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Putting an asterisk on every VFL/AFL premiership ever

Recently there's been a bit of a debate around the traps concerning this 2020 season and whether or not the eventual premiership should have an asterisk next to it. And that's a silly debate, because of course every VFL/AFL premiership ever can have an asterisk next to it. Just pick and choose the asterisks that you personally believe should exist:
Year Premier Reason this premiership gets an asterisk
1897 Essendon didn't even have a Grand Final
1898 Fitzroy general clusterfuck
1899 Fitzroy too much rain
1900 Melbourne Melbourne winning the flag from 6th so bullshit they changed the final system in response
1901 Essendon umpiring error gives Essendon the semi-final 'win' - should have been Fitzroy in the GF
1902 Collingwood season tainted by Essendon's 'Goodthur' controversy
1903 Collingwood Collingwood's captain was called "Lardie" that's not even a real name
1904 Fitzroy Crapp umpiring
1905 Fitzroy MCG too wet and soft
1906 Carlton fake Grand Final, was just the prelim in disguise
1907 Carlton fake Grand Final, was just the prelim in disguise again - also illicit Geelong pre-season affair with the VFA's Richmond clearly taints the whole season
1908 Carlton Essendon clearly psychologically scarred by vicious Fitzroy riots
1909 South Melbourne Argus system 'challenge match' is kinda bullshit
1910 Collingwood season tainted by Carlton bribery scandal
1911 Essendon season tainted by player expenses shenanigans
1912 Essendon rules tinkering: players have to be branded with numbers on their backs so that fascist 'Stewards' can report them - I mean what is this, the Napoleonic occupation of Iberia???
1913 Fitzroy silly finals system allows Fitzroy to play St Kilda again in the GF after losing to them in the prelim
1914 Carlton Jamieson illegally in the back of Bollard, South robbed, #justice4bollard
1915 Carlton comp too imba after University pulls out
1916 Fitzroy wrong for spooners to also be premiers
1917 Collingwood season compromised by WW1
1918 South Melbourne Carlton too distracted by the Allies thumping the Kaiser to perform well
1919 Collingwood season clearly unbalanced by the winless Melbourne having their first professional season (ie. with paid players) eight years after the rest of the comp
1920 Richmond a player debuts in the Grand Final for Richmond and plays a key part in the result? that's too implausible to be true
1921 Richmond Richmond's season tainted by ball-stabbing incident in R7
1922 Fitzroy season tainted by Richmond fans death-threating an umpire into retirement
1923 Essendon Grand Final played on Caulfield Cup day? that's not even close to September
1924 Essendon nonsense round-robin finals system that was immediately scrapped
1925 Geelong compromised draw with the three expansion teams
1926 Melbourne Collingwood into the GF without winning any finals - a contrived win for Melbourne
1927 Collingwood GF the lowest-scoring match in 20th or 21st centuries, not good enough to count as a real GF
1928 Collingwood Pies players under a bribery cloud
1929 Collingwood Pies hoarding all the goals and premiership points actually the cause of the Great Depression? #wakeupsheeple
1930 Collingwood Geelong defeats Collingwood in the Preliminary Final but the Pies get to go again because the Argus system is a joke
1931 Geelong R6 was played in two halves, either side of R7 and R8? you can't count 1931! how do we know who even really won?
1932 Richmond uh... Melbourne playing three games for premiership points at the Motordrome and losing all three clearly tainted the season in ways we can't fully appreciate
1933 South Melbourne Bloods deviously importing so many players from WA they should be called the "Swans"
1934 Richmond I mean technically Richmond kicked more goals on the day but that's no match for Bob Pratt's 150 goals in the season
1935 Collingwood Bob Pratt taken out by a brick truck the Thursday before the GF and you can't prove it wasn't a Collingwood player driving the truck
1936 Collingwood Gordon Coventry rubbed out for 8 weeks and missed finals but clearly he was just a fall guy and they should have suspended the whole team
1937 Geelong Sellwood? Hawking? Abbott? if the Cats were going to time travel modern champions back to take the cup at least they should have come up with better fake names
1938 Carlton MCG 12,000 over capacity? some people actually watched the game from on the grass inside the fence? well that's just unsafe
1939 Melbourne rules tinkering: VFL trying to get holding the ball called more often - now you can't just drop the ball when tackled!
1940 Melbourne if you don't think St Kilda winning the Patriotic Premiership was the real premiership that year then you might as well go kiss A-dolf Hitler's boot
1941 Melbourne season compromised by WW2
1942 Essendon season compromised by WW2
1943 Richmond season compromised by WW2
edit: Methuen's suggestion - Jack Broadstock shouldn't have been on the field: went AWOL in order to play and was arrested by military police before Jack Dyer intervened
1944 Fitzroy season still compromised by WW2 (no MCG)
1945 Carlton Bloodbath
1946 Essendon some of the Bombers' record 11 third-quarter goals have to be fake, it's statistics
1947 Carlton season clearly should have been called off in shame after the Big V went down to WA in Tasmania of all places
1948 Melbourne clearly the season should have ended on the drawn Grand Final, 69 to 69
1949 Essendon Coleman kicks his 100th goal for the season in the concluding minutes of the GF - a story stolen directly from Jack Titus in 1940, you have to ask what else was faked about Essendon allegedly 'winning' this premiership #fakenewsflag
1950 Essendon Essendon's captain was the biggest Dick ever to play Aussie rules
1951 Geelong Coleman set up by Caspar
1952 Geelong season tainted by weather so wet and muddy they had to introduce white balls mid-season
1953 Collingwood Cats' full-forward caught having an affair and forced out of the team, they then lose the GF and you can't prove it wasn't a Collingwood player in disguise sent to seduce him
1954 Footscray season tainted by Fitzroy betting scandal
1955 Melbourne Melbourne's kamikaze tactics
1956 Melbourne season compromised by accommodations for the Olympics
1957 Melbourne allowing everyone to compete for the night series clearly tainted the real finals somehow
1958 Collingwood MCG bias
1959 Melbourne uh-oh, Essendon implementing a special high performance training regime, sounds suss
1960 Melbourne Melbourne shouldn't have been able to play a Grand Final with no opponent, that's clearly unfair
1961 Hawthorn just the expansion teams playing, doesn't really count
1962 Essendon medical shenanigans
1963 Geelong whole of round 11 postponed due to weather, season obviously invalid after that
1964 Melbourne Fitzroy clearly should have won the premiership: their lay down misère (zero wins, #1 worst offence and #1 worst defence) was clearly the highest bid
1965 Essendon crowd support drove the Dons to the prelim win and a GF berth after a brutal attack off the ball on one of their players but was it a false flag operation?????
1966 St Kilda timekeeper was a big St Kilda fan you say? oh sure, we can toootally trust that the siren was correctly sounded in this close fought St Kilda game
edit: showmanic also suggests St Kilda kicking the ball out of bounds deliberately (legal until 1969) to use up time at the end of the match
1967 Richmond competition clearly unbalanced by players wanting to play for the Galahs rather than compete for the premiership
1968 Carlton too windy
1969 Richmond VFL tinkering with the dang rulebook again to try to boost scoring: now you get a free kick if the opposition kicks it out of bounds on the full??
1970 Carlton Syd Jackson probably should have missed the game through suspension
1971 Hawthorn R21 Fitzroy v Carlton played in zero-visibility fog clearly a sign of interference by ghosts, season should have been abandoned
1972 Carlton too many goals
1973 Richmond take your pick of option 1, cheap hits and punches take out three Carlton players or option 2, Francis Bourke and Royce Hart not supposed to be playing but played anyway
1974 Richmond Tiges tainted by R7 brawl at Windy Hill
1975 North Melbourne season ruined by pointless rules tinkering: bizarre, wacky centre 'square' introduced to replace sturdy, traditional centre diamond
1976 Hawthorn pre-equalisation era resource disparity: Hawthorn had a complete monopoly on former captains tragically about to die from cancer at too young of an age as a source of motivation, North Melbourne forced to rely on just wanting to win the premiership
1977 North Melbourne rare second-ever drawn GF clearly contrived for the advantage of the first TV broadcast
1978 Hawthorn political interference: North Melbourne supporters clearly too exhausted from booing Malcolm Fraser in R20 to effectively encourage the team to victory
1979 Carlton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orWbfMkWDI&t=8s
1980 Richmond bottom of the ladder Fitzroy had more points for than top of the ladder Geelong? clearly a fake season
1981 Carlton Garry Sidebottom misses the bus
1982 Carlton Carlton illicitly obtains special powers from Helen D'Amico
1983 Hawthorn Morwood/Foschini transfer clusterfuck making a mockery of VFL transfer rules - plus the Big V goes down to both SA and WA, just call off the season already
1984 Essendon season destabilised by breakaway competition rumours
1985 Essendon season tainted by biff: Lethal breaks Neville Bruns' jaw, John Bourke for the Pies reserves gets suspended for 10 years and 16 matches
1986 Hawthorn illegal Tasmanian bank account
1987 Carlton compromised draw with the new expansion teams
1988 Hawthorn compromised draw with the new expansion teams
1989 Hawthorn illegal Tasmanian bank account
1990 Collingwood replay of drawn Pies v Eagles QF pushes back whole finals schedule, disadvantging Essendon
1991 Hawthorn take your pick of option 1, you can't play a legitimate GF at Waverley or option 2, match tainted by Bound for Glory
1992 West Coast Vic teams get their zones taken away and a foreigner team wins as a result #AntiVicBias
1993 Essendon Baby Bombers bust their way through the salary cap
1994 West Coast rules tinkering: arbitrarily changing the length of quarters from 25 to 20 minutes
1995 Carlton Diesel Williams the recipient of not only payments outside the salary cap but also one of the first ever racial vilification charges
1996 North Melbourne West Coast forced to play 'home' semi final at the MCG
1997 Adelaide psychological warfare: Port Adelaide entering the comp and blasting innocent ears with their terrible club song - Crows unfairly advantaged by being already partly immune to Port bullshit - alternatively steroids in the AFL
1998 Adelaide Crows somehow allowed to win flag from 5th on the ladder edit: and while losing their first final, just like Carlton the next year
1999 North Melbourne finals system is so shit that Carlton finishes 6th, loses first final, yet progresses to semi-finals where they play West Coast who are once again forced to 'host' a semi at the MCG - Blues make it to the GF where they're rolled by Norf
2000 Essendon season compromised by accommodations for the Olympics (and retrospectively, Lions' intravenous saline scandal and Carlton's salary cap breaches)
2001 Brisbane Lions Lions' intravenous saline scandal (and retrospectively, Carlton's salary cap breaches)
2002 Brisbane Lions six games not involving Carlton forcibly moved to Princes Park after Carlton moves games to Docklands - meanwhile Carlton wins the spoon and then has their salary cap cheating exposed, fuck 2002 Carlton basically - also Adelaide forced to 'host' a semi-final at the MCG
2003 Brisbane Lions all the non-Vic teams made finals #AntiVicBias
2004 Port Adelaide Brisbane forced to 'host' home prelim at the MCG - also because Port's win triggers insufferable debates about whether to count SANFL Port's flags
edit: lbguitarist's suggestion - St Kilda's PF momentum ruined by ground invasion after the G Train's 100th
2005 Sydney Barry Hall escaping suspension after the prelim
2006 West Coast druuuuugs
2007 Geelong 1) Cats commit murder in broad daylight and get away with it, 2) disgraceful Melbourne v Carlton spoonbowl with priority draft pick at stake, 3) 'Guttergate'
2008 Hawthorn morally bankrupt Hawthorn triple team Fev to stop him also getting to 100 goals
2009 Geelong take your pick of option 1, season tainted by Melbourne's tanking or option 2, Hawkins hitting the post
2010 Collingwood St Kilda robbed in broad daylight and the police did nothing about it
edit: NitroXYZ's suggestion - St Kilda robbed of momentum by replaying the GF the following week rather than playing extra time, replay replaced with extra time from 2016 season onwards
2011 Geelong tainted by Meatloaf and the lavish Gold Coast concessions
2012 Sydney season tainted by Essendon doping regime and the lavish GWS concessions
2013 Hawthorn season tainted by revelation of Essendon doping regime
2014 Hawthorn Brendon Bolton coaches Hawks to five wins from five games while Clarko out with Guillain–Barré syndrome yet nobody tests Bolton to see if he's some kind of cyborg or superman (though clearly swapped back for the real human version to go coach Carlton)
2015 Hawthorn treatment of Adam Goodes puts a stain on the whole comp
2016 Western Bulldogs umpiring so biased the AFL had to apologise for it
2017 Richmond THEY'RE WEARING THE WRONG JUMPER
edit: NitroXYZ's suggestion - Cats forced to play 'home' QF at their opponent's home ground; veryparticularskills' suggestion - Cotch dodges suspension after PF
2018 West Coast Sheed played on
edit: PyrrhicNicholas' suggestion - Maynard was blocked
2019 Richmond Gilstapo intimidation
2020 ? pandemic-affected season
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The Disturbing Story Of The Bloody Benders

To begin this story I will first need to set up a bit of background. The Bender family lived in a very rural area known as Labette County, Kansas. They had been apart of the movement of families to the west in the new world. The family consisted of Father John Bender (60), his wife Elvira Bender (55), his daughter Kate Bender (23), and his son John Bender Jr (25). There are a few details that seem to be a bit shrouded in doubt about the family composition though, some reports say that John Bender Jr and Kate Bender were siblings and others say neighbors reported them as being married. From what I could find, there is nothing confirming this marriage, which makes others speculate it could have been a common-law marriage. Which would have been undocumented, this is, of course, is only if they were married though. Which we could really lean either way at this point.
