The Flyers rookies took on the Washington Capitals rookies today at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. In a dominant performance the Flyers took the win 3-0 in a game that saw goals from Petr Straka, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Kevin Goumas.
10-0. That was Andrew Luck's career record after a loss heading into Monday night. In his short two plus year career, Luck has not lost consecutive games....until the Eagles came to town.
Early on, it looked as if that record would go to 11-0, as Foles and the Philadelphia offense struggled to get anything going. The line was having a hard time keeping off the rush, as they looked a little lost without veteran Evan Mathis. The offense was only able to muster up 6 points on two field goals in the first half.
Major League Baseball has suspended Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon for seven games and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions in Sunday's game.
Papelbon grabbed his crotch at the fans when exiting the field as the boos rained down. He was swiftly ejected and then proceeded to get into it with the umpire.
The Eagles' romp through the AFC South division continues Monday night, as the birds take on the 2013 AFC South division champion Indianapolis Colts. While they are a very talented football team, the Colts are a strange contender in that they have some very obvious flaws in their roster. Their problems aren't as big as the Jaguars' problems, but they are still very much a vulnerable if played against correctly.
David Buchanan was able to string together another solid outing on Sunday, as the rookie starter tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one run.
Unfortunately for Buchanan and the Phillies, the solid outing would come on one of the few days this season where closer Jonathan Papelbon has been roughed up. Papelbon entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but quickly saw that lead disappear, as he allowed four runs to blow the save and take the loss as the Phillies fell 5-4 to the Marlins.
Not everything went the Eagles' way during Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Obviously the first half wasn't great, but the Eagles more than made up for it in the second half to secure a 34-17 victory. But the real bad news came in the form of season ending injuries to a couple of key players.
Buffalo: CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson continue to run neck and neck. Spiller had the added benefit of a receiving TD this week, but their numbers were still very close. Sammy Watkins still has room to improve, only catching 3 balls for 31 yards.
Miami: Bill Lazor, the Dolphins offensive coordinator, said today that the team will continue to rotate Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller. Moreno had a good game against New England this week and is creeping in to RB2 discussion.
New England: For having a limited workload, Rob Gronkowski looked fine in week 1, even scoring a TD. Ride Gronk as much as you can and hopefully he stays injury free. Given the fact that pretty much all but 3 TE's suck this year, having Gronk is an asset. Brady didn't look very good, often just throwing the ball up for grabs. Tread lightly with him this year.
NY Jets: Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory split the workload right down the middle, adding another timeshare to an NFL that is already being overrun with them. Eric Decker is the only receiver on this team with any fantasy relevance.
New segment we're doing here. Don't think I'll be able to post rankings this year due to the massive amount of time that takes and how hard it is to format on the web-hosting service we use. If you want good rankings though, trust me, skip ESPN and head over to Fantasy Pros. They've got what you need. As you'll see below, we're going to be bouncing around every division in the NFL and highlighting important fantasy notes from the week that was to help you going forward. In a sense, this is probably better than rankings. Without further adieu.
Dallas: For as bad as their defense was supposed to be it was their offense that turned them into a laughingstock on Sunday. Specifically Romo. After being babied along in the preseason post-back surgery he came out and threw 3 interceptions and looked out of sync with his receivers. I wouldn't panic just yet, but if you have Romo as your only QB I might start looking to see if Jake Locker is available.
NY Giants: Last night proved that Larry Donnell is the Giant's starting TE. I see a lot of dump routs for him going forward. Worth a waiver wire pickup if you're like me and traditionally only draft 1 TE.
Philadelphia: Not too much to gleam from this game. An average showing from most fantasy players against a team that they were expected to beat handily. I will say that Ertz's stock is rising fast as Celek's slowly slides.
Washington: Man, RGIII looked bad. I don't think I saw him complete one pass longer than 5 yards. Also Jordan Reed is expected to be out a few weeks due to a hamstring injury. MRI today. Logan Paulson and Niles Paul are your backups.
Jimmy Rollins ripped a triple to right field in the fourth inning and came home two batters later on a Ryan Howard single to break a scoreless tie between the Phillies and Pirates.
Unfortunately for Rollins and the Phillies, he strained his left hamstring while legging out the triple and was lifted from the game. Rollins will have an ultrasound Tuesday, but the veteran shortstop said he expects to miss at least 10 days.
The first half for Nick Foles and the birds was quite scary to those who follow the team closely. After being declared favorites in the NFC East and possibly Super Bowl contenders all preseason, the Eagles came out and played like anything but so, falling behind 17-0 at the half. The offense was offensive and the defense made the Jaguars look like the Broncos, as the Eagles turned the ball over three times and let up scores in three of the first five Jacksonville drives.