Subject: Checking out the competition: Calgary Flames with Mark Parkinson
It’s not all Johnny Hockey and Jagr, but it’s close
- Jaromir Jagr, how great is that guy?
- Did you know Johnny Gaudreau is from South Jersey?
- Brian Elliott, he’s not that bad!
- We’re probably going to be playing without Radko Gudas, are you playing without Matthew Tkachuk?
Subject: College Football Week Twelve NFL Draft Preview: 5 prospects for Eagles fans to watch
Week Twelve of the 2017 college football season is here! Today features a good slate of games and always with good games comes great opportunities for NFL Draft prospects to boost their profile. Who should Eagles fans keep an eye on today?
- Maurice Hurst, Defensive Tackle, Michigan: One of the better interior players in the country, Hurst has enjoyed a dominant season and has an excellent chance to continue to finish strong. Against Wisconsin (12 PM ET on Fox) and their incredible running game, Hurst has to be disruptive to make sure Jonathan Taylor and company don’t run all over the Wolverines. Michigan has the best chance this season of spoiling Wisconsin’s perfect season and that might start and end with how Hurst plays today.
- Deshon Elliott, Safety, Texas: Elliott has enjoyed a breakout season this year; totally six interceptions, 8.5 TFLs and three forced fumbles to this point in the year. The 6’2”, 200 pound defender has a tall build and an aggressive, playmaking mindset. Today’s match up with WVU (12 PM ET on ESPN) will feature a lot of points, but Elliott can have a hand in slowing down an explosive Mountaineer offense. Their running game and passing game both need attention, so a complete game will be needed from Elliott to keep Texas in the game.
- Avonte Maddox, Cornerback, Pitt: Pitt has had a down season this year, but they still have some notable defenders on their defense. Maddox is diminutive at 5’9”, but is a feisty cornerback with a will to hit and ball skills. Virginia Tech (12:20 PM ET on ACCN) comes to town with an offense unafraid to throw the ball down the field. Pitt’s chances of pulling an upset are slim, but things could go their way if Maddox pays his best.
- Steve Ishmael, Wide Receiver, Syracuse: Steve Ishmael is one of this season’s break out players. The 6’2” receiver already has over 90 receptions this year and 1,100 yards. He is a technically sound and tough player who is unafraid at all levels of the field. Ishmael will be facing a Louisville defense (3:30 PM ET on ESPNU) that features a lot of solid players. A strong game could help Syracuse with an upset and also help further put Ishmael on the map.
- Jessie Bates, Safety, Wake Forrest: Jessie Bates had an outstanding, Freshman All-American season last year where the 6’2”, 210 pound defender had 70 solo tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and a forced fumble. The redshirt sophomore has incredible size and instincts on the football field and should be returning from injury today against an NC State team (7:30 PM ET on ESPNU) with a strong offense. Bates may not be at full strength, but he could still turn in a performances that shocks NC State and gets Wake Forrest the win.
Subject: Flyers vs. Flames preview: Let
Johnny Hockey comes to town as Flyers look to shake a three-game losing skid.
Fresh off a shootout loss to the Jets in Winnipeg, the Flyers return back home to face a Flames team that has had some interesting results lately. Calgary gave up eight goals in a loss to Detroit last time out, but also scored seven goals in a win against St. Louis and six goals in a win over the Red Wings in their last three games.
The Flyers hold an edge in both special teams departments, where the Flames have the
worst penalty kill in the league at just 70.8% through 18 games. The Flyers were able to get some traction on the man-advantage against the Jets and should have success against the Flames given the opportunity.
Despite awful special teams numbers, the Flames are seventh in the league in Corsi For (52.45%) and 11th in Expected Goals For (35.47). Those numbers suggest they’ve been rather unlucky in the early going, and their team shooting percentage of just 7% is the eight-worst in the league (the Flyers are ninth-worst, by the way).
Johnny Gaudreau hasn’t been unlucky, however, and leads the Flames with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points through 18 games. Third-year center Sean Monahan has been on fire as well, with eight goals and eight assists, to form a dangerous duo for coach Glen Gulutzan.
We might as well mention that former Flyer great (CC: Sam Carchidi) and international hockey icon Jaromir Jagr has five points (1G, 4A) in nine games since joining the Flames.
As for the Flyers, they delivered a strong territorial performance at even strength against the Jets (56.67% Corsi For at 5v5) but paid the price for failing to build on their early 2-0 lead against a potent offense and ending up with just one point out of a solid effort in the ‘Peg.
The Flyers will be without the services of Radko Gudas, who will likely be suspended stemming from his game misconduct against the Jets for slashing. Gudas’ hearing will take place on Sunday, but he cannot play while waiting for it, so he’ll be out of the lineup today. Andrew MacDonald, who has been on injured reserve, could be activated to take Gudas’ spot in the lineup as the veteran has been getting closer to game action for a few days now.
If MacDonald isn’t a go, Mark Alt—who has been up with the Flyers as a scratch—could draw back in the lineup in place of Gudas. Depending on the status of MacDonald and the possible length of Gudas’ suspension, the Flyers could opt to call up Sam Morin form Lehigh Valley as well, though at this point that looks unlikely.
Brian Elliott was terrific in net for the third-straight game on Thursday and should draw back between the pipes for coach Dave Hakstol against the team he suited up for a year ago. He’s 8-3-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage to go along with two shutouts in his career against the Flames.
Flyers projected lines:
Giroux - Couturier - Voracek
Weal - Filppula - Konecny
Weise - Patrick - Simmonds
Leier - Laughton - Raffl
Provorov - Hagg
Gostisbehere - Manning
Sanheim - Alt/MacDonald
Claude Giroux has been a point-per-game player against the Flames (2G, 10A in 12 games) … Johnny Gaudreau has a goal and five assists for six points in five career games against Philadelphia … Like Radko Gudas, Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk will be sitting today’s game out, as he was suspended one game by NHL Player Safety for his actions in their 8-2 loss to Detroit.
