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In Grand Scheme Of Things, Philadelphia Eagles Loss To Denver Broncos is Meaningless

ChipThe Eagles 52-20 loss to the Broncos now makes week five's shodown with the New York Giants Chip Kelly's linchpin moment of his first NFL season. Photo courtesy Philly.com 

As difficult as it may be in practice, the reality is the Philadelphia Eagles lopsided loss to the Denver Broncos must be viewed in the same scope of an August preseason defeat. 

True, the Eagles got caught up in the stampede of Peyton Manning and the Bronco's flawlessly dominant 4-0 start to the season in Sunday's 52-20 loss at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday. 

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Phillies Let Pitching Coach Rich Dubee Go

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The first shoe has dropped in the Phillies offseason plans.   Pitching coach Rich Dubee, on former manager Charlie Manuel's staff for the entire nine years of Manuel's tenure, has been let go by the Phillies, reports multiple media outlets.  Dubee has been a coach since 1982 and previously was the pitching coach for the Florida Marlins.  Dubee spent four years in the Phillies minor league system before joining the major league staff in 2005.

Overall, it's fair to say that Dubee did a fine job.   While he did have a pitching staff with four aces, he also got the Phillies through many lean years and helped develop young pitchers that would either be traded for the aces or do an admirable job.  The Phillies seemed to acknowedge as such when they released this statement:

Rich was a big part of a wonderful era here and in his nine years he served our organization very well,” said Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.  “We believe it is time for change as we move forward.  We thank Rich for his professionalism and contribution to the Phillies.”

Dubee’s nine years as pitching coach was the longest service time at that position for the Phillies in the last 35 years and tied for the most in club history with Cy Perkins (1946-54) and Ray Rippelmeyer (1970-78).

The Phillies will have announcements regarding the remainder of the coaching staff at a later date.

Dubee was not fired, per se; his contract was up at the end of this season.  The Phillies likely want to hire someone that Manager Ryne Sandberg chooses, or at least has a say in choosing.  The pitching coach is usually tied to the manager.  In addition to serving as pitching coach, Dubee was Manuel's de facto bench coach in 2013, when the Phillies opted to add a second hitting coach instead.


Monday Review: Forget mismatch, Eagles played awful game

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The Broncos sacked Michael Vick three times in the Eagles 52-20 loss.

On paper, this was an obvious mismatch. On the field, it should have never equated to what it was. 

Does anybody remember when it was 21-13 at the half? Okay, just making sure that actually happened.

It was known coming into this game that the Eagles didn’t have the weapons to match up with the Denver Broncos. It was obvious that Peyton Manning would control the team.

But goodness was this a nightmare game for the Eagles. The 52-20 score was not surprising. But it was embarrassing, and not just because the Eagles lost by that score.

The way the Eagles played was pitiful, from top to bottom. Michael Vick was easily mismatched by Manning. The Eagles running game was easily stopped by the Broncos. The Eagles receivers were never open, compared to the wide-open targets Manning had to work with.

None of it was surprising. All of it was unacceptable.

Sure, there were plenty of things the Eagles couldn’t control – like friendly spots on close first downs and a couple of penalties that were called or went uncalled. Regardless, the Broncos have earned such things. They are 4-0 now for a reason. Their quarterback is unstoppable.

But what Manning showed is not that he is a good quarterback. More so, he showed how a quarterback can be great when he has the right weapons and plenty of them to go around.

Vick’s top target is easy to find. He wears No. 10. After DeSean Jackson, who does Vick have? Riley Cooper? Brent Celek? James Casey? Jason Avant? Most of them were invisible yesterday.

Defensively, the Eagles struggled continued. The Broncos proved that tackling is not a lost art in football. There are teams – usually the best teams – that just attack when it comes to tackling.

Denver didn’t make any illegal tackles. They didn’t do anything overly violent or beyond the rulebook. They made the textbook plays where they were most needed.

The Eagles defense couldn't look past the deception that Manning presents, and that was only from the line of scrimmage. If brother Eli just screamed “Omaha!” next week, it wouldn’t be too shocking if Fletcher Cox jumped offsides.

That was where the Eagles beat themselves. Manning has the talent to make it look easy. That was almost too easy.

