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Eagles 2018 regular-season breakdown (Part 1)

Eagles 2018 regular-season breakdown (Part 1)

A game-by-game breakdown of the Eagles’ 2018 regular-season schedule.

For Weeks 9-17, click right here. Let’s break down Weeks 1-8 below.

Week 1: Falcons at Eagles
8:20 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field

The Falcons come to Philadelphia for a third straight season. The Eagles won 24-15 at the Linc in 2016 and 15-10 last year in the conference semifinal round of the playoffs. The Eagles are 6-1 all-time against the Falcons at the Linc, with the only loss coming in 2012. They’re 19-14-1 all-time vs. the Falcons and 11-6-1 at home. The Falcons’ last win over the Eagles came in 2015 at the Georgia Dome. Going back to 2000, the Eagles have won 10 of the last 14 games against Atlanta.
 
Week 2: Eagles at Buccaneers
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
Raymond James Stadium

The Eagles travel to Tampa for the first time in five years to face the Buccaneers. They’re 4-3 all-time in Tampa and 3-1 at Raymond James. The Bucs beat the Eagles 45-17 at the Linc in 2015 in their last meeting. The Eagles won in 2013 in the last game in Tampa. Overall, the Eagles are 10-8 against the Bucs.
 
Week 3: Colts at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field

From 1996 through 2006, the Eagles lost four straight to the Colts by an average of 25 points. But they’ve won the two matchups since, at the Linc in 2010 and at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2014. Including their years in Baltimore, the Eagles are 9-10 all-time vs. the Colts and 5-5 at home but just 1-0 at the Linc. Since the Colts moved to Indianapolis, the Eagles are 4-5 against them.
 
Week 4: Eagles at Titans
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Nissan Stadium

The Titans have won four of the last five games against the Eagles, although the Eagles won the last meeting, 43-24, at the Linc in 2014. The Eagles are 7-4 all-time against the Titans/Oilers franchise and 3-2 on the road, but the last road win was the House of Pain game at the Astrodome in 1991. The Eagles  are 0-2 against the Titans in Nashville.
 
Week 5: Eagles vs. Vikings
4:25 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles have won seven of their last nine games against the Vikings, including a 38-7 rout in last year’s NFC Championship Game at the Linc. They are 4-1 at the Linc vs. the Vikings, 10-6 in Philly and 14-13 all-time in a series dating back to 1962. Since 1980, the Eagles have won 14 of 20 matchups, including all four postseason meetings. The Eagles have won eight of their last nine home games against the Vikings, with the only loss coming in 2010.
 
Week 6: Eagles at Giants
8:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2018
MetLife Stadium

The Eagles are 9-2 in their last 11 meetings with the Giants in East Rutherford, and their last three wins on the road against the Giants have come with different coaches at the helm – Chip Kelly in 2014, Pat Shurmur in 2015 and Doug Pederson in 2017. The Eagles’ only losses at MetLife Stadium since it opened in 2010 came in 2012 and 2016.
 
Week 7: Panthers at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles and Panthers meet for the fifth time in seven years. The Eagles beat Carolina 28-23 in Charlotte, N.C., last October, and won the last meeting in Philadelphia 45-21 in 2014. The Eagles are 7-4 all-time vs. the Panthers, 4-2 at home and 3-2 at the Linc. The Eagles’ last home loss to Carolina came in 2012, late in Andy Reid’s final season as head coach.
 
Week 8: Eagles at Jaguars
9:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
Wembley Stadium, London

After losing their first three games against the Jaguars, the Eagles have won the last two, in Jacksonville in 2010 by 25 points and at the Linc in 2014 by 17 points. The Eagles are 1-2 against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, with the losses coming in 1997 and 2002. The Eagles have never played a regular-season game in London. The Jaguars have played every year since 2013 at Wembley, where they are 3-2.

Joel Embiid consults Cam Newton about playing in NFL

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Joel Embiid consults Cam Newton about playing in NFL

Joel Embiid is a fantastically large human who is skilled at many things: trash talk, Twitter, basketball, soccer ... so why not football?

