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[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 13:53:54 EST from rss

Subject: The Radio Host Who Insulted Roy Halladay Proves Himself To Be a Hypocrite

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Once an asshole, always an asshole. I think that’s how the saying goes. Listen, Michael Felger, of 98.5 in Boston, did have a point when he said that Roy Halladay showed carelessness in the thrill-seeking pursuit that ultimately killed him, leaving his wife without a husband and sons without a father. But if Felger really cared about…

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 15:05:35 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles

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The 2017 NFL Draft marked the first time Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas worked together to make picks for the Philadelphia Eagles. Let's take a look at how these players have performed through the first nine games of the season.


Stats: 300 total snaps (261 defense + 39 special teams), 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 field goal block.

Barnett has only played 45.2% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps this season, which ranks seventh among Philly’s defensive linemen. He wasn’t noticeably making a big impact early in the season but the rookie has seemingly come on lately. Barnett is getting pressure and showing up in the run game. Barnett ranks 20th out of 64 defensive ends in pressure rate; he has 25 pressures in 191 pass rush snaps. According to Pro Football Focus, Barnett actually ranks first overall in “run stop percentage” among all NFL 4-3 defensive ends.

Back when Barnett was selected at No. 14, 73% of voters here at BGN said they approved of the pick. I think that number would (or at least should) be higher today. Barnett’s been a nice addition as a rotational player in Philly’s defense. It’s important to remember that he’s still only 21 years old and pass rushers take time to develop in the NFL. He’ll eventually grow into a starting role.

Getting Barnett with the first round pick the Eagles received from the Sam Bradford trade is looking like a good swap for Philly.


Stats: N/A

Jones, who suffered a torn Achilles in March, is still on the reserve/non-football injury list.

There’s no official timetable for Jones’ return, but reports indicate it could happen in December. From the first time Jones returns to practice, the Eagles will have 21 days to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him shut down for the season.

Philly’s current crop of cornerbacks are already playing well, so it’s not like the Eagles need to rush Jones back. It’s crazy to think I’m saying that now since corner was such a big concern for this team heading into the season.

The Eagles should figure to have some great competition at corner this offseason. Jones will have an opportunity to land a starting job but it won’t just be handed to him. Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Rasul Douglas should put up a good fight.


Stats: 355 total snaps (336 defensive + 19 special teams), 17 tackles, 9 passes defensed, 2 interceptions.

After struggling in the offseason, Douglas was kept inactive as a healthy scratch in Week 1. The West Virginia product was then forced into action following multiple cornerback injuries.

It’s safe to say Douglas has exceeded expectations. His lack of deep speed is a flaw, but he’s been able to avoid being burned consistently. According to Pro Football Focus, Douglas has a 74.4 passer rating when targeted this season. That ranks 22nd out of 73 corners.

One of Douglas’ biggest strengths, his ball skills, have also been on display (as you can see in his stats). Douglas could’ve added to his interception total last week against the Broncos if he didn’t drop a potential pick-six. Still, nice anticipation to be in position to make the play.

The Eagles have been using Douglas in rotation with Patrick Robinson, so it’s not like they totally trust the rookie to play full starter snaps every week just yet. Douglas matches up better with bigger receivers while speedier wideouts are more challenging for him.

Overall, Douglas is certainly showing some starter potential. At worst, he looks like a really nice backup to have on the outside.


Stats: 266 total snaps (118 offensive + 148 special teams), 10 targets, 9 receptions, 172 yards, 19.1 average, 1 touchdown, 2 special teams tackles

There’s a point in almost every game where I tweet #MackHollinsIsLiterallyUnstoppable ... because it’s true. Hollins has really made the most of his limited offensive opportunities this season. He’s been such an efficient target for Carson Wentz.

Back when Hollins was selected, some groaned about how Mike Mayock praised him for being a really good special teams player. That’s usually the kind of praise you’d hear for someone who isn’t actually good at their main position. But that’s not the case with Hollins. He’s been good on special teams AND at wide receiver.

Hollins has been eating into Torrey Smith’s playing time as the season has gone on. He could eventually become a starter on the outside in future seasons.


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Easily Philly’s most disappointing draft pick from this class. Pumphrey really struggled to show promise this offseason. His slight frame (5-9, 170 pounds) just doesn’t project to NFL success.

Pumphrey was a healthy scratch in Week 1 as the team’s fifth string running back. He was then placed on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in practice. Maybe Pumphrey will take a step forward after having a full offseason in an NFL program. If he doesn’t, he could be cut next year. Pumphrey’s outlook is pretty disappointing for a player the Eagles traded up for early on Day 3.


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Gibson has been a healthy scratch for the entire season and he’ll probably remain that way. He’s basically a glorified practice squad member.

Gibson really struggled with drops this summer. He would drop multiple passes every day in practice. By the end of the preseason, however, I thought Gibson showed some growth. Not enough to earn anybody’s full confidence, I’d argue, but enough to at least still be intrigued by him.

Gibson’s raw speed could make him an dangerous deep threat. He just needs polish in a lot of other areas of his game in order to get regular playing time in the future.


