Week Eleven Live Blog: Patriots vs. Eagles

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Week Eleven Live Blog
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After a long bye week, the New England Patriots are back, and so is the Week Eleven Live Blog! This week the Patriots travel to Philadelphia to take in the Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl LII. We all know how that game turned out, but there have been a ton of changes on both sides, so this is more of an organizational rematch than anything.

The Eagles are still a talented team, but they are not at the same level they were two years ago when they won the Super Bowl. Philly is also facing injury issues, as they have already lost wide receiver Desean Jackson for the year and running back Jordan Howard will be out today.

Here are the inactive reports for today’s showdown in Philadelphia:

Patriots- S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris, WR Gunner Olszewski, T Korey Cunningham, TE Ryan Izzo, QB Cody Kessler, DE Byron Cowart

Eagles- (this list isn’t 100%, but is it about 99.9% right) WR Alshon Jeffrey, LB Nigel Bradham, RB Jordan Howard, QB Nate Sudfeld, DE Shareef Miller, G Nate Herbig, CB Sidney Jones

FIRST QUARTER

15:00- The first play of the game is not good; pass interference on the Patriots, and the Eagles are at the Patriots 27.

14:22- Run of seven; 2nd & 3…

14:09- Incomplete pass after the penalty on Philly; 3rd & 8 from the Patriots 24…

13:42- Pass is broken up by Gilmore and the Patriots force the field goal attempt in swirling winds. 4th & 8…

13:38- Field Goal, Eagles. After the big interfence, it was a good sign that the Patriots defense could hold Philly to three points. Eagles 3, Patriots 0

13:15- Screen to Michel for 12 yards; 1st & 10…

12:50- Two-yard run by Michel; 2nd & 8…

12:19- Brady misses Edelman down the seam; 3rd & 8…

12:18- Incomplete pass and the Patriots are forced to punt. Bailey punts it to the Eagles 21.

12:08- Two-yard gain by Ertz on the catch; 2nd & 8…

11:27- Sanders runs for three; 3rd & 5…

10:59- Gain of five, but the Eagles are called for an illegal man downfield; 3rd & 10…

10:27- Wentz with the overthrow and the Eagles are forced to punt; 4th & 10…

10:17- After Sanu picks up nothing on the punt return, the Patriots offense will take over. Hopefully, they can get something going this series. 1st & 10…

10:10- Gain on one by Burkhead; 2nd & 9…

9:38- Edelman picks up 10 on the catch; 1st & 10…

9:08- Michel runs for three; 2nd & 7…

8:29- Michel loses five on the terribly designed run; 3rd & 12…

7:46- Screen pass to White for five and the Patriots offense looks like garbage for the second straight series. 1st & 10…

6:40- Gain of four on the run; 2nd & 6…

5:50- First down pickup by the Eagles on the five-yard catch; 1st & 10…

4:50- Ertz picks up nine on a play that should have been a sack; 2nd & 1…

4:09- Simon made the stop at the LOS, but the Patriots were called for illegal hands to the face; 1st & 10…

3:51- Agholar picks up four on the screen; 2nd & 4…

3:02- Gain of 17 on the tight end screen; 1st & 10…

2:19- Gain of three on the run; 2nd & 7…

1:38- Sanders runs for eight and another first down; 1st & 10…

:56- A sack turns into a gain of eight; 2nd & 2…

:29- Another first down run for the Eagles; the Patriots don’t look very good to start this game. 1st & 10, and that will be the end of the first quarter. Eagles 3, Patriots 0

SECOND QUARTER

15:00- Sanders gains five on the screen; 2nd & 5…

14:11- Sanders runs for six more and an Eagles first down; 1st & Goal…

13:26- Gain of three by Sanders; 2nd & Goal…

12:40- Agholar makes the catch, but he was out of bounds; 3rd & Goal…

12:32- INTERCEPTION, PATRIOTS!! Jonathan Jones made a great play on a ball that wasn’t yet controlled for a touchdown, and the defense makes the much-needed play in the red zone to keep this within three points. Eagles 3, Patriots 0

***AWFUL REVERSAL*** The league just doesn’t understand what a catch is, and neither do those who officiate the game. That ball was never controlled by the tight end, hence the interception that was CORRECTLY called on the field. Ball moving, Jones ends up with it. Eagles 10, Patriots 0, the NFL refs suck.

