Sep 23, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT
Poof. And Philadelphia’s undefeated football season is over.
Okay, so that was never gonna happen, but any good vibes that carried over from last week are dead effective immediately.
Sep 23, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT
Well That went about as awful as an Eagles fan could have expected. I think Brent Celek may have had one nice catch and run. Perhaps there was another highlight or two but most fans probably missed them due to banging their heads against the wall and/or drinking heavily.
In lieu of a highlight, there was the enjoyment of watching DRC deck Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. Good for a 15 yarder. [GIF below]
Sep 23, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT
I know a lot of people are picking the Eagles today, and by association, many of them disrespecting the Arizona Cardinals. This is a dangerous game for the Birds though, and not just because the Cards upended New England last week, or because they’ve won nine of their last 11 games going back to last November.
This has some of the makings of a letdown game for Philadelphia — coming off of a huge victory over a potential Super Bowl contender in the home opener, playing in a dome two time zones away, and looking ahead to next week’s primetime battle against the rival New York Giants.
Sep 21, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT
Last week, we used our first look at All-22 coaches film to break down the Michael Vick vs. Ray Lewis match-up. Needless to say, we were pleased with the outcome, not only during the game, but with our research. Lewis may be a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, but against the Eagles he showed little of the range and instinct in the middle that led to two of Vick’s four interceptions in Cleveland.
Look no further than the impact Brent Celek had in the passing game. Celek torched the Ravens defense to the tune of eight catches for 157 yards, and while not all of that production came at the expense of any one defender, it appeared Lewis was on the hook multiple times.
Eagles Week 3 Splash Cartoon Features Arizona Fan Lost in Desert, Seeing Mirage of Cardinals’ Cheerleaders
Sep 21, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT
Poor Arizona Cardinals fans. They have to root for the Cardinals and they can’t even get a drink of water.
And they’ve got to eat rocks, literally? Ouch. [video below]
Sep 21, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT
When the Cardinals came to the Linc last year and surprised the Eagles — we’ll say surprised and not upset, because the Eagles were 3-5 after all — one excuse for the debacle was DeSean Jackson’s absence from the lineup. After missing a meeting earlier in the week, Andy Reid decided to leave his unhappy wide receiver inactive. The offense predictably stumbled.
DeSean will play this time around when the team makes the trek to Arizona, but his running mate will not. Jeremy Maclin, who has been battling a hip injury since Week 1, was declared not healthy enough to make the trip, leaving the Birds shorthanded once again for a tough Cards D.
Video: Who Spent More Signing Bonus Money on Cars and Jewelry, LeSean McCoy or DeSean Jackson? Shady Answers
Sep 21, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT
Eagles stud running back Shady McCoy answers fan questions every week over at CSNPhilly.com. They were friendly enough to allow us to ask our Twitter followers for a couple of questions to direct LeSean’s way this week and as usual, the masses delivered.
Friend of the Level and Twitter impresario Meech wanted to know who spent more of their signing bonus money on cars and jewelry, DeSean Jackson or Shady?
Sep 20, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT
Irony is hard at work today touting Sunday’s Eagles-Cardinals tilt as Kevin Kolb versus the world, or versus the team that dumped him anyway.
Ironic because it would’ve been Kevin Kolb versus the Eagles last season, except he was hurt and couldn’t play. Ironic because at best this is Joe the Quarterback versus the Eagles, and at worst, it’s John Skelton’s backup versus the Eagles.
Sep 20, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT
We’re excited to team up with Major League Bocce to play in their fall league in the coming weeks with games taking place right in Center City. Not only will The700Level have our own team playing in the league, but we’ll also be running a photo contest for one winner and a friend to actually be our teammates and play all season for free.
We’ll be kicking things off at a happy hour with MLB a week from today — Thursday, September 27th — at the Field House by the Convention Center with specials from MLB’s official beer sponsor, Dogfish Head Brewery — $4 Punkin’ Ale and 60 Minute IPA drafts. The Fieldhouse is where the fall league games will be played and you can get a chance to see how the indoor bocce courts inside of a bar work. Hint: they’re right next to the bar. And you’re encouraged to come out on Thursday and meet some of the Level contributors and buy me as many Punkin’ Ales as I can drink. Seriously, come out and have a few cold ones and lament the death of the 2012 Phillies with us.
Sep 19, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT
Jamaal Charles and Dez Bryant really let me down in week two of our free roll contest. Charles rushed for only 3 yards and had just 19 receiving against the Bills while Bryant caught 3 measly balls for 17 yards in Dallas’ loss to Seattle. I should probably live by the “you never want to root for a Cowboys” rule anyway. Couple those picks with my decision to go with Jared Cook over Brent Celek at tight end and my team put up an absolute stinker. Just how poorly did my selected fantasy team perform in week two you ask?
Sep 19, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT
Each week here at The700Level we’ll take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles opponent for the coming weekend and highlight their biggest stars and impact players with blurbs on each. This week we take a look at the 2-0 Arizona Cardinals. Will former Eagles quarterback-of-the-future Kevin Kolb make the cut? Check the photo gallery to find out.
Sep 19, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT
Eagles rookie backup quarterback Nick Foles certainly made a splash in the preseason by performing well enough to unseat Mike Kafka for the role of No. 2 behind injury-prone Mike Vick. But did you know there may already be an epidemic going around known as ‘Foles Fever?’
