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[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 05:25:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Ronald Darby OUT for Eagles-49ers game, report says

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Not a big surprise.

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby will NOT play in Philadelphia’s Week 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport notes Darby is “still working back into football shape.”

This news doesn’t come as a surprise.

Darby has been a limited participant ever since returning to practice last week. The Eagles’ starting corner is still making his way back from a dislocated ankle injury he suffered in Week 1.

There’s really no need to rush Darby back for this game. The Eagles can’t take the 49ers lightly but the reality is they’re not a great opponent. Plus the field will be wet today due to the rain. No one needs to see Darby slipping and sliding out there.

Perhaps Darby will be ready to return in time for the Eagles’ Week 9 game against the Broncos. If not, he should almost definitely be back in time for the Eagles’ Week 11 game against the Cowboys, which follows Philly’s Week 10 bye.

In the meantime, the Eagles will likely start Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson at outside cornerback depending on the matchup. Rookie third-round pick Rasul Douglas has been taking snaps as well when Robinson moves to the nickel spot.

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In other injury news, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is reportedly expected to be active despite being questionable to play due to a back injury. Goodwin was limited on Wednesday before sitting out on Thursday. He was then limited again on Friday, so it seems like the 49ers’ deep threat is not 100%.

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For more information on the Eagles-49ers injury situation, [click here].





[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 05:12:31 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers game will be impacted by rain: Weather forecast

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Weather report!

If you haven’t heard by now, it’s going to rain during the Eagles vs. 49ers game in Philadelphia today.

Here’s an update from AccuWeather:

A wet, mild day is forecast in south Philadelphia as the Eagles welcome the 49ers to town.

Temperatures will remain in the middle to upper 60s during the game, but combination of wind and rain will keep AccuWeather ReelFeel® Temperatures in the 50s.

Fans will need to bring jackets and appropriate rain gear to the game and any tailgates they are attending before kickoff.

The wind will be from the southeast at 12-22 mph with stronger gusts. Teams driving toward the southern end zone will be at a disadvantage kicking and passing into this gusty wind.

In addition to the wind, the steady rainfall will make it more difficult to gain traction and cleanly handle the football at times.

Here’s an hourly forecast via Weather.com:

For those wondering -- and I’ve received some questions about this — no, the Eagles game will likely not be canceled or postponed because of the rain. There is a possibility of delay, however, if there are significant lightning strikes.

But how will the weather impact the game itself? That’s an interesting question.

The Eagles are obviously heavy favorites (13 points) headed into this matchup, as they should be. They have the best record in the NFL. The 49ers are tied for the worst record.

In theory, the inclement weather could favor the Eagles. If the rain forces the 49ers to run the ball more often, that would seemingly favor Philly’s top-ranked run defense. On the flip side, the 49ers ranked third-to-last in run defense. The Eagles could get their ground game going in the wet weather.

The rain will prove to be another test for second-year quarterback Carson Wentz. The North Dakota native isn’t unfamiliar to harsh conditions, but Wentz infamously struggled to throw a wet ball at his pro day last offseason. Hat tip to r/Eagles for digging up this story:

After the workout, [Pep] Hamilton doused the ball again with water, just like he did to Cal's Jared Goff last week. The first pass skipped into the ground, and he was a little inconsistent with the rest of the wet-ball throws, but the scripted part of his workout, including 65 throws, was excellent.

Wentz acknowledged that his first wet-ball throw was a "duck'' but didn't fret about it. "It happens. It was pretty doused,'' he said. "It would've had to be a torrential downpour.''

Well, Carson, Sunday just might fit those conditions.

The reality is that both teams will have to deal with the weather. Perhaps it won’t even have a huge impact on outcome of the game. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t expect the weather to majorly change how he prepares for the game.

Not necessarily the game plan, but going into the game, knowing that it could rain, it might change how you call the game just a little bit. It just depends on the amount of rain.

But it's something, too, that we don't let -- try not to let it be a distraction for us. Okay, we know it's going to rain, so we still have to go play and execute. But it doesn't change necessarily the way we game plan, per se.

But it does cause at least a little concern. In a normal game environment, there’s really no reason to be worried about the Eagles losing to the 49ers. San Francisco is struggling this season. They’re traveling from the West Coast to play a 1:00 PM game. Their offensive line, which isn’t that great to begin with, is dealing with a lot of injuries and going up a strong Eagles defensive line. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is in his second career start.

All these factors are reasons to feel good about why the Eagles should win and advance to 7-1 today. B

The only problem is the weather adds an unknown element into the equation. Maybe the game becomes closer than expected and there’s some kind of fluke turnover or something. Who knows.

Great teams are able to overcome adversity. The Eagles have had to overcome factors such as bad officiating, a blown lead, a rough start, etc. Now the weather will be their newest challenge. Once again it’s time to see what these Birds are made of.





[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 06:25:04 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-49ers game TV coverage map

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Check to see if you get the game.

