Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup
Subject: The Eagles Will Win This Game If
From The Eagles.
This feature is a weekly piece on BleedingGreenNation.com titled From The Eagles, featuring Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. The intention is to provide a perspective directly from the Philadelphia Eagles in this forum for the great fans who visit BGN.
Three of the four road teams on Thursday night football (not including the season-opening game between) Kansas City and New England have won in 2017, bucking the numbers that say road teams win roughly 30 percent of the time in this in-season challenge.
Throw it all out the window here. The Eagles leave Wednesday for Charlotte and play a very good Carolina Panthers team on Thursday night. Here is how the Eagles win the game, with some additional thoughts sprinkled in …
- Make sure they handle the right tackle position properly. It’s going to be very difficult for Lane Johnson, in the concussion protocol, to play in this game, and his absence would be a big loss for the offense. But the Eagles have confidence in Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who would get the start on the right edge. Vaitai made good progress last year and he’s played in 95 offensive snaps this year, so Vaitai should be ready to go. Here’s the challenge: Julius Peppers is a savvy veteran who, at age 37, has 5.5 quarterback sacks and he’s playing at a very high level. Remember this, though: Peppers is playing on a short week. He’s a bit banged up as well, with a shoulder injury that kept him off the field in the team’s walk-through on Monday. Maybe Peppers isn’t at his best. Maybe he’s just a little bit off his game. If Vaitai can handle Peppers one on one, it’s a great boost. If not, the Eagles have to recognize it early and help the edge.
- Carolina averages 98.6 rushing yards per game, ranking 19th in the NFL. Quarterback Cam Newton has helped with 90 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s very much a dual-threat quarterback. So the Eagles have to account for his option reads and make sure they are physical with him. But the fact is, the Panthers have not been very balanced offensively. They rely on big plays in the passing game to a receiving corps that is very large. The good news is that the Eagles tend to handle one-phase offenses pretty well. Carolina’s big receivers, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, are not the fast, quick receivers that give these cornerbacks trouble. I like the Eagles offense against the Carolina defense if Jim Schwartz comes up with something to limit the damage Newton does out of the pocket.
- After doing a nice job on Cardinals running back Andre Ellington in the passing game on Sunday – Ellington had only 3 of his 9 receptions in the first half – the Eagles see the speed and versatility of Christian McCaffrey on Thursday night. Who can stay with his speed? Maybe the Eagles play a lot of nickel and keep an extra corner on the field and match up with McCaffrey. Maybe they try to beat him up at the line of scrimmage in press. You’ll see Carolina getting the ball to McCaffrey on screens and jet sweeps and all kinds of ways to put the football in his hands. He is the Panthers’ version of Tyreek Hill.
- Carolina isn’t great up front offensively, so the Eagles once again match up well here. If they can pressure Newton, not let him break the pocket, stop the run, well, this defense has the advantage.
- How do the Eagles score? Carolina won’t have starting safety Kurt Coleman, the former Eagle. Jarius Byrd played 24 snaps in Carolina’s win on Sunday over Detroit and the Eagles can maybe get him into some favorable matchups. Colin Jones is a safety with a lot of speed and he played 36 snaps on Sunday, so the Eagles have had a chance to get a good look at him. One starting cornerback Daryl Worley (a Philly native) has an ankle injury and won’t be 100 percent. This sounds like a throw-early, run-late kind of offensive approach. The Eagles have depth at wide receiver and you have to see if the Eagles try to exploit whichever cornerback tries to stay with Nelson Agholor.
- It could very well come down to which quarterback plays better, and there aren’t many playing better in the league right now than Carson Wentz. Get him off to a good start and let’s see how the Panthers handle Wentz.
- It is critical that the Eagles hold up inside against Panthers tackles Kawaan Short and Star Lotulelei. Jason Kelce and guards Stefen Wisniewski and Brandon Brooks have their hands full, and if they win inside, the Eagles are going to be fine.
- Watch out for linebacker Luke Kuechly and the way he disrupts things at the line of scrimmage. I can see the Eagles trying to run at Kuechly to try to minimize his sideline-to-sideline pursuit skills.
