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Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Eagles’ release of Marcus Smith, Jordan Matthews’ knee injury and the reaction to Michael Phelps’ “race” against a great white shark.

Although he doesn’t recall playing sports very often with his father, Eric Fisher has fond memories of watching sports with his Dad, who passed away this past Saturday.

The Greek God of Wrestling examines the rapid rise of Jinder Mahal, who will challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at Backlash. Achilles Heel also recaps Ring of Honor’s War of the Worlds (and previews the show at 2300 Arena), tells you which Ring of Honor star may be headed for WWE, and tells you when you can see the United Kingdom show on WWE Network.

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Tough road to December

Posted by Eric Fisher On April - 17 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Eagles will play five road games during the first half of the season, with three of those games in prime time. They face a tough stretch of home games in November before finishing up with four games in December against NFC East opponents.

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If the Eagles can make it to December in decent shape, they should be OK. But the road to December won’t be easy.

The Eagles play five of their first eight games on the road. Three of those games are in prime time.

The Eagles’ prime-time road games during the first half of the season are Week 2 at Atlanta, a Week 4 Thursday night game at Green Bay and a Week 7 Sunday night game at Dallas.

The schedule, obviously balances out the during the second half of the season, with five home games and three road games. November consists of three home games and a bye, but those three home games are against the Bears, Patriots and Seahawks, with the bye sandwiched between the Bears and Patriots games.

December doesn’t appear to be as difficult for the Eagles, although early assessments of schedules often don’t ring true. The Eagles open December at Miami, then finish with four games against NFC East opponents, including two game against the Giants. The Giants game at Lincoln Financial Field is a Monday night game, which means the Eagles will have a short week before facing the Redskins on the road.

With four straight games against NFC East opponents in December, the Eagles should be in control of their own destiny. With their earlier schedule, however, it’s a possibility that the Eagles could be playing from behind.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The first regular-season game is Sun., Sept. 8 (1 p.m.), when the Eagles open their season at home against the Redskins.

Here is the 2019 Eagles schedule:

Sun., Sept 8: Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 15: Eagles at Falcons, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 22: Lions at Eagles, 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 26: Eagles at Packers, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 6: Jets at Eagles, 1 p.m.]

Sun., Oct. 13: Eagles at Vikings, 1 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 20: Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 27: Eagles at Bills, 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 3: Bears at Eagles

WEEK 10: Bye

Sun., Nov. 17: Patriots at Eagles, 4::25 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 24: Seahawks at Eagles, 8:20 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 1: Eagles at Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 9: Giants at Eagles, 8:15 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 15: Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Sun., Dece. 22: Cowboys at Eagles, 4:25 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 29: Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m.

 

Busy Eagles bring back Jackson

Posted by Eric Fisher On March - 11 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

DeSean Jackson got his wish.

The speedy wide receiver made no secret of his desire to return to the Eagles. Five years after the Eagles released him, they acquired him from the Buccaneers, along with a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for the Eagles’ sixth-round pick in this year’s draft.

Jackson reportedly agreed to a three-year contract for $27 million. It remains to be seen if the Eagles will release a player — perhaps wide receiver Nelson Agholor — to create additional salary cap space.

DeSean wasn’t the only Jackson the Eagles picked up on a busy Monday. The Eagles reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with defensive tackle Malik Jackson, who spent the past three seasons with the Jaguars, including one Pro Bowl season. The Jaguars released Jackson last week.

Almost lost in the shuffle was an agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract with left tackle Jason Peters, keeping the future Hall of Famer protecting Carson Wentz’s blind side for one more season. The Eagles also decided to release offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, according to multiple reports.

Remember, free agency doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday. The Eagles already are off to a frenzied start.


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