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Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays 07/21/2020 MLB Forecast, Betting Picks and Baseball Odds

Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays 07/21/2020 – Toronto Blue Jays will take the road to play against Boston Red Sox in a preseason game that is all set to take place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blue Jays might not have had the perfect season last year, but they have been preparing for 2020 with some potential players on their squad. Boston Red Sox have some key players that will help them this year. However, Boston will need some extra focus on the big opponents such as the Yankees and the Nationals. At present, Boston will need to focus on defeating the Blue Jays with the baseball betting odds against them in this game.

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bathrobeDFS - Daily Analysis for April 8th (MLB)

Hello, everyone!! bathrobeDFS is here with your Daily MLB Analysis. First, I will go over any weather concerns. Then, we will take a look at the Vegas lines. Next, I will take a look at Pitchers. Then I will look at the Hitters. All of this will be discussed as someone who plays on DraftKings. If you have any additional questions or want to see guaranteed updates in regards to breaking news- I provide additional updates, information, and stats on my twitter @bathrobeDFS. Feel free to throw me a follow cause it’s much easier and more timely to provide updates over that medium. I also have a Venmo and Patreon for those that would like to donate
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With that being said, let’s get into it!
Early Two Game Slate
Game Notes (SPs, Vegas Lines, Weather)
Rays vs White Sox - 210pm
Projected Lineups (L/S refers to Handedness of the Batter // Splits - EN = Extreme Normal, N = Normal, 0 = No splits, R = Reverse, ER = Extreme Reverse, RHB = Switch Hitter better as a RHB. LHB = Switch Hitter better as a LHB. // Pitcher information is about pitching not how he hits.)
Tampa Bay Rays
Name DK Position Price L/S Splits
Yandy Diaz 1B/3B 3600 R R
Tommy Pham OF 5100 R 0
Daniel Robertson 2B/3B 3800 R N
Avisail Garcia OF 4300 R N
Mike Zunino C 3900 R ER
Kevin Kiermaier OF 4200 L EN
Guillermo Heredia OF 3300 R EN
WIlly Adames SS 3300 R R
Christian Arroyo 3B 3400 R 0
Blake Snell SP 10900 L 0
Chicago White Sox
Name DK Position Price L/S Splits
Leury Garcia OF 3500 S 0
Tim Anderson SS 3700 R N
Jose Abreu 1B 4200 R 0
Welington Castillo C 3300 R EN
Yoan Moncada 3B 4500 S LHB
Eloy Jimenez OF 4600 R ?
Yonder Alonso 1B 3700 L N
Jose Rondon 2B/SS 3300 R 0
Adam Engel OF 3100 R 0
Carlos Rodon SP 6200 L R
Well, this game gives us the clear #1 pitcher on a 2 game slate with reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell starting for the Rays. He is someone you can play every time he takes the mound and, especially in a limited slate like this, the question of what you should do is going to be one of game theory. There is no reputable source that will tell you anything other than that Snell is, far and away, the best play here. Everyone else will know that too. And he’s not priced in a way that makes finding bats impossible, meaning he is going to be 80% owned in some places. So what do you do??
Well, you have 3 options. I often talk about this in regards to the NBA, but the same thing really does apply to SPs in MLB. You can either:
  1. Play him with the field and hope he pitches a normal game and crushes it. This would mean finding a way to separate yourself elsewhere, either by not stacking, taking an unpopular stack (like the Pirates), or taking the lowest owned pitcher (I would assume that is Taillon) to pair with him.
  2. Fade him and try to find value at other places. This would mean taking a chance on Taillon and Rodon and making a point of stacking the White Sox, to further distinguish yourself from the field. Especially on a 2 game slate like this, if a pitcher is overwhelming chalk and you don’t plan on playing him, it makes sense to stack against him as added leverage against the field. I mean, you’re not playing him means, generally, you think points can be had. So find them and have them.
  3. You just put together the best lineup you can and who gives a shit about ownership projections. Because you win a tournament by having the highest score, not by being the cutest or having the lowest owned player.
I think Rodon is also a good play. When you take a look at the projected TB lineup, they lead off with a reverse platoon RHB, already putting them at a disadvantage. While I totally think you can take a mini stack (or one-offs) with Pham (especially), Robertson, and Garcia, I think Rodon will have his way with the rest of the lineup.
I will add 2 things here: It is a perfectly viable strategy to play a pitcher AND batters against him when the slate gets this small. While I don’t advise it on larger slates, it is perfectly viable when the options are so thin. If you want to play Rodon AND Pham you absolutely 100% can.
Second, If you play Snell and Taillon, I totally think it’s possible to expand the mini stack to a normal sized one by adding Heredia and Adames.
Pirates vs Cubs - 220pm
  • Jameson Taillon, RHP - 0-1, 13.0 IP, 3.46 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 2 BB, 9 K
  • Jon Lester, LHP - 1-0, 12.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 5 BB, 10 K
  • Vegas Info: N/A
  • Weather: Partly Cloudy and Warm. Temps around 60. Light winds blowing out.
Projected Lineups (L/S refers to Handedness of the Batter // Splits - EN = Extreme Normal, N = Normal, 0 = No splits, R = Reverse, ER = Extreme Reverse, RHB = Switch Hitter better as a RHB. LHB = Switch Hitter better as a LHB. // Pitcher information is about pitching not how he hits.)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Name DK Position Price L/S Splits
Kevin Newman 2B/SS 3400 R ?
Starling Marte OF 4700 R R
Francisco Cervelli C 3500 R 0
Josh Bell 1B 4100 S LHB
Jung-Ho Kang 3B/SS 4300 R ER
Melky Cabrera OF 3500 S 0
Pablo Reyes 2B/OF 3500 R ?
Erik Gonzalez SS 3400 R ER
Jameson Taillon SP 8800 R N
Chicago Cubs
Name DK Position Price L/S Splits
Ben Zobrist 2B/OF 3500 S 0
Kris Bryant 3B/OF 5000 R EN
Anthony Rizzo 1B 5000 L N
Javier Baez SS 5300 R EN
Kyle Schwarber OF 4900 L N
Willson Contreras C 4300 R EN
Daniel Descalso 2B 3700 L 0
Jon Lester SP 7600 L ER
Jason Heyward OF 3900 L 0
I have been talking up Taillon since the very first time I talked about the Pirates. This kid is a legit ace-caliber pitcher. While he hasn’t had one of his ace-caliber starts this year, he did show marked improvement between the two starts, and I expect more improvement going into this game. I also think he will be the lowest owned due to both his price and the matchup with the Cubs. Which is scary, sure. But they are not the Red Sox or Yankees, and they can be had. Especially by someone like Taillon who can get strikeouts, has great control, and can keep the ball on the ground.
If you wanna go with what I assume is the most chalky stack on this small slate, I would prioritize the LHB on the Cubs so Zobrist/Descalso, Rizzo, Schwarber and, if you hate yourself, Heyward. He had his best game of the year already. Now I can ignore him for a few months while he eats up ownership and puts up a bunch of 0s or 3s.
I will also add that I’ve made it a point in taking some bats against Lester. He is an OK pitcher now, sure, but he is vastly overrated by the field both for his name and cause of the team he is on. I expect he will be the 2nd most popular pitcher on the slate by far. He is also someone who shows EXTREME reverse splits, meaning we can actually give a bump to Lester since he will be seeing 9 righties, including the pitcher. Still, I will take a chance on some Pirates bats considering the prices and where I expect the field will be. I would just start at the top and try to fit in whoever you can.
Ultimately this whole slate will come down to who you choose at pitcher, and that will come down, in part, to your philosophy.
Today’s Slate
Game Notes (SPs, Vegas Lines, Weather)
Athletics vs Orioles
  • Marco Estrada, RHP - 0-0, 16.1 IP, 2.76 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 4 BB, 7 K
  • Andrew Cashner, RHP - 1-1, 10.0 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 7 BB, 6 K
  • Vegas Info: 9, OAK -136
  • Weather: Mostly Cloudy and Warm. Temps in the 70s. Winds blowing out at 8mph.
Nationals vs Phillies
  • Anibal Sanchez, RHP - 0-0, 4.0 IP, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 4 BB, 3 K
  • Vince Velasquez, RHP - 0-0, 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Vegas Info: 9, PHI -132
  • Weather: Mostly Cloudy and Warm. Temps in the 70s. Winds blowing out at 9mph.
Yankees vs Astros
  • Masahiro Tanaka, RHP - 1-0, 12.1 IP, 1.46 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 0 BB, 12 K
  • Justin Verlander, RHP - 1-0, 11.0 IP, 4.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 4 BB, 13 K
  • Vegas Info: 7.5, HOU -152
  • Weather: DOME
Dodgers vs Cardinals
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP - 2-0, 13.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 0 BB, 13 K
  • Miles MIkolas, RHP - 0-1, 10.0 IP, 7.20 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Vegas Info: 8, LAD -118
  • Weather: Mostly Cloudy and Warm. Temps in the mid 70s. Winds light, blowing across field.
Mariners vs Royals
  • Felix Hernandez, RHP - 1-0, 5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Homer Bailey, RHP - 0-0, 5.0 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Vegas Info: 9, Pick Em
  • Weather: Clear and Warm. Temps in the mid 70s. Winds blowing out at 7mph.
Braves vs Rockies
  • Julio Teheran, RHP - 0-1, 10.0 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5 BB, 14 K
  • Kyle Freeland, LHP - 1-1, 11.2 IP, 2.31 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 5 BB, 15 K
  • Vegas Info: 10.5, COL -133
  • Weather: COORS FIELD GAME - Clear and Warm. Temps in 70s. Winds blowing in at 7mph
Padres vs Giants
  • Eric Lauer, LHP - 1-1, 11.0 IP, 3.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Madison Bumgarner, LHP - 13.0 IP, 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 3 BB, 13 K
  • Vegas Info: 7, SF -125
  • Weather: 30% chance of Rain through the Game Overcast and Warm. Temps around 60. Winds blowing out at 10mph. Doesn’t matter in SF
Brewers vs Angels
  • Jhoulys Chacin, RHP - 2-0, 10.2 IP, 4.22 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 5 BB, 13 K
  • Trevor Cahill, RHP - 0-1, 12.0 IP, 3.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Vegas Info: 8.5, Pick Em
  • Weather: Partly Cloudy. Temps in the mid 70s. Winds blowing out at 4mph.
Great Pitchers
Masahiro Tanaka (8700, RHP) at HOU - This price is insulting for someone with the consistency that Tanaka has. I know that the Astros are one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, but I also know that I don’t give a shit when a pitcher is as good as Tanaka (or, as we will see on the other side of the game, Verlander). As I have noted every time I have talked about Tanaka - what beats him is himself. He has the stuff, when it’s on and he can control it, to beat any team in the league, any day, and make them look like little leaguers. It really is filthy. If he stuff is working today, he will get more than 1 K per inning, not allow a walk, and keep the runs down, even if some hits get through.
Justin Verlander (10400, RHP) vs NYY - Verlander is coming off a bad start in Texas, which is awesome. It lowered his price 1100 bucks, and 600 under where it started on Opening Day. That means we get cheap Verlander! Plus, people who don’t understand how baseball works will look at his log, see one bad game, and get off him, thereby lowering what should be astronomical ownership. Or they will see the Yankees and get worried. But it’s Verlander. If you play this slate out 100 times, he will get 25 DKP against the Yanks more often than he doesn’t. Don’t be foolish. Don’t overthink it. Even Cy Young pitchers have a bad start sometimes (except deGrom). And while he may have one again, odds are he won’t. So get on him at way, way too cheap a price.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (9600, LHP) at STL - I like Ryu a lot. I think he’s a great pitcher, for sure. I just don’t think there’s any way in hell I am paying 9600 when Verlander is 800 more. That’s just stupid. That being said, stupid wins a LOT of tourneys. So if you do MME, make sure you are taking some lineups with Ryu instead of Verlander (or even paired with, if you like some cheap stacks). That being said, Ryu is an extreme reverse splits pitcher who will be going against a lineup almost full of RHB, which is a huge boost for him.
Great Spots
Eric Lauer (7500, LHP) at SF - On opening day, I strongly recommended Lauer when he was 5600. I explained how he matches up really well against this poor Giants team. As a reverse splits lefty, he really is set to avoid almost every main problem he could face, which is how he got 6 IP with 4 hits allowed, 0 runs, 1 BB, 3 Ks and 20.5 DKP. While he’s almost 2k more expensive now, he’s still a good play, and I still expect him to put up around the same 20 DKP or so in this matchup. Granted, that puts him under several other pitchers on this slate, but I will still have my shares of Lauer tonight.
GPP Plays