To make matters worse, by the second half, the Eagles had lost at their own game. It was Manning, not Vick, wearing out a defense with a fast-paced play-calling system. The Broncos essentially beat Chip Kelly at his own game, no-huddle offense and all. And by the time the Broncos and Steven Johnson both blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, the game was officially a laugher.

All the Broncos did on this afternoon was set a franchise-record in points. Manning also joined the history books by throwing four touchdown passes for the 24th time in his career.

It might as well be considered a blessing that the Eagles are looking at back-to-back weeks against teams that are in shambles. The Giants have yet to win and don’t look sound at all. The Buccaneers are a mess.

There is still hope for a team that is still somehow tied for second place despite a 1-3 record. There are benefits to playing in the weakest division in football.

Still, the Eagles lacked the fundamentals and the patience required to deal with Manning. They flat out lacked the talent to compete with the Broncos. Perhaps the struggling Giants are just what this team needs.

Kevin Durso is a contributer for Eagledelphia. You can read his Monday Review following every Eagles game. You can also follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.


Monday Review: Forget mismatch, Eagles played awful game

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The Broncos sacked Michael Vick three times in the Eagles 52-20 loss.

On paper, this was an obvious mismatch. On the field, it should have never equated to what it was. 

Does anybody remember when it was 21-13 at the half? Okay, just making sure that actually happened.

It was known coming into this game that the Eagles didn’t have the weapons to match up with the Denver Broncos. It was obvious that Peyton Manning would control the team.

But goodness was this a nightmare game for the Eagles. The 52-20 score was not surprising. But it was embarrassing, and not just because the Eagles lost by that score.

The way the Eagles played was pitiful, from top to bottom. Michael Vick was easily mismatched by Manning. The Eagles running game was easily stopped by the Broncos. The Eagles receivers were never open, compared to the wide-open targets Manning had to work with.

None of it was surprising. All of it was unacceptable.

Sure, there were plenty of things the Eagles couldn’t control – like friendly spots on close first downs and a couple of penalties that were called or went uncalled. Regardless, the Broncos have earned such things. They are 4-0 now for a reason. Their quarterback is unstoppable.

But what Manning showed is not that he is a good quarterback. More so, he showed how a quarterback can be great when he has the right weapons and plenty of them to go around.

Vick’s top target is easy to find. He wears No. 10. After DeSean Jackson, who does Vick have? Riley Cooper? Brent Celek? James Casey? Jason Avant? Most of them were invisible yesterday.

Defensively, the Eagles struggled continued. The Broncos proved that tackling is not a lost art in football. There are teams – usually the best teams – that just attack when it comes to tackling.

Denver didn’t make any illegal tackles. They didn’t do anything overly violent or beyond the rulebook. They made the textbook plays where they were most needed.

The Eagles defense couldn't look past the deception that Manning presents, and that was only from the line of scrimmage. If brother Eli just screamed “Omaha!” next week, it wouldn’t be too shocking if Fletcher Cox jumped offsides.

That was where the Eagles beat themselves. Manning has the talent to make it look easy. That was almost too easy.

To make matters worse, by the second half, the Eagles had lost at their own game. It was Manning, not Vick, wearing out a defense with a fast-paced play-calling system. The Broncos essentially beat Chip Kelly at his own game, no-huddle offense and all. And by the time the Broncos and Steven Johnson both blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, the game was officially a laugher.

All the Broncos did on this afternoon was set a franchise-record in points. Manning also joined the history books by throwing four touchdown passes for the 24th time in his career.

It might as well be considered a blessing that the Eagles are looking at back-to-back weeks against teams that are in shambles. The Giants have yet to win and don’t look sound at all. The Buccaneers are a mess.

There is still hope for a team that is still somehow tied for second place despite a 1-3 record. There are benefits to playing in the weakest division in football.

Still, the Eagles lacked the fundamentals and the patience required to deal with Manning. They flat out lacked the talent to compete with the Broncos. Perhaps the struggling Giants are just what this team needs.

Kevin Durso is a contributer for Eagledelphia. You can read his Monday Review following every Eagles game. You can also follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.


Monday Review: Forget mismatch, Eagles played awful game

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The Broncos sacked Michael Vick three times in the Eagles 52-20 loss.

On paper, this was an obvious mismatch. On the field, it should have never equated to what it was. 