Stats: 52 special teams snaps, 1 special teams tackle

Gerry spent the first six weeks of the season on Philly’s practice squad before being promoted to the active roster. The safety-turned-linebacker hasn’t played on defense yet but he’s been getting some burn on special teams. Gerry’s a bit of a project so we’ll have a better idea of where he is in his development in the offseason. He’s a reserve linebacker/special teams guy for now.


Stats: 58 total snaps (50 defensive + 8 special teams), 1 assisted tackle

The Eagles had to rely on Qualls earlier in the season when Fletcher Cox, Destiny Vaeao, Beau Allen, and Tim Jernigan were all dealing with various injury issues. He didn’t make much of an impact. The Eagles actually opted to keep Justin Hamilton, who’s on the practice squad now, over him at one point. I think they’d prefer to have Hamilton on the roster over Qualls in the short-term but they don’t want to expose Qualls to other teams.

Qualls did some nice things in the preseason. He could benefit from some more experience and an offseason in an NFL training program.


Corey Clement

Stats: 284 snaps (119 offensive + 165 special teams), 48 attempts, 182 yards, 3.8 average, 3 touchdowns, 3 receptions, 46 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 1 special teams tackle

Clement has been a very nice UDFA pickup by the Eagles. He’s not overly impressive in one area, but his combined contributions as a rusher, pass catcher, pass blocker, and special teams player make him a guy worth keeping around. Clement’s a solid No. 3 running back to have on the roster.

Jake Elliott

Stats: 17/20 on field goals, 24/27 on extra points

Elliott was signed off of the Bengals’ practice squad after Caleb Sturgis got hurt in Week 1. Elliott’s big moment was clearly his 61-yard game-winner over the Giants. Incredibly clutch. Elliott also hit a number of key field goals in the Eagles’ win over the Chargers. Elliott hasn’t been perfect. He’s missed some extra points lately, which is concerning. But he’s been a pretty good pickup overall. He already owns the franchise record for the most 50+ yard field goals in a single season.


Eagles rookies on the practice squad include: tight end Billy Brown, safety Tre Sullivan, wide receiver Rashard Davis, wide receiver Greg Ward, and cornerback D.J. Killings. Brown and Sullivan could potentially earn depth jobs on the roster next year since the Eagles will have holes to fill at tight end and safety.


The Eagles added a lot of young talent to their roster this offseason. Barnett, Douglas, and Hollins have all shown starting potential to various extents. We’ll see what becomes of Jones depending on how things shake out with his recovery and the surplus of talent at corner. Gibson, Gerry, Clement, and Qualls have the chance to be backup players. Pumphrey is looking like the only real wasted pick at this point.

As always, lots of time for things to change down the road, but it’s looks like Roseman and Douglas did a nice job with this draft class so far.

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 15:40:41 EST from rss

Subject: Save the False Bravado on Zeke and Bask In The Cowboys

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There are a lot questions concerning Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott away from the field. Does he look like the Mr. Woodchuck puppet from Full House? Yes. Is he a bad guy? Sure seems so. Did he actually commit domestic violence? That part is a bit more unclear– it depends who/what you believe. What we…

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 15:57:09 EST from rss

Subject: Ezekiel Elliott

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The latest update.

Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension is back on again (again). In case you haven’t been able to follow the back-and-forth nature of his case, here’s a good summary for you.

Ezekiel Elliott was allowed to play against the Chiefs in Week 9 thanks to a temporary stay issued by the 2nd Circuit Court. On Thursday, the court denied Elliott an injunction, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach. The decision will put Elliott’s suspension back in place effective immediately.

Assuming Elliott’s suspension holds, this is a big loss for the Cowboys. Elliott has 210 touches through eight games this season (26.3 average). He’s such a huge part of the Dallas offense.

With Zeke out, the Cowboys will turn to Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden. There will also be more pressure on Dak Prescott to perform. Prescott has been greatly aided by Zeke’s presence. It’ll be really interesting to see how the young quarterback fares without his best offensive weapon.

Here’s a look at the games Elliott is set to miss.

Week 10 - at Atlanta Falcons

Week 11 - vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 12 - vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins

Week 14 - at New York Giants

Week 15 - at Oakland Raiders

As you can see, three of those games are NFC East matchups. The most critical game for Dallas is their Week 11 matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia, currently sitting at 8-1, will be hungry to put away the division by beating the Cowboys in that game.

In some ways, it would be nice to see how Zeke would fare against the Eagles’ top run defense. In other ways, Eagles fans can enjoy knowing that the Cowboys are now a worse team.

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 16:12:05 EST from rss

Subject: Video: LeGarrette Blount Requested Corey Clement Get a Chance To Go for The Hat Trick

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The NFL released its Week 9 mic’d up video and it includes multiple Eagles highlights, punctuated by LeGarrette Blount campaigning for Corey Clement to go in and get his third touchdown for the hat trick. The full video is here, but the Eagles portion is after the jump. This team… it’s so lovable.

