Stopping John Brown is the key to the Eagles – Cardinals game

John Brown beats the Eagles with a last minute TD catch, 2014

Philadelphia matches up well against Arizona. They beat them in a tough 2013 game, and lost last year only because of a stupid defensive play.

The Eagles led 20-17 with 1:21 left. Arizona had the ball on their own 25. Might be a good time for a prevent defense, right? Instead, Cary Williams played tight on Williams, who predictably ran by him. Worse, safety Nate Allen bit on a double move, trying to be a hero by going for an interception on a short pass that was just a fake.

Brown flew by both for an easy touchdown. And no doubt, he’s one of the fastest receivers in the game. But half-decent coverage could have stopped the play or at least limited it to a long gain.

Since then, Allen signed with the Raiders as a free agent, and Cary Williams is out of football after the Seahawks cut him. The Eagles also replaced DBs coach John Lovett with Cory Undlin, who players rave about, and the unit as a whole is much better. So far, they’ve given up 44 passes of 20 yards or longer in 13 games. Last year, in 16, they surrendered 72.

But the secondary is still a work in progress. EJ Biggers is erratic at best. Nolan Carroll broke his ankle. Against Tampa Bay and Detroit, DC Bill Davis tried moving Malcolm Jenkins out of the nickel CB role back to a more traditional safety position. The Eagles gave up 45 points each to two of the league’s worst teams.

After they put Malcolm back in the slot and called up Ed Reynolds from the practice squad to play safety, the Birds beat New England and Buffalo, giving up only 28 and 20 points. And Reynolds clinched the Bills game with his late interception.

How well the Eagles handle John Brown tonight will be a good marker of their chances to win. Whether he faces Byron Maxwell or rookie Eric Rowe, Brown remains a deep threat who demands safety help to neutralize. The Eagles will need good coaching from Undlin, a smart defensive game plan and individual execution by Reynolds and Rowe, two green players, to have a chance at pulling off this upset.

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53 Comments

  • Johnny Doc IBEW98 December 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Hi I am the head union thug in Philly! If your electrical needs are not filled by my white trash morons or the obligatory one negro token, we gonna burn your fucking place down. You still complain we will beat you to a pulp. Happy Holidays and vote democrat or I kick your ass!

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    • Balls December 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      I love how chip leaves 3 points on the field at halftime then starts off the 3 rd quarter with a 3 and out.

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      • Bob December 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        Anyone see the buldge on Kiko tonight? I’d like to wrap my lips around that …

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        • Cardinals receiver John Brown way better than josh huff December 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm

          No, but I did notice rookie Cardinals rb David Johnson running over Kiko at the goal line.

          It kinda reminded me of Bo Jackson running over Brian Bosworth back in 1987.

          And you guys said the Kiko Alonso 4 LeSean McCoy trade was a good move(morons).

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    • Bob December 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      If the Eagles win tonight , I will beat off to pussy pics.

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    • I think chip is done December 20, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Down by 20 after 3 quarters… I’m going home.

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    • huge cards fan December 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Pick six, back to back fumbles…

      Skins 47
      Birds 13

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      • Cardinals receiver John Brown way better than josh huff December 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

        DeSean Jackson will have a field day against that mediocre Eagles seondary.

        Redskins 31
        Eagles 20

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  • Benny Blanco December 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Nothing on Villanova?

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  • Bob December 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    “Stopping John Brown is the key to the Eagles – Cardinals game
    I’ll correct you. “Stopping Crossing Broad from accepting money from 97.5 is the key to the Josh Innes – Mike Missanelli Radio Wars.”

    I fixed it for you. No thanks required. And also please stop editing comments on this site. Thanks.

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    • Josh innes December 20, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks bob , but in all seriousness I am really fat and unfunny. Also Mike miss owned me in the ratings

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      • Balls December 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm

        Did you know that the micro soft surface is for people who can’t afford an iPad ?

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      • steve mason elite nhl goalie December 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Innes beat Missanelli

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  • K December 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    So lame. Literally every talk show expert and journalist has already said stop josh brown. All just listening to each other talk. Zzz

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  • Al moronganti December 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Huh?

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  • Rev. mikey miss December 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Hey Mark….second paragraph, you typed Williams instead of Brown….Been hangin around Jim too long?