Julio Teheran (5800, RHP) at COL - If you want a real cheap GPP play, boy have a got one for you. If you like getting deep into analysis, I strongly recommend reading this article about pitch type and how they are affected by Coors Field. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, basically, the 2 pitches that see the least change in effectiveness are the slider and the 4 seam fastball. Well, he throws his 4 seamer 42% of the time and his slider 22% of the time as it is. In Coors, I am sure he will take out the Curveball, that you can’t use there, and increase his slider usage. That will be good for him, as his slider evoked a 22.9% swinging strike rate and a .143 batting average against. Coors Field effects different pitchers differently. Some pitchers can deal with it. At 5800 and no ownership, I have no problem taking a chance on Teheran.
Kyle Freeland (6200, LHP) vs ATL - Oh man am I going to get shit for this. I am putting both pitchers in the Coors Field game in the GPP section. But the fact is Freeland is as an effective pitcher in Coors Field as he is outside of it. If you read the article I just posted in the Teheran section, you will see that 4 seamers and Sliders are the way to go. Well Freeland throws his 4 seamer about 40% of the time and his slider about 30% of the time. And, again, that is taking into account that he may change this rate in and out of Coors. I look at Freeland’s logs, as well. Game 1 of the season against the Marlins - priced at 9000, he gets 25.4 DKP. Game 2 against the Rays - price falls 1100 to 7900, he gets 22.3 DKP. Now his price falls again to 6200. How much you wanna bet he still gets 20 DKP?
Jhoulys Chacin (8100, RHP) at LAA - Chacin profiles very much like Teheran - a pitcher that can get a lot of Ks, can get absolute murder on RHB, but has a lot of trouble against LHB. The difference between the 2 is that Chacin throws his slider 45% of the time, and it is NASTY, which makes him REALLY nasty to RHB. But extra vulnerable to LHB. Still, this lineup is mostly Rs with only a couple of really good LHB we would have to worry about. While he is pretty expensive, I also expect him go get 20 or so DKP. Also, the Coors Field effect here is named Mike Trout, who will get a HR regardless of how nasty his slider is and how many feet off the plate it breaks.
No Thanks
Marco Estrada (7300, RHP) at BAL - Marco Estrada is a bad pitcher that doesn’t strike people out and gives up a ton of HR. But Baltimore is awful. There is ONE bat on the O’s that I almost consider a lock, but, otherwise, I don’t want anything from him or the other O’s bats.
Stacking Opportunities (in no particular order)
Athletics vs Andrew Cashner (OAK) - There are very few sure things in life - death, taxes, and stacking against O’s pitchers. Andrew Cashner is their ace, but is the most hittable. He may have thrown 100 but, when you don’t have great control and the ball doesn’t move, it doesn’t matter how fast you throw in the bigs. People will catch up to it and make you pay. And that has been the story of Cashner’s career.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 9
Chalk Level (1-10): 6
Preferred Stack: Full
Preferred Players: Piscotty (OF - 4700) and Davis (OF - 5200) are my favorite plays here, but you can start at the top and work your way down against Cashner
Phillies vs Anibal Sanchez (WAS) - Anibal Sanchez is the 5th starter for the Nats, but he really doesn’t deserve that job. He had a 2nd wind year last season with the Braves, but it was smoke and mirrors. In his first start against this same Phillies team, he got 4 IP and gave up 4 hits, 4 ER, 4 walks and 3 Ks and it would have been worse if he hadn’t been hit by a comebacker and taken out. I will also note that he is a reverse splits pitcher, and the wind will be blowing out
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 9
Chalk Level (1-10): 6
Preferred Stack: Full
Preferred Players: Start with Rhys Hoskins (1B - 4700) and then go to the top and work your way down.
Nationals vs Vincent Velasquez (RHP, @PHI) - Velasquez was a pitcher with a lot of promise when he came up for the Phils. He has always managed to keep his K totals high, but he never was able to find the control you need to make it to the next level in the big leagues. Because of that, he is prone to leaving the ball out over the plate, or missing it altogether. I should also note Vince has only gotten to pitch one inning so far this year, as he has been the long man in the bullpen (since the Phillies didn’t need 5 starters until now.) So, yeah, not a ringing endorsement if I do say so myself.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 8
Chalk Level (1-10): 4
Preferred Stack: Full
Preferred Players: Eaton (OF - 4000), Soto (OF - 4800), Rendon (3B - 4200), Gomes (C - 3500), Robles (OF - 4000), then take your pick if you wanna fit someone else.
Dodgers vs Miles Mikolas (RHP, @STL) - If you have been following my MLB articles since the beginning of the season, or beforehand when I did the previews, let me first say thank you!. I really do value you taking the time to read the work I put out. I hope you enjoy reading my stuff as much as I enjoy writing it for you. Second, I have been on a quest to stack each and every time I can against Mikolas. I have been harping on it since the preseason and nothing is going to change here. When you are an extreme, EXTREME control pitcher that doesn’t strike people out, and you are getting lucky, eventually that luck runs out. And, as I often say, if you are not absolutely perfect, you aren’t going to be functional. It is way, way more profitable to bet against someone being perfect then to bet on them being flawless. And we have seen that so far against a potent Milwaukee and a not-so-potent Pirates offenses.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 10
Chalk Level (1-10): 5
Preferred Stack: Full
Preferred Players: Everyone and their grandmas if they become available on DK tomorrow for some reason. I would find it hard not to lock in Bellinger (1B - 4900) and Muncy (1B/3B - 4300). Especially Muncy at that price, and while everyone else will be looking to Colorado.
Royals vs King Felix (RHP, SEA) - Felix had a great first start for him, and he struck out only 4 in 5.1 IP. He wound up not walking anyone, which was nice. But he still gave up 7 hits and 3 runs (1 ER). I just don’t think Felix has it anyone. You know I’ve talked about how he has fallen off the cliff and, while it’s possible he figured out how to not be a power pitcher in the offseason, the odds are he is going to keep getting smashed most of the time. Even though this isn’t the best Royals team, they still have some great pieces we can take a chance on. Especially LHB
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 6
Chalk Level (1-10): 3
Preferred Stack: Mini
Preferred Players Whit (2B/OF - 4500), Mondesi (SS - 4800), O’Hearn (1B - 3900) or Duda (1B - 4100), Soler (OF - 3900)
Mariners vs Homer Bailey (RHP, @KC) - Homer Bailey won’t have a job for long. Well, I mean, I’m sure he’ll have a job, it just won’t be a pitcher for a major league baseball team. There is a reason he is priced that low. And even that is far too high for him. He is a trainwreck of a horrorshow and I wouldn’t be surprised if his first start of the year is, by far, his best one.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 8
Chalk Level (1-10): 8
Preferred Stack: Full
Preferred Players: Start with Bruce (OF - 4200) then go back to the top and work your way down
Braves vs Kyle Freeland (LHP, @COL) - Given how Kyle Freeland pitches, there are very few Braves I am interested in playing. Anyone listed here is also a fantastic one-off play as well.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 9
Chalk Level (1-10): 10
Preferred Stack: Full or Mini - Only these Players:
Preferred Players: Donaldson (3B - 5000), Acuna (OF - 5500), Albies (2B - 5200), Camargo (3B/OF - 4500), Flowers (C - 4100). If those 5 don’t all play, I will not play a 5 man stack from ATL.
Padres vs Madison Bumgarner (LHP, @SF) - MadBum has looked OK in his first 2 starts, but still not like the dominant Cy Young pitcher he had been a couple of years ago before injury and age. On Opening Day, he pitched well against this Padres team, going 7 IP, striking out 9, walking 1, giving up 5 hits, including 1 HR, and 2 ER. in his next start, he threw a ball away that resulted in an error, or else he would have surrendered upwards of 5 ER, which would have tanked his stats. But that’s how baseball works. If you don’t pay attention, you don’t realize that he still gave up 5 runs, including a massive HR, and 2 walks and only 4 K in 6 IP. While I can understand not wanting to stack against MadBum like I will, I certainly won’t pay almost 10k for him and I advise you not to either.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 7
Chalk Level (1-10): 2
Preferred Stack: Full or Mini
Preferred Players: Machado (3B - 4200), Renfroe (OF - 3900), Franmil Reyes (OF - 3900), Tatis (SS - 3900), Myers (OF - 4200)
Brewers vs Trevor Cahill (RHP, @LAA) - Cahill is a mediocre pitcher. I mean he’s hit or miss really. It depends on the lineup. If he is going a lineup that has, say, a fuckload of LHB that can mash HRs at a ridiculous clip, he’s probably going to have a really, really bad day. Oh look, here come the Brewers who now get to use Thames at DH!! Poor, poor Trevor Cahill.
How much do I love this stack? (1-10): 10
Chalk Level (1-10): 5
Preferred Stack: Full - LHB Preferred
Preferred Players: Yelich (OF - 5300), Shaw (1B/3B - 4200), Moustakas (2B/3B - 4400), Eric Thames (1B/OF - 4300), Grandal (C - 4200)
One-Off Batters
Trey Mancini (1B/OF - 4200) - While the fact he’s been swinging a hot bat is a positive, I would want some shares of Mancini regardless. Estrada is a severe reverse splits pitcher, meaning he is WAY worse against RHB. Trey Mancini is a reverse splits hitter, meaning he is better against RHP. While you can also take your chance with Nunez (1B - 4100), I think Trey Mancini is close to a slam dunk today. I will be building my lineups 5/2/1 or 4/3/1 to make sure I have the ability to fit Mancini in as a one-off, no matter what. The dual-position eligibility is a huge bonus as well.
Altuve (2B - 4700) and Aledmys Diaz (2B/SS - 3600) - While I only Altuve in my current projected Astros lineup for tomorrow, if they are smart and play Diaz as well, I will have them both. This is a question of an extreme reverse splits pitcher going against reverse splits righties. That’s like 2 waves meeting each other and making the amplitude bigger, even though the wavelength stays the same. PHYSICS, BITCHES.
Carpenter (3B - 4200) - When a lefty has as severe reverse splits as Ryu, you bet I am going to try to get a share or two of Carpenter in there. I know Carpenter is an extreme normal splits hitter, so this doesn’t line up nearly as well as the other one offs I have listed so far, but it’s still cheap and worth a chance, especially since no one else is going to play him a L/L matchup, but he’s still leading off.
Blackmon (OF - 5200) and Dahl (OF - 5100)- The one thing with Teheran is he already has a huge problem getting LHB out. I think he should be able to work through the many, many RHB in this lineup, but these 2 LHB should give him extra trouble. Teheran likes to use the 2-seamer and the change against LHB since the slider breaks in and would generally be less effective. Unfortunately, changeups and 2 seamers are 2 of the pitches that do much worse in Coors so I expect him to struggle against these 2. They will either walk every time they are up or hit HRs.
Renfroe and Reyes - Both of these dudes hit LHP like they were future hall of famers. Seriously. If every pitcher the Padres went against was a southpaw, these dudes would be all-stars. So don’t ignore them just because it’s 75% of a MadBum pitching against them. Even if you don’t want to go to a mini stack of Padres, get some Renfroe and Reyes in there. Especially with Mancini, these 3 are reason enough to leave space for a one-off in your lineups today. Oh nelly.
Bour (1B - 4100) - With Chacin an extreme splits pitcher and Bour an extreme splits hitter, lining up against each other, I predict great things for Bour today. Even if you don’t wanna pay up for Trout, or go to the rest of this lineup (which I don’t really recommend), Bour looks super sweet today.
HR CALL OF THE SLATE: There are so many. Franmil Reyes
Ok. That is a full MLB day. Without an NBA slate to worry about, I got to get a little deeper in, though still not nearly as deep as I wanted, given that I had to write about the 14 gamer until 230 pm and then finally get some sleep. Anyway, best of luck today everyone!!
I am almost finished with my website. The article will still be free, and posted here, for as long as I am working for myself. If you took down a GPP thanks to my help, feel free to send me a DM here or an @ on twitter to be added to the site’s hall of fame! The site will have a membership that will provide, as far as I am concerned, what will be the best projections in MLB (and eventually NBA). I will work on them with my stat guy until they are perfect. We are going to account for things other people ignore because they are too much work. It’s going to be amazing. I am also going to be doing a daily video that will be a Q and A as well as a way for me to go deeper into everything, and discuss more of who I love or hate and why, since I can’t mention everyone due to Reddit’s character limits. As it stands now, I am almost at 30k and the limit is 40k and it was half a slate. God I love baseball.
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[Game Thread] - Week 1 - Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

