Whole Lotta Crazy

Posted: November 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 232 Comments »

It feels funny to say the Eagles are healthy when Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos and Caleb Sturgis are all on IR. But the NFL is weird when it comes to injuries. Guys on IR are in some kind of limbo. We know they exist, but they no longer matter. The guys who do matter are the ones who can play on Sunday.

Doug Pederson said Jeffery has had a nagging ankle issue. This is more of a nuisance than a major concern. That pales in comparison to what the Cowboys are dealing with.

S Jeff Heath is officially out. That means the defense will be missing a couple of key pieces from the middle of the field, with Sean Lee also out. It sounds like Tyron Smith is going to miss the game and we know Ezekiel Elliott won’t be playing.

Having a healthy team as you go hit the heart of the season is huge. This is when you want to start to peak. The Eagles are coming off a pair of blowout wins and do seem to be trending in the right direction. Winning is good, but playing at a high level is even better. The Giants went 11-5 last year, but had a lot of ugly, close wins in there. They got to the postseason and were blown out by the Packers. The postseason will tell you who is a good team and who isn’t.

The Eagles are no fraud. This team is legit, in part because they are healthy. They have moved past the injuries and the replacements have settled into their roles, some even thriving.

Big V is settling in as the LT. He’s no Jason Peters, but has proven to be an effective starter so far. Mychal Kendricks has replaced Hicks and is playing the best football of his career. Kendricks has been a force on the field. Jake Elliott is having an amazing season. He’s doing things we have never seen an Eagles kicker do.

No one man could replace Sproles. Kenjon Barner filled his shoes as the PR. Corey Clement has taken his spot as the 3rd down back. The Eagles traded for Jay Ajayi to add a veteran RB who can be more of a workhorse. Barner has been solid as a returner. Clement just had the two best games of his young career. Ajayi looks like he could be a huge addition to the offense.

Stability is huge for a football team. You don’t want players that are in and out of the lineup. That hurts continuity. We saw that last year as Big V took over at RT and then he got hurt. That meant another change. Then Brandon Brooks missed some time. That meant a change at RG. The line was moving guys around every week and that led to a lot of problems.

The replacements have stayed healthy and played well this year. Just look at the 8-1 record and you can see the difference that makes.

*****

Speaking of injuries…

The Seattle game in a few weeks is a bit less daunting now. Two-thirds of the Legion of Boom will be watching the game, with only Earl Thomas on the field.

I can’t recall a year when so many good players got hurt. Injuries are the worst part of football.

*****

The Dallas game is on Sunday night. The Seattle game is also SNF. There is speculation the Rams game could be flexed to SNF. The Raiders game on Christmas will also be SNF.

Your Sunday afternoons will be open a lot. This is about the only downside to your team having a great season. You now have to sit and wait for the primetime game to kickoff.

*****

Sad news from the world of music today. Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, died.

I just happened to listen to several of their songs this week on the radio and remembered just how much I love that band. They were on my mind this week because of that. I would find myself randomly singing “Whole Lotta Rosie”.

Malcolm will be missed, but not forgotten.

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  • GermanEagle

    With all due love, Tommy

    The Eagles are not healthy. But the bloody Cowboys fans keep whining about their injuries.

    Dallas sucks.

    • Guy Media

      Yup the Eagles are down several significant starters, but other existing guys have stepped up big time and the backups are playing functional football. Dallas has neither going on!

      • ColorSgt

        Credit Howie and Joe for working the cap and filling in holes with solid players for depth.

    • SteveH

      Hicks Sproles and Peters are major losses, losing Maragos matters, we lost our kicker as well, we haven’t had Darby the whole year, plus Cox was gone for 2.5 games.

      It’s not the injuries that are the problem, it’s just that we did a lot better job replacing our injured guys.

      Besides the Cowboys injuries only just happened now, they haven’t been dealing with them all year. They were only 5-3 even with their guys healthy.

      And 1 isn’t even an injury, it’s a suspension for a knucklehead who they knew when they drafted him might run into problems.

      Honestly injuries is the losers excuse, unless you’re absolutely ravaged by them, like Green Bay in the playoffs last year or Washington this year along the OL.

      Do the Cowboys realize the Redskins were down 6 offensive lineman by the end of the game against them and the outcome was still up in the air near the end? They were down *6* lineman and the 1 starter they had left was playing on two sprained ankles. And the Cowboys still couldn’t put them away!!

      If all it takes is 2 or 3 injuries to non-QB players and your whole team suddenly falls into the dumpster, you didn’t have a good team to begin with.

  • unhinged

    None of the personnel changes that occurred since last season ended can account for the team’s apparent acquisition of mental toughness. It is like they have undergone group hypnosis. They make mistakes and move on. They get a bad call and overcome it with consistent execution. I doubt that anybody is more shocked by this development than HR…unless it’s Jeffrey Lurie. Certainly the improvement of Wentz is a big reason for the sharp reduction in mistakes, and the shared expectation that a win will happen. But this is amazing to observe. And it just makes the space between games longer.

  • mattwill

    “Big V is settling in as the LT. He’s no Jason Peters, but has proven to be an effective starter so far”

    The real question is whether Big V is as good as Tra Thomas. If he is (and the early indicators tell me that he is), then the Eagles have their LT starter in place going forward.

    • CrackSammich

      I’d be much happier if we got him some competition in the draft. If we picked OL for 2 of our top 3 picks, that would be swell.

