Atlanta It Is

Posted: January 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 393 Comments »

The Falcons went to LA and beat the Rams. Their reward, a trip to Philly next Saturday.

Atlanta is the favorite according to the oddsmakers. That’s just fine. The Eagles will use that as motivation.

This is the best possible situation. The Falcons are a good, but flawed team. The Eagles beat them a year ago and really stifled that offense. Doesn’t guarantee it will happen again, but this is better than facing the Panthers or Saints.

I don’t know about you, but I’m already excited. Playoff football is a whole other level of intensity.

*****

Big Red lost an ugly one in the early game.

What’s the point in having Kareem Hunt if you don’t feed him the ball?

Ugh.

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  • Sean E

    First

    • daveH

      Lowest

      • daveH

        Lower still

        • CrackSammich

          Sort by oldest, and you’re just another post in the stack.

    • RobNE

      Congrats. You should add this to your resume.

  • Sean E

    Who else knew that KC would blow their lead as soon as Kelce went down? Andy Reid STILL … STILL

    • daveH

      I said it years ago. .but i didn’t think it was possible for him to actually lose today. ..his Chiefs team is sofa king good now that i think most high school coaches would’ve won this game. .. the Andy Reid worshipers party is going to need a much smaller venue

      • Sean E

        Yea that was painful. I knew it, and my father in law was like ‘what?’. I just said ‘Andy Reid, you’ll see’.

      • sonofdman

        “sofa king good”

        -Not sure if this was on purpose, but it made me laugh.

  • Eagles4life

    So far its going right for us! Now we just need Carolina to beat the Saints.
    What we need next week from team (in no particular order):
    1. Limit stupid penalties and no bad snaps
    2. Run the darn ball
    3. Establish some rhythm with Foles early in the game with some short and high percentage completion passes
    4. Our pass rush needs to get home early and often to reduce the impact of Julio and Sanu. Would be nice if our D can take either of them out of the game early 🙂
    5. No Torrey Smith please
    6. Play fearless

    • daveH

      If they start with 2 passes to Torrey Smith it will be predictable but that shud be it

      • Howie Littlefinger

        5 yard outs….please no

    • Philadelphian

      Do you think Carolina will have a better chance against the Vikings than the Saints?

      • Eagles4life

        No, but I was assuming we beat Falcons next week and would rather like to face Panthers than Vikings.

  • xeynon

    If I’m getting the Eagles +2.5 points, I’m happy as a bettor. That seems like value to me.

  • Eagles4life

    Andy Reid does not have killer mentality! and that will prevent him from winning the SB!

    • Sean E

      He’d rather lose with his original gameplan than change it and win.

      • P_P_K

        100% correct. Is he stubborn, stupid, or what?

    • daveH

      Win a SB ????? He’d be successful just winning a playoff game .. hes lost like 11 in a row

  • Westpaceagle

    Matt Ryan just does not have the pocket presence or zip on the ball that he had last year imo. When he gets pressured or happy feet he looks very shaky (remind you of anyone?) Seriously though Goff looked bad and/or the Atlanta secondary looked good. Trufant and D. Jones are a lot to deal with. I think the long road trip will have an impact though. I say we come out and take our shots early- don’t put Foles in a bunker mentality too early let him air it out. If that doesn’t work we have the rest of the game to pound the rock. Hashtag blistering hot takes

    • xeynon

      I’d like to see Doug come out and dial up a bomb off of play action on one of their first offensive plays next week. You know the Atlanta defense is going to be thinking we’ll be one dimensional and they can attack aggressively vs. the run – if we can stagger them and make them pay for that early it could pay off throughout the game.

      • TXEaglesFan

        Yep, steal the 1st play from the Andy Reid circa 2009-2011 playbook. But who will be our Desean Jackson for this play?

        • sonofdman

          Torrey Smith 🙁

          (BTW, I initially mistyped his name as Torry Smith and my computer autocorrected it to “Sorry Smith”. I found that rather humorous and appropriate.)

        • BlindChow

          That was Andy’s first play in the game yesterday (dropped by Tyreek Hill).

      • anon

        foles can throw the pass but even he doesn’t know where it will land…probably short and to the left (whose left)

      • Howie Littlefinger

        We should be able to run on them. I expect Doug to call a few counters and mis direction plays. Take advantage of the speed and aggressiveness of the Falcons defense.

        I would be shocked if we don’t run the ball 35+ times on these dirty birds

    • kajomo

      Don’t forget that we will not have traveled in 4 weeks and rested our starter for 1.5 weeks. We should be fresh where they have had 2 tough games in a row and are coming off that WC trip.

      • BlindChow

        The Rams rested their starters too. I saw some people wondering if that was why they came out looking so flat.

  • Eagles4life

    Rams STs has a big hand in losing the game which I think we have an edge on.

  • Someguy77

    – Rams looked and played tentatively all game. Got conservative play-calling too from McVay. I hope Pederson doesn’t make the same mistake.

    – Reid press conference was brutal. You get the sense that the KC media is getting to the same point of frustration with Reid as the Philly media was circa say 2006.

    • BlindChow

      Yeah, some Rams fans were saying McVay coached scared, and they blamed it on it being his first time in the playoffs. That got me a little worried about Pederson…

      The Rams last night reminded me of how the Eagles looked in the first half vs. Seattle.

  • ColorSgt

    I like that there is an extra day to prepare for this game.

    • Philadelphian

      I’m not sure what you mean. Isn’t the game still being played on Saturday?

      • ColorSgt

        If the rams won, the Eagles wouldn’t know who they are facing until today. But since the falcons won, they were able to start game planning already.

        • P_P_K

          Good point. Short week for the Falcons with all the travel.

  • Someguy77

    Reid is this generation’s Schottenheimer:

    Reid regular season: 183-120-1 (.604)
    Reid playoffs: 11-14 (.440)

    Schottenheimer regular season: 200-126-1 (.613)
    Schottenheimer playoffs: 5-13 (.278)

    • Philadelphian

      At least with the Eagles he won a few playoff games and never blew a big lead.

    • Dave

      If Patrick Mahomes turns out to be the real deal, Reid will have more opportunities.

      • Guy Media

        Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    • Julescat

      his defense is starting to age and he doesn’t have many draft picks this year.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      I was thinking the same thing and the final irony:

      they are at opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum.

