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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 00:52:11 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Panthers Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia

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FOUR WINS IN A ROW!

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Carolina Panthers on Thursday at Bank of America Stadium by a final score of 28 to 23. The Eagles advanced to 5-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).

BGN Radio Postgame Show - #Eagles vs #Panthers

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Thursday, October 12, 2017

FIRST QUARTER

Panthers win the coin toss and defer. Eagles up on offense first.

Stefen Wsiniewski gets the start at left guard. Doug Pederson had said he’ll be getting more snaps. The Eagles run LeGarrette Blount on first down and it goes nowhere. Then they go tempo to a quick play for Torrey Smith. Third down, Wentz hits Nelson Agholor over the middle for a big gain. Then an 11-yard run by Blount. Then Julius Peppers hits Wentz from behind to force a fumble. Halapoulivaati Vaitai got beat on the play. Panthers recover. Welp. The loss of Lane Johnson already being felt early. In fairness, Wentz probably has to get rid of the ball sooner.

Thankfully for the Eagles, the Panthers went three-and-out. Nigel Bradham broke up a pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin on third down. Great play in coverage. Panthers punt.

Agholor dropped a pass that was a little behind him on first down. Wentz right back to him to set up 3rd-and-3. Wentz hits Trey Burton for a first down. Then the quarterback gets sacked again on a corner blitz. Not feeling pressure well early. Wentz ran for a first down ... but it was cancelled out by a very tacky “block in the back” penalty on Alshon Jeffery. Wentz threw a dime to Marcus Johnson along the sideline for the first. Wentz overthrew Agholor on third down to force the Eagles into a 50-yard field goal. Jake Elliott nails the kick. Yawn. Nine in a row. Great job by Donnie Jones to save a Rick Lovato long snap that was a little high/wide in order to get it down in time for Elliott. Eagles lead, 3-0.

Jalen Mills got called for an absolutely BS pass interference penalty on the Panthers’ next drive. So that’s two bad calls now. Cool. Nigel Bradham made a great tackle for loss to set the Panthers back. Hot start to the game for him. Jordan Hicks stuffed the Panthers on 3rd-and-2. Carolina settles for a 39-yard field goal from Graham Gano. Game tied, 3-3.

Wentz hit Jeffery for a first down. Then Wentz got hit after Blount did a poor job in pass protection. Wentz overthrew and open Jeffery on third down. Then Blount got called for unnecessary roughness after the play. And then the Eagles had a special teams penalty. Four Eagles penalties to zero Panthers penalties so far.

(Broadcast note: Tony Romo joked that Rick Lovato is Demi Lovato’s husband. Lol.)

SECOND QUARTER

The Panthers went three-and-out. Great job by the Eagles’ defense. Carolina punted and they almost got the ball back because Kenjon Barner muffed! Thankfully Patrick Robinson jumped on it before the Panthers could get it. Yikes.

Wentz threw high to Torrey Smith on second down. Every pass is high. Gotta stop that. Then Wentz converts to Zach Ertz for a first ... but the play is wiped out by a timeout?! What the hell. How did the officials not stop that play before it got off? Doug Pederson took the timeout to prevent a delay of game, for the record. Wentz sacked on third down. This sucks. And this looks painful:

Brandon Graham got held on a first down to Ed Dickson. No call. The Panthers moved into the red zone and Cam Newton scored on a 16-yard touchdown run. Rasul Douglas got totally fooled by his juke. This sucks. Panthers lead, 10-3.

Kenjon Barner ran into an offensive lineman (instead of the open space) for no gain on first down. Corey Clement ran for a loss. Wentz stood in and found Jeffery for a first down. Then he ran a quick play so that the Panthers couldn’t challenge. Good job by the QB, but it looked like a catch anyway. Barner dropped a shovel pass that would’ve been a first down. Sucks too because Wentz did a nice job of escaping pressure. Then Barner got trucked in pass protection on third down and Wentz threw high again with pressure in his face. Disastrous game so far for Kenjon. Three sacks and six hits already on Wentz. Eagles punt.

Tim Jernigan got hurt on the next Panthers drive. Then Fletcher Cox hit Cam Newton as he threw and Douglas picked off the ball that sailed high! HUGE PLAY! Great to have that No. 91 guy back, huh?

Eagles take over in the red zone. Blount gets thrown down after the play on second down. No flag. Blount gets the Eagles to 4th-and-1. Then Wentz converts on the sneak. Wentz tries to punch it in himself after his receivers are covered on second down. Unsuccessful, but Wentz showed great toughness to run at a defender straight on. Now never do that again.

3rd-and-goal ... Wentz hits Ertz for the score! Let’s go. Tie game, 10-10.

Jernigan back on the field. The Panthers move into field goal range, but then Brandon Graham and Cox sack Newton to move Carolina back. Then a great job by Bradham to tackle Newton inbounds after his scramble to keep the clock running. Corey Graham breaks up a “Hail Mary attempt” pass to end the first half. I put Hail Mary in quotes because the design way to throw way short of the end zone.

Tie game at the half.

By the way, it looked like the Eagles should have had a chance to attempt a Hail Mary of their own. Peep two seconds left on the clock and the ball incomplete on the ground.

Refs really doing a bad job in this one.

THIRD QUARTER

Panthers ball to start the second half. Jordan Hicks out of the game with an ankle injury. Uh, that’s not good! Joe Walker in for him. Vinny Curry immediately logs a tackle for loss. Then Newton throws a screen pass on 3-and-12, the Panthers running back bobbles it, and Patrick Robinson catches it! Wow, what a pick!

Wentz has a pass tipped and he wisely bats it down so it’s incomplete. Then he throws a STRIKE to Ertz for an EAGLES TOUCHDOWN. Boom! Those two are really clicking. The Panthers get penalized on the Eagles’ extra point attempt. Instead of taking the five extra yards on the kickoff, the Eagles elect to go for a two-point conversion from the 1-yard line. Blount punches it in! Love that aggressive call by Doug Pederson. It’s only a yard and you have one of the best short-yardage backs in the league. Eagles lead, 18-10.

A Rodney McLeod interception on an awful deep pass from Newton gets wiped out by a Mills pass interference penalty. It was another tacky call. These refs, man. Carolina moves into the red zone. Bradham makes a HUGE solo tackle to stop Christian McCaffrey short of the goal line on 3rd-and-goal. Panthers settle for a field goal. Eagles lead, 18-13.

Eagles get a big run from Blount. Wentz connects with Mack Holllins, who is literally unstoppable, for a big gain over the middle. Eagles get into field goal range. Wentz’s third down scramble is stopped a yard short of the marker. Elliott drills a 48-yard field goal. 10 in a row. I would’ve gone for it, but three points ain’t bad. Eagles lead, 21-13.

