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[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 08:06:09 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Former Philadelphia player is becoming a professional wrestler

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/24/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Former Eagle Walter Thurmond venturing into pro wrestling - Inquirer
This weekend, he will dabble in another of his childhood passions: professional wrestling. Thurmond will make an appearance Friday for the National Pro Wrestling League, for its show in Petaluma, Calif., when he will accompany wrestler Cory Machado to the ring. According to Machado, it wasn’t hard to persuade Thurmond to take him up on his offer. “Walt is excited to be a part of this,” Machado said. “If you have to convince somebody to buy something or to do something,” he said, “it probably isn’t the right fit.”

Eagles’ Jeffrey Lurie releases statement in response to Donald Trump comments - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Saturday evening following comments made by President Donald Trump. Trump recently called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.

Five over/unders for Eagles' home opener against the Giants - PhillyVoice
LeGarrette Blount carries: 9.5. Blount carried the ball 14 times in the season opener, a 30-17 win over Washington. Then, last week against the Chiefs, Blount didn’t get any rushing attempts, finishing the game with just one reception … for no gain. The Giants are almost as bad at defending the run as they are running the ball, and that could mean we see more Blount on Sunday. Will he get to double-digit carries? That’s likely going to depend on how the rest of the game unfolds – if the Eagles are down early, I’m going to get both this and the previous over/under wrong – but I just don’t think it’s very likely that Blount finishes with so few carries.

Giants Preview - Iggles Blitz
The Giants aren’t a good team right now. You don’t want to help them at all. Make that team drive the field and beat you with long, methodical drives. Big plays are the great equalizer. This is a game the Eagles should win, but I think it will be ugly. The Giants are too good on defense to get blown out. That said, one of these weeks the downfield throws are going to start hitting and those are the types of plays that can break a game wide open. I wouldn’t count on that Sunday, but it is possible.

Frightening Eagles D-Line awaits skittish Eli Manning, Giants - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has a theory as to why New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is looking jumpy in the pocket. “You usually see ghosts," he said, "after you done got hit by one." Manning has been sacked eight times -- tied for the second-most in the league through two weeks along with this week’s counterpart, Carson Wentz -- while absorbing 12 quarterback hits. He is getting sacked on 10.3 percent of his dropbacks, fourth-most in the NFL, despite getting the ball out of his hands at a reasonable rate (2.54 seconds on average) according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Eagles-Giants cheat sheet: Matchups, storylines and predictions - The Athletic
In some ways, the Eagles and New York Giants come into their Week 3 matchup at The Linc with similar strengths and weaknesses. Both defenses boast fearsome front fours, while Jim Schwartz and Steve Spagnuolo are scheming around key injuries in the secondary. Both offenses are looking to get the running game on track to varying degrees, while Carson Wentz and Eli Manning have been hit early and often. And yet, it feels like the two NFC East rivals are trending in two opposite directions. Most of the Eagles’ problems seem fixable compared to what the Giants are dealing with. For instance, nobody on Philly radio pressed the panic button this week, much less ranted and raved about middle school geometry while discussing the state of the offensive line.

Five Matchups To Watch Vs. Giants -
Let’s get this straight: It’s going to take a lot for the Eagles to beat a Giants team coming to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday that has its backs against an 0-2 wall. And there are many more nuances to the game than an off-to-a-great-start Eagles defensive line against a trying-to-find-its-comfort-zone Giants offensive line. With that, here are some matchups to watch in the Eagles’ home opener ...

Giants coach Ben McAdoo will continue to call plays -
According to those in the building, the coaches have turned up the temperature on the players during what has been an intense week. They all sense the urgency that comes with being winless through two weeks, but there is no panic or desperation. Players say the coaches have remained confident in their abilities and the offensive changes should be characterized as tinkering and fine-tuning. McAdoo has been even-keeled, which the players appreciate.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Eagles' secondary, Isaac Seumalo, the Grateful Dead and more - CSN Philly
But it's important to recognize one thing — guys play hard for Doug Pederson. Every week. Since Pederson became the head coach, there's really only one game where the Eagles weren't competitive, and that was at Cincinnati last year, a game that just got away from the Eagles. Every other game they have really battled.

