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[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 11:13:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Three and Out: RPOs, Blount

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Another week, another scrappy win by an Eagles team found yet another way to prevail in a close game. In front of our eyes, they are slowly becoming a resilient bunch. It wasn’t pretty for the defense (Keenan Allen is still running), but the offense was sharp and picked up the slack. Good teams are…

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 12:43:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers prospect report: Felix Sandstr

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Sandström, Strome, Ratcliffe and Laberge all with great weeks as seasons get underway around the globe.

Notable Canadian junior performers this week:

Connor Bunnaman (C/LW), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall

  • 9/28 - 3 shots, 6 for 7 FOW
  • 9/29 - DNP
  • 9/30 - DNP

Bunnaman didn’t see much action this week, missing both Friday and Saturday’s games with the flu.

Anthony Salinitri (C), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall

  • 9/30 - 2 assists, 3 shots, 2 PIM, 2 for 3 FOW
  • 10/1 - 3 assists, 1 shot, 2 for 3 FOW

Talk about a monster weekend for Salinitri, who has quickly jumped out to 6 points (1 G, 5 A) in his first 4 games.

Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall

  • 9/28 - 2 shots, 11 for 20 FOW
  • 9/29 - 2 shots, 6 PIM, 7 for 16 FOW
  • 10/1 - 2 assists, 4 shots, 2 PIM, 12 for 18 FOW

Despite being held pointless in two games this week, Frost still has 1 goal and 4 assists in his first 5 games.

Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall

  • 9/29 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots
  • 9/30 - 1 goal, 5 shots, 4 PIM, 1 for 3 FOW

The hulking 6’6” winger collects his first 2 goals of the season this week. His first was via this excellent wrist shot.

Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall

  • 9/29 - 1 goal, 1 shot, 0 for 1 FOW
  • 9/30 - 1 goal, 5 shots, 2 for 2 FOW
  • 10/1 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 PIM, 1 for 2 FOW

The hopes are high for Strome after he came off of a 34 goal season in his draft year. Two goals in his first four games is certainly a great start. You can check out one of those goals here.

Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall

  • 9/29 - 1 assist, 5 shots, 2 PIM
  • 9/30 - 1 goal, 2 shots, 0 for 1 FOW

The first two points of the season for the 18-year-old from Belarus.

Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall

  • 9/29 - 3 GA, 35 saves
  • 9/30 - 3 GA, 22 saves

Carter Hart makes his season debut and was named 1st Star of the Game on Friday. While his numbers on Saturday don’t look promising, he did enter that game midway through after the back-up goalie, Dorrin Luding, gave up 2 goals on 10 shots.

Pascal Laberge (C), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall

  • 9/29 - 1 goal, 5 shots, 2 PIM, 5 for 11 FOW
  • 9/30 - 1 goal, 1 shot, 4 PIM, 7 for 14 FOW

This is exactly the week you want to see from Laberge, who many had hesitations on entering the 2017-18 season. This is his goal from Saturday night.

Notable European performers this week

Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall

  • 9/28 - 7:51 TOI
  • 9/30 - 8:59 TOI

Högberg still getting 3rd pairing minutes for Växjö.

David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall

  • 9/28 - 1 shot, 15:00 TOI
  • 9/30 - 9:31 TOI

Positives: Bernhardt got 15 minutes of actual icetime on Thursday! Negatives: Apparently he was benched for the 3rd period of Saturday night’s matchup.

David Kaše (C/W), Mora IK (SHL)
2015 5th Round Pick, 128th overall

  • 9/30 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 19:18 TOI
  • 10/1 - 1 shot, 15:43 TOI

What a start of the season for Kaše, who has 4 points (2 G, 2 A) in his first 5 games in the SHL.

Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC J20 (SuperElit)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall

  • 9/30 - no shots
  • 10/1 - 1 goal

Kudos to Alex Appleyard for the updates on Lycksell as they’re a bit hard to come by. Here is a highlight of Lycksell’s first goal of the season on Sunday.

