Game Preview – PHI at DAL

Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 248 Comments »

Hastings. Waterloo. Midway. Gettysburg. Yorktown. Stalingrad. Where will tonight’s game fit into the list of the greatest battles in history?

Eagles at Cowboys for the NFC East title has the makings of an epic battle. But you take out Tony Romo and Sean Lee and things change a bit. You also have the Eagles playing better football right now. Dallas is at home, but reportedly they haven’t sold all their tickets and Eagles fans might neutralize any home field advantage Dallas expected to have. The battle looks more and more one-sided.

Make it even simpler. The Eagles are the better team. Dallas is 8-7, but their wins aren’t impressive at all. They’ve only beaten one team with a winning record. This is the X-factor in the game….because the one team they beat was the Eagles.

Chances are that the earlier loss is an anomaly. The Eagles were struggling at home back then. Nick Foles was awful. The whole team played sloppy at times. But, what if Dallas is going to be the one team that is Nick Foles kryptonite? Every now and then we find a situation where a player struggles against a specific team and it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

As much as tonight is about the Eagles winning the division, it is also about Nick Foles redemption. We love him. We trust him. But I think we’ll all feel a heck of a lot better after he throws that first TD pass. We’re almost certain that the first game meant nothing, but go ahead and prove it so we can relax.

I wrote my game preview for PE.com.

A few additional thoughts…

* Don’t be surprised if Dallas leads in the 1st Qtr 10-7 or something like that. Kyle Orton will have a ton of adrenaline early on. The defense might not be completely ready for him at the beginning of the game. As the game moves on, the defense will settle in and Orton is likely to struggle as they adjust to him and the Dallas gameplan.

* Expect the Eagles to use a lot of rub routes…crossing routes where receivers move in traffic and try to get DBs to bump into receivers or other defenders. The Skins gave Dallas fits last week with some of these.

* Jason Hatcher is the most disruptive Dallas defender. Blocking him is the key. Hopefully the up-tempo attack can wear him down.

* STs is going to be huge. I don’t anticipate Dallas stringing together long drives on a regular basis. It is imperative to keep Dwayne Harris from breaking long returns.

* Jimmy Bama and I had an interesting phone conversation this morning. First, he admitted I’m way cooler than him and that you should all go un-follow him on Twitter. Then we talked about how Bill Davis will approach Orton. Jimmy thinks the Eagles should be basic in the 1st quarter, then ramp up pressure later on. Why show Orton your best looks early? Also, if Orton is going to focus on getting the ball out quickly, why blitz him a ton? Just concentrate on making the tackle.

There is logic in Jimmy’s thinking. I just wonder if Davis will agree. Davis might prefer to attack all game long, with the hope that you never let Orton get into his comfort zone.

* Expect the Eagles to mix in stunts and loops. They worked well in the first meeting. Also, Ryan Kerrigan got a sack last week doing that.

* Patrick Chung and Mychal Kendricks might be the key defenders. The coaches need to sell those guys on the idea of making the smart play and not selling out for the huge play. They made costly mistakes in the loss to the Vikings, but both guys had good games last week.

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ESPN posted some matchups to watch. Some good info in there.

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ESPN’s Countdown show did a good piece on the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry and why it is so nasty. I think Dallas is the biggest rival. I understand plenty of you who live in Philly feel the Giants are the most bitter enemy.

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Have fun with the 1pm and 4pm games. We’ve got a lot of time to kill.

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  • Scott J

    The battle for middle earth will take place tonight!

    • P_P_K

      And the demons with the 5 pointed insignia on the side of their heads shall be smitten.

  • Ark87

    I’ve come into this season, and this game with the attitude that it’s a free season. House money! We’ve already surpassed my reasonable expectations, whatever happens, happens….is what I’ve been *saying*. Been having dreams, ahem, nightmares that I missed the game and that the birds lost. What I learned from that/those dream(s) is that I am very much not emotionally prepared for this season to end. Can’t rationalize my way out of this one, I’m all in, I *NEED* the birds to win this game.

    LETS GO BIRDS!

  • T_S_O_P

    You missed Battle of Britain. Never in history of conflict, has so much been owed by so many to so few. Pumped!

  • P_P_K

    Yo’ Jimmy, if I was on Twitter I would un-follow you for two reasons.

    First, your idea about how to approach Orton would only work in bizzaro-world. Davis should apply the pressure early and often. Unleash the Trent-bomb. Don’t let a qb with 0 starts in two years and 15 passes this year ever, ever believe he can get into his zone. Put him on his butt or at least get in his head. Make it a knife fight and get the first cut.

