Open Thread: Eagles vs. Panthers

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

It’s a second straight primetime showdown for the Eagles. This time, they hit the road and face Carolina on Sunday Night Football. We’ll pop in with some updates and thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.

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Who’s Picking The Eagles: Week 7

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles face the Panthers on Sunday night, in search of a winning record. Here’s how an assortment of media think the game will unfold.’s Elliot Harrison picks against the Eagles for the first time this season, predicting a 23-17 Carolina victory.

You might recall that this was the Monday night matchup last year when people were speculating about Cam Newton‘s desire, as the Panthers QB looked lazy on some throws and seemed to lack a sense of urgency. Others wondered how banged up Carolina’s franchise face was. Either way, the loss put the Panthers at 3-6-1 … and they dropped the next two. Then Riverboat Ron’s group went on a serious run, winning five in a row (including a playoff victory) before losing in Seattle.

Carolina has opened up this season with a five-game winning streak, giving them 10 wins in their last 11 contests. It will be interesting to see if Newton has as much success downfield on the Eagles as he did versus the Seahawks last week. Can Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin repeat their performance from Monday night? No matter what, for Philadelphia to have any chance, Sam Bradford must play better. Those opportunities he had downfield against the Giants will be few and far between versus this Panthers defense.

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Q&A: Giants Fan Who Got Punched After the Eagles Game

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A screengrab from the viral video that shows an Eagles fan punching a Giants fan at 69th Street Station after Monday’s game.

It all started over a discussion about football history.

Ant Righter attended the Giants-Eagles game on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Things went fine. He wasn’t heckled or harassed despite wearing a bright red Eli Manning jersey. Sure, his Giants lost to the Eagles, 27-7, but it wasn’t a bad experience.

Righter, 24, is from Delaware County. To get home, he rode the Broad Street Subway to the El. He began talking with a group of Eagles fans on the El ride home. He said the talk was initially about football, and not very heated. He and other fans were joshing about the two teams’ history of success. The Giants have won two Super Bowls recently; the Eagles have never won one. The Giants lead in overall NFL championships, 8-3. As you can see, Righter had the upper hand at this point.

Things came to a head when they hit 69th Street station. As you’ve probably seen in the viral video, an Eagles fan punched Righter.

I talked with Righter on the phone today about the incident. Read more »

WATCH: Bradley Cooper Chants Eagles Fight Song at Lincoln Financial Field

With the anticipated matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants last night, Bradley Cooper has been front and center in support of his Birds. Yesterday, we shared a commercial that found him dressed as Eagles mascot Swoop, and today Twitter video has surfaced of him chanting Eagles fight song “Fly Eagles Fly” in his box seat last night at Lincoln Financial Field.

According to, he was a guest of team owner Jeffrey Lurie and, apparently, quite the good luck charm. The Eagles stomped the Giants 27 to 7. “Fly, Eagles, fly … ”

Check out Cooper’s performance below. I admit, it’s not the most passionate impersonation (I was waiting for him to throw up a fist or something), but it’s nice to see the Jenkintown megastar showing a little Philly pride.

Broad Street Median Parking Spotlighted on ESPN

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A screengrab of ESPN’s shot of parking in the middle of South Broad Street during last night’s Giants-Eagles game.

Three years ago, I wrote about the establishing shots that are always used during national sports broadcasts played in Philly: LOVE Park, the Rocky statue and the Art Museum Steps, cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell. Most national TV games set in Philadelphia show these locations and no others.

Last night, the Eagles played on national (cable) TV against the New York Giants. Things worked out pretty well. While Sam Bradford threw three interceptions, the Eagles’ defense absolutely plastered the Giants. The Eagles won, 27-7, and are now in first place in the NFC East. Birds 24/7 has more.

