Subject: The Philadelphia Eagles are officially 2017 NFC East champions
It is official: the Philadelphia Eagles are 2017 NFC East Champions.
The news is obviously bittersweet with reports circulating that Carson Wentz might be out for the season due to an ACL injury. Ugh.
Winning the NFC East was really just a formality for the Eagles at this point, but now it’s official.
By winning the division, the Eagles locked up their spot in the 2018 NFL Playoffs. They’re the first team in the league to do so this season.
There’s still work to be done. Philadelphia is still trying to clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC Playoff Picture, which would guarantee them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the post-season leading up to the Super Bowl.
Who knows how far this team can go if Wentz is really done for the year. Maybe they can make the most of a bad situation.
Or maybe life is pointless and then you die.
Subject: Eagles-Rams Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia
Least enjoyable win ever?
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum by a final score of 43 to 35. The Eagles advanced to 11-2 on the 2017 NFL regular season. Read on for a recap and observations from the game. Up next for Philadelphia is a road game against the New York Giants. Watch the BGN Radio postgame show LIVE in the video below (click here if you can’t see it).
BGN Radio Postgame Show - #Eagles clinch the NFCE... in the worst way possiblePosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Sunday, December 10, 2017
Rams win the toss and elect to defer. Eagles offense up first.
On the first play of the game, the Eagles fake a run and Carson Wentz throws a screen to Torrey Smith for a short gain. What’s with the urgency to get Smith involved early in games lately? LeGarrette Blount runs the ball on second down. On third down, Nelson Agholor drops a pass and the ball lands right in the arms of a Rams defender. Interception. Cool start! Not.
Rams take over with a short field to work with. A toss to Todd Gurley goes for a big gain into goal-to-go territory. Then Gurley punches it in on a short touchdown run. Ugh. Rams lead, 7-0.
Wentz hits Corey Clement on a screen for a 28-yard gain. Nice immediate response. Jay Ajayi bounces off a tackler to put the Eagles in 3rd-and-3. Then he runs for a first. Birds gotta feed him all day. Wentz hits Alshon Jeffery for another first, good throw. Into the red zone now. Wentz targets Brent Celek in the end zone and it’s incomplete, but there’s a flag. Pass interference on Alec Ogletree. Ball at the 1-yard line. Blount’s carry goes for no gain. Then Wentz sneaks it in for a score, but Lane Johnson gets called for a false start. No touchdown. More dumb penalties. Doesn’t matter though because Wentz hits Celek for a short touchdown. Who needs Zach Ertz anyway? The Eagles celebrate by doing the Flying V! Tie game, 7-7.
Gurley breaks off ANOTHER big run but the Rams are flagged for holding. Bringing it back. Great bull rush from Vinny Curry on 2nd-and-11 forces Jared Goff into an incompletion. No small accomplishment there going up against a good left tackle in Andrew Whitworth. Eagles crowd noise assists Philly in getting a third down stop. Three-and-out. Rams punt.
Eagles get to 3rd-and-1 and air it out deep. Jeffery draws a pass interference penalty for a big gain. Jeffery gets open deep again after Wentz scrambles, but the ball is overthrown. C’mon, Carson. Gotta hit wide open receivers. The Eagles move the ball into the red zone with a completion to Agholor. Then it’s Halapoulivaati Vaitai with a false start. Then Wentz throws a beauty to Hollins for a potential touchdown ... dropped. Ugh. The rookie heard the footsteps. Too many mistakes right now. 3rd-and-11 from the 20-yard line and the Eagles score a TOUCHDOWN! GORGEOUS throw from Wentz to Trey Burton in the end zone for a score. Burton had two guys draped all over him. Wow. Eagles lead, 14-7.
Mack had a TD, but Kayvon Webster is hurt. pic.twitter.com/R0yGxBydgL— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) December 10, 2017
Goff hits John Barchard’s most favorite wide receiver, Cooper Kupp, for an 18-yard gain. But then after picking up that one first down the Rams have to to punt. Fletcher Cox hits Goff on 3rd-and-4 to force an incompletion. Punt.
Would not want to be Jared Goff. Would want to be Fletcher Cox. pic.twitter.com/qzySReEjY5— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) December 10, 2017
Eagles take over. Wentz to Agholor for a small gain. Blount plods his way to a 3rd-and-1. Feels like Ajayi should be in for Blount at this point. Just not getting any explosion from Blount. Wentz avoids multiple pass rushers on third down, buys time, and fires to Jeffery for a conversion. Just ridiculously good stuff from Wentz. Then Ajayi goes for a big run. Good! That’s 35 yard on three carries for him.
