Archives

Falcons-Eagles Divisional Round Game Predictions

Chris Jastrzembski - January 13, 2018

It’s win or go home now. The Eagles will take on the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon in their first playoff game since 2014. They’ll look to win their first playoff game since the 2008 Divisional round against the New York Giants.

The Falcons are coming off a big win over the Los Angeles Rams last Saturday in the Wild Card round.

To recap, here’s where the staff stands entering the Divisional round:

T1: Bob, Tyler (14-2)

3: Chris (13-3)

4: Coggin (12-4)

T5: Kevin, Kyle, Phil, Tim (11-5)

9: Anthony (8-8) (8-5, according to Anthony)

Our predictions for this week are after the jump: Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - January 12, 2018

London’s calling. She wants Brett Brown fired.

Despite a very strong first quarter and-a-half, the Sixers fell to the Boston Celtics 114-103 at the O2 Arena. How strong was that start? They led by 22 points midway through the second quarter.

After looking at their losses from this season, this was the fifth time since the home loss to Golden State on November 18 that the team blew a lead of 15 or more points.

The games, per basketball-reference.com:

  • November 18: vs. Golden State (led by 24, lost by 8)
  • December 19: vs. Sacramento (led by 16, lost by 6)
  • December 21: vs. Toronto (led by 22, lost by 5)
  • December 28: at Portland (led by 18, lost by 4)
  • January 11: vs. Boston [in London] (led by 22, lost by 11)

The team is 7-11 since the start of December, but they recently went on a four-game winning streak prior to Thursday’s loss. And the defeat should be a concern for Brett Brown. His failure to make adjustments in the half, when he was only leading by nine, makes no sense. Even if he did make adjustments, they were either bad adjustments or the team never executed them.

I think the calls to fire Brown are a little premature. I would give him until the end of this season and evaluate him and see where to go. The only possible candidate I would take over Brett Brown right now might be David Fizdale, who was let go by Memphis earlier in the season. He should be a candidate for a couple jobs come offseason.

The Sixers are off until Monday when they host the Toronto Raptors in a Martin Luther King Day matinee. Until then, go enjoy some Ben Simmons-inspired beer. Maybe a game in Australia could be in the mix in the future?

The Roundup:

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - January 10, 2018

With the Flyers off and the Sixers overseas in London, we might as well discuss more about the Eagles. This question was brought up earlier in the day while I was interning at WIP for Big Daddy Graham.

Other than Nick Foles, which Eagle will be most important for the team’s success?

Answers given out were Brandon Graham and Jay Ajayi, before Halapoulivaati Vaitai came up.

I agree with the latter of the choices.

It’s not good that Jason Peters is done for the season, but Big V has done an okay job at times protecting the left side. But when you replace Carson Wentz with Nick Foles, his role becomes much more vital to the success of the team.

He’s going to go up against some good defensive ends in Brooks Reed (4.0 sacks), Adrian Clayborn (9.5 sacks), and rookie Takkarist McKinley (6.0 sacks). Clayborn’s sack numbers are a career-high, but almost 2/3s of his season total came against Dallas, where he had six sacks against two of Dallas’ backup left tackles.

They weren’t good, and that scares me a little bit when the game is three days away. At least Stefen Wisniewski will be at or close to 100% come gametime, which stabilizes the line a little bit.

But if the Eagles win on Saturday, Big V might have to face either Danielle Hunter from Minnesota or Cameron Jordan of New Orleans. Give us some hope.

The Roundup: Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Your Thursday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - January 4, 2018

Joel Embiid wasn’t supposed to play last night against the San Antonio Spurs because of a hand injury he suffered in Phoenix.

He played. And posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks in the first quarter to help the Sixers prevail over Brett Brown’s former team, 112-106, for the first time in his career. It was the Sixer’s first win against the Spurs in 13 tries, dating back to 2011.

Ben Simmons tied a game-high with 26 points (Patty Mills also scored 26), and JJ Redick added 20. The Spurs did not have many of their key contributors, including Kawhi Leonard.

