Subject: Jason Peters Injured: Eagles tackle reportedly tears MCL, not ACL
The worst may have been avoided ...
Multiple media members are reporting Eagles left tackle Jason Peters did NOT suffer a season-ending ACL injury in Philadelphia’s victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Instead, it sounds like Peters may have “only” suffered an MCL tear.
Sense I got post-game is Eagles believe Jordan Hicks is done for year but that Jason Peters may not be as badly as feared, pending MRI— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 24, 2017
Jason Peters looks like an MCL, but MRI Tuesday is needed to properly assess.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) October 24, 2017
From late last night: Early word on Jason Peters’ injury is MCL tear in right knee, per source, but #Eagles won’t know until tests today.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 24, 2017
If there is some bit of encouraging news on OT Jason Peters, Eagles do not believe he tore his ACL, per source. MRI this morning to see.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2017
The bad news is that Peters will likely miss time if he has an MCL injury. The good news is he might not be out for the season as originally feared.
As Adam Caplan notes, Peters might be ready to return in time for the playoffs depending on the severity of the MCL tear. Unlike an ACL injury, Peters could avoid surgery and instead go through rehab.
We’ll have more information on Peters’ status once he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, the Eagles could be set to start Halapoulivaati Vaitai at left tackle while keeping Lane Johnson at right tackle. Or they could flip. Doug Pederson didn’t openly commit to a plan there just yet.
If Peters is going to miss a significant amount of time, the Eagles could look to add more tackle depth to their roster. Isaac Seumalo is currently the top backup behind Johnson and Vaitai. Converted tight end Dillon Gordon is on the practice squad.
There are some tackle options in free agency (Branden Albert, Will Beatty) and the trade market (Cordy Glenn, Duane Brown) but the Eagles might want to go with their internal options for now, especially if Peters can return later this year.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Subject: INJURIES: Jordan Hicks Is Likely Done, But We
Subject: Carson Wentz bolsters NFL MVP case with these 3 jaw-dropping highlights from Eagles win over Redskins
Carson Wentz is unreal.
Seriously, there are times where I sit in the press box totally perplexed about what I just saw on the field. It doesn’t seem possible sometimes. It doesn’t seem real.
Oh, but it is. Wentz is a bonafide superstar. As of Week 7, he’s the Most Valuable Player in the National Football League.
The way he played in the Eagles’ victory proved it. Wentz was the reason the Eagles came from behind and got the win.
Just look at these highlights from a performance where he posted the following stats: 17/25 (68%), 268 yards (10.7 average), 4 TD, 1 INT, 126.3 passer rating. Plus 63 rushing yards on eight attempts.
AIR YARDS, B****
Wentz’s deep strike to Mack Hollins to tie the game at 10-10 was just an awesome display of arm strength and accuracy.
Wentz has been criticized for his deep ball in the past but this pass was right on the money. This is shades of Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson against Washington in 2010.
It’s really funny that a guy like Scott Kaczmar of Football Outsiders criticized Wentz for not getting enough #AirYards last year since this pass was literally the most #AirYards any throw gained over the last two years!
(Side note: Hollins also obviously deserves credit for getting open on this play. Considering he averaged 20.6 yards per reception in college, it’s not surprising to see him be able to beat defenders down the field. The rookie has legit speed. On the season, Hollins has only been targeted six times. He has six receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown. That’s incredible efficiency. Time for the Eagles to get him more involved on offense.)
“HOW THE HECK DID HE MAKE THAT THROW?”
This is the play that caused me to tweet this:
I don’t know how Carson Wentz does the shit he does man. Dude is a friggin baller. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 24, 2017
Draft Twitter you gotta take a huge f***ing L on Wentz man. The guy is a stud.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 24, 2017
Just watch it again.
Just a ridiculous play. Wentz drops back, ducks and evades two rushers, stands in the pocket to take a hit from a defender who has a free shot at him, floats a ball just over the outstretched arm of a Washington player covering Corey Clement, and boom: touchdown.
Clement said he was Wentz’s fourth read on that play, by the way. This is some advanced quarterbacking right here.
(Side note: Oddly enough, this was the first receiving touchdown by an Eagles running back since 1989.)
THE HOUDINI ESCAPE
We all know Wentz is capable of making plays with his legs. But this is just unreal.
Carson Wentz is a wizard...are you kidding me?https://t.co/MhjPzR2W4y— BGN Radio (@BGN_Radio) October 24, 2017
How did he manage to not get sacked there?!
That’s just crazy. He’s a magician.
Last week, Bovada revealed Wentz is the odds-on favorite to win NFL MVP. Wentz did nothing to hurt his case on Monday night. Just the opposite, really. It’s clear why he’s the favorite at this point. He’s a huge reason why the Eagles are sitting pretty at 6-1: the sole best record in the NFL.
Carson Wentz is playing like the NFL MVP
Carson Wentz is truly playing like the NFL MVPPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup
Subject: Are we too hard on Andrew MacDonald?
