So this is what it took for the Flyers to win? A disappointing Eagles loss on Sunday night and the Sixers to get beat by bad Phoenix Suns team at home? If you ask me, it wasn’t worth it.
Nontheless, the Flyers’ 10-game losing streak is no more after Philly defeated the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Monday night. Jakub Voracek stepped up with three assists to ensure the Flyers snap the streak.
Hamonic exited the game early after this tough hit:
Travis Hamonic is done for the game after this "hit" on Dale Weise. pic.twitter.com/JOATWlaeDd
— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) December 5, 2017
Technically, the Flyers still haven’t won in the United States since Nov. 9, so they still have that going for them. Also, Hakstol has job security, regardless of how long this losing continues:
Hexy: Hak will coach the rest of season. And beyond.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) December 5, 2017
The team faces the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday at 9:30pm.
Back stateside, the Sixers were scorched by the Suns, 115-101. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 46 points on Monday night to help lead the now 9-16 Suns to a upset victory at the Wells Fargo Center.
J.J. Redick led Philly with 25 points, followed by Joel Embiid’s 22. The big man also had 12 rebounds in 34 minutes.
The Sixers are back at it on Thursday against the Lakers at 8pm. That game is on TNT.
The talk of the town is still the Eagles as the Birds are nesting thousands of miles away in California this week before taking on the LA Rams in a game that means more than it did 48 hours ago.
The latest Crossing BroadCast dropped on Monday and the guys talked about the Seahawks game.
Kevin Kinkead’s shared his observations from the loss, including this one:
But listen, credit to Seattle for a great performance. Carson Wentz was pressured constantly and put off his game. Wilson did his thing and converted plays like the one above to move the sticks and keep the Birds’ offense off the field. It was frustrating to watch because every defensive win seemed to be followed by a backbreaker of a chunk play.
The Eagles fall to 10-2, which is where nobody had them at this point in the season, so let’s keep things in perspective. I’m fine with the “facing adversity” narrative. I think this kind of loss brings the team back down to Earth where they hit the reset button and hopefully finish strong down the stretch. Next week’s game in Los Angeles will tell us everything we need to know about this team.
After the loss, despite the birds still boasting a 10-2 record, it seems that most of the fanbase hit the panic button on the team and this season. I guess because it is something we all are used to doing? BWanksCB has more on that.
Instead of being 10-2 and feeling that dread, the Birds could maybe be 11-1 today if Doug Pederson challenged that forward lateral by Russell Wilson. Kyle breaks down this decision, or was it Doug’s indecisiveness, that may have cost the Eagles the game:
Though each case has its own qualifying reasons, Doug always seems to make the wrong decision here. I’m not going to nitpick punting on 4th and 1, or 4th and 2, but he was weirdly conservative last night in spots where he’s typically aggressive. I wonder if the competition had something to do with that.
As for the decision itself, you see situations like this all the time in football, where coaches don’t have all the angles needed but throw the flag anyway, because even the chance of reversing the play is worth the risk of a timeout. The best coaches have a feel for the moment. Thus far, Doug has shown that he doesn’t. And that has been and will remain my concern until he shows us otherwise.
The Dan Patrick Show crew broke it down, with demonstrations:
Dan Patrick Show Sports Science: Are you a lateralist or a forward passist? pic.twitter.com/NWTLOIbTFl
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) December 4, 2017
According to Mike Pereira, it was an illegal forward pass:
Forward or backward is judged by where the ball is when it leaves the passers hand to where it first touched the ground or a player. Forget that Wilson tried to throw it backwards. It was tough to judge on the field by the officials but the Eagles could have challenged and won.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 4, 2017
One last storyline was the officials. Pete Morelli is the known Eagles-hater, but should we add Tony Corrente to the list? The figures are intriguing.
With all of that being said, the Eagles are still sitting pretty. Currently hold the 2nd seed in the conference and are poised for the playoffs and a high seeding. However, they did lose complete control of their destiny because of that pesky fourth tiebreaker with the Vikings. It’s Case Keenum though, he can’t keep it going forever. Can he?
Things may seem shaky, but at least this isn’t the Giants. Fresh off getting ripped for ruining Eli Manning’s historic streak of consecutive starts (210), the team canned Ben McAdoo and its general manager. Steve Spagnuolo takes over as interim head coach. Oh, and Eli Manning will start this week. What a mess.
The Giants and Eagles clash in two weeks, but before that match-up the birds have the Rams on Sunday late afternoon. To prep, the team is at the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 4, 2017
I wonder how much the Eagles are paying the Angels for rent for this quick AirBNB deal.
Doug Pederson confirmed that Zach Ertz is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury. Will be close to see if he can clear and play Sunday in Jake Elliot style.
Jenny Vrentas of the MMQB has a good story on the Birds following the loss and the slap in the face it was:
The Eagles are now 10-2, still tied with the Vikings for the best record in the conference and with everything in front of them. But as the dust settled on one of those signature Seahawks December wins Sunday night, and with the Eagles’ matchup with the 9-3 Rams looming next week, the takeaway is that the NFC is wide open. Guard Brandon Brooks called the loss a “wake-up call.”
A quick look at the College Football Playoff has many upset that Ohio State was left out. Simply put, they were treated like PSU was last year.
Also, Herm Edwards was introduced as the newest head coach of the Sun Devils, but does he know that:
Anyone want to tell him? pic.twitter.com/ugrpCVNBY6
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 4, 2017
Monday Night Football wrapped up the week in the NFL as the Steelers and Bengal beat each other up for 60 minutes and occasionally ran football plays. Pittsburgh staged a comeback and won 23-20 on a game-winning field goal with time expiring.
The biggest storyline was Ryan Shazier being carted off the field with a spinal injury. It was not good:
— Prime Time (@iEatTheMUFFIN) December 5, 2017
According to the team, he will not need surgery.
The NHL is expected to expand to Seattle.
LiAngelo Ball is leaving UCLA.
Gronk is suspended for one-game.
In non-sports news…
Budweiser is trying to put beer on Mars.
A woman dies just one day after being diagnosed with the flu…wash your hands.