      Marty runs when he should pass
      Andy passes when he should run

    • FairOaks

      Reid didn’t go one-and-done in the playoffs with the Eagles until 2009 (and 2010). We won at least one playoff game every year with him until then — we were a very good playoff team, but we had the problem in the NFC championship game. Part of the reason that Reid has so many defenders — he earned that here.

      But starting 2009, he has just one playoff win, and six losses. Of late, he has been like Schottenheimer, but nothing like him early. Schottenheimer was basically too conservative in the playoffs — predictable play calls, usually runs. Reid… is oddly different. You wonder how much is Reid, and how much is Alex Smith, but it has not been good.

      That also probably sentenced Mariota with another year of Mularkey.

  • Someguy77

    All of the rumors where Belichick might end up next year but if the Pats win the Super Bowl this year I bet he retires.

    Belichick be 66 this year, is the 2nd oldest coach after Carroll by just a few months, and seems worn out/frustrated this season, and will have won 6 rings as a head coach (8 total including 2 as the Giants’ defensive coordinator). He’ll be the best NFL coach and no you can’t compare Walsh, Lombardi, or Knoll. Nothing left to prove.

    Never been one for the spotlight and money certainly isn’t a primary motivation as he has hardly done any endorsement deals during his tenure in New England.

    Only think he might stick around due to trying to get his sons a bit more established in the NFL. One thing I see being a draw to keep him motivated to coach for another 2-3 years.

    • Dave

      My thought is that he wants to have success once Brady retires to show the reason they won was due to coaching, not the QB.

      I would love to see him come to the NFC East. Not a chance in hell he wins 4.5+ games per year in this division, regardless of whether his QB is Brady or not.

      • GermanEagle

        Why would you want the best HC in the history of the nfl in our division? Are you nuts. 🙂

        • Howie Littlefinger

          What better way to establish our dynasty…. Not gonna be impressed beating the red clapper and the husk Snyder employs as his coach

          /logic

    • Johnnydeagle

      bill belicheat is the best “CHEATER” in the NFL.
      Read the book “Spygate the Untold Story” for all the evidence you could ask for.

  • Philadelphian

    I think we are about to find out that the Foles we saw against the Cowboys was made to intentionally look bad. Not that Foles intentionally made bad passes, but he was asked to execute a game plan entirely different than what we will see against the Falcons.

    • ColorSgt

      Foles looked bad and it can’t all be blamed on lack of game plan. But I am hopeful that the game plan against the falcons can help him play better.

      • kajomo

        Agreed. I see QB not suck in the preseason all the time. Foles played bad. DP just didn’t help him. Our hope is that with an good game plan Foles can look adequate. It won’t change the fact that Foles is who he is. It will just mean DP did a good job.

  • PudgyPanda

    I can’t forget how many times we heard Andy say, “We thought we saw something downfield.”
    He just can’t seem to make himself run the ball in important games.

    • Ankerstjernen

      This. 100 percent this.

      Nothing in the NFL is more typical than Andy Reid having the regular seasons leading runner, go up 18 points in a playoff game and then proceed to call, what, 5 runs in the entire second half only to loose out in the end. I mean…

      But this is who the man is. He is a terrific coach, good at almost everything and consistently succesful at fielding competitive teams. He just seem to have this massive blindspot.

      • P_P_K

        It’s really quite incredible how he continues to lose playoff games with the same mistakes. Like some Greek tragedy.

        • Always Hopeful

          THIS!!! It’s his tragic flaw.

        • Ankerstjernen

          In the classic greek tragedy, the protagonist meets his inevitable destruction because he refuses to accept his natural fate. He attempts to fight his destiny, which is futile. Reid handing off play calling duties only to see his team fail in exactly the same ways as usual is sort of like the perfect fit for that.

          • P_P_K

            My wife was an English major so you’d think I’d have a better understanding of greek tragedy. Andy is more like the hero who has one great flaw that he can’t see, so it can’t be overcome. Is this more Shakespeare? Marvel Comics?

      • Gary Barnes

        Reid handed off the play calling to Nagy 5 games ago, but he could have as HC ordered Nagy to run moire.

    • Gary Barnes

      He was not calling the plays, handed it off to Nagy 5 games ago, but he could certainly have over-ruled Nagy.

  • Dave

    I’m curious how Schwartz uses Mills and Darby. As evidenced yesterday, the refs allow much more physical play in the playoffs.

    If Schwartz has Mills and Darby playing 7 yards off the WRs allowing easy throws in the playoffs, I don’t see the Eagles winning the game.

    • or____

      I think it’s situational. There will be times when that is the right thing to do. Which partially makes your last point not necessarily the case.

      Oh yeah, and I hope to see more Sid the kid anyway. Him and Darby

      • Dave

        You’re taking my post too literal.

        • or____

          Fair enough

      • CrackSammich

        We don’t use that nickname in Philly.

        • or____

          Yeah yeah, hockey isn’t something I care enough about

    • ColorSgt

      Those receivers are big too and can break tackles. I agree playing off is not going to pay off, but Mills scares me with all his holding.

    • P_P_K

      Refs were also letting a lot of O line holds go unpenalized.

  • Forthebirds

    The Falcons exposed the Rams run defense, something they won’t be able to do against the Eagles. Goff’s inexperience showed up, and the Rams special teams were anything but. If the Eagles get pressure on Matt Ryan and the offensive line gives Foles a clean pocket, the Eagles can win.

    • Ark87

      Definitely an extremely winnable game. Falcons are the team I feel best about playing (and imo we should be favored at home). They are incredibly inconsistent. Can Julio just go absolutely nuts and beat us? Sure. But anybody who gets him in fantasy knows he can completely disappear too.

      • P_P_K

        I know everyone was rooting for Atlanta but I think they are a very dangerous, playoff-experienced team. They were inconsistent the first half of the year but are 7-2 of late, and have been playing tough football. They are beatable, for sure, but it will take a very strong game by the Eagles. If Wentz was around, we’d probably be favored at home by a td.

        I’ll predict: the D rises to the challenge, Foles connects consistently with Ertz and Jeffery, the run game grinds down the Falcons D, and the Kicking Wonder nails two long fgs. Eagles 20-17.