Celek drops a would-be first on 2nd-and-10. Wentz hits Burton over the middle to set up 4th-and-1 from the Rams’ 31 yard-line. Doug Pederson goes for it and Wentz connects with Agholor for a gain that puts the Eagles into the red zone. Wentz throws a really bad pass off his back foot that almost gets picked but hits the ground instead. Phew. Third down ... Wentz hits Burton AGAIN for another EAGLES TOUCHDOWN. Touchdown Trey, as they call him. Terrific throw and catch. MVP chants reigning down in LA for Wentz after his 32nd touchdown of the season. Eagles lead, 21-7.
Goff hits Kupp on 3rd-and-10 for a HUGE catch and run to put the Rams in the red zone. Wtf is that?! Terrible tackling from the Eagles’ defense allows 40 yards that shouldn’t have been there. Big whiff from Malcolm Jenkins after Rodney McLeod got beat. McLeod also kind gave up on the play after getting beat. Bad effort. Goff throws a pass that was destined to be picked off by Nigel Bradham but the linebacker drops it. Need to have that one! That was a gift. The Rams make the Eagles pay with Goff hitting Kupp for a short touchdown. Come on. That wasn’t even the Rams playing great. Just a totally dumb and bad defensive series from the Eagles. Eagles lead, 21-14.
Chance Warmack in for Stefen Wisniewski as the Eagles take back over. Looks like Wis got his ankle taped up. Wentz takes a big sack to put the Eagles in 3rd-and-20. A screen pass to Blount is predictably short of the sticks and Philly has to punt. Too much Blount!
Jim Schwartz’s defense forces the Rams into a 3rd-and-3. Cox gets another big hit on Goff to force an incompletion and a punt. Good bounce back series for the D.
Ajayi runs for another big gain as the Eagles take over. He’s up to four carries for 49 yards, gotta keep feeding him. So naturally the Eagles take him out and Clement gets stopped for a loss. Why? Wentz’s pass on 3rd-and-11 is incomplete. Punt.
Bradham has another chance to pick off Goff but the ball goes through his hands again. Gotta have at least one of those, man. McLeod makes a tackle on Josh Reynolds to bring up fourth down. But for some reason the refs spot it as a first down?! Downright AWFUL spot from the officials. Pederson throws the challenge flag (which he shouldn’t have had to) and the first down ruling is reversed. Good job, Doug.
Wentz throws to Jeffery but the receiver fails to win another one-on-one. Jeffery hasn’t been the most efficient target this year. Wentz throws to Smith and it’s complete for a first down. Nice job on the comeback route. Eagles run a draw with Clement and it goes for negative one yard. Still not enough Ajayi. 3rd-and-11 and Wentz hits a wide open Smith over the middle of the field who runs to put the Eagles at the Rams’ 24-yard line. Amazing pocket presence with defenders all in his face. Wentz throws to Burton to put Philly at 1st-and-goal from the 9-yard line. Wentz runs to the 4-yard line. 3rd-and-goal, Wentz’s pass is incomplete. Eagles settle for the short field goal from Jake Elliott. Eagles lead, 24-14.
Rams get the ball to start the second half.
The Eagles have Gurley dead to a loss or a short gain but MORE poor tackling results in a Rams first down. Sloppy. McLeod really struggling. Rams run a screen to Gurley that puts L.A. into field goal range. Then a play-action Goff throw to Kupp puts the Rams in the red zone. Goff throws to Sammy Watkins for a touchdown. Too easy. Eagles lead, 24-21.
Warmack still in at left guard despite the Eagles saying Wisniewski was probable to return. No clue what’s going on there. Wait, no, that’s wrong. Isaac Seumalo is now in at left guard for the first time since losing the job after Week 2. Oh boy. First play is a bubble screen to Agholor that goes for a 1-yard loss. Wentz runs to make it 3rd-and-5. Wentz gets blitzed, somehow holds on to the ball, and throws to Burton but it’s incomplete.
The Rams block the Eagles’ punt and return it for a touchdown. F word. What a shitty start to the second half. Former Eagles draft pick Blake Countess was the one who scored the touchdown, because of course. Rams lead, 28-24.