Subject: Flyers vs. Flames lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion
Can the Flyers finally get a win? Or maybe a goal from a second- or third-liner? Maybe?
Tonight’s game begins at 1:00 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 97.5 The Fanatic
- Seen in Canada via (/deep breath) Sportsnet One, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, and Sportsnet Pacific
- Seen or heard elsewhere via NHL.tv, NHL Center Ice, or Sirius XM
We have some late-breaking news that Jordan Weal will miss today’s game with an upper-body injury, so some changes are coming in the middle-six. The likeliest case is that Jori Lehtera draws back in to the lineup, but we’ll see closer to game time. Lines below are a guess in the meantime.
Projected Flyers lineup:
Giroux - Couturier - Voracek
Lehtera - Filppula - Konecny
Weise - Patrick - Simmonds
Leier - Laughton - Raffl
Provorov - Hagg
Gostisbehere - Manning
Sanheim - Alt
Gaudreau - Monahan - Ferland
Versteeg - Backlund - Frolik
Bennett - Jankowski - Jaromir
Lazar - Stajan - Brouwer
Giordano - Hamilton
Brodie - Hamonic
Kulak - Stone
Subject: Flames 5, Flyers 4 (OT): Penalty kill struggles lead to Flyers
The Flyers finally managed to find some goals, but that wasn’t enough against a high-powered Calgary team.
The good news is that the Flyers finally scored some goals! The bad news is that the other team scored more of them.
Goals from Brandon Manning, Sean Couturier, Ivan Provorov, and Nolan Patrick weren’t enough for the Flyers, who gave up a power-play hat trick to Sean Monahan in the second period before falling in overtime to the Calgary Flames by a score of 5-4. The loss was the Flyers’ fourth straight, though they picked up one point for the second straight outing.
Come with us as we re-live the, uh, magic of a matinee disappointment in real-time below. Enjoy.
12:56 p.m.: So we’ve got Jori Lehtera in the lineup in place of Jordan Weal, who was a late scratch in this one due to an injury that he likely suffered on an (uncalled) Dustin Byfuglien elbow on Thursday night. Lehtera’s presence will break up the fourth line, as Michael Raffl is the guy who will move up in the lineup to the second line. Yes, we’re at the point where “moving up a player with 0 points in 19 games to your second line” is probably the best course of action. What a stupid season it’s been.
1:01 p.m.: Here is your Club Playing Roster. Weise/Patrick/Simmonds, Manning/Ghost your starters.
1:09 p.m.: Do you ever miss Jaromir Jagr? I miss Jaromir Jagr often. I don’t even know if I want him on this team, I just miss him.
1:09 p.m.: Broadcast Reference To Johnny Gaudreau Being From South Jersey Counter is at 1. Also, we’re underway.
1:12 p.m.: Brandon Manning from WAY downtown! 1-0 Flyers.
1:14 p.m.: When you haven’t really gotten lucky in about two weeks’ worth of games, getting lucky feels really f*cking good. Long shot from Manning, with the assistance of a screen from Raffl, hits the post, bounces off of Smith, and goes in. Take ‘em how you get ‘em.
Off the post, off his back, nothing but net. pic.twitter.com/itcqlYt6e9— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 18, 2017
1:17 p.m.: Early whistle from the refs stops a dangerous chance from Konecny, who poked the puck loose from the glove of Smith before he could corral it.
1:23 p.m.: Broadcast Reference To Johnny Gaudreau Being From South Jersey Counter is at 2.
1:24 p.m.: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand the aforementioned Gaudreau turns a breakaway into a Flames goal. Dangerous chance in front is quickly turned into a stretch pass by Ferland in the neutral zone to Gaudreau, who caught Hagg flat-footed and beat Elliott on a wrister. 1-1.
There was an attempt to defend by Hagg, it was not effective. pic.twitter.com/E6oy96zU00— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 18, 2017
(Also, Broadcast Reference To Johnny Gaudreau Being From South Jersey Counter is at 3.)
1:25 p.m.: Raffl gets a breakaway opportunity of his own immediately off the ensuing center-ice faceoff. Raff’s taking advantage of the promotion he’s been given so far.
1:30 p.m.: Pace has definitely picked up since the first commercial break. Both teams getting some chances in transition in the past couple of minutes. Not sure that’s a game the Flyers want to get in to against a team like this Calgary team, but fun to watch in the meantime.
1:34 p.m.: Kris Versteeg, who has never before played for the Flyers, gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for randomly hitting Taylor Leier after the whistle had blown, and the Flyers will get the first power play of the game.
1:35 p.m.: Bam. Couturier. 2-1.
1:36 p.m.: The Flames’ penalty kill was 5 out of 13 in its past four games. Yikes. Not great work by those penalty killers to fail to clear out the rebound. That said, woof, the rebound itself from Smith was bad, and that’s great work by Couturier to get there first.
FLYERS GOAL SCORED BY #14 SEAN COUTURIER! pic.twitter.com/6Vt2sayS0N— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 18, 2017
1:43 p.m.: And another one! Provorov makes it 3-1 as a Flyers defenseman scores from Joel Embiid Range for the second time in this period.
1:44 p.m.: Low-key nice play by Lehtera to corral the puck off that Laughton faceoff win and get it to Provorov, but even better work by Provorov to fire it right as two guys get in Smith’s line of sight, and better still by Provorov to fit that puck under the crossbar. Some luck involved here, but again, we’re owed a few of these.
