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Philadelphia Eagles Honor Brian Dawkins By Taking Down the New York Giants 19-17

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The Eagles officially cemented now-retired safety Brian Dawkins by retiring his number 20 in a ceremony at halftime during tonight's game.  Dawkins pumped up the crowd prior to the game as Philadelphia fans had gotten accustomed to during his tenure in Philadelphia.  The birds would keep up the energy throughout the night in taking down the New York Football Giants.

The first quarter was mostly uneventful.  Initially it seemed the Giants and the Eagles were going to trade punts back and forth for the whole game.  But with 1:53 left in the second quarter Michael Vick finally connected with DeSean Jackson for a 19-yard touchdown reception.  The extra point by Alex Henery made it 7-0 Eagles.

With eight seconds left in the first half, Lawrence Tynes connected on a 25-yard field goal to make the game 7-3 Eagles.

In the third quarter the Eagles struck first with a field goal.  But the Giants went right back to work and moved quickly down the field.  A 14-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz and the extra point by Tynes made it a tie game at 10.  

The key defensive play of the game for the Eagles occurred in the third quarter.   With the Giants threatening in the red zone, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie intercepted an Eli Manning pass in the end zone.  Henery connected on another field goal to make it 13-10 Eagles.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles almost disappointingly settled for yet another field goal, this time Henery connected for 35 yards to bring make it 16-10 Eagles.    But the Giants responded almost immediately.

The Giants seemed to breeze past the Eagles defense and took the ball all the way down the field.  Manning connected with Bear Pascoe for six yards for a touchdown.  Tynes' extra point gave the Giants a 17-16 lead.  But, the Eagles would work their way down the field.

With the Eagles threatening at the two minute mark in the fourth quarter, the Giants were able to stop the Eagles in the red zone.  Failing to capitalize in the zone fully with a touchdown, the Eagles had to settle for their fourth field goal of the night and the Eagles took a 19-17 lead with 1:49 left to play.   This would mean that a field goal would win it for the Giants with plenty of time for the Giants to get within field goal range.

Things looked immediately bleak for the Eagles as David Wilson returned the ball all the way to the 37 yard line.  A key pass interference penalty by Dominique Rogers-Cromartie led to a Giants first down with 1:03 left in the game at the 35 yard line, in theory putting the Giants into long field goal range.  Nnamdi Asomugha followed with a pass interference of his own bringing the Giants further down the field.  But, there would be one more pass interference play that appears to have made all the difference: offensive pass interference on Ramses Barden of the Giants.  

With 15 seconds left in the game, the Giants brought out the thus-far effective Lawrence Tynes for a 54-yard attempt with 15 seconds left.  The first attempt by Tynes was wide, but Eagles head coach Andy Reid had called a time out right before the snap, which nullified the attempt.  After the time out Tynes got one more chance at the uprights.   He was short.

Eagles win, 19-17.

The Eagles now sit at 3-1.  Their three victories came with a combined margin of just four points.  The Giants are now 2-2 and have two losses to division opponents, which could prove critical down the stretch as teams make playoff pushes and may need a tiebreaker.

The Eagles' next opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday in Pittsburgh.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


Philadelphia Eagles Honor Brian Dawkins By Taking Down the New York Giants 19-17

Tynes_NoGood

The Eagles officially cemented now-retired safety Brian Dawkins by retiring his number 20 in a ceremony at halftime during tonight's game.  Dawkins pumped up the crowd prior to the game as Philadelphia fans had gotten accustomed to during his tenure in Philadelphia.  The birds would keep up the energy throughout the night in taking down the New York Football Giants.

The first quarter was mostly uneventful.  Initially it seemed the Giants and the Eagles were going to trade punts back and forth for the whole game.  But with 1:53 left in the second quarter Michael Vick finally connected with DeSean Jackson for a 19-yard touchdown reception.  The extra point by Alex Henery made it 7-0 Eagles.

With eight seconds left in the first half, Lawrence Tynes connected on a 25-yard field goal to make the game 7-3 Eagles.

