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[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 09:39:59 EDT from rss

Subject: Jeffrey Lurie Is Reportedly More Involved That You Thought

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Last week, at his now infamous press conference, Jeffrey Lurie explained that he sits down with coaches before each game to go over the plan for the game BUT ABSOLUTELY NOT THE GAME PLAN. At the time, his comment seemed a bit incongruent as it certainly sounded like he literally went over the game plan…

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 10:07:24 EDT from rss

Subject: The Rest Of The Phillies Are Mashing As My Heart Continues To Sing For Rhys Hoskins

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“LOL.” -Any pitcher facing the Phillies between 2012 through, like, July of this year. Well, well, well. It appears times have changed. Fast forward to last night, and here was a much different Phillies’ lineup, bolstered by exciting young talent, absolutely bludgeoning old friend Vance Worley off the mound at Citizen’s Bank Park. Poor bastard…

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 12:22:47 EDT from rss

Subject: Donnel Pumphrey Tore His Hamstring and Won

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Add another draft pick to the injury list. Eagles’ rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey tore his hamstring during Wednesday’s practice and is expected to be out for some time. Head coach Doug Pederson described the injury as “significant.” Eagles rookie 4th round pick Donnel Pumphrey tore his hamstring in practice and is out indefinitely. —…

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 12:36:48 EDT from rss

Subject: The Sixers Hired a VP of Joel Embiid

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The Sixers hired a new doctor. He used to be the team doctor for Barcelona, arguably the most famous sports team in the world with, arguably, the most famous athlete in the world, Lionel Messi. Dr. Medina will replace the Sixers’ former head of medicine, Swedish Chef:

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 13:39:26 EDT from rss

Subject: Alex Smith Didn

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Calling someone a “game manager” is always more derogatory than complimentary. We use it to describe NFL quarterbacks who just aren’t that great. These are the shrewd, mistake-free types who dink and dunk their way to victory on the strength of their skill players, special teams, and defense. Alex Smith has always been the archetypal…

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 14:19:00 EDT from rss

Subject: There Are No Winners in Jemele Hill

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Jemele Hill, co-anchor of ESPN’s “The Six,” and the network itself both clumsily created needless controversy this week. Whereas both sides might have dealt with the problem quickly and efficiently, they instead made it worse. Hill issued a series of Tweets critical of President Donald Trump: Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely…

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 15:00:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chiefs Predictions

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After a shaky Week 1 win, the Eagles head to Kansas City to take on Andy Reid and the Chiefs in what could be the Clock Management Bowl. To recap, here’s where the staff stands after one week: T1: Sean, Tyler, Jim, Tim, Bob, Kyle (1-0) T7: Phil, Chris, Kevin (He’s getting a loss since…

[#] Fri Sep 15 2017 14:52:09 EDT from rss

Subject: Solving College Football

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Ten days ago I watched my alma mater commit two penalties while trying to stop a three-man rush on the final play of a one-score game. The Virginia Tech turkeys won 31-24. Instead of anger, there was a sort of melancholy after the game, not because West Virginia lost to a historic rival, but because…

[#] Sat Sep 16 2017 19:02:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Dean Lombardi back in Philly, working under Ron Hextall

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Lombardi finds himself back in Philly, after working with the team from 03-06.

Three years ago, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was coming off of his second Cup win over the span of three years. This past May the Kings relieved Lombardi of his duties and he now finds himself back in the City of Brotherly Love — reported by Pierre LeBrun.

Lombardi was a scout for the Flyers from 2003 until 2006, when he was hired by the Los Angeles to fill their vacant general manager position. Current Flyers GM Ron Hextall worked under Lombardi, before leaving the organization in 2014 for the Flyers.

In May when it was announced that Lombardi would be fired, Hextall was asked about bringing him on board with the Flyers.

"I talked to Dean a couple times," Hextall said. "He's not doing anything right now as far as I know. I don't have answer for you there."

Lombardi brings a wealth of experience to the Flyers and did a great job of building within with the Kings and also in San Jose. However, his downfall is his ability to manage the team long term, and this can be seen with his loyalty to Mike Richards and not using his last compliance buyout on him. Now the Kings must pay the price of that and are now on the hook for a $1.3 million dollar cap hit for the next three seasons. And will also have recapture penalties from Richards on their payroll until 2032. To put that into perspective, Ivan Provorov who is currently 20-years-old will be 35.

