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[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 10:38:51 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Week 4 Games Schedule: Start time, online streaming, TV channel, how to watch, announcers, and more

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Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 4 games.

Sunday is here which means it’s time for Week 4 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. There are a total of 13 games on today featuring 26 different teams. The first game starts at 9:30 AM ET because the Miami Dolphins (1-1) and New Orleans Saints (1-2) are playing overseas in London.

The Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) don’t play until 4:05 PM ET versus the Los Angeles Chargers (0-3). In the meantime, Philly fans can keep an eye on one of their NFC East rivals. The Dallas Cowboys (2-1) host the Los Angeles Rams (2-1) starting at 1:00 PM ET. The New York Giants (0-3) also play when the Eagles are on. They’re facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1). The Washington Redskins (2-1) don’t play until Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs (3-0).

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the games. Click here to see which game is broadcasted in your region.

Here's who the BGN writers are predicting to win. Here's advice when picking against the spread.

Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 4 games.

Online Streaming

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Sunday, Oct. 4

New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins (LONDON)

Start time: 9:30 AM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Chargers

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Sam Rosen, David Diehl

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
TV channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday, Oct. 2

Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
TV channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

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Note: This is an open thread. Discuss all of the NFL Week 4 games here in the comment section.





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 12:19:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Three Eagles numbers that matter for the Chargers game

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Previewing this week’s matchup.

Here’s a look at three numbers that matter as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4.

146.7 - Rushing yards per game allowed by the Chargers, which ranks second most in the NFL.

The Chargers have not been very good at stopping the run.

In Week 1, C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles combined for 121 yards on 30 attempts. In Week 2, Jay Ajayi went off for 122 yards on 28 attempts. In Week 3, Kareem Hunt gained 172 yards and one touchdown on just 17 attempts.

This is all very good news for an Eagles running game that struggled during the first two weeks of the season. The Birds recently lost their best overall running back, Darren Sproles, for the season, so facing a weak run defense could come in handy.

The Eagles pounded the rock against the Giants in Week 3 to gain 193 total rushing yards (and two touchdowns) on 39 carries. I wouldn’t expect the Eagles to run the ball that much against the Chargers, but this shouldn’t be like the Chiefs game when LeGarrette Blount didn’t even get a carry.

Blount and Wendel Smallwood will have an opportunity to step up in Sproles’ absence. Smallwood is more of a direct Sproles replacement while Blount could see some extra carries with the veteran scatback out. Both players ran well against New York so the Eagles should look to get them involved early and see how effective they turn out to be. Corey Clement could also see some more playing time.

The reality is that the Eagles aren’t suddenly going to be a run-heavy team on a weekly basis. That’s not their identity. But sometimes it’s nice to be able to take the pressure off of Carson Wentz’s arm. If Wentz is throwing well, the Eagles don’t need to force the run. If he isn’t, the option should be there for them.

23.5 - Combined sacks by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram in their last 15 games.

I used 15 games because that’s how many games Bosa has played so far in his NFL career.

23.5 sacks in 15 games is ... checks calculator ... a lot. #Analysis. And that’s just for two players.

The Eagles are going to need really big games from offensive tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson this week. It’s unrealistic to expect both of them to keep Bosa and Ingram quiet all game long, but they can’t let Wentz get killed out there.

It’s encouraging that Peters and Johnson played well against the Giants in Week 3. Peters has quietly been good all season. He hasn’t allowed a single sack and he’s only allowed four pressures in 113 pass block snaps, per Pro Football Focus. That rate ranks eighth out of 56 tackles this season. Johnson, meanwhile, has been even better in pass protection. He ranks sixth out of 56 with only four pressures allowed in 137 pass block snaps.

It goes without saying the Eagles need Peters and Johnson to continue to bring their A-game today.

Another consideration here, which relates back to the first number in this post, is that the pass rush can be neutralized if the run game is effective. Don’t give them extra opportunities to sack Wentz.

50.4% - The Eagles’ chances of making the playoffs, per Football Outsiders.

The Eagles actually rank third in the division when it comes to playoff chances despite being first in the standings.