    Second, Tommy said so.

    • Ark87

      I agree. The dude *should* be rusty. Don’t give him the WD-40 defense to get him back into shape.

  • ACViking

    Attention: D3FB / prior post

    Thanks for the frame-by-frame description of your night-before-the-game routine. You’re an excellent writer — you had me hanging on every sentence, and I actually could feel myself taking some deep breaths and feel my adrenaline start to pump the way it does the night before I start a trial.

    The post-script was great, as well.

  • SteveH

    1 PM games are a wasteland this week, throw me a bone NFL, I need something to keep me preoccupied until tonight!

  • ACViking

    T-Law:

    I’m surprise you left out Little Big Horn — where’s America’s team, all dressed in their home blues, took on the chin.

  • SteveH

    offtopic, but here’s a ridiculous stat for you to chew on. Eagles offense is second in the league with 28 PPG, behind the Broncos offense who average… 38 PPG. How is that even possible that a team can be that far ahead of the rest of the NFL in scoring, especially when you consider how bunched up the rest of the league is.

    The difference between the first and second offenses (Denver and Eagles) is 10 PPG, the difference between the 2nd place offense and the last place offense (Eagles and Jacksonville) is 12 PPG. So the difference between 1st and 2nd is almost the same as 2nd and last.

    Denver is a frighteningly good offense. That is all.

    • Dominik

      They have a frighteningly good QB and frighteningly good weapons. But you are right, 10 PPG more is surreal.

      Let’s just hope Chip can bring this offense in spheres like that. I think with him running the offense and Foles getting more experienced, you can at least dream about that.

      • SteveH

        38 PPG is a dream.

    • theycallmerob

      Incredible to watch, at age 37, one of the greatest QBs of all time have his best season (and consequently, one of the best QB seasons of all time).
      The only positive is that those dominant teams have, in recent years, faltered before ever reaching the Super Bowl.

      • SteveH

        Don’t forget coming off of a potentially career ending neck injury.

        • ICDogg

          I guess the surgery worked
          pic.twitter.com/iSCuzIz

    • Scott J

      They have 3 loses this year so they are beatable.

  • ACViking

    Foles had a heck of nice game last year in Dallas. And so did Demarius Johnson. But for a bad bounce off a Bryce Brown fumble (every fumble last year seemed to bounce right to the other team), the Eagles had a shot to win that game.

  • SteveH

    more offtopic nonsense because oh mah gerd the 1pm games are boring:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVmSm3FVaFQ

    I present this without further comment.

    • theycallmerob

      simmons

  • Rambler

    I am actually predicting the Dallas defensive line proves to be their version of the Maginot Line in defeat.

    • ACViking

      Ah, the French army circa 1939 . . . not so much

    • http://www.aceandson.com/blog Richard O’Connor

      Let’s not forgot, though, Der Fuhrer ist ein Cowboys fan.

  • Corry

    I’m hoping for the Battle of the Philippine Sea (AKA the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot).

    • ACViking

      Now that was a blow-out! 6-1 ratio.

      60 – 10 at Big D? That’d be fun

  • Dragon_Eagle

    So, which team would everyone prefer to face in round 1: San Fran, Arizona, or New Orleans?

    Yeah, we need to win first, but who do you think we match up best against?

    • ACViking

      I’ll take the Saints. Worst road team in the playoffs, afflicted with dome-itis.

      • A_T_G

        Yep, agreed. I would prefer AZ to SF.

        • Dragon_Eagle

          Agreed. I think we match up better with the Saints and SF is scary. Hoping GB can take them out at Lambeau.

  • BlindChow

    Marvin McNutt sighting in Atlanta. He’s now with the Panthers.

    • A_T_G

      …and still looking to get his first reception when is was tuned in. Another cut that looks like the right call.

      • ICDogg

        9 sacks vs Ryan so far.

  • deg0ey

    So all those Browns reporters that tweeted they were glad to get Chudzinski instead of Kelly. Reckon they’re still saying the same thing? http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000305247/article/rob-chudzinski-under-fire-with-cleveland-browns

    • TommyLawlor

      How funny is that?

    • SteveH

      Amazing that they’re already willing to give up on him. And to pursue Bill O’Brien and Josh Mcdaniels? Right, because Bellicheck assistants have such a great track record.

      The factory of sadness will roll on.

      • ACViking

        Banner’s gonna miss the boat on O’Brien.

