Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/27/17.
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Eagles' rush defense proves elite once more against run-heavy Bears - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles have been exceptional all year against the run. They were No. 1 in the league before this game. And against a top-5 rushing attack, they showed why. "It would have been pretty cool to hold them to negative-six," Tim Jernigan said. "I wouldn’t have been complaining.” As it was, the Bears finished with their fewest rushing yards in 65 years — since they had one rushing yard in a loss to the Rams in 1952. It was the fewest rushing yards the Eagles have allowed in 71 years — since they held the Boston Yanks to minus-26 yards in a win in 1946. Historic stuff. And it happened against a Bears team that came in fifth in the NFL with 132 rushing yards per game and sixth with 4.5 yards per carry. So much for those numbers.
NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles gain breathing room with Saints loss to Rams - BGN
The Eagles maintained their spot as the No. 1 seed after soundly beating the Chicago Bears by a final sore of 31 to 3. With the win, the Eagles can now OFFICIALLY clinch the NFC East on Thursday Night Football this week if the Cowboys lose to Washington. If Dallas wins somehow, the Eagles can still clinch by beating the Seahawks next Sunday.
Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Bears game - PhillyVoice
Over their last four games, all blowouts, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 152-45, an average deficit of 26.8 points per game. In reality, the Eagles haven't been threatened in the 4th quarter of any game since Week 6 in Carolina. While I don't subscribe to the "They have to lose a game" theory, a little 4th quarter adversity might do them some good heading into the playoffs.
More Domination - Iggles Blitz
How good are these Eagles? They played sloppy football today and still blew the doors off Chicago. There were four fumbles. There were at least four offside penalties. There were holding and false start penalties. Carson Wentz badly overthrew a wide open Zach Ertz on one play. There was a kickoff that went out of bounds. Every unit had a hand in the sloppiness. When the Eagles did this in the past, they struggled. Or lost. This team sees mistakes as speed bumps. The mistakes slow them down, but don’t affect the outcome. To be fair, the opponents haven’t been good recently. The flip side of that is the Eagles are a big part of those teams struggling.
Eagles carry 'swagger' into key West Coast trip - ESPN
Malcolm Jenkins' response said a lot about the mentality of this Philadelphia Eagles team, and how far it has come in 12 weeks. The question posed to the Eagles safety was about the upcoming West Coast trip featuring back-to-back games against the Seattle Seahawks (7-4) and Los Angeles Rams (8-3). He was asked if it will serve as a measuring stick for the Eagles. "For us, there's nothing to measure. We are our measuring stick," Jenkins said. "We prepare to be the best every week." At 10-1, that's hard to argue. They aren't just winning, they're dominating. Their 31-3 rout of the Chicago Bears marked the third consecutive game the Eagles have won by 28-plus points, a first in franchise history.
WR Corps: The Difference A Season Makes - PE.com
We are 11 games into this don’t-pinch-me season. The beauty of the Eagles’ offense as we saw again in Sunday’s 31-3 beatdown of the visiting Chicago Bears is that there are many ways to pick the poison to beat a defense. The running game is a beast. And the passing game, with the upgrades made at wide receiver, is dangerous in every way ...
The day after: Carson Wentz spreading the wealth, Eagles piling up the wins - The Athletic
“Like he has been playing all season. The difference between who we played last year and what he was today, the margin is crazy. He is just so much better than he was. Kudos to him and all the work he put in during the offseason and in-season. He is a solid quarterback in this league and he is having a great year.” —Akiem Hicks. The Bears defensive lineman was asked to evaluate the difference between Wentz last year and this year. Wentz now has 28 touchdowns and five interceptions on the season.
NFL Week 12 Sunday Standouts: Offense - PFF
The Philadelphia Eagles continued to roll towards the playoffs with another big win on Sunday, and once again tight end Zach Ertz was one of the keys to the game on offense. Picking up 103 yards from 38 snaps in route, Ertz averaged 2.71 yards per route run in the win over the Chicago Bears.
