Morning Skate: Wednesday, January 4


Morning Skate: Wednesday, January 4

Elliotte Friedman has some interesting thoughts on where the next three NHL franchises will land, and how the league could maximize the bang for their buck by relocating from Phoenix to Seattle in the near future. Then the CBC rink side reporter also has his 30 thoughts for the bonus round.

Marc Spector hits it on the head when he talks about the NHL extinction of players like Raffi Torres, and how they must adapt away from the head shots or find some other place to play hockey.

The Toronto Sun has Joffrey Lupul on a mission this season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the appreciative beneficiaries.

Steve Lepore gives five reasons why the Winter Classic will bounce back next season from ratings that were slightly down from last season, but much of that had to do with last years game slotted in prime time.

Thank goodness Kevin Bieksa has forgiven Don Cherry for butchering his name during the Coachs Corner segment. Im not sure I could have sleep soundly tonight if he hadnt.

For something completely different: Boston Magazine has an interesting story from a former Red Sox PR flack shedding some light on the inner workings of the Sox front office during their golden age from 2001-2007.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.