- Don’t be upset if the Eagles look more at the passing game here: Carolina allows just 80 rushing yards per game.
- Is there a special teams playing better than the Eagles’ this season? Even without Darren Sproles and changes in the kicking game (new placekicker, new long snapper), the Eagles have been awesome on teams. Win here and it’s huge.
- And this is no surprise, but if the Eagles win the turnover battle and score touchdowns in the red zone, they’re going to win another road game and enjoy a nice, long weekend as they look ahead to Washington one week from Monday.
Subject: Rough Outing: Six Observations from Celtics 113, Sixers 96
Subject: Feeling those fourth line feelings...
The gang spends an hour singing the praises of the Flyers’ fourth line while also having a lot of feelings about Dale Weise, who is ruining our lives.
The Flyers have won two of their first three games but we’ve still got some issues, specifically Dale Weise’s spot in the lineup. But there are good things, too! Couturier has 3 points in 3 games, Brian Elliott is 2-0, and Wayne Simmonds already has 4 goals. We break down some of the new offensive tactics and preview the game in Nashville as well. THE FLYERS!
Subject: Eagles fans pay tribute by singing along to Tom Petty at Lincoln Financial Field (VIDEO)
Cool moment from the crowd.
The crowd was super into the game. Standing ovations for the Eagles after each quarter. Battling sections doing the “E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!” chant to see who can do it louder.
And then there were was a cool moment when the team played Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” during a commercial break and all the Eagles fans in the Linc sang along.
Eagles playing Tom Petty during commercial break. Fans in the stadium singing along.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 8, 2017
Check out the crowd video below courtesy of Bleeding Green Nation reader Jeff DeAngelo (CLICK HERE if you can’t see it).
Eagles Fans Sing Along To Tom Petty At The Linc
Eagles fans singing along to Tom Petty -- RIP (Video credit: Jeff DeAngelo)Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Monday, October 9, 2017
The 66-year-old Petty, one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, suffered cardiac arrest and passed away last Monday on Oct. 2. RIP.
Here’s the complete version of the song.
Subject: Three and Out: Offensive Identity, The Seam Bender and Finishing on Defense
Subject: Extending Joel Embiid is a Risk the Sixers Had to Take
Subject: Here Come The Markelle Fultz Shoulder Injury Stories
Subject: Jerry Jones is pathetic
His defense is even worse than his defense
Let’s take our trip around the NFC East as half the division tripped over itself on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
Last Week: Steamrolled the Cardinals 34-7.
This Week: Visit the Panthers on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network, CBS, NBC, ID Discovery, Oxygen, BBC America, and TruTV.
Eagles blowout wins: terrific for the site, terrible for this column. I got nothing.
Washington Redskins (2-2)
Last Week: Bye week
This Week: Host the winless 49ers
The Redskins didn’t play or do anything embarrassing off the field so just enjoy this photo of Jay Gruden thinking about catching up on DVRed episodes of Kevin Can Wait.
Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Last Week: Let’s just review what we said last week:
This Week: Aaron Rodgers
This Week: Bye week
For the stick to sports crowd:
Longest losing streaks in NFL history when scoring 30+ at home— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) October 8, 2017
1. 2012-13 Cowboys - 4 games
2. 2016-17 Cowboys - 3 games (active)
For everyone else:
In 2003 Barbara Streisand attempted to have a photo of her mansion removed from an archive of pictures documenting California coastline erosion. Only four people who weren’t her lawyers had downloaded the photo, had she done nothing no one would have known about it. Instead, she filed a $50 million lawsuit that would eventually get dismissed, and the photo got a lot of attention. A few years later the inadvertent action of bringing something to attention by attempting to quash it was coined “the Streisand effect.” To see it in action today, look no further than the NFL’s attempts to stop players from kneeling during the anthem, specifically the actions of Jerry Jones.
