Misc Monday Stuff

Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 148 Comments »

The Eagles offensive explosion brought back memories of a couple of games from recent years. There was the 2010 game when the Eagles beat the Skins 59-28. There was also a 2007 game when they beat the Lions 56-21.

The 2007 game was a complete anomaly. The offense struggled most of that year. The 2010 game was a semi-anomaly, assuming that is a real phrase. The offense was very productive that year and definitely explosive, but never came within 20 points of that total in any other game. Is Sunday going to be another anomaly?

One thing to consider is that the Raiders actually had a good defense. The 2007 Lions finished dead last in points and yards allowed. They were awful. The 2010 Skins were 31st in yards allowed and 21st in points allowed. Points came super easy in those games.

The Raiders defense didn’t play well on Sunday, but you have to give the Eagles some credit for that. The right plays were called. They were executed well. Nick Foles used his eyes and pump fakes to freeze LBs and DBs, which helped receivers to get 1-on-1 matchups. He then threw the ball well and the receivers caught the ball well. Receivers weren’t open to strictly due to incompetence. Let’s remember that guys were running around open the last 2 weeks but the QBs could not get the ball to them.

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Aaron Rodgers got hurt early in the Green Bay game tonight. He’s got a shoulder injury. The Packers need to do more tests before they know the extent of the injury and if he’ll be available for Sunday’s game vs the Eagles.

Seneca Wallace finished the game for Rodgers and really struggled. Facing him would be a huge break for the Eagles.

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The Eagles OL really shut down DE Lamarr Houston on Sunday. He was limited to 3 tackles and a TFL.

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Jason Peters predicted LeSean McCoy would get 1,000 yards in the first 10 games. Shady is at 777 after 9 games. I doubt he reaches 1,000, but he still leads the NFL in rushing and is having an a terrific season.

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Nick Foles is 2nd in the NFL in Red Zone passer rating (119.2). Peyton Manning leads the league at 128. That stat comes from Reuben Frank.

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Is there any way Chip Kelly could sit Foles and play Michael Vick this week? Right now all we know is that Vick won’t practice on Tuesday. His hamstring is still sore. What if it is better by this weekend?

I’m going to steal a page from Kelly’s playbook and say that we should hold off on this discussion. Why deal with hypotheticals? Let’s wait and see what happens. I feel pretty confident that Kelly will go with Foles, for health and performance. Never say never with Kelly, but I’d be pretty shocked if he went back to Vick right now.

If Kelly does throw us an extreme curveball, we’ll deal with it at that point. Chip is a pretty smart guy. I don’t see him going away from Foles at this point. As for making a sweeping statement, I don’t know what to say there. Kelly did name Vick the starter in the late summer. We’ll just have to wait and see if he does that with Foles.

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The Niners cut Nnamdi Asomugha. Anyone feel sad for him?

Could be the end of the road. Can’t run anymore. Doesn’t like to hit or tackle and he’s got poor ball skills so can’t make a smooth transition to Safety. Still wouldn’t shock me to see some veteran DC pick him up cheap. Belichick?

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Speaking of Nnamdi…here is a good item from Dave Spadaro.

  • The Eagles allowed 33 touchdown passes a year ago, the worst in franchise history. Through nine games, this defense has permitted 14. A real test, maybe as stiff as the one in Denver, comes against Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday. It will be a great indication of just how far the Eagles have come on that side of the ball.

The defense is still giving up too many yards, but cutting down TDs is huge. Will be a huge break if the Eagles don’t have to face Rodgers.

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Wanna see a picture of John Clayton posing with Slayer? Hell yes you do.

Wonder what Clayton’s favorite Slayer album is. For me it is South of Heaven. Any Slayer fans here?


148 Comments on “Misc Monday Stuff”

  1. 1 mtn_green said at 12:55 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Some of Raiders game was an anomaly: DBS falling down, zero pass rush, many plays McCoy was not covered, rookie db targeted.

    Some was great play: amazing OL play, eagles DBS didn’t fall down, raiders played man free very little safety help for DBS, eagles made the plays to take advantage.

    For GB I see: tons of up-tempo play wear down gb DL, more mixed run and pass cause gb might do some 2 deep safety or at least tempted after raiders game.

  2. 2 fran35 said at 11:15 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    If they go two deep safeties, Foles will eat them up. Supposedly his deep throws were suspect and therefore the Raiders didn’t play much deep safety help. We torched em. Giving Foles the intermediate stuff plays right into his strengths.
    Anytime you see 7 tds, no int, there were some fortunate circumstances. But make no mistake, Foles was unbelievable-by any measure. Does that make him an unbelievable QB, no. But Sunday, he was perfect.