Football Outsiders has Washington first at 52.1% and the Dallas Cowboys second at 53.0%. So it’s not too big of a difference at the top. It’s a much bigger drop down to the New York Giants, who rank last, at 4.4%. (Lol Giants.)

Losing to the Chargers wouldn’t be the end of the world since L.A. is an AFC opponent. The Eagles would still be 2-0 in the division/conference, which is important.

But 3-1 sure looks a lot better than 2-2. And beating the Chargers should be far from impossible. The Bolts have lost eight in a row. They’re 10-29 in their last 39 games. They’re not a good football team and haven’t been for some time now. Get the job done, Birds.

As for the other NFC East teams, the Cowboys play the Los Angeles Rams in Dallas. This is a big game because it’s the highest leverage matchup in the NFL this week. According to ESPN, the Cowboys’ playoff odds drop by 20% with a loss. Root hard for the Rams, who are coming off extra rest, in this game today. The Dallas defense will notably be without top defender Sean Lee.

Washington doesn’t play until Monday night against the Chiefs. A loss in Kansas City would drop their playoff chances by 17%. Let’s hope Andy Reid takes care of business at Arrowhead.

The lowly Giants are staring 0-4 right in the face with a road game against the Buccaneers. New York is virtually already done, but losing would crush their hopes even more. With a loss, the Giants will be 0-4 in the conference along with 0-2 in the division.





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 13:04:57 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chargers 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 Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 4:05 PM ET on Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Chargers game via online streaming.]





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 13:30:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Islanders: Preview, lineup, TV, streaming info, discussion

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Farewell, sweet preseason.

It’s the final countdown! The final cut-down? It’s the final cut … ?

It’s the last game of preseason and the Flyers still have two cuts to make. They will square off against the New York Islanders for the fourth and final time this preseason, and hope to even things up, picking up their second win against them.

The Flyers are coming off two consecutive preseason wins, as the roster begins to fill in with veterans and future mainstays. We’ve seen them cleaning up their lines and pushing for a serious uptick in offensive production. With the regular season looming, we hope that they can hold onto this level of production and energy, moving forward.

The Flyers are set to make their last cuts sometime after tonight’s game, but, looking at the lineup, it seems like the decisions have already been more or less made. Here are a few things to look for, going into tonight.

1. Taylor Leier’s continuity

Something of a sleeper coming into training camp, it now seems like Leier has earned himself a spot on the roster. After an impressive preseason performance — in which he’s shown speed and instincts, scoring generation, and been rewarded with time on the special teams units — he finds himself off the scratch line and back on the fourth with Laughton and Raffl. Tonight will be a test both of chemistry with these two, who may remain his linemates, but also of sustainability, if he can keep up with the energy and dynamism he has brought to this point.

2. Power play units

The power play units have not been great, on the whole. Despite putting up pressure and generating shots, they've struggled to convert those into goals. But Thursday's game against the Bruins saw the second unit change that, putting up two goals on the night. But even with the second shining, the first unit still couldn't match that production.

Per Sam Carchidi, in yesterday's practice the Flyers changed up their structuring and moved Nolan Patrick up to PP1. Be looking for this come up in the game, to see if this allows for the jump start that PP1 needed, and how it may affect a PP2 group that was just starting to get settled.

3. Veteran defensemen

Given all of the attention and excitement given to the young prospects, attention has been largely turned away from the veterans. And with Morin and Sanheim scratched, it leaves us with mostly veterans to look at, with Manning on the third pairing with Gudas, and MacDonald back in his 2016-17 regular season position, on the first pairing with Provorov. These vets, namely Manning and MacDonald, have left much to be desired in their performances to date, and tonight offers the opportunity to show that they deserve the roles and ice time that they have been given. So hopefully they can do that.

The game will be broadcast on CSN Philly, and 97.5 The Fanatic.