The gang is troubled and confused by the notion that we may, in fact, undervalue Andrew MacDonald
The gang is without Steph Driver this week, but the show must go on. With Andrew MacDonald out of the lineup for an extended period, conversation turns to his value to the team and whether or not we (and fans in general) undervalue what he brings to the table. There's some talk about what to do about the middle six, what Travis Sanheim brings the the power play, and why Claude Giroux seems poised for a bounce-back year.
Subject: Byron Maxwell released by Miami Dolphins, report says
Maxwell was benched by the Dolphins earlier this season. He also got benched during the 2016 season before eventually returning to the starting lineup.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Maxwell, who was a free agency signing during the Chip Kelly regime, to Miami last offseason along with linebacker Kiko Alonso and the No. 13 overall pick in exchange for the No. 8 pick. From there, the Eagles executed a trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up to the No. 2 overall spot for some guy named Carson Wentz. You may have heard of him.
Earlier this year, Maxwell said the Eagles “messed up” by getting rid of him. Somehow, I doubt it. I think the Eagles would rather have Wentz.
Maxwell is reportedly expected to generate interest on the open market. The Eagles probably aren’t going to be one of the teams rushing to recruit him for his services.
Subject: Can We Do the Fun Tweets Now? Five Observations from Sixers 97, Pistons 86
Subject: Jason Peters reportedly DID suffer an ACL tear after all
Earlier on Tuesday, several reports indicated Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters suffered an MCL tear but not an ACL tear. But now that the MRI results are in, it turns out that Peters did suffer both MCL and ACL tears, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. This means Peters, who turns 36 in January, is done for the season. And possibly for his career.
Awful, awful news.
Losing Peters is such a big loss for the Eagles. In addition to still playing like one of the best offensive tackles in the league, Peters means so much to the team in the locker room. This really sucks.
With Peters out, the expectation is that the Eagles might keep Lane Johnson at right tackle and have second-year player Halapoulivaati Vaitai fill in for Peters. Vaitai has made seven career starts since being selected in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Philadelphia is off to a great start this year at 6-1 through their first seven games. Their next challenge will be continuing to win despite missing some of their key pieces.
Subject: NFL Power Rankings 2017: Week 8 Edition
Ranking all 32 NFL Teams.
Week 7 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 8 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - There should be no more doubt at this point. The Eagles literally have the best record in the NFL at 6-1. Carson Wentz is playing at an MVP level. The offense is balanced and efficient. The defense ranks No. 1 in stopping the run. From there, the Eagles can generate pressure and get after the quarterback. The Eagles are legitimately the best team in the NFL.
2 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 3) - After beating the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team in Week 6, the Steelers returned home to beat a division rival by 15 points.
3 - New England Patriots (LW: 4) - I’ve already seen some outlets rank the Patriots at No. 1, which is ridiculous. Sure, the Pats have seemingly found their grove. No one is doubting they’re a good team. But that doesn’t change the fact they’ve also looked vulnerable at times this season, especially on defense.
4 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 2) - Two losses in a row for Kansas City. The Chiefs are having some troubles on defense.
5 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 5) - The Saints own the second longest winning streak in the NFL: four games in a row. New Orleans’ offense is back on defense and their defense is receiving a boost thanks to rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
6 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 8) - Seattle seems to be settling in after some early season struggles.
7 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 9) - The Rams own the best point differential in the NFL. Sean McVay is doing a good job with that team. Jared Goff is a lot better than he was last year. Of course, it would’ve been hard for him to be worse.
8 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 11) - Advanced to 4-2 with a close win at home over the Bucs.
9 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 16) - The Vikings are in a weird spot where they’re winning games but they’re not super threatening due to their quarterback situation.
10 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 17) - The Jaguars own the second best point differential in the NFL. They’re a good team. If they could be more consistent, they’d be a great team. But that’s not likely to happen with Blake Bortles at quarterback.
11 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 6) - I didn’t majorly drop the Packers last week despite losing Aaron Rodgers. I wanted to see how they’d fare without him. They had a respectable showing but they’re obviously just not as good.
12 - Detroit Lions (LW: 12) - Bye week. Up next: a tough challenge against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
14 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 10) - This team just doesn’t look the same with Kyle Shanahan gone. After averaging over 35 points per game in 2016, the Falcons only managed to score seven points in Foxborough.
15 - Houston Texans (LW: 15) - Bye week. Deshaun Watson’s next test is the Seahawks in Seattle.
17 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 7) - Cam Newton isn’t so happy-go-lucky when things aren’t going Carolina’s way. Really bad loss for the Panthers. They didn’t even show up to a game they had 11 days to prepare for.
18 - Washington Redskins (LW: 14) - YOU LIKE THAT? Washington blew their opportunity to keep their NFC East hopes alive by losing to the Eagles on Monday night. Washington is a dealing with a number of injury issues as well.
