Know Your Enemy – MIN

Posted: January 20th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 127 Comments »

The Vikings went 13-3 this year. They had the #1 defense in points and yards. The offense finished 10th in points and 11th in yards. This is a legitimately outstanding team. They may have won last week on a crazy, fluke play, but don’t get caught up in that. Crazy things happen in the postseason. Good teams take advantage of them.

QB

Don’t think of Case Keenum as a backup QB. He’s started 14 games this year and has a passer rating of 98.3. Keenum has a solid arm. He is willing to take chances and will give his guys a chance to make plays. He has excellent movement skills. He can throw on the run or make plays with his feet. Keenum had the highest rating of any QB in the league outside the pocket (116.4). You need to keep him in the pocket. He was at his best at key moments. Keenum had a rating of 110.4 in the Red Zone.

RB

Latavius Murray is a good downhill runner. Has good speed. Ran for 8 TDs, but only averaged 3.8 yards per carry. Isn’t going to create a lot of yards on his own, but is dangerous when he hits the hole at full stride. Limited receiver. Only 15 catches this year. Jerick McKinnon caught 51 passes and was the receiving threat out of the backfield.

WR

Adam Thielen had an amazing year, going 91-1276. Only had 4 TDs. Thielen has great body control, which helps him to be a dynamic route runner. He can just destroy CBs with his releases and cutting ability. Extremely competitive. Fights for the ball. Has excellent hands. Stefon Diggs went 64-849-8. He has exceptional quickness and is very dangerous after the catch. Feisty, competitive players. Thielen and Diggs were the best WR duo in the NFC this year.

TE

Kyle Rudolph has excellent size at 6-5, 265. Very good in the Red Zone. Had 8 TD catches this year. MIN will flex him off the formation and sometimes even split him out wide. Solid route runner. Has good hands and uses his size to his advantage in the RZ. Catches the ball well in traffic.

OL

The weakest position group for the Vikings. They have had to shuffle players around and play a lot of different combinations. Rookie C Pat Elflein looks like he could become an outstanding player. RT Rashod Hill started 7 games this year and has been inconsistent. LT Riley Reiff isn’t a smooth pass blocker, but is effective. Will battle. Good run blocker.

DL

Everson Griffen led the way with 13 sacks this year. Excellent quickness. When he times the snap just right, is almost impossible to block. Great get-off. Can move around. Danielle Hunter has excellent length (6-6 frame). Very good athlete. Had 7 sacks this year. DT Linval Joseph is a player who can be dominant at times. I still don’t understand why the Giants let him go, but thank goodness they did. Big, powerful and athletic. Tom Johnson is the other starting DT. Smaller, quicker player. Brian Robison is a veteran pass rusher off the bench.

LB

Eric Kendricks, Mychal’s brother, is a great ILB. Has an excellent combination of instincts and athleticism. LBs who can run are critical. LBs who can run and know where to run are the kind of guys you build a defense around. Led the Vikings in tackles. Can cover, blitz and make plays all over the field. Anthony Barr is the kind of SAM that Jim Johnson would have loved. Huge at 6-5, 255. Can rush the passer. Can cover. Has developed into a solid all around LB. Picked off a pass last week. Gifted athlete.

S

Harrison Smith has become one of the best Safeties in the league. I thought he was good coming out of college, but never expected him to develop into this level of player. Special guy. Great instincts. Obviously does his homework because he knows what offenses are going to do, but also has that innate ability to be in the right spot at the right time. Led the Vikings with 5 INTs this year. Dangerous blitzer. Can time it really well and fly in on QBs. 2nd on the team in tackles. Andrew Sendejo is the other S, but he’s still in the concussion protocol as of now. The Vikings say they expect him to play. Would be a big loss for them if he had to sit.

CB

Xavier Rhodes has become one of the top CBs in the league. Huge at 6-2, 210. Makes Trae Waynes look like the small guy at 6-1, 183. Rhodes won’t get a lot of passes thrown his way so that means Waynes is going to get tested by default. Both players were outstanding this year. Mackensie Alexander is the #3 CB. He is the guy to target this year.

ST

PK Kai Forbath hit a 53-yard FG last week that gave the Vikings a late lead. He did miss 5 extra points this year (hmm…sounds familiar). Marcus Sherels is a good RS, but isn’t dynamic.

*****

Malcolm is a good player. He’s no Dawk, but he’s darn good. I love the attitude he brings to the defense. He’s energetic and emotional, but can still be a good leader.

