AULOL, ECOWAS, UNMIL Call for Amicable Resolution of Dispute

first_imgThe African Union Liaison Office in Liberia (AULOL), the Office of the Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), note with grave concern the tension between the Legislature and the Judiciary over attempts to initiate impeachment proceedings by the House of Representatives against three Supreme Court Judges, and the ‘stay order’ on the impeachment proceedings by the Supreme Court. In a joint press statement issued in Monrovia, they said over the past 13 years since the end of civil war, Liberia has made tremendous strides in strengthening its institutions and in building a strong and vibrant democracy.“While fully respecting the sovereignty of Liberia and its institutions, AULOL, ECOWAS and UNMIL call upon the Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches of Government to work in a coordinated and mutually supportive way and to spare no effort in finding an amicable and immediate solution to this dispute in the interest of all the Liberian people who are looking forward to peaceful elections in a violence-free atmosphere,” the statement said.AULOL, ECOWAS and UNMIL said they would like to remind all branches and institutions of Government to respect the letters and spirit of the Constitution and abide by the laws of Liberia in compliance with international best practices and promotion of good governance. “We call upon all stakeholders to prioritize national interest as the country moves toward the final phase of peaceful, fair, participatory and transparent elections, and the transition to a new Government in 2018. We furthermore urge all political parties to reaffirm their love of country and their commitment to violence-free elections as agreed in the Farmington River Declaration.“We assure all Liberians of our continuous support towards maintaining stability, ensuring sustainable peace and facilitating development in Liberia. To these ends, AULOL, ECOWAS and UNMIL will continue to follow developments closely and support all efforts aimed at de-escalating the situation,” the statement concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bantam Tier 2 Flyers play Tourney in Quesnel

first_imgThe Knights of Columbus Bantam Tier 2 Flyers had some close games at the Quesnel Tournament this past weekend. On Friday, the Flyers had trouble staying out of the penalty box and lost 7-3 to Terrace.On Saturday, in high scoring affair the Flyers were able to hold off William’s Lake in a 10-8 battle.After leading much of the next game against the home team Quesnel, the Flyers lost in the final minute of the game 8-7. On Sunday, the Flyers struggled to put the puck in the net and were shutout by Grande Prairie 4-0. – Advertisement -The Knights of Columbus Flyers begin All Peace League action on Friday, November 5th in Spirit River.last_img read more

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Area freeway funds take exit

first_imgLast Friday’s show of force by state and local legislators on a bridge overlooking a crowded 10 Freeway interchange had no apparent effect on the California Transportation Commission. A revised list of recommendations by CTC staffers released Monday nearly doubled the amount of money available for freeway funding from a recently approved transportation bond measure. Despite the extra money, San Gabriel Valley cities not only failed to get funding for one long-awaited project, they also lost funding for another project that had already been approved. “The bottom line is, the San Gabriel Valley got totally screwed,” said state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. “What did we do to lose every single dollar?” The updated list again leaves out $70.5 million in upgrades to the long-congested San Gabriel River (605) and San Bernardino (10) freeway junction. Commission staffers also cut $97.3 million for a first-phase car-pool lane extension on the 10 between Puente and Citrus avenues. The latter funding had been included in an initial list of projects recommended for approval. At the same time, CTC staff added a $730 million car-pool project on the San Diego (405) Freeway that was initially left off the list. Local lawmakers have long claimed that San Gabriel Valley projects are regularly scuttled in favor of those in the politically powerful Westside. At Friday’s freeway press conference, Romero accused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of lobbying more strongly for the 405 project, at the expense of the 605/10 interchange. On Monday, Romero pointed to the latest CTC recommendations as proof that the eastern portion of the county is being shortchanged. She added that if further lobbying efforts fail, San Gabriel Valley cities may have to reconsider how well they are represented on the MTA. “This is the Los Angeles County MTA, and I would reiterate the word county,” Romero said. “There are 10 million residents in L.A. County, and 4 million in the city of L.A. That leaves 6 million who should be questioning how this money was recommended.” Baldwin Park Councilman David Olivas echoed Romero’s concerns. “It is clear that the lobbying effort for that part of Los Angeles County overwhelmed the voice of the San Gabriel Valley, and that is not acceptable,” Olivas said. Local politicians have pointed out that L.A. County initially received 12 percent of the initial $2.8 billion available for freeway improvements statewide. Yet the county accounts for more than 28 percent of California’s population. The new CTC recommendations increased the amount of funding available this year for freeway improvements statewide to $4.5 billion from $2.8 billion. The money comes from $20 billion in transportation bonds approved by voters through Proposition 1B in the November election. And while projects in San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties got additional funds, the lion’s share of the increases in L.A. County went to the Westside’s 405 project. “There appears to not have been an effort to distribute the funds more evenly throughout the area, and that is certainly a concern,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, a member of the MTA Board of Directors. “It is bad news for the San Gabriel Valley.” Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano said he has contacted Romero’s office, as well as the office of Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina to help lobby for reinstating at least some of the funding taken away by the CTC. He said he will be part of a delegation that will head to the CTC hearing Wednesday in Irvine, where a final decision on the funding will be made. “We have been totally disenfranchised,” said Lozano, pointing out that in addition to the 405 project, Orange County also received $387 million for car-pool lane upgrades. “We are tired of having to hear every morning about Sigalerts in Baldwin Park. The fight is not over.” Lozano added that if local politicians cannot persuade the CTC to change course, they will lobby the MTA directly to fund the 605/10 interchange upgrade with whatever state money the agency gets. Federal officials also expressed disappointment at the CTC recommendations. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, who co-authored a bipartisan letter from the state congressional delegation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking for additional funding for L.A. County, said she felt the CTC had undermined the San Gabriel Valley. “This is not just about Baldwin Park but about all the communities that traverse this area,” said Solis. She added that she would work through the congressional appropriations process to get more money for San Gabriel Valley transportation improvements. “I agree the 405 needs to be funded,” Solis said, “but not at our expense.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Roads to be gritted early ahead of freezing night