Wentz comes up big with a clutch third down throw to Smith to put the Eagles past midfield into Rams territory. Seumalo gets called for holding to set the Eagles back. 3rd-and-9 and Wentz’s throw to Jeffery is dropped. Trumaine Johnson got a hand in there but Jeffery is being paid to make that catch. Johnson gets called for unsportsmanlike behavior after the play. VERY lucky break for the Birds there. 3rd-and-3 from the 11-yard line. Wentz goes to Agholor for a first. The Eagles pick up more yards thanks to a late hit on the Rams. 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Wentz runs in for a touchdown! But it’s a hold on Lane Johnson. You gotta be kidding me. Eagles pick the yards back up with a Clement draw up the middle. Another Clement run goes for no gain. 3rd-and-goal. Throw to Jeffery is incomplete. Pederson goes for it on 4th-and-goal ... the pass is thrown into the end zone ... and it’s CAUGHT! Wow! A fingertips catch by Jeffery to redeem himself. That’s huge. By the way, Wentz is now the Eagles’ franchise leader in single-season touchdown passes with 33. He’s only in his second year. And the 13th game of the season isn’t even over yet! The bad news is Wentz is limping after that touchdown run which didn’t count. Eagles lead, 31-28.
Rams take over and Gurley runs for a big gain. Where did the stout run defense go? Rams move into field goal range with ease.
Gurley runs the ball in for another touchdown. This Eagles defense is looking pathetic. Rams lead, 35-31.
Nick Foles takes over with Wentz ruled out for the game. Kill me. Foles makes a few nice throws to put the Eagles into long field goal range. Then there’s a handoff to Ajayi to put the Eagles at the 25-yard line. Hey, how about that! Foles gets pressured with Seumalo having no chance to block Donald. Foles throws for a 2-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 instead of finding Agholor wide open for a first. Brutal. Eagles settle for the field goal. Rams lead, 35-34.
Rams take over and the Eagles get a third down stop. Nope, Jalen Mills called for holding. But then Chris Long strip sacks Goff and the Eagles recover! The former Ram comes up HUGE against his old team. McLeod on the recovery and the run back to the Eagles’ 25-yard line.
Eagles take over and get set back with a holding penalty. Awesome. Rare flag on Brandon Brooks. The Eagles get pushed back again when Foles is sacked on third down. Foles threw to Halapoulivaati Vaitai (LOL) and it could’ve been illegal touching, but the refs said he was in the grasp, so no flag. Eagles attempt a 54-yard field goal and Elliot DRILLS it right down the middle despite a low snap from Rick Lovato. But then the Rams get called for a 15-yard penalty! Automatic first down. Wow. The Eagles can’t do much with it though. Elliott attempts a 33-yard field goal after Foles fails to convert another first down. It’s good. Eagles lead, 37-35.
Rams offense takes over. Nothing going. Great stop by Schwartz’s defense to force a three-and-out with 2:12 remaining. Still a lot of time left.
Ajayi runs for a 3-yard game to bring the game to the 2-minute warning. Third down. Foles throw to Agholor for a FIRST DOWN. Really clutch catch there by Snagholor. Ajayi runs for a short gain and the Rams take their final timeout with 1:37 left. 3rd-and-9 and Ajayi runs for a gain. Eagles punt the ball.
Rams take over with ONE second remaining. They try to get some lateral stuff going. Brandon Graham gets hold of the ball and runs it in to seal the game. Eagles lead, 43-35.
Eagles win. The Eagles are 11-2 heading into Week 15. The Eagles are officially NFC East champions. That’s the good news.
The bad news is Carson Wentz might be out for the season.
Stay tuned for much more Eagles-Rams postgame coverage (click here).
Subject: Carson Wentz Injured: Eagles fear quarterback tore his ACL
As Carson Wentz walked off the field at one point, his left knee buckled. He headed to locker room, where Eagles treating knee they fear has a torn ACL, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2017
BREAKING: AP sources say doctors believe Eagles star Carson Wentz, an MVP favorite, has a torn ACL. He will have an MRI to confirm.— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) December 11, 2017
Wentz seemingly suffered the injury during a run into the end zone in the third quarter of the Eagles-Rams game. He stayed in to throw a touchdown to Jeffery before heading to the sideline and being ruled out for the game.
This is all just terrible news. Sounds like the Eagles will be without their star quarterback and NFL MVP candidate for the rest of the season.
Philadelphia is headed to the post-season after officially clinch the NFC East so they’ll have to rely on their backup quarterback, Nick Foles, in the playoffs. Sigh.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked about Wentz’s status after the game but he didn’t provide any updates. He did note that Wentz was happy that the team won the NFC East.
