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[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 14:52:55 EDT from rss

Subject: Let Us All Rejoice In The Misery Of Giants Fans

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I’m sure most Eagles fans preferred the team not completely implode in the fourth quarter yesterday before eventually pulling it out as time expired. Makes sense. Allowing a team that scored one touchdown in its first 11 quarters of the season to score three over the final 15 minutes is not good. That Zach Ertz…

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 16:05:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Eric Rowe trade draft pick tracker: Week 3 edition

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A weekly update on the Eagles’ 2018 draft picks.

Before the 2016 season started, the Philadelphia Eagles traded cornerback Eric Rowe to the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. This means the Eagles can receive one of two picks.

1 — Eagles receive New England’s third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft if Eric Rowe plays at least 50% of the Patriots’ defensive snaps.


2 — Eagles receive New England’s fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft if Eric Rowe plays less than 50% of the Patriots’ defensive snaps.

Where this pick ultimately lands is significant for the Eagles. Philadelphia currently doesn’t own any Day 2 picks due to both the Carson Wentz trade and the Ronald Darby trade.

Since this is an important pick, I’ll be doing a weekly update on Rowe’s playing time to see if the Eagles will get the third-round selection or not.


WEEK 1: Eric Rowe plays 37 out of New England’s 69 defensive snaps. That’s good for 54%. If the season ended today, the Eagles would get the pick! It would also be the first overall pick in the third round since the Patriots have the worst record in the NFL right now. ;)

Week 2: Eric Rowe plays 34 out of New England’s 65 defensive snaps. That’s good for 52%. Rowe actually started over Malcolm Butler in the Patriots’ win over the Saints but Butler ended up playing more snaps due to Rowe suffering a groin injury. So far, Rowe has played 71 out of 134 snaps this season, which is 53%. It’s a close margin, but the Eagles are currently projected to get the third-round pick.

Week 3: Eric Rowe plays 0 out of New England’s 71 defensive snaps. That’s good for 0% (duh). Rowe was inactive due to the groin injury he suffered in Week 2. The good news (?) is that Rowe was listed “questionable” after being limited in practice all of last week. Maybe he’ll be able to return this week. The Eagles better hope Rowe gets healthy because now he’s only played 71 of 205 snaps this season, which is 34.6%. One thing to keep in mind regarding the Rowe tracker is that Malcolm Butler still appears to be on the trade block. If Butler gets moved, Rowe’s playing time should receive a boost. The NFL trade deadline is set for 4:00 PM ET on October 31.


Current projected Eagles 2018 Draft Picks



4th - (from the Minnesota Vikings)

4th - (from the New England Patriots; can elevate to a 3rd)


5th - (from the Seattle Seahawks)


[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 15:52:51 EDT from rss

Subject: That Sound You Hear Is J.J. Redick Laying Waste to Orlando, Los Angeles and, Most Importantly, Milwaukee

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Weeeeeeeeeee. And we’re off on the unofficial start of basketball season, the day we get a vague update on Joel Embiid media day, as the Sixers come out of the gate with a little SPUNK. First up, J.J. Redick shooting his pistol at his previous homes: "I've never played in a sports town … Philly's…

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 16:56:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Injury Updates: Latest on Fletcher Cox, Jordan Hicks, more

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The Eagles need to get healthy.

Here’s a few updates on the Philadelphia Eagles injury situation as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers this week. (It’s very hard to not write San Diego.)

We’ll have more information on the injury situation when the Eagles release their first official injury report for Week 4 on Wednesday.

Fletcher Cox

Cox left the Eagles-Giants game early and limped to the locker room with a calf injury. Doug Pederson said Cox is “day-to-day” but Les Bowen reports he “would not expect Cox to be ready to play in LA this week.” If true, that’s obviously a significant loss for the Eagles defense. Philly has some nice depth at defensive tackle, but Cox is a beast.

Jordan Hicks

Hicks left the Eagles-Giants game with an ankle injury and did not return. After the win, he was seen with his ankle wrapped but he said he’s going to be OK. Like Cox, Pederson described Hicks as day-to-day.

Darren Sproles

Pederson confirmed Sproles suffered a torn ACL and a broken arm. Out for the season. Just terrible news. Sproles will likely be placed on injured reserve this week, which frees up a roster spot. Maybe Byron Marshall gets called up from the practice squad.

Rodney McLeod

McLeod was ruled out for Sunday’s Eagles-Giants game after being a game-time decision. Doug Pederson, Jim Schwartz, Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas, and Eagles trainers all watched his warmup session but ultimately he didn’t play. When asked if he’ll play this week via a Monday interview on SportsRadio 94WIP, McLeod said: “I think I will.”

The Eagles were down to their fourth string safety (Chris Maragos) against the Giants. Getting McLeod back would be ideal.

Sidney Jones

To be clear, there’s been no real update on Jones. I just wanted to point out there are only three more weeks where he’s definitely out. He’s eligible to start practicing as soon as Week 7, though it’s unclear if he will. For more information on Jones’ situation, click here.

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 16:29:08 EDT from rss

Subject: Notes and Quotes from Doug Pederson

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Doug Pederson confirmed on Monday that Darren Sproles will miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear and broken arm. The Birds running back and punt returner walked off the field under his power after suffering both injuries on the same damn play in Sunday’s 27-24 win. Pederson said that Byron Marshall will be…

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 18:10:08 EDT from rss

Subject: Darren Sproles officially placed on Eagles injured reserve list

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The Philadelphia Eagles placed Darren Sproles on the injured reserve list on Monday afternoon, according to an official announcement from the team.