        • Howie Littlefinger

          They are running head first into a well rested buzzsaw that will relentlessly get after him all game.

          The Rams D line and RB were both completely shot by the end of the game. It will be fun being favorites again after we wreck them. We are due to blowout a team, at home.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Rams have had bad run D all year. They are right upfront. The Falcons did not impress me at all.

      This is a very winnable game.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    So, if Doug beats the Falcons as underdogs with a backup QB, does he leap ahead of McVay for Coach of the Year?

    • BlindChow

      The voting takes place before the playoffs.

    • Tom33

      In all honesty, there are at least 4 guys deserving of the award this year – Pederson, Marrone, McVay and Zimmer. You can make a case for any of them. I’d probably go Zimmer or Marrone, but if any of those 4 win I’d be fine with it.

      • anon

        if zimmer makes it it’s mostly bc of shurmur

    • Gary Barnes

      Do we care? Win the SB

  • Tom33

    Give me the Eagles and the under. Something like 13-3. Foles will do just enough to win as long as they protect the football.

  • Eagles4life
    • Tdoteaglefan

      Awesome, thanks for posting…i’m kinda mad that this is the first episode i’ve seen. Had no idea there was a regular series chronicling the eagles season

    • truehaynes

      this was honesty really depressing to watch. stil cant get over carsons injury

  • scratcherk

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this game. Nick is not as bad as he’s been the last two games. I think the D will come to play.

  • mtn_green

    Bold prediction: eagles are gonna dress up a lot of plays with jet sweep action, like the chiefs, he didn’t want to show it during regular season.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Go Bills.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    What? Why did the ref blow the whistle?

  • Tumtum

    That Cheifs game was a microcosm of their whole season. Sucks but Andy teams haven been known to choke…regrettably.

    • P_P_K

      That one was on Andy, not the team. Hunt gets 5 carries in something like 48mins. Pathetic.

      • Gary Barnes

        Again, Reid was NOT calling the plays, Nagy was. Reid could have over-ruled him as HC obviously and maybe should have, but let’s keep the criticism fair

        • P_P_K

          OK, the blame is on Matt & Andy, not the team.

  • Howie Littlefinger

    This is ugly to watch. Both offenses look worse than Foles

    lol

    • Will Ft. The Roots

      Bortles sucks and the Jags D is better than the Bills Offense.

      • xeynon

        Seriously, how do you take a sack in that situation? I knew Bortles wasn’t good but I haven’t watched enough of the Jags to appreciate just how bad he is.

  • xeynon

    My God Blake Bortles is so bad.

    Imagine having Raiders-level Foles as your franchise QB.

    • jshort

      Which Raiders game?

      • xeynon

        The one from this season, obviously.

  • jshort

    There really is a Joe Webb!

  • SteveH

    It’s hard to believe Bortles is a real quarterback and not a figment of my imagination. Buffalo should trade Nathan Peterman to the Jags at halftime and start him for the second half.

    • xeynon

      Either of these teams will get destroyed next week. Can we just fast forward to the New England/Pittsburgh AFC Championship game?

      • SteveH

        Yeah the AFC playoff field is a joke. The Chiefs were the only half decent team besides the Pats and Steelers and they blew it in epic fashion.

        • xeynon

          The Ravens and Chargers have to be kicking themselves. Either of those teams could’ve made some noise in an AFC field this week.

          • SteveH

            Absolutely. Really though they’re not THAT much better than the teams out there. The whole AFC was weak this year its the NFC that’s the power conference.

          • xeynon

            They at least have veteran, playoff-tested QBs and in the case of the Ravens a good coach. Obviously both teams are flawed or they wouldn’t have lost late season must win games to cost themselves playoff berths (can you imagine if the Eagles missed the playoffs because they gave up a 4th and 12 TD to Andy freaking Dalton?), but I have more faith that they’d be able to elevate their play and make the divisional round worth watching than I do that Tennessee and Buffalo can.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Bortles was probably really happy when people were still comparing him to Wentz.

  • SteveH

    So starting Fournette might have been a mistake. Bortles is so miserably bad that the Bills are stacking the box and through 6 drives the Jags haven’t been able to make them pay for it. Some of the throws that Bortles have missed are humiliating, their defense must be fucking epic to have won 10 games with this guy at QB.

    • jshort

      No wonder NFL ratings are down, unless you are a true fan how could you watch some of these crap teams.

      • Bert’s Bells

        NFL ratings are in line with ratings decline across broadcast media.

        It’s widely held that fictional TV is at a creative highpoint, and yet the rating are down.

        Quality has nothing to do with how media is viewed.

      • ChoTime

        Don’t you know, it’s Colin Kaepernick’s fault.

  • jshort

    Let me ask some of you smart guys or girls out there, is it time to buy some GE (not the one who posts on here) or no?

  • xeynon

    Bortles is so bad he just almost threw a game-changing interception to Colt freaking Anderson.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      I bet he wouldn’t trow 4 TDs against the Giants… just saying

  • Will Ft. The Roots

    Im reminded why i never watch AFC football

    • Howie Littlefinger

      If u do its the 1 seed or 2 seed

      Parity my ass

      • Will Ft. The Roots

        But when they play they are usually beating up on the AFC equivalent of the Bears every week

    • Dave

      It’s only going to get worse when Brady, Rivers, and Big Ben retire. There are no young franchise QBs in the AFC while the NFC is potentially loaded.

      • FairOaks

        Texans?

        • CrackSammich

          Was just gonna mention Deshaun Watson

        • Dave

          I didn’t see Watson play this year but I heard the hype. I hope he’s the real deal but as Dak showed everyone, playing good during your rookie year means little.

          • Will Ft. The Roots

            completely different level of QB play. Texans didnt have to hide Watson, they jumped on his shoulders

          • xeynon

            Watson had 80% as many TDs in half as much playing time, handing off to Alfred Blue. Pretty different from Dak playing second fiddle to Zeke and the running game.

          • Dave

            The ESPN stats and info Adam Caplan retweets indicates he is poor in some very important QB metrics…third down, red zone, & on non-play action passes.

            I’m excited to see he he returns from injury. He could turn Houston into a special team with the defense they already have in place.

        • Guy Media

          Employ a gimmick player coming off of an injury.

