Big Game Atmosphere

Posted: October 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 91 Comments »

The 5-1 Eagles are in Arizona to take on the 5-1 Cardinals. Those are impressive records, but this is an October game. It’s too early for a big game, right? For some reason this game has the feel of a big game.

Eagles fans are in Arizona in droves.

The Eagles are coming off a big win over the Giants, including a shutout. Confidence is sky high.

The Eagles are coming off their bye week. They are rested. The team is also getting healthy, which adds to the optimism.

For some reason, I feel good about the game. And that has me nervous. I prefer to be on edge.

What’s the feeling out there with Eagles Nation?


91 Comments on “Big Game Atmosphere”

  1. 1 Jernst said at 7:54 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    Tommy, I’m an Eagles fan. We’ve been rooting for this team for about the same amount of time. I’m Sure we’ve had a similar fan experience with this team. I’ve seen them come out and torch teams that I thought were worlds better than us (48-8 against the 49ers), at the same time, I’ve seen them get dismantled by inferior teams. I was never more sure of anything than the fact that we were gonna beat the Jake Delhomme lead Carolina Panthers in the NFCCG. If my PTSD will allow me to remember without a full on panic attack, I think we scored 3 points that day. So I’m never more than cautiously optimistic.

    In this game I do fall on the more optimistic side. I just think we match up well with this team. They have big slower WR, we have CBs that excel in that situation (see Chicago last year). They have a pocket passer that throws the ball up when under pressure. We’ve been creating a lot of pressure. They blitz a ton. We have an offense that eats the blitz alive. They can’t cover TEs, we have 4 good pass catching TEs. We’re rested coming off the bye. They are not. So, I think we’ll surprise people this week and kick off the second half of our season with a bang.

    But, if we come out and get destroyed, I won’t be that shocked, the Eagles have done it to me too many times over the last 30 years.

  2. 2 Insomniac said at 12:24 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    The unexpected always happens to us..good or bad.

  3. 3 Mitchell said at 8:11 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    This is gonna be one of those games I’m worked from start to finish and my wife keeps looking at me funny.

  4. 4 BC1968 said at 8:23 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    McNabb: “Stop lighting my lawn on fire you damn kids!” -waves fist-

  5. 5 Nicodemus_09 said at 2:00 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Smithers………release the hounds.

  6. 6 A Roy said at 8:27 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    Actually, Tommy, I’m calm about this game…just as I have been all season. Even in the SF game, I expected them to find a way to win. I expect that tomorrow, too. Look for Foles to have his best game of the season.

  7. 7 GEAGLE said at 10:39 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I have been calm and confident at all points this season. I expected a 5-1 start, and the only thing that didn’t go according to my script is I thought we would beat Niners and lose a letdown game to the Rams..
    I have us becoming that thorn in arians side, that team that just has Arizonas number… Ertz and Celek destroyed them last year, and they managed to get even worse at defending TEs..PEterson isn’t playing up to par, I bet Maclin has his moments against him…

    It’s really tough to win in Zona, so I should be more nervous..but I can’t help feel we blow right thru this team 28-17

  8. 8 BC1968 said at 8:29 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    PhilaDehlia is the best!!

  9. 9 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:44 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    We’re way overdue for getting a shut out. Feeling good.

  10. 10 mksp said at 9:13 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    This is the best thing you’ll see all year:

  11. 11 Bob Scatchard said at 10:21 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    C’Mon…..WTH …..E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!!

  12. 12 EagleNebula said at 1:20 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    That was spectacular.

  13. 13 TommyLawlor said at 2:12 AM on October 26th, 2014:


  14. 14 GermanEagle said at 10:16 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Simply. Folesness.

