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[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 08:33:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Have Defense, Will Travel

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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…

[#] 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.


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.

[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 08:57:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Your Friday Morning Roundup

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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…

[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 08:50:49 EDT from rss

Subject: Video: POS Panthers Fan Sucker Punches Helpless Eagles Fan

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A post shared by Warren C (@odubco) on Oct 12, 2017 at 10:11pm PDT Welcome to Carolina, where bro assholes punch old guys in the face and then scamper off like the world’s largest bitch. From (@odubco) on Instagram: dude bro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and…

[#] 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.


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).


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.


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


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.

[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 12:50:00 EDT from rss

Subject: Bird Droppings: Jump The Route

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Yesssssssssssss. We have a good football team. The Eagles are now the favorite to win the division and can compete for a bye. The win over the Panthers slots them as the fourth best team in the conference. The updated list: Packers Falcons Cowboys Eagles Panthers Seahawks Lions Redskins Moving right on up. I think…

[#] 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 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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 09:13:09 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Carson Wentz belongs in the MVP conversation

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/14/17.

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

Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate - PhillyVoice
In 2017, there are a handful of quarterbacks who have better numbers than Wentz. Namely, they are the Chiefs' Alex Smith, the Patriots' Tom Brady, the Saints' Drew Brees, the Redskins' Kirk Cousins, the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, and even the Texans' Deshaun Watson. However, none of the above players have skyrocketed their team from, in some national writers' perspectives, a bottom ten type of team, to what should currently be considered unanimously to be one of the five best teams in the NFL. He still has a lot of work to do, but six games into the 2017 season, Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate.

Eagles-Panthers Final Score: 11 things we learned from Philadelphia’s statement win over Carolina - BGN
Take a lap, Draft Twitter. You said Wentz sucked and you were wrong. Wentz didn’t play a perfect game on Thursday 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.

The Philadelphia Eagles Are 5-1 -
John Barchard and Vince Quinn went live from the Casino at Delaware Park as they go CRAZY after the wild Thursday Night Football vs the Panthers. John offers a draw to #DraftTwitter, Vince gushes over Doug and we celebrate the road to victory! E A G L E S - EAGLES!

Pressure - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles didn’t blitz much. They didn’t have to. The D-line consistently got good push. They didn’t have free runners landing highlight hits on Newton all night long, but they affected him with pressure. Newton threw 52 passes and only got 239 yards. That is…bad. Consider that in the previous game, Newton threw 33 passes and had 355 yards. The pressure generated by the Eagles did two big things. First, it sped him up. The Panthers love to throw the ball downfield. They couldn’t do that with the Eagles DL getting regular pressure on Newton. Suddenly he was throwing the ball to RBs and TEs in the flat. Rookie Christian McCaffrey had 10 catches for 56 yards.

Tough guy Carson Wentz galvanizes the Eagles - Inquirer
Carson Wentz is a large man, comparatively speaking. But in person he’s a wiry 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. As he finished dressing in the visitors’ locker room at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night, a national reporter asked the Eagles quarterback if he had broken any ribs from the hits he took. Wentz, as he often does when being complimented or seemingly complimented — as the reporter’s implication that he had played through cracked ribs suggested — just smiled and shook his head. A few moments later he strolled into a nearby room and climbed the podium for a news conference. After a cursory question about the importance of the 5-1 Eagles’ 28-23 win over the Panthers, Wentz was asked once again about his condition.

Notes: Injury Update And New Challenge For Doug Pederson -
“The players are going to read and they’re going to listen to all the media outlets on TV and just hear how people are talking about them and saying how good and how great they are. But you’ve got to keep it real too. And that comes from me,” Pederson said during Monday’s press conference. “We’re winning these games but there’s a lot to fix a lot to correct as well. It’s never perfect obviously. Bottom line is we want to win the game but at the same time, I’ve got to keep them focused and grounded. Even some of the situational stuff still. We’ve got to eliminate the big play on defense. Got to get better in the red zone on offense. Keep working in those areas. We weren’t as good on third downs last night so we have to keep working that and so just keeping them focused and detailed on those specific areas.”