In the third quarter the Eagles struck first with a field goal.  But the Giants went right back to work and moved quickly down the field.  A 14-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz and the extra point by Tynes made it a tie game at 10.  

The key defensive play of the game for the Eagles occurred in the third quarter.   With the Giants threatening in the red zone, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie intercepted an Eli Manning pass in the end zone.  Henery connected on another field goal to make it 13-10 Eagles.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles almost disappointingly settled for yet another field goal, this time Henery connected for 35 yards to bring make it 16-10 Eagles.    But the Giants responded almost immediately.

The Giants seemed to breeze past the Eagles defense and took the ball all the way down the field.  Manning connected with Bear Pascoe for six yards for a touchdown.  Tynes' extra point gave the Giants a 17-16 lead.  But, the Eagles would work their way down the field.

With the Eagles threatening at the two minute mark in the fourth quarter, the Giants were able to stop the Eagles in the red zone.  Failing to capitalize in the zone fully with a touchdown, the Eagles had to settle for their fourth field goal of the night and the Eagles took a 19-17 lead with 1:49 left to play.   This would mean that a field goal would win it for the Giants with plenty of time for the Giants to get within field goal range.

Things looked immediately bleak for the Eagles as David Wilson returned the ball all the way to the 37 yard line.  A key pass interference penalty by Dominique Rogers-Cromartie led to a Giants first down with 1:03 left in the game at the 35 yard line, in theory putting the Giants into long field goal range.  Nnamdi Asomugha followed with a pass interference of his own bringing the Giants further down the field.  But, there would be one more pass interference play that appears to have made all the difference: offensive pass interference on Ramses Barden of the Giants.  

With 15 seconds left in the game, the Giants brought out the thus-far effective Lawrence Tynes for a 54-yard attempt with 15 seconds left.  The first attempt by Tynes was wide, but Eagles head coach Andy Reid had called a time out right before the snap, which nullified the attempt.  After the time out Tynes got one more chance at the uprights.   He was short.

Eagles win, 19-17.

The Eagles now sit at 3-1.  Their three victories came with a combined margin of just four points.  The Giants are now 2-2 and have two losses to division opponents, which could prove critical down the stretch as teams make playoff pushes and may need a tiebreaker.

The Eagles' next opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday in Pittsburgh.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


Philadelphia Eagles Honor Brian Dawkins By Taking Down the New York Giants 19-17

Tynes_NoGood

The Eagles officially cemented now-retired safety Brian Dawkins by retiring his number 20 in a ceremony at halftime during tonight's game.  Dawkins pumped up the crowd prior to the game as Philadelphia fans had gotten accustomed to during his tenure in Philadelphia.  The birds would keep up the energy throughout the night in taking down the New York Football Giants.

The first quarter was mostly uneventful.  Initially it seemed the Giants and the Eagles were going to trade punts back and forth for the whole game.  But with 1:53 left in the second quarter Michael Vick finally connected with DeSean Jackson for a 19-yard touchdown reception.  The extra point by Alex Henery made it 7-0 Eagles.

With eight seconds left in the first half, Lawrence Tynes connected on a 25-yard field goal to make the game 7-3 Eagles.

In the third quarter the Eagles struck first with a field goal.  But the Giants went right back to work and moved quickly down the field.  A 14-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz and the extra point by Tynes made it a tie game at 10.  

The key defensive play of the game for the Eagles occurred in the third quarter.   With the Giants threatening in the red zone, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie intercepted an Eli Manning pass in the end zone.  Henery connected on another field goal to make it 13-10 Eagles.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles almost disappointingly settled for yet another field goal, this time Henery connected for 35 yards to bring make it 16-10 Eagles.    But the Giants responded almost immediately.

The Giants seemed to breeze past the Eagles defense and took the ball all the way down the field.  Manning connected with Bear Pascoe for six yards for a touchdown.  Tynes' extra point gave the Giants a 17-16 lead.  But, the Eagles would work their way down the field.