Philly’s run defense stops the Panthers on first and second down. Then Bradham comes up with a huge hit to stop Carolina short of the sticks. But he’s immediately hurt. Not good. He’s been having a great game and Hicks is already out. The Eagles are suddenly thin at linebacker. At least the Panthers had to punt. Carolina injury update: Luke Kuechly ruled out for the game after getting mauled by Brandon Brooks.

Big opportunity for the Eagles here to make a statement with this drive. Jeffery can’t come up with a low pass on first down. Wentz throws wide of Ertz on second down. Wentz airs it out to Jeffery on third down and it’s a good pass. Just goes through the receiver’s hands. Gotta catch that. Also: James Bradberry was holding one of Jeffery’s arms. No call, though, of course. It would’ve been a tacky flag, but that’s what the refs were calling on Mills. Call it both ways. Eagles punt.

Najee Goode and Mychal Kendricks in at linebacker with Hicks and Bradham out. Newton runs for a big gain. Then he hits Benjamin for a big gain into field goal range. Bradham comes back in (phew). But Brandon Graham (shoulder) leaves the game. Not good. It looked like McLeod might’ve had a pick on third down but it definitely hit the ground. Carolina settles for a kick. Eagles lead, 21-16.

It looked like Barner got facemasked on a run for a loss of six. No call. Then Wentz scrambles ... and it’s a holding penalty on the Eagles. Except it should’ve been hands to the face on the defensive lineman Wisniewski was blocking. Awesome. No matter. Wentz hits Hollins on third and long. Then he drops a pass in the bucket to Jeffery for a big gain. Gorgeous.

FOURTH QUARTER

And then Wentz connects with Agholor over the middle who catches and runs it in for a TOUCHDOWN!!!!! Wow! Eagles lead, 28-16.

Carolina moves into field goal range. The Panthers face 3rd-and-10. It’s a delay of game ... but Derek Barnett hits Newton and gets called for a 15-yard penalty. Such bullshit! There was no whistle. How were the defenders supposed to know the play was over?! This is f***ing garbage. Insanity. The Panthers go on to score a touchdown. What a joke. It should’ve been 3rd-and-15. Instead the refs gifted Carolina a touchdown. This is stupid. Eagles lead, 28-23.

Ertz gets called for a false start on first down. Another penalty. Wentz targets Jeffery on third down. No good. Jeffery may have been held there, but of course the Eagles weren’t gonna get a call. Chris Maragos got hurt on the punt coverage. Ruled out for the game.

Barnett notches his first career sack on Newton to put the Panthers in 3rd-and-13. Carolina facing 4th and 1. They get it. Then Newton airs it out deep after getting pressured by Barnett ... and the ball goes through Douglas’ hands. Ugh. Newton throws it deep again and THE TERRIBLE PASS IS NOT DROPPED THIS TIME! MILLS WITH THE EASY INTERCEPTION! HUGE!

Blount runs up the middle for a seven yard gain. Panthers call their final timeout. Then Blount is stopped in the backfield after Ertz whiffs on a block. Agholor wide open on third down but Wentz throws to Ertz and it’s incomplete. Ugh. Big mistake by Carson. Mack Hollins injured on the punt coverage team.

Ugh.

Bradham knocks a pass down to force the Panthers into 4th-and-1. Newton’s pass on fourth down is ... INCOMPLETE! THAT’S GAME.

Victory formation.

FINAL SCORE

Eagles beat the Panthers AND the refs, 28-23.

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Stay tuned for much more Eagles-Panthers postgame coverage (click here).





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 02:19:32 EDT from rss

Subject: 10 winners, 5 losers and one sore loser from the Eagles win over the Panthers

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Celebrate good times

The Eagles held on to defeat the Carolina Panthers and Pete Morelli 28-23 (full recap here) on Thursday Night Football. Let’s get to the winners and losers.

WINNERS

The Eagles

If the playoffs started next week, everyone would be stunned, but if they did the Eagles would be the #1 seed. They beat a very good team on the road, along with the officials, and put the Cam Newton comeback to a screeching halt. And you can savor it for a while—they don’t play again until next Monday.

Carson Wentz

It wasn’t his best game, as he sailed some passes under pressure and missed a wide open Nelson Agholor on a key third down. But it was more than good enough in a big and prime time game. For the second straight game he had 3+ passing touchdowns. His blocking struggled early in the game, the run game was inconsistent, and the officials were abysmal and set the Eagles back. But Wentz put the offense on his back, again, and delivered in prime time against a very good team. He outdueled Cam Newton, who entered the game with deserved “back to MVP form” praise for his recent play. Wentz got the job done with his legs, with the deep ball, and everything in between. That’s a hell of a performance.

Doug Pederson

Not a flawless game, but his decision to go for it on fourth down and the decision to go for two were big moments, and he got them right. Short weeks aren’t easy, but just as he has for every game this season, he got his team ready to play.

The defense

Panthers running backs totaled 9 yards on 14 carries. Two of their four running backs finished with negative yardage. Cam Newton was great on the ground, but then Cam Newton is great on the ground. Shutting down everyone else on the ground is the best you can hope for. In the air, they picked off Newton thrice (though one was more of a fumble), and held Carolina to a pathetic 3.9 yards per play.

And yet it was heart burn inducing. With two fourth quarter meltdowns already this season, there was no shame in assuming the worst on the Panthers penultimate drive. But they held. Jim Schwartz called a beautiful blitz and it paid off with an interception, and they held on Carolina’s final drive to seal the win. The Eagles defense sent the Panthers offense back to last year, and if not for an atrocious game by the officials this game should have been a blowout.

Zach Ertz

Ertz entered the season with just 9 career red zone touchdowns in 61 games. His 2 against the Panthers gives him 4 this season alone. The breakout season is definitely upon us.

Fletcher Cox

Welcome back. Cox was a huge factor early on, setting up a touchdown with his tipped pass that was intercepted. Cox’s return was all the more important with Jordan Hicks, Brandon Graham and Nigel Bradham all missing time with injury.

Donnie Jones

What a hold on Jake Elliott’s 50 yard field goal.

Jason Kelce

It’s a good day for an offensive lineman when he gets to spike the ball.

Mychal Kendricks

The Panthers ran 77 plays, so someone is going to rack up some counting stats, and tackles can be misleading, but this was just the second time in his career that Kendricks had double digit solo tackles. Last year he couldn’t get on the field, this year he’s having good game after good game.

Nigel Bradham

His best game of the season, maybe his best game as an Eagle, with a tip that created an interception and a touchdown saving tackle on third down. It’s no coincidence that the Panthers were able to move the ball while he was out.