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 16:28:35 EST from rss

Subject: Timmy Jernigan, Eagles sign multi-year contract extension

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Staying in Philly!

Timmy Jernigan and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a four-year, $48 million contract, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. Big news!

Jernigan was set to be a free agent after the 2017 season, but the Eagles clearly had long-term interest after acquiring the defensive tackle in a trade with the Ravens earlier this year. The Eagles sent their third round pick to Baltimore in exchange for Jernigan and one of the Ravens’ third round picks.

In nine games with the Eagles this season, the 25-year-old Jernigan has recorded 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks. His impact goes beyond the numbers, however. He’s clearly been a key part of an Eagles defense that ranks first overall in stopping the run (66.4 yards allowed per game) and first overall in pressure (25 pressures per game). Jernigan’s presence has made it more difficult for teams to give extra attention to Fletcher Cox.

The Eagles have a number of key free agent decisions to make after this season (Alshon Jeffery, Nigel Bradham, etc). It’s good to see they’ve already locked up one key player for the long-term.

UPDATE: Eagles officially confirm the news.

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 16:49:03 EST from rss

Subject: That Radio Buffoon Apologized For His Comments

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Huge surprise. Michael Felger opens his show today expressing regret for his insensitive comments about Roy Halladay's death. [NBC Sports Boston] — Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) November 9, 2017 I don’t feel bad for him at all, but I do actually buy his apology here. There was a kernel of truth to what he said about…

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 16:45:18 EST from rss

Subject: Report: Eagles Sign Tim Jernigan to a Four-Year Contract Extension

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A Cowboy suspended and an Eagle extended? Sounds good to me. Adam Schefter dropped some welcomed news on Thursday afternoon, reporting that the Birds have signed defensive tackle Tim Jernigan to a four year extension worth $48 million: Eagles signed DT Timmy Jernigan to a 4-year extension, $48 million extension that includes $26 million fully…

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 17:06:21 EST from rss

Subject: Gabe Kapler Is F*cking Jacked

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I can see EVERYTHING. He isn’t even real. Bob thinks he looks like one of those mannequins at Dicks. I think he looks like GI Joe impregnated Frozone and out came a meathead with a curious obsession with coconut oil and VORP. You know @gabekapler is going to change some things w/the @Phillies The #MLBNow…

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 17:30:01 EST from rss

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

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The Flyers are playing hockey again! That’s wild.

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be:

  • Seen locally via NBC Sports Philadelphia (or via stream on the NBC Sports App)
  • Heard via radio locally on 93.3 WMMR
  • Seen in Chicago via NBC Sports Chicago
  • Seen or heard elsewhere via, NHL Center Ice, or Sirius XM

Projected Flyers lineup:


Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Konecny - Filppula - Simmonds

Weal - Lehtera - Weise

Leier - Laughton - Raffl


Provorov - Hagg

Manning - Gostisbehere

Sanheim - Gudas




Projected Blackhawks lineup (via):


Sharp - Toews - Kane

Saad - Anisimov - Panik

Debrincat - Schmaltz - Hartman

Bouma - Wingels - Hayden


Keith - Rutta

Forsling - Seabrook

Murphy - Franson




[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 20:30:42 EST from rss

Subject: Seahawks vs. Cardinals: How to watch Thursday Night Football

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Everything you need to know.

Week 10 of the 2017 NFL season officially kicks off tonight. Only seven more weeks left in the regular season.

Tonight’s game features an NFC West matchup between the Arizona Cardinals (4-4) and the Seattle Seahawks (5-3).

The Seahawks are probably going to win this game. The Cardinals are dealing with a lot of injuries this year, most notably to David Johnson and starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

As far as the Philadelphia Eagles are concerned, an Arizona upset would be preferable. The Seahawks are a much bigger playoff threat to Philly. Not to mention the Eagles already blew out the Cards earlier this season.

Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

TV Schedule

Game time: 8:25 PM EST

Channel: NFL Network, CBS, Amazon Prime Video

Date: Thursday, November 9

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium | Glendale, Arizona

Online Streaming

Watch the live stream on the NFL's mobile app. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass. Replay on NFL Game Rewind.

Amazon Prime members can stream this game online.


Seattle Seahawks -7 (-105)

Arizona Cardinals +7 (-115)

Over/under: 41 points

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Open thread: discuss Thursday's game in the comments below.

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 22:11:42 EST from rss

Subject: Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1: Top line fuels Flyers back to win column

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Brian Elliott was stellar in net, stopping 38 of 39 shots in the win.

Brian Elliott stopped 38 of 39 shots and Sean Couturier, Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux added goals as the Flyers downed the Blackhawks 3-1 on Thursday night.

The red-hot top line of the Flyers stayed hot with seven points in the contest as both Giroux and Voracek has a goal and two assists apiece while Couturier started the scoring with his 10th goal of the season.

Corey Crawford made 28 saves for the visiting Hawks, who got their lone goal from defenseman Connor Murphy (who scored his first point with the club since coming over in a trade from Arizona this offseason).

With the win the Flyers move to 8-6-2 on the season for 18 points in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division, where six of eight teams have at least 18 points.

