The Eagles return to action on Sunday, and they'll go to battle with two familiar faces. Donovan will be wearing extra protection around his ribs, while Westbrook is expected to be completely uninhibited. It might be fair to say McCoy will start sharing more of the load though.
As for their opponent, the winless Tampa Bay Bucs, Ray Diddy has the word on them after the break.
The Buccaneer team that comes into the Linc on Sunday will look a lot
like the Kansas City team that just left. It is a team that doesn’t do
anything well. The offense is lousy, the defense can’t get off the
field and the special teams aren’t very special. Like the Chiefs, the
Bucs fired their offensive coordinator (Jeff Jagodzinski) the week
before the league opener, a sure sign that things were in disarray.
That just about says it all. If you need a number to break down how awful the Bucs really are, consider this: through four games, they've scored 54 points (12.5 ppg) to their opponents' 107. Unless they slip some Ambien into the Eagles Gatorade supply, Sunday's result figures to be more of the same.
Meanwhile... Kevin Kolb returns to the bench after winning NFC Player of the Week honors for his 327 yard performance against the Chiefs. We consulted the McNabb-O-Meter for some drama, and the answer was surprising:
No change. Kolb was impressive, but against a bad team with no playmakers. We didn't really learn anything that wasn't already revealed the week before, except this time he picked up the W. The meter expects to swing – one way or the other – based on Donovan's play against the Bucs and as the season progresses. Those rib injuries can linger, and we've seen McNabb battle through injuries with some less than stellar outings in the past.
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.