LOSERS

Pete Morelli

Morelli and his crew are the worst in the NFL and it once again showed. Alshon Jeffery was called for block in the back that he didn’t commit, Corey Graham was called for a penalty that wasn’t committed by Jalen Mills, LeGarrette Blount got 15 yards for doing a nice job blocking, Mills was called for pass interference on an uncatchable ball, there was no pass interference on the deep ball to Jeffery, a facemask on Kenjon Barner, Cam Newton’s dive for a TD not being called a TD… and those are just the ones I bothered to write down.

This is from last year when Morelli called the Eagles-Lions game. And it still applies.

Jeffery Lurie would be justified in raising hell with the league until they promise to never schedule Morelli to officiate Eagles games again. Or for Morelli to retire, because he’s been awful for years.

Ron Rivera

Had he kicked a field goal to end the first half, he probably walks away a winner. Whoops.

The “Carson Wentz is bad without Lane Johnson” narrative

Early the in game it looked like 2016 all over again: no Lane Johnson, no ability to move the ball. But the Eagles adjusted and Carson Wentz went off against a good defense. You can put that narrative to bed, it’s a new year.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

That said, Vaitai was terrible. Like last season the Eagles started the game leaving Vaitai to his own devices and he struggled. And like last season, the team adjusted as the game went on and the right side of the line was no longer a sieve. Vaitai is still a liability.

Kelvin Benjamin’s knee

Ewwwwwwww. It looked like scarabs from The Mummy (the good one with Brendan Frasier) were about to pop out of that.

Sore Losers

The Panthers

Oh boo hoo.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 03:03:22 EDT from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate Thursday Night Football win over Carolina Panthers

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VICTORY TWEETS!

The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-1 after beating the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night by a final score of 28 to 23. You know what time it is!





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 05:50:33 EDT from rss

Subject: Panthers fan sucker punches Eagles fan in the face during Thursday Night Football

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Warning: This is disgusting.

A disturbing video from last night’s Philadelphia Eagles versus Carolina Panthers game was brought to my attention in the early hours of Friday morning (hat tip Bleeding Green Nation reader Kenny Nakamura). A Panthers fan was caught sucker punching an Eagles fan (?) right in the face at the Thursday Night Football game.

The video contains blood/violence, so I don’t recommend you watch it unless you’re sure.

A post shared by Warren C (@odubco) on

Here’s the caption on Instagram (with some censoring from me):

dude bro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd. after that, the lid was off. the dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. the victim telling the dude bro how they’re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting. the dude bro turns around and calls the victim a “geriatric f***”, “fa****”, and “hick”. then sucker punches him right in the face. i don’t know if he got away or left in handcuffs, but i hope it’s the latter.

It looks like the sucker punch victim may have been an Eagles fan considering the man directly next to him has an Eagles hat on.

But Eagles fan or not, this kind of behavior from the guy in the black Cam Newton jersey is unacceptable. Kudos to the Panthers fan in the white Cam Newton jersey who tried to break up the violence.

Quite simply, this is disgusting behavior. There’s no need for this to happen. Here’s hoping the Panthers have done something to address this.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 06:21:37 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/13/17.

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

They're for real: Eagles erase all doubt with win at Panthers - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles' legitimacy as contenders was in question thanks to the quality of their opponents over the first quarter-plus of the season. They had won four of their first five games heading into Thursday night. But three of those victories came against the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals, who have a combined record of 3-12. The Eagles should be questioned no more after going on the road to beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 on short rest Thursday night to become the first team in the NFC to five wins.

Statement Made: Eagles Are For Real - PE.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was everything a prime-time matchup should be: Big plays, high tempo, a lot of physical play, and, in the end, a win for a team determined to make a national statement. And here’s the statement made by the Eagles after a thrilling 28-23 win at Bank of America Stadium: The Eagles are for real with a 5-1 record, and they are in commanding position six games into the season.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Panthers game - PhillyVoice
Let's also just go ahead and state that Carson Wentz is very clearly a franchise quarterback that the Eagles can build around for the next decade-plus. He has the arm, mobility, leadership skills, smarts, and there's no question whatsoever about his toughness after the beating he took Thursday night. Carson Wentz is a stud, and if you disagree, you have no idea what you're watching. Against the Panthers, Wentz was 16 of 30 for 222 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and QB rating of 110.7. Those numbers are fine, I suppose, but they don't at all tell the story of how gritty a win this was.

Answers - Iggles Blitz
On the road. Short week. NFC opponent with 4-1 record. Questionable officiating. The Eagles had a lot to deal with and they showed a national TV audience just how tough this team is. They won a tough, physical game where both teams really battled. This game had the feel of January football. There was a lot of sloppy play, but I think the short week was responsible for some of that. This wasn’t the prettiest win. The Eagles had so many chances to put the game away and just couldn’t do it. You do have to give some credit to the Panthers. They’ve got a strong core of players that has won a lot of games in the past few years. Those guys don’t quit and Cam Newton can make spectacular plays. Somehow, the Eagles came up with an answer every time they had to have one.

10 winners, 5 losers and one sore loser from the Eagles win over the Panthers - BGN
Panthers running backs totaled 9 yards on 14 carries. Two of their four running backs finished with negative yardage. Cam Newton was great on the ground, but then Cam Newton is great on the ground. Shutting down everyone else on the ground is the best you can hope for. In the air, they picked off Newton thrice (though one was more of a fumble), and held Carolina to a pathetic 3.9 yards per play. And yet it was heart burn inducing. With two fourth quarter meltdowns already this season, there was no shame in assuming the worst on the Panthers penultimate drive. But they held. Jim Schwartz called a beautiful blitz and it paid off with an interception, and they held on Carolina’s final drive to seal the win. The Eagles defense sent the Panthers offense back to last year, and if not for an atrocious game by the officials this game should have been a blowout.

Instant observations: Eagles escape with 28-23 win in Carolina - The Athletic
Much of the game was a struggle for the offense with Carson Wentz under constant pressure. But a huge sequence at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter temporarily gave the Eagles control of the game. They faced a 3rd-and-16 from their own 19 when Wentz stepped up in the pocket and found Mack Hollins for a 20-yard completion. Wentz then threw a beautiful pass down the sideline for a 37-yard hook-up with Alshon Jeffery. And he finished the drive with a 24-yard touchdown strike to Nelson Agholor. The offense went 81 yards on four plays and took a 28-16 lead.

Eagles have all the signs of a Super Bowl contender - Yahoo! Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles’ breakthrough wasn’t supposed to happen this season. The Eagles were supposed to watch the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East. Maybe the New York Giants (ha!) would challenge the Cowboys. Maybe next year, the building Eagles would take a step. But early in the season, it became apparent the Eagles might actually be the best team in the NFC East. Now, it’s fair to wonder if they’re the best team in the NFC. The NFC has a few quality teams, but the Eagles can hang with any of them. On Thursday night they played at the Carolina Panthers, who were 4-1, and the Eagles were the better team. The Panthers made it close at the end, because they’re good too, but Jalen Mills picked off Cam Newton late and the Eagles held on fourth-and-goal in the final two minutes to finish the 28-23 win.