        He has two strikes already: Houston’s trying to lock up O’Brien this week; and Banner’s shown remarkable impatience.

        Oh . . . and then there’s the owner. Who may being wearing an Orange jumpsuit — and I don’t mean Cleveland Brown’s orange.

        • SteveH

          Just remember Eagles fans, it can always be worse.

  • Corry

    Carolina just won the NFC South.

    • ACViking

      Emblematic of Atlanta’s season, needing just 20 yards with 46 second left to get into 50+ FG range . . . the Falcons’ center snaps the ball while QB Matt Ryan is behind the G-T gap yelling blocking assignments.

      Loss of 16 yards. 19 seconds left when the Falcons finally snap the ball — but not set properly. A 5-yard penalty and 10-second run-off.

      Carolina’s living right.

      • Corry

        I feel awful for Tony Gonzalez. Postponed retirement for…that.

        • ACViking

          He should postpone again and move to SF

    • bill

      Cam was a good enough RB, but he doesn’t inspire ANY fear as a passer. I hate the made up stat, but Cam should have had at least three picks today against a Falcons D that is setting up tee times, while executing perhaps the most conservative offense in the league (3rd and long with a chance to kill the clock with the conversion, and you throw a screen that the D has seen so much that they have 4 defenders covering the receiver?)

      That defense is for real. Every time I watch the Panthers, though, I come away less and less impressed with Cam. If he were asked to consistently execute within a passing offense, I think it would be a disaster. He can extend plays for a long time, but when defenses tighten up up in the playoffs, I don’t think that’s going to be enough – even with that defense.

  • BobSmith77

    Giants hands down and it isn’t close. Giants-Eagles have played more memorable games and you have the whole NY-Philly rivalry.

    • ICDogg

      You could make some good arguments either way, but I think if you polled Eagles fans it would be Dallas by a 2-1 margin.

      • A Roy

        The Giants rivalry is older, but there are more asshole Dallas fans.

    • SteveH

      For me its definitely Dallas as the #1 rival, I’m not really sure where the Giants as #1 rival thing is even coming from, its Dallas hands down.

      • Neil

        The people in new england hate the giants, but everywhere else it’s mainly dallas.

        • Always Hopeful

          Ha, ha I think the recent SB wins by the Giants makes them a bigger rival recently…they have what should be ours :-)

          Dallas has not won anything in long time (not including the debacle at the end of 2009). Over the long haul it’s Dallas, but in recent history, Giants?

  • BobSmith77

    Steelers have to hope the KC reserves are willing to play hard tonight but when did an Andy Reid team care that much a meaningless game when they had already clinched?

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Rodgers looks as sharp as ever.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Of course. 2 min after I type that, he gets picked. Remind me not to complement Foles during a game ever.

  • Midnight_Greenville

    So, Charles is not playing for K.C. today and A.P. didn’t play for Minnesota. Has Shady just won the rushing title?

    • Neil

      Yes.

      • Midnight_Greenville

        Last time we had a rushing champion we won the Championship

  • Frencheaglesfan

    As a french, I would also point the great battle of austerlitz. I know I am desillusional to think you can picture frenchs like winners just like a cowboy fan but it was worth the try.

    • ACViking

      You say Austerlitz, and I say . . . Waterloo.

      Remarkable bookends for a genius

      • Frencheaglesfan

        France/England history is like cowboys/eagles rivalry. Though I hope it doesn ´t end in a Waterloo.

        • ACViking

          No in-between in the wars between the French and English.

          • Frencheaglesfan

            Yeah that´s true I just wanted to pointed out that england owned a major part of the world with their monarchy (jj, America ˋs team) and that was hated by everybody.

          • ACViking

            The hate runs deep in the former colonies.

          • Frencheaglesfan

            My girlfriend is english so just kidding, but I am glad to say I fuck england/Dallas.

    • ICDogg

      I guess it’s appropriate since our QB is Napoleon (Dynamite)

    • A Roy

      Wouldn’t the Battle of Hastings also apply?

      • Frencheaglesfan

        He was french but fought for his own interest not for the french kingdom.

  • ACViking

    Watching KC-SD.

    Chase Daniels, who hasn’t played in forever, has come out hot at QB for the Chiefs.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Chiefs just burned their 2nd timeout with 12:50 remaining in first half. I don’t miss that.

      • ACViking

        I saw that. Gotta love AR.

