Around the NFC East: Barkley and Beckham can't overcome Eli

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Around the NFC East: Barkley and Beckham can't overcome Eli

Each week, we'll take a look at how the Eagles’ division rivals fared the previous weekend (SPOILER ALERT: the Eagles are the best) and what they have upcoming. In Week One of the NFL season, Washington’s offense was powered by a couple of 2012 Pro Bowlers, Dak Prescott looked like the same guy we knew (and loved) in 2017, and the Giants have a talented running back for the first time since Tiki Barber retired...which still wasn’t enough to keep Eli from throwing the game away.

Here’s what happened, and what’s happening, this week in the NFC East:

New York Giants (0-1)

ICYMI: At home in the swamps of Jersey, the Giants were defeated by the immortal Blake Bortles (WOW! 18 completions for 176 yards… a new Bortles record!) despite huge fantasy numbers from rookie Saquon Barkley (5.9 yards per run) and Odell Beckham Jr. (11 catches for 111 yards). The play of the game may have been the jaw-dropping interception Janoris Jenkins had in the first half. It wasn’t as jaw-dropping as, say, finding a dead body in your home, but it was impressive nonetheless. 

The Giants had a chance to win it, down five with under two minutes to go, but that vaunted Shurmur Offense couldn’t get another score and New York ended up turning it over on downs. Technically they had another shot when the Jags went three-and-out, but punt returner Kaelin Clay fumbled the catch and the Jersey crowd went home crying. Him and Tre Sullivan can exchange notes.

Eli Manning, who beat the odds and returned as the Giants starting quarterback this year, went a yawn-inducing 23-of-37 with zero TDs and a back-breaking pick-six. For him, that’s essentially on par.

Positive Spin: Saquon Barkley, very good. Odell Beckham Jr., very good. Pat Shurmur’s haircut, well… maybe not the sort of thing that gets you on the cover of GQ, but compared to the Ben McAdoo that Giants fans were subjected to last season, this is a definite improvement.

And hey, the Jaguars were in the AFC Championship Game last year! The Pride of London is a legitimate franchise this season. This may be one of those “good losses” we pined for back when the Eagles didn’t win Super Bowls.

The Giants have some really exciting offensive playmakers. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s exactly what Cowboys fans were saying just 24-months ago.

Negative Spin: They lost to Blake Bortles. His last name sounds like the noise your shower drain makes when it’s clogged with too much hair. The awfulness of Bortles may be a bit exaggerated at this point, but losing to him still involves a snicker… especially when the Jags best offensive weapon, Leonard Fournette, limped off after only a handful of touches. 

The problem for the Giants is that Bortles was the best quarterback on the field Sunday. This may come as a shock to some, but Eli Manning still isn’t very good. He hasn’t been for a very long time. His pick-six was the difference in this game, and for the record it was a stupid, stupid throw.

On top of it all, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold looked pretty solid against the Lions Monday night. Sure, that sentence comes with a handful of qualifiers (it’s only one game, the Jets will ruin him, Matt Patricia suffers from Philly Special PTSD, etc). The fact remains that after Week One of the 2018 season, there’s a very visible path to a future where we can all say “The Giants are wasting the best offensive skill players they’ve ever had because they ran-it-back with Eli Manning rather than invest in the young stud quarterback now employed by the Jets.” And that’s a future I want to live in.

Oh, and Ereck Flowers is still getting play. Has there not been enough evidence to shut this down already?

What’s Next: Lucky for the Giants, they now get to face off against an even worse quarterback (arguably). Week 2 features a trip down to Big D against the hated Dallas Cowboys, guaranteeing that one of the Iggles rivals will still be winless come Carson Wentz’ return in Week 3.

More fun this week in the NFC East:

A mascot's guide to quarantine

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A mascot's guide to quarantine

Yes, we’re missing our nightly puck drops, tip-offs and first pitches. But, don’t forget our beloved mascots of Brotherly Love also affected by the pause in the sports world.

As we do our best to pass the time, let’s look back at Gritty, Franklin and the Phillie Phanatic’s Instagram feeds for isolation inspiration.

*Swoop, we love you — we just have ways away before kickoff. Plus, you also don’t have an Instagram.

Have a photoshoot

Franklin ‘Fit Check

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Spotted: 2 Legends 👀

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Put that self-timer on your phone to good use.

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100% that Grit. #Grizzo

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Just be mindful of what you decide to post.


Have a dance party

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*whispers* Wham!

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Dance like nobody’s watching. 

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A little Kid, a little Play 😋

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As much as we love a properly executed Kid ‘n Play, maybe pass on the dance duets. Or maybe take a page out of Matisse Thybulle’s book, Franklin.


Chat with your Pet

They don’t require toilet paper and are pretty good listeners.


Read a Book (Or Two)

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I just like to read the pictures

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Follow along with Tobias Harris, if you’re feeling up for it.


Design a tattoo

Perhaps modeled after some of our furry mascot friends?


At Home Makeover

Try out a new look or two for your post-isolation debut.

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Brotherly. Love.

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Hopefully, you’re friends will be supportive, too.



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Yes, this is how I watch road games. #PhilaUnite

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Find your zen.


Maintain Proper Hygiene

We would not recommend hiding in a trashcan during this time.


Practice Social Distancing

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Cartwheelin’ into the weekend 🙌

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A+ for content, F for social distancing.

Clearly, they need to work on that — but hopefully now you have some ideas to fill the days.

Stay safe out there, folks.

Pick some PPA violations and we'll tell you which Philly athlete you are

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Pick some PPA violations and we'll tell you which Philly athlete you are

Is there anything more Philly than a Philadelphia Parking Authority violation? 

There is no greater sadness than walking out to your car, spotting that slim white and blue envelope on the front window from the distance, and just knowing it signifies: they got you. 

To those of us whom have fought this long battle, we salute you. While the PPA may have temporarily suspended some of their violations, we know it's only a matter of time before they emerge back and stronger than ever.

So, we've decided to create this handy little quiz for you to determine your Philly athelete personality, depending on the type of violation you will likely recieve next.