Loving The Linc

Posted: January 20th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 186 Comments »

A few years back, the Eagles were a mediocre home team. Lincoln Financial Field still had crazy, passionate fans, but their energy just didn’t translate into improved performance by the team. Boy has that changed in the Doug Pederson era.

The Eagles were 6-2 at The Linc in 2016. They dominated the Steelers, winning 34-3. The Eagles manhandled the Falcons, who eventually made it to the Super Bowl. The Eagles even beat the Minnesota Vikings, 21-10.

This year, the Eagles took it up a notch.

PHI 27, NYG 24
PHI 34, ARZ 7
PHI 34, WAS 24
PHI 33, SF 10
PHI 51, DEN 23
PHI  31, CHI 3
PHI 19, OAK 10
DAL 6, PHI 0

PHI 15, ATL 10

The Eagles gave up 13.4 points per home game. They were stifling on defense. In the last four games, they gave up a total of 29 points. The Vikings scored 29 last week in their playoff win over the Saints.

It is fair to point out that the Eagles didn’t face a great set of offenses in home games this season. The flip side of that is that the Eagles didn’t just play well, they dominated. Denver scored 23, but 14 of those points came in the 4th quarter with the game well out of reach and one of the TDs was a fumble return by the Broncos D.

The defense gets better as the game goes along. The Eagles starters haven’t given up a second half TD since the bye week. They shutout the Falcons after halftime last week.

Why is the defense so good at The Linc?

The fans are part of it. Crowd noise affects the opposing offense. It makes it harder for them to communicate and it can affect the snap count. There is also the fact that the fans create energy and emotion. The players feed off that. The Eagles are at their best when they play with attitude. Playing at The Linc brings out that attitude in them.

There are times when home-field advantage seems overrated. These are the best teams in the league. Where you play shouldn’t make that much of a difference. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year for the Eagles or the Vikings.

AC Viking, our beloved Eagles historian and occasional stats guru, put together the home/road splits for the Eagles and Vikings.

HOME / ROAD SPLITS

MIN Def – away PHI Def – home
Rush yards per game 112.1  (55.4 at home) 71.3  (86.8 on road)
Pass yards per game 190.6  (195 at home) 209.3  (244.8 on road)
Total yards per game 302.8  (254 at home) 280.7  (331.5 on road)
3rd down conversions 27.2%  (23.2% at home) 27.1%  (38% on road)
Completion % 54.3 60.1
Opp QB rating 71.6  (70.9 at home) 75.7  (82.9 on road)
Sacks 13  (24 at home) 17  (21 on road)
INTs 6 11
1st downs allowed 15.6  (14.1 at home) 15.5  (16.3 on road)
Rush TDs allowed 7  (3 at home) 0  (7 on road)
Pass TDs allowed 8  (6 at home) 11 (13 on road)
Pts per game (last 5 gms) 18.2  (10 at home) 10.3  (24 on road)
Pts per game (all 2017) 19  (12.5 at home) 13  (23.5 on road)

It doesn’t take a genius to see both teams are substantially better at home.

The number that jumps out is the sack total. That tells you the noise in the dome makes a real difference in those pass rushers getting off the ball quickly. This doesn’t mean Nick Foles will have a clean pocket and all day to throw, but clearly there is a difference.

The Eagles are a game away from the Super Bowl. A big part of that is that the team is so dominant at Lincoln Financial Field.

You can see just how critical it is that this team has HFA. If the Eagles had stumbled during the regular season and were now headed to Minnesota to play the title game, I would have serious concerns. Being at home makes a difference. Maybe just enough of a difference for Foles and Co. to get to the big game.

*****

One big concern.

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186 Comments on “Loving The Linc”

  1. 1 xeynon said at 5:40 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Home field advantage could be a deciding factor in this game. The Vikings have been a different team away from Minneapolis as those stats attest.

  2. 2 Philadelphian said at 7:58 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Especially, when you realize that most of their road opponents were not anything special. The only decent teams they played on the road were the Steelers and Carolina. They lost both of those games, giving up 26 points to the Steelers and 31 points to the Panthers.

  3. 3 daveH said at 5:40 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    German is

  4. 4 GermanEagle said at 7:34 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    You’re welcome.

  5. 5 Someguy77 said at 6:29 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    The 1998 NFC Championship Game with that 15-1 Vikings’ offensive juggernaut was kind of a ‘trap game.’

