Ever since Week 1 of the NFL season, this blog has served as the destination for the official Cody Parkey kickoff tracker. In Week 2 we added a contest and have had a lot of fun along the way, garnering a solid number of weekly participants and making friends with some Auburn message board folks early on who wanted to keep up with the Eagles rookie kicker.
While it does not require as much research as more of our analytical posts when time permits, this is one of my favorite things we do every Sunday. For one week though, that’s going to stop.
As you can gather from the headline, I will be going to the Eagles game on Sunday with one of my best friends. Going back to 2008, we have gone to one game every season (might do two this year). We’ve seen some good ones along the way including the 44-6 beatdown of Dallas in 2008 that miraculously put the birds in the playoffs, Brian Dawkins’ return in 2009, and last year’s insane Sunday Night throttling of the Bears that gave us “We Want Dallas” and “We’re from Philadelphia, and we fight.”
Aside from two training camp visits, I have not been in Lincoln Financial Field in 11 months, and I am so pumped to get back. It’s why, as concerning as last Sunday’s performance in Lambeau was, it’s not bothering me a ton this week knowing I’m going to watch this team live on Sunday. I don’t celebrate Christmas, but if I did, Eagles games would be my Christmas.
Last year, we sang the Eagles fight song approximately eight times as the birds put on a clinic against Chicago on a fun December night, and I’m hoping for as many or more renditions on Sunday as the Eagles look to get back on track against a struggling Titans team.
I have not even written a history lesson type of post this week because the Eagles recent history against the Titans is pretty miserable, and I just want to put that in the rearview mirror in about 58 hours.
Back to the topic at hand though, being at the game, I will not have access to a computer to run this contest live. Now, you might be thinking:
But Drew, we can still make our picks beforehand, and you can update the chart after the game once you’re home to figure out the points.
The chart will most certainly be shared afterwards, but I believe the experience of updating throughout the game is significant. We do not want to deliver a watered down product to you, so if we can’t promise our usual timeliness and social media updates, we won’t settle.
So, if you want to still submit a guess on Sunday, you are more than welcome to tweet at me, but there will be no points awarded, and no realtime notifications.
We are inviting all our usual players and anyone else who might see this and want to jump in to take the Sunday off. Don’t go far though because we’re going to make it up to you on Thursday.
Get turnt up, hella pumped, [insert any phrase that you prefer here] for Turkey Day because we’ll be going all out with the biggest contest week yet. I’m talking usual predictions worth double the points, opportunities for bonus points galore, and more as the Eagles battle the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East in a game that could easily rest on the leg of Parkey or Dan Bailey, two of the best kickers in the league.
Much like Chip Kelly, we are always trying to innovate and can’t think of a better stage than a nationally televised rivalry game to roll out some new stuff.
Our game cannot exist without the loyal community of players, and while we hate to take a week off, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t straight up giddy about heading to the Linc on Sunday. We feel we’re making the right decision in terms of delivering the best product possible.
Enjoy the chart, stats, and leaderboard below for your viewing pleasure.
From our growing family to yours, we’ll see you on Thanksgiving.
Updated Contest Leaderboard:
Drew Balis — Four points
Gavin Steinhubl — Four points
Nick Rapak — Two points
Cory Sprankle — Two points
Dan Spevak — Two points
Evan Kalikow — One point
- 60 kickoffs in 10 games
- 53 of those kickoffs in the end zone
- 36 of those kickoffs for touchbacks
- Average opponent starting field position of 20.54
|Game #||Opponent||Kickoff Number||End zone||Touchback||Starting Field Position||Average Starting Field Position|