    • Frencheaglesfan

      Chicago-packers is a good warm-up for the one true game

      • SteveH

        I want the Bears to win for our sake but, I feel like its only a matter of time before Rodgers gets them ahead.

  • ACViking

    At some point, it becomes shameful that Peyton Manning’s still throwing the ball to score TDs against a Raiders team that didn’t show up.

    After 3 TD passes today, it’s shameful . . . because Manning wants the QB Rating title too.

    • SteveH

      I mean Denver still has something to play for, so I don’t see anything shameful about it.

      • ACViking

        SteveH:

        I was speaking tongue-in-cheek — though I didn’t say so.

        Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing Manning give the ball the Moreno in the RZ.

  • Frencheaglesfan

    While waiting so nervously for the big showdown, I just wanted to thank you Tommy, in France there is absolutely no interest for football so sometimes it´s hard to feel like a real fan. And thanks to your posts I can really read the passion and also knowledges of the game I love. I also love eagles fan for their passion though I really hate the fact that you tend to be too extreme ( like quiting on players) during the heat of the moment.

    • SteveH

      We’re rough on our team its true. Its a Philly thing.

      • Frencheaglesfan

        Yeah I start to Get that. I realised that is your Way to show your love.

        • A Roy

          Glad you’re with us. Tres bien.

          • Frencheaglesfan

            Volez les aigles volez, en route pour la victoire. Volez les aigles volez, marquez un touché un deux trois

    • Crus57

      As a fellow european, I have to say that the amount of caffeine I need to consume to stay awake to watch this game is really not helping my nerves.

  • ACViking

    I’m watching Chase Daniels look like, well, Nick Foles . . . with wheels.

    Anything can happen with a back-up.

  • ACViking

    Rex Ryan’s apparently coming back to the NYJ in 2014.

    He’d be out of a HC job for about 30 seconds. (Not literally.)

    The guy can coach. And once he strangled the pass-happy impulses out of Marty, the Jets became a much more competitive team.

  • BlindChow

    Hilarious fumble recovery touchdown for Green Bay. If the Bears lose by less than a score, that play is going to haunt them all off-season.

    • Corry

      That whole thing was ridiculous. I guess that’s why you tell your players to pick up the loose ball regardless.

    • SteveH

      That was incredible. Bears are hiliarious.

    • Eric Carranza

      A bear had that ball in his hands n just dropped it n left it there

    • ACViking

      BC:

      Quick description?

      • Eric Carranza

        Rodgers arm get hit by peppers before going forward ball flies forward n eventually picked up by Boykin n ran in for a td

        • ICDogg

          Boykin was just standing there until the sideline guys prodded him to run with the ball.

      • SteveH

        Rodgers had his hand hit as he was winding up, ball was loose, but he pushed it forward so everyone thought it was incomplete. Ball sitting there officials letting it go, no one tries to pick it up for like 5 seconds. Then Boykin comes over and picks it up but doesn’t start running with it. Stands there looking around for a while, then finally takes off and runs into the end zone. TD. Must have been 10 seconds between when the ball was sitting there and Boykin scored.

        • ACViking

          Thanks. Good stuff

          • SteveH

            It was surreal, I’m sure it will be on all the highlights later keep an eye out.

          • Corry

            If they lose by a touchdown or less that play will haunt them all offseason.

            Just realized that’s exactly what BC said. Reading comprehension is an awesome skill.

  • A Roy

    Man, there’s still almost 3 hrs to game time. I hope the GB-CHI game stays incompetently entertaining.

    • SteveH

      I’m going stir crazy right now, this game cannot possibly get here soon enough.

  • ICDogg

    Rob Chudzinski will be fired by the #Browns, per league sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 29, 2013

    • Corry

      Good thing they didn’t land Chip.

      The Cleveland Browns are kind of the organizational equivalent to the Chicago Bears in this game I’m watching.

      • SteveH

        Yeah, if the Bears game lasted 40 years.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      When is someone going to hire Lovie Smith?

    • ACViking

      ICD:

      So who’s out there? Bill O’Brien? Why would he go to Cleveland if he could go anywhere else in the NFL?

      Any other big names?

      Mark Helfrich, perhaps?

      • Corry

        Last I saw, O’Brien was in conversation with the Texans.

        • ACViking

          Exactly. Saw the saw.

          Per Mort’s twitter feed, someone reported that a PSU recruit said O’Brien told him yesterday he’ll be back at Happy Valley. FWIW

          • Corry

            As a PSU homer, I’m really hoping BOB stays as long as Hackenburg stays. I think those two can take the team pretty far.