JPP knows it’s a “must-win” game for Giants - PFT
Two months ago, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was musing about his team going undefeated. Now he’s just hoping they can win a game — and he knows they need to do it on Sunday at Philadelphia. “Honestly, it’s a must-win game,” Pierre-Paul said Friday, via the New York Post. “We know we need this game. It’s a division game. I don’t see us going 0-3.” Then again, he didn’t seem then going 0-1. Or 0-2.

REPORT: Jason Verrett Will Have Season-Ending Knee Surgery - Bolts From The Blue
Injuries have been an issue with Verrett for his entire career. In four seasons with Los Angeles, he has only played 25 games. That’s an average of just over six games per season. When the 2017 season comes to an end, Verrett will have played just five games in the past two years. A 2014 first-round pick, Verrett looked to be the answer at cornerback for the Chargers. He had a strong campaign in 2015, but since then the injuries have taken their toll on the former Pro Bowler.

Which 2-0 and 0-2 NFL teams will see their fortunes change? - SB Nation
Some undefeated teams haven’t looked so convincing.


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[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 01:45:08 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Picks Against the Spread 2017: Week 3 Games

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Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

Before the third Sunday of the 2017 NFL regular season kicks off, let’s have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for today’s games. (Click here for NFL Week 3 picks without regard to the spread.)

Here are suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today’s NFL betting lines and more via SB Nation. My regular season record after the second week is 15-12-1. Let’s get to the picks.

NFL Week 3 Games

Lots of road favorites this week!

Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars: This game marks the first London matchup of the 2017 season. 3.5 points feels low to me for the Ravens considering this is a neutral site game. I’d expect them to be favored by that amount if this game was in Jacksonville. The Ravens’ defense is pretty legit. The Jags still looked very much like the Jags in Week 2. PICK: Ravens -3.5

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-6): This is very much a game the Eagles should win. On paper, at least. Philly’s pass rush will prove problematic for the Giants’ offensive line. The Eagles played really well at home in 2016. I don’t see why that trend wouldn’t continue in Philadelphia’s 2017 home opener. The Giants are banged up and playing on a short week. The Eagles are also dealing with some injury issues, and might be starting a new left guard, but the Giants are so bad it might not matter. Eagles win. PICK: Eagles -6

Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-14): Really tough spot for Deshaun Watson in his second NFL start. After losing in Week 1, the Patriots returned to form in Week 2. Hard to bet against New England here. PICK: Patriots -14

Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Detroit Lions: This tilt has the potential to be one of the better matchups on Sunday. Both teams are undefeated and have the ability to put up points. I’m tempted to take the Lions with the points, but Atlanta’s offense is just so good that it’s hard not to take them. I typically don’t like taking the Falcons on the road but playing in a dome makes me feel a little better about them. PICK: Falcons -3

Denver Broncos (-3.5) at Buffalo Bills: The Bills aren’t good. They only beat the Jets by nine points in Week 1. Then they managed to score three points in Week 2. Denver’s defense is playing great and Trevor Siemian doesn’t look too shabby. The Broncos are the easy call. PICK: Broncos -3.5

Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5) at Chicago Bears: While I don’t think the Bears are very good, I’m a little skeptical of picking the Steelers on the road. Ben Roethlisberger’s home/road splits are dramatically different. Chicago hung in tough with Atlanta in Week 1; they only lost by six. I don’t like the Bears to win but they might be able to cover. I’m regrettably taking the points. PICK: Bears +7.5

Miami Dolphins (-6.5) at New York Jets: The Jets are awful. The Dolphins actually don’t look bad. Miami has won 10 out of their last 12 regular season games. Miami gets it done. PICK: Dolphins -6.5