  3. 3 shah8 said at 12:57 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Eeeeh, when *I* looked at the box score, I went straight down to see how the GB DL did. Not too well (good for us). Ultimately, I think that matters a bit more than what a backup QB did thrusted into the middle of the game. Most of them do poorly, generally without regard to their skill. For example, the one time Jason Campbell was put in for an injured Weeden, he was barely just a three and out, backed up against the goalline. As a starter though, Campbell has had 100+ ratings in his two games, and making a bunch of clutch plays. Seneca Wallace is a more fringe QB than Campbell, but this game isn’t going to tell you much.

  4. 4 TommyLawlor said at 1:09 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I didn’t say a poor showing by Wallace meant anything definitive. Clearly he should be better with a full week of practice and a gameplan tailored to him.

    But there is no denying that him playing instead of Rodgers is far and away the story of the week. GB goes from Top 3 offense in yards and scoring to a huge mystery.

  5. 5 shah8 said at 1:26 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Then again, it might be just a light shoulder sprain or something else Rogers can play with by next Sunday. Think about what you can anticipate for, not what you can’t.

  6. 6 D3FB said at 1:38 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    If thats the case we will just have Geathers eat him, or body slam him.

  7. 7 TommyLawlor said at 1:40 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    No guarantees Rodgers is out. Doesn’t sound good for him though. He wouldn’t rule out a broken collarbone tonight.

  8. 8 GEAGLE said at 6:12 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I heard it’s BAD

  9. 9 BlindChow said at 8:32 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I heard his arm was off!

  10. 10 TommyLawlor said at 8:35 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I’m sure Dr. Nick Riviera can fix him.

  11. 11 GEAGLE said at 11:33 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Its a slight fracture and he will miss ATleast then next 3 weeks according to Shefty

  12. 12 mtn_green said at 1:32 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    BATTLE of the backups!

  13. 13 JJ_Cake said at 2:24 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Maiden, yes. Metallica, sure. Slayer… not a fan, but cool to see Clayton rocking it with them. Proves you are never too old to rock.

  14. 14 shah8 said at 2:29 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Ever see the Rolling Stones live these days? I think they are definitely too old to rock! Some musicians age gracefully–Santana is a rocker who actually plays and presents well, even as old as he is…

  15. 15 TommyLawlor said at 8:32 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Amazing guitar player.

  16. 16 JJ_Cake said at 10:15 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Paul McCartney is as old or Older than the Stones. Same with Billy Joel, they all can still Rock. Agree on Santana too. But seeing Clayton with a Thrash Metal band is cool. Thx for the link Tommy.

  17. 17 Howard Humetewa said at 6:05 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Reign In Blood was a great album

  18. 18 Iskar36 said at 2:33 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed that Chip Kelly did not declare Foles the starter and instead used the cop out of Vick’s injury. Putting Foles back on the bench after a historic performance would simply make no sense at all. You have to find out whether Foles performance was a fluke or not.

    Naming him the starter, first of all, does not by any means guarantee he remains the starter for the rest of the season. If he struggles for a few games and shows that the real Foles is really close to the Dallas version rather than the Oakland version, then you can bench him again for poor play. Second, by naming him the starter, you show support for your QB after a historic game. To me, not naming Foles at the very least the starter for this week is a slap in the face to Foles and gives writers like Mike Freeman support for their idiotic articles.

    Chip Kelly said at the beginning of the season he didn’t want to play musical chairs with the QBs and didn’t want them constantly looking over their shoulder. Seems to be that we have been doing exactly that all season.

  19. 19 planetx1971 said at 3:56 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I COMPLETELY agree. Gotta be decisive. Especially for the team I would think. Declare & put your ship to sea with absolute confidence. Or atleast the appearance of it. Anything else just seems wishy washy & that’s no good for anybody. I know it’s a bit tricky because there is locker room support for Vick, but he’s got to be the unflinching commander right?

  20. 20 GEAGLE said at 11:44 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I think it’s safe to say that FOles and all the players know that FOles is the QB…he is simply prolonging CRUSHING Vick(even tho I’m sure he sees what’s going on) and opening him up to all the embarrassment from the media asking him how it feels to lose his job and watch his eagles career end..everyone knows what’s up, if he can protect Vick(who has been a class act) from the embarrassment for a few weeks, I don’t see the big deal…..
    i don’t want the players getting to Wednesday and not knowing who the QB is yet, but I don’t believe that to be the case, so I don’t have a problem with him protecting Vick and prolonging the inevitable…

    I promise that Jeffrey Lurie didn’t come out last week and just offer his opinion cause he is a nice guys. That was a calculated message that the Eagles wanted to get out, and they used Lurie as the vehicle…he isn’t a meddling owner! he doesn’t over react…he wouldn’t have made that statement about the QBS contradicting what Chip said a few days prior without Chip,Howie and the entire front offices blessing….He made that statement so that Chip didn’t have to, but Vicks time in P hilly is OVER, don’t be fooled

  21. 21 Ashley Leask said at 2:40 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Seasons in the Abyss for me, with SoH and Diabolus in Musica chasing it into the end zone.