It was a big win for this team. Beating the third place squad in the Western Conference shouldn’t be too easy, even if they’re without Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, and Tony Parker. But it also matters in the playoff hunt. The Sixers are now a half game behind the Pacers for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Fifth place is only 2.5 games out of the Sixers’ reach, where Milwaukee now stands. Detroit is sixth with the same record, but don’t have the tiebreaker. Speaking of the Pistons, the Sixers will play them Friday night at home, before flying overseas to take on the Celtics in London.

The Roundup:

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - January 3, 2018

As streaky as the Flyers have been, they’re somehow still very much in the playoff picture.

With a win last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they would’ve been two points behind Carolina for the final wild card spot, and they’d be out of last place in the very competitive Metropolitan Division.

But the Penguins managed to get four goals in a span of less than four minutes in the second period, three in a span of 2:17, en route to a 5-1 win.

The Flyers started the game very strong, allowing no strong chances by the Penguins on defense. But it all came crashing down quickly with the barrage of Penguin goals. The Flyers countered only once, a Jordan Weal deflection off a Radko Gudas shot. The top line and the rest of the team got nothing going.

And that’s going to be a huge factor heading into the second half of the season. At 16-15-8, the Flyers have gotten very minimal scoring help from outside the first line of Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and whoever’s with them (Travis Konecny was for last night, but there’s also been Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek). Would a trade for a better forward be in the mix when the trade deadline approaches?

Philly needs help, and fast, because the rest of the month is brutal. Out of the remaining 11 games left in January, the team plays three opponents who currently wouldn’t make the playoffs if they started today (Buffalo, Detroit, New York Islanders). Buffalo is dead last in the conference, but Detroit is in the playoff race, as shown below:

As for the Islanders, they’ll play Philadelphia on Thursday night. Please make a good run, Flyers.

The Roundup:

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Cowboys-Eagles Game Predictions

Chris Jastrzembski - December 31, 2017

The Eagles wrap up the regular season at home against the Dallas Cowboys in a really cold New Year’s Eve matchup. With a win, the Eagles would set a franchise record for wins in a season with 14, and sweep the division for the first time since 2004.

To recap, here’s where the staff stands entering Week 17:

1: Bob (14-1)

2: Tyler (13-2)

T3: Chris, Coggin (12-3)

T5: Kevin, Kyle, Tim (11-4)

8: Phil (10-5)

9: Anthony (7-8) (7-5, according to Anthony)

Our predictions for this week are after the jump: Continue Reading

Continue Reading

It Looks Like Sidney Jones Is Playing Sunday Against Dallas

Chris Jastrzembski - December 30, 2017

Per Ian Rapoport:

Yesterday, there appeared to be growing optimism that Jones would be activated sometime before Sunday’s regular season finale and play. That picture got a whole lot clearer when the Eagles put Joe Walker on injured reserve with a neck injury, creating a roster spot that would let Jones join the team.

We now have at least one reason to watch a game that doesn’t really matter that much besides pride. That is if Doug Pederson doesn’t make him a healthy scratch at the last minute, which I hope doesn’t happen.

Sunday will mark Jones’ first game since a 24-7 loss to Alabama in the Peach Bowl last New Year’s Eve, a span of 366 days. Enjoy some of his best plays from college:

Could Sidney Jones Actually Play Sunday?

Chris Jastrzembski - December 29, 2017

Oh?

This would be a pleasant surprise to end the season.

Earlier in the month when Jones returned to practice, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said it was “like the first weeks of OTAs” for the second round pick after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in March. It’s been about nine months since suffering the injury.

Jones was a potential top 10 pick in the NFL Draft before he got hurt. He slipped to the second round where the Eagles grabbed him with the 43rd overall pick.

Doug Pederson said they’ll make a decision after practicing today and tomorrow.

I wouldn’t mind him being active or playing on Sunday, and it would help him in his development as a player. The biggest plus in activating Jones would be the extra practice time he would get, especially with the Eagles getting a first round bye.

The Eagles reportedly have until January 3 to activate him off IR. They would need to cut one player to make room for him.