Wentz’s injury is such a shitty development during a very promising season.
Subject: 9 winners and 7 losers from the Eagles win over the Rams
Another win in the Eagles home away from home
The Eagles scored a Pyrrhic victory over the Rams 43-35 to take sole possession of the top seed in the NFC and clinch the NFC East. The big news is of course the fear that Carson Wentz has torn his ACL. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, for now, we’ll cross the winners and losers bridge. Of which there are many, this was an ugly game.
You wanted some adversity? You got it. The Eagles were missing their top pass catcher. They blew a 21-7 lead. They lost their starting QB and their starting LG, and benched the replacement LG. For three quarters the defense couldn’t stop anything. There were gut check third and fourth downs, and the special teams got outplayed.
And they won.
The defense got it together in the end of the game, forcing a fumble to set up the field goal to take the lead. Then they forced a three and out to all but ice the game, and then put the game away with a touchdown on the final play. The offense without Carson Wentz got the job done.
Test passed, though at a cost.
Carson Wentz, until he got hurt
Set the Eagles single season record for touchdown passes, which was no easy task against the Rams. Los Angeles had given up 14 passing TDs all season, 6th best in the league, and Wentz torched them for 4. They had the 5th best passer rating against at 77.3, Wentz had a 100.8 rating. He was having a pretty good day.
Twice this season Zach Ertz was a late scratch against a talented defense, though this time the Eagles had anticipated his absence. Burton and Celek responded to the added playing time with a hell of a game: they combined for 6 catches for 76 yards and 3 touchdowns.
6 catches for 100 yards. Who should I advocate gets benched this week?
On pure aesthetics, his touchdown catch was impressive but not exactly beautiful. That there was no margin for error since it was fourth down makes it a contender for the team’s catch of the year.
Doug Pederson’s balls
At least 28 other coaches would have kicked a field goal in the third quarter, but Pederson isn’t other coaches, and he was rewarded for it with a touchdown.
Trumaine Johnson might have said something extraordinarily bad to get flagged. Or the refs screwed up, in which case, thanks.
Another home game in Los Angeles. If the Rams hold on and win the NFC West, the Eagles go back to Los Angeles next year, so get ready.
Eagles run defense
The defense has been as reliable as any all season, especially on the ground, but not today. The box score will say the Eagles held Todd Gurley in check at just 96 rushing yards. But he gained that on 13 carries, giving him 7.4 yards per carry, and he scored 2 touchdowns.
Doug Pederson’s play calling
Calling the offensive playcalling a loser is admittedly harsh, but it certainly wasn’t a winner. When he actually got the ball Jay Ajayi was tearing up the Rams in the first half, but he had just 4 carries. Carson Wentz had 30 attempts at halftime. The opening play call was terrible. In the first three quarters the Eagles faced 2nd and long 14 times, he called a run on half of them. Not his worst game, but not his best.
There’s no reason to have him covering Cooper Kupp.
To add to the quicksand feeling that parts of the game had, special teams gave up a punt block for a touchdown.
It isn’t often you see someone come in as an injury replacement and get benched.
The Rams when Nick Foles plays QB
That’s the 13th Rams game where Nick Foles played QB, they are 4-9: 4-7 with him as their starter, and 0-2 when he plays for the Eagles against them, having also won in 2014.
The Eagles play the Giants, Raiders, and Cowboys, all of whom stink this year, so a 14-2 season and the top seed in the NFC is realistic. But if it’s without Carson Wentz, those Super Bowl dreams are just dreams.
Subject: Carson Wentz initial tests reportedly
Is there hope?
The #Eagles believe QB Carson Wentz injured his ACL today vs #Rams, but initial tests don’t definitively show a complete tear, sources say. MRI tomorrow will tell the story. They’re not giving up hope.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2017
In addition to this, @ProFootballDoc had the following to say in a Periscope video.
“The [Carson Wentz injury] video on Twitter and otherwise, I do not see the step where he tears his ACL. It’s very unusual to tear your ACL mid-air like on the dive when he he’s crunched between two players. So there leaves a little room for hope. Yes, it’s concerning when he’s walking off the field when you see that knee buckle […] So, yeah, fearing the worst but there’s a slight glimmer of hope with Carson Wentz. We’ll see. I go by video, I don’t go by sources, and I don’t see it on the video. It could be we just miss it, it could be I’m missing it, it could be the video misses it, but a little bit of hope.”
Also more info in this San Diego Union Tribune article.
Before you get your hopes up too much, it’s necessary we revisit this tweet from earlier this season.
