December 8, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The scoreboard decides genius and makes its final judgment over years and decades, not days and weeks. It always looks a lot smarter to win than to lose. Time has already made a call on New England coach Bill Belichick, who has built a football edifice that, even if it fell right now, would still be ranked among the most enduring in NFL history. Chip Kelly? Well, the jury is sequestered and has asked for reams of additional evidence. Get back to us on that one. But if a football analyst from any era took a hard look at the Sunday game between the Patriots and the Eagles, it would be really difficult to determine which guy is the genius and which is considered several answers short of a good SAT score.
December 7, 2015 |
When the Eagles have the ball: The Eagles are expected to get Sam Bradford back at quarterback after he missed the last two games because of a concussion and a separated shoulder. The coaches liked how Bradford played before the injury, and the offense needs him to pick up where he left off to help invigorate a unit that has scored fewer than 20 points in each of the last three games. Bradford will have all of his receivers and tight ends available since Zach Ertz was cleared to return after missing the Lions game with a concussion.
December 5, 2015 |
The New England Patriots have lost only six home games in the last six seasons, so there aren't many quarterbacks in the NFL who know what it's like to leave Gillette Stadium with a victory. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is one of them. Sanchez lost four regular-season games with the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass., but he was the winning quarterback against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs on Jan. 16, 2011. Sanchez is expected to be the Eagles' No. 2 quarterback Sunday when the Patriots host the Eagles.
December 4, 2015 |
PATRIOTS (-9.5) over Eagles Really loved the Daily News back-page headline "DICTATORCHIP. " Whoever came up with it needs a raise, and I'll donate my winnings when New England crushes our hometown heroes, or, should we say, hometown zeros. The only reason we're not going totally crazy is that the line looks suspiciously low. In my top-secret power ratings, the Patriots are 12.5 points better than the Birds. Add the traditional three points for home field, and the line should be 15.5.
December 4, 2015 |
Sam Bradford has five games remaining to salvage the Eagles season - and maybe even his time in Philadelphia - and it's likely to begin on Sunday against the New England Patriots. After missing the last two games because of a concussion and a separated shoulder in his nonthrowing arm, Bradford sounded optimistic Wednesday that he will return to the starting lineup this weekend. "I hope so," Bradford said. "I think, barring any setbacks, I expect to. But at the end of the day, that's going to be up to the coaching and training staff, if they feel that I'm ready to go out there and play at a high level.
December 3, 2015 |
MALCOLM Jenkins' first-ever appearance in an NFL regular-season game was short and not so sweet. The 14th overall selection in the 2009 draft, he played only one snap in the New Orleans Saints' season opener against the Detroit Lions. It came early in the third quarter of what would end up being a 45-27 Saints rout. The guy on the other side of the line from him for that one play was none other than Calvin Johnson. "One-on-one, no help," Jenkins recalled. "Sixty-seven yards later, he stepped out on the 2-yard line.
November 16, 2015 |
Fittingly, since Central Bucks East had edged Quakertown by only a point eight days earlier, the rematch Saturday afternoon was likewise up for grabs until the end. This time, Quakertown, keyed by a defense that intercepted three passes in the final 7 minutes, escaped with a taut Round 2 victory. The 12th-seeded Panthers nipped the fifth-seeded and host Patriots, 7-6, in a District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff at cold and windy First Lt. Colby Umbrell Field. "It's huge, especially after what happened the first time," Quakertown senior quarterback Tom Garlick said.
November 15, 2015 |
Great Valley's Mark DeRobertis was all over the field Friday night. But only one play stood out to him in his team's 17-8 victory over fifth seeded Interboro. Surprisingly, it wasn't his 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that extended his No. 4 Patriots' lead in the District One AAA first-round matchup. It came in the ensuing series, when the visiting Buccaneers were attempting to make a comeback. A fumbled snap left the ball rolling on the turf, and DeRobertis, playing defense, jumped on it with about 3 minutes, 30 seconds left.
November 7, 2015 |
Two Defense Department payments to the Phillies totaling $48,085, cited in a report released by U.S. Sen. John McCain a day earlier, were for tickets and concessions purchased by a Navy supplier, a team official said Thursday. "The things in that report were two group purchases that a Navy supply company made to entertain their employees," said John Weber, vice president for ticket sales and operations. "It's just like any other Delaware Valley company that's looking to entertain their clients by taking them to a ball game.
November 6, 2015 |
Critical of so-called "paid patriotism," Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, issued a 146-page report Wednesday that they said showed the Department of Defense was wrong to pay U.S. sports teams for onfield and other displays of appreciation for service members. By the Senators' math, the Pentagon misspent $6.8 million since fiscal year 2012 on such programs. One example cited was taxpayers paying $10,000 for an on-field swearing-in ceremony with the New York Mets.