With the Eagles threatening at the two minute mark in the fourth quarter, the Giants were able to stop the Eagles in the red zone.  Failing to capitalize in the zone fully with a touchdown, the Eagles had to settle for their fourth field goal of the night and the Eagles took a 19-17 lead with 1:49 left to play.   This would mean that a field goal would win it for the Giants with plenty of time for the Giants to get within field goal range.

Things looked immediately bleak for the Eagles as David Wilson returned the ball all the way to the 37 yard line.  A key pass interference penalty by Dominique Rogers-Cromartie led to a Giants first down with 1:03 left in the game at the 35 yard line, in theory putting the Giants into long field goal range.  Nnamdi Asomugha followed with a pass interference of his own bringing the Giants further down the field.  But, there would be one more pass interference play that appears to have made all the difference: offensive pass interference on Ramses Barden of the Giants.  

With 15 seconds left in the game, the Giants brought out the thus-far effective Lawrence Tynes for a 54-yard attempt with 15 seconds left.  The first attempt by Tynes was wide, but Eagles head coach Andy Reid had called a time out right before the snap, which nullified the attempt.  After the time out Tynes got one more chance at the uprights.   He was short.

Eagles win, 19-17.

The Eagles now sit at 3-1.  Their three victories came with a combined margin of just four points.  The Giants are now 2-2 and have two losses to division opponents, which could prove critical down the stretch as teams make playoff pushes and may need a tiebreaker.

The Eagles' next opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday in Pittsburgh.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


Cole Hamels Ends 2012 Campaign With Seventeenth Win, Phils Take Series in Miami with 4-1 Victory

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Cole Hamels this afternoon continued and ended his spectacular season. In Cole's final start, he was looking to shut down the Marlins and give the Phillies the series win, which would put them over .500 again. In what has been Cole's most impressive season in the major leagues, he didn't fail to impress in this ballgame.

The Phillies gave their starter a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Nate Eovaldi. First, Jimmy Rollins scored on a sac fly from Chase Utley. With Juan Pierre on base, Carlos Ruiz doubled to deep left, bringing Pierre home. Then, Nate Schierholtz doubled to score Ruiz. Not an easy inning for Eovaldi, but the Phils were ahead by three runs.

Cole Hamels had a perfect game going through the first three innings. In the top of the fourth, Bryan Petersen got the first hit for the Marlins with a single up the middle. Petersen made it to third after Jose Reyes doubled, then was tagged out at home after Giancarlo Stanton grounded into a fielder's choice. Carlos Lee singled to right field which scored Jose Reyes, but Stanton was tagged out at home thanks to a perfect throw home from Domonic Brown.

The game remained 3-1 through the next couple of innings. Cole was still looking very sharp, as did Dan Jennings for the Fish. Eovaldi went six innings tossing 105 pitches. He allowed just those three earned runs in the first inning. He also struck out seven and walked one.

In the top of the eighth, the Phils scored one more run for Cole Hamels. Chase Utley led off the inning with a single, and Ruiz followed with a single of his own. Utley scored on a sac fly from Domonic Brown, making it a 4-1 game. Nate Schierholtz singled, followed by a fielder's choice which allowed Ruf and Schierholtz to move into scoring position while Ruiz was caught in a rundown. Kevin Frandsen lined out to end the inning. 

Cole's afternoon was done after seven brilliant innings. He allowed just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out eight. He tossed 99 pitches, 68 for strikes. He ends his season with a 3.05 ERA, 216 K's (career high) and a 17-6 record. 

Antonio Bastardo, as dominant as ever, struck out two in the eighth inning. A quick 1-2-3 inning once again from Tony, who is most likely a definite in the Phillies bullpen next season. 

Jonathan Papelbon came in to close it out and send the Phils to a series victory. With one out, Stanton and Lee both singled. Donovan Solano struck out for the second out, and John Buck did the same to end the game. Phils win, 4-1. 

The Phillies will start a three game series tomorrow in Washington, this will be their final series of the 2012 season. Kyle Kendrick will take the mound for the Phils. The Nationals aren't sure who will start for them just yet. First pitch at 7:05. 


