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[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 09:00:07 EST from rss

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

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

The Philadelphia Eagles have returned to the East Coast for the third and final tilt of a three-game road stretch. Sunday’s matchup features a battle against the New York Giants.

Despite being a division game, this matchup lacks juice.

The Eagles already wrapped up the NFC East by defeating the Los Angeles Rams last weekend. Now the Birds are looking to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.

Philadelphia will obviously be moving forward without Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback. The second-year signal caller suffered an unfortunate season-ending ACL injury in L.A. Now it’s up to Nick Foles and the rest of the team to step up in Wentz’s absence.

The Giants should be a relatively easy test for the Wentz-less Eagles. New York is really bad and banged up. The Giants fired their head coach (Ben McAdoo) and general manager (Jerry Reese) last week so they’re clearly about to undergo some major changes this offseason.

In the meantime, Eli Manning is still the Giants’ starting quarterback. He was able to have some success when he came to Philadelphia earlier this season. Of course, he won’t have Odell Beckham Jr. to throw to this time around.

And that’s all the more reason we should see a dominant performance from the Eagles defense on Sunday. With Wentz going down, there’s a lot of pressure on Jim Schwartz’s unit to really step up. Foles and the offense should be able to score enough to put the Eagles in a position to win as long as the defense does their job. We’ll see if that’s the case.

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

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Channel: FOX

Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

Location: MetLife Stadium | East Rutherford, New Jersey

NFL Network replay: TBA

Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here

Online Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Game Pass

FOX Sports GO

Odds

Per Bovada, the Eagles are heavy favorites.

Philadelphia Eagles -7.5 (-110)

New York Giants +7.5 (-110)

Over/under: 40.5

History Lesson

The Eagles are 81-84-2 in 167 all-time regular season appearances against the Giants. These two teams last played in Week 3 earlier this season when Jake Elliott hit a 61-yard walk-off field goal to give Philadelphia a 27-24 win.

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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)





[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 10:00:02 EST from rss

Subject: What if Ben McAdoo had accepted the Eagles offer to be head coach?

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An alternative reality turned nightmare

The gift basket sat there ready to be greeted. Inside were Tastykakes, presumably a staple such as butterscotch krimpets, or chocolate cupcakes with filling, or peanut butter kandy kakes. There was sure to be some form of pretzel, and other assorted Philadelphia trinkets and snacks. There was one for Carson Wentz on April 28th 2016, draft day.

And before that, there was one for Ben McAdoo on January 13th.

A similar basket, almost certainly the same one, then awaited Doug Pederson on the 18th.

McAdoo left the Eagles at the altar to return to the Giants to be their head coach. Spurned, the Eagles turned to Pederson. Imagine if McAdoo had said yes.

There’s an alternate reality where McAdoo is preparing to face his former team on Sunday. Would the game would have such a stark contrast in teams?

McAdoo oversaw the stalest offense in the league, 27th in points for and with a season high of 24 points scored. No other team this year has a high that is so low. His best output as a head coach is 28 points. (Both “highs” were against the Eagles.) On top of his lack of tactical acumen, McAdoo lost the locker room in spectacular fashion. He benched Eli Apple for disciplinary reasons, then suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins under similar circumstances. With one foot already out the door, he stumbled to the ground ass backwards by benching Eli Manning. One wonders what “emotional intelligence” the Eagles saw in him.

Meanwhile, Pederson has produced of the league’s best offenses, 1st in points for, scoring 30+ points 8 times, and more than 24 points 11 times. Winning cures all ills, but Pederson’s locker room is as tight knit as any. It helps to have had an MVP candidate at quarterback.

If Ben McAdoo had accepted the Eagles offer, he wouldn’t have a top scoring offense. He might not have even had Carson Wentz.

Doug Pederson put together a staff that has seen it all when it comes to quarterbacks. He, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterback coach John DeFilippo played with or coached the complete range of talent, from Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Boomer Esiason, Donovan McNabb, and Philip Rivers at the top, to Johnny Manziel and JaMarcus Russell at the bottom, and plenty in between. Intangibles are, by their definition, impossible to be seen, but if the experiences of that staff couldn’t detect them, then no one can. McAdoo, to his credit, worked with Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Eli Manning, but only coached day in and day out the latter two. The staff he assembled in New York have resumes distinctly less impressive than Pederson’s assistants.

This mattered when the team was zeroing in on Wentz as the guy they had to draft. Pederson and Reich have talked at length about how impressed they were by Wentz as a player and a person. The coaches weren’t calling the shots in the front office, but it’s hard to imagine they didn’t play a role. You don’t hire two former NFL QBs and a well respected QB coach and discard their input.

Would Ben McAdoo and the Eagles have fallen in love with Wentz as well?

There’s no guarantee he would have. Jeff Fisher and the Rams and Hue Jackson and the Browns certainly didn’t, and McAdoo’s work this season puts him in the conversation of being on a level with those coaches. What if he had preferred Paxton Lynch? Pederson wanted nothing to do with Lynch, but the Cowboys and Broncos did. As many teams wanted Lynch as didn’t want Wentz, it’s not a long leap to imagine that a McAdoo-coached Eagles would prefer him. Or what if McAdoo, whose entire NFL career, save for one season as an OL coach, was with veteran QBs, wanted to ride with Sam Bradford?

McAdoo’s decision to bench Manning for Geno Smith doesn’t inspire any confidence he would have gotten the QB decision right in 2016, and the enormous steps backwards the Giants took this season give no faith that in a world where Ben McAdoo is coaching Carson Wentz that Wentz turns into one of the best QBs in 2017.

There’s an alternative reality where not only is Ben McAdoo the Eagles head coach, but that Carson Wentz isn’t the franchise, or isn’t even on it. Fortunately for the Eagles, the team and the gift basket ended up in different hands.





[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 09:52:43 EST from rss

Subject: A Triple Overtime Classic

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The only thing better than free basketball is more free basketball. And the only thing better than more free basketball is even more free basketball. That’s what we got last night – an instant classic with two teams just slugging it out over three overtime periods. The late finish made up for the late arrival,…

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[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 11:00:05 EST from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Stars preview: Feeling hot, hot, hot

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What’s better than a five-game winning streak? A SIX-BURGER.

The Flyers went from ice-cold to spicy hot with a now five-game winning streak, their longest string of regulation wins since way back in 2010.