There seems to be endless folklore and legend surrounding the Bender family. So it is hard to separate the fact from fiction, in this write-up, I will do my best to give you the most accurate and straight forward depiction of what is claimed to have happened.
Sometime in October 1870, five families of spiritualists settled in and around the small township of Osage. Roughly 7 miles or so from what is now known as the city of Cherryvale, which was established some seven months after Osage. One of these five families included the Benders. They had registered 165 acres of land right beside the Great Osage Trail, which at the time was the only open road leading to the west at the time. The family got to work rather quickly building a cabin, a barn with a horse corral, and a well for water. The following year, in 1871, Elvira and Kate arrived and the cabin was turned into a dual space. They cut the room in half with a wagon cover, using the front half of the cabin as a general store, selling a few dry goods. Among these goods were oats and other grains. The front was also used as a kitchen where the family would cook for travelers and even spend the night. The family had planted and tended to a rather sizeable 2-acre vegetable garden and also planted an apple orchard.
Needless to say, the Bender's had created somewhat of an oasis in the middle of nowhere, or so it would seem to the naked eye.
Here is where things get really strange and slightly confusing, the family itself has literally no documentation it seems. Where they came from has been up for debate for decades. The most popular theory is they were from Germany, but other reports claim the Netherlands could be their origin.
John Bender was an older man at the time, being 60 years old and speaking very little English made it hard for him to adapt and communicate. When John did speak though, it was described as being guttural and more often than not, unintelligible. John also went by the name of William according to The Emporia News. Reports get a bit muddy about John, some sources report John Bender isn't even his real name, but it is actually John Flickinger. Now, I can't find any solid sources on this claim, so I would take it with a grain of salt.
Elvira Bender is where reports get even muddier, but creepy as hell. Elvira apparently didn't speak fluent English either but was better spoken than her husband. Elvira seemed to have a reputation of not being the nicest person though. Even being referred to as a "she-devil" by their neighbors. According to some old newspapers I found, Elvira was apparently actually born Almira Hill Mark, in the Adirondack Mountains. She apparently married a man named Simon Mark, with who she had a whopping 12 children. She would go on to marry another man named William Griffith and apparently many other men who she would go on to kill. Rumors say she killed multiple husbands. None of this is confirmed to my knowledge though.
John Bender Jr spoke fluent English but had what much thought to be a German accent. Apparently, John jr was known to break out into a burst of aimless laughter at various times. Leading many locals to think he may not have been all there.
Kate Bender was a very attractive young woman, she spoke perfect English with little to no accent. Kate was a self-proclaimed healer and psychic and would pass out flyers promoting her services. She claimed to have the power to cure illness, conduct seances and taught spiritualism. Kate had gained a lot of popularity in the area, while her parents would stay away from people, her and John jr would often attend Sunday services at the church and be seen in town. Locals are reported to have quoted Kate as promoting "Free love" which sounded a lot more like incest to me. A quote from Kate's lecture's "Shall we confine ourselves to a single love, and deny our natures their proper sway?..... Even though it be a brother's passion for his own sister, I say it should not be smothered."
Many speculate that John and Kate were not actually siblings, but a married couple. This is where I will end my look into the questionable background of the Bender family. Now, I will begin the truly disgusting events that took place on the Bender property.
In May 1871, the first of many bodies would be discovered. The body of a man simply known as Jones was found with his skull crushed in and his throat cut. He was found in Drum Creek, initially, people suspected the owner of the creek, but it seems no action was taken. About a year later in February 1872, two more bodies of unidentified men had been found with nearly identical wounds. By the following year in 1873, reports of missing people who had been traveling through the area had become so common that people were beginning to avoid the trail entirely.
It didn't help that the area was already known for horse thieves and other villains. Often times, officials would arrest someone for the crimes but would let them go not too long after. It is said many innocent people were driven out of the area by these suspicions. This unsolved spree of killings would not last forever though.
In the winter of 1872, two travelers are known as George Newton Longcor and his infant daughter Mary Ann left the town of Independence, Kansas. Their goal was to move to Iowa and start a new life, sadly they would never be heard from again. In the spring of 1873, esteemed Dr, William Henry York, set off to look for the missing man and his child.
Dr. York was a neighbor of the two and had questioned many homesteaders who lived along the trail he had known them to take. Dr. York looked far and wide and eventually made it to Fort Scott. The doctor began his journey back home on March 9th, but like many before him, he would never return or be heard from again. This is where the gruesome story of what happened to all of these people would begin to come to light.
Dr. York had two brothers, both of whom had prominence at the time. Alexander York was a member of the Kansas State Senate and Colonel Ed York was an esteemed military officer. Both of Dr. York's brothers were aware of his travel plans and when he failed to return home, an all-out search began for the missing doctor. Ed York would lead a search part of fifty or so men. They questioned every traveler they came across on the trail and visited every homestead they could locate.
Finally, on March 28th, 1873, Ed York and his search party had arrived at the Bender Family Inn. Ed had explained to the Bender's that his brother had gone missing and had asked if any of them had potentially seen anything. Oddly, the Bender's admitted to seeing Dr. York and even said he had stayed with them. They claimed he had left and potentially had issues with Native Americans. Ed had agreed this could be a possible explanation and even stayed for dinner. This would seem to be a close call for the Benders, their arrogance would begin to display in this time is likely what ended their reign of terror.
On April 3rd, Ed York would return to the Bender Inn with armed men when a woman fled from the Inn and claimed Elvira threatened her with knives. Elvira played the no speak English card, and her children denied the claim adamantly. When York doubled down on his claims, Elvira apparently became full of rage and said the woman was a witch and had tried to curse her coffee. She then made the men leave which for the first time truly showed her understanding of the English language. Which was reportedly much better than she let on.
As York was leaving, Kate asked him to return alone the following Friday night, and she would use her clairvoyant abilities to help him find his brother. The men in York's search party were entirely convinced the Benders and a family close by known as the Roaches, were guilty and wanted to hang them all, but York insisted that evidence must be found first. It would be a real shame to hang innocent people.
At the same time, communities around the Osage area began to point fingers at each other. A meeting was held by the township in the local schoolhouse. upwards of 75 locals attended the meeting, including Ed York, John Bender, and John jr. After the announcement and discussion of the disappearances, including that of Dr. York, it was mutually agreed a search warrant would be obtained to search every homestead between Big Hill Creek and Drum Creek. Despite Ed York's strong suspicions toward the Bender family since his visit weeks earlier, no one had seemingly thought to watch them, and it was not noticed for several days that they had fled the Osage area.
About three days after the township meeting, Billy Tole was driving cattle past the Bender property. He noticed the Inn was abandoned and the animals were left unfed, Billy would notify the township trustee, who would not have the chance to investigate the property for a few days due to poor weather. The township trustee would call for volunteers, Where several hundred turned out to form a search party that included Ed York himself. When the party arrived at the inn they found the cabin was empty and devoid of food, clothing, and personal possessions. It was as if the Bender family had never existed.
A horrid odor was coming from the floor under the cabin. After moving the bed they found a trap door with an empty room underneath. The door was nailed shut and after being opened the search party discovered a 6 foot by 7-foot room with clotted blood on the floor. The stone slab floor was smashed up by a sledgehammer and no bodies were found in the room. The smell was assumed to be blood that was soaked on the floor and dirt. The men even lifted the cabin, yes lifted the cabin and dug underneath to search for bodies. No bodies were found under the house, but the Bender's murderous secret would not stay hidden for long.
The search party began to probe the ground all around the cabin and eventually came across the vegetable garden which seemed to have been recently disturbed. Dr. York's body was found that evening buried face down with his feet barely under the dirt. The probing continued into the night, where upwards of 9 more graves were found. Another body was found in the well, alongside various body parts. Which is hard to say if they belonged to the existing victims or new ones.
All but one victim had their head smashed in and their throats cut. According to newspapers at the time, all the victims had been brutally mutilated. A body of a young girl was also found, but no injuries could be determined. It is thought she may have been strangled or buried alive.
To show my respect to these victims, I will list out the known/suspected names of the victims. As well as a quick rundown of the apparent timeline of murders:
Their throats were cut and skulls crushed, one of the men could be Jack Bogart, whose horse was sold to a friend of Jack's by the Benders.
Ultimately, the death toll is thought to be around 20 or so. Aside fro ma few, most of the bodies were never claimed and were reburied at the bottom of a hill roughly 1 mile away from the Bender home. This area is now known as the Bender Mounds. After searching the cabin further, three hammers were recovered. A shoe hammer, a claw hammer, and a sledgehammer, all of which matched the wounds on the victims. The hammers were displayed in a Bender Murder museum from 1967-1978 in Cherryvale, Kansas. You can still see the hammers though, they are displayed in a nice display at the Cherryvale Museum. A knife was apparently found as well, hidden within a mantel clock. It was a four-inch blade and can be seen by request in the museum, it still shows the blood on the blade.
This next part is a fairly sad but accurate representation of just how barbaric our early form of justice was. A friend of the Bender family, a man named Brockman was accused of knowing information about the killings. He was hung from a beam in the barn until unconscious and then he was revived and roughly interrogated to spill any information he knew, then he was hung again. After being hung three times until nearly dead, he was released and was described as staggering home as if he was drunk or deranged.
I mean after being nearly killed 3 times, I bet we all would be a bit off balance and frantic.