      • ICDogg

        I don’t know, but IMO the coaching situation that would be most appealing to take over (of the apparent openings) would be Detroit.

        • ACViking

          Great call there. You’re right.

        • Corry

          Detroit is a great landing spot, but I think the Texans are up there. Good talent on D, good talent on O, and the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft in a bit of a weak division. Not a bad spot to land at all.

          • ICDogg

            I don’t love the Texans talent, but can’t argue with the draft pick.

  • SteveH

    Manning is Nick Folesing the Raiders right now, 25/28 for 266 and 4 TD’s.

    • ACViking

      I hope Denver’s not going to leave in Manning so he can get 8 TDs today.

      There are several uncomplimentary words for that kind approach — none of which I’d put in print.

      • SteveH

        I doubt they will, once they get maybe 1 more score they’ll sit him. The game still has meaning for them they have to win to secure home field, which is the only reason he’s playing in the first place.

        • ACViking

          StH:

          I think you’re right across the board.

    • ICDogg

      which probably means Foles won’t have the top passer rating for the season, unless he has an amazing game tonight.

      • ACViking

        I did the math. Manning’s still 4 points back.

        Foles needs to fold — like Dallas-1 — to lose the QBR title

    • ACViking

      Manning now on the bench for Big Brock

      • SteveH

        A little surprised they didn’t give it one more TD to put it waaaay out of reach but hey, it is the Raiders, can’t blame them.

        • ACViking

          same here. but i guess with Pryor in there, no fear

  • ICDogg

    Source telling me it looks like earl Wolff is not gonna be able to play tonight…. Still have a little time before final decision— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) December 29, 2013

    • SteveH

      poop

  • ICDogg

    Hester comes alive

  • ICDogg

    According to source Lesean Mccoy winning rushing title and named to pro bowl gets a 1 million dollar bonus— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) December 29, 2013

    • ACViking

      A contract written when AR was the HC.

      No one ever thought that would happen (rushing title).

  • ICDogg

    Da Bears.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    The Chargers really want to get the golf season started.

  • ACViking

    I’d like to believe that if Aaron Rodgers, with just 7 weeks off, is performing like he is today against the Bear-less defense . . . then Kyle Orton will NOT pull a Matt Cassel or a Chase Daniels.

    I’d like to believe that.

  • SteveH

    The league should mandate that the Bears must forfeit every home game until they fix that field.

  • Corry

    If I’m Mike McCarthy, I’m running the ball everytime we come up on 3rd and short.

    • BlindChow

      That Starks run was weird. It’s like he kept slowing down because he thought he was going to be tackled, then realized “WTF they missed!” and had to speed back up.

      • Corry

        I noticed that too. Like he couldn’t believe he had that much open space.

  • BlindChow

    Green Bay chooses not to go for 2. Guess they didn’t see the Washington game last week. Stupid mistake that could cost them the game.

    • ACViking

      BC:

      still 7:30 left in the 3rd Q against a terrible defense. Pack getting their offense going.

      I think it’s a defensible decision.

      • BlindChow

        I think the terrible defense actually makes going for 2 a better choice.

        Still, being up 6 instead of 5 means almost nothing (assuming they miss the 2-pt conversion). I think the “it’s too early to think about the final score” is one of those Bruce Arians “the way it’s always been done” rules that makes little sense.

        And even as I type, the Bears just got a go-ahead TD.

        • ACViking

          The reason I think it’s defensible is every points going to matter in this game.

          You miss a 2-pt conversion then you’re stuck going for it the rest of the game.

          • BlindChow

            That’s what someone here said after Washington went for 1 last game. I think “because every point matters” is exactly why you go for 2.

            Bill Barnwell at Grantland had a blurb about it last week:

            With an effective running game and the clear benefit of going up a touchdown, it was pretty easy to make a case that Washington should have attempted a two-point conversion. The numbers suggest it’s a no-brainer: Footballcommentary.com justifies a two-point conversion with a five-point lead and 19 minutes to go if you think you can succeed 27 percent of the time. Robert Griffin could have hobbled in on crutches and scored 27 percent of the time from two yards out against the Cowboys.

            Instead, Washington kicked the extra point and went up six. That seemed smart when it kicked a field goal to go up nine at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys came back with a field goal and then a touchdown of their own. Had it gone for two and failed, Washington still would have lost. Had it succeeded, though, Dallas’s extra point would have merely tied the game. Instead, it gave the Cowboys the win.

