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[Game Preview] Week 4 - Philadelphia Eagles(0-2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (2-1)

Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (2-1)
The Eagles are off to their worst start since 1999 when Eagles coach Doug Pederson was the starting QB for the Eagles in Andy Reid’s first season; where the Eagles started 0-3 and finished 5-11. The Eagles look to be on a similar trajectory this season with their 0-2-1 start following an embarrassing tie to the Bengals last week. The Eagles have the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL this season and the Eagles look like a bad football team. There really isn’t any other description of this team. They are bad on every level and it starts from the top. The team has played undisciplined and the offensive and defensive play-calling has been atrocious and has lacked identity. It seems like the game-planning this season has been phoned in with the coaches running the same vanilla offense and defense week in and week out and expecting the players to win it for them which they haven’t. Carson Wentz has regressed to the point he is unrecognizable and is making mistakes from his rookie season. His coaches don’t seem interested in helping him with fix those mistakes either as Doug Pederson and Press Taylor have failed to recognize Carson’s breakdowns in his mechanics. Their gameplans have done him no favors either utilizing a large number of 5 and 7 step drops despite having a multitude of injuries on the offensive line and at the wide receiver position. If the Eagles have any hope of salvaging their season they will need to pull out a win on Sunday night football against the 49ers and their strong defense. The 49ers are dealing with some injuries of their own with Bosa and Sherman on the IR on the defensive side and Jimmy G and Mosert most likely missing the game on offense. The San Fran defense is still tough with an impressive defensive line and speed all over the field. If Doug cares about Carson at all he will move the pocket and rely on Miles Sanders on the ground to keep the pass rush honest. On the defensive side, Schwartz will need to continue to mix it up with blitzes like he did against the Bengals, but he will need to pull his out of his ass in the secondary and learn that his CBs should not be playing 8-10 yards off the ball when playing man coverage. If Schwartz does a lot of the same in the secondary it could be a long day because Shanahan’s offense will exploit it and lead to another Eagles loss, this time in Prime Time. The Eagles will need to figure out how to get a win this week, or this streak of 3 straight playoff appearances will come to an end. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, October 4th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
8:20 PM - Eastern Levi’s Stadium
7:20 PM - Central 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way
6:20 PM - Mountain Santa Clara, CA 95054
5:20 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 74°F
Feels Like: 74°F
Forecast: Clear. Clear throughout the day
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 1%
Wind: West-Northwest 6 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: 49ers -7
OveUnder: 46
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 0-3, San Francisco 2-1
Where to Watch on TV
NBC* will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will provide analysis and Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
TV Map - Week 4 TV Coverage Map
Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
49ers Radio
49ers Radio Greg Papa will handle play-by-play and Tim Ryan will provide analysis for the game.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game nationally with Ryan Radtke handling the play by play and Terrell Davis will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel 49ers Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 81 (Streaming 825) SIRI 83 (Streaming 827)
XM Radio XM 226 (Streaming 825) 225 (Streaming 827)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 226 (Streaming 825) SXM 225 (Streaming 827)
Eagles Social Media 49ers Social Media
Website Website
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Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Football Team 1-2 .333 1-0 0-2 1-0 1-1 62 81 -19 2L
Cowboys 1-2 .333 1-0 0-2 0-0 1-2 88 97 -9 1L
Eagles 0-2-1 .167 0-1-1 0-1 0-1 0-2 59 87 -28 0
Giants 0-3 .000 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-2 38 79 -41 3L
Series Information
Rhe San Francisco 49ers lead the Philadelphia Eagles(San Francisco 49ers lead series, 19-13-1)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 6th, 1951 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, PA . Philadelphia Eagles 21 - San Francisco 49ers 14.
Points Leader
Philadelphia Eagles lead San Francisco 49ers (749-733)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 1-0 against the 49ers
Kyle Shanahan: 0-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Kyle Shanahan: Pederson leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against 49ers: 1-0
Jimmy Garapolo: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz v Jimmy Garapolo: First meeting between QBs.
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead 49ers: 3-2
Record @ Levi’s Stadium: 49ers lead Eagles 1-0
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 26 - 49ers No. 12
Record
Eagles: 0-2-1
49ers: 2-1
Last Meeting
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Eagles 34 - 49ers 10
The Eagles looked to win their 6th game in a row against the winless San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles got off to a slow start, only leading 3–0 after the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, the Eagles blew the game open. Carson Wentz found tight end Zach Ertz for a 1-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone off of a bootleg pass, and Jalen Mills intercepted rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. The 49ers appeared to have some life in the third quarter, following a Carson Wentz interception, leading to a Matt Breida 22 yard touchdown reception. However, the Eagles responded, with Wentz connecting with Alshon Jeffery for a 53-yard touchdown, putting the game out of reach. The Eagles went on to win 33–10 and advanced to 7–1 on the season. Despite the win, the Eagles played a sloppy game on a rainy afternoon in Philadelphia.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/29/2017 Eagles 49ers 33-10
9/28/2014 49ers Eagles 26-21
10/2/2011 49ers Eagles 24-23
10/10/2010 Eagles 49ers 27-24
12/20/2009 Eagles 49ers 27-13
10/12/2008 Eagles 49ers 40-26
9/24/2006 Eagles 49ers 38--24
9/18/2005 Eagles 49ers 42-3
12/21/2003 49ers Eagles 31-28
11/25/2002 Eagles 49ers 38-17 
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
49ers 49ers
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 4 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
49ers Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 79 132 59.85% 737 3 6 63.9
Garoppolo 33 49 67.35% 390 4 0 118.6
Mullens 33 47 70.21% 414 4 1 95.5
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 38 190 95 5.0 1
Mosert 23 148 74.0 6.4 1
Mckinnon 20 139 46.3 7.0 2
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 15 130 43.3 8.7 1
Reed 11 85 28.3 7.7 2
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 3.0 12
Hyder 2.0 5
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 25 12 13 0.0
Warner 28 17 11 0.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
N/A 0 0
Tartt/Warner 1 2
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 13 673 62 51.8 45.5 7 1 0
Wishnowsky 8 377 59 47.1 43.6 5 1 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 7 6 85.7% 54 5/5
Gould 7 6 85.7% 52 9/9
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 3 61 20.3 25 0
McKinnon 4 87 21.8 29 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Ward 3 10 3.3 8 0 3
Taylor 2 21 10.5 12 0 1
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank 49ers Stat 49ers Rank
Total Offense 336.3 24th 381.7 14th
Rush Offense 117.7 17th 132.7 12th
Pass Offense 218.7 24th 249.0 15th
Points Per Game 19.7 27th 29.0 T-11th
3rd-Down Offense 46.8% 9th 47.2 8th
4th-Down Offense 0.0% T-28th 0.0 T-28th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 57.1% T-20th 61.5% T-16th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank 49ers Stat 49ers Rank
Total Defense 330.7 5th 304.0 3rd
Rush Defense 106.3 9th 116.7 16th
Pass Defense 224.3 7th 187.3 2nd
Points Per Game 29.0 23rd 15.3 2nd
3rd-Down Defense 34.9% 5th 42.1% 14th
4th-Down Defense 66.7% 21st 25.0% T-6th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 69.2% 21st 50.0% T-6th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank 49ers Stat 49ers Rank
Turnover Diff. -7 32nd +3 T-5th
Total Penalties 19 19th 16 T-11th
Total Penalty Yards 143 16th 157 18th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles welcomed the Cincinnati Bengals to Lincoln Financial Field seeking their first win over Cincinnati since 2000. After a scoreless first quarter, the two teams traded field goals in the second, before the Bengals took a 10-6 lead on a touchdown reception by Tee Higgins. Wentz responded on the ensuing drive, as he threw his 100th career touchdown pass to Greg Ward to put the Eagles in front 13-10 at halftime. After the Eagles added another Jake Elliott field goal, the Bengals reclaimed a one-point lead with Higgins' second touchdown of the afternoon. Cincinnati would pad its lead to seven points with two fourth-quarter field goals. Trailing 23-16 with just over 3 minutes left in regulation, Philadelphia drove down the field to score the game-tying touchdown on a 7-yard run for Wentz. In overtime, both defenses held strong, with neither team being able to get into field goal range until the final drive, when the Eagles got to the Bengals' 41. However, a costly false start on Matt Pryor brought Philadelphia out of field goal range. The Eagles punted the ball, and the game ended on the following play with the Bengals at their own 20. Despite his milestone, Wentz's struggles continued as he also threw two interceptions for the third straight game and finished the game with a 62.8 passer rating. Philadelphia improved to 0-2-1 with the tie, but failed to snap their winless streak against Cincinnati and fell to 0-3-2 in their last five against the Bengals, including an 0-2-1 mark at Lincoln Financial Field. This marked the Eagles' first tie since 2008, which was also against the Bengals.
49ers - The way the San Francisco 49ers played, missing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a slew of starters wasn't an issue against the woeful and winless New York Giants, who were also missing their best player in Saquan Barkley. 49ers backup Nick Mullens threw for 343 yards and a touchdown and the Niners controlled the ball on offense, took it away on defense and had another easy day on the East Coast in a 36-9 win at MetLife Stadium Sunday. San Francisco scored on seven of its first eight possessions. It would have been all eight but a snap-hold problem led to Gould missing a 55-yarder. He connected from 52, 32 and 26 yards. The Niners' ninth possession ended the game.
Connections
49ers Practice Squad LB Joe Walker played 3 seasons for the Eagles from 2016-2018.
49ers Offensive Quality Control Coach Miles Austin played one season for the Eagles in 2015.
49ers Inside LB coach Demeco Ryans played 4 seasons for the Eagles from 2012-2015.
49ers Assistant Special Teams coach Michael Clay was a Defensive Special Assistant (2014) and Assistant Special Teams coach(2015) from 2014-2015.
49ers RB Raheem Mosert was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and was placed on their practice squad before he was signed off the practice squad by the Miami Dolphins.
Eagles Special Teams coach Dave Fipp worked as the Assistant special teams coach for the 49ers from 2008-2010.
Eagles Senior Offensive Assistant Rich Scangarello worked as the QB coach for the 49ers from 2017-2018.
Eagles Senior Offensive Assistant Marty Mornhinweg worked for the 49ers as Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach from 1997-2000.
Eagles WR Marquise Goodwin played 3 seasons for the 49ers from 2017-2019.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles 49ers
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) FB Kyle Juszczyk (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) TE George Kittle (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter) DE Nick Bosa (Starter)
LS Rick Lovato (Starter) CB Richard Sherman(Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Dating back to 2005, Philadelphia has won 6 of its last 8 games vs. San Francisco. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Eagles defeated the 49ers, 33-10, at Lincoln Financial Field.
Additionally, Philadelphia has captured 4 of its previous 5 road games against San Francisco since 2002.
The Eagles defense, which collected a season-high 8.0 sacks in Week 3 vs. Cincinnati, is tied for the 3rd-most sacks (12.0) in the NFL, behind Pittsburgh (15.0) and Washington (13.0).
Brandon Graham is tied for the 5th-most sacks (team-high 3.0) in the NFL this season. He needs only 1.0 sack to surpass Hugh Douglas (54.5, 1998-2002, ‘04) for the 4th-most sacks in team history, trailing only Reggie White (124.0, 1985-92), Trent Cole (85.5, 2005-14) and Clyde Simmons (76.0, 1986-93).
