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Union top fan experience in Philly while Eagles come in last, study says

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Union top fan experience in Philly while Eagles come in last, study says

Every Philly team has something unique and special about attending one of their games. And all fans have their own opinions so ranking them objectively is sure to prove challenging with results that will be disagreed with by many.

But J.D. Power attempted to rank the "fan experience" of Philadelphia's major sports teams using a set of objective criteria (see full study here).

Here's how they described the process:

Fan satisfaction is evaluated across seven factors (in order of importance): seating area and game experience; security and ushers; leaving the game; arriving at the game; food and beverage; ticket purchase; and souvenirs and merchandise. Satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale. Additional factors that are measured but not included in the official ranking are loyalty and future intentions; team performance (on-field); and team image.

The Union scored highest of all the Philly teams while the Eagles came in last in our town.

If you ask me where the best time is had at a sporting event in Philly, I'm going with an Eagles game. But that's not really considering bang for your buck.

"This study is about finding out which teams are giving their fans the best experience for their dollar,” said Greg Truex, Senior Director, Sports Research at J.D. Power. 

And while the Sixers have been the worst team in the NBA for seasons now, they still make extra strides to provide a solid fan experience on the periphery. 

The Phillies came in second to the Union, followed by the Sixers with the Flyers and Birds rounding out the bottom.

Here are the key takeaways J.D. Power took for Philadelphia:

•  The Union rings the bell: The Union takes the top-scoring spot in the Philly market, aided by top performances in stadium arrival at the game, and seating area and game experience.

•  Another reason to boo: There was no road to victory for the E-A-G-L-E-S in this year’s study, whose score of 701 puts them in fifth. The next closest team in the Philadelphia market is the Flyers, which scores 51 points higher (752).

•  Trust the process: Despite years of tanking, the Sixers still score a respectable 759 points, proving it’s possible to provide fans with a good experience even in the face of on-court failures.

Cowboys fans left early so Eagles fans took over Jerry World

Cowboys fans left early so Eagles fans took over Jerry World

Is there anything better for a Philly sports fan than watching the Eagles put an absolute beating on the Dallas Cowboys? Getting to watch those slimy Cowboys fans squirm?

I think not.

And that's exactly what transpired on Sunday Night Football at AT&T Stadium when the Birds put on a second-half show and finished of the Cowboys by a final of 37-9.

Carson Wentz showed Dak Prescott how to play quarterback. What's up, Skip?

And Eagles fans were eating it up all night long.

Things got out of reach for the Cowboys so early in the second half in this one that the local fans threw in the towel early and headed for the exits. The Philadelphia fans in Texas used it as an opportunity to let Jerry World hear those wonderful E-A-G-L-E-S chants.

Eagles fans have a reputation for traveling well and that was most certainly the case on Sunday in Texas.

A win all around for Philly fans.

Check out some of the shots from the stadium:

Sunday night was a moment to savor for Philly fans. We're expecting many more just like it.

Grading Eagles' 37-9 win over Cowboys in Week 11

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Grading Eagles' 37-9 win over Cowboys in Week 11

Grading the Eagles' 37-9 win Sunday night over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium (see breakdown):

QUARTERBACK
Carson Wentz: 14/27, 168 YDS, 2 TD

This was by no means Wentz's best game, yet there was still a lot to like about his performance. The 24-year-old remains unflappable, standing in the pocket and taking some pops, yet still delivering an accurate football. He took off and ran three times for 16 yards, but never put himself in harm's way. No turnovers, again, which is often the most important statistic of all. Give Wentz three two-point conversions, too. It wasn't always pretty, but it got the job done.

Grade: A-

RUNNING BACKS
Corey Clement: 6 ATT, 50 YDS, 1 TD

In a backfield that features Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, Clement might be the best of the bunch (see Roob's observations). The undrafted rookie has a nose for the end zone, scoring on an 11-yard scamper and capping it off with the two-point conversion. Kenjon Barner followed up a 22-yard reception with a four-yard rushing TD as well. Speaking of Ajayi, his career-long 71-yard carry set up another TD, while Blount ripped off a 30-yarder that also led to points.

