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[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 11:08:45 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles Sign WR Alshon Jeffery to Four-Year Contract Extension

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The team’s biggest acquisition from the offseason is here to stay for longer than a year. The Eagles and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension, which can be worth up to $56 million with incentives. $27 million of that is guaranteed. Jeffery signed a one-year “show-me” deal in…

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[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 11:15:02 EST from rss

Subject: Shayne Gostisbehere launches The GhostBear Foundation

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We believe in Ghost. And so can you!

This past Friday morning, Shayne Gostisbehere announced via press release the launch of The GhostBear Foundation. They will support “ill and disabled children, as well as at-risk or endangered animals” and “provide support and encouragement to organizations motivating young athletes aspiring to have professional, or collegiate, hockey careers.”

The Board of Directors include sister Felicia and mother Christine Gostisbehere, aunt Lisa and uncle Joseph Quinter, girlfriend Gina Valentine, and former Union College teammates Jared Lacorte and Taylor Reid. The foundation will focus on communities that have had an impact on Shayne: South Florida, Philadelphia, and Schenectady, NY.

The first event for the Foundation was also announced yesterday, a Holiday “Yappy” Hour supporting the Pennsylvania SPCA. Details can be found on The GhostBear Foundation page, tickets can be purchased here.

The foundation’s full press release can be seen below:

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is proud to announce the launch of The GhostBear Foundation.

"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to use my platform as a professional athlete to advocate and raise awareness for causes I'm most passionate about, especially children and animals," said Gostisbehere. "It's a privilege to have created The GhostBear Foundation with the help of family and friends. We're excited to start making a difference."

Fans can visit https://www.ghostbearfoundation.org for updates and to purchase GhostBear merchandise provided by Dynasty Sports & Framing where proceeds go directly to the foundation.

The GhostBear Foundation’s mission is to provide support and encouragement to organizations motivating young athletes aspiring to have professional, or collegiate, hockey careers. Our efforts focus within the communities of South Florida, Philadelphia, PA and Schenectady, NY.

Through unique platforms and events, The GhostBear Foundation supports ill and disabled children, as well as at-risk or endangered animals. Our objective is to see persons and organizations thrive as benefactors of these initiatives.

Fans can follow The GhostBear Foundation on:

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[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 12:00:11 EST from rss

Subject: Carson Wentz among Eagles players who are very happy about Alshon Jeffery

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Culture.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery to a four-year, $52 million contract extnension on Saturday morning. His teammates were very quick to celebrate the big news!

Jeffery has been a team-first guy since first signing with Philadelphia earlier this year. It’s really cool how he’s embraced this city — and how this city, in turn, has embraced him back.

Jeffery’s Eagles teammates sound genuinely excited to have him around for years to come.





[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 12:00:03 EST from rss

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

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Nothing cures what ails you quite like ... a Saturday afternoon game against the Bruins? Totally.

Today’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 Boston via NESN
  • Seen or heard elsewhere via Sportsnet, NHL.tv, NHL Center Ice, or Sirius XM

Lines are unclear at this point, so take the below lines (the same as in Tuesday’s game, with the exception of Jordan Weal’s inclusion and Brian Elliott in net) with a grain of salt. Mark Alt was called up this morning, but odds are that he will be an extra body on the road trip and will not be playing today.

Projected Flyers lineup:

Forwards

Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Weal - Patrick - Simmonds

Raffl - Filppula - Konecny

Lehtera - Laughton - Weise

Defensemen

Provorov - MacDonald

Gostisbehere - Hagg

Sanheim - Manning

Goalies

Elliott

(Neuvirth)

Projected Bruins lineup (via):

Forwards

Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak

Heinen - Backes - Nash

Vatrano - Spooner - Acciari

Schaller - Kuraly - Beleskey

Defense

Chara - McAvoy

Krug - Carlo

Grzelcyk - Miller

Goalies

Rask

(Khudobin)





[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 12:21:07 EST from rss

Subject: Breaking down the Alshon Jeffery extension and previewing the Eagles-Seahawks game

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[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 13:51:58 EST from rss

Subject: Six Eagles thoughts on the Alshon Jeffery contract extension

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What the Alshon deal means.

The Philadelphia Eagles made big news on Saturday morning by inking Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension. Here are some thoughts on the deal.

1 - ALSHON JEFFERY IS HERE TO STAY

The simple takeaway is that Jeffery is now under contract through the 2021 season. That’s great.

Jeffery was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2017 season since he originally only signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. Now the Eagles will have some more continuity at the wide receiver position.

Such continuity might not be meaningless. Look at Carson Wentz’s most efficient receiving targets in 2017: Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor. Both of those guys were here for Wentz’s rookie season.

Conversely, it’s taken time for Jeffery and Wentz to really get on the same page. That might be attributed to Jeffery missing a sizeable chunk of training camp practices. In any case, the connection between the quarterback and the receiver has been looking real good recently. Jeffery has 17 receptions for 265 yards and five touchdowns in his last four games.

The Eagles clearly feel Jeffery and Wentz are a good long-term pairing. Note that Jeffery turns 28 in February and Wentz turns 25 later this month.

If the Eagles didn’t re-sign Jeffery, they’d still need to find a No. 1 wide receiver type this offseason.

2 - CULTURE PLAYED A FACTOR HERE

I think it’s fair to say Jeffery’s role as a culture guy on this team has been kind of surprising. That’s not to suggest he was previously thought of as a locker room cancer. Coming from Chicago, it just seemed like he was kind of a quiet guy who went about his business in a routine manner.

In Philadelphia, however, Jeffery has been a real important part of this locker room. He’s the one choreographing touchdown celebrations for the entire offense. Players seem to really enjoy his company.

Jeffery has also really endeared himself to the fan base as well. I mean, how could you NOT want the Eagles to re-sign the dude who wore a Brian Dawkins shirt after beating the Cowboys and said “They ain't f***ing with us. Ain't nobody f***ing with us. Anybody. That's how we feel.

Alshon just gets it. Not every athlete in this city does.

By the way, this is why the original one-year deal was a great move by Howie Roseman. Upon signing Jeffery, Roseman talked about the importance of getting to know the wide receiver, and Jeffery getting to know the organization as well. The Eagles were able to see his work ethic, his behavior, his on-field production, etc. up close before committing to a long-term deal. They gleaned extra information before making a big commitment. Smart.

3 - THE MONEY IS REASONABLE

BGN’s own Benjamin Solak is going to have a more comprehensive breakdown of Jeffery’s contract situation in his own post, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here are Jeffery’s contract details via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the deal will result in more than $26 million being fully guaranteed to Jeffery if he’s still on the roster on the third day of the 2018 league year. If he’s not, he’ll walk away with $14 million in new money for, essentially, the final five games of the regular season and however many playoff games the Eagles play.