first_imgDonegal County Council gritters will be mobilised from 5pm this Friday evening as temperatures are expected to drop to lows of -2C tonight.Forecasters are warning that there is a risk of frost and ice on the roads during the cold night.The night will be mainly dry, but rain and hail showers may drift over Donegal, according to Met Eireann. “Temperatures will drop to between -2 and +2 Celsius with frost and a risk of icy patches,” said the national forecaster.Frost and ice will clear on Saturday morning but fog may linger in a few inland spots. Saturday will be mainly dry, with patchy drizzle and cold with temperatures ranging from 7C to 3C where fog lingers.Donegal County Council will grit all main routes from 5PM on Fri. 15/11.The Donegal gritting route index as follows: 06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownCheck Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesAssume that no road is ice free.Roads to be gritted early ahead of freezing night was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lost Credit Card? Suspicious Charges? ClairMail’s Fraud Solution Could Save You Some Trouble

first_imgmike melanson Tags:#Finance#security#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’ve all been there: You’re making the last purchase of a long day of shopping and the clerk tells you that your card has been declined. Only hours later (and perhaps after embarrassingly arguing with the clerk that you surely have money in your account) do you find out that the bank cut off your account because it suspected fraud. Situations like this point to the obvious need for a better line of communication between you and the people in charge of handling your money. ClairMail, a mobile banking and payment solutions company, has announced a new mobile fraud management solution that would make this situation obsolete. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The situation described above is just one of many situations where a whole lot of hassle, and hours on the phone with confusing, automated menus, could be avoided if your bank could quickly just say “Hey, we see a suspicious charge – was it you?”That’s exactly what ClairMail’s “Fraud Solution” does. “Mobile banking has largely been viewed as an extension of online banking,” explains the company in its press release. By using a system like ClairMail’s Fraud Solution, however, banks can “reduce servicing and risk management costs, enhance customer loyalty and acquisition and increase mobile banking adoption.”A recent study by analyst firm Forrester examined exactly this problem, noting that in order to continue seeing growth in mobile banking, banks would need to “enhance today’s functionality significantly.” “While more consumers are adopting mobile banking, the full value of the mobile channel has yet to be realized,” said ClairMail CEO Pete Daffern. “Enabling consumers to monitor, respond and resolve fraudulent transactions on their mobile device not only deepens the relational trust between that customer and their bank, it reduces costs for everyone by reducing false positives and minimizing the cost and time of fraud resolution.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Prayer should be offered in mosques instead of public places, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