Ivan Provorov makes it 3-1! pic.twitter.com/9TOTgUrjW1— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 18, 2017
1:46 p.m.: A minor scrum along the boards sends Taylor Leier and Matt Stajan to the penalty box and before I can even finish typing this Jakub Voracek will head to the box for an absolutely atrocious hooking call and before I can even finish typing that Sean Couturier gets a short-handed breakaway that Smith shuts down. Lots happening right now! Flyers still on the 3-on-4.
1:48 p.m.: Mostly a strong effort by the Flyers’ penalty killers in a tough situation there, and Elliott moves across to shut down a good chance in its closing seconds. We’ll head to the locker room up 3-1 after 20.
2:08 p.m.: Second period is underway now.
2:10 p.m.: Gaudreau (does anyone know where he’s from?) boots a potential second breakaway of the game and Elliott shoves the loose puck out of danger. Flyers caught a bit of a break there.
2:14 p.m.: T.J. Brodie goes off for slashing and the Flyers will get another crack at this brutally bad power play.
2:17 p.m.: Aaaaand the Flyers’ best chance on the power play is whistled down as Weise high-sticks Matt Stajan. Weise and Konecny had what was essentially a 2-on-0 in front before the late whistle.
2:18 p.m.: Crap. Outstanding chance in front for the Flyers doesn’t go, as Provorov puts a pass just a little bit in front of Patrick and he can’t get a good shot off on it. Shortly afterwards, the Flames (officially on the power play at that point) get one back, as Sean Monahan deflects a long shot from Versteeg that dribbles through Elliott’s legs. 3-2.
2:24 p.m.: And now Calgary will have a chance to tie this one, as Manning is called for a slash on Stajan. Flyers have, as a whole, played pretty well this period. It’d be rough to see them cough up a two-goal lead in the process.
2:26 p.m.: I mean, duh. 3-3. Hectic sequence of chances sees Gaudreau fire a puck in on Elliott, who lets the rebound out into the slot. Monahan beats everyone to it and has his second goal of the period.
Chaos in front of the net = good pic.twitter.com/bkmRz3AtRA— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) November 18, 2017
2:29 p.m.: ...the whistle blows, Shayne Gostisbehere is shown going to the penalty box and slamming his stick in anger, and we go to commercial. Cool? More details forthcoming, one would think. Anywho, the Flames have two PP goals in this period, so maybe, like, stop it?
2:31 p.m.: It appears Ghost (who, not long before, took a shot off of his hand and appeared to be in pain) shouted something at the ref and was immediately sent to the penalty box. No idea what that’s all about. Wonder if we’ll find out more later.
2:34 p.m.: Not a bad PK, given the struggles it’s had so far this period. One nice stop by Elliott but otherwise the danger is kept to a minimum.
2:35 p.m.: GOALAN PATRICK IT’S 4-3 THE CHICKEN DANCE SONG IS PLAYING
2:36 p.m.: Not content with ever having a safe lead, the Flyers will be back on the penalty kill as Ghost will be heading right back to the penalty box for an elbowing penalty.
2:37 pm.: Back to the good stuff ... some pressure from the top line (with Patrick in Couturier’s place) sees a rebound spit out to the rookie, who makes no mistake and gets his first goal in front of the home crowd. Cool moment.
NOLAN PATRICK PUTS THE FLYERS ON TOP WITH HIS 2ND CAREER NHL GOAL! pic.twitter.com/JN66V0XV2b— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 18, 2017
2:38 p.m.: Welp. Everything is bad again. Taylor Leier crumples to the ice on a blocked shot that appears to have hit him in, uh, well ... ouch ... and play keeps going, and Monahan now has a hat trick (all on the power play) following a snipe in the glove-side corner. We’re tied at 4. Leier’s heading off the ice, too.
2:46 p.m.: An eventful second period comes to an end tied 4-4. The book coming into this one was that the Flyers should be able to take advantage of a bad Calgary penalty kill, but it’s the Flames who have got the best of the man-advantage today. Discipline will be important in the third.
2:54 p.m.: Flyers did some good things that period at evens, which makes the whole “giving up three goals on the power play” thing that much more of a buzzkill.
3:04 p.m.: Underway in the third now.
3:10 p.m.: Flyers have had most of the pressure in this period so far. Nice job by Hagg to keep control of the puck in on that last shift, as that bought the Flyers probably an extra 30 seconds of cycle time.
3:12 p.m.: First real good shift of the period there for Calgary doesn’t result in a goal. Gotta say, the top line hasn’t been its usual absurd self today. First time in a while it’s felt like they’ve spent more time defending than attacking, even though it (well, 2⁄3 of it) was on the ice for Patrick’s goal in the second.
3:14 p.m.: Speaking of, Patrick with a good chance at his second goal of the game there, but Smith is home in front and the puck goes off his shoulder and out of play. 12 and change left in regulation.
3:18 p.m.: Micheal Ferland, who for some reason has the e in front of the a in his first name, has been outstanding today for Calgary. That whole line has (though, not overly difficult to play well with Monahan and Baudreau), and they create a great chance off the rush to nearly take the lead. Elliott stops the initial pass and the Flyers are there to push the loose puck into his pads.
3:20 p.m.: And now Sam Bennett rings one off the right post, the second time this period the Flames have done that. Hug your local goalpost, folks.
3:30 p.m.: First real interesting shift in a while for the Flyers there as Smith shuts down a good chance from Giroux. Third period has been pretty quiet since the halfway-ish mark.
3:31 p.m.: And there’s a wild shift. Filppula carries the puck in and around the net, he and Konecny both pass up a quality chance to pass the puck, then Calgary goes down-ice and gets a chance of its own that doesn’t go.
3:32 p.m.: And on the next shift — during which the fourth line had a nice extended stretch of offensive zone time — Matt Stagan hauls down Laughton behind the net, and the Flyers will get a power play with 2:01 left in the tied game. This should be one point in the bank. Let’s get two instead? It’s the worst penalty kill in the NHL, guys. You can do this.