You can check out the lineup — with lines and pairings from yesterday’s practice — below:

Forwards

Giroux-Couturier-Voracek

Weal-Patrick-Simmonds

Weise-FIlppula-Konecny

Leier-Laughton-Raffl

Defensemen

Provorov-MacDonald

Gostisbehere-Hagg

Manning-Gudas

Goaltenders (alphabetical)

Elliott

Neuvirth





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 15:42:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chargers Inactives: Isaac Seumalo is a healthy scratch

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Look at who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced the inactives list for their Week 4 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

There’s a significant surprise among the Eagles’ inactives: Isaac Seumalo. What the hell is going on here? The 2016 third-round pick went from being the unquestioned starter at left guard to being a healthy scratch by Week 4. That doesn’t seem ... good.

It just doesn’t make much sense. Seumalo, who can play center, at least offers versatility that Chance Warmack doesn’t. He shouldn’t be inactive.

With Seumalo inactive, it sounds like Stefen Wisniewski will start at left guard. If so, that’s the right move by the Eagles. Last week Warmack got the start and rotated with Wis but it was clear the latter outplayed the former. It sounds like the rotation might not be totally done, which is ridiculous if true.

Cox is among the five players who were ruled out on Friday. Beau Allen will start in his place. Backing up Allen and Tim Jernigan will be rookie sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls and the recently promoted Justin Hamilton.

Defensive end Steven Means is active for the first time all year. The Eagles are going a little heavy on the d-line with both Cox and Destiny Vaeao out.

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

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

DT Fletcher Cox - Injury.

CB Ronald Darby - Injury.

S Corey Graham - Injury.

S Jaylen Watkins - Injury.

DT Destiny Vaeao - Injury.

WR Shelton Gibson - Sixth wide receiver.

OG Isaac Seumalo - Depth guard/center.

Los Angeles Chargers Inactive List





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 14:35:42 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chargers Week 4 Live Thread

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The Eagles are back on the road as they make their first trip out to Los Angeles this season to take on the winless Chargers. Injury wise, Ronald Darby, Fletcher Cox, Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, and Destiny Vaeao are all out, while Jordan Hicks and Rodney McLeod are questionable. The Eagles promoted defensive tackle Justin…

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[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 16:00:02 EDT from rss

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

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The Philadelphia Eagles continue their 2017 regular season schedule with a game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their fourth of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Today’s game begins at 4:05 PM Eastern.

The Eagles can advance to 3-1 by beating the winless Chargers. Loser of their last eight, Los Angeles is definitely beatable. But the Eagles can’t take them too lightly. It’s time to take care of business.

LET’S DO IT!

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 Oct 01 2017 16:34:13 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles fans take over Chargers stadium:

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Eagles fans are the best fans.

We all expected it to happen. And it did.

Eagles fans have totally invaded the StubHub Center in Carson, California for Philadelphia’s Week 4 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Check out the tweets below coming live from the scene out west.

The Chargers are bad and don’t even have home field advantage in this one. Time for the Birds to go get a win!





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 15:48:08 EDT from rss

Subject: The Chargers Have to Cover Seats Because it

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The Los Angeles Chargers is still weird to say, but we’ll get used to it. And they’ve been an embarrassment since they moved south. There’s even been rumors about the team moving back to San Diego. Their temporary home is a soccer stadium, the StubHub Center, which seats about 27,000 people. It failed to sell…

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[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 17:40:44 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chargers 2017: Second quarter score updates

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After the first quarter, the Eagles lead 10 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 second quarter!





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 18:37:47 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chargers score updates for the third quarter

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After the second quarter, the Eagles lead 16 to 10.

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 Oct 01 2017 19:24:51 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Chargers score updates for the fourth quarter

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After the third quarter, the Eagles lead 19 to 10.

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 Oct 01 2017 20:17:00 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chargers Final Score: Philadelphia defeats Los Angeles, 26-24

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Eagles win!

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at StubHub Center by a final score of 26 to 24. The Eagles advance to 3-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a home game against the Arizona Cardinals. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

BGN Radio LIVE - #Eagles vs #Chargers Postgame Show #FlyEagleFly

Publié par Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans sur dimanche 1 octobre 2017

FIRST QUARTER

Chargers win the toss and elect to receive. Los Angeles on offense first.