Does anybody remember when it was 21-13 at the half? Okay, just making sure that actually happened.

It was known coming into this game that the Eagles didn’t have the weapons to match up with the Denver Broncos. It was obvious that Peyton Manning would control the team.

But goodness was this a nightmare game for the Eagles. The 52-20 score was not surprising. But it was embarrassing, and not just because the Eagles lost by that score.

The way the Eagles played was pitiful, from top to bottom. Michael Vick was easily mismatched by Manning. The Eagles running game was easily stopped by the Broncos. The Eagles receivers were never open, compared to the wide-open targets Manning had to work with.

None of it was surprising. All of it was unacceptable.

Sure, there were plenty of things the Eagles couldn’t control – like friendly spots on close first downs and a couple of penalties that were called or went uncalled. Regardless, the Broncos have earned such things. They are 4-0 now for a reason. Their quarterback is unstoppable.

But what Manning showed is not that he is a good quarterback. More so, he showed how a quarterback can be great when he has the right weapons and plenty of them to go around.

Vick’s top target is easy to find. He wears No. 10. After DeSean Jackson, who does Vick have? Riley Cooper? Brent Celek? James Casey? Jason Avant? Most of them were invisible yesterday.

Defensively, the Eagles struggled continued. The Broncos proved that tackling is not a lost art in football. There are teams – usually the best teams – that just attack when it comes to tackling.

Denver didn’t make any illegal tackles. They didn’t do anything overly violent or beyond the rulebook. They made the textbook plays where they were most needed.

The Eagles defense couldn't look past the deception that Manning presents, and that was only from the line of scrimmage. If brother Eli just screamed “Omaha!” next week, it wouldn’t be too shocking if Fletcher Cox jumped offsides.

That was where the Eagles beat themselves. Manning has the talent to make it look easy. That was almost too easy.

To make matters worse, by the second half, the Eagles had lost at their own game. It was Manning, not Vick, wearing out a defense with a fast-paced play-calling system. The Broncos essentially beat Chip Kelly at his own game, no-huddle offense and all. And by the time the Broncos and Steven Johnson both blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, the game was officially a laugher.

All the Broncos did on this afternoon was set a franchise-record in points. Manning also joined the history books by throwing four touchdown passes for the 24th time in his career.

It might as well be considered a blessing that the Eagles are looking at back-to-back weeks against teams that are in shambles. The Giants have yet to win and don’t look sound at all. The Buccaneers are a mess.

There is still hope for a team that is still somehow tied for second place despite a 1-3 record. There are benefits to playing in the weakest division in football.

Still, the Eagles lacked the fundamentals and the patience required to deal with Manning. They flat out lacked the talent to compete with the Broncos. Perhaps the struggling Giants are just what this team needs.

Kevin Durso is a contributer for Eagledelphia. You can read his Monday Review following every Eagles game. You can also follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.


Phillies Will Draft Seventh; First Round Pick Is Protected

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For the first time in years, the Phillies have a first round draft pick in an impact position.   The one consolation from the Phillies' disappointing 73-89 season is that the Phillies have a shot to draft a player who will make an impact in the future.  The return will not be seen for a few years, of course, but that depth will pay off eventually.   The Phillies will draft seventh in the 2014 draft and that pick will be protected.

The Phillies have not drafted as high as seventh since 2001, when the Phillies selected Gavin Floyd with pick number four overall.  The name "Gavin Floyd" is not going to make any Phillies fan salivate, but hey, they did trade him and Gio Gonzalez to get Freddy Garcia.  But, there is great potential and better selection in picking seventh.

Because the Phillies finished in the bottom 10 this season, the Phillies will be free to sign free agents without giving up a first round draft pick.  Last year the Mets finished 11th overall and were deterred from perhaps signing free agent Michael Bourn and others.  A rebuilding team could sign a long-term free agent with the later rebuild in mind, even if contention is not imminent if they feel that the opportunity is there to do so without sacrificing young talent.  Any team who makes a qualifying offer to their departing free agent will be granted compensation for their loss, but if a team finishing in the top 20 signs those players they must surrender their first round draft pick.

