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R.I.P. To Our New Norm

BWanksCB - October 22, 2018

The Eagles blew a 17-point lead yesterday to the Carolina Panthers, they have dropped three of their past four games, and currently sit 1.5 games back of Washington in the NFC East. While all hope for this season is not yet lost, a 3-4 start riddled with excruciating losses is probably not what Doug Pederson had in mind when he dubbed last season’s Super Bowl run Our New Norm.

Enter Twitter user @sleepydogsruns1 who made this video to help us all remember the good times. Solid effort. I particularly liked the Pederson book signing clip and the first-class editing job on the bowling celebration. Enjoy.

Report: Eagles Offered a Second-Round Draft Pick Last Week For Amari Cooper

BWanksCB - October 22, 2018

We already know that the Raiders fleeced the Cowboys by sending wide receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick. While no other team was apparently prepared to match that offer, the Cowboys reportedly weren’t the only NFC East team interested in acquiring Cooper:

Well then.

There has been varying reports in recent weeks regarding the Eagles’ level of interest in adding a wide receiver to the mix, so the obvious news here is that, if the report is true, the team was (IS???) prepared to make a significant investment in upgrading the position.

Certainly, nobody can fault the Eagles for refusing to part with a first-round pick, but in light of Silver’s report, it will be interesting to see if and how Howie Roseman counters as he tries to add some firepower to what has been an underwhelming offense through seven games. A second-round pick should, in theory, bring back a difference-maker. While he’s out shopping around, maybe he can also find a deal that helps an Eagles defense which has generated only six takeaways this season. Maybe an All-Pro talent who is disgruntled in his current situation. Maybe:

Back to Twitter I go. This app can’t refresh fast enough right now.

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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Surly Doug Pederson and the Endgame

BWanksCB - October 22, 2018

Much has been made of the Eagles’ strategy employed during yesterday’s fourth quarter meltdown in which they were outscored 21-0 by the Panthers on their way to a maddening, embarrassing, and entirely avoidable defeat. Second-guessing is to be expected, particularly after a game in which the Eagles only ran the football once over the final 16-plus minutes, and Jim Schwartz again went ultra-conservative as Cam Newton, who threw for all of 24 first half yards, obliterated the Eagles’ defense to the tune of 201 yards and two touchdown passes in the final quarter.

Doug Pederson, though, wasn’t in the mood for questions at his day-after press conference. After keeping things even keel while expressing confidence in his team and pointing out that they’re only a couple of plays away from a better record, he turned irritable when asked about offensive and defensive play-calling.

The exchange:

Reporter: “Why is it crazy to ask if you should run the ball more or if the defense should blitz more?”

Pederson: “Now you’re getting into game plan stuff and you’re getting into scheme. And you guys aren’t in there watching the tape like we are for 18 hours a day and putting game plans together. It’s easy to sit in the press box and say, ‘They should run the ball.” Come down and stand on the sideline with me and make decisions. You know, I should run it here, I should pass it here, let’s throw a screen here, let’s get the quarterback out of the pocket right here. Oh, no, there’s 15 seconds left on the clock. Until you’re down there with me on the sideline making in-game decisions, I guess you can ask all you want.”

Saucy.

It also led to this perfect Periscope moment:

A true disciple of The Cuz, for sure.

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

BWanksCB - October 21, 2018

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The Eagles are 17-4 at home, including the postseason, under Doug Pederson and look to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time since late in the 2016 season.

Panthers at Eagles (-5), Over/Under 45

Everybody knows the Panthers want to run the ball, and they have been successful doing so this season. They come into this game with the NFL’s No. 4 rushing offense (139.4 yards per game) and averaging 5.0 yards per carry. That rushing attack will be tested this week when it goes up against an Eagles defense that’s allowing the NFL’s second-fewest rush yards per game (79.8). While Carolina doesn’t necessarily have a favorable matchup in the ground game, running back Christian McCaffrey figures to pose issues for an Eagles defense that is 20th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings. McCaffrey has amassed 349 yards rushing on 4.9 yards per carry, while also hauling in 34 catches for 238 yards. One other thing to keep an eye on—Jim Schwartz’s unit has been susceptible to allowing chunk plays in the passing game all season long, but Cam Newton enters this contest having only completed two passes that have traveled 20 yards or longer downfield. In fact, Newton is only averaging 6.5 yards per pass attempt, which is 25th in the NFL. The Eagles’ ability to control Carolina’s short to intermediate passing game will likely dictate its ability to get off the field on third downs. The Panthers offense is 21st in the NFL in third down conversion percentage (37.93%), while the Eagles defense has thrived on third downs, limiting opponents to only a 29.49% conversion rate.

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On the other side of the ball, Carson Wentz has been excellent since returning to the lineup in Week 4. He’s completing 68.4% of his passes, while throwing for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns against only one interception. He should have plenty of opportunities to make plays against what has been an inconsistent Carolina defense that has allowed a 65.34% completion percentage and 7.3 yards per pass attempt this season. The Philadelphia ground attack has been moderately successful despite a slew of injuries when Doug Peterson elects to run the football. The Eagles are No. 18 in the NFL in yards per rush (4.2), and No. 14 in yards per game (110.3), and they, too, have a favorable matchup against a Panthers defense that is allowing 4.6 yards per carry this season.