      • SteveH

        The upcoming draft hopefully breaks in a way that lets OL be the top priority. Peters is probably done, though maybe he has 1 year left in him, Kelce isn’t getting younger, Wizniewski has filled in nicely but could probably be upgraded… But really we need to find our stud LT of the future to bookend with Lane.

        After that it’s hard to say what our needs are. Maybe linebacker if Kendricks or Bradham leaves? Safeties since Malcom is getting older?

        We might in a situation where BPA is truly what we want.

  • RobNE

    as an out of towner I love the SNF games because I actually get to watch them.

    Earl Thomas….remember when he was mentioned about 5 times a thread.

    • Tom33

      normally get to watch Giants and Jets games. That’s a real joy this year.

    • SteveH

      I was the biggest Brandon graham stan through that era. I kept arguing that circumstances had kept him from showing what he could do, and then lo and behold, he gets into the right circumstances and becomes a force.

      Ultimately, I think Earl Thomas is probably the better player than Graham, but Graham had the potential to be a pro bowl DE the whole time, which isn’t a bad choice either.

  • mattwill

    “No one man could replace Sproles. Kenjon Barner filled his shoes as the
    PR. Corey Clement has taken his spot as the 3rd down back. The Eagles
    traded for Jay Ajayi to add a veteran RB who can be more of a workhorse”

    We all are quick to forget that Ajayi had 50 catches in 14 games his senior year at Boise State. As the Eagles coaches work Ajayi through the playbook learning process, I suspect they will do a lot better job of tapping into Ajayi’s pass catching skills/ability than the Dolphins coaches did.

  • A_T_G

    I saw this tweet by some snarky twitterer…
    https://twitter.com/lawlornfl/status/931968156381433856

  • A_T_G
    • Guy Media

      Looking like a domestic situation. Shame Miami has way more class than Dallas.

      • A_T_G

        I saw a report that he choked a bartender because he was asked to settle his $40 tab, at 8:30 in the morning.

        How many consecutive bad decisions lead to that moment? And how is your bar tab only $40 at 8:30 AM?

        • SteveH

          Rey Maualuga has had issues going all the way back to his time at USC.

          Adam Gase looks like a dope the way he has handled things over the last few weeks.

      • Forthebirds

        With an arrest on his record, Dallas will probably pick him up.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Doug Pederson is 11-1 before the bye and 4-9 after the bye. He’s never won a game immediately following bye week. We sleep walk through the first half and more. Dallas 44 – Eagles 16.

    • A_T_G

      Good looking out, man. I appreciate the dedication.

    • CrackSammich

      Almost got me to bite on this one.

    • daveH

      Oooooouch

  • ColorSgt

    Sucks about Malcolm. Those guys are all getting old now but some of them its amazing they lasted this long. Like when Scott Weiland died, people couldn’t believe it. First thing I thought it was amazing he was still alive up to that point. Anyway, “its a long way to the top” for the Eagles, but its been a great ride so far.

  • Johnnydeagle

    R.I.P. Malcom Young!
    Saw AC/DC several years ago at Coachella; “School Of Rock”!

  • Chris Lindeman

    Straight up the gut. All game long. A steady diet of Jay and Blount. Over and over. Demoralize them. Watch them fold like like Zekes appeal attempts.

  • T_S_O_P

    From Highway to Hell, let’s hope A Touch Too Much doesn’t feature from #11

    • Dave

      If Buddy was still the coach, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap would be the mantra of this game.

  • Ryan Rambo
    • daveH

      Awesome. Loved that. Thank you.

  • SteveH

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/bucs-gambled-lost-believing-jameis-winston-grow-225004641.html

    Here’s a really dumb article about Jameis Winston. I really despise the sportswriter/sports organization cliche of characterizing sexual assault or domestic violence as an issue of “maturity”, like someone who is willing to be violent with other people need to just grow up or something.

    Recasting it as a “maturity” problem deflects responsibility for their behavior, not acknowledging that we’re dealing with fully grown adults here.

    I think what everyone is really saying here with “maturity” is; don’t do something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you and the organization look bad. What they’re definitely not talking about is coming to grips with their own capacity for evil and growing into human beings that behave with more integrity.

    • Guy Media

      And let’s not forget; Winston is a rapist and that crime was committed with plenty of maturity.

    • Dave

      Although I agree with your point, Winston is very childish, which is what the Yahoo article may have been driving at (albeit, in the wrong manner). Case in point, his batshit crazy ” how many people wanna eat a W tonight” pregame pep talk. DeSean is standing there looking at him like he is nuts.

      https://youtu.be/NWFHGKAR9gU

      • SteveH

        I think the problem is that these writers and people within in the organization seem to think that the cure for someone who sexually assaults people or commit domestic violence is just a dose of good old “maturing” or “growing up”, which simultaneously doubles as a sort of excuse for their behavior.

        “Oh they’re just immature, they need to grow up.” As they continue to be enabled by both their organizations and our culture that confers special status upon sports stars and celebrities. If he was a bottom of the roster type guy he’d be in jail right now.

        • Tumtum

          Jail? I don’t pay attention to the daily events. I gotta see what he did..

      • Tumtum

        He has just a twinge of crazy to him. He is a likable guy, but kinda… just… off. I could see him doing something stupid and inappropriate with no ill-will.

      • DustyRyder71

        Desean must be thinking, “holy crap, this is worse than the air guitar”.