Cleveland Browns (-1) at Indianapolis Colts: The Browns are road favorites! They’re favored in a game for the first time in two years! Madness. I think I’m crazy enough to take Cleveland. Indy took the Cardinals to overtime in Week 2, but I still they’re pretty awful. This is a game I’d recommend staying away from. But since that’s not an option for me, I’ll go with the favorites. PICK: Browns -1

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-6): Here’s another game I wouldn’t care to bet on. These are two pretty bad teams. New Orleans’ defense is just awful (but what’s new). Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense hasn’t looked great. Maybe the Panthers will be able to get back on track against the Saints. The only problem is that Carolina lost their yearly leading receiver, Greg Olsen, due to injury. I think this game could be close. I don’t trust the Panthers enough to take them by six. PICK: Saints +6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) at Minnesota Vikings: Case Keenum is terrible. It was only one game but the Buccaneers look like they’re legit. Tampa Bay has some serious offensive firepower. PICK: Buccaneers -3

Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans (-3): This is a 50/50 game for me. The Seahawks’ offensive line is terrible but they have a good defense. The Titans have shown some promise but Marcus Mariota has had some issues. Since I’m not sure how I feel about this one, I’m tempted to take the points. For as much as everyone wants to write off Seattle, their defense could still come away with some turnover(s) to make the difference in this one. PICK: Seahawks +3

Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at Los Angeles Chargers: The Chiefs are arguably the best team in the league. I’d argue the Chargers are the best 0-2 team in the league. L.A. should give KC a good fight. I still believe the Bolts’ lack of homefield advantage hurts them. I’ll go with Andy Reid’s team. PICK: Chiefs -3.5

Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers (-8): The Bengals haven’t scored a touchdown this year. Now they’re missing Tyler Eifert heading into Lambeau. Easy call here. PICK: Packers -8

Oakland Raiders (-3.5) at Washington Redskins: Despite beating the mighty Rams in Los Angeles, I still don’t think Washington is great or anything. The Raiders, meanwhile, have a lot of offensive weapons and Khalil Mack will be able to pressure Kirk Cousins. Give me the Rrrrrrrrrrrrrraiders. PICK: Raiders -3.5

Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) at Arizona Cardinals: My theory with picking Cowboys games lately is that I pick them to win. Either I prove to be correct (like in Week 1) or I’m wrong (like in Week 2) but that doesn’t matter because they lost and got blown out. So I’ll take the Cowboys here again. Arizona hasn’t looked so great so it’s hard to feel great about taking them. The Cardinals’ home field advantage does give them a chance in this one, however.

[#] Sat Sep 23 2017 23:14:49 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles

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Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Saturday evening following comments made by President Donald Trump. Trump recently called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.

Here’s Lurie’s statement:

The best of us lend our compassion and determination to the aid of others.

Every day I see the genuine dedication and hard work of our players. And I support them as they take their courage, character, and commitment into our communities to make them better or to call attention to injustice. Having spoken with our players, I can attest to the great respect they have for our national anthem and all it represents. We at the Philadelphia Eagles firmly believe that in this difficult time of division and conflict, it is more important than ever for football to be a great unifier.

The Eagles have several players who demonstrate during the national anthem, including starting safety and team captain Malcolm Jenkins.

Lurie has shown support for Jenkins and his cause. I think it’s safe to say the Eagles owner won’t be firing him any time soon.

The Eagles are hardly the only professional sports franchise to respond to the comments made by Trump. A number of teams and notable athletes, including LeBron James, have spoken out against Trump’s message.

Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was among the players who weighed in.

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 13:02:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Giants 2017: First quarter score updates

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The Philadelphia Eagles continue their 2017 regular season schedule with a game against the New York Giants.

IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their third game of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the New York Giants. Today’s home opener begins at 1:00 PM Eastern.

This is a very important game for both sides. The Giants are trying to avoid falling to 0-3, which would effectively end their season. The Eagles, meanwhile, have an opportunity to advance to 2-1 and first in the division with a win. There’s a lot of pressure on Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson, and the Eagles’ defense to earn a win in front of the Philly faithful.


Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the first quarter!

