The Eagles were only 6-5-1 (groan) on December 7th of last year when they went to the Meadowlands to pay the Giants a visit. Big Blue, in the meantime, was an NFC-best 11-1, firing on all cylinders on a seven-game winning streak that was making them look like the class of the conference. But fortunes were quickly to change, in large thanks to a season-best performance by RB Brian Westbrook, who the Giants had no answer for the entire game.
West's stat line for the game was one of those you barely ever saw from other running backs, but almost came to take for granted coming from #36. He went for 133 yards and a score on the ground, and augmented it with 72 yards and another score through the air, accounting for well over half the Birds' total offense. David Akers added a pair of field goals as well, which ended up being the difference in the Eagles' 20-14 victory over the G-Men.
"This was a big win," said Westbrook after the game, "But we're in a position now where we have to win them all." So it seemed at the time for the Eagles, though they still snuck in one more loss just to make things interesting before clinching a Wild Card spot in the playoffs in the last week of the season. There they would eventually meet the same Giants, who limped into the post-season with three losses in their last four games, and fell to the Eagles once more on a windy day in New Jersey. Let this be a lesson to you, kids, about, uh, something.
Who knows how many, if any, more games we'll see like this out of Brian Westbrook before his time in the Green and White comes to a close. But performances like this are why, when all is said and done, he'll likely go down one of the great running backs in the history of the franchise.
Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!