Felix Sandström (G), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall

  • 9/28 - 3 GA, 35 saves
  • 9/30 - 1 GA, 25 saves

This week is a prime example of what Sandström what he is capable of and what he must do from here on out. Competition with incumbent starter David Rautio will remain tight, but if he is able to pull off these types of wins, you will begin to see starts going in the favor of Sandström more often.

Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall

  • 9/28 - DNP
  • 9/30 - 5 GA, 27 saves

A tough loss for Fedotov this week and rough start to the season overall. The 20 year old netminder has a .891 SV% and 2.63 GAA through 6 games.

Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall

The young Belarusian goalie struggles continued and saw his SV% drop to .894 in 7 games on the season.

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 13:44:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Chargers snap count analysis: LeGarrette Blount makes the most of limited playing time

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Here’s how often everyone played.

Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles' 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.


The starting offensive line played the entire game, which the exception of the left guard spot. Stefen Wisniewski took a majority of the snaps while rotating with Chance Warmack. It seemed like the Eagles were giving them two drives each before rotating them. Still weird, but hey, it was working.

Nelson Agholor played more snaps than Torrey Smith for the first time this season. It’s not like Smith played a lot less; this was more about an increase for Agholor. He played well on Sunday.

Wendell Smallwood led all Eagles running backs in snaps played with 44%. He’s clearly benefiting from the absence of Darren Sproles. Corey Clement also saw a career-high 19 snaps. LeGarrette Blount only played 26 snaps but was very productive in them.

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

Smallwood — 10 carries, 34 yards, 3.4 average, 1 TD, long of 11 (4 recs for 45 yards)

Blount — 16 carries, 136 yards, 8.5 average, 0 TD, long of 68 (1 rec for 20 yards)

Clement — 10 carries, 30 yards, 3.0 average, 0 TD, long of 10

With Torrey Smith struggling, the Eagles should look to give Mack Hollins some more snaps.

Trey Burton’s offensive role has really gone down.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai continues to serve as an extra blocker.


Rodney McLeod played 100% of the snaps after sitting out in Week 3 due to a hamstring injury. He didn’t have a great game, though. I’m guessing the injury could be hampering him even though he’s playing.

Beau Allen saw a lot more playing time with Fletcher Cox out. Same thing for Elijah Qualls and Justin Hamilton.

Mychal Kendricks played 42% of the snaps, which is down from the 70% he played last week when Jordan Hicks left the Eagles-Giants game early. It’s still more than the 27% he averaged per game in 2016, however.

Steven Means played his first snaps of the season. The Eagles took away from Chris Long’s snaps in order to get him on the field.

After exclusively playing on special teams, backup slot corner Dexter McDougle played a couple defensive snaps in Week 4 for the first time this year.


Chris Maragos went back to playing special teams only after injuries forced him to start last week. That’s good.

Kenjon Barner was the primary kick and punt returner. He returned three punts for a total of 15 yards. The Eagles didn’t return a kickoff in this game. (Neither did the Chargers.)


The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Fletcher Cox, Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, Ronald Darby, Destiny Vaeao, Shelton Gibson, Isaac Seumalo. Gibson is the only player on the Eagles’ 53-man roster who hasn’t been active all season. Barring multiple injuries, that’ll likely be the case all season.

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

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 13:41:54 EDT from rss

Subject: Matt Read placed on waivers, Flyers

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With Shayne Gostisbehere’s injury, the Flyers will carry eight defensemen to start the season, and Read was the casualty in the meantime.

Sunday night’s roster cuts brought the Flyers down to 24 players, just one above where they’ll need to be by Tuesday afternoon. The original plan seemed to be to send one of Travis Sanheim or Samuel Morin up to Allentown, but a third-period injury suffered by defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere suddenly necessitated that the team carry an additional extra defenseman in the event of an injury on its season-opening four-game road trip.

Ron Hextall indicated last night that the Flyers would likely bring all three of Morin, Sanheim, and Robert Hagg to California with them, which meant that either Gostisbehere would be heading to injured reserve or that a forward would be waived. Today, we’ve learned that they’ve chosen the latter path, and that the casualty of that move is Matt Read.

