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Flyers Shut out Devils in Physical Battle in Allentown

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By Tommy Hendricks, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

The Philadelphia Flyers evened their preseason record to 2-2 with a 2-0 shutout win on Wednesday night over the New Jersey Devils in front of 7,291 fans at the PPL Center in Allentown.

The Flyers are now a perfect 2-0 in preseason games at the home arena of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, their AHL affiliate. However, Wednesday night's game had the physical feel of a late-season game more than just a preseason scrimmage.

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Flyers Welcome Rival Devils for Preseason Clash in Allentown

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By Tommy Hendricks, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

For the second straight year the Philadelphia Flyers will move a preseason game to the home of their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, as they host the New Jersey Devils in their fourth preseason game in three nights on Wednesday night.

The opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. from PPL Center in Allentown.

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Around the NFL: J.J. Watt heading to IR

By Ryan Gerstel, Eagledelphia contributor

Watt placed on IR: NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday evening that Houston Texans star pass rusher J.J. Watt re-injured his back in the team's Week 3 game against the New England Patriots.

The loss of Watt is a massive blow to the Texans' fifth-ranked defense. The Pro Bowl defensive end is arguably the best defender in the league, and is a consistently disruptive force in the trenches.

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Eagles Detractors Shouldn't Ignore Early Results

By Paul Macrie, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Many NFL writers and experts during the preseason had the Eagles sporting a losing record at the end of the campaign. Three games into the 2016 season, and there is reason for those August outlooks to change.

Yes, the positive results are a small sample size, but at the same time, they can't be ignored -- whether you are critic or a believer. After Sunday's 34-3 demolishing of the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are several points to make why this team will "overachieve." 

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Flyers Defensive Prospects Run Deeper

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Entering training camp, everyone was talking about Ivan Provorov. And for good reason. Of any of the top prospects, the 19-year-old defenseman who was the 2015 first-round pick of the Flyers had the highest odds of making the team.

But what the Flyers have proven, even over just three preseason games on two nights, is how deep they are defensively in their organization.

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What Are Realistic Expectations For The Eagles?

By Denny Basens, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Through three weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles have exceeded expectations. They are not only undefeated, but in sole possession of the NFC East.

The Eagles have proven that they can contend with good teams just as well as they can blow out bad ones. Last weekend's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers showed the league that Doug Pederson's group is a threat to defeat any team on a weekly basis, and clubs that circled their match against the Eagles as a winnable game must show Philadelphia considerable respect.

The question now, as the Birds head into their bye week, is what are reasonable and realistic expectations for the Eagles for the rest of the season? 

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Simmonds, Mason power Flyers to preseason victory

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Wayne Simmonds netted a pair of power play goals. Dale Weise and Andy Miele also tallied. Steve Mason made 23 saves en route to a 4-0 shutout over the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers Announce 8 Roster Cuts

By Rob Riches, Sports Talk Philly contributor

The Flyers on Tuesday announced six roster cuts, sending players back to their respective junior leagues.

Forwards Samuel Dove-McFalls (Saint John, QMJHL), Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener, OHL), Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville, QMJHL), Carsen Twarynski (Calgary, WHL) and Anthony Salinitri (Sarnia, OHL), as well as goalie Carter Hart (Everett, WHL) were sent back after a brief training camp stint. All players, with the exception of Dove-McFalls, were drafted this year.

Garrett McFadden and Brennan Menell were cut as well, though neither player had a contract with the team. 

The Flyers' roster now stands at 56 players, with more cuts on the horizon in anticipation of American League training camps opening on Oct. 1. Their preseason continues tonight, as they welcome the New York Islanders to Wells Fargo Center.

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Preseason Game 3 Preview

Flyers return home for a preseason tilt with the Islanders

 

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NHL action returns to the Wells Fargo Center when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7:00. The Flyers look to bounce back after both split squad teams were blanked on Monday night. 

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Steelers lineman to Brandon Graham: “See you guys in the Super Bowl.”

By Patrick Del Gaone, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Many around the league remained skeptical when the Philadelphia Eagles began the season with decisive victories over Cleveland and Chicago, but now, believers are beginning to come out of the woodwork.

Steelers offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert tracked down Brandon Graham following the Eagles 34-3 shellacking of Pittsburgh last Sunday, telling the defensive end that he plans on seeing them in a rematch for Keystone State supremacy.

According to Gilbert, next time, it’ll be in the Lone Star State.

“[Gilbert] gave me a nice compliment after the game and just told me, ‘We’ll see you guys in the Super Bowl because ain’t nobody gonna be able to block ya’ll,’” Graham told the 94WIP Morning Show. “It was kinda cool.”

Graham has benefitted tremendously from the Philadelphia defense switching from a 3-4 alignment to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. According to Pro Football Focus, the former first-round pick is graded as the top 4-3 defensive end in the NFL this season, accruing three sacks and a forced fumble through three weeks.

The Eagles defense has been nothing short of ferocious dating back to the first exhibition game. In three regular season games, Schwartz’s unit has allowed only 20 offensive points, a miniscule 6.7 points per game. 

Ranking 2nd in offensive points allowed are the Seahawks, who have yielded 37, nearly double that of the Eagles.

On the other side of the ball, Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward was blown away by the outstanding efficiency of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.

“He played like a freakin’ Hall of Famer,” Heyward told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Wentz and the Eagles scored 34 points on Mike Tomlin’s defense, which is more than Pittsburgh’s first two opponents combined.

If the Eagles and Steelers do end up meeting in Houston for Super Bowl 51, you can expect plenty of fans from both sides of Pennsylvania to make the 1,550-mile pilgrimage southwest in early February.

Houston was the site of the 2016 Final Four, where the Villanova Wildcats defeated North Carolina in the college basketball National Championship.