Fletcher Cox back to his dominating ways as Eagles win showdown - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Last June, the Eagles handed Fletcher Cox a six-year, $102.6 million extension. He was worth every penny on Thursday night. After missing two games with a calf injury, Fletcher Cox wasn't just active for the Eagles' 28-23 road win over the Panthers. He was dominant. "S---, it felt good," his fellow defensive tackle Tim Jernigan said. "It felt like he's back to his normal self. Dominating, doing what he do."

Carson Wentz's Philadelphia Eagles teammates follow 'the general' to win over Panthers - PennLive
"He is fearless," Panthers cornerback James Bradberry said. "I saw him take on one of our linebackers and a safety down there by the goal line. You could tell he was trying to will his team to win." Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor echoed that sentiment. And with the Birds surging into first place, the team seems more and more comfortable with direction Wentz is pulling them.

4 things we learned from Eagles’ 28-23 win over Panthers - SB Nation
Wentz faced a stiff challenge from the Panthers’ defense, and for the most part he passed the test. He was far from perfect, but made the big plays when needed to and rarely lost his composure. Wentz finished the game with 222 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-30 passing, throwing two scores to Zach Ertz and spraying key passes to Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. The Eagles are 5-1 partly thanks to Wentz, who still has flaws to his game but has taken a big step forward in his second season. This team looks like the real deal, and is now the odds-on favorite to win the NFC East.

Panthers vs Eagles Final Score: Panthers can’t seal the deal, lose 28-23 - Cat Scratch Reader
This game was all about missed opportunities, and not playing Carolina football. The Panthers couldn’t run the ball, and they couldn’t capitalize on the chances they had. The Eagles are a good team, with a great defense. But Carolina needs to find their running game again to be successful.

The NFL’s Surprise One-Loss Teams Look Built to Last - The Ringer
Philadelphia, Carolina, and Denver are all off to hot starts. Which is the most likely to remain a contender for the entire season?

HB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is upheld - PFF
With the original injunction in place, Elliott was able to resume his role as the Cowboy’s starting running back, and has played 294 snaps through five weeks of the 2017 season. He’s off to a good start, and is currently ranked ninth among 54 qualifying running backs with a PFF overall grade of 81.9.

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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 07:07:34 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles overcame AWFUL one-sided officiating from Pete Morelli

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This was disgraceful.

Look, I don’t enjoy being “complain about the refs” guy. I don’t think anyone really wants to be that person.

But the AWFUL, one-sided officiating from Pete Morelli’s crew on Thursday night in the Philadelphia Eagles versus Carolina Panthers game needs to be called out. It was disgraceful. It was so bad that I’m still talking about it after the Eagles friggin won the game.

The Eagles were penalized 10 times against the Panthers for a total of 126 penalty yards. The Panthers, meanwhile, were also penalized once for one yard. This disparity was so lopsided that it was actually THE FIRST TIME IN NFL HISTORY that it happened.

It’s not like this was just one weird game, either. Morelli’s crew has a track record of calling a lot more penalties on the Eagles than their opponents. Remember the awfully officiated Eagles-Lions game from last year? Yep, that was Morelli’s crew.

But wait! Morelli’s one-sided officiating goes back even further.

I’m not saying I know Morelli has an agenda against the Eagles. But I am saying that this just doesn’t seem right. It’s not even close to being fair or balanced.

There were a number of awful calls (and non-calls) in the Eagles’ win over the Panthers. Here’s all what I noticed:

1 - Carson Wentz ran for a first down ... but it was cancelled out by a very tacky “block in the back” penalty on Alshon Jeffery.

2 - Jalen Mills got called for an absolutely BS pass interference penalty on the Panthers’ next drive.

3 - LeGarrette Blount got called for unnecessary roughness for legally blocking a rusher in pass protection. Bad flag.

4 - Wentz converts to Zach Ertz for a first ... but the play is wiped out by a timeout?! What the hell. How did the officials not stop that play before it got off? Doug Pederson took the timeout to prevent a delay of game, for the record.

5 - Brandon Graham got held on a first down to Ed Dickson. No call.

6 - It looked like the Eagles should have had a chance to attempt a Hail Mary of their own. at the end of the first half. There was two seconds left on the clock and the ball was incomplete on the ground after Carolina’s attempt on fourth down.

7 - A Rodney McLeod interception on an awful deep pass from Newton gets wiped out by a Mills pass interference penalty. It was another tacky call.

8 - Wentz airs it out to Jeffery on third down and it’s a good pass. Just goes through the receiver’s hands. Gotta catch that. But also: James Bradberry was holding one of Jeffery’s arms. No call, though, of course. It would’ve been a tacky flag, but that’s what the refs were calling on Mills. Call it both ways.

9 - Kenjon Barner got facemasked on a run for a loss of six. No call.

10 - Wentz scrambles ... and it’s a holding penalty on the Eagles. Except, if anything, it should’ve been hands to the face on the defensive lineman that Stefen Wisniewski was blocking.

11 - The Panthers face 3rd-and-10. It’s a delay of game ... but Derek Barnett hits Newton and gets called for a 15-yard penalty. Such bullshit! There was no whistle. How were the defenders supposed to know the play was over?! This is f***ing garbage. Insanity. The Panthers go on to score a touchdown. What a joke. It should’ve been 3rd-and-15. Instead the refs gifted Carolina a touchdown. This is stupid.

Officiating crews aren’t going to get every call right. It’s a tough job. But Morelli’s crew has had a bad track record for quite some time now.

Morelli has no business calling Eagles games from now on. His performance seriously requires a close review. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie really needs to address this matter with the league. It sounds like the organization might do just that.

I enjoyed Doug Pederson’s response to questions about officiating. He did enough to imply the calls were awful without actually saying as much and getting himself fined or in trouble.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Friday Morning Fly By: Enough of this negativity; it

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

*TOMORROW IS THE DAY! The boys are finally at home and we’re going to open up the season with a win, you heard it here first. If you’re headed to the game tomorrow evening, stop by and say hi to some of the BSH crew at our fun little tailgate party! [BSH]

*It’s been a long stretch between the last game and this next one, and Dave Hakstol has used this down time to try and learn from his mistakes. Which seems good. [Philly.com]

*After being horrendous on the road for really all of last season, we should find a lot of hopefulness in the Flyers’ 2-2 start on the road this year. [Courier-Post]

*Meltzer has some good insight on the Samuel Morin situation that’s worth a read. [Hockeybuzz]

*Evidently Matt Read was pretty shocked to be sent down, but it hanging in. [The Morning Call]

*Smaller defensemen like Shayne Gostisbehere are finally getting some respect in the NHL, thanks in part to guys like Erik Karlsson. [The Hockey News]

