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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 07:59:55 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Alshon Jeffery is having a bigger impact than his stats suggest

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/8/17.

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

Eagles Film Review: Alshon Jeffery's hidden impact - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jeffery may not be busting out of the box score on a weekly basis, but he’s doing a heck of a lot more damage than the numbers suggest. Look no further than what the presence of a true No. 1 receiver has done for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. “It’s benefited (Ertz) tremendously,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday. “He’s getting a little more of the one-on-one stuff. You’re not seeing the combo coverages necessarily on Zach until you get in the red zone area. “Having Alshon on the outside, on the perimeter, has really allowed him to have better one-on-one matchups. He does a great job with that, and a good route-runner – obviously, it’s really helped him.” Ertz is currently tied for fourth in the NFL with 26 receptions and ranks sixth with 326 receiving yards. The fifth-year player is off to the by far best start of his career, and it is absolutely thanks in part to Jeffery.

Three Eagles numbers that matter for the Cardinals game - BGN
The Cardinals’ tackles aren’t the only issue. The interior offensive linemen also struggle in pass protection. Starting right guard Evan Boehm has allowed 13 pressures in 201 snaps, which ranks 53rd out of 71 guards. Boone has been good in pass protection (13th out of 71) but hasn’t performed well as a run blocker. If Boone can’t play, the Cardinals will be starting the NFL’s worst pass protecting guard: Will Holden. He’s allowed nine pressures in just 57 snaps played. That’s 71st out of 71 guards. And then there’s center A.Q. Shipley. Yes, former Eagle A.Q. Shipley. Crazy how he’s lasted this long, right? Shipley has allowed seven pressures in 201 snaps, which ranks 17th out of 28 centers. This could be a big game for Tim Jernigan and/or Beau Allen.

Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Cardinals - PhillyVoice
After eight sacks through their first two games of the season, the Eagles have recorded just two over their last two. So why do I have the over/under for this so high? That's largely because of the Cardinals offensive line, or lack thereof. They've allowed 17 sacks so far this season, tied for the most in the NFL. If the Birds can do what they did last week against the Chargers – get ahead early and force the opposition to throw the ball – they should have plenty of chances. Even without Fletcher Cox, there's a chance they hit the over in this one; it's not like the rest of their defensive front is incapable.

Air Attack - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles secondary better be ready on Sunday. Carson Palmer has thrown 183 passes this year. He’s been sacked 17 times. That is 200 called pass plays in four games. 50 called passes per game. The Cardinals have no run game right now so they have to rely on Carson Palmer and the air attack to move the ball. This is going to make for one heck of a challenge for the secondary. One bit of good news is that it sounds like Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham will return to action. Those guys aren’t great DBs, but they are veterans and they give Jim Schwartz options. He can put together a gameplan that uses the various DBs.

Larry Fitzgerald, Eagles killer, on minds of Philly defenders - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins considers Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald a good friend. They've known one another since Jenkins entered the league in 2009, and train together in the offseason. When they go toe-to-toe, like they will Sunday when the Eagles host the Cardinals (1 p.m.), Fitzgerald keeps things friendly while trying to rip his old pal's heart out. "He’s a nice guy on the field. He tries to distract you with kindness," said Jenkins, "so I try to ignore him.”

Report card: Grading the Eagles' defense after the first quarter of the season - The Athletic
Cornerback: C. This was probably the toughest position to grade. Expectations were not high coming into the season, and they were lowered after Ronald Darby went down with an injury. Jalen Mills has been targeted often, and he's had ups and downs. Rasul Douglas played well in his first start but struggled against the Chargers. Patrick Robinson has exceeded expectations in the slot. The Eagles' defense ranks 17th against the pass. The good news for the Eagles is that if they can weather the storm during this upcoming stretch, they should get Darby back in the second half of the season. And Sidney Jones probably has a chance to contribute as well.

