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  • Three reasons why the Patriots will win in Philadelphia, according to an Eagles writer
    by Bernd Buchmasser on November 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images Related: Asking Bleeding Green Nation: Patriots defense needs to stop Zach Ertz, running game Later today, the New England Patriots will get their chance at partial revenge for their defeat in Super Bowl 52: the team, which recaptured the Vince Lombardi Trophy the very next season, will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. While the 8-1 Patriots are sitting atop the AFC and are in prime position to earn a first-round playoff bye and maybe even the number one seed in the conference, their opponent is currently on the outside looking in at 5-4. Nevertheless, the Eagles are expected to be formidable challenge on the road for the Patriots — but one that is certainly beatable as Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton pointed out while talking with Pats Pulpit earlier this week. The Eagles reporter offered the following three main reasons why the team he is covering could lose in the highly anticipated matchup between two of the league’s premier franchises: There isn’t much hope for Philadelphia’s passing attack. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s unit is poised to get shredded. The Eagles might not be a very good team after all. Brandon also revealed his rationale behind pointing out the three reasons why New England could win on Sunday: 1.) There isn’t much hope for the Eagles’ passing attack The Eagles arguably have the worst group of wide receivers in the NFL. They can’t create separation. They don’t make contested catches and they drop the easy ones. It’s real frustrating to watch in the year 2019 when passing is king. The bad news for the Eagles is that their passing attack might be even worse against the Patriots with Alshon Jeffery missing this weekend’s game. The Eagles will be facing the Patriots with four wide receivers who’ve combined for 15 receptions, 127 yards, zero touchdowns, and one fumble over the last six games. I don’t think the quarter of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside exactly have New England’s No. 1 ranked DVOA defense shaking in their boots. With the Eagles’ receivers struggling so much, the Eagles should be looking to Zach Ertz in order to move the ball through the air. But the Pats should be able to take him away by focusing extra attention on him. I’d recommend New England having Stephon Gilmore simply shadow Ertz in coverage and dare someone else to step up. The Eagles’ best bet for offensive success is getting their run game going. If the Pats can stop the run, there’s probably no hope for Philly to win this game because it’s not like the passing attack is going to step up. 2.) Jim Schwartz’s defense is poised to get shredded As the great Rich Hill once pointed out, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz doesn’t have a great track record going up against his former mentor. In six meaningful matchups against Bill Belichick since 2003, Schwartz’s defenses have allowed the Patriots to score an average of 35 points per game. That’s including the Pats’ 33 point and 613 yard effort in Super Bowl LII, a game in which the Eagles’ defense didn’t force a single punt. The Eagles’ defense has looked better in recent weeks. The secondary has stabilized to some extent with Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Avonte Maddox all returning to the starting lineup. Philly’s pass rush has also stepped up after a slow start; the Eagles have the second most sacks since Week 5. But Tom Brady is much better than the last two quarterbacks the Eagles have had to face. He could easily have success against an Eagles secondary that’s experienced too many miscommunications this season. 3.) The Eagles might just not be very good The Eagles are 5-4.Their wins have come over the following quarterbacks: Case Keenum, Aaron Rodgers, Luke Falk, Josh Allen, and Mitchell Trubisky . With the obvious exception of Rodgers, that’s a pretty bad group. Their losses have come to the following quarterbacks: Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, and Dak Prescott. Those are passers who can actually be counted on to do some damage. The Eagles have won two in a row, yes, but they were outscored 75 to 30 in their two games prior to that. It’s not crazy to think the Eagles could suffer another decisive defeat to a high quality opponent like the Patriots. Especially when the Patriots are angry coming off a Week 9 loss to the Ravens and having a bye week to prepare. Not to mention the whole revenge angle for the 2018 Super Bowl loss.

  • Patriots place Obi Melifonwu on practice squad injured reserve
    by Bernd Buchmasser on November 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Related: Patriots rule out Damien Harris, Patrick Chung for Sunday’s matchup in Philadelphia The New England Patriots’ practice squad keeps getting thinner. After carrying just eight of a possible 10 players all week long, the team freed up another spot on Saturday by placing safety Obi Melifonwu on the injured reserve list. The 25-year-old, who was not spotted at practice this week presumably because of the undisclosed injury that forced the move to IR, now becomes the 11th player whose season will come to an end on the reserve list. The Patriots, of course, have no return designations left after already using one on first-round rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry and the second on starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn. The former might make his NFL debut later today against the Philadelphia Eagles, the latter is eligible to return to action for next week’s game versus the Dallas Cowboys. Consequently, no players left on injured reserve can be re-activated this season. Melifonwu originally joined the Patriots in early November last year after the Oakland Raiders decided to part ways with their former second-round draft pick. He went on to appear in three games for the club en route to its victory in Super Bowl 53, but was unable to build on his limited experience over the 2019 offseason and training camp. As a result, the team released him on roster cutdown day and signed him to its practice squad. Now, Melifonwu is moved off the developmental team again to leave the following group of players left standing: FS Nate Brooks OC Tyler Gauthier LB Terez Hall LB Calvin Munson WR Devin Ross DT Nick Thurman OG Najee Toran As said above, the Patriots have three open spots on their practice squad at the moment. For head coach Bill Belichick, however, there does not appear to be a rush to fill the available positions: “We’ll look at it week to week, but we’re not married to anything, other than we can’t go over 10 — we know that,” he said during a press conference earlier this week.” If it’s the right fit and something that helps us and we feel it’s worthwhile, then we’ll do it, and if not, then we’ll see what comes along.”

