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[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 09:30:04 EDT from rss

Subject: No Ghost for Halloween? Seven Takeaways from Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 2

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I spent Saturday night on the couch under a blanket, with my head pounding and everything seeming foggy as I drifted in and out of consciousness rather than attend a Halloween party. I can only imagine that’s what Gostisbehere is experiencing right now (minus the chills) after he had to leave the Flyers impressive 4-2…

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 09:00:44 EDT from rss

Subject: 49ers-Eagles Predictions

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The Eagles are back in action after defeating the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football just six days ago. They’ll take on the winless San Francisco 49ers at home. To recap, here’s where the staff stands after three weeks: 1: Bob (7-0) 2: Tyler (6-1) T3: Chris, Coggin, Kevin K, Kevin L, Kyle, Tim (5-2)…

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 11:11:29 EDT from rss

Subject: Roger Goodell gets contract extension despite Jerry Jones

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Jones still miffed about suspension and anthem protests

Roger Goodell and the league have agreed to a contract extension “as a practical matter” despite Jerry Jones’ efforts to “hijack” the negotiations, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS.

There have been differing accounts of Roger Goodell's contract extension in the media, but the reality is the language on the commissioner's extension with the NFL is finalized. "The deal is done," according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, and no owner is delaying the matter.

Jones, still miffed about the Ezekiel Elliott suspension saga and Goodell’s handling of the anthem protests, had attempted to torpedo the extensions. Other owners are displeased with other aspects of Goodell’s tenure, most of which align with the general public:

Among the issues some owners are unhappy with include the performance of Goodell and certain NFL employees, the league's situation with relocating teams back to Los Angeles, and other concerns that date back to Ray Rice's domestic violence case and how that was handled.

The Los Angeles relocation of the Rams and Chargers has gone horribly, but after years of billionaire owners threatening to move to Los Angeles unless taxpayers gave them a new stadium, they sound like hypocrites, which they are. The complaints about the league’s disciplinary actions for domestic violence are justified, with Goodell and his office handing out inconsistent punishments.

Those are legitimate league-wide issues that have embarrassed everyone in the league and infuriated fans. A Goodell contract extension, expected to be announced during Super Bowl week, is sure to displease many fans. Jones’ reasons are petty and vindictive, a Goodell contract extension is sure to displease him as well.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 12:05:42 EDT from rss

Subject: Calvin Johnson Trade Rumors: Retired NFL wide receiver spotted on plane to Philadelphia

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Let me start this off by saying the Philadelphia Eagles are (probably) not trading for Calvin Johnson.

With that said, I just can’t help but note how funny it was to see this tweet about Johnson being spotted on a plane headed to Philly this morning ...

... followed up by this tweet ...


Calvin Johnson to the Eagles, confirmed. There’s no other possible explanation.

Just kidding. There’s obviously a lot of other explanations. Johnson could be on a connecting flight. He could be visiting a friend or relative. Who knows.

It goes without saying that it’d be hard to see the Eagles trade for a wide receiver prior to the 2017 NFL trade deadline. If the Eagles were still employing last year’s group of awful receivers, then maybe there would be something to all of this. But they seem to like what they have right now.

And that’s not even mentioning that: the Eagles are light on future draft picks, Johnson is 32 years old, he’s been out of football for quite some time now, his contract would eat into the Eagles’ limited cap space, etc.

It’s just not happening.

But wouldn’t it be fun if it did? The Eagles are 6-1 and playing really good football. Carson Wentz is performing at an MVP level. He doesn’t lack receiving weapons, but could you imagine adding Megatron to the mix? Whew.

The NFL trade deadline is set for 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, October 31. It’ll likely pass with Johnson remaining retired or playing for a team that isn’t the Eagles.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 12:17:53 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers 4, Leafs 2: What we learned from a statement win

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More like Flyers Night in Canada am I right??

The Corsi Report:

You know the drill by now, let’s get into to some fancy stats.

1st line: Claude Giroux / Sean Couturier / Jakub Voracek

Giroux: Raw (43.75) / Adjusted (49.27)

Couturier: Raw (45.45) / Adjusted (50.90)

Voracek: Raw (44.83) / Adjusted (50.52)

It wasn’t a dominating effort by the first line to say the least, but the line was on the ice for two of the Flyers 5-on-5 goals, one scored by Giroux and one by Voracek. This line which was thought of as a crazy experiment during the preseason has now become easily the Flyers’ best line.

