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[#] 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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[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 19:43:13 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Capitals lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion

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It’s the home opener!

Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Philadelphia (formerly CSN Philly) and 97.5 The Fanatic locally. In the Washington area, you can catch tonight’s game on NBC Sports Washington. The stream can be found on the NBC Sports app. NBC is our dear leader.


Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Weal - Filppula - Simmonds

Weise - Patrick - Konecny

Leier - Laughton - Raffl


Provorov - MacDonald

Sanheim - Gudas

Hagg - Gostisbehere




[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 23:26:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Recap: Holy crap, the Flyers

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Thanks to a dominant night from the team’s top line and a two-goal night from an unexpected source, the Philadelphia Flyers steamrolled the Washington Capitals for an 8-2 win. Sean Couturier, Scott Laughton, and Claude Giroux each had two-goal games, while Wayne Simmonds and Valtteri Filppula added goals in the tilt. Giroux had a four-point night, while Couturier and Voracek each had three-point nights as the Orange and Black improved to 3-2-0 with their victory in the home opener. Shayne Gostisbehere recorded three assists on the blue line while Brian Elliott stopped 21 of 23.

The star of the night was Voracek, who led several odd-man rushes for the Flyers and had a highlight-reel assist on Simmonds’ power-play goal in the second period. He may have not scored in the win, but Voracek nearly potted one in the first period, while being hooked by John Carlson in the crease, and in the third period, when he hit the crossbar on a 2-on-1 rush with Giroux. The top line created all night long and it seemed to be Voracek who was leading the charge.

Giroux and Couturier also had their moments in the lopsided affair. Giroux started the play that resulted in the Flyers’ first goal before adding on three more points later in the game, while Couturier scored both of his goals around the crease. It’s also worth mentioning that the top line went up against Alex Ovechkin’s line for most of the night and kept the Russian forward off the board for his second goalless contest of the season.

For the Capitals, it obviously was a rough night for the team as a whole, but it was especially tough for Carlson. The American rearguard had a pair of penalties on the night, one of which led to Simmonds’ power-play goal in the second frame. While the Caps were on a power-play in the first period, he had a pass knocked down in the neutral zone by Laughton, which led to the Flyers’ second goal of the game. Carlson also missed Jakub Vrana on a stretch pass that would have led to a 3-on-1 when the game was still in reach for Washington in the third period. No Capital really stood out in a positive way in the thrashing, but it seemed like Carlson definitely had the roughest night.

The Flyers are looking for a similar outcome in their next game on Tuesday, as they host the Florida Panthers.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 07:42:54 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Former Cowboys player says Philadelphia is the scariest team in the NFC

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/15/17.

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

Who's the scariest team in the NFC right now? -
“Where I’m coming from is, how can you talk about the Rodgers, and yet he has a great offense, but defense wins championships. That’s why I say Philly. If they can play consistently like they played on last night, Thursday night game, they can win games because something has to give. When the Patriots win their championships, when I won the Super Bowl, something has to give. You have a good offense and then the defense is mediocre. You can’t have a not so good offense. You don’t want to go into a score to score battle. Or you have a great defense like I was in, where we played in the Super Bowl, and we won.

How Many More Games Will The Eagles Win? - BGN
How far can this Eagles team go? How many more wins do you see on this schedule?

Moves - Iggles Blitz
Former Eagles scout John Middlekauff is now part of the media out in the Bay area and says the Niners are shopping multiple veterans. He mentioned that RB Carlos Hyde is available at a reasonable price. RB is a spot where I would consider a move. Wendell Smallwood has missed two games in a row and isn’t sounding all that likely for this week. Corey Clement is effective in a limited role, but is only 25-71 for the season. Hyde and LeGarrette Blount would give you a heck of a 1-2 punch with big guys. You could have Smallwood and Kenjon Barner as the 3rd down backs, depending on who is healthy. Hyde is 73-332-2 for the year. I doubt he’d be thrilled about joining a RB rotation, but would probably love being on a winning team for the first time in a while.

Eagles run defense was utterly dominant vs. Panthers, with GIFs and stuff - PhillyVoice
In the first half alone, the Birds stopped the Panthers for no gain or behind the line of scrimmage five times. They did it another four times in the second half. And we're only talking about running plays here, so that's not even counting the two sacks by the Eagles defense (or the time Fletcher Cox hit quarterback Cam Newton's arm and forced an interception). When the dust settled, Carolina finished the game with 25 carries for a total of 80 yards, 71 of which came on Newton's 11 carries and another eight came on one carry from wideout Curtis Samuel.

The day after: Eagles somehow find a way to escape Carolina with a win - The Athletic
The Panthers trailed 28-16 and faced a 3rd-and-10 from the Eagles' 23-yard line with 9:42 left in the fourth quarter. Carolina was flagged for a delay of game penalty, but nobody heard the whistle. Derek Barnett made contact with Newton and was called for unnecessary roughness. “I don’t agree with the call. I pulled up when I got there,” Barnett said. “We didn’t hear a whistle. We would have stopped if we heard the whistle.” Added cornerback Rasul Douglas, “It just felt crazy in there. I think the back judge blew the whistle in the back of the end zone. So I’m pretty sure if I didn’t hear it, there’s no way in the world our D-Line heard it. There’s no way.”