In 2009, the Philies sacrificed their first round pick to sign free agent outfielder Raul Ibañez.  In 2012, the Phillies sacrificed their first round pick to sign free agent reliever Jonathan Papelbon.  The Phillies did get a supplemental pick back for Ryan Madson leaving as a free agent, but the Phillies lost eight spots in the draft order.  With new rules in 2013, the Phillies maintained their #16 over all pick and surrendered none because signing free agents like Delmon Young do not cost teams draft picks. 

This offseason the Phillies can sign their choice of the free agent crop and it really will only cost them money.  The problem with that is that the free agent crop is pretty thin.  Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr.  indicated that he could be looking to upgrade at any position, even when they appear to have someone.  Jacoby Ellsbury could be an upgrade over Ben Revere, for example.  Nelson Cruz could be worth a shot, even though he spent the last 50 games sitting out a suspension for his involvement with the Biogensis Clinic and performance enhancing drugs.

Pitching is another need for the Phillies and the free agent list has some.  The free agent "prize" would be Matt Garza, former 2008 World Series foe.  However, Garza has missed time each of the last two seasons with injury, and could be a risky proposition.  Ervin Santana, Edinson Volquez, and Josh Johnson could be worthy of a look.  

None of those names are really all that much to get excited about, but the Phillies could have significantly less competition if their respective teams make a qualified offer and teams do not wish to give up a draft pick to sign them.

The Phillies are in a position of which they are not accustomed, and there are benefits to being in this situation.  The Phillies can draft for the future and sign for the future at the same time.  Some cards well-played in the free agent market can bring the Phillies back to respectability in 2014 and beyond.


76ers 2013-2014 Season Preview by Position

 

Training camp for NBA teams is underway as we near the start of this year's season. The Sixers, probably the most unrecognizable team in the NBA, have 13 new players on their training camp roster. Many of these players have a legitimate shot at making the team this year, so we can expect a lot of hard, tough competition in camp and during the pre-season. 

   If you scroll through the names of the players on this year's training camp roster for the Sixers, you may find yourself asking, "Who are these guys?". There is no need to worry as I imagine this is a common occurance amongst many Sixers fans this year. I will break down the roster and let you know who is worth keeping an eye on this season. 

Point Guards: Rookie Michael Carter-Williams is likely to be the team's starting point guard once the season begins. The role of backup point guard has yet to be determined. I see it as a three way competition between Vander Blue, Darius Morris, and Khalif Wyatt. Blue, a former standout guard from Marquettee, went undrafted in this year's NBA Draft. His talent was too promising to be kept out of the Association for long, so the Sixers picked him up. Morris, formerly of the Lakers, started 17 games for Los Angeles last season before being burried on the bench for the rest of the season. Wyatt, a Temple product and Philly native, played with the Sixers' summer league squad and impressed many people. I think the Sixers will keep two of these players, and I would bet they chosoe Blue and Wyatt. 

Shooting Guards: The reason I said that they will keep two of the point guards I mentioned above is because of the lack of depth at the shooting guard position for this Sixers team. James Anderson, Tony Wroten, and Jason Richardson are the listed shooting guards on the roster. Richardson will miss significant time this season nursing a knee injury, so the team will probably have to go with James Anderson to start the season at shooting guard. Wroten will most likely be his backup, but both Blue and Wyatt can play that position as well. Evan Turner and Rodney Williams, though listed as small forwards, can also help play this position if needed. I am not expecting much from Anderson or Wroten this year, but maybe one or both of them can develop into a consistent contributor for the team. 

Small Forwards: Evan Turner will return as the team's starting small forward this season. Royce White, Rodney Williams, and Hollis Thompson will compete in training camp and the pre-season for backup duties. White, an off-season acquisition for the Sixers, has promise to his game. He showed the ability to be a great player in college, but has yet to touch the hardwood in an NBA game. If White can overcome his anxiety issues then I think he will win the backup small forward position hands down. If he cannot, then one of the other two will replace him. Williams competed on the Sixers summer league team and was one of the team's best players throughout the camp. Thompson is a former Georgetown Hoya who spent time in the D-League last season. His outlook to make the team is grim. 

Power Forwards: Thaddeus Young, possibly the most talented player on the roster, should return to his role as starting power forward this season. Arnett Moultie is out until January with an ankle injury. This leaves the door wide open for Lavoy Allen to pick up some quality minutes off the bench this year. Once Moultrie is back, I can imagine a rotating frontcourt including all of these players. Mac Koshwal and Tim Ohlbrecht are the other power forwards on the roster, but I would be shocked to see either of them make the team. 

