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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 6

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!

Eagles

Upcoming Game: 1/21 vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Eagles embraced the underdog mentality and downed the Falcons 15-10 in the divisional round of the playoffs this past Saturday. Overcoming a few miscues on offense and special teams, Nick Foles settled smoothly into the offense in the second half.The Eagles did not give up a point in the second half and Jake Elliott continued to be a clutch kicker. Both NFC divisional games came down to the last moment, but it is the number two seeded Vikings who come to town for the NFC Championship game at 6:40 pm on Sunday night.

Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Malcolm Jenkins, and Fletcher Cox, were all named to the NFC Pro-Bowl team. Eagles coaches are also expected to pursue head coaching vacancies around the league shortly. 

Sixers

(20-20) Upcoming Games: 1/18 @ BOS Celtics. 1/20 vs. MIL Bucks

Last week the Sixers did some team building across the pond before blowing a 22-point lead to the Boston Celtics at the O2 arena in England on their way to their 20th loss of the season. The team would snap back quickly though and completed a nice win against the Toronto Raptors in a Monday afternoon matinee on MLK Day. Currently 6-4 in their last 10 games, and sitting one game out of the final playoff spot, Philadelphia has a great opportunity in front of them to jump into the playoff standings with wins against Boston and Milwaukee this week. Rumors have swirled that Markelle Fultz may be close but the team is still working on his shooting form.

Flyers

(20-15-8) Upcoming Games: 1/16 @ NY Rangers, 1/18 vs. TOR Maple Leafs, 1/20 vs. NJ Devils, 1/21 @ WSH Capitals

After their so-called “bye” week, the Flyers kept things going with a rare 5-3 win over the Devils in Newark this past Saturday night. Sean Couturier picked up two more goals and Claude Giroux picked up two more assists as they keep on rolling. Shayne Gostisbehere did not play on Saturday due to an illness.

The schedule picks up this week with four tilts in six days with three coming from Metropolitan Division opponents. Expect the team to give G Brian Elliott a bit of rest to keep him fresh. This could be considered the Flyers’ most important week of the season as they sit on the outside looking in in the current playoff picture. With a good week, they could be in the top-eight in the conference. 

Phillies

This past week the Phillies came to contract agreements with their arbitration-eligible players signing 2B Cesar Hernandez, 3B Maikel Franco, P Luis Garcia, and C Cameron Rupp. With these signings, the Phillies have avoided going to arbitration hearings for all of these players before the season begins. A breakdown of these signings and their implications going forward can be read later this week.

 

 

Villanova

(16-1) Upcoming Games: 1/17 at Georgetown, 1/20 at UConn

Nova enters another week as the number one-ranked team in the country after a blowout win against tenth-ranked Xavier and a win against St. John’s this past week. Nova plays at Georgetown on Wednesday and should get a victory against their rival. They will close out the week playing their final non-conference game against former Big East rival UConn. UConn is a good team, but I expect Nova to get the win in that contest as well. As long as Nova keeps winning, they will stay #1 in the nation as we head closer to the Big East Tournament and March Madness.

 

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