Eagles showcase their top-ranked run defense in win over Bears - Inquirer
It was clear last week that the Eagles’ defensive game plan would be to stop Chicago’s run and force Mitchell Trubisky to beat them. But it would have been difficult to envision them playing as well as they did, even though they entered the game with the top-ranked rushing defense. The Bears gained only 6 rushing yards on 14 carries, and they got -6 yards from their running backs. They entered the game fifth in the NFL with 131.8 yards per game. The run defense was the key to the win. It starts with Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan, who form perhaps the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL. It shows why statistics can be misleading when judging their value. There’s no individual statistic that demonstrates how good those two are against the run, but they wrecked the Bears offense. Jim Schwartz says the goal is to make the opponent one-dimensional each week. So far this season, the strategy has worked. They have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all year. Better quarterbacks could give the Eagles a difficult test, but good luck trying to run on this defense.
'Yeah, bro, I got you': How Philadelphia Eagles' Kenjon Barner dragged Jaylen Watkins to safety - PennLive
"When he called poison I turned to look and then the guy pushed me," Watkins said. "So then I fell, and I was still in the process of trying to find the ball. And when I saw it, I saw it rolling toward me. So I was like, '[expletive].' And it was going to hit me if he wouldn't have grabbed me. Definitely."
Bears vs Eagles Week 12 Postgame: Bears unable to make anything happen in disheartening 31-3 loss to NFC-leading Eagles - Windy City Gridiron
Expectations were low for the Bears coming in. Two touchdown underdogs low. Like many who follow the Bears closely, I expected them to keep this game closer than that. The Bears had other plans. The full box score can be found here. The Bears' running game wasn't able to do anything and Mitchell Trubisky wasn't able to make anything happen in consistently unfavorable situations. Trubisky had some bad moments mixed in with some decent-to-great completions. Like usual, many of his incompletions fell into the category of throw-aways or rushed throws with bad mechanics. Ultimately, this was the least encouraging game for me in terms of his performance, but it's also something that is completely understandable for a rookie whose team didn't offer any help.
Eagles-themed holiday lights dazzle Broomall neighborhood - 6ABC
The Reynolds family's annual holiday decorations have a twist this year thanks to Carson Wentz and company. "I do this every year," said Steve Reynolds. "But this year, the Eagles are doing awesome. I'm not a fair weather fan by any means, but I figured this would be the year to do it."
The Bears are stuck in Philadelphia because their plane broke down - SB Nation
It’s bad enough that the Bears lost 31-3 to the Eagles on Sunday. But then the whole team got stuck in Philadelphia because their plane broke down. The Bears had to wait for a new plane to arrive. In the meantime, they were just sitting on the tarmac, according to NBC Sports’ Derrick Gunn. They finally got a functional plane and were able to get off the ground.
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Subject: Philly Dilly! Ten Takeaways from Eagles 31, Bears 3
Subject: Your Monday Morning Roundup
Subject: Eagles vs. Bears snap count analysis
Playing time tracker.
Brandon Brooks and Big V are the only two offensive players who played the entire game.
LeGarrette Blount took the most snaps and most carries of any Eagles running back. Jay Ajayi’s snaps increased by 8% from last game to this one.
Shelton Gibson played four snaps in his NFL debut. He didn’t receive any targets.
Nick Foles is a perfect 4/4 while playing in garbage time this season. Fun fact:
2017 passer rating— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 26, 2017
Nick Foles: 111.5
Dak Prescott: 87.6
Rodney McLeod played the entire game on defense.
Despite only playing 11 snaps in garbage time, Rasul Douglas had two passes defensed. He really has a knack for making plays on the ball.
Starting middle linebacker Joe Walker left the game early due to a stinger. Najee Goode came in to replace him. If Walker’s injury lingers, the Eagles could look to turn to Dannell Ellerbe in the middle.
Steven Means had a big role on special teams despite the fact this was his first game played since Week 5. Means tipped a Bears punt to limit the distance of the kick.
Nate Gerry - 15 (65%)
Jake Elliott - 11 (48%)
Donnie Jones - 7 (30%)
Rick Lovato - 7 (30%)
Gerry continues to play special teams only.
Elliott made a 45-yard field goal and all four of his extra points in his first game after suffering a concussion. One of his kickoffs did go out of bounds for a penalty, however.
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Subject: Carson Wentz is one of LeBron James
That’s pretty cool.
Carson Wentz is having one hell of a season. The 24-year-old Philadelphia Eagles quarterback recently became one of only three quarterbacks ever to have 28-plus touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions in a team’s first 11 games.