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 12:40:42 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants Inactives: Rodney McLeod ruled OUT, Isaac Seumalo benched

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Look at who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced the inactives list for their Week 3 game against the New York Giants.

Starting safety Rodney McLeod is OUT. McLeod was put through a workout prior to the game but ultimately couldn’t suit up. That’s a big loss for the Birds.

With McLeod out, it’s Chris Maragos starting next to Malcolm Jenkins. Maragos is a good special teams contributor but he’s not counted upon much on defense. Newly acquired Trae Elston is the only other active safety.

None of the other inactives are surprising. It’s worth noting Torrey Smith (illness) is active, as expected, despite being ruled questionable on the final injury report.

In other news, Chance Warmack is starting at left guard. The Eagles have benched 2016 third-round pick Isaac Seumalo. There’s no question Seumalo struggled in his first two games. But it is interesting how quick of a hook the second-year player got after being named the undisputed starter in training camp.

Here’s a look at all seven names, along with some analysis.

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

S Rodney McLeod - Hamstring injury.

CB Ronald Darby - Ankle injury. Expected to return in two to four weeks.

DT Destiny Vaeao - Wrist injury.

S Corey Graham - Hamstring injury.

S Jaylen Watkins - Hamstring injury.

WR Shelton Gibson - Sixth wide receiver.

DE Steven Means - Fifth defensive end.

New York Giants Inactive List

New York cornerback Janoris Jenkins is ACTIVE despite not practicing much during the week. The Giants will be without starting right tackle Bobby Hart and starting middle linebacker B.J. Goodson.

RB Wayne Gallman

TE Matt LaCosse

QB Davis Webb

LB B.J. Goodson

OL Bobby Hart

LB J.T. Thomas

DE Avery Moss

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 11:56:53 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles players call for fans to join them in locking arms during national anthem demonstration before Giants game

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A response to Trump.

Philadelphia Eagles players plan to lock arms in a demonstration during the national anthem before the Eagles’ game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. A number of Eagles players are also calling for fans to join them in their demonstration.

The Eagles won’t be alone in locking arms today. The Jacksonville Jaguars already performed a display of unity prior to their game against the Baltimore Ravens in London.

These demonstrations are in direct response to comments made by Donald Trump this weekend. The President of the United States called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the anthem.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Saturday evening in response to Trump’s comments. A number of other NFL owners, including those who supported Trump in the 2016 election, have since come to condemn the statements made by Trump this weekend.

Stay tuned to Bleeding Green Nation for more updates.

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 10:04:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Giants 2017: Updates, time, TV schedule, predictions and more

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Everything you need to know!

Welcome to NFL game day! The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the New York Giants in Week 3 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Giants game via online streaming.]

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 09:33:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants 2017: Game Predictions

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Who will win this week?

Today is a huge game for the Philadelphia Eagles.

There’s a lot on the line in their home opener against the New York Giants. An Eagles win means being 2-1 and in first place of the NFC East. It would also mean essentially ending the Giants’ season in Week 3. A loss to a winless New York team, on the other hand, would lead to a very ugly week of aftermath.

The pressure is on.

Speaking of pressure, the Eagles are going to need to generate a lot of that today. The good news is that Philadelphia should be able to do it. Their defensive line has been ferocious through two games so far. Now the Eagles are facing the worst offensive line they’ve played against this season.

Forcing Eli Manning into making bad decisions will be paramount considering the state of the Eagles’ secondary. Philadelphia is likely starting rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas at outside cornerback. The Eagles will potentially be down to their fourth string safety next to Malcolm Jenkins with Rodney McLeod unlikely to play.

On offense, the Eagles need a strong effort from Carson Wentz. It seems unlikely that the Birds will be able to run all over the Giants. Philly’s run game isn’t that strong to begin with and New York has some really good run defenders on their defense (Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson, etc.) This is a key spot for Wentz to step up and prove his critics wrong.

In the same vein, this is also a really big game for Doug Pederson. The Eagles head coach has faced no shortage of scrutiny through only two weeks of the season.