A 5-1 Start And Some Of The Reasons Why -
You would have been pleased with a 4-2 record after six games. At 5-1? Pure joy, right? The Eagles are off to a great start to the 2017 season, and now as they take off for the weekend, not to return until Tuesday, we pause to assess just how the team reached this point.

With Philadelphia sky-high about Eagles, Doug Pederson trying to keep team grounded - Inquirer
Before the first game of the season, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins stood in the middle of a huddle and delivered a cheer that has been a popular rallying cry in those pregame and postgame gatherings: “We all we got!” The Eagles won that afternoon and players carried Doug Pederson off the field on their shoulders. It was easier then to formulate the us-against-them, nobody-believes-in-us message that teams often cite. It will be more difficult now. The Eagles have made a lot of believers with their 5-1 start, from the most optimistic loyalists to the most weathered skeptics. Even when they advanced to 4-1, they had a short week and were underdogs. The Eagles now have extra time to enjoy the success and will likely be favored in every game for the next month. With the players taking a long weekend before returning to work Tuesday, Pederson is trying to guard against the pitfalls of success.

Eagles are on top of the NFC, and their schedule gets easier - PFT
The Eagles’ win over the Panthers on Thursday night gave Philadelphia a 5-1 record, the best in the NFC. But their playoff position is even stronger than that. Philadelphia’s schedule only gets easier the rest of the way, meaning that even if the Eagles don’t play quite as well over their last 10 games as they have over their first six, there are a lot of winnable games left on the schedule. The Eagles only play three games the rest of the season against teams that currently have winning records.

10 most surprising Eagles from NFC East-leading 5-1 start - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Honestly, Robinson's career looked like it was over this summer. He was with his fourth team in four years, and he was so bad early in training camp and the Eagles had so many promising young corners you had to wonder if there was even a roster spot for Robinson. But not only did he make the team and earn a starting spot when Ronald Darby got hurt, he's played at such a consistently high level you can make a case he's been the Eagles' Defensive MVP so far. He's got a team-high nine knockdowns, two interceptions and he's just been consistently solid in coverage.

How the Cowboys can still catch the Eagles in the NFC East - Blogging The Boys
The Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC East, and the next five weeks are going to determine whether or not the Cowboys can give it their best shot.

Is it time for the Giants to move on from Eli Manning? - SB Nation
The New York Giants are 0-5 and pretty much everything about the franchise is bad right now. All the wide receivers on the team got hurt at the same time — most significantly Odell Beckham Jr. — and the defense looks like it’s falling apart too. One of the few stable things for the team has been Eli Manning, who has started more than 200 consecutive games for the Giants. He is the exact same quarterback he’s always been: not great, but not terrible. But now things are different. He’s 36, the Giants aren’t close to being a winner, and it’s getting harder to imagine another Super Bowl run coming with Manning under center. With the 14-year veteran due to count $22.2 million against the salary cap in 2018 and $23.2 million in 2019, it may be time for the Giants to look elsewhere.


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[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 08:35:59 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Picks Against the Spread 2017: Week 6 Games

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Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

Before the sixth Sunday of the 2017 NFL regular season kicks off, let’s have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for today’s games. (Click here for NFL Week 6 picks without regard to the spread.)

Here are suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today’s NFL betting lines and more via SB Nation. My regular season record after the fifth week is 35-35-1. Let’s get to the picks.

NFL Week 6 Games

New England Patriots (-10) at New York Jets: It’s very tempting to take the points here. It’s a division game. The Patriots haven’t looked like the Patriots this season. New York is getting 10 points at home. But is it really smart to rely on Josh McCown and company over Tom Brady? No. So I’ll do it anyway. PICK: Jets +10

Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons (-13.5): The Falcons should be well-rested after having a bye in Week 5. They should do work on this Miami team. Jay Cutler averaged 3.5 yards per attempt against the Titans at home. I don’t think he’s going to be able to put up points to match with Atlanta. Take the Dirty Birds. PICK: Falcons -13.5

Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Minnesota Vikings: Case Keenum versus Aaron Rodgers. Does this need more explanation than that? The Packers should be able to handle business here. PICK: Packers -3.5

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (-11): The 49ers are 3-2 against the spread this season. San Fran might be winless, but they’ve played some opponents tight. They lost to the Seahawks by three, the Rams by two, the Cardinals by three, and the Colts by three. Now it’s not like most of those teams are very great or anything, but it shows there’s been good effort there. One has to consider the Kyle Shanahan factor in this matchup after his exit from Washington. Call me crazy and give me the points. PICK: 49ers +11

Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens (-7): Mitchell Trubisky looked like a deer in headlights on Monday Night Football. He just did not look ready for the moment at all. Now the Bears have to travel to Baltimore on a short week. The Ravens feel like a safe pick despite some rocky moments so far this season. PICK: Ravens -7

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (-4.5): The Lions marched into New Orleans last year and beat the Saints by 15 points. I don’t see a repeat of that this season. Matthew Stafford is banged up for this game and the Saints are getting left tackle Terron Armstead back. The Saints also won’t be wasting plays on Adrian Peterson now that they’ve traded him. Addition by subtraction. PICK: Saints -4.5