IT’S GAME DAY - time for Philadelphia Eagles football! But can you watch their NFL Week 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers from where you are? If you live in the BLUE on the television coverage map below, you’re in luck (via 506Sports.com).

If you live in the blue, you can watch the Eagles-49ers game on FOX starting at 1:00 PM ET. The four major areas getting this game include Philly (Eagles), San Francisco (49ers), Dallas (Cowboys - NFC East rivals), and North Dakota (Carson Wentz).

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color analyst) are on the call. Alternatively, you can turn on SportsRadio 94WIP to listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick during the game.

If you DO NOT live in the blue, you’re likely either stuck in the red, green, or yellow. The red represents the Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints game. Green is the Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets. Yellow? That’s the Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For more information on how to watch today’s Eagles game, CLICK HERE.





[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 06:58:41 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. 49ers 2017: Game Predictions

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Who will win this week?

TRAP GAME!

That’s what some are saying about the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers set to take place today.

I’m not so sure.

Again, a trap game is defined by a team feeling too good about themselves and and looking ahead to the next week. The Broncos are an AFC team that hasn’t even played well recently.

As far as the “feeling too good about themselves” part is concerned, it’s not lost on the Eagles that they suffered two major injuries on Monday night against Washington. Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks are now out for the year. Those are big losses. Players know they’ll have to step up in order to make sure those losses don’t sink what has the makings of a promising season.

To be honest, I also think the trap game angle is something we talk about because we trick ourselves into thinking things can never be as straightforward as they seem. I get it — it’s Any Given Sunday. And the Eagles have lost some games when they’ve been heavily favored (Joe Webb, John Skelton, etc.).

But this team really just does feel different. It’s not a fluke that the Eagles have the best record in the NFL. They’re winning games because they’re legitimately good.

The 49ers, meanwhile, are losing games because they’re legitimately bad. Just look at their roster and you can see it’s not exactly loaded with talent primed to win now.

This tilt could be as simple as: the Eagles are the better team and they’re going to beat an inferior opponent at home. That’s the goal.

Now, just because the 49ers are bad doesn’t mean they’re totally incapable of winning. They’re obviously shown some fight this season, becoming the first team to lose five games in a row by three points or fewer.

When you look at this game from a matchup perspective, however, the 49ers just don’t seem primed for success. The Eagles rank No. 1 in run defense. Carlos Hyde is one of San Francisco’s best offensive options. If Philly can shut Hyde down, there will be a ton of pressure on rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard to throw the ball a lot. The 49ers just aren’t going to win this game if Beathard has to pass something like 40 times.

Beathard can’t hold a candle to the level of play the Eagles are getting right now from their quarterback: Carson Wentz. Wentz is playing like the league MVP and he’ll have a chance to solidify his campaign this Sunday against a 49ers defense that’s vulnerable to giving up plays through the air. San Francisco ranks 28th in yards allowed per pass attempt.

The one X-factor in this game is the weather. It’s possible the rain could make no real difference. But maybe things get ugly and sloppy, which could close the gap between the Eagles and the 49ers. Maybe Wentz, who played in a dome in college, isn’t going to thrive in these conditions. Or maybe all these conversations about the rain will look dumb by the time he’s thrown five touchdowns through the third quarter.

I really think the Eagles will win this game. Their defensive line inspires so much confidence, especially since the 49ers might be playing without both their starting right guard and right tackle. Philadelphia should be able to get to Beathard, who was sacked five times last week.

Even if the Eagles don’t have a great offensive performance, their defense (and special teams) can do enough to make sure they still get that W.

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

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Score prediction: Eagles win, 27-10.

Bold prediction: Alshon Jeffery catches two touchdowns today.

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[#] Sun Oct 29 2017 07:48:14 EDT from rss

Subject: 3 Eagles numbers that matter for the 49ers game

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Previewing this week’s rainy matchup.

Here’s a look at three numbers that matter as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8.

67 - Rushing yards per game allowed by the Eagles defense — fewest in the NFL.

I know, I’ve sounded like a broken record about this. But the Eagles are really, really good at stopping the run.

How good are they? Per Reuben Frank, the 2017 Eagles have faced the second fewest rushing attempts through seven games since 1952. In other words, teams aren’t even trying to run the ball against the Eagles because they know it just won’t work.

The Eagles have a very simple defensive formula. Once they’re able to shut down the run, Jim Schwartz unleashes his pass rushers upon the opposing quarterback. Rookie C.J. Beathard is going to face a tough task today — more on that in the next section of this post.

For now, I want to stick with the run numbers. San Francisco is actually a little better running the ball than you’d realize. The 49ers only rank 23rd in rushing yards per game (96) but they’re actually tied for ninth with Philly in rushing yards per attempt (4.3.) Carlos Hyde is a talented player who can do some nice things. The Eagles should still be able to shut him down, but he’s a player to watch.

On the flip side, running the ball could be key to an Eagles victory in this tilt, especially if the rainy/windy weather hampers the passing game. Philadelphia currently ranks fourth in rush yards per game and tied for ninth per rush attempt. San Francisco, meanwhile, ranks 30th in opponent rush yards per game but only 12th in opponent rush yards per attempt.