          • FairOaks

            Gimmick player still threw 19 TDs in 7 games. That was not a team that had a dominant rushing attack or anything to help him. I have to admit I didn’t see him play much on TV, and maybe defenses will adjust, but those numbers sound different than the running QBs who have early success. RGIII had 20 TDs his entire first season.

          • Guy Media

            O’Brien essentially caught people off guard with a bunch of stuff they hadn’t seen before. The league will catch up.

  • Howie Littlefinger

    Heres a thought:

    The media should interview the refs after games. They have as much an affect on the game as the players and coaches…..

    • Dave

      The refs, just like Howie, should be held accountable;-)

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Well, they might have to hire professionals if they do that.

    • P_P_K

      That’s a great idea.

  • Howie Littlefinger

    I would be happy facing either of these teams in SB

  • Buge Halls

    “What’s the point in having Kareem Hunt if you don’t feed him the ball?”

    Classic Andy Reid!

    • daveH

      I can just imagine his smug mumble jumble andhis “I’m smarter than you” attitude in the presser. .. if i was a reporter i think I’d want to ask him that same simple and dumb question about 80 times

      • Buge Halls

        I guess he just needed to put him in a better position…

        • daveH

          Ha! Made me creak up. . He actually didn’t say that in the clip i read but he must’ve

  • Dave

    The Bills could really use Sammy Watkins and Jordan Mathews right now.

    • daveH

      Is Shady playing?

      • Dave

        Serious?

        Yes, but injured.

        • daveH

          I watched the last 3 minutes of 1 st half … torture .. didn’t see him on the field … searched the www and Google just gave me ‘maybes’
          ..

          The flu has me in its death grip

          • Dave

            That sucks, but not as bad as this game.

            Bottom line, Tyrod is a bad QB who has no idea how to read defenses. Crazy, but Romo is calling out coverages and saying what route will be open pre-snap. Taylor is clueless.

            Shady has been good but Jax is stacking the box because Taylor is so bad.

          • daveH

            Yes Romo is so quick, decisive and correct .. tyrod kept the fake himself and ..well just tough to watch

  • P_P_K

    Looking around the media, it seems a lot of people are appreciating we Eagles fans were right about Reid and his boneheaded refusal to run the ball.

  • scratcherk

    I’m happy for the bills and McDermott that they made the playoffs

  • xeynon

    That was the worst playoff game I’ve ever seen. Seriously, that looked more like a late season “loser gets a better draft pick” matchup between two basement dwellers than a battle between contenders.

    I can’t believe the Patriots get to play a Divisional round game against the freaking Titans. They have benefited from that kind of luck throughout their run and it continues.

    • SteveH

      That was the worst “quarterback duel” in the history of the playoffs, it has to be. I’ve never seen a quarterback throw a worse deep ball than Tyrod Taylor. He overthrows guys by 5 yards regularly. If someone gets a fingertip on a deep ball it’s almost cause for celebration.

      Blake Bortles ran for more yards than he threw for.

      This game was so bad on so many levels, what a poopshow.

      • Dave

        “Blake Bortles ran for more yards than he threw for.”

        So did Vick. Bortles actually had more passing yards than Vick.

    • Masked Man

      Agreed. AFC had two ugly games in the wild card round. Like you said. Some of the worst playoff round games ever.

      Hey X…

      Maybe it’s the state of modern NFL defense. I don’t believe these pro QB and all out here today are just bad.

      What do you say?

    • meteorologist

      I don’t understand this sentiment. Apparently people really hate watching good defense! Amazing

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Where does the expression, “Jump on the bandwagon,” come from?

    • Dave
    • Masked Man

      Old political campaigns used to hire a band and ride through town on a horse-driven wagon. The band would play to “drum up votes.”

      People who liked the candidate a lot would run outside and jump up on band wagon and ride along. But if people started disliking a candidate for any reason – like if their campaign speech was not cool – they could be seen jumping off the bandwagon.

      It’s a literal expression from old politics…

      • ChoTime

        I gotta check out Gangs of New York again. Bill the Butcher.

  • SteveH

    God a Fournette touchdown would have helped my fanduel team. I’d be in really good shape going into the last game if that had happened. I almost threw my remote at the TV when they passed on 4th down.

    Karma dictates when you have the best running game in the NFL and you throw to the backup tight end on 4th and goal from the 2 inch line that the tight end drops the ball.

  • Guy Media

    Time for New Orleans to get a big win and shut some people up.

    • xeynon

      I’d prefer the Panthers win, honestly. New Orleans is the toughest matchup remaining in the NFC field for us I think.

      • Guy Media

        I’d prefer New Orleans lose next week. Cam, and anybody who plays “QB” like that, needs to be in the dustbin with wildcat.

        • xeynon

          I don’t hate Cam as much as you do, and a Panthers/Vikings divisional game sets us up with an easier NFC title game regardless of who wins it. I think we want the dangerous teams out as quickly as possible.

          • Guy Media

            That’s absolutely valid. I think the Vikings own either team in their building, but I totally get wanting to avoid Brees. I’m just not sure the outcome for us is any different and I’m damn sure the outcome for my viewing pleasure is much worse if Cam wins.

        • FairOaks

          I’d rather the Eagles knock Cam out of the playoffs.

  • xeynon

    Did Brees change his name to Drew Bortles? Not an impressive start.

    • Guy Media

      Yeah, pretty raggedy.

    • FairOaks

      … but then he can still hit the bomb on a moment’s notice. Not much fear of Bortles making that pass.

  • Guy Media

    Tony McDaniel is going to want that one back.

  • Guy Media

    A little late to the party, but did anybody else notice Bennie Logan not even remotely trying to run down Derrick Henry yesterday?

    • A_T_G

      Can’t be any worse than Revis loafing on that last run.

      • xeynon

        Revis had a chance to cash one last NFL paycheck and the money was already in the bank. Do you think he’s gonna rush to TACKLE someone, especially a guy like Derrick Henry?

      • Guy Media

        That was embarrassing as well, but they totally ignored a chance to rip Logan as well.

  • Guy Media

    Stadium DJ should be playing “Push It”

  • Guy Media

    Jesus Ted Ginn is fast.

