Crossing Broad Week 3 Eagles Picks

Chris Jastrzembski - September 22, 2018

The Eagles put up a disappointing performance last week against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first loss since December. Now with Carson Wentz back in the fold, the Birds look to get hot again with the Indianapolis Colts coming to town.

The Eagles are favored at -7, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.

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Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 21, 2018

The already slim playoff chances became even slimmer last night for the Phillies.

Their series opener against Atlanta started out well for the first six innings, but the Braves got a run in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a Lucas Duda double. They got four more in the following inning en route to an 8-3 win over the Phils. Their magic number to clinch the division is down to four games.

Vince Velasquez went three innings and gave up three runs off five hits. Atlanta’s Kevin Gausman gave up those same numbers in 6 1/3. Tommy Hunter gave up the Duda double in the seventh and Luis Garcia gave up all four runs in the eighth and couldn’t record an out.

So with that, two more wins in the rest of this three-game series for the Braves clinches them the division. They’ll play again tonight at 7:35 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia with Nick Pivetta on the mound against Julio Teheran. Saturday will feature Jake Arrieta against Mike Foltynewicz and Sunday’s matchup will be Aaron Nola against Anibal Sánchez.

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Your Thursday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 20, 2018

The Phillies have struggled against the Mets for the past few seasons and especially this year. New York was seen as a team that would not be a problem for the young Phillies in their quest for an NL East crown. Instead, they’ve been a major thorn in the team’s side.

But the Phils pulled out two wins in their final three-game series last night, capping things off with a 4-0 shutout over their division rivals. Rhys Hoskins kicked things off with a solo home run in the bottom of the first and Odubel Herrera had a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth.

Zach Eflin returned to his early season form, pitching five innings and striking out nine batters while giving up three hits.

And now, the first big series of the stretch run.

It’s a four-game meeting with the Atlanta Braves. Their magic number to clinch the division is six games. The teams will meet seven times until the end of the season. Atlanta could win three of these meetings this weekend and clinch the division.

Vince Velasquez takes the mound tonight against Kevin Gausman for the 7:35 PM start on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 19, 2018

This headline photo was taken nearly two and a half years ago. Flash forward to yesterday and Elton Brand is now the new general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.

It’s surprising to see Brand, an in-house candidate, win the job over guys such as Gersson Rosas and Justin Zanik from other NBA teams and other internal candidates like Ned Cohen and Marc Eversley. Brand was the GM of the Delaware G-League team (now the Blue Coats) last year. He has the least amount of experience as a front office exec.

With that lack of experience, people are mixed on the hire. But folks really seem to like Brand, which helps. And the last time I checked, he doesn’t have burner Twitter accounts. That’s a big plus. I personally wanted Rosas or Marc Eversley (if they went the internal route).

Brett Brown had his media luncheon yesterday after his coaches clinic on Monday and mentioned a GM would come soon. He also wanted it to be a partnership, which it sounds like it will definitely be. Kevin will have more from the luncheon later today, including the 150,000 shots Markelle Fultz took over the summer.

But for now, take a listen to the latest edition of the Crossing Broadcast.

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Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 18, 2018

Guess who’s back, back again? Carson’s back, tell a friend.

And thank God he’s back now after the Birds fell to “FitzMagic” and Nick Foles didn’t perform up to his playoff standard in the first two games of the season. Wentz will certainly give the offense a much-needed jolt. Head coach Doug Pederson won’t “coach scared” with Wentz playing his first game in more than nine months, so he will have no limitations Sunday against the Colts.

So with the franchise back, the next question is what to do at wide receiver. Mike Wallace broke his fibula and could be out for the season. With Alshon Jeffery still week-to-week during shoulder rehab, your top receiver is Nelson Agholor. The best chance to bolster the roster was to get Josh Gordon from the Browns, but the Patriots got him for a fifth-round pick. CHEAP.

But maybe the Eagles were smart to not go after Gordon and shouldn’t go after Dez Bryant. It definitely sounded like Doug Pederson was looking at a veteran wide out, but who it could be remains unknown. Maybe Corey Coleman?

Probably not Chad Johnson, but he offered his services to the team:

In other news, the Eagles worked out four offensive linemen.

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Report: Mike Wallace Potentially Done for Year

Chris Jastrzembski - September 17, 2018

Per Adam Schefter:

Well isn’t that nice.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 17, 2018

The Eagles lost their first game in 2018.

The reason: Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay offense.

Fitzmagic struck on the first play of the game when he hit Eagle killer DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown bomb. The tone was set and the Bucs beat the Birds by six.

They have plenty of work to clean up, which Kevin will go in to in his takeaways post, but they might get some help very soon. Per Adam Schefter, Carson Wentz is on track to start next week against the Colts.

That helps, but there are still questions elsewhere, especially at wide receiver with Mike Wallace possibly out for some time. Paging Josh Gordon or Dez Bryant?

Doug will talk more later today about Wentz and the game. But for now, we’ll leave you with this beauty:

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Crossing Broad Week 2 Eagles Picks

Chris Jastrzembski - September 14, 2018

After a Week 1 win over the Falcons, the Eagles will have had over a week since their last game as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa. After an unbelievable performance against the Saints, Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to guide the Bucs to their second win of the season over Nick Foles and the Birds, who haven’t lost a game since that crap game against Dallas on New Year’s Eve.

The Eagles are favored at -3.5, according to our friends at Tropicana.

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