When the rumors of Lombardi coming to the Flyers started in May, Travis wrote a whole list of reasons why he should not join the team. You can check that out here.

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 11:30:30 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chiefs Week 2 Live Thread

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Week 2 is here, as the Eagles travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in what will probably be the Clock Management Bowl. Injury wise, Ronald Darby and Destiny Vaeao are out, while Corey Graham is questionable. It’ll also be the first game for new kicker Jake Elliott, who was picked up from…

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 17:19:51 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Islanders recap: And we

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The Flyers fall in overtime to the Islanders and that feels about right.

Hockey is back! It was back with the rookie game on Wednesday but it is even more back now! How great is that to say?

The Flyers kicked off their preseason run this afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum against the Islanders, bringing up a roster overwhelmingly of players whose roster spots remain in the balance. It was fans’ first real look at how these prospects would perform alongside— and arguably against— some of the bubble veterans. And they did not disappoint.

Alex Lyon earned the start, and showed real composure early, facing nearly immediate pressure at five on five. But he held onto this composure, and had to, facing an Islanders power play 4:35 into the period on a Nolan Patrick slash. The Isles kept pressure up, but the Flyers were able to successfully kill off this first penalty.

The first period gave us the chance to have a long look at the special teams units, as the tides would shift, with New York defenseman Kyle Burroughs heading to the box for a slash, and the Flyers finding themselves with the man advantage. With Patrick taking the first faceoff, they were off. The Flyers dominated possession early in the power play, creating a number of scoring chances, but were unable to capitalize on them, even when Jori Lehtera was presented with an almost completely open net. And even with a second Islanders penalty leading to 35 seconds of five on three, the Flyers kept pressure up, but remained without a goal.

The Flyers would face a scary situation, not too long after, when Travis Sanheim allowed a turnover behind the net that allowed for a Mathew Barzal shot attempt. But fortunately for the Flyers, Alex Lyon Looked sharp, and handled the attempt with ease.

The Flyers were brought one more power play opportunity, but with no success, and even less intensity than they brought with their first. The Islanders killed the penalty, holding the Flyers without a goal, still.

With the Flyers having dominated play early in the period, the Islanders came back in the second half to even up the effort. But even with this surge, neither team was able to put any points on the board before the buzzer sounded for the first intermission.

AFTER ONE: Flyers 0 - Islanders 0. Shots tied at 11 apiece.

If the first period was a slow start at five on five, the second was anything but. Just 40 seconds into the period, the Flyers opened up the scoring for the game with a Mike Vecchione tip on a Gostisbehere laser from the point. It was Vecchione’s first goal in a Flyers uniform.

Islanders goaltender Kristers Gudļevskis would continue to face heavy pressure, with a number of chances early and a dangerous shot from Lindblom not long after Vecchione’s goal.

The period also saw an uptick in intensity and physicality, with Michael Raffl delivering a huge hit down in their offensive zone, and John Tavares taking Jori Lehtera into the benches shortly thereafter.

And then a dangerous play! Lyon slipped up, diverting from his earlier fantastic form, was nearly caught outside of the net for what would have been an unblocked shot. It was very nearly a tied game, saved only by Philippe Myers, who tipped the puck into the crowd.

The Islanders headed to their third power play after a slash by noted pest Cole Bardreau. A shot blocked by Scott Laughton’s body kept the Islanders without a goal, and a Lehtera short handed goal on a feed by Raffl extended the Flyers’ lead. But Lehtera would come off the ice, moving gingerly, after sliding into the boards.

The Islanders would bring it within one goal shortly thereafter, still within the power play. After peppering Lyon with a myriad of shots, it was Tavares that would drive it home.

Both teams would each face another penalty to kill, but each would do so with relative ease. Travis Sanheim made his first appearance on the power play unit during the Flyer’s last of the period, and brought some flash to his game in closing out the period.