Sproles suffered a broken arm and a torn ACL during the Eagles’ Week 3 win over the New York Giants. His season is now over.

It’s also possible the 34-year-old running back’s career is over as well. It would be terrible to see Sproles go out like this, but he’s previously suggested that 2017 was going to be his last season. It’s worth noting that Sproles is a free agent after this year.

With Sproles going to IR, the Eagles now have an open roster spot. It’s possible the Eagles might look to call up Byron Marshall in order to fill the vacancy. Marshall is obviously no Sproles, but he at least has a similar skill set as a shifty receiving back.

Sproles being out for the rest of the year is a huge blow to the Eagles. He’s a great player on the field and a well-respected figure in the locker room.

He’ll be missed dearly.

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 20:25:57 EDT from rss

Subject: Cowboys vs. Cardinals: How to watch Monday Night Football, game info, live streaming, odds, more

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Watch MNF here.

Week 3 of the 2017 NFL regular season ends tonight with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

Both teams are 1-1. The Cowboys beat the New York Giants in Week 1 before getting absolutely dominated by the Denver Broncons in Week 2. The Cardinals, meanwhile, lost to the Detroit Lions in the season opener before eking out a close win in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles fans will obviously be rooting for a Cowboys loss tonight. The Birds would love to see Dallas fall to 1-2.

Even if the Cowboys win, the Eagles will still be in first place in the due to their division record (2-0).

Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals TV Schedule

Game time: 8:30 PM EST

Channel: ESPN

Date: Monday, September 25

Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium | Glendale, Arizona

Online Streaming: WatchESPN


Dallas Cowboys -3.5 (-105)

Arizona Cardinals +3.5 (-115)


Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 22:55:19 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Rangers recap: Downed in overtime yet again

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Travis Sanheim provides all the offense.

The Flyers peppered Henrik Lundqvist with 39 shots, but only rookie Travis Sanheim could solve the New York netminder as the Flyers fell 3-2 to the Rangers on Monday night in the first of a home-and-home series between the two rivals.

Michal Neuvirth matched Lundqvist shot for shot until he left a juicy rebound out front for Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh to punch home to seal the game with just over a minute left in the extra period.

Once again, the Flyers’ special teams let them down in this one, going 0-for-5 on the power play after an 0-for-9 performance in Boston last Thursday. The Flyers also gave up a power play goal, but did kill off the Rangers’ last five power plays on the evening.

First period

Rick Nash opened the scoring early with a power play goal on a deflection on a point shot to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at the 3:16 mark. Pavel Buchnevich and Ryan McDonagh got the assists on the opening goal. Radko Gudas was in the box for a holding call after dragging down a Ranger near center ice.

The Flyers would respond quickly with an absolute bullet from Travis Sanheim, who took a nice pass from Nolan Patrick to lead him to open ice and fire a slap shot by Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 1-1. Patrick and Jordan Weal got the assists on the goal, which came at four-on-four.

After a terrible power play effort against the Bruins last time out (0-for-9) the Flyers generated nice puck movement on their first man-advantage of the night following the Sanheim goal.

Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek got in on a two-on-one near the six-minute mark, but Giroux couldn’t hit the net on the return feed, though it looked like Lundqvist was beaten. It was nice execution but Giroux did seem a little surprised Voracek sent the puck back to him off his initial pass so that could have effected the shot.

After killing off a Michael Raffl penalty with 1:21 left in the first the Flyers began to buzz in the Rangers' zone with Travis Konecny and Jordan Weal giving the Rangers’ defense the runaround. Weal, after dangling away from a defender, was stopped in close by Lundqvist to keep the score even after one.

Second period

After a three-penalty first period, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol couldn’t be happy when Jake Voracek picked up a slashing call just 20 seconds into the second. On the ensuing power play Michal Neuvirth absolutely robbed Rick Nash in close with a sprawling save, one of three from the netminder on the kill.

With Chris Kreider off for tripping the Flyers’ second power play unit generated some nice pressure with Konecny and Weal once again hooking up for a scoring chance. Weal hit Konecny in the slot with a quick pass, but Lundqvist made a strong pad save and covered.

The Giroux line created another nice chance on an odd-man rush with Gostisbehere jumping up on the play but unable to jam home a centering pass from Voracek. Giroux started the play by taking a loose puck of the wall in his own zone and racing up ice. That same group would pin the Rangers in their own zone for the better part of a minute at the five minute mark, but the Flyers could only manage distance shots that didn’t challenge Lundqvist.

Wayne Simmonds nearly slammed home a backdoor feed on the Flyers’ third power play of the game, but Jake Voracek’s pass sailed off Simmonds’ stick with the net wide open. The Flyers only generated a single shot but carried momentum over into the final minute of the period.

With just 3.1 seconds left in the second and the Flyers still surging, Travis Sanheim found a loose puck in front of Lundqvist and buried his second goal of the game to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead heading to the third. The rookie defenseman showed great instinct to jump into the offense and the skill to finish the play on his backhand past Lundqvist.

Through two periods the Flyers again dominated in the face off circle, winning 20 of 31 draws after winning 45 of 66 against the Bruins last Thursday.

