He Actually Made a 62 Yard Kick

He Actually Made a 62 Yard Kick

The Eagles are doing everything they can to try and convince us they are just an average team.  I don't want to believe it.  I think they are capable of being a good to great team.  At this point, they certainly are just an average team.  You could point to many things from yesterday's loss: the special teams allowing a great return in the final seconds, Donovan gift wrapping two Ronde Barber TDs, McDougle's big mistake, etc., etc.  But there are only really two things Eagles fans need to point to: yesterday's scoreboard and the Eagles record.  Yesterday was a huge loss to an average Tampa team and it puts the Eagles at a mediocre 4-3 with their schedule only getting tougher.

-Birds betrayed by miscues and a miracle 62 yard kick [Inquirer]

Extras:
-What do you know about Robin Roberts?  You liked her when she was at ESPN? Not that Robin Roberts you moron.  A Citizen's Blog, in part 5 of his look at the Whiz Kids, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts.  Go learn. [A Citizen's Blog]
-Who wants to see an Eagle naked in the locker room? [PhiladelphiaWillDo]
-Perdo Martinez's little buddy Nelson has died. [Deadspin]
-Have you been listening to 88.5 XPN's countdown of the greatest artists of all time? [XPN.org]
-Movie recommendation: The Departed. The acting was phenomenal and the Drop Kick Murphys song in the soundtrack fit perfectly.  The Globe on Scoresese's latest effort: "A relentlessly violent, breathtakingly assured piece of mean-streets
filmmaking, the film shows the legendary director dropping the bids for
industry respectability that have preoccupied him over the past decade
and doing what he does best: burrow to the agonized heart of
criminality and let the blood and guilt splatter where they may." [Boston Globe] [YouTube] [Departed Soundtrack]

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P