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Crossed Up: An Objectively Excellent Podcast

Russ Joy - July 16, 2019

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ embarrassing 16-2 loss on Monday night, who to blame for their collapse, and Gabe Kapler’s rough postgame press conference. The two also discuss the team’s leadership issues and tackle the topic of when it’s time to stop blaming bad players for being bad. Other subjects include Matt Klentak’s job performance, robot umpires, and more.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles Look Like a Red Zone Behemoth… At Least On Paper

Kevin Kinkead - July 15, 2019

Let’s get it back to the Eagles, because training camp is 10 days away, if you can believe it.

Where do the Birds need to improve to make another Super Bowl run?

They have to stay healthy, obviously. Duh. If Carson Wentz can’t make it through a full season, Nick Foles ain’t walking through that door again. The defense needs to get off the field and we can’t witness the same 3rd and long and 4th and long issues that cost the team early and often last Fall.

Offensively, they can certainly do a lot better in the red zone, an area in which they underwhelmed last season en route to just 22.9 overall points per game, which was 18th in the NFL and way down from the 28.6 PPG they posted in 2017, which was good for 7th overall. The yardage numbers were the same – about 365 per game in each of the last two seasons – but the Birds just weren’t scoring points the way they did during the Super Bowl run.

At Teamrankings.com, the Eagles were 17th in the NFL when it came to scoring touchdowns in the red zone last season, charted here:

59% isn’t great. This number was 64.06% during the Super Bowl-winning season, when the Birds ranked second in the NFL behind the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Last yea,r Carson Wentz completed 34 of 58 red zone passing attempts (58.6%) for 18 touchdowns and one interception. Nick Foles was 18-28, throwing four touchdowns and one pick at a 64.3 completion percentage. For context, Pat Mahomes threw the most touchdowns of a top ten group that looked like this, after the jump:

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Sixers Sign Ben Simmons to Five-Year, $170 Million Max Extension

Kevin Kinkead - July 15, 2019

“Yeah but he can’t shoot!”

That’s what you’ll read from people who disagree with the Sixers’ decision to max Ben Simmons:

(info confirmed by the team a short time ago)

Look, I know Ben can’t shoot, at least not now. But we’re talking about a 22 year old who can pass, rebound, and defend at a borderline elite level, and those are three skills that also happen to be important in basketball.

I think that’s the way we need to look at this; instead of focusing on the one thing he can’t do, let’s consider what he already can do as a still-young NBA player, then think about what his ceiling could be with a respectable jump shot, a shot that helps him unlock Joel Embiid’s potential by spacing the floor and drawing defenders, who will no longer be able to sag off of him to dig and double Joel on the blocks.

Ben Simmons is potentially a generational talent, and I’d definitely take the risk in maxing him out. We’re talking about a perennial All-Star if he can develop literally the only part of his game that needs developing. Everything else is pretty much there already.

Carson Wentz Gets Jobbed With An 82 Rating In Madden NFL 20

Russ Joy - July 15, 2019

Madden 20 ratings are out, which means it’s time for overreaction.

What players were valued too high? Too low? Who got the ultimate video game diss?

QB Controversies Abound

NameTeamOverall
Patrick MahomesKansas City Chiefs97
Tom BradyNew England Patriots96
Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers94
Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints92
Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts92
Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks91
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers90
Matt RyanAtlanta Falcons89
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers85
Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers84
Jared GoffLos Angeles Rams83
Baker MayfieldCleveland Browns83
Deshaun WatsonHouston Texans82
Carson WentzPhiladelphia Eagles82
Kirk CousinsMinnesota Vikings81
Dak PrescottDallas Cowboys81
Derek CarrOakland Raiders80
Andy DaltonCincinnati Bengals80
Marcus MariotaTennessee Titans79
Matthew StaffordDetroit Lions79

Does Philly Overvalue Carson Wentz?

The Eagles’ franchise quarterback comes in with an absolutely underwhelming 82 overall rating in Madden 20. Look, I get it, the guy has to prove that he can stay healthy and his mobility appeared to be a bit limited as he recovered from tearing up his knee in 2018. If we follow a similar line of thinking, it makes some sense that Deshaun Watson, who also suffered a comparable injury in the same season, has the same overall rating. However, I need someone at EA Sports to explain the presence of Baker-freaking-Mayfield as a higher-rated 83. Will he put up some killer numbers with OBJ and Jarvis Landry streaking downfield? Of course. Has he put together the same kind of sustained excellence over the majority of a season like Wentz or even Watson? I say nay. Jared Goff being ahead of Wentz is nearly as perplexing, though I imagine it’s just a masterful job of trolling Eagles fans. Though, it has made our office buzz and wonder… do we overrate Carson Wentz?

Aaron Rodgers not in the Top-5?

In what world is Aaron Rodgers not a Top-5 QB in the NFL? Patrick Mahomes leading the list makes sense as he’s the reigning, defending, undisputed league MVP from a year ago and is the lead among numerous sportsbooks to do the same in 2019-20. Tom Brady’s placement as a close #2 is fair, but that’s where the wheels fall off. Philip Rivers is the THIRD-BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE NFL? He’s two full points ahead of Drew Brees? Really? Andrew Luck is rated in line with Brees? Russell Wilson -the modern-day Michael “Run around as my O-Line collapses and hope I don’t die” Vick- gets a boost due to his speed and elusiveness. For my money, flip Rodgers and Rivers and I’ll calm down.