/Eagles vs. /Redskins

Football is back!!

Fly Eagles Fly

Game Preview

It's finally here. After a long 2012 season, a long offseason and a long summer, the Eagles are set to embark on a new era under head coach Chip Kelly. There's a palpable excitement surrounding this Eagles team, as we wait to find out just what Kelly will do offensively in the regular season. A reenergized Michael Vick takes the reins of an offense that is likely to heavily feature a deep corps of running backs behind what could be a dominating offensive line. There's a sense of mystery surrounding the defense as well, as defensive coordinator Bill Davis unveils his scheme after a preseason of tinkering with personnel.
Of course, the mystery extends to the Redskins sideline, where their star quarterback is set to return from a torn ACL suffered in their playoff loss only nine months ago. Will Robert Griffin III be able to do the same athletic things he was able to do en route to taking the league by storm last season. Is he coming back too soon? It's very early in the season, no doubt, but could Monday night give us a preview of who will be the team to beat in the division this season? The NFL universe will be watching closely as the first NFC East division clash of the year takes place on national television at 7 PM on Monday night.
See more at the Philadelphia Eagles website.


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Screenshotting the Prediction Thread before the game begins.
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7:10 PM Eastern
6:10 PM Central
5:10 PM Mountain
4:10 PM Pacific


FedEx Field - Landover, MD

Weather at Kickoff:

  • Temperature: 75° F
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Forecast: Mostly Cloudy
  • Chance of Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: SE 6 MPH


ESPN - Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Suzy Kolber
DirecTV - 206
TV Map


FirstRow Sports


Sirius - 92
XM - XM 225 (Internet 823)
94WIP - Sports Radio - 94.1 FM

Betting Odds:

Favorite/Spread: Redskins by 3.5 points
Record vs. Spread: Philadelphia 3-12-1; Washington 11-6
OveUnder: 51.5

Projected Starters:


Position Player
QB Michael Vick
RB LeSean McCoy
TE James Casey
WR Riley Cooper
LT Jason Peters
LG Evan Mathis
C Jason Kelce
RG Todd Herremans
RT Lane Johnson
TE Brent Celek
WR DeSean Jackson


Position Player
DE Cedric Thornton
NT Isaac Sopoaga
DE Fletcher Cox
ROLB Trent Cole
MLB Mychal Kendricks
MLB DeMeco Ryans
LOLB Connor Barwin
LCB Bradley Fletcher
RCB Cary Williams
S Nate Allen
S Patrick Chung

Not Playing:

List of Questionable/Probables/Doubtful
List of Questionable/Probables/Doubtful

Series Information

Series Leader
Redskins lead 81-70-5
Shanahan: 5-5 against Eagles
Kelly: 0-0 against Redskins
Quarterback Record
Michael Vick: Against Redskins: 4-3
Robert Griffin III: Against Eagles: 2-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Robert Griffin III leads Michael Vick 2-0
Points Scored
Philadelphia Eagles leads Washington Redskins (3204-3055)
Records per Stadium
Record @ Fedex Field: Philadelphia Eagles leads Washington Redskins (10-6)
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Philadelphia Eagles tied with Washington Redskins (5-5)
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 26 - Redskins No. 10
Last Week
Redskins: Preseason - W 30-12 vs Buccaneers
Eagles: Preseason - L 27-20 vs Jets
Last Meeting
December 23, 2012 – Eagles 20, Redskins 27
Last 10 Meetings
  • 12/23/2012 Washington Redskins: 27 - Philadelphia Eagles: 20
  • 11/18/2012 Washington Redkins: 31 - Philadelphia Eagles: 6
  • 01/01/2012 Philadelphia Eagles: 34 - Washington Redskins: 10
  • 10/16/2011 Philadelphia Eagles: 20 - Washington Redskins: 13
  • 11/15/2010 Philadelphia Eagles: 59 - Washington Redskins: 28
  • 10/03/2010 Washington Redskins: 17 - Philadelphia Eagles: 12
  • 11/29/2009 Philadelphia Eagles: 27 - Washington Redskins: 24
  • 10/26/2009 Philadelphia Eagles: 27 - Washington Redskins: 17
  • 12/21/2008 Washington Redskins: 10 - Philadelphia Eagles: 3
  • 10/05/2008 Washington Redskins: 23 - Philadelphia Eagles: 17

Offense Rankings:

Redskins: Overall (5), Rushing (1), Passing (9)
Eagles: Overall (15), Rushing (13), Passing (13)

Defense Rankings:

Redskins: Overall (28), Rushing (5), Passing (30)
Eagles: Overall (15), Rushing (23), Passing (9)

AP Summary

Redskins coming off first NFC East title since 1999. Redskins have won seven straight regular-season games and five in a row against NFC East opponents. ... QB Robert Griffin III starts for Washington eight months after major knee surgery. Was 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, set NFL rookie record with a 102.4 passer rating and NFL rookie QB record with 815 yards rushing. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is 15-4 all-time in Week 1, can tie Tom Landry for most Week 1 wins since the 1970 merger. Washington's London Fletcher will play in 241st straight game and will become second LB in NFL history to start 200 consecutive games. Redskins went unbeaten in preseason for the first time since 1985.
Chip Kelly makes NFL coaching debut for Eagles. Went 46-7 at Oregon the last four years. Kelly and 11 assistants will be coaching an NFL game for the time. ... Kelly brings fast-pace offense: Eagles ran NFL-high 74.2 plays per game during preseason. Michael Vick won Philadelphia's QB job over Nick Foles during preseason. Vick had best game of career on a Monday night at Washington in 2010 — 4 TDs passing, 2 TDs rushing and a 150.7 rating. Vick is only player in NFL history with 20,000 yards passing and 5,000 yards rushing. Vick, 33, is oldest player on roster and will be the oldest QB to start a season opener for the Eagles since Ron Jaworski (35) in 1986. Eagles' LeSean McCoy is only NFC RB with 3,200 yards rushing and 1,200 yards receiving in past three seasons.