Claude Giroux would start the scoring to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead at the 4:58 mark with his ninth goal of the season. Giroux was open in the slot and Jake Voracek put it on a tee for the captain, who blasted a one-timer past Corey Crawford on the short side.

Brian Elliott, back in net, kept it 1-0 Flyers with a nice save on Richard Panik just before the nine minute mark of the period off a quick developing Hawks rush. Not long after it was Crawford’s turn to make a few dandy saves, robbing Travis Sanheim on the doorstep after the rookie jumped in on a rush.

The Flyers really carried play for the first half of the period, showing loads of energy following their time off after last playing on Saturday.

That strong start continued as Jake Voracek’s fourth of the year would make it 2-0 with 7:52 left in the period off a pretty sequence from Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere. Giroux gloved a loose puck down and found Gostisbehere to fire a cross-ice pass on the tape of Voracek, who made no mistake. The assist gave Gostisbehere his 100th career NHL point.

Taylor Leier nearly gave the Flyers a three-goal lead on shorthanded breakaway, but Corey Crawford came up with a big save to keep the Hawks within two. Leier is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Just after puck drop in the second Brian Elliott would preserve the Flyers’ two-goal lead with a sprawling save on Panik less than a minute in. Panik was the most dangerous Hawk in the first and was busy again early in the second.

The first line for the Flyers feasted in the first period, and started fast in the second with a Couturier’s goal to push the lead to 3-0 just 3:51 into the period. Giroux setup Couturier right on the top of the crease for an easy slam dunk past Crawford. Voracek picked up the other assist on Couturier’s 10th goal of the season.

With a 3-0 lead in tow, it was time for Brian Elliott to protect it. Saves on Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane were stellar in particular as the visitors pushed back following the Flyers’ third goal.

Connor Murphy would break the ice for the Hawks, corralling a rebound off his own blocked shot and beating Elliott to cut the Flyers’ lead to 3-1 with 3:47 left in the second. Elliott had trouble resetting after getting in position for Murphy’s original shot.

A pair of penalties to Radko Gudas and then Ivan Provorov would put the Hawks up two men and give them a golden chance to pull within one with less than two minutes to play in the period. But for 1:33 the Flyers were able to kill off both penalties.

Brian Elliott ended up not being super busy on the two-man advantage for Chicago, but he did rob Brandon Saad on a breakaway just after the penalties expired to maintain the 3-1 lead headed to the third.

Chicago would come out with a quick start in the third, but were aided by some timid play from the Flyers through the first four minutes. Elliott was there to keep things settled, and first power play of the game for the Flyers helped slow things down further.

Elliott was busy in the third as the Hawks continued to press to close the gap on the scoreboard, stopping nine shots through the first half of the period and making things look easy.

On the power play with a chance to draw closer with less than five minutes remaining, Artem Anisimov was unable to beat Elliott from the right circle as the veteran netminder moved well across his crease to make yet another tough save.

A penalty to Tommy Wingels for high-sticking gave the Flyers a chance to put things away with a three-goal lead, but Corey Crawford was stellar on the penalty kill for the Hawks, turning aside a golden chance as Sean Couturier bid for his second of the game off a masterful feed from Shayne Gostisbehere.

Chicago would empty their net, but were unable to make up the two-goal difference in the final minutes as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak against the Blackhawks in the regular season in Philadelphia to 22 years.

[#] Thu Nov 09 2017 22:52:03 EST from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles Jim Schwartz approval poll: November 2017

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Make sure to vote in the poll!

We continue our November edition of Philadelphia Eagles approval polls with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. If you missed the Howie Roseman/Joe Douglas approval poll from Wednesday, vote here.

The last time we checked in on Schwartz’s approval was back in October. He earned an 81% approval rating at the time.

Here’s a look at how the Eagles rank in some noteworthy categories through the first nine games of the season:

  • Opponent points per play: 12th
  • Opponent yards per play: Tied for 11th
  • Sack percentage: 16th
  • Takeaways per game: Tied for 6th

Schwartz’s unit also ranks 10th in defensive DVOA.

The Eagles’ defense has made some positive strides since the last time we polled Schwartz’s approval. They’ve really settled in recently.

Philadelphia’s defense is elite in two key areas: stopping the run and rushing the passer. The Eagles are only allowing 66.4 rush yards per game, which ranks first in the NFL. They’re facing an historically low amount of rushing attempts. Teams know they can’t run the ball on this team.

By completely stopping the run, the Eagles force their opponents to be one-dimensional. From there, Philly can use their pass rushers to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. And boy are the Eagles generating a lot of pressure.


The Eagles’ defensive success is happening exactly as it’s supposed to be. Schwartz wants the front four to be the strength of his unit. The Eagles are getting great production out of starters Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox, and Tim Jernigan. But it’s not just them. Philly is deep on the d-line with Chris Long, Derek Barnett, Beau Allen, and Destiny Vaeao also contributing.

While the front four is the foundation, it’s not the only unit performing well. Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks are making key contributions at linebacker. Philadelphia’s secondary has been very competitive and not concerning as it was entering the season. And they’ve been playing without Ronald Darby, who will return after the bye.