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (-10): The Texans’ defense has taken some big hits after losing J.J. Watt and others. But at least they still have Deshaun Watson. The Browns could’ve had Watson but they decided to pass on a first round quarterback again this season. At least they have Kevin Hogan! Sike. Houston winning this. PICK: Texans -10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2) at Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are the only winless team in the NFL against the spread this season (0-5). I don’t think that changes today. Arizona’s home field advantage is worth considering, but so is the fact that they’re bad. Then again, I’m not sure the Bucs are much better. They are coming off extra rest after playing on Thursday Night Football, so maybe that helps. But Jameis Winston is going to have to look a lot better than he has. I don’t know. I’d stay away from this one. PICK: Buccaneers -2

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2): Tough matchup for the Rams here. Their run defense ranks sixth to last and the Jaguars lead the NFL in rushing yards per game. L.A. is doing the West Coast to East Coast trip, so that doesn’t help them either. I like the Jags here despite the fact their team is effectively operating without a quarterback. PICK: Jaguars -2

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5): It’s hard to imagine Ben Roethlisberger won’t bounce back after throwing five interceptions last week. But Big Ben’s road numbers aren’t so great compared to his home numbers. The Chiefs have been a roll and there’s no reason to think they’re slowing. Andy Reid is always due for an annoying loss that shouldn’t happen, so that’s always something to consider, but I think they’re just better than the Steelers and they’re at home. PICK: Chiefs -4.5

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (-3.5): I don’t really trust this Raiders team. They’re getting Derek Carr back, sure, but back injuries are always concerning. I also think the Chargers are pretty bad, though, so I have a hard time taking them. I’m cautiously picking Oakland. PICK: Raiders -3.5

New York Giants at Denver Broncos (-12.5): Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahaahahahahh PICK: Broncos -12.5

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 09:19:21 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Week 6 Games Schedule: Start time, online streaming, TV channel, how to watch, announcers, and more

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Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 6 games.

Sunday is here which means it’s time for Week 6 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. There are a total of 12 games on today featuring 24 different teams.

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t play today since they beat the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys are also off due to their bye week. There are only two NFC East teams in action: the Washington Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers and the winless New York Giants are in Denver to lose to the Broncos.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the games. Click here to see which game is broadcasted in your region. For the early games, the Philadelphia area is scheduled to see Packers vs. Vikings on FOX and Patriots vs. Jets on CBS.

Here's who the BGN writers are predicting to win. Here's advice when picking against the spread.

Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 6 games.

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket | NFL Game Pass | Watch CBS Sports online | FOX Sports GO | Stream Sunday Night Football on's Live Extra for free

Sunday, October 15

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman

Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

New England Patriots at New York Jets

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
Channel: FOX
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

New York Giants at Denver Broncos

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
Channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday, October 16

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
TV channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden


Note: This is an open thread. Discuss all of the NFL Week 6 games here in the comment section.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 10:01:24 EDT from rss

Subject: The best photos from the Flyers Home Opener win against the Capitals

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October 14, 2017: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals featured gallery

Scroll through Kate Frese’s photos from last night’s Philadelphia Flyers game against the Washington Capitals.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 11:23:31 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Playoff Picture: Eagles Fans Rooting Guide for Week 6

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Who should you be watching today?

The Philadelphia Eagles are off today after beating the Panthers (and Pete Morelli) on Thursday night. By defeating Carolina, the Eagles are now 5-1 and first in the NFC. Philly’s playoff odds are around 93% now and their chance of getting the No. 1 seed is 34%.

The Eagles are in the driver’s seat right now. But their chances will only increase if the teams around them suffer some losses. With that in mind, here’s what Eagles fans should be rooting for on Sunday.

NFC Standings


The Dallas Cowboys don’t play today since they have a bye. Only two NFC East teams are in action.

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins: The winless 49ers are set to face a Washington team that’s coming off their bye. While San Francisco certainly isn’t a good team, they’ve played some tight games. They only lost to: the Seahawks by three, the Rams by two, the Cardinals by three (in overtime), and the Colts by three (in overtime). It would be glorious for this one to go down as “The Kyle Shanahan Revenge Game.” A loss here for Washington would drop them to 2-3 and make the Eagles’ division lead even wider. With the 49ers entering this game as 11 point underdogs, it’s not particularly like. But one can dream. Root for the 49ers.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos: What’s that smell in New York? Oh, the Giants are a complete dumpster fire. The G-Men are one of only three remaining winless teams in the NFL. The Giants are staring 0-6 right in the face after losing virtually their entire receiving corps to injury. New York is not going to lose this game. But it actually wouldn’t be the worst thing if they did. The Giants are already dead in the playoff hunt. Any wins now only serve to ruin their shot at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Eagles fans should be fine with the outcome of this game no matter what happens. Root for whatever makes you happy.


Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: Here’s a big NFC matchup that will be aired in the Philly region on FOX starting at 1:00 PM ET. The Packers are arguably the biggest threat to the Eagles’ in the NFC. A loss would drop them to 4-2 as opposed to having them tied with the Eagles at 5-1. Now, Philly would still own the tiebreaker over them due to a better conference record. But a Packers loss would be preferable. The Vikings can advance to 4-2 with a win, so that’s not great, but Minnesota isn’t overly threatening with Case Keenum at the helm. The consolation here if the Vikings lose if that the fourth round pick they gave up for Sam Bradford (in addition to the 2017 first round pick) will get better. Root for the Vikings.

Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons: Along with the Packers, the Falcons are one of the biggest threats to the Eagles in the conference. Counting on the Dolphins to beat the Falcons in Atlanta is asking for a lot. But if somehow a miracle happens, that’d be great. Root for the Dolphins.

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints: The 3-2 Lions are closer to the Eagles than the 2-2 Saints. It’d be more preferable for them to fall to .500 than it would for them to get to 4-2. Root for the Saints.

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Rams are 3-2. They’re facing an AFC team. Rooting for the AFC team is the easy call. Root for the Jaguars.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals: Neither team is particularly threatening right now but the Cardinals are even less so. It’d be better to see them advance to 3-3 than it would to see the Bucs get to 3-2. An Arizona win also helps the Eagles’ strength of victory percentage. Root for the Cardinals.

Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens: The Bears aren’t any good but you should generally root for the AFC team in interconference games. Root for the Ravens.


New England Patriots at New York Jets: No one ever wants to see the Pats win. Plus New England losing means the draft pick the Eagles got for Eric Rowe will be better. Root for the Jets.

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans: Eagles fans shouldn’t want to see the Giants get the No. 1 pick. The Browns need to keep losing to make sure they get it instead. Plus Cleveland is 1-21 since passing on Carson Wentz and that’ll continue to look funny as more losses pile up. Root for the Texans.

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders: A Chargers win would increase the Eagles’ strength of victory for now. But then the Eagles play the Raiders later this season, so ... Root for whoever you want.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs: This game doesn’t really impact the Eagles. But maybe I just want the Chiefs to lose so I can put the Birds at No. 1 in my all-important NFL power rankings. Root for whoever you want while I selfishly hope the Chiefs lose.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 10:28:14 EDT from rss

Subject: Opening Statement: Seven Takeaways from Flyers 8, Capitals 2

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It’s only taken five games, but the Flyers have an identity. It’s one that has been slowly building since Ron Hextall took over as general manager a little more than three years ago, but it’s here. Now. And it’s sexy. “You talk a little bit about an identity, it’s four lines, it’s six D, you…

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 12:30:04 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers 8, Capitals 2: What we learned in the home opener to end all home openers

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Some observations for your morning...

What a game, what a game! We saw a lot of great things happening in last night’s game, so let’s get right into it.

All stats and graphics from Corsica, HockeyViz, Natural Stat Trick, and

1. Elliott regroups

After a shaky showing in Nashville, relatively quiet as it may have been, we still entered last night’s game wondering how he would be able to recover, and what kind of game he would bring to his Philadelphia debut. And it was a good one.

Though still a bit shaky early — we saw some positioning issues in the face of rocky defense with the Vrana goal, which was a real doozy — he didn’t get rattled, and shook it off easily. Of course, with the Flyers dominating play, Elliott didn’t have to face quite as many high danger shots as he otherwise might have had to, but he still wasn’t without his challenges. The Capitals brought pockets of pressure, and Elliott held steady for it, making a number of impressive glove saves. It was a solid showing for his first time in Philadelphia as a Flyer, and a welcome treat for the fans.

2. Voracek in good form

Well, friends, the bounce back year may be upon us. Voracek’s struggles last season were no secret, and were much to the chagrin of the fans watching the games. After facing some frustration from fans in the preseason, Voracek has brought an overwhelmingly solid performance through the beginning of the regular season. And he looked so strong last night. He’s brought it back to basics and is playing to his strengths, and it’s working. He was strong on the puck, holding steady and outmuscling opponents. Setting up Simmonds’ goal, skating through and around rookie Madison Bowey, was both spectacular and brutal, in the best way.

Voracek was goalless on the night, but this also isn’t something to get too worked up about. He’s putting in the work, solidifying his game, and elevating his linemates. And it’s just what we’ve been looking for from him.

3. Laughton and Leier: the PK dream team

One of the Flyers’ early-season highlights was the pairing of Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier on the penalty kill, a duo that did not need to take any time to get settled. After spending much of last season playing together in the Lehigh Valley, the two have already put in the work to get to know each other as players, to get settled into each other's game. And that comfort and familiarity are proving to be great assets for them, now that they're with the Flyers.

Their time together in the penalty kill has been, to date, highly effective, and this was especially true last night. Not only were they able to keep, at the very least, the Capitals tied up, but they were also able to create some chances for breakouts. Laughton's short handed goal in the second period was a distinct high point, and a reward for the work that they had been putting in all night.

4. Flyers grabbed possession early and didn’t let up

For the first five or so minutes of last night’s game, it looked like we were going to get a pretty even matchup. There was a bit of back and forth, a fair amount of breaking up of plays, and just a bit of offensive pressure. But that didn’t last for long.

The Flyers took possession of the puck in the few minutes leading up to the first Couturier goal, and didn’t relinquish it for duration of the game. They didn’t completely shut the Capitals down, but they never let possession swing distinctly in their favor. Adjusting for score and venue, the Flyers’ CF% at even strength for the game averaged out at 61.33 percent, pointing clearly to the shutdown work they were doing throughout.

5. Under pressure

And with possession of the puck comes, you guessed it, shots. And the Flyers had a lot of those — 37 in total. But with all of these shots, they only had 3.28 expected goals, meaning that not only were they generating a modest to fair number of shots, they were highly effective shots.