    Vikings had crushed the Cardinals 41-21 in a Divisional Round game that wasn’t even really the close and were one of the biggest favorites in NFC Championship history (-10.5 points).

    Even before that game, the Vikings were getting a lot of hype about possibility playing the defending champion Broncos in the Super Bowl.

    Instead the Falcons won 30-27 in OT in what is still arguably the biggest upset in NFC Championship Game.

  6. 6 Someguy77 said at 6:37 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Argue that that 1998 Vikings’ team is still one of the best teams to have not won a Super Bowl.

    Always seemed like it was a giant tease to Eagles’ fans because it featured a mature and poised Cunningham who became very serious about game prep/watching film, had a decent offensive coordinator & very good line, and what he might have become if damn Bryce Paup didn’t crumble his knee in the season opener in ’91.

  7. 7 Guy Media said at 7:45 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    98 Cunningham was the best Cunningham.

  8. 8 Philadelphian said at 7:51 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Actually, the problem goes back before the injury when a guy named Doug Scovil died suddenly of a heart attack. Buddy Ryan was loudly criticized for not providing adequate coaching for Cunningham, but that belief was not totally accurate. When hired, Ryan hired Scovil to be Cunningham’s QB coach at a time when there wasn’t really such a coaching position. Scovil brought Cunningham along quite well up until the time of his death. Ryan wanted to bring in someone else, but the worst owner in Eagles history, Norman Braman, shot the idea down.

  9. 9 Guy Media said at 7:53 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    One crime, of many, by Braman. There is a dude who I truly hope dies screaming.

  10. 10 xeynon said at 8:55 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Cunningham’s entire career was an exercise in “what might have been”. The classic example of a tremendous talent who didn’t get the coaching he needed to reach his ceiling until it was too late.

  11. 11 Gary Barnes said at 2:20 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Some of it was his fault too, he never did the work to be great here.

  12. 12 ColorSgt said at 6:59 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Less than 24 hours!

  13. 13 GermanEagle said at 7:32 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    I will be screaming at the top of my lunges, from the bottom of my heart as there ain’t no tomorrow.

    But if you can hear my German-wishy-washy-British accent on telly, something must have gone wrong.

    Go birds.

    GE
    Thank me later.

  14. 14 daveH said at 8:16 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Keep your upper deck lunges to a minimum. .. but let your lungs howl like an underdog

  15. 15 A_T_G said at 8:39 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    My god, daveH is taking note of typos.

    It is definitely a day for underdogs.

  16. 16 daveH said at 10:00 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Thumbs up emoji .. wow is like you know me!
    Was just trying to make a funny. I fight w my Samsung keypad and its lame spellcheck ‘technology’ so much that i don’t care about mistypes .. i am the worst. .i know

    Let’s GO Undergods !

  17. 17 Philadelphian said at 7:42 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Trap game??

    How??

  18. 18 GermanEagle said at 7:47 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Sarcasm may not be your friend my friend.

  19. 19 Philadelphian said at 8:05 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Actually, sarcasm is my middle name. Now, being gullible is another story.

  20. 20 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:00 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Looking past the Vikings to the Jaguars and the London game.

  21. 21 Forthebirds said at 10:43 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I live 60 miles south of Jax. I’ve been waiting for a couple years for the Eagles to play a Florida team down here, and the league ashedules it in F’in London!

  22. 22 Dragon_Eagle said at 10:58 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    That sucks. Don’t we play Tampa next year?

    Must admit, I am looking forward to seeing the team play in London as an away game.

    Breakfast with the Birds!

  23. 23 Philadelphian said at 8:03 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Am I reading the Vikings road schedule correctly or are the only two decent teams they played on the road the Steelers and the Panthers? If so, it’s interesting to note that not only did the Vikings lose both of those games, but they gave up 26 points to the Steelers and 31 points to the Panthers.

  24. 24 P_P_K said at 8:06 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    That’s a really good point. They also beat the Browns in Cleveland, um, I mean the Falcons in Atlanta.

  25. 25 Philadelphian said at 8:11 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    I forgot about the Falcons game. Chalk that one up as a good road win in which they only gave up 9 points, however they followed that game up by giving up 31 points in their loss to Carolina and ruining their chance of getting the number one seed.

