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5 Things: All Alone In First Place


The players are off on Tuesday, but the coaches are already hard at work putting together the game plan for a tough Monday night showdown in Indianapolis. Find out the latest on the injury situation regarding the offensive line as well as some notes about the performance on offense in 5 Things To Know Today ...

1. The Eagles Are In First Place

It's only Week 2 of the NFL season, but it's nice to know that the Eagles are already in sole possession of first place in the NFL East. Washington's offense was offensive in a 17-6 loss to Houston. The Cowboys trailed 21-3 at the end of the first quarter before losing 28-17 to the 49ers. San Francisco had all of four offensive plays in that first quarter. On Monday Night Football, the Giants' offensive struggles in the preseason continued in a 35-14 loss to Detroit.

2. Next Up: The Indianapolis Colts

The Eagles travel to Indianapolis for a Monday night showdown with the Colts this week. The Colts opened the season with a tough 31-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. Indianapolis trailed 24-7 at halftime, but pulled within seven points in the fourth quarter before coming up short. It will be a matchup of two quarterbacks to come out of the Class of 2012 in Nick Foles and the Colts' Andrew Luck. The No. 1 overall pick in 2012, Luck instantly turned Indy from a two-win team in 2011 to a playoff team as a rookie. He followed that up with a division title in 2013 and the second-largest comeback in playoff history in the Wild Card win over the Chiefs.

On a serious note, thanks to everyone for the thoughtful messages. I will do everything I can to help our team while working my way back. — Evan Mathis (@EvanMathis69) September 8, 2014

3. Roseman: Reinforcements Are Coming

The Eagles have not yet announced the test results for offensive linemen Allen Barbre and Evan Mathis, but general manager Howie Roseman said on his show on SportsRadio 94WIP on Monday night that "reinforcements are coming." Head coach Chip Kelly said that backup guard Matt Tobin has "progressed" from an ankle injury suffered in the final preseason game. Guard Dennis Kelly is also healthy, but was inactive for Sunday.

4. Picking Up Where They Left Off

The Eagles scored 34 points, all but seven from the offense, in Sunday's win. They finished tied for fourth in the week in points scored. Philadelphia ran more plays on offense (82) than every team but the Baltimore Ravens. Total yards? Tied for fifth in the league with 420. The Eagles set the NFL record for most explosive plays with 99 and was tied for third with six through Week 1. Three of those plays of 20 yards or more went for touchdowns - Darren Sproles' 49-yard run, Zach Ertz's 25-yard catch and Jeremy Maclin's 68-yard reception.

5. Tonight: E:60 Profiles LeSean McCoy

ESPN featured LeSean McCoy on the cover of its NFL Preview issue. This evening, ESPN's in-depth news magazine show, E:60, profiles McCoy in a piece called, "The Real McCoy." The show airs tonight at 7 PM on ESPN2. The video here offers a preview. He goes into his relationship with Kelly and how the initial transition to his program was a year ago.

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