by John Kincade
Some Eye-Opening Eagles Numbers
– We know that the Eagles offense at times this season has been historic and at other times anemic. How strange has it actually been? They are the highest scoring 2nd quarter team in NFL history through 11 weeks. They also have put up ZERO points in 15 of the 40 quarters they have played this season. That inconsistency is something that has to be corrected if they are going to secure the top seed in the NFC.
– While you enjoy a day of feasting and watching NFL football, both the second and third games have built in rooting interests for every Eagles fan. In the middle game of the day, I’m going to suggest something blasphemous. We are all going to root for a Giants victory over Dallas. A 4th loss for the Cowboys would be the best way to secure a stranglehold on the NFC East crown. Philly already has a 2.5 game lead on Dallas. You could see the Cowboys division chances finished off without having to do it yourself. Plus, the Eagles have 2 chances to beat the Giants themselves. Get Dallas another notch down, worry about New York in a few weeks. Then at night be rooting for another team you detest. The Patriots defeating the Vikings would be a huge boost to the Eagles top seed chances. Get them a 3rd loss and the road is as smooth as it could possibly be.
– A lot of discussion surrounds Jalen Hurts and his MVP campaign. The numbers are certainly not eye opening but effective. He is constantly being lauded as a leader and the top defense of his lack of huge numbers is “he’s a winner”. Jalen most certainly is a great leader and has been a winner at every level. Playoff winner is where the true MVP players show themselves and he will get another chance to win this January. I’ve heard people deride Jimmy G in San Francisco for not being a stats compiler but no one can question that he wins. His teammates love him, he wins and has a 4-2 career playoff record and losses in the NFC Title Game and Super Bowl already on his resume. I don’t believe that a won loss record is a quarterback statistic. I see that as a team stat. Jalen just has to keep doing his thing and if he wins in January like Jimmy G has no one will complain that he has just one 250 yard passing game in his last 7 starts.
The return of Ben Simmons felt anticlimactic considering that Embiid, Harden and Maxey all missed the game. The crowd most certainly let Ben know that they will never forget and his behavior showed some growth and maturity. I personally would have rather seen Ben play the heel, but he chose peace. This book didn’t go the way I expected either as the short handed 76ers came away with a huge win.
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