First, the good news: The fact that Gostisbehere is likely not going to be on injured reserve suggests that this injury is likely not a serious one. That’s a good sign for a team that needs Gostisbehere to be in his top form this season after a rough 2016-17 campaign.

With the decision to carry eight defensemen for as long as Ghost is hurt, however, the Flyers’ forward ranks will have to be cut to 13, and it’s not too surprising that Read was the one who was left out. He — alongside Oskar Lindblom, who was sent to Lehigh Valley last night, and Jori Lehtera, who figures to be a healthy scratch in the season opener — was on the “scratch line” for the final preseason game, and his spot on the roster has felt a bit tenuous throughout this entire camp. We called him “one of the most expendable players currently on the roster” back in September, and the team’s decision to waive him essentially confirms his spot at the bottom of the priority list when it comes to the team’s forwards.

For Read, whose waiving comes after six years with the Flyers, the question now is what happens next. First, there’s the remote possibility that he gets claimed on waivers tomorrow. However, given his large cap hit (Read makes $3.625 million against the cap this year) and declining skills (he’s a solid fourth-line player at this point, but not much more), that seems unlikely.

What does seem most likely here, assuming he clears, is that Read will be back with the Flyers before too long. If Ghost ends up being healthy, the Flyers could even decide not to send Read to Lehigh Valley, since they have that option if he clears waivers. But the odds are that if he clears he’ll be sent to the Phantoms until the team knows that Gostisbehere is healthy, at which point they’ll likely bring him back up and send a defenseman to the Phantoms.

It’s theoretically possible that the team carries eight defensemen for a while even once Ghost is available, which would mean that Read would stay with the Phantoms for a while, but unless they’re willing to put all of Morin, Sanheim, and Hagg in the lineup — something they seem hesitant to do — they’ll probably send one of Morin or Sanheim to the Phantoms, where they can get consistent ice time.

We’ll have to see how things shake out once Gostisbehere is healthy and once we learn of Read’s waiver fate on Tuesday. But for now, there’s your 23-man opening-night roster.

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 12:42:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Finding Balance Within Balance

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It’s one thing to find balance between the pass and run, but Doug Pederson got it right at both the macro and micro level on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Not only did the Eagles finish 51/49 in a pass/run split, but they were also very balanced in just the running game itself, utilizing all…

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 14:37:13 EDT from rss

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[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 15:48:36 EDT from rss

Subject: Are The Eagles Contenders?

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[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 16:12:05 EDT from rss

Subject: Sixers Notes: Markelle

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Joel Embiid rode a stationary bike while his teammates did five-on-five scrimmaging Monday afternoon. The Sixers center is still limited to half-court 5v5 drills, now 48 hours from the preseason opener against Memphis. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is at the same point as Embiid right now, also limited to 5v5 half-court work. But the big story on…

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 18:42:31 EDT from rss

Subject: Markus Golden Injury: Cardinals lose top pass rusher for the season

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Not good for Arizona.

The Arizona Cardinals received some bad news on Monday. The team’s worst fears were confirmed as it was revealed edge rusher Markus Golden suffered a torn ACL.

Golden is now out for the 2017 season. The team officially placed him on the injured reserve list on Monday afternoon.

This is a significant loss for the Cardinals. Golden is one of the team’s best pass rushers; he led Arizona with 12.5 sacks in 2016.

Here’s what they’re saying about this news over at Cardinals SB Nation site Revenge of the Birds.

Kareem Martin will get the first crack at “replacing” Golden, but Golden has some irreplaceable qualities.

He is one of the most ferocious competitors I have ever seen. His motor runs hot for 100% of the time he is on the field and his attitude his something the Cardinals will desperately miss.

Haason Reddick will get some looks at the outside linebacker spot, even more now with the Golden injury and Deone Bucannon back to man the inside linebacker position.

The Eagles (3-1) are set to play the Cardinals (2-2) in Philadelphia this weekend. Chandler Jones, who has four sacks this season, still figures to be a pass rushing threat off the edge. But no one else on Arizona’s roster currently has more than one sack this season.