I’d say it’s hard not to approve of the job Schwartz has done recently. The Eagles have been able to pair their high-scoring offense with a defense that disrupts the other team’s offense.

Are you confident in Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles? Vote now in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments. (Click here if you can’t see the poll.)

Previous Approval Polls:

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 00:49:30 EST from rss

Subject: Richard Sherman Injury: Seahawks cornerback out for season with ruptured Achilles

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Tough loss for Seattle.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Seattle’s Thursday night game against the Cardinals.

Sherman was seen muttering “tore my Achilles” as he walked off the field following the injury. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the injury during his post-game press conference.

This injury is obviously a big blow to Seattle’s defense. Sherman is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

With Sherman out for the year, this means he won’t be playing when the Philadelphia Eagles face Seattle in Week 13. That’s too bad because facing the Seahawks’ defense at full strength would’ve been a good test for Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense.

It’s also too bad for Sherman. The 29-year-old NFL veteran had never missed a game in his career heading into Thursday night.

Seattle now has multiple injuries going on in the secondary. Sherman is out for the season. Safety Earl Thomas has missed time while dealing with a hamstring issue. Kam Chancellor was carted off the field on Thursday, though Carroll said it was only a stinger.

The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals on Thursday to advance to 6-3 on the season. Seattle figures to be one of the biggest threats to the Eagles in the NFC.

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 06:00:03 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/10/17.

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

32 NFL observations, Week 9 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles defense has a combined 226 pressures, which is 53 more than any other defense. There are three teams where the Eagles have more than double the amount of pressures they have.

Eagles’ 2017 NFL Draft class is already showing some good promise - BGN
Derek Barnett has only played 45.2% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps this season, which ranks seventh among Philly’s defensive linemen. He wasn’t noticeably making a big impact early in the season but the rookie has seemingly come on lately. Barnett is getting pressure and showing up in the run game. Barnett ranks 20th out of 64 defensive ends in pressure rate; he has 25 pressures in 191 pass rush snaps. According to Pro Football Focus, Barnett actually ranks first overall in “run stop percentage” among all NFL 4-3 defensive ends.

The Eagles Will Be Ready For The Cowboys After The Bye -
We welcome to the BGN Radio airwaves Mr. Tom Kelly from Sportsradio 94WIP as he reminds us how badly this Eagles team can't wait to play Dallas. PLUS Tom goes over just how special this team could be and a lot more on the latest BGNR Daily.

He Said Yes!!! - Iggles Blitz
Jernigan feels like a sign of how things are going right for the organization. They swapped draft spots with the Ravens to get him. Now, they have signed him to a deal to keep Jernigan around for the next four years. Joe Douglas scouted Jernigan when he was with the Ravens and helped to draft him. Douglas obviously sold Howie on the idea that the Eagles should deal for him. Howie was able to engineer the deal so that the Eagles got a good player, but at a reasonable price. Then Howie worked with Drew Rosenhaus to get an extension done. The scout, the trader and the dealmaker.

Jernigan Extension Smart In Big Picture -
“This is a very unique place. It’s a blessing to be here and to play with a lot of great people,” Jernigan said, recently. “I felt it would be a good fit for me and it’s turned out that way. I love playing for Coach Schwartz. He’s a demanding guy. He tells you what he wants from you and then you do it, or he’s going to let you know it. I’ve grown here. I’m very happy and I think our defense is rounding into the form we expected.”

With Tim Jernigan deal, Eagles investing big in unheralded position - ESPN
On one hand, it makes sense to pay your best players regardless of position. And it is absolutely true that Schwartz's scheme is predicated on the defensive front being a disruptive force without the assistance of extra pass-rushers. To that end, they're investing in an area that both the organization and the defensive coordinator put a lot of value in. It does, however, run counter to a philosophy held by some around the league that big dollars should be reserved for more critical positions such as quarterback, offensive tackle, defensive end and cornerback.

Carson Wentz is tone-setter for unselfish Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
"At the end of the day, touchdowns [are] whatever," Wentz said on Sunday afternoon, quickly dismissing a question about his stats. "That’s all great, but being 8-1 is what it’s all about. I didn’t really know what to expect with stats and all that stuff, that doesn’t really matter." On a team full of unselfish players, Wentz is the tone-setter. And he's on his way to becoming the NFL's most humble superstar.

'He’s developing a full arsenal': Early returns promising for Derek Barnett - The Athletic
As a pass rusher, the early returns on Barnett are promising. Compared to every first-round pass rusher over the last four years, Barnett's rate of quarterback pressure (inclusive of sacks, quarterback hits and hurries) per pass-rush snap, according to charting done by Pro Football Focus, trails only Joey Bosa, Arik Armstead and Leonard Floyd, among rookies who played as many snaps as Barnett has thus far.