One thing stood out to me after watching that clip…it’s a good thing the Eagles don’t pay  him by the word.

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  • Masked Man

    My first 1st!

    Sean E! Whattup, Bro! Go Eagles!

    Sunday can’t get here soon enough!

  • RC5000

    The Eagles have the best end zone duo at WR so that statement is debatable that Thielen and Diggs were the best WR duo in the NFC this year. Scoring is what wins you games.

    Jones and Tate had 2,104 yards and 14 TDs. Thielen and Diggs had 2,125 yards and 12 TDs.

    If Thielen and Diggs were in fact the best WR duo in the NFC this year, it was by a negligible amount. Any duo that has 12 TDs between them isn’t anything to get that excited about.

    Jeffery and Agholor had 17 TDs to Thielen and Diggs 12. Thielen needs to score TDs to be a great WR forme. Diggs is good but he only had 81 more yards than Agholor a slot WR. They each had 8 TDs.

    Jones and Sanu had 2,145 yards but just 8 TDs.

    • Dave

      Our redzone production was 100% due to Wentz, not the WRs or the TEs. Read what Ertz had to say about him and his film study.

      https://www.theplayerstribune.com/zach-ertz-eagles-playoffs/amp/

      • ColorSgt

        Yeah that’s a great read.

      • xeynon

        100%? No. A lot of it was due to Wentz, but Jeffery and Ertz are both excellent red zone receivers independent of who the QB is.

      • RC5000

        Yeah I love that about Wentz his work ethic. I always said that was part of why he could be special but I think he’s going to have less production in the red zone with lesser players.

        It’s not like you could have Marcus Johnson and Shelton Gibson and even Burton in there and expect the same production . Same with a backup OL.

        I remember McNabb’s issues in the red zone with WRs like Todd Pinkston and James Thrash and Torrance Small and Charles Johnson.

        I believe in that cliche you surround your QBs with talent so they can flourish.

    • James Edelman

      Blah-Blah-Blah

      • John Dunkerley

        GTFO

  • RC5000

    Keenum’s arm gets weak when he’s got guys in his face. The ends need to keep him in the pocket and get in his face a big key to the game.

    The Vikings are good and it could go either way but we match up well with them imo.

    • James Edelman

      Case Keenum and the Vikings are ready for the Eagles.

      Enough said.

      Have a nice day.

      • xeynon

        Enough said? Hardly. That’s not really much of an argument you’ve got there.

        Not sure if you’re a Vikings fan or what, but you’re obviously not familiar with how it works around here.

        Igglesblitz commenters are a pretty rational and civil bunch and aren’t really into trash talk, but the level of knowledge of the game is pretty high so this kind of empty chest thumping isn’t going to win you much respect around these parts.

        • P_P_K

          Great post.

        • James Edelman

          You are the one throwing stones and chest thumping. As a matter of fact, I am a Vikings fan. But, I have found that those who yell the loudest with what they post usually are pretty insecure. Mostly for good reason. Should be a good game.

          • xeynon

            LOL. You haven’t been here long, but I have yet to see you make a single post of substance regarding tomorrow’s game – just a few empty boasts about how the Vikings won’t have a problem.

            That stuff bores us. As I said, it’s a pretty rational, knowledgeable crowd here. I don’t think most of our posters view this as much more than a coin flip type of game – even the most optimistic probably only give the Eagles a 60% chance of winning the game. Everybody here respects the Vikings as a good team. If you want to make a case for why they’ll win because of their excellent 3rd down defense, or exotic blitz packages, or outstanding wide receivers, I think most everyone here would listen and say you might be right as those are all things that worry Eagles fans about our team facing them.

            However, “de Vikings are gonna win becuz Case Keenum is DA BEST QBZZZZ!!!!” is not the kind of analysis that’s going to win anybody’s respect. If you don’t demonstrate any knowledge about the game in general or the Eagles specifically we’re not going to take you seriously.

          • James Edelman

            You sure do make up a lot of stuff.

            Sometimes, the less said, the better.

      • DustyRyder71

        So they practiced this week. Good intel. Keep up the fine work.

  • RC5000

    I think our OL needs to beat their DL (duh we have to win the trenches)…run the ball on the#2 rush defense and putting pressure on Keenum are the two things we have to have to win.

    • Dave

      I’d expect 8 men in the box and tight coverage, much like last week. Running will be hard unless Nick can throw the ball.