*Our old pal Mark Streit has been waived by the Montreal Canadiens, which might spell the end of the road for him. [Habs Eyes On The Prize]

*It used to be that the KHL is where NHL careers went to die, but now, thanks to the league’s refusal to go to the Olympics, it is becoming a springboard to national teams. [Reuters]

*And finally, Ed Snider will be honored with a statue in the sports complex before the game against the Penguins on October 19. [Philly.com]





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With a win over the Carolina Panthers, the Eagles head into their mini-bye week with a 5-1 record. Undoubtedly, a number of narratives and storylines will emerge in the next few days from NFL pundits and journalists seeking to explain the Eagles’ success. Allow me to add my own voice to the cacophony of the…

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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 09:38:23 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Panthers Final Score: 11 things we learned from Philadelphia

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Big takeaways from the Birds game.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are now 5-1 in the 2017 NFL regular season after defeating the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 28 to 23 (recap here). Four wins in a row! Feels nice, huh? Here’s a look at everything we learned from this game.

1 - The Eagles are contenders

The Eagles are a good team, folks. This was a statement win.

No Lane Johnson. No Ronald Darby. No Darren Sproles. Jordan Hicks leaving the game early. Traveling on a short week. One-sided officiating from the refs.

The Eagles faced a lot of adversity on the road against a 4-1 Carolina team that had just beaten the Patriots in New England and the Lions in Detroit. And the Birds overcame it all to beat the Panthers.

At 5-1, the Eagles currently have the best record in the NFC. Even if the 4-1 Packers beat the Vikings in Minnesota this week, Philly will still be on top of the NFC due to conference record (the Eagles are 4-0 and the Packers are 3-1).

Now, there are still 10 games left to be played and a lot can happen in that span. But right now the Eagles are in good shape. At the very least, they’re looking like a playoff team. At their best, they could be the No. 1 seed in the conference and lock up home field advantage in the playoffs.

Who would’ve thought we’d be saying that at this point?

Once again, this team is good. The offense is balanced and efficient. The Eagles can pass. They can run. The defense can make big plays. The special teams unit is ranked No. 1 in the league by DVOA. It’s all happening for Philly.

2 - Carson Wentz continues to prove his doubters wrong

Take a lap, Draft Twitter.

You said Wentz sucked and you were wrong.

Wentz didn’t play a perfect game on Monday night by any means. He’s still dealing with those accuracy issues that need to go away. He also missed a WIDE OPEN Nelson Agholor on third down late in the game to seal the deal. Despite his struggles, and despite facing a lot of pressure early in the game, he still put up a very strong performance: 16/30 (53.3%), 222 yards (7.4 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 110.7 passer rating.

Wentz proved to be money on third down yet again. He’s just so good in that area. He stood in the pocket and made a number of tough throws over the middle. He dropped some dimes along the sideline as well — such as his completions to Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Johnson.

Wentz is undoubtedly establishing himself as a franchise quarterback. He’s the whole package.

One of the things I loved most about Thursday’s game is this play.

Wentz didn’t score, and no one wants to see him get hurt doing something like this, but it’s hard not to admire his toughness. The dude is tough as nails and his will to win is strong.

The Eagles are in good shape with No. 11 under center. He’s one of the biggest reasons to feel about this team’s chances moving forward. He’s clearly the guy.

Wentz is legitimately in the MVP discussion at this point. And he’s only in the second year of his career.

Lol at these people.

3 - Doug Pederson is doing a great job

Are there even any major Doug Pederson critics left at this point? Who am I kidding, of course there are.

Well, guess what. It’s time to give the guy his due. Pederson has done a great job with Philadelphia’s offense. He’s overseen successful development from Wentz. He has his players playing hard and looking well-prepared.

I really loved Pederson’s call to go for the two-point conversion following the Panthers’ only penalty of the game. A lot of people are going to read this and think “no, it was dumb!” Relax. It wasn’t.

The Eagles had the chance to get an extra point from only one-yard away. Philadelphia employs one of the best short-yardage running backs in the league in LeGarrette Blount. Accept the penalty, get one yard, and make the game 18-10 instead of 17-10. It’s only one point, but it makes a big difference. It puts extra pressure on the Panthers and changes their game strategy.

Wentz and Pederson are a quarterback/head coach combo that Philly fans should love. They’re tough and aggressive. They play to win and that’s exactly what they’ve done so far this season. Pederson belongs in the Coach of the Year conversation.

For an example of how being too conservative can hurt your team, look no further than Ron Rivera opting NOT to go for a 58-yard field goal before the end of the first half.

4 - Philadelphia’s defense is playing at a high level

Where to begin with this unit? There’s so many performances to highlight.

The run defense seems like a good place to start. The Eagles have been very hard to run on this season. Philly only allowed Carolina running backs to gain ONE YARD on 13 carries. Cam Newton did rush for 71 yards and one score on 11 attempts, however.

The defense has done a great job of clogging up running lanes. They also defended Carolina’s passing attack well. The Eagles’ pass rush sacked Newton twiced and forced him into three interceptions. Patrick Robinson, who continues to be great, Jalen Mills, and Rasul Douglas all had one pick.

5 - Huge game for the linebackers

The Eagles’ linebackers deserve their own section because they really balled out on Thursday. Unfortunately, Jordan Hicks had to leave the game early and would not return.

But Nigel Bradham really stepped up. He finished the night with 10 tackles, two pass breakups, and one tackle for loss. The stat-line doesn’t do his performance justice. He made a few solo tackles on third downs that prevented conversions for first downs/touchdowns. He also broke up a third down pass early in the game after the Eagles’ first drive fumble. Bradham is a free agent after this season. The Eagles have to try to keep him around if he’s playing like this.

Mychal Kendricks also had a big game. I was suprised to see he had 17 tackles — 12 of which were solo. One for a tackle for loss when Newton took off running.

Huge games by NB and MK.

6 - The Eagles miss Lane Johnson but can win without him

The Eagles’ splits with and without Lane Johnson were obviously a big talking point heading into this week’s game. And for good reason. The Eagles are quite simply a much better team with Johnson in the lineup.

This truth was evident early in the game when Wentz got strip-sacked by Julius Peppers, who beat Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Wentz simply got banged around way too much on Thursday. He was hit eight times and sacked three times.

It’s good to see the Eagles could make it through a game with Big V and still win. But they seriously need Johnson back.

In other offensive line news, Jason Peters is still the GOAT.

7 - Fletcher Cox is an animal

Fletcher Cox also deserves his own section because he’s a BEAST. The dude wasn’t even 100% but he gutted through his calf injury and caused problems for Carolina all night long. Cox had two tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and one pass deflection. It was that deflection which caused Newton to be picked off by Douglas. Cox’s big play set the Eagles up in the red zone which led to seven points. He’s so clearly a very good player. It’s great news for Philly that he’s back on the field.

