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Eagles Evaluation: Eagles Do What They Can To Prove They Are Not A Good Team

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles headed into this game looking to turn things around.

The team with Super Bowl aspirations needed to come in and work out their kinks while beating up on the bottom-dwelling Bengals.

The Eagles did not beat up on the Bengals and instead continued to play the same sorry game they did the past two weeks.

They did not prove that they can work out the kinks.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #93 - Not Over Yet

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The YWT Podcast is back for another week and the Stanley Cup Final is still going. A double-overtime win for the Dallas Stars on Saturday has extended the series to Game 6 on Monday. The Tampa Bay Lightning remain one win away from their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The guys discuss the Stanley Cup Final so far and start to look ahead to some of the offseason to come, teasing the upcoming NHL Draft on Oct. 6 and 7. They also look at the NHL Awards that were announced over the last week.

Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso for another week of hockey talk on the YWT Podcast.

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As always, we want you to follow the podcast on Twitter @YWTpodcast, follow Kevin Durso on Twitter @Kevin_Durso, and follow producer Mike Giletto Jr. on Twitter @Mike_Giletto.


A tie, that feels like a loss: Eagles vs. Bengals Recap

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By Connor Donald, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

I wrapped up last week's post-game wrap up by alluding to the idea that there may very well be an identity crisis in Philadelphia largely around Pederson and Wentz. And the media attacked it all week with ferocity! This week's matchup of winless against the Bengals was important and a must win situation for the Eagles and realistically should have been a win for the Eagles.

The first half started out slow and included another Wentz interception, his sixth turnover of the season, leading the NFL. The defense did not look good and the offense looked, as they have seemingly much of the season, lifeless. The offensive line was not looking good, especially Jason Peters. However, a positive did remain Miles Sanders who led the offense and Greg Ward leading receivers, which included a touchdown to end the first half. This first half ending drive also saw Carson Wentz utilize a couple different targets.

The second half started with a fairly stagnant drive by the offense that ended in a field goal, but a weakness that reared its ugly head a bit in week two and really showed its ugly head against the Bengals. We very well may not have the CB2 that we felt we could lean on across from Darius Slay. Avonte Maddox was getting bullied for much of the day prior to a third quarter injury. Tyler Boyd used a number of slant routes to hurt Maddox and Maddox just couldn’t keep up at any point throughout the game.

Speaking of slants, the middle of the field, where our linebackers play, remained a major concern yet again. Year over year the linebacker position is a weakness and last year it was up for debate whether the achilles heel of our team was the cornerbacks, wide receivers or linebackers. When we consider that the wide receiver and cornerback positions have been overhauled, it looks like the linebacker position could be the straw that breaks the camel's back this year on a number of occasions. Boyd (9 receptions, 114 yards) and Higgins (5 receptions, 40 yards, 2 TDs) crossing and slant routes hurt the Eagles all day.

Wentz decision making continues to be concerning. There may be an identity crisis in Philadelphia led by Pederson, but Wentz is not helping the situation with his decision making. He fumbled the ball in the second quarter which was thankfully recovered, but he also had two picks, one in the third that was an absolute atrocity of a throw. Wentz turnovers, whether an interception or a fumble, are tops in the league right now and if you look back over the past couple years are troublesome. Even when there wasn’t a turnover Wentz struggled through the second half with over throws. Wentz is 10-18 when throwing one interception and now 1-9 when throwing two or more.

Although the defense improved on third downs after a tough week last week against the Rams, for much of the second half the defense played soft. When they lost Slay they played the infamous five to ten yards off that we saw all of last season. This helped the Bengals take advantage and get a good chunk of their first downs. This could have been due to injuries with Slay and Maddox, but it has proven the Eagles demise on a number of occasions last season and was hurting them today.

The injury bug, after leaving the Eagles alone for the most part in week two returned in week three to claim Dallas Goedert, DeSean Jackson and Avonte Maddox. Darius Slay even felt it for a bit during the third quarter. The loss of Goedert and Jackson was felt throughout much of the second half as Wentz struggled without two key weapons in opening up the field. Wentz was able to pull together an all important drive to end the fourth quarter, which was aided by a couple pass interferences and finally a scramble touchdown for Wentz. The confidence was not there for much of the day for Wentz and the loss of those key players may be the reason.

Although things feel negative and are quite negative within the national media against the Eagles, there are some positives. Miles Sanders has been a huge piece for the offense since his return. Despite the offensive line struggles today against the Bengals including a huge Nate Herbig holding call and Matt Pryor false start in overtime to push them out of field goal range, Sanders finished with a solid line of 16 carries for 92 yards and three receptions for five yards. The offense has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks with the 49ers and steelers on the road and then the Ravens back at home over the next three weeks. I am not prepared to rule out that there is a major identity crisis that was not made better this week.