Wentz’s MVP-like season sure isn’t going unnoticed. One of the best professional athletes in sports history, LeBron James, recently name-dropped the Eagles quarterback.
LeBron James gives the Philly media something to chew on: Says Carson Wentz is one of his 4 favorite players to watch in the NFL along with Tom Brady, Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 27, 2017
Hey, that’s pretty awesome. Not exactly bad company.
A couple thing to unpack here:
- This is just another reminder that Wentz has “arrived.” He’s not just a Philly folk hero. The entire nation is starting to realize this dude is a stud.
- Pretty funny how a Cleveland player is talking up the greatness of Wentz. That has to sting for the Browns, who are 1-26 since passing on a player they said wouldn’t be “a top 20 quarterback.”
- LeBron is a “Cowboys fan.” I put that in quotes because from the outside looking in he seems like a casual Cowboys fan. I doubt Dallas fans are seriously upset he said this about Wentz, but maybe some are, so lol at them.
- LeBron to the Sixers confirmed.
Subject: The Eagles Are on Some Next Level Swag
Subject: Eagles-Bears Final Score: Ten things we learned from Philadelphia
Room for improvement.
The Philadelphia Eagles are now 10-1 in the 2017 NFL regular season schedule after defeating the Chicago Bears by a final score of 31 to 3 (recap here). Nine wins in a row! Here’s a look at everything we learned from this game.
1 - The Eagles continue to dominate their opponents
Another blowout victory. Ho-hum.
The Eagles did what they were supposed to do on Sunday: beat the crap out of a lesser opponent. It’s something they’ve been great at doing recently.
They’ve become so good that these kind of games are almost boring. In a good way, of course.
Again, it’s not just like the Eagles are merely beating bad teams. They’re obliterating them.
Here are some stats that put Philly’s dominance into context.
The Eagles are 12-2 at home in the Doug Pederson era. One loss was to Aaron Rodgers. Other one was a division game.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 26, 2017
Eagles lead the NFL with 351 points scored. Most through 11 games in franchise history. (31.9 per game)— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 26, 2017
Eagles have won 3 straight games by 28+ points for the first time in franchise history.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 26, 2017
The Eagles are the only NFL team to score 20+ points in every game this season.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 26, 2017
The Eagles allowed only 140 total yards to the Bears. Fewest allowed in a single game since December 1996 against the Giants.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 27, 2017
Eagles have 3 different players with 6+ receiving TDs (Ertz 7, Agholor 6, Jeffery 6) thru 11 games for the first time in franchise history.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 27, 2017
The Eagles have rushed for 175+ yards in 3 consecutive games for the first time since 11/25/90-12/9/90.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 27, 2017
2 - The Eagles have the best celebrations in the NFL
Call me biased, but I don’t think there’s a more fun team in the NFL right now than the Philadelphia Eagles. Their celebrations are fantastic. Whether it’s the electric slide or bowling pins ... this group is very entertaining.
The celebrations also show that the players are genuinely having fun. This isn’t just a job for them.
The players also continue to celebrate as a team, which shows you the kind of chemistry this group has. Everyone is happy that the Eagles are winning, no matter who is scoring.
3 - There are some issues to clean up
In a way, it feels silly to have complaints after the Eagles’ third straight win of 28 points or more. But there were definitely some issues in this game that need to be fixed moving forward.
The most obvious problem: fumbles. Stop fumbling! LeGarrette Blount lost the ball after a big gain up the middle. Malcolm Jenkins lost control of his interception. Jay Ajayi got stripped near the goal-line. If that ball goes out of bounds in the end zone, it’s a touchback. Jay Train was lucky Nelson Agholor was there to save it. And then a botched handoff to Blount near the end of the game (fumble officially credited to Nick Foles). It looked like Zach Ertz even lost control of the ball at one point but that one wasn’t offcially logged on the stat sheet.
It’s just too much. The ball security needs to be better.
“Yeah, I mean, it's unacceptable,” said Doug Pederson in his post-game press conference. “Can't do it. Can't do it. Not as much pride as our guys have; you can't put the ball on the ground like that. A little bit of this -- the guys have too much pride, obviously they know it. We've got to fix it. We'll address it this week, and [we’re] going on the road now for these next three games, so we've got to be able to take care of the ball.”
