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[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 15:49:49 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Panthers Preview: This Could Be The Alshon Jeffery Game

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #268). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. Panthers game in Week 6, talk about how Alshon Jeffery is a key player to watch, analyze key matchups, and much more.

[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 17:01:45 EDT from rss

Subject: The Eagles are flying high while the rest of the NFC East is ... not

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The SB Nation NFL team sites will be doing theme weeks all throughout the 2017 NFL season. This week’s theme is: “Who is the best and who is the worst team in your division?

The answer to this question is fairly obviously when you take a look at the NFC East standings.

1) Philadelphia Eagles: 4-1
2) Washington Redskins: 2-2
3) Dallas Cowboys: 2-3
4) New York Giants: 0-5

Best team = Eagles.

Worst team = The New York Giant Dumpster Fire.

Now, there’s still a lot of football left this season and things can always change. But for now, it’s hard not to feel good about the Eagles’ chances of winning the division this season. Take a look at the updated playoff odds.

Football Outsiders gives the Eagles a 66.9% chance of winning the division. They also give the Eagles a 22.4% chance of being the No. 1 seed in the conference — the best odds of any NFC team right now.

And are you ready for this? Guess which NFL team currently has the second best odds to win the Super Bowl?

That’s right, it’s your Philadelphia Eagles — at 9.3%.

Now, the Eagles still have a lot to prove before we start seriously thinking about a Super Bowl trip for this team. But at the very least, the playoffs seem within reach.

The Eagles’ biggest threats to the division crown the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. I’d say Dallas is less intimidating at this point. Washington is the better team, which shows in the No. 2 overall DVOA ranking.

Speaking of that ranking, by the way, I don’t want to hear how “the Eagles haven’t beaten anybody good” this year. The Eagles beat Washington, who likely would’ve beaten the Chiefs if Josh Doctson doesn’t drop a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes, by 13 points on the road in Week 1.

Washington’s had the Eagles’ number in recent years. But that fortune might be starting to turn around. The Eagles will face them again in Week 7. The Birds will have 10 days to prepare for that matchup after playing on Thursday Night Football this week. Washington will be without starting corner Josh Norman in that game, which is a big loss for them.

Washington sure had to deal with a lot of off-season drama, but it’s been a relatively quiet week for them since they’ve been on the bye. The same can’t be said for the Cowboys and Giants.

Check out what’s going down in Dallas as the team has lost three out of their last four games.

And then there’s New York.

So far, the Eagles have been able to avoid dysfunction on their way to 4-1. Winning typically cures all of that, so they’re in a good spot right now.

The Birds are off to such a strong start that I can’t help but get ahead of myself and look at their upcoming schedule. Here’s their remaining slate for the season.

Week 6 - at Carolina Panthers (Oct. 12, 8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN) Thursday Night Football

Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Oct. 23, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football

Week 8 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 29, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 9 - vs. Denver Broncos (Nov. 5, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Week 10 - BYE

Week 11 - at Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 19, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football

Week 12 - vs. Chicago Bears (Nov. 26, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 13 - at Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 3, 8:30 PM ET, NCB) Sunday Night Football

Week 14 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Week 15 - at New York Giants (Dec. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 16 - vs. Oakland Raiders (Dec. 25, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football on Christmas

Week 17 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 31, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Let’s go through a quick win-loss prediction.

The Panthers game will be tough. I’ll say that’s a loss for now. Then the Eagles come back to play Washington with extra rest. Win. 49ers at home. Win. Broncos at home. Tough game, yet winnable, but I’ll say loss. That would put the Eagles at 6-3 at the bye.

From there, I say they beat the Cowboys after having an extra week of rest to prepare for Dallas. Bears at home is a win. I’ll say they lose both the Seahawks and Rams games out west only to come back to the East Coast to beat the Giants. Then they beat the Raiders at home on Christmas. So that would be 10-5 heading into Week 17, which may or may not be a meaningless game for the Birds.

My point here is that the Eagles could go 6-5 the rest of the way (one game above .500) and still probably be in decent shape. Now, the hope is they’ll exceed these expectations and be in position for home field advantage in the playoffs.

“Relax, BLG. One week at a time.”

I know. You’re right. Again, there’s still 11 games left to be played. Can’t just assume everything is going to be as good as it’s going right now.

But it’s OK to feel good about where the team stands right now. Carson Wentz is playing good football. The offense is clicking under Doug Pederson’s command. Jim Schwartz has the defense being competitive. Dave Fipp’s special teams unit is the best in the NFL.

Let’s hope the good times keep rolling. An Eagles win over the Panthers on Thursday night would be a great way to do just that.