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You’re Going To Hate Manny Machado, Aren’t You?

BWanksCB - October 17, 2018

By almost every measure, Manny Machado is a player the Phillies should absolutely target this offseason. You know the setup. They have the need and the cash. Machado has the big name and the bat. It makes too much sense.

A .297/.367/.538 slash line?

Home runs? 37 of them.

And this:

I, for one, wish I could liquefy all of this, or perhaps transform it into a matter, a gel-like substance, and bathe in it. Its springtime fresh scent of life anew would wash over me, cleansing me the of the smegma accumulated during the years of watching subpar infielders waste space at Citizens Bank Park.

I want, nay—I need him. But do you? I mean, after all, Machado didn’t run out a ground ball–a cardinal sin in these parts—during Game 2 of the NLCS. Machado then explained to Ken Rosenthal why he didn’t:

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Need to Know Betting Trends and Data for Eagles-Giants

BWanksCB - October 11, 2018

If you would’ve told me three weeks ago that the Eagles would find themselves in a must-win game heading into Week 6, I would have said you were crazy. The Giants? Maybe. But not the Eagles. Yet that’s exactly the situation facing both teams when they take the field at MetLife Stadium tonight. It’s been ugly for both teams lately. The 2-3 Eagles are coming off a sloppy and disappointing 23-21 loss to Minnesota, while the Giants try to bounce back after a walkoff 63-yard field goal sank them in Carolina a week ago.

Can the Eagles right the ship? Can the Giants save their season? Let’s find out by taking a look at what the betting trends and data reveal.

 

Eagles (-3) at Giants, Over/Under 44

It’s hard to imagine the Giants bouncing back and competing after such a crushing defeat last week, but those expecting New York to fold tonight should look to last year’s game with the Eagles in which they lost on a 61-yard field goal as a cautionary tale. The Giants covered the following week as a 2.5-point underdog, as they are tonight at several books, in a 25-23 loss at Tampa Bay. I expect a similar fight this time around.

The Eagles and Giants come in both looking to avoid their third-straight loss. The Eagles haven’t been in this spot since 2016 and were 2-1 ATS in such games that season. Manning, meanwhile has had plenty of experience with losing back-to-back games in his career and is 11-12-1 in such games.

While on the surface, a matchup with the cellar-dwelling Giants would seem to be a welcomed opponent given the Eagles have won 16 of the last 20 matchups between the two teams, including the past three contests. That advantage, however, isn’t as pronounced when measured against the spread lately. Pederson is 3-1 straight-up against the Giants, but only 1-3 ATS as the Eagles failed to cover either of their wins a season ago.

 

Other game trends to know

Backers of the Eagles can take some solace in the Eagles’ 3-0 record straight-up and ATS under Doug Pederson when the Eagles play on Thursday night, including a 24-19 win over the Giants in December of 2016. Across the league, the home team is 13-8-1 ATS on Thursdays dating back to the start of last season, and 4-1 ATS this season. Favorites, meanwhile, are 12-9-1 ATS during the same time frame and are 33-23-2 since the start of the 2015 season. Of all the trends I found during my research, this is perhaps the most convincing. Continue Reading

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Lenny Dykstra May Be in Some Trouble…Again

BWanksCB - October 10, 2018

In what is an unfortunate but completely unsurprising development, Lenny Dykstra was indicted today by a Union County, NJ grand jury for possession of cocaine, possession of meth, and making terroristic threats, according to TMZ Sports. Dykstra was arrested back in May after an incident in which he allegedly pulled a weapon and threatened to kill an Uber driver.

Dykstra, for his part, doesn’t seem particularly fazed by the indictment. To go along with a recent series of religious-themed tweets, he also posted about his visit with a rabbi this afternoon:

He doesn’t look well, man. Dykstra has since posted several messages of support from his followers since news of the indictment broke.

I’m sure there are some jokes to be had here, but his fall from sports icon and successful businessman to…whatever you call this is just kind of sad, so I’ll pass.

Despite Injuries, I’m Still All In on Sixto Sanchez

BWanksCB - October 10, 2018

News came over the weekend that Phillies top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez developed right collarbone soreness while working his way back from a season-ending elbow injury and will not pitch in the Arizona Fall League. It’s an unfortunate setback for Sanchez, who only logged 46.2 IP this season, and any concerns over the 20-year-old’s long-term ability to remain healthy are entirely understandable.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies, for what it is worth, are reportedly unfazed over this latest hiccup:

Team medical officials are not alarmed by the issue and they are confident that Sanchez will be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. However, the setback cut into Sanchez’s preparation time in Florida so the team has decided to err on the side of caution and hold him out of the AFL.

Obviously, this is a disappointing development and it is certainly less than ideal any time a prospect misses a prolonged stretch of development. But is this latest hitch in the plan much ado about nothing, or is it a legitimate red flag that should have the Phillies scrambling to cash out on Sanchez’s ceiling to find a meaningful return this winter? Continue Reading

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