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Fans freaking out over NFL's new pass interference rule

Fans freaking out over NFL's new pass interference rule

In case you missed it, the NFL preseason kicked off last night with the Denver Broncos edging out the Atlanta Falcons, 14-10. While the game was insignificant, one aspect surely wasn’t. During the game, we saw the very first challenge of a pass interference call, and fans on social media were not impressed.

By a vote of 31 to 1 (the Cincinnati Bengals were the only ones opposed), the NFL owners passed a rule for the 2019 season allowing reviews on both offensive and defensive pass interference calls. Here’s a look at the very first challenge of what is sure to be one of the main talking points of the new NFL season.

If the replies to the tweet are any indication, fans are not thrilled with the new rule.

This rule was caused by the massive missed call in last year’s NFC Championship Game that saw the New Orleans Saints denied a chance to go to the Super Bowl on a missed pass interference call. 

This rule change has the opportunity to affect the outcome of a lot of games this season and beyond.

My take on this is that fans will love the rule when it helps their team and hate it when it hurts their team. While we may see a few more booth reviews, this rule shouldn’t significantly slow down the pace of play and it will ensure that correct calls are being made. We have the technology, let’s use it to make sure the correct calls are being made. 

This is the first of many times you’ll see this rule in the NFL and it’s going to be a huge deal. Let's hope it helps the Eagles more than it hurts them.

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Could it be? Looks like this Eagles jersey is finally being sold

Could it be? Looks like this Eagles jersey is finally being sold

The folks at Mitchell & Ness are about to take all of our money.

Here’s why.

What may look like just the sleeve of an Eagles jersey, judging by the comments, fans already know what the announcement probably will be.

Back in May, Mitchell & Ness sent this tweet out, asking fans if they’d be interested in buying a 1999 Doug Pederson Eagles jersey, there was a massive response. Looks like it’ll hit the shelves very soon. While you could purchase this jersey as a custom shirt in the past, there’s nothing like something authentic from the folks at Mitchell & Ness.

In his lone season with the Eagles, Pederson went 2-7 as a starter and had more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (7). However, thousands of fans will gladly rock this throwback given how popular Pederson the coach has now made Pederson the QB.

I love this throwback and it’s rare to be able to show your love to a coach in a way like this. We’re ready to start Doug’s fourth year as the head football coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and hopefully he can add to what has already been an incredible start.

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Madden 20 ratings: Eagles receive top team score despite Carson Wentz snub

Madden 20 ratings: Eagles receive top team score despite Carson Wentz snub

It’s that time of year again. 

Today, the good people of Madden released their full rankings for Madden 20, available on Aug. 2. Here are some notable items from how they see they see the Eagles looking this year.

The Best Team in the Game

That’s right, Madden believes in the Eagles. With an overall rating of 89, the Philadelphia Eagles are the highest rated team in the game. They edged out the Dallas Cowboys (88), New Orleans Saints (87), New England Patriots (87) and Green Bay Packers (87).

The lowest ranked teams in the game are the Miami Dolphins (74), followed by the New York Giants (77).

Carson Wentz Snubbed in Madden 20

Carson Wentz will begin the season as an 82 overall, dipping three points from where he was to start the year last season. The rating places Wentz tied for 13th at his position behind guys like Baker Mayfield (83) and Jared Goff (83) and tied with Deshaun Watson (82). After an incredible season last year, Patrick Mahomes (97) is the top-rated QB, followed by the ageless wonder, Tom Brady (96).

The Top Bird

It should come as no surprise that Fletcher Cox is the highest ranked Eagles player at an overall ranking of 96. His ranking makes him the 15th highest ranked player in the NFL and the top defensive tackle (Madden considers Aaron Donald an end). His combination of speed, acceleration and strength make him an unstoppable force in both the video game and in real life.

These Birds Can Fly

One of the more important aspects in Madden often times is speed and the Eagles have 13 players with a rating of 90 or higher in that category. Five players, Ronald Darby, Shelton Gibson, Josh Hawkins, DeSean Jackson and Avonte Maddox, are tied for the highest speed rating on the team at 93.

According to Madden, the fastest player in the NFL is Tyreek hill, with 99 speed and 99 acceleration, the only player with a 99 in either category.

Top of their Class

There’s a number of Eagles players that are ranked very highly at their position. 

Fletcher Cox: 96, 1st among DT

Jason Kelce: 94, tied for 1st among C

Zach Ertz: 93, 2nd among TE

Malcolm Jenkins: 92, 2nd among SS

Brandon Brooks: 90, 4th among RG

Brandon Graham: 89, 3rd among RE

Lane Johnson: 89, 2nd among RT

Lowest Rated Eagle

Sorry Rick Lovato, for the second straight year you’re the lowest rated Eagles player. Actually, Lovato’s ranking lowered from a 43 in 2019 to a 41 in 2020. Lovato, the long snapper, certainly didn’t do anything wrong from a snapping standpoint last season, but he’s listed as a TE in the game and they probably want to make him as unusable at that position as possible. 

Other notable Eagles that received poor ratings are Clayton Thorson (56), Nate Sudfeld (57) and Jordan Mailata (58). 

Click here to see the Madden ranking for the entire Eagles roster.

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