Chase Fieler scored 22 and Florida Gulf Coast made short work of Northern Kentucky in a 92-72 win on Saturday that gave the Eagles a share of their first Atlantic Sun Conference title with Mercer and the top seed when the tournament starts on Tuesday.
Reggie Lewis scored 19 points — including half of Florida A&M’s final 16 points — to fuel a late rally and push the Rattlers into a 63-60 comeback over North Carolina Central on Saturday night.
A season of transition brought a new coach with a breath of fresh air and a new identity as a team. There were adjustments along the way as Chip Kelly adjusted to life as an NFL coach after serving an entire career at the college level, but his players bought in to the mentality Kelly introduced to them and fought their way to an NFC East division title few saw coming before the season started.
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
The Philadelphia Eagles will need their defensive secondary to be on their toes this weekend with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints in to town with a monster of a passing offense. Fortunately for the Eagles, the defensive backfield is getting healthier in time for the playoffs.
Drew Brees can be patient behind a steady offensive line. The Eagles struggled to bring a pass rush on Kyle Orton many times on Sunday night, so look for the defensive line to try and correct that this week against New Orleans. Easier said than done of course.
Drew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Brett Comer scored 24 points with five assists and Florida Gulf Coast defeated Florida A&M 77-68 Sunday at the Las Vegas Classic.
Dunk City. The last time that nickname was used, Florida Gulf Coast University was making an improbable run in the NCAA Tournament in March. A lot has changed for the FGCU Eagles since then, but they head into the next season hoping to show they aren’t a flash in the pan.
The Miami Dolphins continued to churn the roster Tuesday morning ahead of Week 1′s game against the Cleveland Browns.