      • xeynon

        That’s what the Falcons did in the second half last week and Nick was able to the throw the ball effectively against it. The difference could be if the Vikings are able to mount a more effective pass rush but I think Doug will have the Eagles well-prepared regardless.

        • RC5000

          OL is where we can get the advantage and win. I like our backs better than the Vikings backs a little too.

      • RC5000

        I think Minnesota is better than Atlanta. They have an even better secondary and will have even tighter coverage.

  • RC5000

    Insomnia (not to be confused with Insomniac) mock – Jeremiah did his first mock which for sure won’t be right

    Giants – Barkley
    Skins – Mayfield
    Cowboys – Maurice Hurst (they need a WR)
    Iggles – Rashaan Evans (I think I likey some but trading down could be the ticket for realz this time but imagine taking a 4-3 LB in first)

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000908233/article/jeremiah-mock-draft-10-browns-jets-fins-redskins-take-qb

    • Sb2bowl

      I’m torn. We have minimal draft assets this year, so picking up a 2&3 would really help replenish some depth for next year. But, having that 5th option on a contract goes a long way as well.

      Interested to see how it turns out.

    • Dave

      In see no way the Giants do not take a QB. They know that the chances of having the #2 pick in the future are slim.

    • Guy Media

      His mock sucked as it had the Vikings beating us as you described.

    • Guy Media

      So, why not……………………..

      Your score is: 20816 (GRADE: A-)

      Your Picks:
      Round 2 Pick 13 (G.B.): Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas (A-)
      Round 3 Pick 12 (G.B.): Marcus Allen, FS, Penn State (A+)
      Round 4 Pick 1 (CLE): Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford (A)
      Round 4 Pick 24 (CLE): Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana (A+)
      Round 4 Pick 30: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina AT (A+)
      Round 4 Pick 31: Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami (FL) (A)
      Round 5 Pick 19: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon (A+)
      Round 5 Pick 30: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida (A+)
      Round 6 Pick 30: Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia (A+)

      • xeynon

        I like the idea of trading down and picking more developmental guys.

    • Insomniac

      I like DJ but there is no way that the Broncos pass up on a QB even if they get someone like Alex Smith/Tyrod Taylor.

  • Someguy77

    One of those weeks where I wish they had Peters. He might have gotten beat 1-2 twice including for a sack but wouldn’t have let Griffen dominate either.

    Vaitai is the Eagles’ biggest weakness on offense just as Ellerbe is on defense. Wonder how much the Vikings will be able to exploit both matchups.

    • Dave

      I’m confident Reich will game plan around Griffen. I’m more worried about their CBs playing press coverage, causing indecision in Nick.

    • xeynon

      Vaitai has had his ups and downs and is no Peters but there’s been no point at which I’d describe him as letting the guy across from him “dominate”. Frank Clark has two sacks but one of those looked to be on Warmack to me, and Vaitai hasn’t had anything close to a Winston Justice/Chaz Green type meltdown.

      While this isn’t a matchup that’s in the Eagles’ favor I think too much is being made of it honestly. Vaitai is a weak link compared to his line mates but not an outright liability, and I think he’s a more reliable LT than Torrey Smith is a WR or Foles is a QB so I wouldn’t call him the “biggest weakness on offense” either.

      • Duracell

        In general, Vaitai has also played much better next to Wiz than next to anyone else.

        • xeynon

          Yeah. I think some of his breakdowns have been mental (e.g. thinking “how do I handle this twist/stunt?” when he sees the DL doing something exotic) and having a solid veteran next to him rather than a guy who’s prone to blowing his own assignments like Warmack or Seumalo makes a big difference.

      • DustyRyder71

        Based on what you’ve seen, and how much he’s improved year over year and throughout the season, how good is Vaitai? What do you think his ceiling is?

        • xeynon

          Don’t think he has the physical tools to ever be an elite starting OT (he’s not an awful athlete but nowhere close to the same league as Lane or JP), but there’s still room for improvement with his technique and recognition. I think the upside is “solid starter” with a floor at this point of “very good 3rd tackle”.

          • DustyRyder71

            Not bad for a 5th. I don’t have any objection to spending a first on an LT of the future, but with Vaitai getting better and (hopefully) JP coming back for one more run, it’ll be nice to not have to.

          • xeynon

            It is indeed good value for a 5th round pick.