AFTER TWO: Flyer 2 - Islanders 1

The Flyers dominated early in the third period, despite head coach Dave Hakstol’s expectation that the team might face an energy drop off due to extensive practicing. Instead they turned around and surprised, kept things moving and put pucks on net, keeping the pressure ratcheted up.

But despite the Flyers’ early dominance, the Islanders struck first in the period. Mathew Barzal tied up the game, beating Travis Sanheim on a delayed penalty— what would have been a slashing call on Sanheim — for a five hole goal on Leland Irving.

This pushed the subsequent minutes into a real run and gun, with each team’s lines pushing hard and putting up serious offensive pressure. A four on four with Konecny and Burroughs in the box pushed the intensity up further still. Shayne Gostisbehere took a high stick and the Flyers got the chance to capitalize on another power play. But it all was to no avail. And we headed to bonus hockey.

AFTER THREE: Flyers 2 - Islanders 2

It was a short overtime. Before we could even get settled into the extra period, a turnover by Myers in the defensive zone led to a Tavares goal, and it was all over.

FINAL: Flyers 2 - Islanders 3

So it didn’t quite go how the Flyers wanted, but it was, on the whole, an impressive show and a nice look at the systems working and the chemistry forming for the young team. Early still, they will have time to regroup and recharge before they next face this same Islanders squad.

The Flyers skate again on Wednesday against the Islanders, with half the squad back in New York and the other half in the Lehigh Valley.

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 21:24:44 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chiefs Final Score: 11 things we learned from Philadelphia

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Big takeaways from the Birds game.

The Philadelphia Eagles are now 1-1 in the 2017 NFL regular season after being defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs by a final score of 27 to 20 (recap here). The Eagles hung in tough but couldn’t get the job done. Here’s a look at 11 things we learned.


Take a deep breath. Relax. It’s going to be OK.

This wasn’t an awful loss for the Eagles. Obviously everyone here wants to see the Birds win every game, but this was not a bad one to lose.

The Chiefs had every reason to win this game. They’re one of the best teams in the league, as evidenced by their beatdown of the Patriots on the road in Week 1. Since that game was on a Thursday, Kansas City had extra rest heading into this matchup. Andy Reid typically fares well when he has extra time to prepare. And then there’s the home field advantage factor. Arrowhead Stadium is a very loud; it’s a difficult place to play.

Despite all this, the Eagles hung in tough. They didn’t give up. They took it down to the final play.

You might not be one for moral victories. I don’t blame you. But this isn’t revisionist history from me. Prior to this game, I wrote about how I didn’t think the outcome of this matchup mattered a ton.

Here’s the reality: the Eagles can easily be 2-1 and 2-0 in the division/conference by beating the Giants in Philadelphia next week. The Eagles are 4-0 in their last home games against the G-Men. Win next week and the Birds are right back on track.

2 - The Eagles’ run game is gonna suck all year long

The issue isn’t that the Eagles didn’t run the ball enough. The issue is that the Eagles don’t have good running backs. Blame Howie Roseman here, not Doug Pederson. Overall, I thought the positives with Pederson outweighed the negatives in this game.

Based on my Twitter mentions, I realize a lot of people don’t feel the same as me. I just don’t see how you can think this running back group isn’t a bottom five unit in the NFL in terms of talent. You could make a case they’re the worst.

This doesn’t come as a surprise. I was saying all offseason that the Eagles need to address this position. But they didn’t do much to fix the issue and what they did do — trading up for Donnel Pumphrey and signing LeGarrette Blount — clearly isn’t working out.

And so the Eagles are stuck with a group of 2017 running backs that compares to the Eagles’ league-worst group of receivers in 2016.

The running backs are not the only issue with the run game. The blocking could be better, absolutely. But the RB talent just isn’t there. It’s not going to be there all season. It sucks.

The lack of a run game is going to force the Eagles to have Carson Wentz carry the team with his arm. That’s what Philadelphia drafted him for, but it’d be nice to give him some help here and there. Wentz is currently on pace to throw 680 times this season. For reference, Drew Brees led the NFL in pass attempts last season with 673.