  15. 15 Nicodemus_09 said at 9:29 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    Have to be honest. Completely stoked for the game OF COURSE! But confidence level is not high. I repeat…..I feel really sure we match up really well, & I think in quite a few areas, superior.Even I whatever areas that that AZ might have the edge it’s not by a lot. My concern is just 2 words long, stands six & a half feet tall & leads the league in turnovers. Arizona is 5-1 playing with 3 different quarterbacks. That tells me beside the fact that Bruce Arrogance & his staff are coaching the shit out of their team, it also tells me what I already knew, that their defense won’t suffer any fools. All I can do is pray we see ALOT more 2013 Foles & a lot less 2014. I think Arizona is for sure going to put a platoon near the line if scrimmage & force Nick to duke it out with Peterson, Honey Badger & company. He is going to HAVE to take advantage. Fitz will get his,always does. But the outcome is on if Foles can regain the “fleetness of mind”. Pure & simple. I HATE the Cardinals with a PASSION.Since I was a little dude & they were still in our division. And I hate them because it sure feels like one way or another, the Cards seem to pull off had scratcking STUPID W’s against us. PLEASE don’t let tomorrow be one of those Nick?

  16. 16 EagleNebula said at 1:16 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Going west under Reid always made me nervous in general. For some reason those long road trips always seemed mess things up. I am hoping that was an Andy thing and will not hold over with Chip.

    Don’t go overboard on worrying about the turnovers quite yet, six games is not enough to draw statistical conclusions. A lot of football is yet to be played and the line is starting to find its groove and get healthy. That should impact everyone’s play.

  17. 17 Insomniac said at 1:21 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    We’re going to have to pick on Cromartie. He looks like he lost a step so Cooper might have a good day. I don’t expect Maclin to be open this week.

  18. 18 Anders said at 6:16 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I really wonder what the Cards do if we go to our 3×1 with Ertz on side and the WRs on the other.

    Do Peterson just stay on Cooper? Do Cromatie move over or do he stay on Ertz? If so, do they go to dime to cover Matthews with a DB instead of a LB? Also if Cromatie stay Maclin gets slot CB.

  19. 19 Insomniac said at 6:53 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Peterson will be on Maclin all day, he’s not Sherman who only works with one part of the field. Cromartie might be slower but he can still hang with #2 WRs. I assume it’s Powers as their slot CB and he’s not that bad. The safeties are what we need to pick on with the TE size advantage.

  20. 20 Anders said at 7:38 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Cardinal fans said on their SBN blog that Cromartie and Peterson normally stay on one side, thats why I wonder what they will do against a team who loves that 3×1 formation with the TE on the backside

  21. 21 GEAGLE said at 10:53 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I want to see FOles and Maclin go after pEterson early. He has struggled, I’d like to see us burn him early.. Maclin is good at drawing Interference penalties..pEterson has 7 penalties in 6 games already

  22. 22 GEAGLE said at 10:25 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Meh… Don’t really care about the name brand of the two Zona corners, neither is playing up to their name brand this year. Teams aren’t running away from pEterson this year and he isn’t having a good year at all by his standards.

    Before Maclin got hurt he was one of the leaders in drawing interference penalties.. PEterson has 7 interference penalties in 6 games,, respect him, but no reason to fear him. They play man on the outside, Maclin is no slouch, screw pEterson and Cromartie, go after both! And Coop needs to beat Cromartie up like he owes him child support
    With that said, they were terrible at defending TE last year, and this year they managed to be even worse

    28-17 Eagles takeover the cardinals nest

  23. 23 Henly125 said at 9:41 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    I’m absolutely pumped to finally see the Eagles in action again. The bye week dragged, as always.

    I really think the defensive performance will be key this game. You have to wonder how good this Arizona offense really is. We know about their defense obviously, but the offense? How good are they exactly? The most points they’ve scored this season is 24… Against Oakland… Although, they do have two impressive wins against San Diego and San Francisco, it will be hard for them to win this game if we put up a lot of points on the scoreboard. The Eagles defense will do their part.

    Time for Foles to light it up!!

  24. 24 Flyin said at 12:16 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Time for Foles to win superbowles!!!!

  25. 25 GermanEagle said at 10:13 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I really hope it’s not time for Bowles to win SuperFoles today!!!

  26. 26 Flyin said at 11:43 PM on October 25th, 2014:

    Do you really have to ask !?! Eagles just starting to get their groove on.. Enjoy!