3:36 p.m.: First line takes about 30 seconds to get up, but Simmonds and Voracek both just miss out on the puck on rebound chances. The second unit comes out, and Weise gets a cross-ice pass over to Konecny that he just can’t control. Flyers don’t win the ensuing faceoff with 30 seconds left and we head to overtime at 4-4.;
3:39 p.m.: 3-on-3 is underway. Let’s score a dang goal. Won’t be easy against this Calgary team’s speed and skill, but let’s score a dang goal.
3:41 p.m.: Nope. Giroux can’t handle a long pass from Ghost in the neutral zone, Backlund gets past Voracek to create a 2-on-1, and Frolik buries a one-timer to end things. 5-4 is your final and the Flyers have lost four in a row. Let’s all do better on Tuesday against Vancouver. Go Flyers.
Subject: Tell us why you hate Dallas Cowboys fans
Subject: Eagles News: Carson Wentz and Nelson Agholor get to the team facility super early every day
Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/19/17.
Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...
Ronald Darby says when he was rehabbing, he’d come to complex at 5am ⏰— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 15, 2017
You know who beat him?
“Wentz would be here early as hell!”
“I was like ‘Damn what time did you get here.’ Him and Nelson (Agholor)” pic.twitter.com/pkfR732puN
Tell us why you hate Dallas Cowboys fans - BGN
The big question for today: Why do you hate Dallas Cowboys fans? (Leave us your answers in the comments)
This Week in Fantasy - Week 11 Lineups - BGNRadio.com
James Seltzer and Sigmund Bloom break down every game on the Week 11 NFL slate. Plus, for the first time ever, we have dueling Inside the Minds of both Sigmund Bloom and James Seltzer.
Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Cowboys on Sunday Night Football - PhillyVoice
Dak Prescott was sacked eight times last week against the Falcons. EIGHT! The Cowboys will likely make some adjustments to give a bit of help to that left side of their line, but the Eagles have one of the best defensive fronts in the game. And without the threat of Elliott beating them on the ground, look for Jim Schwartz to unleash a healthy dose of pressure on Prescott Sunday night.
Whole Lotta Crazy - Iggles Blitz
Having a healthy team as you go hit the heart of the season is huge. This is when you want to start to peak. The Eagles are coming off a pair of blowout wins and do seem to be trending in the right direction. Winning is good, but playing at a high level is even better. The Giants went 11-5 last year, but had a lot of ugly, close wins in there. They got to the postseason and were blown out by the Packers. The postseason will tell you who is a good team and who isn’t. The Eagles are no fraud. This team is legit, in part because they are healthy. They have moved past the injuries and the replacements have settled into their roles, some even thriving.
A Roaring Welcome And Key Matchups - PE.com
DALLAS - An upbeat and energetic Eagles team landed in Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon and reached its hotel, welcomed by fans eager to show their love. It is very simple what is ahead in Dallas: beat the Cowboys and take a four-game lead in the NFC East with six to play, and set sights on the bigger picture.
From weight loss to pass pro, Corey Clement earning Eagles' trust - The Athletic
Another opportunity presented itself to Clement early in the season when Sproles was lost for the year. Not only did that mean carries were up for grabs, but the Eagles needed to identify someone else in their running back stable who could pass protect on third down. While Smallwood got the first crack, Clement was making strides behind the scenes. Two weeks ago against Denver, with Jay Ajayi now in town, Clement seemed to grab the “third-down back” brass ring, playing a season-high 40.6-percent of the offensive snaps. He scored three touchdowns on the day, but the more meaningful breakdown in terms of his importance to the Eagles moving forward were the 12 snaps the Eagles asked a running back to pass protect. Clement was the one trusted with the responsibility 11 times.
Biggest Week 11 NFL questions, stats and predictions - ESPN
Can Dak slay the first-place Eagles without Zeke? From the moment Dak Prescott began tasting success in this league, he has had his share of doubters who ask: Is he really that good, or is he being lifted up by one of the best offensive lines and running backs in the game? Sunday night presents a perfect opportunity to silence the skeptics, as Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys host the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles without the services of Ezekiel Elliott (suspension) and perhaps left tackle Tyron Smith (groin). Missing both players last week, Prescott was sacked eight times and Dallas was handled by the Atlanta Falcons 27-7. The loss dropped the Cowboys to 5-4 on the year.
The fantasy matchup stats you need to know for Week 11 - PFF
Fade Alfred Morris. With the Ezekiel Elliott suspension finally settled, Morris is locked in as the lead early-down back until Week 16. However, fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere this week. Morris gets a rough matchup against an Eagles defense that allows a league-low 2.8 yards per carry to opposing running backs.
Eagles’ view: “There’s not a whole lot about the Cowboys’ offense that scares me right now.” - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are preparing to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, in a game that Dallas really needs to win. Can they pull off the upset? We talked to Bleeding Green Nation to get the lowdown on what the Eagles are up to, and how the game may play out.
Who Is Ben McAdoo, and Can He Reclaim the Giants? - Sports Illustrated
Those who’ve worked with McAdoo in previous spots say he’s driven, hard-working and personable. But as his tenure running the Giants reaches a critical point, the question is whether he has the right qualities to run an NFL team.
Jerry Jones threatened to go after Roger Goodell ‘with everything I have’ - SB Nation
This all comes back to Ezekiel Elliott, and Jones isn’t likely to let this go.
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Subject: NFL Injury Update: Good news for the Eagles, bad news for the Cowboys
Alshon is reportedly gonna play.
Jeffery was ruled questionable for Sunday night’s game after popping up on the injury report this week with an ankle injury. Jeffery said he was going to play in this game and Doug Pederson echoed that optimism. Jeffery was a full participant in Friday’s practice.