2nd line: Jordan Weal / Valtteri Filppula / Wayne Simmonds

Weal: Raw (45.83) / Adjusted (51.46)

Filppula: Raw (50) / Adjusted (55.73)

Simmonds: Raw (51.85) / Adjusted (57.68)

Without a doubt I can say this was Filppula’s best game of the season so far. He wasn’t spectacular, but he got the job done and drove play at a fairly solid rate. Simmonds had a rare dominating play-driving night, coming in fourth on the team in xGF with a mark of 0.58, 0.10 higher than his linemate Filppula.

3rd line: Travis Konecny / Jori Lehtera / Matt Read

Konecny: Raw (56.25) / Rdjusted (59.64)

Lehtera: Raw (53.33) / Adjusted (56.89)

Read: Raw (56.25) / Adjusted (59.64)

Despite seeing the least amount of time on the ice at 5-on-5 with each player not seeing more than nine minutes, the makeshift line put together a solid performance against the high octane Leafs squad. While this isn’t a line I want trotted out there night in and night out (and it won’t be when Patrick returns), they showed some promise.

4th line: Taylor Leier / Scott Laughton / Michael Raffl

Leier: Raw (35.71) / Adjusted (41.23)

Laughton: Raw (41.18) / Adjusted (47.03)

Raffl: Raw (33.33) / Adjusted (38.42)

When I saw the numbers for this line I was shocked. It didn’t look as though they played that poorly of a game by just using the eye test. Then, when you dig a little a deeper, you see this line had the misfortune of facing Toronto’s second line which featured Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau. A tough task for a “fourth line”.


1st Pair: Ivan Provorov / Shayne Gostisbehere

Provorov: Raw (50) / Adjusted (55.97)

Gostisbehere: Raw (52.17) / Adjusted (57.06)

Despite the loss of Ghost in the 3rd period, this duo was fantastic all night long. Their performance is even more impressive when you realize they had to face the Matthews line for the majority of the night — and they held their own against that line. Provorov also lead the Flyers on the night with an individiaul expected Goals For of 0.75.

2nd Pair: Robert Hagg/Brandon Manning

Hagg: Raw (44.44) / Adjusted (50.28)

Manning: Raw (28.57) / Adjusted (32.94)

About the only “good” thing about Ghost’s injury was that Hagg got to spend some time away from the ten-ton anchor that is Manning. Despite getting a 5-on-5 goal on a really well-executed play by the Flyers, it was a bad night for Manning, who was the team’s worst at 5v5 CF%. Hagg would spend the majority of the 3rd with Provorov, and his CF% went from 36.84 with Manning to 63.64 with Provy.

3rd Pair: Travis Sanheim/Radko Gudas

Sanheim: Raw (61.11) / Adjusted (65.24)

Gudas: Raw (48.39) / Adjusted (53.47)

Just a fantastic game for Sanheim and Gudas. After a horrific play by Gudas that resulted in Toronto’s first goal, he really settled in from then on and put together a solid game. As for Sanheim, he went mostly unnoticed defensively which is a good thing, and offensively he was letting that powerful shot go at will.

Team stats

Flyers Raw CF%: 46.59

Leafs Raw CF%: 53.41

Flyers Adjusted: 51.93

Leafs Adjusted: 48.07

As expected, the Flyers win the adjusted battle due to them leading for a little over two thirds of the game.


Flyers on offense: Not too shabby!

Flyers on defense: OH LORD WHAT IN THE HELL IS THAT.

Obviously, Philadelphia needs to get better at protecting the front of the net and eliminating chances from that area. The two 5v5 Leafs goals were scored in or on the edge of that gigantic red spot right in front of the net. They won tonight, but this is something that needs to be fixed in the near future.

Five Takeaways

1. Auston Matthews is really freakin good

I’m sure all of you are sick and tired of hearing about this, but it needs to be said. Matthews got the scoring started blowing by Ivan Provorov and AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND making a perfect pass to Kadri. I don’t think this guy is capable of making a poor decision on the ice.

2. Jakub Voracek is the Flyers MVP through the 11 games

After a disappointing 2016-2017 season, Jake the Snake has put together a stretch to begin the season that reminds you of the lockout shortened 2012-13 Voracek, who was just two points shy of being point per game, and the 2014-15 Voracek, who finished just one point shy of reaching the point-per-game plateau.