#Eagles LT Jason Peters will have an MRI, but prior to the test, belief is he tore his MCL, I’m told. No ACL, no break. Potential good news.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2017
A couple hours after this tweet, it was revealed that Peters did indeed suffer an ACL injury and was out for the season. So. Yeah.
Maybe it’ll be different this time, but that’s probably just wishful thinking.
We’ll find out more on Monday when Wentz arrives back in Philadelphia.
Subject: Carson Wentz might be done for the season. What's next for the Eagles?
Subject: Eagles Not Totally Sure About Extent of Carson Wentz
Subject: NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed with two more wins
Philadelphia is well on their way to a first-round bye.
Here’s a look at the updated NFC playoff picture now that NFL Week 14 is over as far as NFC games are concerned.
NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
Top six seeds
1 - Philadelphia Eagles: 11-2 overall, 9-1 conference [clinched NFC East]
2 - Minnesota Vikings: 10-3 overall, 8-2 conference
3 - Los Angeles Rams: 9-4 overall, 6-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over NO)
4 - New Orleans Saints: 9-4 overall, 7-3 conference (direct tie-breaker over CAR)
5 - Carolina Panthers: 9-4 overall, 5-4 conference
6 - Atlanta Falcons: 8-5 overall, 7-2 conference (direct tie-breaker over SEA)
In the hunt
7 - Seattle Seahawks: 8-5 overall, 6-3 conference
8 - Detroit Lions: 7-6 overall, 6-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over GB, common games tie-breaker over DAL)
9 - Green Bay Packers: 7-6 overall, 5-4 conference (direct tie-breaker over DAL)
10 - Dallas Cowboys: 7-6 overall, 6-4 conference
11 - Arizona Cardinals: 6-7 overall, 3-6 conference
If it weren’t for the Carson Wentz injury, today would have been pretty great for the Eagles. Philadelphia officially clinched the NFC East. The Birds are also back in the No. 1 seed with only three games remaining. The Eagles only need to win two of their final three games to clinch home field advantage throughout the 2018 NFL playoffs. Even if the Vikings win out, the Eagles would clinch by winning at least two games because both teams would be 13-3 and Philly would have the tie-breaker: best win percentage in common games. The Vikings’ loss to the Panthers, whom the Eagles defeater earlier this season, helps in that regard. So, yeah. Wentz’s injury really sucks. But if you’re looking for a silver lining, all the Eagles have to do if get two wins out of their next three games: at New York Giants, versus Oakland Raiders, and versus Dallas Cowboys. It’s quite possible the Eagles could win their next two games and clinch the No. 1 seed on Christmas after defeating the Raiders. That’s the goal right now.
The Vikings’ hot streak finally came to an end on Sunday in Carolina. Minnesota made too many mistakes on the road. Their usually-stout run defense allowed 216 rushing yards and three rushing scores. Jonathan Stewart himself had 103 yards. Reminder that the Eagles’ defense kept him to negative rushing earlier this season. Make no mistake: the Vikings are a good team. But they’re clearly beatable.
The Rams played a good game against Philadelphia. But Jared Goff came up small at the end of the game when it mattered most. Los Angeles is still very dangerous, especially with Todd Gurley around. But with losses to the Eagles and the Vikings, it’s clear they’re not the true class of the NFC.
The Saints lost to the Falcons on Thursday Night Football. Terrible turnover from Drew Brees late in the game to cost New Orleans a win.
Kudos to the Panthers for knocking off the Vikings. I didn’t think they had it in them. It’ll be hard for them to win the NFC South with the Saints having a direct tie-breaker, but it’s not out of the question if New Orleans drops some games here.
As of right now, three NFC South teams are projected to make the postseason. The Falcons are back in the mix thanks to the combination of their Thursday night win and Seattle’s Sunday loss.
Speaking of the Seahawks, they lost to the Jaguars in Jacksonville. They’re still in the mix for the NFC West crown with another game agains the Rams coming up. Seattle already defeated L.A. earlier this season.
The Lions got back on track with a win over a bad Bucs team. Still in the hunt, though the Falcons hold a tie-breaker over them.
The Packers fought back from being down 21-7 to the Browns to win in overtime. Green Bay is keeping the hopes of an Aaron Rodgers return alive. They still have their work cut out for them, though, due to being on the wrong end of some tie-breakers.
Dallas has won two games in a row against bad teams. Their spot in the playoff picture hasn’t changed, though, due to teams ahead of them continuing to win. They’ll need some help to make the post-season.