Jason Peters and Lane Johnson did a great job of shutting down two great pass rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram in Week 4. On paper, at least, their challenge won’t be as intimidating this week.

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 20:30:40 EDT from rss

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

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Watch MNF here.

Week 4 of the 2017 NFL regular season ends tonight with a game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL after the Atlanta Falcons lost on Sunday.

The Eagles will certainly be hoping Andy Reid’s team remains that way after tonight’s game.

Washington currently ranks second in the NFC East at 2-1. A win would keep them in second since the Eagles currently own a head-to-head tiebreaker over them. A loss, meanwhile, would drop Washington to third in the division at 2-2.

Here’s hoping the Chiefs pull out a win tonight. Don’t let us down, Big Red.

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, October 2

Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

Location: Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, Missouri

Online Streaming: WatchESPN


Washington Redskins +7.5 (-115)

Kansas City Chiefs -7.5 (-105)


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

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 23:38:19 EDT from rss

Subject: Josh Norman Injury: Redskins cornerback might miss Eagles game

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Bad news for Washington.

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman suffered a rib injury during Washington’s Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Speaking to ESPN during halftime, head coach Jay Gruden said Norman might miss a few weeks.

This news is relevant to the Eagles because Washington is set to play Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 7 on Monday, October 23. It seems like Norman might miss that game.

Norman did a good job of limiting Alshon Jeffery (three receptions, 38 yards) during the Eagles-Washington game in Week 1. Norman is obviously one of the best players on Washington’s roster.

Even with Norman playing well, however, the Eagles still defeated Washington at FedEx Field by a final score of 30 to 17.

Washington hasn’t looked too shabby since losing to the Eagles, so their next matchup projects to be a tough game. If Norman isn’t able to play, that’s a significant loss for Washington.

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 00:55:51 EDT from rss

Subject: Every team in the NFC East lost this week ... except the Eagles

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Any week where the Philadelphia Eagles win is a good week.

But a week where the Eagles win and all three other NFC East teams lose?

Even better.

That’s exactly what happened in Week 4.

It’s the first time it happened since 2014.

The Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dallas Cowboys lost The New York Giants lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the Washington Redskins were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

Here’s an updated look at the NFC East standings.

The Eagles are alone up top with a 2-0 division and conference record. The Cowboys are 1-0 in the division but 2-1 in the conference. Washington is 0-1 in the division and 1-1 in conference games. The Giants are 0-2 in the division and 0-4 in the conference.

Now, none of the NFC East teams looked flat out horrible this week. The Cowboys only lost by five. The Giants lost on a last second field goal. And Washington would’ve potentially won if Josh Doctson doesn’t drop a touchdown pass late in the game. This division isn’t going to be a cakewalk for the Birds.

But the Eagles are the best team in the division right now through four games. Now it’s time for them to keep it going.

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 02:50:33 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Power Rankings 2017: Week 5 Edition

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Ranking all 32 NFL Teams.

Week 4 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 NFL’s only remaining undefeated team at 4-0. Andy Reid’s team hasn’t looked unbeatable by any means but they’re really good. Clearly the best squad in the AFC.

2 - Detroit Lions (LW: 4) - The Lions are inches away from being the NFL’s second undefeated team. Tough close loss for them last week. Detroit bounced back on Sunday with a win over the Vikings in Detroit.

3 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 5) - Aaron Rodgers found his groove in a blowout win over the Bears at home.

4 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 6) - Le’Veon Bell ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in addition to logging four receptions for 42 yards. The Steelers are always going to be dangerous with him around. Not to mention Antonio Brown and the other weapons they have.

5 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 17) - Is it safe to say the Bills are the NFL’s biggest surprise? There was thought they might be tanking after making some trades in the preseason. But here we with Buffalo getting a road win in Atlanta. One week after beating the Broncos, too. The Bills look good.

6 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2) - The Falcon’ offense is still pretty good but the defense has some weaknesses.

7 - Denver Broncos (LW: 8) - Denver’s defense has held Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy, and Marshawn Lynch to a combined average of 1.9 yards per carry (95 yards on 50 carries). Tough unit to crack.