Miles Sanders has produced the 7th-most rushing yards (190) in the NFL since Week 2 (95 rushing yards each against the Rams and Bengals). Sanders has also totaled 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his last 5 regular-season games.
Draft Picks
Eagles 49ers
WR Jalen Raegor DT Javon Kinlaw
QB Jalen Hurts WR Brandon Aiyuk
LB Davion Taylor OT Colton McKivitz
S K’Von Wallace TE Charlie Woerner
OT Jack Driscoll WR Jauan Jennings
WR John Hightower
LB Shaun Bradley
WR Quez Watkins
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
LB/DE Casey Toohill
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles 49ers
S Will Parks OT Trent Williams
DT Javon Hargrave WR Mohamed Sanu
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman DT Kerry Hyder
CB Darius Slay C Hroniss Grasu
WR Tavon Austin
TE Jordan Reed
DE Dion Jordan
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles 49ers
S Malcom Jenkins OT Joe Staley
CB Ronald Darby DT Deforest Buckner
RB Jordan Howard WR Emmanuel Sanders
WR Nelson Agholor WR Marquise Goodwin
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai DT Sheldon Day
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill RG Mike Person
RB Darren Sproles TE Garret Celek
DT Timmy Jernigan
LB Nigel Bradham
Milestones
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6397) needs 68 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR *Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (54) needs 1 sack to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49) needs 1.5 sacks to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
49ers DE Arik Armstead(20) needs 2 sacks to move up to 20th on the 49ers all-time sack list passing OLB Parys Haralson.
Stats to Know
Receiving RBs
What if I told you the Niners have two of the league’s best receiving Running Backs? (Yes, one is hurt). What if I also told you the Eagles’ defenders are presently poop covering RBs against the pass? That about sums it up. Mr. McKinnon should have a fun day.
Matchups to Watch
Carson Wentz
This is the only real battle that matters since it's extremely difficult to win in the NFL with poor QB play. Wentz is among the worst QBs in the league to start the season and it could be a significant amount of time before he changes course. Even the most stalwart Wentz supporters must admit he is also a problem with this team right now. With that said, in order to win this game, and any game moving forward, the Eagles need Carson Wentz to improve. Philly can't use the injury excuse in this particular matchup as the Niners are one of the only teams to be in a similar or worse injury predicament than the Eagles. Even with the injuries, the Niners are able to show up and show out on a weekly basis... They are a great team. Wentz has had issues in all areas pertaining to play. He needs to be more precise, smarter, and more relaxed. This team sucks; it's likely no amount of heroism if going to pull this team from the depths of the league this season. The only thing Carson Wentz can do is his job. He's not responsible for coaching blunders, other injuries, or a GM that can't get anything right. Just get better and when he does, this team can actually be competitive.
Kyle Shanahan and his offensive genius vs Jim Schwartz and the LBs and Safeties
It should be no surprise the Eagles LBs and Safeties struggle in coverage as they did nothing in the offseason to add players that can cover. Plain and simple. This is a defense with a great defensive line, a great CB1, and that's it. They struggle to play consistent run defense now with the mediocre talent in the second and third levels. Kyle Shanahan is one of the most innovative offensive minds in the NFL; if you thought the thumping Sean McVay gave us was painful, wait until we see what's in store from the guy who mentored McVay. Shanahan lives for finding your weakest links in the LB and Safety rooms and exploiting that deficiency mercilessly. Nate Gerry is about to have his worst game ever - and that says something. George Kittle should return for this contest which is a tremendous mismatch that the Niners will exploit. Even the best cover guys in the league struggle against Kittle as he's just a monster. Shanahan will use all kinds of motion, misdirection, and play action that will cause this defense to struggle mightily absent some sort of miracle where they learn to play. I have faith that the defensive line can play well, but as we saw in week 2, all the motion, misdirection, and play action teams use can neutralize a pass rush. Lastly, can Schwartz even put his guys in better positions? Yeah, probably not.
Doug Pederson’s Offensive Game Plan vs the Niners Defense
I tried to have a more nuanced look at this matchup but it is difficult. The Eagles offense is marred by underachieving talent and injuries to start the season. Furthermore, they weren't given enough to work with by the front office but that is an entirely different discussion. Point blank: the offensive coaching staff, led by Doug Pederson, has struggled to consistently put its players in successful situations to start the season. It's not all Doug's fault but a large part of it is. There wasn't a real identity to this offense to start and that's only gotten worse 4 weeks in. This roster isn't going to suddenly improve overnight, if at all this season, so it's up to the coaching staff to help the offense succeed. There are a lot of new cooks involved in creating the offensive game plan but not enough overall direction from the man in charge. The Niners defense has plenty of injuries to key players as well; can they design a function offense built on spare parts to put up a fight? Or will they punt?
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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Rooting Interests Week #1

This series started as an experiment during the bye week in 2019 and took off almost as fast as Anquan Boldin (At least I like to think it did). So as we begin the 2020 season I figured why not continue these posts while fully realizing that early on in the season they are nearly worthless. So bear with me while the season progresses and these provide more insight into the Bills quest not only to make the playoffs, not only towards an AFC East title, but more so towards a high seed possibly resulting in multiple home playoff games. Now, I present the first iteration of 2020 “Rooting Interest” posts. Included in this is the “Game Importance Scale” which will rate games from 👏👏👏👏👏 (Most Important) to 👏 (Least Important). Future iterations of this series will be posted weekly on Tuesday mornings.
NOTE: I do not consider ties or injuries for the sake of this discussion. Tiebreakers in order below are for overall standings.
  1. H2H = Head to Head
  2. WLC = Win/Loss in Conference
  3. WLG = Win/Loss in Common Games min 4
  4. SOV = Strength of Victory
  5. SOS = Strength of Schedule
Texans @ Chiefs (Thursday 8:20PM) 👏 👏 👏
The day we had feared may not happen this year, is happening. FOOTBALL IS BACK! Early season games are more difficult to find an optimal outcome for because we just don’t know how good each team is. While there seems to be a national consensus that each of these teams will be competing in January we can’t know that for certain. What we do know is that the Bills play one of these teams this year thus our ol’ reliable SOV & SOS can be increased by that team winning the first game of the season.
Optimal Outcome: Chiefs’ Victory
Eagles @ Football Team (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏
The Eagles take on the Washington..Football Team? As of today the impact of this game on the Bills is negligible, with no tangible Optimal Outcome. Root for whoever you want here but because I need to pick someone I’m going to do so on the basis that I want to see Carson Wentz succeed.
Optimal Outcome: Eagles’ Victory
Dolphins @ Patriots (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏 👏 👏 👏
Ok. This one matters and I’ll be honest, I could see the Dolphins being a better team than the Patriots in 2020 but with Belichick still under the headset I can’t bet on it. What I know, we all know, and everyone else knows is that it’s about time that someone take the throne in the AFC East instead of the Patriots. I reserve the right to change the optimal outcome when these teams meet up again on December 20th but for week one that is where we will go.
Optimal Outcome: Dolphins’ Victory
Packers @ Vikings (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏
Similar to the Eagles & Football Team game this one pits two teams against each other who the Bills won’t see on the field in 2020. This is currently a toss-up, in regard to optimal outcome, but I saw an awful lot of hate tossed the Bills way from Stefon Diggs ex-team so for this week, at least, we go against them.
Optimal Outcome: Packers’ Victory
Colts @ Jaguars (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏 👏 👏
This is the only game in week one’s slate where I’ll directly use the preseason perception of a team as the decision on Optimal Outcome. One of these teams has talent scattered throughout the roster and added a borderline HOF QB (Debate?) the other, jettisoned two of its better players in a likely effort to upgrade a mustache ladened, cutoff jean-wearing, long-haired having QB by out-tanking every other bad team in a quest for Marissa Mowry’s fiancé. Root for the tanking team.
Optimal Outcome: Jaguars’ Victory
Bears @ Lions (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏
Tigers, Lions, and Bears oh my. This is yet another game that at this point in the season has nearly 0 impact on the Bills. The Optimal Outcome here is purely based on the fact that one of these teams allowed the Bills to use their stadium when Buffalo was pummeled by a snowstorm. I suggest we root for them.
Optimal Outcome: Lions’ Victory
Raiders @ Panthers (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏 👏
The Raiders traveling to Bills South makes for a double whammy here. AFC vs. NFC makes the optimal outcome of this one easy and rooting for our twins down south makes it a no brainer.
Optimal Outcome: Panthers’ Victory
Jets @ Bills (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏
1-0, that’s the goal. No fans in the stands will make for a weird atmosphere yet I imagine the Jete aren’t all that excited to drive into New York State. You all know the optimal outcome here so not to much more to say but for those interested look out for my “Matchup Preview” to be released early Friday morning.
Optimal Outcome: Bills’ Victory
Browns @ Ravens (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏 👏 👏
In week 1 there is not much context to formulate an optimal outcome for this game. What we do know is that the Browns have the talent to be a threat late in the season and the Ravens are returning a large portion of a roster that went 14-2 in 2019. This is a pick’em game, for now, but purely using last year as evidence root for the Ravens if your main concern is just making the playoffs and root for the Browns if you are concerned about playoff seeding. The Bills have higher aspirations this year than last so the optimal outcome is chosen accordingly.
Optimal Outcome: Browns’ Victory
Seahawks @ Falcons (Sunday 1:00PM) 👏 👏
More often than not two NFC teams playing each other has little impact on the Bills standing at the end of the season. The difference in this game is that the Bills play the NFC West in 2020 thus a win by that team increases their SOS with a possible increase to SOV. If this rarely used tiebreaker comes into play at the end of the season this week 1 game could have a major impact.
Optimal Outcome: Seahawks’ Victory
Chargers @ Bengals (Sunday 4:05PM) 👏 👏 👏
Similar to the Browns @ Ravens games the full meaning of this game lacks context until the season progresses. Can Tyrod Taylor make the Chargers competitive? Is there the remote possibility that Joe Burrow is as advertised and can lead the Bengals to their first playoff win since 1990? We will have to wait for those answers but what we do know is that the Bills play one of these teams so pumping up SOV & SOS early can’t hurt.
Optimal Outcome: Chargers’ Victory
Cardinals @ 49ers (Sunday 4:25PM) 👏 👏
One of those rare games where there are two NFC teams, both of whom the Bills play in 2020. SOS & SOV is a wash here so the optimal outcome is a pick’em. The Bills game should be over by now and if you are opting not to watch the Chargers @ Bengals game then watching this game is a solid second choice which should help further understand how difficult the Bills’ schedule is. For the sake of getting an Optimal Outcome I’ll root against the same team making the Superbowl two years in a row.
Optimal Outcome: Cardinals’ Victory
Buccaneers @ Saints (Sunday 4:25PM) 👏
The Bills play neither of these teams. Tom Brady plays for one of these teams. Don’t root for Tom Brady. That is all.
Optimal Outcome: Saints’ Victory
Cowboys @ Rams (Sunday 8:20PM) 👏 👏
Remember Thanksgiving last year? That was fun. Two NFC teams go at it in primetime here but only one of them the Bills play in 2020. Root for the same team the Bills dominated on Thanksgiving 2019 to lose for an early bump in SOS and possibly SOV.