19 - Denver Broncos (LW: 13) - The Broncos have managed to score a combined 10 points in their last two games. That’s awful. Who would’ve thought counting on bad quarterbacks would burn them?
21 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 24) - Don’t look now but the Chargers have won three in a row. Beating a division rival by 21-0 is a nice weekend.
22 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 27) - The Raiders really, really needed a win over the Chiefs to keep their season alive. It took some help from the refs and a last-second effort, but they got the job done.
24 - Chicago Bears (LW: 26) - Kudos to the Bears for winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2015. The only problem is that their model isn’t very sustainable. They’re not going to win with Mitchell Trubisky throwing SEVEN pass attempts. That’s some Tim Tebow stuff. Makes sense since John Fox is involved.
25 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 20) - The Bengals still aren’t good. They’re very much the Bengals.
28 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 28) - Three losses in a row for the Bucs. They’ve been losing close games.
29 - New York Giants (LW: 29) - I know there were some Giants fans who thought the win in Week 6 over the Broncos meant they might be able to revive their season. Lol, nope.
31 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 31) - The 49ers broke their close game streak by getting blown out by the Cowboys. San Francisco’s defense has some real issues.
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - Stuck at the bottom forever.
Subject: Jason Peters Tore His Entire Knee
Subject: Morning Wood: Double Team Pleasure
Subject: What They Are Saying: Eagles Atop The NFL
Subject: Flyers vs. Ducks preview: Philly goes for the season sweep against Anaheim
Previewing the Ducks’ lone trip to Philadelphia for the season
The Flyers head into today’s game coming off of a thrilling 2-1 win vs the Edmonton Oilers, looking to make it two in a row and four wins in their past five games. They’ll look to accomplish this feat against the 3-3-1 Anaheim Ducks.
Anaheim comes into this contest after dominating a dismantled Montreal Canadiens team, 6-1. Previously however, the Ducks had lost two in a row to the Colorado Avalanche who ... holy crap the Avs are 4-1-0 to start the year?? WHAT IS THIS? Also, the Ducks have lost to the Buffalo Sabres, who had yet to win a game until their 3-1 victory over Anaheim on October 15th.
The Ducks get healthier
Last time the Flyers faced the Ducks, they were without Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Ryan Kesler and ... I think you get it. They were pretty shorthanded. While Vatanen and Kesler will stay out of the lineup, Getzlaf and Lindholm will return for tonight’s game in South Philadelphia.
Getzlaf is the Ducks captain and still one of the premier centers in the NHL, and Lindholm is one of the better young defensemen in league. Anaheim has already put together a decent start to their season without these two, so one would definitely assume an increase in production with their returns.
Anaheim comes into today’s game with a team CF% of 46.41 and the Flyers stand not too far ahead at 47.99. What has been hurting the Ducks has been their defense in the early going 2nd to last in the NHL in CA/60 at 66.32 only ahead of the Ottawa Senators who Philadelphia faces off against on Thursday night in Canada’s capital.
As it stands right now according to Corsica.hockey’s statistical models, the Flyers are predicted to win this game with an average of 54.2%, the highest mark in favor of Philadelphia coming in at 59% via the Duplo model designed by Greg Sinclair.
The key thing to watch for the Flyers tonight is the first game for Ivan Provorov this season without Andrew MacDonald who will be out 4-6 weeks with a lower body injury. Provorov is projected to be paired alongside rookie Robert (Bobert) Hagg. Another change to the lineup comes in the form of Dale Weise most likely sitting in the press box in favor of Jori Lehtera. Jordan Weal and Taylor Leier also return from minor injuries.
PHI point leaders:
- Gostisbehere- 11 points (1G, 10A)
- Giroux- 10 points (5G, 5A)
- Voracek- 10 points (0G, 10A)
ANA point leaders:
- Cogliano- 6 points (2G, 4A)
- Vermette- 4 points (2G, 2A)
- Perry- 4 points (2G, 2A)
Stats via Corsica.hockey and NHL.com
Subject: Eagles belong in the Super Bowl contender conversation
Subject: Checking out the competition: Anaheim Ducks with CJ Woodling
Kelly & CJ take a look at what to expect from tonight’s game against the Ducks
It hasn’t been long since we’ve last seen the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim™, but CJ Woodling from Anaheim Calling was nice enough to join us again to preview what we should expect from the second meeting between the Flyers and the Ducks. Topics include:
- The news about Patrick Eaves and how the Ducks expect to fill the void left by him as he seeks treatment for his illness
- The underrated genius of Ducks’ goalie John Gibson
- The fact that Wayne Simmonds is beloved by all who see him
- The Flyers’ possible need for an adjustment period as Dave Hakstol is forced to shuffling the defense pairings with Andrew MacDonald out of the lineup.
Tonight’s game airs at 7PM on NBC Sportsnet Philly. Let’s go Flyers!
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