Thoughts on Tim Jernigan's contract extension - Inquirer
The Eagles want to prioritize building along the lines, so that’s where they’ll make their biggest investments other than quarterback. Jernigan has impressed the Eagles since they acquired him in the spring, and he’s a scheme fit with the athleticism and personality that the Eagles want. At 25, he’s in the prime of his career, too. He fits next to Fletcher Cox. His sack total isn’t high (1.5), but he has five quarterback hurries and has been a key part of the Eagles’ rush defense with eight tackles for losses. Look for him to continue to get better — he’s an ascending player with a lot of talent.

NFL midseason awards and our updated Super Bowl predictions - Yahoo! Sports
At the halfway point, it seems like a two-man race for MVP. Carson Wentz has more touchdowns (23-18), Brady has more yards (2,541-2,262) and has been a little more efficient. Wentz can also make plays with his legs, and his Eagles have the best record in the NFL. That gave Wentz the slight edge for the first-half award. It should be a fun race between the 24-year-old Wentz and the 40-year-old Brady the rest of the way.

Football in America: The Philly Mentality - The MMQB
The Eagles’ 8-1 start to the season has emboldened the city of Philadelphia to think about its first NFL championship since 1960. The early 2000s run of three straight conference championship losses, followed by the Super Bowl loss, instilled a sense among some fans of always waiting for the other shoe to drop. But the Eagles haven’t lost since Sept. 17, and the city seems to be buying in. And as teammate Zach Ertz put it, “[Wentz] is the face of the franchise; he’s the face of the city right now.” Look no further than the Wentz Wagon displayed outside one tailgate, with Pope Francis and Rocky as Wentz’s fellow passengers.

Next Ezekiel Elliott hearing set for December 1 - PFT
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Elliott’s appeal regarding the denial of a preliminary injunction has been set for December 1. It means that, barring some sort of legal miracle between now and then, he’ll miss at least four games: Sunday at Atlanta, the following Sunday against the Eagles, Thanksgiving vs. the Chargers, and the ensuing Thursday, November 30, against Washington.

Ben McAdoo has given the Giants every reason to fire him - SB Nation
Ben McAdoo said after the Giants’ 51-17 loss to the Rams that he’s not worried about his job security. He should be. The Giants’ 1-7 start is the team’s worst since 1980. They’re winless at home, and it’s wearing on fans. MetLife Stadium was nearly empty by the time the Rams’ beatdown of the Giants mercifully ended Sunday. When there were still enough people in the seats to be heard, fans chanted “We want (Tom) Coughlin,” asking for the former Super Bowl-winning head coach who stepped down after finishing both the 2014 and 2015 seasons with six wins.

Roy Halladay packed a lifetime of memories into his four seasons in Philadelphia - The Good Phight
Life is a flickering mess of moments, that when grouped together create the people we are. For the rest of time, and especially over the next few days, we’ll be reminded again and again what person Roy Halladay was. Below, you’ll find a collection of some of the memories—hopefully, a lot of the less obvious ones—that helped make him the Roy Halladay we felt like we knew.


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[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 06:00:01 EST from rss

Subject: Friday Morning Fly By: Winning is fun!

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

*What’s better than the Flyers’ top line? Nothing! Nothing at all! RECAP.

*So even after that long break, we didn’t see Nolan Patrick return last night. Glad to see they aren’t rushing the kid. []

*Of course, because we can’t resist, there’s talk of Patrick maybe going back up to Brandon. Which is just madness. [Courier-Post]

*Sean Couturier continues to get the attention he deserves for kicking all of the butts so far this season. [Flyers]

*This very in-depth breakdown of Brian Elliott’s rather...unconventional goaltending style is absolutely worth the subscription. [The Athletic]

*The Blackhawks are bad and stupid, but they invited the guy from Philly who was their emergency backup that time back to the game last night, which is very cool. [Chicago Sun-Times]

*Perhaps you’ve heard, but Danick Martel can’t stop scoring goals. Let’s look at all 14 of them! [Sons of Penn]

*There are lots of predictions made during preseason. A lot of them end up being way off. [ESPN]

*These new strict faceoff rules are leading to a lot of weird things. [ProHockeyTalk]

*In the NBA, teams regularly rest their big stars to keep them healthy for the season. Should the NHL try this approach? [Toronto Sun]

*The Tampa Bay Lightning: maybe actually good. [TSN]

*And finally, you’ve seen some weird pre-game rituals before but this one is absolutely nutty. [SB Nation]

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 07:48:16 EST from rss

Subject: Crossing Broadcast: Tight Shirts and Blown Leads

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Kyle, Adam and Russ discuss the Sixers loss, rooting for the Zeke suspension, and how everything is working in the Eagles’ favor. Brought to you by Cozzi Jewelers.   We recommend subscribing in Overcast, the best iOS podcast player, and using the Voice Boost and Smart Speed functions, which improve sound quality (for all shows)…

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 08:00:11 EST from rss

Subject: Fantasy football start/sit advice guide: Best and worst picks for NFL Week 10

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Helping you pick your lineups.