The Cardinals are still theoretically alive but probably not really.
Subject: Monday Morning Fly By: Someone check and see if the momentum is still alive
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*We still have one more long day to way before our next game day, but here’s hoping the momentum that the Flyers built during their Western Canada sweep hasn’t diminished. The hockey, it was good. [CBC]
*But now, the Flyers need to figure out how to win games at home. For all of our benefit, if you ask me. [Philly.com]
*There continues to be a spotlight on Dave Hakstol and his decision making, and this will likely continue. [NBC Sports Philly]
*Anyhoo, let’s check in on the rest of the division. [Canes Country]
*We learned some things from the NHL Board of Governors meeting. First, the cap will be going up. Quite a bit. [AP]
*Secondly, a hockey team in Seattle is going to happen. Well, if anything, it’s incredibly likely at this point. [ESPN]
*The kids continue to crush in their respective leagues; Wade Allison had himself a pretty remarkable weekend. [Sons of Penn]
Subject: Your Monday Morning Roundup
Subject: Rams Fans Chant
Subject: Only in Philadelphia: Ten Takeaways from Eagles 43, Rams 35
Subject: Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate winning the NFC East
The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East in the most bittersweet fashion on Sunday. They won the division, yes, but they also likely lost their starting quarterback and NFL MVP candidate for the season.
Carson Wentz would not let his teammates get down on themselves, though. He was waiting for them in the locker room after the game so they could all celebrate together.
Wentz’s injury sure sucks. But getting to 11-2 isn’t easy. The players definitely deserved a moment to bask in what they’ve accomplished. Here’s what that looked like, starting with the GOAT.
NFC East Champs! So proud of the resiliency of this team. Such a special group of men.— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) December 11, 2017
And I greatly appreciate all the prayers! I know my God is a powerful one with a perfect plan. Time to just lean in to him and trust whatever the circumstances! #Proverbs3:5-6
Also, Doug Pederson did not want any part of the Insta stories. pic.twitter.com/DIDL6203Bs— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) December 11, 2017
carson: “i ran in two touchdowns today and you took them both away”— sen bimmons (@NOflyzonePHILLY) December 11, 2017
lane: “you got a lot of nerve comin at me like that”
Love my team man! These dudes just continue to battle through adversity over and over again.. #FlyEaglesFly— Jordan Hicks (@JordanHicks) December 11, 2017
NFC east champs! Hella hype for these boys. But we ain’t done! pic.twitter.com/8U7KpHlQcr— Tre' Sullivan (@_TreFIVE) December 11, 2017
NFC EAST CHAMPS!!!!!!! First Goal Accomplished!! ✔️✔️— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) December 11, 2017
Progress!— Jalen Mills (@greengoblin) December 11, 2017
NFC EAST CHAMPS ...it’s ours now!! NOT CLOSE TO BEING DONE THO #Wentz— Jay Ajayi (@JayTrain) December 11, 2017
Philly fans be showing out . Every game feels like a home game !!— rasul (@rd32_era) December 11, 2017
Philly fans showed out tonight!! was that a home game?? Nothing like it!!— Kamu Grugier-Hill (@k_grugierhill) December 11, 2017
NFC EAST CHAMPS— Kamu Grugier-Hill (@k_grugierhill) December 11, 2017
The view on the field of Brandon Graham’s TD and Eagles fans celebrating. pic.twitter.com/7MWovpTTvF— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) December 11, 2017
Subject: Crossing Broadcast: Rams Game
Subject: Line report: Somehow, a winning streak
The Flyers were due for some bounces following their 10-game losing streak, and right now they seem to be getting them.
One can’t argue the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers are on a three-game winning streak. It is, factually, impossible. However, one could argue that this particular winning streak hasn’t been pretty in the least bit.
Any type of win was going to be welcomed last Monday when the Orange and Black beat the Calgary Flames to snap their 10-game losing streak, but it’s not hard to see how that win, or either of the two that have followed, could have been considered poor in terms of process. It seems that whatever luck they weren’t getting when they were hitting posts and losing games in overtime during the losing streak has been found over the last three tilts.