Eagle Eye: Carson Wentz Must Be Prepared For Arizona's Exotic Pressure Schemes - PE.com
After looking at Arizona's explosive offense and what the Cardinals will likely look to do against the Eagles on Sunday, let’s now focus on the other side of the ball. Arizona’s defense is a high-volume pressure team that ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in terms of the number of blitzes this season. Arizona was known for its various A-gap pressures back when Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator. The A gaps are the spaces between the guards and the center along the offensive line. Bowles was a master at getting extra rushers clean right up the gut at the quarterback. One of those blitz concepts is what we call the triple A-gap blitz, where three rushers come straight up the gut. One of those defenders comes completely unblocked. Bowles was replaced by one of his former assistants in James Bettcher, who has kept the triple A-gap pressures as part of the scheme.

Eagles, 3-1 again, say they're different this time - Inquirer
Brent Celek has been down this NFL road before. He has had to navigate a few on the opposite side, as well. In fact, the tight end has nearly seen it all in his 11 seasons. And in Celek’s estimation, the Eagles’ second straight 3-1 start — despite the near-universal claim in the locker room and from Doug Pederson that this year’s team is different from last year’s — translates to nothing more than three wins and one loss at the quarter-pole of the season. “We can sit here and say everything’s different,” Celek said last week, “but at the end of the day, we as players have to go out on the field and execute. Because if we sit here and say, ‘Oh, it’s different,’ and then we go out there and think something’s just going to happen, it’s not.

NFL odds, picks Week 5: Advanced computer model loves Steelers, Eagles - CBS Sports
Another team SportsLine's proven model loves: the Philadelphia Eagles, who are 6.5-point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The model predicts an easy eight-point win and cover for the Eagles, who will end the week 4-1. The Cardinals are 0-4 against the spread this season, and the Eagles are winning 68 percent of simulations.

NFL Week 5 Preview: Cardinals at Eagles - PFF
WR Alshon Jeffery vs. CB Patrick Peterson – Despite pacing the Eagles with 34 targets, Alshon Jeffery has battled inconsistency this year. Jeffery has caught only half of his targets, but has scored twice in four games. His 1.41 yards per route run ranks 51st out of 92 wide receivers. Unsurprisingly, Patrick Peterson has thrived when matching up against his opponents top pass catchers. Last week, Peterson limited Pierre Garcon to just one catch for 16 yards on four targets while defending one pass. In Week 2, the shutdown corner held T.Y. Hilton to just one catch for 16 yards in coverage. This may not be the matchup for Jeffery to have a breakout game.

Eagles' running back Blount knows about last chances - Press of AC
Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount knows a lot about last chances. Over a decade ago, he was playing for East Mississippi Community College. The junior college program, located in the one-stoplight town of Scooba, Mississippi, has become famous lately as the site of the popular Netflix series, “Last Chance U.”

7 things to watch in NFL’s Week 5: Are the Cowboys already in must-win mode? - SB Nation
For the Giants, it’s a rushing offense in which Eli Manning is the top scorer and a defense that’s given up nearly 24 points per game. In Los Angeles, it’s the looming spectre of 16 straight road games — de facto or otherwise — and an offense that looks great on paper but unable to execute. Team owners, executives, and coaches on each side are saying all the right things, but it’s fair to begin wondering if these four 0-4 franchises have begun to plan for 2018. Week 5 will be a big indicator of which teams are still trying and which have slid into tanking mode.

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 08:37:11 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Injury Update: Wendell Smallwood reportedly out

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Plus an update on the Cardinals.

Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood will NOT suit up for Philadelphia’s Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

This news hardly comes as a surprise considering Smallwood didn’t participate in practice all week. Smallwood was ruled “questionable” on the final injury report and Doug Pederson said he’d be a game-time decision (so much for that).

The exact extent of Smallwood’s injury is unclear. When asked multiple times about it on Friday, all Pederson would say is that it was a knee issue that occured in the Eagles-Chargers game.

Smallwood played the most snaps of any Eagles in Week 4. He ranks second on the team in rushing (113) and ranks second among Philly running backs in receiving yards (56).

With Smallwood expected to be out, the Eagles will rely more heavily upon LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement. Kenjon Barner could also see some offensive snaps in addition to returning kicks and punts.

The Eagles have been able to run the ball very effectively in their past two games. Arizona’s defense presents a tougher matchup than they’ve faced recently.

In other injury news, Cardinals wide receiver John Brown is expected to play despite being ruled questionable with a quad issue.