Suddenly streaking, the Flyers look for their sixth-straight win when the Dallas Stars come to town tonight for a 7pm puck drop at the Wells Fargo Center. But it won’t be just any night at the WFC as the fans will be treated to a unique experience at the arena that BSH’s own Kelly Hinkle has more on here.

On the ice, the Flyers will face a good test in the Stars, who’ve rebounded nicely so far this season after a disappointing finish a year ago. Behind the bench is a familiar face in Ken Hitchcock. Familiar (and dangerous) faces litter the Dallas lineup from Tyler Seguin (29 points in 33 games), Jamie Benn (29 points in 33 games) and newcomer Alexander Radulov, the enigmatic yet explosive winger.

Also new for the Stars is what the team hoped would be a solidified crease with Ben Bishop acquired from Los Angeles and then signed to a large deal. Bishop, however, hasn’t been up to his career numbers though, posting a .909 save percentage (nearly .10 points below his career mark) and a disappointing 2.75 goals-against average (nearly .40 higher than his career average).

For the Flyers, they’ve had anything but problems in goal recently as Brian Elliott has won five games in a row and has allowed just eight goals in that same stretch. He’s currently rocking a sparkling .938 save percentage and a 1.85 goals-against average in the month of December.

As for streaking forwards, look no further than Michael Raffl, who has points in each of his last five games (3G, 3A). It’s no secret that secondary scoring boost Raffl has given the club has play a role in the Flyers’ recent run. The rebirth of Wayne Simmonds (3G, 2A in last five games) has also helped resuscitate the Flyers’ offense of late.

Since coach Dave Hakstol broke up the Flyers’ top line of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek, the returns have been very good. Raffl, Valtteri Filppula and Voracek have scored four goals while allowing one as line together. The move allowed Giroux and Couturier to stay together (23 goals forced, 12 goals allowed) while adding a struggling player who appears to have been jumpstarted by the move in Simmonds.

With Hasktol all of a sudden pushing the right buttons, his next project has appeared to be get his No. 2 overall pick going. Nolan Patrick has seen his ice time slightly increase over the past three games, going from 8:12 in Edmonton to 12:08 against Buffalo. While that’s not staggering, Patrick posted a 60% Corsi For in the game and had a goal-saving defensive play that was sure to catch the eye of his head coach.

Here’s to hoping Nolan is the next Flyer to break out of a rut and get back onto the score sheet against the Stars.

Flyers projected lineup

Forwards

Giroux - Couturier - Simmonds

Raffl - Filppula - Voracek

Weal - Patrick - Weise

Leier - Laughton - Konecny

Defense

Provorov - MacDonald

Gostisbehere - Hagg

Sanheim - Gudas

Goalies

Elliott

Lyon





[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 13:05:51 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Draft: Saturday Bowl Preview

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Welcome to College Football Bowl Season! Dozens of games will be happening over the next few weeks that feature match ups across conferences which will serve as a great challenge to a lot of draft prospects. Today’s slate features five bowl games and each one has at least a player worth keeping an eye on.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Troy v. North Texas, 1 PM ET on ESPN

  • Jordan Chunn, Running Back, Troy: Troy has battled their way to an impressive 10-2 this season, including a major upset win over LSU a few weeks ago. Fair to say their season wouldn't be possible without Jordan Chunn serving as the engine to their offense. The 6’1”, 235 pound senior is a strong, bruising back with impressive quickness for his size. Chunn has been productive over the course of his whole career at Troy and the senior is looking to go out on a high note and get Troy their 11th win on the season.
  • Blace Brown, Cornerback, Troy: Another playmaker who has been integral to Troy’s success this year; Blace Brown has picked off five passes this season and 11 passes since the beginning of the 2016 season. He is a lanky six foot and 186 pounds, but he uses his frame wen to find the ball in the air and make a play. While Brown is only a junior; his productivity over the last two seasons could push him to consider early draft declaration.

Autonation Cure Bowl, Western Kentucky v. Georgia State, 2:30 PM ET on CBS

  • Mike White, Quarterback, Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers have lost a lot of talent over the last few years, but Mike White remains a steady producer on their offense. The 6’5”, 230 pound signal caller has a strong, accurate arm downfield and is tough in the pocket. He is not the greatest athlete and his decision making can flounder sometimes, but he is a worthwhile quarterback prospect who could warrant mid-round consideration for teams looking for a young back up.
  • Bryan Williams, Safety, Georgia State: Georgia State’s fifth year senior is a massive safety prospect; standing 6’3” at 215 pounds. Williams’ career has been mired by injuries, but he turned in a strong senior season and led the Panthers in interceptions. Williams’ size and range is worth a look as a developmental prospect who could play safety or even cornerback.

Las Vegas Bowl, #25 Boise State v. Oregon, 3:30 PM ET on ABC

  • Tyrell Crosby, Tackle, Oregon: Arguably the best prospect in this game; Tyrell Crosby returns to his home town for his last game of college football. At 6’5” and 320 pounds, Crosby has ideal size for the tackle position and he is a fantastic athlete to boot. He is a technically sound player as well; making him a strong prospect who will warrant first round consideration. Mauling a tough Boise State defense to get a win today will probably go a long way for his draft stock.
  • Charles Nelson, Wide Receiver, Oregon: While Charles Nelson has never been a great producer; the 5-8, 170 pound senior is an electric player with the ball in his hands. During his time in Eugene; he has made an impact as a receiver, runner, returner and even a defender. While Nelson’s NFL prospects aren’t definite; he is no doubt a great physical talent who could make a big pay at any moment.
  • Arrion Springs, Cornerback, Oregon: In the last three seasons; Arrion Springs has broken up 41 passes! The six foot defender is incredibly physical and aware and while he will not create a lot of interceptions; he is a steady defender who will give his all on every play. Boise State has a strong passing offense and Springs will be tested in his final game before he goes pro.
  • Cedrick Wilson, Wide Receiver, Boise State: Cedrick Wilson has been a playmaker ever since he stepped into the starting line up for the Broncos. The 6’3”, 190 pound senior has over 2,400 receiving yards in the last two years and 17 touchdowns through the air. He is a big bodied deep threat who has excellent ball skills to make tough catches down field. He will be facing an underrated secondary against Oregon and a big game will help keep his name fresh in the minds of draft analysts everywhere.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Marshall v. Colorado State, 4:30 PM ET on ESPN