A Roman Catholic prayer book was found within the home with various notes written inside. The text read "Johannah Bender. Born July 30, 1848," "John Gebhardt came to America on July 1 18??," "big slaughter day, Jan eighth", and "hell departed." Most are still unsure what these meant, but it is assumed they were some sort of cipher or schedule.
Now, what happened to the Bloody Benders? Did they really escape and vanish into the sunset? Well, not quite, at least according to the reports that are out there. Detectives are said to have followed wagon tracks from the Bender's wagon and found it abandoned outside the city limits of a place called Thayer. Thayer was a roughly 12-mile journey from their home. It was confirmed that the Benders took a train from Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad toward Humboldt. At Chanute, John Jr. and Kate left the train and caught the MK&T train going toward the south to Red River County near Denison, Texas.
From there it is thought they traveled to an outlaw colony located by the border region between Texas and New Mexico. They were not tracked, due to how dangerous it was for lawmen to enter the region. Later on, a detective would claim he had traced the siblings to the border, where he claimed John jr had died of apoplexy, commonly known as a stroke. According to this detective, John and Elvira Bender had continued on north to Kansas City, where they purchased train tickets for St. Louis, Missouri. These are unconfirmed of course, as the Bender family was never found.
There were many sightings of the Bender family, as well as claims of vigilantes that killed them. Some of the notable claims were from a group of travelers who claimed to have caught the Bender family and hung them, later discarding their bodies in the Verdigris River. Another claim came from a different group that claimed they had a shoot out with the Bender family and buried their bodies on the prarie. Despite all these claims and rumors though, no one ever came forward to claim the $2000 reward. This would be somewhere around $54,000 as of today.
An interesting tidbit to add is that in 1884, it was reported that an elderly man who looked somewhat like John Bender was arrested in Montana for a murder committed near Salmon, Idaho. The victim in this attack had been killed from a blow to the head. A request for identification was sent to Cherryvale, but the man in custody severed his foot in an attempt to escape and bled out. By the time an official got to the area the body was too far decomposed to be identified. As I mentioned earlier, John Bender may have been known as John Flickinger, and oddly enough a man with that exact name was said to have committed suicide near Lake Michigan. Like just about everything else with this family, this is unconfirmed.
The last claim I wanted to mention was that in 1889, it was reported that Elvira and Kate Bender were arrested in Niles, Michigan. I often see this misreported as Detroit in articles I have read on the subject. They were arrested for theft but were released and found not guilty. They were arrested shortly after and were accused of being the Bender family. From what I can find, they denied the accusations strongly but after being worn down by officials they began making accusations that each other was the real Bender and they were but an innocent bystander.
Eventually, the two would be put on trial, and evidence proved the woman claimed to be Kate was in fact married in Michigan at the time of the murders. An affidavit produced by a daughter of the woman accused of being Elvira would show she was married to a completely different man with an entirely different family. Though, many still believe this truly was Elvira Bender though. With a lack of evidence against the two women, they were released and never charged. Many people still doubt their identification as Benders.
At the end of the day, no one really knows what happened to the Bloody Benders, America's first serial killing family. I truly wonder what would drive a group of people to want to kill so mercilessly. It just seems so violent for seemingly little reward. Maybe they were truly the devils they were thought to be by locals. When I found this case the other day, I knew I had to cover it. It's not every day you find a piece of history like this that truly shows just how different our world was not that long ago.
[Edits: formatting]
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A Complete Subjective Musing on Every Song in the Vulfpeck Discography

Greetings! If you recall, u/MeanMrMusician posted rankings of each album. And I commented, with my own all-too-thourough ranking and reviewing. They didn't get a lot of views, so here I am reposting them all! They might be incoherent as heck but oh well. Lmk if u want me to do other albums/songs in the vulfiverse!

MIT PECK
  1. Tomboy - funky as hell, wildly underrated, but not very hooky
  2. Rango - excellent drumming by jack. Joe's bass is practically at a normal volume here. the second one is still miles ahead
  3. Cars Too - I have a soft spot. it's low-key genius, the video is hilarious, and it's not entirely unlistenable.
  4. Prom - absolutely love this song. They really gotta bring it back. Jack at his finest on the drums
  5. Beastly - the FRESHNESS in the room. it just feels so hopeful, so full of potential. not much needs to be said about this one
  6. IGF - Woody kills, Joe kills, Theo kills, but we gotta take a sec to talk about the MIXING. Jack's wurli is indistinguishable, yet provides this backdrop, this color behind the piano. absolutely brilliant.

VOLLMILCH
6: Barbara - absolutely legendary track. not a bad track on this album. drumming is excellent, just a very solid song. not as much going on, which is why it's at the bottom.
5: Outro - CLASSIC track. Something's gotta go below the others. i cannot comprehend theo's hi hat work. absolutely fire.
4: Mean Girls - incredibly solid song. Woody, theo, and joe just get such space to shred here, and it's wonderful. While jack does some truly weird shit all the while.
3: IGF II - on the longer side, but just so unique. nothing else like it in the vulf catalog. spotlight on joey's work on the moog- absolutely makes the track. there's a few runs there which are just WILD. Woody's pocket piano work is real nice too.
2: Walk to Remember - Just so. much. pocket. jack's finest drumming right here, with an amazing drum sound to boot. joe's playing is off the charts, as is woody's. great composition as well. wish theo was on the track, but that's it.
1: A&A - of course this is #1. just the grooviest. Theo slays, woody/jack are iconic, joe lays back, it's all been said. criminally underrated.

MY FIRST CAR (wow so apprently these got longer as they went on)
6: IGF III - the only vulf song i truly don't like. it just feels so unimaginative- there's just nothing that pops. it feels tired. also, while i love joey, he's just not woody, and his lines on the moog just don't carry the track the same way. the drum sound is nice, though.
  1. Kuhmilch - i know a lotta folks don't love this one, but I quite like it. it's a very different and cool vibe, and it's sick how everything's distorted. i just wish the video was a bit less wonky, so i could actually tell what anyone's playing..
4: The Speedwalker - just a super solid vulf song. little to say here. very excited for flyers remake.
3: Birdwatcher- is it jarring after WFTM? yes. but still an excellent song. joe's bassline (if it is him) is super lyrical, woody's keys playing is spot on, and every overdub just makes sense.
2: My First Car - it's a testament to the strength of this song that it's #2 and the original is the worst version. everyone just performs their role perfectly. the fat snare took time to grow on me, but it grooves. theo and woody do a great job holding out too. but the MSG version is spectacular, and the vulfy xmas verison is SUBLIME.
1: WFTM - it's just gotta be this song. joe and theo are right in the pocket, woody's fills are tasteful as hell, and the vocal- holy heck. one of the greatest vocal perforances of all time. beautiful mix on the vocal too, with the gradually increasing echo.
but moreover, WFTM is just perfect. it's incredible. no other vulf song, or really any song period, has touched me and been there for me in the way that it has. i'm not a religious guy, but hearing this song is an exhilarating, enlightening, and downright spiritual experience.

FUGUE STATE
6: Xmas in LA (inst) - it's an undeniably groovy track. doesn't quite need to be an instrumental imo tho; it's just a very minimalist song, with not enough variation to warrant it. and they were write to cut that second verse.
5: Newsbeat - ridiculously overlooked track. really sophisticated composition by woody, the way it casually modulates and finishes a whole step down. theo also cops a guitar part quite nicely.
4: 1612 - okay, strike me down, god. don't get me wrong- this is a fabulous song, and it's ridiculously catchy. I'd argue it to be the poppiest song they've made, owing to the sheer simplicity of it. but it is great.
3: First Place - criminally underrated tune. Jack and Woody play some of their finest keys, and theo's drumming is really tight. the tune is just really well constructed too, it's got such a nice build. shoutout to the amazing live version at the blind pig gig.
2: Skymall - one of the best vulf videos of all time. Joe is inhuman, the wurli leg is a thing of legends, and theo's expressions just crack me up. i wanna hear woody's guitar part is all....
1: Fugue State - a masterpiece in throughcomposed funk writing. tight playing from everyone involved. just so immaculate.

THRILL OF THE ARTS
10: Guided Smile Meditation - It's freaking hilarious and Jack Stratton is a genius, but it just ain't a song.
9: Walkies - Only at the bottom bc of its length. it honestly accomplishes a whole lot for being so short. love the echo'd theo drum solo.
8: Christmas in L.A. - don't worry, OP. it's an absolutely genius song, and David T's work on it is a lot of fun. agree that the live performance is somewhat weathered, but it's fun to give Theo a moment to shine as the mc.
7: Game Winner - Joey pulls out this song a lot, but for good reason - it's really solid. Charles Jones sounds amazing, as does David T, and the swish is just *perfection*. It's sort of a harbinger of Finish Line, to me; Theo and Woody are totally sidelined in favor of guest vocalists, Joey songs, and David T.
6: Smile Meditation - it's morphed into the go to guest number live, but it's really just such a chill track. Tyler Duncan's whistle is exactly the right choice here. sure, the squirly noises at the end are annoying, but that's usually when i pause.
5: Funky Duck - Antawun Stanley is extraordinary. the way he practically yodels on this song and manages to make it sound sick is just incredible. Jack plays some very solid clav on this one. check the version done live at Lockn - they drop the Cory-in-the-crowd shtick for some INCREDIBLE solos.
4: Welcome to Vulf Records - I really considered not putting this one as high, but it's really, really good. shoutout to Theo's excellent drumming on this one.
3: Back Pocket - is it poppy? yes. is it catchy? holy shit, yes. and it still feels like vulf. everyone's right in the pocket and it wORKS. richie makes this track. quite enjoy it live, too.
2: Conscious Club (Inst) - thank god for instrumentals, in this case. I LOVE this track so much. stripping back the massive layers of the one w/ vocals, this one highlights some WICKED bass playing and Richie's congas, which absolutely (again) make the track. Jack's tambourine overdub may be one of the most tasteful and genius mixing choices I've ever heard.
1: Rango II - yeah, sorry OP. it's just. so. good. Blake Mills is a literal sorcerer if i've ever seen one. the build in this song is ART. blake really leads the charge in the actual take, with woody and joe following suit and matching him just perfectly. Jack totally runs with it in post, muting himself and theo, and adding that ridiculous crescendo. it's just a masterpiece.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
10: Conscious Club - yeah, swing at me, other commenter. it's just messy. the instrumental was a sleek, minimalist funk piece. This thing is a washed reverb-y mess, with somewhat cringey spoken word. yeah, i said it. I love vulf's shtick, but it's weird when it's not jack stratton. the tambourine is gone, replaced maybe with trap hats, which don't provide the same definition. Laura Mace does a good job with what she's got though. And I do like the cascading harmonies at the end. It's not all bad.
9: Sweet Science - it ain't quite a song. But it is a sick intro. I love getting confused looks from others only for them to fall away as Animal Spirits kicks in.
8: Margery, My First Car - It's nice enough. It's a cool vibe, and unlike anything else on the album. Nothing too groundbreaking. i wish cory's overdub didn't completely wipe out theo's original part - this happens at MSG too.
7: El Chepe - It's a vibe. rich hinman is a legend, and woody is super laid back in it. theo quietly makes the track on drums. I really, really prefer the live version at SiriusXM, tho.
6: Aunt Leslie - A sMashing song. we're getting to the good stuff now. Cory does a lot of heavy lifting. the real mvp here is Jack, for really creating the vibe of this song in post. you've got that snare sample, the high piano in the chorus, gaudy strings, the whole deal. banging song.