8 - Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor are finding the end zone more often than ever

Ertz only had two catches for 18 yards but both of them went for touchdowns. He’s now up to four scores on the season, which ties a career high with 10 games to play. Ertz has become such a reliable target for Wentz. They’ve really formed a lethal connection this season.

Nelson Agholor continues to stay hot as well. He had four catches for 55 yards and one touchdown working out of the slot. Nelly is up to four scores in six games this season. He only had three touchdowns in his first 28 games combined.

9 - Pete Morelli’s officiating crew is an absolute disgrace

I already detailed this topic in a separate article. [Click here to check it out.]

10 - The Eagles are in pretty good shape moving forward

The Eagles are 5-1. Let’s look at the updated NFC East standings.

1 - Eagles - 5-1

2 - Washington - 2-2

3 - Cowboys 2-3

4 - Giants - 0-5

Next up: 11 days to prepare for a home game against the Washington Redskins. As we know, the Birds already beat Washington in Week 1. Getting a sweep over them would be nice, especially after they’ve dominated the Eagles in recent seasons. Washington might be without top cornerback Josh Norman in that matchup. That would be a significant absence for them.

Now let’s look a little even further down the Eagles’ schedule.

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)

Four of the Eagles’ next five games are at home. Two of those games (49ers, Bears) look very winnable while the other two figure to be tougher on paper (Washington, Broncos). The Eagles will have an extra week of rest to prepare for their only road game: a big one against the Cowboys.

This stretch marks an opportunity for the Eagles to put home field advantage to good use and pad their record. Philly will have to play three road games in a row starting in Week 13: at the Seahawks, at the Rams, and at the Giants.

11 - Reinforcements are on the way

Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones were on the field during warmups prior to the Eagles-Panthers game. It’s unclear exactly when they’ll return but it seems like Darby could have a shot to play in Week 7 if his original recovery timeline holds true. As for Jones, he is now eligible to start practicing since the first six weeks of the season are over. That doesn’t necessarily mean Jones will start practicing yet; I’m just pointing out it’s actually possible now.

Darby and Jones aren’t the only players the Eagles could be getting back soon. One would think Lane Johnson will be ready by Monday night in Week 7. Hopefully Wendell Smallwood’s knee is OK by then. Depth players Destiny Vaeao and Jaylen Watkins might be ready to play by then as well.





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Today’s Friday is more enjoyable. The Eagles are 5-1. The Nationals are out of the NLDS, again. But we’ll stick with the Eagles for now. Catch up or relive some of the best parts of the game in our live thread. There were some great moments, but also plenty of bad ones, especially when EVERY…

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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 09:35:39 EDT from rss

Subject: Beating Two Opponents at the Same Time: Ten Takeways from Eagles 28, Panthers (Refs) 23

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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 12:03:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Nick Chubb is an Alien

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The journey through running back prospects continues...

Few running backs have started their college career the way Nick Chubb did. In his freshman year, Chubb had to step into a featured role after Todd Gurley had his final season at Georgia cut short by injury. Chubb wasted no time in getting to becoming a dominant force in college football. Chubb rushed for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first season at Georgia, averaging over SEVEN yards a carry. Unreal numbers for an 18 year old back in the SEC.

Chubb started his sophomore season off hot; averaging over eight yards per carry on his first 92 carries and scoring seven touchdowns. However, his early dominant run of his career was cut short on the first carry of his sixth game in his sophomore season. Chubb suffered a gruesome knee injury. I am not going to link the injury here, but it is truly the type of leg injury that sticks in your mind if you saw it on television. In that moment, it was hard to think Chubb would return to football, let alone be a force again in college ball.

Fast forward a few months and in his first game back from injury, to kick off the 2016 season, Chubb ran for over 220 yards against UNC in a win. Chubb had defied his own health. While the rest of his junior season showed only a shadow of the player he was as he rushed for 1,130 yards at only five yards a carry, Chubb flashed his pre-injury brilliance at times and gave hope to an eventual full recovery. Instead of opting to enter a talented 2017 draft class, full of running backs; Chubb wanted to finish his career at Georgia.

This year, Nick Chubb is back.

At his best, there are only a few backs that match Chubb’s talent as a ball carrier. The 5’10”, nearly 230 pound running back is part of a multi-headed monster in Georgia’s backfield but he is clearly their best back. He is a rare combination of size, strength and overall athleticism.

As a former high school track star, it is not surprising that Chubb is so well put together athletically. Not only is he incredibly well built, but he has speed, quickness and special balance.

While it’s only a short run, Chubb’s ability to make defenders miss at the first level and find his feet through contact to keep running is really special. It is rare to see Chubb phased by weak tackle attempts and his natural leverage as a runner makes him hard to wrap up. Also, once he gets to speed, it’s going to be a chore to tackle him as well.

Georgia does a great job clearing the line for Chubb to run through. His acceleration is surprising at his size and would be tacklers, once again, do not phase him as he is full speed ahead towards the end zone.

Chubb is a great athlete, and that is evident in his runs, but even more impressive is the kind of player he is above the shoulders. He is not just an athlete bashing into the line of scrimmage in hopes of finding yardage, rather he has an exceptional blend of vision, decision making and physicality in his runs. There is a level of detail to his game that makes him so special.

In this run, Chubb is supposed to read the play side tackle to decide whether to run outside or run to the tackle’s inside shoulder. While the tackle initially leaves the outside gap open to Chubb, he kicks the defender to the edge. Chubb quickly adjusts, makes a cut to the inside of the tackle and has a nice gain. It is a small play and these are little nuances to the game, but it is clear that Nick Chubb is a student of the game.

Once again, Chubb shows off his patience in finding the hole for him to pick up positive yardage. All the while, he never stops his feet, which is incredibly important for backs trying to create behind the line of scrimmage. The small details in Nick Chubb’s game not only separate him from many college backs, but also make the difference between two yard gains and 10 yard gains. His “mental game” is going to help him adjust quickly to the pros.

My favorite part of Chubb’s game is the profound violence in which he runs. He truly runs like somebody pissed in his breakfast.

The game against Notre Dame this season was a bit different for Chubb in the sense that the Irish really did a good job crashing the line of scrimmage and tightening up the running lanes for him. In response, Chubb turned in a game of punishment deliverance in order to gain tough yardage.

NFL Comparison: While this is not a direct comparison and I do not want to seem overly optimistic; Chubb’s blend of athletic ability, size and football IQ is reminiscent of Marshawn Lynch. The only real knock on Chubb at this point is that he is not an experienced pass catcher and that he is less of a “big play” back. However, he is the type of back who can get the ball 20 times a game and nary have a play where he goes backwards and that is valuable.