  27. 27 Rambler said at 1:24 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I am 0-3 here in Phoenix watching the Eagles play the Cardinals here. For the sake of all Eagles fans everywhere, I opted to not go to the game tomorrow. Hence I am positive the Eagles win. You are all welcome.

  28. 28 TommyLawlor said at 2:13 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Your sacrifice is appreciated.

  29. 29 A_T_G said at 9:05 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    In a similar vein, the Eagles have never lost on a day when an unexpected Omaha Steaks order mysteriously appeared on my porch, so if anyone needs the address…

  30. 30 GEAGLE said at 11:15 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    It’s my puppies cedrick thornton jr, Fletcher cox jr and Vinny curry Jr. 1st birthday today…I’ll take that as a good omen

  31. 31 Michael Winter Cho said at 10:55 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I’m with you. Both times I’ve gone to Sun Devil Stadium, (the olde days), were debacles and the Birds (Eagles, I mean) lost. Of course, with guys like Mike McMahon at the helm, what do you expect…

    I’m hoping for another 100 year storm from “The Rainmaker” today. To tell you the truth, I would not be surprised if the Cards’ D totally stifles our O, but I hope that they’ve turned the corner and put up some points. I really don’t think the Cards’ O is any good.

  32. 32 GEAGLE said at 11:00 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    #rainmaker floods arizona in his return to the dessert

  33. 33 Insomniac said at 1:41 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Oh dear..I just read the news of Gerald McCoy’s new contract.Those top DTs like Dareus and Suh are going to get paid. This might be good or bad for us seeing how Cox needs to be extended in the next 2 years.

  34. 34 Anders said at 6:14 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    The good thing for us is that Cox isnt putting up the numbers despite playing about just as well as them. Sadly (for the players) sacks is also big part of DT’s contract numbers

  35. 35 Insomniac said at 6:54 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Seeing how McCoy doesn’t have amazing numbers, it kind of worries me that people will overpay to keep some players. I would show Fletcher the door if he wants that money if he doesn’t post 10+ sacks next season.

  36. 36 Anders said at 7:36 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    5 and 9.5 sacks is very good numbers for an interior DT. Cox did have 5.5 sacks his rookie year, so he got the potential for 8+ sack seasons even in this scheme and if he gets there, I would pay him (remember we still have 2 more seasons after this before we have to pay him)

  37. 37 Media Mike said at 8:31 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    100% correct that our scheme is going to limit how much a DE gets paid because he isn’t going to generate the stats to get a 4-3 DT type payday.

  38. 38 Insomniac said at 4:32 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Scheme doesn’t matter if you’re just that dominant. JJ Watt doesn’t care about scheme. He played two versions of the 3-4 and still gets sacks.

  39. 39 GEAGLE said at 10:41 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Ridiculous contract… If they offered us that goofy Dahani jones wanna be Gerald McCoy for Cox straight up, I would tell them to go play in traffic… What a joke that franchise is.. Thought Lovie would clean things up….no such luck

  40. 40 Cafone said at 5:28 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    If it wasn’t for Dallas being 6-1, a loss in this game wouldn’t really be a big deal. Beat the Texans and the Titans, get a win over either the Panthers or the Seahawks at home, then win 3 of the 4 remaining NFC East games and the Eagles are in good shape at 11-5.

    But dammit the Cowboys are at 6-1 and I want the Birds to keep pace and win the division!

  41. 41 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:01 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Agree. If keeping pace with the F#$%@^ing cowboys wasn’t out there…

    Go Lolskins!

  42. 42 GEAGLE said at 10:44 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Man, it would be too awesome to see dallas lose to Colt McCoy… But that’s a stretch!..
    For skins to pull off the upset, Alfred Morris has to have a dominant game, controlling the time of possession, and the skins would need a few Big plays like the Rams got in the seahawks game.. Skins can’t win the game straight up, but hopefully our buddy Desean burns them deep once or twice, maybe get a special teams or defensive TD… I won’t hold my breath, but it would be such a glorious week if we beat Zona and the CLOWNboys lost to the LOLskins

  43. 43 Media Mike said at 8:32 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    What is more annoying is that Dallas shouldn’t win more than 6 or 7 games total with that roster.