Optimal Outcome: Rams’ Victory
Steelers @ Giants (Monday 7:15PM) 👏 👏
This a pretty cut and dry decision. AFC vs. NFC. The only thing that may give us pause here is that one of these teams is lying about what state they play in. Let’s set the saltiness aside and do what’s best for the Bills in 2020 here, we will deal with that lie at a later date.
Optimal Outcome: Giants’ Victory
Titans @ Broncos (Monday 10:10PM) 👏 👏 👏
Two AFC Teams. Two teams the Bills played in 2019. Two teams the Bills beat in 2019. Two teams the Bills play in 2020. It could be argued that outside of the Jets @ Bills and Dolphins @ Patriots this game could be the most important in Week 1 in regard to how 2020 will pan out for the Bills. The Optimal Outcome of this game may adjust as the season moves forward but for now this choice will factor in momentum with the idea that an early losing streak could be detrimental for the team the Bills play in Week 5 (As opposed to the one they play in Week 15).
Optimal Outcome: Broncos’ Victory
If all of these games went the optimal route below would be the updated AFC standings (All tiebreakers considered). For this week the assumption is that unknown tiebreakers go in the Bills favor:
  1. Bills (1-0)**
  2. Jaguars (1-0)**
  3. Browns (1-0)**
  4. Chiefs (1-0)**
  5. Dolphins (1-0)*
  6. Chargers (1-0)*
  7. Broncos (1-0)*
  8. Steelers (0-1)
  9. Raiders (0-1)
  10. Texans (0-1)
  11. Bengals (0-1)
  12. Titans (0-1)
  13. Patriots (0-1)
  14. Jets (0-1)
  15. Colts (0-1)
  16. Ravens (0-1)
** Division Leader
* Wildcard
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2020 - Week 4: Everybody Hates the Titans Edition

Week 3/4 Summary

2020 just keeps coming, doesn’t it? I’m not sure how only two weeks of issue-free football lulled me into such a state of naivety regarding this NFL season, but for a minute there I really got fooled into thinking we were going to have a semi-normal year of football. Hell no. That all got blown to shit as the Titans had a massive outbreak immediately following Week 3’s victory in Minnesota. The last two weeks of waking up every morning to see new positive tests for the Titans locker room has been painful. There’s all sorts of talk about secret practice meetings ignoring the COVID protocols to toss some lighter fluid onto the national “FUCK TENNESSEE” fire that was already raging, and I have to say that I’m getting pretty upset at the organization’s management of this outbreak as well. Get it the fuck together guys! I do think we’re learning some new things about our testing and the spread of this virus. Namely how it can apparently take a long ass time for someone exposed to actually test positive. I think most of the team thought that if they isolated for a couple days and separated out the few positives, that they could just go back to business as usual. It makes me nervous for the Pats locker room, and the Chiefs that they played in Week 4…
All right, enough COVID gloom and doom, we’ve got the football that is happening to celebrate! My sincere apologies for slipping on the note last week, and for how late it’s going to be this week. Jessica and I have been weirdly busy with house issues and a few investment opportunities that we’re looking at, so I haven’t had my preferred amount of time to sit around an obsess about football (nor have I really cared to with how the news has been). But first I want to give a big shout out to Tee! Tee’s team damn near broke our single week scoring record in Week 3, by breaking 200 points! It may have only been by .27, but hey a 200-point week deserves big ups. The only other time it has been done that I’m aware of was Week 2 of the 2018 season by Stephen, with a 202.69 which remains standing as our league record. Nothing else notable happened in Week 3. Certainly not my team choking in the second half of the MNF game to lose to Randy by a few points. Definitely not that. So onto Week 4!
Lineup-decision-wise that probably the toughest week of fantasy football that has ever happened. We had the Titans game fully postponed to another week just a few days before kickoff, then no one knew if the Chiefs/Pats game was going to be played. Still kind of shocked they did with Cam testing positive Friday. So yeah, that could have sucked depending on your roster. My teams in other leagues were hammered like I know some folks were in this league. Randy’s team was down 3 starters all of a sudden… And yet he still managed to hang up 141 points with an injured Chris Godwin on the bench!!! The man shits fantasy football rainbows. Much more salt about that later. We had the biggest nail-biter matchup of the year so far in Clint vs. Tootie, so it’ll be fun to get into that one. Of all my fantasy teams, my team in this league was about the only one that performed, and HOLY SHIT did it perform! My lineup reads like a weekly high scorer list with Joe Mixon and Odell both racking up ~40 in Week 4. There’s my 2/3 picks! Through 4 weeks here Tee and Randy sit atop the two divisions as our only undefeated teams, and poor poor Travis remains our only winless team after a second straight sub-100 point week. Losing Cam for a couple weeks on top of the ever-questionable-then-last-minute-inactive WR1 Michael Thomas is not what the doctor ordered for TEAM CHAOS. Still way too early for a real playoff picture take, so let’s just hope this season continues to the point where I can start speculating about our top 4. Into the matchups we go!
Quick musical side note, Connor’s damn team name has that song stuck in my head EVERY. TIME. I write this note. So I suggest reading this while listening to what I’m singing to myself the entire time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1D9wWxd2w
https://open.spotify.com/track/3jDdpx9PMlfMBS5tOBHFm9
you lied to me…

Matchup Rundown

Alex (1-3) vs. Jess C. (2-1): Sorry, Jess. This was a bad week to go up against the sweetened taters. THERE MY BOYS ARE! I knew they had it in ‘em. I’m actually in the top scoring matchup this week because I scored the most points and not my opponent! Side note, I have the most points scored against in this league by SIXTY! Been pissin’ me off! Thankfully, Joe Mixon and OBJ decided to do something about it to the tune of 81.78 points between the two of them. It definitely wasn’t all roses though, as I lost Nick Chubb to an early injury, and he has now been put on IR. So that blows. But this is 2020, so it was never going to be easy this year. Jess’s team was solid in this matchup, and the final score isn’t reflective of how scared I was for a while last weekend. Obviously the fact that every team that plays me this year scores 170+ played a role, but Jess’s team was set up to give me a run Sunday night. Jerrick McKinnon and Miles Sanders could’ve both easily had bigger games than they did in that sloppy 49ers/Eagles affair, and then she still had Calvin Ridley and Sammy Watkins to play on Sunday! Yeahhhh, about that. Calvin Ridley was the weeks biggest overall surprise, and not in a good way. He SHOCKED the football community by going without a single catch in the MNF game against the Packers. Mind blowing stuff after being the WR #1 coming into Week 4. Is Calvin Ridley giving fantasy managers the full Mike Evans experience? Jess falls to 2-2 with a solid team that will regain its leader in CMC at here some point, and watch out then. I FINALLY get into the win column and hope to have things headed in the right direction to a miserably unlucky start to the fantasy season.
Alex’s MVP: Joe Mixon (43.22) - There it is! The dude has been getting so much work, but doing so little with it. He was due to break through and get into the end zone for the first time of the season. I had no idea it would be THREE TIMES though! They were all impressive long run scores too, no goal-line gimmies. Can he spread this scoring out a bit into other weeks maybe though? 20 each week would be great instead of 8,10, 40!
Alex’s LVP: D.J. Moore (9.02) - DJ Bore has been a dud since I traded Travis for him. I really should’ve hung onto Justin Jefferson after that trade… No one won that trade at all, lol.
Jess’s MVP: Dak Prescott (39.53) - What a draft steal this team’s namesake has been so far this season. The Dallas defense is atrocious, so Dak is left to play hero ball all 2nd half each week these days. And holy shit, he is putting up stats like crazy! Half a point shy of his second 40 point game this season, and fantasy’s QB #1 at this point.
Jess’s LVP: Calvin Ridley (0.1) - OUCH! What the hell happened here… I watched that game, and I don’t know. He was targeted, but he either slipped and fell or Ryan just missed him by a mile every target I saw. A whole bunch of totally nameless guys caught passes from Matt Ryan, who looked terrible in that game. I guess Ridley won’t exactly be a rock solid WR1 this fantasy season after all.
Amanda (3-1) vs. Connor (1-3): Connor’s team is another one that just can’t seem to catch a break, but I think Amanda has herself a team this year! Connor’s team scored a respectable 124.5 but wasn’t even close to matching Amanda’s star power. As long as Dalvin Cook is active, she’s got a stud in the RB slot, and then her WRs are pretty incredible. Amari Cooper is balling out along with his QB (especially this week), while DK Metcalf and Robby Anderson have both been extremely pleasant surprises, and Devante Parker is only getting stronger as the season goes along. She has 3 of the top 12 WRs in fantasy scoring at the moment. Then oh yeah, her QB is Mahomes, and the TE is Ertz… So it wasn’t in the cards for Connor this week. He was hit by the Steelers having a surprise BYE and not being able to start JuJu, but the lack of depth on his team showed in having to FLEX Jimmy Graham. He’s lucky that turned into 7 points in my book. Fairly easy victory for Amanda with Connor’s Falcons stinking it up in MNF, and Kenyan Drake being one of the bigger bust candidates of the short season.
Amanda’s MVP: Amari Cooper (34.72) - Boy this is just turning into “start anyone you have for Dallas” season, huh? Not that Cooper isn’t an every week lock, but wow this offense. Cooper saw SIXTEEN targets as the Cowboys frantically tried to come back against the lowly Browns in their own building. Yay for Amari, but yikes for the Cowboys!
Amanda’s LVP: Mike Gesicki (2.56) - He’s got the team named after him and everything! C’mon Mike! Amanda threw in a sneaky FLEX of Gesicki against the Seahawks, who have been an opposition point machine until this week… I like the play, as I have been FLEXing Gesicki in another league where I’m struggling, but it backfired all over the place in Week 4.
Connor’s MVP: Adam Thielen (27.4) - Thielen was seriously impressive in the Vikings win over the Texans (which got BOB fired, finally). Weeks 2 and 3 were a bit concerning, but the connection with Cousins looks like it still has huge upside this year.
Connor’s LVP: Kenyan Drake (3.5) - Wow. I’m struggling to believe what a letdown Drake has been so far this year. They’ve completely gone away from throwing him the ball, and he’s doing shockingly little on the ground with his 15 carries every game. He’s the starting RB on an offense that’s been pretty good this year… Makes no sense. Chase Edmonds is creeping in on him and even looking like the more explosive player at this point.
Tootie (2-2) vs. Clint (2-2): Wow, what a close one. This result could have been different if any one of a thousand plays had gone differently last weekend. And there’s one big one that Clint REALLY wishes had gone differently: the Austin Ekeler injury. Ekeler leaving extremely early in the Chargers game leaving Clint with a 2.42 in a FLEX spot killed him here. He probably wins this by 15 if Ekeler doesn’t go down there, but them’s the breaks. Tootie wasn’t even close to setting her optimal lineup, and it really almost cost her. Luckily, she has some Saints on her team, primarily Alvin Kamara. Kamara is destroying this season as fantasy’s RB #1, and he pulled together with unlikely teammate hero Tre’Quan Smith to really bail Tootie out of having guys like Crowder and Harry on her bench. This came THE FUCK DOWN TO IT THOUGH! Both of these teams finished early for the week in the afternoon Sunday games, and Clint had Jonathon Taylor Thomas active in the Colts/Bears game after everything else was over to win it for him… 0.7 short. Brutal. It really wasn’t a great game for JTT, and his usage on the Colts is getting a bit confusing. Every week they seem to be violently changing their strategy on how much they use Hines and Wilkins. How to feel about that first round pick sure is a roller coaster! When the dust settled, Tootie squeaked out a W and gets back to .500, where Clint also finds his team.