        Thank God for Carson Wentz. If Winston was my team’s QB, I’d have to check out for a few years.

  • A_T_G

    Welp, I guess this fits with the Eagles looking like they are finally one of the top teams…
    https://twitter.com/dailymirror/status/931936166760402944

    • Masked Man

      (((Was hoping Nibiru would not strike until AFTER the Super Bowl!)))

    • Tumtum

      Oh what the heck! I thought this already happened!

  • SteveH

    The jury is still out somewhat but I’m willing to eat crow for my endorsement of Adam Gase. At this point it looks like we would have gotten simply a mediocre head coach who’s a bit of a dummy when it comes to managing the team.

    I was never aboard the Mcadoo or Hue Jackson trains though, and both of those guys have ended up being a trainwreck.

    I took a wait and see approach with Doug, and jesus christ so far has that looked like a good move. Never underestimate Andy Reid disciples I guess?

    • CrackSammich

      I can’t imagine how anyone who watched Hard Knocks could come away liking Jackson. He came off so petty and childish. That shit is fine as an underling, but not for the guy running the show.

    • laeagle

      For all the flak the team caught about the “emotional intelligence” stuff, it seems now like it was a good idea to hire someone who could actually lead and interact with the people he’s paid to coach. Funny that Gase, Kelly, and McDermott (as a young DC) don’t seem to think that way. They think that scheme is more important than leading and managing the people paid to execute the scheme. And it looks like that’s a job-killing mentality.

      • Guy Media

        VERY true. You can’t fake tough guy your way to positive workplace outcomes with adults.

    • SuPaFrO

      Ill honest and say I was going for Mcadoo… until I saw how he looked like… I thought he was a special teams assistant or something. Look at him!!! Looks like a ****head.

      They say looks can be deceiving. But THAT cannot be.

      • CrackSammich

        He looks like the evil step dad in every teen movie.

    • Guy Media

      Don’t feel bad, my top guy was Hue Jackson.

  • SteveH

    By the way, the Sixers are killing the Warriors right now, which is kind of insane. I expect the Dubs to come out ready for war in the 2nd half, lets see if we can hold on.

    • Guy Media

      Sadly the Sixers chose to stop scoring. I understand Golden State can sore points in droves, but the Sixers just needed to keep making buckets to win once they were up that much.. What a waste.

      • SteveH

        It’s the Warriors, you knew they were going to come out in a frenzy, and when they want to they can play stifling defense.

        We’re not on the level of the champs yet, that’s ok.

        • Guy Media

          It wasn’t stifling defense that had the Sixers miss that many open looks. Again, that big of a lead at halftime could have been maintained with more makes of wide open baskets.

  • Masked Man

    I’m just having the feeling here that the Eagles rushing game is going to blow Dallas out of their own stadium tomorrow. Nobody has seen much of the Ajayi package yet.

    And I know that Blount is going to be ticked off at the Cowboys when he walks on the field. Then Clement is going to be like, I’m just a rookie but I don’t plan on being outshined.

    And Carson might complete 7 passes for 20 TDs and about 140 points in the first half. And then sit out the second half. He’ll let Foles go bombs away the rest of the game.

    But seriously, I think Doug will strike fear in the league with a blistering run game. It’s unscouted. Half time we’re up 21-3. Final score 38-13 Eagles!

    • daveH

      Hoping we see Foles for a qtr also

    • ChoTime

      That would be nice, but I’m not seeing that at all. The last several games, Wentz has been the engine, not the run game.

      • Masked Man

        See that run game tonight Bro?

        The game would have been easier if they had gone to it sooner.

  • Tumtum

    We will see how tomorrow goes. I don’t love waiting until Sunday night for the game. My usual ritual is to watch 1pm, 4pm and usually skip SNF unless it is appealing. Not sure what I am gonna do tomorrow!

  • PudgyPanda

    I was never a big ACDC fan, but today I listened to “Thunderstruck” twice.

    • Julescat

      Malcom’s older brother died this year too I think. he was in a band called the Easybeats in the 1960s. They are famous for the song “Friday on My Mind”

  • Guy Media

    Game day! I’m sure Tommy will have a new thread, but all hands on deck for tonight’s must win ending of Dallas’s season.

  • Dave

    After watching the UCLA USC game last night with Rosen and Darnold, I am thankful we are not QB shopping anymore. Some team is going to overpay dearly for one or both of these guys.

    • Guy Media

      And they’re both far better pro passers than sorry Miss Jackson and Johnny Football Jr.

      • Dave

        Oh, I forgot about Baker, The Crotch Grabber, Mayfield. He seems like a mature adult with a bright future leading an NFL team.

        • Guy Media

          More importantly he’s not an NFL passer who runs far too often.

        • Julescat

          Kansas deserved the taunt from Mayfield

  • Guy Media

    https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/932232536276766720

    Darby needs to reconsider lying on behalf of rapists who should be in jail.

    • or____

      You were there too? I wish Darby hadn’t spoken on this, and I hope it didn’t happen as she says, or if it did, that justice is served, including on Darby. But your statement above is f’d up.

      • Dave

        Note to Ronald Darby, stop hanging out with Jameis Winston.

        • SteveH

          Seriously, find new friends.