  22. 22 TommyLawlor said at 8:33 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I’ve never heard Diabolus in Musica. I’m late to being a Slayer fan. Will check that out.

  23. 23 Michael Winter Cho said at 10:08 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I had a box set called “Decade of Aggression” which seemed to have a lot of the big songs on it. Kind of dark stuff though. I think one of the guitarists recently passed away–RIP.

  24. 24 GermanEagle said at 3:43 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    While the Eagles may get a huge break IF Rodgers cannot play next Sunday, their chances of winning were diminished last night from a likelihood point of view. Or what are the odds the Packers losing back to back home games at the Lambeau, even with Wallace at the helm…?

  25. 25 edinburgheagle said at 4:51 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    The odds of them losing two home games in a row before playing those games might be low, but once the first game has been lost, the odds on the next game are the same as any other (barring, perhaps, the team playing with a chip on their shoulder or losing some confidence). It’s like coin tosses – the odds of getting heads twice in a row is one in four before you flip them, but if the first one does come up heads, the odds on the next one is just fifty fifty like any other coin toss.

    Dodging rodgers would be awesome, whatever happened last game.

  26. 26 GermanEagle said at 5:05 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    This theory definitely doesn’t apply to the Eagles @ the Linc. πŸ˜‰

  27. 27 edinburgheagle said at 6:11 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Indeed πŸ™‚

    If we’re talking eagles winning at home, replace ‘getting heads’ with ‘winning the frickin’ lottery’.

  28. 28 Bradley Abraham said at 5:26 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Has to be Reign in Blood right?

  29. 29 TommyLawlor said at 8:34 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    To many people. I like that album, but don’t love it the way so many others do.

  30. 30 GEAGLE said at 6:14 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Eagles signed incognito πŸ˜‰

  31. 31 GermanEagle said at 7:05 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I hope not. This prick better stay out of town and it wouldn’t surprise me if had trouble finding a new employer at all…

  32. 32 Tom33 said at 9:13 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Wonder if Danny Watkins will be active now for games? He can’t find the field and they’ve had a ton of O-Line problems this year.

    I think Incognito is done. Sounds like it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  33. 33 BlindChow said at 10:08 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    “Time to put out some fires.”

    –Danny Watkins, seeing his name on the active list for the first time this year

  34. 34 GEAGLE said at 11:50 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Lol just kidding….I doubt he will ever play in the league again. if some desperate team gives him another shot, it will be after a long suspension with all sorts of sensitivity training..

    But let’s be honest, Incognito isn’t the ONLY player involved in this story…when you have a center who supports Aaron Hernandez and who I won’t be surprised to see indicted on gun chargers with the Hernandez mess..and when you have guys like cam Wake and Mike Wallace come out and say it’s no big deal….I have a hard time believing that incognito is the only one involved in this disgusting story…other shoes are most likely about to drop

  35. 35 A Roy said at 3:10 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    He sure took the heat off ole Riley. Cooper’s practically an NAACP life member by comparison..

  36. 36 Tyler Phillips said at 6:40 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    We may be last in total yards per game, but we are first in total plays against. That makes us 22nd in yards per play and 21st in points per game which seems about right to me. Those two are probably more indicative of our actual improvement than total yardage.

  37. 37 BlindChow said at 8:30 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Interesting to see if Green Bay signs Matt Flynn, who was released by the Bills yesterday. I’m sure he still remembers that offense, and Flynn was actually a competent backup there for awhile.

  38. 38 Dr. Claw said at 10:20 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Funny you mention Matt Flynn. Foles’s performance against the Raiders was very similar to the one that made him (semi-)famous.

  39. 39 Jack Waggoner said at 10:52 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I don’t see it as the same. Foles’ performance was a meaningful game, i.e. it could ultimately make a difference in whether the Eagles make the playoffs or not this year. Flynn’s was in a totally meaningless last game of the regular season with nothing on the line.

  40. 40 Jack Waggoner said at 10:20 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    The Eagles could put in a claim and intercept him from going to Green Bay (all players have to pass through waivers when released after the trade deadline)

  41. 41 eagleyankfan said at 10:38 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    and carry 4 qb’s? zero chance of happening.

