BIG ‘W,’ BIGGER ‘L’ (Chet’s Take, 12-10-17)

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It was one of the most exciting games of the 2017 NFL season, and when the final gun sounded, it was the Philadelphia Eagles coming away with a wild 43-35 victory over the host Los Angeles Rams — a win that improved the Birds’ record to 11-2 and allowed them to clinch the NFC East.  A big win to be …

Concerns As Win Streak Ends (Chet’s Take, 12-4-17)

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OK. The nine-game win streak is over, and there were a bunch of  things to spark concern in the Eagles 24-10 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night in Seattle. In a nutshell, quarterback  Carson Wentz made a few bad throws and had a killer fumble at the Seattle 1-yard line, the offensive line didn’t have its finest game, and the …

Giving Thanks (Chet’s Take, 11-22-17)

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As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving Eve, so it’s a good time to send out a few thank yous! First of all, thank you, Rhys Hoskins … for turning a largely forgettable Phillies season into a reason to watch in August and September. Thank you, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid … for giving us signs that our four-year trust in …

WOW-WORTHY ‘W’ (CHET’S TAKE, 11-5-17)

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Any victory earned by a contender during an NFL season is important, but not all of them are overly impressive. Sunday’s 51-23 rout of the Denver Broncos by the Philadelphia Eagles was beyond impressive; it was a beat-down of the team that entered Week 9 as the league’s No. 1 defense and No. 2 rushing defense. In a word, wow! …

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE (CHET’S TAKE, 10-24-17)

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Different sports, sure, but Monday night’s Eagles-Redskins game at a raucous, sold-out Lincoln Financial Field and the 76ers-Pistons game at a half-empty Little Caesars Arena may have marked real turning points for the two storied Philadelphia franchises. How so? Well… Not only did the Birds’ 34-24 victory over the divisional-rival Redskins help Doug Pederson’s squad open up a 2 ½ …

SHOULD WE CURB OUR ENTHUSIASM? (CHET’S TAKE, 10-16-17)

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Well, this was certainly unexpected. Six weeks into the season, there’s exactly  one NFC team with a record of 5-1, and it’s the Philadelphia Eagles. Remember last summer when fans looked at the first part of the Birds’ 2017 schedule and saw that four of the first six games were on the road, figuring that a 3-3 start might give …

RUNNING TO VICTORY (Chet’s Take, 10-2-17)

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In case there was any doubt, what the Eagles have done the last two weekends should make it crystal clear: Establishing a running game greatly improves this team’s chances of victory. After the Birds’ 27-20 Week 2 loss to Kansas City, a game in which Doug Pederson called 56 pass plays and just 13 runs (excluding four scrambles by quarterback …

The 2017 Eagles Will Finish… (Chet’s Take, 9-7-17)

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Predicting how a football season will go is never an easy thing to do. You never really know in advance how much a second-year quarterback might improve from his rookie season, how newly acquired free-agent wide receivers will adjust to their new home, how much of a contribution a first-round draft pick will make, or how good or bad all …

Who’s Next? (Chet’s Take, 6-12-17)

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It’s a question that’s been asked dozens (hundreds?) of times in various forms since the Phillies’ “golden age” ended with their surprisingly early postseason exit in October 2011: Which of the four major Philadelphia pro sports teams will be next to compete for a championship? For purposes of our discussion, we’ll define”compete for a championship” as: make it to the …

A PAIR OF NINES (CHET’S TAKE, 3-20-17)

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A pair of “nines.” Two tall athletes who wear uniform #9, two guys who have taken very different paths to get to where they are here in 2017: Philadelphia. Dario Saric is a 22-year-old, 6-foot-10 Croatian — a basketball player drafted No. 12 overall in June 2014 by the NBA’s Orlando Magic, with his rights traded to the Philadelphia 76ers …