Tim Jernigan got into Philip Rivers’ face on the first play to force an incompletion. Nice. Then the Eagles allowed a 31-yard completion to Travis Benjamin. Not nice. Then Rivers got chased down from behind by Chris Long, who knocked the ball out. Recovered by Derek Barnett. Very nice! Huge cheers from the many Eagles fans in attendance.

Stefen Wisniewski got the start at left guard. Wendell Smallwood started at running back and picked up a nice gain on his first carry. The Eagles didn’t stick with him, though. They also mixed LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement in. Carson Wentz hit Nelson Agholor with a GORGEOUS deep pass to put the Eagles in the red zone. Wentz, who has struggled with his accuracy on those this year, dropped it right in the bucket for Agholor to catch. Great ball on the 36-yard completion.

Wentz connected with Alshon Jeffery on a short pass over the middle for an Eagles touchdown. Great start! Eagles lead, 7-0.

Before the Chargers started their second drive, the Cowboys LOST to the Rams. Beautiful. Dallas drops to 2-2. This was a really costly loss for them.

Los Angeles takes back over. Three and out. Eagles getting good pressure early. With Darren Sproles out, Kenjon Barner was back to receive the punt.

The Eagles’ offensive line did a great job of opening big holes for the run game on the team’s second drive. Wentz avoided a sack and threw across his body to an open Blount on the other side of the field for a first down. Impressive. Then Wentz took his eyes off the snap and the ball hit him in the face for a fumble. Luckily he recovered. The Eagles faced 3rd-and-13 and ... ran the ball with Clement ... for a short gain. OK, then. Jake Elliott nails the 45-yard field goal. Eagles lead, 10-0.

SECOND QUARTER

Eagles defense surrendered a decent gain to Keenan Allen with Barnett in coverage. Defensive end on a wide receiver ... not exactly an ideal matchup there. No matter, Chargers end up having to punt.

Chance Warmack takes over at left guard on the Eagles’ third drive. The rotation is back. Why. Wentz targets Torrey Smith for a big gain but the wide receiver drops it. Brutal. It was a perfect pass. Smith’s already had too many of those this season (four). Time for some more Mack Hollins. Blount picked up some more hard-fought yards and Wentz makes some plays with his arm and legs to get the Eagles in the red zone. Just picking the Chargers’ defense apart. Wentz targets Smith in the end zone but the tightly covered receiver can’t come up with it. Eagles settle for a 40-yard field goal and Elliott nails it. Eagles lead, 13-0.

Chargers get the ball back and score immediately. Rivers to Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown. Rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas got burned. He’s done some nice things since getting on the field in Week 2 but that’s a big concern with him right there. He’s not the fastest corner. Looks like Rodney McLeod was out of position, as well, when it came to the safety help. Eagles lead, 13-7.

Passes to Smallwood and Zach Ertz help move the chains. But then the Eagles have to settle for a field goal. Elliott. 53 yards. Automatic. What a beast. Eagles lead, 16-7.

Beau Allen sacks Rivers after the Chargers quarterback tries to scramble. First solo sack of his career. Good god, Rivers is so slow. L.A. has to punt.

Wisniewski takes back over for Warmack. More hard running from Blount. A thing of beauty. Eagles get to midfield and face 4th-and-1. They go for it ... nope. Timeout and a punt. Boooo, c’mon Doug Pederson.

Sure enough, the Chargers get the ball and drive down the field into the red zone. Douglas gives up another big play. Los Angeles kicks a field goal to make it a one-possession game. Great thing the Eagles punted though, right? Eagles lead, 16-10.

Feels like the Birds should be up by a lot more.

THIRD QUARTER

Eagles get the ball to start the second half. Wisniewski still in at left guard. Philly runs the ball on 3rd-and-8 and it’s short. Second time the Eagles have run the ball on third-and-long. Didn’t convert on either try. Looks like it was Wentz who audibled to the run. Punt.

Rivers threw up a 50-50 ball to Allen that Mills had a chance to pick. Ended up being a pass breakup instead. Eagles defense forces the Chargers into third-and-long but then gives up the first down due to a missed tackle from Nigel Bradham. More like Nigel Badham. Malcolm Jenkins makes a key open field tackle to force the Chargers into 4th-and-7 around midfield. The Chargers try to go for it ... but they can’t get the play in. A furious Rivers spikes his mouthfield into the ground. Lol he mad. Los Angeles punts after taking the delay of game penalty.