        • or____

          Yeah i wish none of this had happened at all. And as a birds fan, i am pissed ay Darby

      • Guy Media

        Nah, anything involved with FSU is felonious until proven otherwise. They routinely skirt the law via a protection racket with the bought and paid for Tallahassee police.

        https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/us/florida-state-football-casts-shadow-over-tallahassee-justice.html

        • or____

          I am not saying that I know you are wrong. But i am saying I know you don’t know you’re right. Tell me this, FSU cops have territory they work in Arizona? Or you’re saying that their cover up sway stretches that far?

          • Guy Media

            I’m just saying I’m likely to believe any claim against Winston. And given Darby is a one time liar about Winston’s actions, I’m not trusting his word either.

    • SteveH

      I wish Darby hadn’t been there at all. There’s no benefit to hanging out with players who show a propensity for getting into trouble.

    • ColorSgt

      It doesn’t make sense that an uber driver would make something up if there are two other people in the car, and also say that Winston was alone. But it doesnt make any sense for Darby to come out at this point and time to stick his neck out and lie about something he wasn’t involved with to protect a player on a different team. So I can’t make any sense of the situation.

      • SteveH

        If Darby is friends with Winston and he believes nothing happened that night, then I can understand him making a statement, but honestly I’d rather his name wasn’t near anything like this.

      • ChoTime

        #rolldog

    • Dude

      Edge lord says edge lord things. Color me surprised.

  • A_T_G

    So Blount is a model teammate, Ajayi is working hard (so far), and I didn’t realize Clement was tarnished in college by an off field fight injury and a rep as a bad locker room guy.

    Duce making this group into a tight-knit, team-first group that suggests the birthday boy gets the goal line series for his third TD and runs into the end zone to celebrate together should definitely get him legit, non-Rooney rule interviews for advancement.

    • Dude

      The Eagles organization seems very high on him, and we’re starting to see why. I always thought that his Eagles HC interview was less about the Rooney rule and more about giving the interview experience to a guy that the organization really liked.

    • Masked Man

      Duce Staley is the future head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Ryan Rambo

    Eagles CB Ronald Darby said he was in the car with Jameis Winston on the night of his alleged groping incident and claims Winston did “nothing inappropriate.”
    Winston has been accused of groping a female Uber driver while waiting for a fast-food pickup on March 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona, though Winston’s camp has denied the allegations. Darby, a college teammate of Winston’s, has corroborated Winston’s claim that he was not alone in the car, claiming there were “three of us” and that “Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver.” The NFL is still looking into the incident.

    • CrackSammich

      Apparently Darby was present during Winston’s college allegation as well. I withdraw my statements a couple days ago about there being no obviously grimy guys on the team. Allegedly.

      • Henly125

        I’ve become a bit suspicious about Darby now that this has occurred. I’m not too familiar with that happened with Jameis’ college case, but the trend is a bit weird..

        • CrackSammich

          The best thing you can say about Jameis is that he consistently puts himself in stupid and terrible situations. The worst, obviously, is that he’s a sexual predator and thief.

          And then Darby hangs out with this guy and stands up for him. Not fucking smart.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Your week 11 rooting guide. You’re welcome. (Will probably repost to Tommy’s next thread – since he always posts 5 minutes after I put time into a post here.)

    The longest, most horrible bye week ever finally ends tonight. Why horrible? We had to wait that frickin’ long to watch the Eagles again. And Dallas sucks.

    Tampa Bay (3-6) v Miami (4-5). Dolphins. All kinds of yuck here. Can’t believe Miami is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

    Detroit (5-4) v Chicago (3-6). Lions. I’m torn here. Detroit is in the playoff hunt, so we’d normally want them to go down. Da Bears are no threat to anyone except themselves. However, if Detroit keeps it rolling they have a win over GB and thus are a threat to knock the Packers down on tiebreakers. That means keeping Aaron Rodgers from returning to the playoffs. Very important the Packers do not go to the playoffs with ARod.

    Jacksonville (6-3) v. Cleveland (0-9). Jaguars. Cleveland needs to maintain their draft position versus the Giants. Jacksonville is also one of those odd teams that might be able to pull off an upset down the road against the New England* Evil Empire or Pittsburgh.

    Baltimore (4-5) v. Green Bay (5-4). Ravens. Pack must go down.

    Arizona (4-5) v. Houston (3-6). Cardinals. I’m going with Arizona here because I don’t want them getting a decent QB in the draft. Arians is smart enough and, given time, I could see him rebuilding a strong contender if he gets a QB.

    LA Rams (7-2) v. Minnesota (7-2). LA Rams. We could have a 2 game lead on the loser if we take care of business in Dallas tonight. So, where would you least like to play come January should we drop a couple? I say Minnesota. They have fans. If we have to go to LA to win a playoff game, I like our chances there versus Minnesota where it will be obnoxiously loud. We also control our destiny versus the Rams with that game coming up. With a potential 2 game lead on both and New Orleans facing a tough schedule the remainder of the season, we could be resting guys by week 16.

    Washington (4-5) v. New Orleans (7-2). Washington. New Orleans is a real threat. Have no desire to play there is January.

    Kansas City (6-3) v. NY Giants (1-8). Chiefs. Hoping Big Red can take down the Cheatriots* and/or Pittsburgh later on. Plus I really enjoy laughing at the Giants. OTOH, a NY win worsens their draft position, but no matter what, nothing can save McAdoo now. He’s a dead man walking. I really enjoy talking to Giants fans these days. Is that wrong? Nope. Had to talk to them throughout Chip Kelly’s last dumpster fire season. Serves them right.

