Monthly Archives: November 2010

Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Bears rise, Eagles tumble

By WESLEY KAMINSKY
Staff Writer — wkaminsky@highhopesblog.com
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Matt Ryan threw just one incompletion in the second half, but was his effort and another Falcons win enough to keep them at the top spot in this week's rankings?

Another week, and another shake up in the power rankings. The Falcons got one step closer this week to home field advantage in the NFC, while the Bears showed they are for real, winning their fourth straight game.

The NFC West is wide open, with the Rams and Seahawks tied for first place at 5-6. It’s a shame a team from that division has to make the playoffs.

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Eagles’ red zone struggles continue to plague offense

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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The Eagles red zone struggles may be the most alarming thing to take out of Sunday's loss. (Presswire)

Right now, Houston’s confidence is high after a fabulous defensive performance, shutting out the Titans 20-0. The Texans took RB Chris Johnson out of the game, only allowing five yards on seven carries, but were facing an inexperienced quarterback in Rusty Smith. This is no mediocre offense they are going up against this week, led by MVP candidate Michael Vick and WR Desean Jackson.

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Desean Speaks!

Desean Jackson speaks to High Hopes’ own Jeffrey Warner and the assembled media for the first time since Sunday’s loss in Chicago — 11/30

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Eagles called out by coach after horrible loss

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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Head coach Andy Reid let the Eagles have it, calling out specific players he felt did not live up to par, in the locker room following Sunday's loss in Chicago. (Philly.com)

Sunday’s much-anticipated Bears-Eagles showdown in Chicago proved to be a game that started off terribly and the ended even worse for the Eagles.  The Birds fell to the Bears, 31-26, dropping them to 7-4 and putting them back in a tie with the Giants for first place in the NFC East, after their nail-biting win over the Jags. This could possibly been the worst performance by the Eagles this year and according to multiple reports, upset head coach Andy Reid more than any loss in recent Eagles history.

Their won’t be much time to stew over this one however, as the Birds turn around to host the Texans Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at Sunday’s performance…

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Week 12 Matchup Preview: Eagles offense faces tough Bears D

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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Brian Urlacher anchors a tough Bears defense

Sunday afternoon, it’s a battle of two first place teams in Week 12 of the NFL. The 7-3 Eagles and the 7-3 Bears take flight as both try to continue their winning ways to keep their respective division’s top spot, in what’s becoming a tight NFC playoff race. Both teams are coming in hot — winners of three straight. The Eagles are coming off that impressive 27-17 win over the Giants to take sole possession of first place in the division. Last week The Bears won shutting out the Dolphins 16-0 in a defensive battle, as they try to stay ahead the Packers in the NFC North. This should be one of the better games of the Eagles season on Sunday.

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Flyers fall short in 2-1 shootout loss

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Zajac beats Boucher to seal Devils shootout win (AP)

The Flyers shot themselves in the foot today, letting a bruised and battered New Jersey Devils offense – ranked dead last in the league – get the better of them early.

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Van Riemsdyk budding into Flyers staple?

By SHAY RODDY
Managing Editor — sroddy@highhopesblog.com

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James van Riemsdyk could be budding into a staple on the Flyers powerful offense.

James van Riemsdyk has gone from being one of the Flyers’ biggest prospects to a bit of a disappointment. But now, the 6’3” winger is on his way back to becoming a staple of the Flyers’ young, powerful offense.

After poor play from JVR prompted the Flyers to recall Eric Wellwood from their AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms and scratch van Riemsdyk four total times despite no injury, fans were beginning to doubt JVR’s ability to live up to expectation and fit in on what appears to be one of the better Flyers teams in recent history.

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Controversial call marks Flyers shootout loss to Flames

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Pronger begins to celebrate the eventual non-goal in overtime. (AP)

More than two years ago, the league’s most-despised enforcer – Sean Avery – left a mark on the NHL rulebook when he infamously faced away from the play and waved his hands and stick in the face of goaltender Martin Brodeur. A new rule, dubbed the “Sean Avery Rule”, was put into place as an amendment to the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  Today, that made all the difference.

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Vick ready for tough Bears D; Samuel, Herremans fined by league

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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Assante Samuel was fined 40k for this hit. Samuel thinks it's a travesty. (Getty)

The Eagles are back to work after a big win over the Giants and will travel to Chicago to face the 7-3 Bears this Sunday at Solider Field. This game has a lot of playoff implications for both teams as both are fighting to stay in contention in both their division races and the tight NFC Playoff picture.

The Eagles revealed some problems offensively last week, like establishing drives and punching the ball into the end zone. This week could be no different. They are going up against a Bears team that’s known to have a fierce stingy defense. And Andy Reid knows his team will have their hands full.

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Third period explosion buries Wild in Minnesota

By JAY BOEHMER
Senior Hockey Insider — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com
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Jody Shelley scores one of the Flyers six goals in Minnesota. (AP)

Everything came together for this 6-1 win in Minnesota. Sergei Bobrovsky stepped into goal after two games off and had a strong night, with some key saves keeping the Flyers alive. The offense took control when it had to, developing an early lead and putting it away in the third.

James van Riemsdyk kicked things off with a gritty goal following his first goal of the season on Monday. After a Coburn shot was blocked down by a Minnesota defender, the puck sat loose underneath him as goaltender Nicklas Backstrom raced JVR to find it. JVR got his stick on it first as he tapped the puck in for an early lead.

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