3 - Isaac Seumalo should probably be benched

In Week 1, Seumalo was highlighted by Pro Football Focus as one of the Eagles’ worst players. The second-year starting left guard had another rough go on Sunday. Seumalo gave up four sacks and didn’t look great in the run game, either. Neither did starting center Jason Kelce.

The Eagles might need to consider starting Stefen Wisniewski at left guard. The team gave him a contract extension this offseason. Wiz seemed to do OK at guard last year. Chance Warmack is also an option, but eh, he didn’t look good in the preseason.

It’s worth noting that the Allen Barbre trade isn’t looking so hot for Philly right now. Barbre played well last year. The Eagles gave him away for a mere conditional seventh-round pick and now Seumalo is struggling to replace him.

4 - Carson Wentz is good but still has some things to work on

Wentz’s stats against the Chiefs: 25/46 (54.3%), 333 yards (7.2 average), 2 TD, 1 INT, 83.0 passer rating. Wentz was also sacked six times.

I can confidently say that Wentz isn’t bad. It’s just a question of “How good is he?” Overall, I thought this was a good — not perfect — day for him. Wentz really stepped up on a number of third down plays in order to move the chains. He scrambled around and extended some plays like he usually does. Wentz actually led Philadelphia in rushing today with 55 yards on four attempts.

There are some issues to clean up. Wentz is still showing some accuracy issues. The fact that he has so many passes tipped as the line of scrimmage despite being 6-5 is concerning and will continue to lead to picks.

I still feel pretty good about Carson, though. He looks like a legitimate franchise QB. This was a tough spot and he didn’t look overwhelmed by the moment. He was keeping the team in the game with his arm and his legs. There was a lot of pressure on him to perform given that he didn’t have a lot of help in the run game.

That’s probably going to be the case for most (if not all) of the season.

5 - The Eagles’ pass rush is so legit

Remember this article: “Why the Eagles pass rush can live up to the hype”? Between calling this and that the Eagles’ running game would be bad, why would you read any other website?

Ha, just teasing. But for real! That Eagles pass rush is so good. Their eight sacks through two games is the most they’ve had since 2011. Philadelphia’s defense led the NFL in sacks that year with 50.

Players who logged sacks today: Fletcher Cox (1), Chris Long (1), Mychal Kendricks (1), Brandon Graham (0.5), Tim Jernigan (0.5).

The Eagles’ pass rush was a huge reason that Philadelphia’s secondary didn’t get exposed more than it reasonably could have. There’s no question the d-line is the true strength of the team.

One bad note on the defensive line is Vinny Curry’s missed sack in the fourth quarter which proved to be absolutely killer. Instead of holding the Chiefs to a field goal, Curry’s mistake allowed the Chiefs to score a touchdown. It felt like the game was mostly over from there. Huge momentum play.

In fairness to Curry, I thought he looked good in run defense. But that missed opportunity was awfully costly.

6 - Torrey Smith’s drops proved costly

Speaking of costly ... Torrey Smith! Yikes. Smith’s stat line doesn’t look so bad: four receptions for 66 yards. But the two drops that Smith had were bad. The first one came in the end zone. It would have been seven points instead of three. The second one came on a play where Wentz eluded a free rusher and aired it out down the field. Smith couldn’t hold on and the Eagles ended up having to punt on that drive. Smith can do some good things. But there’s also a reason the 49ers cut him after he struggled in San Francisco.

7 - Mack Hollins is literally unstoppable

Need I say more? Hollins looks great. Three targets, three receptions for 32 yards. The Eagles should continue to feed this guy touches.

In other Eagles wide receiver news, Alshon Jeffery stepped up today. After having a somewhat quiet Week 1, Jeffery had seven receptions for 92 yards and a tuddy against Kansas City. How do you feel about your performance, Alshon?

Correct answer.

Pretty quiet game for Nelson Agholor. His sole catch was a nice toe-tapping touchdown in the back of the end zone during garbage time. His catch almost wasn’t garbage time, however, due to the onside recovery.

8 - Zach Ertz looks good

For the second game in a row, Ertz finished as Philadelphia’s leading receiver. He had five receptions for 97 yards against KC. Through two games, he has 15 receptions for 190 yards (12.7 average). I told you guys this was his year! So did our good friend Brendan Ekstrom of Circa Survive.