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 08:50:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Cardinals game TV coverage map

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Check to see if you get the game.

IT’S GAME DAY - time for Philadelphia Eagles football! But can you watch their NFL Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals from where you are? If you live in the BLUE on the television coverage map below, you’re in luck (via 506Sports.com).

If you live in the blue, you can watch the Eagles-Cardinals game on FOX starting at 1:00 PM ET. Gotta love how the North Dakota state area is getting this game just because of Carson Wentz.

Chris Myers (play-by-play) and Daryl Johnston (color analyst) are on the call. Alternatively, you can turn on SportsRadio 94WIP to listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick during the game.

If you DO NOT live in the blue, you’re likely either stuck in the red, green, or yellow. The red represents the Carolina Panthers versus Detroit Lions game. Green is the New York Jets at Cleveland Browns game (Zzzzz). Yellow? That’s the San Francisco 49ers versus the Indianapolis Colts. May God have mercy on your soul.

For more information on how to watch today’s Eagles game, CLICK HERE.





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 10:03:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Cardinals 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 Arizona Cardinals in Week 5 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Chargers game via online streaming.]





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 09:49:20 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Cardinals 2017: Game Predictions

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Who will win this week?

For the third week in a row now, I’ve seen people suggest the Eagles are facing a “trap game.”

There’s just something about the Eagles being heavily favored that scares people.

In some ways, I get it. It’s the NFL: Any Given Sunday. And we’ve certainly seen the Eagles lose games they were favored to win on paper.

But that doesn’t mean every time the Eagles are favored to win means it’s a trap game. And yet I feel that’s how this season has gone so far. What will it take for people to start having a lot more confidence in the Eagles?

Maybe a blowout victory would help. The Eagles just might have the chance to do that today against the Cardinals. Yes, Arizona has some talented defensive players, but their offense struggles to score — 17.2 points per game, 26th in the NFL.

The Cardinals’ offensive struggles could very well continue this week. The Eagles’ defensive line going up against their offensive line figures to be a big mismatch. It’ll be critical to get pressure on Carson Palmer. Arizona has a number of speedy wide receivers and they’ll likely look to air it out during the course of the game. It’d be surprising to see the Cardinals get as conservative as the Giants did in Week 3.

Philadelphia’s offense will likely have a hard time running the ball as effectively as they did the past two weeks. The Cardinals’ run defense is much better than the units the Eagles have faced recently. With Wendell Smallwood out, the Eagles will be counting on the likes of LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement to pound the rock.

The running game might become even more important in this matchup depending on how the weather holds up. As of now, it’s expected to be rainy and windy at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cardinals haven’t been able to run the ball well while the Eagles have, so the elements could be in Philly’s favor.

But it’s not like the Eagles are going to shy away from their passing attack completely. Carson Wentz is coming off one of the better games of his career. He’s given the Eagles plenty of reason to trust him as he controls the offense. One matchup that could really work in Philly’s favor is Torrey Smith versus Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel. Smith has struggled to actually, you know, catch the ball but he’s still capable of getting open deep. When it comes to the Alshon Jeffery matchup, I wouldn’t expect Wentz to avoid throwing his way just because Patrick Peterson will be shadowing him. The Eagles weren’t totally shy to throw towards Josh Norman in Week 1 and Marcus Peters in Week 2. Wentz has to pick his spots and be careful with the ball.

There’s no real good reason the Eagles should lose this game. The West Coast area Cardinals are traveling east to play a 1:00 PM game. Arizona’s track record this seaosn isn’t very impressive. The Eagles are home.

I don’t think the Eagles can lose this game by being simply outclassed. They’d have to beat themselves in order to fall short. The feeling here is that won’t happen. Philadelphia is poised to take care of business today. Bruce Arians’ side probably won’t go down easy, but I still think the Eagles can finish with a comfortable double-digit margin of victory.

Trap game be damned.

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 09:25:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Wayne Manor! Seven Takeaways from Flyers 3, Ducks 2

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When the NHL schedule was released last summer, the Flyers’ first few games seemed daunting. A four-game road trip to start the season, including the California three-step in four days. It didn’t look promising. Yet, here we are, at the end of the Golden State portion of the trip and the Flyers have earned four…

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 11:30:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers 3, Ducks 2: What we learned from an OT thriller

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The Wayne Train!

