Yesterday was a day to give thanks, eat a lot, and watch or partake in plenty of football. If you haven’t yet, check out Kevin Kinkead’s post on what to be thankful for in Philadelphia sports, as well as in other things. There’s also a few things you shouldn’t be thankful for, because they don’t deserve it.
All three games kind of sucked. The best one was probably the first game, where the Vikings defeated the Lions. The Vikings got ahead early, but Detroit tried to manage a comeback late in the fourth. Case Keenum looked good again, and I think he’ll be the starter for the remainder of the season. Pat Shurmur’s playcalling is excellent.
It also provided us with a couple of great moments. Everson Griffen, who watched the birth of his son on Facetime during warmups, needs a name. He’s asking everyone:
.@EversonGriffen welcomed a baby boy into his family today.
Now, he needs help naming the baby 👶 pic.twitter.com/jldXLpAjoR
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 23, 2017
The Vikings also had Thanksgiving dinner in the endzone:
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 23, 2017
The other two games involved NFC East teams, and there was barely any scoring until the second half in both games. First, the Chargers used a 25-point second half to cream the Cowboys 28-6. Dak Prescott threw a touchdown…to the other team. That was one of two picks for the quarterback. Right guard Zack Martin also got hurt with a concussion.
After the game, owner Jerry Jones gave his team a message of support. They’ve lost all three games that Zeke Elliott has been suspended for. Good luck with that.
In the final game, the Redskins doubled up on the Giants 20-10. Cool.
So with the Cowboys losing, the Eagles can clinch the NFC East as early as next week. They can do so under three scenarios:
- Eagles beat the Bears on Sunday AND the Redskins beat the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football
- Eagles beat the Bears on Sunday AND beat the Seahawks next Sunday
- If the Eagles lose to the Bears on Sunday (not happening), the Redskins beat the Cowboys AND the Eagles beat the Seahawks next Sunday
I highly doubt the Cowboys or Redskins get a wild card berth at this point. Their seasons are over.
Unless you’ve already started (god bless you), let’s help get you ready for Black Friday shopping,
The Eagles had practice yesterday as they continue to get ready for the Chicago Bears. Kicker Jake Elliott returned to practice, but is still in the league’s concussion protocol. Rodney McLeod also practiced in full after suffering an oblique injury.
However, Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) did not practice at all. Allen suffered the injury Sunday night, while Burton was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Some of the players wanted to thank a few people as well:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 23, 2017
Could Nigel Bradham be next to get a contract extension?
“If I could finish out here, especially with Carson Wentz, my opportunities are very high to continue to win and have success,” Bradham said. “I think this is probably the best thing that could have happened to my career. … That part has worked out nicely.”
Bradham is just one of 13 potential free agents on the Eagles, but he must be near the top of the list. He moved up a spot after defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan signed a four-year, $48 million contract two weeks ago. Does that mean Bradham could be next?
“I don’t think they would come to me right now,” Bradham said.
Patrick Robinson also hopes to try and cash in this season after earning the lowest salary in his NFL career.
If you missed this, Jay Ajayi got verbally abused by Corey Clement and Kenjon Barner Sunday night after he couldn’t score.
The Flyers are back in action this afternoon as they take on the New York Islanders at 4 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. It’s the second of a home-and-home series between the two Metropolitan Division rivals.
Sixers are off until Saturday when they host the Orlando Magic. But let’s enjoy their win from Wednesday night against Portland.
The fans also wanted Jahlil Okafor to get minutes late in the game. It never happened:
“We want Okafor” chants in Philly pic.twitter.com/6zgiZZY5no
— max (@MaxOnTwitter) November 23, 2017
Joel Embiid also defends how he behaves on and even off the court. As long as his play continues to stay strong.
In college hoops, No. 5 Villanova got out of a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Tennessee 85-76 down in the Bahamas. They’ll take on Northern Iowa at noon on ESPN2 in the Battle for Atlantis title.
Meanwhile in California, St. Joe’s lost a 17-point second half lead in the final seconds in a 75-71 loss to Washington State. They’ll take on Harvard at 3:30 on ESPN3.
Short Phillies notes, as the team hired Pedro Guerrero as their assistant hitting coach.
But also, could “The Man” return?
Chase Utley back to Phils? The #phillies still have more coaching moves to make. I’m hearing the Phils are considering former Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley as a bench coach under manager @gabekapler . @SportsRadioWIP
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 22, 2017
In other sports news, there were high school football games across the area.
There’s 15 college football games on tap for today, including Miami-Pittsburgh, South Florida-UCF, and Virginia Tech-Virginia.
The Toronto Blue Jays are conducting an internal investigation for PED use amongst their minor leaguers.
In the news, it’s Black Friday, if you couldn’t tell.
CBS and Dish Network have reached a new agreement after millions of subscribers missed out on yesterday’s Chargers-Cowboys game.
A new iPhone might be coming in July.