  26. 26 ColorSgt said at 8:28 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Falcons play in a dome, so it doesn’t quite compare to a road game at the Linc.

  27. 27 Guy Media said at 8:14 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    You’re not reading that wrong at all. Carolina’s d line ins’t as good as ours, yet the Vikings gave up 6 sacks and a lost fumble. Carolina’s DBs aren’t as good as ours, yet the Vikings gave up two INTs.

  28. 28 Mr. Magee said at 2:18 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Sure hope Foles puts on his big boy pants for this game

  29. 29 Dave said at 8:41 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    I predict lots of traps tomorrow

    https://vangogh.teespring.com/v3/image/jPeKdwsfFn9eSBnjUjK1Lsx0QU4/480/560.jpg

  30. 30 Dan in Philly said at 9:24 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    The trap game comment made me laugh out loud

  31. 31 sonofdman said at 9:30 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Me too.

  32. 32 daveH said at 10:21 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Me also

  33. 33 scratcherk said at 9:58 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    I think I’m missing the joke… Maybe I’m sleep deprived ..

  34. 34 sonofdman said at 10:42 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    For most of the season as the Eagles continued to win games, every week fans would raise the concern that they were worried the next game was a “trap game” in which the Eagles would overlook that opponent and lose. It got ridiculous, with every game being called a potential trap game.

  35. 35 RobNE said at 9:25 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Im thinking Dion Lewis is going to be the difference for the Pats tomorrow

  36. 36 ColorSgt said at 9:41 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Have to think the national media is rooting for Pats vs. Vikes. Brady vs. #1 D. Vikings at home. Higher interest in superbowl across the country with that outcome. I’m rooting for the opposite. Blake vs. Nick in defensive snoozefest, oh yeah!

  37. 37 daveH said at 10:20 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Id like to take on the Pats while they are still who they are

  38. 38 ChoTime said at 10:54 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Never had a Superbowl home team. Conspiracy theory alert.

  39. 39 Mr. Magee said at 2:16 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Absolutely. And eagles are getting little if any love out there. Given that, I would be VERY concerned about the officiating. I’m not suggesting a conspiracy, per se, but we’ll know early on if the crew and the League is going to make this an uphill battle for the birds.

  40. 40 ColorSgt said at 8:47 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Ed Hochuli could easily be bribed with gift cards to GNC…

    Either way, unfortunately, we know he likes to get involved in the game.

  41. 41 Forthebirds said at 10:39 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    F the national media. It’s Eagles vs. Jags.

  42. 42 Allen3000 said at 9:44 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Win or lose, it’s been one heck of a ride this year. Unless we lose in some terribly embarrassing fashion, I’ll be fine regardless of the outcome. I know the future is bright with Wentz, Dougie P, and a slew of other guys who will be back.

    When you breakdown Minnesota like that, it sure makes them seem like a really thorough team. Studs all-around on defense. And not just good play-makers, but outstanding play-makers. Of course we knew this already. Their offense features a pretty solid QB’s who’s confidence is building week by week. 2 dominant WR’s and a legit TE. I just sincerely hope we can obliterate their OL. We need to smother Keenum and force him to make errant throws. God, I’d love to see a defense TD tomorrow.

  43. 43 ColorSgt said at 9:57 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    So I had the thought: “I wonder if the Vikings could be the away team in the SB.” I found a whole article about how they would be. Except the article was completely wrong, because they aren’t making it to the SB.

  44. 44 Ryan Rambo said at 12:13 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    BIRDGANG!!!

    https://youtu.be/3Q_ROPC-X8o

  45. 45 kajomo said at 10:54 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I love that with Carson out nick is rocking the Dutch destroyer bracelet. Good Karma.

    The amazing philly draft experience, Chris Long’s awesomeness, Dutch destroyer….it feels special on and off the field this year

  46. 46 Mr. Magee said at 2:11 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    A trap game? What is he talking about? Overlooking the Vikes because of who they may play in the SB??

  47. 47 DustyRyder71 said at 2:45 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    It’s a joke. Pretty much every game since Week 5 has been designated a “trap game”.

  48. 48 Mr. Magee said at 1:56 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Ohhhh….

  49. 49 民间秘术 said at 2:34 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    转眼又是新一年,博主万事如意不差钱!