Third period

With the Flyers under siege to start the third they got a bad break from the officials, who took Nolan Patrick off for high-sticking at 1:25, when replay showed it was a Ranger who high-sticked Marc Staal in the face and not the Flyers’ rookie forward. The Flyers would survive the ensuing power play, though, killing off their fourth consecutive penalty after Rick Nash’s opening power play tally.

After a Flyers turnover in the neutral zone by Ivan Provorov the Rangers would tie things up at 2-2 with a Mika Zibanejad tally at the 5:29 mark. Chris Kreider and Buchnevich picked up the helpers on the game-tying goal.

The Flyers wasted a golden opportunity to retake the lead when Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux got in on a two-on-none in on Lundqvist. The pair made one too many passes, though, and saw a prime chance go by the wayside because neither one really wanted to shoot the puck yet again.

Tempers would flare after Radko Gudas laid out Fillip Chytil in the neutral zone. Gudas caught the Rangers’ rookie with his head down and didn’t miss. After Neuvirth stopped play the players came together as the Rangers asked Gudas to answer for the hit.

Following another strong penalty kill the Flyers would buzz around Lundqvist looking for the go-ahead goal. Voracek, Patrick and Giroux racked up zone time and a few stuff attempts at the Rangers net but couldn’t convert.

Despite a late flurry from the Flyers, part of 37 shots on in regulation, Henrik Lundqvist proved up to the test with saves on Provorov, Robert Hagg and Simmonds to send this one to overtime.


In the overtime it was a show from the goaltenders with Lundqvist and Neuvrith matching their opposite number shot for shot until Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh was able to beat Neuvirth off a rebound at the 3:51 mark of overtime to give the Rangers the 3-2 win. Fillip Chytil and Mats Zuccarello got the assists on the game-winner.

Next up: Flyers vs. Rangers, 7 p.m. from the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night.

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 22:38:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Darren Sproles sounds like he

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While yesterday’s win over the New York Giants was a great day for the Philadelphia Eagles, today was not. News emerged that Darren Sproles suffered a torn ACL in addition to his broken arm. The Eagles placed Sproles on injured reserve and it’s possible the veteran running back will never play again.

But maybe Mighty Mouse is not done just yet. Check out this post from Sproles’ official Twitter account.

Hmmm. “The comeback will be real.”

Maybe he’s leaving the door open after all.

If Sproles does intended to play in 2018, it’s worth noting he’ll need to sign a new contract. He’s currently set to be a free agent after this season.

The Eagles would certainly have to be cautious with allocating resources to a 35-year-old skill player coming off a major injury. But the exceptional Sproles has long been the exception in his career so maybe he’d be worth it to them. Assuming he still wants to play, of course.

Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of Sproles’ NFL career. It’d be really depressing to see him go out injured like this. No. 43 deserves better than that.

This will be an interesting situation to monitor moving forward.

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 07:00:02 EDT from YS.

Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: EIGHT MORE DAYS.

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

*So we had a game last night, and in that game the Claude Giroux At Wing experiment continued. Sean Couturier loves it, for what it's worth. [Inquirer]

*Speaking of Couturier, he could be your number one center this season. That's pretty wild eh? [Courier-Post]

*On roster moves and Nolan Patrick's likelihood of making the team out of camp. [CSN Philly]

*Meltzer has a little more on the remaining roster battles. [Hockeybuzz]

*One player making those remaining battles interesting is Taylor Leier, who has really turned it on in the last half of camp... [Sports Talk Philly]

*...which has some folks thinking that maybe Oskar Lindblom may now be on the bubble. [Courier-Post]

*Okay now on to the prospects we know won't be making the team: the Canadian Junior and European League seasons are underway! [BSH]

*Our pal Charlie takes a good hard look at the Flyers' penalty kill strategies. [The Athletic]

*The smart folks over at HockeyViz have compiled their previews for the season and the verdict for your Flyers? PLAYOFFS BABY! [HockeyViz]

*Some people still think this is a bubble team, though. It's the Metro Division, it is so dang good. [The Score]

*The league's crackdown on slashing and other stick infractions is going to be a good thing. [Associated Press]

*On five people facing lots of pressure as the season gets underway. [USA Today]

*And finally, ICYMI, BSH is taking over Vegas for a weekend! Join us!! [BSH]

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 08:25:04 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Giants player accused of spitting in Philadelphia fan

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/26/17.

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

Eagles fan accuses Giants WR Brandon Marshall of spitting in his face - Sporting News
An Eagles fan is claiming Giants receiver Brandon Marshall spit in his face during an argument before Sunday's game in Philadelphia. Sporting News has obtained details on the incident from a fan (Dave R.) who was on the field at the time. The first confrontation, which took place during pregame warmups, was started by comments yelled by an Eagles fan, who we'll call "Cunningham" due to his jersey.

Eagles-Giants Final Score: 9 things we learned from Philadelphia’s thrilling win over New York - BGN
Big takeaways from the Birds game.

The Giants Are Done -
John Barchard and James Seltzer revel in a sloppy, but thrilling 27-24 victory over the Giants. The guys discuss Jake Elliott's monster kick, the surprising effectiveness of the running game, a sub-par performance from the defensive line, and much more.