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  • Angelo's fake laugh December 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I’m not watching the game tonight, but tune in tomorrow morning for my insight and analysis. Also, hall of famer Ray Didinger and wing bowl eating stunts. HAHAHAHAHA

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    • Shirley December 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Don’t forget about me Angelo. I’ll be calling in.

      Reply
      • Real December 21, 2015 at 12:14 am

        Fuck I hate her.

        I hate her more than any other person in this city

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  • 97.5 sucks December 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Already has been said by other sites..

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    • Truth December 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      If by sucks you mean huge ratings your right.

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      • 97.5 sucks December 21, 2015 at 12:33 am

        your uninformed and inaccurate.

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  • 97.5 sucks December 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Radio wars stories are contrived.

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    • But t. Ryan December 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      What really sucks is Cataldi, Moronganti, Rheewa, Ike, Macnow, Rob Cherry, Big Daddy…

      Reply
      • 97.5 sucks December 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm

        The morning show does suck, but I like mike and ike and josh innes.

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        • Truth December 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm

          Mike miss totally dominated Innes. Hence, bloom and Innes leaving in the same week.

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          • 97.5 December 20, 2015 at 11:06 pm

            your wrong.

          • duh December 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm

            mike miss won streaming. innes won radio.

  • Ant from south philly? December 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I’ll be back on Chips nutz if the Eagles win tonight. Otherwise, I’ll continue my Chip’s a college coach mantra.

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    • Ant December 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Wow you from south philly too? Did I meet you at the KOP mall before? – @NT

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  • But t. Ryan December 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    The Eagles defense is on the field all the time because they cannot get off the field on 3rd down, not because the tempo offense.

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  • JG December 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Football is still a thing?

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  • Merrill Reese Playing Competitive Sports December 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    How can you stop the king of the burbs?

    Hallelujah hollaback!

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  • Rheewa December 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    The Eagles scored but it took less than 2 minutes. The defense didn’t get enough rest. Chip is a terrible coach.

    Reply
  • Ray mr. Football know it all diddy December 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t like the black uniforms. They should go back to the kelly green.

    Reply
  • Can't wait for baseball December 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    How bout them cowboys?

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  • Joe Decamara December 20, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Wednesday night I will be sure to give you my expert insight after jaws and I break down the film tuesday !

    Reply
  • DDMFSD December 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    “The Eagles watch up well with the cardinals”. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Except the cardinals are one of the best teams in the league and the Eagles are in second place in the worst division in the history of football. Besides for that, they’re dead even!

    Chip Kelly, football revolutionary:

    Year one: 1 and done in playoffs
    Year two: 9-3 to not making the playoffs
    Year three: 8-8 at best

    GENIUS!

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    • DDMFSD December 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      *match

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    • Cardinals receiver John Brown way better than josh huff December 20, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      +1

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  • Jim Adairs blowup doll with 4 inputs December 21, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Can Bob and Adair pull a Bloom and Innes and both leave in the same week please

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  • eagles = browns, lions December 21, 2015 at 12:07 am

    We’ve been around since the begininng and never won shit!!!!! PLEASE HIT THE FUCKING RESET BUTTON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  • steve mason elite nhl goalie December 21, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Kyle after this bullshit post, will you stop allowing Mark to write on this site?

    Reply
  • eagles = browns, lions December 21, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Chip sucks!!!! WTF!!! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/72/7a/58/727a586bd118472f124393da8a3523fc.jpg

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  • Nig December 21, 2015 at 12:38 am

    GERZZZZZ

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  • Revolution December 21, 2015 at 1:00 am

    We need a new owner…….. Manchester in the UK is like the Philly in America, blue collar and tough. Eagles help identify us like man united does for manchester, Except they win championships. Im tired of this shit. We lack toughness and have a flawed strategy. Redskins won, cowboys got lucky with the herschel trade and won, giants won 4x, two with average teams… We deserve better, our internationally recognized city deserves better! FUCK Jeffrey Lurie!!!!!!!!!!

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    • northeast December 21, 2015 at 1:58 am

      yup

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  • Joe Younes pinching a loaf December 21, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Or watching a replay of the football game. It’s your choice.

    Reply
    • Rob Ellis December 21, 2015 at 2:32 am

      Great comment, JYPAL. You’re in the mix.

      Reply
    • Where is baldy December 21, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Remember when that caller gave him least mode for stinking up the bathroom? Classic.

      Reply
  • ... December 21, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Desean’s gonna be dancing on the Eagle when the Skins clinch the division come Saturday. Get ready for that.

    Reply
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