  50. 50 Masked Man said at 5:08 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I don’t know if it’s a “Trap Game.”
    But I hope we see plenty of the “Trap Play!”

    Go Eagles!

  51. 51 Rob Jarratt said at 7:25 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    First glance at my comcast box clock this morning showed a time of 7:11. Moreover, Pete Prisco picks the Vikes. Book it!!! Well, not really. I don’t go with my gut anymore. Too much reflux over time.

    But, I will say this: it’s a great time to root for the midnight green.

  52. 52 daveH said at 7:27 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Wawa instead of 7 eleven

  53. 53 Rob Jarratt said at 7:30 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    That would be my preference, but no Wawas in Maine, unfortunately. I miss my hoagies.

  54. 54 Green Goblin Swag said at 10:10 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I have Stewarts around here

  55. 55 Dave said at 9:05 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I never understood the infatuation with Wawa.

  56. 56 daveH said at 9:55 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Its local, they have Tastykakes & great hoagies … i was never even in a 7.11 until well after college .they sell great chips., soda and nail clippers..
    Update NY had the Short Stop ..the local places are great
    …no one at siete once gives a schit

  57. 57 Green Goblin Swag said at 10:10 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    It’s also fun to say

  58. 58 Forthebirds said at 10:37 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    They’re coming to North Florida. There’s one about 35 miles from me, but that’s too far for a hoagie.

  59. 59 Dave said at 12:17 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I should clarify my comment. I never understood buying coffee, snacks, lunch, etc. at a convenience store.

  60. 60 Masked Man said at 12:27 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Clean bathrooms on the road.

  61. 61 Guy Media said at 8:26 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Warpath time:

    HEY EVERYBODY AT ESPN, except Graziano, FUCKING GO FUCK YOURSELF WITH A RUSTY METAL FENCE POST AND DIE

    https://twitter.com/Barnold1993/status/955066320097247233

  62. 62 Dave said at 9:03 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Well good morning Mike! Thanks for the Sunday morning chuckle.

  63. 63 RobNE said at 9:12 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    How can one person not have picks in? How hard is it?

  64. 64 Green Goblin Swag said at 10:09 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    He got big headed now that he has his own show. He is a Eagles/ Wentz hater if I remember. Just assume that tool is going NE/Min

  65. 65 Forthebirds said at 10:35 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    He’s getting his pedicure and waxing.

  66. 66 Forthebirds said at 10:34 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    When that many ESPN “experts” pick the Vikes, I am more confident tthat we will win.

  67. 67 kajomo said at 10:45 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    On NFL network I think 6 of 8 picked the eagles.

  68. 68 xeynon said at 10:46 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    How many picked the Falcons last week?

    Bring on the doubt. The team can prove them all wrong.

  69. 69 sonofdman said at 10:47 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Everyone but Graziano also picked the Falcons last week.

  70. 70 sonofdman said at 10:49 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/38059a240845b3b4459db1fe49a7e1d903e186052b335855548ffcd43c1ea26a.png

  71. 71 Guy Media said at 11:28 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Of all people to be riding the Eagles………….

  72. 72 Masked Man said at 12:25 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    That’s actually a good sign for us. The game is not that one-sided a pick. They’re missing something again!

  73. 73 Gary Barnes said at 2:26 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Even Golic picking against us, what a s-hole

  74. 74 Dave said at 8:57 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    It’s good to see that the military overseas will now be able to watch the games.

    https://twitter.com/NFLprguy/status/955075548782432257

  75. 75 Dave said at 9:02 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Sheil knocked it out of the park with this Tweet this morning.

    I’m very nervous about whether we see good Nick or bad Nick today. But I feel quite confident the Pederson and Reich will put him in the best situations throughout the game to succeed.

    https://twitter.com/SheilKapadia/status/955062339048493057

  76. 76 xeynon said at 10:45 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Foles is the kind of QB who thrives with good coaching and flounders with bad coaching.. we luckily have a good coach.

  77. 77 Dragon_Eagle said at 9:18 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    What is everyone doing between now and 6:40 PM to pass the time and contain the impulse to run around the neighborhood screaming with anticipation anxiety?