Here’s the full breakdown of the new deal:

1. Signing bonus of $6.25 million.

2. $1 million prorated base salary for the balance of the 2017 season, fully guaranteed. (His existing 2017 salary was unchanged.)

3. $6.5 million option bonus for 2018, fully guaranteed at signing.

4. $1.25 million base salary for 2018, fully guaranteed at signing.

5. $250,000 workout bonus for 2018, fully guaranteed.

6. $11.75 million base salary for 2019, guaranteed for injury at signing. It becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 league year.

7. $250,000 workout bonus for 2019, fully guaranteed.

8. $12.75 million base salary for 2020, $1 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing. The $1 million becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2019 league year.

9. $250,000 workout bonus for 2020.

10. $12.75 million base salary for 2021.

11. $250,000 workout bonus for 2021.

12. $1 million in incentives. (Of the $4.5 million in incentives under his current deal, Jeffery had reached $250,000.)

Jeffery’s average salary of $13 million puts him seventh among current NFL wide receivers. This certainly isn’t a total bargain, which is to be expected. One thing to keep in mind (which Solak will write about in more detail), however, is that a number of big name receivers are expected to get new deals after this season. Signing Jeffery now is about beating the market to the punch.

4 - THE WIDE RECEIVING CORPS IS SET MOVING FORWARD

The extension obviously don’t change much for this season. Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and Nelson Agholor are the main three guys.

Rookie wideout Mack Hollins has done some impressive things this season, though, and his playing time is starting to increase. He nearly had a 50-50 split in terms of snaps last week.

Looking beyond 2017, Smith is probably gone after this season. He’s due $5 million in 2018 and none of it is guaranteed. Philadelphia’s cap situation is tight (more on that later) so the Eagles will need to save that money.

Smith only has 22 receptions this season for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him down for five drops through 11 games. His drop rate ranks seventh worst in the NFL.

Hollins possesses the necessary speed and big play ability to replace Smith’s role as a deep threat. 2017 fifth-round pick Shelton Gibson is also still on the roster, as is training camp standout Marcus Johnson. Those two guys have flashed deep speed in practice but are largely untested in real game action.

It’s possible that Jeffery and Hollins will be the Eagles’ outside starting receivers for the considerable future. Jeffery is signed through 2021 now and Hollins is obviously a rookie. Agholor is also locked in as well. As a former first-round pick, Philly’s slot receiver is under team control through 2019 if/when the Eagles decide to activate his fifth-year option.

5 - THE EAGLES HAVE LOCKED UP A STRONG CORE

Part of the reason the Eagles don’t have a ton of cap space is that they’ve paid a lot of their own guys. That’s the cost of locking up a strong core. Considering the Eagles are currently 10-1, it’s easy to say that money has been well spent.

The Eagles have identified their most crucial players and signed them to long-term deals in order to achieve sustained success. The hope is that this franchise won’t just be a one-season wonder, but instead a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

6 - THE EAGLES STILL HAVE SOME IMPORTANT DECISIONS TO MAKE

The Eagles have locked up two of their most critical free agents, Jeffery and Tim Jernigan, with in-season contract extensions.

They still have a number of decisions to make after this season, however.

Starting linebacker Nigel Bradham sticks out as a key name to re-sign. The question is: will the Eagles have enough money to do it?

Philadelphia currently has $2,627,587 in cap space, which will be rolled over to 2018 if it goes unused the rest of this season. Prior to the Jeffery deal, Over The Cap projected Jeffery to have -$415,507 (yes, negative cap space) in 2018.

This means that salary cap casualty cuts are coming. The Eagles have big decisions to make on players such as Jason Peters ($5.3 million savings if cut), Vinny Curry ($5 million savings if cut), Nick Foles ($5.2 million savings if traded), etc.

Bradham isn’t the only player the Eagles have to make a decision on in terms of re-signing, either. Philadelphia might have to let key role players such as Patrick Robinson, Beau Allen, and Trey Burton walk in free agency.

And then there’s the case of a player like Brandon Graham. The Eagles are reportedly working on a much-deserved contract extension with him, so that’s even more cap space to account for.

How it all plays out remains to be seen. There’s still a lot of football left in 2017 for things to be decided. Roseman has been pretty good when it comes to managing the Eagles’ cap situation so he deserves a level of trust while navigating through all of this.

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[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 15:44:52 EST from rss

Subject: Bruins 3, Flyers 0: We are not mad, we are laughing actually

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Have you ever felt so aware of your own mortality?

This recap’s working title:

Call me a pessimist, call me what you want, but I was still right.

You already know the Flyers lost this one. I mean, you should’ve guessed they were going to. Oh, you thought good things happen in this world? You thought “come on, they had a couple days off, things might look better here” because somehow this team hasn’t absolutely killed your spirit and will to live? Well, wrong. So wrong. Sad!

The Flyers dropped their tenth (10th) straight game, this time in a shut-out. No excuses for this one. They were just playing poorly. This is a team that had every opportunity to show up, playing at home and well-rested, but they didn’t. The Bruins took control in the first period and never relinquished it, racking up more shots and skating in circles around the Flyers. It was a demoralizing loss on top of a pile of demoralizing losses, one after another.

The Flyers just did not have the execution this game. The effort was present, there were a few good looks by some key players, and Brian Elliott had a strong game, but the team didn’t look good as a whole. The passes were clunky and they couldn’t skate on Boston’s level; we’ve seen it all before, and there doesn’t look to be an end in sight.

I sacrificed my beautiful Saturday afternoon to this team. The least you can do is read this recap, right?

The period started off with Sean Couturier drawing a hooking penalty on David Pastrnak, not even a minute into the game. This looked like good news! The Flyers needed some kind of spark to start their game, and this looked like the answer.

Except it wasn’t, obviously. The Flyers did not score. The power play was, in fact, not great. The passes didn’t quite connect, the team looked like they weren’t operating on the same wavelengths, the shots weren’t particularly dangerous; it looked like the same old tired story. There were a couple moments that looked promising, including a great shot by Ivan Provorov, but the Flyers couldn’t come up with a goal there. You saw that coming, though.

The rest of the period would essentially be controlled by the Bruins. The Flyers had a couple opportunities, but Tuukka Rask had all the answers, and there were very few moments where you felt like the Flyers looked close to scoring.