  44. 44 Michael Winter Cho said at 10:56 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Kind of like us last year?

  45. 45 Media Mike said at 11:30 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    No, we’re always supposed to win at least 10.

  46. 46 BC1968 said at 11:33 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    One of the best comments ever. (Putting best comment ever waters down the meaning)

  47. 47 Anders said at 8:12 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Dupree sounds like a perfect Chip Kelly OLB.

  48. 48 mksp said at 11:20 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Did you watch the game? Guy played great. Natural pass rusher, quick get off. If Smith = Barwin, he could be a better Cole (in our D).

  49. 49 D3FB said at 11:54 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    And he can drop, he’s the complete player Chip has been looking for.

  50. 50 mksp said at 12:13 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Feels like he’s gonna be the guy that ends up exploding during the pre-draft build up and will end up going too early for us. Love him though. Made some huge plays last night.

    Early in the season I was loving Kevin White when he was projected to go in the 2nd round, now he’s probably a top-15 guy.

    Ifo is falling though.

  51. 51 D3FB said at 1:06 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Ifo is way too small, he got exploited a few weeks in a row, and I just don’t see him as a target for us.

    Dupree will def rise during the predraft, he should do well in the dog and pony portion. Hopefully he lasts for us.

    Right now the guys I would love to see for us in the first round:
    Pruitt, Drummond, Dupree, Matias, and Montgomery

  52. 52 Insomniac said at 4:24 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Does Matias fit here in the OL? He doesn’t seem like he would last here if he doesn’t lose weight. Love Drummond, it would be awesome to have two safeties that can do it all.

  53. 53 D3FB said at 11:58 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Matias doesn’t look like it but once every game or two, he does something absolutely stupidly athletic. Against Clemson this year, he got 25 yards downfield and took out a safety on a QB draw. It was insane. He has some issues, which I think a combination of a little weight loss, and technique work should fix up, but he can undoubtedly play for us despite his size.

  54. 54 Insomniac said at 12:40 AM on October 27th, 2014:

    That’s amazing.

  55. 55 Anders said at 1:47 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Sadly no. Just read that article after the game.

    If most of the very good underclassmen declares. This edge rush class is very great.

  56. 56 phillychuck said at 8:15 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I’m never happy playing in AZ. 4 o’clock games are bad for my Sunday schedule, too… In any event, it’s a good measuring stick. If we’re super-bowl caliber, I’d expect us to win this game comfortably. Doesn’t mean we can’t improve afterwards if we lose, just that we’re not there yet.

  57. 57 The Linc – Why the Cowboys success won’t last | Sports Feedr said at 8:18 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    […] Big Game Atmosphere – Iggles BlitzThe 5-1 Eagles are in Arizona to take on the 5-1 Cardinals. Those are impressive records, but this is an October game. It’s too early for a big game, right? For some reason this game has the feel of a big game. Eagles fans are in Arizona in droves. […]

  58. 58 NinjaP said at 10:15 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Eagles in on Vincent Jackson. I would rather not give up a lot for him.

  59. 59 anon said at 10:48 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Getting vjax would say a lot about where the team thinks it is. Also probably means coop is out of a job.

  60. 60 GEAGLE said at 10:53 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Heard the seahawks are interested

  61. 61 NinjaP said at 11:03 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Yeah seahawks, pats and the eagles were the three teams mentioned as talking to the bucs about him.

  62. 62 GEAGLE said at 10:33 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Tempo is the key to everything. It’s tough for all teams, but tempo really screws up everything arizona does well.
    What happens to NT Dan Williams n that stout run defense if we get two first downs and don’t let them sub the fat bastard out of the game? Fatigue turns lions into lambs, we run the ball down his fatigued throat THATS what happens..

