IT’S JUST BEEN DISCOVERED THAT EAGLES WR ALSHON JEFFERY PLAYED WITH AN INJURY ALL SEASON

Super Bowl victory aside, it would be hard to argue that Alshon Jeffery’s presence in the Eagles WR corps did not play a huge role in the teams’ success this season. Jeffery had 57 receptions for 789 yards and 9 touchdowns with the Birds this regular season. Even more important than Jeffery’s stat line was just his mere presence on the field. Jeffery is a known threat throughout the entire league. It was rare that a team did not game plan specifically for Jeffery when preparing to go up against the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles offense. Teams scheming and shifting their defense in Jeffery’s direction was critical in the Eagles offense being so successful. All of the attention being placed on Jeffery, allowed every Eagles WR the pleasure of single coverage. No receiver benefited from this more than Nelson Aghalor. Jeffery was a valuable piece to the puzzle that is the Eagles offense. I’ve always known and appreciated this. Hearing new news about Jeffery today, made me even more appreciative of what he has done for the Birds.

 

 

 

NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, reported today that Alshon Jeffery had surgery today to repair a torn rotator cuff that he played through all season. An injury that Jeffery suffered sometime last summer during training camp. The Eagles came to realize Jeffery’s value to the team. As he played through an injury all season, the Eagles quickly came to the table with a two-year new contract that gave Jeffery $26.75 million guaranteed and $52 million altogether.

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EAGLES PARADE DAY & ROUTE DETAILS

Philadelphia public schools have already announced closings for the day and I’m sure many employers are expecting less than %100 attendance on Thursday also. That’s the day the city is going to hold what is expected to be the biggest parade in Philadelphia sports history. The last major championship in the city (Philadelphia Phillies 2008) easily cleared more than 1 million spectators for the event. Philadelphia is mostly a football town so you can expect that number to possibly double for the Eagles. It’s not just Philadelphia who the Eagles represent. It’s all of the surrounding areas also. Die-hard Eagles fans pretty much cover the entire tri-state area. Many of who plan to travel to the city for this possible once-in-a-lifetime event.

 

 

 

Action News 6abc Philly (@6abc) reports, City officials have confirmed that the parade will be held on Thursday. It’s expected to begin around 11am. The parade will begin at Broad & Pattison in South Philly, then head north to the Art Museum. Additional details are set to be announced Tuesday morning at 9am. Don’t forget…..BUD LIGHT PROMISED BEER FOR EVERYONE! Nothing has been made official yet, but I’m hearing that free Bud Light will be provided from “Taverns” (not sure if that applies to every bar or just sponsored taverns or bars) along the parade route. It wouldn’t be a parade without beer right? At least not a Philly parade! Be safe out there and enjoy! We deserve this!

EAGLES WIN! MOVE ON TO PLAY IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME VS. WINNER OF VIKINGS/SAINTS

Respect is earned not given! This was the message that Eagles players held onto all week leading up to last night’s NFC Divisional Playoff matchup against the red hot Atlanta Falcons. The #1 seed Philadelphia Eagles were underdogs against the #6 seeded Atlanta Falcons…..at home! That was about as disrespectful as disrespect could possibly get. Yes, the Birds are without starting QB Carson Wentz, who likely would’ve been MVP this year if not for a late season injury, but, as big of a factor that Carson Wentz was in the Eagles 13-3 record and number seed in the NFL playoffs, he didn’t do it alone. Now, because Wentz is out, the Birds are suddenly underdogs against a number 6 seed who barely snuck into the playoffs? Yeah, that was disrespectful, that was very disrespectful!

 

 

 

Before we get into anything else, let’s be clear about this: THE EAGLES DID NOT PLAY A GREAT GAME. Just our luck, we were 5 points better than the Falcons…..on that day. I believe that the Eagles would’ve lost that game last night against any other NFC team still left in the playoffs. (Saints, Vikings) But, the Birds were good enough to beat the Falcons last night. Especially the defense. Julio Jones had 9 receptions for 101 yards, and Tevin Coleman had 79 rushing yards on 10 carries, but the Eagles still held the Falcons high-powered offense to just 10 points. Looking at the game, and seeing the stats, are two different things. Because a lot of the night Tevin Coleman and Julio Jones seemed unstoppable. The Falcons seemed to move the ball up and down the field at will. The fact that they only came out of this game with just 10 points is amazing, and a major credit to the defense, especially the d-line.

 

 

 

The Eagles offense was not actually as terrible as it looked at times. Nick Foles was an efficient 23/30 for 246 passing yards, and more importantly 0 interceptions. Foles connected with 8 different receivers in the game. RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries. The stats looked pretty good on paper, but the game didn’t look that way a lot of the time. Foles looked very shaky early on, but in the 2nd half he seemed to settle down and find a little groove. Foles was actually not really that terrible, although I think we would be having a very different conversation if Matt Ryan had completed that final pass in the end zone to Julio Jones. But, he didn’t, and the Eagles pulled out a scrappy 15-10 win at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly.