Grade: A+

WIDE RECEIVERS
Alshon Jeffery: 4 REC, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Just when I was ready to rip Torrey Smith for another dropped pass, he made perhaps the toughest grab during his Eagles tenure — an 11-yard touchdown in traffic. Smith finished with three receptions for 28 yards, but it was Jeffery who stole the show here. His 17-yard score was an impressive snag, holding on to a bullet while going to the ground with a pair of Cowboys defenders trying to rip it away. Give Jeffery two points for good measure.

Grade: B+

TIGHT ENDS
Brent Celek: 1 REC, 28 YDS

Hard to say if Zach Ertz's lack of involvement was because the Cowboys' defense focused on trying to take him away or if it was simply a quiet night. Whatever the case, the Eagles' leading receiver wound up with two receptions for eight yards. At least Celek's lone catch happened to the longest completion of the game, and Trey Burton was able to get in on the two-point parade.

Grade: B-

OFFENSIVE LINE
NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth said the Eagles' offensive line might be the most underrated unit in the NFL, and it's difficult to argue. The big fellas up front limited a good Cowboys pass rush to six quarterback hits and zero sacks, while also paving the way for 218 yards on the ground on 30 attempts (excluding kneel-downs). That's a 7.3 average. And remember, this is all without Jason Peters. That Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a player.

Grade: A+

DEFENSIVE LINE
Derek Barnett: 3 TKL, 2.0 SK, 3 QBH, 2 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF

The Cowboys' backup left tackles sure are doing wonders for NFL pass rushers. This time, it was Barnett benefitting from the injury to Tyron Smith (see Rookie Report). The Eagles' first-round draft pick enjoyed his most impactful game as a pro, while Tim Jernigan and Brandon Graham tacked on sacks as well. The front four generated a lot of pressure, which played a role in three interceptions, although they were curiously soft against the run. Dallas averaged 4.1 yards per attempt.

Grade: A

LINEBACKERS
Nigel Bradham: 6 TKL, 1 FR, 1 TD

Bradham scooped up the fumble caused by Barnett and raced 37 yards to put the game away. Otherwise, it was not a very impactful performance from the Eagles' linebackers, who played a role in the defense's struggled to stop the run. Mychal Kendricks registered four tackles and a quarterback hit, but it was a quiet game for the duo overall.

Grade: B-

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Ronald Darby: 8 TKL, 1 INT, 2 PD

Welcome back, Mr. Darby. In his first game since injuring his ankle in Week 1, Darby led the way in tackles and got in on the pick parade. Rodney McLeod had one, via a tipped pass from Malcolm Jenkins, who later snared an interception of his own. Give Patrick Robinson a pass breakup on a pivotal third down, and let's not forget Jalen Mills, who was physical and racked up seven tackles. This secondary is legit.

Grade: A+

SPECIAL TEAMS
Jake Elliott: Left game in 1st QTR (concussion)

Kamu Grugier-Hill took over for Elliott on kickoffs, and it raised an interesting strategic question. If a backup linebacker is able to boot the ball into the end zone, why risk your field-goal kicker on kickoffs at all? The Eagles survived despite the injury, in addition to the Cowboys' 61-yard kick return to open the game. At least the punting game was strong, as Donnie Jones averaged 45.1 yards on six tries.

Grade: B-

COACHING
Eagles' record: 9-1

Doug Pederson got a little pass-happy in the first half, to negative results. Wentz struggled to find a rhythm, and the offense stalled repeatedly. The Eagles went into the locker room trailing 9-7, but Pederson figured it out in the second half. He gave the ball to his deep stable of backs, and they carried him to victory. Great adjustment. Jim Schwartz's defense didn't have its best game against the run, but completely shut down Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' passing attack, so it didn't matter. The winning streak is now at eight.

Grade: A