Additional Information

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[Game Preview] Week 17 - Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-2)

Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-2)
The Philadelphia Eagles will close out the 2016 campaign when they host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC East divisional contest at Lincoln Financial Field. Since the Week 8 matchup between the two teams, the Eagles and Cowboys have taken different paths. That first meeting in Arlington, Texas, under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football, was a back-and-forth effort that ultimately saw Dallas come away with the win in overtime. The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-3, and it would be the first of seven losses in an eight-game span. For the Cowboys, though, it was the sixth win in a row as part of a streak that eventually reached 11 games. Now 13-2, Dallas has locked up a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
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Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Temperature: 50°F
Feels Like: 51°F
Forecast: Warmer - Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 50%
Chance of Precipitation: 12%
Cloud Coverage: 45%
Wind: NE 5 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia by -6
OveUnder: 42.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 7-8, Dallas 10-4-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX - will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Kevin Burkhardt will handle the play-by-play duties and John Lynch will provide analysis. Pam Oliver will report from the sidelines.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
Eagles App: Apple App Store or Google Play Store
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (40th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Cowboys Radio
The Dallas Cowboys Radio Network - Brad Sham returns for his 37th season in the Dallas Cowboys radio booth. Beloved by Cowboys fans, Sham's award winning play-by-play has provided the soundtrack to many of the most memorable moments in Dallas Cowboys history. Babe Laufenberg returns as the Network's full-time color analyst. A fixture on the sideline, veteran reporter Kristi Scales provides instant updates from the field.
National Radio
Compass Media - Former Cowboys QB Danny White along with play-by-play host Kevin Ray and studio host Jerry Recco.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Internet 824) SIRI 126 (Internet 808)
XM Radio XM 226 (Internet 824) XM Internet 808
Sirius XM Radio SXM 226 (Internet 824) SXM 386 (Internet 808)
Eagles Social Media Cowboys Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: Cowboys
NFC East Standings
Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Cowboys 13 2 0 0.867 408 279 129 48 7-1 6-1 3-2 0.600 9-2 0.818 4-0 2W 4-1
Giants 10 5 0 .667 291 274 17 34 7-1 3-4 3-2 .600 7-4 .636 3-1 1L 3-2
Redskins 8 6 1 0.567 386 364 22 42 4-3 4-3-1 3-2 0.600 6-5 0.545 2-1-1 1W 2-3
Eagles 6 9 0 .400 340 318 22 34 5-2 1-7 1-4 0.200 4-7 .364 2-2 1W 1-4
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (65-50)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
Points Leader
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2520-2265)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 7-6 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Jason Garrett: Garrett leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 0-1
Dak Prescott: Against Eagles: 1-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Dak Prescott: Prescott leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 8-5
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Eagles lead the Cowboys: 5-4
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 24 - Cowboys No. 2
Last Week
Eagles: W 24-19 vs. New York Giants
Cowboys: W 42-21 vs. Detroit Lions
Last Meeting
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016
Cowboys 29 - Eagles 23
Dallas WR Dez Bryant has 4 catches for 113 yards & TD. Cowboys TE Jason Witten has GW 5-yard TD catch in OT.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday Sept 20, 2015
Cowboys 20 - Eagles 10
Dallas LB Kyle Wilber returns blocked punt 26 yards for TD. Cowboys WR Terrance Williams has 84 rec. yards & TD.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/08/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27 OT
09/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
12/14/2014 Cowboys Eagles 38-27
11/27/2014 Eagles Cowboys 33-10
12/29/2013 Eagles Cowboys 24-22
10/20/2013 Cowboys Eagles 17-3
12/02/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-33
11/11/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-23
12/24/2011 Eagles Cowboys 20-7
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2016 Weekly Matchup
Week 17 - Iron Rank Matchup
Week 17 - "Expert" Picks
Week 17 - Sporting Charts Matchup
2016 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
2016 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Wentz 352 564 62.4% 3537 14 14 78.2
Prescott 307 451 68.1% 3630 23 4 105.7
Mathews (IR) 155 661 50.8 4.3 8
Sproles 85 406 29.0 4.8 2
Elliott 322 1631 108.7 5.1 15
Matthews 73 804 57.4 11.0 3
Bryant 50 796 15.9 66.3 8
Name Sacks Team Total
Cox 6.5 31.0
Mayowa 6 34.0
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 101 69 32 2
Lee 145 93 52 0
Name Ints Team Total
McLeod/Hicks/Jenkins 3 14
Church 2 9
D. Jones 59 2688 72 45.6 40.5 20 6 15 0
C. Jones 54 2466 63 45.7 40.6 22 4 16 0
Sturgis 38 33 86.8% 55 27/28
Bailey 30 25 83.3% 56 45/45
Kick Returns
Barner (IR) 9 277 30.8 61 0
Smallwood (IR) 9 261 29.0 86 1
Huff (Released) 7 252 36.0 98 1
Agholor 5 92 18.4 27 0
Whitehead 15 354 23.6 33 0
Punt Returns
Sproles 17 224 13.2 66 0 12
Whitehead 22 172 7.8 39 0 6
League Rankings 2016
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 336.8 21st 388.8 4th
Rush Offense 113.3 10th 155.1 2nd
Pass Offense 223.5 25th 233.7 19th
Points Per Game 22.7 17th 27.3 4th
3rd-Down Offense 37.6 21st 42.4 11th
4th-Down Offense 50.0 T-12th 88.9 1st
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 49.0% 25th 67.3% 2nd
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 352.6 18th 343.8 12th
Rush Defense 105.5 19th 81.5 1st
Pass Defense 247.1 18th 262.3 27th
Points Per Game 21.2 12th 18.6 4th
3rd-Down Defense 39.9 18th 38.8 13th
4th-Down Defense 44.4 T-13th 69.2 T-27th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 44.9% 3rd 54.0% 15th
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. +4 10th +7 6th
Penalty Per Game 7.2 21st 6.6 12th
Penalty Yards Per Game 58.9 19th 56.2 15th
Notable Moments
January 11, 1981 - Video - After losing to the Cowboys in all but 3 games from 1967–79, the Eagles finished first in the NFC East in 1980 due to tie-breaking procedures and thus claimed the number one overall seed. It was also called the "Blue Jersey Game", on the account that the Eagles, having the choice as the home team, made the Cowboys wear their seemingly cursed blue jerseys (a stigma that dated back to Super Bowl V). Eagles defeated the Cowboys 20-7.
1987 Season - Video - With many of the Cowboys players crossing the picket line during the strike, Dallas humiliated the replacement-laden Eagles 41-22. Buddy Ryan accused Tom Landry of running up the score, and Ryan had his heart set on revenge. With little time remaining and the Eagles up by ten, Randall Cunningham faked a kneel down and tossed a long pass into the end zone, resulting in a pass interference call. With the Eagles at the one, a final touchdown sealed the revenge for the Eagles, 37-20.
1991 Season - The Eagles began the 1991 season by pounding the Cowboys 24-0 (Video) in Texas Stadium in Week 3. Riding a three-game winning streak, Dallas entered Veterans Stadium in Week 16 with a chance at a playoff berth, their first since 1985. The Cowboys benefited from Eagles QB Randall Cunningham being injured, and rode a Kelvin Martin punt return for a touchdown to a 25-13 victory. The loss jolted the Eagles from the playoff picture.
December 28, 2008 - Video - The Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Philadelphia with a wild card playoff berth on the line. The winner would claim the sixth and final wild card spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. This situation was brought about by losses earlier in the day by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears, which kept the Eagles playoff hopes alive. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity, and took a 27-3 halftime lead on their way to a 44-6 blowout of the Cowboys. It was Terrell Owens' last game as a Cowboy. The Eagles went all the way to the NFC Championship before losing to the Arizona Cardinals.
January 3, 2010 - The Cowboys (10-5) hosted their regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) in a regular season-sealing claim for the NFC East crown. The Cowboys would win the day, shutting out the Eagles, 24-0. With the victory, the Cowboys would once again reclaim first place in their division and improve to 11–5 to top off their regular season. Despite the loss, the Eagles claimed the #6 seed in the NFC, while the Cowboys claimed the #3 seed, setting the stage for a rematch in the first round of the playoffs. For the third time that year, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles, with a final score of 34-14. The Cowboys and Eagles combined to set an NFL record for the most penalty yards in a playoff game, ever. The two teams were penalized 23 times for 228 yards. With the win, not only did the Cowboys improve to 12–5, they finally won their first postseason game since 1996. This was the last game with the Eagles for QB Donovan McNabb.
December 29, 2013 - Video The Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Dallas for the de facto NFC East Championship. The winner would thus claim the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity, as they won 24-22. Brandon Boykin intercepted a pass by backup quarterback Kyle Orton to Miles Austin with 1:43 remaining to seal the victory.
Eagles RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a native of Haltom, TX and went to Haltom High School. Vaitai played collegiately at TCU in Fort Worth, TX
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Eagles QB Chase Daniel is originally from Southlake, TX.
Eagles LB Jordan Hicks played collegiately for Texas.
Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson played for the Eagles during the 1994-95 season.
Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but was released before the season began.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Cowboys DT Cedric Thornton signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent in 2011 and started 45-of-61 games along the defensive line, recording 233 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and five pass deflections in five seasons with the team.
Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez started 10 of his 13 games with Philadelphia from 2014-15
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was born in Abington, PA, located roughly 15 miles north of Philadelphia
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
OT Jason Peters (Starter) QB Dak Prescott (Starter)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) RB Ezekiel Elliott (Starter)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt) C Travis Fredrick (Starter)
FS Rodney (1st Alt) OG Zack Martin (Starter)
PR Darren Sproles (1st Alt) OT Tyron Smith (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (2nd Alt)
ST Chris Maragos (2nd Alt)
Referee: Walt Coleman
The Eagles have not beaten the Cowboys in Philadelphia since 2011 when they posted a 34-7 victory over Dallas. In the last seven games between the two teams at Lincoln Financial Field, the Cowboys are 6-1.
According to ESPN, Dak Prescott will start, attempting to set the NFL record for wins in a season by a rookie quarterback. Romo and Mark Sanchez are expected to play, but it has not been determined how long they will do so. It's expected that Sanchez will see most if not all of the playing time.
Romo has not played in a regular-season game since a loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving last year when he suffered a broken left collarbone for the second time in the 2015 season. In the Aug. 25 preseason meeting against the Seattle Seahawks this year, he suffered a compression fracture in his back that forced the Cowboys to start Prescott.
The Dallas Cowboys (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year. NFC East teams account for 6 of those 13 teams.
The Eagles and Cowboys have split their last six regular season games, 3-3 (.500), including back-to-back overtime affairs on the road in Dallas (1-1, .500).
The Eagles have won 21 games straight at home when scoring 21 1st Half points. The last loss was in 1999 against the Arizona Cardinals (25-24). It was Doug Pederson's first start as the Eagle QB