Elliott’s first twenty minutes were solid, however, even on a risky play that saw him coming way out of his net to prevent a breakaway by Brad Marchand on a Sean Couturier turnover. The Bruins spent a lot of time camping out in the Flyers zone, and the shots certainly reflected that. Elliott looked comfortable in his net and kept the score even through the first half of the period.

Saving us from a horribly boring start to the game, Wayne Simmonds and Kevan Miller dropped the gloves. Hey, Kevan, buddy, did no one tell you not to fight Wayne Simmonds? We witnessed Simmonds committing homicide on center ice. Both players took their five for fighting; the trade-off definitely could’ve been better, but whatever gets this team going is fine by me.

The period was defined by the Flyers having disastrous turnovers. The passing was just not there, and there were several players who were culprits here. Nolan Patrick in particular had the most egregious example, where his awful no-look pass turned into a breakaway by Ryan Spooner. Andrew MacDonald (oh yeah, that guy) chased after Spooner, but he was just a little bit too slow. Elliott didn’t have much of a chance on that one. 1-0 Bruins.

The last several minutes of the period came to a head with a high hit by Provorov on Marchand. The Bruins were not happy with him, and neither were the refs. Marchand went down the tunnel, and the Bruins went on the power play with 4:23 left on the clock.

The Flyers’ penalty kill gave up a few shots straight away, and as a whole they needed a little bit more energy, but fortunately they did manage to suppress the Bruins power play. This game looked winnable at this point!

(The game was not winnable.)

AFTER ONE: 1-0 Bruins, shots 15-8 Bruins

The second period was just soul-crushing to watch and I have to admit that I blacked out from rage maybe five minutes in. This recap is about to go severely downhill and I welcome you on this journey with me.

The Flyers looked like they had a little bit more energy to start off this period, but it was a ruse, a mere illusion. A rush to the net by Simmonds did end up drawing a penalty on Boston, this time on Miller. Yes, the same one! The Flyers went on the power play, and there was a glimmer of hope, if you’re the type of person who believes in hope anymore.

The Flyers gave up a shorthanded opportunity by Patrice Bergeron right away, which seemed about appropriate. The rest of the power play looked better than their first of the night, but aside from one opportunity by Simmonds on a breakaway and a few good looks from the second unit, it was still nothing to write home about.

Both teams traded shots back and forth, but Boston’s next goal would come straight off the face-off. This time, it was Robert Hagg’s error that cost the Flyers. He simply wasn’t covering his man, and Pastrnak jumped on the loose puck, surprising Elliott and putting the Bruins up 2-0. At this point, my vision started spotting, and the rest of the period looked to me like an abstract watercolor painting.

Then Marchand scored the next goal on a dominant play by Boston’s top line. Nothing much else to say to that. 3-0 Bruins.

A promising opportunity came from Travis Konecny on a breakaway, but he could not lift the puck over Rask’s pads, and the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center was not very happy with him.

The Flyers did end up drawing a hooking penalty on Zdeno Chara, but at this point you know that good things don’t happen for us, so after one minute of another uneventful powerplay, Shayne Gostisbehere would be called for a cross-checking penalty. 4-on-4 hockey, then a half-off Boston powerplay to follow. Exciting! I’m having fun!

Nothing happens, of course.

The 5-on-5 hockey didn’t last long, as with 1:38 left in the period, Gostisbehere drew a penalty on his way back. Back to the power play we go.

Then, a light at the end of the tunnel, a spark of hope: Claude Giroux scored a hockey goal! It looked like we wouldn’t actually be shut out!

I’m just kidding, you guys. I’m just making fun. Claude Giroux did not actually score a goal, at least not according to our illustrious referees. Boston used their coach’s challenge. Goaltender interference, they said. That’s preposterous, we said. Except it wasn’t preposterous. No goal. Really, no goal.

AFTER TWO: 3-0 Bruins, shots 23-18 Bruins

The Flyers looked frustrated to kick off this period, and honestly, I just can’t blame them. The period as a whole was an underwhelming affair. There were opportunities at both ends, but it was clear that the Flyers didn’t have much else left in them, and the Bruins were more than able to keep the game tipped in their favor.

There was a flukey non-goal by the Bruins, tipped in by a high stick and therefore illegal, but the refs spent long enough going over it that for a moment there it really did look like they were going to give it to them. That would have been very funny, in my opinion.

The Flyers would get their fifth power play of the night on a Charlie McAvoy penalty, but of course they did not score, and gave up a shorthanded opportunity to boot. The Bruins killed it easily, and then took yet another penalty almost immediately afterwards.

The Flyers were given so many chances to turn this game around, all handed to them on a silver platter, and instead they knocked the platter out of the referees’ hands and said “fuck off.” This power play looked a little better than some of their previous efforts, but they still couldn’t get a goal out of it. 0-6 on the powerplay in this game. I am laughing.

The horn sounds. The Wells Fargo Center is pissed. We are all one day closer to the heat death of our universe.

AFTER THREE: 3-0 Bruins, shots 27-27





[#] Sat Dec 02 2017 22:30:01 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Picks Against the Spread 2017: Week 13 Games

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Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

Before the 13th 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 12 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 12th week is 83-72-6. Let’s get to the picks.

NFL Week 13 Games

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens (-3): Both of these teams are 6-5. Both of these teams are 5-5-1 against the spread. This looks like a relatively even matchup. One big difference is that Baltimore’s defense is very good. Dean Pees’ unit ranks No. 1 in DVOA. The bad news for the Ravens is their offense really sucks. It’s painful to watch. The rest factor is something to consider here with the Ravens having played on Monday night and the Lions being off since Thanksgiving. Joe Flacco has been so putrid that I hate picking his team, but Matt Stafford’s ankle issue has me a little worried. I guess I’m going with Baltimore. Not feeling great about it. PICK: Ravens -3

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (-7): Neither of these teams are very inspiring. Tom Savage is the least inspiring of anyone. With that in mind, I’ll go with the Titans, who need a win to maintain their AFC South lead. PICK: Titans -7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers (-2.5): Aaron Rodgers recently practiced for the first time since getting hurt. That’s terrifying news to the rest of the league. Green Bay has no reason to pack it in (no pun intended) knowing that he might be able to come back. They should be able to beat a crappy Bucs team at Lambeau. PICK: Packers -2.5

Denver Broncos (-2) at Miami Dolphins: Without looking it up, I have no idea who the Broncos are starting at quarterback. I don’t need to in order to know he’s terrible. The Dolphins are really bad as well (No. 32 in DVOA), so this game really has all the makings of a crapfest. I was originally tempted to take the points, but then I looked at Miami’s last five games. They’ve been outscored by a total of 95 points in that span. Yeah, I’ll bank on Denver playing desperate enough to end their losing streak. PICK: Broncos -2