Tootie’s MVP: Tre’Quan Smith (21.48) - I would give this to the old geezer at QB who scored the most points for Tootie’s team this week, but I think Tre’Quan Smith deserves it more. Gutsy 2nd-week-in-a-row start by Tootie here, and it paid off in unbelievable fashion. The gamble that Brees would actually give the guy a fantasy day with Thomas out was everything in a matchup she won by less than a point. Cheers to this one!
Tootie’s LVP: Darrell Henderson (4.72) - Just when you thought you could make sense of the Rams backfield, the committee strikes! Henderson honestly didn’t even play much in Week 4 after back to back 20 point weeks. Go figure. Something something McVay something something block scheming.
Clint’s MVP: DJ Chark Jr. (29.68) - I traded for the wrong DJ! Chark was banged up and missed a week there, but returned to action looking in full form as he hauled in 8 catches for 95 yards and 2 scores. Impressive stuff given the sluggish start.
Clint’s LVP: Jonathan Taylor (8.92) - I have to pick on him. He had a PERFECT chance to do something and win Clint this matchup, but it didn’t happen. He saw plenty of carries over the course of the game, but didn’t do a whole lot with those, and the single catch is concerning for elite fantasy output.
Tee (4-0) vs. Jessica H. (3-1): Our battle of undefeateds this week was a bit of a letdown in terms of total scoring, but it was pretty close. If all of Jessica’s team had shown up, it would have been really close… The Marvin Jones situation was a real puzzler (at least he outperformed Calvin Ridley!), but the Jeff Wilson start was a downright bad move. Jessica was out running some errands right about the time games were kicking, and when she came in saying she was starting Jeff Wilson, I thought she was joking. To start Wilson over all of John Brown, MVS, Tate, and Viska… Well that didn’t work out. Tee’s team was rock solid here, and did enough to get the job done, which is often what it comes down to. Allen Robinson was the stud of the week for him, but Kupp and Hunt each chipped in plenty as well. Hunt is particularly poised for success now with Nick Chubb out of the way for some period of time. So Tees team keeps rolling through the schedule so far! Let’s see how long he can keep it up!
Tee’s MVP: Allen Robinson (24.3) - The stud receiver that Tee thought he drafted has come back in force since I last wrote this note! Three straight weeks of great scores now (counting TNF in Week 5) for the target machine in Chicago. It looks like the promotion of Foles might actually be pretty beneficial for Robinson.
Tee’s LVP: DeAndre Hopkins (11.28) - Not much of any real duds for Tee’s team, so I’ll pick this off-week for the usually studly Hopkins. It was a bad week for the Cardinals offense, so I’m not expecting to see Hopkins much, or ever, in this slot for the rest of the season.
Jessica’s MVP: Mike Davis (22.22) - Wow, what a waiver pickup stud this guy has turned out to be. Watching Davis turn in these great scores every week is salt in the wound to those of us who deprioritized him in waivers, or just messed them up lol. Surely this won’t last when CMC returns, but for now this dude is an every week must-play. He’s getting the CMC workload, and looks shockingly good doing it! The Panthers are 2-0 with Davis at RB…
Jessica’s LVP: Marvin Jones Jr. (1.94) - Several good ones to choose from here, but I have to go with Marvin Jones. What the fuck has happened to this guy this season? I took him cheap in my school league this auction and luckily had already benched him for Week 4, but he was an obvious start for Jessica here. When he’s been healthy prior seasons, he’s been late round fantasy gold. A bit streaky, but the dude has always scored TDs in buckets. Nothing of the sort so far this year.
Doyle (1-3) vs. Travis (0-4): I think Doyle’s team had enough of my shit! This was an emphatic “NOT THE WORST TEAM” statement from the Padre squad. In fact if not for Travis’s pitiful point total, this matchup would have been much higher up in the breakdown with Doyle’s 2nd highest score of the week. Mike Evans and CeeDee Lamb were both great, but HOLY GEORGE KITTLE, BATMAN! That sloppy Philly game that the 9ers found a way to lose turned into the get-the-ball-to-Kittle show for the 4th quarter. I saw some absolutely insane comebacks in other leagues from this Kittle performance, so maybe don’t feel too bad you were never in this thing, Travis? Kittle would’ve just broken your heart if you had a decent 120-140 score. This was all with Daniel Jones blowing chunks in the QB slot for 8 points on Doyle’s team. Over on Travis’s side, well it was pretty much all suck. Chris Carson was great again! That was pretty much it. Injuries have ravaged this team, and now with Cam out for COVID, there wasn’t much hope here. Still, Lockett was a huge disappointment, AJ Green is officially a massive bust again, and Darius Slayton isn’t stepping up with Shepard out. Seems like this should have been a lot closer, but it was an epic blowout instead.
Doyle’s MVP: George Kittle (41.4) - Fifteen catches on fifteen targets for 183 yards and a score… Oh and he had an 8 yard carry, because the offense wasn’t revolving around him enough. There’s why I had him ranked as a top 20 overall pick this year!
Doyle’s LVP: Daniel Jones (8.85) - Starting Jones against the Rams D-front and Aaron Donold was a bold choice. It was terrible, but it was bold too. At least it was only 1 turnover.
Travis’s MVP: Chris Carson (25.08) - The lone bright spot in this lineup was at least pretty bright! Carson isn’t getting a huge workload, but it’s honestly super impressive he was on the field AT ALL. The dirty as shit tackle that was made on him the prior week was speculated to have him missing time, but fuck that said Chris Carson. This man has a contract to earn. He’s the RB #5 on the season so far.
Travis’s LVP: A.J. Green (1.4) - It’s time to call it, right? I think the Bengals are. Green finally gave way to some other WRs getting playing time in Week 4 after being the most inefficient WR in the NFL through 3 weeks. Mind you, he still saw 5 targets in this game, so there’s hope, right?! WRONG. He turned those 5 targets into one catch for 3 yards. Fucking gross.
Randy (2-0) vs. Stephen (0-2): What the fuck do I say about this debacle? A great week of fantasy football in our league was completely tainted by this putrid meeting between my dad, who in his third year of playing fantasy football apparently has zero clue how to do a single thing with his roster, and Stephen, who I’m comfortable saying has the most hopeless team in our league after four weeks. Sure, he’ll probably beat the shit out of me in Week 5 because I said this, but Stephen’s team is seriously awful, and there’s no hope for it. Travis has Michael Thomas coming back and some other hopefuls. Stephen has a bench comprised of so many turds that Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald are starters for him… I honestly don’t know whose bench upsets me more here. Stephen’s with zero upside but all cusp-roster guys, or Randy’s where Marlon fucking Mack is still sitting in a non-IR slot!!! Ughhhhhh. I guess since I don’t have anything nice to say, I’ll keep this short. Randy failed to make a single roster move, started an injured Chris Godwin over Darren Waller, and still won by 40 points. The points that Jamaal Williams, Hunter Renfrow, and Dalton Schultz combined for are so silly. He moves to 4-0 in a massive slap in the face to anyone putting actual thought into their lineup and roster. Stephen’s team is bad outside of the Chiefs and Stefon Diggs.
Randy’s MVP: Melvin Gordon (26.86) - With Aaron Jones taking a break with only ~20 points, it was Gordon’s turn to work miracles for Randy. Near half his points came on a last minute garbage time run with the game in hand. It’s hard for me to believe Gordon is almost a RB1 in the point rankings.
Randy’s LVP: Chris Godwin (0) - Hard to get any points when you aren’t playing.
Stephen’s MVP: Stefon Diggs (18.64) - Diggs is just hanging out in this spot for Stephen. He’s clocking in above Tyreek Hill as this team’s WR1 at this point. This was his second 100 yard receiving game of the season, and the Bills passing attack continues to impress.
Stephen’s LVP: Larry Fitzgerald (2.46) - I guess Larry Legend’s 1 point in Week 3 left Stephen with no choice but to fire him up in Week 4… There were 13 available free agent FLEX players that scored at least 10 points in Week 4. Just saying.

Week 5 Preview

Ok, so you thought Week 4 was a shitshow in terms of COVID delays and lineup unknowns? Welcome to Week 5, bitches! The 2020 NFL season is officially an exploration into MNF double headers and TUESDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL?!?!?!?! Oh man, let’s see how this goes… The Titans and Bills are currently set to play Tuesday night after the Titans haven’t seen positives for… a couple days. Right. I guess we’ll have another week of retro-active subs being an option? Ugh, this is getting messy. Hopefully we can cut out the locker room outbreaks from here out!
In the Josi league, we’ve got some good ones. Randy’s team is devastated by the Packers BYE and the Titans being only questionable to play, SO C’MON TOOTIE! He’s already started injured Chris Godwin in the TNF game, so please deal him a loss here. Travis takes on the mighty task of trying to get his first win while also handing Tee his first loss. It’s a long shot, but I’m not counting Travis out! The clear matchup of the week is a 3-1 battle between Amanda and Jessica H. Amanda’s team could assert some dominance over her closest competitor in the standings, or vice versa. I take on Stephen to try and get things rolling, but instead I’ll probably just be eating my words from this note about how terrible Stephen’s team is. Connor and Doyle will face off, and I honestly have no clue who I would bet on there. Doyle’s team is looking much more formidable with Kittle and Mostert potentially back in the lineup, but he’ll be missing Golladay again, this time on BYE. It will most definitely be a good one, because any weekend of football that we get at this point is amazing!
We’re into BYE season y’all. Packers and Lions are out this week.
Good luck in Week 5 everyone!
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Wildcard Round - Chicago Bears (12-4) vs Philadelphia Eagles(9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at Chicago Bears (12-4)
Old Saint Nick delivered his Christmas gift of putting the Eagles in the playoffs with a little help from his next opponent the Chicago Bears who beat their division rival Redskins to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs allowing the Eagles to sneak in with their win over the rival Redskins. Nick will have to use all the magic left in that big ol dick of his this week as the Bears come into the game with the best defense in football and are in the top 10 in nearly every defensive category. Their defense was good last season, but went to great when they traded for Khalil Mack before the season started. Mack is a terror for opposing offenses with 12.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles this season, the Eagles OL and Nick Foles will need to know where Mack is at all times on the football field. I expect the game plan will be similar to when the Eagles played Mack last season using a variety of double teams to keep him off his game. On the otherside the defense has been playing better of late and shut out the beat up Washington Redskins offense holding them to mere 89 yards on offense. They will be put to the test this week taking on Matt Nagy's offense that Trubisky has thrived in this season. The DL will need to find away to get past a talented Bears OL and wreak havoc in the backfield to make Trubisky uncomfortable and stop the talented 1-2 punch of the Bears run game. The game will be a chess match between two old friends who should be very familiar with one another. Not only to Pederson and Nagy both come up under Andy Reid, but they both joined the Eagles staff in the 2009 and 2008 seasons and stayed with Reid when he went to Kansas City with Nagy taking the QB coach position and Pederson taking the OC slot. So coaching together for 7 straight seasons should give each other some ideas what the other will do and make for an entertaining football game. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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4:40 PM - Eastern Soldier Field
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Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 43°F
Feels Like: 39°F
Forecast: Overcast. Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Cloud Coverage: 100%
Wind: ESE 7 MPH
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Favorite/Opening Line: Chicago by -5.5
OveUnder: 41
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 6-9-1, Chicago 12-4
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NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox will report from the sidelines.
