Sixers JV Team Smoked By Pistons, Face Chicago in First Round

Sixers JV Team Smoked By Pistons, Face Chicago in First Round

Well, this is about as good as we could have hoped. Actually, maybe it
would have been better if the Sixers had beaten the Pistons tonight
(with the Knicks throttling the awfulness-reeling Bobcats to clinch the
seventh seed anyway), but with the Pistons actually playing their A
squad and the Sixers sitting each of their top five scorers, it probably
wasn't going to happen. Spencer Hawes put up a good fight in the first
half, Evan Turner in the second, but even against a team as crappy as
the Pistons, they were out of their depth, and a historical second
quarter shooting the three for Ben Gordon (7-7 from deep—yes, all in one
quarter) ensured that for the second straight year, the Sixers dropped
their season-closer to Detroit.

And so it is that the 76ers sew up the 8th seed and ensure that they
play the Chicago Bulls, not the Miami Heat, in the first round of the
playoffs, which start for Philly on Saturday. In reality, they probably
don't stand a much better chance against the Bulls than the Heat,
but the Sixers did play the Bulls tough in all three regular-season
matchups this year (even winning one of them!), and with MVP Derrick
Rose's health very much in question...it's enough that we can at least
say "you never know," when in fact with the Heat, we very much would
always know. I'd put their chances of winning this series at around 1 in
15. (Maybe 1 in 20.)

More to come on the team's upcoming playoff chances and what to watch
for and such, but in the meantime, pour one out for Fred Carter, Bill
Bridges, Kevin Lougehry and the rest of the 9-72 '73 Sixers, who have
officially been unseated by the 7-59 Bobcats as the worst team of
all-time. And say what you will about the shortened schedule earning the
Bobcats' record an asterisk—unlike the Nets of two years ago, who lost
their first million games and looked like they might break the '73
Sixers' futility record despite actually having a couple good players on
their team, this team was truly deserving of inheriting Fred, Bill and
Kevin's throne. In the most important game of the team's season, Jamario
Moon and DeSagana Diop played a combined 40-plus minutes. Enough said.

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5 key matchups Eagles need to win to beat Redskins again

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5 key matchups Eagles need to win to beat Redskins again

The Eagles finally snapped the five-game losing streak to Washington in the season opener on Sept. 10. 

Now they have a chance to start a streak of their own. 

Both teams have found success after that 30-17 Eagles win in the opener. The Eagles are 5-1 with the best record in the NFC, while Washington is 3-2 and second in the NFC East. 

With a win on Monday night at the Linc, the Eagles would be 6-1 and would put another game between them and their closest division opponent. So it could be a big boost (see story)

But remember, these division games aren't normally easy and until this season's opener, Washington had their number. 

Here are five matchups to watch on Monday night: 

Zach Ertz vs. Washington's safeties 
Washington hasn't been able to stop Ertz yet, so this is still a huge matchup problem. In the opener, he caught eight passes for 93 yards. That game kicked off what has already been an incredible season for the tight end. 

In nine career games against the division foe, Ertz has 54 catches for 531 yards. Ertz likes playing against Washington and it's not just his crazy numbers (see story)

And it's not just Ertz. Washington has struggled against tight ends all season. They lead the league in yards surrendered to opposing tight ends with 407 on 29 catches, with two touchdowns. 

Brandon Scherff vs. Fletcher Cox
Washington coach Jay Gruden admitted his team was beaten physically in the first meeting between these two. That started with Cox, who had a huge strip sack on Kirk Cousins in the first quarter. Because Scherff is a Pro Bowl guard, there's a good chance Cox will actually see plenty of 1-on-1 against him on Monday. He'll need to beat Scherff again. 

Scherff has been really good since Washington used the fifth overall pick on him in 2015, but this is his biggest test. And he'll get it twice per season in the next few years. 

"I think the Redskins have a fine offensive line," Eagles DC Jim Schwartz said. "It's going to be one of our biggest challenges." 

Morgan Moses vs. Brandon Graham 
For what it's worth, Moses is ProFootballFocus' 17th ranked offensive guard. That's not great but he's not usually a liability and he's not a bad right tackle. But Graham absolutely spanked him the first time these two teams met. 

In that game, Graham had two sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. If he has this kind of impact again, it's going to be a long day for Moses. 

LeGarrette Blount vs. Redskins' run D
Blount had just 46 yards on 14 carries in the first meeting but since then, he's really come on and Doug Pederson has shown a devotion to finding balance in his offense. 

Washington has been pretty good against the run, giving up 88 yards per game (eighth in the league). But they'll be without first-round pick Jonathan Allen, one of their top defensive linemen. 

Eagles' WRs vs. Washington's banged up corners
If Blount isn't heavily involved in the game plan on Monday it might be because Pederson sees opportunity in the passing game. Washington's starting cornerbacks Josh Norman (rib fracture) has been ruled out and Bashaud Breeland (knee) is questionable. 

Even if Breeland plays, he won't be 100 percent and they'll definitely miss Norman. Even though the backups have played pretty well, Carson Wentz will probably test this banged up Washington secondary early and often. 

If Washington is without both of their starting corners — or even if Breeland plays — expect Pederson to attack their backups. It could be a big day for the Eagles' passing game.