In addition to being effective in their shots, the Flyers were generally very consistent in their shot pressure generation. Though allowing for a bit of ebb and flow, they were always able to swing things back in their favor, and keep the pressure on Grubauer and the Caps.

6. Couturier keeps rolling

With each bit of production he’s brought this season, it seems a particular nod to the Couturier skeptics, and I for one am here for it. He’s looked steady and confident, to date, but coming into last night, there was still the question of where he would go from there. And, it seems, he held onto the momentum he generated out West and brought it home.

His first goal of the night was a particularly strong show of patience, and indeed an excellent full line effort. With feeds coming from Giroux to Voracek and finally to Couturier, his initial shot was blocked, but he calmly collected the rebound and slipped it past Grubauer. Much like in Anaheim, we saw this whole line clicking effectively, and Couturier doing his part to drive this forward, drive it home.

7. All lines clicking

There are a lot of things that were working to get the Flyers to where they ended up last night, but more than anything else, they had a whole game where all four lines were really buzzing. The first line put up four goals, and the second and third both generated one each. And while the third line was held without a goal, they were still able to generate pressure, and were nearly rewarded in facilitating a Konecny breakaway.

Post-game, Giroux talked about the flexibility they’ve been allowed with these new lines, that they’re given the opportunity to move about some, and this both provides them with the ability to change things up and create different chances, as well as to provide extra confusion to opponents.

It goes without saying that the more lines you have generating offense, the better place you’ll be in. The Flyers have showed flashes of this in the season opening road trip, but now that we’re five games in, we’re in a place where we can begin to read into trends, and this is one that’s becoming evident. Of course, it may be unfair to bank on this level of efficacy every night, but it shows each line’s potentially to be highly productive, on a night to night basis.

8. Filppula scores goals now?

This seems to be one of the biggest surprises we’ve been met with so far this season, regardless of whether this surprise is completely warranted. But surprised or not, the fact remains that Filppula now has three goals in the last two games. After shining on the power play in Nashville and collecting two goals, he picked up his first even strength goal of the season last night against Washington. The pass-first player is breaking the expectations and not shying away from the opportunities that he’s being presented with, and offering a nice extra piece of production, now, in all situations.

I should also extend a nod to Jordan Weal, who did a lot of the work in setting up Filppula’s goal, digging the puck out of the corner and refusing to be pushed off it, holding fast until the time was right. It wasn’t an unusual effort for him, by any means, and it’s what we like to see.

9. PP1 is back on it

Last night was a relatively quiet night in terms of penalties, with the Flyers only having two chances — or one-and-a-half, as a too many men on the ice penalty on the Flyers negated the second half of their second opportunity — with the man advantage. But the Flyers really brought it on those brief opportunities.

After having a bit of a down run, the first power play unit got back on track last night, keeping pressure up and generating another goal, this one for Simmonds, off the rush. It’s one of the big changes that Knoblauch has been working to put in place, and while PP1 has not been looking as dangerous as possible, these chances off the rush are certainly pushing them in that direction. And now that they’re back and anchored to a piece of tangible production, the question remains of how or if they will continue.

10. The only damn thing I know had a lot of yelling to do about this. We’ve harped on it a fair amount, but I’m going harp on it a bit more. Last night’s game was a good one. There aren’t many things you could find to complain about. But it would have been nice to have seen Travis Sanheim play.

Sure, there’s something to be said for still respecting your veteran players, for the symbolic nod you give them by playing them in the season and home openers. Will we all like it? No. But I get it. The game was good and fun and Manning didn’t do anything to make us really mad that he was on the ice. But it would have been nice to see Sanheim skate at home for the first time, last night.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 14:50:47 EDT from rss

Subject: Aaron Rodgers Injury: Packers quarterback hurts right shoulder

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Aaron Rodgers suffered a right shoulder injury during the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Rodgers was carted off the field during the first quarter before being ruled questionable to return.

The injury occurred on a play where Vikings pass rusher Anthony Barr drove Rodgers into the ground.

Rodgers is obviously one of the best players in the NFL, which makes the news of his injury relevant to the entire league. The Packers simply aren’t as dangerous of a team with Brett Hundley starting in his place.

The Eagles aren’t set to play the Packers in the regular season, but Green Bay (with Rodgers) is one of the biggest threats to Philadelphia’s lead as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The Packers are 4-1 through their first five games of the 2017 season.

It remains to be seen how much time Rodgers will miss (if much at all). His injury situation is one the entire NFL will be closely monitoring moving forward.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 17:01:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Sam Bradford Injury: Vikings quarterback

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Have we seen the last of Sammy Sleeves?

NFL insider Jay Glazer shared some major updates on the Sam Bradford injury situation prior to the start of Sunday’s NFL Week 6 games.


Bradford’s been dealing with knee pain ever since a brilliant performance in Week 1. The Vikings’ starting quarterback returned to play against the Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 5 but ended up being benched for Case Keenum. Bradford simply wasn’t functional due to a complete lack of mobility. He just didn’t look right out there.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport has more details on Bradford’s situation.

Meanwhile, their starting quarterback Sam Bradford spent part of this past week in New York. And their former starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's most important news to date will soon originate from Texas.

Still having pain and clearly not able to step into throws during an abbreviated return to the lineup Monday night against the Bears, Bradford traveled to New York late this past week to begin Regenokine treatments in hopes of getting inflammation out of his ailing knee, according to sources familiar with the plan.