8 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 11) - The Eagles aren’t without flaws. There are concerns about the secondary. With that said, the Birds are tied for first in the NFC and their sole loss came while playing on the road against the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team. In other words, the Eagles are a good football team.

9 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 16) - Jared Goff and Todd Gurley are powering a Rams offense that leads the NFL in points scored. Sean McVay seems to be doing a good job.

10 - New England Patriots (LW: 3) - The Patriots have allowed the second most points in the NFL through four weeks. That defense is looking like a big problem.

11 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 12) - It looked like the Seahawks-Colts game might be close before Seattle pulled away. They’re still really hard to beat at home.

12 - Houston Texans (LW: 20) - Deshaun Watson is looking pretty good! The Texans were a franchise quarterback away from being a legitimate team and now it looks like they might have one. Hard to believe this team started Tom Savage in Week 1.

13 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 9) - Only six teams have allowed more points than the Cowboys have this season. Their defense is an issue. The Cowboys have been able to hide their defense in the past by utilizing a clock-controlling run game. Ezekiel Elliott is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry, though, so he’s not quite looking like his 2016 self.

14 - Washington Redskins (LW: 13) - Washington had the Chiefs beat ... until Josh Doctson dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass. That’s too bad. For real, though, the Chiefs showed good fight in KC. They look tough. The bad news is they suffered a lot of injuries in the game, including one to Josh Norman.

15 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 24) - Cam Newton was looking pretty bad. Then he turned it on to help the Panthers get a win in New England. It hasn’t been pretty for Carolina but they’re 3-1.

16 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 19) - The Bucs needed a last second field goal to beat the Giants. Still, they got a win.

17 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 14) - Two losses in a row for the Raiders and now Derek Carr is dealing with a back injury. Not looking good for Oakland.

18 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 15) - It’s unclear when Sam Bradford will return and now Dalvin Cook is out for the year. The Vikings’ defense will keep them from being among the league’s worst teams, but this team is going nowhere fast.

19 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 22) - After starting out 0-2, the Saints have bounced back with two straight wins.

20 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 10) - The Titans sure looked awful on Sunday. Making matters worse is that Marcus Mariota is hurt and might not play this week. Tennessee is probably screwed if Matt Cassel has to play.

21 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 7) - I knew the Jags would make me regret putting them up so high last week. Inconsistent team.

22 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 21) - I’m moving the Cardinals down despite winning because they’re not good. Both of Arizona’s wins have come in close overtime games against some of the NFL’s worst teams (49ers and Colts).

23 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 18) - Joe Flacco looks awful and the defense is having some issues.

24 - New York Jets (LW: 29) - So it turns out the Jets aren’t as bad as everyone thought they’d be. Two wins through four games! The bad news is their shot at the No. 1 pick is fading.

25 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 31) - Hey, the Bengals are showing some life since firing their offensive coordinator.

26 - Chicago Bears (LW: 23) - Mike Glennon sucks. The Bears are starting the Mitchell Trubisky era. I’ve been waiting to share this tweet for some time now. Lololol.

27 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 25) - Jay Cutler: still bad. The Dolphins got shut out by the Saints’ defense. The Saints! Yikes.

28 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 26) - Won’t have a real home game all year due to the dumb decision to move them to Carson, California. Why even bother being a fan of this team?

29 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 30) - The 49ers haven’t won a game this year but I’m moving them up because they’ve played some real close games. San Fran “only” has the league’s sixth worst point differential.

30 - New York Giants (LW: 28) - The Giants have looked better in the past two weeks than they did in the first two weeks. But they’re still bad and their season is virtually over at 0-4.

31 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 27) - Worst point differential in the NFL at -65. The next worst team is 21 points ahead of Indy. The Colts desperately need Andrew Luck to return.

32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - You won’t believe this, but the Browns are still very bad.

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 07:00:05 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Carson Wentz is playing better than the stats show

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/3/17.

