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Week 1: Mike Quick's Eagles Civic Season

This week, the Eagles announcer and former wide receiver, with help from a Drexel professor, looks at how Philly stacks up against Atlanta—on and off the field

Following in the tradition of Connor Barwin and Malcolm Jenkins, former All-Pro wide receiver and current Eagles broadcaster Mike Quick will write weekly for The Citizen this season, analyzing what the Birds will have to do each week on the field to emerge victorious. We’ve paired Quick with Professor Richardson Dilworth, Director of Drexel University’s Center for Public Policywho will analyze how Philly stacks up off-the-field against the city we play each week. Dilworth, who knows nothing about football, is arguably Quick’s most unlikely teammate ever.

Mike Quick’s On-Field Scouting Report: The number one key offensively for the Eagles is to stay committed to running the football. The Falcons have what we call a fast flow defense. They go fast in one direction in pursuit of the ball, so you have to use that strength of theirs against them. Get them going in one direction, and then trick them into over-pursuing by using misdirection and heading back the other way.

Defensively, the Birds have to pressure quarterback Matt Ryan and get him out of his rhythm. The front defensive line has to get to him fast enough that it disrupts his tempo. The Falcons have a prolific run and pass offense, so the Eagles have to win this game upfront, in the trenches. Our defensive line has to beat up their offensive line.

Prof. Richardson Dilworth’s Off-Field Scouting Report:

Philadelphia and Atlanta are both about 130 square miles, yet Atlanta has less than one-third the population that we do. So that results in a lot of sprawl, which explains why, as this week’s chart shows, less people bike to work there.

What is especially surprising about this week’s chart is the vastly smaller park space in Atlanta compared to Philadelphia, considering the much lower density in Atlanta. I suspect that means there are far more detached houses with lawns in Atlanta—which of course means more highly trafficked roads. Atlanta is notorious for bad traffic. One study ranked its congestion as the eighth worst in the world. Of course, we don’t blow Atlanta away on that score; the same study found us to be the 52nd worst city in terms of traffic.

Something very interesting is going on with the diversity scores below, in which Atlanta scores worse basically because 92 percent of its population is either white or black (52 percent black, 40 percent white); theres not much left for ethnic diversity beyond that. In Philadelphia, by contrast, only about 84 percent of the population is either white or black (pretty much equally split between the two groups), leaving more space for more ethnic diversity.

But that hardly tells the whole story. Atlanta used to be a “black mecca”—well over 70 percent black. So to the extent that Atlanta has any racial diversity at all, it is because black people have been leaving the city, largely for the suburbs—and they have to a great extent been replaced by white people rather than anyone else (notably younger white people—which may explain the higher percentage of Bachelor degrees). By contrast, Philadelphia’s black population over the last 20 years has remained basically stable—it’s risen slightly, about 3 percent—but the white population has declined substantially, given that white flight basically explains nearly all of Philadelphias net population loss over the past 70 years.

And one final thing, speaking of the Atlanta suburbs. It was those suburbs that brought us Newt Gingrich, and no Philadelphia suburb has ever done anything as bad as that. Ever.



Results:

Philadelphia

Eagles

vs

Atlanta

Falcons

# of B Corporations

25

Eagles

# of B Corporations

6

% Population with a BA

27.4

Falcons

% Population with a BA

48.3

% Volunteers

26.5

Eagles

% Volunteers

24

Violent crime per 1,000 people

9.9

Eagles

Violent crime per 1,000 people

11.4

Diversity Rating

69.7

Eagles

Diversity Rating

57.1

% Bike to work

2.2

Eagles

% Bike to work

1.4

% Acres of park space

13.1

Eagles

% Acres of park space

5.9

Public transportation score

67

Eagles

Public transportation score

46

% Voters in last Mayoral election

24

Falcons

% Voters in last Mayoral election

28.9

Final Score

49

Philadelphia

Eagles

Final Score

14

Sep. 06
49-14

Eagles

Falcons

Sep. 16
42-21

Eagles

Buccaneers

Sep. 23
49-14

Eagles

Colts

Sep. 30
49-14

Eagles

Titans

Oct. 07
28-35

Vikings

Vikings

Oct. 11
21-42

Giants

Giants

Oct. 21
42-21

Eagles

Panthers

Oct. 28
35-28

Eagles

Jaguars

Nov. 11
35-28

Eagles

Cowboys

Nov. 18
42-21

Eagles

Saints

Civic Record:

EAGLES

Wins

8

Losses

2

Upcoming Games:

Nov. 25 1:00 pm Giants logo Giants
Dec. 3 8:15 pm Redskins logo Redskins
Dec. 9 4:25 pm Cowboys logo Cowboys
Dec. 16 8:20 pm Rams logo Rams
Dec. 23 1:00 pm Texans logo Texans
Dec. 30 1:00 pm Redskins logo Redskins

For more information on this data, see the Civic Season Explained page.

Research by Madison Raju.

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