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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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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. SENT: 800 words, photos,

moved in advance for Dec. 14 release.

GAME OF THE WEEK

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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. SENT: 900 words, photos, moved 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

field.

Nope, the game will be indoors.

Not that Philadelphia would mind playing in inclement weather

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.

By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,600 words, photos,

moved in advance for Dec. 14 release.

ON FOOTBALL-COACHING CAROUSEL

With Gary Kubiak the first NFL coach released from his duties,

who else is on the firing line with three weeks remaining in the

regular season? From North (Leslie Frazier) to South (Mike

Munchak), from East (Mike Shanahan) to West (Dennis Allen), there

are plenty of candidates.

By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 850 words, photos,

moved in advance for Dec. 14 release.

FBN–JETS-SUDFELD’S PERSEVERANCE

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Zach Sudfeld could have given up on

football a few years ago, just as many people told him to. There

were various setbacks along his road to the NFL, including breaking

his leg and dislocating his ankle during his senior season at

Nevada. ”I’m a football player,” the 6-foot-7 tight end said. ”I

couldn’t let it end that way.” Inspired by his experiences with

his family helping orphaned children in underprivileged countries,

a determined Sudfeld came back for a sixth year at Nevada, had a

breakthrough season, and after a few more bumps in the road, is

playing with the New York Jets as a backup. The metal dog tag he

wears under his football pads that he got from his grandfather with

the Winston Churchill quote engraved on it epitomizes his journey:

”Never, never give up.”

By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, moved in advance

for Dec. 14 release.

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FBN–NFL NOTES. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, moved in advance for

Dec. 14 release.