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

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Tom Brady (@ DEN) – Ok, so I'm going to do something unprecedented. It's wild and outside the box, but I'm just going to go for it. For the first time in the 10 weeks of this column, I'm not going to wait until halfway through to plead, beg, and implore myself to be more succinct. As I often say, brevity is the soul of wit. As a result, I am neither brief nor witty. That changes today! Well, one of the two anyway. Ultimately, this column isn't about me or my charming personality or my AMAZING start/sit calls or my hilarious banter, that's not what this is about. It's about you, dear readers. It's your time, not mine. I realize that now. Thus, I pledge to (try to) be more efficient with my words; to not force you to listen to my inane ramblings about nothing; to not delve deeply into the weird, effed up world that is my head; to...what's that? I'm doing it again? Ah crap, I'm doing it again. WTF is wrong with me? Don't say I didn't warn you. Let's do this for real – don't be scared off by the Denver defense. Carson Wentz carved them up, Tom Brady will too. Plus, Brady and Hoodie with an extra week to prepare is a thing. Yet for some reason Brady isn't a consensus ranked Top 3 QB this week. He should be. #Brevity.

Josh McCown (@ TB) – Ready for the most ridiculous stat of the season? Josh McCown is completing 70.6% of his passes. 70.6%!!! That's freaking insane. Want more insanity? McCown is the #3 fantasy QB over the last 4 weeks. I mean, right? That's some crazy ish. McCown has been low-key killing it. You know who hasn't been killing it? The Bucs pass defense, that's who. In fact, they've been atrocious. So I guess you could say, they've been getting killed instead of killing it. Boom. Who said I wasn't witty? Oh yeah, it was me. I said it. Let's move on before I contradict myself again. Or maybe we won't move on! See what I did there? Yeah, I know, not my best work. On the plus side, this paragraph was twice as short as the last one, so that's...something. #Progress


Matt Ryan (vs. DAL) – Matt Ryan is the consensus ranked #5 QB heading into the weekend and I have no idea why. Like...none. I got nothing. Sure, he was ok (313 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT) last week, but he wasn't thaaaaaat good. He ended the week as the #11 scoring fantasy quarterback. That's nothing special, particularly considering all the QB's who were on bye. Oh yeah, did I mention it was also Ryan's BEST FANTASY PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON?!?! Sorry for yelling, but, I mean...C'MON. Matty Ice has been Matty Tepid Water. This week he faces a Dallas defense that is top 10 in terms of limiting fantasy points to quarterbacks, yet he's the consensus #5 QB heading into the weekend. It's...befuddling. For reference sake, McCown is the consensus #10 QB and I'd definitely start him over Ryan. So, yeah.

Marcus Mariota (vs. CIN) – Still need to tighten it up brevity-wise, so here goes – Mariota stinks and the Bengals have only allowed 192.6 passing YPG and 5 TD's through the air. Mariota is this week's consensus #11 QB and currently has less fantasy points on the season than Eli Manning and Blake Bortles. BLAKE EFFING BORTLES. Man, what is up with me today? All the yelling is so unnecessary. I think the attempts at conciseness are taking a toll on me. I'm feeling constricted and I'm lashing out. So again, my apologies. I shan't let it happen again. And yes, I just successfully used “shan't” in a sentence. And yes, I'm deeming it a successful use of “shan't” and can't be convinced otherwise. It is inarguable. Moving on.



Lamar Miller (@ LAR) – Miller falls under the rarely seen “just because Tom Savage is his quarterback doesn't mean he can't be an ok start” category. Don't get me wrong, Tom Savage has...savagely (nailed it) sucked the life out of the factory of fantasy fun that was the Texans offense. Now it's just...sad. Come back soon, DeShaun Watson. Having said all this, Miller still had 91 total yards last week (with Savage) and faces a Rams defense that is allowing the fifth-most YPC this season. Miller isn't a “sexy” start, but he's safe and undervalued. Aka it's Miller Time! Nope. Just...nope.

Orleans Darkwa (@ SF) – Orleans Darkwa has an awesome name. It sounds badass, but more importantly it's perfect for highlights. What do I mean by that? This...this is what I mean:

*Extremely Chris Berman voice* “It's Mardi Gras time up in New York as New Orrleeeans Darrrkwaa runs OVER a man, he rumbles and bumbles, he could go all the way! 21-14 Giants, but HERE COME THE LIONS...”

See what I mean? Obviously this has no bearing on fantasy, but it might, you know? Either way, he's facing a Niners defense that's allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and he's the best RB the Giants have. Also, he's been pretty decent (5.1 YPC) when given the opportunity. The Giants have no other choice but to give him opportunities this week, right? Don't answer that. Nevermind. Ben McAdoo is the great equalizer. Let's go with the name/highlights thing.


Joe Mixon (@ TEN) – I'm the president and charter member of the “I Hate Joe Mixon Club.” As a player I mean. Obviously as a person too, but that's not what we're doing here. What I mean is, everyone keeps expecting Joe Mixon to be a stud this season and I don't think it's going to happen. And I haven't thought it was going to happen. And I continue to think it's not going to happen. He's been better lately, but still only the #30 scoring fantasy RB over the last four weeks, and faces a Titans defense that is top 10 in limiting fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Ameer Abdullah (vs. CLE) – Ok, I can do this one quickly. Abdullah is bad (52.1 YPG, 3.4 YPC, 1 TD) and the Browns are allowing 2.9 YPC aka the least of any team in the league. Boooooooom.