In his first 11 games, Voracek only has two goals, but his 13 assists have put him on a career-high pace that we have desperately craved from him since he received his eight year contract extension before last season.

3. Shayne Gostisbehere injured

After this vicious hit by Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov, Ghost took a few more shifts to close out the second period but would not return for the entirety of the third.

Gostisbhere was ruled out due to the extremely descriptive and always-appreciated “upper body injury”. Obviously the first thought that arises is a concussion.

However considering the hit, it could very well be shoulders, neck/upper back etc. While, yes the possibility of a concussion for Ghost is absolutely there, the fact he completed a few shifts after the hit would lead me to believe it’s not. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for.

4. Brian Elliott bounces back

After a poor showing by Elliott in his last game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, he was on his game tonight. Solid positioning, and great reflexes, the BAMF was ready for the challenge of the Toronto offense and stepped up huge.

5. Sean Couturier is my first line center

Ever since he was a rookie, I have been extremely fond of Couturier and become somewhat of an apologist for him. Consistently thinking he was better than what the basic stats say, and thinking he has the potential to be a top center in the National Hockey League. We are only 11 games into this season, and Sean Couturier is on a point per game pace with 13 points in those 11 games. Coots has never surpassed 39 points in his career, despite dominating more often than not in the underlying metrics. Now who knows what the rest of the season has in store for him, but as of right now he is playing the best hockey of his career alongside the best linemates he has ever had. All I can say is #CouturierForSelke.

All stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick,, and

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 11:30:06 EDT from rss

Subject: 49ers-Eagles Week 8 Live Thread

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After a short week from a win against the Washington Redskins monday night, the Eagles return to the Linc to take on the winless San Francisco 49ers in what could be a game that features plenty of runs and short passes. On the injury front, Ronald Darby (ankle) is the only player listed as questionable. But…

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 12:35:22 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers Inactives: San Francisco missing multiple starters

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Look who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

There are no real surprises among the inactives. Ronald Darby is OUT, as reported earlier this morning. Perhaps he’ll be able to return next week.

Jordan Hicks is the other player out due to injury. The Eagles will likely officially place him on injured reserve this week.

Darby and Hicks are the only two injured players who are inactive. Everyone else is a healthy scratch.

Taylor Hart is inactive after re-signing with the Eagles earlier this week. Isaac Seumalo is expected to be the top backup to both Halapoulivaati Vaitai (left tackle) and Lane Johnson (right tackle). Chance Warmack is back to being active after being a healthy scratch last week.

Here’s a look at all seven inactive names.

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

CB Ronald Darby - Injury.

LB Jordan Hicks - Injury.

OT Taylor Hart - Depth offensive tackle.

DE Steven Means - Fifth defensive end.

DT Justin Hamilton - Fifth defensive tackle.

DT Elijah Qualls - Sixth defensive tackle.

WR Shelton Gibson - Sixth wide receiver.

San Francisco 49ers Inactive List

The 49ers will be without starting right tackle Trent Brown. Starting slot cornerback K’Waun Williams is also out. Starting linebacker Reuben Foster is also out. Starting wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is active today.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 12:59:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers 2017: Updates, time, TV schedule, predictions and more

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Everything you need to know about the game!

Welcome to NFL game day! The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 1:00 PM ET on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. 49ers game via online streaming.]

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 12:59:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. 49ers 2017: First quarter score updates

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The Philadelphia Eagles kick off their 2017 season schedule with a game against the San Francisco 49ers.

IT’S TIME FOR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL! The Eagles are kicking off their eighth game of the 2017 regular season schedule with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Today’s game begins at 1:00 PM Eastern.

The Eagles can advance to 7-1 by beating the 0-7 49ers. This is an opportunity for the Birds to extend their win streak to six in a row.

Check out the Eagles-49ers BGN Radio pregame show below (click here if you can’t see it). Stay tuned for the postgame show in the recap thread immediately after the final whistle.

BGN Radio Pregame Show! #Eagles vs #49ers

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, October 29, 2017


Here is some basic information to help guide you through the game:


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Use this open thread as a place to discuss the first quarter!