Hey, you never know what JoJo's next move will be.

After reports of 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin having interest in purchasing the Carolina Panthers surfaced over the weekend, Embiid tweeted to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton about a potential sport change.

ESPN's report on Rubin's interest mentions his close ties to Embiid, "Rubin's youth and personality are among the reasons he has grown close to some pro athletes, including 76ers center Joel Embiid. If Rubin bought the Panthers, he would have to sell his stakes in the 76ers, Devils and Crystal Palace, per NFL rules."

Embiid tweeted as such, noting Rubin as "my guy."

Aye that's my guy so looks like I might have to switch sports @CameronNewton you need a wide receiver?

Cam Newton responded with some interesting use of texts and emojis, basically saying "come play."

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So there you have it. Expect Joel Embiid to head for the NFL next season. Just don't expect him to play on a Thursday night game following a Sunday game.

The Panthers even did a cute little mock up:

High school coach gives glimpse into Daryl Worley

High school coach gives glimpse into Daryl Worley

Jeff Humble was teaching his eighth grade Physics class at William Penn Charter School on Friday afternoon when he got an NFL Twitter alert on his cellphone.

Then all the text messages started rolling in.

“He’s coming back to Philly! How exciting is that?”

Well, it’s pretty exciting for Humble and for all of Penn Charter. The news on Friday was that the Eagles made a trade. They sent Torrey Smith to Carolina and in return got cornerback Daryl Worley, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia (see story). The same Daryl Worley who starred at Penn Charter as a two-way player under Humble while he coached the Quakers from 2008 to 2013. And the same Daryl Worley who turned his impressive high school career into a Division I scholarship at West Virginia before eventually being selected in the third round of the 2016 draft.

With the news still fresh, the former coach sent his former player a text message. As of 5 p.m., a few hours later, Humble still hadn’t heard back. But Worley has a pretty good excuse.

“I’m pretty sure he’s in the Bahamas,” Humble said in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia on Friday. (A simple search of Worley’s Instagram account confirms it.) “I’m sure he’s a little overwhelmed by the amount of text messages he’s receiving from everybody about his soon-to-be move.”

As Humble’s cellphone — and likely Worley’s — began to get flooded with text messages and phone calls, memories began to flood back for Humble.

Like this one: When Humble first saw Worley play CYO football, he realized he was special. But it wasn’t until Worley’s freshman season at Penn Charter when he got a closer look. Early in the season, the Quakers were facing The Hun School, which allows post-graduate players. While it had guys who could have been as old as 20, Worley was a 14-year-old freshman more than holding his own. Unfortunately, Worley hurt his ankle pretty severely, but he refused to leave the field. Eventually, he did and missed a few games.

“One of my fondest memories was just the passion he had,” Humble said. “He did not want to come out. He did not want to miss games.”

Eventually, Worley grew into a star at Penn Charter. He was a do-it-all receiver and a safety. Humble remembers when Worley was a senior and got some reps at quarterback in the preseason. But QBs take a beating running the option, so one day Humble was at home when he got a text from Worley declaring that his days at QB were over.

Then there was the time when Worley gave up a touchdown late in the first half at Interboro and was nearly inconsolably angry with himself. That’s when it clicked for Humble: Worley realized his role as the defensive leader.

Worley was a leader but he was never very vocal. Humble still classifies Worley as a pretty quiet guy. Last summer, Worley attended an athletic camp Humble hosted at PC to speak with campers. The talk lasted just a couple minutes.

Pretty soon, Humble should finally have a chance to speak with Worley and thinks he knows how Worley will react to the trade.

“He’s really a kid that has taken advantage of his opportunities and I think, I haven’t spoken to him about this,” Humble said, “but I think this trade and him being in Philadelphia, I think he’ll look at it as the course that it was supposed to be and, ‘I’m to take this opportunity and make the best of it.’”

Pretty soon, Worley will be back in Philly. And Humble will be eagerly waiting with phone in hand.