New England Patriots (-9) at Buffalo Bills: The Bills bounced back in Kansas City last week. Then again, that Chiefs team has been pretty terrible, so I don’t want to read into that too much. The Patriots are still the Patriots are I’ll take them until they give me reason to otherwise. I’m totally not trying to jinx them into an embarrassing loss. PICK: Patriots -9

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons (-3): The Falcons are heating up. Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five games. Now they’ll face a pretty tough opponent in the Vikings. Minnesota is being underrated here. Their defense will provide a tough matchup for the Falcons’ offense. Case Keenum has been slinging it (never expected to be saying that) and Atlanta will be without top corner Desmond Trufant. The Vikings are 8-3 ATS this year compared to Atlanta’s 5-6 record. I’ll go with the Vikes, even though the Eagles need them to lose. I’m totally not hedging my bet here. PICK: Vikings +3

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears (-3): Oh god. The Bears’ offense is terrible. The 49ers’ offense typically isn’t any better … but Jimmy G is starting this week! Yes, I’m absolutely calling him Jimmy G because I can never remember how to spell him name and I don’t feel like looking it up. So is everyone else. Just admit it. Anyway, yeah, this game sucks. In addition to being bad, both of these teams are banged up. I’ll pick the 49ers for the fun of it because maybe Jimmy G looks good and changes things for the Niners. PICK: 49ers +3

Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at New York Jets: Man, I just don’t know how I could bet on the Chiefs right now. Big Red is probably due for a classic Andy Reid bounce back game, so I don’t feel great picking against them. But if I DO pick them, I know they’ll crap the bed. Tough call. I want to take the Jets but I’ll show a little faith in the Chiefs. And then hate myself for it. PICK: Chiefs -3.5

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (-10): The Jags beat the Colts earlier this season by a final score of 27 to 0. That game was in Indy. Now they’ll be playing in Jacksonville. The Jags are a shaky bet when you think about how you’re placing faith in Blake Bortles. But the defense should ease some concerns. PICK: Jaguars -10

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers (-14): The Browns have to travel to the West Coast to play a Chargers team that’s been playing good football recently. I like the Bolts here. PICK: Chargers -14

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-5): When these two teams played in North Carolina earlier this season, the Saints won by a final score of of 34 to 13. I think the Saints will roll again here. They’re a better team than the Panthers. PICK: Saints -5

Los Angeles Rams (-7) at Arizona Cardinals: I’m not about to trust Blaine Gabbert to keep pace with Sean McVay’s offense. PICK: Rams -7

New York Giants at Oakland Raiders (-9): I’m taking the Giants! Haha, no, I’m not. Good luck with Geno Smith, G-Men. PICK: Raiders -9

Philadelphia Eagles (-6) at Seattle Seahawks: The big one. This is a really interesting line. The Eagles are the first team to be favored by this much in Seattle dating back to 2012. It’s not undeserved. Philadelphia has been CRUSHING their opponents. But the Seahawks are still the Seahawks as long as Russell Wilson is around. In 113 out of their last 115 games, Seattle has either held a lead or been within seven points in the fourth quarter (hat tip to Sheil Kapadia). The Seahawks are 42-8 in their last 50 games despite losing twice at CenturyLink Field already this season. I think the Eagles can win this game. I’m picking them to do so. But I think it’ll be close. Six points is a lot in this situation. PICK: Seahawks +6

Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) at Cincinnati Bengals: Something makes me feel like the Bengals will play the Steelers tough in this game. Pittsburgh has kind of been playing down to the level of their competition. They only beat the Packers by three points. The points are tempting here. Then again, I feel like the Steelers usually handle the Bengals pretty easily. They already beat them by 15 points earlier this season. PICK: Steelers -6





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 07:20:18 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Brandon Marshall says Carson Wentz is like Brett Favre and Cam Newton put together

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/3/17.

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Six Eagles thoughts on the Alshon Jeffery contract extension - BGN
The simple takeaway is that Jeffery is now under contract through the 2021 season. That’s great. Jeffery was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2017 season since he originally only signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. Now the Eagles will have some more continuity at the wide receiver position.

Five over/unders for Eagles vs. Seahawks on Sunday Night Football - PhillyVoice
Total points: 47. That's the current total being offered at Bovada, and based on the predictions I've seen from other football writers, it seems about right. Personally, I predicted a total of 50 points, so I'm stuck taking the over here. But if I was a betting man, I'd say the safer money is on the under. The Eagles defense is good enough to keep the Seahawks from scoring too many points – Seattle is currently averaging just over 24 points per game while Philly is allowing just 17.4 points per game this season, third best in the NFL – and that's the main reason they've failed to hit the over in three of their last four games despite the offense scoring at least 31 points in each.

Regardless of numbers, Alshon Jeffery a legit No. 1 WR - NBC Sports Philadelphia
In the Eagles’ last four games, Jeffery has 17 receptions for 265 yards with five touchdowns. Extrapolate his current run over a 16-game season, and he would finish with 68 catches, 1,060 yards and 20 trips to end zone. This may be just the tip of the iceberg for Jeffery. Or, it could be that he’s finally realizing his potential. Either way, Jeffery looks increasingly like the No. 1 wideout that he truly is. At this point, any criticism of Jeffery’s No. 1 credentials may boil down to expectations. He’s not necessarily going to catch 80-plus passes, as he did twice in Chicago, or rack up 1,400 yards receiving as he did in his 2013 Pro Bowl campaign. Nor do the Eagles require that type of volume, with tight end Zach Ertz playing a huge role in the passing attack and one of the NFL’s best running games.

Alshon Jeffery extension good for Carson Wentz's growth - ESPN
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie used the term "optionality" when talking about the team's offseason approach. The idea was to take shots on talented players on short-term deals and see if they proved to be scheme and culture fits. If it worked out, they'd be in position to try and sign them to extensions before free agency hits, and if they didn't, they could move on with minimal damage done. That was part of the thinking when the Eagles inked wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a one-year deal this offseason worth upwards of $14 million. Jeffery wasn't in the original plans, but when the market didn't shape up for him as expected and the one-year contract came into play, Philadelphia decided to dive in.

New Deal For Alshon Jeffery Is A Perfect Fit - PE.com
You can see what’s happening. The chemistry and the comfort level between quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is growing, and so is the production on the field. So it makes sense, as the Eagles announce a four-year contract extension for Jeffery, that the expectations should continue to grow ...