Last week, S Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Eli Manning twice, returning the first for a touchdown, in the Eagles’ 24–19 home win over the Giants. Jenkins is the first Philadelphia player to have two interceptions including a pick-six since Dimitri Patterson, at Washington in November 2010. The last Eagles player to do that against the Giants was Gil Steinke (3 INT, 1 TD) at the Polo Grounds in November 1946 in a game that New York still managed to win, 45–17.
S Terrence Brooks's interception againts the Giants was the Eagles' first interception in the final 30 seconds of 1-possession game since CB Lito Sheppard picked off QB Jake Delhomme in the End Zone at 0:24 up 3 points over the Carolina Panthers in 2006.
QB Carson Wentz has thrown at least 1 interception for 6 straight weeks. The last Eagles player to do that was QB Ty Detmer during the 1996 season.
In RT Lane Johnson's 1st drive back from suspension, the Eagles gained 47 yds on 3 rushes to the right side after averaging 28.3 yds/3.8 YPC during his suspension.
WR Nelson Agholor had a touchdown catch last week.
WR Jordan Matthews has 30 career catches against the Dallas Cowboys, the third-highest total for any single opponent (Washington and New York are tied for first at 31). His four touchdowns against Dallas are his most against any single team.
The Eagles' Special Teams leads the NFL in kickoff return average (27.9) and punt return average (12.9) in 2016. The Eagles rank 2nd in opponent kickoff return average (19.1), trailing only Carolina (18.1).
The Eagles' Special Teams owns the NFL’s best average starting field position after kickoff (27.5) this season, in addition to the best opponent starting field position after kickoff (22.4). The Eagles rank 5th in average starting field position, trailing only Oakland (31.8), New England (30.5), Carolina (30.5) and Minnesota (30.4).
The Eagles' Offense is tied for the 2nd-most 10+ play drives (34) in the NFL this season, trailing only Dallas (35). The Eagles rank 3rd in 5+ minute drives (30) as well, behind Dallas (35) and Detroit (32).
The Eagles' Defense ranks 3rd in the NFL in opponent red zone TD efficiency (44.9%) in 2016, trailing only N.Y. Giants (39.0%) and Carolina (44.2%). The Eagles also rank 2nd in opponent yards per play in the red zone (2.26), behind Minnesota (2.24).
The Eagles' Offense ranks 5th in the NFL in percentage of rushes gaining 4+ yards (45.8%) in 2016, trailing only Buffalo (51.5%), Tennessee (50.3%), Pittsburgh (47.2%) and San Francisco (47.1%). Philadelphia also ranks 6th in 10+ yard rushes (54), behind Buffalo (74), Dallas (70), San Francisco (58), Tennessee (56) and Miami (55).
The Eagles are one of only four NFL teams with at least 5 non-offensive TDs this season, joining Kansas City (7), Minnesota (6) and Atlanta (5).
Eight Eagles' Defensive Players will start all 16 games for the Eagles for the first time since 1994. DE Connor Barwin, CB Nollan Carroll, DT Fletcher Cox, DE Brandon Graham, MLB Jordan Hicks, S Malcolm Jenkins, and S Rodney McLeod have all started 15 games going into Sunday.
The Cowboys' Offense ranks 1st in the NFL in average time of possession (32:10) in 2016, with the Eagles Offense (32:03) in 2nd place. The Eagles lead the league in second-half average time of possession (16:56).
The Cowboys' Offense is the NFL’s 2nd-ranked rushing offense (155.1 YDS/G) this season, trailing only Buffalo (170.8 YDS/G).
QB Dak Prescott leads all NFL rookies in pass yards (3,630), touchdowns (23) & rating (105.6). In 7 career road games, Prescott has 12 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions for a 105.0 rating.
QB Dak Prescott, who has started every game for Dallas this season, has tied QB Ben Roethlisberger (13–0 in 2004) for the most wins by a rookie starting quarterback in one season.
RB Ezekiel Elliott leads NFL with 1,631 rush yards and ranks 3rd with 15 rushing touchdowns. Elliott ranks 3rd all-time among rookies with 1,631 rush yards.
RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed 55 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ win on Monday Night Football. It was Elliott’s second touchdown run of at least 50 yards this season (he scampered 60 yards in a win over the Bengals on October 9), tying the team record. RB Duane Thomas (in 1971), RB Tony Dorsett (as a rookie in 1977), and RB Emmitt Smith (1991) also had two 50-yard rushing touchdowns in a season.
WR Dez Bryant's two receiving touchdown put him at 67 career receiving touchdowns and allowed him to surpassed HoF Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in Cowboys' franchise history.
WR Dez Bryant had two touchdown receptions and also threw a 10-yard pass (1st career pass/1st career TD pass) to TE Jason Witten for a score. Bryant is the fifth player in NFL history to account for two touchdowns receiving and one passing in a game. The others were WR David Patten (2001), HB/FB Keith Lincoln (1965), LE Don Hutson (1943), and HB Johnny "Blood" McNally (1937). Additionally, Bryant is the 1st Cowboys Non-QB with a touchdown pass since FB Richie Anderson (also threw it lefty) in 2004 at the Redskins - also on Monday Night Football
LB Sean Lee is the third player in team history with three, 100-tackle seasons (145).
The Dallas Cowboys are the 1st team in NFL History to have a rookie Quarterback with 20 Touchdown passes and a rookie running back with 15 rushing touchdowns.
QB Carson Wentz (3,537 - 17th) can make a move up to 16th place on the Eagles' All-Time Passing Yards list with 189 more passing yards. He will pass QB Sam Bradford (3,725 - 16th) along the way.
QB Carson Wentz (3,537 - 7th) can set the Eagles franchise record for most passing yards in a single season with 380 more passing yards passing out QB Donovan McNabb's (3,916 - 1st) 2008 record.
QB Carson Wentz (540 - 4th) can move to the top of the Eagles' Single Season Passing Attempts list with 32 more passing attempts. He would pass QB Randall Cunningham 1988 - (560 - 3rd) and QB Donovan McNabb 2000 - (569 - 2nd) & 2008 - (571 - 1st).
QB Carson Wentz (339 - 3rd) can move to the top of the Eagles' Single Season Pass Completions list with 8 more completions. He would pass QB Donovan McNabb 2008 - (345 - 2nd) and QB Sam Bradford 2015 - (346 - 1st).
QB Carson Wentz currently owns every major Eagles' Franchise Rookie Record for a Rookie Quarterback except for Best QB Rating, Season (min 75 atts.). Wentz (78.5 - 3rd) could make the jump to 1st place with a good game against the Cowboys, but QB Mike Boryla 1974 - (78.9 - 2nd) and QB Nick Foles 2012 (79.1 - 1st) stand in front of him.
QB Carson Wentz (352) is only 3 completions shy of claiming the NFL rookie completions record (354) set by QB Sam Bradford in 2010.
WR Jordan Matthews (225 -12th) has the 12th most receptions in NFL history by a player in their first 3 seasons. With 7 more receptions, he could move as high as 7th place.
TE Brent Celek (4,859) needs 141 more yards to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
RB Darren Sproles (18,975 - 8th) is 8th on the NFL's All-Time All-Purpose Yards list. He can move into 7th place with 93 more yards. However, WR Steve Smith Sr. (19,067 - 7th) is currently in 7th place and is still active in the NFL. Sproles (18,975) is 25 All-Purpose Yards away from 19,000 Career All-Purpose Yards.
DE Connor Barwin (30.5 - 15th) is in 15th place on the Eagles All-Time Sack List. Barwin can move into 14th place with 1 more sack joining DE Juqua Parker (31.5 - 14th). Barwin is also 0.5 sacks away from reaching 50 career sacks!
DE Brandon Graham (29.0 - 17th) needs 1.0 Sacks to pass DT Jerome Brown (29.5 - 16th) on the Eagles All-Time Sack List. 1.0 Sacks will also give Graham 30 Career Sacks
DE Fletcher Cox (28.5 - 18th) needs 1.5 Sacks to pass DE Brandon Graham (29.0 - 17th) and DT Jerome Brown (29.5 - 16th) on the Eagles All-Time Sack List. 1.5 Sacks will also give Cox 30 Career Sacks
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player. Jenkins is the only Eagles player to have a pick 6 in 3 straight seasons
K Caleb Sturgis (33 - T-1st) is 1 Field Goal Made away from breaking the Eagles Franchise Record for most Field Goals Made in a single season. Sturgis is currently tied with K David Akers (33 - T-1st) who set the record during the 2008 season.
RB Ezekiel Elliot (15 - 4th) is 3 rushing touchdowns away from moving into a tied for 3rd place on the Cowboys' Single Season Rushing Touchdown List. RB Emmitt Smith currently holds 1st (25 - 1995), 2nd (21 - 1994), and 3rd place (18 - 1992).
RB Ezekiel Elliot (1631 - 5th) needs 215 more rushing yards to move into 1st place on the Cowboys' Single Season Rushing Yard List. RB Tony Dorsett - 1981 (1,646 - 4th), RB Emmit Smith - 1992 (1,713 - 3rd), RB Emmit Smith - 1995 (1,773 - 2nd), and RB DeMarco Murray - 2014 (1,845 - 1st) stand in front of him.
RB Ezekiel Elliot (1631) would need 178 more yards to break RB Eric Dickerson's (1,808) rookie rushing yard record.
RB Alfred Morris (4,944) is 56 rushing yards away from 5,000 career rushing yards.
TE Jason Witten (1,088) is 12 receptions away from 1,100 career receptions.
TE Jason Witten (1,088 - 7th) can move into 4th place on the NFL's All-Time Receptions list with 15 more receptions. Witten will pass WR Tim Brown (1,094 - 6th), WR Cris Carter (1,101 - 5th), and WR Marvin Harrison (1,102 - 4th).
TE Jason Witten (11,878) is 122 receiving yards away from 12,000 career receiving yards.
WR Dez Bryant (462) is 38 receptions away from 500 career receptions.
WR Dez Bryant (67) is 3 receiving touchdowns away from 70 career receiving touchdowns. Additionally, Bryant (69) is 1 total touchdowns away from 70 career touchdowns
K Dan Bailey (189) is 11 Field Goal Attempts away from 200 career attempts.
The Dallas Cowboys (13-2) tied with their franchise record for wins in a season (13 in 1992 and 2007). A win over the Philadelphia Eagles would set their new franchise record for wins in a season at 14-2.
QB Tony Romo (247) is 3 passing touchdowns away from 250 career touchdowns. Additionally, 5 more passing touchdowns would move Romo (247 - 21st) into 20th place on the NFL's All-Time Passing Touchdown List. He would pass QB Drew Bledsoe (251 - 20th)
Matchups to Watch
RB Ezekiel Elliott Vs. LB Jordan Hicks
Elliott has been everything that Dallas hoped for, and more, when they selected him fourth overall in last April’s draft. He leads the league in rushing yards with 1,631 and his 15 rushing touchdowns rank third. He broke off a couple of big runs against the Eagles earlier this season, but the Eagles kept him out of the end zone. In an attempt to do that once against this time around, expect middle linebacker and playmaker Jordan Hicks to see Elliott early and often on Sunday. (If he plays)
WR Dez Bryant Vs. CB Jalen Mills
After missing time earlier this season due to a foot injury, Bryant has bounced back in a huge way with 796 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s coming off a game in which he caught two touchdowns and threw another. It’s uncertain how much he (or any Cowboys starter) will play, but when Bryant is out there, keep an eye on where Jalen Mills is. In the crunch time of last week’s win, Jim Schwartz played a “box and one” defense, with Mills shadowing Odell Beckham Jr. while the rest of the defense played zone. Mills has gotten beat at times this season, but he’s shown promise as a corner at the NFL level.
RB Byron Marshall Vs. LB Sean Lee
Over the past few weeks, the Eagles have suffered blow after blow at the running back position. With Ryan Mathews, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood all officially finished for the season, expect to see a healthy amount of Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall on Sunday. Marshall is the real name to watch. The Eagles know exactly what they have in Sproles, but it’s not clear exactly what kind of player Marshall could be. Don’t be surprised to see the undrafted rookie out of Oregon get most of the carries for the Eagles this week.
LB Nigel Bradham vs. TE Jason Witten
In their first meeting, Witten caught just two passes for 16 yards, but one of those two receptions was the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Bradham has done a nice job against tight ends most of the season and gets one more test in the final.
RG Brandon Brooks vs. DT David Irving
The Cowboys use Irving both inside and outside, but he's been really good as an inside pass rusher the past few weeks. Brooks, who has had a nice season, will get tested Sunday. Irving has three sacks and a forced fumble in last two games.
Game Preview Retirement
Hey everyone! After some serious thought, I just wanted to let everyone know that this is likely the last season I'll be making up my game previews. My kids are getting older and are involved in different sports and activities and I won't have the same amount of time to devote to creating a weekly thread.
I want to thank everyone for their support and interaction over the last 5 seasons of game previews/threads.
Happy New Year and Go Birds!
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Week 1 - Panthers @ 49ers - Pregame Report