  • Dalyn Dawkins, Running Back, Colorado State: The Rams run a balanced offense that benefitted their senior running back, Dalyn Dawkins, this season. The 5’9, 190 pound runner doesn't have prototypical size but he is a quick footed scat back who can create plays as a runner or in the passing game. While he is not among the many top tiered backs in this upcoming class; Dawkins is a late round runner who will make an impact in the league.
  • Michael Gallup, Wide Receiver, Colorado State: Michael Gallup is one of the best receivers in the country, and has been for the last two years. Gallup isa well built 6’1” and 200 pounds and he has caught 21 touchdowns since 2016 and pick up over 2,600 yards through the air. Gallup isn't an overwhelming athlete; but he is a consistent technician who plays with a “my ball” mentality. He is a tough, consistent player and a big game from him today would hardly be surprise.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Middle Tennessee v. Arkansas State, 8 PM ET on ESPN

  • Richie James, Wide Receiver, Middle Tennessee: Richie James was an offensive monster his first two years in college football but his junior season has been derailed by multiple injuries. He is questionable to play today with a collar bone injury, but if he is in and healthy; there are few players more electric with the ball in their hands.
  • Ja’Von Rolland Jones, Defensive End, Arkansas State: Playing at Arkansas State can obscure a player’s success a bit; but Ja’Van Rolland Jones has been one of the most productive players in the country since he started for the Red Wolves. With 43.5 sacks and 64 TFLs in the last four years (not to mention 10 forced fumbles in that time), Rolland Jones is the second most productive defensive lineman in NCAA history. If Rolland Jones gets a sack tonight; he will break Terrell Suggs’ record and become the most productive college pass rusher of all time. Rolland Jones is a smaller 6’2” and 244 pounds, but he is highly physical and a high effort player. Tonight will be the cherry on top of an incredible college career and he will no doubt make an impact at the next level.





[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 14:00:04 EST from rss

Subject: Checking out the competition: Dallas Stars with Taylor Baird

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Will Jamie Benn go down?

Steph Driver chats with Taylor Baird from Defending Big D (live from the LOVE park Christmas Village) about tonight’s home game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars. Topics include:

  • You won the Ben Bishop sweepstakes, how’s that going?
  • Defense doesn’t need to be old and slow coach
  • #size
  • Jamie Benn’s Penalty Box




[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 15:33:49 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Week 15 Saturday Football Game Information

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Watch the games here.

Usually Saturday is reserved for college football games only but there are actually two NFL games scheduled for today.

The Detroit Lions (7-6) and Chicago Bears (4-9) are set to face each other in an NFC North matchup.

Then the Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) and Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) will battle it out for first place in the AFC West.

Neither of these games are super important as far as the Eagles are concerned. It’d be nice to see the Lions win since that’d make it harder for the Cowboys to get into the playoffs. As far as the Chiefs/Chargers game goes, you can decide whether you want to pull for Andy Reid’s team or not.

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

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Start time: 4:30 PM ET

Channel: NFL Network

Announcers: Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner

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

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Start time: 8:30 PM ET

Channel: NFL Network

Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

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

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Open thread: discuss Saturday’s game in the comments below.





[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 15:59:01 EST from rss

Subject: Previewing the Giants-Eagles game

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[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 17:30:02 EST from rss

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

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A Saturday night holiday extravaganza will take place, all while the Flyers hope to tally their sixth straight victory.

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

  • Seen locally via NBC Sports Philadelphia (or via stream on the NBC Sports App)
  • Heard via radio locally on 97.5 The Fanatic
  • Seen in Dallas via FS-Southwest
  • Seen or heard elsewhere via NHL.tv, NHL Center Ice, or Sirius XM

Flyers are, unsurprisingly, sticking with the same lineup they’ve rolled each of the past two games.

Projected Flyers lineup:

Forwards

Giroux - Couturier - Simmonds

Raffl - Filppula - Voracek

Weal - Patrick - Weise

Leier - Laughton - Konecny

Defensemen

Provorov - MacDonald

Gostisbehere - Hagg

Sanheim - Gudas

Goalies

Elliott

(Lyon)

Projected Stars lineup (via):

Forwards

Elie - Seguin - Short

Janmark - Spezza - Radulov

Benn - Faksa - Pitlick

Roussel - Hanzal - Ritchie

Defense

Lindell - Klingberg

Hamhuis - Pateryn

Johns - Honka

Goalies

Bishop

(Lehtonen)





[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 22:05:07 EST from rss

Subject: Flyers 2, Stars 1: A ghostly sixth straight win

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Shayne Gostisbehere is a treasure.

1st Period

This one had an interesting start to say the least. Claude Giroux hit Jamie Benn before heading off for a line change and then Benn proceeded to crosscheck the Flyers captain resulting in ... offsetting roughing minors??? Yeah, I didn’t get that one either.

Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds created the best chance in the early going on a partial breakaway. Couturier received a pass at the face off circle then sprung a darting Simmonds. Wayne would get a backhand shot off with pressure from behind, but it would be stopped by Ben Bishop.

The Stars would strike first in this one, as they took advantage of a Flyers defense in transition and Gemel Smith buried the pass from Remi Elie wide open in front of Brian Elliott. 1-0 Dallas.

With the amount of hits and seemingly bad blood in the early going of this one, I thought I was watching an Eagles vs Cowboys game and not Flyers vs Stars. Everyone was finishing their checks and making life just a bit more miserable for the opposition. Simmonds was especially physical, looking for the hit almost every time a Dallas player touched the puck.

Overall, it was a fairly even first period. Dallas had the early edge in CF with a 14-10 mark that really picked up as the period wound down. While this wasn’t the worst scenario for the first, the Stars are in the second half of a back to back, and getting out to a hot start would have been nice to see from the home team.

1st Period Heatmap/Gameflow

2nd Period

After a lackluster start to the second period, the Flyers went on the power play with about 12 minutes to go. Early in the man advantage, Simmonds had easily the best chance of the game. Wide open point blank shot that Bishop made an absolutely incredible save on to keep the game 1-0 Dallas. Shortly after though, a point shot by Jakub Voracek that went wide, bounced right to Shayne Gostisbehere and this time there was no stopping the shot, as the Flyers would tie the game at one on the power play goal.

The next best chance in the period was a breakaway for Voracek, who escaped behind the Stars defense after a beautiful pass by Gostisbehere, but pushed the shot just wide. After the power play goal, the Flyers were taking it to the Stars in every facet of the game.