[BLG Note: Bonus sit - Ezekiel Elliott, because his ass is suspended.]



Golden Tate and Marvin Jones (vs. CLE) – Dual start alert!!! Oh happy day, the dual start is both rare and exciting. Let's all thank the Browns for making it possible. Cleveland may be doing a good job stopping the run, but they're doing a job against the pass. Similarly, Detroit's running game is trash (see Ameer Abudullah) while their passing attack is the stuff that ultimately becomes trash but isn't yet. So basically, anything. Both Tate and Jones have been producing the last few weeks, I don't expect that to change anytime soon.

Robby Anderson (@ TB) – Robby Anderson went to Temple. Do you really need to hear anything else? Oh, you do? Really? Temple Football doesn't sell it on it's own? Lol. I'm a two-time Temple grad and I can't even get away without laughing at that one. This one's not about being an Owl, it's about Robby is a Jet! Lol again. Sorry, couldn't help myself. For real this time, I already detailed why I like McCown against Tampa's brutal pass defense and Robby is an extension of that. He's scored a touchdown three straight weeks and has become McCown's de facto #1 WR. And again, I cannot emphasize this enough, Tampa's pass defense is so so so so so bad.


Brandin Cooks (@ DEN) – So I know I this might be a little confusing because Brady is a start, and for that I apologize. Let me explain. Brady can have success without Cooks. Crazy, but it's true. Denver's cornerbacks are still legit – despite getting punked by Carson Wentz and crew – and they're physical which should cause problems for a lil guy like Cooks. I expect Brady to have a lot of success over the middle of the field with Gronk and friends, but Cooks is not a friend this week. I know that's harsh, and it will probably hurt Brandin's feelings, but I have to be honest with my audience. I can't kowtow to you, Brandin, just because you're a famous athlete. That's not the kind of guy I am. I care too much about my integrity. So while we're at it, it's absurd that you're the consensus #8 WR heading into the weekend, Brandin. You should be much lower. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Let's move on before this gets more awkward.

T.Y. Hilton (vs. PIT) – Let's get back to the brevity – don't be fooled by Hilton's monster game last week against a horrible Texans pass defense. Pittsburgh's pass defense is the opposite of horrible. Return Hilton to the spot on your bench he's occupied far too often this season. On a related note, I hate T.Y. Hilton.

Mike Evans (vs. NYJ) – Evans is suspended. Just making sure you know. If you already knew, I'm sorry for wasting your time. I hope that you'll be able to forgive me...someday.



Kyle Rudolph (@ WAS) – Rudolph is averaging 8 targets per game over the last four weeks and seems to be getting more comfortable with (pillow) Case (of beer) Keenum. Washington has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Ipso facto, start Rudolph.

Hunter Henry (@ JAX) – I don't love this start. To be honest, I don't have a lot of discrepancies with the consensus tight end rankings this week, but what are you gonna do, gotta suck it up and find something compelling. So here goes, after four straight weeks of at least 70 yards or a touchdown, Henry put up a dud in a (seemingly) cake matchup against the Patriots. As a result, he's slightly undervalued this week against a Jags defense that completely shuts down wide receivers, but is much more lenient to tight ends. So why the eff not, start Henry.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins (@ TB) – Again, I don't feel super passionate about any tight end call this week, and this one's included. ASJ has had back-to-back terrible weeks and faces a Tampa defense that does literally everything terribly except for covering tight ends. But it's also ASJ's revenge game against his former team, so who knows. Don't listen to me. Start ASJ. Or don't. I don't know. #Analysis

Austin Hooper (vs. DAL) – Alright, let's finish out strong and brevity the crap out of these last few. Hooper stinks. Dallas defends tight ends well. See Matt Ryan entry above.



Chicago Bears (vs. GB) – Brett Hundley is the anti-Aaron Rodgers. He's setting the quarterback position back years every time he steps on the field. Also, the Bears defense is aight.


Denver Broncos (vs. NE) – This isn't your father's Broncos defense. And by your father, I mean you from three years ago. And two years ago. And last year kinda. Point is, the Broncos D ain't all that. Tom Brady is all that. Just like Rachel Leigh Cook. *Author's note: I love all of you who get the Rachel Leigh Cook reference. Thank you for being awesome. For those who don't, you're still awesome too, just slightly less awesome than the people who did get it.*



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


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

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[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 08:35:58 EST from rss

Subject: Your Friday Morning Roundup

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Last night was a reminder of where the Sixers stand in terms of their growth and development. They’re beyond the point of losing nearly every game. Even though they went on a five-game winning streak, there’s still flaws that opponents are able to pick out. And the Sacramento Kings did just that with a 109-108…

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 09:00:10 EST from rss

Subject: The best photos from the Flyers win against the Blackhawks

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November 9, 2017: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks featured gallery

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