Jeffery isn’t putting up the big stats that peopled expected but he’s still been contributing to the Eagles’ offense. His presence alone is a threat to defenses. He’s also had some of his best games in recent weeks, so we’ll see Carson Wentz can keep that connection going.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Tyron Smith was going to miss this week’s Eagles-Cowboys game. Dallas ruled him questionable on Friday, however, so they weren’t willing to officially rule him out.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport is now also reporting Smith is out for this week’s game.
That’s obviously a big loss for the Cowboys. Dallas completely failed to protect Dak Prescott in Smith’s absence last week. Byron Bell will start at left tackle. The Cowboys were originally playing Chaz Green in place of Smith but he struggled so much (five sacks allowed) that they had to get him off the field.
The Eagles’ defense leads the NFL in generating pressure. They need to take advantage of Smith’s absence and disrupt Prescott on Sunday night.
For more on the Eagles-Cowboys injury report, click here.
Keep in mind inactives will be officially announced at 7:00 PM Eastern.
“I️ felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona. There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported. Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true.”
Darby and Winston both attended Florida State University and played football for the Seminoles.
Winston and his representation have put out multiple statements denying the allegations made by the Uber driver.
The NFL announced they’re conducting their own investigation into the accusations made against Winston.
For more context and information on this Winston situation, click here.
Subject: NFL Picks Against the Spread 2017: Week 11 Games
Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.
Before the 11th Sunday of the 2017 NFL regular season kicks off, let’s have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for today’s games. (Click here for NFL Week 11 picks without regard to the spread.)
Here are suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today’s NFL betting lines and more via SB Nation. My regular season record after the 10th week is 70-61-4. Rough week last week! Let’s get to the picks.
NFL Week 11 Games
Jacksonville Jaguars (-8) at Cleveland Browns: The Blake Bortles factor is what makes this a tough bet. Jacksonville is clearly a better team than the winless Browns. Their defense should be able to make life tough on DeShone Kizer. But eight points? It makes me a little uneasy. I’ll take them because I don’t think the Browns deserve faith. PICK: Jaguars -8
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings (-1.5): Great matchup of two titans in the NFC. It’s hard to feel great about Case Keenum being able to match the kind of points the Rams can score. Then again, they might not have to if Minnesota’s defense shows up. I like the home team here but I could really go either way with this one. Tough call, which is the point of this activity. PICK: Vikings -1.5
Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints (-9.5): This is a weird line to me. I know the Saints have been playing great and they’re at home ... but it’s not like Washington has been awful. They got a win in Seattle. They played the Chiefs close in Kansas City. I’m going to be a sucker and take the points. I say the Saints still win, but Washington could do enough to cover. Even if it’s in backdoor fashion. PICK: Washington +9.5
Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans (-2.5): Gross. Definitely a game to stay away from. I think I’m actually going to take the points here. I hate putting any level of faith in Blaine Gabbert but I think “Tom Savage” is even more of a turnover machine. PICK: Cardinals +2.5
Detroit Lions (-3) at Chicago Bears: The Lions had a brief scare against the Browns last week but overall they looked solid. Detroit has played their NFC North rivals well this season. I think they go into Chicago and beat a Bears team that lost to the Bretty Hundley Packers last Sunday. PICK: Lions -3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1) at Miami Dolphins: It’s incredible the Dolphins have four wins. They’re awful. Miami ranks dead last in DVOA and they’re fourth to last in point differential. The Dolphins are playing on a short week after getting blown out on Monday Night Football. The Bucs, meanwhile, were able to pick up their third win of the season last week. I don’t know how anyone could trust Miami here. PICK: Buccaneers -1
Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers (-6): The Chargers are heavily favored here due to the fact the Bills will be starting Nathan Peterman at quarterback. I don’t think the rookie quarterback is going to fare particularly well against the Los Angeles pass rush. I’ll take the Bolts here. This Bills team is fraudulent. PICK: Chargers -6
New England Patriots (-7) at Oakland Raiders: The Patriots and Raiders are traveling south of the border to play in Mexico City. Oakland’s had some pretty bad losses this season. Bad enough, at least, to convince me they’re not very good. The Patriots, meanwhile, are still the Patriots. No reason to bet against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on a neutral field here. PICK: Patriots -7
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos (-3): Allow me to state the obvious: neither of these teams are very good. Brock Osweiler is probably the least inspiring quarterback in the NFL. With that in mind, I don’t know how I could bet on him. It’s not like I feel great about Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis, either, but I don’t know. I’d just stay away from this game. But since I have to pick, I’ll take the points in the hope that it’s a close/ugly game. PICK: Bengals +3
Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) at Dallas Cowboys: This line opened with the Eagles as 3.5 point favorites and now it’s jumped all the way to 6.5. The Eagles feel like a real good bet. Philly is coming off a bye. Their 53-man roster is pretty healthy. The same can’t be said for the Cowboys, who will be without three of the best players on their roster: Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, and Ezekiel Elliott. On paper, at least, the Eagles match up well against Dallas. Divisional games can get a little unpredictable, but the Eagles are a legitimately good team. They’ve earned your trust. 7-2 ATS this season. PICK: Eagles -6.5
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks (-2): This is a tough one. On one hand, the Falcons might be able to have success against a Seattle secondary that’ll be without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. On the other hand, the Seahawks are just so good at home. They’re 42-7 in their last 49 home games. I’m tempted to take the points but I feel like it’s hard to regret going with the home team in this case. PICK: Seahawks -2
Subject: The best photos from the Flyers OT loss to the Flames
Subject: Eagles vs. Cowboys 2017: Game Predictions
Who will win this week?
We all know what’s at stake. If the Eagles win this game, the division race is virtually over before Thanksgiving even gets here.
There’s plenty of reason to think the Eagles will win this one. Their 53-man roster is mostly healthy coming off the bye. Philly has been playing legitimately good football all season long. They seem to match up well with the Cowboys.
