The Philadelphia Eagles week 15 game of the 2017 NFL season is now in the books as the Birds beat the New York Giants on in East Rutherford by a score of 34-29. They say a win is a win, but this was certainly an ugly win, and not one the defense will excited to look at this coming week in the film room. It was probably one of the sloppiest games this Eagles defense, and especially the secondary, played this entire season. We did, however, witness Carson Wentz’s replacement, Nick Foles, putting up 237 yards and 4 touchdown passes on the day. Foles certainly proved this week he was a competent backup quarterback for this Eagles offense. Overall, it was a hard fought division game, but the Eagles still own the Giants. In their last 20 games, the Eagles have won 16 of them. The playoffs are just a few weeks away, and the future is still even more uncertain as this defense floundered today. As always, we gave our analysis and takeaways from the game. We also got into the team stats, box score and graded the positions and coaches.
It may be the offseason for the Phillies and MLB, but we have a lot to get into this week as the winter meetings have wrapped. The Phillies winter meetings didn’t bring too much excitement, but with a couple new relief pitching signings, rampant trade rumors and the possibilities of what 2018 and 2019 may bring, we got into this Phillies team with Justin Klugh, Deputy Editor at TheGoodPhight.com, contributor at The Athletic Philadelphia and co-host of The Dirty Inning podcast. It’s a great interview and discussion!
But first, on the Brief News & Views segment:
1. Eagles talk: Braman signed, life after Carson Wentz, Foles, and our predictions for this week’s game vs. the Giants. (5:45)
2. A look at the Philly college basketball scene: Temple, St. Joe’s, La Salle, and Villanova. (19:10)
3. The Sixers trade Okafor, and how Brett Brown is getting to know his talent. (32:50)
4. The Flyers are now on a four-game winning streak. (38:30)
Then we get into our Up or Down segment where we briefly analyze Philly sports figures to determine if their needle is moving up or down. (42:20)
What we’re throwing down on the Table this week is an in-depth and detailed interview with Justin Klugh from The Good Phight, The Atlantic and The Dirty Inning podcast. Manny Machado has been the big story during the course of the past week, and the Phillies have been named as a team in the mix to potentially acquire him. Justin gives us his thoughts on the possibilities of this coming to fruition. Also, we look at the Phillies bullpen as they acquired new arms during the winter meetings. Sticking with the pitching staff, we dove into potential trade possibilities and the direction the Phillies pitching staff may be taking in the future. What kind of bargaining chip has Maikel Franco become from a trade value perspective, and what should the Phillies expect in return for a possible Cesar Hernandez trade? All of this an much more this week on the Table. (48:40)
This week on TABLE TALK, Matthew DiBiase, author of the book, “The Art of the Dealers: The NHL’s Greatest General Managers,” joined Jeff for a discussion about the history of the Flyers general managers. When talking about the Flyers GM history, of course we began the conversation about arguably the greatest of all time, Keith Allen, and how he was an innovator and pioneer for much of what we see today with hockey analytics. From there, we dove into Bobby Clarke’s tenure as GM and whether or not it’s a true benefit for teams’ front offices to hire former hockey players as the top guy. Paul Holmgren was certain a GM we discussed in detail, which was very interesting. Lastly, Matthew gave his perspective on how Ron Hextall faring as the current Flyers GM. Should Flyers Nation continue to be patient with Hextall? If you’re a huge Flyers and Flyers history fan, this is definitely a show and interview you won’t want to miss!
The Philadelphia Eagles week 14 game of the 2017 NFL season is now in the books as the Birds beat the Los Angeles Rams on their turf by a score of 43-35. While the Eagles clinched the NFC East out in L.A., the future of this Eagles season is uncertain after Carson Wentz left the game in the second half with a knee injury. It’s a bizarre state to be in the driver’s seat in the NFC and feel somber about the future of this Eagles team. It was not a stellar day for the Eagles defense as we saw a plethora of missed tackles and opportunities. However, 316 total yards of passing by Wentz and Nick Foles, along with a nice day of rushing for Jay Ajayi kept this Eagles team in the game. This was, by far, our most difficult post-game podcast show to record in the over 4 years we’ve been providing our after game takes. As always, we gave our analysis and takeaways from the game. We also got into the team stats, box score and graded the positions and coaches.
With a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday night, the Eagles look to rebound as they play the Los Angeles Rams this week and seek home field advantage throughout the playoffs. This week, John Barchard from the BGN Radio podcast and 94 WIP joined us for an overview of the team’s recent performances and how this Eagles team can rebound as the playoffs are right around the corner.
But first on the Brief News & Views segment:
1. A look at the College Football Playoffs. (4:15)
2. Phillies news and notes: Rob Thomson becomes the bench coach, and possible Freddie Galvis and Cesar Hernandez trade talk. (9:10)
3. Where does Markelle Fultz fit once he returns? (21:50)
4. After winning two in a row, will Flyers Nation continue to call for Dave Hakstol’s firing? (28:40)
Then we get into our Up or Down segment where we briefly analyze Philly sports personalities to determine if their needle is moving up or down. (37:05)
What we’re throwing down on the Table this week is an in-depth conversation with John Barchard from BGN Radio and 94 WIP about where this Eagles team is heading, and how they can rebound after the loss to the Seahawks. Is this Rams game truly a “must win” for this 10-2 team? We also dove into the linebacker corps and whether we should be worried about this unit for the remainder of the season. Do we truly have to worry about Big V. in the future, and should Mack Hollins be getting more time on the field over Torrey Smith? To end this week’s interview, we discussed the expectations for Carson Wentz and how he will need to perform during these last four games of the season, and into the playoffs. All of this and much more on the Table this week!