Warmack back in the game at left guard. Sigh. Looks like the rotation involves two series then a swap. Wentz hits for a big gain down the field. Nice over-the-shoulder grab from Ertz on a dime from the quarterback. Wentz airs it out again but Marcus Johnson has to break up a potential interception by a Chargers defensive back in the end zone. The Eagles face 4th-and-1 and go for it. Wentz picks up the first on a QB sneak. Good job, Doug. Wentz faces 3rd-and-8 and drills a pass to Jeffery for a first down. Dude is so freaking clutch in those spots. Great pre-snap recognition.

Eagles end up having to kick a field goal. Elliott’s attempt from 47 yards is good. 4 for 4 on the day. Eagles go up two possessions. Eagles lead, 19-10.

Brandon Graham gets called for holding on a screen. Then Douglas gets flagged for being too grabby in coverage. Looked like a tacky penalty. Late flag, too. Eagles fans in the stadium booed loudly.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Chargers got away with a blatant hold on Long. Then Austin Ekeler (???) runs up the middle for a 35-yard touchdown. Great drive by the refs there. Eagles lead, 19-17.

An AWESOME 68-yard run by Blount puts the Eagles near the goal line. HOLY CRAP! Longest of his career. That’s some Marshawn Lynch Beast Mode stuff. Grown ass man.

The Eagles couldn’t get much going in goal territory. Then a penalty by the Chargers gave them a new set of downs. Fortunate. Eagles get to third down ... and Smallwood punches it in up the middle! Beautiful. Great block by Wis (keep him in there!). Back to a two possession game with 9:14 remaining. Eagles lead, 26-17.

Philly had the Chargers in 3rd-and-10 but gave up a huge completion to Allen. Killer. 1st-and-goal for Los Angeles. Vinny Curry gets called for a late hit. Rivers hits Hunter Henry for a touchdown with 6:44 remaining. Ugh. Eagles lead, 26-24.

Eagles play conservative in an effort to run some clock. Dink and dunk. Running the rock. A big 3rd-and-1 conversion from Clement. And then another! Huge. Blount breaks out a big run to get to 3rd-and-1 with 1:54 remaining. Chargers have no more timeouts. Blount picks up a 15-yard gain! BALL GAME. Eagles win, 26-24.

EAGLES ADVANCE TO 3-1!

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[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 19:26:24 EDT from rss

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LeGarrette Blount played a huge role in the Eagles’ 26-24 win over the LA Chargers. He recorded a career-long 68 yard run midway through the fourth quarter en route to a Wendell Smallwood touchdown. It came at a time when the Eagles needed something big on offense: Blount is unreal. pic.twitter.com/S7twZVFmpc — Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs)…

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[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 20:56:29 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Islanders recap: Flyers fall 5-2 in preseason finale

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“Dress rehearsal” goes off with a large hitch as final cuts loom.

The Flyers completed their 2017 preseason schedule with a 5-2 loss to the Islanders tonight.

Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored, but the Flyers couldn’t overcome a three-goal third-period lead as the Islanders carried play for the better part of the game. Thomas Greiss was excellent in net for New York, stopping 31 of 33 shots to get the win. Brian Elliott was not as good for the Flyers, allowing four goals on just 21 shots.

The Flyers came out with a strong first 20 minutes, but didn’t take a lead into the first intermission thanks to a soft Islanders goal and never seemed to recover.

First period

Michael Raffl would opened up the scoring, finishing a nice pass from Scott Laughton on a two-on-one to give the Flyers an early 1-0 lead just 2:21 in.

On their first extended power play of the evening the Flyers' second unit looked dangerous with Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov creating a couple nice chances. It certainly looked as though the confidence the Flyers gained on the man-advantage against Boston in Thursday carried over to this one.

After spending most of the period watching the Flyers carry play, Brian Elliott stood tall on a scoring chance from Jordan Eberle with 8:20 left in the first. Elliott did a nice job holding the ground in his crease as the Islanders crashed the net hard.