Eagles-Giants Preview

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Where To Watch/Listen:

  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 94WIP
  • Sirius: 93

Injury Report

Giants

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Domenik Hixon WR Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
Hakeem Nicks WR Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Jayron Hosley CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Antrel Rolle S Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Adewale Ojomo DE Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable
Ahmad Bradshaw RB Neck Full Participation in Practice Probable
Michael Coe CB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
David Diehl T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Keith Rivers LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Corey Webster CB Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable

Eagles

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
LeSean McCoy RB Rib Full Participation in Practice Probable
Mychal Kendricks LB -- Full Participation in Practice --
Jamar Chaney LB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jon Dorenbos LS Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Riley Cooper WR Collarbone Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Brandon Graham DE -- Full Participation in Practice --
Derek Landri DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Colt Anderson S Knee Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Akeem Jordan LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Trent Cole DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jeremy Maclin WR Hip Full Participation in Practice Probable
Damaris Johnson WR Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
King Dunlap T Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Fletcher Cox DT -- Full Participation in Practice --

Preview

After last week's dismantiling at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves searching for answers. The Offensive Line was dismal, Michael Vick turned the ball over twice, and Coach Andy Reid refused to run the ball. For the Eagles to even have a prayer against the Super Bowl defending champion New York Giants, their issues must be worked out fast. 

Philadelphia will certainly have the chance to right their pass game, as the New York Giants Defense ranks has allowed an average of 261.7 yards a game through the air, good for 22nd in the league. With Jeremy Maclin back from a hip pointer injury, Michael Vick will certainly look to find one of his favorite targets early and often. 

Although establishing a solid passing game is crucial, the Eagles must balance out their Offense. LeSean McCoy saw just four carries in the first half last week, and just thirteen for the game. Despite the limitation of his carries, McCoy ranks 10th in the league in rushing yards with 261, and averages 4.5 yards a carry. And with Shady's never ending feud with Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, he'll look forward to shutting up his opponent quickly. 

On Defense, Philadelphia has been stellar under the leadership of MLB DeMeco Ryans. The Linebacker has 18 solo tackles (19 total), 1 Forced Fumble, 1 INT, and 1 sack in just three games played. On a night in which the Eagles honor their former captain Brian Dawkins, the team will look to their new leader in Ryans to supply the intensity. Even with the loss of Hakeem Nicks, who is out with a knee injury, shutting down Eli Manning and the Giants will be no joke. Tight End Martellus Bennett is thriving with his new teams, and ranks fifth in the NFL among Tight Ends with 15 catches for 185 yards and 3 TDs. The Eagles defense must also be wary of WR Victor Cruz, who salsaed his way into the spotlight last season after putting up 110 yards and 2 Touchdowns in a Week 3 matchup against Philadelphia last season. Being given the challenge of shutting him down will be Nnamdi Asomugha, who failed to stop the second year Wide Receiver last season. 

New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown may have supplanted Cruz as the team's new X-Factor. The third year back has 184 yards on 33 carries, and has certainly made the most of his time, as Ahmad Bradshaw has been out with a neck injury. Although Bradshaw will be returning tonight, Brown will certainly still see a lot of carries. 

Predictions By The Eagledelphia Staff:

Kevin Durso

Eagles 20, Giants 14 - 

It might be a total cliche on my part, but I think 20 really is the magic number for the Eagles, and not just because the team is retiring Brian Dawkins' number before the Sunday Night fight with the Giants. With last week still fresh in their mind, I expect a different team taking the field. Factor in home-field advantage and this makes for a great game. It will be close at the end, but I see a fairly late score by the Eagles making the difference and leading them to their third win of the season.

Jake Pavorsky

Giants 27 Eagles 20

I've gone back and forth with this pick, and although emotions will be running high on the side of Gang Green with Dawkins return, I just cannot see the Eagles pulling this one out. We've seen both sides of Michael Vick, but I fear we should expect to see more of Arizona game Vick, rather than Baltimore game Vick. He still certainly gives you a better chance to win than his counterpart Nick Foles, but this is what you get with Michael Vick as your starting Quarterback. He does more than he's supposed to, he does not always make the smartest decisions, and he turns the ball over frequently. Despite having one of the best Running Backs in LeSean McCoy they refuse to use him effectively, and that will be the downfall of this team.