5: Cory Wong - okay, sue me. The live version is aMAZING. Cory Wong is a wonderful addition to the band. Joe is a maniac. But the studio version is fairly simple, and almost tame in comparison to the live stuff. It's still an all time classic though; every song on this album is. (It also birthed many of the particularly oft-overused vulf references, such as "this is all i know", "woody smiles..." "funky/low volume", etc. not bashing any of these, just saying that they aren't the only funny things the band has done. a discussion for another time,...)
4: Dean Town - once again, sue me. The actual song doesn't have a whole lot to it. It really, really works. Joe is amazing, but that's not news; the band is incredibly funky, locked-in, and tasteful; also nothing new. Dean Town to me represents more of a cultural phenomenon, a zeitgeist, in a way. It takes an album track featuring the bass player recorded in the living room and gives it 10 MILLION(!!) views on yt and the entirety of MSG singing along to the bassline. That's the infectiousness, and the true gift of Dean Town.
3: Animal Spirits - the A-side to Dean's B-side. A lot of folks really can't stand the song, and it is quite poppy. but beneath the poppy vocals lies a really well-written and complex-yet-catchy keyboard song. Also, Jack Stratton plays the trombone. For real.
2: 1 for 1, Dimaggio - a lot of people are annoyed by it yes. and maybe I'm biased because ik how baseball works. but my god, this track is good. to me, it represents everything vulfpeck is special for. every instrumentalist does his job perfectly, and the balance is amazing; Joe and Cory are an absolute machine propelling this track, while Jack/Woody manage to give it that old-timey feel. The organ synth makes so much sense on this. And Antawun is just full of joy and happiness and by god it's so catchy and agghghh
1: Tesla - This is it. The ultimate groove machine. Jamire Williams SLAYS. Joe is OUTsTANDING. also some of the best Stratton guitar plonking around. but it really morphs into a different sorta thing live. Tesla at MSG is one of the most exciting things I've ever heard. Nate Smith is glorious, and Joe/Cory/Theo are a powerhouse. Also, Joey Dosik. Holy shit, that sax. This is just the ultimate track.

MR FINISH LINE
10/9: Vulf Pack/Grandma - I can't decide.
Vulf Pack feels like exactly what the generic-ass name implies: a sad lil number dedicated to appeasing the instrumental and just-the-four-of-them side of the fanbase, and to be a nod to the olden days. It fails at that miserably. Jack on guitar is something that no one asked for, and the track itself just isn't catchy and feels sparse. It's the only time we get to hear Joe, and Theo on drums is sorely missed on the rest of the album, but that's it.
Grandma was just not a great song to bring to the boys. It's really, really long, and quite repetitive. Antawun kills as always, but even he wears thin by the end. And it just feels like a waste of the amazing musicians. Gadson is j sitting there the whole time whacking his knee. The bicentennial riff at the end is nice, but feels like charity for Gadson and Joe. At least Woody and Gabe Noel (bet you forgot he was on this record) get some time to shine.
8: Business Casual - Really not the worst song ever. Joe kills, and Coco O sounds nice. And it's a nice song, with fun quirky lyrics. The Back Pocket solo feels super hackneyed, though, and drags it down a good bit. And I quite like the gentle ending of the song. It's just unfathomable to me how that group of backing singers can possibly sound bad. Antawun's voice sticks out like a sore thumb, and all the boys are singing like they have to poop. Perhaps it's a mixing thing, or a delivery thing.
7: Captain Hook - Okay, memes aside, this song kinda slaps. The instrumental is what Vulf Pack couldn't do; a super tight song with just the four of them. Jack kills on drums, and it's the only time on the album we can actually hear Theo play guitar. The lyrics are also some of Jack's finest, with wordplay abounding. Wait, what are the downsides? Oh yeah, Bootsy doesn't play on it and Baby Theo gets old. Yeah, not the best. But not the worst.
6: Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh - It's a lovely song. No particular reason that it's down here, only that the rest of the album is a bit tighter. I don't love the hihats being low in the mix, and theo and woody are underutilized. but it's super sick. Charles is ridiculous, Ryan Lerman is an excellent guitarist, and Joey's solo is very hooky and good.
5: Running Away - An excellent and brilliantly written song by Joey Dosik. I absolutely love the mix on this one, and Gadson builds it perfectly. There are a lot of musicians here, and they run together a bit, but it's a washy sorta song. The sax feels a bit unnecessary, but all aroung a killer track.
4: Mr. Finish Line - ridiculously catchy. Jack's drumming on this is pure funky goodness, and Cory carries. This one is minimalist to the max, and executed perfectly; you've got four musicians playing the same riff at the same time and it doesn't get heavy. And somehow the Back Pocket solo feels more deserved here, perhaps cuz it's a cooler synth tone.
3: Hero Town - I get that not everyone loves this song, but hot DAMN is it funky. The glorious chunkiness of Jack's piano and Theo's/Cory's guitars just make this song move right along. And Michael Bland delivers some sorcerer-level pocket here, and whoo lord that break. Add in some super tasteful wah organ playing by Woody and sick sax and goddamn this is good.
2: Tee Time - Woody Goss does it again, folks. I don't have much to say about this one, but my god is it a banger. it manages to feel fresh and surprising listen after listen.
1: Birds of a Feather - good god, i love this song. where to start. Jack's pancake work is ingenious, and brilliantly in time. Joey plays some of his best keys, augmented by Woody's ridiculously tasteful wah pianet. and Antawun is one of the greatest song architects out there today, building this song perfectly throughout and just being amazing. And the backing vocal sounds insanely perfect and serene. This is just one of the best sounding songs in existence. I love falling asleep to it at 2am, waking up to it in the morning, or just being calmed by it. Literal art

HILL CLIMBER
10: Darwin Derby - sorry about that. it's undeniably catchy. the bassline combines with the guitars in such a sick way, and the boys are skilled, no doubt. but it all just feels really heavy; Jack's kick sound is way too big, the interlocking guitars are genius yet fill up the whole track, and Woody's improvising just feels messy over top of it all (Joey is virtually inaudilble, probably an astute decision). And I really wish we could hear Antawum a bit more, and that we actually had a song for him on this album. He gets screwed on For Survival as well.
9: Lost my Treble - okay, don't laugh yet. once again, every song on this album is great. Joe is as much of a maniac as ever, Theo on congas is fun, and the Tiny Desk video is a hoot. But let's be real, there's not a whole lot that's groundbreaking here. Joey's sax melody is insipidly simple, and Cory being panned in a different place every five seconds is uncanny. Great song, just never been my favorite.
8: Cup Stacker - I didn't love this one at first. It's so dang repetitive, and besides the sick Jack/Theo drum gimmick, not a lot going on. But then you realize that in the zen of it all, there's a lot more to it. Idk who put together these parts, but it is wizardry the way they work together. Joey's is the perfect subtle bolster to Woody's playing, which is delightfully sloppy. an excellent track.
7: For Survival - Yeah, a lot of people don't like this track. Mike Viola sounds really abrasive and is a jump after the Theo section, it's a loud and brash song, the animojis are annoying, etc. But in the end it's just an absolutely banging bluesy song. Cory's break at the end is ridiculously tasty, and Joey is the unsung hero of this track on the b3.
6: Lonely Town - it despairs me putting this song at #6. I love this song very much. It's nice to see the four of them in a room again. The bed of acoustic guitars is so cozy, and Woody's piano is super tasteful. The lyrics/melody is also so lovely and quaint and Beatles-y and I love it.
5: Soft Parade - good lord these guys are good musicians. this is the Vulf Pack we wanted. Jack and Woody are absolutely locked in on keys, and Theo's one-handed drumming is some of the sickest shit i've ever seen (i honestly prefer it to Nate's one-uppage on FFII). Also, the panning of the keys with the video is GENIUS. so good.
4: Half of the Way - it's just a damn good pop song. So freaking good. (I made an acapella cover of it that might see the light of day someday.) Jack plays some of his best drums here. And yeah, the mixing is undeniably weird; Cory is almost inaudible, and Joey's been sidelined by some synths. But it still bops, and it makes sense. Vulf is really leaning into the pop side of it on this record, but it's executed so well.
3: Love is a Beautiful Thing - A beautifully simple song by Theo. Is this the ultimate version? who knows; it's such a different animal from the acapella stuff from solo Theo. But holy shit the execution is amazing. Each band member does exactly what they need to support the track. Joe's playing is super tasteful, and Theo does exactly what a rhythm guitar is supposed to. Cory's bari work is really really sensitive. But the kicker for me is Woody. His wurli swells are ever so subtle, but just extraordinary. Gosh. Oh yeah, Monica Martin is an angel and her and Theo have insane vocal (and more?) chemistry.
2: Disco Ulysses - This is it right here, boys. The perfect instrumental pop funk song. It's so perfect it doesn't even feel like a single take thing. Where to begin.... Everything is mixed ridiculously well, and all the boys execute their parts really solidly. Theo and Woody in particular add so much depth and color to their parts. Also, Joe Dart.
1: IGF IV - I just had to. I made a previous comment about this that I can't find, but just- the mixing. Imma leave it at that coz my computer's boutta die but will elaborate on request

damn this is long
tl;dr - vulf good, igf III bad
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[Game Preview] Week 16 - Philadelphia Eagles(7-7) vs. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) vs Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
The Eagles welcome the Cowboys to the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field with the division on the line. A win for Eagles keeps their playoffs hopes alive for another week, while a win for the Cowboys would cliche the division. While it looked the Cowboys hit their stride last week against a tough Rams team, the Eagles struggled against the 3-11 Redskins. The Eagles will need to play better this week week especially on the defensive side of the ball where Jim Schwartz’s Cover-1 scheme has struggled in shutting down opponents passing attacks. If the Eagles can’t put together a complete game from the offense and defense, they could see themselves playing a meaningless game next week and some of the coaching staff could be looking for the jobs in the offseason. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019
Game Time Game Location
4:25 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
3:25 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
2:25 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
1:25 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 42°F
Feels Like: 39°F
Forecast: Partly Cloudy. Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 32%
Wind: Southwest 4 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Dalaas -1.5
OveUnder: 49
Record VS. Spread: Eagles 5-9, Cowboys 8-6
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Joe Buck will handle the play-by-play duties and Troy Aikman will provide analysis. Erin Andrews will report from the sideline.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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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 (42nd 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
Dallas Radio
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network Brad Sham returns for his 41st 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
SportsUSA will broadcast the game to a national audience with Josh Appel on play-by-play and Brandon Noble providing analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Internet 825) SIRI 121 (Internet 808)
XM Radio XM 226 (Internet 825) XM 226 (Internet 808)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 226 (Internet 825) SXM 381 (Internet 808)
Eagles Social Media Cowboys Social Media
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 7-7 .500 4-3 3-4 4-0 6-4 378 288 +90 1W
Cowboys 7-7 .500 4-3 3-4 3-1 5-5 334 328 +6 2W
Giants 3-11 .214 2-5 1-6 1-3 2-8 283 382 -99 W1
Redskins 3-11 .214 1-5 2-5 0-4 2-8 215 347 -132 2L
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (69-52)
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 (2641-2384)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-5 against the Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 11-8 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Jason Garrett: Garrett leads 5-2
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 2-4
Dak Prescott: Against Eagles: 5-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Dak Prescott: Prescott leads 4-2
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 10-6
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Series tied: 6-6
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 12 - Cowboys No. 15
2019 Record
Eagles: 7-7
Cowboys 7-7
Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/20/2019 Cowboys Eagles 37-10
12/9/2018 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/11/2018 Cowboys Eagles 27-20
12/31/2017 Cowboys Eagles 6-0
11/19/2017 Eagles Cowboys 37-9
1/1/2017 Eagles Cowboys 27-13
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/8/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27
9/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
12/14/2014 Cowboys Eagles 38-27
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 16 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 334 527 63.4% 3421 25 7 92.3
Prescott 340 519 65.5% 4334 26 11 99.3
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 150 687 49.1 4.6 2
Elliott 270 1188 84.9 4.4 11
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 84 888 63.4 10.1 6
Cooper 71 1073 76.6 15.1 8
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 7.5 37
Quinn 9.5 36
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
McLeod 71 42 29 1.0
Smith 125 78 47 2.5
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry/McLeod/Darby 2 10
Woods/Lewis 2 6
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 22 1039 60 47.2 44.3 12 0 0
Jones 60 1780 61 47.1 42.9 24 4 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 21 19 90.5% 53 29/31
Forbath 3 3 100% 50 5/5
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 14 314 22.4 67 0
Pollard 10 147 14.7 28 0
Punt Returns :-|:-:|:-:|:-:|:-:|:-:|:-: Name|RET|YDS|AVG|LONG|TD|FC Scott|6|44|7.2|13|0|4 Austin|14|79|5.6|15|0|9
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 352.9 15th(t) 434.0 1st
Rush Offense 121.4 11th 134.0 6th
Pass Offense 231.5 16th 300.0 2nd
Points Per Game 23.9 12th 27.0 5th(t)
3rd-Down Offense 47.0% 2nd 48.6% 1st
4th-Down Offense 33.3% 28th(t) 38.5% 23rd(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 66.0% 5th 59.2% 13th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 329.2 11th 323.6 7th
Rush Defense 90.4 3rd 103.6 12th
Pass Defense 238.8 18th 220.0 8th
Points Per Game 23.4 16th 20.6 12th
3rd-Down Defense 35.4% 9th(t) 34.3% 4th
4th-Down Defense 66.7% 30th(t) 55.6% 22nd(t)
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 61.5% 24th 52.0% 9th(t)
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. -6 12th(t) -1 16th
Penalty Per Game 6.4 8th(t) 6.9 17th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 53.6 8th 64.8 25th(t)
Connections
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.
Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson played for the Eagles during the 1994-95 season.
Cowboys DT Justin Hamilton played one season for the Eagles in 2017.
Cowboys PS QB Clayton Thorston was drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL draft, but was released during final cuts.
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).
Many Cowboys fans were born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however have no ties to Dallas nor have ever been to the city.
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.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson is from Groveton, TX and has family who are Cowboys fans including his grandmother who was told “Shut up, if you want to see 75” while she was rooting for the Cowboys.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OT Tyron Smith (starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) RB Ezekiel Elliott
TE Zach Ertz G Zack Martin (starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter) C Travis Fredrick
LS Rick Lavato (Starter)
General
Referee: Tony Corrente
Since 2000, Philadelphia has produced a 21-18 regular-season record vs. Dallas, which marks the highest winning percentage (.538) by an NFC East team against the Cowboys in that span.
Since 2016 (under Doug Pederson), the Eagles are 8-3 (.727) at home against NFC East opponents.
Including playoffs, Philadelphia has the 4th-best home winning percentage (.727, 24-9) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.857, 30-5) and Minnesota (.774, 24-7).
The Eagles have won 7 of their last 10 contests (.700) at Lincoln Financial Field.
Miles Sanders holds the Eagles rookie records in single-season scrimmage yards (1,120), previously held by DeSean Jackson (1,008 in 2008) and single-season rushing yards (687), previously held by LeSean McCoy (637 in 2009).
Carson Wentz has thrown a TD in 17 consecutive regular-season games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
hiladelphia owns the 2nd-best third-down percentage, converting at a 47.0% clip, trailing only Dallas (48.6%).
The Eagles are allowing 90.4 rush yards per game, ranking 3rd in the NFL, behind Tampa Bay (73.3) and NYJ (88.8).
Philadelphia is tied with Houston for the 5th-best red zone percentage in the NFL (65.96%), trailing only Tennessee (73.17%), Green Bay (68.89%), Baltimore (68.42%) and Minnesota (66.00%). The Eagles have converted either a TD or FG on 95.74% (45/47) of their red zone drives this season, which is the highest percentage in the NFL.
The Eagles defense has forced a 3-and-out on 27.4% (45/164) of opponent possessions this season, which is tied with Chicago for the highest percentage in the league.
Among NFL TEs this season, Zach Ertz ranks 2nd in receptions (84), behind Travis Kelce (86) and 3rd in receiving yards (888), behind Kelce (1,131) and Darren Waller (1,001).
Brandon Graham has a team-leading 7.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss this season.
Since Week 13, Carson Wentz leads the NFL in both red zone passing TDs (8) and third-down passing TDs (5).
Draft Picks
Eagles Cowboys
OT Andre Dillard DT Trysten Hill
RB Miles Sanders OG Connor McGovern
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside RB Tony Pollard
WR Shareff Miller CB Michael Jackson
QB Clayton Thorson DE Joe Jackson
S Donovan Wilson
RB Mike Weber
DE Jalen Jelks
Notable Offseason Additions
Eagles Cowboys
WR Desean Jackson WR Randall Cobb
DT Malik Jackson DE Kerry Hyder
DE Vinny Curry TE Jason Witten
S Andrew Sendejo DT Christian Covington
LB Zach Brown DE Robert Quinn
DT Hassan Ridgeway
QB Josh McCown
RB Jay Ajayi
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Cowboys
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles WR Cole Beasley
DE Michael Bennett WR Cole Beasley
DE Chris Long RB Rod Smith
S Chris Maragos WR Terrance Williams
RB Jay Ajayi DT David Irving
RB Josh Adams TE Geoff Swaim
RB Wendell Smallwood DE Taco Charlton
WR Jordan Matthews OLB Damien Wilson
DT Haloti Ngata
Milestones
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (30) needs 1 TD to move up to 11th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR Jack Ferrante and Brent Celek and he needs two TDs to move up to 10th all-time tying WR Ben Hawkins.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (5193) needs 171 yards to most up to 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list passing Eagles TE/HB Bobby Watson.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying Jeremy Maclin.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6271) needs 194 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yard list to moving ahead of Mike Quick.
Eagles 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.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (78) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie with Dallas QB Craig Morton for 6th on the Cowboys all-time passing TD list.
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge (join.profootballfocus.com/edge/)
WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Randall Cobb
Of all qualifying WRs, there is only one other receiver--including RBs and TEs--more exclusively utilized in the Slot than Dallas WR Randall Cobb (91.5% of snaps). There is also only one more purely Slot receiver with a lower target percentage than Cobb (16.0%). When looking at overall target share across Cowboys players, Cobb sits at about 14% target share, as compared to Cooper (21%), Gallup (19%), Witten (15%), Elliott (12%), and Jarwin (8%). Cobb is 2nd among Cowboys in Yards After Catch per Reception (6.0) to Zeke (8.1). He is also tied for 43rd among all qualifying WRs in PFF Receiving Grade (71.1).
Matchups to Watch
Cowboys Pass Defense vs Eagles Passing Attack
The Eagles patchwork passing offense is the key matchup for Philly in this contest. No one should expect the Eagles revolving door of suck in the secondary to hold up well against one of the most talented and efficient passing attacks in the NFL. Cooper, Cobb, and Gallup will be too much for Philadelphia to handle – and that doesn’t include Jarwin and Zeke. The most logical path for the Eagles to win this game is to keep pace and outscore Dallas in a shootout. Dallas will enter Sunday’s contest with the 22nd ranked defense by DVOA – 23rd passing, 18th against the run – which presents an opportunity for the beleaguered Eagles passing attack. Fumbles aside, Carson Wentz had a pretty good game against the Redskins and a good second half against the Giants to end the 3 game skid they were on previously. The Cowboys defense is better than their previous two opponents but not by much. This is a secondary that can be exploited, especially at safety. Additionally, the Cowboys will likely be without LVE again. Sean Lee is a capable back up now and shouldn’t be ignored, but that is a hit the Cowboys have had to deal with on the season. This receiving group is bottom of the barrel and isn’t improving any time soon. JJAW is still a limited receiver they need to lean on; maybe the Eagles should have given him reps early in the season so he could be more ready now? Greg Ward has been a decent contributor to the offense all things considered. Then what? Alshon is out. Agholor will probably be out, fortunately. Desean has been out. The receivers the Eagles have at their disposal is bleak. This is a passing attack that flows through the TEs and RBs. While they have had some success the last two games, they’ll need to be creative in their approach to avoid being predictable as it is not a sustainable path to victory. Teams have shown a willingness to do all they can to eliminate Philly’s best receiver, Ertz, and Dallas is no different. The Eagles need to leave everything out on the field from a coaching and execution standpoint to take back the East.
Cowboys Passing Offense vs. Eagles “Secondary”
Despite perception, the Eagles still have a very good pass rush despite challenges in that area this year. They just don’t have a secondary that can a) cover and b) cover enough to force QBs to hold onto the ball long enough for the pass rush to get home. What has been the theme against the Eagles secondary in their last 3 games? The answer would be a quick time to throw from the opposing QBs. The Eagles cannot play man coverage as they don’t have the personnel to do it. They struggle with single high coverage as they don’t really have good enough safeties to cover. The answer is, and always was, through against this substandard secondary quickly to defeat the rush… plays will be made. This doesn’t change on Sunday with the strong receiving group the Cowboys enter Sunday with, Dak shoulder injury be damned. Amari Cooper has done nothing but roast Philadelphia since he became a Cowboy. Cobb is a quality slot receiver and Gallup is a young receiver that is rapidly improving on a weekly basis. All 3 of these receivers get open against man and zone coverage. All 3 of these receivers are able to consistently make plays on the ball that Philly absolutely cannot. In addition to the 3 receivers, the Cowboys still have Zeke out of the backfield to go along with the plodding, but reliable Jason Witten. Blake Jarwin is growing into a good tight end that is a capable blocker and receiver. Simply put, the Cowboys have a pretty loaded offensive core for Dak to throw to. This is a matchup that leans strongly the Cowboys way. Any stops or turnovers generated by the secondary will go a long way to determining the winner of this contest. Lastly, in terms of Dak’s injury, his effectiveness will be key to Dallas’s success on Sunday. It’s just hard to project what they’ll look like at this point in time.
Cowboys Offensive Line vs Eagles Defensive Front
The Cowboys handily won in the trenches in this area in their first matchup this year. The Eagles defensive front is playing better at this point of the season than they were earlier in year which should help, but the pass rush isn’t as prolific as it once was. The first matchup had the Eagles missing Nigel Bradham and a few days removed from cutting Zach Brown; Dallas took every opportunity to pound the Eagles substandard linebacking room into the dirt. This is a strength v. strength matchup that each side will have wins, but the winner will likely help win the war. The good news is Nigel Bradham will be available Sunday. The bad news: KGH is done for the year and Derek Barnett is unlikely to play. Losing Barnett hurts the defensive line but they are deeper there than they are at LB. Nate Gerry is certainly a player, just not a good one. TJ Edwards is everyone’s favorite good player that’s actually bad. Bradham alone makes a big difference, but guys around him need to step up in a big way. The defensive line needs to control the line of scrimmage and keep Dallas out of favorable looks. This is a team that has proven they’ll turtle up in less than advantageous situations; they cannot make it easy for them. Last time, Zeke had his way on the Eagles. That can’t happen this week. There are already more favorable matchups for Dallas to exploit on the backend for the defensive line to get run over or fail to pressure Dak.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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Tales from a Boston Police officer

“A dying man can do nothing easy” ~ Frank Sinatra
I worked as a police officer in Boston. My father was part of the Boston PD Task Force that worked against the Winter Hill Gang in the 70’s. There’s a photo of my grandfather escorting the Boston strangler out of the courthouse in 1960. So Boston law enforcement is in my blood. Most think Boston is a normal city. That it's just like any other, only with more Dunkin’ Donuts and Tom Brady jerseys. But… in 11 years of working for the BPD I’ve seen too much to think Boston is normal.