  42. 42 Jack Waggoner said at 10:45 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Why not? They have an empty roster spot still, I think.

  43. 43 eagleyankfan said at 12:48 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Because its a dumb idea. Signing a player to a roster just because you “think” another team will sign him because they need a QB? Even if GB signed him, there’s zero chance he’d play anyway.

  44. 44 GEAGLE said at 1:10 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I actually thought about doing that this morning…I always do that sort of thing and pick up people I don’t need to block them from going to my opponents when they have by week issues lol

  45. 45 Anders said at 10:40 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Why? I would love to face Flynn.

  46. 46 GermanEagle said at 10:47 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    It seems you would love to face any QB not named Rodgers. πŸ˜‰

  47. 47 Anders said at 10:48 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    oh yes!

  48. 48 TheRogerPodacter said at 8:55 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    i think 1000 yards is easily within reach for mccoy. in the remaining 7 games, he needs 223 yards. thats only ~32 yards per game, right?

  49. 49 TheRogerPodacter said at 8:56 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    also, how weird would it be if he did NOT get 1000 yards, but still led the league in rushing? that would be quite the telling point for where the league is at in terms of rushing vs passing.
    i wonder if that has ever happened before… the leading rusher in the NFL has less than 1000 yards…

  50. 50 ACViking said at 12:39 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Excluding the 9-game strike shortened season of 1982, the last NFL rushing leader with less than 1,000 yards was Jim Brown in his rookie season of 1957.

    Note: Four times during the AFL’s 10-year life, the rushing leader had less than 1,000 yards in a 14-game season. Maybe because the AFL was much more of a passing league than the NFL back in that period?

  51. 51 TheRogerPodacter said at 2:17 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    wow! thanks!

  52. 52 Andy124 said at 9:07 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Yeah, but he’s not getting 1,000 yards in 10 games as Peters predicted. 1,000 on the season is a lock if McCoy stays healthy.

  53. 53 BlindChow said at 10:11 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I don’t know, the Bears were running all over Green Bay yesterday. There’s still hope!

  54. 54 GEAGLE said at 11:51 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Kyle long looked like a probowler in the run game last night…I watched him the entire game and I couldn’t help but fantasize about Kyle Long lining up in between Kelce and Lane

  55. 55 Andy124 said at 11:59 AM on November 5th, 2013:


  56. 56 BlindChow said at 12:01 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I couldn’t help but fantasize about Kyle Long lining up in between Kelce and Lane. — GEAGLE

    I’ll add this to my provocative collection of statements taken out of context.

  57. 57 TheRogerPodacter said at 11:39 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    oh! i forgot that the prediction was 10 games and not the full season. my bad!

  58. 58 RobNE said at 9:04 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Aaron Rodgers could miss three weeks after initial tests showed a small fracture in the Green Bay Packers star quarterback’s collarbone, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. [from espn.com]

  59. 59 BlindChow said at 10:12 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Well, as long as he’s healthy for the Cowboys game.

  60. 60 Jack Waggoner said at 10:13 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Hard to do that Discount Double-check move with a broken collarbone.

  61. 61 Jason Feldmann said at 9:47 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    The answer is: Reign in Blood… but for anyone who wants to be properly initiated into the wonderful word of Slayer speed metal, I recommend the Soundtrack to the Apocalypse boxset… But what about stone / doom metal or psychedelic metal, Tommy? Two of the best albums of 2013 IMO, are Red Fang’s “Whales and Leeches” and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats’ “Mind Control” …

    And I’d say that “Apocryphon”, by the Sword, was the best album of 2012. Good time to be a metal fan. High on Fire, Baroness, Kylesa, Earthless, Electric Wizard, Royal Thunder, and even old school bands like Motorhead and Black Sabbath (yes, they both still sound great live and their new albums are solid).

  62. 62 bdbd20 said at 9:50 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I think Chip pretty much handed the job to Nick when he made the references to health. Vick will never be fully healed until the off-season.

    He can keep punting the question as long as Vick is getting “treatment”.

  63. 63 Jack Waggoner said at 9:57 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I was trying to think if any quarterback, with so few starts, has ever had both such an amazing game and such a putrid game.

  64. 64 ojdiddoit said at 10:06 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Foles vs Seneca Wallace I like it

  65. 65 eagleyankfan said at 10:07 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    But Vick puts us in the best position to win. Just kidding. Foles game seems like a sigh of relief. If he manages a 2nd solid(does NOT have to be an elite performance — win or lose) would be a bigger relief. Not worried about wins/loses. Progress is all that’s needed. Keep moving forward….

