The Duke’s Picks – NFL Week 10

13 11 2011

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CINCINNATI BENGALS +4 Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver Broncos +3.5 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Buffalo Bills +5.5 DALLAS COWBOYS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +3.5 Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans +3.5 CAROLINA PANTHERS

ATLANTA FALCONS even New Orleans Saints

CLEVELAND BROWNS -2.5 St. Louis Rams

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -12 Arizona Cardinals

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +7.5 Baltimore Ravens

Detroit Lions +3 CHICAGO BEARS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers -3 NY Giants

8:20

NEW YORK JETS even New England Patriots





Eagles O-Line Needs to Gel

27 07 2009

By Mike Gill

The Andrews brothers will be key to the Eagles success in 2009.

The Andrews brothers will be key to the Eagles success in 2009.

With Eagles veterans scheduled to report to camp on Wednesday, one of the main areas of cocern for me on the offensive side of the ball is how quickly will the offensive gel.  The birds added pro-bowl tackle Jason Peters from Buffalo and guard Stacey Andrews to a line that at times struggled to protect Donovan McNabb and consistently create running room for Brian Westbrook.

This season, with bigger, more athletic tackles, could the Eagles be primed to run the ball more?  Probably not, but it should be interesting to see how well the guards play with the new tackles.  Especially on the right side where the Andrews brothers have flipped positions. 

On the left side, the Eagles have added Peters, who will be paired with incumbent guard Todd Herramans.  Herramans is one of the smaller guys on the line at 6-6 320 pounds.  How will he pair up with Peters and will the Eagles be able to run the ball to the left side when they need that third and one, late in the fourth quarter.

To look deeper into the offensive line, and more on the Eagles, we talked to former Eagles offensive linemen and Super Bowl champion, Barrett Brooks on the Sports Bash, on 97.3 ESPN FM.

Click here to listen to Barrett Brooks on the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM





Eagles Hose Top Prospect

18 04 2009

by Michael DeLucajason

Yesterday, I discussed the Eagles’ hosting of Baylor tackle Jason Smith, a highly regarded prospect projected to be off the board in the top five picks of the upcoming NFL Draft. I opined that the Eagles’ simply used Smith to leverage the Bills into finalizing a deal for Jason Peters. And, as pointed out by Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, as Smith was visiting with the Eagles, he himself learned that the team had completed said trade and no longer had a need for a left tackle.

“You hear all the right things and then 10 minutes later they say, ‘Oh yeah, we just got Jason Peters. Sorry,” Smith told Adam Schein and Jim Miller of Sirius NFL Radio on Friday. “And then they dropped me off at the wrong airline,” Smith said, laughing. “The great thing is, I understand that it’s all business.”

I didn’t hear the interview myself but I’m willing to bet that last line was simply the obligatory “I understand that it’s all business” and deep down Smith is probably seething in regards to the Birds’ doublespeak and what he perceives as a purposeless visit to the City of Brotherly Love. But, before getting too worked up, Smith would be wise to realize that the Buffalo Bills just created a need for a left tackle and just acquired the ammuntion to move up and get a player like….say…..Jason Smith!





Eagles Trade For Pro Bowler!

17 04 2009

by Michael DeLucaBills Peters Football

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters from the Buffalo Bills for the 28th overall pick in next week’s draft as well as a second day pick in 09′ and a late round selection in the 2010 draft. The news was first reported by FOXsports.com’s Jay Glazer.

Just yesterday, the Eagles had hosted Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith, one of the top-rated players in the draft. The Eagles were believed to be the only serious suitorsfor Peters’ services (say that then times fast) and bringing in Smith might have been a shrewd move by the Eagles brass to get the Bills to accept the Eagles’ most recent offer. Read the rest of this entry »