There’s no good reason for the Eagles to lose this game. They’re the better team. If they play like they did in the first two weeks, I can’t see how they lose. New York isn’t very good. The Giants might be desperate, yeah, but the Eagles should be fired up for this one. It’s the home-opener. The G-Men are playing on short rest after losing on Monday Night Football.

Today’s game might not be pretty. That’s OK. The Eagles don’t need to score style points in this one. They just need to take care of business and put the Giants away.

On paper, I feel good about their chances. But the Birds need to go out and prove it.

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[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 08:30:09 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles injury updates on Torrey Smith and Rodney McLeod

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Good and bad news.

The Philadelphia Eagles listed two players as “questionable” on their final injury report heading into their Week 3 matchup against the New York Giants: starting safety Rodney McLeod and starting wide receiver Torrey Smith.

There’s good news and bad news for the Eagles.

The good news is that Smith will play against the Giants, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Smith was listed questionable after missing practice on Friday due to “illness.” Rookie wideout Mack Hollins would’ve been in line for an increased role with Smith out but that won’t be the case.

The bad news is that McLeod is “a much longer shot” to suit up. McLeod, who suffered a hamstring injury last Sunday, didn’t practice much this week. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he expects McLeod to be a game-time decision based on how he handles a pregame workout. It doesn’t sound like McLeod is likely to go, however.

With McLeod potentially out, the Eagles are down to their fourth string starting safety next to Malcolm Jenkins. Philly already ruled out veteran safety Corey Graham and versatile backup Jaylen Watkins on Friday.

That means it could be Chris Maragos who starts next to Jenkins. The Eagles also brought in Trae Elston this week after he was released by the Bills. Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill played safety in college and has taken some reps at that position in practice this week.

The Eagles’ secondary was already a concern entering this season. The injuries they’ve suffered make matters even worse.

Philadelphia will really need a strong effort from their pass rush in order to hide some of their weaknesses in coverage. The Eagles must dominate the Giants’ offensive line.

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 12:25:31 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants Week 3 Live Thread

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Coming in 1-1, the Eagles are diving back into the NFC East in week 3 as they square off against the New York Giants in the first game of the 2017 season at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants are reeling and are desperate for a win as they come in 0-2. For the birds, many…

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 13:15:49 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Anthem Ceremony Was Beautiful

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Everyone is talking about the National Anthem protests after President Donald Trumps remarks last week. Teams are addressing it in their own way today and what the Eagles did was absolutely beautiful. The team stood linked by arms with police officers, military personnel, and with owner Jeffrey Lurie. ✊ — chris jones¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) September…

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 15:16:15 EDT from rss

Subject: Darren Sproles Injury: Eagles running back gets hurt in Giants game

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Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles suffered a wrist injury during the team’s Week 3 home game against the New York Giants.

Sproles went down after getting tackled on a run play. He remained on the ground for a good amount of time before eventually getting up and walking off the field on his own power. From there, Sproles walked to the locker room with a slight limp.

The Eagles ruled Sproles questionable to return with a wrist injury, which is weird because it looked like he had a lower body issue. But I guess not.

Sproles is obviously a very important player to the Eagles’ success. He’s a great weapon as a runner, receiver, and punt returner. Not to mention a well-respected leader in the locker room.

There were already concerns about the Eagles’ running game entering this week. Losing Sproles does not help matters.

In other injury news, starting linebacker Jordan Hicks left the game early with an ankle injury and was ruled questionable to return.

Stay tuned to BGN for more updates.

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 14:39:08 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants updates for the second quarter

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After the first quarter, the Eagles and Giants are tied at 0-0.

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the first quarter!

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 15:34:11 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants 2017 third quarter updates

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After the second quarter, the Eagles lead the Giants by a score of 7 to 0.

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the third quarter!

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 16:19:58 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants 2017 fourth quarter updates

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After the third quarter, the Eagles lead the Giants by a score of 14 to 0.

Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the fourth quarter!