    Need suggestions 🙂

  78. 78 jshort said at 9:45 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    To much snow and ice to go running around the neighborhood here. Been on e-bay and amazon buying stupid stuff I don’t really need. Almost bought a sewing machine, cause it was a good deal. My wife brought me back to reality, she said like “whose going to use it….you”. Do this every winter when I’m sort of stuck inside.
    Then come back here to see if there are any posts.

  79. 79 Green Goblin Swag said at 10:07 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I started a business last week made $500 so far. Probably of that for a while and then work on being blackout drunk. today could be a great day or awful.

    I will let u know how I remember tomorrow, lol

  80. 80 Bert's Bells said at 10:27 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Yoga class! Chicks in spandex.

  81. 81 Dragon_Eagle said at 10:41 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I love yoga class.

  82. 82 Rob Jarratt said at 11:02 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Scouting the enemy at 3:00.

  83. 83 P_P_K said at 11:33 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Really? Or is this another post where you mess with the mojo of our foes?

  84. 84 Dragon_Eagle said at 11:40 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I seriously like yoga, don’t get to class nearly as often as I’d like, despite that fact that Bert & Steve’s points about the class are nice additional incentives.

  85. 85 P_P_K said at 11:45 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Cool. I wear my Eagles gear to class.

  86. 86 SteveH said at 1:17 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    The cool thing about yoga pants is you don’t have to go to yoga class to get the experience. I remember it was about… 5? Years ago they became a go to thing to wear for all the women at college at the time. I will admit it was difficult to focus on psych coursework when the chick sitting in front of you is wearing see through pink yoga pants with a thong.

  87. 87 P_P_K said at 11:22 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’m a yoga teacher by profession. You can envy me any time.

  88. 88 SteveH said at 11:22 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Yoga pants are truly gods work.

  89. 89 jshort said at 11:32 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Sometimes sweat pants or a tent would be more appropriate.

  90. 90 Insomniac said at 10:39 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Hitting the gym and a beer run.

  91. 91 xeynon said at 10:44 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Doing chores around the apartment.. however I am doing them wearing my old school kelly green sweatshirt.

  92. 92 kajomo said at 10:58 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Playing kick ball with the kids, taking them to Zaxbys (for people that don’t know it’s a much better version of Chic-Fil-a in the southeast), and watching the AFCCG.

  93. 93 Insomniac said at 11:04 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Wouldn’t Zaxbys would be up against Popeyes?

  94. 94 kajomo said at 11:40 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    No it’s chicken strips not fried chicken.

  95. 95 kajomo said at 11:40 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Also Bojangles is better than Popeyes

  96. 96 Guy Media said at 11:27 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’ve yet to make it into one when visiting Charleston, but have enjoyed the F out of some Kick ‘n Chicken down there.

  97. 97 SteveH said at 11:28 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Better than Chic-Fil-a you say? Must be pretty damn good.

  98. 98 Guy Media said at 11:30 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    There are always lines there.

  99. 99 kajomo said at 11:41 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    It’s fantastic. They are also open on Sundays.

  100. 100 Dude said at 11:01 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I spent the last hour trying to think of something. 0/10 would not recommend as a time killing exercise.

  101. 101 Dragon_Eagle said at 11:02 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’ve decided to make a large pot of vegetarian chili for the game later. Should have it simmering for about 6 hours.

    then, we’ll see if I can get a workout in before opening some IPAs.

    But I am envying Bert’s Bells form of distraction.

  102. 102 P_P_K said at 11:21 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Veggie chili, IPAs, Bert’s Bell… my man.

  103. 103 sonofdman said at 11:37 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I made a large pot of very non-vegetarian chili! I have a lot of work that I want to get done today before the game, but I am already too excited to focus.

  104. 104 P_P_K said at 11:20 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Going for a long walk with the wife, kid & dog. Working on firewood. Take a long shower. Root against the Patriots. Check Iggles Blitz every few minutes.

  105. 105 SteveH said at 11:21 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I deliberately stayed up late last night so I’d wake up closer to the start of the game. The advantages of not having any kids.

    I’ll probably watch a movie with the girlfriend, try and take my mind off football completely.

    What’s going to be torture is the Pats-Jags game, because it will be football, just not our team.

  106. 106 Insomniac said at 11:24 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Personally, watching the Pats lose would hype me up even more 🙂

  107. 107 SteveH said at 11:28 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Oh don’t get me wrong the Patriots losing is delectable, but it’s still going to be football that’s not the Eagles damnit.