Centers: Spencer Hawes will start the season as the Sixers starting center, but he should slide into a backup role once Nerlens Noel returns from injury. The other two centers on the training camp roster are Kwame Brown and Solomon Alabi. I can't imagine Brett Brown is dying to keep either of these veterans, but if I had to choose one to make the team it would be Brown due to his ridiculous contract. 

The young Sixers will struggle this season, but they have plenty of minutes to go around to all of their players. The Sixers begin their pre-season on Sunday in Spain. 


Phillies Announce Rich Dubee Will Not Return in 2014

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In a press release today, the Phillies have announced that Rich Dubee will not be returning to the team in 2014.  Rich Dubee has served as the Phillies pitching coach since 2004 and has had significant success with elite talent, but has been able to manage an aging rotation and a young bullpen in recent years.

After the firing of skipper Charlie Manuel and the extension given to Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies appear to be prepared to make major overhauls to the entire coaching staff.  This will likely be a long process, as the Phillies will take their time in interviewing and replacing openings within the staff.

Rich Dubee has come under significant criticism in recent years on how he has managed his pitching staff.  Former and current relievers have been vocal on their thoughts on Dubee this year, and a change seems to have been the best decision for all involved.  Mitch Williams suggested that a new voice could potentially improve the team, as the staff has been given the same message and approach over the years.  Scott Mathieson, a former Phillies reliever, suggested that Dubee be replaced and went so far as to say Rod Nichols, Phillies bullpen coach, did more to help the pitchers than Dubee.

The change does not come as a major surprise as the decline in performance by what was supposed to be the strength of the organization as well as the increased criticism and recent change in staff leadership ultimately led to only one possible conclusion.  Rich Dubee will not be the Phillies pitching coach in 2014.

 


Mile High Mashing: Broncos rout Eagles to remain undefeated

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Peyton Manning reacts after throwing one of his four touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas. 

From the first drive, it was evident the Denver Broncos were not only no match for the Eagles but also easily the best team in football. The Eagles managed to somewhat keep pace.

But when they had narrowed the game from seven to four and the ensuing kickoff was returned 105 yards for a touchdown, it was clear. The Broncos were going to out-play the Eagles in every facet of the game. And it wasn’t even close.

The Eagles showed an admirable first-half effort. But by the second half, they were heavily winded and could simply no longer keep pace as the Broncos stayed on the gas and cruised to their fourth straight win setting a franchise record for points in a single game in the process with a 52-20 win over the Eagles in Week 4.

The Eagles received the ball first and ran three plays before punting. The Broncos followed with a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a six-yard strike from Peyton Manning to Wes Welker.

Philadelphia responded with a solid drive that ultimately stalled in the red zone. Brent Celek dropped a pass that would have put the Eagles right along the goal line that forced fourth down instead. Alex Henery kicked the successful 35-yard field goal.

The ensuing kickoff was returned 105 yards by Trindon Holliday for a touchdown.

The Eagles added another Henery field goal, this one from 25 yards, to cut into the lead again. They followed that up with a seven-play drive that resulted in a four-yard rushing touchdown for Chris Polk. With the extra point, the lead was down to one.

Manning and the Broncos followed that with an 11-play drive that ended with a four-yard run by Knowshon Moreno for the touchdown. That capped the first-half scoring with the Broncos leading 21-13.

With the Broncos getting possession to open the second half, a five-minute drive to open the half resulted in another Denver touchdown as Manning completed a one-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas was on the end of another touchdown just four minutes later, making a 15-yard reception for the score. With under a minute to play in the third, Welker caught his second touchdown of the day from four yards out.

Finally, to open the fourth, an Eagles drive that went nowhere ended with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown all by Steven Johnson.

The Broncos would add a 53-yard field goal by Matt Prater to close their scoring. The Eagles posted their only other touchdown of the game with Nick Foles completing a six-yard pass to Jeff Maehl with under five minutes remaining.

Manning ended the day with another stellar line. He completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.  Vick was 14-for-27 for 248 yards without a score or turnover. Foles completed three of his four pass attempts for 49 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, LeSean McCoy was silenced for most of the game. He carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards. Moreno carried for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts.

