On paper, everything lines up nicely.
The Eagles are 8-1, rested, and coming off a bye.
The Cowboys are missing their best offensive player, their best defensive player, and surely their starting left tackle.
Jerry Jones is locked in a nasty feud with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
What could possibly go wrong?
That’s what concerns me here. It almost feels like there’s too much shifting in the Birds’ favor right now.
But I don’t know if you can call this one a “trap game.” I highly doubt the Eagles are looking ahead on the schedule or taking Dallas lightly. This doesn’t seem like a team that loses focus or forgets the task at hand, and they’ve had two weeks to prepare anyway.
So it’s not a “trap game,” not to me, but I’m still.. I don’t think “nervous” is the right word, but “anxious” might be appropriate. I’m anxious because it’s a divisional road game and Eagles fans are smart enough to know that you can’t take these for granted.
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Well… they scored. Twice actually.
Nolan Patrick returned to the lineup from his “upper-body injury” for the first time in nine games. That’s a plus.
Brian Elliott had another really good start – that makes five in a row for him.
Much maligned to start the season, the one other thing that has been pretty steady for the Flyers in recent games has been their defense, and they were relatively good again last night.
Hey, they earned a point on the road against a good team in a difficult building in which to play.
But Radko Gudas looks like he’s going to be suspended for slashing someone in the neck – although the referees didn’t give him a game misconduct until after seeing a replay – which isn’t allowed.
ENOUGH! On both fronts.
Yes Flyers fans, this was another frustrating one-goal loss. They seem to be paramount these days. Much in the way one-run losses crippled a last-place Phillies team this past season, they’re starting to plague the last place Flyers a little now too.
And maybe that’s just the sign of a team that’s getting closer and just doesn’t have that killer instinct to put a game away.
Or maybe it’s a sign there isn’t enough talent on the team to get it done.
Either way, things aren’t looking very hot for the Flyers right now, and at some point, someone is going to have to identify where the issue is for a team that has stagnated both in style and philosophy.
But for now… to the takeaways. Continue Reading
The two goals came in the first 5:15 of the game and were scored by two-thirds of the top line, with Wayne Simmonds contributing an assist while on the second goal on the power play. Brian Elliott stopped 31 of 33 shots, while Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 of 32 shots.
They got a point with the shootout loss, but outside of the first five minutes of the opening period, the team looked like the same old team we’ve seen.
Even more bad news: Radko Gudas was ejected from the game in the first period after he tried to decapitate Mathieu Perreault:
Radko Gudas originally called for slashing. Refs see replay on the scoreboard and eject Gudas. pic.twitter.com/SSHYJBFyDa
— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) November 17, 2017
I expect he’ll be suspended or at least disciplined in some way. Flyers host Calgary Saturday afternoon.
Kyle, Adam and Russ discuss sports talk radio callers, the Sixers’ excellent broadcast crew, Kevin Hart, Eagles-Cowboys, and phrases. Continue Reading
According to NFL Network’s Jane Slater, Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith will miss Sunday night’s game against the Eagles.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells me Cowboys LT Tyron Smith will not play Sunday (groin). Byron Bell will start instead.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) November 16, 2017
The impending absence of Smith, who also sat out the Cowboys’ 27-7 blowout loss in Atlanta with groin and back injuries, is a huge blow to the Dallas offense. But if you were hoping to see Brandon Graham turn backup tackle Chaz Green into a human turnstile for a second-straight week, don’t get your hopes up. It appears seventh-year pro Byron Bell, who didn’t play football in 2016 after suffering a dislocated ankle during OTAs, will get the nod this week in place of Smith.
Do Graham and Bell have any history? Why yes. Yes, they do.
Eric Johnson, 97.5 the Fanatic’s new Program Director, spoke to Rob Tornoe over at Philly.com.
Johnson talked about the ratings gap with rival 94 WIP, explaining that he sees some “great statistics” that he can work with to become more competitive. He also touched on the idea of making the Fanatic’s shows “a little hotter, a little more fast moving,” so we’ll see how that goes.
On the topic of audience involvement, this passage is relevant:
Maybe I’m totally missing something here, but I’m having a hard time finding the juice for Sunday night’s NFC East showdown between the Eagles and Cowboys.
It feels like everybody around here is just going through the “Dallas sucks” motions. There’s the usual trash talk, the Carson Wentz vs. Dak Prescott debates, and predictions of an Eagles blowout win on social media and sports talk radio. But I don’t sense the same edge, sparked by our intense civic hatred of the Cowboys, to which I’ve grown accustom. Even the players, outside of Lane Johnson’s playful (I hope) threats towards his grandmother, have been pretty quiet:
— Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 15, 2017
There’s a Philadelphia athlete who was brought in on a short-term deal to solve a specific offensive problem. The numbers aren’t amazing, but you see the occasional flash of individual brilliance while he makes the teammates around him better. Sometimes fans become frustrated when #17 fails to do the main thing he was brought here to do, but there are absolutely more positives than negatives.
That guy is actually two guys. It’s JJ Redick and Alshon Jeffery, who are both going through eerily similar seasons with the Sixers and Eagles.
Both are here on high-end, one-year contracts to improve each team’s scoring potential. For the Eagles, it was about giving Carson Wentz a bona fide WR1. For the Sixers, it was getting a knock-down shooter and veteran to boot, someone who could complement the young core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (and Markelle Fultz). Each deal was beneficial in a two-way sense, with both team and player testing the waters in a short-term scenario. Not the right fit? You’re a free agent next year. Underperforming? Let’s mutually part ways.
I think fans generally like what they’ve seen from each player while wanting more.
Let’s start with…