very cutting-edge kinds of stuff. Really open-minded. That's one of the things I love about Chip is that he's so open-minded on how to get better, or what to do, or how to do it and how can he keep refining it?" Maragos said. "I would say the only difference is that Pete's got the whole West Coast kind of chill, a beachy feel, where Coach Kelly's got that East Coast, a little bit rougher."
2. Maclin Inspires Local Kids To Dream Big
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin overcame long odds to make it in the NFL. He's continued to fight adversity head-on since he entered the league in 2009. A year removed from a season-ending knee injury, Maclin has over 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career.
On Monday, Maclin was at the St. James School in North Philadelphia telling the students that they, too, should dream big. The St. James School is for children who are growing up below the poverty line to help them get into some of the area's top high school.
"Just give them inspiration. Give them the ability to learn from me, learn from my experiences and just try to help them along the way," Maclin said.
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4. Clayton: The Stat To Watch Sunday Is?
ESPN's John Clayton, who is based in Seattle, offered his preview of this Sunday's matchup. There's one stat that he's watching regarding the Eagles' offense against the Seahawks' defense.
"I look at the number of plays as a key statistic. If the Eagles can get more than 65 snaps offensively, which means they have their tempo and they're getting first downs, then I look for a Philadelphia victory," Clayton said. "If Seattle is successful in pushing the Eagles around and being physical and getting the offense into a lot of three-and-out series, the Seahawks have a good chance of coming away with a win at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday."
5. Join Jenkins On The Sidelines For Cowboys-Eagles
Safety Malcolm Jenkins is offering fans the opportunity to join him for the Sunday night showdown between the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys on December 14 at Lincoln Financial Field. It's just one of many prizes Jenkins is making available to help raise money for The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. A native of Piscataway, N.J., Jenkins is looking to expand the outreach of his charity into the Philadelphia area now that he's with the Eagles.