Carson Wentz vs. Earl Thomas: A heavyweight showdown - Inquirer
When Pete Carroll said last year that Carson Wentz would become a great player – “There is no question,” the Seahawks coach insisted – he wasn’t inflating an upcoming opponent. The Eagles had already played and lost to Seattle. Wentz tossed two interceptions, completed only 51 percent of his passes, and averaged a paltry 4.8 yards per attempt in the 26-15 defeat. But the numbers hardly told the story of the rookie quarterback’s first foray into CenturyLink Field and against the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom defense. “He was poised,” Seattle all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman said then. “He wasn’t shook. He’s a rook.” Wentz is no longer a rookie, and Carroll’s and Sherman’s words have proven prophetic. Two of the best at their craft noticed something special in the quarterback, despite his faults that day. A year later, Wentz returns to the great Northwest with arguably the NFL’s best team and as a legitimate MVP candidate.

Eagles look to keep NFL’s “worst-to-first” streak alive - PFT
The Eagles will clinch the NFC East with a win or a tie on Sunday night at Seattle. It will mark the 14th time in the past 15 seasons that a team wins its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place, via the NFL. During that stretch, 2014 was the only season a team failed to go from worst to first. Of the 44 teams in league history to go from worst to first, 21 have done so in the past 14 years (2003-16), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

Eagles, WR Jeffery agree on 4-year extension - PFF
After a slow start (just 1.35 yards per route run through five weeks), Jeffery has given the Eagles substantial production on the outside of late, averaging 2.05 yards per route run from Week 6 on (17th among 83 qualifying wide receivers).

Making sense of the Eagles' decision to extend Alshon Jeffery - The Athletic
One of the Eagles' biggest issues last year was that Wentz had nobody to throw to. This season, Wentz has weapons, and he's made a big leap. The Eagles rank fifth in passing efficiency and are 10-1. Coaches have pointed out previously that Jeffery has helped open things up for his teammates, and the extension shows that wasn't just lip service. They are projecting that he'll be a more effective receiver as he continues to play with Wentz. Looking ahead to next year, the only current starter (and really, he's part of a rotation) who isn't under contract is LeGarrette Blount. That's important, considering the Eagles currently lead the NFL in scoring and are third in overall efficiency (DVOA).

Eagles wear custom cleats to support charitable causes close to home - 6ABC
When the Eagles lace up their cleats Sunday night in Seattle, they will be putting their best foot forward on and off the field. Sporting custom cleats, players from Carson Wentz to Chris Long to Brandon Graham are raising awareness for charitable causes that hit close to home. Eagles Receiver Torrey Smith is among the more than 800 players league-wide taking part in the "My Cleats, My Cause" campaign. He's digging his heels into multiple causes.

The Seahawks can’t afford a bad start against the Eagles - Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks try and win football games by steadily breaking you down and then ramping things up in the fourth quarter. Think of them like a boxer who’s willing to concede early rounds, not throw too many punches, attack the body more than the head, and then when the opponent tires in the later rounds, the Seahawks turn up the heat and go for the knockout, with all of that early cardio-sapping body work paying its dividends late. Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns is exactly what the Seahawks actively look to avoid. I’m here to tell you that this team, as it is currently constructed, cannot win against elite teams implementing this strategy.

NFL playoff picture 2017: 3 wild postseason scenarios that are still possible - SB Nation
The Bears and Broncos in the playoffs? The Patriots on the outside looking in? It’s still possible.

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[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 07:50:01 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Seahawks: 2017: Game time, TV schedule, live online streaming, channel, radio, and more

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Learn more about the Philadelphia-Seattle matchup set to take place on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles are out on the West Coast for the first tilt of a three-game road stretch. Sunday’s matchup features a battle against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

And what a battle it projects to be.

The reality is that the Seahawks aren’t entirely what they used to be. With Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor out for the season, injuries have taken a toll. Seattle’s home-field advantage looks a little less intimdating after they’ve dropped two straight games at CenturyLink Field.

But this is still the Seahawks we’re talking about here. It’s still Pete Carroll. It’s still Russell Wilson. Earl Thomas is still lining up on the back end of the defense. This Seattle squad currently wouldn’t make the 2018 playoffs if the season ended today. They’re only one game back in the NFC West so they have a lot to play for.

The Eagles do as well. Philadelphia can officially clinch the NFC East with a win today. The Eagles also need to keep winning in order to maintain their position as the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.

This game should be fun. It feels like it’s been forever since the Eagles have played what projects to be a competitive game. Quite frankly, Philadelphia has beaten the crap out of their last three opponents. They’ve won by exactly 28 points in those matchups.

The Eagles probably won’t be able to do that against the Seahawks. That has nothing to do with doubting Philly and everything to do with recognizing the fact that the Seahawks almost always take their opponents down to the wire.

This game will be an early playoff atmosphere test for the Eagles. A national audience will be waiting to see how they respond.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the game.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 8:30 PM ET

Channel: NBC

Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya

Location: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington

NFL Network replay: TBA

Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass

Live on NBC Sports Live Extra

Odds

Per Bovada, the Eagles are heavy favorites to win.

Philadelphia Eagles -6 (-105)

Seattle Seahawks +6 (-115)

History Lesson

The Eagles are 7-8 in 15 all-time regular season appearances against the Seahawks. The Eagles haven’t beaten the Seahawks since 2008. These two teams last played in Week 11 last season, when the Eagles lost by a final score of 26 to 15.

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Eagles 2017 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1 - at Washington Redskins (Sept. 10, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 2 - at Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 3 - vs. New York Giants (Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 4 - at Los Angeles Chargers (Oct. 1, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)

Week 5 - vs. Arizona Cardinals (Oct. 8, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 6 - at Carolina Panthers (Oct. 12, 8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN) Thursday Night Football

Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Oct. 23, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football

Week 8 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 29, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 9 - vs. Denver Broncos (Nov. 5, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Week 10 - BYE

Week 11 - at Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 19, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football

Week 12 - vs. Chicago Bears (Nov. 26, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 13 - at Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 3, 8:30 PM ET, NCB) Sunday Night Football

Week 14 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Week 15 - at New York Giants (Dec. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 16 - vs. Oakland Raiders (Dec. 25, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football on Christmas

Week 17 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 31, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 09:09:43 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Playoff Picture: Eagles fans rooting guide for Week 13

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What should you be watching today?

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t play the Seattle Seahawks until 8:30 tonight on Sunday Night Football. It’s going to be a long wait.