The fumbles weren’t the only issue. The Eagles also had FOUR false start penalties and FOUR offside/encroachment penalties. Three of the later came within the span of five plays. And the Eagles were playing at home, so it’s not like they were being thrown off by crowd noise. That’s just dumb and bad.
Special teams deserves some criticism as well. One of Jake Elliott’s kickoffs went out of bounds. That should never happen. Philly’s kickoff coverage allowed a 39-yard return by Tarik Cohen. Last week, Ryan Switzer opened the game with a 61-yard return. This needs to get cleaned up.
Fortunately for the Eagles, the Bears are so bad that they were unable to capitalize on Philly’s miscues. But that obviously won’t be the case every week. The margin for error decreases as the Eagles face higher quality opponents.
In a way, it’s nice to know the Eagles have some things to work on so that they don’t just start to take their foot off the gas after blowing some teams out. The coaching staff can stress that there’s room for improvement.
4 - The Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery connection is really heating up
Carson Wentz. He’s pretty good!
Also... Incase you forgot... Carson Wentz is indeed a wizardhttps://t.co/WvwnqdSZkF— BGN Radio (@BGN_Radio) November 26, 2017
Just how good is he, though?
Carson Wentz is just the 3rd NFL QB to throw 28+ TDs & no more than 5 INTs thru 11 games. The other 2? Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 27, 2017
So it’s only his second season and he’s already in company with two of the best quarterbacks of all time. Whew.
Through 11 games this season, Wentz’s stat-line looks like this: 213/354 (60.2%), 2,657 yards (7.5 avg), 28 TD, 5 INT, 104.0 passer rating. Plus 253 rush yards. That’s 90 yards shy of 3,000 total yards of offense.
Not unlike the Eagles as a whole, Wentz didn’t even have his best day but he dominated the competition anyway.
Main complaints include some of the passes that were being sailed high. Some of his throws had the potential to be picked.
But when he’s playing so well for the most part, it’s easy to pick on the negatives because the goal is perfection. He still has some things to work on. In the meantime, he’ll continue to make breath-taking plays like that spin move to turn a blown-up screen into a first down.
An encouraging sign for Wentz’s progress moving down the stretch is his improved connection with Alshon Jeffery. The wideout had another solid outing, this time against his former team. Jeffery now has 17 receptions for 256 yards and five touchdowns in his last four games. Pretty good!
5 - Philadelphia finally has a 100-yard receiver
When it comes to single-game performances, the Eagles now have both one 100-yard rusher and one 100-yard receiver. Blount passed the cenutry mark in his game against the Chargers. He finished three yards shy against Chicago.
As for the receiving category, Zach Ertz hit that mark in the Eagles’ win over the Bears. It was a nice bounce-back game for Ertz after the tight end sat out in Week 9 and only had two receptions for eight yards last week. On 12 total targets, Ertz had 10 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown. His Pro Bowl caliber season continues. Such a great weapon for Wentz in the middle of the field.
6 - Nelson Agholor is good
I really never thought I’d be saying this, but it’s true. Agholor is good.
The speed and athleticism he showed on his touchdown reception ... that’s the player the Eagles envisioned when they drafted him in 2015. Can you imagine Jordan Matthews doing that? The answer is no. Agholor is much more dangerous after the catch.
You also have to give it up to Agholor for recovering Ajayi’s fumble in the end zone. There’s some luck in recovering fumbles, sure, but Agholor put himself in position to make that play by making sure he held up his block for Ajayi to the fullest extent. Credit to him for not dogging it even though the team was up big.
7 - Jim Schwartz’s defense is dominant
The Bears didn’t even have a single first down in the first half. They were held to 140 yards on 49 total plays; a measly 2.9 yards per play. Mitchell Trubisky went 17/33 for 147 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, and a 38.3 passer rating. Chicago’s running backs combined for NEGATIVE SIX YARDS on 10 carries. The Bears only finished with a positive rushing number due to Trubisky’s 12 yards rushing. 11 of those came on a scramble in garbage time. The Eagles logged 6.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, five passes defensed, two sacks, and two picks. Philadelphia’s defense didn’t allow a single touchdown in the month of November.