[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 15:53:34 EDT from rss

Subject: NBC Sports Philly Will Air The Sixers Game Tonight

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ALERT: We will televise tonight’s Sixers – Nets game at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia. — NBC Sports Philly (@NBCSPhilly) October 11, 2017 This game wasn’t supposed to be televised. I spent an hour writing a post on how to watch it. This should make it easy! Good job by NBA Sports Don’t…

[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 16:11:56 EDT from rss

Subject: Appreciating America

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Last Saturday, a 125-pound man pulled off a mid-air suplex and armbar combination to break the record for most consecutive UFC title defenses. The ridiculous submission was one of the best finishes in MMA history, cementing Demetrious Johnson’s status as the promotion’s best pound-for-pound fighter: .@MightyMouseUFC is the single greatest fighter we have ever seen.…

[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 18:00:30 EDT from rss

Subject: Panthers writer gives 3 reasons why the Eagles could beat Carolina

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Focusing on the enemy’s weaknesses.

The Eagles are underdogs heading into their Week 6 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Most odds-makers have the Panthers favored by 3 points.

This game will be a tough test for the Eagles. The Panthers have been hitting their stride lately and Cam Newton is looking good.

If you’re feeling worried about this game, today’s post might have you feeling a little better about the Eagles’ chances.

Bleeding Green Nation already took some time to chat with Cat Scratch Reader on Tuesday in order to preview this week’s matchup.

Today, we're back with three reasons why each team might lose. This format forces us to consider each team's weaknesses, rather than just think of why each team is awesome.

So here are three reasons why the Panthers could lose, as written by CSR’s Bradley Smith. Check out Cat Scratch Reader to see why I think the Eagles could lose.


The Panthers struggled running the football last week against the Lions, gaining a paltry 28 yards on 28 carries. If not for Cam Newton’s 28/33, 355 yards, 3 touchdowns performance the Panthers would most likely be 3-2 instead of 4-1 right now. How does this come into play for Thursday night? Well, Newton is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and this game is on a short week, so Newton may not be fully rested and have the same ability in his shoulder that he had against Detroit.

Wide receiver Devin Funchess - who has scored three touchdowns in his last two games - tweaked his knee on Sunday and has missed practice this week leading up to Thursday night’s clash. Newton will need Funchess in the lineup as a secondary option to Kelvin Benjamin, who has been dealing with a sore knee of his own for the last few weeks. Without Greg Olsen in the lineup, Newton doesn’t have his favorite security blanket on the field and has had to rely on Ed Dickson to fill that void.

With a group of receivers nursing sore knees and a tight end who had more receiving yards last week than he has in any season since signing with Carolina as the primary receiving options, the Panthers will have to find a way to generate offense on the ground. If the Eagles can shut down the Panthers running game and force them to be one-dimensional through the air, they have a much higher chance of leaving Charlotte with a win.


The Panthers secondary is banged up and is missing their best player (S Kurt Coleman), so if Carson Wentz can find enough time to get the ball down the field, the Eagles could pose a problem for the Panthers on defense.

Both starting cornerbacks - James Bradberry and Daryl Worley - missed practice on Tuesday, and while it could be precautionary it’s something to worry about if you’re a Panthers fan. The Panthers have a severe lack of depth in the secondary and if Bradberry or Worley is unable to go on Thursday night it could be a huge problem.

The front seven is one of the best in the league so if the pass rush is able to get to Wentz, the issues in the secondary can be mitigated somewhat, but if the Eagles’ offensive line is able to give Wentz adequate time to throw the ball deep, the Panthers could be in for a long night.


The Panthers have a tendency to let teams come back on them late in the game after building up a substantial lead. Over the last two weeks, the Panthers have allowed 28 points in the 4th quarter (14 to NE and 14 to DET) while only scoring 10 points themselves (10 at NE).

Panthers fans have grown accustomed to the game never being over regardless of the score. The bend but don’t break philosophy will catch up to the Panthers eventually, so if they do happen to jump out to a decent lead in the first three quarters of the game it’s possible that their luck will finally run out.

[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 20:11:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles announce jersey selection for Thursday Night Football game

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Exciting! (Not)

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced their uniform selection for their Thursday Night Football game against the Carolina Panthers this week. Who’s excited for some Color Rush jerseys!?

Huh. That’s ... that’s not a Color Rush jersey.

It’s just the Eagles’ boring all-white uniform that we already get to see plenty of in the preseason and September games because they don’t want to wear midnight green/black when it’s hot out.

The Panthers, meanwhile, will be wearing their all-blue uniforms.

I know the Eagles probably want to save their all-black uniforms for two home games this season, which is fine. And it’s not like this is a major issue ... but the all-white just feels so boring to me. It lacks creativity and it’s annoying when we get to see other teams wear cool stuff.

Back in September, I posed a question on Twitter about the Eagles’ all-whites that generated a lot of response.

The feedback was mixed, so I want to wanted to make a poll here on BGN: What do you think of the Eagles’ all-white jerseys? Vote in the poll below (click here if you can’t see it) and share your take in the comments.