The Corsi Report

It’s your favorite part of the morning, Flyers fancy stats time! After reading this in the comments section my past two observations, I’ll be including the score/venue adjusted corsi numbers along with the raw numbers for each player and the team overall.

1st line: Giroux/Couturier/Voracek

Giroux Raw: (53.33) / Adjusted: (55.24)

Couturier Raw: (50) / Adjusted: (52.15)

Voracek Raw: (50) / Adjusted: (51.86)

Not the greatest night for this line but just like the rest of the team they came alive towards the end of the game. They also accounted for one of the Flyers’ two 5-on-5 goals last night (yes you read that right) with Voracek setting up Couturier on a beautiful goal.

2nd line: Weal/Filppula/Simmonds

Weal Raw: (53.85) / Adjusted: (56.70)

Filppula Raw: (50) / Adjusted: (53.10)

Simmonds Raw: (47.83) / Adjusted: (50.86)

Filppula took the spot of Nolan Patrick for this game on the “2nd line” and I can’t say I’m a fan of it or I hate it. Filppula had his moments of strong possession and solid playmaking, and then he had moments where I was screaming at the TV wondering what the hell he was thinking. This line may not ever be an advanced stats dream, but if they can hang around 50% and create enough chances? I can live with it.

3rd line: Weise/Patrick/Konecny

Weise Raw: (27.78) / Adjusted: (30.15)

Patrick Raw: (47.37) / Adjusted: (49.63)

Konecny Raw: (45) / Adjusted: (47.62)

Yeah I vomited too when seeing Weise’s numbers.

Patrick moves to the “3rd line” and one could tell right off the bat that the combo of Patrick and Konecny could work wonders. They generated one of the first chances of the game with Patrick receiving a feed from Konecny on the rush and letting a shot go only to be robbed by Gibson. Despite not having a great metrics game, this line showed some promise as the game went on.

4th line: Leier/Laughton/Raffl

Leier Raw: (68.75) / Adjusted: (71.13)

Laughton Raw: (64.71) / Adjusted: (67.12)

Raffl Raw: (62.50) / Adjusted: (65.01)

There’s not much else to say about this line besides it is so nice to finally have this type of 4th line that drives play at a ridiculous rate. I can’t even remember the last time the Flyers had a 4th line with this much skill and it’s certainly showing early on this season.

1st pairing: Provorov/MacDonald

Provorov raw: (37.93) / Adjusted: (40.54)

MacDonald raw: (42.31) / Adjusted: (45.12)

This is one of those times where the numbers don’t always tell the full story. Provorov and MacDonald had a solid game. Provy denying many zone entries and breaking up passes. MacDonald, surprisingly enough, has put together two decent games after a dreadful opener.

2nd pairing: Hagg/Gostisbehere

Hagg raw: (42.11) / Adjusted: (44.51)

Gostisbehere raw: (54.55) / Adjusted: (57.31)

Probably the best game we’ve seen from these two out of the first three. Ghost was breaking up seemingly every single breakout by the Ducks especially in the neutral zone. Hagg continued his persona of having such a quiet game you sometimes forget he’s even on the ice.

3rd pairing: Sanheim/Gudas

Sanheim raw: (64) / Adjusted: (66.13)

Gudas raw: (56.67) / Adjusted: (58.90)

Oh yeah, that’s the good stuff.

Firstly, I love that Dave Hakstol went right back to Sanehim after a rough first NHL game. I don’t know for sure, but I find it hard to believe that the Hak of last season sends Sanheim right back out there. To put it simply, Sanheim looked like he belonged last night. Gudas was fantastic as well, laying the body smartly and effectively.

Team Performance

After two sluggish periods, the Flyers turned on the jets in the 3rd period, dominating the Ducks with 22 attempts for to only 9 against. This strong end to the game gave them a total advantage in raw CF%, 50.65 to 49.35. Adjusted, the Flyers look even better in this win edging the Ducks, 53.22 to 46.78.