            Basically, a failed 2-pt conversion isn’t going to matter when you lose by 2.

          • ACViking

            BC:

            Cowboys – Wash a different game with a 4th Rd pick at QB for Washington.

            Kelly’s gone for 2 how many times this season before the 4th Q? A couple?

            So I think McCarthy’s on solid ground. He could be wrong.

        • ACViking

          Being down 6 or 5 in the middle of the 3rd does matter. Too soon to risk giving away points.

          That’s just my thinking when you’re playing a team with no defense.

        • ACViking

          Re: Arians

          Not going for 2 makes perfect sense in a shootout.

          You miss you start giving away points. That’s all.

    • ACViking

      BC:

      Is this going to be a game that comes down to the last possession?

      • BlindChow

        Looks like they both have pretty awful defenses…

  • SteveH

    So how’s everyone going to pump themselves up before the ‘Boys game? I’m planning on having someone slap me across the face like big John Henderson used to.

  • ICDogg

    One Browns player: "We are so dysfunctional. These billionaires need to pick somebody and stay with them. These aren't girlfriends…"— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) December 29, 2013

    • ACViking

      That is an awesome quote.

      I hope if came from someone like D’Qwell Jackson.

      The fact is, no one’s out there with a “name.”

      But Lovie Smith would be a solid choice for purposes of stability and working with a GM who wants to make the picks.

  • ICDogg

    Bears 1st and goal from about an inch out

  • ICDogg

    RT Lane Johnson will become first Eagle 1st-round rookie since Corey Simon in 2000 to start every game tonight.— Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) December 29, 2013

  • Corry

    I have to wonder if Dom Capers is going to remain in Green Bay. The Packers are doing their best imitation of the week 16 Bear defense in Philadelphia.

    • ACViking

      morto

    • ACViking

      But after his resignation, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in green as a consultant.

  • ACViking

    BlindChow . . .

    Next Packers’ TD you’ll get the 2-pt conversion.

    • BlindChow

      Hopefully they get their chance. Obviously it won’t have mattered if they lose by 7+.

      • ACViking

        I’ve not seen the game.

        Is Rodgers struggling?

        • BlindChow

          2 INT’s. And they’ve punted a few times. He’s missed some open guys, it looks like. Rusty.

          • Dragon_Eagle

            Yep. Rusty. Not struggling and looking awful, but off target on throws he usually would put on the money.

        • BlindChow

          Really, I think the odds are so much greater of losing by 1 point when you don’t go for the 2-pt than losing by 1 point when you DID go for it and missed.

          Makes me wonder if there was ever a case where going for 2 and missing actually cost a team a game.

          • ACViking

            Great question.

            I’m guessing Bill Belicick has the data.

    • Corry

      The Pack went for 1.

  • BlindChow

    Holy moly the Bears can’t tackle. It’s all Tecmo Bowl up in there.

  • ICDogg

    Banner: "Hey O'Brien, wanna leave PSU where u can be a God forever and come to Cleveland, where I just canned someone after one year?"— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) December 29, 2013

    • mtn_green

      Funny

  • ICDogg

    GB going for one? !?

    • ACViking

      The teams are going so fast up and down the field.

      Maybe 1-pt this time. I thought for sure it’d be 2-pts.

      But no one can stop the other team.

    • BlindChow

      Wow, if they lose by one point, McCarthy’s tenure seriously needs to be questioned.

      • ACViking

        At this point, GB should just go for 2.

        And the Bears also. Just won’t matter. No one’s playing defense.

        • BlindChow

          Obviously you’re being satirical, but it’s definitely in the Bears interest to just keep kicking. They can win by taking the easy points. The Packers can lose by taking them.

          • ACViking

            No. I wasn’t.

            I’m serious.

            There’s no defense in this game. The Pack can’t stop Forte. And the Bears can’t stop the Pack.

  • ICDogg

    #Eagles inactives: QB Barkley, S Wolff, S Anderson, CB Marsh, RB Tucker, C Vandervelde, T Kelly— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) December 29, 2013

  • Corry

    Green Bay-Chicago: Defense? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ DEFENSE!

    • BlindChow

      Looking like a one-and-done team in the playoffs, no matter who wins…

      • ACViking

        BC:

        FYI, I was serious about everyone go for 2 at this point.

        • ACViking

          If the Bears score and go for 2, the pressure on the Pack is much bigger.