    • Dave

      I was led to believe Torrey Smith had similar deep speed;-(

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Bam. That has got to be demoralizing if your Carolina. Missed TD on a bad drop. Missed FG. Answered by a bomb from Brees to your former teammate, Ted Ginn.

  • scratcherk

    cant believe it took that long to throw a flag.

  • RC5000

    Wish we could play Carolina. Panthers can’t cover. Brees TDs, Nick could make.

    • Will Ft. The Roots

      I think they would find a way to cover us though

      • xeynon

        Carolina is a team I think we match up well against. Our secondary can cover their receivers and our offense was able to move the ball on them.

        • Will Ft. The Roots

          Somebody wins that game 15-9

          • RC5000

            I think we’d win something like 23- 24 to 17…

          • Will Ft. The Roots

            I dont have faith in Foles to score that many points

          • RC5000

            He doesn’t have to score that many points but he’s capable of it with a balanced game call and plenty of time to prepare. . We have RBs, special teams, a good kicker and a n excellent defense.

      • RC5000

        We have plenty of weapons. Just need good play calling and balance on o.

        • Will Ft. The Roots

          I think he throw at least one pick to Luke

    • scratcherk

      carolina was my top choice to play

  • xeynon

    Carolina needs a TD on this drive if they’re going to make a game of it.

  • Dave

    Christian McCaffrey is a poor man’s Brian Westbrook…who was selected with a high first round pick.

    • scratcherk

      alvin kamara is who they hoped mccaffrey would be

    • RC5000

      They should move him to slot WR.

      • Will Ft. The Roots

        Didnt they draft his clone to play there?

        • RC5000

          CM’s useless as a back. Maybe they could try to groom Samuel to be a deep guy like when they had Ginn or Philly Brown.

          • Will Ft. The Roots

            He has speed for weeks

        • Dave

          “In college, Curtis Samuel was a poor man’s Christian McCaffrey.”

          http://pantherswire.usatoday.com/2017/07/11/reviewing-the-panthers-2017-wide-receiver-competition/

          • Will Ft. The Roots

            I never understood why they doubled up on those two. Its they try to really hard to not draft any pure Wrs for Cam

          • Donald Kalinowski

            So much of that draft was a head scratcher. Giving up so much to trade up one spot for Mitchell Trrubiski and drafting Mike Williams, John Ross, and Christian McCaffrey, Corey Davis over Lattimore.

          • Will Ft. The Roots

            I thought Latt was going to be an Eagle when I saw that happening.

          • Insomniac

            I would have killed to get Lattimore. A lot of Eagles fans are buying into Cosell’s hot take of Jones being better. Can’t buy that shit after watching tape on both guys.

          • Guy Media

            I can. Fuck Ohio State. Jones is better.

          • Insomniac

            You better hope a paperweight CB that wasn’t that fast and now has to recover from achilles would be better.

          • Guy Media

            No doubt in my mind .

          • Dave

            Or why they traded Kelvin Benjamin

    • ChoTime

      meh, Westie would have gone top 3 if it was know what he would turn out to be.

      • Dave

        Or if he went to Stanford and his dad played for the Giants and Broncos.

        • ChoTime

          Man what I’d give to have Westie back. Can you imagine?

          • Insomniac

            Could we settle for prime Sproles if the asking price is too high?

          • xeynon

            Why would we want Westie back when we have Donnell Pumphrey?

            You heard it hear first.

          • Dave

            Or Shady

    • Insomniac

      Great college player, mediocre NFL talent. Have to say that I love rubbing it in for the people who said we would be lucky to have McCaffery.

  • RC5000

    Who?

  • xeynon

    Looks like this game is over.. Carolina’s not coming back from this deficit in the Superdome with the passing game they have, and Payton isn’t going to choke the way Reid did.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Brees is putting on a clinic. They’ve hardly used Kamara.

    • xeynon

      I suspect we’ll see a heavy dose of him in the second half.

  • jshort

    Think I’d rather watch the “Fake news awards”.

    • Donald Kalinowski

      Honestly, sometimes I sit back and wonder to myself “Is this real life?”

    • Will Ft. The Roots

      Game isnt as lopsided it the score suggest. If CAR doesnt drop that TD it looks a whole lot better

  • RC5000

    The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to do something no other No. 1 seed ever has — begin the playoffs as an underdog.

    The Atlanta Falcons opened as 2.5-point favorites over the Eagles in Saturday’s divisional round game in Philadelphia.
    espn.com

    • Guy Media

      Also poised to beat Atlanta and Minnesota twice each in two years.

      • RC5000

        I don’t want to wait that long!

  • RC5000

    Brees has had all day.

  • scratcherk

    how is that not IG

    • Guy Media

      I guess they listened to you.

    • Dragon_Eagle

      The QB is not named Manning, so it is IG.

  • scratcherk

    57 yarders being hit like its nothing nowadays

    • xeynon

      I know. Ideal conditions factor into in this particular game but kickers have definitely gotten better in the last 10-20 years.

      • Guy Media

        I’d love to know how much coaching of technique and some better strength & conditioning have done to improve kicking.

        • xeynon

          My guess is that part of it is that, part of it is soccer becoming a more popular sport in the U.S. and more kids growing up learning how to properly kick a ball before switching to football.

  • Guy Media

    I smell a pick 6 coming up for the Saints as Carolina is forced to press as time counts down.

    • xeynon

      It looks like you’re gonna get your wish with the Panthers being knocked out, but if we lose the NFC Championship Game to the Saints I’m blaming you. 😛

      • Guy Media

        How can you blame me when the whole loss is the fault of:
        – Pederson’s play calling
        – Vinny Curry
        – Kendricks
        – Gerry
        – Jaylin Watkins
        – Duce’s RB rotation
        – Too many coaches prepping for job interviews and not prepping game plans.

        DUH!

  • scratcherk

    Let us thank the Falcons for us not having to play the Saints next week

    • xeynon

      Agreed.. if I’m handicapping the NFC right now, I think I’m making the Saints the favorite.

      • Guy Media

        I don’t think the Vikings are just going to roll over in their own building.

        • xeynon

          They won’t roll over, and I expect that to be a very hard fought game. But the Saints have a better QB and a defense that I think can force Keenum into mistakes.