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 17:34:36 EDT from rss

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

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The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field by a final score of 27 to 24. The Eagles advance to 2-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

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The Giants won the toss and elected to defer. Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense up first.

LeGarrette Blount was in the backfield for the first play, but the Eagles dropped back to pass. Wentz got sacked. Darren Sproles ran for a yard on second down. Jason Kelce committed a false start at home. Wentz threw to Alshon Jeffery short of the sticks on third down. Not a great start! Punt.

Donnie Jones had a great punt that had a chance to be downed at the 1-yard line. Dexter McDougle bumped into Kamu Grugier-Hill, however, and it was a touchback. Dumb. Doug Pederson challenged the ruling but it was upheld. To me, it looked like none of the players were in the end zone when the ball was touched. But I guess not.

As the Giants took over on offense for the first time, the Eagles had Jalen Mills follow Odell Beckham Jr. around the formation. New York benefited from a Nigel Bradham facemask penalty where Brandon Marshall actually grabbed Bradham’s first, but no flag on the Giants. No matter. The Giants ended up having to punt anyway after a 3rd-and-1 stop.

Wentz got sacked again on the Eagles’ first play of the second drive. Chance Warmack allowed the hit. Corey Clement got his first NFL carry: a gain of one yard. Wentz connected with Jeffery short of the sticks again. Punt.

The Giants drove to the Eagles’ 38-yard line before punting the ball. Malcolm Jenkins came up with a great tackle for loss on third down. Darren Sproles fielded the ball at the 10, so it was a mere 28-yard net difference for New York. Lol at Ben McAdoo.

Blount received a sarcastic cheer after taking a carry for three yards on first down. Blount received even bigger cheers after running up the middle for a 17-yard gain and bowling over two Giants defenders in the process. Beastly. Torrey Smith dropped another pass, his third of the season. Bad. The Eagles got into 4th-and-1 and went for it. Wentz quarterback sneak was successful. Worth noting the Eagles had Sproles, and not Blount, in the backfield on that conversion attempt.


Wendell Smallwood (!) did a great job of picking up a blitz to give Wentz time to hit Nelson Agholor for a first down. Then Sproles went down and limped off the field. Yikes, that’s not good. Wentz pulled off a magical scramble on 3rd-and-8 to move the Eagles deeper into the red zone. He’s a freaking magician with those.

Blount received cheers as the Eagles brought him back into the game. Then he immediately ran for a 5-yard touchdown. Not bad! The refs reviewed the play, however, and it was overturned with the ball at the 1-yard line. Didn’t matter. Blount ran it again and scored the touchdown. Then he got flagged for taunting (rolling the football at Landon Collins) after the play. Nice 18-play, 90-yard drive for the Birds. Eagles lead, 7-0.

The Giants took over and got a few first downs. Then Eli Manning aired it deep to Brandon Marshall and ... PICKED OFF! Great interception by Rasul Douglas on a ball that was a little underthrown. Impressive play by the rookie cornerback. The only bad news is that Jordan Hicks went to the locker room on this Giants drive.

The Eagles put Stefen Wisniewski in at left guard to replace Warmack. What is going on. Warmack didn’t get hurt. Smallwood showed up with some nice runs on this drive. Wentz had Jeffery open deep for a touchdown but he overthrew his receiver by a lot. Big missed opportunity. The Eagles went for it on 4th-and-8 around midfield but Wentz got sacked. Philly could have tried to punt and pin the Giants deep with a little over 2 minutes remaining in the first half. Then again, the math said to go for it.

New York took over and moved into field goal range. Fletcher Cox went down and slowly walked to the locker room. The Giants got to the 1-yard line and scored a touchdown. Actually, nope, Sterling Shepard didn’t cross the goal line with the ball. Then the Giants scored a touchdown again. Except Shepard dropped the ball as he fell to the ground out of bounds. So the Giants go for it on 4th-and-1, and ... STUFFED! Turnover on downs. Wow. Huge stop! Well done, Vinny Curry.

See, Doug knew what he was doing all along!