Ertz is proving to be a nice, reliable weapon for Wentz. He’s a great go-to option on third down. That catch on the tipped ball by Terrance Mitchell before the end of the first half was really clutch and should have given the Eagles three points they didn’t really deserve if not for a missed field goal.

Here are some impressive Ertz stats for you to check out.

9 - Mychal Kendricks’ preseason was not a mirage

I’ve gotta take the L on this one. I thought the Eagles should trade Kendricks for a fifth-round pick. I was wrong. Kendricks has picked up right where he left off in the preseason. Kendricks finished this game with four tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one pass breakup, and one quarterback hit. He’s really stepped it up. Kudos to MK. Also kudos to Schwartz for doing a better job of utilizing him.

10 - The secondary is playing better than expected

I’ve gotta say, I expected this game to be a lot uglier than it could have been for this Eagles secondary. The Eagles were without starting cornerback Ronald Darby, top backup cornerback Jaylen Watkins, and starting safety Rodney McLeod. Despite this, they didn’t let KC go wild on them.

There were obvious mistakes. Corey Graham totally whiffed on a tackle attempt which allowed Kareem Hunt to score a long touchdown. Jalen Mills gave up a long completion to Albert Wilson. But again, things could have been a lot worse. Tyreek Hill only had four receptions for 43 yards. The Eagles’ defense broke his ridiculous streak of five consecutive games with 60-plus yard touchdown scores. Chris Conley led all KC wide receivers with a mere 55 yards.

Rasul Douglas certainly deserves some credit. The rookie corner was forced into action today after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. He came up with a big pass breakup on a third down that forced KC to punt.

Now, the secondary isn’t having success on their own. The Eagles’ pass rush is really helping them out a lot. So is the fact that Alex Smith isn’t really a guy who takes a ton of deep shots. Still, gotta give credit where it’s due.

11 - Jake Elliott hasn’t locked up the kicker job just yet

The Eagles are stuck with Elliott for the next two games since they signed him off the Bengals’ practice squad. Philly can cut him before that if they want, but his roster spot would still count for the next two weeks.

Elliott did a good job of making his longest field goal of the day: a kick from 40 yards out. But his miss from 30 yards before halftime was really deflating. The Eagles had just gotten a lucky break with the tipped catch caught by Ertz. They couldn’t capitalize. I’d say Caleb Sturgis’ job is still safe (once he gets healthy) for now.

BONUS: The Cowboys defense isn’t so great after all

Lol at everyone who said the Cowboys’ defense was good because they shut down a crappy Giants offense in Week 1. Dallas got boatraced by Trevor Siemian and the Broncos’ offense on Sunday.

It’s obviously early, but the Eagles look like the best team in the NFC East right now.

BONUS BONUS: Nice moment after the game

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 19:25:52 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chiefs recap: Running the ball more often isn't the answer

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #261). In this episode, we recap the Eagles' Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, argue about the running back situation and who's to blame, talk about Carson Wentz's performance, and much more.

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 18:55:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles at Chiefs: Five winners and five losers

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You win some, you lose some

The Eagles fell to the Chiefs 27-20 in a game that wasn’t quite that close yet still came down to the final snap. If you’re into moral victories, there’s a positive to take away from going on the road against a good, well rounded and well coached team that had extra rest and going blow for blow with them for 55 minutes. But they lost, so there are more negatives to take away from the game. In other words, there’s winners and losers regardless of the outcome. Let’s review.


The pass rush

Last week’s strong performance was no fluke, as the Eagles had 4 sacks and a lot more hits and hurries. Five different Eagles have gotten a sack so far this season, the depth of the line and Jim Schwartz’s new found blitzing are getting it done. Eli Manning is going to have a long afternoon next week.

The secondary

Tyreek Hill was supposed to light the Eagles secondary up, and when Rodney McLeod left the game with injury it seemed certain he would. But the secondary (and special teams) kept Hill in check, ending his six game streak of scoring a touchdown. Rasul Douglas had an impressive debut, begging the question of why was he a healthy scratch last week?