    Buffalo (5-4) v. LA Chargers. Bills. Doesn’t really matter. Maybe Sean & LeSean can help us out and beat up the Patri*ts at least once this year.

    Cincinnati (3-6) v. Denver (3-6). Cincinnati. Let Denver get in position to grab a decent QB. Much better a good one go there than NY Giants or within our conference.

    New England (7-2) v. Oakland (3-6) in Mexico. Oakland. Rebellions are built on hope.

    Atlanta (5-4) v. Seattle (6-3). Atlanta. I am not sure which of these two is the more dangerous down the road. But if all sorts of weird stuff happens, anything that helps prevent a January visit to Seattle is a good thing.

    The 2017 Rule Book. If you can’t remember all that above, the general guidelines are as follows in order of importance.

    1) GO EAGLES!

    1a) Dallas sucks.

    2) Division rivals must not win, except in rare instances. E.g. facing each other with one of them threatening to make the playoffs.

    3) Down with the rest of the NFC.

    4) The Patriots cheat; AND

    5) Steelers fans do not deserve anything good to happen to them ever again.

    • daveH

      Wouldnt Minn or LA playoff game be in Phila ?

      • Dragon_Eagle

        We all hope that’s the case. But supposing things don’t go quite that well and we’re on the road. Where do you feel more confident?

        • daveH

          Both. . Vikes think easier, but the 1, 2 drafted QB faceoff too big too fun to ignore …

        • ColorSgt

          LA could be closer to a home game with taveling Eagles fans.

          • Guy Media

            Looking at the stub hub prices; you’re quite right.

    • Guy Media

      These are fun to do! I love to have a point of view for each game to aggressively root in!

      • ColorSgt

        I’m aggressively rooting for a tie in the Minn LA game. Its basically a loss for both teams.

        • Guy Media

          We’re 100% in control of our own destiny, so I’m not really worrying about these peon Johnny come lately teams.

          • ColorSgt

            Just have to take care of business.

          • Guy Media

            Correct. Either the Eagles want home field or they don’t want home field. They’re 100% in control.

    • P_P_K

      Great post. Thanks.

    • A_T_G

      Great stuff.

      The Browns/Giants draft positioning makes for an interesting nature vs. nurture debate.

      If you believe the nature of the guys drafted by Cleveland doom them to bust, then you should want the Giants to pick before the Browns remove a bust from the pool.

      If you believe the environment in which the Browns fail to develop players create busts, then you should root for the Browns to pick before NY.

      Also, if we want the Browns to lose, shouldn’t we also start to hope the Giants win a few? Or do we reserve that for NFCE opponents?

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Thank u for this.

      I’m hoping they play in Minnesota come February :):):)

  • Masked Man

    Good morning and welcome to “Blowout Sunday!” Haha. Eagles win 38-13.

    • bobeph

      fight me, now, please

      • Masked Man

        Huh??

    • P_P_K

      Blowout part2: Eagles 44-6.

  • daveH

    How bad is this. .. i am in church right now …

    • Guy Media

      How bad is church that you’re on here right now?

      • daveH

        It’s great, big dark and huge music . But I’m way in the back..

    • Julescat

      I see people on their phones in Church all the time

      I think it’s just a sign of the times

      • daveH

        On phones in church commenting on igglesblitz. .. a sign of the 2017 season !!

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Are you singing the fight song?

      • daveH

        Yes but not the Eagles one

  • Howie Littlefinger

    Watching Vikings and Rams… Not impressed so far by either

  • Howie Littlefinger

    Weird to be rooting for the WFT so much but either way is good for us. The better Coosins does the more they will end up paying him too lol

  • kajomo

    A couple of OT points.

    1). We talk a lot about overcoming injuries (rightfully so). I give DP credit for blocking out the noise and shutting up his doubters. Between the Schwartz coupe and him apparently being the least qualified coach in NFL history, he could have let them be distractions. Instead he silenced his haters.

    2). I spent some time looking at coaches as possible replacements for any coaches we may lose. Is there a more no-brainer hire than Steve Spagnuolo if Schwartz gets a head coaching gig?

  • SteveH

    This feels like a classic Andy Reid letdown game. Chiefs should be stomping all over the Giants but are struggling to do anything.

    • A_T_G

      But he is coming off a bye. Andy doesn’t lose those.

      • SteveH

        He’s losing so far. Pretty classic Andy stuff too, the Giants points came off a turnover from an option shovel pass. The Giants suck Andy just go right at them, don’t try and get cute.

  • P_P_K

    Happy 39th Miracle at the Meadowlands Anniversary.
    http://www.espn.com/espn/wire/_/section/nfl/id/3700934

  • SteveH

    Early games are going well for us so far. Washteam beating the Saints, Giants beating the Chiefs and Ravens leading the Packers.

  • A_T_G

    Breeland just hit Kamara in a Sheldon Brown on Bush kind of play, except Breeland was off center and Kamara popped right up.

  • SteveH

    I have Kareem Hunt in Fanduel today. Why do I sense that Andy is going to abandon the run because he’s down by 3 points with 2 quarters to go.

  • SteveH

    This is amazing, the Giants are grinding the Chiefs down lol.

  • Insomniac

    So I just woke up, how have the Vikings and Rams looked?

    • SteveH

      Can’t say, what I can say is that the Chiefs have looked like poop against the Giants. Pretty classic Andy, struggle against an opponent you should be able to bury.