[#] Wed Oct 11 2017 20:47:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Carson Wentz nominated for weekly award you can vote on

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Vote for Carson.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been nominated for one of the NFL’s weekly awards for his performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5.

Wentz is one of three players eligible to win the “Fedex Air Player of the Week” award. The other two quarterbacks he’s going up against: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. You can [click here] to vote for Wentz.

Here’s a look at how they all performed stat-wise.

Carson Wentz: 21/30 (70%), 304 yards (10.1 average), 4 TD, 1 INT, 128.3 passer rating

Cam Newton: 26/33 (78.8%), 355 yards (10.8 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 141.8 passer rating

Alex Smith: 29/37 (78.4%), 325 yards (8.8 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 130.2 passer rating

Based on statistics alone, Wentz doesn’t have the strongest case of the three. That would go to the quarterback of the Eagles’ Week 6 opponent: Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.

Both Wentz and Newton have been playing really well in recent weeks. Thursday night has the potential to be a great battle between the two quarterbacks.

[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Thursday Morning Fly By: In which we complain about the coaching staff

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

*So before we get on to the news from yesterday, let’s look back at what we learned from a very frustrating loss in Nashville on Tuesday night. [BSH]

*Everyone is doing observations these days, so we might as well read them. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Let’s see what the Predators fans thought of their team’s comeback win. They do agree with us on one thing: Dave Hakstol did it. [On The Forecheck]

*So about Dave Hakstol...that challenge wasn’t a good idea. And someone has crunched the numbers to back that up. [Hockey Graphs]

*Anyhoo....on to the news. The Flyers sent Samuel Morin to Allentown. We knew it was going to happen, and it still isn’t great. [BSH]

*Speaking of the Phantoms, Danick Martel has gotten off to a really hot start up there. More on him and the rest of the kiddos in our latest prospect report. [BSH]

*Friedman’s latest 31 Thoughts; on hockey arenas and opening night ceremonies and maximizing lineups and Nolan Patrick. [Sportsnet]

*Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who is awesome and super fun to watch, on the five toughest players he’s played against. [The Players’ Tribune]

*And finally, DGB on the ten things we’ve learned after one full week of spicy NHL action. [Sportsnet]

[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 07:37:50 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia named most watchable team in the NFL

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/12/17.

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

The Debrief, Week 5: Fresh faces top Watchability Rankings -
My two favorite plays of the season were authored by Carson Wentz and Nelson Agholor, which is a very 2017 thing to write. Facing a third-and-19 against the Cardinals on Sunday, Wentz saw a blitz coming, stepped up in the pocket and tossed the ball high enough into the Philly sky to bring rain. Agholor did the rest, complete with a splash into the end zone. Wentz will miss a routine throw or four each week, and he'll make some head-scratching decisions, like on his red-zone interception against Arizona. But he's so much fun to watch, like a cross between the young versions of Daunte Culpepper, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton. His other possible Play of the Year, a wild Week 1 scramble before finding Agholor deep, was typical of this season, in which defenses have been unable to get Wentz to the ground.

Eagles-Panthers Preview: This Could Be The Alshon Jeffery Game - BGN
THIS IS THE ALSHON JEFFERY GAME - Eagles wide receivers match up really well versus Carolina’s secondary - these are the least tough cornerbacks Alshon has had to face all season. Plus the Panthers could challenge Zach Ertz this week.

Counterpoint Ep. 10: Draft Twitter Jumps On The Wentz Wagon -
Jack Fritz goes over how the beatdown of the Cardinals got draft twitter to jump on board the Wentz Wagon, he checks the Doug Pederson confidence meter and brings a brand new guest to the #100 take of the week.

Brandon Brooks: Lane Johnson a huge loss, but we have the utmost confidence in Big V - PhillyVoice
Repetition, doing the same things over and over, the exact same way. Stout [Eagles’ offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] prides himself in that. We pride ourselves in that. No matter who goes in, who’s down and who has to step up, it’s done exactly the same way. We understand that –especially the backup position – guys are one play from having to step in and play. It’s just the same thing over and over. You never get bored with doing the right thing. We do the same thing so many times. One quote that Stout says as an O-line we live by, a Bruce Lee quote where he says, ‘Fear not the man who that has 10,000 kicks and practices it one time, fear the man that has one kick and practices it 10,000 times.’ With Stout, we the same thing over and over and never get bored with it.

Game Review – PHI 34, ARZ 7 - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz played his best game of the season, going 21-30-304. He threw a career high 4 TDs. The only real negative was an INT he threw before halftime. Wentz was impressive because he was good in so many ways. He made terrific throws. He avoided pressure in the pocket and ran when he needed to. He used hard counts to get Arizona to show pre-snap blitz looks. Then he adjusted plays. They also jumped offside a couple of times.