One of the main struggles that have plagued the Flyers over the past few years is 5v5 scoring and tonight at the very least: it was solved. Both of their regulation goals were at 5v5, although the first was right as the power play was ending, but let’s not ruin this fun moment shall we?

Heatmap

Another theme that annoyed many of us last season was the amount of point shots. I don’t know if this is fixed or if we’re just seeing a glimmer of hope in a small sample size, but the amount of chances coming from in front of the net and in the slot are very encouraging to see.


Five Takeaways

1. 4th line continues to dominate in possession

What a breath of fresh air this is to not see Bellemare/VandeVelde on the 4th line on a nightly basis. The new influx of skill with Laughton/Raffl/Leier has been possibly my favorite thing about this team so far. Being able to put the 4th line out and not feel at a clear disadvantage is a wonderful thing.

2. Travis Sanheim bounces back

This was outstanding to see from the kid. Sanheim had a rough first game as many do in their debut (minus the Auston Matthews of the world), but he showed the kind of defenseman Flyers fans can expect with his performance tonight. Not hesitant to jump up in the play offensively, and getting more and more responsible in his own zone.

3. A dominating 3rd period

Other than the nonsense that was the Cam Fowler shorthanded goal, the Flyers manhandled the Ducks in the 3rd period. John Gibson had to stand on his head as he had done up to that point just to keep the Ducks in it and get the game to OT. Just take a look at the game flow as soon as the 3rd period begins — that’s exactly how you want a team to finish a game.

4. Nolan Patrick arrives

Other than scoring his first NHL point on a beautiful set up to fellow Brandon Wheat King Ivan Provorov, Nolan Patrick played a fantastic game. Paired with Travis Konecny for the first time this season at 5v5, Patrick was brilliant behind the net making even the difficult passes look extremely easy. This definitely seemed like Patrick’s best game so far out of his first three.

5. BAMF Brian Elliott outduels Gibson

John Gibson was out of this world last night, but Brian Elliott stood toe to toe with the Ducks netminder. Elliott looked much more calm and stable in net compared to a jittery and wild opening game. He made the easy saves and made the difficult ones when he desperately needed to obviously minus the two Anaheim goals. Elliott kept the Flyers in it while they were getting out-Corsi’d in the first two periods, which is something we couldn’t say about the goalies last season.

All stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick.





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 12:25:03 EDT from rss

Subject: BSH Radio reacts to an overtime victory in Anaheim

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Bill Matz returns with his analysis following the game-winning heroics of Wayne Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds scored the overtime winner for the Flyers, and Bill Matz is here to celebrate the 2-1-0 start with the #FlyersAfterDark crowd.

Sean Couturier and Provorov each added their first tallies of the young season, Brian Elliott remained perfect in orange and black and Andrew MacDonald hasn’t looked all that bad the last two nights.

Bill breaks down Philadelphia’s new emphasis on generating offense from below the goal line, as well as what went wrong for Travis Sanheim on Anaheim’s 4-on-4 goal and what exactly it is Dale Weise and Valtteri Filppula are contributing to the offense on a late Saturday night edition of the BSH Radio Facebook Live post-game chat.

Posted by Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans on Saturday, October 7, 2017




[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 11:31:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Sal Paolantonio Rode Along With Doug Pederson in his Range Rover

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Sal Pal decided to ride along with head coach Doug Pederson for his police escort to the Linc today. Dougie P’s got a nice looking Range Rover as well. Video after the jump. Here are some of the highlights: Sal Pal: What goes through your mind when you’re on your way to the stadium? What’s the…

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 11:30:50 EDT from rss

Subject: Cardinals-Eagles Week 5 Live Thread

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The Eagles return home to take on the Arizona Cardinals in what will be a busy week for the Birds. On the injury front, Ronald Darby and Fletcher Cox are out, while Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, Destiny Vaeao, and Wendell Smallwood are questionable. According to Ian Rapoport, Smallwood is not expected to play. For the…

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 12:36:07 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Cardinals Inactives: Arizona rules out starting left guard

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Looking at who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Running back Wendell Smallwood is OUT, as expected. LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement will get more playing time in his absence. Look for the Eagles to also give Kenjon Barner some offensive touches.