Historic penalty disparity does not go unnoticed by Eagles - ESPN
The Eagles escaped Carolina with a victory Thursday, so the historic disparity in penalty yards wasn't the all-consuming topic of conversation in the locker room afterward. But Philadelphia's players and coaches took notice, and there will be some clips sent to the NFL offices this weekend for review. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in their 28-23 victory, compared to one penalty for 1 yard for the Panthers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday night’s game was the first in NFL history in which one team had at least 120 penalty yards and their opponent had fewer than 10 penalty yards. "We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren't good calls," said Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. "Adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and hunker down."

Carson Wentz levels up, places himself in elite QB tier after statement win - NBC Sports Philadelphia
he last two weeks, Wentz has blossomed. He's got seven TDs, one interception, 526 passing yards and passer ratings of 128.3 and 110.7. The Eagles are 5-1, winners of four straight, and their 24-year-old quarterback is a legitimate MVP candidate. Wentz has won games before, but this felt different. This felt like a young player genuinely elevating himself into the pantheon of elite NFL QBs. "You saw glimpses of it when he was in college, obviously, with the championships and the success that he had," Pederson said. "You just look at his whole sports life and the success he's had — you just never know though until you get them in your building and you start coaching them to see exactly what you've got.

Surprise return by Fletcher Cox boosts Eagles defense - The Athletic
There was no reason for Fletcher Cox to play Thursday night. After two missed games with a calf injury, Cox and the Eagles had every reason to let the All-World defensive tackle take advantage of the upcoming mini-bye to ensure his health for the next game — an important NFC East clash with Washington on Monday night. Instead, Cox returned and changed the face of what had been a steady enough defense without him. From the first play of the night for the Eagles' defense, when Cox announced his presence with authority by tackling Jonathan Stewart for a meager 1-yard gain, Cox affected Cam Newton’s pocket and helped spearhead a dominant performance for the run defense. On the stat sheet, he only accounted for two assisted tackles, but he made two of the most impactful plays of the night.

Will Redskins Challenge Eagles for Title of Best in the East? - Hogs Haven
You want to call the Philadelphia Eagles the #1 team in the NFC East? I can’t argue too hard there. They are sitting in first place in the standings with a pretty-looking 4-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, which is not necessarily a knock on anyone at this point. The Eagles led off their campaign with a win over the Redskins, and they dismantled the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend after winning a pair of tight contests against the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers. While math has not exactly been my best friend in life, it seems fair to let math lead the way in Week 6, and math says 4-1 is good enough for first place. Congratulations, Philly.

Carolina Panthers Film Analysis: Breaking down Cam Newton’s three interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles - Cat Scratch Reader
What went wrong and who is to blame?

49ers release NaVorro Bowman after brief hunt for a trade partner - SB Nation
NaVorro Bowman’s time with the San Francisco 49ers is over after he was released by the team on Friday, the team announced at a press conference. “NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the league and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our faithful fans.


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[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 09:44:51 EDT from rss

Subject: Fantasy football start/sit advice guide: Best and worst picks for NFL Week 6

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Fantasy football advice

Disclaimer: Starts and Sits are relative to where a player is ranked on the aggregate. In other words, a “Start” is someone I like more than most, and a “Sit” is the opposite. So if I say to start Kevin Hogan and sit Jameis Winston, that doesn't mean I'd start Hogan over Winston, it just means I think Hogan will exceed his expectations while Winston will underperform his. Cool? Cool. Let's get it. -Seltz



Kirk Cousins (vs. SF) – You know what's annoying? The Eagles playing on Thursday night. Sure, the win was amazeballs, but I would have enjoyed it just as much on a Sunday. The Thursday game condensed my whole week – aka I had way less time to write this column than I normally do. Not gonna lie, I'm pretty upset about it. I mean, doesn't anyone care about me?!? Can someone call Roger Goodell and alert him to my plight? That seems like the least someone could do for me. And just to cut you off at the pass, cause I know what you're thinking, I'm not mentioning this to set up an excuse if my starts/sits go poorly this week. Definitely not doing that. Though, obviously, it would make sense to do that. For now, let's just assume my picks will be awesome. Yeah. That sounds good. Speaking of which, let's say we actually make some picks, starting with Kirk “Coupons” Cousins. Kirk has looked good in back-to-back outings (585 yards, 5 TD's, 0 INT's) and is starting to gain a rapport with his new weapons. Add in a healthy (healthier?) Jordan Reed and I love Cousins against a terrible Niners pass defense.