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 12:52:36 EDT from rss

Subject: Messed with Texas: Four Observations from Sixers 112, Mavericks 110

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That works. It wasn’t pretty at the end, but this was a nice bounce back win for a team that suffered a brutal home loss Wednesday night. This was a much better fourth quarter than what we witnessed in the Houston defeat. Saturday night, the Sixers led 107-102 with 2:31 remaining on the clock. This…

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 14:40:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. 49ers 2017: Second quarter score updates

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After the first quarter, the Eagles lead 3 to 0.

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[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 15:29:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers score updates for third quarter

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After the second quarter, the Eagles lead 17-0.

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[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 16:27:04 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers games score updates for fourth quarter

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After the third quarter, the Eagles lead 27-7.

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[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 17:06:14 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia

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Six wins in a row!

The Philadelphia Eagles DEFEATED the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field by a final score of 33 to 10. The Eagles advanced to 7-1 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a home game against the Denver Broncos. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).


Eagles win the coin toss and elect to defer, as always. 49ers up on offense first. The rain has died down here at The Linc after being pretty heavy leading up to kickoff. No major wind either.

Joe Walker gets the start at middle linebacker in base defense with Jordan Hicks out for the year. The 49ers run the ball on their first play and there’s noting going. Then C.J. Beathard connects with Garrett Celek (Brent Celek’s brother) for a considerable gain. Covering tight ends with Hicks out is going to be a challenge. Philly forces a stop on third down around midfield but Derek Barnett is flagged for being offside. Malcolm Jenkins bails the rookie out by breaking up a pass over the middle on the next play. 49ers punt.

Three straights runs with LeGarrette Blount to open the game as the Eagles move the chains. Carson Wentz threads a pass to Nelson Agholor in tight coverage. Beauty. Lane Johnson false starts on 3rd-and-5. Not so great. Wentz avoids a sack (pressure allowed by Johnson) and scrambles for a yard but the Eagles have to punt.

Vinny Curry picks up a tackle for loss on a series where the 49ers go three-and-out. Punt.

Wentz’s pass to Alshon Jeffery is batted down. Then Wentz runs for an 8-yard gain. On third down, Wentz hits Zach Ertz for a first. Another third down, Wentz hits Trey Burton to move the Eagles into field goal range. Halapoulivaati Vaitai gets blown up on a sweep to Corey Clement and the play goes for a 3-yard loss. Wentz has Jeffery open up the seam in the end zone ... but misses him. Ball sails too far out in front. Overthrow. Should have been a touchdown. Probably didn’t help that Solomon Thomas was hitting him as he threw. Eagles settle for a 40-yard Jake Elliott field goal. It’s good. Eagles lead, 3-0.

49ers go three-and-out again. Eagles defense doing a pretty good job early on.

Wentz gets sacked on second down. Refs completely miss a blatant facemask call. Wentz’s third down pass is incomplete. Eagles struggling to pick up blitzes from the 49ers.


Another three-and-out for the 49ers. More great run defense from the Birds. Kyle Shanahan decides to punt on 4th-and-4 from the Niners’ 38-yard line. Soft. I never wanna hear people complain about Doug Pederson being too aggressive.

Eagles take over at their own 2-yard line. Eagles get to 3rd-and-1 but lose three yards. Punt.

The rain returns as the 49ers take over. San Fran is down to their third string right tackle (guard Zane Beadles) with Trent Brown being ruled out for this game and Garry Gilliam leaving early with a knee injury. Beathard throws behind Aldrick Robinson as Patrick Robinson is tackling the wide receiver (Robinson on Robinson crime). The result is a tipped pass that gets picked off by Rodney McLeod. Big play by the D. P-Rob has been great this year.

Eagles take over at their own 46-yard line. Wentz is sacked. Blount runs for no gain. Screen pass to Kenjon Barner on 3rd-and-16 goes for four yards. Punt. Offensive line hasn’t been good in this one, and it’s not like Vaitai is the only reason why. By the way: Wendell Smallwood hasn’t played yet.

The 49ers pick up a first down but then Fletcher Cox sacks Beathard on 3rd-and-6. Punt.

Wentz targets Mack Hollins for a 6-yard gain. Every time Wentz targets him, something good happens. Case in point: Wentz targets Hollins again to put the Eagles in field goal range. Then Wentz is sacked for a 7-yard loss. Held onto the ball for a long time and Vaitai got beat. Eagles run for a 2-yard gain with Blount on 2nd-and-17. Maybe stop running on 2nd-and-long, especially with Blount in the shotgun. Wentz targets Torrey Smith in the end zone and it’s batted down, but not before pass interference is called. Eagles get the ball at the 1-yard line and Wentz floats a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz. Too easy. Elliott misses the extra point, gasp! Eagles lead, 9-0.