first_imgFollowing instances of disruption while namaz (prayer) was being offered in open spaces in the National Capital Region over the past few days, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday that it should be offered in mosques or ‘eidgahs’ instead of public places.“We are of the view that namaz should be offered at mosques or ‘eidgahs’… In case of shortage of space, it should be offered at a personal place. These are issues which should not be put for public display… It should be avoided at public places for the convenience of all,” he told journalists here.Mr. Khattar said directions had been issued to officials to take precautionary measures to ensure harmony. Some organisations had submitted complaints regarding namaz at public places, he added.Mr. Khattar said his government ensured law and order in the State so that the people could live peacefully. “…no criminal can escape after committing any crime.”The Chief Minister said Haryana Police Cadet Corps, on the lines of the National Cadet Corps, was being set up, involving students from Class XI to graduation.Mr. Khattar urged the Punjab government to join hands with Haryana to check wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan because of the unprecedented water crisis looming in both States.“I have written to Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to direct the officers concerned to take up the proposal in right earnest. Quoting from the letter, he said: “More and more blocks of Haryana and Punjab have anyway been slipping into the category of over-exploited blocks even as our hard-working farmers toil in the face of a stressed farm sector. I think the time has come when we must join hands in checking the wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan.”Khattar’s statementIn a late evening statement, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar clarified that in his statement regarding offering Namaz at public places, he had never said anything regarding stopping anyone from offering Namaz.He said if anyone had any problem regarding offering Namaz at public places, he/she could inform the administration and the police. “It is the responsibility of the administration and police to maintain law and order and the state government is bound to maintain peace,” he added.PTI adds:Hindutva organisations have been trying to stop Friday prayers in Gurgaon over the last two weeks alleging that some people were trying to grab land in a bid to merge it with a mosque. There were disruptions caused at Wazirabad, Atul Kataria Chowk, Cyber Park, Bakhtawar Chowk and at South City, the police said.last_img read more

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17 killed in J&K bus accident

first_imgAt least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on September 14, officials said. The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on September 14 morning, they said.“A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident,” District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. He said the dead included three women and the driver of the ill-fated vehicle Ashraf Hussain.Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police the day before for overloading, officials said.Mr. Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers. They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be “stable”. This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.last_img read more

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Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) moves past Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3). APMINNEAPOLIS — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.“It’s just one of many,” Towns said, “and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It’ll seem something like we’re having a bad season if we’re only getting four in a row at some point.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHolding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.“Obviously, it’s better than losing,” he said, “but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving.” Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there’s just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.“We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort,” Barnes said. “Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season.”BUTLER DID ITThe Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.“When I feel like it’s my time to shoot, I’ll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling,” Butler said. “Feed them. Let them get us going.”WORK, BENCHTaj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.ROUGH ROAD AHEADThe Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.TIP-INS 3 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal PLAY LIST 01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.“The situation was more in my favor today,” Towns said. “I was able to go out there and play my game.”Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.“They’ve got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. “Look, we just didn’t do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that’s on us. Some of it’s on me. I’ve got to get him some better looks.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. … Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton. He’s the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. … The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games. View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastle

first_imgEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is convinced Mike Ashley is serious about selling Newcastle United.On the takeover, he says Ashley could do a deal quickly and even if it goes beyond January he think he will sell up.Jordan told talkSPORT: “He’s looking to sell. Absolutely he’s looking to sell.“Unequivocally this time without a shadow of doubt from my vantage point without actually having spoken to Mike for a significant passage of time, reading the signs, knowing how deals get done, last year with Staveley came to the table I pretty much said: ‘This deal will not get done, it will not get done.’“This time there’s a different feel to it, there’s a different metric to it and look from it. Ashley is going to sell this football club. Now it’s not going to hold them back in January from spending money because if he has to spend money he will add it to the ticket. If he doesn’t have to write a cheque for it someone else is paying for it and so be it.”With Mike I absolutely believe he should sell. I believe he will sell this time, I don’t believe it’s a PR spin.“If I was him I wouldn’t want to be there anymore. It’s so toxic and debilitating for everyone at the football club – he’s never going to recover from the impression that he’s not there for the football club when they need him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New Englands NonReceiver Receivers May Be The Greatest Threat To Philadelphia