This showed up in the possession stats at the end of the period. The Flyers pulled even with Dallas during the second, and improved their shot quality. A lot more of Philadelphia’s chances were coming from high percentage areas, which lead to a much better period. Dallas on the other hand, saw an increase in point shots, a definite positive for the Flyers. Keeping a team featuring Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn to the outside with their shot attempts is key.

2nd Period Heatmap/Gameflow

3rd Period

Surprisingly enough, the third line of Dale Weise, Nolan Patrick, and Jordan Weal started the period, and they did not disappoint their head coach. The line had a few scoring chances and Weal especially was everywhere during the shift, creating offense.

Dallas would answer with some pressure shortly after, as a breakdown lead to a shot by Tyler Seguin in the slot. That usually spells bad news for the opposition, but this time Elliott was up to the task, keeping the game tied at one.

Five minutes into the final frame, Gemel Smith took a penalty that put the Flyers on a huge power play early in the third. However the Flyers were unable to put together any kind of sustained pressure, giving Dallas a huge break.

In typical Stars fashion in this game, they’d put the Flyers right back on the man advantage in the form of a Alex Radulov high stick on Ivan Provorov. But once again, the Dallas penalty kill held strong. The best chances on the power play coming from the second unit after good board work by Patrick.

The third would progress into even more of a tight checking affair and despite a few solid chances for each team, the game would head to overtime with the Flyers securing at least a point. This time the Flyers came out on top in the possession game, leading in CF 16-14 at the end of the period.

3rd Period (Final) Heatmap/Gameflow

Overtime

LOT OF SCREAMING, LOUD NOISES, MAYHEM, THE USUAL THREE ON THREE OVERTIME ANTICS.

With time winding down in the OT it looked like Valtteri Filppula hooked Radulov and was going to the box. But, by some kind of miracle, the Flyers finally got some luck and Radulov went to the box instead, giving them a late power play.

Shayne Gostisbehere found himself alone in the high slot shortly after the power play began and sniped one by Bishop, to give the Flyers their sixth consecutive win. To cap it all off, the goal was reviewed for goalie interference. As it turns out, Bishop held Simmonds’ stick and interfered with himself. JOKE’S ON YOU BUDDY. Gostisbehere scores the only two goals in the game for the Flyers, putting an end to a wild one vs. the Stars.

They’ll look for lucky number seven vs the L.A. Kings on Monday.





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 01:48:29 EST from rss

Subject: What are you expecting to see from Nick Foles in the Eagles-Giants game?

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A special bonus episode of BGN Radio!





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 02:36:14 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Picks Against the Spread 2017: Week 15 Games

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Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

Before the 15th 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 15 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 14th week is 99-85-7. Let’s get to the picks.

NFL Week 15 Games

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins (-4): Both of these teams are really banged up. It’s hard to have a great feel for this one because there are just so many injuries. I think what it comes down to is that I don’t trust Blaine Gabbert and company to get a win on the road against Kirk Cousins. But if that does happen, you can sure bet we’re gonna make fun of the man we refer to as Kurt Coupons. PICK: Washington -4

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (-11): The Jags are legit. They’re going to win the AFC South. They haven’t officially done that, so they’ll be hungry to do so. T.J. Yates is no match for Jacksonville’s defense. PICK: Jaguars -11

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers (-3): Aaron Rodgers is back, baby. The Panthers played the Vikings tough last week, yes. But I still don’t buy Carolina enough to beat the best football player on the planet. I’m not gonna be the guy who bets against Rodgers. I like him with the points. PICK: Packers +3

New York Jets at New Orleans Saints (-16): Dang, that’s a lot of points. But is it really all that crazy? I don’t think so. The Jets are on the road again after coming off a 23-0 loss in Denver. New York lost Josh McCown for the season so now it’s … (googles “jets starting quarterback”) … Bryce Petty starting. Yikes. The Saints are going to bounce back after losing on Thursday Night Football last week. The extra rest is just another edge for them. PICK: Saints -16

Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5) at New York Giants: The Eagles are probably going to win this game. The Giants are bad and banged up. They’re not looking very motivated, either. With Carson Wentz out and Nick Foles starting, there’s certainly some uncertainty here. It’s just a matter of figuring out if the Eagles can win by more than a touchdown. I think they can win at least by 10. So I’ll take the Birds, who are 10-3 against the spread this season. Best record ATS in the NFL. PICK: Eagles -7.5

Baltimore Ravens (-7) at Cleveland Browns: The Ravens are actually playing good football recently. So are the Browns. Ha, just seeing if you were paying attention. Baltimore should be able to take care of business against the Browns. PICK: Ravens -7

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-3): I don’t know why, but I just have a feeling about this one. Against my better judgement, I’m riding with Miami. I feel like I shouldn’t be because they’ve been really bad at times. And the game is in Buffalo. And it’s a short week for Adam Gase’s team. But I don’t know! I can’t go against my gut. PICK: Dolphins +3

Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings (-11): The Bengals lost to *Chicago* last week by 33-7. And the game was in Cincy! That’s just embarrassing. I don’t see how the Bengals march into Minnesota and play well. The Vikings are going to be motivated after losing to Carolina. Plus Mike Zimmer is going to want to beat his former team. PICK: Vikings -11

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-1): The Seahawks are 43-8 in their last 51 home games. They’re just so good at home. I don’t like betting against them there. I know the Rams are good and it wouldn’t surprise me if they won. I just feel more comfortable going with Seattle. PICK: Seahawks -1

New England Patriots (-2.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers: The Patriots always own the Steelers. Pittsburgh hasn’t looked THAT great recently. They’re been winning, yeah, but they’ve looked far from unbeatable. The Pats are gonna be pissed after losing to Miami on Monday night. This a huge game and it’s hard to bet against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. PICK: Patriots -2.5

Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers (-1.5): Jimmy Garoppolo is looking like the real deal. I can’t believe I’m picking the 49ers to win their third game in a row, but a quarterback changes everything. Tennessee isn’t as good as their record suggests. Just look at how they rank in DVOA and point differential. Marcus Mariota hasn’t been great. They lost to Gabbert in Arizona. I’m going with San Fran. PICK: 49ers -1.5

Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Oakland Raiders: Oakland’s defense is baaaad. Derek Carr hasn’t been good either. Just not a lot of good stuff going for this Oakland team right now. I’m totally not trying to jinx Dallas by taking them here. PICK: Cowboys -3

Atlanta Falcons (-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are trash. Atlanta is playing well and they’re rested after coming off Thursday Night Football. The Falcons are playing to stay in good shape in the NFC playoff picture. PICK: Falcons -6





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 03:39:45 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Carson Wentz finishes first in NFC Pro Bowl fan voting

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

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

Wentz Finishes Tops In NFC In Fan Pro Bowl Voting - CBS Philly
If it wasn’t already clear how popular Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is with football fans, it certainly is now. The second-year star is well on his way to being named to his first NFL Pro Bowl after finishing tops in the NFC in fan voting. After the ballot closed on Thursday, Wentz had 829,174 votes, good for fourth-best in the league, behind only Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (855,539), Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (833,481) and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (832,446). Wentz finished well ahead of Saints quarterback Drew Brees who managed 743,355 votes.

What are you expecting to see from Nick Foles? - BGN
A special bonus episode of BGN Radio!

Five over/unders for Eagles at Giants - PhillyVoice
Sacks by Eagles defense: 2.5. You can pretty much bank on the Birds defense getting two sacks every game. But when the Eagles feast, as they did in Dallas a few weeks back, they feast. They could do themselves a big favor by pinning their ears back and getting after Eli Manning on Sunday, something they failed to do the first time these two teams matched up. They were still able to force a pair of interceptions in that game, but you have to think that if Manning had seen a bit more pressure, the Eagles wouldn't have needed to rely on a 61-yard field goal from Jake Elliott to give them the W. If Manning has another 350-plus-yard day through the air, it could be tough to escape MetLife with a win.

Foles Eve - Iggles Blitz
I’m optimistic, but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some concern at all. Anyone who saw Foles play Dallas in October of 2013 knows what I’m talking about. He was 11-29-80. He was awful. Foles made poor reads. He made poor throws. He missed wide open guys. The Eagles lost 17-3. Foles played much better after that game and ended up having a great season. But you did see just what rock bottom looked like. Sunday is going to be one of the most interesting 11-2 vs 2-11 matchups in a long time.

New advances in Achilles treatment encouraging for Sidney Jones, NFL players - ESPN
The Eagles’ studies, though, found that advancements in the treatment of Achilles injuries had made it a less debilitating injury and significantly increased the return rate -- even for players who play "quick-twitch" positions like Jones. Those odds are about to be tested, as Jones was cleared to practice this week, some nine months after suffering the Achilles tear at the University of Washington’s pro day.

Lawlor: Eagles Must Remain Aggressive And Take It To The Giants - PE.com
The Eagles were down 35-31. Nick Foles was in at quarterback. You would think Doug Pederson might have tried to run the ball or call a conservative play. Instead, Pederson had the Eagles line up in an empty set and called a pass play. Foles bobbled the snap, but then secured it and ran for 9 yards. Pederson wasn't interested in playing it safe. He wanted to win. That was the right message to send to his team and the rest of the NFL. Yes, Carson Wentz is done for the year. The Eagles aren't. They also aren't going to be conservative. You won't see them running the ball, avoiding turnovers, and hoping for the best. Pederson is going to give Foles a chance to lead the offense.

Michael Vick says Nick Foles 'can get it done,' take Eagles 'deep in the playoffs' - CBS Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles might not need Nick Foles to be the main reason they survive without Carson Wentz. One former Eagles quarterback and Foles' ex-teammate, however, thinks he can be. Michael Vick told SportsRadio 94 WIP this week that Foles, the Eagles' fill-in starter after Wentz's season-ending ACL tear, "can get it done" and take Philadelphia "deep in the playoffs" despite the anticipated drop-off from Wentz, an MVP candidate, to the backup.

Jerry Jones Isn’t Done. He’s Playing the Long Game - Sports Illustrated
Eagles look at their own resilience. Carson Wentz, the darling of the 2017 season, before tearing his left ACL on Sunday, underwent reconstructive knee surgery in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It’s hard to put a date on when he could be ready to play again, but it’s instructive to know where his head is at, and owner Jeffrey Lurie gave me some insight on that on Wednesday. “He wanted to do the surgery right away to speed up the timeline,” Lurie said. “He’s very aware of being ready to start the 2018 season.”

Trumaine Johnson fined $9,115 for unsportsmanlike conduct - PFT
PFT has confirmed that Johnson was fined $9,115 after being flagged for adding some verbal discouragement to Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after breaking up a pass on third down. The Eagles used the first down to continue driving for a touchdown pass to Jeffery — the last pass Carson Wentz will throw this year as it turns out — and beat the Rams 43-35.

What Bill Parcells’ 1990 Giants can teach this Eagles team - New York Post
“There’s ways to win all these games,” Parcells told The Post. “Your job is to figure it out. Just because they lost Wentz that doesn’t mean they’re gonna lose. Everybody says, ‘Well everybody else has to step up.’ No. Everybody else has to play championship football. Just like you would have had to do if Wentz was there.”

Even without Wentz, Eagles will chuck it - NBC Sports Philadelphia
And I am confident in Foles' ability to lead this team. His challenge will be to get the ball to his playmakers. This is the difference between Foles and Carson Wentz. Wentz is the playmaker. Foles has to be the facilitator for the playmakers. Our expectations for Foles have to be focused on just that — a facilitator. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has lost his best offensive playmaker, but he believes in his new starting QB's ability to throw the ball. In fact, I see the Eagles’ offense throwing more because of the trust Pederson has in his veteran QB. So, I know everyone is dead set on the Birds running, but I would put money on Pederson's run-to-pass ratio being 2-to-1 in favor of passing.

Carson Wentz and other injured Eagles use faith for perspective - Inquirer
The night before the Rams game, after chapel, Carson Wentz and Trey Burton were lamenting the loss of half their core group of friends on the Eagles. Chris Maragos suffered season-ending knee injuries in October. Jordan Hicks was done for the year with an Achilles tendon rupture only a few weeks later. And Jordan Matthews, who would also eventually land on injured reserve, had been traded to the Bills in August. “Carson and I were talking about how much we miss both Jordans — Hicks and Matthews — and the same with Maragos,” Burton said Friday. “And I was like, ‘Bro, I don’t know if I can lose anybody else.’ The next day, Carson literally gets hurt and a day later he’s on IR.”