No Excuses For Prime-Time Eagles -
Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan doesn’t want to hear about all the pitfalls of playing on the road Thursday night. All he sees is an opportunity for the Eagles to play in a prime-time game and show the country what kind of team the Eagles have in 2017 ...

Eagles 'cram' for Cam Newton, dangerous Panthers attack - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was antsy as he took the podium Tuesday for his weekly session with the media. "OK," he said, trying to set the tone, "short week, short press conference." The feeling across the NovaCare practice facility, particularly in the defensive wing, was that time was of the essence. That is not uncommon when a team is slated to play a Thursday night game, especially one that is on the road. But this matchup with the 4-1 Carolina Panthers kicked the Eagles' studies into overdrive, similar to a student pulling an all-nighter in front of a final exam.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Wentz, Pederson and drafting Donovan McNabb - The Athletic
As you and I have discussed, I've been a big fan of [Carson] Wentz's from before they drafted him, and I think everything he's doing indicates that he's as good as everybody had hoped, and he may be getting there faster than it was realistic to expect. So I think that's what elevated my expectations going into the season. I think that's the main reason they're 4-1. Not that they're going to win four out of every five games the rest of the year, but I'm not sitting here like, ‘Wow, this is going to turn around. The schedule gets tougher.' They'll lose some games, but I think they're a very solid, well-constructed team. I still don't think they're getting great play out of the wide receivers. Yet they're playing very well on offense most of the time — and against certain defenses that will have an impact. But by dominating the line of scrimmage and getting such good play out of the quarterback position, they're competing with any team in the league and will continue to be able to do that, in my opinion.

Panthers vs. Eagles: Defensive Preview - Cat Scratch Reader
On to this week. The Panthers defense gets no break as next up on the docket is a 4-1 Eagles team that boasts one of the league’s most prolific offenses. Coming into Thursday’s tilt, Doug Pederson’s boys rank 3rd in the NFL in total yardage and T-6th in scoring. They are led by second year quarterback Carson Wentz and his stupid arm sleeve. A quick glance at his passing charts reveals a quarterback that mixes in the occasional 35+ yard heave with a bunch of passes thrown within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. That leads us to our keys for the victory on this color rush Thursday.

The Eagles are out to another hot start, but beating Panthers will make it feel real - CBS Sports
The 2016 Eagles started 3-0 before struggling, and this year's version is 4-1 and looking even better.

Former Eagles WR Ben Hawkins Dies At 73 - CBS Philly
Former Eagles wide receiver Ben Hawkins died on Monday, the team said. He was 73. A third-round pick of the Eagles in 1966, Hawkins spent eight of his nine NFL seasons in Philadelphia, where he played 102 games (67 starts) from 1966-73. He is tied for ninth in team history in receiving TDs (32), 10th in receiving yards (4,764) and 19th in receptions (261).

Source: Cowboys defensive tackle Stephen Paea is retiring - Blogging The Boys
Paea’s retirement comes on the same day that word surfaced about the Cowboys releasing Nolan Carroll. They were two of the team’s bigger free agency signings this past offseason (the Cowboys didn’t make any huge signings) and they are both now gone permanently. They both began the season as starters.

NFL QB Overview from Week 5 - PFF
Wentz was efficient throughout the game operating the Eagles quick passing attack with a number of RPO’s, quick game and hitting big time throws down the field. Wentz found the void in the defense hitting Torrey Smith on a post for a 59-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but by far his most impressive play came in the third quarter on a third and 19 against an all out cover-0 blitz where he felt the rush, pushed up in the pocket, and delivered a strike on a deep cross to Nelson Agholor, who danced around the defender for a touchdown. His lone big mistake of the game was an out and up attempt to Zach Ertz where he lead S Antoine Bethea with his eyes resulting in an interception in the end zone at the end of the first half.

NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 6: Which of last year's division winners will miss the playoffs? - SB Nation
Philadelphia got off to a 3-1 start in 2016 before grinding to a 7-9 finish as teams gradually adjusted to the play of then-rookie QB Carson Wentz. On Sunday, Wentz showed off his development by setting career highs in passing touchdowns (four) and passer rating (128.3) against a middling Cardinals defense. That’s great news for the 4-1 Eagles — and troublesome for the rest of the NFC East. The Cowboys look vulnerable after losing to the Rams and Packers in their 2-2 start, albeit in close games that featured correctable mistakes — namely giving Aaron Rodgers the ball with 73 seconds left on the clock. Dallas is one loss away from matching 2016’s total, and tailback Ezekiel Elliott is averaging nearly 1.5 fewer yards per carry than he did as a rookie


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[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 08:36:11 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Panthers 2017: Game time, TV schedule, live online streaming, channel, radio, and more

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Learn more about the Philadelphia-Carolina matchup set to take place on Thursday.