It is a bit dreamy to think of Nick Chubb in Philadelphia’s current offense. The team has found a some juice in their running game and imagine Chubb running behind the line next year instead of LeGarrette Blount ... Also imagine the jokes that would come from a Chubb/Smallwood backfield! (Sorry)

Anyway, it is hard to see Chubb get out of the top forty picks in the draft if he keeps up his current level of play. If the Eagles are picking late in the first round (which looks likely at this point), Chubb could be a no brainer.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 12:29:04 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Panthers snap count analysis: The left guard rotation is OVER

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Playing time tracker.

Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

OFFENSE

The big news here is that the left guard rotation appears to be over. The Eagles stuck with Stefen Wisniewski for the whole game instead of rotating Chance Warmack in. Good. Wis is clearly better than Warmack. No need to rotate.

Alshon Jeffery logged a defensive snap at the end of the first half. The Eagles put him in the end zone in order to knock down a potential Hail Mary attempt.

Corey Clement’s playing time dropped from 34% in Week 5 to only 16% this week. Kenjon Barner’s rose from 25% to 35%. The Eagles probably shouldn’t be playing Barner as much as they did last night.

Mack Hollins and Marcus Johnson haven’t been getting much offensive playing time but they’ve been making the most of their snaps. Hollins had two receptions for two first downs and a total of 38 yards. Johnson had a nice sideline grab for a 16-yard gain.

Isaac Seumalo took over the role Halapoulivaati Vaitai usually plays as a sixth offensive lineman (tackle eligible).

DEFENSE

The Eagles seem to be rotating Patrick Robinson and Rasul Douglas to some extent. Robinson is playing too well not to be on the field right now. Douglas is also showing some nice potential.

Fletcher Cox played 79% of the snaps in his return. So he wasn’t even too limited, if at all. That’s a good sign moving forward.

Mychal Kendricks, Joe Walker, and Najee Goode all saw an increase in playing time due to Jordan Hicks leaving the game and Nigel Bradham also missing a few snaps.

Tim Jernigan’s playing time was pretty limited. He got banged up in this game.

Justin Hamilton leapfrogged Elijah Qualls on the depth chart. The Eagles kept Qualls on the roster and Hamilton on the practice squad originally but now the latter is getting playing time while the former is a healthy scratch. Hamilton notched half of a sack on Thursday night.

After playing 67% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps in Week 5, Corey Graham only played 9% in this one. Matchup specific.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Chris Maragos suffered an injury and had to leave the game early. No other surprises here.

DID NOT PLAY

The following players were ruled inactive prior to the game: Lane Johnson, Ronald Darby, Wendell Smallwood, Destiny Vaeao, Jaylen Watkins, Shelton Gibson, Elijah Qualls.

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





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Subject: Bird Droppings: Jump The Route

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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 13:47:10 EDT from rss

Subject: Carson Wentz is the real deal

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #269). 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.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 18:14:23 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Panthers PFF Grades: Nigel Bradham and Carson Wentz (!) among Philadelphia

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Best and worst of the Eagles-Panthers game.

Pro Football Focus releases the top five graded players from each team after every single NFL game. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Philadelphia Eagles following their Week 6 win over the Carolina Panthers.

LB Nigel Bradham, 89.7 overall grade

S Rodney McLeod, 86.7 overall grade

QB Carson Wentz, 86.6 overall grade

T Jason Peters, 85.8 overall grade

Edge Brandon Graham, 85.2 overall grade

NIGEL BRADHAM

Nigel Bradham was a FORCE in this game.

He made a big impact from the start; his pass breakup on the Panthers’ first drive forced a three-and-out after Philadelphia had turned the ball over on a strip-sack fumble. Bradham had a number of great open field tackles to stop Panthers players short of the sticks.

Bradham was all over the place in coverage, generally in a good way. He was targeted seven times in coverage, and while he did allow one 20-yard first down, only two other passes were completed against him for a combined 10 yards. He broke up two other passes, including one on third-and-one on the Panthers’ final drive that otherwise would have been an easy catch on a slant for a first down. In addition to the two pass breakups, he also had a game-high six defensive stops.

Bradham’s performance was especially clutch since Jordan Hicks had to leave the game early. Bradham also got banged up at one point and it looked like he seriously hurt his shoulder. But he only missed a few snaps before returning. Tough dude.

Bradham now ranks 24th out of 86 linebackers this season. He wasn’t having the most consistent season prior to recent weeks. It seems like he’s starting to settle in now.

RODNEY MCLEOD

Interesting to see that McLeod was second here. He didn’t really stand out to me a ton in the game or the stat sheet. He finished the night with four tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed.

McLeod would’ve had a nice interception if not for a tacky pass interference penalty called on Jalen Mills. Judging by his Instagram post, McLeod is frustrated with how that play went.

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CARSON WENTZ

Wentz’s performance was so good that even PFF couldn’t keep him out of the top five!

After suspiciously not making the cut following his strong performance in the Eagles-Cardinals game, PFF had a lot of praise for Wentz this time around.

The missed third down conversion with Nelson Agholor standing uncovered will stick out in fans minds, but Wentz put them in that position in the first place. He was incredibly efficient throwing the ball down the field, going 7-of-10 for 146 yards on passes targeted 10+ yards down the field. And that doesn’t even include a perfectly thrown ball that slipped through Alshon Jeffrey’s hands with James Bradberry contesting. Wentz suffered from two drops on the night.

Again, Wentz wasn’t perfect against the Panthers, but the good has majorly outweighed the bad with him. His final stat-line from Thursday: 16/30 (53.3%), 222 yards (7.4 average), 3 TD, 0 INT, 110.7 passer rating.

Wentz made some really big time throws. Take this dart to Mack Hollins, for example. 3rd-and-16, facing pressure, steps up, delivers a strike to the rookie wideout.

It has to be incredibly demoralizing for opposing defenses to not be able to get off the field. Wentz has been simply unreal on third down this season.

Wentz now ranks 7th out of 32 quarterbacks. The only players ahead of him: Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Tyrod Taylor.

JASON PETERS

I never wanna hear people talk about cutting JP to save money ever again. Or that he’s “lost a step.” The dude is the GOAT.

Despite the fact that Peters turns 36 in January, he’s still playing at a very high level. He ranks second out of all 69 offensive tackles graded by PFF this season. He’s only allowed seven pressures in 218 total passing snaps played, which is the fifth best rate in the NFL.

The only thing missing from this future Hall of Famer’s career is a Super Bowl ring. Time for the Eagles to change that.

BRANDON GRAHAM

Graham finished the game with three tackles (one solo), half a sack, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits. BLG (Brandon Lee Graham) has been generating consistent pressure all season. Graham is also very stout in run defense. He ranks fourth out of 111 edge players.

HONORABLE MENTION

Fletcher Cox and Brandon Brooks also received shoutouts for their efforts in this game.