49ers take over with 1:51 left in the half at their own 25. Brandon Graham immediately sacks Beathard. Big mismatch for Beadles out there. 3rd-and-7 ... Beathard is picked off! Jalen Mills makes the play and then reverses field for the score. Great job by him on that return. Wentz hits Jeffery in the end zone for the 2-point conversion. Suddenly it’s a three possession game. Eagles lead, 17-0.

Nigel Bradham pushes Pierre Garcon out of bounds hard and the veteran wide receiver is hurt. Bradham also accidentally took out Eagles linebacker coach Ken Flajole. Yikes. Cart comes out for him. Beathard attempts a Hail Mary on the final play of the first half but it’s incomplete. Credit Alshon with the pass breakup.


Patrick Robinson, who left earlier with a head injury, gets ruled out for the game. Not great for Philly’s defense.

Eagles get the ball to start the second half. Vaitai gets called for holding. Wentz targets Smallwood on 2nd down. Seemingly his first appearance in the game so far. That’s curious. Wentz gets pressured on 3rd down and his pass is incomplete. Punt. Hollins does a great job of notching a solo special teams tackle on the punt returner. He can do it all.

49ers go three-and-out. Tim Jernigan did a real nice job of notching a tackle for loss with just one hand while someone was blocking him. Beast.

Eagles linebacker coach Ken Flajole returns to the sideline after being taken out earlier. The 63-year-old is a tough dude.

Wentz takes a big shot on second down. Then he hands it off for a 5-yard on 3rd-and-8. Three-and-out. Punt. Great boot from Donnie Jones to pin the 49ers deep in their own territory at the 3-yard line. Ball downed by Dexter McDougle.

Another 49ers three-and-out. Great pressure by the defensive line.

Eagles take over at their 49-yard line. Wentz’s pass to Ertz leads the tight end too far out of bounds. Incomplete. He fires right back to the tight end for a first down. Wentz’s third down pass for Jeffery goes through the receiver’s hand. Eagles settle for a 51-yard field goal ... and it’s good. Nice kick. The rookie is 5 for 6 from 50+ this year. Eagles lead, 20-0.

Beathard scrambles to put the 49ers in 3rd-and-1. Eagles stop them. Punt.

Blount run for a 4-yard loss. Wentz tipped pass falls incomplete. Wentz throws right to a 49ers defender on third down. Uh, that was very bad. Looks like Hollins just stopped running his route?

49ers take over at the Eagles’ 21-yard line. Shovel pass from Beathard to Matt Breida goes for a touchdown. There goes the shutout. Eagles lead, 20-7.

Clement takes a carry up the middle for 22 yards. Then Wentz chucks it deep to Jeffery and the wide receiver makes the jump ball catch! Hey! And then he runs it into the end zone for a touchdown! There’s the Alshon we’ve all been waiting to see. Way to respond after a bad turnover. Eagles lead, 27-7.

49ers respond with up-tempo and move to the red zone.


Cox almost picks off a Beathard screen pass in the red zone but Hyde knocks it out of his hands. Close one. Kendricks breaks up a pass on third down. Beathard’s third down pass is thrown out of bounds. For some reason, the 49ers go for a field goal down 20. And it’s blocked! Barnett blocks the kick and then recovers it as well. Awesome effort by the rookie defensive end.

Eagles take over at their own 38-yard line. The Eagles dink-and-dunk their way to move into field goal range. Wentz misses high on a wide-open Brent Celek. Then an 11-yard Blount run puts the Eagles in the red zone. Then Blount runs it 12 yards for a touchdown. Elliott misses another extra point. Not great, but still a four possession game with 10:22 to go. Eagles lead, 33-7.

Chris Long sacks Beathard on third down to force 4th-and-12. Or not. The refs say the 49ers called a timeout before the play, lol. That’s terrible. Beathard hits Trent Taylor to convert on 3rd-and-5. Rasul Douglas breaks up a deep pass meant for Robinson. Nice play by the rookie. Graham sacks Beathard but gets called for a facemask. It was a violent hit for sure, but it wasn’t a facemask. Then Curry gets in on the party and sacks Beathard. This is just brutal. 49ers settle for a field goal to make it a three possession game with 5:20 left. Eagles lead, 33-10.

