According to the NFL, the game will start on schedule at 1 P.M. EST today in Philadelphia, but be prepared for possible delays in the action if thunderstorm and lightning activity in the area gets too intense. If you’re attending the game in person, at least the temperature will be mild, but come equipped with rain gear and an extra pair of dry socks!
Both teams have been practicing all week with wet footballs pre-soaked in bathtubs. I wonder if they’ve been adding mud to that soaking solution? There will be plenty of teardrops from Philly fans to add to the slippery conditions if somehow the 49ers find a way to overcome both the elements and a 13-point Bovada disadvantage to upset the soaring Eagles at home.
This will be QB Carson Wentz’ first game as a pro played in really lousy weather.
Tommy Lawlor: “This is a game the Eagles should win. But, there are some interesting circumstances for the Eagles to navigate. Jason Peters is out for the year. That means Halapoulivaati Vaitai will make his first start at left tackle. Linebacker Jordan Hicks is out, which paves the way for Mychal Kendricks to take his spot in the nickel defense and Joe Walker to replace him in the base defense.”
Actually it will be Nigel Bradham wearing the MLB radio helmet today and calling the bulk of the defensive signals.
Lawlor again: “[Doug] Pederson has a new left tackle, a new middle linebacker, rain, wind, and possible complacency to deal with. This is not your normal game. If he can guide the Eagles to a win here, I think that will be more proof that Pederson is a good coach and has this team headed in the right direction.”
That’s basically how this one sets up.
If you want an alternative “Live Thread” to the game tonight, please join us on a site called discord.com.
Our regular commentator and home-run king Ryan Lubrich (aka The Lubricator, aka GSXR Mustang) has created an alternative chat forum for in-game real-time conversation.
Here’s a link to his interesting new talk machine if you wish to give it a look:
As Ryan explains, it’s like a chat channel, primarily used by like-gamers who stream on Twitch, but he figured we might be able to use it for gameday chats. I have found it to be very functional and very entertaining. It took me a few minutes to get the hang of some of the whistles and bells, but after a short while I was zooming along with the other EYE guys and Bored members there talking Eagles football.
It even auto-refreshes on every comment!
See you at the game!