  108. 108 Guy Media said at 11:30 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Walked dog. Son to playground / grocery store. Gathering with other maniacs at usual spot for 3 PM game. Much chicken being consumed.

  109. 109 HawaiianEagle said at 11:52 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Drinking

  110. 110 nathaniel driver said at 1:00 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’m watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to get pumped up. It’s 10 a.m. on the west coast so a little too early for drinks yet…Just have to bide my time!

  111. 111 Dragon_Eagle said at 1:08 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    My favorite Western. Awesome movie.

  112. 112 nathaniel driver said at 1:21 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    It’s been too long since I’ve watched it — figured today would be a good day.

  113. 113 Green Goblin Swag said at 10:05 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Thoughts before the game:

    *Jernigan and Cox will be going up against a rookie , a back up and an old light (300#) RG

    * Brandon Graham is going up against a back up RT

    * Vikings fans I know expect to lose because it’s on grass and they’re the Vikings

    *Agz is going to have an actual ancient CB in Terrance Newman

    8 1/2 Hours to go! God help us.

  114. 114 Guy Media said at 11:33 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’m seriously insulted that people are “analyzing” Mike Remmers as anything other than the football equivalent of a turnstile. He was beaten like a drum in the Super Bowl vs. the Broncos and was mocked so badly in the process that his brother tried to fight everybody on Twitter about it. Yeah, that guy is blocking Cox or Jernigan; sure.

  115. 115 Green Goblin Swag said at 12:21 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Receiver Adam Thielen said the game situation also played a role in the O-line’s struggles – namely that playing from behind benefitted the Panthers.

    ”When you have to pass it, the defense knows and they are teeing off,” Thielen said. “We have to put those guys in a better position by scoring fast and early, then the defense will not know if we are running or passing the ball.

    From an ESPN article in December. Looks like they can copy and paste this one after the game. lol

  116. 116 Guy Media said at 12:29 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Interesting context. Especially after their D allowed fantasy draft bust and scumbag thief Jonathan Stewart to run all over them

  117. 117 Green Goblin Swag said at 12:43 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I want Ajayi to have at least 10 first half carries. Go tempo if we need to to catch them off guard , they like to rotate.

    With our team I have learned it’s all about the second half adjustments if things aren’t working.

  118. 118 Tumtum said at 10:19 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    PFT says they are greasing the light poles in Philly. National media scum bags are just waiting to destroy Philly fans. Win or lose, keep it classy out there tonight IBnation.

  119. 119 P_P_K said at 11:35 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I truly do hope Philly handles the victory well.

  120. 120 Guy Media said at 11:36 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I 100% do not understand the destruction of property element some people enjoy as a “celebration” of a win. I also don’t understand trying to do something physical against a fan of another team.

  121. 121 P_P_K said at 11:43 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    If a couple drunks want to fight each other over wearing different team jerseys, I can wish them well that they beat each other silly. But violence directed at random people is, to use a phrase, despicable. Using a sports victory as an excuse for destruction of property is bullsh*t.

  122. 122 Guy Media said at 11:44 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Yeah; I think and non-cursing / non-vulgar / non-violent razzing of unwelcome visiting team fans is fine; but why take it beyond that?

  123. 123 HawaiianEagle said at 11:45 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Unless that fan is Emily Blunt…

  124. 124 Guy Media said at 11:46 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    speaking of “people who look great in yoga pants” from the other part of today’s discussion.

  125. 125 Dragon_Eagle said at 11:42 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    We just hosted the greatest NFL draft ever. I’m confident we will handle it well win or lose.

  126. 126 P_P_K said at 11:43 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Good point and I hope you are right. The draft was an enormous success.

  127. 127 Guy Media said at 11:37 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    True. Cheer, drink, cigars, a firework or two; but don’t break stuff!

  128. 128 P_P_K said at 11:40 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    And keep the firearms in the gun safe.

  129. 129 Guy Media said at 11:41 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    AMEN. Shooting off firearms in “celebration” is about as low class / scumbag as you can get.

  130. 130 HawaiianEagle said at 11:44 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Exactly. This aint Dallas.

  131. 131 Guy Media said at 11:44 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Correct!

  132. 132 P_P_K said at 11:44 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’m not sure if it still continues, but there used to be a tradition in Philly of shooting off firearms at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Inevitably a stray or falling bullet would hit someone.