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Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
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Chicago Bears Network Jeff Joniak (play-by-play) and Tom Thayer (analyst) will call the game with Zach Zaidman on the sidelines.
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST W PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Strk
Cowboysx 10-6 .625 7-1 3-5 5-1 9-3 339 324 15 2W
Eaglesy 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6 367 348 19 3W
Redskins 7-9 .438 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6 281 359 -78 2L
Giants 5-11 .313 2-6 3-5 1-5 4-8 369 412 -43 3L
[x]-Clinched Division [y]-Clinched Wildcard [z]= Clinched 1st round bye [*]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
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Seed Team Division Record
1 Saints South 13-3
2 Rams West 13-3
3 Bears North 12-4
4 Cowboys East 10-6
5 Seahawks West 11-4
6 Eagles East 9-7
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Seahawks @ Cowboys 1/5/2018 8:15PM EST AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Eagles @ Bears 1/6/2018 4:40PM EST Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
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Seed Team Division Record
1 Chiefs West 12-4
2 Patriots East 11-5
3 Texans South 11-5
4 Ravens North 10-6
5 Chargers West 12-4
6 Colts South 10-6
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Game Time Location
Colts @ Texans 1/5/2018 4:35PM EST NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Chargers @ Ravens 1/6/2018 1:05PM EST M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Series Information
Chicago Bears lead the Philadelphia Eagles (30-14-1), (Eagles lead 2-1 postseason)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 12th, 1933 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. Chicago Bears 3 - Philadelphia Eagles 3
Points Leader
The Chicago Bears lead the Philadelphia Eagles (977-710)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-0 against the Bears
Matt Nagy: 0-0 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Matt Nagy: First Meeting of the Coaches
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Bears: 1-1
Mitch Trubisky: Against Eagles 0-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Mitch Trubisky: First Meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Series tied: 2-2
Record @ Soldier Field: Bears lead Eagles: 8-6
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 15 - Bears No. 3
Record
Eagles: 9-7
Bears: 12-4
Last Meeting
Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Eagles 31 - Bears 3
he game many expected could be a trap for the Eagles turned into a rout of the Bears 31-3. The Eagles controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage and dominated the Bears running backs sending them the wrong direction as they ended the day with -6 yards rushing. The Eagles secondary also picked off Mitch Trubisky twice on the day. On offense, the Eagles running game was on point as they ran for 176 and Carson Wentz threw for 3 TDs and 227 yards before an early exit in the 4th quarter to prevent injury and give Nick Foles some playing time. The Eagles had their first 100 yard receiver this season as Zach Ertz crossed the century mark. The game wasn’t perfect though both Blount and Ajayi fumbled the football running and Malcom Jenkins fumbled after making a nice interception.
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Last Meeting at Site
Monday, September 19th, 2016
Eagles 29 - Bears 16
In Wentz’s second career game he threw for 190 yards and a TD while showing plenty of poise, just as he did in his debut against Cleveland. Ryan Mathews found the end zone two times rushing. The Eagles held the Bears in check most of the day and while Philadelphia was pulling away, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler walked to the locker room with a right thumb injury and did not return. That was the biggest blow for the Bears (0-2), who lost several players and fell again after opening with a loss at Houston. It's not the sort of start they envisioned in their second year under coach John Fox after finishing last in the NFC North. But they continued to struggle at home, where they were 1-7 in 2016.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/26/2017 Eagles Bears 31-3
9/19/2016 Eagles Bears 29-14
12/22/2013 Eagles Bears 54-11
11/7/2011 Bears Eagles 30-24
11/28/2010 Bears Eagles 31-26
11/22/2009 Eagles Bears 24-20
9/28/2008 Bears Eagles 24-20
10/21/2007 Bears Eagles 19-16
10/3/2004 Eagles Bears 19-9
11/3/2002 Eagles Bears 19-13
Injury Reports Depth Charts
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Bears Bears
2018 Weekly Matchup Picks
Wildcard - "Expert" Picks
2018 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Bears Season Stats
2018 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 141 195 72.3% 1413 7 4 96.0
Trubisky 289 434 66.6% 3223 24 12 95.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Adams 120 511 36.5 4.3 3
Howard 250 935 58.4 3.7 9
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 116 1163 72.7 10.0 8
Cohen 71 725 45.3 10.2 5
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Cox 10.5 44.0
Mack 12.5 50.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 97 79 18 1.0
Smith 121 89 32 5.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Douglas 3 10
Fuller 7 27
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 61 2937 68 48.1 42.7 24 7 0
O'Donnell 62 2791 65 45.0 39.7 28 7 1
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 33/35
Parkey 30 23 76.7% 50 42/45
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 4 96 24.0 35 0
Cunningham 8 173 21.6 31 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 10 83 8.3 14 0 9
Cohen 33 413 12.5 44 0 21
League Rankings 2018
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Total Offense 365.7 14th 343.9 21st
Rush Offense 98.1 28th 121.1 11th
Pass Offense 267.2 7th 222.8 21st
Points Per Game 22.9 18th 26.3 9th
3rd-Down Offense 41.0% 12th 41.0% 11th
4th-Down Offense 60.9% 10th 60.0% T-11th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 57.9% 17th 66.7% T-6th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Total Defense 366.2 23rd 299.7 3rd
Rush Defense 96.9 7th 80.0 1st
Pass Defense 269.3 30th 219.7 7th
Points Per Game 21.8 12th 17.7 1st
3rd-Down Defense 35.3% 6th 34.3% 4th
4th-Down Defense 57.9% 19th 57.1% 18th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 44.6% 1st 50.0% T-5th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Turnover Diff. -6 25th +12 3rd
Penalty Per Game 6.3 9th 6.1 8th
Penalty Yards Per Game 53.3 T-8th 49.8 6th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video – The Eagles looked to keep their season alive and Super Bowl MVP came out to play as Foles threw tied an NFL record for most consecutive completions when threw 25 straight completions that were part of 221 yards 2 TD 1 INT stat line. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles were even more dominant against a beat up Redskins offense holding them to a paltry 89 yards on offense in a shutout. Fletcher Cox feasted with 3 sacks in the game and Douglas had an interception as the Eagles got the job done against their division rival.
Bears - Video – The Bears took on their division rival with a bye at stake if the 49ers were able to pull an upset over on the Rams. The Vikings had more to play for as they were win and in for the playoffs came out flat as the Bears dominated them in every aspect of the football game. The Vikings 84 million dollar man does what he does in big games and crumbled throwing for just 132 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, the Bears refused to let up as Howard and Cohen combined for 134 yards and 3 TDs on the ground. Once the Ramns game was out of reach many backups came in for the Bears, but it didn't make a lick of difference as they held onto the win and knocked their division rival out of the playoffs allowing the Eagles to sneak in who they will play this Sunday.
Connections
Bears HC Matt Nagy got his first coaching job with the Eagles in 2008 working as in intern and moving up to a coaching assistant in 2010 and offensive quality control coach in 2011-12.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson and Bears Hc Matt Nagy are both part of the Andy Reid coaching tree and the two worked together with the Eagles and Chiefs from 2009-2015.
Bears OL Coach Harry Hiestand was bord in Malvern, PA and attended East Stroudsburg University which is where his coaching career began.
Eagles DE Chris Long is the older brother of Bears OL Kyle Long.
Trey Burton was a signed as an undrafted FA in 2014 and played 4 seasons with the Eagles from 2014-2017 winning a Super Bowl with them in 2017 and was part of the magical "Philly Special" throwing the TD pass to Nick Foles.
Bears K Cody Parkey played 2 seasons with the Eagles from 2014-2015.
Bears backup QB Chase Daniel played 1 season with the Eagles in 2016.
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery was drafted by the Bears in 2nd round of the 2012 draft and played 5 seasons with them from 2012-2016.
Eagles S Corey Graham was drafted by the Bears in the 5th round of the 2007 draft and played 5 seasons with them from 2007-2011.
Eagles S Deiondre’ Hall was drafted by the Bears in the 4th round of the 2016 draft and played 2 seasons with them before he was traded to the Eagles in 2018 for a 2019 7th round pick.
Eagles CB Cre'Von LeBlanc played 2 seasons with the Bears from 2016-2017.
Eagles LS Rick Lavato (Husband to Demi Lavato per Tony Romo) was signed as an undrafted FA by the Bears in 2015, but waived at the end of training camp.
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas worked as the director of scouting for the Bears in 2015.
Eagles Director of Pro Personnel Dwayne Joseph played for the Bears from 1994-1996 and worked for the Bears in various scouting roles (Coordinator of player programed (1998-2000), Director of Player Development (2001-2003), Assistant Director of College Scouting (2012), Assistant Director of Pro Personnel (2013-2015).
Eagles OC Mike Groh worked as the Bears WR Coach from 2013-2015.
Eagles DL Coach Phillip Daniels played four seasons for the Bears from 2000-2003.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Bears
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OLB Khalil Mack (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) CB Kyle Fuller (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) FS Eddie Jackson (Starter)
RS Tarik Cohen (Starter)
DT Akiem Hicks
General
Referee: Tony Corrente
Philadelphia is 2-1 all-time vs. Chicago in the playoffs. The last time the Eagles faced the Bears in the postseason was on 1/19/02, when they won 33-19 at Soldier Field.
Philadelphia has won 3 consecutive regular-season games vs. Chicago. Since 1994, the Eagles have produced a 10-5 record against the Bears (including playoffs).
The Eagles and Bears have faced off 48 times, but have only tied once in their first meeting in 1933.
Avonte Maddox has allowed the second lowest passer rating in the NFL this season.
In the last 2 years, Nick Foles is 8-0 in games started (and finished) for the #Eagles in December or later.
Chicago finished first in defensive DVOA — both regular and weighted (which factors in recent performances more). They were first against the pass and second against the run.
The Bears allowed an NFL-low 17.7 points per game.
Fun Fact
On New Year’s Eve, 1988, the Eagles lost a postseason heartbreaker to the Bears in Chicago, in a game that has gone down in history as “The Fog Bowl.” Meteorologically, the title was well-earned. Lake Michigan sent a blinding sheet of fog over Soldier Field late in the first half, and the haze stayed put until the very last play. Visibility was so bad that most players couldn’t see beyond 10 yards in front of their faces. Up in the public address booth, Bears play-by-play announcer Jim Riebandt had to get game updates relayed to him from an usher who was standing on the field with a two-way radio. Video
Draft Picks
Eagles Bears
TE Dallas Goedert LB Roquan Smith
CB Avonte Maddox C James Daniels
DE Josh Sweat WR Anthony Miller
T Matt Pryor LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
T Jordan Mailata DT Bilal Nichols
DE Kylie Fitts
WR Javon Wims
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Bears
WR Mike Wallace OLB Khalil Mack
WR Markus Wheaton WR Allen Robinson
DT Haloti Ngata TE Trey Burton
P Cameron Johnston WR Taylor Gabriel
DT Bruce Hector K Cody Parkey
LB DJ Alexander QB Chase Daniel
WR Jordan Matthews OLB Aaron Lynch
QB Tyler Bray
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Bears
DE Vinny Curry LB Jerrell Freeman
WR Torrey Smith OG Josh Sitton
RB Kenjon Barner LB Pernell McPhee
RB LaGarrett Blount LB Christian Jones
LB RB Mychal Kendricks S Quintin Demps
CB Patrick Robinson L Cairo Santos
TE Trey Burton DE Mitch Unrein
DT Beau Allen LS Andrew DePaola
P Donnie Jones OL Thomas Compton
WR Marcus Johnson WR Kendell Wright
TE Brent Celek WR Cameron Meredith
LB Will Compton
TE Niles Paul
PFF Stats to Know
Chicago Running Backs
Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are going to need to be planned for. With injuries to the Eagles' defensive backfield, it's going to be a major task. Let's get to it. Cohen and Howard will not get many yards after contact (the Bears' offense generally does not generate much YAC or RAC). Cohen is ranked 58th and Howard is 37th in rushing yards after contact per attempt Cohen is tied for a close 2nd in % targets for overall snaps and 7th in % of his targets coming from the Slot. When aligned in the Slot, though, Cohen has generated the 2nd-most Yards Per Route Run, at 3.19. Overall, Cohen has the highest YPRR and 3rd-most receiving yards of RBs. Cohen has had an atrocious 7 fumbles in 2018 (3 lost). Jordan Howard is 7th in 1st Downs generated and 47th in Yards Per Attempt. Howard is 6th in Rushing Attempts (250), still, for 935 yards (14th).