In order to pass the time, Eagles fans can watch some games that will have an impact on the NFL playoff picture. Philadelphia is already in good shape since they’re 10-1 and positioned to be the NFC’s No. 1 seed. But it wouldn’t hurt them to have a little more breathing room at the top. With that in mind, here’s who you should be rooting for today.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

Top six seeds

1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 10-1 overall, 8-0 conference

2 - Minnesota Vikings: 9-2 overall, 7-1 conference

3 - Los Angeles Rams: 8-3 overall, 5-3 conference (direct tie-breaker over NO)

4 - New Orleans Saints: 8-3 overall, 6-2 conference (direct tie-breaker over CAR)

5 - Carolina Panthers: 8-3 overall, 4-3 conference

6 - Atlanta Falcons: 7-4 overall, 6-1 conference (direct tie-breaker over SEA)

In the hunt

7 - Seattle Seahawks: 7-4 overall, 5-3 conference

8 - Detroit Lions: 6-5 overall, 5-4 conference

9 - Dallas Cowboys: 6-6 overall, 5-4 conference

10 - Green Bay Packers: 5-6 overall, 4-4 conference

11 - Arizona Cardinals: 5-6 overall, 3-5 conference

12 - Washington Redskins: 5-7 overall, 4-6 conference

Graveyard

13 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-7 overall, 2-5 conference

14 - Chicago Bears: 3-8 overall, 1-8 conference

15 - New York Giants: 2-9 overall, 0-8 conference

16 - San Francisco 49ers: 1-10 overall, 1-9 conference

NFC EAST GAMES

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks: The Eagles can officially clinch the NFC East (and therefore a playoff spot) by defeating the Seahawks on Sunday. The Eagles had a chance to clinch the division on Thurday if Washington had defeated the Cowboys, but alas, the Redskins majorly choked. Time for Philly to take care of business tonight in Seattle. Root for the Eagles to win, duh.

New York Giants at Oakland Raiders: The Giants are terrible. They might be even worse now that they’ve benched Eli Manning for Geno Smith. It’d be pretty funny if Smith played well and the Giants somehow won. The G-Men can only ruin their draft position by winning, so let’s hope they do just that. Root for the Raiders to lose.

NFC GAMES

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons: A Vikings loss today would be great for the Eagles. Minny is currently the biggest threat to the Eagles’ No. 1 seed. If Philly slips up and loses just one game to an NFC opponent, and Case Keenum’s team (weird to say) keeps winning, Minnesota would likely have the tie-breaker over Philly due to strength of victory. That’s bad. The Eagles need the Vikings to drop at least one of their next two games: at Atlanta, at Carolina. So let’s go Falcons. Make it easier for the Eagles to clinch home field advantage in the playoffs. Root for the Vikings to lose.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers: The Bucs’ season is already over. The Packers are probably close to being done, but I wouldn’t say they’re completely dead just yet. They’re 5-6 going into this Bucs game. They might be 6-6 heading into a game against the winless Browns next week. No one should want the Packers are 7-6 given the fact Aaron Rodgers returned to practice this weekend. That’s a scary thought. A Green Bay loss makes Rodgers’ potential return less threatening. Root for the Packers to lose.

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens: Not really a critical game for the Eagles’ interest, but a Lions loss would help the Cowboys’ chances of getting a wild card spot. I think it’s safe to say most would like to see Dallas miss the playoffs. Root for the Ravens to lose.

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears: The 49ers winning this game would only help the Giants’ chances of getting a better draft pick. Root for the 49ers to lose.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints: Both of these teams are 8-3, but I think the Saints are a bigger threat to the Eagles in the playoffs. Not to mention Philly already has a head-to-head tie-breaker over Carolina. So a Panthers win is preferable here. Root for the Saints to lose.

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals: The Eagles already have a two-game lead over the Rams. The two teams will face off next week in L.A. In case the Eagles lose, it’d be nice if Philly had a little more breathing room to work with. So a Rams loss wouldn’t be terrible here. Root for the Rams to lose.

THE REST OF THE GAMES

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers: The Browns winning this game would only help the Giants’ chances of getting a better draft pick. Plus if Cleveland loses I can point out how they’re 1-27 since passing on Carson Wentz. And a Chargers win helps the Eagles’ strength of victory. Root for the Browns to lose.

Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins: AFC game. Doesn’t matter a ton. Denver win helps Philly’s strength of victory.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: AFC game. Doesn’t matter. Go Bills.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars: AFC game. Doesn’t matter.

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets: AFC game. Doesn’t matter.

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans: AFC game. Doesn’t matter.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals: AFC game. Doesn’t matter.





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 09:00:03 EST from rss

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December 2, 2017: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins featured gallery

Scroll through Kate Frese’s photos from the Philadelphia Flyers game against the Boston Bruins.





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 10:44:18 EST from rss

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Who will win this week?

In some respects, the last few Philadelphia Eagles games have been kind of, well ... boring.

The Eagles have been decimating their opponents. Three straight wins by 28 points. Four straight with a victory margin of at least 23.

You have to go all the way back to October 12 to find the Eagles’ last game that ended with a one-possesion margin of victory. And the Eagles’ win over the Panthers in that contest wouldn’t have been as close if Pete Morrelli’s terrible, one-sided officiating wasn’t a factor.

What I’m saying here is: tonight’s game projects to be the most exciting Eagles matchup in quite some time.

The Seahawks are tough. Losing Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman the season sure hurts them, no doubt about it. But it’s not like they’re suddenly an awful team. They’re 7-4. They rank eighth in point differential. They rank 11th overall in DVOA. This is still a good team.

And despite losing their last two games at CenturyLink Field, Seattle is still a tough place to play. By now, you’re probably sick of me pointing out the Seahawks are 42-8 in their last 50 home games. But it’s true, and that’s very good. The Eagles have their work cut out for him.

While Philadelphia has every reason to respect their Week 13 opponent, they should not fear them. The Eagles are the team to be feared. They have potential league MVP Carson Wentz. They have a lot of different offensive pieces to work with.

The Eagles could really use a big performance from Wentz tonight. Seattle is pretty stout against the run; the Seahawks ninth in yards per rush attempt allowed. It’s worth seeing if LeGarrette Blount and/or Jay Ajayi and/or Corey Clement can get going. If they can’t, it’s up to No. 11 to move the ball.

With the aforementioned Sherman out, the Eagles should be looking to get their wide receivers more involved than they usually would. Test rookie corner Shaquill Griffin. And don’t be afraid to go after Jeremy Lane, who isn’t having the greatest season. Make Alshon Jeffery really earn that money he just received in his new contract extension.

On defense, Russell Wilson will be a tough challenge for the Eagles. This is a unique matchup for Philly’s defense. Usually the Eagles try to stop the run and force their opponent to be a one-dimensional passing team. The problem with that strategy is that the Seahawks are already bad at running the ball so they have to rely on passing anyway, and it’s worked for them. Seattle ranks seventh in passing yards per game.