Eagles-Giants Preview

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Where To Watch/Listen:

  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 94WIP
  • Sirius: 93

Injury Report

Giants

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Domenik Hixon WR Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
Hakeem Nicks WR Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Jayron Hosley CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Antrel Rolle S Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Adewale Ojomo DE Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable
Ahmad Bradshaw RB Neck Full Participation in Practice Probable
Michael Coe CB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
David Diehl T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Keith Rivers LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Corey Webster CB Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable

Eagles

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
LeSean McCoy RB Rib Full Participation in Practice Probable
Mychal Kendricks LB -- Full Participation in Practice --
Jamar Chaney LB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jon Dorenbos LS Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Riley Cooper WR Collarbone Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Brandon Graham DE -- Full Participation in Practice --
Derek Landri DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Colt Anderson S Knee Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Akeem Jordan LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Trent Cole DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jeremy Maclin WR Hip Full Participation in Practice Probable
Damaris Johnson WR Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
King Dunlap T Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Fletcher Cox DT -- Full Participation in Practice --

Preview

After last week's dismantiling at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves searching for answers. The Offensive Line was dismal, Michael Vick turned the ball over twice, and Coach Andy Reid refused to run the ball. For the Eagles to even have a prayer against the Super Bowl defending champion New York Giants, their issues must be worked out fast. 

Philadelphia will certainly have the chance to right their pass game, as the New York Giants Defense ranks has allowed an average of 261.7 yards a game through the air, good for 22nd in the league. With Jeremy Maclin back from a hip pointer injury, Michael Vick will certainly look to find one of his favorite targets early and often. 

Although establishing a solid passing game is crucial, the Eagles must balance out their Offense. LeSean McCoy saw just four carries in the first half last week, and just thirteen for the game. Despite the limitation of his carries, McCoy ranks 10th in the league in rushing yards with 261, and averages 4.5 yards a carry. And with Shady's never ending feud with Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, he'll look forward to shutting up his opponent quickly. 

On Defense, Philadelphia has been stellar under the leadership of MLB DeMeco Ryans. The Linebacker has 18 solo tackles (19 total), 1 Forced Fumble, 1 INT, and 1 sack in just three games played. On a night in which the Eagles honor their former captain Brian Dawkins, the team will look to their new leader in Ryans to supply the intensity. Even with the loss of Hakeem Nicks, who is out with a knee injury, shutting down Eli Manning and the Giants will be no joke. Tight End Martellus Bennett is thriving with his new teams, and ranks fifth in the NFL among Tight Ends with 15 catches for 185 yards and 3 TDs. The Eagles defense must also be wary of WR Victor Cruz, who salsaed his way into the spotlight last season after putting up 110 yards and 2 Touchdowns in a Week 3 matchup against Philadelphia last season. Being given the challenge of shutting him down will be Nnamdi Asomugha, who failed to stop the second year Wide Receiver last season. 

New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown may have supplanted Cruz as the team's new X-Factor. The third year back has 184 yards on 33 carries, and has certainly made the most of his time, as Ahmad Bradshaw has been out with a neck injury. Although Bradshaw will be returning tonight, Brown will certainly still see a lot of carries. 

Predictions By The Eagledelphia Staff:

Kevin Durso

Eagles 20, Giants 14 - 

It might be a total cliche on my part, but I think 20 really is the magic number for the Eagles, and not just because the team is retiring Brian Dawkins' number before the Sunday Night fight with the Giants. With last week still fresh in their mind, I expect a different team taking the field. Factor in home-field advantage and this makes for a great game. It will be close at the end, but I see a fairly late score by the Eagles making the difference and leading them to their third win of the season.