            They don’t have to draft a guy at any position, one of the luxuries of having a deep roster. But if a top OT prospect falls to their pick, and is the BPA there, taking him would be a good idea.

    • kajomo

      We have one mismatch on our OL. They have 4.

  • PudgyPanda

    The Vikings and writers and fans took note of the Saints punter last weekend.
    He played most of the game with torn cartilage in his rib cage. When the officials insisted on the point after kick to end the game, he was the first Saint back on the field.
    Someone in Minnesota decided to honor him by suggesting donations to his charitable foundation. The last time I looked they had given more than $400,000!

  • GermanEagle

    *Breaking News

    There’s a pretty high chance that the Vikings Team will stay at the same Philly Hotel like GE..

    Thank me later.

    • scratcherk

      I thank you in advance

    • Dragon_Eagle

      GE. I need a place to store my 18 boxes of industrial grade fireworks tonight. Can ya help me out?

    • kajomo

      You know what to do. Poison the water supply.

  • ColorSgt

    “Crazy things happen in the postseason. Good teams take advantage of them.” Just look at how the Vikings won. They are playing on borrowed time, and their time will soon be up.

  • Guy Media

    “OL

    The weakest position group for the Vikings.”

    That’s the whole game right here. Own their O line, get a W.

    • Duracell

      Agree. I think the Eagles will live in the Vikings backfield, but the key will be if Keenum can get out of the pocket and work some magic or not.

    • Green Goblin Swag

      I put it like this a day out from the game:
      Weaknesses
      Vikes – Oline (Not even a terrible o line btw)
      Eagles- Probowl MVP. Author of 27-2, HOF jersey wearer Nick Foles

      Suffice to say I feel good about the game. It’s winnable and we win these ugly ones.

    • James Edelman

      Vikings O-Line not weak. That’s why they have both a successful running and passing game.You will see.

  • Dave

    Home field advantage is huge in the conference championship games.

    In the last 10 years, the AFC home team has lost once and the NFC 4 times.

    • Guy Media

      Shame one of those home losses wasn’t Arizona in January of 2009; f-ing choke job BS to go from +28 to -7 to the same team in 2 months.

      • Duracell

        Ugh, Kevin Curtis.

        • Donald Kalinowski

          Fucking Roderick Hood and the Refs for not calling an obvious DPI

      • iceberg584

        For me, the disappointment of that loss is only exceeded by the Tampa game. The Arizona game was the last run for Dawk, McNabb, Tre, Runyon, Westbrook, and (though we didn’t know it yet) Reid. So winnable…amazing comeback, then it all slipped away with one drive. For weeks after that game, I wish we could have just asked for a redo. The Eagles were clearly the superior team.

        • FairOaks

          Arizona was good though. We had spanked them earlier that year, but in that earlier game, we got consistent pressure with four rushers. They had fixed their OL issue by the playoff game, and we had to blitz to get pressure — and Warner ate the the blitzes alive.

          Those trenches battles are very important. It was why we beat Atlanta, and is the one thing that gives us hope against the Vikings.

    • ColorSgt

      My first thought was how many of those AFC games were in NE. So I looked it up. The answer is half. However, the one game where the home team lost was when the ravens beat the pats. So there’s a crack. Go Jags!

      • Dave

        And how many of those home games were due to the Pats getting 4 to 5 easy division wins…AFC Least!

        • ColorSgt

          That’s true but it seems like the pats struggle to win in the division at times. They play easy games but only win by a few points. Doesn’t take away from your point, but I find myself scratching my head why they aren’t blowing those teams out.

          • Dave

            You lost me there. Since Brady took over in 2001 they won the division 15 times out of 17 years.

  • Poiple Viking

    Hi Guys, I have enjoyed reading your comments for a few days and decided to post. I normally hang out at Vikefans.com. It’s a fan owned and driven site. We broke off from Scout a few years ago. Stop by and say hi. Mostly reasonable guys.
    The Vikes O line was in tatters last year. They released several of them, drafted a few starters and free agency has helped. A huge improvement from last year. Keenum mobility has helped mask some of the problems there. But it is a lot better.
    On defense Griffen is the sack leader but has been slowed with plantar fasciitis. It has hurt our pass rush overall. Usually the front 4 bring enough pressure they seldom need to blitz. Zimmer is great at designing and disguising his blitzes. It seems versus Brees with his mobility and quick release they focused more on containment and trying to pressure the middle. Griff’s foot might be part of that. It will be interesting how he calls it this week.
    Losing Sendejo free safety to concussion in the second half against the Saints was the beginning of letting Brees and co. back into the game. He is supposed to play but still under protocol.
    It should be a great game. Sorry about Wentz. That has to be really tough. The Vikes have been down that path with Qb injuries. It looks like the Eagles have done fine with Nick Foles.
    Good Luck!
    Poiple