Prior to Week 3 games, Donald Trump said that players should be fired for protesting during the national anthem. Owners took what appeared to be a stand against him that Sunday by kneeling or locking arms with their players. It was celebrated as an important gesture. It was, but for other reasons. Then on Monday Night Football, Jerry Jones showed that it was a transparent PR stunt by making sure to look at the cameras as he kneeled alongside Cowboys players.
Over the next two weeks, owners protesting with players has been exposed as a fraud. Last week the Saints took a knee prior to the anthem then stood for it, an empty gesture. And now Jones, who didn’t even have an American flag in the stadium when it opened, and supposedly kneeled with players to stand up to Donald Trump saying that teams should take action against players who kneel, is threatening to bench players who protest during the anthem.
"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. Understand? We will not ... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
This was the NFL’s goal in looking like they were showing solidarity with their players, they hoped that by doing it once with them, they wouldn’t do it again.
Jones said he thought controversy would "go away" after MNF in AZ when team knelt "in unity" before anthem and then stood locked arm in arm— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 9, 2017
Because apparently it’s in the best interest of players to be subservient to owners.
Jones adamant the policy is in best interest of players, who "need consequences" to stand up to peer pressure— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 9, 2017
Jones himself is just being subservient to the guy he supposedly protested against.
Jones said VP Pence's actions and statement in Indianapolis Sunday generated new questions that he decided to answer post-game.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 9, 2017
Jones emphasized NFL game ops manual several times and then this: "You know who reminded me about the game ops policy? Donald Trump."— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 10, 2017
Game Operations Manual is not incorporated into the CBA or Standard Player Contract, and never given to players. https://t.co/bifUkDsTTo— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) October 10, 2017
After pretending to show solidarity with players, the owners are trying to silence them, using any means necessary.
Pathetic. Unsurprising, but still pathetic.
But Jones is no fool, he knows it will work for his team. Who is going to rebuff Jerry? Dak Prescott just got Cam Newton’s yogurt money, he’s not risking that. Dez Bryant is surrounded by babysitters Jerry assigns him, he’s been neutered. Ezekiel Elliott? LOL. Tyron Smith is probably the best bet. Jason Witten, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin or Sean Lee? Only a handful of white players across the league protested alongside their black teammates prior to Trump’s comments, none of whom were those four, why would they do it now?
Had Jones said nothing, the story lines leading up to the Cowboys return in two weeks against the 49ers would be about how the Cowboys are looking to bounce back after two late game collapses. No one would really care about what the Cowboys will do during the anthem. Instead, Jones has made it all about the anthem. The attempt to make the protests go away have only drawn further attention to them.
New York Giants (0-5)
Last Week: Extended their streak of not scoring 28+ points to 14 games (the defense has given up more than 28+ just once during that span) and lost to the previously winless Chargers 27-22.
This Week: At the Broncos, who are coming off a bye, so good luck with that
Being 0-5 is only the beginning of the Giants woes. Odell Beckham is done for the year with a broken ankle, Dwayne Harris is done with a broken foot, and Brandon Marshall is also out for the year with an ankle injury. Sterling Shepard also suffered an ankle injury but unfortunately for him he isn’t out for the year, so he’s going to have to endure some more of this season.
Giants haven't won a gime since this picture was taken pic.twitter.com/iW0Gxl7rDm— Rob (@rob_young17) October 1, 2017
Tweet of the
16-0?— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 21, 2017
Jason Pierre-Paul thinks so. pic.twitter.com/hHCxUfNWg7
Subject: Flyers vs. Predators preview: Familiar faces meet as Western Conference Champs unveil banner in Nashville
Flyers need some “jam” tonight against former coach.
After taking four out of a possible six points on a three-game trip through California, the Flyers look to continue the momentum in the Music City with a date against the reigning Western Conference champion Predators on Tuesday night.
Puck drop is set for 8pm from Bridgestone Arena, the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia and on radio at 97.5 The Fanatic. The live stream can be found via the NBC Sports app for locals and on NHL.tv elsewhere.
Wayne Simmonds scored the OT winner in Anaheim to close the California trip and was named the NHL’s third star of the week following four goals in three games. Alex Ovechkin (seven goals, two games) was named the first star while Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury took home second star honors through the first week of action.