Kevin Hogan (@ HOU) – **Now feels like a good time to remind you to read the disclaimer at the top of the page.** Alright let's get weird – nothing says weird like recommending a Browns quarterback. Welp, I'm getting weird. Here's my (weird) thinking, Hogan's not that bad. He put up a 16-for-19, 2-touchdown performance last week in two and half quarters of play – albeit against the Jets. He faces a Houston defense that just lost two of it's best players (J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus) and gave up a 42-spot to Kansas City last week. Plus, the Browns will probably be trailing – because they're the Browns...duh – so Hogan will likely have to throw a lot to keep up. As the consensus #22 QB, he's incredibly undervalued and is a downright steal in DFS formats. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, this week Hogan really will be a hero. Nailed it.


Jameis Winston (@ ARI) – Are we sure Jameis is good? He doesn't...look good. Does that matter? I'm going to say it matters, at least for the immediate future. As a result, I don't trust him – and I especially don't trust him as the consensus ranked #9 QB. Unfortunately, nobody in the “consensus” asked my opinion – he's the #9 QB. And I know it's a good matchup. We all saw Carson Wentz SHRED this Cardinals defense last week. But Winston faced an even worse pass defense last week and didn't throw his first (and only) touchdown til there was 2:09 left in the game. Point being, Famous Jamies, more like Lameis Jameis. Yup. Let's move on.

Matthew Stafford (@ NO) – Stafford – the consensus #8 QB – has become the go-to example of the “better in real life than in fantasy” guy. He's super clutch with all his comeback hero crap, but who cares about that when he's neglecting his fantasy owners in the process. Over his last 15 games Stafford has averaged 253 YPG with 19 15 games. And again, I know New Orleans isn't the best pass defense, but they've only allowed six passing touchdowns in four games and should be fresh playing at home coming off a bye. Either way, Stafford doesn't offer enough upside to be ranked so high this week, or any week for that matter. **I've angered Lions fans in the past with my comments in this column. I want to be clear I mean no disrespect. Stafford is a good QB. He just isn't as good in fantasy. Cool? Really? Why are you guys being jerks about this? Are you still mad at me? Fine. My feud with Lions fans is officially back on. #StaffordSucks. Come @ me Lions fans.**



CJ Anderson (vs. NYG) – You know who sucks? The Giants. Lol. It's funny because it's true. Giants fans can't even get angry about this, they're just nodding their heads sadly as they watch highlights of that one amazing OBJ catch (yeah I know he has a lot of great catches but you know the one I'm talking about) on a loop over and over and over again. What can I say, Giants fans are gluttons for punishment. Which means they should throughly enjoy the butt whooping Denver is going to put on them this weekend. They might fire Ben McAdoo at halftime. Again, lol. I'm off track, where was I...oh yeah, the Giants suck and CJ Anderson doesn't suck. Denver will have a lead and will be running the ball and the Giants (who suck) are bad at stopping the run. Aka CJA all day.

Chris Thompson (vs. SF) – I'm going back to the Washington well. This one is pretty simple: the Niners are atrocious – ATROCIOUS – at defending running backs in the passing game. Chris Thompson is not only a running back in the passing game, but he's really good at being a running back in the passing game. He's going to gash this Niners defense. Plus, with Fat Rob Kelley out, Thompson should see a slight uptick in volume. As the consensus #27 running back on the board, Thompson presents as one of the top values on the board this week.