After blowing out the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles are back in action just a few days later on Thursday night. The Birds are on the road to face the 4-1 Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers have sort of had a weird season so far. They blew out a 49ers team that still hasn’t won a game. Then they only scored nine points in a win over the Bills. In Week 3, the Panthers lost the Saints ... by 21 points ... at home. Since that loss, the Panthers have gone on to beat the Patriots and the Lions in close games on the road.

So the Panthers definitely aren’t bad. But just how good are they? That’s a question people could be asking about the Eagles as well. Both teams have a lot to prove tonight.

Carolina’s offense is led by 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. The Eagles’ defense will be tested by Newton’s ability to sling the ball around the field and make plays with his legs as well.

The Panthers’ defense will also be tested by a talented quarterback. Carson Wentz is playing some of the best football of his career over the past two weeks. Philly will need another big game from his arm while going up against a tough Panthers unit that doesn’t allow a lot of rushing yards.

The bad news for the Eagles is they’ll be without starting right tackle Lane Johnson. Starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is also questionable. This is a tough road spot for the Birds.

How the Eagles respond will tell us a lot about this team. It’s a big matchup, so sit back and enjoy the ride. And by that I mean get ready to be on the edge of your seats for a nail-biter in overtime.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the game.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2017

Time: 8:25 PM ET

Channel: NFL Network, CBS, Amazon Prime Video

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

Location: Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte, North Carolina

NFL Network replay: Friday, October 13 at 3:00 AM ET and 1:00 PM ET

Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass

Amazon Prime Video


Per Bovada, the Eagles are underdogs.

Philadelphia Eagles +3 (+105)

Carolina Panthers -3 (-125)

History Lesson

The Eagles are 6-3 in nine all-time regular season appearances against the Panthers. These two teams last played in Week 7 of the 2015 NFL season. The Eagles lost to the Panthers by a final score of 27 to 16.

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Eagles 2017 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1 - at Washington Redskins (Sept. 10, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 2 - at Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 3 - vs. New York Giants (Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 4 - at Los Angeles Chargers (Oct. 1, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)

Week 5 - vs. Arizona Cardinals (Oct. 8, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 6 - at Carolina Panthers (Oct. 12, 8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN) Thursday Night Football

Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Oct. 23, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football

Week 8 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 29, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 9 - vs. Denver Broncos (Nov. 5, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Week 10 - BYE

Week 11 - at Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 19, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football

Week 12 - vs. Chicago Bears (Nov. 26, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 13 - at Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 3, 8:30 PM ET, NCB) Sunday Night Football

Week 14 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Week 15 - at New York Giants (Dec. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 16 - vs. Oakland Raiders (Dec. 25, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football on Christmas

Week 17 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 31, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 09:31:35 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Picks Week 6 2017: Predictions by Football Writers

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Predicting the winners of this week's NFL games.

The Bleeding Green Nation writers picks are in for Week 6 of the 2017 regular season schedule! Each week we'll predict the winners of each and every NFL game. We'll tally the results along the way and see who comes out on top at the end of the season.

After Week 5, the collective BGN Community is still in sole possession of first place. But your lead has slipped a little bit.

The Philadelphia Eagles are on the road against the Carolina Panthers this week and the entire BGN crew is taking the Birds to win ... except for one non-believer! I won’t name names, but shame on him.

Feel free to post your own predictions or discuss the writer predictions in the comments. You can also vote for who you think will win the games. I’ll tally those results in a “BGN Community” column. Vote in the polls beneath the table. (Click here if you can’t see the polls.)

Let's get to this week's picks!


Vote for YOUR picks below. (Once again, click here if you can’t see the polls.)

[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 10:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: An early assessment of the 12 Eagles who will be free agents in 2018

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Plus, an updated game-by-game notebook

By the time the week is over, the Philadelphia Eagles will have played six games, which means they’ll be darn close to halfway through the 2017 season.

(Also, please reread that and realize how time is flying like the Eagles.)

And since we’ll be near the midway point, it seems appropriate to roll out some premature thoughts on Eagles that may or may not be Eagles come 2018 — the ones that will be almost 50 percent through their respective contract seasons.

With the team soaring at 4-1 and a chance to go all the way to 5-1 atop the NFC East against the Carolina Panthers, it’s hard not to like everyone on the roster at this point. But if we were to turn our gaze to the distant days of March, how would the unrestricted free agents-to-be stack up in management’s eyes?

Well, unfortunately, Howie Roseman isn’t sharing that information at this time, so you’ll have to settle for my eyes.

WR Alshon Jeffery: What he’s lacked in eye-popping stats he’s made up for in distractions for the opponent. By that, I mean Jeffery hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire in Philly thus far, but his presence alone has done wonders in opening the middle of the field (hello, Zach Ertz) and allowing guys like Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor to go deep. His last free agency tour indicated he wants to be an Eagle not just in 2017, and an extension seems inevitable, although I’m not so sure it’ll be Julio Jones money.