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

Carson Wentz's stats don't tell the whole story - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Carson Wentz isn't putting up huge numbers, he isn't carrying the Eagles on his back, he isn't showing monumental statistical improvement over last year. What he is doing is winning. And there's something to be said for that. Wentz has made strides since last year and shown growth in Year 2 in the offense, it's just that so far that growth and evolution has been subtle and not really reflected in his stats. You see it in his pocket awareness when the protection breaks down. You see it when he throws the football away instead of trying to force it into too tight a window. You see it in his ability to make big plays late in games when he absolutely has to.

Eagles-Chargers Final Score: 14 things we learned from Philadelphia’s win over Los Angeles - BGN
The numbers aren’t super flashy: Wentz completed 54.8% of his passes for 242 yards, one touchdown, and a 91.1 passer rating. But make no mistake: Wentz looked pretty good in this one. His accuracy was the best it’s been all season. The way he floated some of those deep passes down the field ... beautiful stuff. Those throws were right on the money. It was apparent how Wentz was really in control of this game. He was constantly making calls at the line of scrimmage and getting the team organized. One of his checks was especially impressive. It was the play where he hit Alshon Jeffery over the middle for a tough third down conversion. Speaking of, Wentz is so clutch when it comes to those tough third down situations. Wentz’s brain was a big reason why the Eagles were so sold on him. It doesn’t always show up in the stats, but it’s clear he’s a big contributing factor to why the team won.

Doug Pederson's offense is carrying Jim Schwartz's defense through time of possession - PhillyVoice
At varying points this season, the Eagles have played without their starting stud DT (Fletcher Cox), their best linebacker (Jordan Hicks), their best cornerback (Ronald Darby), one of their starting safeties (Rodney McLeod), and some of the other depth pieces in the secondary and on the defensive line (Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, and Destiny Vaeao). The Eagles' game-sealing, 13-play, 6:44-minute drive on Sunday against the Chargers bailed out an Eagles defense that was getting torched in the second half. At some point this season, Jim Schwartz's defense may have to carry Pederson's offense, but right now Pederson's offense is carrying Schwartz's defense.

Pump the Brakes A Bit - Iggles Blitz
After Sunday’s win, there is a lot of excitement in regard to the Eagles offensive line and the 3-headed monster at RB. The Eagles ran out the final 6:44 of the game and were physically dominant at times so it is easy to understand the praise for the run game. There is also a need for some context. The Giants defense is currently 28th against the run. The Chargers are 31st. The bigger story would have been if the Eagles didn’t run well. Both teams were strong against the run last season so this could be an early season anomaly, but it sure didn’t look like it the last two weeks as the Eagles piled up 193 and 214 yards on those teams. The Eagles ran methodically in gaining all those yards. There was one 68-yard gain. This wasn’t a bunch of crazy runs or long plays that inflated the stats.

Number Tell An Impressive 3-1 Eagles Tale -
A little trade secret: Not all of the facts and nuggets that we write or speak about in various forms of media come from reporters’ brains. Some, maybe a lot, come from something like the Postgame News and Notes package put together each week by John Gonoude of the Eagles’ media relations department. It’s great stuff, and worthy of a deeper dive today ...

Pederson less aggressive on 4th down vs. Chargers - The Athletic
According to the model, the likelihood of successfully converting the 4th and 1 is 68 percent. That means going for it produces a win probability of 75.8 percent (.68 * 80 + .32 *67) compared to the 74 percent win probability of punting. According to the math, Pederson's decision decreased the Eagles' chance of winning.

Eagles' early-season success isn't just maturity; it's also because of newcomers - Inquirer
After winning consecutive games by a combined five points, Eagles coach Doug Pederson praised the team’s growth and maturity from last season. But the success is not simply the 2016 roster maturing. A major part of the Eagles’ 3-1 record is the newcomers acquired to upgrade or change last year’s team. The evidence came in Sunday’s 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. On the opening drive, Chris Long had a strip sack that was recovered by Derek Barnett. Both players are new to the team. The Eagles responded with a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey, the highest-profile offseason addition. The star of the game was running back LeGarrette Blount. The top defensive tackle was Tim Jernigan. Of the 30 players who played at least 20 percent of the offensive or defensive snaps on Sunday, 11 joined the team this offseason.