The Flyers also got goals from Ivan Provorov and Sean Couturier in the win over the Ducks. Brian Elliott stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn his second win in as many tries. What wasn’t good was the Flyers’ power play, which went 0-for-5 on the night despite generating eight shots. Ducks goalie John Gibson was spectacular, turning aside 34 of 37 Flyers shots.
Looking ahead, the Predators are winless and have been outscored by five goals through two games to start the season. Nashville was blanked by Pittsburgh on Saturday two days after the Blackhawks hung a 10-spot on the Pens. Didn’t want to forget to mention that.
While it’s certainly possible that Peter Laviolette’s team is experiencing a short Stanley Cup hangover to start the year, the Flyers will need to bring a complete effort in all three phases to earn points against a deep, talented team.
Subject: Joel Embiid is Officially a Sixer Until 2023
Subject: Andrej Meszaros, Anders Lindback, and the Predators
How a 2010 move by the Flyers helped the Predators in their 2017 run to the Cup Final.
The Nashville Predators had a lot of contributors in their run to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final appearance last season.
In his first season with the team, P.K. Subban had a big hand in the Preds’ run, as well as the other top-four d-men in Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, and Mattias Ekholm. Pekka Rinne (Mika Pyorala’s brother-in-law) provided one of the best seasons of his career with a .930 save percentage in 22 postseason games after he posted a .918 save percentage in 61 regular-season games. Up front, the line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson led Music City’s offense until Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks, where Johansen suffered a unique and dangerous injury in an overtime loss for the Preds.
With the series tied at two, the Predators won Game 5 behind a 32-save performance by Rinne. Despite being outshot 41-18 in Game 6, Nashville won the series thanks to a hat trick from Colton Sissons. With only eight goals during the 2016-2017 campaign and two goals through Game 5 of the WCF, Sissons wasn’t really expected to be the hero. However, Sissons was exactly what the Predators needed at that time and place. Sissons found himself in that particular situation partially due to an offseason trade by former Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren in the summer of 2010.
After the Flyers’ third defensive pairing caused the team issues in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, Holmgren decided to add to Philly’s defensive depth in the offseason that followed. Along with signing veteran blue liner Sean O’Donnell, Holmgren traded for Andrej Meszaros, a defenseman who put up decent point totals and power-play numbers in his three seasons with the Ottawa Senators before stumbling a bit in his two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In exchange for Meszaros and his contract, which had four years left at a cap hit of $4 million, the Orange and Black gave the Lightning a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Meszaros was a serviceable d-man for the Flyers, as he had 20 goals and 56 assists in 192 games for Philly over the span of four seasons. He also (technically) won the Barry Ashbee Trophy, an award handed out to the team’s best d-man voted on by those who cover the team, in his first season with Philadelphia. At the 2014 trade deadline, Holmgren was able to flip Meszaros to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round pick in that year’s draft. The Flyers took defenseman Mark Friedman at 86th overall, a rearguard who has a pretty decent chance of becoming an NHL player in the near future.
As for the second-round pick, the Lightning moved the selection in a deal that helped them land a goaltender a week before the 2012 Draft. Tampa Bay packaged the 2012 second-round pick they received from the Flyers, another 2012 second-round pick, a 2013 third-round pick, and the rights to goaltender Sebastien Caron in a deal to the Predators in exchange for goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson, and a seventh-round pick in 2012.
The Lightning’s return in this trade didn’t work out well. Lindback posted an .897 save percentage over two seasons with Tampa Bay before leaving in free agency. Wilson spent one season in the American Hockey League before leaving for the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2013-2014 season. The most beneficial part of the deal for the Bolts was the seventh-round pick, which was used on forward Nikita Gusev with the 202nd overall pick. If that name sounds kind of familiar it’s because Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman dealt Gusev and a pair of picks to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for player protection during the expansion draft in June.