DT Tim Jernigan: Fletcher Cox’s new sidekick has been everything you could’ve hoped for — and more. Losing Bennie Logan was a subtle gut punch, but it’s safe to say Jernigan has brought just as much, if not more, fire from the interior. And locking him up alongside Cox is, to be honest, priority No. 1 if I’m advising Mr. Roseman.

RB Darren Sproles: There isn’t a dire need for Sproles to be extended per se, and that’s only because he’s aging and the Eagles have suddenly found themselves a rushing identity without, some would argue, a premier back. That said, no one is going to be upset if the ever-churning vet is back, and he should be. His Injured Reserve stint should be motivation for at least one more year, and even if the Eagles overhaul their RB corps with, say, a rookie starter in 2018, Sproles is welcome as a utility man.

OLB Nigel Bradham: Interesting call here. Bradham’s been accused of some poor play early in 2017, but the feeling here is that he’s still been a rather steady presence alongside Jordan Hicks. When he’s on, he’s on, too, and he isn’t ever afraid to get scrappy. It gets interesting, though, when you factor in Mychal Kendricks, who already has his own extension from the Chip Kelly era and has, by all accounts, returned to play-making form. I’d say Bradham, right now, is at least worth an offer as a familiar Jim Schwartz vet, but I’m also not sure losing him would be devastating.

DT Beau Allen: Full disclaimer: I’m not as in love with him as some are, even though his personality itself warrants fandom. Maybe I’m foolish for that. Maybe it’s because Jernigan has set the bar so high. To me, it comes down to this: He’s a reserve, a rotational piece, and he should be re-signed if that’s what he’s being paid to be.

RB LeGarrette Blount: Even if he started the year as hot as he’s playing now, I think most fans would agree that Blount’s chances of re-upping in Philly were never the greatest. The writing was all over his late-summer, low-risk addition — he joined the team as, at least on the surface, a rental. And yet, still, if you can bring him back on a cheap extension, something that’s feasible in a poor market for RBs, why in the world wouldn’t you consider it if he keeps it up? The guy’s still awfully nimble in space, and he’s already been responsible for some Marshawn Lynch-esque highlights.

TE Trey Burton: No one’s paying him big bucks on the open market, so lock him up. With Brent Celek probably approaching retirement, Burton makes the utmost sense as the new No. 2. Even if the Eagles pursue a more dangerous backup to Ertz, in fact, he makes sense as the No. 3, a special teamer whose bond with Carson Wentz is undeniable.

CB Patrick Robinson: You have to love what he’s done after essentially being written off as yet another “Band-Aid” in the secondary. Make no mistake: There’s still time for him to falter, and there’s no guarantee, especially considering his track record, that he’ll look the same in 2018. For now, though, appreciate his presence as a supremely underrated piece of this Eagles defense. Come free agency, I find it hard to believe he’ll get any substantive extension if only because of the starters-in-waiting (Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones), but who would be upset with a short-term deal to ensure nickel corner competition?

OLB Najee Goode: He’s been on and off the roster a handful of times already, and I think that’s bound to be the case once again. As steady as he’s been at times, his special teams presence is probably replaceable, and for that reason, there’s no rush to get him locked up.

RB Kenjon Barner: Like Goode, he falls into a similar category. His ceiling has been grazed with some big plays (see: 76-yard punt return against the Cardinals), and he’s actually a really smooth ball carrier. But even though the RB depth chart should be wide open in 2018, there’s not necessarily a pressing need for the Eagles to re-sign him. Get back to me in the summer.

FS/SS Corey Graham: Like Robinson, he’s been serviceable, for the most part. Unless he’s getting another one-year deal to compete as a backup, though, I don’t think anyone’s rushing to get something done.

K Caleb Sturgis: He really rebounded from his rough 2015 start, but as we’ve seen plenty of times in recent Eagles history, injuries can do you in if you’re a kicker. (Remember Cody Parkey?) And right now, if Jake Elliott keeps it up, there’s not much reason to fall back on Sturgis.


Week One: Eagles 30, Redskins 17: Year Two of the Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson regime started with the Birds ending a five-game losing streak to the Redskins at FedEx Field, where Jim Schwartz’s front-four rotation led the way. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan combined for four sacks and two forced fumbles, the second of which was returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Cox, sealing a two-score, fourth-quarter lead. After fellow cornerback Ronald Darby was carted off with an injury, Jalen Mills also aided an Eagles “D” that gave up just 64 rushing yards and three third-down conversions, intercepting Kirk Cousins on a red-zone pass when the ‘Skins trailed by two. With uneven protection and a non-existent running game, Wentz (26-39, 307 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INTs) was the victim of a Ryan Kerrigan pick six but channeled his inner Donovan McNabb on an opening-drive scramble and 58-yard TD heave to Nelson Agholor, then extended plays with tight end Zach Ertz (8 receptions, 93 yards) to set up three Caleb Sturgis field goals and a Gatorade bath for Pederson.

