Eagles on SNF: Well, It's Still a Game Against the Giants

Eagles on SNF: Well, It's Still a Game Against the Giants

This season may have come off the rails, but these games definitely matter. There are seven weeks left to evaluate this team -- who's part of the problem, and who's gonna be part of the solution? Also, the results will impact April's draft position, will they not? And who knows, the Eagles could win out and sneak into the playoffs, right?

... Right?

Okay, probably not. We've put that fairy tale to bed for now, but regardless, Philadelphia can cling to a sliver of hope with a W tonight. Not feeling that though? When it comes down to it, there is still one universally great reason to root on the Birds: they have the chance to take down those hated New York Giants in their building, in front of a national TV audience.

The Giants are in the thick of a brutal six-game stretch that includes four first-place opponents, and two division rivals. Sitting at 1-1, their postseason dreams could very well hinge on getting through the next month with at least a .500 record, which means with the Packers and Saints still on the slate, a loss to the Eagles might prove to be their undoing.

Keep in mind too, there are only 16 games. You don't owe anybody an apology for being a pro football fan. Even if the Eagles are going nowhere, you might want to enjoy this season for whatever it is while it lasts, because before you know it, it's over. Then it will be another eight months before the Birds play another one that counts.

And with a win, they are only two games out of first place, you know. Sorry, had to do it.

So put on your Vince Young jersey, crack open a beer, and join us. You undoubtedly aren't pulling for Andy Reid, you might even be more concerned with a top 10 pick than another pointless victory. Whatever -- just stick it to the G-men.

Orthopedist on Ben Simmons' injury: 'The prognosis is good'

Orthopedist on Ben Simmons' injury: 'The prognosis is good'

On Friday, Sixers fans got some bad news when the team revealed that No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

The Sixers didn't give a timetable for his return, saying that they were reviewing treatment options for the 6-foot-10 point-forward.

As a guest on CSNPhilly's Sportsnet Central, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Schwartz gave a little insight into Simmons' injury. Schwartz is not treating Simmons, but has dealt with similar injuries. Schwartz believes the prognosis is good for the Sixers' rookie.

"The big question is where the exact location of this fracture is," Schwartz said. "That will dictate the prognosis and the treatment. If it's at the base of the fifth metatarsal, it's usually a non-surgical treatment. It's usually a cast/boot for six to eight weeks and return to play somewhere around eight weeks."

That would be great news considering Sixers fans didn't get to see Nerlens Noel the year he was drafted and are still awaiting the debut of 2014 draft pick Joel Embiid. 

Schwartz warns that the injury could be something known as a Jones fracture, which would likely require surgery and the recovery could be three to four months. The prognosis would still be good, according to Schwartz, but other NBA players have had lengthy recoveries with a similar injury.

"The prognosis is still good, but we know that Kevin Durant had a Jones fracture and he was out for an entire season because of it not healing," Schwartz said. "But the prognosis is good, however, the question is whether it's going to require surgery or not."

For more from Schwartz on Simmons' injury and possible timetable, check out the video above.

Penn beats Dartmouth, 37-24, behind Torgersen's 3 TDs

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Penn beats Dartmouth, 37-24, behind Torgersen's 3 TDs

HANOVER, N.H. -- Alek Torgersen threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores as Pennsylvania rolled to a 37-24 victory over Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams on Friday night.

Torgersen finished with 188 yards passing, and bounced back from having his 17-game TD-passing streak snapped in a 31-17 loss at Fordham last week. He capped the Quakers' opening drive with a 28-yard scoring strike to Christian Pearson. Torgersen also bullied in from the 4 and 3-yard lines to help stretch Penn's lead to 35-10 late in the third quarter.

Tre Solomon ran for 107 yards on 29 carries and had scoring runs of 1 and 7 yards for Penn (1-2, 1-0).

Jack Heneghan was 27 of 43 for 289 yards passing, and threw two touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter to lead Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1).

It was second-year Penn coach Ray Priore's first win against Dartmouth.