Nashville’s return in the trade, however, turned out okay. Caron left that summer for Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and the third-round pick was used on defenseman Jonathan Diaby (who has spent all his time in the AHL and ECHL over the last three seasons) at 64th overall, but the two second-round picks in the 2012 Draft turned out well. At 37th overall, the Preds selected Pontus Aberg. The Swedish forward had five points in Nashville’s 2017 postseason run, one of which included this goahaha what happened, Olli Maatta?
Thirteen picks later, Nashville took Sissons with what was originally the Flyers’ pick.
Unlike the pick swap between the Flyers and San Jose Sharks back in 2003, Philadelphia actually turned out alright in this 2010 deal. Meszaros was alright in his time here and helped the team land Friedman, maybe the most underrated prospect in the system.
The Predators are probably happy the Orange and Black made this minor trade a few months before the 2010-11 season as well.
Subject: Getting to know the competition: Nashville Predators
The Flyers head to Music City, which is apparently in another time zone
The Flyers injury tour continues when they take on the depleted defense of the Nashville Predators tonight. BSH Radio’s Steph Driver sits down with Alex Daugherty from On The Forecheck to discuss the last of the Flyers’ opening road trip games. Topics of discussion include:
- What should we expect to see from this Nashville team?
- Are they treating Lavy and Hartsy well?
- We already know about the star power, who are some unknowns to look out for?
You can get Alex’s answers at the video below. Thanks to Alex for taking the time to speak with us. Tonight’s game begins at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Subject: Britt McHenry and Joe Banner Got Into a Political Pissing Match on Twitter
Subject: 5 best Eagles jerseys to buy right now
Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, and more.
Are you even an Eagles fan if you don’t own a jersey (or some sort of tee shirt)? We have a Fanatics store with a bunch of Eagles merchandise (like hoodies, shoes, hats, tailgating gear, and more) and today we want to take a look at the most essential piece to own — the jersey.
Below are top picks for 5 of our favorite players right now.
Let’s start with the most obvious choice on the list. Carzon Wentz is the face of the franchise. He’s showing a lot of progress in Year 2. In addition to being an emerging star, Wentz seems like a good dude off the field as well. You can’t go wrong with this one. He’s going to be with the Eagles for a very long time.
The franchise quarterback’s favorite target. Ertz is finally having that breakout year everyone expected. He’s on pace for 102 catches and 1,238 yards, and 6 touchdowns this season. Ertz is really cementing himself as one of the best tight ends in the NFL. The 26-year-old is signed through 2021 so he’s sticking around.
Jenkins is one of the Eagles’ defensive captains. He’s a leader in the locker room and a great player on the field. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz recently said Jenkins is playing the best football of his career.
Fletcher Cox is a beast. He’s clearly one of the Eagles’ most important players. Check out this stat from ESPN prior to the Eagles’ Week 5 game:
With Cox on the field this season (100 snaps), the Eagles have allowed 4.8 yards per play. With him off the field (129 snaps), they've allowed 7.3 yards per play.
Cox signed a $100 million extension last offseason. He’s still only 26 years old and his deal runs through 2022 so he’ll be around for a long time.
This is the safest Eagles jersey purchase. Being that he’s a former player, you don’t have to worry about Dawkins getting hurt or traded or getting in trouble off the field. Dawk was simply one of the best Eagles to ever play in Philly. He’s bound to get enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one of these years. Make sure you get your jersey now so you’ll have it in time for the celebration.
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Subject: Eagles Injury Report: Fletcher Cox listed as full participant
Update on the Eagles’ injury situation.
The encouraging news is that starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was a full participant in practice today after being listed as “limited” on Monday. After practice, Cox told reporters he was unsure if he’d play this week. So we’ll have to see how this situation plays out.
Cox has been out ever since suffering a calf injury in Week 3. If he can’t suit up, it’ll be Beau Allen starting next to Tim Jernigan once again. The fact that Cox is practicing at least gives him a chance to play this week.
Other than Cox, the Eagles’ Tuesday injury report is identical to Monday’s edition.
