Posts Tagged ‘preview’

Eagles Browns Preview

September 8th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Eagles Browns Preview | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL


Location- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Weather- 84 and sunny
Time/Channel- 1:00 PM, CBS
Point Spread/Over-Under Line-  Eagles by 4, 41 O/U line

Injury Report


Bryce Treggs (wide receiver)- questionable (knee)
Connor Wujciak (defensive tackle)- out (shoulder)



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Super Bowl 50 Preview, Analysis and Prediction

February 1st, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Super Bowl 50 Preview, Analysis and Prediction | Filed in Football, General, NFL

In the first Super Bowl without roman numerals attached to the title, it should be a good one, with two of the best quarterbacks in recent history squaring off against each other. One of the two’s a future hall-of-famer, and arguably the best signal caller in NFL history, in Denver’s Peyton Manning, who’ll most likely retire after the game (at age 39), and the other’s a future-MVP (who could very well win it after this year) in Carolina’s Cam Newton.

Carolina finished with one of the best regular seasons in NFL history this year, starting their season 14-0, and ending up as the NFC’s # 1 seed, at 15-1. They led the league in most All-Pros selected, with six, and Pro Bowlers selected, with 10. With their 15-1 regular-season record, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to accomplish the feat, since the league adopted a 16-game-schedule format in 1978, and just the seventh team to win at least 15 or more games in a season (in 2007, New England went undefeated).

Out of those seven teams, only two (the ’84 49ers and ’85 Bears) teams won the Super Bowl. Carolina’s head coach, Ron Rivera, was a backup linebacker on that ’85 Bears team. This is his fifth year coaching the team, and only his second winning season so far. On the flip side, Denver’s head coach, Gary Kubiak, is in his first year with Denver, after coaching Houston for eight seasons from 2006-13. This season was Kubiak’s reunion with Broncos’ GM/executive VP of Football Operations, and Hall of Famer, John Elway, after the former backed up the latter in Denver years ago (1983-91).

Peyton Manning certainly has experience, whether that’s a good or bad thing, in postseason games, as he ranks second all-time in quarterback postseason starts. Next Sunday’ll be his 27th career postseason start, which will keep him in second place, four games behind his rival Tom Brady, who he beat in the AFC Championship Game a week ago. Manning is 13-13 in those games, with one Super Bowl win, while Brady is 22-9 in 31 playoff starts, with four wins.


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Penn Basketball Preview

November 14th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Penn Basketball Preview | Filed in Basketball, College Sports



Even after dismal 2012 and 2013 seasons, the University of Pennsylvania basketball team will miss the likes of Fran Dougherty, Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Henry Brooks and Steve Rennard. The bright side is that this past offseason was an opportunity for head coach Jerome Allen to rebuild his Quakers team. (Additionally, at least Tony Bagtas is gone; you may remember that he was dismissed from Penn for having committed more than a dozen robberies.) Allen, one of Penn’s all-time greats, has been given the chance to begin his sixth coaching season with a very new team.

Darnell Foreman and Antonio Woods, both 6’1” freshman, will likely compete for a starting point guard position. Allen typically allows players time to prove themselves, and this should be a great motivational challenge for both to play their best. Foreman is local talent, and played for Pitman High School in New Jersey. Matt Howard, a 6’4” sophomore point guard, will also likely see some playing time. Tony Hicks, a 6’2” junior, will start as shooting guard, but he’ll need to get his turnovers in check.

The Quakers’ frontcourt doesn’t appear to be any more solid – yet – than the backcourt does. At center is Darien Nelson-Henry; you can’t miss the 6’11”, 265 pound junior. His play throughout freshman and sophomore years was consistent, and he averages 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Hopefully, his offseason hip surgery leaves him strong and healthy for the season. Likely to start as forward is Greg Louis, a 6’7” senior, whose adept rebounding and 3-pointer skills rely heavily on whether or not he can stay healthy. New to Penn’s team this season are three freshman forwards: Mike Auger (6’7”), Dan Dwyer (6’8”), and Sam Jones (6’7”). Especially with Auger’s rebounding and Jones’s ability to sink 3 pointers, we’ll see these rookie players log minutes throughout the season.

