Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.

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Bill Lyon would have loved this Eagles game, and season | Marcus Hayes

Sunday’s smorgasbord of was the sort of odd and unimaginable contest, the type of undefinable scenario, that Lyon loved best and wrote best and made sense of better than anyone else.

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Doug Pederson calls on Eagles’ supporting cast to produce against the Patriots

Darth Hoodie makes the opposition's best players disappear, so the rest of the Birds better show up.

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Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins skeptical of NFL’s motives regarding Colin Kaepernick’s workout | Marcus Hayes

Is the league running a transparent sham, or has the NFL come to its senses? The voice of the Birds has little faith in the owners.

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For peerless Eagles guard Brandon Brooks, anxiety and injury are no match | Marcus Hayes

The stigma of mental illness and the challenge of debilitating injury only fueled the best lineman in football.

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Why the sad faces? Eagles have a path to the NFC championship game | Marcus Hayes

They might not be the class of the conference, but, with the exception of the Saints, there's no team the Birds can't beat.

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Will Joel Embiid grow up? | Marcus Hayes

"No more feuds. No more fights. No more late-night middle-school tweet-storms. Can he do it?"

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DeSean Jackson, his season now likely over, returned unprepared and much too soon | Marcus Hayes

Jackson had missed 6 weeks with an abdominal tear but he wanted to play. His bosses, their season in jeopardy, let him. He lasted four snaps — likely his last of the season.

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Fletcher Cox, Eagles’ best player, leads way vs. Bears in Birds’ second consecutive win | Marcus Hayes

“Khalil’s a great player. An All-Pro," Cox said. "He always plays on another level. He’s different.” Who else is different? “I’m different.”

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Howie Roseman keeps his Eagles assets to himself. Brilliant! | Marcus Hayes

Uncharacteristically realistic, the Birds' general manager plays the cards he dealt himself this spring and summer.

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How Jason Peters’ understudy Andre Dillard shined at Buffalo and brightened the future of the Eagles’ O-line | Marcus Hayes

The athletic rookie slowed himself down in the team's biggest win of the season.