Carlos Hyde (@ Was) – Flipping over to the other sideline, the sideline with worse players, we find Carlos Hyde. He of the incredibly disappointing – weird maybe injury-related, maybe because of a benching – trash fantasy performance last week. Now we head into this week with little more clarity on the why Hyde got Matt Breida'd, making it hard to trust him against a solid Washington defensive front. Long story short, hide from Hyde.

Aaron Jones (@ MIN) – Let me start out by saying that I like Aaron Jones a lot. I mean, I don't like like him. I just think he's good at football. Having said that, Ty Montgomery returns to the lineup this week and the Packers are facing a Vikings defense that has allowed less fantasy points to running backs than any team in the league whose name doesn't rhyme with Schmenver Smroncos. That was terrible. It's the Denver Broncos, since that might not be clear after that inane rhyming thing I tried. My bad. Point is, as the consensus #17 running back Jones is way overvalued – even though he's my dude, he's a don't this week.



Pierre Garcon (@ WAS) – Ok. I'm going to be more brief through the rest of this – for your sake and mine, but mostly for yours. Garcon leads the Niners in targets by 14. He faces a Washington secondary that is sans Josh Norman. The Niners will be behind and have to throw. Most importantly, his name is Pierre. What more do you need to know? #Brevity

Will Fuller (vs. CLE) – Fuller has scored two touchdowns in each of the two games he's played this season. He clearly has a connection with DeShaun Watson – aka Houston's true savior – and faces a Cleveland defense that is...bad. Really, really bad. Did I mention that Fuller is only the consensus #30 wide receiver? Or that he's a grand theft larceny in DFS formats based on his dirt cheap price? No? Well, now I did. Take it for what you will.


Jordy Nelson (@MIN) – *READ DISCLAIMER AGAIN* This one is easy. A banged up Jordy is facing Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes is as shutdown as they get. Obviously you're starting Nelson in seasonal leagues, but I'd avoid him in daily formats.

Demaryius Thomas (vs. NYG) – Janoris Jenkins is the truth. Demaryius is good not great. The Broncos will be up early and often and will run a lot. Boom. Moving on.



Evan Engram (@ DEN) – He's literally the only Giants receiver alive. It's true. And he's technically a “tight end” but he's totally not. He's a receiver masquerading as a tight end. Regardless, the Broncos defense is good at everything except stopping tight ends. Don't get me wrong, the Giants are going to be a dumpster-fire on Sunday, but I think Engram could be good from a fantasy perspective. Got it? Good.

A.J. Derby (vs. NYG) – The Giants are so so so so so so so bad at defending tight ends. Derby busted out a bit last week and is still incredibly undervalued because nobody knows who he is. But again, he's facing the Giants, so this week he's a star. Sometimes it's just that easy.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs. NE) – This may be my dumbest call of the week. I can already see it backfiring. The Pats defense has been eaten alive by opposing tight ends and ASJ led the Jets in targets last week and is already the best weapon in their offense. Ahhhhh, but there's the rub! People say that right? Yeah, they do. For sure. Anyhoo, the rub is that Belichick is pretty darn good at taking away what his opponent does best. Somehow, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is what the Jets do best. However, I don't think the Pats will shut him out completely, I just think he's overvalued as the consensus #4 tight end heading into the weekend.

Kyle Rudolph (vs. GB) – Only the Niners have allowed fewer fantasy points to tight ends than the Packers. More importantly, Sam Bradford, aka Kyle Rudolph's biggest fan, is likely out. No way Rudolph should be the consensus #10 tight end this weekend. But he is. #10. So, yeah. That's all I got.



Los Angeles Rams (@ JAX) – Blake Bortles.


Houston Texans (vs. CLE) – No Watt, no Mercillus, and Kevin Hogan is kind of frisky. Wait, what?



Some guy who's playing in a dome or who's on a team with a good offense.


Any guy who doesn't qualify the above set standard for “Start.”

[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 10:53:21 EDT from rss

Subject: College Football Week Seven NFL Draft Preview: 5 prospects for Eagles fans to watch

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Week seven of the 2017 college football season is here! Today features a good slate of games and always with good games comes great opportunities for NFL Draft prospects to boost their profile. Who should Eagles fans keep an eye on today?