Can’t say enough about the work Jim Schwartz has done with his unit. He’s got them playing at a real high level. That Eagles defensive line continues to flat out dominate the blockers in front of them. Brandon Graham is a beast. So is Fletcher Cox. And Tim Jernigan. And Vinny Curry is making big run stops. And Derek Barnett and Chris Long contribute off the bench.
Coupling the Eagles’ high-scoring offense with a stingy defense makes it so tough for Philly to be beat.
8 - Eagles’ offensive line continues to have their way
The Eagles’ offensive line just continues to allow the offense to pretty much do whatever it wants. Wentz only got sacked once in this game. The big blockers up front paved the way for the team’s third straight 175 rushing performance. Many kudos to Jeff Stoutland for really getting the most out of his guys. Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson are all Pro Bowl level players. Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Stefen Wisniewski aren’t as accomplished but they’re playing like good starters, at worst.
9 - The run game keeps rolling
Here’s a breakdown of the Eagles’ running backs:
LeGarrette Blount - 15 carries, 97 yards (6.5 average)
Corey Clement - 4 carries, 27 yards (6.8 average)
Jay Ajayi - 5 carries, 26 yards (5.2 average)
The offensive line is opening holes for these rushers and they’re taking advantage by running hard and making defenders miss and/or fighting through contact in the open field.
Ajayi’s explosiveness continues to be fun to watch. In three games with the Eagles, he has 20 carries for 194 yards and one touchdown. That’s a 9.7 average! Small sample size, obviously, but that shows the kind of big play threat Ajayi brings to this offense.
10 - The toughest test is here
The Eagles’ win means that Philly can officially clinch the NFC East as soon as Thursday if the Cowboys lose to Washington. Or, if Dallas wins, the Eagles can clinch with a win next Sunday.
Speaking of, the Eagles’ tallest task of the season now lies ahead. Philly is set to embark on a three-game road trip that features back-to-back games on the West Coast againt the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
These teams are hardly unbeatable. Seattle has lost their last two at home. The Rams lost to the Vikings by 17 points just a week ago. But they’re both much better than the teams the Eagles have faced recently. Given the way the Eagles have been dominating their opponents, it’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles fare against quality teams on the road.
This is a big opportunity for the Birds to cement their status as the No. 1 seed in the NFC and potentially lock up home field advantage in the playoffs.
For more on the NFC playoff picture, [click here].
Subject: Doug Pederson is the coach the Eagles thought they were getting with Chip Kelly
Kelly went back to school, Pederson is schooling defenses
Chip Kelly was hired at
Florida UCLA over the weekend. It was a small shame that he wasn’t retained by the 49ers for this season, depriving everyone of a wealth of material to write or talk about prior to the Eagles playing the 49ers. (I had a really good tear down in mind, oh well.) Kelly might succeed back in the Pac-12, it’s a good gamble for both parties. For the Eagles, the decision to move on from Kelly and forward with Doug Pederson has been richly rewarded.
A lot of times when a coach is fired he is replaced by someone who is the exact opposite. Teams routinely fire a former “hot coordinator” and replace him with a retread, or vice versa. Offensive coaches are swapped for defensive coaches, and defensive coaches are replaced by offensive coaches. A hardass coach is replaced with a player’s coach, or in the Eagles case a heartless one was replaced by a coach with “emotional intelligence.” Often teams looking for “the next [insert name here]” and they almost always don’t get him.
In many ways, the Eagles finally got what they wanted when they hired Kelly, they just got it with Pederson. Some are well earned, some are things out of Pederson’s control, and some are superficial, but Pederson is getting spoils that Kelly didn’t get, or didn’t want.
Chip Kelly was supposed to revolutionize the NFL and create an efficient, high scoring big play offense that beat teams over the head week in and week out. In reality, his team was a series of moments of brilliance. In 2013 there was the debut against the Redskins, Nick Foles’ 7 TD against the Raiders, and the drubbing of the Bears on Monday Night Football. 2014 had beatdowns of the Panthers and Titans and the 27-0 Sunday Night embarrassment of the Giants. Even the awful 2015 season had some laughers, the blowout of the Saints and the upset of the Patriots that ironically played a key part in Kelly’s dismissal.