  66. 66 Jack Waggoner said at 10:11 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    GB is a good test for Foles. Not looking for greatness. But would like to see a couple of solid performances against good opponents before anointing Foles the future of the franchise.

  67. 67 bdbd20 said at 10:14 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I remember one of the great modern coaches saying that you judge a player not by his reaction to failure, but his reaction to success.

  68. 68 BlindChow said at 10:20 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Now we get to see both!

  69. 69 eagleyankfan said at 10:14 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    an entire season would have been nice…

  70. 70 fran35 said at 10:51 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    How does 275 yds passing, 2 TDs, 1 int sound? I am not sure that the streak of no INTs continues. Maybe, but that is bucking the odds.

  71. 71 Jack Waggoner said at 10:56 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Not worried about stats. Does he come out with confidence, and make good decisions?

  72. 72 GermanEagle said at 10:59 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I just want a “W” and get back to .500!!!

  73. 73 fran35 said at 11:05 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    That’s what I am hoping for. However, more than anything, I just want him to come out and give our offense some poise. It seems that the O Line did pretty well last week and I think that Foles had a big part in helping them create the pocket. We also kept in an extra TE alot for blocking. While Vick brings a certain set of options with his mobility and the foregon conclusion is that Kelly can use more of his playbook with Vick, I actually think Foles’ ability to read defenses and make the correct hot reads actually opens up Kelly’s playbook more. Along those same lines, while Foles 7 TDs were very impressive and he was perfect in every way, I thought his quick blitz-defeating hot reads were the most impressive throws that he had. Those plays sometimes only gained 4-5 yards, but they were a great read that our QBs in the past have trouble executing.

  74. 74 GermanEagle said at 10:56 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Sounds reasonable to me.

  75. 75 Anders said at 11:11 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    The Packers have 3 ints for the season. Not sure it will be against them unless its a fluke play

  76. 76 ACViking said at 12:32 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Here’s the problem . . .

    If Foles does well, it’ll be because the GB defense was deflated emotionally since they know how bad SWallece is.

    If Foles has a bad day, it’ll be because the GB defense raised their game a notch . . . just like the Eagles’ D since MV’s been injured.

  77. 77 GEAGLE said at 1:12 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    So true..which is why I can’t even enjoy not facing Rodgers in peace

  78. 78 eagleyankfan said at 10:13 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    here comes Marsh…

  79. 79 GermanEagle said at 10:14 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    One other person is typing…
    Is that a new feature on here? I like…!!!

  80. 80 Jack Waggoner said at 10:15 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Yeah, started seeing it yesterday

  81. 81 BlindChow said at 10:20 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    The NSA has tightened up their monitoring, it seems!

  82. 82 Jack Waggoner said at 10:22 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    When you call the Obamacare phone number, instead of playing music when you’re on hold, they play Angela Merkel’s private phone calls!

  83. 83 GermanEagle said at 10:33 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Oi, leave my German lady alone. πŸ˜‰

  84. 84 theycallmerob said at 11:08 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    your line is currently being tapped, but experiencing technical difficulties. please hold, and leave all browser windows open. the next available import/export professional will be with you shortly

  85. 85 GermanEagle said at 10:26 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    ARod is out at least 3 weeks. Do not get too excited about our chances at Lambeau on Sunday though. The Packers always seem to make their backup QBs good, while the Eagles Defense seems to be capable of the same…

  86. 86 Jack Waggoner said at 10:32 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Is Matthews going to play?

  87. 87 Anthony Hart said at 11:24 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I hope so. We’re winless in games where Casey doesn’t get any snaps.

  88. 88 GermanEagle said at 11:47 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I am sure he meant his bigger (and better) brother Clay. πŸ˜‰

  89. 89 ICDogg said at 12:46 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I should hope so

  90. 90 ACViking said at 12:29 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Casey Matthews will be a key Eagles STer come Sunday.

  91. 91 Anders said at 10:33 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Wallace didnt look that good against a crappy Bears D (they have been very bad this year)

  92. 92 GermanEagle said at 10:36 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    But Wallace didn’t practice with the first team the week before and was thrown into cold water against the Bears (similar to Eagles fans’ excuse re Barkley’s bad play). I am sure he will look better against the Eagles secondary with one week of proper preparation.

  93. 93 Anders said at 10:40 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Its Wallace we are talking about. He is not and will never be a good QB.

    For Barkley it was as simple as him been a rookie making rookie mistakes. Wallace is a 100 year old veteran (at least close to that age) who has never been a good QB

  94. 94 GermanEagle said at 10:46 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    So what’s your call for Sunday then? A 40-0 shutout victory for the Eagles.
    Despite Wallace’s shortcomings, do not forget that the Eagles still have the worst passing D…

  95. 95 Anders said at 10:50 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I could care less about yards (also goes for offense). We are 15th in passer rating and 21st in points.

