No Wentz. No Wiz. No problem.
Despite a really shoddy performance by the defense, the Nick Foles-led Eagles improved to 12-2 with a 34-29 win over the New York Giants. With the win, the Eagles have clinched a first round bye. All they need to get the top seed in the NFC Playoffs is either a Minnesota loss or an Eagles win in the next two weeks. That should happen.
Many people thought the offense would be a huge concern entering the game. But that was not the case. Foles threw for four touchdowns and spread the ball out very well between Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Zach Ertz. And even Chance Warmack did a great job filling in for Stefen Wisniewski.
Instead, it was the defense that floundered, giving up 504 yards against Eli Manning and his depleted group of wide receivers. Sterling Shepard had 139 yards receiving and a touchdown on 11 catches. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby did not have good games, even though Darby’s interception in the first half was huge.
At times, the team lacked discipline too. On fourth down with the Giants punting in the third quarter, Najee Goode went offsides and that gave New York a first down, which resulted in a Tavarres King touchdown. That can’t happen in the playoffs.
If we’re worried about something, it should be the defense, which looked solid earlier in the season. Maybe a return home can revive their old form for a long period of time, which could be until February.
One note from last night: Patrick Robinson is in the concussion protocol. We might get more info on his injury and Wiz later today from Doug Pederson.
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The Sixers had one game over the weekend, which was a triple overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a great game filled with great action and even some barbs traded by Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook, who was getting a ton of attention from the team. They play each other once again in late-January.
The Sixers are in Chicago to take on the Bulls tonight. It’s a homecoming for some, including Robert Covington, who had one of his childhood friends shot and killed last month:
“I’ve seen it growing up. Know people that have gotten killed and know people who have done those type of things but it’s just how Chicago is,” Covington said Monday.
Covington, who started the season shooting 48.7 percent from three-point range through the first 15 games, has seen a decline in his production. Since Nov. 27 he is shooting just 32 percent from deep.
“It was tough for a while seeing how it affected me,” Covington said Sunday. “Overall, I’m in good spirits now. It’s unfortunate that he’s not here anymore, but he’s in a better place.”
Covington wasn’t able to attend the funeral and said that he is hoping to see his friend’s family when he arrives.
Tonight, they host Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings. The team looks to improve their win-streak to seven games. With a win, they could join the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs to win seven straight after going winless for 10 or more games.
The Phillies also made some news on Friday. They traded away Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres for Double-A pitcher Enyel De Los Santos. The team also signed former Indians first baseman Carlos Santana to a reported three-year, $60 million deal. Enjoy the Santana jokes for the next three years.
In college basketball, Temple edged out Drexel 63-60 Saturday in a City 6 battle. Shizz Alston, Jr. led the way for the Owls with 12 points and five rebounds, while Drexel’s Alihan Demir had 16 points.
The Dragons are the lone local team in action tonight, as they’ll host Quinnipiac at 7 PM.
Mike Jensen profiles the legendary Speedy Morris, who’s coaching tree is prominent throughout Philadelphia basketball.
And some sad news from over the weekend, as former Owl Big 5 selection Marty Stahurski passed away Saturday morning at the age of 61.
In other sports news, Carolina Panthers founder and CEO Jerry Richardson announced he will sell the team after the season is over after allegations of workplace misconduct arose last week. Diddy wants to buy the team, and Steph Curry wants to tag along too.
In action that happened on the field, it was a normal NFL Sunday. In the Patriots-Steelers game, it looked like Jesse James scored the go-ahead touchdown, but after a review, it was reversed:
#Steelers fans, you're going to blame replay but you should blame Jesse James. You must control the ball all the way to the ground. Bobbling the ball when you land is not control. Plain and simple. #NFL #NEvsPIT #Patriotspic.twitter.com/vX2hYDPmvq
— Bleacher Preacher / Sports (@BleachrPreachr) December 18, 2017
It was still goal-to-go, but Big Ben’s attempt for another fake spike for the win failed. Thanks to a break up by Eric Rowe. Yes, the former Eagle Eric Rowe.
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) December 18, 2017
The ruling was correct, but it’s a dumb rule. Joel Embiid knows:
Steelers definitely got screwed.. Those rules don’t make sense
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) December 18, 2017
Meanwhile on Sunday Night Football, this happened:
The Cowboys won the game by the way and are still in the playoff hunt. By this, ANOTHER DUMB RULE (and a dumb decision by Derek Carr):
— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2017
This is stupid. And Ezekiel Elliott returns next week.
Cam Newton owned Clay Matthews:
— Nate Freeman (@NateFreemanNFL) December 18, 2017
In the NBA, Cavs point guard Isaiah Thomas won’t return before Christmas.
Over in Austria, there was a fight off the ice between two players:
— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) December 18, 2017
The XFL might be coming back?
In the news, this year’s reenactment of “Washington’s Crossing” might not happen.
Power was lost at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport due to a possible fire, but has now been restored.
One of North Korea’s high-ranking officials is missing.