12:24- Pass is incomplete; 2nd & 10…

12:20- Edelman for 13; 1st & 10…

11:48- Throwback from Burkhead to Brady to Dorsett doesn’t work because it was well defended; 2nd & 10…

11:43- Harry with the first catch of his career for 10 yards and the first down; 1st & 10…

11:04- Burkhead runs for one; 2nd & 9…

10:37- Edelman gets behind the defense, but he can’t come up with the ball after it is deflected; 3rd & 9…

10:31- Watson picks up 24 on the catch; 1st & 10…

9:45- Brady immediately throws it at Michel’s feet; 2nd & 10…

9:42- Brady misses White on the wheel; this is just ugly right now. 3rd & 10…

9:38- Edelman was interfered with, giving the Patriots a first down in the process. 1st & 10 from the Philadelphia 20…

9:31- Brady throws it too far for Michel in the flat; 2nd & 10…

9:23- Sanu picks up four on an amazing catch; 3rd & 6…

8:40- Brady is forced to throw it away; 4th & 6…

8:40- Field Goal, Patriots! Folk connects from 35-yards out to give the Patriots their first points of the night. The offense looks disconnected and that is not a good sign. Eagles 10, Patriots 3

8:30- Jake Bailey had a chance to change this game with a fumble recovery, but he couldn’t hold onto the ball. That is too bad, that could have changed this game quickly. 1st & 10…

7:55- SACK! Elandon Roberts makes the big play for a loss of 7; 3rd & 17…

6:54- Incomplete pass and the Patriots force the punt; the offense will take over.

6:37- Burkhead runs for three; 2nd & 7…

6:02- Brady rushed AGAIN, throws it away; 3rd & 7…

5:58- Edelman picks up 13 on the catch; 1st & 10…

5:42- Michel runs for eight; 2nd & 2…

5:11- Burkhead runs for four and the first down; 1st & 10…

4:52- Screen to White for a loss of one; 2nd & 11…

4:05- Watson with the catch for 19; 1st & Goal…

3:32- Pass should have been intercepted, but it was dropped. 2nd & Goal…

3:27- Edelman drops a touchdown; 3rd & Goal…

3:24- Absolute garbage call and play at the goal line; why throw that to the flat that is covered and not in the end zone? Just a tough half for New England.

3:21- Field Goal, Patriots! Folk connects to cut the lead to four. If the Patriots offensive line doesn’t wake up, this is going to be a tough second half of the season. Eagles 10, Patriots 6

2:26- FUMBLE, PATRIOTS RECOVER!! New England takes over at the Philly 23.

2:22- Michel runs for two; 2nd & 8…

2:00- Two-minute warning and the Patriots have a chance to take the lead before the half. Eagles 10, Patriots 6

1:54- White for zero; 3rd & 8…

1:47- Brady overthrows Sanu; Patriots are forced to attempt another field goal.

1:44- Field Goal, Patriots! Folk connects from 39-yards out to cut the lead to one.

1:34- Gain of 10 for Philly; 1st & 10…

:22- Philly drives to the 44, but they call a timeout on 3rd down; 3rd & 5…

:17- SACK! Fumble on the snap and the Eagles are forced to use their final timeout after the sack. 4th & 12…

:02- Considering how bad the half was, it is a small miracle to escape down by just one. Eagles 10, Patriots 9

HALFTIME

THIRD QUARTER

15:00- End-around for Sanu and he runs it for eight; 2nd & 2…

14:19- Seven-yard run by Burkhead; 1st & 10…

13:51- Burkhead with a gain of 30 to set the offense up at the Philly 30; 1st & 10…

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12:28- Gain on one; 2nd & 9…

12:05- Sanu picks up eight; 3rd & 1…

11:52- White runs for seven; 1st & 10…

11:28- Incomplete pass; 2nd & 10 from the Philly 13…

11:23- Loss of one by White on the run; 3rd & 11…

10:49- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Edelman with the wide receiver pass to Dorsett to give the Patriots their first lead of the game! White runs in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to seven. Patriots 17, Eagles 10

10:31- No gain on the run; 2nd & 10…

9:59- McCourty breaks up the pass; 3rd & 10…

9:53- Gain of five on the slant, a foolish play; 4th & 5…

9:17- Harry makes the catch and picks up five; 2nd & 5…

8:47- White runs for zero; 3rd & 5…

8:26- The worst series of the game; that is just ugly football and it will force the Patriots defense back onto the field after about 90 seconds of rest.

8:10- No gain on the strong tackle by Brooks; 2nd & 9…

7:30- Simon knocks the pass away, but Wise is called for illegal hands to the face; 1st & 10…

7:01- Gain of 10; 1st & 10…

6:44- Philly tries the same play to no avail; 2nd & 10…false start, 2nd & 15…

5:44- Gilmore breaks up the pass intended for Matthews; 3rd & 15…

5:39- SACK! Hightower and Van Noy make the 5th sack of the game for the Patriots and force the Eagles to punt again. Let’s see if the offense can help them out after the punt was shanked out of bounds, giving them the ball on their own 47. Patriots 17, Eagles 10

4:55- Lacosse with a gain of six; 2nd & 4…

4:13- Incomplete pass to Lacosse; play was challenged and called a catch and a loss of three; 3rd & 7…

3:40- Draw to White for five, and Bailey is forced to punt. Slater fielded the punt at the Eagles five, which forces them to drive basically the length of the field if they want to tie this game. 1st & 10, Eagles, from their own three…

3:15- False start on the Eagles; 1st & 11…

3:07- Guy makes a play like a man; no gain to make it 2nd & 11…

2:29- Gain of three on the run; 3rd & 8…

1:45- Incomplete pass to Ertz forces the Eagles to punt from DEEP in their own territory; 4th & 8…

1:35- Sanu returns it to just around the 50, giving the Patriots great field position; 1st & 10…