The Islanders would tie things up with Dennis Seidenberg beating Elliott at the 13:10 mark to even the score at 1-1. The puck seemed to knuckle toward Elliott, who got some of it, but not enough to keep it out of the net. Arguably the best mustachioed man in hockey, Cal Clutterbuck, and Stephen Gionta got the assists on the goal.

Overall the Flyers ended up wasting a solid effort as they controlled much of play in the bulk of the first period. They outshot the Islanders 13-7 and dominated in the faceoff dot, winning 12 of 18 draws to help drive possession. Elliott would like to have that soft goal back, as it wiped out a solid period from the group in front of him.

Second period

On an early power play with Travis Konecny in the box, the Islanders cashed in with an Anders Lee goal to give the visitors the 2-1 lead just 2:22 into the period. Lee pounced on a loose puck in front of Elliott after a point shot went wide and caromed in front of the Flyers net.

Less than a minute later the Islanders would take a 3-1 lead on an Anthony Beauvillier goal from the left circle at the 3:07 mark. Though Elliott didn’t have much of a chance on the second goal, this one was another that the veteran would like to have back.

New York really controlled the first half of the second frame, pinning the Flyers in their own zone after building momentum with Lee’s power play tally. After two quick goals Elliott was able to stop the bleeding with a nice glove save on Seidenberg at the top of his crease to keep the Flyers within two.

The Flyers nearly got one back with a productive power play in the second half of the period, but Thomas Greiss made saves on Jordan Weal and Claude Giroux to keep score at 3-1. Both power play units generated chances despite not burying one, with the top unit looking particularly good.

Just before the end of the second tempers flared up when Brandon Manning boarded Mathew Barzal in the corner, resulting in both teams coming together and drawing matching penalties as the Islanders retaliated for the hit.

On the ensuing four-on-four Jake Voracek would take a slashing penalty to give the Islanders a power play to start the third period but not before New York’s Ryan Pulock would ring one off the post just before the buzzer.

Third period

The Islanders would make that power play count to start the third with Beauvillier scoring his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 just 32 second in. It was a nice cross-ice pass from Mathew Barzal to setup Beauvillier, with Ryan Pulock getting the other assist on the goal.

Down three, the Flyers’ second power play unit generated a couple good chances to try and put a dent in the Islanders’ lead, but Thomas Greiss stood tall with a couple saves on Konecny and Weal to shut that down. Konecny and Weal in particular have made the second unit dangerous with their quickness on the puck.

But it was the first power play unit who would find the back of the net, though. Wayne Simmonds tipped home a Shayne Gostisbehere point shot to pull the Flyers within two at the 6:32 mark. Jake Voracek picked up the other assist.

The Flyers’ comeback bid would be halted a bit by a pair of penalties to Simmonds and Scott Laughton to put the Islanders up two men with less than eight minutes left in the game. Both calls were of the—you guessed it—slashing variety, an emphasis point from the league to the officials.

Those penalties killed off the momentum that Simmonds’ goal gave the Flyers though the fourth line of Raffl, Laughton, and Taylor Leier created a scoring chance with two minutes left that was turned aside by Greiss. The Islanders’ netminder was very good in this one, stopping 31 of 33 shots.

On the possible injury news front, Shayne Gostisbehere left the Flyers’ bench late in the third period and did not return.

Steve Bernier would add an empty net goal to extend the Islanders’ lead to 5-2 and put a bow on the end of the preseason for both clubs.

Next up: Flyers at Sharks, Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. on NBCSN and 97.5 The Fanatic





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 21:10:14 EDT from rss

Subject: Watch LeGarrette Blount channel his inner Marshawn Lynch and go Beast Mode all over the Chargers defense

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HIDE THE CHILDRENS

Marshawn Lynch is probably my favorite non-Philadelphia Eagles player in the NFL. I just love how that dude runs the ball. Nasty. Physical. Broken tackles. Stiff arms. Bowling over people with brute strength. It’s a beautiful sight to see.