  133. 133 Guy Media said at 11:46 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    I don’t think it was a universal “Philly” thing, I think it was more of a tradition from some developing nations that was inappropriately continued as they entered the US.

  134. 134 Dave said at 12:09 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Midnight on December 31st around me is 5 minutes of gun blasts into the sky.

  135. 135 P_P_K said at 1:04 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    In the mental health field, they say that everything everyone does makes sense to them. Imagine how that makes sense to someone. Be careful out there.

  136. 136 Dave said at 2:10 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Thx. The hillbilly hunters around me love their right to bear arms.

  137. 137 D3FB said at 1:53 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Win or lose we burn it all down.

  138. 138 Dave said at 12:32 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    According to Mort, Vrabel is looking to hire Ryan Day as offensive coordinator for the Titans. Looks like Chip’s offense is coming back to the NFL and Mariota.

  139. 139 Guy Media said at 12:33 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    How to ruin the development of a great young talent and doom him to a crap career in a gimmick system…………………..

  140. 140 Green Goblin Swag said at 12:41 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    AFC South
    Mariota or Luck?

  141. 141 Guy Media said at 12:43 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    If McDaniels can stop acting like a hard ass and/or stays out of the draft room; Luck.

  142. 142 Dave said at 1:04 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Now sure how you can rely on him to be healthy when he missed 25 games over 3 years.

    Luck is the poster boy for why teams with franchise QBs should invest heavily in their offensive line before RBs and WRs.

  143. 143 Green Goblin Swag said at 12:40 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Killing time:

    Over the last three centuries, the average size of the wine glass has increased sevenfold.

  144. 144 Guy Media said at 12:44 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Nice. Further killing time; favorite wine varietal…………

    Mine is Carmenere

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carm%C3%A9n%C3%A8re

  145. 145 Green Goblin Swag said at 12:51 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dureza

    Dureza, though I’m not a sommelier by any means. I just like killing time and learning things.

  146. 146 Guy Media said at 12:53 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Sadly there isn’t a single bottle of that available at total wine, but I’ll keep an eye out.

  147. 147 P_P_K said at 1:02 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Revealing how little I know about wine, I like the Riojas from Spain.

  148. 148 nathaniel driver said at 1:03 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Add some juice, triple sec and some brandy to that and you have some tasty Sangria!

  149. 149 P_P_K said at 1:05 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’ve never done that but, seriously, you just gave me a great idea for Valentine’s Day.

  150. 150 nathaniel driver said at 1:22 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    It can be lethal – but man is it tasty! There are a million recipes online, but going with some Riojas is the way to go.

  151. 151 Guy Media said at 1:10 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Also tasty.

  152. 152 SteveH said at 1:12 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I don’t drink wine and reading these replies I suddenly feel very unclassy.

  153. 153 daveH said at 1:30 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Had a bottle of 1959 Chateau Cheval Blanc for the Eagles game that year .. we drank something else because the ’59 was too fresh … figured we’d get a Chace in the next few years …. its got alot of dusty on it now

  154. 154 Guy Media said at 1:31 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Wow very cool.

  155. 155 daveH said at 1:31 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Nah. .. just Killin time also

  156. 156 SteveH said at 1:10 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’m going crazy. This shit can’t get here soon enough.

  157. 157 Green Goblin Swag said at 1:14 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’ll find some more facts to kill time, don’t worry almost there

  158. 158 Green Goblin Swag said at 1:17 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelia_aurita

    Moon jellyfish are the most popular jellyfish kept as pets. They thrive in temperatures near 27 degrees Celsius (80 °F), which is typical for heated home aquariums. They are fed frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp, copepods, phytoplankton, and minced seafood. Some enthusiasts not only keep them as pets but also breed them.

    I’m gonna get one as a pet!

  159. 159 sonofdman said at 2:08 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    The human head weighs eight pounds.

  160. 160 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:14 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    The way it extends out makes it weigh closer to 20# putting stress on discs and stuff

  161. 161 sonofdman said at 2:17 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Did you know bees and dogs can smell fear?

  162. 162 sonofdman said at 2:18 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r6PtVxjTqo

  163. 163 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:18 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Never seen it

  164. 164 TomATL said at 1:16 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Going to Rocky Mountain Pizza in midtown Atlanta. One of the best Eagles sports bars outside the northeast. That place will be bedlam. Last Saturday night was incredible.