Jake Pavorsky

Giants 27 Eagles 20

I've gone back and forth with this pick, and although emotions will be running high on the side of Gang Green with Dawkins return, I just cannot see the Eagles pulling this one out. We've seen both sides of Michael Vick, but I fear we should expect to see more of Arizona game Vick, rather than Baltimore game Vick. He still certainly gives you a better chance to win than his counterpart Nick Foles, but this is what you get with Michael Vick as your starting Quarterback. He does more than he's supposed to, he does not always make the smartest decisions, and he turns the ball over frequently. Despite having one of the best Running Backs in LeSean McCoy they refuse to use him effectively, and that will be the downfall of this team.


Eagles-Giants Preview

VIck_Stat

Where To Watch/Listen:

  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 94WIP
  • Sirius: 93

Injury Report

Giants

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Domenik Hixon WR Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
Hakeem Nicks WR Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Jayron Hosley CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Antrel Rolle S Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Adewale Ojomo DE Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable
Ahmad Bradshaw RB Neck Full Participation in Practice Probable
Michael Coe CB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
David Diehl T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Keith Rivers LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Corey Webster CB Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable

Eagles

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
LeSean McCoy RB Rib Full Participation in Practice Probable
Mychal Kendricks LB -- Full Participation in Practice --
Jamar Chaney LB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jon Dorenbos LS Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Riley Cooper WR Collarbone Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Brandon Graham DE -- Full Participation in Practice --
Derek Landri DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Colt Anderson S Knee Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Akeem Jordan LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Trent Cole DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jeremy Maclin WR Hip Full Participation in Practice Probable
Damaris Johnson WR Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
King Dunlap T Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Fletcher Cox DT -- Full Participation in Practice --

Preview

After last week's dismantiling at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves searching for answers. The Offensive Line was dismal, Michael Vick turned the ball over twice, and Coach Andy Reid refused to run the ball. For the Eagles to even have a prayer against the Super Bowl defending champion New York Giants, their issues must be worked out fast. 

Philadelphia will certainly have the chance to right their pass game, as the New York Giants Defense ranks has allowed an average of 261.7 yards a game through the air, good for 22nd in the league. With Jeremy Maclin back from a hip pointer injury, Michael Vick will certainly look to find one of his favorite targets early and often. 

Although establishing a solid passing game is crucial, the Eagles must balance out their Offense. LeSean McCoy saw just four carries in the first half last week, and just thirteen for the game. Despite the limitation of his carries, McCoy ranks 10th in the league in rushing yards with 261, and averages 4.5 yards a carry. And with Shady's never ending feud with Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, he'll look forward to shutting up his opponent quickly. 

On Defense, Philadelphia has been stellar under the leadership of MLB DeMeco Ryans. The Linebacker has 18 solo tackles (19 total), 1 Forced Fumble, 1 INT, and 1 sack in just three games played. On a night in which the Eagles honor their former captain Brian Dawkins, the team will look to their new leader in Ryans to supply the intensity. Even with the loss of Hakeem Nicks, who is out with a knee injury, shutting down Eli Manning and the Giants will be no joke. Tight End Martellus Bennett is thriving with his new teams, and ranks fifth in the NFL among Tight Ends with 15 catches for 185 yards and 3 TDs. The Eagles defense must also be wary of WR Victor Cruz, who salsaed his way into the spotlight last season after putting up 110 yards and 2 Touchdowns in a Week 3 matchup against Philadelphia last season. Being given the challenge of shutting him down will be Nnamdi Asomugha, who failed to stop the second year Wide Receiver last season. 

New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown may have supplanted Cruz as the team's new X-Factor. The third year back has 184 yards on 33 carries, and has certainly made the most of his time, as Ahmad Bradshaw has been out with a neck injury. Although Bradshaw will be returning tonight, Brown will certainly still see a lot of carries. 

Predictions By The Eagledelphia Staff:

Kevin Durso

Eagles 20, Giants 14 - 

It might be a total cliche on my part, but I think 20 really is the magic number for the Eagles, and not just because the team is retiring Brian Dawkins' number before the Sunday Night fight with the Giants. With last week still fresh in their mind, I expect a different team taking the field. Factor in home-field advantage and this makes for a great game. It will be close at the end, but I see a fairly late score by the Eagles making the difference and leading them to their third win of the season.