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WDB Matchups
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Offensive Line vs. Bears Pass Rush
The Eagles snuck into the playoffs after week 17 with some help from their current opponent 10 years after the 44-6 beat down of the Cowboys to accomplish the same feat. The Eagles enter the playoffs as the 6 seed and rightful underdogs even with the recent success and face a Bears team that is strong on both sides of the ball - especially on defense. There are many layers to this matchup but for the Eagles it'll always start up front. Prior to the season the Bears traded for Khalil Mack after Jon Gruden decided to be an idiot. The Bears defense was already pretty good but Mack pushed the unit over the top. The Eagles have game planned for Mack before when he was on the Raiders and held him in check for the most part. However, the depth of talent on the Bears defensive front far surpasses the talent on the Raiders 2017 defensive front. To make matters worse for the Eagles, the Bears defense is strong at all 3 levels so they'll really need to win regularly up front to have any kind of success on offense. Akiem Hicks is a stout IDL who is having a strong season in a year where IDL across the league are making big impacts. Eddie Goldman is another DT for the Bears and together with Hicks formed a formidable duo prior to Mack's arrival. Mack and Hicks both have over 50 pressures for Bears defense and force a lot of offenses into making mistakes. Additionally, the entire defensive front is stout against the run as well. This is a complete unit and will need the Eagles OL to rise to the occasion as they have so often of late. Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, and Jason Kelce form the best right side of an OL in the NFL and all are having All Pro caliber years. Despite not playing at his usual Hall of Fame level, Jason Peters is still a good left tackle and Wis or Seumalo can hold their own at LG. This is a premier battle that can really help the Eagles win since there are many layers to this Bears defense as it is that will make the Eagles offense earn everything it can get. In their push for the post season, the Eagles defense neutralized the pass rush for the Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Redskins on two occasions. They'll need it again for this one.
Eagles Defensive Line vs. Bears Offensive Line
The Bears enter this contest with one of the best offensive lines in terms of pass blocking efficiency per PFF this season and have veteran Kyle Long making his second consecutive start after returning from injury. Additionally, Matt Nagy runs a creative offense that does a lot to ease the pressure the offensive line can face. Fletcher Cox is having another All Pro caliber season for the Eagles with 95 pressures (per PFF) this season; that number is second only to Aaron Donald in the NFL. That's not just for his position, that is for all pass rushers. Cox is a complete player that will likely draw a lot of attention from the Bears offensive line. They'll need Timmy Jernigan and Haloti Ngata to step up opposite him and make some noise with the 1v1 matchups they'll likely get. Furthermore, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and Brandon Graham will need to continue with their high level of play of late and take advantages of the matchups they'll get with the extra attention Cox will receive. As with any young QB, Trubisky is far less effective as a passer when he is under pressure and can be prone to throwing an interceptable pass or two. The Eagles defense has been very opportunistic of late forcing a lot of turnovers. The depleted secondary has done their part but it's the defensive line that can really change the game. Trubisky has made a lot of progress since last year but is still mistake prone. This is fine for the Bears as he'll likely improve especially with the quality coaching he has around him. But for now, this Eagles defense can help win this game by forcing him into negative plays. Lastly, controlling the Bears offensive line in the run game will help make the offense one dimensional. Force the Bears offense into unfavorable down and distances and their success rate drops. It'll be important to keep them off schedule and the defensive line will play a big role in that.
Eagles Pass Defense vs Bears Weapons
The Bears have done a great job surrounding Trubisky with plenty of weapons that can attack and win against every defense in a variety of ways. They added the big body receiver in Allen Robinson, the speedster in Taylor Gabriel, the versatile WR Anthony Miller, Trey Burton, and finally Tarik Cohen as a natural matchup nightmare for any defense. All of these guys have a trump card that can help the offense win and all are solid route runners to give Trubisky space to throw the football. Jordan Howard is a solid running back and it'll be important to contain him but Tarik Cohen is the matchup nightmare the Eagles must contain. Cohen will line up everywhere and take a lot of snaps as a wide receiver which gives the Bears the ability put the offense up against favorable defensive alignments. He's explosive with the ball in his hands and is a true competitor. The offense is much more dynamic and explosive when he is on the field. Lately the Eagles defense has done a great job containing opposing RBs but the depth of weapons and the scheme Nagy runs will really test the Eagles back end. Jim Schwartz has done a great job helping this defense finish 12th in points allowed, 1st in red zone defense, and 6th best third down defense despite all of the injuries. They'll need that performance again against an offense that'll stress every blade of grass and take what you give them.
Eagles Pass Offense vs Bears Pass Defense
This is the matchup every fan should be worried about no matter how much you trust the coaches and QB to execute at a high level. The Bears enter this contest with the leagues best pass defense with plenty of high end talent and excellent coaching that have largely shut down their opposition all year. Additionally, the Bears secondary is incredible at forcing turnovers and lead the league by a large margin in interceptions. The Bears added a ton of playmakers on offense to help out Trubisky but have a ton of playmakers on defense to elevate the entire team. Few teams have been as good as the Bears have against the pass this year and 3 of the 4 that did it won the Super Bowl - leave it to the Vikings to choke. If there is a "weakness" to this defense it is outside at CB (Amukamara), LBs in coverage, and Eddie Jacksons injury status (though he'll likely play). Points will be tough to come by as will running. I would expect the coaching staff to try to use the short passing game like they did against the Texans as an extension of the run game to keep the offense on schedule. An additional benefit of this attack is it gives Foles high percentage throws to limit the potential for turnovers. The Eagles need to take this game to the Bears defense but do so smartly. Even if Amukamara is a "weak link" he really isn't a weak link. Even if the Bears don't have elite coverage LBs they have 2 Safeties that are great in coverage. It would be smart for the Eagles to take their shots with Alshon Jeffery as he is their best man coverage receiver. It would be pretty surprising for the Eagles to put up an offensive performance similar to the NFCCG but they do have the talent to be able to at least score some points. They just need to be mindful of all the things Fangio does on the back end to confuse the QB and generate turnovers. The offense needs to stay on schedule to limit low percentage opportunities.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2017 NFL Uniform Analysis - Part 1

---INTRODUCTION---
Welcome to the first stage of the NFL offseason. That means 2017 season recaps, mock drafts that are WAY too early, and shit posts like uniform rankings/analysis. I’m well aware of the overabundance of uniform rankings online, but most of them are low effort, click-baity slideshows where they have two or three sentences "explaining" their reasoning. This series is different because I plan on explaining in detail what makes a good NFL uniform and what typically doesn't work.
Obviously this is only my opinion and I welcome discussion to why you like or dislike a specific uniform. If you also enjoy uniform talk then I highly suggest checking checking out uni-watch. I also understand that most of us have an emotional attachment to some of our teams uniforms. Why wouldn't we? So sometimes this becomes a heated topic.
Now because uniforms are a combination of design and fashion I think it’s much more productive to rank them in categories instead of a straight numbering system because it's so subjective. I’ve grouped 32 teams into 6 categories of awful, bad, close, good, great, grand and wonderful. Some categories will have more teams than others.
I will group them based on the belief that football uniforms should be bold, clean, and most of all - structured. Due to the extremes in player body types football uniforms are very unique. You should be making something that looks good on a 5’9” 180 pound cornerback and a 6’5” 320 pound offensive lineman. This is one of the reasons I feel like football jerseys are so popular with fans because they’re supposed to look good on all body types.
These rankings are 99% based on standard home and away uniforms. If a team has awful color rush jerseys I won’t hold that against them because it’s something that is forced on them by the league. It actually hurts a team in my rankings if they have a better color rush jersey than their standard jersey (Example: Bengals) because it shows that it takes an outside force to make your team look presentable.
Now onto the analysis.
---THE AWFUL---
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The first thing people will point out when they talk about how bad the Bucs uniforms are is the alarm clock numbers. Nike says they are supposed to be a nod to swords, but I don’t see it. It’s bad, but it’s not the worst part of the uniform.
The worst part is how many different colors Tampa Bay uses. Pewter, red, orange, black, AND silver. There is a reason most teams have two colors and that’s because it creates an easily identifiable brand and look. With this many colors there is no way the uniform wouldn't look like a cluttered mess. Red and pewter is all the Bucs need and if they want to keep silver as a accent color cool, but the orange (a nod to the creamsicle uniforms) has to go along with the gimmicky reflective numbers and the random black outlines that should have died with the old Lions uniforms.
On top of all this the uniform is littered with patches of different logos on both shoulders and pants. This is a clear sign of a uniform being designed by several committees. You already have the biggest logo of any NFL team on the side of your helmet. I don’t need to see more logos all over the player to know who you are.
I don’t expect this look to last long and for Nike to take another shot soon. Which I would be really excited for because the Bucs have a unique style and a great logo.
CLEVELAND BROWNS
Uniforms are supposed to represent your team like a flag is supposed to represent your country, state, city, or nautical intentions. They are a symbol of your team. The key words here are symbol and represent. The Browns and Nike decided to skip all that and just go with the most literal uniform they could have besides dressing head to toe in brown (so close).
“HEY WE’RE THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. YOU KNOW DIS BECAUSE OUR CHEST SAYS CLEVELAND AND OUR LEGS SAY BROWNS. GET IT?”
Putting a giant CLEVELAND on the chest is not only obnoxious with the elongated stripes leading to it, but it also pushes the numbers down from the chest to the stomach. It's something a high school football team does because no one knows who they are.
When I first saw the leak of the Browns uniforms I was kind of excited. I thought the stripe was going to become part of Cleveland's identity. I thought that was something they were going to focus on and own. Nope. They just took the stripe they removed from the leg and put it on their chest.
The pants are by far the worst pants any team has worn in the history of the NFL and I’m counting these. The pant stripe ends abruptly and with no aesthetic reason. On some players it’s a little square while on others it’s half their leg.