During the Eagles’ win over the Los Angeles Chargers game on Sunday, I thought Lynch was playing for Philadelphia at one point. But it wasn’t him, obviously: it was LeGarrette Blount.

Seriously, I can’t stop watching this awesome 68-yard run. The longest of his career!

What. A. Beast.

This run set up an Eagles touchdown that allowed them to go up 26-17. The Chargers came right back and scored seven points of their own but a few runs from Blount on the Eagles’ final drive allowed Philly to kill the clock and bust of the victory formation for a win.

Blount had a truly excellent game for the Eagles on Sunday. Assisted by strong blocking from the offensive line, Blount went for 136 yards on a mere 16 carries. That’s a 8.5 average. According to ESPN, 105 of Blount’s yards were after contact. Crazy!

From zero carries in Week 2 to ... this. It’s nuts.

Enjoy Merrill Reese’s call of Blount’s run via this clip from Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone).





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 22:04:42 EDT from rss

Subject: 6 winners and 5 losers from the Eagles

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Win some, win some more

The Eagles beat the Chargers 26-24 to win their second game in a row and take sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The Eagles started hot and ended by taking a knee, but in between there were ups and downs.

WINNERS

Eagles fans

When is the last time you saw a road team asking the crowd to get louder?

Running backs

LeGarrette Blount had the slowest 17 touch, 156 yard game you’ll see, but it worked. Wendell Smallwood had 79 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches, and Corey Clement had some nice runs as well. The Chargers run defense remains non-existent, so don’t read too much into today’s game, but beating up a bad unit is still a good day.

Stefen Wisniewski

You can win rotating your offensive lineman--the Patriots did it in 2015--but there’s no need for the Eagles to do that. Wisniewski is clearly the superior player at left guard, there’s no reason for Chance Warmack to get non-garbage time snaps.

Zach Ertz

Another week, another efficient game from Ertz, who caught 5 passes for 81 yards, 3 of which were for first down. With weapons on the outside to open up the middle of the field and Carson Wentz taking a big step forward in his play, Ertz is getting plenty of opportunities to be a factor, and he’s making the most of it: he’s not only been the team’s best pass catcher so far this year, but one of the best tight ends in the league.

Jake Elliott

4/4, all from 40+. It was nice knowing you Caleb Sturgis.

Donnie Jones

It was a nice sunny, mid 70s day in Los Angeles, and Donnie Jones got to spend the afternoon in it watching the Eagles offense not really needing his leg. Most of his work was with his hands as the kick holder, as the Eagles punted just twice and scored on six drives. Nice day at the office.

LOSERS

Isaac Seumalo

From starter to healthy scratch in a month. He might still have a future at center, but the left guard job is gone, and apparently the backup job is too.

Torrey Smith

His speed has been a welcome addition to the offense, but his hands haven’t.

Defense

The Fletcher Cox-less line started off strong, but as the game went on they got pushed around. They got no help on the backend, where the lack of speed from the corners and some miscommunication all around got the secondary burned. Their worst game of the season so far, but a bullet dodged with a win.

Los Angeles

It was a sellout at the StubHub Center with 25,000 fans in attendance, and it sounded like 23,000 of them were Eagles fans. Chivas USA was a bigger draw at the same stadium. Shamefully embarrassing for the Chargers and the NFL.

Dick Stockton

It felt like Stockton mispronounced every player’s name, which rubbed off on the equally bad Mark Schlereth. An unbearable performance.





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 22:38:44 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles offensive line and running game steps up big in win over Chargers

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #265). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Chargers game in Week 4, celebrate the greatness of LeGarrette Blount, talk about how the Birds are in FIRST PLACE of the NFC East, and much more.





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 23:04:52 EDT from rss

Subject: Nolan Patrick, Robert Hagg, Taylor Leier make Flyers; Oskar Lindblom sent to Lehigh Valley

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We won’t have full closure until we know more about Shayne Gostisbehere’s injury status, but we are very close to having our opening-night roster in place.

The expectation coming into this Sunday evening had been that the Flyers would announce their final roster cuts following the game. A third-period injury to defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere may have thrown a wrench into those plans, as the team’s final cut on defense has not come yet.