  96. 96 GermanEagle said at 10:55 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Fair enough. I am still waiting for your prediction though.

  97. 97 Anders said at 11:04 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I think we allow 17 points. While our run D is good (sans the Raiders game), Lacy and Stark are a tough combo.

    On offense I would say 31 points (McCown lead Bears offense scored 27)

  98. 98 GermanEagle said at 11:18 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    If the Eagles win 31-17 at Lambeau I will buy you a beer.

  99. 99 theycallmerob said at 11:13 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    I think the passer rating is huge, considering who we have played- Rivers, Manning, and Romo top the list.
    With Rodgers out, the best QBs still on the schedule are Cutler* and Stafford.

  100. 100 theycallmerob said at 11:11 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    yet Rodgers is not their only tough injury; RG Lang was concussed, and two more LBs went down. We’ll be playing a banged up team.

  101. 101 jshort said at 11:43 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Banged up teams scare me!

  102. 102 ACViking said at 12:29 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    The Eagles are banged up.

    Their starting QB, MVick, is sidelined.

  103. 103 GEAGLE said at 1:14 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Yet I feel much more confident with the backup πŸ™‚

  104. 104 ACViking said at 1:53 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    hai capito bene

  105. 105 GEAGLE said at 11:29 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Giving up yards means NOTHING in today’s NFL..I. Feel like it’s the most over rated stat in the game.. What matter defensively in order of importance is:
    1) How many points you are giving up
    2) How many turnovers you are creating
    3) Are you getting off the field on 3rd down..
    We are trending in the direction of being significantly improved in all 3 categories, playing better ball then 99% of people thought, but big picture we still have a ton of work to do. A ton of gelling still to do, a lot of growing still needs to be done…and an infusion of talent at two keys spots OLB, S is required to get us where we need to be as a defense,,,put the arrow is trending upwards..we have been improving for over a month now without taking any steps backwards…very encouraging and certainly pleased with the defensive foundation Chip and Howie have instilled in year one,,..we haven’t seen the best of our current players yet…Naturally Cary and Brad will be better next year after getting a year under their belt…and when you add a stud pass rushing OLB in front of them along with a Dline that will be a year older, and you add a playmaking safety behind them to play next to an always improving Wolff…we can expect to see better CB play from our guys next year

  106. 106 TheRogerPodacter said at 11:47 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    if this team comes close to making the playoffs, i would expect something to change with the people who make statistics. no longer is the total yards given up the telling point of the quality of the defense. look at how many PLAYS the raiders ran! 94 plays! thats insane!
    though, an obvious counterpoint is: a better defense would force the opposing team to punt, thus giving them fewer plays run.

    however, i think as is true of all statistics in the NFL, that it is all situational.
    when playing with that kind of a lead, you are perfectly happy to let the other team’s offense move the ball in small chunks from 20 to 20 so long as they take their time doing it. i think thats a big part of how/why the raiders racked up so many yards in that game.

  107. 107 GEAGLE said at 11:54 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    There are a lot of good defenses out there who look like trash in the stat sheet

  108. 108 Baloophi said at 11:48 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    We re-signed Curtis Marsh… I guess a reaction to Bradley Fletcher getting injured? Will Roc Carmichael start? Why do bluebirds suddenly appear?

  109. 109 Alex Karklins said at 11:52 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Why are they ruining the chemistry they built with a 52 man roster?

  110. 110 Baloophi said at 12:07 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    They’re setting themselves up nicely for a contemporary film noir, “The Fifty-Third Man.”

  111. 111 GEAGLE said at 11:55 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Are you being serious right now? Is marsh really an eagle again? Please say it ain’t so

  112. 112 Baloophi said at 12:02 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Oh I’m always serious… How serious?

    Yahoo Serious.

  113. 113 GEAGLE said at 12:25 PM on November 5th, 2013:


  114. 114 BlindChow said at 11:57 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    You know, the bad thing about subscribing to a bunch of Eagles writers on twitter is you have to wade through 30 consecutive tweets that say “Eagles sign Curtis Marsh.” Can’t they just, like, consolidate?

  115. 115 Baloophi said at 12:05 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Oh I think there are some redundancies in that group for sure. I certainly wouldn’t mind consolidating Sal Pal, Baldy, and a few others…

  116. 116 Alex Karklins said at 11:49 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Tommy, I’m hearing that after the Dallas game, Nick Foles was prohibited from getting rides to home games in Todd Herremans’ van. Any truth to this?

