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Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Preseason: 5 Takeaways From Week 3 Win

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5 Takeaways From Philadelphia's Week 3 Preseason Win

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The Philadelphia Eagles came out soaring in their third game of the preseason after playing poorly in the previous two. In the first game at Lincoln Financial Field, the offense and defense really came to play in front of the home crowd. Here are five of the biggest takeaways from this game that resulted in a 31-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

5. Riley Cooper Needs to Shake Off the Rust

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5. Riley Cooper Needs to Shake Off the Rust

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Since he has been battling a foot injury, this was the first in-game action that Riley Cooper has seen and you could certainly tell. Although Cooper denies that he was rusty, a few key drops and an offensive pass interference call prove otherwise. The Eagles need Cooper to get his game back soon and be able to contribute once again at the wide receiver position that is not very deep on this team.

4. Nick Foles Has Command of the Offense

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4. Nick Foles Has Command of the Offense

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Quarterback Nick Foles looked much more comfortable than he did in the past two games. You can tell that he has command of the offense and knows the playbook very well. If the offensive line remains healthy, Foles will be ready and able to put up the MVP-caliber numbers that he did in 2013.

3. The Defense is Beginning to Adjust

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3. The Defense is Beginning to Adjust

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For the first time this preseason the Eagles defense played exceptionally well. They were able to prevent third down conversions and get some serious pressure on the quarterback. Every game the defense has made adjustments and worked to limit the number of penalties called against them. The defense should be in very good all-around shape.

2. The Wide Receiving Corps Needs to Stay Healthy

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2. The Wide Receiving Corps Needs to Stay Healthy

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When Jeremy Maclin went down on the field Thursday and was grabbing his knee on a non-contact play, every Eagles fan's heart skipped a collective beat. Thankfully Maclin was just fine. However, this was a clear indication of just how quickly this entire receiving corps could take a serious blow. To keep this offense efficient, the Eagles need Maclin and Riley Cooper to stay healthy and perform on a consistent level.

1. The Team Still Lacks a Reliable Kicker

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1. The Team Still Lacks a Reliable Kicker

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It is no secret that kicker Alex Henery has been inconsistent dating all the way back to last season. Henery made a 36-yard field goal on Thursday, but missed one from 31 yards. Anything from inside 40 yards should be just about automatic for an NFL kicker, yet Henery continues to struggle. Do not be surprised if they sign yet another kicker as Henery’s job is now in serious jeopardy.