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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PHILADELPHIA — Chip Kelly rattles off the numbers of his offensive linemen when asked why the Philadelphia Eagles have had so many long running plays. Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson may not get much outside recognition, but coaches and teammates know the big guys upfront are a main reason LeSean McCoy and the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing. Their dominant performance against Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Detroit's stout defense may finally get them more notice.
By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, will move in advance for Dec. 14 release.
GAME OF THE WEEK
ARLINGTON, Texas — The return of Aaron Rodgers is looking unlikely with Green Bay Packers set to visit Dallas in a game crucial to the playoff hopes of both teams. Facing a backup quarterback didn't help the Cowboys last week because Chicago's Josh McCown accounted for five touchdowns in a blowout that knocked Dallas out of first place in the NFC East.
By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, will move in advance for Dec. 14 release.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
The Eagles can be assured of one warming thought as they head to Minneapolis this weekend: There won't be 6 inches of snow on the ground.
Nope, the game will be indoors.
Not that Philadelphia would mind playing in inclement whether after its 34-20 victory over Detroit in blizzard-like conditions last Sunday. Seems odd, doesn't it, that the team at a disadvantage in wintry weather in this matchup hails from Minnesota.
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