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With a 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night, the Flyers not only kept up their winning ways, but also their excellent scoring production. The team is third in the NHL in goals-for average, behind only Detroit and Ottawa. But the Flyers aren't doing it on the back of one guy, like a Kovalchuk or an Ovechkin. They're consistently scoring goals in bunches, with six players already having double-digit goal tallies and players up and down the roster stepping up their scoring while others get through injuries or cold streaks. We've said it plenty before, but every line on this team can score, presenting matchup difficulties in all phases of the game.

 For the second straight game, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was a big part of the team's balanced attack, scoring a goal and adding two assists, marking six points in his last two games. He opened the scoring by sneaking in from the left and pegging the top of the net with a perfect water-bottle wrister. The All-Star is logging plenty of ice time, but staying in the plus column and out of the penalty box lately.

Timonen's scoring efforts in the last two games have complemented the continued heroics of Scott Hartnell, who added another goal to recent tear. Hartnell's been playing like a captain lately, providing a consistent source of goals and assists, but just as importantly, a physical presence on the ice. Before the first minute had ticked off the clock, Hartnell had dropped the gloves with Olli Jokinen, taking the Panthers' leading scorer off the ice for 5 minutes and setting the tone for the game despite it being a rather lackluster fight. In the third period, Scottie dropped 'em again, this time with Richard Zednick. Both players wear visors, so it wasn't much to see.

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With the play of Simon Gagne this past week, it's hard to believe the Flyers survived so long without him. Gags lit the lamp again, and his presence has clearly helped jumpstart the once-stalled Danny Briere, who scored two more goals last night. Mike Richards added two assists as well, and continues to lead the team in points. Richards, Hartnell, and Steve Downie have gelled together nicely, and Downie assisted on the Hartnell goal with a long outlet pass to set up the break. And last but not least, Antero Niittymaki won again, his first W at home this season. Don't let the three goals against fool you; Niitty had a great game, including a diving stick save in the third period. The shot may have been going wide, it's hard to tell, but Niitty swatted it away with authority at a critical time, as the Panthers had crept back from a 4-1 deficit and were within one at that point. Niittymaki is looking more and more like this team's starter, and John Stevens reportedly said the words "we have two #1s" this week.

Having a 4-1 first period lead cut so dramatically is a cause for concern, as the Flyers continue to have off-periods. Fortunately, they'd scored enough early to weather the storm. Derian Hatcher had an awful turnover in the defensive zone, which left a surprised Niittymaki high and dry. Hatcher's play lately is better than many fans have given him credit for though. He's probably been the team's most solid blueliner this season, although mistakes like that one are more memorable than "solid play."

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Position Breakdowns: How the Eagles stack up against the Giants

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Position Breakdowns: How the Eagles stack up against the Giants

Two weeks ago, it was widely assumed the Giants were going to have a more complete team than the Eagles this season. Now that the Giants are sitting on an 0-2 record, and the Eagles are at 1-1 with a hard-fought loss on the road in Kansas City, people aren’t so sure.

At this point, it’s probably fair to say New York’s football team was overrated. The offense hasn’t eclipsed 19 points since November – a run of right games – and the defense, though good, isn’t quite elite. Add a key injury to the mix, and you get a team that doesn’t look particularly threatening.

The Eagles are far from world beaters themselves. But compared to the Giants, they are in much better shape at this stage of the season.

 

QUARTERBACKS

You sort of have to give Eli Manning the nod on the strength of his four trips to the Pro Bowl and two Super Bowl championships. Then again, Manning appears to be regressing as he approaches his 37th birthday, and truth be told, he’s always been inconsistent and turnover prone. Carson Wentz continues to develop as a passer, plus possesses tremendous mobility, which Manning lacks. But Wentz’s accuracy still needs to improve, and he has the tendency to cough up the football, too. The body of work simply isn’t there. By the time the Eagles and Giants meet again in December, this might not be the case.

Slight edge: Giants

 

RUNNING BACKS

What a mess. The leading rusher in this contest is Wentz (61 YDS), followed by Darren Sproles (50), then LeGarrette Blount (46). Then it’s Orleans Darkwa, who leads the Giants with a mighty 31 yards – and he’s not even the lead back. Even if the combination Paul Perkins and Darkwa is a push compared to Blount and Wendell Smallwood, Sproles is a superior change-of-pace back to Shane Vereen.

Slight edge: Eagles

 

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS

Odell Beckham might be the most dangerous player on the field this Sunday – if the Giants wideout is healthy. Beckham was limited to 34 snaps by an ankle injury in his Week 2 debut, finishing with 4 receptions for 36 yards. Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery and Wentz are starting to get on the same page (10 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD), and tight end Zach Ertz has hit the ground running this season (13 REC, 190 YDS). New York has some big names in its receiving corps, but Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepherd have been little more than window dressing so far. Unless Beckham is 100 percent, the Eagles claim better weapons.

Very slight edge: Eagles

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

The Eagles are experiencing their share of issues up front. Replacing Isaac Seumalo with Chance Warmack at left guard is probably a step in the right direction. Warmack didn’t live up to his full potential with the Titans, but the fifth-year veteran should stabilize an otherwise solid O-line. The Giants have no such reinforcements on the way. They are stuck with the likes of Ereck Flowers at left tackle, and will continue to feature underwhelming starters across the board. This is New York’s Achilles heel right now.

Clear edge: Eagles

 

DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN

Both of these teams have outstanding defensive lines. New York may even boast the better of the two. Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon form one of the premier pass-rushing duos off the edge, while Damon Harrison anchors a stout interior. However, the Eagles hold a distinct advantage at linebacker. Jordan Hicks is coming off a tough game, but remains one of the top playmakers in the league, and Mychal Kendricks is off to an amazing start in 2017. Just try to name a linebacker on the Giants. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Slight edge: Eagles

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

The Eagles are already down Ronald Darby, and the statuses of Rodney McLeod, Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham are all up in the air. Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins is out at well, but defense is still strong at that spot with Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Landon Collins are roughly a push, so New York’s superior depth at cornerback would seem to be the difference here.

Edge: Giants

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

The kickers are relative unknowns, with three career NFL games between them, so special teams could be a real wild card on Sunday. Based off of Sproles being an electric, game-changing punt returner, and the Eagles typically outstanding coverage units, we’ll assume the Eagles have the upper hand. But if the game comes down to a last-second field goal, all bets are off.

Edge: Eagles

 

COACHING

Both Doug Pederson and Ben McAdoo are only into their second season at the helm. McAdoo did lead the Giants to 11 wins and the playoffs last season. He also has more of a track record as an offensive coordinator, as he was actually in charge of New York’s offense for two years before taking the head job – as opposed to Pederson standing behind Andy Reid in Kansas City. McAdoo is off to an 0-2 start in ’17, so it’s a tough call. If we use defensive coordinators as the tiebreaker, it doesn’t get a whole lot easier, but Giants assistant Steve Spagnuolo does have a Super Bowl ring.

Very slight edge: Giants

 

OVERALL

These squads are close in many areas, but the difference is along the offensive line. The Giants have one of the worst units in the NFL right now, in a league that has quite a few bad O-lines. Beckham is the X-factor here. If he’s back to full strength, he could give the Eagles secondary fits, but it’s a big “if.” It’s difficult to envision New York’s offense getting on track at Lincoln Financial Field, where Manning traditionally stinks. On paper, this matchup is not especially close, although anything can happen when NFC East rivals clash.

Edge: Eagles