Dislodge yourselves from Doug Pederson's butt for that 4th-and-8 call, people - PhillyVoice
He's right. Fans and media tend to criticize the gambles that don't work, while taking the ones that do for granted. It's commendable that Pederson is willing to take on the unfavorably skewed praise-criticism ratio to do what he and the team think is the best decision to win the game. And you know what else? Beyond the math, Pederson's willingness to go for it on fourth down is, you know, fun. I mean... Right? I would imagine that if you don't at least get a little hyped up for a team going for it on 4th and 8, you're not a fan of Las Vegas, ordering an occasional steak wrapped in bacon, or having sex in the back seat of your car after-hours in a dark corner of the parking lot at Home Depot. To each their own, I guess.

According to model, Pederson's 4th-and-8 call a true coin flip - The Athletic
According to the model, the Eagles' odds of winning if they choose to go for it are 77.56 percent (38 percent success rate * 85 percent win probability + 62 percent likelihood of failure * 73 percent win probability). Compared to the 78 percent chance of winning if they punt the ball, it makes the decision a true toss-up. The discrepancy in the chances of converting on 4th and 8 could weigh the decision to favor punting, but that's hard to say without knowing what else the Eagles' model takes into account and how those other variables are weighted. And if Pederson was confident in a particular play in that scenario, you can see why he would make the decision he did. As Brian Baldinger broke it down on Twitter, the real goat of the decision was Carson Wentz, who took an indefensible sack.

Darren Sproles' injury means bigger role for Wendell Smallwood - ESPN
It appears Smallwood will take on some of the responsibilities held by Sproles prior to the injury. "I think Wendell on third down specifically, Corey as well, they're going to have to step up and assume that role," Pederson said. Smallwood (5-foot-10, 208 pounds), the second-year back out of West Virginia, created some buzz this summer before being slowed by a hamstring injury. Possessing a decent mix of power and speed, he can run between the tackles and off the edge and could develop into a quality receiving option out of the backfield. He has been inconsistent to this point in his young career, however, and is still very much a work in progress when it comes to pass protection. Like Clement, he wasn't asked to do a ton of pass protection on the college level. Sproles was very adept in this area despite his stature. If Smallwood and/or Clement don't mature as pass blockers (and quickly), that could spell trouble for quarterback Carson Wentz.

Costly Win - Iggles Blitz
The player this impacts the most is Wendell Smallwood. He has the ability to run, catch and block. The Eagles have lined him up in the slot to get him 1-on-1 with a LB and then thrown the ball his way. That’s where Sproles is such a mismatch. Smallwood isn’t as good a receiver, but he can be functional in that role. I think the difference with the offense won’t be the playbook, but rather how many plays get called for the RBs. You want to make sure Sproles gets 10 to 12 touches a game. Just because Smallwood can fill his role on offense doesn’t mean you want him to get the ball as much. He may end up with those touches, but it won’t be by specific design. If Smallwood is open on a given play, you throw the ball his way. If he’s running well, you feed him. You just don’t think of him as a go-to guy right now.

Carson Wentz delivers in clutch, but deep-ball success still eludes Eagles QB - Inquirer
It took only one pass for him to set up Jake Elliott’s 61-yard, game-winning field goal, but it was a clutch throw, and it came after Wentz directed two drives over the previous seven minutes that twice knotted the score. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 68 yards over that span and checked the Eagles into several run plays that netted chunks on the ground. Wentz managed the game, which isn’t typically how the Eagles’ offense is going to win games, but on a day when the run game was effective, it sufficed. He did miss first-half opportunities, however, that would have put a Giants comeback further out of reach. And the two most egregious occurred late in the second quarter.

Eagle Eye: How The Eagles Brought The Run Game To Life -
There was a big change up front against New York, with second-year lineman Isaac Seumalo (who I’m still very high on) going to the bench and veteran Chance Warmack getting the start. Warmack played the first two series, then worked in a rotation with Stefen Wisniewski. The former Penn State star ended up with the lion’s share of the snaps (44 to Warmack’s 32). Honestly, the entire line had its moments in this game against a really talented New York defense. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson held up their end of the bargain on the outside, but I was really impressed by the three interior players. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson form an impressive duo for the Giants, and the Eagles were up to the task. Center Jason Kelce was outstanding in this game. Right guard Brandon Brooks was once again strong. His play has gone unheralded but I could argue he has been the Eagles' most consistent lineman thus far. Wisniewski and Warmack both chipped in as well.

Talented, young cornerbacks no 'Band-Aids' for Eagles - CSN Philly
It's hard not to wonder: With Jalen Mills on the brink of establishing himself as a true No. 1 cornerback and rookie Rasul Douglas shining in his first two NFL starts, what happens when Ronald Darby gets back? And what happens when Sidney Jones gets back? Answer? Who cares! All I know is that after a decade of watching recycled, over-priced, disinterested veterans like Ellis Hobbs, Nnamdi Asomugha, Byron Maxwell, Bradley Fletcher, Nolan Carroll, Cary Williams and Leodis McKelvin, it sure is encouraging to see the Eagles stockpile promising, young largely home-grown cornerbacks.

Jerry Jones' 'protest' said little about inequality - SB Nation
The Cowboys owner found a way to support his players ... but what of the original protest?


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[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 09:11:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

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The Process is almost complete. The Sixers held their Media Day on Monday, and it was just as wonderfully weird as you would expect. To start off the day, Bryan Colangelo called an unexpected press conference. Some braced for the worst, but it turned out to be delivering somewhat positive news on the Joel Embiid…

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 10:30:02 EDT from rss

Subject: What we learned: Flyers vs. Rangers

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Some observations for your morning

Some things observed in last night’s meeting against the Rangers...