      • kajomo

        It’s weird, I think the Vikings can stifle the saints, but I think we are a better match up against the Vikings. I think we would really struggle with the balance of that saints offense.

        • Guy Media

          agreed on all points

        • xeynon

          We’re not going to outsmart Brees – I think he’d find the weaknesses in Schwartz’s scheme and would be able to expose them (he could get us with the Eli all quick slant offense for example). I don’t think Keenum can do that.

          • RC5000

            Well Brees did turn the ball over against us the last time we played them and our D is better. thogh he’s usually tough for us. They’re better at home and he’s had all day a lot today.

          • xeynon

            Yeah, I agree with that – I think HFA + possibly inclement weather would level the playing field somewhat.

      • ChoTime

        And #1 in DVOA.

      • RC5000

        Vikings are better to me. They have a better D and a very good offense with Shurmur. Shurmur may not be in elite class but he’s good.

        • xeynon

          I think there’s an argument. I think Keenum is a bit fugazi as a QB though. I’m not sure how he’ll hold up in high pressure situations.

          • RC5000

            Agreed. Saints D is inconsistent and a lot worse if the o is slowed down.

  • Dude

    Joe Buck is handing out the kibosh left and right.

    • xeynon

      Best comment I heard after somebody pointed out that Gruden getting the Raiders job means we don’t have to put up with him on MNF anymore: “Can we get Joe Buck a coaching job?”

      • sonofdman

        That is amazing. I wish I thought of that.

      • RC5000

        LOL. I like listening to Gruden more than most of these guys and Tirico was easily the best pbp announcer for me when those two were together. He can be grating but who isn’t these days?

        • xeynon

          I love Romo. I like Collinsworth and Michaels. There are actually some B-team announcers who are pretty good.

          • scratcherk

            i hope they give gruden’s gig to romo. i hate how theyve stifled him a bit since the beginning of the season

          • sonofdman

            different networks

          • scratcherk

            ah true.

          • RC5000

            I wish Romo switched it up some…the micro analysis is too much at times. Take a breath and shut the hell up sometimes….It was getting on my nerves today for the first time. I have eyes and I can see.

      • Dude

        That is fantastic!

        Did you hear his last call? “Throw. Interception. Saints win.” No tone or inflection change, just that diaphragm-voice he does. He’s just the worst.

  • Guy Media

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Insomniac

    Is it wrong if I want the Panthers to come back?

    • xeynon

      I want them to come back. I want no part of the Saints.

    • Guy Media

      For the Eagles; no.
      Morally; yes.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Game on

  • scratcherk

    finally td.

    • xeynon

      I really don’t understand what Carolina’s front office is thinking not bringing Ginn back and trading Benjamin. Why strip your QB of weapons when he’s in the prime of his career?

      • scratcherk

        shrug.

        • xeynon

          Can you imagine the reaction in Philly if the Eagles e.g. didn’t re-sign Agholor or traded Alshon in the middle of the season without a replacement on the roster?

          • Dragon_Eagle

            or cut DeSean Jackson and traded LeSean McCoy for a gimpy dumb as bricks LB?

      • Insomniac

        Or building Cam a better OL.

  • sonofdman

    That throw away didn’t get back to the line of scrimmage.

  • Insomniac

    When you realize Manti Te’o is a starter but it still doesn’t really click in your head.

  • scratcherk

    theres game

    • Insomniac

      Sucks for Cam. He’s been getting killed since he reached the NFL.

      • Guy Media

        Learn how to throw it away

        • RC5000

          Yeah Nick!

  • xeynon

    That play is emblematic of how scrambling QBs don’t get the same calls that pocket passers do – that was a blow to the head if ever I saw one.

    • Guy Media

      So don’t be a scrambling QB

      • xeynon

        Sure, but if preventing guys from taking vicious blows to the head is a point of emphasis it shouldn’t matter what their style of play is. If Carson took a hit like that on one of his Houdini escapes you’d be complaining I suspect.

        • Guy Media

          No,the style matters. If you’re a massive risk to run if I don’t light you up, then I need to be allowed to light you up. If you want to do all of the fake nonsense with pulling the ball in and out with read options, then you’re a runner and subjected to none of the protections carved out for real QBs.

          • xeynon

            Which is why the rules distinguish between a QB in the pocket and a QB who declares himself a runner. But on that play Cam was in the pocket, he got away from a pass rusher, then got totally blindsided by another.

            I really think Rodgers, Brady, etc. get that call.

          • Guy Media

            That’s a fair bit of difference, but I’ve seen a ton of non-star pocket QBs not get that call as well.

          • xeynon

            Yeah, fair enough – I do think “star treatment” from officials is also an issue.

      • RC5000

        You’re following the wrong team lol- Randall, McNabb, VIck, Wentz….

        • Guy Media

          Wentz and McNabb are controlled in their running. Cunningham’s best season was with the Vikings when he learned how to be the great pocket QB he was always destined to be. Vick was here for 8 seconds.

          • RC5000

            They both scramble or scrambled a ton lol.

          • Guy Media

            Wentz does it some, but McNabb never devolved into the gimmicky BS that Cam does. He’s absolutely fair game for hits.

          • RC5000

            Wentz has scrambled a lot. He’s not a QB that throws it away a lot yet…he does here and there but he’s a big competitor going back to NDSU. His mentality is Favre like, that’s one of his idols too.

            McNabb made faster decisions than Cam and ran less. Your comment was about scrambling , you didn’t say how much so that’s different. I guess I misinterpreted. You like scrambling, just not too much of it. That I can be down with.

          • Guy Media

            Yeah, I just don’t like when a QB chooses to run the ball on purpose and then wants to act like he should be hit like a runner.

          • Guy Media

            As a follow up, if you’re running outside of the Steve Young style I don’t care for it. So Wilson, McNabb, etc. are doing the right things.

    • ChoTime

      *cough* black QB

  • xeynon

    I love it when they screw up and start to send it to commercial, then realize there’s something going on they have to call.

    • Guy Media

      It is pretty funny.

  • Insomniac

    Brees still so dangerous.

  • Guy Media

    KURT COLEMAN YOU ARE A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT NOBODY! WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU SHOVING AFTER THE TD IS OVER? FUCK YOU!

  • Insomniac

    So this is pretty much a sealed deal. Back to Falcons talk.