      • Insomniac

        Andy is just doing us a favor by making their draft stock worse

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Both look good actually even though it’s low scoring. Defenses are locking down near red zone. Vikes missed 2 FGs.

      • Insomniac

        I can tell, he’s my kicker in fantasy 🙁

  • Fufina

    Christian Thompson injury is brutal. I broadly i hate all NFC rivals, but he is super talented and being in a contract year this is going to seriously stop him getting paid. Hate all the injuries this year.

  • DJH

    The Saints vs Redskins is a reminder that any given Sunday… Even with their many injuries, the Redskins are playing the Saints very well. Eagles should expect the same kind of effort/intensity from Dallas. Hopefully we come out the gates swinging and don’t look back. Can’t let Dallas get any momentum at home.

    • mtn_green

      Wft is legit!
      Some days, lol.

      • Masked Man

        Haha.

    • Ark87

      I think the Redskins are pretty solid, record is bad, but for the most part they are competitive with everyone they’ve played on a tough schedule. I want them to beat the saints, but the playoffs will be safer for the Redskins staying out of it, imo.

  • Ark87

    Browsing the ole Sunday ticket, Vikings are pretty legit.

    Wish we were playing the Rams in Philly this year, would be a near guaranteed win. Should be interesting in LA in 3 weeks, though.

    • Fufina

      Not really, there is pretty much no home advantage for LA in that stadium. Wouldn’t surprise me if 20k+ Eagles fans were in there

      • Ark87

        I’m not saying LA is a tough place to play, I’m commenting that it is very tough to play in Philly, and LA doesn’t look very impressive in a hostile environment. Would be a sure win in Philly. Should be a pretty nice matchup.

  • A_T_G

    Thank you WAS, thank you BAL.

  • meteorologist

    I told y’all last week that the Vikings were our top threat in the NFC but y’all didn’t listen. Y’all said the Rams and Saints were better. ..

    -Even if Keenum is unsustainable, they can upgrade to Bridgewater.
    -They have the defensive line to match up with our OL/ run game
    -Tremendously talented team

    • Insomniac

      The Saints have always been our biggest threat, no clue what you’re talking about.

      • meteorologist

        Saints don’t have a legit defense and we do

        • unhinged

          If your goal is to stay on point, you might have said, “…and Minnesota does.”

          • meteorologist

            Yes my bad

        • FairOaks

          They have improved on defense a lot this year. Lattimore has reportedly been everything hoped for, and they picked a safety in the second round who has been starting. Not dominant, but not the disaster which has sunk their last few seasons. Brees is still Brees and he just needs a functional defense.

          • meteorologist

            And Minnesota just needs a functional offense. I’d say

            Minnesota O > Saints D.

            Minnesota D = Saints O

          • Howie Littlefinger

            Seems like the classic dome team. I think they will have trouble winning in January

            I like Brees as much as the next guy but they always feel like the old Manning teams that had regular season success only to be exposed when it matters. I hope they come here and we send them packing.

            Nobody scarier in NFL than our birds

          • FairOaks

            Brees has ended our playoffs twice. The really accurate QBs have been the Eagles’ downfall quite often. I think we are much better equipped to deal with them than the other years, but it’s still a concern — and I particularly don’t want to play them in their dome. Want to play them in Philly if it comes to that. They honestly are doing much better on the road than they have been — having a decent defense and a running game (Kamara) helps a ton there — but would still much rather it be in Philly. And they are one game behind us, and we don’t play them.

            We are going to have to play good teams in the playoffs — so mainly rooting for home field when we do. Thus, teams close to us, I’d rather lose. Those teams will play each other some, so there is definite chances they will yet lose, and everything will be fine.

            Vikings are indeed good, though they may derail their season with Bridgewater yet.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            Exactly. It would be definitive proof that this team is different. I believe they are

        • Insomniac

          Different strengths.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            Meh they lost this game in every way but the record

            🙂

          • Insomniac

            Does it matter? We have sloppy games as well but pull through.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            We don’t win ,not like that We pull through because of the players we have.

            WFT pulled defeat from the jaws of victory

            or something like that

          • Howie Littlefinger

            I mean ur right it doesnt matter. A win is a win

            I’m just not gonna tolerate ppl fluffing them when I’m def not sold on them being legit

    • ChoTime

      Overreact much?

      • meteorologist

        How am I overreacting if I had this same position last week?

        I’m not even watching the games lol

        • Dragon_Eagle

          The ITYS scream was on the loud side. But you may be right.

          • meteorologist

            True. #Don’t type while hungry

          • A_T_G

            Supporting your argument with, “I’m not even watching the games lol” may not be the best approach either.

          • meteorologist

            I was just saying “how can I be overreacting for simply restating my established position from last week? It’s not like I saw the games today and suddenly switched to some new idea”

  • ChoTime

    Inconveniently, I have a gig and will be working during the exact time the Eagles will be placing their foot on Dallas’ neck.

    • SteveH

      That is inconvenient.

    • P_P_K

      There’s got to be some riff about putting a foot on someone’s neck.

    • A_T_G

      Make sure each set ends with, “Thank you, don’t forget to tip your server, fuck Dallas.”

  • Masked Man

    Skins getting it done for us today. Vikes getting it done for us too.

    So much for the vaunted Saints defense, huh? And it looks like the Rams offense can be held in check.

    If Minny is the best of the NFC that we have to face, we’re doing great. We can stop their offense. Our defense will have no problems.