    • ColorSgt

      The Vikings and Eagles are proof that a decent run game and top notch defense is a winning formula. It’ll be a good game, but I think home field is the difference in this one. I think the key is to contain Keenum. If the Vikings speed up Keenum getting the ball out, that could hurt the Eagles. Enjoy the game.

      • James Edelman

        If Keenum speeds up getting the ball out, the Vikings are going to score a lot of points. He’s been held back most of the time. He can , and likes to, work quickly. That’s his natural game.

    • Green Goblin Swag

      Didn’t u hear we’re all gangsters and will steal ur bit coins because u happen to root for another team. Savages, this lot here is.

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Yeah, really. Didn’t you see the PSA?

      • SteveH

        Seriously, respect to Poiple Viking for even setting foot in this territory.

        If it was a Cowboys fan though we would definitely be trolling the shit out of them though.

    • xeynon

      Thanks for stopping by. I respect the hell out of what the Vikings have done this year and will root wholeheartedly for them in the Super Bowl if they beat the Eagles. I know you guys have some great fans up there in Minnesota and have your own history of playoff disappointment to rival ours so I’d much prefer you to win it all rather than the Patriots or Jaguars if the Eagles can’t. Here’s to a great game tomorrow!

      • kajomo

        I’m ok with Vikings fans. Just don’t step foot in our stadium

    • Guy Media

      Nice. And welcome.

    • P_P_K

      Hey Poiple, Cool post What’s your pick for the game. I’m saying the Eagles replicate another 15-10 win.
      Yea, good luck to your guys, but I offer it in lower case letters!

      • Poiple Viking

        This is too close to call. Will the Vikes come out flat after their emotional win? Does home field advantage make the difference for Eagles?
        Turnovers will be the deciding factor. Here is to hoping that the refs call a clean game, everyone is healthy at the end and one of us beats the tar out of the AFC contender in two weeks.

        • P_P_K

          You seem like such a good guy that I will be submitting your name for official invitation into Citizenship in Eagles Nation should Philly be representing the NFC against the true enemy, the AFC rep.

          As a side note, my 15 year-old son has a budding romance with the daughter of a family friend who lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis. We are planning for him to fly to your neck of the woods, but waiting for the results of the Sunday game. Should Eagles win, he stays here to watch the Super Bowl with me and our friends, then flies out the Mon after. If Vikes win, he flies out this Wed. He wants his team to win, but if we lose he gets some extra time with his crush. Girls & football, ah to be young and foolish.

  • Green Goblin Swag

    “What do you get when a team loses an MVP-candidate quarterback, a future Hall of Fame left tackle, its most dynamic offensive playmaker, a starting middle linebacker, its kicker and a special teams ace for the season?”

    Somehow not Coach of the Year which , I guess is just like a probowl vote for coaches

    • ColorSgt

      Doug will get it next year after he wins the SB this year and enters the playoffs next year 16-0.

      • sonofdman

        People would still argue that some other coach like Belichik actually deserved it more.

        • Duracell

          If you read Bill Simmons’ latest mailbag, he shades Doug not once, but TWICE. Not a surprise since I think the original Lombardi take was on a Simmons’ podcast, but it still annoyed me.

          • sonofdman

            He always shades anyone that has any success in the NFL that is not a Patriot.

            Also, I think it is funny that New England fans think they are somehow more intelligent than other fans because their team has been good for a while. Simmons is the most famous example of this, but it seems to extend to all New England fans. All the time on sports blogs and websites, you see them commenting and they always start their comments with “As a Patriots fan,…”or something like that, as if it shows their expertise.

    • Donald Kalinowski

      Dougie deserved it but McVay did completely turn around a franchise. I was actually impressed with Doug was able to accomplish last yeat.

      • Green Goblin Swag

        Our franchise was completely turned around too. All while DP was being slandered. Credit where credit is do

        • BlindChow

          It took Doug two years. McVay did it in one.

          • DustyRyder71

            McVay didn’t step into the smoldering ruins of a franchise like Doug did with the post-Chip Eagles. Things were set up pretty nicely for him this season.

