9 7 hours, the Eagles will be a taking the field on MNF and getting ready to beat the Carolina Panthers. That is the first step in an unlikely journey to the Super Bowl. You guys are with me, right?
Okay, maybe not so much. I’m just desperate to see the 6-game losing streak end. Forget about draft position and the future. I need a win. I need to be happy, whether for 3 hours or just 5 minutes. All this losing isn’t good for my soul or my sanity. I think Lindsay Lohan has a better state of mind right now than I do.
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I look forward to seeing Nick Foles in action. He played pretty well in the Dallas game, but struggled last week, especially as the game got out of hand. Les Bowen spoke to QB coach Doug Pederson about Foles. Pederson said some interesting things. They focused this week on getting Foles to stay consistent with his footwork/mechanics and not to let the game get to him. If you rush your drop, you’ll be off target. If you’re too slow, you’ll be off target. Just relax and play.
I was happy to hear that Foles was down on himself because he felt he let his teammates down. This is the kind of mentality you want in a young QB. He could talk about the backup OL or defense giving up big plays, but instead focuses on himself and what he can do better. I don’t know if Nick will pan out as the long term QB, but he’s got the right approach. He’s more mature than most rookie QBs I’ve seen over the years.
Carolina doesn’t have a great pass defense. Their DBs are vulnerable. Of course, we said the same thing last week about the Skins. That didn’t exactly work out for us. I do think Nick will have some chances. He must take advantage of them. His receivers have to catch the ball. The bobble/INT by Celek last week set the tone for the whole game. Can’t have that again. Nick must get the ball to his guys and they must make plays.
Can the OL do their job? Huge question mark. The starting OTs will be the same for the second week in a row. That should help with continuity. Charles Johnson is a short DE and could give Dunlap, Kelly problems by staying under them. They’ll need to bend well and use their hands to ride him wide. I hope run blocking against a 4-3 helps the run game. Assignments can be easier since there aren’t LBs on the move.
I think we need 17 points to win this game. The skill players must make plays. Foles must remain poised and get them the ball on time. The OL must win their share of battles.
The defense did some good things in each of the last 2 games. The challenge now is to put together 60 good minutes. Jason Babin was good last week. Can he and Trent Cole play well in the same game? Is that too much to ask? We finally get to see Vinny Curry in action. I hope that means Darryl Tapp sits.
Need the LBs to play the run well. Interested to see if Kendricks covers Greg Olsen a lot. Greg is tall and gets a lot of passes up high.
How will the Eagles cover Steve Smith? You could put DRC on him straight up or you could double him with Nnamdi and a Safety. Could put Nnamdi on Olsen and have Curtis Marsh take his place at CB.
I know a lot of people are really down on Todd Bowles. He was put in a real tough situation. I think we’ll see a breakthrough one of these weeks. Could be tonight. Could be the season finale. Would love to see the D have a good game so we could then see if they build on it or if it is strictly an anomaly.
QB have 4 straight games with 70 percent completions and QB ratings of 120 or more. That must stop tonight. Cam Newton only topped those numbers once…vs the Saints in Week 2. If he lights up the secondary tonight…ugh. Don’t want to even imagine that.
I am excited to see MLB Luke Kuechly in action. He’s played well for Carolina since moving from WLB to the middle. He was my favorite player in last year’s draft. It will be bittersweet to watch Bryce Brown give him a stiff-arm on the way to a 69-yard TD run. I’ll find a way to deal with those emotions. Don’t worry about me.
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Sorry for the delay in getting this out. I’ve spent the past 2 hours on Twitter having a lengthy discussion with Seth Joyner about Mike Vick. That’s sentence I never thought I’d type.