Stephen A. Smith on Eagles: ‘I love the acquisition of Golden Tate'(VIDEO)

The world champion Philadelphia Eagles made a splash move before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday. Philly acquired WR Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 third-round pick. With the move, the Eagles add a big play wide receiver to the lineup, which gives QB Carson Wentz another weapon.

While Wentz(1788 yards, 17 TDs) has played well this season, the Eagles were in need of another weapon on the offensive side of the ball. I think Philly had enough talent before the acquisition of Tate to win the NFC East, but is this move enough to put Philly up there with the Rams and Saints in the NFC? Maybe. Defensively, Philly is holding teams to 19.5 ppg, which is seventh in the league. Also, they still have Wentz, who is a top-10 quarterback, so the Eagles at 4-4 can still be a factor in the NFC.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is a big fan of this move.

Listen to what Smith had to say on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday:

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Brian Dawkins explains why Philly has a great chance to repeat(Video)

The Philadelphia Eagles surprised a lot of people last season. Not many people thought Philly had much of a chance to win a Super Bowl in 2017, but QB Carson Wentz played like an MVP, and defensively, the team got after the quarterback. Even late in the season, when Wentz went down with a torn ACL, many people did not think the Eagles could win a Super Bowl. However, Nick Foles stepped in, and led the Eagles to victory in Super Bowl 52.

Coming into the 2018 season, the Eagles could possibly be a better team. Wentz is returning, and nine-time Pro Bowl OT Jason Peters is back. Also, they added Pro Bowl DE Michael Bennett in the offseason. Furthermore, the coaching staff is pretty much intact.

Hall of Famer and former Eagle Brian Dawkins likes where the Eagles are at this point. He believes Philly has a great chance to repeat.

“Usually the thing that sets the team back for failure is complacency,” Dawkins told Paul Gant. “It’s too many guys that didn’t play in the Super Bowl last year for the Philadelphia Eagles that are stars on that team that wants it too bad to allow those guys to dog it, so that’s why I believe they have a great chance of repeating this year.”

They have the talent, but a lot has to go right for a team to win a title, and a lot went right for the Eagles last season. We’ll see if it goes right for Philly in 2018.

Listen below:

NFL to kickoff the season with big celebration in Philly

The NFL kicks off its 2018 season with “2018 NFL KICKOFF DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI” – 7:30 PM ETThursday, September 6. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter SHAWN MENDES will perform live before the game at PENN’S LANDING – COLUMBUS BOULEVARD AT MARKET STREET in Philadelphia, it was announced Thursday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Shawn Mendes’ performance will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 40-minute pregame show from Philadelphia from 7:30 – 8:10 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.

AL MICHAELS will call the action alongside CRIS COLLINSWORTH. MICHELE TAFOYA will report from the sideline, and three-time Super Bowl referee TERRY MCAULAY, Sunday Night Football’s new rules analyst, will join Al and Cris in the booth. The Football Night in America team will also be on site from Philadelphia.

The show leads into the season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, a rematch of their 2017 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field (NBC, streamed live via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app across all platforms , the Yahoo Sports app, Westwood One Radio Sports,8:20 PM ET).

The musical performance is part of the celebration to kick off the 2018 season and to honor the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.  This is the 17th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 14th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2018 NFL KICKOFF DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by GREGG GELFAND.

In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top-tier sponsors for NFL Kickoff include Bud Light, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Snickers, Verizon and Visa.

To apply for credentials to cover the “2018 NFL Kickoff Driven by Hyundai” concert please email Elena.Bakar@nfl.com with the following information: name, outlet and number of credentials being requested. We accept one application per organization and the application must be submitted by the editor. The credential deadline is August 24th. Media interested in covering the game may apply for credentials through the Philadelphia Eagles.

HISTORY OF NFL OPENING KICKOFF EVENTS

DATE LOCATION NETWORK TALENT GAME
9/5/2002 Times Square, New York CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC San Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)
9/4/2003 The National Mall, Washington, DC ABC Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte NY Jets at Washington (ABC)
9/9/2004 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville ABC Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.) Indianapolis at New England (ABC)
9/8/2005 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/Detroit ABC Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit) Oakland at New England (ABC)
9/7/2006 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami NBC Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami) Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/6/2007 Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis NBC, NFLN John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem) New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)
9/4/2008 Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher Washington at New York Giants (NBC)
9/10/2009 Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh NFLN, NBC Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem) Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/9/2010 Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans NFLN, NBC Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem) Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)
9/8/2011 Lambeau Field,

Green Bay

NFLN, NBC Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5 New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)
9/5/2012 Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Mariah Carey, No Doubt Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)
9/5/2013 Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver NFLN, NBC Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem) Baltimore at Denver

(NBC)

9/4/2014 CenturyLink Field, Seattle NFLN, NBC Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem) Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)
9/10/2015 Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Ellie Goulding, Train Pittsburgh at New England (NBC)
9/8/2016 Civic Center Park, Denver NFLN, NBC Dierks Bentley, OneRepublic, Andra Day (Anthem) Carolina at Denver (NBC)
9/7/2017 Christopher Columbus Park, Boston / Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Guster, Flo Rida, Maren Morris (Anthem) Kansas City at New England (NBC)