The biggest mismatch of them all could be Vinny Curry and/or Derek Barnett against Byron Bell. Dallas is starting Bell at left tackle with Tyron Smith out due to injury. That’s a matchup the Eagles should be able to dominate. The Cowboys can try to scheme away from the left side of their line, but the right side isn’t exactly going to inviting for them. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are playing at a high level.
Philadelphia leads the NFL in total pressures generated. That doesn’t bode well for Dak Prescott, who was sacked eight times in Smith’s absence last Sunday. The Eagles could force Prescott into a lot of dropbacks due to their defense’s historic ability to stop the run. Prescott has yet to prove he can carry the Cowboys in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott, so there’s a lot of pressure on him.
Carson Wentz isn’t facing the same type of pressure in this matchup. Philly should be able to pound the rock against this Dallas run defense that ranks 26th in DVOA and 23rd in opponent yards per rushing attempt. The Cowboys have allowed 5.5 yards per carry when Sean Lee, who is out for this game, hasn’t played. The Eagles should look to test the Cowboys’ run defense right out of the gate. Run the ball with Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement and challenge Dallas to stop it. If they can’t, just keep running it down their throats. (And encourage the Eagles’ running backs to do Zeke’s dumb spoon celebration after every first down.) If the Cowboys limit the Eagles on the ground, then it’s time for Wentz to really make things happen with his arm.
Dallas will undoubtedly be desperate to win this game. They’ll want to bounce back from an embarrassing performance last week. Losing to the Eagles wouldn’t just potentially end their chances at winning the NFC East. It could also jeopardize their playoff chances entirely.
For the Eagles, winning this game isn’t just about the impact that it’ll have on the division. It’s also about keeping in front of the other top teams in the NFC. If the Eagles are going to earn that No. 1 seed, they’ll have to avoid slipping up down the stretch.
On paper, there’s no real reason to expect the Eagles to lose this one. There are a couple things the Cowboys do well that are at least a little concerning. The first thing is Prescott’s mobility. He’ll be able to avoid some of the Eagles’ pressure. Another thing is Demarcus Lawrence. The Dallas edge rusher has been having a strong season. But so is the guy who will be blocking him in this one: Lane Johnson.
I feel good about Philly’s chances in this one, and I’m not afraid to say it. Anyone out there saying “there’s too much confidence in the Eagles” ... you don’t get any credit if the Eagles somehow lose this game. None of the skeptics are providing good football reasons why the Eagles could lose this game. It’s just some BS about being rusty coming off the bye or something like that.
I’m going to say the Eagles win and they win big. The Eagles edge out the Cowboys when it comes to the most important areas: quarterback, head coach, and front office. The feeling here is that’ll be apparent tonight.
Score prediction: Eagles win, 31-13
Bold prediction: Jay Ajayi rushes for 150 yards and two touchdowns
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Subject: Flames 5, Flyers 4: Another overtime loss on the books
Some observations for your morning...
So yesterday’s loss was another tough one. There was a fair amount to be upset about, but also some things to be excited about. Here’s what we learned.
1. So long, The Honey Bees
With Jordan Weal out for the game-- listed as day to day with an upper body injury-- and secondary scoring remaining an issue, the Flyers were left to make some further adjustments to the arrangement of the bottom nine forwards. And in that shuffling, we said goodbye to the Honey Bees-- for now, at least-- as Raffl was moved up to play with Filppula and Konecny, and Lehtera was moved down to the fourth line. The Honey Bees had served as an effective energy line in all ways besides goals scoring, so it was a bit of a (shame) to see them broken up.
But yesterday’s fourth line still looked okay. In about eight minutes on the ice, they lead the team in possession, averaging an adjusted CF% of 88.33 percent at even strength, but were only able to register two shots on goal, from Laughton and Leier. As could be expected, Lehtera lagged behind Laughton and Leier in shots and possession, but still they looked solid in their relatively brief time on the ice.
2. Manning picks up third goal of season
And with first period blues being the story of the Flyers' games of late, yesterday they were able to get something going early. The very first shot of the game came off the stick of Brandon Manning, and after taking a bit of a strange deflection, ended up in the back of the net. It was Manning's third goal of the season.
Scoring first is always a plus, but you can't help but grumble a bit about the fact that it came from a— pretty lucky, arguably— shot from the point, an area the Flyers have been leaning heavily on to try and generate chances. They've started to move away from that, to diversify, but of course this one would go in.
But the worst part? There was a moment, there, where it looked like Raffl may have tipped the puck into the net, but this wasn't the case. No assist to be had. And Raffl still (somehow) has zero points on the season.
3. Welcome back, the power play!
With play flattening in a number of areas, we've had a lot to complain about. But one of the bigger gripes was the power play production. After a hot start, production cooled off, holding them to just three power play goals in the ten games before Winnipeg. And then they got one in Winnipeg. And then they got another last night. And what a lovely return it was.
Almost halfway through the first, the Flyers picked up their first opportunity with the man advantage, and picked up a goal just 35 seconds in when, you guessed it, Sean Couturier went to the front of the net to tap the puck in. So the power play’s momentum is at least getting back on track, and Couturier is two goals away from tying his full-season total from last year.
Quite the hot streak, if you ask me.
4. Can we still call it secondary scoring…
...if it’s the defensemen grouped with nothe first line who are scoring? No? Fine.
All the same, the Flyers’ defensemen had a big offensive game. A section ago, we talked about Manning getting the first goal of the day. The third of the afternoon came for Provorov on a feed from Lehtera, to extend the Flyers’ lead to two.
And while goals are goals, and a lead is a lead, there remains a bit of concern when the bottom nine forwards are still unable to notch many (or any) goals. None of the bottom three lines got thrashed yesterday, and each did their part in generating chances. So the goals aren’t coming in droves yet, but they may be closer than you think.