The treatments involve drawing Bradford's blood, spinning it down and then reinjecting it into the knee over five or six days. Numerous pro athletes have had the treatments in the past, including members of the Seattle Seahawks.

Sources said Bradford has been doing everything he can to get the knee joint to calm down since he suffered a non-contact bone bruise in his left knee -- the same one in which he twice has had ACL reconstruction -- during his brilliant performance in the Vikings' Week 1 win over New Orleans. He missed three games, then returned against the Bears, only to get pulled in the second quarter when it became apparent the encouraging signs he showed in practice weren't carrying over at game speed.

It’s worth noting that Bradford considered retiring from football after suffering his second career ACL injury in 2014. Depending on the severity of his current injury, the decision might not be up to him this time.

This news impacts the Eagles on several fronts.

First, the Vikings are a potential threat to Philadelphia in the NFC. This injury certainly makes them worse than they’d be with a healthy Bradford playing like he did in Week 1.

Second, the Eagles are still owed a fourth round pick from Minnesota in the 2018 NFL Draft. The more the Vikings lose, the better that pick will be for Philly.

It’s still very hard to believe the Eagles traded Bradford for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round selection. That was a great deal by Howie Roseman.

Some believed the Eagles should have stuck with Bradford after the 2016 season. Thankfully they didn’t and drafted Carson Wentz instead.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 19:06:15 EDT from rss

Subject: Redskins-49ers Final Score: Washington squeaks out victory over winless San Francisco

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Next up: Eagles-Washington on MNF.

The Washington Redskins barely squeaked out a victory by a final score of 26 to 24 over the winless San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon to advance to 3-2 on the 2017 NFL season.

In a game where they were favored by 11 points, it looked like Washington was possibly going to blow it at the end.

The 49ers took over at their own 20-yard line with 0:52 remaining in regulation. San Fran moved all the way down to Washington’s 40-yard line with 0:22 left. Then Pierre Garcon got called for a pretty ridiculous offensive pass interference penalty that probably should’ve been defensive pass interference instead. The 49ers got bumped out of (non-Jake Elliott) field goal range and then C.J. Beathard threw an interception to effectively end the game.

Look, a win is a win. And yes, the Eagles only beat the winless Giants by a last second 61-yard field goal.

But the narrative from Washington fans heading into this game was that the Eagles “haven’t beaten anybody good yet.”

That statement is already ridiculous since, you know, THE EAGLES BEAT WASHINGTON in Week 1.

It looks even more dumb when they’re trying to claim Washington is so great ... but they needed a 47-yard missed Robbie Gould field goal and a really questionable offensive pass interference penalty to beat a winless team ... traveling from the West Coast ... at home.

In any case, Washington and the Eagles will have the opportunity to settle the score as the two teams are set to face off in Philadelphia on Monday Night Football next week.

An Eagles win over Washington would virtually seal up the NFC East barring any major unforeseen circumstances. It’s a big opportunity for the Birds to (once again) show they really mean business.

Here’s an updated look at the NFC East standings. Keep in mind the Giants are set to play the Broncos in Denver tonight. The G-Men are 13-point underdogs.


1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 5-1 | Conference: 4-0 | Division: 2-0

2 - Washington Redskins: 3-2 | Conference: 2-1 | Division: 0-1

3 - Dallas Cowboys: 2-3 | Conference: 2-2 | Division: 1-0

4 - New York Giants: 0-5 | Conference: 0-4 | Division: 0-2

Another angle to be taken away from this Washington-49ers game is that Beathard is the quarterback the Eagles will face in two weeks when San Fran comes to The Linc. Kyle Shanahan confirmed he’ll be the starter moving forward with Brian Hoyer moving to the bench.

And yet another thing to be taken away from this game is that Washington can look forward to losing Kirk Cousins in the offseason to the team they beat today.

[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 21:05:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Sunday Night Football: Broncos vs. Giants game time, live streaming, how to watch, more

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The road to 0-6.

Week 6 of Sunday’s NFL action ends this evening with a Sunday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos (3-1) and the New York Giants (0-5).

As we all know, the Giants are still looking for their first win of the 2017 NFL season. It’s going to be hard for them to find it tonight. The Broncos are heavy favorites over a dysfunctional and injured New York team.

Maybe the G-Men can shock the world and pull off the upset. Maybe pigs will fly, too.

Here’s what I wrote about the Giants-Broncos game earlier today.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos: What’s that smell in New York? Oh, the Giants are a complete dumpster fire. The G-Men are one of only three remaining winless teams in the NFL. The Giants are staring 0-6 right in the face after losing virtually their entire receiving corps to injury. New York is not going to win this game. But it actually wouldn’t be the worst thing if they did. The Giants are already dead in the playoff hunt. Any wins now only serve to ruin their shot at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Eagles fans should be fine with the outcome of this game no matter what happens. Root for whatever makes you happy.

Here’s more information on how to watch SNF.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos

TV Schedule

Game time: 8:30 PM EST

Channel: NBC

Date: Sunday, October 15

Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High | Denver, Colorad

Online Streaming: Live on NBC Sports Live Extra | Replay on NFL Game Rewind


Giants +14 (-115)

Broncos -14 (-105)

Over/under: 38.5 points


Open thread: discuss Sunday night’s game in the comments below.