Isaac Seumalo is a healthy scratch for the second week in a row. Stefen Wisniewski will likely start at left guard with Chance Warmack rotating in for some reason.

Beau Allen will start at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox out. Elijah Qualls and Justin Hamilton are also in line for playing time. Destiny Vaeao is OUT after being limited in practice all week. Perhaps he’ll be ready for Thursday’s game against the Panthers.

Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas are the starters at cornerback. Jaylen Watkins is out again despite being a full participant in practice all week. He was ruled questionable on the final injury report. He might be ready to be back by Thursday.

Corey Graham is active for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury. He’s the top safety behind starters Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins.

Shelton Gibson has been a healthy scratch for all five games so far this season.

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

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

RB Wendell Smallwood - Injury.

DT Fletcher Cox - Injury.

CB Ronald Darby - Injury.

DT Destiny Vaeao - Injury.

S Jaylen Watkins - Injury.

WR Shelton Gibson - Sixth wide receiver.

OG Isaac Seumalo - Depth guard/center.

Arizona Cardinals Inactive List

Cardinals starting left guard Alex Boone is out. That’s a significant loss for Arizona since he’s only starting because Mike Iupati is out for the season.





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 13:00:04 EDT from rss

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

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The Philadelphia Eagles continue their 2017 regular season schedule with a home game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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

The Eagles can advance to 4-1 by beating the 2-2 Cardinals. This is a big opportunity for the midnight green Birds to make a statement.

LET’S DO IT!

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

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 14:44:59 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Cardinals updates for the second quarter

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After the first quarter, the Eagles lead 21-0.

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

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 15:33:27 EDT from rss

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

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After the second quarter, the Eagles lead 21-7.

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

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 16:21:20 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Cardinals 2017 updates for the fourth quarter

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After the third quarter, the Eagles lead 31-7.

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

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 17:03:41 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Cardinals Final Score: Philadelphia crushes Arizona thanks to big day from Carson Wentz, 34-7

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EAGLES WIN AGAIN!

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field by a final score of 34 to 7. The Eagles advanced to 4-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a Thursday night road game against the Carolina Panthers. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

BGN Radio Postgame Show! #Eagles

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FIRST QUARTER

Eagles win the coin toss and elect to defer. Cardinals up on offense first.

The Cardinals ran for a short gain and then Jalen Mills broke up two passes, including one intended for Larry Fitzgerald, to force a three-and-out. Great start by the defense. A nice 19-yard punt return by Kenjon Barner set the Eagles up at midfield.

Stefen Wisniewski got the start at left guard and LeGarrette Blount got the start at running back. After taking a sack from Chandler Jones, who beat Jason Peters, Carson Wentz hit Zach Ertz over the middle for a first down on 3rd-and-long. Then Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery for another first on 3rd-and-long. Wentz has been so great in those situations this season. Then Wentz hit Trey Burton on a slot fade for a 15-yard Eagles touchdown. Beautiful pass. Nice catch as well. Surgical accuracy from Wentz on this drive. Eagles lead, 7-0.

Malcolm Jenkins broke up a pass over the middle intended for Fitzgerald. Eagles doing a good job of stopping the Eagles Killer early on. Brandon Graham notched a sack to force the Cardinals into 3rd-and-16. Arizona has to punt. Jalen Mills got banged up on this drive but later returned.

Barner does a great job of returning a punt for 76 yards. Welcome back! The Eagles start in the red zone and Wentz connects with Ertz for a touchdown. What a start! Eagles lead, 14-0.

The Cardinals took back over and couldn’t get anything going. Tackle for loss by Timmy Jernigan. Then Patrick Robinson dropped an interception that had the potential to be a pick-six. The Linc would have exploded if that was caught. Arizona ended up having to punt. Then they had to punt again because the first one was wiped out by a Ifeanyi Momah (!) holding penalty. It was shanked but it got a good roll to go 50 yards. Lucky.

Another Eagles drive, ANOTHER Eagles touchdown. Wentz to Torrey Smith, who caught the ball, for a 59-yard touchdown. Holy crap. The route is on. Eagles lead, 21-0.