TEAM Record Against the Spread
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite: Carolina by 4.5
OveUnder: 47.5
Levi's Stadium - 4:25 PM ET - September 10, 2017
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Name Pos. Injury Status
Cole Luke CB Ankle OUT
Jared Norris LB Knee OUT
Daeshon Hall DE Knee LP
Kyle Love DT Back LP
Cam Newton QB Shoulder FP
Curtis Samuel WR Hamstring FP
Vernon Butler DT Knee LP
Name Pos. Injury Status
Jimmie Ward FS Hamstring OUT
George Kittle TE Hamstring FP
Aaron Lynch DE Back LP


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2 Dave Richard CBS Sports 0-0 0% 352-181 66%
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4 Brandon George Dallas Morning News 0-0 0% 347-186 65%
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7 Teamrankings Team Rankings 0-0 0% 345-188 64%
8 Gordon McGuiness Pro Football Focus 0-0 0% 344-188 64%
9 Jamey Eisenberg CBS Sports 0-0 0% 344-189 64%
10 Expert Concensus NFL Pickwatch 0-0 0% 342-188 64%
Week 1
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ELO Rating One Week Change Pred Wins Pred Losses Playoffs? Win Division Win Super Bowl
1527 - 8.4 7.6 40% 22% 3%




Christian McCaffery
Of course, all eyes will be on the electrifying first round draft pick. CMC looked great in camp and preseason, but now it's time for his first real NFL challenge. How will he fare against a solid LB corps and how will Shula continue to utilize him. If what we've seen so far is the real deal, expect McCaffery to make plays in the running, passing and return games.
Cam Newton
Sorry for two obvious selections, but much of this team's success rest on the surgically-repaired shoulder(s) of Newton. From all reports, he is in the best shape of his life, slimmed down from more than 260lbs to a lean 245lbs. Fueled by last year's failures and equipped with shiny new weapons and a stronger offensive line all signs point to a comeback year. Keep a close eye on Newton early. Will Shula lean more towards runs to rest his shoulder? Is the analyst chatter about jealousy of McCaffery just chatter? Will he have his swagger back?
Curtis Samuel
The Ohio State speedster didn't get much work until the end of preseason due to a nagging hamstring injury, but he says that time helped him learn the playbook. Benjamin and Funchess are the starting WRs but it will be interesting to see how Shula utilizes Samuel and McCaffery to create mismatches. Also be sure to watch for him on kickoffs. Special teams have been rough for Carolina lately. Some of that falls on blocking schemes and effort, but some blame also falls on the returner. Samuel displays a natural talent to find and explode through the seams if the blockers get in place.
Ed Dickson
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but here's a quote from my final roster projection, which accurately predicted neither FB would make the roster: "I've figured it out. The Panthers are going to do the least exciting and most Panthers thing ever. Ed Dickson is our H-back, y'all! Get ready for some checkdowns to everyone's favorite backup tight end! Shulaball is BACK, baby!" That was probably one of the most prescient things of my life. And it means that we will have to watch Dickson very closely to see if he is capable of handling this role. Will he get more snaps lined up as a receiver or blocker, or coming out of the backfield?
Russell Shepard
My man recorded zero catches in four preseason games, and it's not like he was sitting them out. Of course, receivers can't really control how often the ball gets thrown to him (for what it's worth, he had four targets), but you would have liked to see the Panthers' $10 million, 3-year investment pay some dividends, especially with Curtis Samuel out of the lineup for a couple of those games. Who will the Panthers trust in the slot? Samuel, McCaffrey, or Shepard? Will Shepard primarily fill a special teams role or will he see some work with the offense to?