The cherry on top is the ridiculously stupid contrast stitching that would only work if your team name was the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
How would I fix it? I love the idea of the Browns owning their minimalistic style. I think it would look amazing if they made the stripe on their helmet thicker, removed any words on their jerseys, and went to standard block numbers. Even if they just went with a simple look and ultra reflective orange helmets (like this) that would be better. The good news is there is already rumors of a redesign.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The worst helmets in NFL history hands down. I've heard some people say "it's a great idea, but an awful execution", but I think it's both. Even with a proper gradient the logo is mostly gold and gets washed out. It's supposed to represent a jaguar emerging from the shadows, but then why is the jaguar clearly leaving the light and going INTO the shadows? Also, why isn't there any other gradienting on the uniform to bring the look together?
The uniforms themselves are also supposed to be inspired by the military presence in Jacksonville, but I don't see anything even close to the structure of a military uniform. I get the patch on the front is supposed to be a military nod, but it looks silly on every player. There are big blank teal blocks on the shoulders that look unfinished. The tops are extremely busy and make the neckline look like an And 1 logo. Also the pant leg isn't replicated anywhere else on the uniform.
The whole thing is an over designed mess and with rumors of a change I'm happy to see them go.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
I’m not going to waste a ton of time on these because we all know they're just temporary. The Rams decided that they need to slowly morph into their new uniforms instead of one big change. This version of their uniform is the worst in their history and one that will soon be forgotten. A really lazy attempt to make them more the LA Rams than the St. Louis Rams.
Bring back the blue and yellow, the blue and white, or do what the Bills did and update an older, better look.
---WRAP UP---
Every team on this list has a very unique brand identity that they have decided to abandon for some reason or another. The only one that actually upsets me is the Browns. A lot of people will make fun of the Browns colors and their blank helmet, but I actually love the choice. It's a distinct look and one that the team should own like Penn State does. The Rams will get an update soon and look amazing, the Jags will fix those helmets at the very least, and the Bucs have one combination that isn't horrible.
EDIT 1: Bucs not Buccs my apologies.
EDIT 2: Part two is here
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2017 NFL Uniform Analysis - Part 2 (The Bad)

PART ONE HERE
In part 2 of my uniform analysis series I will focus on teams with what I feel are "bad" uniforms. Most the teams on this list have a uniform that they updated awhile ago that hasn't aged well. While good design never goes out of style and becomes a classic look, design that focuses on trend ages quickly (example: Every hipster logo ever).
It's completely fine for a team to have a "trendy" uniform, it's a great idea to sell more jerseys, but then that team needs to stay on top of trends by updating their uniform accordingly. This becomes more difficult with NFL uniform rules that only allow a change every 5 years, but every team on this list is eligible for an update.
Now let's take a look at some bad uniforms in no particular order.
TENNESSEE TITANS
Member the Oilers? Member how awesome those uniforms were? I member. Well, when the Oilers became the Titans they did a pretty cool uniform overhaul. They designed an original uniform with nods to older NFL designs and their own past. The only thing that really sucked was their logo.
Over time different uniform cuts/templates and different manufacturers (Puma -> Reebok -> Nike) morphed the Titans uniform into what it is today. The shoulder stripe has slowly evolved into a narrow strip at the top that gives players slimmer looking shoulders. Not a good look for football players.
The helmet logo just has way too much going on and the overall message is muddled. I think a better idea would be to break up each element and have it subtly represented throughout the uniform. The three stars can be on the shoulder, the sword can be represented on the pants, and the flames can be a subtle pattern on the helmet. Something along those lines.
The all white is currently their best look with light blue tops with white pants coming in second.
I'm very excited to see what the Titans will come out with for their new uniforms. A logo change and a simple shoulder stripe fix would help these out immensely, but I have a feeling they'll do more than that.
ARIZONA CARDINALS
The Cardinals have a great team name and logo to design a fantastic uniform around, but they fell in love with the mid 2000’s Reebok template and kept it for some reason. Swoops, patches, piping, and blocks of color for no reason. They look like a dad wearing one of those “fast” looking polos.
The Cardinals main focus should be dark red and white (throwback). It has so much potential if they actually owned those colors and weren't so obsessed with black. So many college teams are red and white and they look amazing.
The biggest Cardinal sin has to be the gray facemask. Old school facemask with a crazy “fast” looking jersey doesn't match. The jersey says 2005 and the helmet says 1985.
It's not the worst uniform in the league, but I'm ranking it so low because the design hasn't aged well. Their uniform history hasn't really been filled with hits either. At least they don't use the bird with arms logo anymore. That creeps me out.
CINCINNATI BENGALS
This one hurts because I think the Bengals have one of the best helmet designs of all time. It even looks good with another team using it. It's a really fun and original design that the Bengals should never change.
The problem is the weird choices and inconsistencies of the rest of the uniform. The biggest problem is the hideous white block on the side of the uniform that for some reason continues into the top part of the pants. I really don't understand why it's there. It looks like they ran out of black material and just used filler.
The B logo looks too cluttered positioned right below the NFL logo and just like the Browns uniforms it pushes the numbers down from the chest to the stomach more.
The drop shadow numbers with a thick color matching outline looks cartoonish and out of place. The pant stripe has slowly worked its way to the front part of the pants for some reason. Overall the look is extremely sloppy and would benefit from a redesign.
If you're going to use a busy tiger pattern you need structure and simplicity in the rest of the uniform in order to pull it off. That is why their color rush jerseys look so much better. You're eliminating a lot of the mess and cleaning it up. That said, I don't think the Bengals will be changing their uniforms anytime soon and the fanbase seems to like them so they have no real reason to. I give them points for originality and trying an aggressive design.
CAROLINA PANTHERS
I know I'm going to get a lot of hate from Panther fans on this one, but hear me out. The Panthers have a great logo and fantastic colors, but uniforms that are filled with design issues that don't take adantage of those things.
The biggest issue to me is the amount of Panther head logos used throughout the design. They have an oversized logo on the helmet, the exact same logo on the sleeves, and then again on the pants. If you're a team like the Eagles or Rams you can have your full team logo on your sleeves because you're using a different design on your helmet. With the Panthers it's extremely redundant.
There are some teams that still use the old Reebok template, but have updated their fabrics to Nike. The Panthers are one of only a couple teams that still use the Reebok template and even older fabrics. So you're presented with this super shiny, 90's basketball shorts style fabric for the Carolina blue that doesn't hold its shape when it's on the players. This means the shoulder stripes and pant stripes wildly change in thickness. It's not a good look.
The block numbers don't match any other part of the rounded design. It's something that is cool on an old school team, but not a team that came into the league in 1995. The center stripes on their helmet might have also been cool back in the 90's, but now they look weird and completely unnecessary with such a big helmet logo.
I commend the Panthers for sticking with basically the same look for as long as they have, but they would benefit greatly from a template change to provide some structure and removing redundant logos.
WRAP UP
All of these teams have at least one aesthetic I enjoy about them, but have several weird design choices that confuse me to why they haven't been at least slightly updated. The Cardinals need a refresh, the Bengals need a clean up, the Panthers need an update, and I’m excited to see what Nike and the Titans come up with.
EDIT: Part 3 - Close Teams
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[Game Preview] Week 1 - Atlanta Falcons (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles(0-0)

Atlanta Falcons (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
The Eagles open their first season as defending Super Bowl Champion against a team they faced on the road to their Super Bowl win. The Falcons gave the Eagles one of their toughest tests and took them down to the wire in the Eagles 15-10 win. The Eagles will once again be turning to their backup QB Nick Foles to lead them to victory as Carson Wentz continues to rehab his injured knee. Foles will look to find some of the magic that made him a Super Bowl MVP, a he struggled in his last game against the Falcons and has struggled throughout his preseason appearances this year. Foles will get some help as future Hall of Famer Jason Peters will return to watch his blindside and Swiss Army Knife Darren Sproles returns to do everything. The offense will still have a tough task, the Falcons have a fast defense that flies to the football and gets to the quarterback. On the other side of the football, the Eagles will also be shorthanded at LB where Nigel Bradham is serving his 1 game suspension for punching a cabana boy two years ago, however they do get Jordan Hicks back from a torn achilles that forced him to miss most of last season. The Eagles will also be swapping out some new faces for key contributors last including Michael Bennett for Vinny Curry, Sidney Jones for Patrick Robinson and Haloti Ngata for Beau Allen. The defense will be up to a tough task facing one of the best QBs in the league in Matt Ryan who has a plethora of weapons at his disposal including one of, if not the best receiving corps that includes Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and rookie first round pick Calvin Ridley. Even if the Eagles are put to the challenge of shutting down a dangerous Falcons passing attack, they will also need to deal with the 1 - 2 punch of Devonta Freemen and Tevin Coleman. NFL fans should be in for a treat because this has all the makings of a tough fought slugfest on both sides of the ball to kick off the season with Thursday Night Football.
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Date
Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Game Time Game Location
8:20 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
7:20 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
6:20 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
5:20 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 82°F
Feels Like: 87°F
Forecast: Mostly Cloudy. Humid throughout the day and partly cloudy in the morning.
Chance of Precipitation: 7%
Cloud Coverage: 66%
Wind: Southwest 3 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia by -2.5
OveUnder: 45.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 0-0, Atlanta 0-0
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Saturday’s game. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
TV Map
Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Atlanta Radio
Falcons Radio Network Wes Durham will handle the play-by-play duties and Dave Archer will provide analysis.
National Radio
Westwood OneKevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the game broadcast. Ross Tucker will report from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Falcons Channel National Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83(Internet 825) SIRI 81(Internet 801) SIRI 88 (Internet 88)
XM Radio XM 225 (Internet 825) XM 226 (Internet 801) XM 88 (Internet 88)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Internet 825) SXM 226 (Internet 801) SXM 88 (Internet 88)
Eagles Social Media Falcons Social Media
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Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: falcons
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Atlanta Falcons (19-14-1). 16-13-1 regular season, 3-1 postseason
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 18th, 1966 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 23 – Atlanta Falcons 10
Points Leader
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Atlanta Falcons (727-602)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-0 against the Falcons
Dan Quinn: 0-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Dan Quinn: Pederson leads 2-0
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Falcons: 1-0
Matt Ryan: Against Eagles: 3-5
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Matt Ryan: Nick Foles leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Falcons 6-1
Record @ Mercedes Benz: N/A
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 1 - Falcons No. 8
2017 Record
Eagles: 13-3
Falcons: 11-6
Last Meeting and Last at Site
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Eagles 15 - Falcons 10
In a sloppy defensive slugfest, Nick Foles and the Eagles offense did just enough and the Eagles defense held off thee straight shots to Julio Jones in the endzone to seal the win in the divisional round.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
01/13/18 Eagles Falcons 15-10
11/13/16 Eagles Falcons 24-15
09/14/15 Falcons Eagles 26-24
10/28/12 Falcons Eagles 30-17
09/18/11 Falcons Eagles 35-31
10/17/10 Eagles Falcons 31-17
12/06/09 Eagles Falcons 34-7
10/26/08 Eagles Falcons 27-14
12/31/06 Eagles Falcons 24-17
09/12/05 Falcons Eagles 14-10
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Falcons Falcons
2018 Weekly Matchup
Week 1 - Iron Rank Matchup
Week 1 - "Expert" Picks
2017 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Falcons Season Stats
2017 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 57 101 56.4 537 5 2 79.5
Wentz (IR) 265 440 60.2% 3296 33 7 101.9
Ryan 342 529 64.7% 4095 20 12 91.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ajayi 70 408 58.3 5.8 1
Freeman 196 865 61.8 4.4 7
Coleman 156 628 41.9 4.0 7
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 74 824 58.9 11.1 8
Jones 88 1444 90.3 16.4 3
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 9.5 38
McKinley 6.0 39
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 88 61 27 1.0
Jones 138 91 47 1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Mills/McLeod/Darby 3 19
Jones 3 8
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Bosher 53 2379 62 44.9 40.8 19 2 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 39/42
Bryant 39 34 87.2% 57 35/35
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Smallwood 4 94 23.3 28 0
Roberts 38 860 22.6 61 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 10 10 10 10 0 5
Roberts 27 201 7.4 27 0 21
League Rankings 2017
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Falcons Stat Falcons Rank
Total Offense 365.8 7th 364.8 8th
Rush Offense 132.2 3rd 115.4 13th
Pass Offense 233.6 13th 249.4 8th
Points Per Game 28.6 3rd 22.1 15th
3rd-Down Offense 42% 8th 45% 1st
4th-Down Offense 65% 3rd 31% 27th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 65.5 1st 50 23rd
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Falcons Stat Falcons Rank
Total Defense 306.5 4th 318.4 9th
Rush Defense 79.2 1st 104.1 9th
Pass Defense 227.3 17th 214.3 12th
Points Per Game 18.4 4th 19.7 8th
3rd-Down Defense 32% 3rd 38% 16th
4th-Down Defense 22% 1st 68% 29th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55.3 20th 44.2 5th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Falcons Stat Falcons Rank
Turnover Diff. +11 4th -2 19th
Penalty Per Game 7.2 T-25th 6.2 11th
Penalty Yards Per Game 60.1 22nd 57.0 15th
Connections
Falcons QBs Matt Ryan (William Penn Charter) and Matt Schaub (West Chester East) attended high school in the Philadelphia area.