I’ve lived in Boston for all 38 years of my life. I've been working in Boston for 20 years. As an officer the last 11. I moved out when I was 18 for college and told myself I’d never live with my parents again. But after my Mom passed and my Dad got sick, Me and my fiance Venessa moved in with my Dad to help take care of him. So I was back living in South Boston. Yet again I was a Southie. I had to switch departments which was sad as I’d been working at A-7 for the first 2 years on the job where nothing of note really happened but I admit it was nice to be back in South Boston. My first unexplainable encounter was that I got a call over to Back Bay. Which is odd. If you don’t know Boston’s neighborhoods are pretty divided. For example, I wouldn’t go walkin around Roxbury at night without a good reason. Meanwhile Brookline is like the Ritz. Back Bay is pretty ritzy too. Another odd thing about the call is that one of the residents heard something rooting through their trash. At first they thought it was a racoon but the damn thing roared and they thought it might be a black bear. We get the occasional bear up in Charlestown but Back Bay is pretty densely populated so it's really uncommon.
The alley monster
It was about 10 o’clock and I headed out to the call with my partner for the night. James Anton. (That’s a thing movies get wrong about police work, we don’t have a set partner. We work with someone assigned the same shift as us that night.) I still think Anton was dirty, he just had the look. Heavy set, greased back hair, voice that sounded like he smoked 2 packs every day since ‘87. Had been with the force for 24 years. He was the perfect package of corruption. We arrived on the corner of Beacon st and Dean Rd where there was a suspected Black Bear rooting around in someone's trash. We both stepped out of the squad car, Officer Anton taking far longer than I. We looked around, there wasn’t much else we could do. We’re not gonna go bear hunting in the woods for this thing so we checked the alley between the buildings. I turned the corner only to find 3 tipped over trash cans. One with 4 claw marks cutting deep into it all the way down the tall plastic trash bin. Officer Sherlock Anton then says “I don’t think a raccoon did this” I sort of chuckled at how profoundly obvious of a statement that way. I responded with “I’d say that's a safe bet…”
We both heard what came next. A deep and guttural growl from the end of the alley. It was about 15 feet away. I shined my flashlight down and the beam of light reflected off the beast's red eyes in the night. It was about 4 feet long. Had long sharp teeth. It wasn’t much larger than a dog but it was far more intimidating. It's hot breath created steam from the cold March night. It was hairless and had blood on its lips and dripping down its snout. Its hairless skin was loose and almost looked infected. It was a true horror and it's safe to say I was stunned. It began to move towards me at me and I reached to my hip and drew my service pistol. I shot towards the alley monster but didn’t connect. The thing got close enough to luge at me. It pounced as I fired two more shots at it and it dug its claws into my ballistic vest. The claws seemed to be 10 inches long and were razor sharp. It tore the cloth but just scratched against the kevlar. Officer Anton was terrified and while he had drawn his service pistol he didn't do much of shit. The creature's attack knocked me off my feet backwards. I hit the dirt and pavement of the alley’s unforgiving ground. The monster snarled at both me and officer pudge one more time before taking off into the night. After a search of the area we called animal control and told them there was a rabid animal on the loose. We also discovered multiple dead house cats in the alley that that thing had been feasting on. Officer Anton and I both filed reports and after my shift ended I just went home still trying to process the whole thing.
The BPD’s official stance : A rabid dog that had mange
I tried to argue with the Captain who finalized and signed the report that there’s no way whatever attacked me was a dog but he dismissed me everytime. I stopped arguing after a week there was really no point. Still. I hope some redneck shot it.
The phantom strangler
I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t. I think that the people that claim to have seen ghosts wanted to see them and so they did. That being said. The second unexplained thing in my career happened over a year after the alley monster incident. It was during a day shift. It was about 8 am I was partnered with an officer named Wendell Smoh. Officer Smoh was a good man, probably one of my best friends on the force. We got called to South End where a man said he woke up to a man attempting to strangle him. We assumed it was a breaking and entering call and took off arriving at a large apartment building on Commonwealth ave. The caller told dispatch he was in apartment 13 on the second floor. Wendell and I ran up to the building sprinting in and up the steps yelling “Boston Police!” the whole time.
We made it up the stairs and found apartment 13. Wendell yelled “Boston Police!” and pounded on the door with his fist. When we heard nothing I told Smoh to step back and I kicked just below the deadbolt breaking in the door. We swept the house and eventually made it to the bedroom where a man was cowering behind his bed. He was middle aged about 46. He was balding and was wearing a bathrobe. Wendell kept his weapon up and asked “Are you the homeowner?” The man nodded. “Is the intruder still in your home?” The man nodded and pointed across the hall to the room with a closed door. I nodded at Wendell and said “I’ll check. Make sure he’s okay and meet me in there.” Sliding across the wall keeping my service pistol pointed at the door I slowly turned the handle of the old homes door. I swung it open and quickly.
Standing inside was a man in a grey suit facing the window away from me. I pointed my service pistol at him and yelled. “Boston Police on the ground!” He didn’t move. I began to reach for my handcuffs with my other hand. I slowly approached the suspect who turned around to face me. I stumbled backwards. I was staring at Albert DeSalvo. A man who died in 1973 and was also the Boston Strangler. He had a strange smile on his face and as I regained my bearings he disappeared. Like smoke whisping into the air he was just gone. Wendell hearing my yelling from just a few moments earlier joined me in this room. He asked what had happened and I tried to explain to him what had happened… but he just looked at me like I was crazy. I wasn’t really sure who to call but the fire department ran some tests and found there was a dangerous level of Carbon Monoxide in the building which was then evacuated. That's what everyone attributed to me seeing Albert DeSalvo. I suppose this is what I attribute it to as well. It just… felt so real. I’m not sure what to believe really.
The BPD’s Official Stance : Visual hallucination caused by Carbon Monoxide
The oddity that is Officer Jackson Bajh
This isn’t really an odd experience just something I’ve noticed about one of the guys I work with. Jackson Bajh is 27 years old. He’s been working in the South End department for about a year when I started noticing odd behaviors about Jackson. Firstly, he is insanely intelligent. He has a degree from Harvard and studied at MIT for a year and yet he’s working the night shift in the department that gets the most work. It's far beneath him to be working here. I don’t get it. Another odd thing. Everyone of his cases has a 100% solve rate. Now sure a million people work on any given case but a 100% solve rate is unheard of and yet I think I’m the only one to notice.
A few weeks after I saw the boston strangler we had a family mixer for National Police Week. None of Officer Bajh’s family was there. When I asked him about it he said they were “Busy” and dropped the subject. I was convinced there was something odd going on here. I invited him over to my home to have dinner with me and Vanessa, he declined. On the night of April 4th I was on a shift with Bajh. 2 local kids had shoplifted liquor from one of the gas stations in South end. It's the same shit kids in my class used to do in High School. Bajh and I were getting ready to call their parents when they took off. I was able to grab one and put him in the back of the squad car. I then followed Bajh who was chasing after the other kid who was about 25 feet in front of him. I was about 10 feet behind the both of them. They turned a corner and by the time I got there Officer Bajh already had the kid by the arm and pressed against the wall. I’m telling you right now, there is no way he closed the gap in that amount of time. Usain Bolt couldn’t have closed that gap that quickly. We took him back to the squad car and called both their parents after they begrudgingly gave us their phone numbers. The kids' parents came to collect them and that was pretty much the end of our night but all I could think about was how quickly Jackson had moved.
I mentioned it to Venessa when I woke up the next morning. She said that I was just being crazy and that maybe the kid had tripped or something. I told her I agreed but… I didn’t. There were no scuff marks on the kids pants or shirt. He didn’t trip. He was running at full speed with a large gap between him and Jackson and Bajh somehow caught up. I planned to ask him about it when we had a shift together again but I never got that chance.
2 weeks and 2 days later on April 13th, inexplicably Jackson Bajh resigned from the Boston Police Department. His desk was empty and in 5 minutes he was gone. I mentioned the weird stuff to the same captain I talked about the alley monster with. He said and I quote “Yeah he was weird. So what? Being weird isn’t a crime. Get out of my office” So that was the end of that. I had more pressing work to do so I suppose I forgot about Officer Bajh. We used to talk about the weird stuff he did sometimes in the breakroom. I tried to find him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, ETC but it seems like he’s not on any social media. Jackson was weird, but he was a fantastic police officer and I hope he’s okay.
The BPD’s official statement : N/A
The april UFO sighting
This is a quick story but just a few hours after Jackson quit at about 4 AM. We got about a dozen or so calls about a UFO sighting over Copley Square. I didn’t drive out there myself but 2 officers Casandra Tuttleman and Gregory Anover did. They said they saw something but couldn’t be sure what. The next morning the Hanscom Air Force Base announced that they had been doing weather balloon testing and a few had drifted into the city. That was enough for me and most of the people in the office. Still, we got a bunch of letters from a tin foil hat wearing lady named “Allison Wesley” . She's our local conspiracy theorist and we get about 10 letters a year from her. She called it a ‘cover up’ but I doubt it. Probably, was just weather balloons.
The BPD’s official statement : A weather balloon drifted into the city which was mistaken as an unidentified flying object.
The bar that doesn’t exist
Every so often we hear about a “bar that doesn’t exist” it's always the same story. A young out of town man (it has never been a woman) comes into the station and says that the night before he went out for a drink and walked into a bar either called “The lucky tap” or “Bakey’s” He stays for 1 or 2 drinks and then leaves. When he gets back to his hotel he discovers that he’s missing his wallet or his credit card or some other personal effect. He figures he’ll get it in the morning. He goes back in the morning only to find that the building is abandoned and that the forgotten item is sitting on the step of the building.
This has been a case that has been puzzling the BPD since before I even work there. We usually get about 2 a year. Sometimes more. As far as I can tell the first case happened in september 1993 and has been happening ever since. The strangest case I was a part of. Me and Officer Anton were on a shift together. Remember the greasy slimeball? It was a pretty slow night and so we were just driving around South End waiting for anything to come in. I think we drove down every street in South End that night. So when a man came in the next morning and gave us the same story but said that the bar was in South End. That confused both me and Anton. Every night shift officer was told to look out for the names of the bar that doesn’t exist and so we had been. We didn’t see anything. Nothing. He described a neon sign that had a cloverleaf and a tap on it. We didn’t see any of that. It's not like we can launch a full investigation either because no crime is being committed that we know of. Sure maybe trespassing but there’s no evidence of that, there's no evidence there was ever even a bar called “the lucky tap” or “Bakey’s”
The working theory currently is that people are breaking into abandoned buildings and building a bar and then tearing it down in one night. Personally I think that's ridiculous. There’s a vital detail we’re missing and that's the motive. They don’t steal anything from these men, everything is always returned right on the step. We’ve tried staking out different abandoned buildings but it never works. Currently it's still on the list of strange and unsolved cases.