But another great thing happened during the game last night: ESPN showed b-roll of cars illegally parked in the middle of South Broad Street! Right before halftime, there was an establishing shot looking north from Broad just south of Federal. Congratulations to JNA Culinary Institute of Arts for making it on to Monday Night Football. Read more »

Former Giant Steve Weatherford Is Trolling Eagles Fans

#TeamWeatherford has invaded the city of brotherly love…. Can’t wait to see my brothers get to work on #MNF Photo Cred: @Teddyv28 via Twitter #NYG #Giants

Posted by Steve Weatherford on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Last night on his Facebook page, Steve Weatherford posted this abomination, an image sent to him from someone on Twitter with his New York Giants jersey draped over the Rocky Statue. This will not fly (Eagles fly)!

What’s odd about this is Weatherford is the former Giants punter. He was cut by the Giants in early September after the team acquired Brad Wing from the Steelers. (Wing, coincidentally, was with the Eagles during the 2013 offseason.) But despite being cut by the team, Weatherford is still hyping up the Giants game tonight on Twitter. Read more »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Released During Eagles vs. Giants Game [UPDATED]

UPDATE [10/20/2015, 7:28 am]: Here’s the new Star Wars trailer that was released during the Eagles vs. Giants game during Monday Night Football:

star-wars-force-awakens-official-poster-691x1024ORIGINAL: Fans of football and sci-fi have an extra reason to be excited about tonight’s always-contentious matchup between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Lucasfilm announced that the TV trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut during the game — at halftime on ESPN. The game starts at 8:15 pm, and halftime will be around 10.

After the trailer launch, tickets for the film will be made available everywhere tickets are sold, so you better hit up Fandango with a quickness. The film release is less than two months away, set for December 18th. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by JJ Abrams, stars some newbies to the Star Wars franchise, like Girls’ Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o, but also marks the return of some of the original cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Chewbacca and C3PO.

Tonight’s trailer should give us the best peek yet at what we can expect from the new film. Up until now, Lucasfilm has released two fairly brief sneak peeks via social media: one in April and one quickie via Instagram in August. (See those here and here.) In anticipation of tonight’s trailer release, the production company debuted a new poster for the film. That’s the one you see to the right.


WATCH: Bradley Cooper Dresses As Eagles Mascot in New Promo Video

You may remember Bradley Cooper’s passionate Eagles promo video last year that was released just in time for the Eagles vs. Giants matchup in October. “This is more than a mid-season matchup,” he said. “This is a street fight — Wall Street against Broad Street.”

He goes on to rib the New York team a bit, imitating a New York accent and offering advice on how to shut up a smack-talking Giants fan.

This year, he’s been rather quiet when it comes to football promos — until yesterday, when this funny FOX NFL Sunday commercial was released. In it, Cooper is dressed as the Eagles mascot, holding the head of the bird as he says “It’s time to go watch my Philadelphia Eagles.”

He then realizes that “my Eagles don’t play today … and I didn’t bring a change of clothes.” A walk of shame with his feathered tail flopping behind ensues. Check it out above.

The Eagles take on the Giants tonight at Lincoln Financial Field.


Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A controversial quote must have context, so we’ll give Chip Kelly the benefit of the doubt when he uttered this the other day:

“It’s going to happen. We’re not successful and we’re not winning. I came from college. I’m going to go back to college. I hope someday to be like coach (Tom) Coughlin and win enough games where I can stay around long enough where the speculation ends.” Kelly said.

The Eagles coach had been asked a question about the possible interest in him from the likes of the University of Southern California, which just fired their coach, Steve Sarkisian. Maybe possible is too slight a word. There is little question that a vaunted football program like USC, which under Pete Carroll forged a near dynasty, would hire Kelly in a second.

But Kelly wasn’t saying he would go back to college. He was answering a question about him being a continual subject every time a big time college opening comes up and he was saying that it was just something he was going to have to endure. But that his main focus is the Philadelphia Eagles and he wants to be an NFL coach.

Do I believe that? Yes and no. Read more »

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