            Not trying to discredit anything McVay’s accomplished. I just think Doug’s successes have been more impressive.

          • BlindChow

            “Smoldering ruins” is a bit much. They were one year away from a 10-6 season. They weren’t the Browns.

          • DustyRyder71

            At this time two year ago, the Browns comparisons weren’t exactly scarce. It was a pretty grim time.

            Point is, the Rams were in a much better place coming into this season than the Eagles were coming into 2016.

          • Green Goblin Swag

            I don’t think what McVay did was nearly as impressive as what Doug did. Not even trying to take anything away from McVay I think he is a good coach.

            Pederson has had to do an almost unbelievable amount of work and kept this team focused throughout. LT,LG,TE,QB,RB,K,MLB,CB,FS,Best S/T all missed games. We had every reason to fail over and over.

            Look at the job Chip did his first year vs his second. Now you will say that NFL defenses caught up with Chip, and we would all likely agree. So doing something in year 2 vs year one doesn’t always mean much to me.

            The Rams were figured out towards the end and were clearly over achieving. PeDerson has won with back ups all year.

    • bobeph

      win the superbowl, I could care less about awards, coach of the year and all that other stuff, win the superbow, thats all

      • Green Goblin Swag

        I agree but how do u not win with all those accomplishments for a regular season award? OK the other dude is young and spikes his hair….ok

        • DustyRyder71

          Rams were scary good at times, but Doug did more, overcame more, and beat McVay head to head on his turf without Carson Wentz for a quarter. Doug Pederson was the Coach of the Year in 2017. McVay got the hardware because of the Doogie Howser factor.

          • xeynon

            The Eagles were also scary good at times, while suffering far worse injury luck than the Rams (who didn’t lose anybody of consequence to injury for most of the season).

          • DustyRyder71

            I’d say the Eagles were scarier good for more of the season than the Rams. And I like that team a lot. The Eagles were just better, and their year over year improvement was at least equal to the Rams’ (once you get beyond wins and losses). And DP dealt with a hell of a lot more adversity.

            Doug got gypped. Oh well. McVay’s home watching Doug on TV… I’m sure he’d trade in that trophy to switch places with Pederson in a heartbeat.

  • Gary Barnes

    Eagles need to start quickly, cannot have a first half like they did vs Falcons. They need to get a lead if at all possible. That will allow them to control the ball on O, unleash the D and play field position with the ST. If we fall behind, it will be a ton more difficult to stay with our game plan.

    • bobeph

      I would short pass them to death, also get ertz involved early, seemed like he was a non factor for the majority of the game last week

  • bobeph

    gotta run the ball with success, cant put this game in foles hands to win, just my opinion, and the D needs to cause at least two turnovers, yeah Im stating the obvvious I know

  • daveH

    Loved watching that video/audio of Jenkins. .he is pretty damn valuable. . Hate reading that sentance comparing him specifically to Dawk .. wtf .. unnecessary. He isn’t competing with him.. on any level ..if anything he is just looking to continue the legacy .. and tbf, to be perfectly fair. .. If he DOES make a tackle or catch an int or DOES ANYTHING of impact in a playoff game. .arguably makes him better

    • BlindChow

      Tommy doesn’t like complimenting Eagles players without also pointing out who or what that player is not. He just can’t bring himself to say “____ is a good player.”

      “He’s not Dawk, but…”

      “He’ll never be a shutdown corner, but…”

      It’s bizarre.

      • sonofdman

        I think this is a natural reaction on Tommy’s part in response to people overreacting whenever Tommy says something positive about a player. It stops the straw man arguments that people use where they act like Tommy is claiming a player is a hall of famer, just because he complimented someone.

        • BlindChow

          I think this is his reasoning, but I never see it happen here. No one is going to take umbrage at Tommy calling Jenkins a good safety.

          • daveH

            He’s a good safety but GREAT football player and GREAT Eagle.
            Period.
            Compare him to his peers sure.. but why compare him to other Eagles, especially saying he doesn’t stack up
            ..wtf, No comparison necessary.

            Just saying that he doesn’t stack up to anyone annoys me.
            ..
            .. but what will make Jenkins all-time ?? Putting the team on his back and taking over so that HE is T-H-E difference maker and he shuts down any chances of viking victory ..
            Dawk never did that. ..ive always heard his detractors say he dissappeared in playoff games. . That bugs me .. So thats what i take issue with
            ..
            Cox starting the Falcons game with several solo run stopping tackles was awesome and difference making.
            That’s how Jenkins solidifies his Eagle and NFL legacy.

