All eyes will be on Nick Foles this week to see if the second-year passer can string together two quality games in a row, but the game's outcome has more far-reaching implications for the Philadelphia than the future under center. With a win over the Packers, the Eagles can improve their record to 5-5 and reinsert themselves into the playoff picture in the process.
As you probably know, the Birds are only one game back of first place in the NFC East, trailing a Cowboys team that is perfectly capable of coughing up a lead as long as Chip Kelly's crew can keep pace. Philly can also make up a ton of ground in the wild card picture over the next few weeks however, starting today in Green Bay.
Four of the Eagles' next six opponents either currently hold an edge in the wild card standings or potentially could if they fall out of the division lead, which means the Birds are very much in control of their own destiny. It all starts today at Lambeau Field with a 5-3 Packers team that is seemingly just trying to survive while MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out with a collarbone injury.
The Eagles also have upcoming dates with Arizona, Detroit, and Chicago before their Week 17 meeting in Dallas, so there's a lot of time left to shake things up.
Firs thing's first for the Birds, and that's getting back to .500. Seneca Wallace is 1-9 as a starter since 2009, 6-15 for his career, but you can't take any teams lightly in the NFL, and certainly not the Pack. We'll find out whether Foles and co. have what it takes to elevate their status as potential postseason contenders.
Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?
Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.
Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.
Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."
If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.
Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.
Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.
"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."
The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag.
“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”