With that said, the 49ers are prone to allowing big plays on the ground. Per Pat Thorman, San Fran’s defense has allowed the third most rushes of 10+ yards this season. They’re only one run away from being tied for first. The bad news for the Niners is that the Eagles rank third in runs of 10+ yards. LeGarrette Blount has the third most of any running back in the NFL. This could be a great opportunity for the Eagles to pound the rock with him.

Carson Wentz has played so well lately that the running game has taken a back seat. It could resurface as a key factor in today’s game.

4th - The Eagles have the fourth-best pressure rate in the NFL at 38.8%.

If the Eagles are able to effectively shut down the 49ers’ rushing attack, San Fran will have no choice but to throw the ball with their rookie quarterback making his second career start.

Beathard will be facing an Eagles pass rush that’s better than the sack numbers would indicate. Philly has been generating a lot of pressure this season. Here’s some good info from Pro Football Focus.

QB C.J. Beathard vs. pressure — Beathard’s 46.7 overall grade after just shy of two games of action would be the league’s second-worst if he had enough snaps to qualify, topping only DeShone Kizer, and the third-round rookie has struggled in a number of areas. Chief among those has been his play under pressure, where Beathard is the only quarterback with at least 30 dropbacks under pressure to average less than 4.00 yards per attempt, a mark he clears by more than a full yard (2.96). On Sunday, he’ll be facing an Eagles defense that has pressured opposing quarterbacks on 38.8 percent of snaps this season, the fourth-best rate in the NFL. If that weren’t enough, Philadelphia brings that pressure quicker than all but two defenses — 29.3 percent of their pressures reach the quarterback in 2.0 seconds or less.

Right side of 49ers OL vs. Edge Brandon Graham and DI Fletcher Cox — Complicating matters further, the 49ers may be without both starters on the right side of their offensive line after Trent Brown and Brandon Fusco left last week’s game against the Cowboys with injuries. Should neither player be available in Philadelphia, San Francisco will likely be inserting Zane Beadles (RG) and Garry Gilliam (RT) into the starting lineup, who have combined to allow eight total pressures on 72 pass-block snaps this season. That could spell potential disaster against one of the best defensive lines in football, particularly on the left side where Graham and Cox spend the majority of their time. Graham is one of just seven edge defenders with an overall grade of 90.0 or higher (90.2), and his 90.1 pass-rush grade trails only Melvin Ingram. Cox’s pass-rushing prowess hasn’t been far behind, with his 86.1 pass-rush grade ranking fourth among interior defenders.

This Eagles defensive line has looked so dominant at times. They could really terrorize Beathard today.

49ers fans are fully expecting this, too. There’s literally a headline on Niners Nation that reads: “Is C.J. Beathard going to die?

(Maybe.)

This matchup is what makes me very confident in an Eagles win today. The gap between Beathard and Wentz figures to be huge in this game. Even if Wentz isn’t on his A-game, he should still find himself in a much better situation than Beathard is.

95.8% - The Eagles’ current chances of making the playoffs, per Football Outsiders.

The Eagles are in great shape at 6-1. They’d be even better at 7-1.

Handling business against the 49ers is obviously important. But the other big game that Eagles fans should be paying attention to is the Cowboys-Redskins matchup in Washington this week.

According to ESPN, this is the highest leverage game of the week. A Cowboys loss would drop their playoff odds by 25%. A Washington loss would drop theirs by 17%.

Rooting for Dallas to lose is the right move today. They’re potentially the biggest threat to the Eagles. Philly already owns a head-to-head tiebreaker over Washington so they’re much less dangerous.

The problem is that Washington probably won’t win today. They’re dealing with too many injuries on the offensive line; starting left tackle Trent Williams is out today. Going to be a tough one for Kirk Cousins.

If Kurt can somehow pull off the upset and the Eagles can beat the 49ers, this will be a great Sunday for Philly. The NFC East race is kind of almost over already, but it’d be even more so if Dallas loses to Washington and the Eagles win.





[#] 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…

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrossingBroad/~3/7KRGdNyiyOU/no-ghost-for-halloween-seven-takeaways-from-flyers-4-maple-leafs-2.html

[#] 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)…

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrossingBroad/~3/-AJ1nygNKDk/49ers-eagles-predictions.html

[#] 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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WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!

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”.

Defense

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.

Heatmap

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, NHL.com, and Corsica.hockey





[#] 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…

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrossingBroad/~3/p4_82gEpr2k/49ers-eagles-week-8-live-thread.html

[#] 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

LET’S DO IT!

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…

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[#] 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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).

FIRST QUARTER

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.

SECOND QUARTER

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.

THIRD QUARTER

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.

FOURTH QUARTER

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.

FINAL SCORE

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

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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

Odds

Dallas Cowboys -3 (-115)

Washington +3 (-105)

Over/under: 47 points

SB Nation Blogs

Cowboys - www.BloggingTheBoys.com

Washington - www.HogsHaven.com/

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