Week Two: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20: Late-game grit and a stout start for Jim Schwartz’s defense weren’t enough for Doug Pederson to best ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs used a 53-yard touchdown run from rookie Kareem Hunt, back-to-back fourth-quarter scores and six sacks of an overburdened Carson Wentz to decide a close one. Big stands from a banged-up Eagles secondary offset a rare Darren Sproles fumble on a punt return inside Birds territory, holding Kansas City to a 6-3 halftime lead, but heavy pressure on the Eagles QB led to a tipped interception and more red-zone chances for Reid’s unit. Still, Wentz (25-46, 333 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) started efficiently (7-of-9), spread 19 first-down throws to Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Zach Ertz and scrambled his way to a team-high 55 rushing yards on another dismal day for the backfield. Down two scores with :14 left, his 9-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor preceded a perfect onside kick from fill-in Jake Elliott, who made up for an earlier 30-yard field goal miss and set up a game-ending Hail Mary try.

Week Three: Eagles 27, Giants 24: They were without four injured starters on defense, gave up 366 passing yards to Eli Manning and lost a 14-0 lead after 21 unanswered Giants points, but Doug Pederson found — and stuck with — a rushing attack, not to mention a clutch kicker, as the Eagles sent New York to 0-3. LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement battered their way to a combined 160 yards on the ground, the former putting Philadelphia up 7-0 in the first. Clement tied the contest at 21 on a 15-yard fourth-quarter run after back-to-back-to-back TDs from the Giants — two acrobatic grabs by Odell Beckham Jr. and a 77-yarder by Sterling Shepard. But rookie kicker Jake Elliott, in his second game replacing an ailing Caleb Sturgis, was the real Eagles hero, booting a team-record 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. Carson Wentz (21-31, 176 yards, 1 TD) again found tight end Zach Ertz for a score, while the Eagles “D” had a goal-line stand and stout play from young cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas, the latter of whom had a pick along with Patrick Robinson.

Week Four: Eagles 26, Chargers 24: With Eagles fans turning Los Angeles’ StubHub Center into an unofficial home game, Doug Pederson kept the pedal to the metal, pushing Philadelphia atop the NFC East with a run-first approach sans an injured Darren Sproles. LeGarrette Blount (16 carries, 136 yards) led the way with a 68-yard Marshawn Lynch-esque gallop on a fourth-quarter drive that prefaced a diving Wendell Smallwood (79 total yards) touchdown and helped the Eagles dominate time of possession. Corey Clement also got five third-down carries for an offense that didn’t turn the ball over and set up four field goals, including a 53-yarder, from Jake Elliott. The Chargers kept it close as Philip Rivers (347 yards) extended drives with Keenan Allen, found Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard score and pulled L.A. within two with 6:48 to go shortly after a 35-yard TD run by an untouched Austin Ekeler. But the Eagles defense set the tone with an opening-series takeaway, a Chris Long strip sack, and helped establish an early 7-0 lead on a throw from Carson Wentz (17-31, 242 yards, 1 TD) to Alshon Jeffery.

Week Five: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7: A career day for Carson Wentz (21-30, 304 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT) and a suffocating start for Jim Schwartz’s defense all but put the Cardinals away after one quarter, when the Eagles led 21-0 after consecutive Doug Pederson-scripted marches down the field. A 15-yard lob from Wentz to tight end Trey Burton started the scoring, and a 76-yard punt return from recently reacquired Kenjon Barner (133 total yards) preceded TD passes to Zach Ertz and Torrey Smith, the latter of whom went 59 yards. Arizona’s Carson Palmer found John Brown for a second-quarter TD, but otherwise, the contest was all Eagles — the D-line got in Palmer’s face, the Cards got just 31 rushing yards and Philly’s Patrick Robinson broke up pass after pass, also blocking a field goal try. Barner and LeGarrette Blount also found lanes vs. a typically feisty Arizona “D,” and receiver Nelson Agholor’s 72-yard third-quarter bomb, with a juke and backward fall into the end zone a la DeSean Jackson, was the icing on the cake. Safety Rodney McLeod forced a fumble to stop a potential last-minute Cards TD.

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[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 11:46:50 EDT from rss

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Who will win this week?

Measuring stick game.

That’s exactly what the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 6 matchup against the Carolina Panthers is.

We know the Eagles are good. They’re playing good football and their 4-1 is a testament to that.

But just how good are they? Are the Birds merely a playoff team? Or are they a legitimate title contender? While it’s still earlyish in the season, I think we’ll have a better answer to those questions after tonight.

A win will not be easy to come by. This is a tough spot for Philadelphia. There’s simply not a lot of time to prepare for Thursday night games. There’s even less time to prepare when you’re the road team.