This week on TABLE TALK, Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerr247), writer and contributor at CBS Sports and 247 Sports, joined Jeff this week for some reflections after the Eagles loss to the Seahawks and how the playoffs may shake itself out in the coming weeks in the NFC. There’s at ton of Eagles analysis on this week’s show to get into. First, a look at the game in Seattle. Did Doug Pederson call a terrible game, and is he to blame for the loss? Were the Eagles truly that bad as the score seemed to say after only putting up ten points? And how should we be viewing Carson Wentz and the defense that has been dominant up to this point after this tough loss? Also, we dove into the remainder of the Eagles schedule, likely playoff scenarios and expectations for this team on offense and defense. If you’re a huge Eagles, NFL and football fan, this is definitely a show and interview you won’t want to miss!
The Philadelphia Eagles week 13 game of the 2017 NFL season is now in the books as the Birds lost a rough one out in Seattle to the Seahawks by a score of 24-10. Overall, this was a concerted team loss that could be placed on the head coach, quarterback and defense. Mostly, credit needs to be given to Seattle’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, who single-handedly is the reason for his team’s success this season. Four plays of the game changed momentum against the Eagles that favored the Seahawks: the Ronald Darby pass interference calling the first half, the Alshon Jeffery hold call at the goal line, Carson Wentz’s fumble out of the end zone, and the secondary giving up a huge 48 yard play to Doug Baldwin. While stat-wise, the Eagles looked good on the field, their play was sloppy in critical situations that changed momentum to Seattle throughout the game. As always, we gave our analysis and takeaways from the game. We also got into the team stats, box score and graded the positions and coaches.
The Philadelphia 76’ers are moving full steam ahead in this 2017-2018 season. Joel Embiid is playing good, solid and quality football and his counterpart on the court, Ben Simmons, is making a case early on for Rookie of the Year. This week, we brought onto the show Matt Carey, writer and contributor at LibertyBallers.com and the Reading Eagle, to dissect and give his in-depth analysis into this Sixers season.
But first, on the Brief News & Views segment:
1. The lowly, lowly Flyers are losing, losing, losing. (4:15)
2. PSU’s offensive coordinator, Joe Moorhead, heads to Mississippi State. (13:10)
3. Villanova is ranked No. 4 in the nation. (17:15)
4. Dusty Wathan moves to the Phillies, other coaching news and notes. (22:20)
5. Eagles talk: who should be re-signed next, our predictions for this week’s game vs. Seattle. (26:05)
What we’re throwing down on the Table this week is an interview and conversation with Matt Carey from Liberty Ballers. Overall, we get into how this team is progressing as they find themselves on the court night after night – the development between Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The one theme that persists is that the Sixers are unable to finish games after being ahead in the score consistently. What is Brett Brown’s future if this does not change? While Dario Saric continues to develop, there’s still room for improvement, which we dive into. Also, what will happen with Markelle Fultz once he returns to action? Will he be a bench player? How does Robert Covington’s contract help to shape the future of the team’s direction. All of this and much more this week on the Table. (36:55)
This week on TABLE TALK, Jeff Feyerer (@jeff_feyerer), host of the PylonU podcast, writer at InsideThePylon.com and contributor at College Football News, joined Jeff this week for a look at college football prospects who will likely be making their way to the NFL Draft next year. Even though the college football season is not quite finished, it’s certainly not too early to begin discussing these players and their future impact. First, we discussed the top quarterback prospects and from there dove into the running back position. While the quarterback class this year isn’t spectacular, there are a few names for us to keep our eyes on. The running backs – there are plenty when it comes to raw talent. The two Jeffs also discussed offensive linemen that the Eagles may want to look at should they decide to go that direction in the first-round in 2018. We also discussed pass rushers and defensive ends that could make a real difference in the NFL. If you’re a huge NCAA and NFL and football fan, this is definitely a show and interview you won’t want to miss!
The Philadelphia Eagles week 12 game of the 2017 NFL season is now in the books! This Eagles team continues to have the best record in the NFL at 10-1, still undefeated in the NFC and NFC East after beating the Chicago Bears handily 31-3 at The Linc. As we saw last week, Jim Schwartz’s defense didn’t rest the entire game. They were 100% completely dominant only allowing 6 rushing yards the entire game, two interceptions, two sacks, and seven tackles for a loss. On the offensive side of the ball, Carson Wentz, as usual, managed a fantastic game plan putting up 227 yards and three touchdowns in this win. His ability to keep drives alive and on third-down has been a consistent theme throughout the year. We saw this today as well as Wentz enjoyed picking up some fourth-down conversions as well. The offense averaged 5.3 yards per rush and Zach Ertz came away with over 100-yards receiving this week and a touch down as well. The Eagles are arguably the most complete team in the NFL as we now look to Seattle in week 13. As always, we gave our analysis and takeaways from the game. We also got into the team stats, box score and graded the positions and coaches.