[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 00:37:42 EDT from rss

Subject: Giants hurt chances of landing No. 1 overall draft pick by beating Broncos

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Lol Giants.

The New York Giants are no longer winless.

The G-Men defeated the Denver Broncos in a big upset on Sunday Night Football by a final score of 23 to 10. New York is now 1-5 on the season.

On one hand, this is a quality win for the Giants. They were 14-point underdogs heading into this game. No one thought they could win; especially after having the makings of a dumpster fire team.

On another hand, a Giants win here doesn’t do much other than to hurt their chances at landing the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The winless Cleveland Browns and San Francisco are now in better position for that.

Beating an AFC team does nothing to change that the Giants are still winless in the conference and the division. They’d still have so much work to do in order to truly save their season. And they won’t have Odell Beckham Jr. around to help.

Here’s an updated look at the NFC East standings.


1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 5-1 | Conference: 4-0 | Division: 2-0

2 - Washington Redskins: 3-2 | Conference: 2-1 | Division: 0-1

3 - Dallas Cowboys: 2-3 | Conference: 2-2 | Division: 1-0

4 - New York Giants: 1-5 | Conference: 0-4 | Division: 0-2

If anything, this game should have the Eagles feeling a little better about their Week 9 matchup with the Broncos in Philadelphia. Denver did not look very good on Sunday night.

[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Monday Morning Fly By: Oh...oh hell yes.

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

*Folks, that was a fun game. The Flyers came home and put on a real show, giving us a good old-fashioned blowout against the Capitals. We’ll ignore the fact that Travis Sanheim watched from the press box, for now. Very good stuff from our boys Saturday. RECAP!

*Let’s take a look at what we learned from a very fun night of hockey. [BSH]

*Charlie’s got 10 Things to take away from the win that was built off of a solid start on the road. [The Athletic]

*Kate was back in the building taking the best hockey pics in the business. You’ll want to take a look. [BSH]

*Scott Laughton had his first two goal game!! That fourth line is freaking awesome. It’s so fun to watch. []

*Nolan Patrick was given the rookie treatment before the game, which is pretty cool. [Sons of Penn]

*Sean Couturier has named the Flyers’ top line “The Ginger Line” which is, quite frankly, adorable and it better stick. [Courier-Post]

*Up in Allentown, Mike Vecchione scored his first pro goal in a win over the Baby Pens! Nice little weekend of hockey for the Flyers organization. [Phantoms]

*We’re starting to get a sense of what this year’s Flyers team is going to be, but how about a couple of years down the road? [Philly Is Flyer]

*And finally, in what is truly a classic NHL story, the league is trying to think of ways to grow the team internationally. And international tournament, perhaps. Man, if only there were an international competition that took place periodically that was wildly popular and people really enjoyed watching all over the world. If only there was a way NHL players could play in such an event. [SB Nation]

[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 07:33:45 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Peter King says Doug Pederson is the NFL

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/16/17.

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

NFL 2017: A Mishmash of Mediocrity, Where No Team is Great, Some Are Good (and One is Perfectly Bad) - The MMQB
COACH OF THE WEEK: Doug Pederson, coach, Philadelphia. I’m a longtime go-for-two kind of guy anyway, but Pederson’s move on Thursday night was one of his many solid decisions in the game that got the Eagles to 5-1. A minute into the third quarter, Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for Philadelphia, and Jake Elliott kicked the PAT to put the Eagles up 17-10. But on the play, the Panthers were whistled for an illegal formation for lining up directly over the center on the PAT try, which is illegal. Ref Peter Morelli announced the penalty in the stadium, saying the Eagles would take the five-yard walkoff on the ensuing kickoff. The game went to commercial. When the break was over, here was Morelli saying, “Philadelphia has elected to go for two points. The ball will be placed on the one-yard line.” Now for a here’s-how-the-sausage-is-made moment: Refs and head coaches have an agreement, that if there’s any doubt whether the team wants to accept or decline a penalty, the ref will look at the sideline and the coach will make some sort of signal about his intentions. And so CBS had a camera replaying Pederson yelling at Morelli (if my lip-reading is correct): “Look at me! I wanna go for two!” And so the Eagles did, and LaGarrette Blount barreled in from the one, and it was 18-10 instead of 17-10. Good call by Pederson, obviously; the coach in that circumstance can either take the one point and assess the five yards on the kickoff, or he can go half the distance from the 2-yard line to try for the two-point conversion. I think more coaches should go for two from the 2, but moving it to the 1 makes the call a must-do, even if it means risking taking one point off the board. Smart by Pederson.

Report: Sam Bradford’s knee situation could be career-ending - BGN
NFL insider Jay Glazer shared some major updates on the Sam Bradford injury situation prior to the start of Sunday’s NFL Week 6 games.

Mr. Right - Iggles Blitz
Pederson has the Eagles off to a 5-1 start. His young QB is playing at a high level. Things look good in the short term and for the long term. Pederson has shown a good feel for game management, motivating his team and developing young talent. Pederson is pushing the right buttons. Go back to Andy Reid’s first few years. He was trying to build a winning team and establishing the right culture. Reid was aggressive and creative. Everyone remembers the onside kick against Dallas. He used that tactic in other games. The Eagles ran some brilliant fake FGs back in those days. There was a fake punt that turned into a long TD for Brian Dawkins in 2002.