      • ChoTime

        Is it the business of an analyst to “compliment” a player?

        Maybe by supplying upper and lower parameters, a more accurate evaluation is given. Perhaps by clarifying that Mills is not a shutdown corner, he is providing more information than by simply pointing out his positive traits without context.

        • BlindChow

          To be clear, Tommy did not say Mills wasn’t a shutdown corner. He said Mills would never be a shutdown corner.

          Do you see the difference?

          • DustyRyder71

            I obviously enjoy Tommy’s analysis and writing (by virtue of being here regularly), but the Mills comment was absolutely gratuitous and unnecessary.

            I’m not all that sure it was accurate, either.

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  • xeynon

    So has nobody made the obligatory joke post about how the Vikings are the Eagles’ “opponents” or “adversaries” but not their “enemies” and how Tommy should use more precise language yet?

    • ChoTime

      eh, what?
      Although if we win because of some arcane bit of film study, the next post should be titled “And Knowing is Half the Battle.”

      • SteveH

        referencing a particularly snobby commenter from I think a couple of weeks ago who didn’t find Tommy’s use of the English language up to their standards.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Its been a great run, but all those defensive mental mistakes, sloppy turnovers, and poor ST plays combine to kill us big time. Minnesota is too good not to take full advantage. Vikings 38 Eagles 12.

    • P_P_K

      Yes, another jinx on our opponent.

    • Damon Robinson

      Except…1. The Eagles D is just as lethal at home as the Vikings D is overall. Same 3rd down defense numbers. 26 vs 25%
      2. The Eagles dominated two good QBs in Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan at the Linc.
      3. Vikes safety is playing on short rest after a concussion.
      4. Vikes starting rec is playing on short rest with a lower back injury.
      5. This Eagles team doesn’t have a choke vibe since Seattle.
      6. Media tried to destroy #9s confidence. #9 ain’t having it.
      7. That Vikes d line doesn’t have depth. Vikes better be far have a 2 possession lead by halftime.
      8. X Rhoades is banged up and so is #”97″
      9. Who is going to cover #13 for the Eagles?
      10. Your post be printed and used for toilet paper after the Eagles win tomm.

      • FairOaks

        “You out of your mind? Are you out of your mind? If you give in now, you might start losing.

        Never f*ck with a winning streak.”

        • Damon Robinson

          Got it

      • daveH

        Damon he is kidding. . Its the negadelphia reality that we all know. .that sooner or later the other foot (along with the shoe) falls off. .that we never get ther … that our greatest coach of all time is a choke artist. .and so on … he is using the anti serum to the vibe ..he is working the negs vibe to our benefit like he has all season

        • Damon Robinson

          I figured that out.

      • James Edelman

        Oh.

    • Will Ft. Lenny Kravitz

      LOL. The game hasn’t even been played yet. What makes you think they go into tomorrows game and commit the exact same mistakes all over again?

    • Tumtum

      After the year we had you are calling a blow out? That is tantamount to treason. After all this D has done.

    • A_T_G

      I love the responses these posts continue to get 18 games in.

  • Sean E

    Umm … Tommy …
    The Minnesota Vikings are not an “enemy.”

    They are rivals and opponents of the Eagles.

    North Korea and Isis are our “enemies.”

    An intelligent use of the language is always useful and welcome …

    • Will Ft. Lenny Kravitz

      You read too much into it.

      or sarcasm?

      • DustyRyder71

        Sarcasm. (See last week’s Falcons post)

    • Tumtum

      Aww damnit sarcasm went over head

    • Rob Jarratt

      But, but we have met the enema and the enema is us (direct from Jerrah).

      • Masked Man

        Yessuh.

  • SteveH

    I love how Patriots players leave the Patriots, suck balls, then go back to the Patriots and are suddenly good again.

    • BlindChow

      You think it’s a coincidence? “Patrick, I’m not sure how the Chip Kelly experiment is going to go, but I need a man on the inside. How about you go play for the Eagles for a couple years then come back?”

    • Tumtum

      I don’t really think Chung does all that well for them personally, but I don’t watch their games really either. I think it says a lot about that coaching staff.

  • Dave
  • P_P_K

    He would say that about Connie Chung if he thought it was in his best interests.