And even though the Seahawks don’t have very good running backs, Wilson is more than capable of making plays with his legs. He can either run it himself or use his mobility to buy time to make plays with his arm.

The Eagles should be able to get after Wilson. The Seahawks’ offensive line, which ranks 28th in run blocking and 18th in adjusted sack rate by Football Outsiders, is not good. Philadelphia’s defensive line, meanwhile, is very good. They’ll be able to force Wilson out of the pocket. From there, it’s just about being able to contain him and finish the play.

Again, this is a tough game for the Eagles. But that’s a good thing. They’re not going to be facing a lot of cupcakes (if any) in the 2018 NFL playoffs. It doesn’t hurt for them to get battle tested by facing a Seahawks squad that’s fighting for their playoff chances. If the season ended today, Seattle wouldn’t be in the NFC playoff picture.

The Eagles also still have a lot to play for as well. Winning tonight’s game would mean OFFICIALLY clinching the NFC East. It’d also put Philly one step closer to clinching the No. 1 overall seed, which would guarantee them home field throughout the playoffs.

The Eagles are a good team. They can absolutely beat the Seahawks. Now it’s just about doing it.

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[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 10:30:02 EST from rss

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Well said, Jake.

Presented without comment:

All stats via Corsica.Hockey, Natural Stat Trick, and NHL.com

1. Early promise

Heading into yesterday's game, it felt like it was going to be the real litmus test of where the team is at. A pretty deflated performance against San Jose could be blamed on fatigue, if it turned out to be an anomaly, but a similar performance after three days of rest would make for a different story.

And, for the first few minutes of the game, the Flyers looked strong. The energy was up, and they were looking dynamic. Simmonds's early fight sent an extra wave of energy through the building and the team, and while they weren't dominating play, they didn't look like a team rattled by a nine game losing streak.

But the energy didn't quite hold, or wasn't quite enough. The Flyers were outshot 15-8 in the first period, and would continue to trail for much of the rest of the game. The effort didn’t disappear entirely, but the necessary push just couldn’t be located.

2. Total breakdown around the Spooner goal

So the Spooner goal. What a mess.

Patrick’s no look pass was risky to begin with, and looks even worse when Spooner picked it up with a lot of space in front of him. Provorov couldn’t get to him fast enough to break up the play. MacDonald just isn’t fast enough, in general, and didn’t really ever stand much of a chance to catch up and try to disrupt the play, as they moved into the Flyers’ zone. And then it was just Spooner and Elliott, and Elliott just got beat.

So, suffice it to say, there was plenty of blame to go around, but beyond the ugliness that surrounded this goal, the aftermath was even uglier. From there on, the Flyers’ energy started to dip, and momentum climbed steadily in the Bruins' favor until well into the second period. A steady deflation, right before our very eyes.

3. Penalty kill on the up and up (sort of)

But we've been grumbling a lot, here. I mean, there’s a lot to grumble about, but we can swing into a positive for a hot second, here.

After looking pretty much awful through most of the losing streak, the PK showed some impressive flashes, especially in their first showing killing the Simmonds penalty, around halfway through the first period.

The stars:

  • Hagg working to dig the puck out of the corner and clear it, breaking up the extended push the Bruins had been sinking into.
  • Raffl, in throwing the body around, keeping the puck tied up around the blue line before eventually clearing.

Of course, the PK getting itself together would come when much else seemed to fall apart. And it would be nice to see them playing more aggressively, going after the puck, rather than just getting set and hoping to make the stop. But we can at least praise their efforts and good work.

4. Matching up

We know the Flyers have leaned heavily on their top line. We know that secondary scoring has been an issue. And with the first line shut down, things got ugly.

By the end of the game, Giroux, Couturier, and Voracek were held to a combined nine shots on goal, even after Voracek received a few extra shifts in the third period, and had no goals to show for it. (Well, almost a goal. If you want to almost count Giroux’s disallowed power play goal.) With Boston’s first line doing some excellent shutdown work, the Flyers had to try to find somewhere else to lean. And it just didn’t happen.

But it wasn’t like the Flyers didn’t have their chances. Giroux nearly brought some scoring on the power play. Konecny nearly opened up scoring even earlier, but his breakaway was denied. They still registered 1.58 expected goals. So the issue wasn’t just not creating quite enough chances, but not finding ways or getting the bounces to finish them.

5. Let’s talk about the power play

With the penalty kill shoring up, it makes sense that the power play would then start to waver.

To be clear, it wasn't necessarily a horrendous showing for the two units--they were able to get some good looks, but just weren't able to capitalize on them. (Well, technically they maybe did capitalize on one of them. Probably, technically. But I frankly don't have the energy to have that debate again.)

But the question I posed about the power play a week of so ago still remains: WHY is Jori Lehtera still on it?

When Weal was out, and you're desperate to find someone to fill in, fine, put him there if you absolutely must. But Weal is back, and looking more or less solid. So why is he still being held off the second unit?

Obviously, I don't have an answer to that. But what I do know is that it's holding the unit back. Weal's speed is missed. Lehtera's presence in front of the net is much better filled by Patrick. Please put Jordan back, Dave/Kris.

6. Mixed game for Elliott

As the heading suggests, it was something of an up and down afternoon for Elliott. His showing in the first period was particularly strong, as he stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced, and kept the goal deficit from being much more than one.

But the second period saw him slipping a bit, then allowing two goals on eight shots over the period. His positioning looked not as sound, but his support also wasn’t fully there. He was able to get back on track for the third period, but all the big saves and moments of solid effort were for naught. The team in front of him just couldn’t rally hard enough to make these efforts worth it.

And, let’s not forget that he swung into the locker room for his interview with his shirt on backwards. Which feels about right.

7. *intensifying* DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINE

My dudes, what did I just say?

Discipline has been a problem over this losing streak. It was a big problem against San Jose. And it continued to be a problem yesterday.

Once again, a power play opportunity was negated through the Flyers taking a penalty of their own. Yesterdayy’s culprit? Shayne Gostisbehere, with a crosscheck, as the Flyers swept into their own zone to retrieve a cleared puck. It was a frustrated, let-the-emotions-get-the-best-of-you move, and it was just bad.

To be fair to Ghost, he was able to draw a tripping penalty about three minutes later, leading to the power play chance that allowed for Giroux’s would-be goal. But the initial penalty never should have happened.

And, yeah, I get it. Everyone’s frustrated with the way these games are going. But, trying to make a play or not, you’re not making them any more winnable by making these repeated lapses in judgement.