Unlike 'Dream Team,' 2017 Eagles proving you can win with a bunch of new pieces - PhillyVoice
After a 7-9 finish in 2016, the Eagles spent much of the offseason systematically upgrading their roster at the positions that needed it the most, including cornerback, wide receiver and running back. It wasn't rocket science. The holes on the depth chart were glaring. Still, you never know how those newly acquired pieces are going to fit in with the players already on the roster, both in the locker room and on the field. Heading into the 2017 season, it was one of the major questions head coach Doug Pederson was hoping to have answered. And with six games in the books, the early returns are in.

The NFL Panic Meter: How every team feels right now - ESPN
Rating 1: Everything is fine — The Eagles kicked back and relaxed as most of the league toiled over the weekend. A Thursday night win at Carolina has them sitting pretty at 5-1. They're exceeding expectations and having fun doing it. With three straight home games prior to their bye week, the Eagles are feeling very good about their lot in life at the moment.

Upon further review: Wentz battled, Bradham delivered epic performance - The Athletic
Looking at the big picture, Wentz was pressured and hit for much of the game, but he kept his poise and made some big-time throws. None was bigger than the 3rd-and-16 completion to Mack Hollins late in the third quarter. On the very next play, he threw a dime to Jeffery for a 37-yard gain. And Wentz made a great throw on the first touchdown to Ertz. Every week, he stands in the pocket, takes hit and delivers. His toughness has been on display all season, and it says something that on a day when not everything went his way, Wentz still posted a passer rating of 110.7. The improvement from last year is obvious, and the biggest takeaway from the first six games is that the Eagles have a franchise quarterback who is making the leap.

Even At 5-1, Eagles Know They Must Improve -
The goal is perfection, and it is unattainable, but it remains the reach for every football team. So the Eagles are 5-1 and they have put themselves in good position in mid-October, and with four of the next five games in the raucous confines of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles have a chance to create a solid playoff scenario for themselves ...

The Eagles are starting to look like a real NFC contender - The Comeback
It’s been a few years, but the Philadelphia Eagles are fun again. Ever since I started getting involved covering college football as much as I do, my interest in the NFL declined. It wasn’t so much because I don’t like the NFL as it was needing a day to unwind. Spending 14 hours a day watching college football on Saturday after staying up late for Thursday and Friday night games led me to not have much interest in watching anymore football on Sunday, and maybe spend some time with my wife and take care of some projects.

Roob Stats: Just how historic has the Eagles' run defense been so far? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles have allowed just 394 rushing yards in six games. That's the fewest they've allowed in their first six games since 1954 — a span of 63 years! They allowed 342 the first six games that year. The only other seasons they've allowed fewer rushing yards at this point of the season were 1943 (384 yards) and 1944 (393 yards).

Eagles' reign of the NFC intensifies as Aaron Rodgers goes down - Inquirer
Taking a spin around the NFC, where the Eagles would be the No. 1 seed if the season were over today.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian returned to ‘Sunday Night Football’ after leaving with a shoulder injury - SB Nation
The Eagles play the Broncos in three weeks.


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[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 08:06:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Sidney Jones injury update: Eagles rookie cornerback reportedly

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For the first time all season, Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones is eligible to practice this week.

It doesn’t sound like that’ll be happening, though. Les Bowen of the Daily News has an update on Philadelphia’s second-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft.

Coach Doug Pederson has stressed that the Eagles won’t rush Jones’ recovery, and a source close to the situation said last week that Jones remained “not close” to practicing. The Eagles have six weeks from this week to activate him from NFI. Once he is activated, they have three weeks to add him to the roster. If that time passes without activation, he reverts to injured reserve and his season is over. The league source said Sunday that Jones probably is several weeks away from getting back the “explosion” a cornerback needs. The source said he thinks December might be a more reasonable time to expect Jones to be fully functional, which would push the NFI window to its maximum and would raise the possibility that Jones won’t play at all this year. Especially if the defense continues to function as well as it has during the team’s 5-1 start.

Jones is obviously still recovering from an Achilles injury that occurred earlier this year in February. There’s never been a clear timeline for his return. This latest report seems to question if Jones will play at all in 2017.

The very latest the Eagles can have Jones start practicing is the last week of November. From there, they’ll need to activate him to the 53-man roster within 21 days of his first practice or else he’ll be out for the season. This means the latest he could return is around the week of December 18.

Adding a healthy Jones to the Eagles’ secondary is a nice thought. It remains to be seen just how much he can realistically contribute as a rookie, though. It’s one thing to be in the meeting rooms and travel with the team like Jones has done. It’s another thing to actually be taking the physical repetitions in practice.

It must be noted there is an advantage for the Eagles by having Jones sit out the entire season. Instead of becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of his rookie contract, Jones will instead be restricted. This means the Eagles will have more team control over his contract.

There hasn’t been a lot of clarity on the Jones situation. The rookie corner has declined to talk to reporters and none of the Eagles’ coaches or executives have offered any kind of timeline for return.

The best we have is this update from the Daily News. And according to them, it sounds like Jones isn’t super close. More patience required.

[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 07:49:23 EDT from rss

Subject: Crossing Broadcast: Conference and Coolness

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