Falcons' Special Teams Coord. Keith Armstrong played for Temple University in Philadelphia from 1983-86.
Falcons passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson played cornerback for the Eagles during the 1995 season.
Eagles DL coach Chris Wilson held the same title with the University of Georgia in 2013.
The two TEs in Sunday’s game played collegiately at Stanford: Eagles TE Zach Ertz (2010-12) and Falcons TEs Austin Hooper (2014-15)
2018 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Falcons
OT Lane Johnson WR Julio Jones (Starter)
QB Carson Wentz (Starter) C Alex Mack (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) ST Derrick Coleman (1st Alt)
G Brandon Brooks (Starter) QB Matt Ryan (2nd Alt)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) DT Grady Jarrett (2nd Alt)
FS Malcom Jenkins CB Desmond Trufant (2nd Alt)
C Jason Kelce (1st Alt) RB Devonta Freeman (2nd Alt)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt)
CB Jalen Mills (3rd Alt)
K Jake Elliot (2nd Alt)
ST Kame Grugier-Hill (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: John Hussey
Since 2016, Philadelphia has produced a 15-3 home record (including playoffs), which marks the best home winning percentage (.833) in the NFL in that span.
The Eagles have won 11 of their last 12 home games dating back to Week 16 of 2016. Philadelphia finished the 2017 season with a 9-1 record at Lincoln Financial Field.
In 2017, the Eagles outscored their opponents, 282-124 (+158), over 10 regular-season and postseason games at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia’s 229 points scored at home during the regular season marked the 4th-highest single-season mark in team history and the Eagles’ most since the 2014 campaign (franchise-record 261).
Philadelphia is aiming to win its third consecutive season opener (9/11/16: W, 29-10 vs. Cle.; 9/10/17: W, 30-17 at Was.), which would tie for the 3rd- longest streak in franchise history (1st: 6 from 1942-47; 2nd: 4 from 2011-14).
Doug Pederson can become just the fourth head coach in Eagles history to win three straight opening day games, joining Rich Kotite(3, 1991-93), Dick Vermeil (3, 1979-81) and Greasy Neale (6, 1942-47).
Philadelphia has won each of its last two home openers (9/11/16: W, 29-10 vs. Cle.; 9/24/17: W, 27-24 vs. NYG) and can tie for the 2nd-longest streak in team history with a win on Thursday night (1st: 5 from 1945-49). Pederson can join Joe Kuharich (4, 1964-67) as the only Eagles head coaches to win their first three home openers with the team.
Doug Pederson became the eighth head coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl in their first two seasons as a head coach (first since Mike Tomlin in 2008).
Pederson also became the seventh head coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl in his first playoff run as a head coach (first since Brian Billick in 2000).
Pederson became just the fourth head coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl following a sub-.500 record the previous season, joining Bill Belichick (2001 Patriots), Dick Vermeil (1999 Rams) and Bill Walsh (1981 49ers).
Draft Picks
Eagles Falcons
TE Dallas Goedert WR Calvin Ridley
CB Avonte Maddox CB Isaiah Oliver
DE Josh Sweat DT Deadrin Senat
T Matt Pryor RB Ito Smith
T Jordan Mailata WR Russell Gage
S Foyesade Oluokun
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Falcons
WR Mike Wallace DT Terrell McClain
WR Markus Wheaton G Bradon Fusco
DT Haloti Ngata TE Logan Paulsen
P Cameron Johnston CB Justin Bethel
DT Bruce Hector LB Richard Jarvis
LB DJ Alexander S Jordan Richards
DT LaRoy Reynolds
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Falcons
DE Vinny Curry DT Dontari Poe
WR Torrey Smith WR Taylor Gabriel
RB Kenjon Barner DE Adrian Clayborn
RB LaGarrett Blount TE Levine Toilolo
LB Mychal Kendricks
CB Patrick Robinson
TE Trey Burton
DT Beau Allen
P Donnie Jones
WR Marcus Johnson
TE Brent Celek
Milestones
QB Nick Foles (7290) needs 208 yards to move up to 9th all-time on the all-time Eagles Passing Yards list passing Norm Van Brocklin
QB Nick Foles (51) needs 4 TDs to move up to a tie for 9th all-time on the all-time Eagles Passing TDs list with Norm Van Brocklin and Adrian Burk
TE Zach Ertz (3664) needs 127 yards to move up to 13th on the Eagles all-time receiving list all-time passing RB Brian Westbrook
DE Brandon Graham (38.5 – 7th) needs 1 sacks to move up to a tie for 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Andy Harmon.
DE Fletcher Cox (34 - 10th) needs 1.5 sacks to move into a tie for 9th all-time on the Eagles sack list with DE William Fuller.
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player.
DE Vic Beasley (17.0 -19th) needs 1.5 sacks to move up to a tie for 17th on the Falcons all-time sack list passing LB Keith Brooking and tying DE Jumpy Geathers.
RB Tevin Coleman (1540 - 19th) needs 73 yards to move up to 18th on the Falcons all-time rushing list passing RB Junior Coffey.
Matchups to Watch
Nick Foles vs Falcons Pass Defense
All eyes should be on the Eagles Week 1 starter for the opener. Coming off an excellent playoff run culminating in a Super Bowl MVP award, Nick Foles takes the helm as Carson Wentz continues his rehab. What Foles has shown in his career are incredible highs and incredible lows; this includes a relatively shaky preseason where Doug Pederson went the disappointed father route when discussing Foles poor play against the Browns a couple of weeks ago. It's important not to take too much away from the preseason since the coaching staff isn't game-planning extensively like they will for this matchup while also missing several offensive starters. Entering week 1 the Eagles will still be down one starter in Alshon Jeffery and another offensive contributor in Mack Hollins. Even with the benefit of preparation, the Falcons are one of the best teams in the NFL and tend to suffocate opponents against the pass. The Seattle-style defense is flush with high-end athletes that prevent a lot of big plays. Doug Pederson is 2-0 vs the Falcons as the Eagles Head Coach and in those 2 games the Eagles have 0 passing TDs. Foles was pretty decent against the Falcons in the playoffs and I think needs to be more consistently good in this one to keep the offense on schedule. This will be a a difficult task without Jeffery and some new pieces to work into the offense. Even with the capable backs the Eagles possess, they only averaged 3 yards per carry against the Falcons in the playoffs on 32 carries. In order for the offenses to be more efficient the passing game needs be good early and often. They cannot afford to put themselves in situations where they have to chase the Falcons through the air.
Eagles Secondary vs. Falcons Passing Attack
The Falcons have a plethora of weapons to contend with on the offensive side of the ball that can make life difficult for the Eagles defense. Everyone knows Julio Jones is a monster and has shredded the Eagles secondary in his last 3 games against Philly. Julio probably should perform this way; he is an elite talent and the Eagles haven't had a strong secondary. What has helped the Eagles in the last two outings against the Falcons is limiting the damage done by the supporting cast. Sanu is a good number 2 receiver and a reliable passing option to keep the offense on schedule. The addition of first round rookie Calvin Ridley can also help the offense be more explosive than it was in 2017. There will be an adjustment for Ridley to the pro game but he is already a very good route runner with good speed that is an upgrade over what they had previously. Austin Hooper is a reliable, if unexciting tight end option as well and helps make the offense efficient much like Sanu. Lastly, Freeman and Coleman are one of the best RB pairings in football and also excellent in the passing game. While it'll be important for the Eagles stingy run defense to continue to control the line of scrimmage, the Falcons offense has a number of very good weapons for Matt Ryan to use in the passing game. It'll be up to the Eagles young and ascending secondary to take a step forward early in the season. The Eagles also need Jordan Hicks to return to form in a hurry as Nigel Bradham serves his one game suspension.
Eagles Offensive & Defensive Line vs Falcons Offensive & Defensive Line
The battles that will have the greatest influence on the game, especially for the Eagles, is along the trenches. The Eagles enter the season with their OL 100% healthy as Peters makes his return to left tackle. One thing the Eagles haven't had in their 2 matchups against the Falcons under Doug Pederson is OL continuity. Lane Johnson was suspended for the 2016 meeting and Jason Peters was on injured reserve for the playoff match up. The addition of Peters back into the line up is big for the Eagles as they are incorporating some new pieces into the offense while missing Jeffery. The Falcons have a young, fast, and aggressive DL that can cause problems for opposing offenses. Even without Peters, the Eagles finished as PFFs best offensive line in 2017 and will look to maintain their status as one of the best units in the league. Both tackles are more than capable of erasing the EDGE defenders the Falcons have to go along with an All-Pro caliber Guard in Brandon Brooks and All-Pro Center Jason Kelce. While Wisniewski doesn't share in the same accolades as his other linemen, he is a very reliable LG in his own right. Controlling the line of scrimmage and keeping Foles clean will make a big difference for the Eagles in this contest. On the flip-side, the Eagles moved on from Vinny Curry and Beau Allen this offseason but upgraded both spots with veterans Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata. Both players serve as strong run defenders with greater potential as pass rushers than their predecessors. Chris Long, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Derek Barnett all return to form the deepest and most disruptive defensive line in football. While the Falcons possess quality tackles, the amount of bodies the Eagles can throw at opposing offensive lines can be game changing. Alex Mack is an All-Pro Center but is surrounded by some question marks at guard. While the Eagles certainly lack some proven depth along the interior defensive line in the absence of Timmy Jernigan, there are still plenty of high quality rushers for the Falcons to contend with. Without Nigel Bradham and Jordan Hicks returning from IR, the defensive line needs to establish dominance for the Eagles to control this game.
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