Jake Pavorsky

Giants 27 Eagles 20

I've gone back and forth with this pick, and although emotions will be running high on the side of Gang Green with Dawkins return, I just cannot see the Eagles pulling this one out. We've seen both sides of Michael Vick, but I fear we should expect to see more of Arizona game Vick, rather than Baltimore game Vick. He still certainly gives you a better chance to win than his counterpart Nick Foles, but this is what you get with Michael Vick as your starting Quarterback. He does more than he's supposed to, he does not always make the smartest decisions, and he turns the ball over frequently. Despite having one of the best Running Backs in LeSean McCoy they refuse to use him effectively, and that will be the downfall of this team.


Pregame: Hamels Concludes Great 2012 Campaign in Rubber Match Agaisnt the Fish

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When you break down all the positives and negatives for this season, Cole Hamels stands out most to me. He entered the season in the final act of a contract. He was expected to test free agency and with the Phils on their way out of the playoff race at the deadline, he was on the list of candidates to be shipped out. Instead he signed an extension. It was probably the best moment of the season that the staff ace chose to stay with the team he broke in with in the middle of a dreadful run and with teams like the Dogers ready to pay up big.

He takes the mound for the final time this season in Miami against Nathan Eovaldi who the Phils have handled pretty well this season. With Ryan Howard out for the season, it's a nice opportunity to get more looks at Ruf as we are officially just playing them out now. Minor league inventory infielder Pete Orr gets assigned third base today and Nate Schierholtz is going to be at CF. 

Tuesday's starter is up in the air. My money says it will be Rosenberg in a bullpen game.

Line up: Rollins 6, Pierre 7, Utley 4, Ruiz 2, Brown 9, Schierholtz 8, Ruf 3, Orr 5, Hamels 1.

 


Cole Hamels and Nathan Eovaldi Both Looking to Take Series in Miami


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(Photo courtesy @Jovixphillies24

As stated in last night's recap, this is pointless baseball. Nonetheless, it's still fun to watch, and they're still our Philadelphia Phillies. Cole Hamels and Nathan Eovaldi both have a shot at capturing the final series of the 2012 season between their teams. As sharp as Eovaldi has been in his past few starts, Cole Hamels has been a little sharper. 

In Hamels' last outing, Cole allowed three earned runs on seven hits scattered throughout five inning against the Nationals. This resulted in his 16th win of the season, a career high for the young lefty. Cole has without a doubt been this year's most consistant starter on the team. This year against Miami, Cole has a 1-3 record with a 3.54 ERA. He has never pitched in the new Miami ballpark, all of his starts against the Marlins this season have come at home. If Cole is backed up by the same offense that showed up in last night's lineup, Cole's final start of the season should result in win number 17.

As for Nathan Eovaldi, his luck against the Phillies hasn't been very good. The 22 year-old has pitched 22 innings total in three games started. He lost all three of those games, and has a 6.43 ERA in that span. However, his past two starts have been very solid. In Atlanta, Eovaldi shut down the Braves in eight innings, allowing just four hits, and no runs. His next start was also against Atlanta, and he pitched a strong six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. Eovaldi is looking for just his fifth win of the season this afternoon.

This afternoon's lineup at Miami:

1. Rollins, SS

2. Pierre, LF

3. Utley, 2B

4. Ruiz, C

5. Brown, RF

6. Schierholtz, CF

7. Ruf, 1B

8. Orr, 3B

9. Hamels, P

The Phillies are an even 79-79 this season, today's win would put them back above .500. 


Now That It's Over- Thinking About the 2013 Phillies

The Phillies won't play another home game in 2012. That's merciful, given they are .500 right now. With the season now over essentially, it's time to look at next season, and wonder where they'll be in a calendar year. While it's painful to watch the playoff run end, it's important to remember the Phillies were neither as bad in 2012, or as good as they looked in early September, during this season as you may have thought.