Rickie Ricardo, Spanish voice of Yankees and Eagles, in league of his own - ESPN
A few years later, he ended up in Philadelphia as a "Spanish ambassador" and was asked to call an inning or two for the Phillies. Ricardo said if you give me an inning, I'm never leaving. "Three nights later," he said, "the main guy gets sick and I fill in, and I never left. I became the No. 2 guy until he left." The Phillies gig led him to the Eagles and, in 2014, to the Yankees. (He still does some Phillies coverage for the station that broadcasts the Eagles.)

Unity in faith, focus and protests driving Philadelphia Eagles' early rise in 2017 - CBS Sports
Inside the Eagles, a family atmosphere has taken shape under second-year coach Doug Pederson.

Post Snap With Malcolm Jenkins: ‘We’re Heading In A Good Direction’ - CBS Philly
Malcolm Jenkins envisioned this. A week ago, Jenkins said the Eagles could be the class of the NFC East. The Eagles’ team leader and veteran safety said the Eagles could be sitting at 3-1 at the quarter mark of the NFL season. And the Eagles could be making strides in looking even better than they have in September. It appears after the Eagles’ 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday that everything Jenkins perceived has come to fruition. “We’re 3-1, 2-0 in the division and getting ready to hit a stretch of home games, so we’re obviously in a great spot,” Jenkins said. “We still have some things we could be better with and clean up some mistakes as we go along. For the most part, I think everyone is happy where we are.

Buffalo Bills receiver Jordan Matthews to miss time with thumb injury - Buffalo Rumblings
As first reported by WGR’s Sal Capaccio, the Buffalo Bills could be without top wide receiver Jordan Matthews for at least a month after the thumb injury he suffered in Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Matthews will undergo surgery to repair the thumb, the second injury he’s suffered since the Bills acquired him via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in August for Ronald Darby (who has yet to return to the field after an opening-week ankle injury) and a third-round pick. He missed almost all of his offseason work with the team after chipping his sternum during his first practice with the team.

Wolf Administration Emphasizes Importance of Practical Financial Skills for Students - Yahoo
Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary David W. Volkman addressed high school students at William W. Bodine High School today at an event promoting the importance of financial education for young people. Visa, Inc. and the National Football League partnered to create this unique "Financial Football" event, featuring an interactive, fast-paced game designed to teach students money management skills. Wiessmann and Volkman were joined by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella, Ron Fielder of PHEAA, representatives from Visa, and special guest Malcolm Jenkins, strong safety for the Philadelphia Eagles.

11 moments that defined the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington on ‘Monday Night Football’ - SB Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs are still the only undefeated team in the NFL, but beating Washington wasn’t an easy feat on Monday Night Football. The team needed Alex Smith to orchestrate one last drive in the final minute that set up a game-winning field goal to give the Chiefs the 29-20 win. It was an impressive performance by two good football teams and just came down to who had the last possession.


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[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: Number nineteen in your programs, number two overall in your hearts

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

*Let's take one last look at the preseason with the things we learned from that loss to the Islanders. [BSH]

*And now on to important things! Like what we should expect from Nolan Patrick in his first NHL season. [Courier-Post]

*And how might Patrick compare to other number two overall picks? [Inquirer]

*Yesterday we saw Matt Read get placed on waivers, taking the Flyers' roster down to 23. [BSH]

*So what in the world did the front office not see from Oskar Lindblom that lead him to be cut? And Dale Weise to get a spot? [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

*Future Flyers goalie Felix Sandstrom continues to impress across the pond. [BSH]

*Preseason can lead to a lot of overreaction from fanbases. Here are five of the biggest ones to come out of the last couple of weeks. [USA Today]

*Are we seeing a renaissance for Canadian NHL teams? The Oilers and the Maple Leafs are looking pretty, pretty, pretty good. [Associated Press]

*And speaking of, Jaromir Jagr has found a home! And it's cold there! [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 08:22:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Video: Joel Embiid Was Spotted Running Through The Streets of Philly Last Night