Celek was the leader for the Eagles receiving corps, making three catches for 57 yards. No other Eagles receiver caught more than two passes. Demaryius Thomas made nine catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns with Welker adding two touchdowns on seven catches for 76 yards. Eric Decker led the way in receiving yards for Denver with 88 on five catches.

Defensively, the Eagles managed just one sack and three tackles for loss on Manning and the Broncos. The Broncos defense led the charge with three sacks and five tackles for loss.

The Broncos and Eagles nearly matched yard totals with the Broncos edging the Eagles, 472-450. The Eagles took eight penalties for 62 yards compared to the Broncos two penalties for 25 yards and also once again lost the possession game with the Broncos holding possess for 33:22. There were no turnovers for either team in the game.

The Eagles (1-3) return to action next Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants (0-4) from MetLife Stadium. 

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Eagledelphia. You can read his Monday Review following every Eagles game. You can also follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.

Mile High Mashing: Broncos rout Eagles to remain undefeated

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Peyton Manning reacts after throwing one of his four touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas. 

From the first drive, it was evident the Denver Broncos were not only no match for the Eagles but also easily the best team in football. The Eagles managed to somewhat keep pace.

But when they had narrowed the game from seven to four and the ensuing kickoff was returned 105 yards for a touchdown, it was clear. The Broncos were going to out-play the Eagles in every facet of the game. And it wasn’t even close.

The Eagles showed an admirable first-half effort. But by the second half, they were heavily winded and could simply no longer keep pace as the Broncos stayed on the gas and cruised to their fourth straight win setting a franchise record for points in a single game in the process with a 52-20 win over the Eagles in Week 4.

The Eagles received the ball first and ran three plays before punting. The Broncos followed with a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a six-yard strike from Peyton Manning to Wes Welker.

Philadelphia responded with a solid drive that ultimately stalled in the red zone. Brent Celek dropped a pass that would have put the Eagles right along the goal line that forced fourth down instead. Alex Henery kicked the successful 35-yard field goal.

The ensuing kickoff was returned 105 yards by Trindon Holliday for a touchdown.

The Eagles added another Henery field goal, this one from 25 yards, to cut into the lead again. They followed that up with a seven-play drive that resulted in a four-yard rushing touchdown for Chris Polk. With the extra point, the lead was down to one.

Manning and the Broncos followed that with an 11-play drive that ended with a four-yard run by Knowshon Moreno for the touchdown. That capped the first-half scoring with the Broncos leading 21-13.

With the Broncos getting possession to open the second half, a five-minute drive to open the half resulted in another Denver touchdown as Manning completed a one-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas was on the end of another touchdown just four minutes later, making a 15-yard reception for the score. With under a minute to play in the third, Welker caught his second touchdown of the day from four yards out.

Finally, to open the fourth, an Eagles drive that went nowhere ended with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown all by Steven Johnson.

The Broncos would add a 53-yard field goal by Matt Prater to close their scoring. The Eagles posted their only other touchdown of the game with Nick Foles completing a six-yard pass to Jeff Maehl with under five minutes remaining.

Manning ended the day with another stellar line. He completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.  Vick was 14-for-27 for 248 yards without a score or turnover. Foles completed three of his four pass attempts for 49 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, LeSean McCoy was silenced for most of the game. He carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards. Moreno carried for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts.

Celek was the leader for the Eagles receiving corps, making three catches for 57 yards. No other Eagles receiver caught more than two passes. Demaryius Thomas made nine catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns with Welker adding two touchdowns on seven catches for 76 yards. Eric Decker led the way in receiving yards for Denver with 88 on five catches.

Defensively, the Eagles managed just one sack and three tackles for loss on Manning and the Broncos. The Broncos defense led the charge with three sacks and five tackles for loss.

The Broncos and Eagles nearly matched yard totals with the Broncos edging the Eagles, 472-450. The Eagles took eight penalties for 62 yards compared to the Broncos two penalties for 25 yards and also once again lost the possession game with the Broncos holding possess for 33:22. There were no turnovers for either team in the game.

The Eagles (1-3) return to action next Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants (0-4) from MetLife Stadium. 

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Eagledelphia. You can read his Monday Review following every Eagles game. You can also follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.