1. Giroux on the wing

We might as well start with the biggest piece of news. After much speculation. After questions of its possibility. After seeing it tested in practice, last night’s game saw Claude Giroux moved to the left wing on a line with Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek. It was a perhaps startling and certainly polarizing shift, and the results are in. The change was: not too bad.

There were certainly some growing pains, with Giroux showing a bit of an inclination to shift back into natural patterns, as well as some too-many-pass plays with Voracek. But the line was also able to to bring pressure to Lundqvist and generate some legitimate scoring chances. Is this likely to be a consistently deployed line? Probably not. Am I completely sold on having Couturier centering the team’s first line? No, or not yet. But it was, at the very least, encouraging to see a bit of flexibility from this veteran group, in the face of all of the young center depth.

2. Special teams smoothing

Moving into the final week of training camp, much of the team’s emphasis has fallen on smoothing out the special teams units. We’ve seen reports of the work from practice, but it has yet to completely translate to the gameplay.

Last night, the Flyers penalty kill was able to nearly completely neutralize the Rangers’ power play units— who finished last season eleventh in the league— holding them to just one conversion on six attempts. And much the same was the story for the Flyers’ power play, who was unable to convert on any of its attempts. They were able to create a few solid scoring chances, and generate some nice puck movement, but this still couldn’t be translated into points on the board. They’re heading in the right direction, but the results aren’t there just yet.

3. Even strength goals!

Oh man, I almost forgot what this felt like. Scoring goals at even strength is nice. With the power play faltering, in a strange turn of events, the Flyers have had to rely on

even strength goals to sustain their efforts. The Flyers picked up two of them last night. If nothing else, it’s refreshing to be reminded that, after last season’s drought, the Flyers can again score at five on five (or four on four, but even strength, all the same). I’m hesitant to call the drought entirely broken— I’ll reserve that judgement for the start of the regular season— but here again, the team is moving in the right direction. And I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t exciting.

In related news...

4. Travis Sanheim!

If the last game or so saw Sanheim getting settled into NHL play, last night saw him absolutely flourishing. He scored not one but two goals, making him the Flyers’ leader in preseason goals scored. His shot strength has taken an uptick. We saw him not just generally creating scoring chances, but also initiating real heads up plays, thinking outside of the box. On his second goal of the night, with time expiring in the second period and no one expecting much of anything to happen, Sanheim dropped low in the zone to create a play, beating Lundqvist for a real beauty of a goal. I don’t know that I can stress enough how improved Sanheim has looked over the past two games, how NHL ready he looks. I don’t know what it will take to get him on the opening night roster, but here’s hoping it happens.

5. ...Michal Neuvirth…?

Neuvirth has put together two really solid games, on the whole, and I don’t know quite what to do with that. He controlled the bulk of the shots he faced throughout regulation. The two shots allowed were largely the fault of screens and unfortunate deflections. On the whole, he has looked strong, and this certainly creates some questions about positioning in the goalie tandem. How heavily will recency bias and these performances affect his placement? How will Elliott respond? Can he put up an even more impressive show and claim the 1A position for himself?

But, of course, Neuvirth has not been perfect. The rebound control has looked shaky at times, as evidenced specifically in the immediate lead up to the Rangers’ overtime goal. So, if nothing else, let that be something to look for Elliott to be demonstrating specific control over, in trying to gain the leg up.

6. Travis Konecny was all over the place.

But, like, in a good way. Outside of a goal posted during the split squad game in New York against the Islanders, Konecny has had a relatively quiet preseason. He’s performed solidly, hasn’t made any huge mistakes, but he also hasn’t been hugely flashy. But that changed last night.

Konecny put on an impressive show in Manhattan. He drove play, put shots on net, and oh man did he move. One of the most striking elements of his game is his speed, and he flashed it in abundance against the Rangers. And not only was he quick moving through the zone, but still showed a fair amount of creativity, which was perhaps the most comforting to see. Konecny looked confident, and he looked like he’s come closer to finding the balance flexing creativity and avoiding the risky situations that get him placed in Hakstol’s doghouse. After a long offseason, Konecny’s showing a greater maturity to his game, and I for one am here for it.

7. Offensive uptick

Coming into this game, one area that Hakstol noted as needing improvement was the creation of offensive pressure and scoring opportunities. And he got what he was looking for. The Flyers were able to keep pressure up, peppering Lundqvist with shots, and keeping the Rangers hemmed into their own zone. However, unfortunately, this pressure did not result in as many points as it perhaps should have, but it’s the type of effort that the coaches and the viewers want to see the team putting up. Eventually, it has to result in some goals. (Right?)

Certainly some of the increase in offensive momentum can be attributed to the fact that there were far fewer power plays for both sides, things weren’t being interrupted by a barrage of penalty calls to stall any movement. And whether this was a result of teams adjusting to the new enforcements, or officials loosening up, the games definitely felt more like their old forms, finally allowing for a real degree of give and go, of continuity.

8.Patrick’s progress

Another thing that management and the coaching staff has said they’re looking for is more tangible offensive production from Nolan Patrick. Last night wasn’t exactly a massive game for him, he didn’t set the world on fire, but he made another step forward. He’s continued to show the same strength and precision that has marked his performances to date, but we’re also seeing him moving towards generating more scoring chances. Beyond putting a few shots on or near the net, his assists are creating opportunities to create goals. Last night in particular, his feed to Sanheim for his first goal of the evening was a thing of beauty. And while it wasn’t the flashy performance that many have been waiting to see him him, Patrick was— as he has been— completely solid.