  • Patriots vs Eagles: How to watch, game time, TV, radio, streaming, odds, tickets
    by Bernd Buchmasser on November 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

    All the information you need to watch the Patriots’ 10th game of the year. Want to buy tickets for the Patriots’ game against the Eagles? Easy, just head over to Stubhub. Coming out of their bye week, the New England Patriots kick off a tough four-game stretch against some of the NFL’s best teams on Sunday: the reigning world champions, who are sitting atop the AFC with an 8-1 record, will head on the road to Philadelphia to take on an Eagles team very much fighting for a spot in a crowded NFC playoff field. The playoff implications on both sides plus the fact the game is a rematch of Super Bowl 52 will make for some intriguing football. With all that in mind, let’s find out how to actually follow the contest: Game Information: Patriots (8-0) at Eagles (5-4) Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019 Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA SB Nation affiliate: Bleeding Green Nation The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website. Television Network: CBS Broadcast team: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (color commentary), Tracy Wolfson (sideline) The game will be carried locally by WBZ-TV Channel 4 506sports.com Local Radio Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary) 98.5 FM is available through the following stations: Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com. National Radio Station: ESPN Radio Broadcast team: Adam Amin (play-by-play), Jack Del Rio (color commentary), Sal Paolantonio (sideline) Online streaming Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up) International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass. Odds Line: Patriots -3.5 Over/Under: 45 For more betting information, please visit DraftKings Nation. FanPulse Entering Week 11, the Patriots’ fan base remains among the most confident in the NFL despite the team no longer being perfect: 89% of participants in SB Nation’s FanPulse survey have a positive attitude about the direction in which the team was headed. The confidence score actually went up five points over the bye week, which means that New England’s fans rank as the fourth most confident in the league. Philadelphia’s followers, meanwhile, are not quite as confident: only 45% of participants think that the team is headed in the right direction even though it currently has a winning record and is tied for first place in the NFC East, only losing out to the Dallas Cowboys on a tiebreaker. All in all, though, 45% is not that bad a number considering that the confidence of Eagles fans has been all over the place this season — from 99% in Week 1 to 7% in Week 8. New England’s fan base, meanwhile, is trailing only three other teams when it comes to optimism. The Baltimore Ravens, who defeated the Patriots two weeks ago, enjoy universal approval for their course and top the ranking at 100%. In second place are the San Francisco 49ers, who also recently dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten teams and are now at 97%, followed by the Oakland Raiders and their 90% confidence score. If you too are interested in participating in our FanPulse survey, please click here! Pats Pulpit coverage Social media: Pats Pulpit will deliver updates and analysis. Besides regularly checking the website, please make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Podcasts: The Pats Pulpit podcasts will have extensive breakdowns after the game. Subscribe here to stay up to date: Apple Podcasts: bit.ly/ApplePatsPulpit Google Podcasts: bit.ly/GooglePatsPulpit RSS: bit.ly/RSSFeedPatsPulpit Spotify: bit.ly/SpotifyPatsPulpit Stitcher: bit.ly/StitcherPatsPulpit

  • Patriots rule out Damien Harris, Patrick Chung for Sunday’s matchup in Philadelphia
    by Oliver Thomas on November 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images Five Patriots remain questionable for Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. The New England Patriots will go without rookie running back Damien Harris and starting safety Patrick Chung. Both have been downgraded to out ahead of Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Harris appeared on New England’s injury report Friday with a hamstring issue that officially left him questionable. On a depth chart featuring Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden, the third-round draft pick out of Alabama has handled four carries for 12 yards over two games this season. Chung, who is dealing with heel and chest injuries, missed two consecutive practices before returning as a limited participant on Wednesday. Sunday will mark the 11-year veteran’s third inactive since the start of October. And it will come opposite a set of Eagles tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert that have combined for 748 receiving yards and five touchdowns thus far. Five Patriots remain questionable for New England’s visit to Philadelphia. That list includes wideout and punt returner Gunner Olszewski, tight end Matt LaCosse, defensive tackle Danny Shelton, defensive end John Simon and core special-teamer Nate Ebner. All of whom were limited to close the week.

  • Pats Pulpit: Radio Rewind - Episode #10
    by Mark Schofield on November 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports In the latest installment of Pats Pulpit: Radio Rewind Mark Schofield has everything you need to get your football weekend off right. Mark discusses the Myles Garrett situation, outlines the final injury report for the Patriots and the Eagles with what it might mean for Sunday, and walks you through the Saturday slate of games. Then Mark takes you through some of the best we had to offer this week at the Pats Pulpit Podcast Network. From Levan Reid on the Patriots to Michael Kist with some historical references, there was something for everyone. You can listen to the episode here.

 

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