Mitchell Trubisky’s 75 Overall Madden Rating Will Enrage Chicago Bears Fans

I don’t think Trubisky is by any means a Top-10 or even Top-15 quarterback, but holy shnikies this is bad. Alex Smith is rated higher, despite suffering one of the most gruesome leg injuries we’ve seen in years. Lamar Jackson’s NINETY-FOUR speed rating likely led to his one point lead in the overall category, but does anyone really think Trubisky is roughly the same player as journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Nickfolean Kryptonite

Former Eagles QB and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles has been installed as a 77 overall player, the exact same rating as Alex Smith. Is he really worse than Jimmy Garoppolo? I’d say no. Worse than Matthew Stafford? Sure.

A Giant Disappointment

Eli Manning is the 36th overall rated QB with an overall score of 72. That makes him the lowest-rated starting QB in the NFC East behind Wentz (82), Dak Prescott (81), and Smith (77). The Giants’ first round pick Daniel Jones comes in way below Manning with an overall rating of 63, a mere point ahead of third-stringer Kyle Lauletta.

Kevin Kinkead has the rating for every Eagles player, along with some news and notes after the jump:

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Here’s the Devils’ Mascot, Running Into a Glass Window and Shattering It

Kevin Kinkead - July 15, 2019

Apparently the New Jersey Devils’ mascot, which is called “NJ Devil” (real original), appeared at a children’s birthday party this weekend.

The person in the suit got a little excited after throwing a parachute in the air (our gym teacher made us do this, it was dumb), then ran towards the window but accidentally shattered it:

I feel bad for the mascot. Seems like everybody was enjoying themselves at the time, then everything came to a screeching halt.

However, Twitter user “AznPimpMaster” says it was no big deal, that this event was his son’s birthday party and that he had a great time anyway, after the jump:

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Ross Tucker Will Do Preseason Eagles Color Commentary

Kevin Kinkead - July 15, 2019

Nugget from Rob Tornoe over at Inquirer.com:

Tucker, a former NFL offensive lineman turned broadcaster, will be the new voice in the Eagles’ preseason booth, where he’ll call all four games on NBC10 alongside play-by-play announcer Scott Graham and analyst Dave Spadaro. Tucker is filling the spot vacated by Mike Mayock, who left the NFL Network in the offseason to become the general manager of the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders.

Good get.

Tucker appears regularly on 94 WIP and obviously knows his stuff as a seven-year NFL veteran with broadcasting experience. He does NFL games on the radio and college football for various networks. He’s a Berks County guy, born and raised in Wyomissing, up near Reading. Shout out to my Berks County people.

The first preseason game is Thursday, August 8th, at 7:30 p.m., on NBC 10. I personally would like to see another “Long Cox” moment on this year’s broadcast:

 

Phillies Betting Preview: Dodgers a Big Favorite in Series Opener

Bob Wankel - July 15, 2019

Hoping to gain some momentum off a Maikel Franco walk-off homer that helped salvage the final game of what was an otherwise rough weekend, the Phillies open a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park this evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies (48-45) will have their work cut out for themselves against a Dodgers squad that comes to Philly leading all of baseball with 62 wins. Los Angeles swept a three-game series out west earlier this season between the two teams, outscoring the Phillies 18-6 in the process.

While the Dodgers currently hold a comfortable 14 1/2 game lead in the NL West and a 4 1/2 game lead over the Braves for the NL’s top overall record, the Phillies are barely clinging to the second wild card spot this morning thanks to a stretch that has seen them go 15-21 since June 1. With only 13 games remaining prior to the July 31 trade deadline, there are limited opportunities remaining for them to prove that they should be buyers ahead of the stretch run. A good showing against the Dodgers this week could go a long way in not only boosting the Phillies’ wavering confidence and playoff position, but also in changing the underwhelming perception of this team in recent weeks. Will they get off to a good start tonight? Let’s get into it and find out.

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Phillies-Dodgers Odds

Here are the Phillies-Dodgers odds for tonight’s game. Odds listed are as of 10 a.m. Monday morning.

SugarHouse Sportsbook

Run Line Money Total
Phillies +1.5 (-106) +155 O 10 (-103)
Dodgers -1.5 (-110) -177 U 10 (-114)

DraftKings Sportsbook

Run Line Money Total
Phillies +1.5 (-106) +155 O 10 (-104)
Dodgers -1.5 (-110) -177 U 10 (-117)

PointsBet

Run Line Money Total
Phillies +1.5 (-105) +155 O 9.5 (-115)
Dodgers -1.5 (-115) -186 U 9.5 (-105)

Want to grab the over? Get it at PointsBet where the total is currently set at 9.5 runs . If you like the Phillies, you can grab them at either SugarHouse Sportsbook or DraftKings Sportsbook. You can also get the same price on a Dodgers moneyline bet at both of those books.

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Sixers Will Host Chinese Team in Preseason

Kevin Kinkead - July 15, 2019

Get ready.

It’s your town, your team, your 76ers vs. the Guangzhou Loong Lions, coming soon to a Wells Fargo Center near you.

The Sixers will host the Chinese team, which last year featured former Philadelphia draft pick Marreese Speights, as part of preseason action this October:

Press release, after the jump:

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