Don’t Cry Over Carson Wentz, Eagles Fans—You Still Have Wawa - The Ringer
The beloved convenience-store chain extends its reach into the nation’s capital on Thursday. A congressman and Ringer staffers share with us their delight.

Dolphins' offense finding its groove in life after Jay Ajayi - Sun Sentinel
Ajayi is averaging 7.0 yards per carry on his 44 attempts with the Eagles over the past five games. And considering the Eagles have already qualified for the postseason, don’t shed a tear for Ajayi. On the flip side, the Dolphins are averaging 100 rushing yards a game in the six contests played without Ajayi. That’s a 23-yard improvement over games with Ajayi.

Giants vs. Eagles: Five questions, answers about Philadelphia - Big Blue View
You can make an argument that the season completely unraveled for the New York Giants when Jake Elliott of the Philadelphia Eagles beat them with a 61-yard field goal in Week 3. The teams meet again on Sunday, so we turn to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation for this week’s “Five Questions” segment.

The Day of Reckoning: How NFL owners and Donald Trump put down a national protest - SB Nation
It is the day Donald Trump is meeting with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and I am sitting in the basement of the White House with a group of black folks. The group is made up of journalists, cameramen — all here to watch the day unfold. The mood is light; we talk; joke. But it’s hard not to recognize how surreal this scene is. Here we are on this October afternoon, black, in a house built by slaves — a house where the first black president used to dance with his black wife, laugh with his black kids, and enjoy the company of his black friends. That was then. Now, upstairs lives a president who is there largely because he is not black, whose campaign was built upon thinly veiled promises to return power to the majority; to make things the way they were before a black man was president.

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[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 03:59:31 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Giants game TV coverage map

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Check to see if you get the game.

IT’S GAME DAY - time for Philadelphia Eagles football! But can you watch their NFL Week 15 game against the New York Giants from where you are? If you live in the GREEN on the television coverage map below, you’re in luck (via 506Sports.com).

If you live in the green, you can watch the Eagles-Giants game on FOX starting at 1:00 PM ET. As you can see, the Eagles’ coverage is limited due to the Giants being so bad.

Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) and Chris Spielman (color analyst) are on the call. Alternatively, you can turn on SportsRadio 94WIP to listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick during the game.

If you DO NOT live in the red, you’re likely either stuck in the red, blue, orange, or yellow. The red features an interesting matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers. The blue features the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks (late game). The orange is an AFC South battle between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. The yellow is Washington Redskins versus the Arizona Cardinals, which, who cares.

For more information on how to watch and stream today’s Eagles game, [CLICK HERE].





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 04:36:35 EST from rss

Subject: NFL Playoff Picture: Eagles fans rooting guide for Week 15

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What should you be watching today?

In addition to Philadelphia’s Week 15 game against the New York Giants, Eagles fans can watch some other games that will have an impact on the NFL playoff picture. Philly is already in very good shape, but they can still get some outside help. With that in mind, here’s who you should be rooting for today.

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: 8-6 overall, 7-4 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

NFC EAST GAMES

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants: It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles fare with Nick Foles in at quarterback now that Carson Wentz is done for the season. If the Eagles win, they’ll clinch a first-round bye. It’d be very discouraging if New York was somehow able to pull off the upset. The only silver lining there is that the Giants could potentially screw up their draft positioning. Root for the Eagles to win, obviously.

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins: Doesn’t really matter. I’d say root for Washington since they’e officially eliminated and all winning does is get them a worse draft pick. Root for the Cardinals to lose.

Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders: The Cowboys’ playoff hopes are already slim. A loss to Oakland would virtually end their long shot odds. Root for the Cowboys to lose.

NFC GAMES

Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings: If the Eagles beat the Giants and the Bengals somehow upset the Vikings, Philly can officially clinch the No. 1 seed on Sunday. The Birds wouldn’t have anything left to play for in their final two games of 2017. It seems very unlikely that Cincy can get it done, but maybe they’ll shock everyone. (They won’t.) Root for the Vikings to lose.

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers: Aaron Rodgers is back and that’s terrifying. He’s a big threat to everyone in the playoffs. The hope is that Green Bay doesn’t somehow qualify for the post-season. The silver lining to a Packers win is that it makes it harder for Dallas to clinch a playoff spot. Root for the Packers to lose.

New York Jets at New Orleans Saints: The Saints are probably going to make the playoffs but it’s still “possible” they could drop out in place of a more inferior team, like Detroit. So might as well root for the AFC team in this one, although it’ll be pretty pointless to do so. Root for the Saints to lose.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks: I’d argue the Rams are less of a threat to the Eagles than the Seahawks are. And I’m not just basing that on the fact the Eagles lose to Seattle but beat L.A. I just think the Seahawks are a bad matchup for Philly. The Eagles should want no part of Russell Wilson in the playoffs. And if Seattle is going to qualify for the post-season, at least make them play as many road games as possible. Don’t let them win the NFC West. Root for the Seahawks to lose.

Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers: The Giants probably won’t catch the 49ers in the draft order but it’d be great if that somehow happened (after this week, of course). Root for the 49ers to lose.

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: An Atlanta loss could be good in the sense that it could open a chance for a team like Detroit to get in. But it also opens the door for the Seahawks/Packers/Cowboys. If I’m the Eagles, I’d probably rather face Atlanta. Let’s not forget how Jim Schwartz shut the Falcons down last season. Root for the Buccaneers to lose.

THE REST OF THE GAMES

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Giants probably can’t catch the 4-win Texans in the 2018 draft order but here’s hoping for an outside chance. Root for the Texans to lose.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: The Browns losing puts them one step closer to officially clinching the No. 1 pick in 2018. Keep it away from the Giants. Root for the Browns to lose.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: Doesn’t really matter. Take your pick.

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers: Screw the Pats. Root for the Patriots to lose.





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 09:00:05 EST from rss

Subject: The best photos from the Flyers OT win against the Stars

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December 16, 2017: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Dallas Stars featured gallery

Scroll through Kate Frese’s photos from last night’s Philadelphia Flyers game against the Dallas Stars.





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 09:08:52 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles vs. Giants Game Predictions

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Who will win this week?

If I had to sum up the Eagles vs. Giants matchup in Week 15, I’d say it’s a game that lacks much excitement, but still could be interesting to watch.