Daryl Worley
There was a lot of hope placed in Worley this offseason. Would he continue his growth and rise to the level of his counterpart, James Bradberry? Things looked good in camp, but a lackluster preseason tempered that somewhat. Without much depth behind the starting CB2 how will he perform when tasked with covering speedster Marquise Goodwin? The all-or-nothing WR from Buffalo should give Worley a good test.
Mike Adams
Another pick from the secondary. Adams is one of the best safeties in recent memory, but the 36 year old only accumulated 2 tackles across 3 preseason games. The Panthers hope that Adams role at SS will free up Kurt Coleman to return to form in his preferred FS position. If Adams struggles or shows his age, rookie free agent Demetrius Cox is next in line. This would not be ideal as Cox spent his entire preseason with the Bengals and it will take time for him to learn the playbook.
Kurt Coleman
With the addition of Mike Adams into the mix, the newest Panthers captain is moving back to free safety, where he was part of the Neighborhood Watch on Thieves Ave. during that magical 2015 season. Although his performance didn't dip too much from 2015 to 2016, by most measures he was better at free safety. Quick stat: he picked off 7 passes in 2015 and 4 in 2016.
Kevon Seymour
The Panthers shipped away Kaelin Clay and a 2019 7th-round pick in order to shore up their nickel corner position with Corn Elder now officially out for the year and UDFA Cole Luke ailing. Seymour will more likely than not be active for game day and he will be a name to watch should Captain Munnerlyn (or one of the Panthers' traditional corners) miss any time.
Mario Addison
A lot of people close to the team are expecting a big year from Mario Addison, who in turn is expected to play a bigger role. Super Mario played a touch less than half of the Panthers' defensive snaps and still notched 9.5 sacks. Expect him to hit double digits this year. This PFF piece goes into what you can expect from him, but my favorite stat? That he was the best pass rusher on third down last year. Seeing more Mario is going to be a very good thing.
CMC, Samuel & Olsen vs 49ers Linebackers
A major key for the Panthers offense will be mismatches and one of the best ways to exploit that is with shifty slot players on linebackers. Navarro Bowman is an all-pro monster who ranks alongside Luke Kuechly as one of the best MLBs in the game. Rookie Reuben Foster is more of a run-stopper, but still has a freakish nose for the ball. These two, along with third-year man Eli Harold will provide an excellent test for the shifty McCaffery, the speedy Samuel and strong Olsen. If any of these three can exploit a weakness in the LB corps expect the offense to open-wide. If they can't break free, Carolina could default back to hard running and deep balls.
Carolina D-Line vs San Francisco RBs
Kyle Shanahan builds explosive, quarterback friendly offenses and Brian Hoyer is an underrated talent at QB. However, Shanahan's offense is predicated on a successful run game. If the 4-man rotation of Star, KK, Love and Butler can stuff Carlos Hyde and undrafted free agent Matt Breida up the middle, the whole 49ers attack plan will struggle. If the 49ers can establish a run game early it puts that much more pressure on the secondary to stay disciplined.
Christian McCaffery vs Solomon Thomas
Sunday will mark the first time the two Stanford standouts face off against each other for full contact. Thomas was a monster in Palo Alto and the two were friends in college, but you can bet he's waiting to get a chance at finally hitting McCaffery. McCaffery called Thomas one of his best friends and said the line man is "a high energy player, somebody that is definitely going to be tough to go against.” Thomas for his part said "It's going to be fun to go against him.” Look for sparks to fly if these two meet at full speed.


  • All-time series - 12-8 (Panthers lead)
  • Largest victory - 46-27 (9/18/2016)
  • Current streak - 5W (Regular season streak)
  • Since Cam Newton was drafted, the Panthers are 2-1 against the 49ers, including the 2013 playoffs.
Up until the 2002 division realignment, the Panthers and 49ers were even at 7-7 in the series. Since the realignment, the 49ers haven't been able to grasp regular season success against their former divisional rivals. The two teams did meet in the 2013 Divisional round of the playoffs. The 49ers were able to get the win and move on to the Conference round.


16.3 percent
Everyone is hyping up the Solomon Thomas/Christian McCaffrey matchup, and rightfully so, but don't forget that the 49ers also picked up Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st pick of the draft. In the 2016 season, Foster recorded a tackle for a loss or no gain on 16.3 percent of his run defense snaps, which led all of FBS. His PFF draft report card pegged his player comparison as Patrick Willis, so he's a perfect fit in San Fran. That bottom-of-the-barrel run defense won't get better overnight, but with Foster there it's not going to be a sieve.
From Week 13 of 2014 to Week 3 of 2016, the Panthers rushed for at least 100 yards in every one of those 30 games, which is the third-longest streak in NFL history. The Panthers went 20-9-1 in those games, including the entire 15-1 season. Hitting a century of rushing yards is a good barometer for Panthers' performance; in their history, they win 63% of the games when they hit it, and only 29.1% of games when they don't. With Run-CMC, hopefully the Panthers can hit their 5th straight, which would be the longest active streak.
Cameron Artis-Payne finished last season with thirteen straight inactives after seeing lots of playing time in those first three games with J-Stew hobbled. Whether or not he continues that streak in Week 1 will be a major clue as to how the team plans to use him this season in a crowded backfield. He impressed in the preseason, and he showed the skill that made the team draft him in the first place. Will he edge out Fozzy as the third RB on the depth chart? (As of right now, no.)
That's the Panthers' turnover margin from last season. The Panthers recorded 27 takeaways, which is pretty good, but 19 interceptions and 10 lost fumbles mean the Panthers finished last season in the red when it comes to turnovers. Those 29 giveaways tied for fourth in the league. For comparison, the Panthers led the league in turnover margin with 20 in 2015, with an astounding 30 takeaways to 19 giveaways. It's trite to trot out turnover margin as a deciding factor in games, but there's no denying it's important, especially in the first game of the season.
13.9 percent
That's the percentage of Cam's pass attempts last year that traveled 20 or more yards, second in the league behind only Ben Roethlisberger. On those throws, he was the sixth-least accurate QB in the league, only completing about a third of them. (As a point of comparison, Sam Bradford was the league leader at 57.4%.) With new weapons and coming off of surgery, Cam should be able to pick and choose his deep passes a bit more. Keep an eye out for when he DOES go deep on Sunday.


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Regular Season Week 12: Carolina Panthers at Oakland Raiders Pre Game

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281 Attempts 1075 Yards Rushing 258 Attempts 1180 Yards
2639 Yards 31 +20 Yard Receptions Receiving 2800 Yards 36 +20 Yard Receptions
667 Total 30 Sacks Tackles 597 Total 15 Sacks
-5 Turnover Ratio +10
66 Penalties 539 Yards Penalties 98 Penalties 821 Yards
24.4 Avg. PPG 27.2
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TEAM Record Against the Spread
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Favorite: Oakland by ****
OveUnder: 50.5
Oakland Coliseum - Oakland, California - 3:25p cst, 11/27
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Team Record Home Away Division Games Back
Carolina 4-6 3-3 1-3 1-3 2
Atlanta 6-4 2-2 4-2 3-1 0
Tampa Bay 5-5 1-4 4-1 2-1 1
New Orleans 4-6 2-3 2-3 1-2 2
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  • New Orleans is facing St. Louis at Mercedes-Benz Superdome @ 12:00p cst. NFL Gamecenter
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For those that do not want to click the link here is all you need to know:
  • All-time series 3-2
  • Largest victory 38-14
  • Current streak 2W
  • Since Cam Newton was drafted the Panthers are 1-0
  • Both teams are tied at 105 points scored against each other

Who was the MVP in Week 11?

  • Mario Addison - 37.5%
  • Kelvin Benjamin - 7.1%
  • Luke Kuechly - 57.1%

What will happen with Luke Kuechly?

  • Business as usual
  • He will be back to play before the end of the season - 35.7%
  • Shut it down - He will sit the rest of this season and… - 50%
  • Walk off into the sunset - He will retire early, but… - 14.3%

Kuechly was extremely emotional on the field... why?

  • He realizes his career is growing shorter with every concussion - 21.4%
  • He had just been knocked out of the game and wants to play - 28.6%
  • Concussion symptom - He wasn't sure where he was or what was going on - 50%

What will happen with Ryan Kalil?

  • Long week, will have time to heal up and play - 30.8%
  • Wont play this week but will be ready for Seattle - 15.4%
  • Will miss both West Coast games but play… - 30.8%
  • Will miss more time but will play again this season - 15.4%
  • Done for the year - 7.7%

Will we beat the Raiders in Oakland?

  • Yes - 57.1%
  • No - 42.9%

Will we beat the Seahawks in Seattle?

  • Yes - 57.1%
  • No - 42.9%

Where will the Panthers finish in the NFC South?

  • 1st - 28.6%
  • 2nd - 21.4%
  • 3rd - 42.9%
  • 4th - 7.1%

Will the Panthers make the playoffs?

  • Yes - 50%
  • No - 50%

Will the Panthers win at least 5 of the remaining 6 games for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history?

  • Yes - 35.7%
  • No - 64.3%

What will be the Panthers final record for the season?

  • 10-6 - 28.6%
  • 9-7 - 7.1%
  • 8-8 - 7.1%
  • 7-9 - 35.7%
  • 6-10 - 21.4%
  • Players to Watch: Panthers

Ryan Delaire

Delaire has spent the better part of the 2016 season on injured reserve recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, but is scheduled to make a return to the 53 man roster this week to replace Mario Addison, who injured his foot in the Saints game win two weeks ago.
Ryan Delaire was signed to the team last season in an effort to account for the loss of Charles Johnson, and although he came on very strong in his first showing against the Buccaneers in 2015 with 2 sacks, his performance fell off a cliff for most of the rest of the season. He struggled in preseason work, and was ineffective in his brief stints at the beginning of this year, as well, making many wonder if he was going to remain with the Panthers throughout the year.
The loss of Mario Addison is a painful one, as the speed rusher began seeing more snaps over the last month which resulted in leading the team with 6.5 sacks. Delaire has gigantic shoes to fill and won’t have time to figure things out as the Panthers begin a west coast road trip against two top place teams. There isn't any room for error.

Mike Remmers

Poor Mike. I don’t think anyone in the Panthers fan base believed Remmers would still be starting at LT this late in the season. Michael Oher’s concussion situation appears to be much more serious than originally thought, making many fans wonder if he will even suit up again after missing the last two months of play.
Remmers began his stint as a replacement LT in disastrous fashion against the Atlanta Falcons, which can’t purely be blamed on him as he wasn’t even made aware of his switch to the left side until two days before the game. His performance on the left side of the line has gotten better over the last four games, but by no means is even this improvement considered a relief. Remmers' struggles against speed rushers on his normal right side of the offensive line are exaggerated in this replacement role on the opposite side.
This week will be another huge game against one of the most dynamic pass rushers in the NFL in Oakland’s Khalil Mack. Mack can make career LT’s look bad, so the fan base is holding its breath this week as the Panthers line tries to stop Mack without it’s starting LT and now also missing it’s key cog in Ryan Kalil.
Best of luck, Mike!

A.J. Klein

Klein has been a very dependable backup linebacker for the Panthers dating back to the 2013 season, when he first made an appearance replacing Chase Blackburn in a resounding effort in San Francisco. Since then he has proven to be a hidden gem and even helped navigate the Panthers through the loss of Luke Kuechly to concussion for 3.5 games last season. Although his first step is slightly slower, Klein did create havoc for the Panthers and proved his prowess in coverage abilities. Klein has made an outstanding case for himself to win a starting MLB job in the NFL with his performance.
The Panthers hope Klein is available this weekend to work some more magic as they deal with Kuechly’s second bad concussion in two years. Klein, himself is dealing with a concussion, but has been practicing this week and should be available to help the Panthers against one of the AFC’s most dynamic offenses this season in the Oakland Raiders.