But none of it lasted. Kelly’s offenses ran through LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. When they were gone, the Eagles offense wasn’t threatening. In 2013 the Eagles offense was 3rd in DVOA, which slid to 13th in 2014 without Jackson, and 26th in 2015 without McCoy, and his 49ers offense was 23rd. In the red zone, they were 18th, 23rd and 15th in his three seasons in Philly. Chip Kelly’s teams were fun when they were good, but they weren’t the dominant, efficient offense Kelly was hired to install. And more than the final scores, Kelly’s offense devolved each year to the point where it became the most boring and predictable offense in the league. Without star players, his offense was unwatchable.
Pederson on the other hand is running the league’s best offense in 2017. Even last year, with the worst set of skill position players and a rookie QB, the Eagles offense was 20th in DVOA and 24th in the red zone last year. All things considered, a respectable showing, and on par with the worst of the Kelly era. This year, he’s tops in both. The Eagles are scoring 31.9 points per game, which would be the 13th greatest 16 game season in NFL history, tied with the 2009 Saints. They’re on a seven game streak of scoring at least 28 points. The talent upgrades at RB and WR certainly play a part, but Pederson’s offense doesn’t lean on individual players. Until Sunday, the team hadn’t had a 100 yard receiver, and they’ve only had two games where a player has caught multiple touchdowns, one each by Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles have run all over teams, but there too the distribution isn’t bunched. Corey Clement is the only runner with multiple TDs in a game and LeGarrette Blount is the only RB with a 100 yard game, which he’s done once. The team’s best pass catcher is Zach Ertz, and the offense scored 51 points when he was a late scratch against the Broncos. They haven’t missed a beat without the irreplaceable Jason Peters and Darren Sproles.
And then there’s the balls. The big balls. When Chip Kelly was hired he was expected to go for it on 4th down and for two points a lot, he was going to be the coach that finally went for it than fans across the NFL have been clamoring for. Here too Kelly was a dud. Pederson on the other hand had no expectation of being an aggressive coach, and if anything he was expected to be a timid one. Instead, he’s been the most aggressive coach on 4th downs, no team has gone for it on 4th down in the first three quarters than the Eagles under Pederson’s tenure. And in less than two years he’s already gone for two more than Kelly did in three years, even accounting for the Cowboys game where his hand was forced.
Even in the cosmetic stuff, Doug Pederson is just about everything Chip Kelly wasn’t. Kelly was criticized from just about every corner for getting pummeled in time of possession. In every season, including his year in San Francisco, Kelly’s teams finished dead last in time of possession. For some that meant nothing, for others it was meaningful. Those who killed Kelly for ceding the clock should be worshiping Pederson: under him the Eagles have been tops in time of possession.
Of the many reasons for Chip Kelly’s downfall, his personnel moves might be his most infamous. In his one year as GM he was an outright disaster, and his previous offseasons with significant personnel input and increasing control were awful. There’s no worry of that with Pederson, who has limited input in operations. Jim Schwartz appears to have more say in personnel than Pederson: the Eagles have signed five of his former players to just two of Pederson’s, both of whom were backup QBs. Chip Kelly wanted the keys and got them, Pederson seems content to not even be told where the keys are kept.
The Eagles wanted the opposite of the Chip Kelly era, and they got it. They got it by getting from Doug Pederson what they wanted from Chip Kelly.
Subject: Flyers vs. Penguins preview: Rolling on through the Metro
Do we still like divisional games? Are we still excited?
*taps microphone* He-hello? Is anyone still out there? Is anyone still reading these things, watching this team?
The Flyers have dropped their last seven games, four of which in either the shootout or overtime, in case you needed reminding. It’s been a lot of close hockey, with the Flyers losing five of these past seven by just one goal. They’ve kept in it, just couldn’t close. The performance hasn’t been atrocious, per se, but they’re looking to tighten it up, still.
The Penguins currently sit at sixth in the Metro, five points ahead of the Flyers. They’re rested, after their win over the Lightning on Saturday, but also figure to be without Evgeni Malkin, who is listed as day to day with an upper body injury.
There’s been shuffling galore happening in Flyers World, so let’s dive into a few of the key changes and moves.
1. Veteran reappearances and secondary scoring
One of the silver linings of Friday’s loss was the strong performances by veterans Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere. After a scoring drought and rough showing in Brooklyn, respectively, the two both notched goals over the evening at home, and looked to be getting back on track.