  • xeynon

    Isn’t it nice to see a CB who doesn’t bite on a double move?

  • Guy Media

    YOU SOFT MOTHER FUCKERS

  • xeynon

    Christian McCaffrey is not a great RB but he’s a hell of a weapon in the passing game.

  • scratcherk

    Game on

  • xeynon

    I kinda feel like Brees’ accuracy does show up on the stat sheet, Troy. Not only is completion % an official stat, an accurate throw that hits a runner in stride and allows him to gain yards after the catch will show up in higher passing yardage and a better YPA number.

  • xeynon

    Wow, that’s kind of a chickenshit call from Payton. If the Saints somehow blow this game that will loom large.

  • RC5000

    Go Panthers!

    • Guy Media

      NO! The Saints need to knock that Scam motherfucker into oblivion.

      • xeynon

        Cam is playing a hell of a game today.

        • Guy Media

          He can play his ass into the CFL

      • RC5000

        Nah I’m for the Saints really because I think they can knock out Vikings who are the team that scares me the most personally .

        • Guy Media

          I get that, I just hate that fucker.

  • Insomniac

    Big balls Dougie would have gone for it already

  • scratcherk

    what an asshole, hope they dont get this

  • scratcherk

    would be stupid to pick it

  • xeynon

    Don’t catch that you dummy.

  • scratcherk

    did not have control of the ball, incomplete.

  • scratcherk

    review that.

    • FairOaks

      Seriously. If that was a TD catch, that would have been overturned I bet.

  • scratcherk

    amazing catch and throw

  • Insomniac

    o shit

  • scratcherk

    beat those saints!

  • Guy Media

    YOU CANNOT DROP THAT INT

  • xeynon

    This has unexpectedly turned into a hell of a finish. I thought it was over when Kamara scored that TD.

    • Insomniac

      same

  • scratcherk

    out of pocket… past LOS… how is it IG?

    • xeynon

      Yeah, he didn’t look like he was in the pocket to me.

  • Guy Media

    SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH CAM! THAT IS 100% GROUNDING AND YOU’RE NOT FUCKING PERMITTED TO SPEAK WITH THE ADULTS YOU FUCKING SCUMBAG!

    • xeynon

      Do we need to get you a brown paper bag to breathe into?

      • Guy Media

        No, we need to get Cam’s style of play a body bag.

        • xeynon

          This entire drive he’s been making throws from the pocket.

          • Guy Media

            eh, his whole deal is tainted.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            Cam Newton/ Human Taint

      • Insomniac

        The same one that comes with whatever his type of alcohol is in?

        • Guy Media

          I don’t drink during games for that very reason.

  • scratcherk

    well this is 1000x better than JAX/BUF

  • scratcherk

    he should have caught hat..

  • Insomniac

    Heh Funchess has always been a body catcher

  • Guy Media

    The anti-Christ is out of the playoffs; YES!

    No go Vikings!!!!

  • scratcherk

    fuck NO

  • xeynon

    That was the worst pass protection I’ve ever seen.

    • FairOaks

      Looked like they were expecting the Saints to rush 3 and they rushed 5 instead. One guy was untouched on the inside.

    • Howie Littlefinger

      Maybe they don’t like Cam either!?!

  • Insomniac

    Well ok now we can get back to Falcons talk.

  • Guy Media

    Ron Rivera needs to learn the rules. That 100% was grounding.

    • Crus57

      The exception for having a receiver within 50yds apparently only applies to Eli Manning, thankfully.

      • Guy Media

        AMEN

      • Will Ft. The Roots

        Or anyone playing the Eagles

        • Guy Media

          Amen again.

      • dillinja

        And Russel Wilson

    • Duracell

      I know you hate Cam, but I thought he was out of the pocket on that one.

      • Guy Media

        I’m of the opinion that damn near everything is grounding and it isn’t called enough as is, so I can’t agree with you.

      • sonofdman

        All the refs know the Cam rules: For getting illegally hit late, Cam is always considered outside of the pocket and therefore a runner so it is not roughing the QB. For throwing the ball away, Cam is considered inside the pocket so it is intentional grounding.

        • Guy Media

          704 area code logic.

          • sonofdman

            I know you don’t like Cam, but he deals with a lot of the same shit McNabb did where refs won’t call roughing no matter how late a hit is on him.

          • Guy Media

            McNabb wasn’t known for recklessly throwing his body all over the place on called runs on scrambles that left passing yards on the board. I agree that McNabb was totally under-protected by the refs, but Cam wants to run around and say shit like there isn’t any other QB like him…….so he can get his stuff called like no other QB in that case.

          • anon

            That tyrod Taylor his was brutal

          • P_P_K

            I had to look that up. Very witty.

    • anon

      What Eli Manning does 5 times a game is grounding

      • Guy Media

        Agreed; call that too!

  • Donald Kalinowski

    This playoff weekend was great. 100x better than last year.

    • Will Ft. The Roots

      The NFC games were great

    • RC5000

      Most of these teams still aren’t that good though imo.

      • Donald Kalinowski

        I disagree. These games are more competitive. Last year you had a lot of weak teams like Miami, Oakland, Houston, NYG, and Detroit.

        The Jaguars has the makings of a historic defense, the Rams and the Vikings are complete teams with great defenses and elite defenses, the Falcons and Saints are lead by veteran QBs and solid defenses.

    • xeynon

      Obviously somebody didn’t watch the Buffalo-Jacksonville game.

      • Donald Kalinowski

        I caught the last 10 minutes. But I don’t really mind low scoring games. But even if you disregard that game, last year all of the games from the first week were double digits wins and none of them were even close to being challenging.

        • xeynon

          It wasn’t just low scoring, it was atrociously played football by two teams that really didn’t look like they had any business being in the playoffs. Both quarterbacks were awful, continually missing open receivers and making poor decisions, and both coaching staffs made questionable decisions. It was not remotely enjoyable, and in fact I’d say it was legitimately one of the worst playoff games I’ve ever watched. I want my three hours back.

  • Kohlhaas

    I dont like cam but I absolutely hate the saints. Would have preferred they were out.

    • Guy Media

      Me too, but I can’t abide by a Carolina win. The Vikings will handle business just fine vs. the Saints.