  165. 165 Guy Media said at 1:18 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Good to know! Is it good for Sixers games as well? Flyers? Phillies?

  166. 166 TomATL said at 1:21 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Almost exclusive to Eagles. You can see some YouTube videos. No one wearing anything with a Falcons logo got served during the game last Saturday night. That’s team loyalty.

  167. 167 Duracell said at 1:36 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I used to go there most football Sundays for a few years when I lived in Atlanta. The atmosphere was great. There may be more die hard Eagles fans in that building than die hard Falcons fans in all of Atlanta.

  168. 168 Guy Media said at 1:45 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    There are Falcons fans?

  169. 169 Green Goblin Swag said at 1:20 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFqTSPZT8dc

  170. 170 Dragon_Eagle said at 1:36 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    LeSean McCoy doesn’t sound bitter at all…

    http://www.phillyvoice.com/lesean-mccoy-destroys-chip-kelly-nfl-network/

  171. 171 daveH said at 1:38 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I don’t like him calling college kids boys. .but

  172. 172 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:17 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Do u blame him, he could be a part of this splitting carries with Ajayi and he knows it

  173. 173 daveH said at 2:25 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    He’d be so good on this team

  174. 174 Dragon_Eagle said at 2:27 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Not in the least. McCoy was the offensive key in year 1 under Chip and Chip threw it all the way by being a dickhead.

  175. 175 Mr. Magee said at 2:01 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Game day, and all I keep hearing about on national radio is how the eagles org has greased the light poles at the Linc in order to keep us low lifes from climbing them after the game. Nice… Way to feed the stereotype

  176. 176 Guy Media said at 2:07 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Fuck em; we’re going to win and they can bitch about us for another 2 weeks while hopefully all choking to death from the crow they’ve eaten.

  177. 177 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:16 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    No it’s because birds like to get high, bro
    WE all we need, destruction is coming and those vikings can Skol their way home.

  178. 178 Dragon_Eagle said at 2:22 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Reposting, abridged version. Apologies to those who had to read it before.

    Dear Minnesota,

    Fuck you!

    You heard about Philly fans, have you? Snowballs, jail at the stadium, tasers on the field, fighting in the penalty box, booing the VEEP, beating mascots, cheering crippling injuries, drinking eighteen brewery’s worth of beer before halftime, winning the GQ worst fans award (which we display proudly), intentionally vomiting on police, punching horses, harassing fans of other teams, harassing fans of our own teams, invading Belgium multiple times, instigating a zombie apocalypse, seeing dead people, employing the Death Star against New York, making horcruxes, dropping meteors on DC, bombing Pearl Harbor, sinking the Titanic, bubonic plague, attempting to sell Texas to Cuba, laying waste to Middle Earth, burning Atlanta to the ground, and booing Santa Claus.

    Its true. All of it.

    Our town. Our team. Our house. You have been warned.

    Go Eagles!

    Love, Philly XXOO

    City of Brotherly Love

  179. 179 Mr. Magee said at 2:42 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Well done, bro… Hope it goes viral

  180. 180 Game Preview - MIN at PHI said at 2:18 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    […] Maybe some of that was rust. Regardless, the team needs to play a cleaner game this time out. Home-field advantage does make a difference. There is no question that the Eagles are better at home and the Vikings aren’t as good on […]

  181. 181 daveH said at 2:19 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I think Fletch Cox has a career day today .. 8 tackles, 2 sacks, serval pressures. . Instigates a ton of confusion today … is his time to rise

  182. 182 Guy Media said at 2:19 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I’ll see if I can get Mike Remmers’s brother to have another melt down on Twitter.

  183. 183 daveH said at 2:20 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    Yout are funny. . Call me: 646 two seven Niner 4650

  184. 184 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:21 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    So this is how ur killing time drinking Carmenere and trolling other teams brothers.

    Troll Travis Kelce while ur at it.

  185. 185 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:20 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    I don’t see a scenario where the line doesn’t feast. I think we match up better than most pundits want to believe.

    We have ended other teams season all year, today will be no different.

  186. 186 Green Goblin Swag said at 2:24 PM on January 21st, 2018:

    http://igglesblitz.com/2018/01/game-preview-min-phi/