9. Should we make too much out of last night’s scratches?

With the lineup announced yesterday morning, Twitter was, at least in part, aflame over the players scratched for last night’s game. Lindblom not playing, despite impressive performances to date? Vecchione and Leier out? How are they supposed to make their cases if they’re not playing? McDonald scratched? Is the organization’s confidence in him waning? What does this all mean?

Honestly, probably not that much. With back to back games, assume that these players were getting a bit of rest, and expect to see most, if not all of them in the lineup tonight. The open roster spots, at this time, are still very much up for grabs and those players still in the balance, even if scratched, have not yet been cut altogether, will still have the opportunity to continue to play for their roster spots. There’s not too much to read into, yet.

So let’s not panic— or celebrate— just yet.

10. The only damn thing I know

These blackouts are the worst, right? The league wants us to watch the games, wants more people to watch its games, but that’s certainly hard to do when we’re… what? Staring at a black screen? Digging around the internet to try and find a mediocre stream? Listening to the game on the radio? I mean, really, what is this, 1950? I won’t stand for it! Won’t stand for it, you hear?

Well, lucky for me, I don’t have to, and neither do you. The Flyers are back in Philly tonight, and in Philly they will stay until the start of the regular season. The games are back on TV. All is well.

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 09:36:20 EDT from rss

Subject: Happy Now? Jordan Weal Is Part of the Core

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Practice was over. All of the veterans had already left the locker room, headed for a quick shower and a bus ride to New York for a preseason game against the Rangers. But a few stragglers remained behind. Four players to be exact. Combined they have just 189 career games played in the NHL. Three…

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 10:46:28 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Draft Prospect of the Week: Bradley Chubb

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In a weekend loaded with impressive performances, it was certainly difficult to pick who stood out the most. Given the nature of the performance and opponent; NC State defender, Bradley Chubb came out of the weekend with one of the more important individual efforts of the season.

The senior edge defender has had a long and productive career at NC State but had arguably the best game of his career against a ranked FSU squad on Saturday. Sure, FSU was starting a freshman quarterback but that does not make a two sack, four hit and two hurry performance any less impressive (Pro Football Focus). Chubb was relentless: Using his size, strength and undying motor to power through the Seminole offensive line to keep the quarterback skittish.

Chubb's effort played a massive effort in helping NC State beat FSU for the first time in five years and he will continue to help NC State win in what looks to be a very promising season. The 6'4", 275 pound defender had 10 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss last year. At this point in the season; he has 3.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss and is on pace to break his highs from a year ago. While Chubb is not a great athlete, he is an incredibly physical player with consistent technique and a high motor who keeps coming in every corner. In a class that has yet to establish a lot of top tier pass rushing talent, Bradley Chubb may come out among the best prospects in the draft.

Other Performances of Note:

  • Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State: It is going to be hard to find a web this year where Barkley does not deserve to be in one of these articles. The star running back, and likely Heisman frontrunner, took over Penn State's game against Iowa. He rushed for over 200 yards and a touchdown and was a major factor in the passing game, going for 94 yards on 12 catches. That's right, Barkley posted over 300 yards of total offense in a close game to beat Iowa and he probably has a few more jaw dropping performances in store this year.
  • Deatrick Nichols, Cornerback, USF: USF is on a winning streak, in part because of their explosive offense but also due to their opportunistic defense. The Bulls dismantled Temple last week and it would not have been possible without their 5'10", 190 pound defensive leader, Deatrick Nichols. Nichols not only had two interceptions but he also forced a fumble. Forcing three turnovers in a night is a damn strong effort and Nichols will continue to make plays and make a name for himself while USF keeps winning.
  • Isaiah Oliver, Cornerback, Colorado: Isaiah Oliver's matchup with Dante Pettis was highlighted as a contest to watch and Oliver did not disappoint. Even though Washington ran by Colorado, Oliver still only allowed one catch to Pettis in his coverage. While Colorado did not get the win, this is a performance Oliver should be proud.
  • Mark Walton, Running Back, Miami: Anytime a player runs for over 200 yards is impressive. However, Mark Walton doing it on only 11 carries is crazy! Walton averaged over 18 yards a carry and scored a touchdown in Miami's winning effort over Toledo. Walton is one of the more underrated names in a crowded running back year, but more performances like that and people will take notice.
  • Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M: In what would be one of the more exciting games of the weekend; Christian Kirk had a day to remember against Arkansas. Not only did he eclipse 100 yards receiving and score two touchdowns, including the go ahead score in overtime, but he also added in a 100 yard kick return touchdown. Kirk is no doubt electric with the ball in his hands and it will be exciting to see him build on what has already been an exciting year for him.

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 09:45:11 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Power Rankings 2017: Week 4 Edition

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Ranking all 32 NFL Teams.

Week 3 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.


1 - Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 1) - The Chiefs are one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. Andy Reid’s team has the strongest resume through three weeks of the season.

2 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2) - The Falcons are the other remaining undefeated team. Atlanta was inches away from losing in Week 3, however.

3 - New England Patriots (LW: 4) - So it looks like the Patriots are looking a little more shaky than people thought they’d be heading into this season. It took a last minute touchdown to beat the Texans at home.