          And a FG at worse ties for the Bears

          • BlindChow

            Hmm. The team that is ahead 1 point definitely benefits by being conservative when it comes to extra points. Going for 2 is a high-variance “David” strategy that would only be a good idea for a team that is seriously outmatched. But in this case, because a 2-pointer is harder than a 1-pointer, putting the onus on Green Bay to make one is clearly the right choice for the Bears.

            Still, why would you give more weight to the benefits of making a 2-pointer only as it pertains to the Bears, and only look at the downside when it pertains to the Packers?

          • ACViking

            In the 4th Q.

            I thought GB should have gone for 2 at the 11 minute mark.

            Same for Bears.

  • ICDogg

    Cowboys Inactives: Romo, Webb, Hamilton, Lee, Martez Wilson, Sims, Weems.— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) December 30, 2013

    • TheRogerPodacter

      i, for one, am glad that we are not playing against any Webb. whoever that is.

      • http://www.aceandson.com/blog Richard O’Connor

        Webb is to the Eagles as Scipio is to the enemies of Rome on African soil.

  • TheRogerPodacter

    so i noticed a trend so far this year. whenever a friend of mine comes to visit, we lose. unfortunately, i have roommates and they both watch the giants games together.
    when this friend is here, we have lost – DAL, NYG, MIN.

    so, i’m doing my part and trying to keep him away!

    • SteveH

      I think you know what you have to do if he tries to come over.

      You have to kill him.

      • TheRogerPodacter

        well i was planning on just leaving and watching the game at a bar, but that is certainly an option…

        • Crus57

          If going to a bar, don’t forget your pants.

          • ICDogg

            I dunno. It says no shirt, no shoes, no service, but I don’t see anything about pants.

          • TheRogerPodacter

            i should get a booth… and bring a blanket or something

          • Lewwyn

            Or forget your pants if that’s worked before…

        • Corry

          As a fellow Eagles fan, i will help you move the body, but only because it’s Dallas and the playoffs are on the line.

      • jshort

        My friends know….when the Eagles are on, not to call or visit. Had one stop by During KC game….we were losing and he got blamed. Said he could hear me bitching when he got in his car.

        AC feels bad about punching a hole in the wall, started me thinking about some of my antics. not pretty.

  • ACViking

    It is shocking that the Steelers are on the verge of making the playoffs.

    Few teams as hot as Pittsburgh

    • ACViking

      SD bailed out by Ryan Succop.

      Because REID did not call a running play to put the ball in the middle of the hashmarks.

  • ICDogg

    Other than Foles, the Eagles are starting the same players on offense and defense this week that they did vs Washington in week 1.

    • OregonDucker

      Sports science is Chip’s way of taking care of his players. And they appreciate it. Which we will see today.

  • ACViking

    Reid better not rely on Ryan Succop to hit the big FG.

  • ICDogg

    And now the Packers will have to go for it on fourth-and-2 because they passed on the two-point conversion earlier.

    • Corry

      Running a toss sweep on a 3rd and short situation should be against the law.

    • ACViking

      The 2-pt conversion’s a tough one.

      If the Pack missed and the Bears scored, it’s a 9-point game.

      Didn’t happen. But that’s got to be a coach’s concern in a game like this.

  • Crus57

    A looming question I soon have to answer: do I burn my pre-match pizza like accidentally did last week?

    • OregonDucker

      Yes. Take no chances with this game.

      • Crus57

        Understood. I go to do my duty.

  • Corry

    Oh. My. God. The Bears…just…ugh, wow.

    • SteveH

      Yeah man, thank god this is an exciting game making the time go quickly.

    • TheRogerPodacter

      whats going on? nfl.com game tracker seems to have shit the bed….

      • SteveH

        Packers had 4th and 8 near midfield, Rodgers almost gets sacked, then throws downfield to a wide open Cobb who scores a touchdown.

        • TheRogerPodacter

          wow thats nuts!

      • Crus57

        Bears nearly sack Rodgers, he escapes and throws a looong TD.

  • ACViking

    If Eagles win, who shows up at the Linc?

    • Corry

      As in who do we play first round? Should be the Saints.

      • ACViking

        Yes. Rd 1.

        Thanks

        • BlindChow

          Too early to say. Cardinals just tied, so we’ll have another quarter probably before we know for sure.

          • ACViking

            Got it.

            SF win makes Saints #6 seed.

            SF loss makes them #6 seed — and Linc bound if Birds win?

          • ICDogg

            yup

          • Corry

            Yeah I thought that game was already over.