AWESOME touchdown celebration BTW.

Palmer had another pick dropped. By Robinson again.

The Eagles’ first quarter ended to a standing ovation from the fans. The Linc was rocking.

SECOND QUARTER

Robinson’s drop turned out to be costly because the Cardinals were able to drive into the red zone. Palmer hit John Brown in the end zone for an Arizona touchdown. Bad series for Mills, who was beat in coverage multiple times. Maybe feeling effects from getting hurt earlier in the game? Beau Allen got banged up on this drive. Eagles lead, 21-7.

Rain picking up at the Linc. Chance Warmack in at left guard. The rotation continues. Immediately gave up a near-sack. Brandon Brooks called for a (questionable) holding penalty to set the Eagles back at 2-and-17 from the 28. Wentz fails to connect with Jeffery on a deep pass. Looked like Jeffery may have been at fault there more than Wentz, bad route. Barner picks up a big gain on third down but Doug Pederson elects to punt instead of going for it on fourth down. Philadelphia fans rejoice.

Cardinals start out pinned in their own territory due to a holding penalty on the punt. Derek Barnett gets called up for roughing the passer. Bad mistake by the rook. He came so close to a sack there, too. Vinny Curry makes up for the mistake by sacking Palmer to force 3rd-and-long. First one for him this season. Eagles defense picks up the stop.

Warmack at left guard again. Three-and-out. Things were working with Wisniewski. Why switch?

Jenkins tackles a Cardinals receiver short of the sticks to force an incompletion. Nice game so far by Jenk. Cards punt after going three-and-out.

Wis back in at left guard. Wentz picks up a first down with his legs to bring the first half to the 2-minute warning. The Eagles pick up 22-yard on a well-designed screen to Corey Clement. Wentz targets Marcus Johnson (!) over the middle for a first down. Wentz throws an almost-pick to Patrick Peterson but the cornerback can’t hold on as he jumps along the sideline. Then Wentz throws a pick in the end zone. His pass for Ertz sailed a little high and got intercepted. Killer mistake that erases a chance for the Eagles to go up by three possessions and then get the ball back at the beginning of the second half.

Palmer had a deep pass that sailed over the outstretched arm of Rasul Douglas, who jumped too early, but fortunately John Brown dropped it. Could have been a touchdown. Arizona moves into field goal range. And the kick is ... BLOCKED! Nice job by Robinson. Eagles preserve their 14 point lead going into the half.

THIRD QUARTER

Lane Johnson was ruled out for the game due to a head injury upon returning from halftime. Uh, that’s a big loss. Halapoulivaati Vaitai in at right tackle. Nelson Agholor had a pass go off his hands but Wentz came right back to him to gain 17 yards for a first down on 3rd-and-11. Redemption. Wentz hits Smith and then Ertz, who ran through contact after the catch (!) to move the chains. A short run from Blount got the Eagles into the red zone. Wentz had Ertz wide open on third down ... but the quarterback simply just threw way behind in and into the ground. Wtf? Eagles settle for a 36-yard field goal. Three possession game with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter. Eagles lead, 24-7.

Two tackles for loss, both from Brandon Graham, set the Eagles up in 3rd-and-15 from their own 8-yard line. Beast. Palmer’s throw is short of the sticks. Punt.

Blount got called for holding on first down to set the Eagles at 1st-and-20 from their own 27. Eagles get to 3rd-and-19. AND THEN WENTZ AIRS IT OUT DEEP TO AGHOLOR. IT’S CAUGHT. AGHOLOR GETS THE BALL AND JUKES THE CRAP OUT OF ROOKIE SAFETY BUDDA BAKER. THEN FALLS BACKWARDS INTO THE END ZONE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. HOLY F****** S***! THAT WAS INCREDIBLE. SO DISRESPECTFUL BY NELSON (IN A GOOD WAY). I CAN’T STOP TYPING IN ALL CAPS. Eagles lead, 31-7.

Forgive me but Agholor’s touchdown was so good that it caused me to forget what happened on the Cardinals’ next offensive drive. They didn’t score, though, so I guess it was a punt.

Blount ran through a HUGE hole to put the Eagles around the midfield mark. But then the Eagles had to settle for a punt.