4 - Detroit Lions (LW: 7) - I’m moving the Lions up despite their loss because they were literally inches away from beating the Falcons and being one of the only two undefeated teams in the league.

5 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 8) - It took Green Bay more effort than it should have to beat the Bengals in overtime at Lambeau, but Aaron Rodgers ultimately got it done for the Pack.

6 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 3) - When the Steelers play at home, they’re pretty good. They’ve been much less fearsome on the road.

7 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 23) - The Jags in the top seven?! How could I not put them here after blowing out the Ravens? Baltimore had one of the better defenses in the league and the Jags dropped 44 on them! While playing at a neutral field. Crazy.

8 - Denver Broncos (LW: 6) - Trevor Siemian has his moments but Denver’s loss to the Bills shows why he’s not an ideal long-term answer. Zero touchdowns, two picks, and a 58.2 passer rating.

9 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 13) - The Cowboys got back on track after mightily struggling in Denver last week.

10 - Tennesee Titans (LW: 14) - The Titans are sure looking like a team on the rise. Good win over the Seahawks at home.

11 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 12) - It sure wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles were able to beat the Giants thanks to a 61-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. Philadelphia was on the bad end of a lot of close games in 2016. Maybe their luck is starting to turn around.

12 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 9) - See below.

13 - Washington Redskins (LW: 19) - Washington has won two in a row. They’ve looked a lot better than they did in Week 1.

14 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 5) - Oakland’s offense has some nice weapons. But man, that defense has some issues. The Raiders totally came out flat on Sunday night.

15 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 18) - Who needs Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater when you have Case Keenum? (What a depressing question.) Pretty surprising win for the Vikes.

16 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 20) - Sean McVay’s offense has been pretty effective through the first three weeks of the season. The Rams are averaging 35.7 points per game!

17 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 26) - Ten point win over the Broncos is a pretty legit victory.

18 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 10) - What happened to Baltimore’s defense? The Ravens were absolutely demolished in London.

19 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 11) - Yikes. The Bucs got absolutely carved up by Case Keenum.

20 - Houston Texans (LW: 21) - Bill O’Brien’s team was two touchdown underdogs to the Patriots. Houston almost stole a win on the road before falling short in the final minutes.

21 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 16) - The reality is that the Cardinals are an overtime win against the Colts away from being 0-3.

22 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 24) - Looks like the Saints might not be the worst team in the NFC South after all. That offense can still get going.

23 - Chicago Bears (LW: 30) - Chicago isn’t great. But they did only lose by one possession to the Falcons at home in Week 1. And now they’ve defeated the Steelers. So it’s not all terrible.

24 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 15) - Carolina’s offense is in trouble. Cam Newton wasn’t playing well to begin with and now both Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin have suffered injuries in recent weeks.

25 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 17) - Oof. Losing to the Jets is a bad look.

26 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 22) - It’s another Chargers year for the Chargers. Injuries are taking their toll as the team possesses a better point differential than their record would indicate. Maybe they’re cursed.

27 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 29) - Indy has looked a little more respectable since benching Scott Tolzien. Who would’ve thought? The good news for the Colts is that Andrew Luck might begin practicing this week.

28 - New York Giants (LW: 25) - The G-Men played their best game of the 2017 season but it wasn’t enough to get a win. New York’s inability to both run the ball and stop the run will continue to be an issue for them.

29 - New York Jets (LW: 32) - So much for a winless season! The Jets are on the board. Now they better stop winning before they lose their shot to get the No. 1 pick.

30 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 27) - The 49ers have only lost by a combined five points in their last two games. So there’s that. But they’re still 0-3.

31 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 31) - Cincinnati’s change at offensive coordinator sparked the offense. The Bengals almost upset Green Bay on the road. Keyword: “almost.”

32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 28) - To no surprise, the 0-3 Browns are at the bottom of the league again.

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 11:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers fans can now support BSH Radio through Patreon!

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And boy do we ever appreciate your support!

We have some really big news: you can now support BSH Radio, the official podcast of Broad Street Hockey, on Patreon!

Here’s more from the BSH Radio gang:

Why do this?

The Flyers are a team, they play a sport called hockey. We're going to talk about the hockey team known as The Flyers. For a city as sports-obsessed as Philadelphia, there is a serious lack of quality hockey coverage - and BSH Radio is working to change that. Each week we bring Philadelphia Flyers fans the best analysis, coverage, and opinions about the hockey team the Flyers, and with your support we can do even more. We want to show this city that hockey isn't a niche sport and Flyers fans are just as deserving of great sports radio as Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers fans. We've got a lot of ideas to make hockey season as fun as possible for Flyers fans, and with some help from our fellow die-hards we can bring them all to reality. This is just a start; with your contribution we can continue to expand what we do to bring you unmatched Flyers content.

We appreciate all of the support you have given us throughout the years and we look forward to giving you even more to look forward to!

What this means is that you can help support BSH Radio in exchange for cool rewards! You’ll find a full breakdown of what we’re offering over on our Patreon page, but here’s a quick overview:

$1 Tier - You like us, you really like us!: This level is just the tip. Tell us you love us by leaving us one.

$5 Tier - BSH Radio Premium: More of the BSH Radio content you love! We’ll be bringing you immediate reactions to big Flyers news like trades or injuries, a brand new all-NHL show, & Yelling About Sports with Steph & Bill is moving platforms and can only be found here...lots of extra of content for you to enjoy all month long.

