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    May the Schwartz be with you

    Jim Schwartz has a long resume. In 1993 he was hired as a scout by the Browns and served in that role for 3 years. Then spent another 3 years as D-assistant for the Ravens. Then Swartz spent 10 years in Tennessee, 7 of those as D-coor. In 2009 he was hired as HC of the Lions but was fired after 5 seasons. 2014 he was the Bills D-coor but took 2015 off, then was hired by the Eagles in 2016.

    Schwartz has worked for Belichick(Browns), Jeff Fisher, Ted Marchibroda, Doug Marrone and,...Doug Pederson.

    Looking at the Eagles 2017 defense is interesting. They sell out to stop the run, ranked first in yds allowed but their pass-D rankings are mediocre. Ranked #2 in the NFL for average time of their opponent's drives shows they get the D off the field a lot. It's clear that the Eagle's opponents last season preferred to pass against this defense rather than grind it out running. In their 3 losses the Eagles D allowed over 100 yds rushing each game but what's more telling is in those losses the opposing offenses gained over 300 yds.

    And there's the key if the Falcons wanna return to the NFCCG.

    There is nooooooo doubt the Eagles will be run heavy offensively Saturday afternoon. Most are predicting a "fast game" and I agree. They'll be intent on keeping the Falcons offense off the field. And as we know the Falcons will also be determined to run the ball against a serious run defense,...even when it's not working I add.

    So,...as a Philly writer noted yesterday, the game will be determined by Matt Ryan's arm.



    I agree. Jim Schwartz has a handful to deal with Saturday. And the writer said this game is the most compelling this weekend cause no one knows what's a gonna happen. I agree. Even Vegas is unsure like last Saturday the Falcons/Rams game was predicted to be a Rams win by a field goal and is equally unsure 'bout this game as well having the Falcons as a FG fave.

    I dunno,...something feels like one of the two teams will get blown out.


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    Well it seems as though weather elements have run afoul or your prediction. Spot on as usual, the lack of a big arm vertical game from Ryan took away a lot of the Falcon's thunder. Oh did the weather seem ok? I mean the wind gusts that even Matt Bryant had trouble with, put the game back on the ground n pound. Did the better ream win?

    No - it was to their advantage that wind negated an ostensible QB advantage. But look at the big picture and you see the Falcons screwed by the 4-team divisional structure again. Philadelphia had been the beneficiary of an unusually weak N.Y. Giants, and injuries to the Skins' O/L to say nothing of the suspect Dallas that did managed to eek out a W, gave the Birds of the East a 5-1 divisional record. Compared with the strong showing of the Panthers and Saints in the N.F.C.S. which was confirmed by success in inter-divisional games, the N.F.C.E. competition was all but gift-wrapped for them.

    This produced the venue from which we may agree, had been set against the Falcons. I think the only way to end this misery is to put the NFL back into a five-team divisional structure, or we'll continue to see results like this.

    Not to say the Eagles were lousy or anything like that, of course. Another upcoming road game against Saints or Vikings could have spelled the end for the Falcons run, so perhaps the Eagles can at least keep their home advantage and proceed to the Super Bowl.
    Last edited by Gundermerikan; 01-14-2018 at 04:49 PM.

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