Cox and Hicks weren’t with the Eagles defense at the start of the second half. Then they were ruled out. Brandon Graham pressured Manning into an incompletion. Then Mychal Kendricks broke up a pass by hitting the receiver as it got to him. Giants go three and out. Torrey Smith fielded the punt with Sproles ruled out.

The Eagles drove into field goal range. They ran one of those beloved bubble screen passes on third down and it went for a whopping one yard. Surprise. Jake Elliott’s 52-yard field goal attempt hooks left. No good.

Manning comes back throwing and gets picked. Kendricks deflects a pass and Patrick Robinson tracks the ball in the sun for the interception. Defense comes up big yet again.

The Eagles put Warmack back in the game. The Eagles are apparently rotating their left guards. Wentz moved the chains on a quarterback sneak. Then he aired it out deep to Jeffery while on the run and Eli Apple got called for pass interference near the goal line. Ertz throws to a wide open Ertz in the end zone and the tight end drops it. Brutal. But then Ertz redeems himself as the Eagles run the same play and Ertz secures it for the touchdown. Eagles lead, 14-0.

The Giants move into the red zone thanks to some catches by Odell Beckham Jr. Jalen Mills comes up with a big pass breakup on 3rd-and-2. New York then goes for it at 4th-and-2 at the Eagles’ 13-yard line. Manning’s pass is INCOMPLETE. Broken up by Robinson. The Eagles’ defense stands tall again. Credit Tim Jernigan for generating pressure on that fourth down stop.


Wisniewski back in the game at guard. Wentz’s pass for Jeffery on third down is incomplete. Janoris Jenkins had pretty good coverage on him. Eagles punt and Donnie Jones shanks it.

Douglas whiffs on a short completion to Marshall to set up the Giants in the red zone. Then Manning connects with Beckham Jr. in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Pretty nice throw and catch by the Giants. After scoring, Beckham got down on all fours and pretended to be a doing peeing on a fire hydrant. OK. 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Eagles lead, 14-7.

The Eagles took back over and immediately turned the ball over. Ertz got stripped by Landon Collins. Awful. Just can’t do that in that spot.

The Giants take over with great field position. Then they score a touchdown. Manning to Beckham for a one-handed score. Nothing Mills could really do there. Not great! Tie game, 14-14.

The Eagles had to punt after Jeffery got called for pass interference on third down. Things not going so good.

Giants take over, Manning hits Shepard for a 77-yard touchdown. Absence of Rodney McLeod really being felt there. Giants lead, 21-14.

Wentz comes back by hitting Torrey Smith for a first down. Then he targets Smith again deep which draws a pass interference penalty. The flag looked questionable and the ball looked uncatchable to me but I’m not the ref. A 15-yard run by Clement, the first of his NFL career, tied the game. Tie game, 21-21.

Jenkins got called for pass interference on a deep pass to Beckham Jr. The Giants took over in the red zone but had to settle for a field goal with 3:08 to play. Giants lead, 24-21.

The Eagles relied on their running game to get into filed goal range. Good runs from Smallwood and Blount moved them down the field. A facemask penalty from Jeffery moved the Eagles back from the 31 to the 46. A completion to Ertz put it back at the 34. Wentz’s pass to Jeffery on third down was off target. The Eagles’ 46-yard attempt is ... good! Clutch kick. Tie game, 24-24.

The Giants can’t get anything going on a late drive. They have to punt.

Eagles take over with 13 seconds remaining on their own 38. Wentz hits Jeffery along the sideline to set up a 61-yard field goal attempt. Elliot’s kick is ... GOOD! IT’S GOOD! IT’S GOOD!!! IT’S GOOD!!!!! Eagles win, 27-24.



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

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 16:52:18 EDT from rss

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Jake Elliott, welcome to Philly. The rookie drilled the longest field goal in Eagles history, a 61-yarder, to defeat the New York Giants, 27-24. Here is the call of the game-winner from Merrill Reese and it is just as you expect it to be: (H/T Nick Piccone)

[#] Sun Sep 24 2017 18:26:35 EDT from rss

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Can’t stop watching.