Despite the fact they have a 37.9 Corsi-for percentage at 5-on-5 since last Monday (the lowest in the league over that time), the Flyers have outscored opponents seven to four for a 63.64 goals for percentage, which is the sixth-best in the league over the last seven days. Other than the high goals for percentage, not many of the Flyers’ 5-on-5 numbers look all that great:
Flyers’ 5-on-5 numbers over last three games
Shot attempts: 94 for, 154 against (37.9 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts: 76 for, 111 against (40.64 percent)
Shots on goal: 58 for, 81 against (41.73 percent)
Shot attempts from home-plate area: 58 for, 89 against (39.46 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts from home-plate area: 43 for, 51 against (45.74 percent)
With each of these percentages coming in under 50, it doesn’t look like the Flyers’ recent string of success is all that sustainable. It looks as though Dave Hakstol’s recent change in lines has changed the team’s luck for the better and not much else. A deeper look at the 5-on-5 shot attempts show that none of the four lines are doing that great.
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds
Shot attempts: 26 for, 35 against (42.62 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts: 18 for, 25 against (41.86 percent)
Shots on goal: 9 for, 17 against (34.62 percent)
Shot attempts from home-plate area: 14 for, 24 against (36.84 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts from home-plate area: 9 for, 15 against (37.5 percent)
Despite leading the new four lines with 36:30 ice time at 5-on-5 during the current winning streak, the trio of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Wayne Simmonds have yet to be on the ice for a goal for or against while posting a 42.62 Corsi-for percentage. After a rough outing against Calgary (31.82 Corsi-for percentage, 31.25 fenwick for percentage, 25 percent of home-plate area shot attempts), Giroux-Couturier-Simmonds posted a 48.72 Corsi-for percentage and 42.31 percent of the shot attempts in the home-plate area overall against Edmonton and Vancouver.
The trios of Sean Monahan-Johnny Gaudreau-Michael Ferland (66.67 Corsi-for percentage and 71.43 percent of shot attempts from the home-plate area) and Mikael Backlund-Michael Frolik-Matthew Tkachuk (70 Corsi-for percentage and 2-0 count in unblocked shot attempts from the home-plate area) took it to the new top line before the line of Ryan Strome-Leon Draisaitl-Drake Caggiula posted a 71.43 Corsi-for percentage and had 100 percent of the shot attempts from the home-plate area with three chances.
Giroux-Couturier-Simmonds rebounded to a degree against the Canucks, as they posted a 50 Corsi-for percentage against the Brendan Gaunce-Markus Granlund-Jake Virtanen unit along with 57.14 percent of the shot attempts and home-plate area shot attempts against the Sedins and Vanek.
Michael Raffl - Valtteri Filppula - Jakub Voracek
Shot attempts: 28 for, 36 against (43.75 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts: 24 for, 24 against (50 percent)
Shots on goal: 20 for, 17 against (54.05 percent)
Shot attempts from home-plate area: 18 for, 16 against (52.94 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts from home-plate area: 14 for, 6 against (70 percent)
With the second-most ice time among the new four lines, Michael Raffl-Valtteri Filppula-Jakub Voracek posted the highest (yet unimpressive) Corsi-for percentage of 43.75 with three goals for and zero goals against. Although they had a 39.62 Corsi-for percentage through the first two games of the winning streak, the second line produced a 63.64 Corsi-for percentage against the Canucks on Thursday.
The overall possession numbers aren’t too flattering, but Raffl-Filppula-Voracek have produced 52.94 percent of the shot attempts and 70 percent of the unblocked shot attempts (including all three of their goals) from the home-plate area.
Following a game against Calgary where they lost the overall shot-attempt count to the lines of Curtis Lazar-Garnet Hathaway-Troy Brouwer and Monahan-Gaudreau-Ferland despite holding the upper hand in quality chances (47.37 Corsi-for percentage, but 57.14 percent of the shot attempts from the home-plate area featuring a pair of goals), Raffl-Filppula-Voracek posted a 50 Corsi-for percentage against the lines of Connor McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi-Milan Lucic and the Sedins with Loui Eriksson, as well as producing all four of the shot attempts from the home-plate area.
Jordan Weal - Scott Laughton - Taylor Leier
Shot attempts: 16 for, 24 against (40 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts: 13 for, 19 against (40.63 percent)
Shots on goal: 11 for, 15 against (42.31 percent)
Shot attempts from home-plate area: 12 for, 11 against (52.17 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts from home-plate area: 9 for, 7 against (56.25 percent)
In 26:45 of 5-on-5 ice time together over the last three games, the line of Jordan Weal-Scott Laughton-Taylor Leier has posted a 40 corsi for percentage and produced one goal to the opponents’ zero. After a slight advantage in overall possession (53.57 corsi for percentage) and huge advantage in quality attempts (75 percent of the unblocked shot attempts from the home plate area) in the games against Calgary and Edmonton, Weal-Laughton-Leier got pushed around against the Canucks. After Alexander Burmistrov teamed up with Gaunce and Eriksson for a 100 corsi for percentage (3-0) with two attempts being unblocked shot attempts from the home-plate area when the game was actually competitive, he joined Virtanen and Nikolay Goldobin for a 3-0 shot attempt count for Philly’s third line in the game’s final minute.
