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Eagles Defense Must Play Better To Make Another Super Bowl Run

Article Written by Billy Schweim

Contributing Author(s): Josh Hennig

Originally Published on December 8, 2023

If the Philadelphia Eagles want to go deep into the playoffs and get back to the Super Bowl in consecutive years, they need to play better defense.  Last week the San Francisco 49ers came into Lincoln Financial Field and had their way with the Eagles Defense scoring on six straight consecutive Touchdown drives.  The Eagles allowed San Francisco with their balanced run/pass ratio to go through them like a hot knife through butter.  49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy threw for four TD passes and was 10-11 when the Eagles sent the Blitz at him.  Also, star Running Back Christian McCaffrey made a case for the NFL MVP Award with 93 yards rushing and a Touchdown to go along with 40 receiving yards.

If the Eagles want to beat the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday Night Football and keep their Head Coach Nick Sirianni unbeaten (3-0) on Sunday Night, the defense must play better.  Stats don’t lie: The Eagles rank 22nd in Total Yards Allowed on Defense and Fourth Most Pass Yards Allowed along with their defense being one of the worst in the NFL on Third Down allowing opponents a 47.3% success rate.  We will analyze the Eagles versus the Cowboys game this weekend in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim.

The Flyers have won three straight games and they continue to surprise their fans by playing inspired hockey.  Thursday night they beat the Arizona Coyotes at Arizona State University 4-1 and head their road trip this weekend in Colorado to play the one of the best teams in the NHL, the Avalanche.  The Avs are currently in first place in the Central Division of the Western Conference.  Colorado's best player, Cal Makar has been playing hurt but is a plus 16 with seven goals and 27 assists!  If the Flyers can pull off a win against the Avs on the road, I believe the fans enthusiasm will increase as the Flyers finish their three-game road trip against Nashville on Tuesday night.  You can hear both of those Flyers games on 973 ESPN Radio South Jersey and on the free 973 ESPN Mobile App.

Don’t forget to join us every Sunday throughout the football season as we broadcast Live at the Caesars Sports Book inside the Tropicana in Atlantic City and get your ready for the Eagles on Sunday Night Football!

On Saturday’s show, former Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver and Mainland Regional Alumni Dave Klemic joins me and Producer Nick Earnshaw in the studio.  It’s the annual Army vs Navy weekend and we will hear from former Naval Midshipmen football player and Absegami High School alumni Mike Heron.  Mike will talk about what it means to play in this storied rivalry.  The Sports Book Consigliere Dave Sharapan checks in from Las Vegas with his unique look on sports betting all the big games this weekend.  In Hour Two, Tara Scioli from Tara's Happy Boxes and Miss New Jersey Victoria Mozitus will stop by the studio to talk about this year's Holiday Toy Drive.

On Sunday join me, Josh Hennig, and Producer Danny Ryan along with Special Guest co-host Mark Grimes as we broadcast Live from the Caesars Sports Book inside the Tropicana Atlantic City for NFL Week 14.  The Eagles head to Dallas and play the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, so we will get the “Keys to the Game” from Fox 29 News Sports Anchor and 973 ESPN Eagles Writer Scott Grayson brought to you by Blitz’s Market in Ocean City.  In Hour Two, we talk with my Fantasy Football Guru Brian Hartley brought to you by Charlie’s Bar in Somers Point.  "The Guru" will tell us which players to play and sit this weekend in the NFL.  

All that and more this weekend in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim, heard every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to Noon on 973 ESPN Radio South Jersey.


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