Three players are still not practicing: starting cornerback Ronald Darby, starting right tackle Lane Johnson, and running back Wendell Smallwood. They’re all unlikely to suit up for this game. Here’s a positive update on Darby:
Ronald Darby walked into a training room at NovaCare Complex without a limp or a noticeable brace or anything on his ankle.— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) October 10, 2017
Three players were limited: defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, and defensive tackle Beau Allen. The Eagles are dealing with a number of injuries at defensive tackle this week so that would make getting Cox back even better.
Starting safety Rodney McLeod, starting linebacker Jordan Hicks, and backup safeties Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins were all full go in practice.
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (Tuesday)
Did Not Participate
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
OT Lane Johnson (concussion)
RB Wendell Smallwood (knee)
DT Beau Allen (foot)
DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)
DE Chris Long (foot)
DT Fletcher Cox (calf)
S Rodney McLeod (hamstring)
LB Jordan Hicks (ankle)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
Carolina Panthers Injury Report (Tuesday)
To be announced - check back for updates.
Subject: The Flyers Hired a New In-Arena Host
Subject: Skip Bayless Is an Idiot
Subject: Eagles vs. Panthers Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy
Scouting the Eagles’ Week 6 matchup.
In order to preview the Birds’ matchup, I reached out to our enemies over at Cat Scratch Reader. The great Bradley Smith (@bdubsmitty) kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming game. Let's take a look at the answers. For my responses to Bradley’s questions, go check out his post over at CSR.
1 - I wasn’t sure what to make of the Panthers heading into this season. Now they’re sitting at 4-1, which is pretty good, but their one loss came by 21 points at home against a Saints team that traditionally isn’t good on the road. So what’s the deal with this Carolina team? How good are they?
I think the Panthers are more like the team we've seen the past two weeks (at NE and DET) than the team who lost to the Saints at home. The Panthers offense looks to be finally on the same page, which could be dangerous for other teams in the league. Cam Newton missed most of training camp and all but one drive of the preseason recovering from shoulder surgery, so it looks like that he's finally shaken off the rust and is back to the 2015 Cam who was the league's MVP.
2 - What’s your confidence level in Cam Newton right now?
Right now it's through the roof. He has looked like one of the league's best quarterbacks over the last two weeks and appears to have finally shaken off the rust from his lack of work in the preseason.
3 - The Panthers seem to be dealing with a number of injuries. Can you describe what’s going on with those and how it impacts the team?
The two biggest injuries the Panthers have dealt with are Pro Bowlers Greg Olsen and Ryan Kalil. The offense typically uses Olsen as the primary receiving target, so they've definitely missed his presence on the field. Ed Dickson has been mostly okay in his absence, but his stats are inflated by his inexplicable dominating performance last Sunday against Detroit. Kalil has missed the last four games with an undisclosed neck injury. He woke up the morning of the Week 2 game against Buffalo with a 'sore neck' and hasn't played since. Tyler Larsen has filled in admirably in his absence, but the Panthers need Kalil's leadership more than anything.
4 - What’s one matchup that really favors the Eagles? And one that really favors the Panthers?
I think both defensive lines should have the advantage over their respective offensive linesmen. The winner of this game will be the team who can avoid becoming one-dimensional on offense.
5 - A lot of Eagles fans wanted Christian McCaffrey to fall to Philly in the 2017 NFL Draft. How’s he been doing? How do you feel about his outlook?
McCaffrey has struggled running the ball, but that's mostly because the Panthers' offensive line hasn't given him much to work with. He's been much better receiving out of the backfield and while split out wide, and as a decoy for defenses to watch for while other players pick up big chunks of yards. The Panthers' 3rd running back Fozzy Whittaker scored a 40 yard touchdown on a screen play primarily because the entire Patriots defense shifted their focus to McCaffrey on the opposite side of the field. Going forward I think he'll be fine, especially when he learns how to avoid contact from defenders.
Bonus: Score prediction? Who wins this game and why?
The Panthers will jump out to a 21-3 lead, causing Panthers fans to get excited about the prospect of a win. The Eagles will get back into it late and make it close, causing Panthers fans to hate life, and then the Panthers will make a game-saving play to salvage the win. Panthers 21 - Eagles 20.
Subject: Jay Wright Is Getting The John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award