Nick Foles and Torrey Smith will play in at least one more game for the Philadelphia Eagles, when the team plays in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs in two weeks. Whether they play in (or are dressed) for another Eagles regular season game is another story.
The Sixers are finally coming off a win after Saturday night's victory over the Nuggets in Denver.
It wasn't the prettiest of wins by any means, but at the end of the day, the Sixers were able to get back in the win column, something that has been hard to do in weeks past.
The Sixers rallied late in the second half behind solid play from Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless to pull out a 107-102 win.
Tonight, on New Years Eve, the Sixers head over to Phoenix to take on the Suns, who have Devin Booker back from a groin injury.
Had Nick Foles followed up his five-touchdown performance in Week 15 with another strong performance last Monday against the Oakland Raiders, he and the Eagles offense may have rested in this afternoon's Week 17 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. That didn't happen.
While Foles and the Eagles did secure a 19-10 Christmas day win over the Raiders, the offense struggled to move the ball against a bad Raiders team. So despite the fact that the team's Week 17 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys didn't mean anything in terms of the team's playoff standing - the Eagles, win or loss, had locked up a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs - Foles and a majority of the team's starters, well, started the game.
Here are my in-game notes on an abbreviated appearance from Foles:
A huge third quarter run and an unconscious run from Jerryd Bayless led the Sixers to their largest comeback of the season on Saturday night at Pepsi Center over the Denver Nuggets when they overcame a 14-point deficit for a 107-102 victory.
The Sixers got off to a hot start thanks to J.J. Redick who connected on two jumpers to help get the Sixers a 6-0 lead.
The Sixers found success from their big men in the opening quarter with 17 of the teams 31 points coming from the trio of Dario Saric, Amir Johnson, and Richaun Holmes.
Friday's outdoor game didn't go as planned for Canada, but their shootout loss put them in position to lock up the top spot in Group A at the 2018 World Junior Championships with a win over Denmark.
Carter Hart was back in net for Canada on Saturday night and made all 18 saves in their 8-0 win over Denmark to clinch the top spot in Group A.
Entering week 17 the Eagles will have nothing to play for, having clinched the number one seed in the NFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Eagles will give the starters some time but Doug Pederson has no intention of leaving them in for the whole game.
It's not very often we talk about the Phillies actually winning a trade, but that's exactly what happened with the Phillies dealt Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton to the Detroit Tigers for nine-year veteran Jim Bunning and catcher Gus Triandos. The Detroit Free Press quoted Tigers manager Charlie Dressen raved about Demeter, who slashed .258/.306/.433 with 22 home runs and 88 RBI in 1963 with the Phillies. "Better than [Rocky] Colavito!" he exclaimed. (The Tigers traded the talented outfielder earlier in the offseason). The Press on Dec. 6 raved that Demeter would be a great improvement for a team that underperformed in 1963 and didn't mention Bunning as a concerning loss. Other general managers and coaches were quoted as saying it was a good trade all around. Bunning himself said he wasn't surprised about the trade, given his mediocre 12-13 record.
Detroit fans would probably be up-in-arms had such a trade gone through today. Sabrmetrics show that Demeter was an average player while Bunning proved to simply have one down year. The Philadelphia Inquirer was elated with the trade, citing Bunning was available due to his down 1963 record, relationship with manager Charlie Dressen and Detroit's need for a center fielder. Bunning, then a five-time All-Star, brought his 118-87 record and career 3.45 era to Philadelphia in what became a magical and now notorious 1964 season. He anchored the pitching staff that included Chris Short and Art Mahaffey.
The Sixers announced their latest injury update on Friday afternoon as they head into the new year.
This update involves Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, Justin Anderson, Furkan Korkmaz, and a little bit of the usual regarding Markelle Fultz.
The 2018 World Junior Championships continued on Thursday, but for those interested in only the Flyers prospects in attendance, it was a fairly uneventful day.
Friday, however, presented the marquee matchup, a rematch of last year’s Gold Medal Game between the US and Canada. And this time they took it outdoors.
When the Eagles used their second round pick in the 2017 NFL draft on cornerback Sidney Jones they took a risk - a risk that is about to yield its first return on investment.
Jones was arguably the best cornerback prospect in the draft prior to rupturing his achilles tendon at his pro day. Jones went from being in consideration for a top-10 pick to sliding out of the first round and falling to the Eagles with their second round selection.
The Eagles consistently expressed that the plan with jones was to exercise caution, and not put Jones in a game until they felt that he was back at full health.