  • Kyzir White, Safety, West Virginia: While the Eagles have no immediate need for a safety, Kyzir White is a potential hybrid safety/linebacker in the NFL worth keeping an eye on. The 6’2”, 215 pounder is a physical presence on the Mountaineer and he has been much improved in coverage from last year. With a match up against Texas Tech and their high octane offense (12 PM ET on ESPNU), White while be challenged in coverage and asked often to come down hill to intimidate against the run and the short passing game. This is a huge game to put his name in a national conversation because as of now he is flying way too under the radar for his ability.
  • Anthony Miller, Wide Receiver, Memphis: Coming off a mind-blowing four touchdown performance last week, Anthony Miller will need to have a big follow up against a ranked Navy team (3:45 PM ET on ESPNU). Navy’s defense is no joke, but Miller has been terrorizing college football this year; wracking up 35 catches and scoring every five receptions. While Miller is a smaller player at 5’11” and only 180 pounds, he is a tough and savvy player who could continue to climb as a potential slot receiver prospect. Today’s Navy game is arguably his biggest test yet.
  • Duke Dawson, Cornerback, Florida: It is rare that a college slot cornerback gets NFL draft hype but Duke Dawson is so damn good it is hard not seeing him draw some NFL interest. The 5’10”, 205 pound cornerback is a feisty presence in the Florida defensive backfield who was overshadowed last year by two very good cornerback prospects who are now in the NFL (Quincy Wilson and Teez Tabor). Now it is Duke Dawson’s chance in the spotlight and he is thriving. Today he could face one of the more dynamic receivers in the country in the slot as he takes on Christian Kirk and the Texas A&M Aggies (7 PM ET on ESPN2). Kirk will draw targets out of the slot, so it is going to be a huge task for Dawson to limit him. Like I said before, it is rare that CFB slot cornerbacks draw NFL attention but dominating a top level wide receiver prospect should give him some run. Also, with Florida’s, uh, deficiencies on offense, it will be important that Dawson and the Gator defense limit Texas A&M’s scoring as much as possible in order to win the game.
  • Aaron Davis, Cornerback, UGA: UGA’s defense has a lot of studs on it and their senior cornerback, Aaron Davis tends to go a bit overshadowed. The 6’1”, 190 pound defender has a lot of experience in the secondary and his savvy has been evident all season as he is one of the more constant players on the team. While Missouri won’t be a big problem for the talented Bulldogs (7:30 PM ET on SECN), their receiver J’Mon Moore is a legitimate threat to score who could give Georgia some problems. Averaging over 20 yards a catch this season, Aaron Davis and the Georgia secondary will have their work cut out for them. Therefor, shutting Moore down will crush any hope the Tigers will have of upsetting the Bulldogs.
  • Tyrell Crosby, Offensive Tackle, Oregon: Oregon is enjoying a solid bounce back season after last year’s disaster and their resurgent offensive success is due in big part to the strong play of their senior offensive tackle, Tyrell Crosby. Crosby, standing at 6’5” and 320 pounds; has a good blend of technical abilities, athleticism and physicality. Today’s match up against Stanford (11PM ET on Pac12 Network) gives Crosby and the Ducks a big test. Oregon’s foundation is their strong run game and Stanford has a history of stymying the Duck offense, but a strong game for Crosby will give the Ducks a lot more chances to run on the Cardinal and possibly upset the 23rd ranked team in the country.

[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 10:08:37 EDT from rss

Subject: Joel Embiid Body Bagged Hassan Whiteside on Twitter Last Night

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Hooooooooooooooly shit. Joel Embiid straight up destroyed Hassan Whitside on social media after the Sixers beat the Heat in their last preseason game. If you’ll recall, last year, Whiteside criticized Embiid for his “gimmick” Twitter account and campaigning for All-Star Game votes. Embiid responded somewhat tongue-in-cheek by voting for both himself and Whiteside. Last night,…

[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 12:00:07 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Capitals preview: Back in Philly, baby

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Back on Eastern Standard Time

It’s homecoming weekend! In that it is the weekend and the Flyers are home!