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The production value on this is top-notch. I like detail. I admire attention to detail– it’s why I try to limit myself to six typos per post. Speeding things up to get to the salient part here is what separates Philly from other sports cities. Of course, Philly may be the only city where a…

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 09:37:44 EDT from rss

Subject: The Sixers Are in the Top 5 in Zach Lowe

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Ah yes, the annual League Pass rankings which takes for granted that the league’s streaming service will work with any sort of reliability (spoiler: it won’t!). But none of that changes the fact that the Sixers will be one of the league’s more watchable teams: If Joel Embiid were slated to play more, the Sixers…

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 11:00:10 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers 2017-18 season preview

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Folks...the season hasn’t started and we’re already yelling. It’s going to be a fun year.

It's the season preview show and we're yelling about Oskar Lindblom's demotion, the defensive log jam, Ghost's injury, and Giroux's move to wing. The gang makes their predictions for the upcoming season and attempt to console each other in light of the youth movement not fully coming to fruition.

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[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 09:51:36 EDT from rss

Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

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Only Andy Reid could cover a seven point spread in a tie game with 10 seconds remaining. The Roundup: The Redskins fell to the Chiefs last night on a late field goal, which keeps the Eagles alone atop the NFC East at 3-1. BUT, are they legit contenders? Kyle asks that question. The Skins also…

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 12:00:07 EDT from rss

Subject: Regression is mean to NFC East

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Pretty good if you’re an Eagles fan though

The Giants are done, the Redskins are maybe good, the Eagles are in first and the Cowboys are slowly realizing that last year was a fluke. Just like we all expected!

Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)

Last Week: Actually ran the ball and beat the Chargers in San Diego Philadelphia Los Angeles 26-24

This Week: Host the Traveling Bruce Arians Diaper Filling Show

After two weeks of a running attack that resembled QWOP, the Eagles have found new life on the ground after remembering that they employ running backs. Sure, they beat a winless team by two points after beating a winless team by three points, but holy crap have you seen the time of possession? They’re averaging a Christopher Nolan movie a game, with the plot twist being the defense giving up in the end of games. Good thing they only see the field in the fourth quarter for about four minutes a game.

Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

Last Week: Jared Goff and the Rams scored on five straight possessions as they beat the Cowboys 35-30

This Week: Aaron Rodgers

Dez Bryant, IDP MVP

Cowboys fans are now excited when Dez doesn’t catch the ball.

Almost nothing is going right for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott looks like a 4th round pick, Dez Bryant is living off name value, the offensive line misses Doug Free, Sean Lee is once again hurt, and the defense is still 8 players away from being decent. At least DeMarcus Lawrence is having a career year in a contract year for a team that refuses to understand the basics of the salary cap.

Washington Redskins (2-2)

Last Week: Lost to the Chiefs 29-20 to fall to 0-5 on Monday Night Football with Kirk Cousins.

This Week: Bye week

Are we sure this team is good? Their best receiver is Terrelle Pryor, their leading pass catcher is a running back. Their starting running back doesn’t lead the team in rushing. Their defense had one great game, in the other three they were average at best. Kirk Cousins is having another Kurt Coupons season of putting up good numbers while his team is mediocre. It’s going to be a few weeks before we find out if the Redskins are for real, as they have a bye before Cousins faces his next team, the hapless 49ers.

New York Giants (0-4)

Last Week: Extended their streak of not scoring 28+ points to 13 games and lost 25-23 to the Bucs.

This Week: Host the Chargers, so somebody is coming away with a win. Probably the Chargers, who have racked up plenty of experience on the road this year and don’t hate their best player.

Imagine disciplining your best player for scoring touchdowns.

Now let’s take a look at Steve Spagnuolo’s career as a playcaller without Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck and play a fun game called Spot The Outlier.

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2015 2016 2017
Yards 29 19 22 32 32 10 25
Points 31 12 26 31 30 2 25

That was easy.

The Giants went 8-3 in one score games in 2016. Even a marginal regression by the defense would put a strain on the Giants below average offense. The regression has been severe, and now the Giants are the worst team in both real and pretend New York. Just End Their Season.

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