Monday Night Meltdown

Posted: September 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 20 Comments »

If you haven’t seen it, the Seattle Seahawks just got handed a win by the replacement refs.  Un-freaking-believable.

Set that debacle aside, and the game was still given to them.  There was a horrible PI call that got them out of a really bad situation.  There was an INT negated by a very questionable roughing the passer call.  There was a play where a  DB hit Greg Jennings out of the blue and didn’t draw a flag for the hit.  He’ll definitely be fined for that.

Not every call went for Seattle, but several did and the ones that truly impacted the game all were against the Packers.

How does this affect the Eagles?

The loss drops GB to just 1-2.  I still think the Packers are a very good team, but they haven’t played real well this year.  Sound familiar?  The Eagles are in a similar boat, but are at least 2-1.

Other teams that we’ll be battling with for playoff spots or position are also struggling.  The Saints are 0-3.  The Lions are 1-2.

The flip side is that the Cards are 3-0 and the Seahawks are 2-1.  I think we all expected SF to be the best team in that division.  All 3 teams are off to strong starts.

The Eagles loss at Arizona still stings, but thankfully that comes on the heels of a 2-0 start.

Hopefully the debacle in Seattle will lead to a settlement between the real officials and the NFL.  And maybe our debacle in Arizona will lead to the Eagles coming out hungry and focused against the Giants on Sunday night.

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Perspective can help after a loss.  Who was worse on Sunday, the Eagles for losing at the Cards or the Niners for losing at the Vikings?  The SF loss was more of a shocker.

The Lions lost to the Titans in a wild game.  The Steelers lost to the Raiders.  The Saints lost to the Chiefs.  That’s 3 bad losses.

The one big difference is that those teams (aside from SF) played in back and forth games.  Leads were blown.  Comebacks were made.  The Eagles got flat out whipped in Arizona.

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I’ve been a bit under the weather today with a cold.  That delayed my piece on Andy Reid.  I’ll get it posted on Tuesday.


20 Comments on “Monday Night Meltdown”

  1. 1 holeplug said at 1:15 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    still speechless at the end of that game

  2. 2 SteveH said at 1:43 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    I was incensed at the end of this one, and I don’t even really care about either team!

  3. 3 TommyLawlor said at 8:25 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    Same for me. I think GB losing might help us, but it’s just wrong.

  4. 4 Dan said at 11:44 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    They did get screwed, but it goes to show instead of going for the interception on a hailmary, just knock the ball away and this wouldn’t even be an issue.

  5. 5 iskar36 said at 1:46 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    Seeing other teams we expected to be good loosing games doesn’t really do much for me in terms of feeling better about the Eagles. If anything, it suggests to me that the Eagles missed out on an opportunity to get ahead of some of these teams that we all expect to be playoff contenders.

  6. 6 PK_NZ said at 5:44 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    I’m usually in the ‘Suck it up and just get back to work’ boat as was the case with the player lockout, but sweet baby jesus these refs are really an issue… often they’ve done a good job through 3 quarters but when intensity goes up they seem to panic and crumble under pressure…

  7. 7 Jamie Parker said at 7:12 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    You know it’s bad when they’re making NBA refs look good.

  8. 8 Anirudh Jangalapalli said at 7:48 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    Just to confirm – the whole thing about the booth making the call just means that the booth tells the head ref to review, right? Because I believe the booth has official NFL reps there (i.e., not just refs) so if they were the ones who reviewed and confirmed the ruling, it’s harder to blame the replacement refs for it given it was a pretty close catch to try and determine while the play is happening on the field.

    I only ask since a friend insists that ESPN was saying it was the booth’s final review that made the judgement.

  9. 9 TommyLawlor said at 8:27 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    My understanding is that the booth checks the play and then calls down to the official on the field to have him do the actual replay is there is enough question to warrant it. John Clayton talked about being near the ref as he walked to the replay unit and how confused he looked coming away from it.

  10. 10 Septhinox said at 1:55 PM on September 25th, 2012:

    ESPN is still saying the booth made the call (which they should have as it was in the final two minutes).

  11. 11 poetx99 said at 8:41 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    i, for one, thought it was HILARIOUS. as long as there is reasonable doubt about the (in)competency of The Replacements, goodell can play his game. how better to turn the heat up on this farce than by having the entire fanbase of one of the league’s most storied franchise in full out pitchfork and torches mode?

    folks that HATE GB are incensed. fantastic. now pay the real refs.

  12. 12 aub32 said at 9:31 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    I was rooting for the Hawks, so that GB could get another L which could play into the wildcard race. I think Seattle will lose several games this season and won’t be a major concern going forward. That being said, this season is off to a very weird start. GB, who had an overpowering offense last year has struggled mightily to put up points. They have just scored 4 TDs on offense and I just feel there are going to several Vick references with the way Rodgers took a beating last night. SF went down against the Vickings, a running team. The Saints look to be out of the picture as they will face a very pissed of Packers team and most likely be 0-4. Lastly, the Giants lost to the Cowboys and should have lost to the Bucs, if not for a late defensive collapse. My point is the juggernauts of the NFC don’t seem so scary, except the Falcons (who look great but let’s face it many think they will still choke in their first game of the playoffs). I was very disheartened by the lost to the Cards, but seeing the rest of the NFC lose and struggle has lifted my hopes for this season. No one team is so good that you fear them. Winning the NFC may not be as hard as I originally thought.

  13. 13 Dan said at 11:42 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    Don’t think you realize but the Seahawks defense is legit and they are absolutely contenders for a playoff spot. This isn’t the Seahawks from a few years ago.

  14. 14 aub32 said at 3:52 AM on September 26th, 2012:

    I definitely realize that the seahawks defense is legit. However, their offense is bad. The packers had one of the worst defenses last year, and although it’s improved, I don’t think it’s a top 15 defense. Yet, the hawks got one lucky big pass play off. Other than that they only moved the ball late due to 2 really bad calls (roughing the passer and PI)

  15. 15 Daniel said at 9:34 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    I’d rather face GB in the playoffs than Chicago, who we have problems with for no apparent reason every year. Be careful what you guys are wishing for.

  16. 16 Kevin_aka_RC said at 9:59 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    If this happened to the Eagles, we’d have rioted, broken stuff and destroyed message boards around the world. I hate how the best game in the world is being decimated by greed.

    I never ever want to hear Goddell talk about the “Integrity of the Game”.

  17. 17 P_P_K said at 11:31 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    I’ve been wondering what it was going to take to get the league to bring back the professionals. The outrage over this might be the tipping point.

  18. 18 P_P_K said at 11:33 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    Hey Tommy,

    Hope you’re feeling better. A buddy of mine had a theory that when you get sick the thing you need most is some adrenaline. He skipped the meds and went for sex and booze. I don’t know if it helped hime get better but he was the happiest sick dude I’ve ever known.

  19. 19 Julz said at 11:57 AM on September 25th, 2012:

    I’m a bit iffy on my NFL hierarchy, but is it possible for Goodell to be fired? Hypothetically…

  20. 20 Septhinox said at 1:54 PM on September 25th, 2012:

    The play was reviewed by REAL OFFICIALS. The replay officials were not replacement refs. If you want to *itch about the offensive PI, go ahead, the NFL has said that was a blown call, but trying to pin the TD on the replacement refs is stupid. Yea, the replay officials made that ruling. They are the same ones that have always been there.