    And then the best defenses in the league have lots of trouble with Doug and Carson with the game plans and awesome execution.

    Go Eagles!

  • SteveH

    The Giants/Chiefs game is kind of hilarious. The Giants tried a halfback pass that got intercepted, the Chiefs tried a tight end pass that got intercepted.

  • A_T_G

    Stupid WFT, you had one job offense.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      They are who we thought they were…

  • SteveH

    What kind of a shitty short yardage run blocking scheme allows someone to come unblocked to blow up the play lol.

    • A_T_G

      *allows two people, one on either side of the presumptive location of the intended hole.

  • Howie Littlefinger

    Rams kinda remind me of the cowboys in the sense where if stop Gurley u stop them

    I’m leaning toward Goff being over rated and Minn kicker missed a few easy ones today

    I think our team is kinda like the ugly girl who grows up into a fox and doesnt realize she’s hot.

    • daveH

      Are you saying the birds are the Marsha Brady makeover team ?

      • Howie Littlefinger

        I’m old enough to know who that is but young enough to have never seen that show.

        What I’m saying is We look at our team and go “We are the best right now but someone has to be the bench mark of being a great team” Who do we look to for this?

        Minn- Case Keenum? Please
        Saints- Required Cousins to be Cousins and meltdown.
        Seahawks- The Legion is broken
        Rams- Goff looks smaller than my 12 year old son, lol
        Cowboys- Jerral is distracting and Dak is whack

        Nope its our birds. We are complete. Every team has weaknesses this year but we don’t have a glaring weakness.

        • daveH

          “Dak is Whack” winner.

  • Nailed It!

    Oh no Redskins.

  • oreofestar

    oh noey

  • oreofestar

    Skins throwing

    • A_T_G

      Well sure, 1 minute left and driving for a FG. No time to run.

    • RC5000

      They’ve gotten outscored in 2nd half in all but a couple games and have given up most points in last two minutes of both halves if you mean they’re throwing the game. They’re chokers.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      The game. Yup u called it. they def threw that game for draft position because why should they help the iggles

  • Insomniac

    They got this right?

  • Kohlhaas

    absolutely pathetic display by the skins

  • A_T_G

    Remember what it was like when we rooted for a team that did dumb stuff like WAS?

    • Insomniac

      Yea but uhh not today.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      But atleast we aren’t racists

  • SteveH

    giants beat the chiefs.

    • A_T_G

      I stand corrected. Wow, Andy. Wow.

    • Insomniac

      As planned. Now they’re gonna be the #3 pick and still take Saquon Barkley..

  • Insomniac

    The Skins are a better team than their record says but they’re still the Skins.

    • Tumtum

      Their record when not playing us aint bad.

      • Insomniac

        Yup, I think they’re better than the Cowgirls without Zeke.

    • RC5000

      They’re mediocre. They fold up too much.

      • Howie Littlefinger

        They find a way to lose games they could or should win.

        Thats the definition of a mediocre team. I also think Cousins wants to keep his streak of losing to winning team intact

      • Insomniac

        They can compete with good teams, they just can’t really keep up until the end.

    • Someguy77

      Yup. Haven’t been able to make 1-2 key plays in a bunch of their losses and ended up on the wrong side of the win-loss column.

      Reminds me a bit of the Eagles’ last year in too many games that went the wrong way after the 3-0 start.

  • Tumtum

    WTF Andy

  • Howie Littlefinger

    “Whole lotta crazy”

    TL on todays games

    what a wild sunday

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Lots of close games coming down to final few minutes. 2 OTs? Good stuff.

      • Howie Littlefinger

        Yea 4:30 games look like i’m gonna do chores or something lol

  • A_T_G

    WTF, WFT?

    • Kohlhaas

      Amazing to see a whole team fall apart at the same time.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Karma for being Jerral Jones ally?

      Aikman just called the saints the hottest team in football…….

      must kill Cowboys tonight. I need it

      • Julescat

        so hot they almost lost to the Redskins

  • Masked Man

    At this point, I would prefer not to run into Payton and Brees and the Saints in the playoffs. The reason is that they have been there many times and can do stuff like that in big games.

    Ugly win but a big win by the Saints. Bring on the Rams, the Falcons, the Hawks or whoever else. Go Eagles!

    • Insomniac

      We match up against the Rams the best. Vikings are a close second. The Saints? If we don’t have the lead then I don’t expect us to take it. They have the tools to explode for points and to maintain a lead.

      • Masked Man

        The Saints are dangerous running and passing now. But their defense showed some weakness today. I think they would need to win a shoot out in order to win.

        We would have to slow them down on offense and also cool them off with a big Time of Possession edge.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      NOPE

      that’s how they all feel about us. Shut that run down. We can make plays on O, D, and S/T. Take away one player and we can go to 4 others.

      Wentz hasn’t even had a 100 yard receiver yet this year!

    • Someguy77

      Me neither especially in the Superdome.

      If they do, much prefer to see old-man Brees have to come to Philly in Jan. instead and try to make some of those intermediate-longer throws in cold weather.

    • Patrick

      I respect the hell out of teams who play good defense in the playoffs, but if i’m choosing the team to avoid isn’t the one lead by Case Keenum or Jared Goff, but HoF Drew Brees.

      To be fair, I also like the matchup better against both MIN and LA than NO. I’m confident we can shut down Goff and the Rams offense and put up points on their defense. I’m confident our defense is only slightly worse than the Vikings, but our offense is much better than their offense. I’m not that confident that our offense can put more points on the Saints D, than Drew Brees can put on ours.