One thing Eagles head coach Doug Pederson really deserves credit for this season is how well-prepared the team has been. They’ve gotten off to strong starts. Now we’ll have to see how the team handles this situation without as much time to prepare.

The Panthers are a tough team. They’re 4-1 as well and they have a number of talented player. Cam Newton has been looking a lot more like his 2015 NFL MVP self lately after struggling in 2016. The Panthers have some big targets for him in Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Tight end Ed Dickson is surprisingly coming off a big game. Running backs Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, and Curtis Samuel are able to contribute. The latter two are also factors in the passing game.

On defense, the Panthers have some similarities to the Eagles. Carolina’s secondary isn’t spectacular, but they have a stout defensive line. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei are strong on the interior and could cause some problems for Jason Kelce. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis are factors in the middle of the field.

With all of that said, this Panthers team shouldn’t be unbeatable. It’s only a few weeks ago that the New Orleans Saints came into their house and beat them by 21 points. I know it’s a division game and wacky things can happen, but still, that’s bad.

Besides, the Panthers aren’t the only team with a good quarterback in this matchup. I don’t know if you realized, but Carson Wentz is playing some pretty good football right now. He ranks top 10 in a number of categories at this position. If he can continue to stay hot, the Eagles pretty much have a chance against any team in this league. He should be able to attack a Panthers secondary that’s dealing with some injuries.

This could really be the game where Alshon Jeffery goes off. The South Carolina native will likely want to make a big impression while playing in the general vicinity of where he’s from. He’s poised for a big game in this one based on his matchup alone. Jeffery has had to deal with some very good cornerbacks in the first five games of the season: Josh Norman, Marcus Peters, Janoris Jenkins, Casey Hayward, and Patrick Peterson. James Bradberry, who the Panthers have been using to shadow receivers, is far from an elite corner. Jeffery hasn’t been the dominant force he was expected to be since signing with the Eagles — tonight is the time for that to change.

On defense, the Eagles’ cornerbacks figure to match up well with Carolina’s receivers. That’s not something you’d typically to hear about Philly’s secondary but Benjamin and Funchess are bigger, slower players. What the Eagles’ corners lack in speed they make up for in competitive physicality. They should give the Panthers pass catchers some good battles.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Panthers’ offensive line holds up without starting center Ryan Kalil. The Eagles might get Fletcher Cox, who is questionable, back for this game. The combination of Cox and Tim Jernigan could create some problems for Newton. Newton’s mobility might be able to mitigate the Eagles’ pass rush, however.

The obvious big concern that’s taken way too long to address here is the absence of Lane Johnson. Philadelphia will be without arguably their most important player (outside of Wentz) on offense. You all know by now their record with him (9-3 in their last 12) as opposed to their record without him (2-9 in their last 11). That’s a big, big loss for the Eagles’ offensive line. Halapoulivaati Vaitai really needs to step up.

I think this will be a good game. I’d be much more interested to see how this matchup between two of the NFC’s top teams would play out on a Sunday, but oh well. I can’t help but feel this game will be close. And while I think the Eagles could certainly win, I just think this is a pretty tough spot for them. I’m saying this game goes down to the wire in overtime and the Panthers win.

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[#] Thu Oct 12 2017 12:03:56 EDT from rss

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Through five games, Alshon Jeffery has 20 receptions (tied for 38th in NFL) for 246 yards (tied for 40th) and two touchdowns. Pretty much what we all expected from our number one receiver, right? In a landscape dominated by fantasy football, we’ve developed expectations for the level of production a number one wide receiver is supposed to…

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It’s a short week for both the Eagles and Panthers, as they take on each other tonight in Charlotte on Thursday Night Football. Even though the Birds will be without Lane Johnson, Carson Wentz and company look to go 5-1 before entering a really long bye week. To recap, here’s where the staff stands after…

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Subject: Eagles vs. Panthers 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 Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 8:25 PM ET on Thursday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Panthers game via online streaming.]

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The boys are coming home, let’s kick off the season in a parking lot

The Flyers come to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time this season, and we want to throw a party for them. Beginning at 4pm on Saturday October 14th, you can find Broad Street Hockey and friends in the D lot in the southwest corner.

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This is a BYO party - bring your own, well, everything. Some people may bring enough food and beverages to share, but don’t count on it. If you’re like me, you have a good friend bringing a chair for you (shoutout @Hinx), because standing is hard. Let’s sit, drink, snack, and talk about The Hockey Team the Flyers with friends new and old. I may put this song on repeat for three hours, who knows, let’s get wild.

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Subject: NBC Sports Philly Did a Great Job with The Sixers Broadcast Last Night

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pic from (@swjones87) Credit where it’s due. There was a collective eye roll (at best) or freakout (at worst) on Twitter yesterday when people began to realize that the Sixers’ preseason game against the Nets would not be shown locally on the NBC Sports Family of Local Philly Networks. Though understandable that a preseason game…

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