I still can’t believe that just happened.

I still can’t believe Jake Elliott, a rookie kicker who got waived during final cuts just a few weeks ago, hit a 61-yard game-winning field to allow the Eagles to beat the New York Giants.



What. a. KICK.

Let’s relive the moment in all of its glory.


(Joe Buck and Troy Aikman)


(Via SportsRadio 94WIP)






That was a game the Eagles easily could have lost after allowing 24 points in the fourth quarter. The Eagles could’ve dropped to 2-1 and we all would’ve been talking about how everyone needs to be fired.

Not today. A rookie kicker saved the day.

Jake Elliott should never have to buy a beer in Philly again.

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Joel Embiid was at the Linc this afternoon to take in the Eagles game and he witnessed the longest field goal in Eagles history. His reaction? Perfect: @JoelEmbiid you hype — Jay DeVico (@jaythetallkid) September 24, 2017

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Run wild!

The Eagles extended a three game home winning streak over the Giants on Sunday, winning 27-24. Despite the Eagles winning the game, there are more winners and losers when you look deeper into it.


The Eagles

It wasn't pretty, but whew, they pulled it out. After a day where Carson Wentz looked off his game, the team was able to rally and overcome a rocky fourth quarter. The Eagles improve to 2-1, with both wins coming in the conference and division. They'll be in the drivers seat of the NFC East for at least a week regardless of what Dallas does tomorrow.

Jake Elliott

Apologies for misspelling his name, but rookie kicker Jake Elliott is forever immortalized in Philadelphia history. Replace the Rocky statue with Elliott’s pose after nailing a 61-yard field goal as time expired. Elliott missed a 52-yard field goal earlier in the game and a 30-yard field goal last week. It’s fair to believe that Doug Pederson’s play calling in-between the 40s was influenced by the uncertainty at kicker, but when called upon Elliott nailed the biggest kick of his young career and likely ended the Giants’ season.

Alshon Jeffery

Janoris Jenkins effectively shut down Alshon Jeffery when the Eagles went to him on third down, but sometimes one play is all it takes to change a game. Jeffery’s big catch to set up the field goal attempt from Elliott was clutch. Those are the kind of plays you need from a No. 1 receiver.

The Eagles’ run game

After two weeks of an inability to effectively run the ball, the Eagles ground game exploded for 193 yards and two touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount had a few early long runs and Wendell Smallwood helped the Eagles move the ball late as the Eagles averaged 4.9 yards per carry on the ground. If the Eagles can continue to run the ball somewhat as well as they did today, the play-action passing game that has effectively opened receivers deep will be lethal.

Rasul Douglas

Douglas was easily the Eagles’ best cornerback today, as the rookie defender notched his first career interception and made good plays in coverage all game long.

Odell Beckham Jr.

I think we can all agree that we hate Odell Beckham Jr., but the Giants offense is nothing without him. That was evidenced today as New York couldn't get anything going until OBJ got going. Beckham held out earlier in the offseason to secure a new contract and after a showing like the one he had today, his case for the largest skill position player contract only grows.



With an overall record of 0-3, and two of their loses being to division rivals, should effectively end the Giants season. The Giants suffered their fourth straight loss in Philadelphia dating back to 2014 and the offense couldn't get out of it’s own way. Twice the Giants found themselves in the red zone and twice they turned the ball over on downs. Put a fork in this team.


The Eagles lost Jordan Hicks, Jason Peters and Fletcher Cox this week. This was after coming into the game with Chris Maragos and Malcolm Jenkins as the team’s starting safeties. Maybe Week 4 byes aren't bad? OK, but seriously, the Eagles could really benefit if the injury bug would leave the building.

Eli Manning

Manning looked awful when the Giants’ offensive line gave him time to throw deep. Between the Rasul Douglas interception and various other deep throws, you can tell Eli’s deep ball is losing any effectiveness it had. Man, OBJ really did extend Eli’s career.

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