The BPD’s official statement : Unsolved
A room full of dead mobsters
I have no doubt that this is the most disturbing thing that happened to me while I was working in South End. It was also the final case I ever worked on in South End. We were getting many noise complaints from the Fort Point district. Fort Point is mostly warehouses. But it was a dying district. The warehouses had pretty much all dried up so it was just all abandoned warehouses. There were a few that were still up and running but a few of them had been turned into apartment complexes. It was about 5 am I was just wrapping up my shift when the call came in. It was a woman who lived in one of the apartment buildings. She said that some asshole was playing trumpet music in the abandoned warehouse next door. I was once again with Officer Anton James and we drove to the abandoned building.
I figured she had meant that someone was playing trumpet music like on a radio but no. As I stepped out of my car I could hear it. Some asshole playing trumpet in an empty building. I told Officer Anton to go around the back door and the larger man sighed and began to lumber around the building. I entered through the front door which was difficult to open. This place had been abandoned since the 60s and as a result the door was rusted almost entirely shut and I had to really push on it to get it open. Once I finally entered I shined my flashlight around the building but didn’t see anything. There were no walls. It was just a massive football field sized building with nothing but heaps of trash. I saw no one.
I continued to follow the sound of the trumpet to the back right corner. I called out. “Hey Anton! You in here” I heard him trying to force in one of the doors but it wouldn’t budge. “No I can’t get in!” I should have figured. “Alright fine just go around and enter from the door I got open.” I heard him sigh loudly and start to make his way back around the building. I could now hear that the trumpet music was coming from below me. I shined my flashlight to the floor There were handles attached to a large metal grate. It kind of looked like the exterior doors to a basement. I pulled on the metal handle and the door didn’t budge. I had to really pull before it started to move at all. I wasn’t able to get it open on my own so once Officer Anton made it around he and I both pulled on the doors to get them to swing open.
What sat in front of us was a long staircase which descended into the darkness of the earth. I could still hear the trumpet playing at the bottom of the steps so I began to descend. James grabbed my wrist “What the hell are you doing?” I pulled my wrist out of his grasp. “Investigating.” I continued down the steps with my flashlight. As I was about halfway down he said “Well I’m not coming!” I continued on replying “Great. It’ll make my job easier.” I reached the bottom of the steps and in front of me was a wooden door. I grabbed the handle and pushed it open. I couldn’t hear the music anymore as I stepped in. There was a light switch on the wall right next to me as I entered. I flipped it on. These old 1960’s lamps flipped on and sitting around a poker table were 8 fully decomposed bodies. Bullet holes riddled the walls and table. Bones were all around the floor and on the table. These 8 idiots had killed each other. I fell backward out the door and back to the steps. Looking horrified at the 8 dead men in the room. What I didn’t know then but I do now is that I had just solved the longest running cold case in the history of the BPD. They were all later determined to be the missing members of the Bianchi crime family. Including the brother of leader Lou Bianchi, Vin Bianchi. They had been there for more than 40 years. Something went wrong with that poker game and they all shot each other. We’ll never really know what went down in the basement. The one thing I have seen ignored in every statement. In every report. Nothing mentions the trumpet. There was a trumpet in the room and you want to know what the BPD’s official statement was?
BPD’s official statement : The wind blowing through the trumpet caused the noise.
That is bullshit. Not only is it impossible it’s impossible that anyone could really think that. That's what I told Captain shit-for-brains who told me to drop it. I wasn’t gonna fucking drop it. When he heard I was talking about it again he told me if I cared that much to take it up with the commissioner. He was joking but that is exactly what I did. William Dalphin, the commissioner of police in Boston at the time, worked in the BPD headquarters in the center of the city. I walked right into his office, told him the situation and requested a transfer. He granted that request. My father passed soon after. Pancreatic cancer. If I could start again I wouldn’t have done my time in South Boston any differently. This post I only talk about the strange or bad things that happened while I was working at the D-6. It doesn’t mention any of the great things that happened to me while working there. I invited most of my co-workers there. to my and Venessa’s wedding in the summer. In August of that year I started working at the D-4 by Fenway. Nothing strange happened while I was an officer there. However… In November I got promoted to Detective. No more late nights running traffic stops! This would be the beginning of the truly horrifying…
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[Game Preview] Week 11 - Philadelphia Eagles(5-4) vs. New England Patriots (8-1)

Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) vs New England Patriots(8-1)
The last two Super Bowl Champions face off in a rematch of Super Bowl LII. It is the first time the two teams will meet since the Eagles defeated New England in Minneapolis 41-33. However it is the Patriots who are the defending champs after winning Super Bowl LIII last season. The Patriots come to the Linc following their first loss of the season at the hands of the Ravens in week 9. Both teams look much different than last time they faced off, as this will be the first time Carson Wentz takes on Brady and Belichick. It will be no easy task for Wentz has he faces off against the league’s top rated pass defense and will do it without his top two WRs in Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey also looks to miss the contest. Look for the Eagles to establish the run early with Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders. The Eagles will also look to get help from some familiar faces they brought back this week in WR Jordan Matthews and RB Jay Ajayi. Ajayi was brought into to replace the injured Darren Sproles who went on the IR Friday with a torn hip flexor. On the other side of the ball the Eagles struggling pass defense got back on track the last two weeks beating up Josh Allen and Mitch Trubisky, but they will face a whole nother animal this week when future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady comes to town. Brady torched the Eagles secondary in Super Bowl LII to the tune of 505 yards, 3 TDs and no touchdowns. The Eagles secondary will have to be better this week if the Eagles hope to come out with a win. They will look for help from the pass rush which has come alive of late with 7 sacks in their last two games. They need need to get pressure on Brady and force him to dump it down and prevent the big play, something the Eagles have struggled with this season. If the Eagles can control the tempo and use the running game to give Tom Brady off the field, they have a shot to hand the Patriots their second loss of the season.
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Date
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Game Time Game Location
4:25 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
3:25 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
2:25 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
1:25 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 38°F
Feels Like: 29°F
Forecast: Possible Light Rain. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 39%
Cloud Coverage: 100%
Wind: NNE 16 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: New Endland -3.5
OveUnder: 45
Record VS. Spread: Eagles 4-5, Patriots 6-3
Where to Watch on TV
*CBS will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties and Tony Romo will provide analysis and call the plays before they happen. Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.
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Radio Streams
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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 (42nd 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
Patriots Radio
Patriots Radio Network Socci returns for his seventh season in the booth as play-by-play broadcasters on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Socci is joined in the booth by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who's entering his eighth season as action analyst.
National Radio
ESPN Radio will broadcast the game to a national audience with Adam Amin on play-by-play and Jack Del Rio providing analysis and Sal Paolantonio reporting from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Patriots Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 82 (Internet 825) SIRI 134 (Internet 805)
XM Radio XM 227 (Internet 825) (Internet 820)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 227 (Internet 825) SXM 384 (Internet 805)
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 5-4 .556 3-2 2-2 4-0 4-3 251 170 +81 1L
Eagles 5-4 .556 3-1 2-3 1-1 3-4 224 213 +11 2W
Giants 2-8 .200 1-4 1-4 1-2 2-5 203 289 -86 6L
Redskins 1-8 .111 0-4 1-4 0-3 0-6 108 219 -111 3L
Series Information
Philadelphia Eagles lead the New England Patriots in the series, 8-6 (7-5 regular season; 1-1 in playoffs)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 4, 1973 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 24 – New England Patriots 23
Points Leader
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the New England Patriots (345-326)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 1-0 against the Patriots
Bill Belichick: 4-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Bill Belichick: Pederson leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Patriots: 0-0
Tom Brady: Against Eagles: 4-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Tom Brady: First meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Patriots lead 2-0
Record @ Gillette Stadium: Patriots lead 2-1
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 12 - Patriots No. 2
2019 Record
Eagles: 5-4
Patriots 8-1
Last Meeting
Sunday, February 4th, 2019
Eagles 41 - Patriots 33
In a record-setting shootout between backup QB Foles and five-time champ Brady of the favored Patriots, it was the Eagles who came out victorious. The combined 1,151 yards were the most in any modern NFL game. The game started slow the the teams trading field goals on their opening drives before Fole connected with Jeffrey on a 36 yard TD pass to give the Eagles the 10-7 lead. The Eagles extended the lead after a 4th down stand where they drove down the field and scored on a 21 yard run. The Patriots answered with a FG and a James White TD run following a Nick Foles INT to cut the lead to 15-12 with just over 2 minutes to go in the half. The Eagles marched down the field and went for it on 4th and 1 from one yard line using the now famous Philly Special where Trey Burton hit Nick Foles in the Endzone to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead heading into halftime. The two teams traded scores following half time with the Patriots cutting the lead to one point midway through the 4th on a Gronkowski TD reception. However the Eagles responding with a 7 minute TD drive of their own that ending in a Zach Ertz TD reception. After failing to convert a 2 point conversion. The Patriots got the ball back and Brady looked primed to launch a comeback, but on the second play of the drive he was strip sacked by Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett recovered. The Eagles took an additional minute off the clock before a 46 yard Jake Elliott FG sealed it for the Eagles. Brady got another shot with a minute left in the game, but with no timeouts time wasn’t on his side as the Eagles hung on to give them their first Super Bowl Championship.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
02/04/18 Eagles Patriots 41-33
12/06/15 Eagles Patriots 35-28
11/27/11 Patriots Eagles 38-20
11/25/07 Patriots Eagles 31-28
02/06/05 Patriots Eagles 24-21
09/14/03 Patriots Eagles 31-10
12/19/99 Eagles Patriots 24-9
11/04/90 Eagles Patriots 48-20
11/29/87 Eagles Patriots 34-31
12/09/84 Eagles Patriots 27-17
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Patriots Patriots
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 11 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Patriots Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 190 303 62.7% 2060 15 4 93.7
Brady 230 355 64.8% 2536 14 5 93.1
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Howard 119 525 53.6 4.4 6
Michel 144 482 52.3 3.3 3
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 46 527 58.6 11.5 2
Edelman 63 663 73.7 10.5 4
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 6.0 24
Collins 6.0 32
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
McLeod 49 27 22 0
Collins 48 38 10 6.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry 2 8
D.McCourty 5 19
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 34 1467 60 47.6 43.1 13 2 0
Bailey 48 2141 63 44.6 42.0 21 2 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 12 12 100.0% 53 20/22
Folk 2 2 100% 22 2/2
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 14 314 22.4 67 0
Bolden 10 227 2.7 28 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 11 86 7.8 17 0 7
Olszewski 20 179 8.9 22 0 16
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Patriots Stat Patriots Rank
Total Offense 347.0 20th 366.8 15th
Rush Offense 127.3 11th 92.9 23rd
Pass Offense 219.7 21st 273.9 7th
Points Per Game 24.9 13th 30.0 2nd
3rd-Down Offense 48.4% 3rd 39.7% 16th
4th-Down Offense 35.3% 24th 50.0% 14th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 63.3% 8th 50.0% 21st(t)
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Patriots Stat Patriots Rank
Total Defense 326.3 8th 249.3 1st
Rush Defense 87.3 4th 99.1 11th
Pass Defense 239.0 16th 150.2 2nd
Points Per Game 23.7 15th 10.9 1st
3rd-Down Defense 36.9% 12th 18.9% 1st
4th-Down Defense 55.6% 22nd(t) 35.7% 4th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 60.7% 25th 45.5% 4th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Patriots Stat Patriots Rank
Turnover Diff. -1 18th(t) +17 1st
Penalty Per Game 6.6 8th 6.2 7th
Penalty Yards Per Game 58.0 14th 53.8 7th
Connections
Eagles LB/K Kamu Grugier-Hill was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he was waived Patriots during final roster cuts and claimed by the Eagles.
Patrick Chung signed with the Eagles in 2013 and he played one season with the team before being released and returning to the Patriots.
Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie grew up as a Patriots fan and attempted to purchase Patriots in 1993 before being outbid by Robert Kraft. He purchased the Philadelphia Eagles the following season.
Patriots FB James Devlin grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Gilbertsville, PA and attended Boyertown High School.
Jim Schwartz was a personnel scout for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-1995 while Bill Belichick was the Head Coach.
Eagles DB Coach Cory Undlin was a defensive assistant under Bill Belichick for the Patriots in 2004.
Eagles TE coach Eugene Chung played three seasons for the Patriots from 1992-1994.
Patriots Special Teams Coordinator Joe Judge was born in Philadelphia and attended Lansdale Catholic High School.
Patriots backup QB Cody Kessler was with the Eagles in training camp in 2019 before being cut by the team.
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews played one season for the Patriots in 2018 before he was released.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Patriots
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) QB Tom Brady
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) CB Stephen Gilmore
TE Zach Ertz (Starter)
Recap from Last Week 9’s Games.
Eagles
Video
The Eagles defense suffocated the Mitch Trubisky led Bears holding them to just 9 yards in the first half, where the Bears trailed 19-0 heading into halftime. The Bears went three-and-out on their first five possessions, gaining minus-10 yards. They didn't get a first down until the final minute of the first half. David Montgomery got the game close in the 4th quarter with a pair of 1 yard touchdown runs. But Philadelphia put it away with 16-play, 69-yard drive capped by Jake Elliott's 38-yard field goal. Wentz completed all four of his third-down passes on the drive for first downs, and the Eagles held the ball for 8:14. The Bears muffed the kick on the ensuing kick and the Eagles recovered to run out the clock and give them the win.
*Patriots
Video From the start of the game the Patriots defense struggled to contain the elusive Lamar Jackson. Jackson and the Ravens jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. The Ravens let the Patriots back into the game after shooting themselves in the foot with a muffed punt that led to an easy Patriots TD. And a Ingram fumble led to an easy FG for Nick Folk and the Ravens took only a 17 point lead into the half. The Patriots looked to be marching down the field in the 3rd before Julien Edleman was stripped and Marlon Humphrey returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. The two teams traded touchdowns before a Tom Brady INT and a methodical 9:35 drive by Baltimore led to another TD to seal the game and end New England’s 13 game winning streak dating back to last season.
General
Referee: Bill Vinovich
The Eagles last played the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, capturing a 41-33 victory to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Including playoffs, Philadelphia owns an 8-6 (.571) record vs. New England all-time (1-0 under Doug Pederson)
Including playoffs, Philadelphia has the 2nd-best home winning percentage (.767, 23-7) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.879, 29-4).
The Eagles have won 8 of their last 12 contests (.667) at Lincoln Financial Field, as well as 17 of their last 22 home games (.773) overall (including playoffs).
Since becoming the Eagles coach in 2016, Doug Pederson and the Eagles are 2-1 following the bye week.
Since becoming Patriots head coach in 2000, Bill Belichick has recorded a 14-5 mark in the regular season coming off a bye.
Eagles and Patriots will meet in the regular season for the first time since Dec. 6, 2015, when Philadelphia beat New England, 35-28, at Gillette Stadium. This week will mark the Patriots first trip to Philadelphia since Nov. 27, 2011, when the Patriots left with a 38-20 victory.
Philadelphia has produced the 3rd best third-down offense (48.4%) in the NFL, trailing only Dallas (51.4%) and Baltimore (48.6%).
Since 2016, Jordan Howard ranks 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards (3,895), 3rd in rushing attempts (897) and tied for 5th in rushing TDs (30).
Miles Sanders ranks 3rd among NFL running backs in scrimmage yards per touch (6.5), trailing only Duke Johnson (6.8) and James White (6.7). (minimum 75 touches)
The Eagles rank 4th in rush defense (87.3), trailing only Tampa Bay (77.8), NYJ (81.9), and Houston (84.2).
The Patriots defense is leading the league with 19 interceptions through nine games, on pace for 33 on the season. Their 19 picks are already more than the Patriots recorded in 27 of their previous 59 seasons. The most interceptions in the Belichick era was 29 by the 2003 Patriots team.
Draft Picks
Eagles Patriots
OT Andre Dillard WR N’Keal Harry
RB Miles Sanders CB Joejuan Williams
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside DE Chase Winovich
WR Shareff Miller RB Damien Harris
QB Clayton Thorson OT Yodny Cajuste
OG Hjalte Froholdt
QB Jarrett Stidham
DE Byron Cowart
P Jake Bailey
CB Ken Webster
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Patriots
WR Desean Jackson RB Brandon Bolden
DT Malik Jackson LB Jamie Collins
DE Vinny Curry FS Terrence Brooks
S Andrew Sendejo TE Matt LaCosse
DT Hassan Ridgeway TE Benjamin Watson
QB Josh McCown C James Ferentz
OT Marshall Newhouse
QB Cody Kessler
CB Justin Bethel
K Nick Folk
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Patriots
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles TE Rob Gronkowski
DE Michael Bennett DE Adrian Clayborn
DE Chris Long P Ryan Allen
S Chris Maragos OT Trent Brown
RB Jay Ajayi DT Malcom Brown
RB Josh Adams DE Trey Flowers
RB Wendell Smallwood WR Chris Hogan
DT Haloti Ngata WR Cordarrelle Patterson
CB Eric Rowe
OT LaAdrian Waddle
Milestones
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (31) needs 1 TD to move up to 10th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR ** to 10th all-time tying WR Ben Hawkins.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (5354) needs 10 yards to most up to 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list passing Eagles TE/HB Bobby Watson.
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (2973) needs 27 yards for 3000 career receiving yards.
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (2973) needs 95 yards for to move up to 20th on the Eagles all-time receiving list passing WR Irving Fryar
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (21) needs 2 TDs for to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying TE Chad Lewis
Eagles 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.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders needs (336) needs 302 rushing yards to break LeSean McCoy’s Eagles record for most rushing yards by a rookie in a season.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders needs (641) needs 368 yards of total offense to break Desean Jackson’s Eagles record for most yards of total offense by a rookie in a season.
Patriots WR Julian Edleman (34) needs 3 TDs to move up to 8th on the Patriots all-time receiving TD list tying WR Wes Welker.
Patriots WR Julian Edleman (6053) needs 314 receiving yards to move up to 4th on the Patriots all-time receiving list passing WR Tory Brown.
Patriots QB Tom Brady (531) needs 8 more TD passes to tie the record for most TD passes in the regular season tying QB Peyton Manning. Saints QB Drew Brees on the list with 525 TDs.
Patriots QB Tom Brady(39) needs 1 game with 30 completions to give him 40 games career games with 30 or more completions, breaking a tie with QB Peyton Manning for second-most in NFL history. QB Drew Brees is first with 62 such games.
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge (join.profootballfocus.com/edge/)
[WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)] To be added when available
Stats to Know
An Odd Year for Brady and Play Action Passing
Historically, Tom “Can’t-Catch-a-Wide-Open-Pass-When-It-Counts” Brady has been near tops in the league in both percentage of dropbacks in Play Action and in Play Action Passer Rating. In 2019, those numbers are down, however, as Brady is 19th in PA % (25.9%) down from 4th at 31.4% last season. While the PA % is down this year from last, it’s still above many previous seasons; it’s just that more teams are employing Play Action at a high frequency, this season. Additionally, typically we see good teams (QBs) have a higher Passer Rating in Play Action than not. Brady is typically not unique in that regard...except this season his PA Passer Rating is only 3.1 points higher than non-PA Passer Rating (95.4 & 92.3) The non-PA Passer Rating is good for 14th, while the PA Passer Rating is good for 27th.
Matchups to Watch
Patriots Secondary vs Eagles Passing Attack
The Patriots and Eagles enter this contest coming off a bye. Prior to the bye, the Patriots defense has been playing at close to historical level per DVOA. It is an incredibly diverse defense that can cover and rush the passer at an elite level. Their defense forces a lot of turnovers and seems to score with more efficiency than some NFL offenses. The Patriots are coming off a loss after playing their first real team of the season; even though Baltimore was able to find success against the Patriots vaunted defense, it is still an incredibly talented unit. The Eagles passing offense has been woefully inept for most of the season forcing them to essentially be a run first team like last year’s Patriots… but without the defense. The Eagles will enter the game with a sorry ass receiving core that could be missing their top target in Alshon Jeffrey. It’s been stunning to watch Agholor regress from the consistently poor play we’ve gotten from him but it goes to show it is possible to hit new lows. Mack Hollins is booty cheeks and JJAW can’t even see the field. The Eagles were wise to re-sign Jordan Matthews, but he’s not the kind of player that can fix this unit. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are playing very well but it’s hard to have a passing offense run through tight ends. The Eagles will need their big men to show up as well as have Miles Sanders continue to be a dynamic receiver in space out of the backfield. Opposite them will be Stephon Gilmore – the best CB in the NFL – and a complete secondary that can take away good passing offenses. I would expect the Patriots to take away Ertz and Goedert, forcing the WRs to step up which they likely can’t. The Eagles are more than capable of winning this game but this matchup presents a significant challenge for an already questionable air attack.
Patriots Defensive Front vs Eagles Offensive Line
As previously mentioned, the Eagles are a run first team out of necessity. They are able to function this way due to their terrific offensive line, coaching, and run game diversity. Jordan Howard has played really well for the Eagles when they need a back to create out of structure. While Miles Sanders has struggled as a runner in his early career, he has been showing incremental progress as he gains more experience at the position. This offensive line gets a second crack at a Belichick defense, two years removed from dominating their defensive front in Super Bowl 52. This isn’t the same Patriots defense we saw in February 2008; that Patriots defense finished 31st in DVOA. The Patriots have a lot of good athletes that are disciplined and well-coached. This is a strength vs strength matchup that the Eagles need to win. Both organizations value high-level trench play since they can help control the game. Ideally, the Eagles would possess a better passing attack. Maybe that passing attack will be better after the bye week but no one should count on that at the moment. For now, Philadelphia needs to keep finding success with the diverse and dominating rushing attack to keep the offense on schedule against a very dangerous defense.
Patriots Passing Attack vs Eagles Secondary
The last two games have yielded good results for the Eagles defense; by reading the box scores, you be convinced that the Eagles defense has been completely fixed and they’ll have nothing to worry about. When you study the tape of these two games, you’ll realize the Eagles have been gifted by their opponents lack of real QBs. Tom Brady hasn’t been an electric passer this year nor do the Patriots run up the score like they have during other years in their dynasty with strong offensive performances. However, like the defense, this is a smart, well-coached offense that can take advantage of a defenses weakness. It’s obvious to everyone that even with the return of their injured CBs, the Eagles secondary is still a piece of work. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby have stopped some of the bleeding but they are just lipstick on a pig. Philly’s LBs are still a bit of a liability, especially in the absence of Nigel Bradham, and will likely be exploited. Malcolm Jenkins has had a down year in coverage. Jim Schwartz, while a good DC, still has coverage assignments for his players at times that put them in lose/lose situations. The Patriots offense, led by Tom Brady, will see and exploit the weaknesses you have on your team. The Eagles are bad against play action – what do you think we’ll see? Defending screens are a problem… enter James White. Double moves? You got it. The defense has coverage breakdowns consistently against the Bills and Bears, they were just incapable of taking advantage of that. They no longer have the benefit of playing cupcake QBs. The Eagles offense isn’t built to run up the score quickly and are up against a top defense. Philadelphia’s defense needs to rise to the occasion and keep the Patriots off the scoreboard.
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