Your Monday Morning Roundup

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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 Roundup:

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.

It was also the debut of ESPN’s All-Access feature that had the Worldwide Leader cover the Sixers for the entire day. We also got another great gift from Joel Embiid.

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.

Embiid and Trevor Booker won’t play. And we won’t see Furkan Korkmaz for quite some time. He suffered a left Lisfranc injury while with the 87ers.

On the ice, after beating the Buffalo Sabres, the Flyers beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in overtime. Both tallies were scored by Shayne Gostisbehere on the power play.

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.

Yesterday, La Salle made 16 three-pointers in a 95-85 win over Mercer, and 19 points from Shavar Newkirk and James Demery helped St. Joe’s to a 72-59 win over Maine.

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:

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.

The ruling was correct, but it’s a dumb rule. Joel Embiid knows:

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):

This is stupid. And Ezekiel Elliott returns next week.

Cam Newton owned Clay Matthews:

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will reportedly step down as head coach following the end of this season. He denied those reports after the loss to the Vikings.

Atlético Madrid star Antoine Griezmann decided to go full blackface for a costume party. It did not go well and has apologized for it.

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:

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.

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