There’s just not a lot hype for this game. The Eagles are 11-2. The Giants are 2-11. Philadelphia needs just one more win in their last three weeks to land a bye. It’s not like New York can seriously play the “spoiler” role. Even if they wanted to, they’re just so banged up.

But today’s Eagles game is still worth watching, and not just because it’s the Eagles.

It’ll actually be interesting to see how this team fares without Carson Wentz moving forward. Is Nick Foles going to step right in and be OK? Will the Eagles shift to a more run-heavy attack by featuring Jay Ajayi? Is Philadelphia’s defense going to step up to the level it needs to in order for this team to go deep in the post-season? We should have some more information to answer these questions after today.

The Eagles offense should be able to move the ball on a Giants defense that’s allowed the most yards per game in the NFL. As if New York wasn’t depleted enough, the Giants are expected to be without one of their best defenders and 2016 Defensive Player of the Year candidate Landon Collins.

A big concern with the Eagles’ offense, however, is how their offensive line holds up with left guard Stefen Wisniewski potentially out. It could be Chance Warmack, who has been bad, starting next to Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who has also been bad recently. We all know Foles doesn’t have the kind of mobility that allows Wentz to avoid pressure.

If the Eagles’ offense has a “decent” day, that’s acceptable. It’d be preferable if they performed better, obviously, but we can’t realistically expect the Birds to continue to average 31.1 points per game (their current pace).

Jim Schwartz’s defense is what really needs to be on point today. This Giants offense is very uninspiring. Philadelphia should really be able to lock them down. Anything much more than 10 points allowed isn’t a very good day for Philly. The Eagles’ defensive line should be able to shut down the run and limit what the Giants can do in the passing game.

Ultimately, today is a really big test for Doug Pederson. This is the first regular season NFL game he’s ever had to play without Carson Wentz. We’ll see how he handles this challenge against a team that shouldn’t be very challenging.

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[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 10:16:58 EST from rss

Subject: Giants-Eagles 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 New York Giants in Week 15 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule. The matchup kicks off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New York, New York East Rutherford, New Jersey. Read on for live updates from the game. [Click here for how to watch the Eagles vs. Giants game via online streaming.]





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 11:00:02 EST from rss

Subject: Flyers 2, Stars 1: So that

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Some observations for your morning...

The good news: the Flyers picked up a win in overtime last night, marking their sixth win in a row. The bad news: it was another boring showing, on the whole. But we have a lot to talk about, so let’s get right into it.

All stats and graphics via Corsica.Hockey, Natural Stat Trick, NHL.com, and the Energy Line.

1. A heated exposition

A peek behind the curtain: whenever there's a fight/scrum/gathering on the ice, I lean over to alert Charlie that we have a situation brewing. And there was a lot of that last night.

We had Giroux and Benn getting into it as they headed off to change after the first shift.

Then another gathering around the Flyers' net just under three minutes into the period.

And then another at around the 5:10 mark.

And then I stopped taking time notes after that, because it was honestly just too much.

It seemed that, during the first period at least, that there was some sort of scrum forming after every other stoppage of play. And it was strange, given these team's aren't huge rivals, and this was their first meeting of the season. So the chippiness seemed to come out of nowhere, and then just seemed to go away.

Of course, the game still remained a physical one, to be sure, but after the first intermission, the number of gatherings decreased dramatically. And on we went, vague confusion and all.

2. First period reaction: ?????

To quote one of my favorite John Ashbery poems “I had thought things were going along well / but I was mistaken.”

We all headed into last night’s game feeling pretty good. Five regulation wins in a row! That’s awesome! But then the game started and things seemed, well, not so good.

In all honesty, it seemed like everything that could go badly was. The passes weren't connecting. Plays were slow to form and decision making was off at times. Even the officiating was making some questionable calls. Everything was weird and confusing.

The Flyers looked a little flat early, so much so that we were left wondering which of these teams was on the back end of a back to back, again. They were able to stabilize as the game went on, but again they were hit by the "let's take a bit of time to get rolling, get adjusted, maybe we'll give up some chances, maybe some goals. But we'll see where it goes.'

*deep sigh into the void*

3. Trouble in the neutral zone

So, yeah, the struggle to establish momententum early in games has been a real problem. One of the culprits last night? The Stars were giving the Flyers a lot of trouble, in trying to move into the offensive zone.

The Stars did a really effective job of controlling the area around the blue line, not giving up much, and making it difficult for the Flyers to move through the neutral zone with control of the puck. As a result, the Flyers had to result overwhelmingly to dump and chase, and they just weren't winning an overwhelming number of those races to the puck.

The results speak for themselves--the Flyers maintained an adjusted 40. 53 CF% at five on five in the first period, and were only able to control 36.2 percent of their entries on the night, as they worked to find a way to break through Dallas's defense of the blue line.

They did, eventually, sort of. Things got moving better as the game went on, but the Stars' tight defense gave them trouble throughout the night.

4. We regret to inform you that Andrew MacDonald is at it again

You know, he had been doing so well. I mean, well enough, all things considered. He'd been fine.

But, oh man, was MacDonald back in vintage form last night.

He was caught floundering along the boards and behind the net late in the first. He struggled at times to control the puck. He broke up a Flyers push early in the second by failing to keep the puck onsides.

His underlying numbers for the game were passable, with no shots and an adjusted CF% of 47.44 percent at five on five. But ooh boy, was it not pretty to watch.

5. Ghost is a star and PP1 gets rewarded

But you know who was pretty to watch? That's right, Shayne Gostisbehere. After an up and down season to date, Ghost had an absolutely stellar game last night. And it really started in the middle of the second period.

After Pitlick took a roughing penalty, the Flyers were once again sent on the power play. On their third chance of the night, the first unit got some extended ice time, and for good reason. Largely keeping the puck in the zone, they generated some quality scoring chances. The crowd thought they had the goal earlier in the shift, on a pass from Voracek, that Simmonds sent into Bishop's pads. But no luck there.

But they were able to keep the push alive. After a bit of shuffling and some activity in front of the net, Ghost dropped low in the puck and buried the puck glove side from just outside the crease. It would be his fifth goal of the season, and it came at just the right time.

6. Once again, the Flyers proved good at drawing penalties...

...but not so good at doing anything with the power plays they get in return.