But the team still remains carried by its first line, as all other scoring came from members of the Ginger Line. Simmonds’ goal made for a bit of secondary scoring, and the rest of the bottom nine got some good looks over the course of the game, but just couldn’t capitalize. It seems, if nothing else, like a move in the right direction, if only they can keep moving in that direction.
2. AMac returns(?)
And a potential change to the lineup! After being out with a knee injury after blocking a shot at the end of the game against Edmonton last month, tonight looks promising for Andrew MacDonald to return to play. He practiced with the team yesterday, and Hakstol praised his performance, therein. Coach and teammates alike seem excited for his return, for the stability and veteran presence he brings. And say what you want about his performance to date; given a team that’s been so much in their heads of late, maybe just what they need is to think that they’re gaining back a key piece, in order to get things going again. Maybe.
3. RIP the Honey Bees
This isn’t the first game where we’ve seen the Flyers doing some shuffling of the fourth line, but now they’ve really taken that to another level. For some reason, they decided to meet one of the faster teams in the league with a fourth line of Lehtera, Laughton, and Weise.
Yeah, I don’t know, either.
But the narrative surrounding the team this weekend has been that of need for veterans to show up and work to both produce and stabilize the team. This move seems a gesture towards that—hoping that Weise and Lehtera can provide some sort of veteran stability to an admittedly somewhat volatile young team—even if it is at the expense of some speed.
The models over at Corsica favor the Penguins pretty distinctly in this one, giving the Flyers a high of 47.7 percent and average of 43.1 percent chance of winning.
You can check out the Flyers’ projected lineup below.
Giroux - Couturier - Voracek
Martel - Patrick - Simmonds
Raffl - Filppula - Konecny
Lehtera - Laughton - Weise
Provorov - MacDonald
Gostisbehere - Hagg
Sanheim - Manning
Subject: Eagles open as big favorites against the Seahawks IN Seattle
The Eagles have been dominating their opponents lately; three straight wins of 28-plus points.
The odds-makers have taken notice.
Philadelphia opened up as 5.5 point favorites against the Seahawks in Seattle this week. 5.5 point favorites!
That’s the most points a road team has been favored by in Seattle dating all the way back to 2012. Six years ago!
Now, the line has shifted since opening late on Sunday. It immediately jumped to 3.5, which indicates a lot of money was coming in on the Seahawks. Now it’s back to up to 4 in most places, according to the SB Nation odds page.
Even though the Eagles are really good, I can’t fault people for betting on the ‘hawks. Seattle is 42-8 in their last 50 home games. As the Eagles have experienced first-hand, Pete Carroll’s team is not easy to beat there.
Then again, the Seahawks are looking more vulnerable than ever. They lost their last two games at home (Redskins, Falcons). It could’ve been three losses in a row if not for a last-minute comeback against the Texans.
Seattle is dealing with a number of key injuries lately. Star cornerback Richard Sherman is out for the year. Starting safety Kam Chancellor is also expected to miss the rest of the season. That’s two members of the Legion of Boom gone right there.
That’s not to suggest the game will be a walk in the park for Philly. Russell Wilson’s mobility could negate the Eagles’ defensive line pressure to some extent. Seattle will also be playing with desperation since they’re currently not projected to make the playoffs in the NFC playoff picture. The Seahawks are only one game back on the Rams so the NFC West is still there for the taking.
Sunday’s night game should be a good one. It’s always fun to see the Eagles crush opponents like they’ve been doing, but it wouldn’t hurt to see how Philly fares against a more competitive team.
Subject: Only the Media Could Find Fault in a 28 Point Drubbing
A pretty funny moment took place during Doug Pederson’s press conference on Monday. In a question about Carson Wentz’s development, a reporter from the Daily News used the phrase “premature explosion.” The Philadelphia Eagles head coach couldn’t help but laugh.
If Pederson doesn’t have your Coach of the Year vote by now, what else do you need to see?!
Here’s a full transcript of the exchange.
MARCUS HAYES: Jeffrey [Lurie] said at the beginning of the year that a young quarterback, when he starts his first year, he learns what he learns. The second year, he makes a few more steps. But his third year and fourth year is when he kind of explodes. Have we seen, maybe, a premature explosion? Or is there still ...