FOURTH QUARTER

Beau Allen forced Palmer into underthrowing a deep shot. Mills got his hands on it but Brown knocked the ball out as the cornerback went to the ground. Lot of dropped interceptions today. Robinson tipped a deep pass that Corey Graham had a chance to pick but the safety couldn’t come up with it. Robinson having hell of a season, man. Cards go for it on 4th-and-8 but get stopped. Turnover on downs.

Eagles methodically drive into the end zone while killing some clock. Barner draws a pass interference penalty to help the Eagles move the ball even more. Blount rushes for a touchdown to seal the game ... nope. Called back due to a hold on Warmack. Philly settles for a 28-yard field goal from Elliott to ice the game. That’s a nice 9:14 drive.

The Cardinals drove into scoring range as the Eagles used prevent defense. Robinson whiffed badly on an open field tackle and J.J. Nelson scored a touchdown. Except he didn’t. Because he fumbled the ball out of the end zone as he reached out for the goal line. Credit Rodney McLeod with the strip.

Victory formation.

EAGLES WIN! FINAL SCORE: 34-7

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[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 18:05:42 EDT from rss

Subject: The Eagles had the best group touchdown celebration in the NFL this week (VIDEO)

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This was awesome.

The Philadelphia Eagles played a complete game on Sunday in their 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Even the touchdown celebrations were top notch!

They were so good, in fact, that the Eagles actually had the best celebration of the weekend. And maybe even the season. Maybe all-time? OK, that might be pushing it, but just enjoy this clip of the Birds celebrating Torrey Smith’s 59-yard touchdown reception:

This is some great choreography. Nelson Agholor is the pitcher, Torrey Smith is the hitter, Alshon Jeffery is the catcher, and Carson Wentz is the ump. I’m not sure what Zach Ertz’s role is. I also like how LeGarrette Blount kind of just sneaks in late. Pretty funny.

The celebration is just one of a few things that made this touchdown so satisfying. Another aspect is that it was a great deep throw from Wentz, who has struggled with his accuracy in that area. And it was a ball that was actually caught by Smith, who has been struggling with drops.

In other words, the Eagles really deserved to take advantage of the NFL’s relaxed TD celebration rules and go all out for this one.

Asked about the celebration during the final question of his postgame press conference, Doug Pederson said: “That’s good stuff.”

Indeed.





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 18:43:12 EDT from rss

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In a good way!

I still can’t get over how incredible that Nelson Agholor touchdown in the Eagles’ win over the Cardinals was. Let’s all watch it again as I try to gather my thoughts.

Just an awesome play by Agholor. Beats his man deep, makes a good catch with his hands extended away from his body, stiffs arms the defender (rookie safety Budda Baker), does a spin move to make it seem like he’s going to the right, cuts it back to the left, manages to stay in bounds while running along the sideline, and then falls BACKWARDS into the end zone for the touchdown.

Wow.

That play is the NBA equivalent of breaking a dude’s ankles and then driving to the basket to throw down a monster reverse jam. And then hanging on the rim while staring down the helpless defender. So disrespectful (in a good way).

That’s just jaw-dropping stuff right there from a dude who had been so awful during the first two seasons of his career. Now he’s doing this?!

With plays like these, the Eagles certainly aren’t missing Jordan Matthews a lot in the slot. I’m not trying to make this an anti-JMatt thing, but Agholor is just so clearly more explosive.

After the game, Agholor admitted his “fall backwards into the end zone” was inspired by a certain former Eagles wide receiver.

“That was kind of a tribute to [DeSean Jackson],” said Agholor.

“He always used to do that and I watched of lot of his tapes, so shout out to D-Jax for that.”





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 19:22:09 EDT from rss

Subject: The Philadelphia Eagles finally played a complete game

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #267). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. Cardinals game in Week 5, celebrate the greatness of Carson Wentz, talk about how the Birds are 4-1, and much more.





[#] Sun Oct 08 2017 20:09:53 EDT from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate dominant win over Arizona Cardinals

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Victory tweets!

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 34-7. The Eagles are 4-1 and first in the NFC East, baby. Onward to the victory tweets!





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