8. Konecny Watch 2k17

So, we've seen Lehtera Watch 2k17 through the beginning of the season and preseason, as we worked to discern if he's good or not.

(Narrator: “he isn't.”)

But Konecny Watch, rather, started in the third period of yesterday's game, with me watching to see when the heck Konecny would finally get back on the ice.

After an initial 30 second shift inside the first minute of the period, Konecny found himself benched. Beyond two more shifts at the very end of the period that would get him to a total of forty two seconds played, the game was effectively over for him.

And, in a game full of ridiculous happenings, this was perhaps the most ridiculous. If nothing else, it's vintage Hakstol, swinging back around.

Through the first forty minutes of the game, Konecny led the team with four shots, double that of the nearest player behind him.

And, of course, there's something to be said if the team wants to double shift Simmonds in trying to spark something late in the game. Fine. But benching the player already leading in scoring chances is absolutely not the way to do it.

9. Sunday morning number

Six.

The Flyers have had six shutouts in 26 games played so far this season. If you’re not keeping track, that’s 23.08 percent. And that’s not great.

And sure, when a team’s in a ten game losing streak, a loss is a loss, and it might be hard to quibble over whether the loss involved goals scored or not. The results still stand. Point taken.

But the Flyers are going to dig their way out of this hole eventually. I don’t know what it will take, or how big of a shakeup will be had in the process. But they’re going to break through eventually. But even when they do, this figure remains. Maybe secondary scoring will pick up, and that’ll be what pulls them out.

If not, they’re going have to take a long look and find a way to make sure this trend doesn’t continue.

10. The only damn thing I know

The scene:

Second intermission. Freezing cold inside the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are down 3-0 and we still have to watch another period of what looks like will be stale hockey.

I'm looking up game stats on my computer. They are not good.

And at the bottom of the page--an ad from Stubhub trying to sell me Sixers tickets.

"Get out of here, dude. Save yourself while you still can."

But the time has passed. The Flyers have dug in their claws and I can't get out. I'm withering away. A shell of my former self. Dead inside.





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 12:53:42 EST from rss

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Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 13 games.

Sunday is here which means it’s time for Week 13 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. There are a total of 14 games on today.

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t play until later today on Sunday Night Football. They’ll face the Seattle Seahawks.

While you wait for the Birds game to start, check out this NFL Week 13 rooting guide for Eagles fans to get you through the day.

Click here to see which game is broadcasted in your region. For early games, the Philly area is set to receive the important Falcons vs. Vikings game on FOX and the Patriots vs. Bills game on CBS.

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

Read on for more information on how to watch the NFL Week 13 games. Discuss all the early and afternoon games here.

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Sunday, December 3

Minnesota Viking at Atlanta Falcons

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Tim Brando, Greg Jennings

Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers

Start time: 4:05 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

New York Giants at Oakland Raiders

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Start time: 4:25 PM ET
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
Channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday, December 4

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
TV channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

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[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 13:22:35 EST from rss

Subject: What the Alshon Jeffery contract extension means for the Eagles' future

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[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 13:44:17 EST from rss

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Graham not in a rush?

Last week, it was reported that Brandon Graham and the Philadelphia Eagles were working on a contract extension. This week, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting the Eagles are eager to re-sign Graham but the feeling isn’t necessarily mutual.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, veteran defensive end Brandon Graham has been pushing back on efforts to ink him to a new contract.

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So why not take a long-term deal? Because the market, and the salary cap, continue to go up and up. Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon cashed in a couple of years ago at $17 million per year, and Graham may believe that forcing his way to the market — or worst-case scenario to the franchise tag — is better than whatever the Eagles are offering.

This report shouldn’t cause panic. Graham is signed through the 2018 season, so there’s still plenty of time for the two sides to find common ground.

But for now, assuming Florio’s report is correct, it seems like we might have to wait to see a Graham extension get done.

There’s no question Graham deserves a big pay day. Here’s what we previouly wrote about the veteran defensive end.

Not only is he a hard-working player who was named one of Philadelphia’s five captains. He’s also just a really good player. Through the Eagles’ first 10 games, Graham has logged 18 tackles, six sacks, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble.

Graham’s impact goes beyond the traditional stats. He ranks tied for 8th among all 4-3 defensive ends in pressures this season. He also ranks first overall in PFF’s Run Stop Percentage. Graham is a key member of an Eagles defense that ranks No. 1 in rushing the passer and No. 1 in run defense.

The Eagles recently re-signed Alshon Jeffery to a long-term contract extension. They did the same with Tim Jernigan earlier this season. They clearly have interest in locking up this core.

With Philadelphia’s cap situation being tight, things could get tricky moving forward. The reality is that the Eagles won’t be able to keep everyone.

But the organization does seem to have interest in keeping Graham. So we’ll see how it plays out.





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 14:31:50 EST from rss

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

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Everything you need to know about the game!

Welcome to NFL game day! The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 8:30 PM ET on Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Seahawks game via online streaming.]





[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 16:00:22 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks Predictions

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The Eagles look to officially clinch the NFC East as they enter CenturyLink Field in Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. A win would extend the team’s winning streak to 10 games, and would keep the Eagles in the top spot in the NFC playoff race. To recap, here’s where the…

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[#] Sun Dec 03 2017 19:03:46 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Seahawks Inactives: Dannell Ellerbe active for first time this season

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Who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 13 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Eagles linebacker Joe Walker is INACTIVE. Walker suffered a stinger injury last Sunday and was ruled questionable heading into this week’s game.

With Walker out, veteran defender Dannell Ellerbe might start in his place. The Eagles signed Ellerbe a few weeks ago. Philadelphia doesn’t play a ton of base defense so he’s not expected to see extensive playing time.

For the second week in a row, Shelton Gibson is active over Marcus Johnson. Last week marked the first time Gibson suited up this season.

Elijah Qualls is inactive after being up for last week’s game. He’s no longer needed with Beau Allen back.

Trey Burton is active after being ruled out last week due to injury.

Veteran offensive tackle Will Beatty is still inactive.

Wendell Smallwood is a healthy scratch for the third game in a row.

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

LB Joe Walker - Injury.

DE Steven Means - Depth defensive end.

OT Will Beatty - Depth offensive tackle.

RB Wendell Smallwood - Fifth string running back.

WR Marcus Johnson - Depth wide receiver.

DT Elijah Qualls - Depth defensive tackle.

QB Nate Sudfeld - Third string quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks Inactive List

No real surprises here. Starting safety Kam Chancellor and starting left guard Oday Aboushi are among Seahawks players ruled inactive.





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