The Gostisbehere goal on the power play was a nice, to be sure, as were the pressure and chances that came before it. But in some ways, these felt anomalous to the performances that preceded them. On the first two power play chances, the Flyers struggled to get much going. Much of their early emphasis fell on getting set and shuffling the puck around, looking for the right play to develop, with less pressure generated around the rush. The power play picked up steam as the night went on (are you detecting a theme here?) and they eventually got the results they were looking for. Ultimately, the only two Flyers goals of the game came on the power play, so that’s not nothing for these special teams units. But the delays were less than ideal.

7. A perimeter shot love affair

Another issue plaguing the Flyers throughout last night’s game was shot selection, and it was not a new one.

Unlike the Stars, they were able to generate a fair number of shots in close to the net, but that area around the blue line? Too hot (hot damn?).

And, of course, there’s something to be said for the idea that “if we just put pucks on net, chances will open up, and something will go in eventually.” Sure, fine. But it just wasn’t working last night. Dallas was defending the crease well, and, in regulation at least, even when he was screened, Bishop wasn’t letting anything through. So the shots in close were the Flyers’ best chances, and they’ve got to find a way to, at the very least, cut down on this reliance on perimeter shots.

But we should still give the Flyers a nod for the way that they were able to control the area around the crease and hold the Stars to taking their shots overwhelmingly from the perimeter. We saw some of this on Thursday, and it’s a nice trend to see emerging in these tight, defensive game. They’re working to figure out ways to generate offense therein, while tightening up in the other end, making sure not to give away many easy chances.

8. And we’ve got overtime!

The tone of that section heading may read like excitement, but it was more a mixture of exasperation and anticipation. The Flyers entered last night’s period of bonus hockey 1-7 in overtime, so the feeling of “here we go again” was a reasonable one.

But right off the bat, things seemed promising. Hakstol reunited the trio of Giroux, Voracek, and Gostisbehere for their first unit, and they were able to get things moving more or less immediately. On the whole, the Flyers were able to get a little creative and generate some chances, rather than just working to get some kind of cycle going. But with no results.

Then, in a shocking turn of events, the Flyers were the beneficiaries of a poor officiating decision, as Radulov was sent to the box for hooking where Filppula easily could have been called additionally or just himself, sending the Flyers to another power play.

And you know the rest. After a bit of movement around the net, Simmonds set the screen, had Bishop tugging on his stick for some reason, while Voracek set up Gostisbehere to send the puck rifling in on net, and it was all over.

It was nothing less than a triumphant result, and a much needed one, with the team having been sagging in overtime. And while 2-8 isn’t a sparkling statistic, it holds the potential to signal that the Flyers are making an upswing.

9. Putting it all together

So, the Flyers have responded to the ten game losing streak with a six game win streak, and are finally looking like things are all going their way. The bounces that weren’t going their way a few weeks ago now are. They’re making smarter plays. They’ve tightened up on discipline, are giving up far fewer penalties. Thursday’s game against the Sabres is looking like less of a fluke, as they’re showing that they’ve really started to figure out how to make something out of these tight checking, grind it out sort of games. And if it’s confidence, or other areas, post-game, Hakstol noted:

“It’s a combination of things. I think it’s confidence, swagger, whatever you want to attach to it is a big part of this game. You can ask anybody, that’s a big part. You can be playing really well, but when you’re going good you just have that as a group you have that mentality that you’re not going to take less than finding a way to win a game. I can tell you when you’re on the other end of close losses, tight losses, it starts to wear on you. You didn’t see much of that in our team until maybe till the San Jose game or the Boston game when we were tired towards the end of that stretch. You have a couple good things happen along with working hard, paying attention to detail and really sticking together you get that little injection of adrenaline that helps push you in the right direction.”

So if it’s one thing, if it’s all the things, it’s made a big difference. We’re finally seeing the team getting back to that ideal version we were all hoping for, that we saw glimmers of early in the season. Things are turning around in a tangible way, and we’ll just have to hope that the Flyers can hold on.

10. The only damn thing I know

Guess what, guys? The holiday lights were indeed spectacular.

 Kate Frese / SB Nation

Maybe I'm just a child, and I'm dazzled by bright colors and shiny objects, but the lights show worked.

The show itself before the game and between periods was fun. The bracelets even lit up electric blue during the Peco power play call. There was just something sweet and pure about it, and it was a nice change of pace.

And, in case you're wondering, some folks did throw the bracelets. Because of course.





[#] Sun Dec 17 2017 11:35:48 EST from rss

Subject: Eagles-Giants Inactives: Stefen Wisniewski is OUT

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Who’s in and who’s out.

The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their inactives list for their Week 15 game against the New York Giants.

Starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski is officially OUT. Wis suffered an ankle injury last Sunday and was limited in practice this week. He was ruled questionable heading into today’s game. We could see both Chance Warmack and Isaac Seumalo get playing time in his absence. That’s not great news for Philly.

Zach Ertz is back after missing last week’s game due to a lingering concussion. That’s good news.

Joe Walker is active for the first time since getting hurt in Week 12. One would assume he’ll resume his role as the middle linebacker in the Eagles’ base defense. Walker’s return means Dannell Ellerbe is back to being inactive.

Nick Foles will start at quarterback with Carson Wentz out for the season. Nate Sudfeld is active for the first time in his NFL career. He’s the backup to Foles. Tight end Trey Burton is the emergency quarterback.

Veteran offensive tackle Will Beatty is active for the first team since signing with the Eagles. The injury to Wisniewski opened an active game day spot for him.

Special teams demon Bryan Braman is active in his first game back with the Eagles.

Rasul Douglas is a healthy scratch for the first time since Week 1.

For the fourth week in a row, Shelton Gibson is active over Marcus Johnson at wide receiver.

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

Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List

OG Stefen Wisniewski - Injury.

LB Dannell Ellerbe - Depth linebacker.

CB Rasul Douglas - Depth cornerback.

WR Marcus Johnson - Depth wide receiver.

DT Elijah Qualls - Depth defensive tackle.

DE Steven Means - Depth defensive end.

RB Wendell Smallwood - Fifth string running back.

New York Giants Inactive List

Landon Collins is surprisingly active for the Giants. He was listed doubtful on their final injury report.

New York’s inactives: S Nat Berhe, WR Travis Rudolph, RB Paul Perkins, LB Jeremy Cash, OL Damien Mama, WR Hunter Sharp, QB Davis Webb





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