Mychal Kendricks

That was Kendricks’ best game under Schwartz. He was in pre-season form with a sack, two tackles for loss and a touchdown saving special teams tackle. It took a year, but Jim Schwartz has found a way to use him, and Kendricks is giving him reason to keep playing him.

Carson Wentz

Like last week, Wentz had some plays he’d like back, but overall had another solid game. This season is all about Wentz’s progress, and after two games, he’s not only clearly making it, but he’s been consistent, which is vital. He got Alshon Jeffery going early, used his legs wisely and effectively, and again spread the ball around both all over the field and to a variety of receivers with nine different Eagles catching a pass.

Mack Hollins

In his debut on offense, Hollins had a nice game. Two of his three catches were for a first down, and his third set up 2nd and short. It didn’t light the world on fire, but it was a performance that warrants more playing time next week. Not bad for the rookie.


The offensive line

A game to forget, particularly by Isaac Seumalo. Seumalo didn’t have a good debut at left guard last week, but you could maybe chalk that up to it being his first game there against a divisional rival pass rush that has given the Eagles problems. The Chiefs have a great pass rush, but two straight bad games is concerning. The rest of the line didn’t help him out, not just giving up sacks but assisting in a Carson Wentz fumble and giving running backs nowhere to go.

The running game

Expect Carson Wentz to be among the league leaders in pass attempts again as the Eagles can’t get anything going on the ground. LeGarrette Blount was supposed to add an edge to the run game, he had one carry that was called back on a penalty. He had as many total yards as you did. Wendell Smallwood was supposed to see an increased role, which he technically did with four touches, but was invisible, he gained one yard from scrimmage. The offensive line deserves some blame for the running woes, but it starts with the running backs, who are holding the offense back.

Nelson Agholor

Agholor followed up a great debut with no production until the final seconds of the game.

“The 60 minute game”

There’s no shame in losing to the Chiefs, who are now 45-24 under Andy Reid. But like some losses last year, the Eagles were in this game until late and couldn’t close it out. They had a slight lead in the second half and the defense was playing strong. Good teams put away bad teams and play other good teams close, and after two games the Eagles have done exactly just that, so this could be just a blip. Considering their issues putting away games last year though, store the 4th quarter in your memory banks.

Dexter McDougle

As the kids say, “not a good look.”

You gotta go when you gotta go.

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 17:13:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chiefs Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia

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The Eagles played tough.

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium by a final score of 27 to 20. The Eagles drop to 1-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is their first home game of the year: a battle against the New York Giants. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

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The Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer — what’s new? Chiefs start with the ball first.

Jaylen Watkins got the start at first team cornerback opposite of Jalen Mills. Whew. The Chiefs threw at the man he was covering, Travis Kelce, right away for a KC first down. Kelce pulled in another reception after beating Malcolm Jenkins clean. Pass breakups for Mychal Kendricks and Jenkins ultimately forced the Chiefs into settling for a short field goal. That’s a win for the Eagles. Chiefs lead, 3-0.

Wendell Smallwood got the start at running back. Carson Wentz threw to Alshon Jeffery on Philly’s first offensive play for a first down. Then Darren Sproles ran for 12 yards. Then Wentz hit a wide open Torrey Smith over the middle for another first thanks to great protection from the offensive line. Wentz hit Jeffery on third down to put the Eagles in the red zone. Trey Burton did a great job of clearing out space for Jeffery while somehow not committing offensive pass interference. Wentz targeted Smith in the end zone but the ball went off the receiver’s fingertips. Gotta catch it. Eagles have to settle for a field goal after a third down screen pass to Smallwood goes nowhere. Jake Elliott drills his first kick with Philly from 34 yards out. Tie game, 3-3.

Jordan Hicks had an awesome tackle on Kelce on second down. It didn’t matter, though, because Watkins gave up a completion to Tyreek Hill and whiffed on a tackle attempt that could have stopped him short of the sticks. To make matters worse, Fletcher Cox limped off the field. Then Hill roasted Watkins deep but Smith overthrew him in the end zone. Fortunate. Starting safety Rodney McLeod (hamstring) also limped off the field and to the locker room. Ruled questionable to return. The Eagles brought a blitz on third down and forced Smith into a throwaway. Chiefs have to punt.