If the 2013 Phillies are going to get back to contending, they will not be standing pat this off-season. They simply aren't good enough to do that. After last year's relatively quiet off-season produced this 78-78 ball-club, they should know better. Without a pipeline of young prospects, at least not yet, free agency has to fill the club's holes. Just what will they look like in 2013? Well, here's my thoughts:

  • Infield- Chooch, Ryan Howard, and Jimmy Rollins are all highly likely to be back in their spots catching, playing first, and playing shortstop, come Opening Day. That's the easy part. Heading into contract year, Chase Utley seems to be headed for a move from second to third base to both help his knees and fill a need. That leaves second base open. Aaron Hill's name comes up with some fans, and it makes some sense. Freddy Galvis could be the guy internally, and Cesar Hernandez might be the long-term guy, so he has to be in the discussion. With Utley entering contract year, It seems clear at least one, if not two or more infield moves will be made. Chase Headley's name comes up a lot, and I'm not against it, but it appears the Phillies don't like the price.
  • Starting Pitching- For all the talk that they will trade an ace, count me in the camp that doubts it. Hamels is a lock to return, and Lee was really good down the stretch. He had at least a good enough season to warrant criticism of paying another team to have him pitch for them, particularly knowing what he can do. If those two are staying, that leaves Doc Halladay. Trading Doc makes sense only if you think he's finished, which a lat-pull would not make him. If you dealt him now, you'd be trading at low value, which is stupid, so he'll be back. So 60% of the rotation is set. Vance Worley is likely to be back in the rotation, though I'd say that's not absolute. Kyle Kendrick, Tyler Cloyd, and Jon Pettibone are also around, and could make the rotation. I don't think this is the priority area to fix for next season.
  • Outfield- Dom Brown will be back, and they will sign at least one more guy. I would think the pool of desired centerfielders is Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, and B.J. Upton. My personal pick, based on likelihood of it happening and price, is Upton. He's just 28, and will probably require a little less than Bourn. He's a solid defensive player with 25 homer type of power and 30 steals type of speed. His average is down a little, though he does fit behind Howard nicely in the line-up, and may take less than Bourn will. Bourn is looking for a lot of money, is a couple years older, and strikes out a lot. All three would be upgrades though. The next tier of Free Agents- the Angel Pagan's, the Melky Cabrera's, and even the Shane Victorino's- don't seem worth it to me, at least in center. In the last outfield slot, which I assume to be left, there are several internal options, including the very popular Darin Ruf, who now has 40 professional homers this season (39 in AA ball). They also have Juan Pierre, John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix, and Nate Schierholtz. The name Cody Ross has been tossed around too. If Ruf is the guy, I'd like to see them keep Pierre around too, to face tougher righties. If they signed Ross, any of the lefties would do.
  • Bullpen- I would expect Papelbon to return for certain. Currently, I would expect the bullpen behind him to be Aumont, Stutes (once healthy), Lindblom, Bastardo, Horst, and Cloyd. I would also expect the Phillies will move at least one of these guys and sign someone. De Fratus, Diekman, and Rosenberg seem to have passed Schwimer and Savery in the pecking order as well, but that appears to be the depth of this team. While the closer is expensive, this is a relatively cheap bullpen otherwise, so they have room to work here. I'd expect them to seek out a dominating 8th inning guy.
  • Bench- Kratz is highly likely to be the back-up catcher. Past that, it's an open ended question. At least one spot will be a utility man, which I think will either be Galvis (if an outside second baseman or third baseman is brought in), or Kevin Frandsen, who plays all four spots in the infield in AAA. I would expect Nix to return as the left-handed power bat, and Mayberry as possibly the righty. That leaves just one more spot, which under my model goes to the non-starter each day between Ruf and Pierre in left. This means no option for Wigginton, and probably a non-tender for Schierholtz. I'm not so crazy about letting Nate go though, so we'll see what happens. 
Looking at their free agency needs, the Phillies need one, possibly two, outfield starters, a set-up man, and an infielder, most likely. These can't be cheap, at the margins moves either. This team is not that close to the Nationals and Braves right now, as this last homestand proved. It's time for some change.