It’s GAMEDAY! For the second time in as many weeks, the Birds did not play on Sunday, going primetime. Tonight in Philly, the ONLY team in the NFL with just one loss, hosts the Washington Redskins at the Linc. An 8:15 p.m. kick-off is set on ESPN.
Our CB staff predictions, which you can always take to the bank (unclear if they’ll have funds available) will be coming out later today.
The Eagles are 5 point favorites and the Redskins will be without Josh Norman, who is out. A win for the Eagles would sweep the season series against Washington and firmly put the NFC East in the Philly’s grasp.
Be sure to keep it locked to CB tonight for the live game thread and on Tuesday for the best day after Eagles coverage anywhere.
You may want to enjoy the game and our content with a cheesesteak, ESPN tried to make one:
A Monday Night rivalry game in Philly deserves a good Philly cheesesteak. pic.twitter.com/PdugHRdWKc
— ESPN (@espn) October 21, 2017
Now, to what else happened in a football packed weekend.
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Around the rest of the NFL, it was a rough day for quarterbacks. Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm, and Jay Cutler has a cracked rib. On the offensive line, Joe Thomas missed an offensive snap for Cleveland, the first time that has happened since 2006. He missed the remainder of Sunday’s loss after playing 10,363 consecutive snaps.
In MLB, the Fall Classic is set. It is Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Houston Astros, both of whom will be shaking off the SI cover curse:
Jinx vs. Jinx pic.twitter.com/ejEvnEyzrJ
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) October 22, 2017
Game 1 is at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night at 8:09 p.m. on FOX.
The Sixers play tonight as well when they visit the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. Philly is still searching for its first win this season.
They fell to 0-3 after a big loss to Toronto over the weekend, our Kevin Kinkead compiled five takeaways from the setback. Here’s a snippet:
Fultz had six points on 1-5 shooting and went 4-8 from the free throw line.
Is it time to start worrying? If not now, when?
These are rhetorical questions for you, the fan. I really don’t know. I’m not gonna give you a hot take right now. Actually, the hot take might not be giving any take at all. The reservation of judgment feels so contrarian in 2017.
Again, with the shoulder, if he’s not healthy, just sit him and get that taken care of because he continues to hurt himself mechanically and mentally in overcompensation.
The Flyers return to action on Tuesday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. They are 5-3-0 after a 2-1 victory over the Oilers over the weekend. Our Anthony SanFilippo jotted down seven takeaways from the win, including this one:
There was a time when playing the Flyers amounted to the opposition creating a game plan that required good defense against the top line, not getting caught taking too many penalties, and simply being opportunistic when the other lines were on the ice.
It was pretty standard for, oh, I don’t know, about 40 years.
But, something has changed with the organization. GM Ron Hextall’s plan has plodded along slowly, but it’s definitely starting to bear fruit.
The Flyers can skate. The Flyers have depth. The Flyers are no longer a one-trick pony.
And it may have caught the league a little by surprise to start this season. They will roll four lines at you consistently. They will skate with you. And, they have talent throughout the lineup that can score.
Putting up 26 goals through the first six games (really in five, since they were shutout in one of them) was evidence that the Flyers have some firepower on the roster.
And it’s not like the Flyers were doing this against doormat teams. San Jose was the Western Conference Champion two seasons ago. Nashville was the Western Conference champion last year. Anaheim was in the Western Conference Finals and Washington had the best record in the league last season.
That’s all impressive.
But what happened the past two games? Only two goals scored. Only two goals allowed. Only 100 shots total by all teams involved in two games, an average of 25 each and nine off the pace of those first six games for the Flyers.
Teams have decided they need to find ways to slow the Flyers down.
I decided to press this issue with a couple Flyers after the game.
“As the year goes along, teams get better defensively and things tighten up,” Wayne Simmonds told me. “It is what it is and you have to learn how to deal with it.”
And deal with it they are.
The Phillies are still interviewing candidates for the managerial opening:
The #Phillies have interviewed Phil Nevin, Chip Hale, Gary DiSarcina, Dustin Wathan, Jorge Valendia and Juan Samuel for managerial opening.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 21, 2017
It was an exciting Saturday in college football as well as #2 Penn State beat up #19 Michigan 42-13 and #13 Notre Dame upset #11 USC. Saquon Barkley had 161 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns in the win. Our Kevin Kinkead talk about his Heisman status late last week.
With those results, Penn State stays at #2 in this week’s AP Top 25, but Notre Dame moves up to #9. Michigan falls out of the rankings.
This Saturday the Nittany Lions face the #6 Buckeyes of Ohio Sate, in Columbus, and are not getting a lot of respect as Ohio State is seven point favorites over PSU.
Overall, it should be an exciting day of College Football once again this Saturday:
This weeks ranked vs ranked games
#2 Penn St at #6 Ohio St
#4 TCU at #25 Iowa St
#14 NCSt at #9 Notre Dame
#11 Okla St at #22 West Virgnina
— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) October 22, 2017
Sixers fans baited $25k out of Kyrie Irving:
The NBA announces a $25,000 fine for Boston's Kyrie Irving … pic.twitter.com/6RIINnR0Di
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 22, 2017
The latest Crossing BroadCast dropped this morning and focuses on the Sixers.
The Bills won, so the fans took it to the next level:
Figured the Mafia would have something fun planned because of the great weather, didn't expect fire https://t.co/0doGHJbLnR
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 22, 2017
Just like the Sixers, the Suns are off to an 0-3 start. The team just fired its head coach Earl Watson and Eric Bledsoe wishes there was room in Watson’s suitcase for him:
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
And lastly, Tim Tebow’s speech on ESPN over the weekend meant for Tennessee will get you ready to have the most productive week ever:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2017