Nick Foles enters the game. It’s time for the backups. Chance Warmack comes in at left guard with Stefen Wisniewski moving to center. Clement runs for a first down. And then another to essentially ice the game. Victory formation.


Eagles win by a score of 33 to 10! Six in a row. The Birds are 7-1.


Stay tuned for much more Eagles-49ers postgame coverage (click here).

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 17:32:44 EDT from rss

Subject: Cowboys vs. Redskins 2017: Start time, game info, how to watch

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Big NFC East battle.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 7-1 after beating the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Sounds nice, right?

Now it’s time to sit back and watch two of the Eagles’ NFC East rivals go head-to-head. One of today’s afternoon game features a battle between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are 3-3 so far this season.

It would be great for the Eagles if the Cowboys lose this game. Philly already beat Washington twice so the Birds have a head-to-head tiebreaker over them. Dallas currently poses a bigger threat to Philly since they’re currently 1-0 in division games.

It’s going to be hard for Washington to get the win considering they’re dealing with a lot of injuries. Missing starting left tackle Trent Williams is an especially big blow for them.

But maybe they can pull off the upset at home. The Eagles would certainly love for that to happen.

Here’s all the basic info you need to know about this game.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

TV Schedule

Game time: 4:25 PM EST

Channel: FOX

Date: Sunday, October 29

Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman

Location: FedEx Field | Landover, Maryland

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass

FOX Sports GO


Dallas Cowboys -3 (-115)

Washington +3 (-105)

Over/under: 47 points

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

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 16:39:14 EDT from rss

Subject: Markelle Fultz Will Be Out Much Longer

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That there is a Sixers press release… sent out just as the Eagles game ended and cemented them as the best team in football. Well played. A team source confirms that Fultz has now seen three specialists, all of whom have concluded that there’s no structural damage. From the sounds of it, Fultz should be…

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 18:02:19 EDT from rss

Subject: 7 winners and 1 loser from Eagles win over 49ers

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Happy Halloween

No tricks, all treats as the Eagles blew out the winless 49ers 33-10. Trap game? Nah. As blowouts go, that was pretty low on style points, but so what.


The Eagles

There are many marks of a good team, one of them is winning ugly, and one is putting bad teams away. This game was both, as it started poorly and the offense, while certainly not bad, left a lot of room to be desired. The weather was a factor, and the short week can’t be overlooked either. And yet despite that, the Eagles blew out another bad team. With every passing week, this team checks off boxes of a good team. Dare to dream.

Alshon Jeffery

That is the kind of catch and run the Eagles brought Jeffery in for.

And the celebration was excellent.

Jalen Mills

Nice read to pick off CJ Beathard, and then a good run back to score. (And did anyone else notice Rodney McLeod’s impressive recovery speed to get into position to block if Mills cut it outside?) Slight demerit for not having a great celebration though. Defense, step it up.

Mychal Kendricks

Kendricks is having probably his best season as a pro, and that’s a big boost in the wake of Jordan Hicks being lost for the year. He finished with a team high in tackles, had a sack and pressured CJ Beathard into some bad throws. While he doesn’t directly replace Hicks, the loss of the playmaking linebacker hurts a little less when there’s another in the fold.

Derek Barnett

Gaining steady playing time as the season progresses, last week Barnett cracked 50% of snaps, and this week he made a big play on special teams. Pass rushers are usually not impact players their rookie seasons, but Barnett is already a cog in the Eagles dominant defensive line.

Nick Foles

Any time the backup enters the field with the lead to take a knee, it’s a good day.

Mike Trout

How many game balls does this guy have and do you think he puts them next to his MVP trophies?


Kyle Shanahan’s balls

Twice he brought out his special teams when going for it on fourth down was the better option. What do you have to lose? Derek Barnett’s blocked field goal was karmic justice.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 18:57:57 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles played sloppy and still won by 23 points

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #273). In this episode, we recap the Eagles vs. 49ers game in Week 8, talk about how the Birds are 7-1, and much more.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 19:24:52 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles are NOT

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Earlier today, I wrote about how it was funny that retired NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson was spotted on a plane to Philadelphia shortly before a report emerged that the Lions have interest in trading him.

Then this happened:

Whoa, Megatron to the Eagles?! Is this legit?

No, of course not. Check out what Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk had to say.