Nickel Corner?

Normally I’d point to a specific player to watch, but this is a special week as the Panthers cupboard at the nickel position is completely bare. Overshadowed by the losses of Kuechly and Addison, the Panthers also lost a player in Leonard Johnson who made an immediate positive impact on the Panthers secondary since being activated weeks ago. Johnson had to be hospitalized after the Saints game for a chest injury and is most likely out for this contest. Zack Sanchez, the Panther’s fifth round pick from last year’s draft, is also out with a groin issue. Colin Jones, the milquetoast backup backup, is also out with a concussion.
One would predict a full day of Robert McClain at nickel, who was totally exploited in last Thursday’s match by Brees after Johnson went down. McClain has been nothing but replacement level material in the Panther’s much derided secondary, but now will most likely be their only answer at trying to stop the Raiders talented passing duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Oh boy!
To make matters even worse, Tre Boston hurt his ankle at practice this week and his status remains in question for Sunday, leaving the Panther’s secondary once again in dire straights.

Fozzy WhittakeMike Shula

The Panthers offense flows through its run game and the last month has been nothing if not disappointing in that department. Jonathan Stewart came back from a hamstring issue like a gangbuster a little over a month ago, scoring four times in 2 games, but has been rendered ineffective in his last three games. After the Panthers went on an amazing 30+ game stretch of topping 100+ rushing yards per game, they have now failed to do so for three games in a row. Without Kalil centering the offensive line, the Panthers power run game has fallen off a cliff. It would also appear the Panthers are not using the read option so heavily after Cam’s concussion issue, and when they do it seems Cam’s reads aren’t as sharp leading to a lot of plays being blown up behind the line of scrimmage.
Enter Fozzy Whittaker, the Panthers dynamic scat back. Fuzzy is a talented pass catcher out of the backfield and when used heavily has exceeded expectations. A competent offensive coordinator will adjust to changing landscapes with injuries and also create schemes to exploit the opponent’s weaknesses. The Raiders struggle to defend pass catching RB’s, and were utterly destroyed in week 2 by the Atlanta Falcon’s Tevin Coleman. All signs point to Whittaker being a huge X factor in this game, but Mike Shula has a very dubious reputation for not being able to adjust. As much as fans want the offense to change up, Shula doesn’t seem capable of making any substantial adjustments, even at half time. As evidenced by the Panthers failure to score a second half touchdown in the last month.
This game could literally come down to Fozzy. The Raiders have a great pass rush with Mack and Bruce Irvin and are great at stopping interior run schemes. If Shula sticks to trying to ram Stewart into nonexistent holes through the A gaps, it will be a very long day. If, miraculously, he remembers that he has another RB with an entirely different set of skills, the Panthers could do a lot of damage on Sunday. Shula should be aware of this, as his job is on the line here. He might become one of the few offensive coordinators who, instead of locking down a head coaching position after a Super Bowl run, may actually be on the bread line in the offseason.
  • What to Watch:

Panthers’ Offensive Line vs Raiders’ Pass Rush

The news of Michael Oher being placed on IR has put to bed any thoughts of the Panthers returning to their original starting offensive line. For better or worse, they’re now stuck with Mike Remmers at LT and Daryl Williams at RT. Williams is coming off of one of his worst performances of the year as the Saints’ top pass rusher Cameron Jordon was able to consistently collapse the pocket and pressure Cam Newton from the right side of the line. Williams will be going against pass rushers like Bruce Irvin and Shilique Calhoun who have had limited success this season playing across from Khalil Mack, combining for just 3.0 sacks. Speaking of, Khalil Mack will be the one haunting Remmers’ nightmares for the next couple of days as he looks to continue his excellent young career against a shaky offensive tackle playing out of position. The only positive for Remmers is that he handles power rushers better than speed rushers and Mack is more of the former than the latter. Still, expect to see Remmers get plenty of help from Norwell or a running back or tight end throughout the game as the Panthers must neutralize the Raiders’ best pass rusher if they want to be successful. The interior of the line will be facing their own struggles as their level of play has dipped with the absence of Kalil for the past month. Both Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell are having the worst year of their careers and will look to improve their play against one of the worse defenses in the league. The Panthers were only able to weather their rushing struggles against the Saints because of excellent play from the defense: relying on that again against one of the best offenses in the league likely won’t end well for the Panthers.

Panthers’ Linebackers vs Raiders’ Running Backs

11 targets, 11 receptions, 199 yards, 2 TDs. Those were the stats of Latavius Murray, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale against the Houston Texans on Monday Night. The Raiders’ running backs and full back accounted for more than half of Derek Carr’s completions and more than 67% of his yards and TDs. The Raiders exploited their advantage over the Texans’ linebackers by sending their backs on passing routes and looking for them downfield. This will be an especially good matchup to watch as the biggest strength of the Panthers’ defense, even with their centerpiece missing, is the linebacker position. Even without Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Shaq Thompson and AJ Klein represent one of the best linebacking corps in the league and won’t likely be run upon like the Texans’ linebackers were. One thing that can help the linebackers lock down the Raiders’ backs is the defensive line getting pressure on Carr. If the Panthers are able to generate a consistent pass rush, especially with just 4 rushers, it could force the Raiders to keep an extra blocker in the backfield, thus making the job of the linebackers easier. This will be no small feat, however, as the Raiders boast one of the best pass blocking units in the NFL, surrendering just 11 sacks on the season (compared to Carolina’s 25 sacks allowed).

Bradberry and Worley vs Cooper and Crabtree

Stopping the Raiders’ backs is only one thing the Panthers must do to slow down one of the best offenses in the NFL: rookie cornerbacks James Bradberry and Daryl Worley will be tasked with the more difficult objective: slowing down Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Cooper and Crabtree make up one of the best receiver tandems in the league, combining for 181 targets, 114 receptions, 1,501 yards and 9 TDs through 10 games. They’ll be going up against the Panthers’ tandem of rookie cornerbacks that have exceeded all reasonable expectations this season. #1 CB James Bradberry is currently ProFootballFocus’ highest ranked rookie CB and has done a fantastic job week in and week out against the opposing team’s #1 WR. The real test this week will be for Daryl Worley. Up until now he’s gone against the lesser of the opposing team’s receivers but Crabtree and Cooper are so similar that neither can be considered a #2 receiver, even with the disparity in stats between the two, so Worley will have one of his hardest matchups of the season regardless of which receiver he lines up against. The winner of this matchup could very well determine the winner of the game as the Raiders’ high-powered offense will likely require moving the ball against the outside of the Panthers’ defense if they’re going to have much success.
  • Injury Report: CAROLINA PANTHERS
Name Pos. Injury Status
Luke Kuechly LB Concussion Out
Ryan Kalil C Shoulder Out
Mario Addison DE Foot Out
Michael Oher OT Concussion IR
Zack Sanchez CB Groin IR
  • Injury Report: OAKLAND RAIDERS
Name Pos. Injury Status
Shilique Calhoun LB - Out

Week 12 Picks


Pete Prisco Jason LaConfora Will Brinson Jared Dubin Ryan Wilson John Breech Dave Richard Jamey Eisenberg
Record 92-67 83-76 87-72 94-65 91-67 88-71 100-59*
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Chris Chase Dieter Kurtenbach Andrew Lynch Peter Schrager Brett Smiley What If Sports
Record 87-72 95-64 102-57* 93-66 94-65
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Matt Bowen Adam Caplan Mike Golic Dan Graziano Merril Hoge Ron Jaworski KC Joyner Kevin Seifert Seth Wickersham
Record 97-64 93-68 97-64 92-69 93-68 93-68 99-62* 96-65
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CAR 3 2 1
OAK 5 4 8


All expert 2016 NFL Picks compared. A free ad-click funded service comparing every analyst at ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS, FOX, Yahoo!, ProFootballFocus, USA Today, Accuscore, NFL Network,, and more – sorted by season win percentage.
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Rank Expert Network Season Record Accuracy % Pick
1 Elliot Harrison NFL Network 107-55 66%
2 Sam Farmer LA Times 106-55 65%
2 Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz USA Today 106-56 65%
3 Fan Picks NFL Network 105-57 64%
3 Numberfire Numberfire 105-57 64%
3 Kate Hairopoulos Dallas Morning News 105-57 64%
3 Rick Gosselin Dallas Morning News 105-57 64%
3 David Steele Sports Nation News 104-58 64%
3 Andrew Lynch FOX Sports 104-58 64%
4 Chris Burke 103-59 63% No Pick


Amos Bing ESPN FPI Project 538 Microsoft Cortana
CAR 51% 36% 41% 42%
OAK 49% 64% 59% 58%

Conference Play

Team Overall Record Division Division Record Conf Record PF PA Streak
Cowboys 9-1 NFC East 2-1 5-1 285 187 W9
Seahawks 7-2-1 NFC West 1-1-1 3-2-1 219 173 W3
Giants 7-3 NFC East 2-1 5-3 204 200 W5
Redskins 6-3-1 NFC East 2-1 4-2 254 233 W2
Lions 6-4 NFC North 1-2 4-2 231 225 W2
Falcons 6-4 NFC South 3-1 4-3 320 283 L1
Vikings 6-4 NFC North 1-2 4-4 205 176 W1
Bucs 5-5 NFC South 2-1 4-3 235 259 W2
Eagles 5-5 NFC East 0-3 3-5 241 186 L1
Cardinals 4-5-1 NFC West 2-1-1 3-3-1 226 190 L1
Saints 4-6 NFC South 1-2 3-3 285 286 L2
Panthers 4-6 NFC South 1-3 4-4 244 246 W1
Rams 4-6 NFC West 2-1 3-4 149 187 L1
Packers 4-6 NFC North 2-1 3-4 247 276 L4
Bears 2-8 NFC North 2-1 2-5 157 237 L2
49ers 1-9 NFC West 1-3 1-7 204 313 L9
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