DOUG PEDERSON: (cracking up) Umm ... (laughing) let’s regroup here (losing it).
JEFF MCLANE: It wasn’t me, Doug. It wasn’t me.
PEDERSON: (still laughing) I know. I know. Um. Hoo boy. Alright. Um. (getting serious) No, I do think, though, that this year, obviously, we wanted to see, as coaches, we wanted to see those increases from a year ago. We wanted to see that incremental increase with Carson and his development and his growth and that’s what you’re seeing. Is there room for improvement? Yes, yes, there is. And just continue to get better. You know, I know phrases like ‘you gotta know where every bone is buried’ offensively. So when we call pass routes, when we call run plays, and understanding fronts and coverages, I want Carson to know where everything is buried. I want him to know when he gets this coverage, [he knows he can go] backside on a particular route combination. And there’s where he can continue to grow as a quarterback. And continue to get better. You see a lot of the great quarterbacks, and he’s on that track, but you see a lot of the great quarterbacks knowing exactly where everybody’s going to be. And then based on what the defense presents, being able to get to that. Maybe it’s the third option or fourth option on a particular route. And that’s where the growth comes.
Doug really used a phrase like “bury the bone” after being asked about a “premature explosion.”
Subject: Doug Pederson Loses It on a Question about
Subject: Doug Pederson
Subject: Checking out the competition: Pittsburgh Penguins with Kaitlyn Dividock
Let’s talk about hockey with our mortal enemies!
- What it’s like to have a good and smart hockey coach in charge
- The wonderfulness of Phil Kessel
- Terrible penalty kills
- The Penguins’ very bad bottom six
- Sean Couturier: so great even Pens fans love him.
Tonight’s game airs at 7PM on NBC Sports Net Philly; let’s go Flyers!
Subject: Ben Simmons Is Probably Playing Tonight
Subject: Even the Eagles think Carson Wentz and Prince Harry look alike
Are we sure they’re not the same person?
Some pretty big non-sports news was announced earlier today: Prince Harry is now engaged so there’s going to be a royal wedding.
But maybe that IS sports news, after all? I mean, are we sure Prince Harry and Carson Wentz are actually two different people?
Any body else think Carson Wentz and Prince Harry are brothers ? pic.twitter.com/VD1BknE7HY— Justin Daniel (@Stickkodkid) November 27, 2017
Even the team’s official Twitter account sees the resemblance.
Congrats on the engagement, “Prince Harry.”
Subject: Eagles Modestly Release Playoff Ticket Information
Subject: Flyers at Penguins lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion
Andrew MacDonald is back as the Flyers try to curb their seven-game winless streak when they square off with their cross-state rivals.
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 97.5 The Fanatic
- Seen in Pittsburgh via AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
- Seen or heard elsewhere via NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA, or Sirius XM (be forewarned, as NHL.tv will presumably be blacked out)
At this point, we do not know today’s starter in net for the Flyers; otherwise, we are expecting more or less the same lineups on each side as we saw on Wednesday night in Brooklyn.
Projected Flyers lineup:
Giroux - Couturier - Voracek
Martel - Patrick - Simmonds
Raffl - Filppula - Konecny
Lehtera - Laughton - Weise
Provorov - MacDonald
Gostisbehere - Hagg
Sanheim - Manning
Projected Penguins lineup (via):
Sheary - Crosby - Hornqvist
Guentzel - Sheahan - Kessel
Hagelin - Rowney - Rust
Kuhnhackl - McKegg - Reaves
Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Ruhwedel
Hunwick - Schultz
Subject: Ravens vs. Texans How to watch Monday Night Football, game info, live streaming, odds, more
Watch MNF here.
This game has some interest for the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been reported that the Eagles-Rams game in Week 14 — currently set to start at 4:25 PM ET — could be flexed to Sunday Night Football with a Baltimore loss. The Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are currently set to play on SNF that week.
Just to update: Got moved to MIN/CAR if this happens. Ravens def don’t want to move out of my that spot either. Breathe easy earlier risers. https://t.co/NwTRyE7B2z— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) November 27, 2017
Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens TV Schedule
Game time: 8:30 PM EST
Date: Monday, November 27
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Location: M&T Bank Stadium | Baltimore, Maryland
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Houston Texans +8 (-115)
Baltimore Ravens -8 (-105)
Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.