  117. 117 Baloophi said at 11:50 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    File photo…

  118. 118 Baloophi said at 11:58 AM on November 5th, 2013:

    Here it is from the other side…

  119. 119 GEAGLE said at 12:33 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Andy Reid should give us Tamba Hali as compensation for all the organizational malpractice he committed these past three years and leaving us in shambles..a gift basket with Tamba in the middle, and I’d be willing to call us EVEN
    Hollis Thomas too Andy to task this morning… “he basically drafted Donovan and won with all of Ray Rhodes guys, and now he is doing the same exact thing…but when those guys move on and it’s time for Andy to replace them, we will see the same thing that happened in philly”- and Hollis is an Andy guy, who loves and respects AR

  120. 120 Cafone said at 3:00 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I agree with the first part of what he is saying there, but not necessary with his predictions of future failure. Andy is not in charge of personnel at KC. He’s just the head coach. Hollis should do better research.

  121. 121 Jerry Pomroy said at 1:06 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I don’t see any harm in naming Foles the starter for this upcoming game. He definitely earned it, if not a chance to compete & show whether he can be the leader of this franchise going forward. It’s possible that CK wants to at least speak with Vick on the matter out of respect first, which is certainly understandable. With Vick being the locker room leader, you want to get his buy in so there isn’t a disconnect on the comrade that has been built over the course of this season. A divided locker room carries over to the field as we all witnessed last year, and that’s not something you want/need right now. But at some point that decision is going to come despite Foles b/c you just can’t count on Vick at 34 to be your guy. Say what you will, but father time doesn’t stop marching on & you can’t outrun him. At that point the guys on this team are going to have man up & move on. Foles could just very well make that decision come sooner than later.

    Another very interesting point I keep in the back of my mind would be whether or not Foles, regardless of play, is the type of QB that CK wants to be build around. I’m hoping that if Foles continues to impress, that CK is smart enough to not overlook the importance of finding a quality QB & ALSO just how hard that actually is to do. If you’ve got a guy staring in your face, you have to be humble with yourself & realize that they don’t grow on trees & that if you let a guy walk that’s proven himself, you could very well have just written your epitaph. I think Chip is smart enough to realize this given his past, but it’s still something to keep an eye on as his history also points to recruiting dual threat athletically mobile QBs. I think more than anything Chip wants Foles to basically help make his mind up for him. He’s taken a huge step with his performances against OAK & TB, but consistency going fwd will be Foles biggest test in front of him.

  122. 122 GEAGLE said at 1:19 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Right now Billy dee is talking about how when Rodgers went out and Seneca came in, they put a fullback in the game(which is rare when Aaron is playing)

    Our run defense has been stout all year, and Mykal and Meco are clearly getting comfortable with the new scheme as of late..this will be a heckuva test for our run defense this week….IF our run game is more successful than theirs, we will be fine…

  123. 123 Mitchell said at 1:23 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I dnt know if this is just my perception but besides the torn ACLs at the beginning of the year, this team has been extremely healthy. Look around the league and you see tons of stars getting hurt. Idk if it’s just luck or if the conditioning staff is doing a heckuva job.

  124. 124 GEAGLE said at 1:32 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    We don’t say ish like that in this jinxed town!!! Lol Shhhhhhhh

  125. 125 ACViking said at 1:51 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    When it comes to spiritual matters, like jinxes, best to stay quiet.

    Silenzio e d’oro.

  126. 126 GEAGLE said at 3:12 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Deto come un vero mafioso

  127. 127 ACViking said at 1:47 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I’d like to see a team-by-team break-down of (1) the player-by-position injuries, and (2) the nature of the injury.

    Some years, teams are fortunate to avoid the injury bug. Like the Falcons last year. Healthy at all the key positions for that team.

    Some years, teams get decimated. Like the Falcons this year. Wiped out at WR and RB.

    Too soon to tell if healthy shakes in May keeps the injury-bug away.

  128. 128 Mac said at 2:00 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    A skeptic might point to our prolific amount of pre-season acl tears.

  129. 129 TheRogerPodacter said at 2:22 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    i thought that Chip never said the shakes and nutrition stuff would have any effect on ACL tears and other injuries of that nature. it was more for helping injuries like bruises, muscle strains, joint aches, things like that. the issues that keep guys banged up enough so that they can play, but not at 100%.

  130. 130 Andy124 said at 2:28 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Yeah, “soft tissue injuries” was how it was worded iirc.

  131. 131 TheRogerPodacter said at 3:12 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    thats it! i knew it was something along those lines, but was afraid to guess. lol. thanks!

  132. 132 ACViking said at 4:12 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Have no fear of guessing, my son . . . for the community is with you.