    • RC5000

      Hate Payton he thinks he’s God’s gift. I like Rivera, Luke but I had to watch Carolina beat us to go to the Super Bowl so screw them.

      • sonofdman

        Sean Payton seems like such as smug little prick.

        • Guy Media

          No doubt there.

      • RC5000

        Panthers fans in the level above my seats with their light blue thingys around their necks at the Linc made me sick!

  • Guy Media

    So is ready to beat down Atlanta and Minnesota back to back to get to the Superbowl?

    • A_T_G

      I think the Saints win next week and then stumble into Philly exhausted and hurting.

      • Sean E

        No way the Saints are beating the Vikings bro.

      • Guy Media

        The Saints margin of victory today isn’t inspiring me to see them as a team that can go up against a team with better pass rushers, better dbacks, and an overall better D on the road and win.

      • Masked Man

        Definitely a tough, hard fought game today. Playoff intensity. Division opponent.

        They hit the road next week and try to stay alive. The Vikes defense will present another tough challenge for them.

      • ChoTime

        The Vikings may very well beat them down anyway.

  • Duracell

    There is certainly no guarantee the Eagles even win a playoff game this year, but after watching both NFC playoff games, you’d have to be crazy to think the Eagles don’t have a chance to make the Super Bowl.

    • Insomniac

      We do if Foles plays well.

      • Guy Media

        And the coach calls plays properly.

      • Duracell

        I think we should beat the Falcons as long as he’s not bad. I agree he probably needs to be good for us to beat MIN or NO.

      • Someguy77

        It’s the d-line.

        Can Jernigan and Cox generate enough consistent pressure?

        Can the ends contain well and keep the Atlanta power run game especially off tackle under wraps?

        Can the d-line force Ryan to throw at least one INT?

        Where the Eagles have invested the lion’s share of their dollars and it needs to pay some real dividends starting next week.

        • Insomniac

          It’s 60% Foles and 40% defense.

          • Someguy77

            I just don’t see Foles being the total turd he was the last 2 weeks nor as good as he was at times in 2013.

            If the defense causes at least 2 turnovers and holds them to <20 points, they’ll win.

  • RC5000

    All NFC teams left besides us are roofed stadium indoor teams…Atlanta’s is retractable but they only played 1 game with it open I think. That may or may not help but we need what we can get.

  • A_T_G
    • Guy Media

      I’m excited. I want to see when the game is and put out some feelers on airfare. I probably won’t wind up going, but it’ll be nice to watch the Eagles kick either Tennessee’s or Jacksonville’s ass on a world stage while eating pork roll sandwiches at 9:30 AM.

    • Julescat

      too much travel and too disruptive for the team

      no thanks

      • xeynon

        Don’t all teams which play the London game get their bye the next week?

        I’m honestly not too worried. Flying to London is not all that different from flying to Seattle as far as distance, only you play a team with less of a homefield advantage.

        • Howie Littlefinger

          I would rather have the bye before this game but that would be nice. Either way we get a playoff team in UK, should be cool

        • A_T_G

          I think they are all offered to have their bye the following week. I remember hearing this year that one of the teams turned it down.

  • Someguy77

    Falcons matchup is the best matchup for the Eagles.

    Really glad they won because the Saints would have come in here and covered even if they were 4 or 4.5 favorites.

  • daveH

    Panthers WRs missed 2 TDs .. lame on their part

  • Someguy77

    Didn’t see Foles being the key factor when Wentz went down. Still don’t.

    I see this offense scoring between 17-23 points on the board next week. Question is how well can the defense play.

    – If they don’t force at least one INT, this team loses.
    – If the LBs and secondary continue to tackle poorly, this team loses.
    – If Mills or one it their CBs bite on a double move for a long TD, they lose.
    – If Jones gets into the end zone, this team loses.

    Good news is each of these isn’t that hard to prevent nor for the Eagles to win next week.

    • Guy Media

      If they don’t run the f-ing ball in a dominant fashion………….

      • Someguy77

        I don’t even see them needing to do that. Just a steady commitment even if they get behind 7 or 10 early on and some decent runs with the 2-4 chunks.

        If Pederson panics and they start going heavy on the pass, they’ll get whupped.

    • Insomniac

      If they run slants on us, we already lost.

      • Someguy77

        If Schwartz can’t freaking stop slants with this much time, he should go home.

        Still think he is overrated and any team that would hire him as a head coach would make a real mistake.

        Big coaching loss would be Fipp or DeFilippo or losing Douglas as a GM with him taking a few scouts with him.

        • Someguy77

          As Dirty Harry says, “A man has got to know his limitations.”

          Schwartz is a guy I see as a solid coordinator but somebody who hasn’t realkyimpressed me with his in-game adjustments or as the season progresses.

        • Donald Kalinowski

          He’s playing without Hicks and promoted a guy off the street to be his starting LB, Kendricks has always been weak in everything that’s not blitzing, and you have seen what happens to Mills when he attempts to play tight coverage.

          • Someguy77

            Missing just one starter on defense and Mills hadn’t played tight coverage all year.

            They won’t start next week. See more of last year where they have to blanket Jones after the catch and limit YAC. Don’t see Sanu being a matchup problem either.

            Biggest matchup problem receiving is Coleman out of the backfield is he is on Ellerbe or Kendricks out of a 4-3 set which I think we’ll see a fair amount of this week.

          • anon

            j. mills is a stud in terms of value, for a 7th rd pick to play as well as he does.

          • Someguy77

            I meant Mills plays well off the line and hadn’t pressed all year.

        • Tumtum

          He has done a pretty good job with this defense. I wouldn’t take that for granted.

          • BlindChow

            Exactly. Look at Buffalo’s defense before he got there and after he left. He made a difference.

          • Tumtum

            We trading Gym Shorts for Baldy McDermott? I didn’t have that crystal ball…sign me up then!

        • anon

          umm have you watched this defense this season? maybe you already forgot how this defense has looked the last 10 years

  • Donald Kalinowski

    I’m so happy Dallas took Zeke over Ramsay and drafted Dak. Dak isn’t a good enough to be a “star” QB but not bad enough to be replaced.

  • Jernst

    No excuse whatsoever to not feed Kareem Hunt the ball when you’re up 21-3 at halftime.