While on the defensive side of the ball three players stood out massively: Malik Jackson, Brandon Graham and Darius Slay. Despite Darius Slay missing some of the third quarter with an injury, he made a couple huge pass breakups and has essentially locked down one key receiver and one side of the field week in and week out. This week his victim was AJ Green. Malik Jackson has been the best defensive tackle by far this season, despite the timely Fletcher Cox sack in overtime. Jackson finished today with half a sack and four quarterback hits. While I cannot say enough about Brandon Graham, he has wreaked havoc in the backfield every week this season. This included an absolute monster day today with two sacks, three tackles for loss and four quarterback hits.

The Eagles took the Bengals to overtime in a must win game, had a chance to win it twice and blew it on offensive line penalties, that really weren’t the reason to blame, and ultimately the Eagles tied in what felt like more of a loss for Eagles fans. The game was ugly. There were bad plays and major mistakes across the field in each quarter. And Eagles fans enter into yet another week feeling lost, frustrated and every type of emotion that isn’t positive. The Eagles were the butt of national media attention last week and should remain in the limelight and not for good reasons as it felt like Wentz and Pederson came into this game with a worse strategy then the last two weeks.

The next three weeks don’t get any easier for the Eagles and could be massive weeks towards seeing what key decisions are made by Howie Roseman going forward. I believe we have surpassed the identity crisis between Pederson and Wentz and are looking at a real crisis situation for the Eagles overall. To not believe we are at risk of an 0-6 start, would be to deny what you have seen in the first three weeks of the season. Off to San Francisco we go and we pray.


Halftime Report: Bengals at Eagles

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By Matt Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The 0-2 Bengals visit the 0-2 Eagles in week three of the regular season. The Eagles lead the Bengals 13-10 at the half. Both offenses have not looked great so far, but both were able to score a touchdown with under two minutes in the half. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

RB Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders has been the lone bright spot in this struggling Eagles offense. Sanders has broken off a few big runs and enters the half with 64 rushing yards on eight carries and three receiving yards on one reception.


First Half Defensive MVP

DE Josh Sweat

Josh Sweat had a huge third down sack to force the Bengals to punt. Sweat had a great first half finishing with two tackles and two QB hits, one being the sack mentioned prior.


Who Needs To Step Up

The Eagles Offense

The Eagles offense has not looked great so far despite scoring points 13 points in the first half. The Eagles had a nice touchdown drive at the end of the half and they will need to continue to put points on the board if they want to get their first win of the 2020 season.


Who To Watch Out For

WR Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins had a great end to the half, having a big 16-yard reception, and catching a touchdown to put the Bengals up 10-6. Higgins enters the half with 25 yards on three receptions.


Report: Joel Embiid Open to D'Antoni's System

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Reports continue to come out linking Mike D'Antoni to the Sixers' vacant head coaching position. Ty Lue was looked at as the frontrunner at the beginning of the hiring process, but it seems as if D'Antoni has passed him.

The fit of D'Antoni on the Sixers isn't exactly a perfect match, but the team looks to be open in embracing change. The front office is open to making trades to fit his style, and players seem to be okay with the change of style as well.

Joel Embiid is coming off a season where he led the league in points per post up. After looking almost unstoppable in the post this year the All-Star center has admitted he needs to do more than be a post player to dominate in today's game.

Recent reports have come out about how Embiid feels about a D'Antoni system. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer was first to report Embiid's willingness to play D'Antoni's style of play.

According to multiple sources, Embiid is happy that he'll face the basket instead of posting up in D'Antoni's proposed five-out system.

How Embiid felt about D'Antoni's style was likely the make or break on him being a favorite for the position. Although D'Antoni is arguably the best coach for Ben Simmons, his up-tempo style doesn't match the post-play we have been accustomed to see from Joel Embiid.

After seeing one of the team's stars speak out about a candidate he has to be the new frontrunner. It will be fascinating to see the Sixers attempt to shift from size and "bully ball" to a smaller more modern NBA team in just one short offseason. If that is the direction they want to go, then D'Antoni is the guy for the job.

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The Bootch and Pat Show - Morning Hangover

It’s EAGLES GAMEDAY!!! The Birds are home this week against the Bengals... are we gonna get booed by virtual fans again? The Philadelphia Eagles are 0-2 and haven’t beaten the #Bengals since 2000. Are you concerned? Can Wentz bring it back together? We will have our ”Against All Odds” segment where we will give you our picks and locks for the weekend. You’ll wanna listen to that if you like gambling or might be on the fence about a fantasy player. Also we breakdown the Philadelphia Phillies
and try and figure out IF it’s even still possible for a playoff run. Would anyone want to watch them in playoffs? It all comes down to today! Also The #NBA Championship is starting to form with the #Lakers winning the West and the #Heat leading the #Celtics 3-2 in the East. And as for the #StanleyCup, Tampa Bay leads the series 3-2 and could win it all on Monday night. So kick back and let us help jumpstart your gameday with our shenanigans, breakfast in bed, a few beers and sports! #mustwatchradio
 

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Around the NHL: Perry’s Double-OT Goal Forces Game 6

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

As the Dallas Stars were out-shot, 7-2, in overtime, not registering a shot until the closing minutes, it felt like it was a matter of time before the Tampa Bay Lightning secured the victory to claim the Stanley Cup. Then double-overtime reminded us just how hard it can be to get that fourth win to take hockey’s top prize.