Wentz hits Sproles on a swing pass for a first down. Behold, a swing pass that worked! Then Isaac Seumalo allowed a sack on Wentz. Got beat clean by a swim move from KC defensive tackle Chris Jones. Just not a great start to the season for the Eagles’ new left guard. Philly got forced into a punt.

Watkins tweaked his hamstring during punt coverage. ANOTHER injury to Philly’s secondary. He walked back to the locker room.

Brandon Graham got called offsides on the first play of KC’s drive. Mychal Kendricks exploded into the backfield for a nice tackle for loss. Rasul Douglas, in for Watkins, did a nice job of tackling Hill immediately after a short catch. The Eagles sent a blitz on second down and Kendricks came up with the sack with some help from Derek Barnett. Man, who saw this coming from Kendricks?! Eagles stop the Chiefs on third down and force a punt.

Torrey Smith dropped his second pass of the day on a play where Wentz scrambled, avoided a free rusher, and gave his receiver a chance to make the play. Great play by Wentz. Just needs some help from the pass catchers. Wentz hit Ertz for a third down conversion. Seumalo allowed ANOTHER sack on the next third down and the Eagles had to punt. Yeesh. Seumalo getting killed out there.

Hicks put a hit on Smith that caused the Chiefs quarterback to get banged up (shoulder). He stayed in the game, though. Cox sacked Smith on 3rd-and-5 to force a punt.

Sproles had a nice little return ... and then fumbled. Awful. Killer mistake by one of the team’s most trusty players. And it was the long snapper, James Winchester (former Eagle!) who forced the ball out. Chiefs take back over at the Eagles’ 24. Graham sacks Smith. Philadelphia’s defense holds on to force the Chiefs to a 39-yard field goal. Really key stop there.

The Eagles took over with 17 seconds left in the half. And then something crazy happened! Wentz threw a pass down the field that was overthrown and tipped up into the air by Terrance Mitchell. Ertz grabbed the ball in the air and ran it down to the red zone!

The Eagles attempted a 30-yard field goal and it was good. Except no it wasn’t because Andy Reid iced Philly with the timeout. Elliott’s second attempt was ... wide left. Thanks for nothing, rookie. Should have been a tie game.


McLeod and Watkins were ruled out of the game.

At least the Eagles started with the ball in the second half. Smith caught TWO (!) passes on a drive that took the Eagles to around midfield but stalled. Punt.

Timmy Jernigan threw Kareem Hunt out of bounds with one hand on the Chiefs’ first drive of the second half. Chris Long sacked Smith on third down to force another punt. Eagles pass rush is EATING (just as someone predicted).

Wentz connected with Jeffery and Mack Hollins (first career catch) to put the Eagles around midfield. A nice screen to Sproles and a run from Smallwood put Philly in the red zone. Wentz hit Jeffery for his first TOUCHDOWN as an Eagle! The play was originally ruled down at the 1-yard line but Doug Pederson wisely challenged. Clear touchdown. Ruling overturned for an Eagles score! Great drive. Eagles lead, 10-6.

The Chiefs got the ball back and scored a touchdown of their own. The Chiefs’ offensive line opened a big gap in the middle of the line and Hunt ran through it 52 yards to the house. A really poor tackle attempt from Corey Graham, who is in with McLeod out, allowed Hunt to score. Chiefs lead, 13-10.

A Travis Kelce unsportmanslike penalty on the TD allowed the Eagles to take over with decent starting field position.


Wentz fumbled but recovered. He seems to do that a decent amount. Wentz overthrew a pass while taking a huge shot on second down. He got right back up and ran for a first on 3rd-and-13. That’s toughness. The Eagles moved into the red zone thanks to some nice catches for Hollins. God, he’s unstoppable. Wentz had Smallwood streaking up the seam open for a touchdown but Wentz didn’t seem to see him. 3rd-and-7 and Wentz lobs it up to Jeffery ... incomplete. Jeffery got away with offensive pass interference on that one. Elliott nails the field goal from 40 yards out. Phew. Tie game, 13-13.

Three-and-out for the Chiefs on their first offensive drive of the fourth quarter. Douglas came up with a clutch pass breakup on third down. That might have been a touchdown if he didn’t get his hand on that. Chiefs punt.

