Your Monday Morning Roundup
Another week, another Philadelphia Eagles win. This will never get old.
After a complete beatdown of the Chicago Bears yesterday, 31-3, the Birds are an NFL best 10-1 and atop the NFC East as well as the entire conference. Nick Foles made an appearance. Yes, it was that kind of day.
Carson Wentz had three touchdowns and Zach Ertz had 103 receiving yards (the first Philly receiver to do that this season) and one touchdown.
As for the defense, well they were feeling it:
The one downfall of the day was the Eagles were a bit careless with the football with three fumbles. Hopefully we can chalk that up to the team not being zoned in on account of it being the Bears. That certainly was the case on the sidelines:
After that type of thrashing, the Bears certainly wanted to get home as soon as possible, but…:
The Chicago Bears are still on the tarmac in Philly. Their plane broke and they’re waiting for another to arrive
— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) November 27, 2017
The Birds face the Seahawks on Sunday night next week where they may already have the divisional crown locked up. They can clinch the NFC East with a Cowboys loss on Thursday night.
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Before kickoff on Sunday, reports came out that the Eagles and Brandon Graham are working on an extension.
Graham is leading that defense that is led by a breath mint:
Tim Jernigan said Jim Schwartz is like a TicTac — small, but strong.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) November 26, 2017
Jernigan’s rushing partner Fletcher Cox reportedly is being sued for sleeping with a man’s wife:
In his lawsuit, filed on Nov. 22, Jeffords claims Cox sent her a photo of his penis on Snapchat and followed up with text messages telling her he wanted to knock her up.
Cox was asked about it after the game:
Fletcher Cox's comment on the @TMZ report from earlier this week: "I'm here to play football."
That's all, folks.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffPMosher) November 26, 2017
Although he isn’t commenting, he doesn’t seem like he is denying the situation:
The Eagles are clicking on all cylinders, and are even garnering attention in the Wall Street Journal:
The Philadelphia Eagles are very good. I know: I’m really going out on a long limb of courage here, after the Eagles improved to 10-1 following Sunday’s 31-3 demolition of Chicago. I can’t be the only person who’s been quietly waiting for an Eagles implosion, which has yet to happen—and may not, because this Philadelphia outfit is balanced and confident. It has an MVP fave in tall person and second-year quarterback Carson Wentz; It has one of the league’s highest-rated defenses; There’s a giddy optimism around the club that feels, well, un-Philly-like.
To put a bow on the Birds’ game, this column in the Philly.com sums up the Eagles winning ways’ and how we all just expect it now:
That’s an important distinction, and it starts with a word we mentioned earlier: habit. Talk to Jenkins, talk to Smith, talk to anyone in that locker room who has experienced NFL success, and they’ll tell you the best teams they have seen are the ones for which success has become habitual. The state that they occupy is the NFL’s equivalent of nirvana, one in which victories are not fortuitous ends but inevitable byproducts of each week of practice: Of course, we won. It was the only potential outcome.
It was a wild weekend on the college football gridiron and off it as well with the coaching carousel spinning about 1,000 times over the holiday weekend.
The College Football Playoff Rankings are sure to change, just as the AP Top 25 did on Sunday. Here’s the top 10:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
The two biggest storylines were Chip Kelly’s return to coaching as the former Eagles head coach signed with UCLA and Tennessee was going to sign Greg Schiano as its new head coach, until the internet caught wind of it.
Here is a complete list of the moves.
The Sixers were without Ben Simmons on Saturday night and Joel Embiid played with a cold, but that did not matter as Philly took down the Magic. Our Kevin Kinkead’s has observations, including this:
Playing with a cold, Joel Embiid looked tired early.
He missed shootaround on Saturday morning and said he was having trouble breathing while also dealing with a headache.
But he didn’t want to skip out on the game because, he told reporters, he had missed two entire seasons already. He’s not going to miss out on court time if he doesn’t have do.
Brett Brown, speaking of Embiid’s sluggish start, drew comparisons to playing at altitude, explaining that the center just needed to find a second wind.
So after starting off with three turnovers, a foul, and two missed shots during his first shift, he came back in with 3:51 in the first quarter to hit his first shot and add his first assist.
World collided before that game as new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was in the house and rung the bell:
Did not put a crack in it 😉 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/nYsdGOHhso
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 26, 2017
Philly now has 11 wins and is on pace for 50, according to Basketball Reference. That is third most in the East, according to those projections.
The Sixers host Lebron James and the Cavs tonight at 7pm.
The Flyers, well they are pitiful and losers of 7 straight games now after falling in OT on Friday and nothing seems to be going right. Our Anthony SanFilippo did not hold back:
The Flyers need a change.
And I’m not just talking about a nominal change like calling up the speedy Danick Martel to add a little juice to the offense, I mean something big. Something impactful. Something that would grab headlines.
It could be a big trade, but with the roster already one of the youngest in the NHL, that wouldn’t make much sense.
So, maybe the organization needs to look elsewhere. Maybe it needs to look at the coach.
And I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way.
The Flyers face the Penguins tonight at 7pm.
College basketball is starting to warm-up and Alabama played with just three players in a game over the weekend.
In non-sports news…
A large volcano erupted in Indonesia.
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