Corey Perry scored his second goal of the game on a rebound at 9:23 of the second overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 win in Game 5 and force a Game 6 on Monday night.

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Injury Report: Cincinnati at Philadelphia

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The battle of two winless teams. Will the Eagles be able to go a week without losing a big piece of their team to injury? Will the Eagles ever win a game? Hopefully our defense can come up with some schemes to confuse the Bengals rookie quarterback and Carson Wentz can play like the 2017 version of Carson Wentz. The injury report is long but not as daunting as many think. 

Injury Report 

Philadelphia Eagles  

Playing 

Lane Johnson RT  

Lane Johnson was limited early this week in practice with his sore ankle. Johnson ended up being a full participant in practice but the end of the week. Expect him to start and help keep Wentz upright. 

Jason Peters LT  

JP was limited at some points this week in practice for rest reasons. The old man will be good to go for Sunday’s game.   

Desean Jackson WR  

Jackson did not participate in Wednesday practice just to get some rest. He’s healthy and active for Sunday’s contest.   

Jason Kelce C 

Kelce, like Peters and Jackson, got some rest this week. He was limited on Wednesday but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday 

Questionable 

Fletcher Cox DT  

Fletcher Cox did not practice early this week. Cox is dealing with an abdomen injury and is still day-to-day. The defense may struggle against the run if their All-Pro defensive tackle is out this week. 

Out

Alshon Jeffery WR  

Alshon is still out with his foot injury. He did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday and Friday. The Eagles hope to see Jeffery active for week four’s contest.  

Jalen Reagor WR 

The rookie receiver tore a ligament in his thumb and will be out for multiple weeks. Maybe J.J. Arcega-Whiteside finally steps up this week.  

 

Cincinnati Bengals 

Questionable 

Mike Daniels DT 

Mike Daniels did not participate all week in practice with a sore groin. He’s currently listed as questionable and will be a game time decision.  

Out 

Geno Atkins DT 

Geno Atkins is out this week with an apparent shoulder injury. This is big for the Eagles. With both Bengals interior defensive lineman being banged up, that could lead to a big game for Miles Sanders and the Eagles running game.  

 


Can we get a Victory Green Hour already?

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LJ (@ljharrell54) and Connor (@connorten) dig into what went wrong against the LA Rams in week 2 and dive into the disconnect between Wentz and Pederson. We also review the upcoming game in week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. LJ and Connor look to move on from the sadness and surrows of losing and talk key matchups and how to win against the Bengals! Don't forget to rate, review and follow @kellygreenhour.


Report: Klentak Could Be Let Go "Early Next Week"

The Phillies are on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention.  After Friday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Phillies need a lot to go right if they are going to make the playoffs.  Beside winning the last two games, the Phillies need the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Brewers, and possibly also the St. Louis Cardinals to lose enough games to let them in.  But sneaking into the playoffs might not be enough for Phillies general manager Matt Klentak to keep his job.

According to Jim Bowden of the Athletic, the Phillies are poised to make a change:

"If the Phillies don't make the playoffs, Klentak is expected to be let go early next week; if they do earn a postseason berth, the Phillies will probably need to get past the wild card series to save his job."

The road to the playoffs will be very tough, as will winning a playoff round.

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inqurier did a fine job Saturday explaining the scenarios necessary for the Phillies to make the playoffs.    The Phillies can make the playoff if after the final two games.  The best chance is if the Phillies win both games and either the Giants lose at least one.

MLB.com lays out the many tiebreaker scenarios that could affect the Phillies tying with other teams.  It's important to note that the Phillies hold the tiebreaker over Gabe Kapler's Giants because they have a better in-division record.   The same can be said for the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers should the two teams end up tied and the Giants lose both games and fall behind them.

So suppose the Phillies do win both games and, the Giants and Brewers lose at least one and the Phillies are in the playoffs.   Would that be enough to seal Klentak's fate?  Chances are that the Phillies would be overmatched and exit the playoffs quickly.

That could be because the two best starters on the Phillies, Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler would both have to pitch Saturday and Sunday to help seal the division.   That means the Phillies will have to turn to Zach Eflin for game one of the playoffs.  That in itself is not terrible, as evidenced by how well Eflin has pitched of late.  But then the Phillies are likely left resorting to a bullpen game and Vince Velasquez for the next two games in the playoffs, leaving the Phillies overmatched against a Los Angeles Dodgers team.

So can anything save Klentak's job now?  That is unlikely.

2020 was year five of a rebuild overseen by Klentak.  Despite likely exceeding the 2020 Competitive Balance Tax threshold and having five years to reboot the Phillies farm system, the Phillies have failed to sniff the playoffs to this point.  Add in the high price in prospects paid for catcher J.T. Realmuto and high dollar amount paid for the outfielder Bryce Harper, the Phillies should have expected more by now.

And in a results-oriented business, the general manager tends to lose his job.

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