Wentz rushed for a first and looked goofy while doing it. Great stuff.

Then Wentz threw a pick on a pass that got tipped by a lineman. Ugh. Just like last week. Not great stuff. Wentz seems to have a good deal of tipped passes for a 6-5 dude.

Vinny Curry had a great chance to sack Smith on third down but he failed to bring the quarterback to the ground. Smith rushes for the first down instead. Terrible. Gotta finish that. Smith flips it to Kelce for the shovel pass touchdown. Vintage Andy Reid. Chiefs lead, 20-13.

Eagles take over and Wentz takes a sack on first down. Dropped pass by Ertz on second down. Incompletion on third down with pressure bearing down on Wentz. Punt.

Jalen Mills got beat deep by Albert Wilson. The Chiefs marched down the field and Hunt pounded it in. Good thing the Eagles don’t have that guy. Chiefs lead, 27-13.

Wentz sacked again. Third one allowed by Seumalo. Eagles move the ball down the field. Another sack allowed by Seumalo, that’s four. Philly drives into the end zone and Wentz hits Nelson Agholor for a garbage time touchdown. Chiefs lead, 27-20.

Or maybe not a garbage time touchdown! The Eagles recover an onside kick by Elliott! Great job by Trey Burton.

With five seconds left and the ball on the Eagles’ 39-yard line ... the pass is incomplete. Wentz aired it out in the end zone but the ball was tipped away. Game over.

FINAL SCORE: Eagles lose to the Chiefs, 27-20.


Stay tuned for much more Eagles-Chiefs postgame coverage (click here).

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 16:12:51 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chiefs score updates for the fourth quarter

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After the third quarter, the Eagles trail the Chiefs by 13 to 10.

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[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 15:48:54 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Injury Update: Two defensive backs ruled out of Chiefs game

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Bad news for a thin secondary.

Eagles defensive backs Rodney McLeod and cornerback Jaylen Watkins both suffered hamstring injuries during Philadelphia’s Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Both players were ruled out and did not return.

This is bad news for an Eagles secondary that’s already thin due to Ronald Darby suffering an ankle injury last Sunday. Darby is expected to be out four-to-six weeks from the time of the injury.

Watkins started at corner for the Eagles with Darby out. With Watkins leaving, the Eagles are down to 2017 third-round pick Rasul Douglas. The rookie corner was a healthy scratch in Week 1 against Washington.

McLeod is also obviously a significant loss as one of Philadelphia’s two starting safeties. With McLeod out, the Eagles are relying on veteran backup Corey Graham. Graham was getting playing time as a third safety when Malcolm Jenkins shifts to the slot.

The Eagles were thin in the secondary to begin with when healthy. Now they’ve suffered a number of injuries at the position. Not great.

[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 15:24:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chiefs score updates for the third quarter

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After the second quarter, the Eagles trail the Chiefs by 6-3.

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[#] Sun Sep 17 2017 14:34:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chiefs updates for the second quarter

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After the first quarter, the Eagles and Chiefs are tied at 3-3.

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[#] Mon Sep 18 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Monday Morning Fly By: And we're off!

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*It's preseason baby! Although, if I game happens on Long Island and no one can watch it, did it really happen? Lucky for you, we've got your back. First time this season: RECAP!

*There's been a lot of buzz about the apparent chemistry between Claude Giroux and Oskar Lindblom in camp so far. It'll be fun to see those two get a shot to play together for real. [Inquirer]

*Sam Morin is an NHL defenseman. It's clear. We are in for a treat with him on the blueline this season. [Courier-Post]

*Oh wait before we go any further uh...Dean Lombardi is part of the front office now. Hmm. [BSH]

*Michal Neuvirth is looking forward to putting his past struggles behind him and kick some ass this year. [Inquirer]

*Another player looking to kick ass out of the gate is Jori Lehtera, who welcomes the fresh start in Philly. [Inquirer]

*No one has ever really called it a "rebuild" but that's exactly what Ron Hextall is doing to this team. And he's doing it in his own way. [Daily News]

*And finally, a full run down of everything you may have missed at training game this weekend. [CSN Philly]

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