  133. 133 BlindChow said at 2:29 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    And hamstring pulls, but that’s assuming Foles isn’t alone with any of the other quarterbacks’ smoothies…

  134. 134 Mac said at 2:55 PM on November 5th, 2013:


  135. 135 GEAGLE said at 1:27 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Billy is talking and praising Curry for his recent two gap improvements saying he took another step in his progression this week…love to hear toms thoughts on his two gapping from the raiders game in this weeks DGR

  136. 136 GEAGLE said at 1:32 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    If Clay doesn’t play I hope to see us whip out some 13 personel…if Casey is “progressing” to the point where he is getting 1 pass thrown to him per game lol, I. Would prefer that pass coming his way when Ertz and Celek are also both on the field…GB LB STINK, I just want to see how they react to 3TEs in the game

  137. 137 Westpaceagle said at 2:00 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Got to go with Reign in Blood…and I think God hates us all is a bit under rated. Seeing the Prof throwing double horns with Slayer just made my day!
    Was there another question..? Got to go with Foles without dissing Vick who is still a class act and no doubt important in the locker room. It would be great to see some consistency develop with Foles but another bad performance will put us back at QB square one.
    Let’s hope Dr. Nick is the primary care for Rogers! You rule Tommy!

  138. 138 Cafone said at 2:10 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    I wish Foles would knock off all the god this and god that nonsense. Is he a QB or a preacher? Where was Jesus against Dallas goofball?

  139. 139 ACViking said at 2:30 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    NFL players are under *immense* pressure to perform at the highest level.

    For a lot of professional athletes, having God in their life is a huge psychological outlet. A way to share the weight of the job.

    As for the logic of “where was He against Dallas,” there’s no logic to faith. By its very definition, faith defies logic.

    Public displays of faith are not everyone’s cup of tea.

    But it’s the world we’ve come to live in. Especially in the South and for people raised in the South (including Texas).

    Heck, just check the Supreme Court’s docket sheet: Almost every year, a public prayer case is argued. That means public displays of faith are a big deal to a lot of people — on both sides of the “display” question.

  140. 140 Cafone said at 2:50 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”
    – some commie hippie

  141. 141 Mac said at 3:15 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Matthew 6

    1 β€œBe careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

    2 β€œSo when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the
    hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by
    others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    Sometimes a more thorough reading of the text and surrounding context yields greater enlightenment. In this case, I would actually suggesting beginning at the beginning of chapter 5 and reading all the way through chapter 6; however, as this is not a blog on religion I’ve edited the excerpt for brevity.

    From a philosophical point of view if you prefer:

    If you’re desire is to eliminate faith talk, then perhaps the logical response is no response to it at all.

  142. 142 ACViking said at 4:11 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Like I said, it’s about taste.

    For atheists, there’s no problem.

  143. 143 JJ_Cake said at 11:53 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    It’s nice to see a genuine humble guy. How many 24 yr old dudes would have that kind of humility after tie’ing a Peyton Manning record for most TDs in a game, having his shirt and cleats sent to Canton, and having a phenomenal game?

    He’s not trying to convert anyone, nor is he acting better than anyone because of his religion. He’s demonstrating that with as great a day as he had, he is humble and appreciative.

    I just hope he keeps his humility and continues to work hard to be the QB we need to win a Superbowl.

  144. 144 ICDogg said at 2:36 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    More good All-22 stuff http://chipwagon.typepad.com/eagles/2013/11/the-gameplan-behind-a-historic-day-in-oakland.html

  145. 145 ACViking said at 2:49 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Thanks for the link.

    You know, on Cooper’s 3rd TD, I’m wondering if he should have gotten his head around sooner. As he enters the EZ, he’s wide open for a quick throw from Foles — who’d rolled out.

    Instead, Foles pump faked . . . either by plan or necessity.

    Turns out the pump fake held the safety, and Cooper ran right past him.

    But on a different day against a different team, that safety may stick with Cooper as he runs to the corner. And Avant will, as in Oakland, also be covered on that play.

    That’s why I wonder if Cooper should have had his head around sooner — that is, as he approached the safety, rather than as he ran past him.

  146. 146 GEAGLE said at 3:08 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Desean right now is talking about how impressive and encouraging it is to see what FOles has been able to do so soon in his career…he is throwing FOles a ton of praise and he isn’t just talking about the raiders game

  147. 147 Mac said at 3:17 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    It makes a ton of sense for a WR to prefer a pass first QB. I’m glad DeSean is excited, because a happy DeSean is a dangerous weapon on the football field!

  148. 148 ACViking said at 4:10 PM on November 5th, 2013:

    Maclin was the guy who did that last year.