PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 3
There’s plenty of storylines year-round in the city of Philadelphia. From deadlines and injuries to big games, we’re here to get you caught up on all the action happening this week in the sports landscape!
Upcoming Games: 12/25 vs. OAK Raiders
The Eagles escaped the Meadowlands with a 34-29 victory that improves their record to 12-2 on the season. Nick Foles did not look rusty at all and led the team back from an early 20-7 deficit, throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. The defense, however, put up one of their worst efforts of the season and struggled with one of the most horrific offenses in the league. The Oakland Raiders come to town having lost a heartbreaker at home on Sunday Night Football with essentially no chance of playoff contention a year after they were thought of a Super Bowl contender.
Upcoming Games: 12/19 vs. SAC Kings, 12/21 vs. TOR Raptors, 12/23 @TOR Raptors, 12/25 @NYK Knicks
The Sixers split two thrilling games last week on national television. After knocking off the Timberwolves in overtime on Dec. 12th, they followed up with a great effort against the Thunder but fell short in a 119-117 triple overtime loss. Now one game under .500 on the season and out of the playoff picture, the team looks to rebound and gain some wins against borderline playoff teams this week. The Sixers currently lead the NBA in turnovers per game (17.4) due to their youth and inexperience and will certainly have to limit them for the rest of the season. If they can do so, some of the close losses on a weekly basis will turn into double-digit victories.
Upcoming Games: 12/20 vs DET Red Wings, 12/22 @ BUF Sabres, 12,23 @CBJ Blue Jackets
The Flyers continued their hot streak as of late, winning 6 games in a row before dropping their first game since December 2nd in a 4-1 tilt with LA Monday night. Big wins came against Toronto, Buffalo, and Dallas. Brian Elliott made the NHL’s 2nd star of the week and is featured in back to back stars of the week announced by the league. He is the first Flyer to do so since Ilya Bryzgalov, which says a lot. For the week, Elliott had a 1.31 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Shayne Gostisbehere scored 2 goals in their overtime victory over the Stars on Sunday, including the game-winner. Let’s see if the Flyers can keep their positive vibes going as they currently sit only 4 points out of a wildcard spot, which is pretty remarkable considering their recent 10-game losing skid.
Could the Phillies be looking at trading for a big present this holiday season? Still in the market for a front-end starter and heavily interested in Manny Machado, the Phillies could be dancing around the Christmas tree if they land a top-flight player. After the Winter Meetings, it is clear the Phil’s are taking another step in their rebuild as they’ve added a big name veteran batter in Carlos Santana and traded away longtime Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis. For more on the Galvis trade and what it means, click here. Highlights of everything that happened during the Winter Meetings will be available shortly.
Upcoming Games: 12/22 @ Hofstra
Nova entered last week as the #1 team in the nation and had a dominant showing against another Big Five rival in Temple. The Wildcats only has one game this week at Hofstra where Jay Wright originally coached before he started his tenure at Nova. I expect Nova to come out on top again this week as this game marks the last non-conference game before Big East Conference play starts. Villanova will eventually have one more non-conference game to play when they go against former Big East rival UConn on the road in January. The most important thing for Jay and company is for the team to continue to play at a high level in addition to the freshman continuing to gain experience before conference play begins. The conference is expected to be even better this year, so getting those freshmen more comfortable and prepared for the toughness of the conference schedule is extremely important.
Upcoming Games: 12/22 @ Georgia
Temple basketball has had a fairly successful year thus far albeit losing a Big-Five matchup to the number one ranked team in the country (Villanova) last week. The Owls bounced back with a thrilling 3-point victory over Drexel improving to 7-3 on the season and now look to continue to their winning ways against a 7-2 Georgia team on Friday. Still searching for their first road win of the season, Temple will need a strong performance and get back to scoring in transition.
Penn State finished the season 9th in the CFB rankings and will square up against 11th ranked Washington on December 30th in the Fiesta Bowl at 4 pm before the College Football Playoffs start on New Year’s Day.
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