Sep 18, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT
As Enrico mentioned earlier, the referees for Monday night’s contest between the Falcons and Broncos were heavily criticized by the ESPN broadcast team, and they certainly weren’t the first to do so. I didn’t notice the NFL’s own network was silencing their booth on the matter either, and even college football announcers have been taking shots. Heck, just listen to the soundbites or read the comments by players and coaches all over the league.
Sep 18, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT
Andy Reid has been rocking a pretty fantastic mustache this season on the Philadelphia Eagles sideline. He’s been known to have a normal ‘stache for much of his career, but the tuft on his upper lip this season has grown particularly flowing/awesome. SI’s Peter King got the lowdown on the reason behind the growth.
Sep 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
The bad news came down on Tuesday morning, and that it was sort of expected doesn’t help to soften the blow any. A scope revealed the partial tear of Jason Kelce’s ACL will require surgery after all, knocking the second-year center out for the remainder of this season.
The Eagles turn now turn to 6-4, 320-lbs. Dallas Reynolds to anchor the middle of their offensive line. The 28 year old participated in his first NFL game when he relieved Kelce in the third quarter on Sunday, and actually performed quite well. How he will respond over the course of a full season is anybody’s guess.
Sep 18, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT
The replacement refs rough week just keeps getting rougher.
The officials in the Broncos-Falcons game on Monday Night Football took an absolute beating from the ESPN television crew last night.
And then there was Shady McCoy talking about some absolutely insane things a ref in Sunday’s game against the Ravens allegedly told him about needing him for his fantasy team.
Sep 17, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT
Not sure how we missed this one yesterday, but holy crap. I thought Brent Celek getting decked by Bernard Pollard yesterday was a brutal hit, but then I saw this GIF of Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden Tate catching Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee absolutely blindsided. Lee gets totally airborne and his body goes flailing. [GIF below]
Sep 17, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT
Somewhat lost in the aftermath of Sunday’s huge victory over the Ravens, which was awesome enough in its own right before anything else came along to sweeten the pot, the good fortune continued to swing the Eagles’ way later that evening. Dallas and Washington each would go on to drop their respective games against NFC West opponents, leaving Philly the only remaining unbeaten in the East, and thus alone at the top.
Sep 17, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT
It was a beautiful day for some football in South Philadelphia on Sunday at the Linc for the Eagles 2012 home opener. Fans brought their A-game in the parking lots and in the stands. You can check out our photo gallery of that scene here. Mmm, grilling.
The Eagles players brought it as well and found a way to pull out the win and send all of the Philly fans home happy.
But during their time at the Linc yesterday, fans were also entertained by the world class Eagles cheerleaders. You can check out our photo gallery of Eagles cheerleaders from the home opener here. They are big Willow Smith fans apparently.
Sep 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT
You mean to tell me Juan Castillo actually knows a thing or two about defense even though he spent the better part of two decades coaching offensive linemen? He’s more comfortable after one year on the job, and the players understand the scheme with a full offseason to digest everything?
You mean to tell me the defense appears to be improved now that there are some quality linebackers, the cornerbacks are being used to their strengths, and the safeties are healthy and not worried about getting yanked? And this combination has led to an increase in turnovers and stiffer defense inside the red zone and on third down?
Really, you don’t say…
Sep 17, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT
Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder updated reporters on Monday afternoon on the status of Eagles center Jason Kelce who was carted off the field yesterday after injuring his knee. Burkholder informed that an MRI this morning showed a partial tear to Kelce’s ACL with a full tear to the MCL. Not the best news in the world, but there’s still a chance he could play again this season.
Sep 17, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT
Friend of the Level and CSN video guru Tom put together a time lapse video from outside of the Linc yesterday from the Eagles-Ravens game.
Sep 17, 2012, 3:21 AM EDT
Anyone watching Sunday’s Eagles-Ravens game saw the pitfalls of the NFL using replacement refs. Those who tuned in to the Birds’ radio broadcast of the game had the pleasure of listening to Mike Quick and Merrill Reese absolutely tear into the job these refs were doing over and over. “They just cannot take control of this game,” Quick sad at one point. “Too many skirmishes, too much going on for these guys to handle.”
And it was true. The officials stood out and looked overwhelmed. Everyone saw it. But with the final outcome going in the Eagles favor, of course the Ravens were going to take a bit more issue with the awful officiating — Joe Flacco in particular.
Sep 16, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT
This was a heavyweight fight. The Eagles came out swinging and landed the bout’s first blow, but they dropped their guard and took a few on the chin. They picked themselves up off the mat though, trading punches back and forth until the final bell sounded. When the dust settled, the Eagles had their arms held high in the air, winning 24-23 on the final scorecard.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles beat a great team today in the Ravens. The atmosphere was chippy, with numerous scrums breaking out after the whistle. The action was brutal, injuries taking their toll on the roster. They turned the ball over four times, but the defense held more often than not. And for the second week in a row, a battered Michael Vick demonstrated a resilience too often this team lacked a season ago.
It was the type of battle that could define what this group is all about.
Sep 16, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT
Brent Celek had an absolute beast of a day for the Eagles in their 24-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in South Philadelphia. Not only was he Mike Vick’s favorite target, racking up 8 receptions for 157 yards, but he made a couple of huge catches on the Birds’ game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter
On top of all of that, he had the badass catch when he got destroyed by Bernard Pollard but still managed to get up and do his favorite first-down celebration (photo + GIF). Later in the game, he showed off his hops by hurdling Ed Reed. It only earned him an extra yard or two but it looked ridiculous.
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