I mean, technically they’ve been home since Wednesday, but you catch my drift.

Before we dive into the preview, are you coming to the game? Planning on getting there early? Be sure to stop by our tailgate and hang with some of your favorite BSH folks!

Not going to the game? We'll miss you! But still open the article to see Steph's art.

Now onto the preview.

The Flyers return to Philly 2-2 after a long trip out West. They hit some high highs and low lows, and in no place was this more evident than in the last game against Nashville. Despite battling back from a three goal deficit to take a two point lead, the Flyers really let off the gas in the last few minutes of the third period, and showed some weakness. Tonight’s game, then, will be all about evening out, getting back on track, in the face of this. Here are three things to look for in tonight against the Capitals.

1. Brian Elliott

Elliott’s been pretty solid through the beginning of the season, but Tuesday’s game was not a particularly strong showing for him. Most striking was his rebound control, which just wasn’t there. He gave up a big rebound straight to Scott Hartnell and, failing to get into position after, allowed for Hartnell’s first goal on the night. Of course, he wasn’t single handedly responsible for the lost game, but his performance wasn’t going to be the thing that salvaged it, either. Signs from practice this week point to Elliott starting tonight, and we can look for him to try to play a little cleaner and more consistently in his Philadelphia regular season debut.

2. Third line holding steady

One of the high points of the game against Nashville was being able to see the third line finally start to get something going. The newly shuffled line of Weise, Patrick, and Konecny was the most productive and consistent on the night, holding up even when the other lines began to struggle. It generated pressure, and brought Patrick’s first NHL goal. It’s what we’ve been looking to see from a line centered by the second overall pick, and it’s exciting to see it finally coming together. The results were there on Tuesday, and they’ll hope that they can keep the momentum rolling into tonight.

3. A return to third period dominance

We’ve talked a lot about how the Flyers have been positively dominant in the third periods of their first three games of the season, and how this was great news. Whatever their goals situation, they had the potential to climb back into the race or extend the lead in their favor. But this didn’t happen in Nashville. After the Forsberg goal, the Flyers looked out of sorts, unable to match the energy and pressure that the Predators were bringing. They let up, and Nashville took control. And this felt distinctly uncharacteristic of the Flyers we had seen, to date. The ability to dominate late in the game still presents as one of their biggest weapons, if only they can get back to it.

And what are the statistical models saying? The projections over at Corsica list the Flyers as the favorites to win this one. Looking at the four models with projections up so far, the Flyers have a low of 51 percent and high of 59 percent chance of winning, averaging out at 54.9 percent. This is the first time all season that the Flyers have been the statistical favorites to win one of their matchups. Let’s hope they can prove the models right.

The game will be broadcast on NBCSP and 97.5 The Fanatic.

You can check out the Flyers’ projected lineup below.


Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Weal - Filppula - Simmonds

Weise - Patrick - Konecny

Leier - Laughton - Raffl


Provorov - MacDonald

Sanheim - Gudas

Hagg - Gostisbehere




[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 12:30:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Checking out the competition: Washington Capitals with Adam Stringham

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The boys are finally at home and we’re getting ready with our friends from Japer’s Rink

It’s home opener day!!! After what has felt like a million years, the Flyers are finally back in action tonight, at home, against those Washington Capitals.

Adam Stringham from Japers’ Rink sat down with us to have a little chat about what we should expect from tonight’s game. Topics include:

  • Should we expect Alex Ovechkin to continue his tear?
  • What are Capitals fans expecting from a very tough Metro Division?
  • What’s it like for other team’s to have questionable players on the back end?

Here’s hoping The Farg is on fire tonight when the boys take the ice. If you’re headed to the game, be sure to stop by the Broad Street corner of Lot D to hang out with the BSH fam ahead of puck drop. Game starts at 7PM and will air locally on NBC Sports Philly.

[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 12:59:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Recapping the Eagles-Panthers game

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[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 16:36:33 EDT from rss

Subject: How Many More Games Will The Eagles Win?

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