Cox was a monster. In his first game back from a calf injury, he logged two tackles, half a sack, half a tackle for loss, one pass deflection, and two quarterback hits. It was Cox’s hit on Cam Newton that caused him to throw a wounded duck into the air that was picked off by Rasul Douglas. It goes without saying that Cox should’ve been in the top five here. He was a game-wrecker.

After missing the Eagles’ past two games, Cox returned and made a sizable impact as a pass-rusher. He had six total pressures on the night, including one sack, and one hit that caused Cam Newton’s first interception of the night.

On the season, Cox ranks 14th out of 124 interior defenders.

Here’s what PFF had to say about Brooks.

Brooks was responsible for a handful of the Eagles biggest runs on Thursday, dominating Star Lotuleilei on multiple occasions. He was also good in pass protection, as he was beaten for one lone pressure on 37 pass-blocking snaps.

Brooks finished as one of PFF’s highest graded guards in 2016. He ranks third overall out of 72 players at his position this season.

Another thing worth noting is that Brooks absolutely crushed Luke Kuechly on a pulling play near the goal-line. The star linebacker had to leave the game early with a concussion. You obviously never want to see a player get hurt like that, but that’s an example of how physical the 6-5, 335 pound Brooks can be.

This game was really a testament to how football is won and lost in the trenches and why the Eagles invested so heavily in the lines.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 20:05:24 EDT from rss

Subject: Police arrest fan who sucker punched someone in the face at Eagles-Panthers game

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Justice is served.

The Carolina Panthers fan who was caught on video sucker punching another Panthers fan in the face during the Eagles-Panthers game on Thursday night has been taken to jail.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Kyle Adam Maraghy and charged him with simple assault.

David is the name of the man who was assaulted by Maraghy. You can [click here] to see a picture of the injuries he suffered (caution: blood / graphic).

David attended the game with an Eagles fan friend of his: Gene Serba. Serba talked to CBS Philly about what transpired at the game on Thursday evening.

“The guy was just being a jerk in front of us,” he explained. “They were standing up not to watch the game or cheer or anything just to be a jerk.”

Panthers Executive Director of Risk Management Lance Emory released a statement about the incident on Friday.

“We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator. We are working with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law. The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience. The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.”

It’s unfortunate this incident took place. But now the fan who decided it was a good idea to sucker punch someone is behind bars.





[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 20:57:22 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Injury Updates: Latest on Ronald Darby, Jordan Hicks, Sidney Jones, and more

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Get caught up on how everyone is doing.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson gave some updates on the Philadelphia’s injury situation on Friday morning following the team’s win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday evening. Here’s the latest on a number of players.

RONALD DARBY

Week 7 has been the expected return date for Darby given the original four-to-six recovery timeline that was reported. But it sounds like he’s not ready yet. When asked if he’ll be practicing next week, Pederson said “probably not” although he did say the corner is “close” to being back.

If Darby can’t return for Week 7, maybe he’ll be ready for the Eagles’ game against the 49ers in Week 8. One could argue the Eagles don’t really need him for that game, though, so maybe keeping him out until Week 9 against the Broncos could be the move. At the very latest, it seems like Darby would be back by Week 11 when the Eagles return from their bye.

Darby’s return would likely mean Douglas returning to the bench. Darby and Jalen Mills were the team’s Week 1 starters so I don’t see that changing upon his return, despite the fact Douglas has shown some positive flashes.

Here’s everything Pederson had to say about Darby.

Q. How about CB Ronald Darby? You seemed to indicate that the Redskins game was the target date?

DOUG PEDERSON: Yeah. Darby's been doing well. He's been running a little bit more now. Again, he’s another one that could be close, but at the same time, just want to make sure he's 100%. We have some guys like [S] Jaylen Watkins [who] is getting healthy now, getting him back. We're getting some more depth there, so I don't want to rush any of these guys back without them being fully healthy [and] fully healed.

Q. Had Darby been traveling before this week? I noticed him at the game.

DOUG PEDERSON: Yeah, a couple of the guys that probably would have been ruled out, we traveled them so they could get their treatment and rehab on the road, because of the time off this weekend. So we wanted to make sure they got their rehab and their conditioning in before next week.

Q. So is Darby going to practice, do we know that?

DOUG PEDERSON: As of right now, probably not. But, again, he's close. We'll see next Monday when they get back where he's at again, and just making another evaluation at that time.

JORDAN HICKS

Hicks left the Eagles-Panthers game early due to an ankle injury. Hicks also left the Eagles-Giants in Week 3 for the same reason. Pederson said Hicks is set to practice this week so the team’s starting middle linebacker is not expected to miss any time.

Jordan's going to be okay. And we'll expect him this next week in practice.

CHRIS MARAGOS

Eagles special teams captain and reserve safety Chris Maragos got hurt in the Eagles-Panthers game. It sounds like his ACL might be OK but he may have torn his PCL.

Pederson didn’t reveal any more information about Maragos’ injury on Friday.

In Maragos' case, we still need a few more tests, I guess we'll put it that way, just to get some more information on him.

It sounds like Maragos will miss some time but might not be out for the season.

SIDNEY JONES

Jones is now ELIGIBLE to be activated off the non-football injury list since the Eagles’ first six games are over. That doesn’t necessary mean he will be activated. Here’s a reminder on how the NFI list works. In short, the Eagles have six weeks to decide whether Jones is ready or not to start practicing. If he is ready, the Eagles will then have 21 days to either activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the entire season.

Pederson was asked whether a decision has been made on Jones.

It hasn’t. Again, keep the message the same with him. I don't want to rush him back. He's still doing a good job with his rehab and his conditioning. Again, want to make sure that he's fully cleared, medically, before we stick him back out on the field.

Les Bowen say he’s hearing Jones is “not that close” to returning.

But here’s an interesting tweet from Gil Brandt.

WENDELL SMALLWOOD

Smallwood hasn’t practiced since getting hurt in the Eagles-Chargers game in Week 4. No one really knew he got hurt at the time and Pederson has refused to expound upon his exact injury.

It sounds like there’s a chance he’ll return to practice ahead of the Washington game.

Yeah, Wendell's doing really good. He's another one that we took on the trip and rehabbed him and got him some more treatment stuff. Again, he's another one that on Monday when they get back in, we'll evaluate. He's close. I’ll tell you, he's close. Then on Tuesday, when the players are in the building we'll see. He's got some time now to rest. But I would anticipate him maybe doing a little something next week in practice, but not 100% yet with him. So that's kind of where I'm at.

LANE JOHNSON

Pederson wasn’t asked about Lane but one would assume the team’s starting right tackle will clear the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol in time to be ready for the Eagles’ next game on Monday, October 23.

MACK HOLLINS

Hollins went down in pain after covering a punt. He seems to be fine, though.





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