Weal-Laughton-Leier’s best game of the win streak was the Oilers’ game, where they posted an 80 corsi for percentage against both the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Michael Cammalleri-Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu-Zack Kassian-Jujhar Khaira lines while owning six of the seven unblocked shot attempts from the home-plate area.
Travis Konecny - Nolan Patrick - Dale Weise
Shot attempts: 3 for, 35 against (7.89 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts: 3 for, 26 against (10.34 percent)
Shots on goal: 3 for, 19 against (13.64 percent)
Shot attempts from home-plate area: 0 for, 22 against (0 percent)
Unblocked shot attempts from home-plate area: 0 for, 13 against (0 percent)
There is no reason this line of Travis Konecny-Nolan Patrick-Dale Weise should be together anymore. Over the last three games, this trio has posted a 7.89 Corsi-for percentage in 15:37 of ice time together. If the 7.89 Corsi-for percentage didn’t make you wince, these three have generated three shot attempts at 5-on-5 together during the win streak (one a game) to the 35 they have allowed (over two shot attempts per minute).
Konecny-Patrick-Weise posted a 10.53 Corsi-for percentage against the Flames, 16.67 Corsi-for percentage against the Oilers, and zero (zero shot attempts for, 13 against) against the Canucks. The three have also been outshot in the home-plate area 22-0, as they were outshot 11-0 from here against Calgary and 9-0 against Vancouver.
Right now, the lineup is working. It helped to end the losing streak and, with the help of Brian Elliott’s play, has been producing wins. However, if each line is going to fail to break even in terms of possession each game, it’s going to be hard for the team to keep rattling off victories.
Subject: My Sadness Sustains Me
Subject: Eagles vs. Rams snap count analysis: It
The entire starting offensive line played the entire game, except for Stefen Wisniewski. Wis apparently suffered an ankle injury in the game. The Eagles originally said he was probable to return but he never came back. Chance Warmack predictably struggled after coming in for Wis. Then Isaac Seumalo replaced Warmack and wasn’t much better. Here’s hoping the Eagles can get Wis back soon.
You already know what happened with Carson Wentz.
Torrey Smith deserves credit for stepping up and having a strong game. It’s still weird to me how they’ve been force feeding him the ball early in games, but at least he made the most of his opportunities. Smith finished with six receptions for 100 yards (16.7 average). The other starting wide receivers weren’t slouches, either. Nelson Agholor had eight for 64. His drop early in the game led to a Rams interception and subsequent touchdown, but he made up for it with a crucial third down catch to essentially seal the game. Alshon Jeffery had five for 52 and one touchdown. His fingertip grab on Wentz’s fourth down throw was very impressive. Jeffery also drew a 41-yard pass interference penalty at one point.
Trey Burton and Brent Celek almost saw a 50-50 split in playing time with Zach Ertz out due to injury. Burton really stepped up big. He had five receptions for 71 yards and two scores. It could be hard to re-sign him after this year. Celek had one grab for a five-yard touchdown. Oddly enough, the Eagles have scored 88 offensive points in the two games where Ertz hasn’t played.
For the second week in a row, Jay Ajayi led all Eagles running backs in snaps played. He gained 78 yards on 15 carries, which now puts him up to 307 yards on 44 total carries (a nice 6.9 average) since joining Philadelphia. There’s no reason for the Eagles not to get him more involved. It felt like Duce Staley/Doug Pederson got away from him too much at times. They forced the issue with LeGarrette Blount, who only gained 12 yards on seven carries (1.7 average). It’s not like Blount’s had a bad season, but Ajayi was clearly the hot hand (he’s a running back, so the “hot legs”?) against the Rams. The Eagles gotta stick with what’s working from here on out.
The Eagles didn’t use their base defense at all against the Rams. As you can see, three cornerbacks played 100% of the snaps.
No real surprises here.
Shelton Gibson notched a special teams tackle on punt coverage.
Steven Means came close to blocking a punt. He also tipped one a few weeks ago. He’s bound to get a real block at some point.
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