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Prime time games for Eagles during 2018 regular season

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Archive for April, 2018

Happy returns for Sixers’ Embiid

Posted by Eric Fisher On April - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Joel Embiid returns after missing 10 games due to a broken left orbital bone, scoring 23 points as the Sixers defeated the host Heat, 128-108, to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

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Joel Embiid made the decision to allow him to play in Game 3 look like a good one.

After missing 10 games, including the first two playoff games, Embiid returned Thursday night, scoring 23 points in his playoff debut as the Sixers defeated the host Heat, 128-108. The Sixers take a 2-1 series edge.

After the Sixers’ loss to the Heat in Game 2, Embiid complained on Instagram that he was being “babied” and wanted to get back on the court. Although listed as doubtful on Wednesday, Embiid’s request was granted Thursday. Embiid wore a protective mask and goggles to protect the left orbital bone that was broken during a collision with rookie guard Markelle Fultz.

Game 3 wasn’t a one-man show, though. Defeating the Heat required a team effort. Dario Saric and Marco Belinelli contributed 21 points apiece. Ben Simmons added 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

And that was barely enough.

Despite the 20-point margin, the game was close until the fourth quarter. The Sixers led, 37-33, after one quarter, trailed at the end of the first half, 64-63, and then regained the lead after three quarters, 96-94. The Sixers were finally able to shake the Heat during the fourth quarter, when the Sixers posted a 32-14 advantage.

Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow pace Heat with 23 and 19 points, respectively.

The Sixers will try to take a 3-1 series advantage in Game 4 on Saturday (2:30 p.m.). And there should be no doubt that Embiid will be available to help the Sixers take command of the series.

Eagles schedule

Posted by Eric Fisher On April - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The spotlight will be on the defending Super Bowl champions, just as you would expect, during the 2018 season.

The Eagles will play five games in prime time in 2018, including the season opener on Thurs., Sept 6 (8:20 p.m.) against the Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. That game will kick off the NFL season. The Eagles defeated the Falcons for their first playoff win last season.

There was speculation that the Eagles would open the season against the Vikings in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game. Instead the Eagles will host the Vikings on Sun., Oct. 7. Four days later, the Eagles will return to prime time when they visit the Giants in their first NFC East game.

Five of the Eagles’ six games against NFC opponents will take place after their bye week, which is Week 9. The bye comes one week after the Eagles square off with the Jaguars in London on Sun., Oct. 28 (9:30 a.m.).

The Eagles’ eight games after the bye include two games against the Cowboys, two against the Redskins and one against the Giants. Outside the division, the Eagles’ final eight games includes road games against the Saints (1 p.m.) and Rams (Sun, Dec. 16, 8:20 p.m.).  The Eagles will finish the regular season at Washington on Sun., Dec. 30.

EAGLES SCHEDULE

Thurs., Sept. 6: Falcons, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 16: at Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Sun., Sept.23: at Colts, 1 p.m.

Sun, Sept. 30: at Titans, 1 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 7: Vikings, 4:25 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 11: at Giants, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 21: Panthers, 1 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 28: vs. Jaguars, 9:30 a.m. (in London)

Bye Week

Sun., Nov. 11: Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.

Sun.,, Nov. 18: at Saints, 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 25: Giants, 1 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 3: Redskins, 8:15 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 9: at Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 16: at Rams, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 23: Texans, 1 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 30: at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Embiid injured in collision with Fultz