5. Third line getting some good looks
Despite being held without a goal, the second line of Raffl, Filppula, and Konecny still put up a solid effort. The trio averaged and adjusted CF% of 68.61 percent at even strength, and generated four shots on goal. Filppula set up the Manning goal in the first period, and they continued to create chances throughout.
In their matchups, this line dominated in shots compared to their opponents, even if we didn’t see a high volume of them. So while a goal would have been-- is always, of course-- preferred, the Filppula line did well to keep play tied up in Calgary’s zone, during their time on the ice.
It’s unclear how long this line will remain intact, with Weal’s status still uncertain. It’s an open question how the lines will be shuffled upon his return, but at the very least, in their limited time together, this arrangement showed some potential.
6. The Rose Colored Boy returns [home]
After missing weeks with an upper body injury, Nolan Patrick finally made his return to home ice, and man was it good to have him back. After a quiet but solid return in Winnipeg, with somewhat limited ice time, Patrick was looking to build on this performance. He had expressed some frustration with his play prior to the injury, and yesterday he certainly didn’t waste any time in getting back on track.
He averaged a respectable 46.15 percent adjusted CF% at even strength, and recorded three shots on goal. But the real story around his play was the offense he flashed. He showed some chemistry with Simmonds, as we saw the two connecting particularly well early in the second. And the goal? A beauty.
NOLAN PATRICK PUTS THE FLYERS ON TOP WITH HIS 2ND CAREER NHL GOAL! pic.twitter.com/JN66V0XV2b— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 18, 2017
In picking up his second goal of the season, Patrick flashed one of the greatest strengths of his game-- patience. He made a real heads-up play to pick up the rebound off Voracek’s shot and hold, waiting for the high corner to open up. His offense is starting to pick up, and he’s working to prove his value as a net-front presence.
7. Penalty kill got a lot of work in the second
And still that header sounds like the understatement of the century. The Flyers picked up four minor penalties in a span of about ten minutes in the second period, effectively killing off any momentum that they had managed to carry into the period. Were the wheels just coming off for the Flyers? The officials just calling positively everything? Whatever the cause, the result remained the same. And the penalty kill had to get to work.
Unfortunately, that work wasn't quite up to par of what the Flyers were hoping. The Flames scored on three of their four chances, and the tide of the game had shifted.
The high point of the penalty killing, if we want a bit of levity? Laughton and Leier (RIP) are still looking incredibly dynamic together, and yesterday again nearly sprung out of their zone for a shorthanded chance.
I mean, it was broken up, of course. But still.
8. Defense holds steady, despite veteran absences
One of the bigger storylines heading into yesterday's game was the question of how the Flyers' defense would look, without two of their veteran presences. With MacDonald still scratched due to injury, and Gudas barred from playing, as he awaits his hearing with the Department of Player Safety, the Flyers were back down two defensemen, and again looked to Mark Alt to slot in.
And he did just fine. Everyone did. Manning and Provorov picked up goals. Hagg was quietly solid enough. Gostisbehere, despite the penalties, still left the day tied for the lead on the team for most shots on goal, with four. Alt looked comfortable, and made a nice, heads up play to clear the puck from behind his net and, ultimately, out of the zone. And Sanheim picked up a shot on goal, and continued to show confidence in jumping in on the rush, trying to create chances.
It’s Sanheim, above all, who seems most due for a big offensive night. He is consistently working to generate offense, and seems to be doing, at the very least, most of the little things right. He’s bound to break through eventually, and with such a sustained effort, that eventuality seems to be drawing ever nearer.
9. Pulling back and contextualizing
For the second of two games, the Flyers took the early lead, and squandered it. And this, to be frank, is disheartening to watch. There was a lot not to like, in yesterday’s showing, but we’ve seen that it’s not all so bad.
The Flyers positively dominated at five on five. They outshot the Flames 30 to 20, averaging a 60.03 percent adjusted CF%, and earned 75% of the expected goals for the game. Their passing looked cleaner than it has in some of the past few games, and they were able to control 54.55 percent of their zone entries.
So five on five play was solid enough, and it’s what allowed them to take the early lead.
But the story of the afternoon, of course, was of lack of discipline, and how this effectively killed any momentum the Flyers had in the early part of the game. The results were ugly, but the fact remains that the underlying performance was still solid enough, not to be the cause of too much concern. We saw the Flyers losing their cool like this early in the season, and then being able to pull it back together. And here’s hoping they can do that sooner rather than later.
10. The only damn thing I know
So I'm breaking form here, guys. I'm bringing in a thing I don't know. But I've been wondering about it.
Do you think, whenever Dale Weise looks like he's laboring (in everything he does), takes a dumb penalty, or otherwise makes a bad play, that Matt Read is sitting in the press box, looking directly into the camera like he's Jim from the Office?
I wouldn't blame him if he did.
Subject: 7 out of 8 NFL general managers would take Carson Wentz over Dak Prescott
It’s impossible to have Eagles-Cowboys week without some Carson Wentz vs. Dak Prescott debate. According to 25% of the NFL’s general managers, however, there isn’t much debate when it comes to the two quarterbacks. Wentz is clearly viewed higher than Prescott.
I polled 8 NFL GMs asking whether they preferred @dak or @cj_wentz Results: Seven took Wentz, each citing his superior skills as pocket passer. The other GM took Dak to prevent it from being unanimous.— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) November 19, 2017
That’s pretty silly reasoning by the GM who took Prescott over Wentz. Make your pick based on who you think is better ... not based on what other general managers picked. They’re basically taking Dak “just because.”