      If it wasn’t for all their injuries, I’d be more scared of the Seahawks than the Rams, despite the Rams probably taking that division. Panthers are such a weird team. I think they’re good, but i also think we’ll beat them 9 out of 10 times. I just like how we match up against them. Falcons aint gonna do shit. They’re collectively coming down from last years career performances and coaching aren’t good.

      The most important thing, is getting home field advantage. I guess I wouldn’t hate going to LA, as I doubt they’ll get a huge advantage at home, but i’m sure as shit more comfortable in Philly than AT Vikings, Seahawks or Saints. With a win tonight, we’ve practically taken the division.

      • Masked Man

        Expecting the Eagles in the #1 Seed spot. Expect everybody to have to come to our stadium and play in the Philly weather in January.

        But I still don’t want to see the Saints in the NFCG if possible. Expecting them in the #2 spot at this point.

        Maybe their division rival Panthers will take them out at some point. The top two seeds get that bye week, and go to the NFCG with a win.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Which ref crew are we getting tonight?

  • Insomniac

    So why did McDermott bench Tyrod Taylor again?

    • Howie Littlefinger

      He is a rookie coach playing a rookie QB. This should feel familiar…

      I will always have a disdain for him when he set Graham on a terrible career path after JJ died. U don’t drop ur best pass rusher into coverage, reapedly as a rookie. What a doofus

    • Dave

      McDermott is another defensive head coach with a crappy offensive coordinator in Rick Dennison. Regardless of whether the Bills are now tanking to get a higher draft pick and shot at a QB, I would have little faith in the organization to mentor a young QB.

  • Someguy77

    It would be fascinating right now to see what gives:

    Immovable rock (Eagles’ run defense) or the unstoppable force (Saints’ ground game which ran over the Redskins this week)

  • Someguy77

    Keenum-Thielen is the best QB-WR duo right now in the NFL.

    Just uncanny how Thielien manages to know where he needs to be and Keenum’s ability to get it to him especially on busted/plays scrambling out of the pocket.

    • Someguy77

      Thielen is only on pace for 4 TDs too despite a 100 rec, 1,421 yard season pace (31st all-time in NFL history)

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Well I think it’s more Thielen than Keenum but man Keenum made a few “Wentz Like” plays today!

      • Someguy77

        It is a bit of both. Been a while since I have seen a QB-WR have this kind of knack for finding another including on these free form plays.

        • Howie Littlefinger

          I’m really not trying to take away from Keenum but Thielen took more than a few short ones and made them into big plays. Diggs was invisible.

          Thielen took one 65 to the house.

  • Someguy77

    Don’t understand why Eagles’ fans seemed to be glad the Skins lost. Beating the Saints today would have helped out the Eagles quite a bit.

    • Masked Man

      No, I was rooting for the Skins big time today. Saints are dangerous. We already crushed any hopes the Skins have of playing us again.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Why did the Bills start this other QB whoever he was?

    • Fufina

      Because for some reason their fans and front office hate Taylor? I mean he is not the solution but you have a winning record and he is a solid game manager, who can make enough plays with his legs to win you the odd game.

      Go find a QB in the draft and make him beat Taylor out in camp rather than doing what they have done here.

    • Masked Man

      I think that ownership decided they have some building blocks, but don’t think QB Taylor will win them big games. Seems like ownership told the head coach to see what the other guy has and start making some plans for next year.

  • Dave

    So I’m gone all day and I see the Eli throws a crappy pass to another receiver that makes a crazy catch. Has any QB in NFL history had receivers make these kind of catches.

    • daveH

      siiiiiiick catch indeed

  • SteveH

    Nathan Peterman… Holy shit, that might be the worst QB debut in history. 5 interceptions in 14 passes? His QBR must be -107 right now.

    • Masked Man

      Yikes! I just looked at that Bills box score. The Chargers got 5 picks on them? Unbelievable play by a pro QB.

      Then Andy lost to the Giants? Aw man. I had Goff and Alex Smith as fantasy QBs on two of my teams because of the bye.

      Goff had 9.8 points today! Yuck. And Smith was worse with 7.9 points! Weird week in football.

      But I think the Eagles will roll tonight as predicted in spite of anything else going on.

      • Howie Littlefinger

        We keep rolling, nothing else matters

    • A_T_G

      On my Iggles Blitz related fantasy team, I was fed up with DEN as my defense. I dropped them this week and picked up the Chargers.

      So far, so good.

      • Masked Man

        I play ESPN fantasy. I grabbed the Rams D/ST due to bye week on one of my teams. Yuck. Minus 5 points today. Had Goff too due to bye. Yuck. Only 9.8 points at QB.

        • A_T_G

          Chargers got me 20 in the first half. I’m hoping Peterman is forced to really air it out trying to catch up in the second half.

  • SteveH
  • Masked Man

    CBS just reported that the division leader seeds stand as follows in the NFC:

    #1 Eagles 8-1 until tonight’s outcome
    #2 Minnesota 8-2 defeated the Rams
    #3 Saints 8-2 defeated the Redskins
    #4 Rams 7-3 lost to the Vikings

  • A_T_G

    (New thread is up.)

  • daveH

    ima bout to explode … ive got my hopes so hi and I know that eagles-loss Mondays are extra brutal that I am half over psyched, half worried nervous, half just over due to see the green in action again!