The Quakers’ bench will also include sophomore forward Dylan Jones, shooting guards Patrick Lucas-Perry, and point guards Camryn Crocker and Jamal Lewis. (You won’t confuse Jamal Lewis with forward Greg Louis, as Louis is 7” taller and 55 pounds heavier.) Crocker and Lucas-Perry, though veteran players, have a difficult time staying healthy. We should expect Coach Allen to utilize his younger players rather than have these two play a lot of minutes.

Jerome Allen could have a long season ahead of him, but one thing is for sure: he needs to find a point guard and establish a consistent starting squad. The Quakers won’t compete against an Ivy League school until they travel to Princeton in January, but their first game is this Saturday at 4:30 pm. Pennsylvania will host Delaware State at the Palestra; you can purchase tickets at

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Flyers-Avalanche preview

November 9th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers-Avalanche preview | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

(Flyers’ team captain Claude Giroux/AP Photo)

The Flyers, coming off of their 4-1 victory over Florida on Thursday night, will continue their four-game home-stand tonight with a match-up against the Avalanche. Colorado’s off to a rough start, as they’re 4-6-5 so far. Despite beating Toronto Thursday night 4-3 in the shoot-out, they’ve lost five out of their last seven games, although three of those five aforementioned losses were either overtime or shoot-out losses. In that 4-3 shoot-out win, Colorado went a perfect 3-3 on their shoot-out attempts, which is only the second time that’s occurred in the NHL this season, to date. The only-other time that occurred was when Washington did that in their October 18th game against the Panthers.


Philadelphia– 6-5-2-  3.2 goals/game, 2.9 goals against/game, 18.6% power-play percentage, 78% penalty-killing percentage, 8.85 penalty minutes/game
Colorado– 4-6-5,  2.4 goals/game, 2.9 goals against/game, 14.5% power-play percentage, 91.5% penalty-killing percentage, 12 penalty minutes/game

Philadelphia’s team rankings

Philadelphia, by any means, has no problem scoring goals this season, as they rank in the top five — fourth best, to be specific– in the NHL in goals for/game. They have three six-goal scorers, in Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl. Voracek, who’s been on a tear lately, not only leads the team in points (6 goals, 13  assists), but is tied with Sidney Crosby for the league lead, with 19. Voracek ranks first overall in assists, and is second on the team in total shots, with 44, behind team-captain Claude Giroux, who has 58. With his second-period goal vs. Florida on Thursday, Voracek continued his point streak, which now stands at seven games (4 goals and 8 assists).


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Edmonton Oilers (4-6-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-2)

November 5th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Edmonton Oilers (4-6-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-2) | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

Who- Edmonton Oilers (4-6-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-2)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When- 11/4, 7:00 PM ET
Starting Goalies- Viktor Fasth vs. Steve Mason
Line Combinations/Defensive Pairings


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Washington Redskins (1-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)- Game Preview, Analysis, Predictions and more

September 17th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Washington Redskins (1-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)- Game Preview, Analysis, Predictions and more | Filed in Eagles, Football

(AP Photo)

(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Current Injuries

Injury Report


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Flyers vs Rangers Playoff Preview

April 16th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers vs Rangers Playoff Preview | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

As we exit the NHL Regular Season and enter into the playoffs, the Flyers have a lot of question marks going forward. On the flip side, they also have some things in their favor as well heading into Thursday night’s bout with New York at MSG. Let’s look at the series as a whole.


Series Schedule- Date/Location/Time/Channel (all times EST)

04/17- @ New York- 07:00 PM- CSN
04/20- @ New York- 12:00 PM- NBC
04/22- @ Philly- 08:00 PM- CSN
04/25- @ Philly- 07:00 PM- CSN
04/27- @ New York- 12:00 PM- NBC (if necessary)
04/29- @ Philly- TBA- CSN (if necessary)
04/30- @ New York- TBA- CSN (if necessary)

Despite posting a winning record (23-22-3), last season (2012-13) was one to forget for Philadelphia in the lockout-shortened season; as they missed the postseason for just the second time in the span of the past 16 seasons. Interim head coach Craig Berube has to feel good about that, as well as his club’s overall improvement(s) within this season as well; as they began the season at just 0-3, and were just 3-8 one month in. Since November 1st, Philly’s gone 39-22-10.

Alain Vigneault is in his first year as Rangers’ head coach, having previously coached two Canadian NHL teams in Vancouver (2006-2013) and Montreal (1997-2001). Vigneault has had success as coach, not just in the regular season either, as he took the 2011 Canucks three years ago to the Finals; before eventually bowing to Boston.


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