So my whole thing is that I’ve really been wanting to see how Prescott operates without Elliott. And though it’s only been one game so far, and Tyron Smith wasn’t playing, the results don’t look so great. In the Cowboys’ loss to the Falcons, Prescott didn’t look very resilient. It was a tough situation, yes, but adversity isn’t an aberration in the NFL. A quarterback isn’t always going to have the perfect situation around him.
Part of the reason why franchise quarterbacks are at a premium is because elite ones can elevate the team around them. That’s exactly what Wentz HAS done this season. Wentz was getting hit a lot early in the Eagles-Panthers game. He didn’t fold like Prescott did in Atlanta. Instead, he continued to play at an MVP level like he has for most of the 2017 season.
So I don’t really wanna hear “they’re both good quarterbacks” because I do think that gives Dak more credit than he deserves while also taking away from Wentz. I think Dak is a fine game manager type who can have success when everything around him is going good. I think Wentz is a potentially elite quarterback who can elevate a team to greatness. At least, that’s what we’re seeing this season.
Werder’s poll doesn’t come as a surprise. NFL general managers have long viewed Wentz as the superior prospect. Wentz went at No. 2 overall and Prescott didn’t get drafted until the fourth round.
The latest battle in the Wentz-Dak saga takes place tonight on Sunday Night Football. It’ll be interesting to watch, as always.
Subject: BSH Radio reacts following a 5-4 OT loss to Calgary
A few Flyers not sporting ginger beards put the puck in the net, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome Calgary’s power play prowess.
Brandon Manning, Ivan Provorov and Nolan Patrick became the first Flyers not named Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux or Jake Voracek to score a goal in two weeks, and Philadelphia outshot the Calgary Flames 39-31, but undisciplined play doomed them, allowing Calgary to convert on three of its five man-advantage opportunities.
Sean Monahan netted three power play goals in the second period and Michael Frolik ended the game in overtime on a nice entry play to create a 2-on-1 against Shayne Gostisbehere, whose diving attempt to break up the cross ice pass failed, allowing Frolik to deposit the biscuit in the basket to send the Philadelphia faithful home disappointed.
Bill is once again the postgame host, fielding questions and comments on BSH’s Facebook Live. Check out the video to hear him break down his solutions to the secondary scoring problems still plaguing the offense, the issues with the penalty kill and why Samuel Morin is still not getting a chance with the big club.
Posted by Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans on Saturday, November 18, 2017
Subject: The Warriors are who we thought they were
Subject: NFL Week 11 Games Schedule: Start time, online streaming, TV channel, how to watch, announcers, and more
Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 11 games.
Sunday is here which means it’s time for Week 11 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. There are a total of 12 games on today.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins are on the road against the New Orleans Saints. It’s better for the Eagle if the Saints lose that game. They’re a bigger threat to the Eagles’ chance at a No. 1 seed. Speaking of seeding, it’s also worth keeping an eye on the Vikings vs. Rams game. Both teams are 7-2.
Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the games. Click here to see which game is broadcasted in your region. The Philly area is set to receive the Saints-Washington game on FOX and the Giants-Chiefs game on CBS.
Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 10 games. Treat this as your early games thread. There will be a separate thread for the Cowboys-Falcons game, so make sure you look for that.
Sunday, November 19
Note: This is an open thread. Discuss NFL Week 11 games here in the comment section.
Subject: Eagles-Cowboys Predictions
Subject: A Ghost of Himself: Breaking Down The Flyers
Subject: NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles gain a little breathing room but could
Thanks for nothing, Kirk Cousins and Washington football team.
The Eagles received a little help in the NFC playoff picture on Sunday. Philadelphia now has some more room for error after the Los Angeles Rams lost their Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings. But they could’ve had more breathing room if the Washington Redskins didn’t lose to the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints were in serious jeopardy of losing to Washington at home. The Saints’ defense struggled with Washington’s offense. Jay Gruden’s side was also able to generate pressure on Drew Brees. The Saints showed good fight to tie the game after being down 15 with 5:58 left in the fourth, however, and forced the game to overtime. They were assisted by an incredibly dumb intentional grounding by Kirk Cousins that wiped out a potential game-winning field goal attempt. The Saints went on to kick a game-winning field goal in OT. Total choke job by Cousins. Good luck to the team that’s going to make that empty-stat-stuffing poor man’s Tony Romo the highest paid player in the NFL. What a choke job.
Anyway, back to the Saints. They play the Rams in Los Angeles next Sunday. A Rams win would be ideal there.
The Vikings and Rams both entered this week’s game at 7-2. Now the Rams are 7-3 and the Vikings are 8-2. One could argue a Vikings win was the best outcome for the Eagles because Minnesota, with Case Keenum at quarterback, is less threatening than the Los Angeles. The Vikings will play the Lions, who defeated Minny earlier this year, in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
In other good news for the Eagles, the Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs! At 2-8, New York is already out of playoff contention. All they’re doing is hurting their chances at landing a top quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. Thank you, Andy Reid.
Here’s an updated look at the NFC standings prior to the Eagles’ game against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Philly can advance to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in NFC games with a win.
NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
If the season ended today (it doesn’t), these six teams would make the playoffs.
1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 8-1 overall, 6-0 conference
2 - Minnesota Vikings: 8-2 overall, 6-1 conference (direct tie-breaker over Saints)
3 - New Orleans Saints: 8-2 overall, 6-1 conference
4 - Los Angeles Rams: 7-3 overall, 4-3 conference
5 - Carolina Panthers: 7-3 overall, 4-3 conference
6 - Seattle Seahawks: 6-3 overall, 4-2 conference
IN THE HUNT
7 - Detroit Lions: 6-4 overall, 5-3 conference
8 - Atlanta Falcons: 5-4 overall, 4-1 conference
9 - Dallas Cowboys: 5-4 overall, 4-3 conference
10 - Green Bay Packers: 5-5 overall, 4-4 conference