Washington15.9198.874.4 16LA Chargers84.476.5+7.9 23Minnesota76.775.0+1.7 The Eagles have the fourth-worst differential between how they defend wide receivers (71.2 passer rating allowed) versus how they defend tight ends and running backs (100.5). And this deficiency has played a significant role in their infrequent struggles this year. In Philly’s lone low point in the NFC Championship, it was tight end Kyle Rudolph who Keenum found for a 25-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive. In the regular season, three of the Eagles’ four worst games in terms of passer rating allowed when guarding running backs were in the team’s three defeats, including a 144.1 passer rating allowed on RB/TE targets against the Seahawks (including two touchdowns), and 134.3 on 13 targets against the Chiefs. While they allowed a 100.0 rating on eight targets in an otherwise sterling defensive effort during a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys in the final week, many starters were sitting for large stretches of that game.1The Eagles also allowed a 143 passer rating when defending RB/TE in a Week 7 win over Washington.But there’s also statistical evidence that passer rating may be underselling Philadelphia’s efficiency in defending targets to running backs and tight ends. When we focus only on yards per attempt on these targets, the Eagles defense ranks as the fourth best (6.18 allowed per attempt). Similarly, the Eagles rank fifth-best in Raw Quarterback Rating (Raw QBR) because that statistic is based on expected points and makes an adjustment for yards after the catch.But before any jubilant Eagle fan starts scaling the “Rocky” steps in a dune buggy, consider that the Eagles didn’t play many teams this season that excel at passing to non-WRs. The Patriots’ offense is No. 1 not just in total yards on passes to RB/TEs but also in Raw QBR on passes to those players, and the only offenses the Eagles faced that ranked in the top 10 in both of those statistics were Kansas City, Washington (twice) and the Los Angeles Chargers. So let’s isolate those games: 1Baltimore100.860.4+40.4 8Detroit98.677.1+21.5 2Jacksonville95.155.9+39.2 30Houston101.6106.9-5.3 Passer Rating Against 15Dallas102.493.9+8.5 28Oakland102.6105.5-2.9 4Philadelphia100.571.2+29.3 32Seattle72.288.0-15.8 5Buffalo96.169.7+26.4 LA Chargers44.7199.126.1 11Cleveland113.097.4+15.6 This is all well and good until you consider that the Patriots pass like no other team. No team in the NFL needs to worry less than the Patriots about a defense like Philadelphia’s taking away their wide receivers because no team in the NFL does more damage on throws to running backs and tight ends. Top threat Rob Gronkowski at tight end (health permitting), along with pass-catching running backs James White and Dion Lewis, can consistently abuse vulnerable linebackers and safeties that opposing teams typically try to hide in pass coverage.So will the Eagles be able to slow the non-receiver receivers of New England? The regular-season evidence looks damning for Philadelphia. The traditional measure of NFL passing efficiency is passer rating. So let’s look at how opponents’ passers fare when the Eagles defend running backs and tight ends in coverage versus when they defend wide receivers. Passes to tight ends and running backs cause problemsRegular-season difference in passer rating allowed when the opponent threw to wide receivers vs. when it threw to tight ends or running backs 9LA Rams92.472.4+20.0 On paper, the Eagles seem well constructed to stop the Patriots’ fearsome passing game. Like most teams that can defend in this league, the Eagles built their pass defense around edge rushers and cornerbacks in order to keep teams from beating them on deeper passes outside the numbers to wide receivers. This approach paid huge dividends in their upset victory over the Vikings in the NFC Championship, as Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum simply didn’t have the time to find his elite wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who also were given less cushion to operate. 13NY Jets102.889.6+13.2 19Carolina99.795.3+4.4 TeamTight ends/running backsWide receiversDifference Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20New Orleans84.980.5+4.4 21Atlanta96.993.9+3.0 22Tampa Bay98.896.5+2.3 Average vs. all other teams5.70.3386.339.1 7Cincinnati99.376.3+23.0 29Green Bay102.2107.2-5.0 25New England92.592.3+0.2 OpponentWeekYd/AttPass TDRatingRawQBR 18Chicago95.389.8+5.5 17Tennessee95.988.9+7.0 26Kansas City82.685.1-2.5 31Pittsburgh81.387.9-6.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Kansas City210.11134.383.1 The Eagles had trouble with teams that pass well to TE/RBsHow Philadelphia’s pass defense did in the regular season when it faced teams that ranked highly in passing to non-receivers vs. teams that didn’t 6Miami110.485.7+24.7 27San Francisco96.098.8-2.8 24Arizona87.085.7+1.3 14Washington90.679.0+11.6 Washington78.83143.092.7 10NY Giants108.389.2+19.1 Average7.41.50118.869.1 12Indianapolis103.890.6+13.2 3Denver113.381.7+31.6 Their average Raw QBR allowed to these teams was 69.1, which is 30 points worse than their average in all other games. And that 69.1 Raw QBR against would rank sixth-worst in the league. Similarly, the Eagles allowed an average of 7.37 yards per attempt to these opponents versus just 5.72 to teams that are not nearly as prolific in throwing to non-WRs.So when you adjust for tendencies of opponent, all three statistics (rating, Raw QBR and yards per attempt) converge and it’s clear that, on paper, the Patriots have a decided edge against an otherwise sound pass defense. Of course, all this largely evaporates if Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion 10 days ago, is not recovered and can participate in Minnesota. While he’s returned to practice, he’s still in the concussion protocol and has to be cleared to play by an independent doctor. The team’s backup tight end, Dwayne Allen, caught just 10 passes all year and wasn’t even targeted by Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game, though Allen played over two quarters after Gronkowski’s injury against the Jaguars.If Gronkowski does play, the Patriots will be in an unusual spot for a game of this magnitude. The Patriots have long been famous for their a chameleon-like offense — the team will find your biggest weakness and design a fresh game plan around exploiting it. But based on the Eagles’ defensive splits, the New England offense may not have to morph into something else this time, but instead may be able to simply play to its greatest strength. read more

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