The Eagles added some significant offensive weapons in the offseason. A new report indicates they’d like to add another offensive weapon during the season. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, however, that report isn’t true.

Steven Albritton of KMBC in Kansas City reports that the Eagles are “aggressively pursuing” the rights for retired Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Again, the source says that’s not the case.

No surprise here. The 32-year-old Johnson has been out of football for two years now. He’s probably not coming back.

And even if he does return to football, it seems very unlikely the Eagles would give up assets for him when they’re really not desperate for wide receiver help.

Moving along.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 21:09:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers recall Samuel Morin following Shayne Gostisbehere

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The news is not a great sign for Shayne Gostisbehere, who took a big hit on Saturday night in Toronto, but it appears Morin will finally get his first extended look with the NHL team.

When the Flyers announced that Andrew MacDonald would be out for 4-6 weeks following an injury he suffered on October 21 against the Oilers, many fans were wondering if Samuel Morin — who narrowly missed out on a roster spot following the training camp competition between himself, Robert Hagg, and Travis Sanheim — would find himself on the NHL roster to fill the gap left by MacDonald. Until this evening, however, the Flyers hadn’t made any sort of move to replace MacDonald; rather, they’ve rolled with just six healthy defensemen and elevated Brandon Manning back into a regular lineup spot.

But on Saturday night in Toronto, Shayne Gostisbehere was removed from the game after the second period following an egregious (and completely unpenalized, oh by the way) boarding by Leo Komarov. And while no additional information has been revealed from the team regarding Gostisbehere’s injury, it would appear that his injury will likely keep him out for at least the short-term future, because the team has decided that it’s going to need another defenseman on the roster.

They’ve also decided that that defenseman will be Samuel Morin.

Stylistically, Morin — a big, hulking defenseman who plays more of a stay-at-home style — isn’t a perfect replacement for Gostisbehere, whose high-end puck-moving ability and skating will be sorely missed for as long as he is out of the lineup. But with an absence of puck-movers readily available at the AHL level (the player probably closest to being able to replicate Ghost’s play currently on the Phantoms is T.J. Brennan, and he’s out with an injury of his own), the Flyers are calling up their third talented young defensive prospect and giving him a shot, stylistic fit be damned.

For Morin, who was reportedly playing well with the Phantoms prior to his call-up, the call-up must be fairly encouraging. It’s a clear sign from the organization to him that his absence from this roster was less about his ability and NHL-readiness and more about a simple numbers game that the Flyers are working with. If Gostisbehere is out for any extended period of time (which, to be clear, would be very bad), the door is open for Morin to get his first extended run with the NHL team, in his fifth season after being drafted 11th overall by the Flyers.

And unlike the start of the season, where Morin was with the NHL club on their four-game season opening road trip but never played, it’s tough to envision a scenario in which he’s a healthy scratch, since the Flyers only actually have six healthy defensemen on their roster. Barring something highly unforeseen, Morin will be in the lineup on Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

The addition of Morin does, however, create an interesting puzzle that Dave Hakstol will have to solve when it comes to forming his defensive pairings. With respect to Ivan Provorov — who, after spending two games being paired with Gostisbehere, will have another new defensive partner on Monday night — and maybe Travis Sanheim, the Flyers may find themselves hurting for passing and puck-moving ability from their blue line for as long as Ghost is out. Morin, for all of his strengths, is still a work in progress with the puck on his stick, and you’d have to think the team will look to pair him with someone who can move the puck well — Provorov or Sanheim, in other words. Failing that, the team may have no choice but to keep him on a third pairing (with Brandon Manning, in all likelihood) that will likely get easy minutes and limited ice time.

Long-term, if things go well for Morin during this call-up, it’ll be interesting to see what the Flyers choose to do once everyone else gets healthy. Ron Hextall has said time and time again that he’d very much prefer not to send prospects down once they’ve cracked the NHL roster, and while there are exceptions to that rule (Shayne Gostisbehere and Scott Laughton spent varying amounts of time with the NHL team in 2014-15 before being sent back to the Phantoms), you have to think he’s got it in mind as he’s calling up Morin. Is he prepared to send Morin (or one of the other rookies) back to Lehigh Valley once everyone is healthy, or could another move be coming?

Whatever the case may be there, though, Samuel Morin is a Flyer and all three of the team’s rookie defensemen will likely be in the lineup tomorrow night against the Coyotes. The future is here.

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