1:30- White picked up 11 on the catch in the flat; 1st & 10…

1:06- Brady sacked for a loss of eight; 2nd & 18…

:19- Brady throws it away; 3rd & 18…

:14- Another ball that was almost picked, and it was on ANOTHER screen pass. I love screen as much as the next guy, but there is a point where it is too much. 4th & 17, and Bailey shanked the punt which went out of bounds at the 24. 1st & 10, Eagles…

:00- No gain on the final play of the third quarter, a quarter dominated by the Patriots defense. If the offense can find a way to put the ball in the end zone, they’d probably put this game away. Patriots 17, Eagles 10

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00- Gain of 11 on the pass to Ertz; 1st & 10…

14:16- Van Noy makes the play for no gain; 2nd & 10…

13:29- Wentz runs for eight; 3rd & 2…

12:54- Incomplete pass to Agholar due to the pass being tipped by Brooks; 4th & 2 and the punt goes through the end zone for a touchback. 1st & 10, Patriots, from their own 25.

12:36- Watson picks up 12 on the tight end screen; 1st & 10…

12:04- Burkhead picks up four on the catch; 2nd & 6…

11:46- Incomplete pass on the slant; 3rd & 6…

11:39- Meyers makes the catch for a gain of seven and the first down; 1st & 10…

11:08- White appeared to have a good run, but of course Watson was called for a hold, which essentially kills this drive. 1st & 20…

10:44- White runs for ten; 2nd & 10…

10:20- Meyers runs the wrong route; 3rd & 10…

10:14- Edelman becomes the defender and knocks the pass away from the d-back; 4th & 10, and like I always say, the hold killed this drive. 4th & 10…

10:04- The Eagles offense will take over at their own 11 after Bailey got back on track after his last shanked punt. 1st & 10, Eagles…

9:53- Ertz picks up 25 on the big play for the Eagles; 1st & 10…

9:31- That pass should have been picked off; 2nd & 10…

9:15- Two-yard run makes it 3rd & 8…

8:30- Jason McCourty breaks up the pass and forces another Eagles punt; good defense on that play. 59-yard punt pins the Patriots back at their own two, which as we know from the past can be a hairy situation. 1st & 10, Patriots…

8:14- Edelman picks up five on the much-needed catch; 2nd & 5…

7:38- Michel runs for 14 on the play; 1st & 10…

7:01- Pass is deflected, but Edelman focused on the ball and made a great catch for 11 yards; 1st & 10…

6:22- Michel runs for two; 2nd & 8…

5:35- Brady escapes pressure and throws it to Harry for three yards; 3rd & 5…

4:55- Another dumb throw to the flat that was 1000% covered; I just don’t get why they keep doing that on third down. Bailey punted it to the five and it was returned to the eighteen, but there was a hold on the play that brought the ball back to their own five.

3:59- What was close to a safety turns into a 30-yard gain by Philly; 1st & 10…

3:16- Brooks is there again, breaking up the pass. He has played well today; 2nd & 10…holding on the Patriots, 1st & 10…

3:12- Agholar gains five on the catch; 2nd & 5…

2:28- Another 1st down picked up on the play; 1st & 10…two minute warning.

2:00- Pass that should have been picked is broken up; 2nd & 10…

1:56- Adam Butler drops an interception, although it would have been a hard play; 3rd & 10…

1:44- 15-yard gain to Agholar, and now when New England needs a stop they can’t seem to get one.

1:15- Incomplete pass on the overthrow; 2nd & 10…

1:08- Incomplete pass due to strong coverage; 3rd & 10…

1:05- Wentz missed a WIDE OPEN Ertz for what would have been an easy first down; 4th & 10…

:58- Agholar almost made the catch in the end zone but he couldn’t make the play. The Patriots take over on downs.

:54- Gain of three on the run and the Eagles call an immediate timeout. New England needs a first down to end this game. 2nd & 7…

:51- Michel runs for one yard; 3rd & 6, and the question is will the Patriots throw the ball right now…

:45- Michel runs for four yards, making it 4th & 2 and forcing a Patriots punt. The Eagles are going to have around :37 (ok, :34) seconds to work with after the punt return. Here we go…

:34- The Eagles are facing 1st & basically 88 because they need a TD with no timeouts remaining. 1st & 10…

:27- Holding on the Eagles backs them up to the six-yard line, and now the Eagles have to go 94 yards in 27 seconds. 1st & 16…

:16- Interception is overturned to to over-officiating; now the Eagles have a Hail-Mary opportunity from their own 30. I understand the safety rules, but Brooks led with his shoulder. That is so annoying. 2nd & 10, final play…

:00- PATRIOTS WIN!! The pass is knocked down and that seals the victory for the Patriots. This was far from perfect, and the offense needs a ton of work, but to win a tough game like this on the road shows grit and character, something this team has shown they have over this latest dominant run. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is win, especially over a quality opponent.

FINAL SCORE- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 17, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 10

Thanks for joining us this week and be sure to join us when the Patriots face another stiff test with the Dallas Cowboys. Have a great week, Patriots fans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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