However, the Flyers did make some roster announcements, and the team’s forward group appears to be pretty set.

As had been expected following his absence from the lineup in three of the Flyers’ final four preseason games, Oskar Lindblom was the last cut up front, and he’ll be heading to Lehigh Valley for some indeterminate amount of time.

At this time a week ago, it would’ve been pretty hard to imagine Lindblom not making the Flyers. He’d put up two points in four preseason games, he was on the top power play, and he certainly looked the part of an NHLer. But he was out of the lineup last Monday in a loss to the Rangers, and despite scoring a power-play goal the next night, Lindblom wasn’t heard from again in the preseason. The sight of him skating on Saturday with the “scratch line” of Jori Lehtera and Matt Read seemed to suggest his fate was sealed.

BSH Radio co-host Charlie O’Connor asked GM Ron Hextall about Lindblom’s odd preseason trajectory after Sunday’s announcement, and it seems like the team just wanted to see a bit more out of him in these games.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Lindblom is in Lehigh Valley. In his only other stint with the Phantoms — an eight-game run at the end of the 2015-16 season — Lindblom was one of the best players on the team, tallying two goals and five assists in eight games. If he heads up to Allentown and has another run like that, one has to think that he won’t be long for the AHL, but we’ll see.

Lindblom’s trip to Lehigh Valley did, however, signal good news for Nolan Patrick, who was officially told he has made the Flyers tonight.

While Patrick didn’t light up the scoreboard night in and night out during the preseason, it seems clear he showed enough in every area of the ice to make this team. His Flyers career will begin on Wednesday, and it’s still mind-boggling that he’s in this organization to begin with. Let’s enjoy it.

Taylor Leier, who would have been subject to waivers had he not made the team, has also made the team, and he figures to start the season on the fourth line alongside Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl.

The waters are still a bit muddied when it comes to the defense, but we do know that any sort of decision left to be made won’t involve Robert Hagg, who was confirmed to have made the team tonight as well.

(That’s him.)

After a year in the SHL and three years with the Phantoms, it seemed like this was finally Hagg’s time to break camp with this roster. Still, it’s been quite a hike back up for the Swedish blueliner in the past year, after a nightmarish 2015-16 season that seemed to drop him to the bottom of the defensive prospect pecking order, and he earned his spot here with a preseason in which he was steady and reliable almost every night.

With Hagg on the roster and with no evidence that the team is likely to try and force either of Brandon Manning or Andrew MacDonald through waivers, the likelihood here is that the team planned to send one of Samuel Morin and Travis Sanheim — both of whom were scratches tonight — to the Phantoms following tonight’s game. But the team didn’t plan on Shayne Gostisbehere getting injured in the final period of the preseason, and as such it looks like both of those guys have earned a stay for the time being.

If this is the case, then considering the 23-man roster limit, all three defensemen going to California could end in one of three ways:

  1. Ghost begins the season on injured reserve, opening up an extra roster spot for the Flyers for at least seven days (meaning Ghost would miss the team’s first four games of the season, or the entire road trip).
  2. The Flyers start the season with eight defensemen and 13 forwards, which would mean another forward would be waived tomorrow or Tuesday.
  3. Ghost makes the trip and ends up being healthy to play, and the Flyers send one of the defensemen back to Pennsylvania on Tuesday when the rosters have to be in place. (Get those frequent flyer miles, baby.)

Even if Ghost isn’t able to start the opener, and the team brings both Morin and Sanheim to California, the team will probably have to put its cards on the table pretty quickly, as someone’s going to have to sit in the opener and it’s likely that whoever’s sitting in that game is the one who will be the odd man out once Gostisbehere is healthy.

The preseason’s over. Meaningful hockey is almost here. Our roster is almost finalized. Let’s go.





[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 23:39:34 EDT from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate win over Los Angeles Chargers

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Victory tweets!

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday thanks to a big game from the offensive line and the running game! Eagles players took to Twitter to celebrate after their big win.

Only thing that matter is that ROCK. Felt good to be back in battle with my brothers #onlywayisup #birdgang #eatup

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