    • TheRogerPodacter

      dependent on the ARI/SF game i think

      • TheRogerPodacter

        Cards tied up Niners. Affects Eagles if they get in. Cards win means they play the Niners. Niners win means they play the Saints.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) December 30, 2013

        • ACViking

          I thought Saints win eliminated Cards.

          • TheRogerPodacter

            i really don’t know. maybe i’m an idiot for trusting jimmyk. haha

          • Corry

            No, JimmyK is right. Saints did officially eliminate the Cards, but if the Cards should win, that will force the 9ers into the 6th seed. If the 9ers win that forces the Saints into the 6th seed.

          • TheRogerPodacter

            so both the Niners and the Saints are in, regardless? this game just determines the seeding?

          • CTAZPA

            Correctly described

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Man, I hope we put the Dallas game out of reach early. Nearly had multiple coronaries watching the afternoon games and they don’t even involve the Eagles.

  • jshort

    GB wins on the road….then again, they were were better team with Rogers. We are the better team in this game too. Go Birds!!!

  • BlindChow
  • planetx1971

    I’m SO anxiety ridden fellow fans. All these ppl saying Dallas is better off with Orton due to they will feed the ball to the supremely talented Demarco Murray :( Especially since they are 11-0 when he gets 20+ carries. This is the post game headline I fear the most! “Romo-less Cowboys turn to Murray who runs rough-shod over Philly’s over matched run D.” Or, “Once again, Foles, O, Chip Kelley still have no answer for NFC East champion Cowboys” My heart was in my throat just TYPING that! I am scared SH$%T Less!!!

    • BlindChow

      The Eagles are much better against the run. Feeding Murray the ball plays right into the Eagles’ hands.

      • TheRogerPodacter

        my thoughts exactly.

      • Crus57

        That fact is probably how the Vikings won, they basically ignored their running game a lot of the time.

      • ACViking

        BC:

        Should we expect to see MN’s game plan — or something comparable?

        • BlindChow

          Not sure what to expect. Dallas tends to do whatever makes the least amount of sense.

          • Andy124

            Wouldn’t make much sense for them to punt every first down. I’d be pretty cool with that.

  • TheRogerPodacter

    did SF just kick the game winning FG? i’m having trouble with online game trackers…

    • ACViking

      SF wins.

      • TheRogerPodacter

        so if we win, we’re in. and we play the saints. LETS GO BIRDS!

  • bentheimmigrant

    Shanny fired yet?

    • TheRogerPodacter

      start the clock… any minute now

  • OregonDucker

    Must pace alcohol consumption. Whisky is just going tooo fast. Must go herb for now. God, I hope I can see the game in single, rather than double, vision.

    Are we there yet. Huh. Are we there yet.

    • SteveH

      Pace yourself man, you’re going too fast!

    • ACViking

      OD:

      All these comments are being collected by you know whom.

      Careful.

      Of course, we all know you’re kibitzing.

      • SteveH

        He meant herbal tea, duh.

        • ACViking

          Yes. I thought something along those lines.

      • OregonDucker

        Of course AC. Of carseseeee.

        • ACViking

          excellent

  • Corry

    It’s almost game time! It’s almost game time!

  • ICDogg

    I imagine Dallas’ offensive passing strategy mostly will consist of finding wherever Chung is and throwing that direction.

    • TheRogerPodacter

      i would also try to get some of our LBs that aren’t named Barwin into coverage and get the ball to that guy

  • BlindChow
  • jshort

    Vermeil, worried about Orton, says he’s more than capable. But thinks Eagles win because of Chip

  • ICDogg

    Eagles RB LeSean McCoy wins the NFL rushing, all-purpose and yards from scrimmage titles. #SeasonOfShady http://t.co/oTCZN2vR9A— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) December 30, 2013

    • jshort

      + 1,000,000.00

  • ICDogg

    Won't be playing tonight but I know my boys are going to hold it down! #BirdGang #FlyEaglesFly— Earl Wolff (@Ewolff28) December 30, 2013

  • Corry

    Terry Bradshaw on the Fox pregame show picked the ‘Boys and Tony Dungy just did the same.

    • TheRogerPodacter

      i usually get nervous when all of them pick us to win. with a couple of them picking against us, i actually feel a little better!

      • Corry

        Yeah, me too.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    This has been the longest 168 hours ever.

  • BlindChow

    Interesting day. On Twitter, even people I follow who haven’t mentioned football all year are talking about the games today.

  • TheRogerPodacter

    god i hate the sunday night football song.

  • TheRogerPodacter
  • jshort

    we won toss