$10 Tier - BSH After Dark: Join this level of support and in addition to everything above you’ll also get access to a monthly two drink minimum show in which we will lose our filters about the Flyers, the league and...probably everything else. You will also get a monthly all hands Q&A where you get to lead the conversation.

$20 Tier - Added to all the rest will be a monthly away game watch party where we will all get together to yell at the television while drinking bevs and enjoying each other’s company.

If any of this interests you, CLICK HERE to become a Patron and support BSH Radio!

If you’re unable to support BSH Radio financially, no worries! There are tons of ways to show the gang how much you enjoy what they’re bringing to you, the best Flyers fans.

In addition to our normally scheduled weekly podcast, we will be adding pregame and postgame coverage for everyone to enjoy!

Click here to subscribe to BSH Radio on iTunes. Also, if you’ve not yet reviewed us on iTunes we’d love for you to take a second to give us a good and honest rating. Not only do we love to hear your feedback, but this also helps other Flyers fans find the show. Make your five-star review extra good and you may hear us reading it on the show.

Follow us on twitter at @BSH_Radio!

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Just tell your friends! Word of mouth is so important, so if you think BSH Radio is the best Flyers podcast around, let everyone know about it.

The past year has been a lot of fun for Broad Street Hockey, BSH Radio, and the awesome fans that make up our listeners. We are so grateful for the support we get from Flyers fans and we can’t wait to bring you even more fun and excitement this season. Every week we are so excited to jump on the microphones to talk about hockey and the fact that so many of you have been joining us each week fills us with a lot of pride and joy. The success of the draft party we held was just the beginning of what we want to do for hockey fans in this city. It’s going to be a fun year, Flyers fans. We are pumped to have you along for the ride.

Become a Patron!


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[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 10:58:33 EDT from rss

Subject: An Eagles Fan Claims Brandon Marshall Spit on Him

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“That is one magic loogie!” What is it with New York athletes and spitting allegations? First it was Keith Hernandez, who was accused of hurling a wad at Cosmo Kramer after committing an error that lead to a five-run ninth inning for the Phillies. This week, it was Giants receiver Brandon Marshall who allegedly spat…

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 12:18:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Jake Elliott nominated for two NFL awards that you can vote on

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Lend your support to the Eagles rookie!

Philadelphia Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott has been nominated for two different awards this week due to his 61-yard game-winning field goal against the New York Giants. You can vote for Elliott to win.

One of the honors Elliott can receive is the “Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week” award. Other nominees include: Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

The other honor Elliott can win is the “Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of Week 3” award. Other nominees include: Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard.

I think Elliott has a better chance at the Clutch award than the rookie one. What was more clutch than a friggin 61-yard field goal by a rookie to beat a division rival? Go vote for Elliott by clicking on the links above.

It’s also possible Elliott wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, which isn’t publicly voted on, this week. We’ll see an announcement on that tomorrow (9/27).

Elliott’s MVP bid won’t be revealed until after the season is over.

[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 11:23:54 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Giants snap count analysis: Changing of the guard

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Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles' 27-24 victory over the New York Giants.


Chance Warmack got the start with Isaac Seumalo benched, but the Eagles didn’t completely stick with the former first round pick. They rotated Warmack with Stefen Wisniewski. The latter was much more effective while the former struggled. The Eagles should really stick with Wis for now. It remains to be seen if that’ll be the case. Doug Pederson was non-committal on Monday:

Yeah, I think there were some positives with both players. Chance had a couple of opportunities, missed opportunities early in the game, but bounced back and in the run game was effective. And at the same time Wis getting an opportunity -- listen, Wis is that veteran player you can just -- you know when you put him in that he's going to execute and do some nice things for you. It's something we'll evaluate this week again going forward at that position, and by Sunday, we'll have the best five out there.

Wendell Smallwood received the most playing time out of any Eagles running back. The Darren Sproles injury opened up an opportunity for more snaps. After only playing 6% of the snaps in Week 2, LeGarrette Blount played 29% this week. Corey Clement was in for 9% of the snaps.

Here’s a look at how all of the running backs performed.

Smallwood — 12 carries, 71 yards, 5.9 average, 0 TD, long of 20

Blount — 12 carries, 67 yards, 5.6 average, 1 TD, long of 20

Clement — 6 carries, 22 yards, 3.7 average, 1 TD, long of 15

Sproles — 3 carries, 11 yards, 3.5 average, long of 11

Smallwood made a case for being more involved. He’ll likely get that opportunity with Sproles out. Blount also made the case for receiving more than zero carries, which is what happened in the Eagles-Chiefs game.

The running back rotation is something we’ll continue to monitor throughout the season.


Chris Maragos, who usually doesn’t play any defensive snaps, was forced to play 100% of the snaps due to the myriad of safety injuries the Eagles are dealing with.

Rasul Douglas played 100% of the snaps in Week 3 after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. Injuries have forced him into the picture, but the Eagles aren’t taking it slow with him. Douglas has played well.

Beau Allen’s playing time increased due to the Fletcher Cox injury.

Mychal Kendricks’ snaps went up from 38% last week to 70% this week. The Jordan Hicks was a factor there. Najee Goode and Joe Walker also got in on some defensive snaps with Hicks out.


Trae Elston, the safety the Eagles claimed last week, played several special teams snaps.


The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, Ronald Darby, Destiny Vaeao, Shelton Gibson, Steven Means.

The following player(s) were active but did not play: Nick Foles.

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