 

 

 

Lats night showed how important having the number one seed in the playoffs really is. The fans down at the Linc were out of their minds. The noise bothered the Falcons offense many times over the course of the game. The Eagles will have that home field advantage once again next week when they play the winner of the Saints/Vikings matchup. Yesterday’s game against the Falcons was an ugly affair. But as crazy as this may sound, an ugly game seems to work in favor of the Eagles at this point. If yesterday’s game had gone the way Atlanta had hoped it would (wide open and high scoring), the Eagles wouldn’t have had a chance. Before yesterday’s game, saying that the Eagles could possibly make it to the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at QB probably sounded stupid. This morning, being just one win away from that wild dream becoming a reality doesn’t seem so crazy anymore. In an ugly game, at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly, the Eagles can actually pull out a win against the Saints or the Vikings. Call me crazy, but I really believe this. I predict an all PA Super Bowl this year! STEELERS VS EAGLES

EAGLES MOVE TO 9-1. HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!?

I know it’s Tuesday, and I’m a little late at getting around to this…..but I haven’t forgotten! The Eagles knocked the dust out of the Dallas Cowboys Sunday Night, Prime-Time, in front of a national television audience! The Birds just straight up beat the hell out of the Cowboys! The strange thing is that I’m really not all that surprised. Did you really expect this to play out any other way?

 

 

 

Unless you are one of those Dallas fans who are blinded by reality, it’s as clear as day that the Cowboys aren’t really that good. Even last year when “professional sportscasters” and football “experts” were praising the Cowboys as being the greatest thing ever invented since sliced bread, the Dallas Cowboys were little more than an average football team with a pretty good running game and offensive line. And before you Cowboys fans pull out your long list of excuses, including your favorite, “we were missing an offensive lineman, Zeke, and Sean Lee”, let me give you a few stats from the game. 1) The Eagles had 215 rushing yards. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN! Yes, Sean Lee is a good linebacker, hell, I might even venture as far as to say great, but how much of that 215 total yards would have really been eliminated if one man were inserted into the lineup? Maybe 50? That still would’ve put the Eagles at over 150 rushing yards for the game. That’s a lot of yards! Face it, the Eagles ground game is really good. This is not just something they did to the Cowboys because Sean Lee wasn’t in there. The Eagles have been doing this all year. 2) Ezekiel Elliott not being able to play in that game was BIG, but not for the reason that you may think. I’ll tell you why a little later. Without Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys put up 112 yards on the ground on 27 carries. Ezekiel Elliott is averaging about 97 yards a game on 23 to 25 carries per game. The Cowboys actually missed nothing, as far as performance and average statistics in that game Sunday night. 3) Dak Prescott threw 3 interceptions and lost 1 fumble Sunday night. He was constantly under pressure from the Philadelphia pass rush. But guess what? So has every quarterback who faced the Eagles defense this year. One man would’ve made little difference against a team that can get pressure on the quarterback against any offensive line. Now back to why Zeke missing the game was so important. That reason is because Dak Prescott is not all that the media has made him out to be. Dak Prescott is an average quarterback who plays with a really good running back and a defense that can usually slow the other team down enough to allow the Cowboys to get a lead. Once the Cowboys get a lead, they pound Ezekiel Elliott down the other team’s throat. Once Zeke has beat a defense into submission, they have no other choice but to bring safeties up to the box to help with trying to stop Zeke. Once that happens, this leaves Dez Bryant and other receivers one on one with a corner who is expecting anything but a pass. That’s when Dallas hits the opposing team with a play action pass, which usually turns into a big play for the Cowboys. Those play action yards, make Dak Prescott’s stats look a lot better than what they should really be. None of this happens without Zeke. Zeke is the engine that makes the Cowboys train run, not Dak Prescott or anyone else on the team.

 

 

 

So all of the “if this” and “if that’s” are hypothetical situations. If, if was a fifth, we’d all be drunk! The reality is that the Cowboys got their asses whipped in front of a national television audience. And maybe I’m wrong. Maybe things would’ve been different with Zeke, Sean Lee, and a healthy offensive line for the Cowboys in there Sunday night. Who knows? I do know this, Dallas Cowboys got their asses whipped Sunday night! Deal with it and stop making excuses! Besides, you Cowboys fans have bigger issues to worry about, like the fact that Zeke is suspended for FOUR MORE GAMES. We’ll see ya’ll in the playoffs…….. oops, that’s right, The Cowboys won’t be in the playoffs this year! Guess the playoffs for the Cowboys will be the final game against the Eagles that probably won’t mean anything at all to the Birds!