    Zona pass rush is non exsistent. They are forced to blitz a lot and throw exotic blitzes they disguise well at QBs and OLines…. Well what happens when we don’t let them sub players in, and don’t give them time to lineup and disguise their intentions? How tough is this defense when it can’t disguise its intentions and the opponent knows what it’s doing? Bet it gets picked apart.
    It’s important

  63. 63 GEAGLE said at 10:49 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    NFL gets on my nerves,, if they are going to take home games away from fans, to go play silly games in London at 9am, ATleast air the damn game in the USA.. Rather watch the lions in London at 9am then 7 hours of pregame coverage on NFL network

    Falcons winning 21-0 and lions may not have the fire power with all the injuries to make a comeback.. lions losing to a non contender like the Falcons is a good thing…

    Seattle vs, Carolina.. The desperation bowl

  64. 64 iceberg584 said at 10:58 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    FOX is airing it nationally.

  65. 65 sutherneagle said at 11:09 AM on October 26th, 2014:


  66. 66 GEAGLE said at 11:41 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Damn it.l. Been sitting here wide awake all morning doing nothing…didn’t even think to check fox, didn’t think there was any chance of them airing a 9am game.. Make an ass when you assume sort of deal..

  67. 67 Crus57 said at 10:59 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    It’s not much of a game so far, you’re not missing much (unlike the Lions and Stafford who are missing lots)

  68. 68 GEAGLE said at 11:42 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Better than laying in bed staring at the ceiling all morning waiting for 1 lol

  69. 69 iceberg584 said at 11:00 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    And my understanding is that teams are volunteering to play a home game in London. It’s definitely not a case of the big bad NFL stealing home games away. For a franchise like Jacksonville, this is a boon.

  70. 70 GEAGLE said at 11:10 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    I just don’t get why the NFL wouldnt jump at the chance to air a London game at 9am..

  71. 71 GEAGLE said at 10:58 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Mort reports..seahawks growing tired of Marshawn lynch..
    We can get homefield and not have to play in seattle during the playoffs. If we don’t have to go thru seattle, this NFC has become very winnable.. Important to finish with a better record then Green Bay… Road to the SUPERBOWL needs to go thru south philly.
    Seattle, Eagles, patriot all interested in Vjax… Doug Martin is also on the block

  72. 72 Crus57 said at 11:00 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    PFT reports we’re looking to trade for a starting safety to upgrade from Nate Allen. Thoughts?

  73. 73 GEAGLE said at 11:07 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Lol shouldn’t be hard to find an upgrade to nate Allen lol.. I’m always down to upgrade any position, I just have a hard time believing this will happen….not many teams have an extra quality safety laying around that they can spare.. Shortage of quality at the position in the NFL…I’d welcome a trade, but I have to see it to believe it

  74. 74 GEAGLE said at 11:13 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Fellow fantasy owners, especially dynasty…

    Teams are calling Bucs about trading doug Martin so I picked up cHarles sims who should be back from his injury soon..
    Browns want Crowell or west to take the job from Ben Tate, so I picked up Crowell….
    Picked up tre Mason.
    Picked up bryce brown

    Now I don’t expect any of these moves to pay off today or next week, but soon Id bet ATleast two emerge as the lead back so I’m hoping they provide an extra option or two come fantasy playoffs at the end of the year, and hopefully one is good enough to keep for next year…..throwing a wide net, hopefully one or two pay off

  75. 75 BC1968 said at 11:40 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Your defense should be banned from the NFL if you give up a 3rd and 25 that started as a 2nd and 35.

  76. 76 BC1968 said at 11:43 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Aikman:”11 points is nothing with 4 minutes and a quarter for Detroit.” Damn, I thought we were going to be getting him and that great insight today.

  77. 77 BC1968 said at 11:48 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    The ghost of Neil ODonnell returns.

  78. 78 GEAGLE said at 11:51 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Falcons are a joke.. Matt Ryan is a hack. LOL @ all the people who over rated them and their coach during HardKnocks… They aren’t good enough in gaheme trenches to be taken serious.

    Can’t even count on these dopes with a 21 point lead to give a banged up lions team a loss.. lions are a NFC leader in the wildcard hunt. Would have been nice to see them lose today… fairly was carted off

  79. 79 BC1968 said at 11:54 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Aikman you should know, you won a Super Bowl because two of those throws. Larry Brown earned a lot of money for those throws. Thanks Al Davis.

  80. 80 BC1968 said at 11:56 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    DIdinger will be doing 12-1 all by himself. No side moron.

  81. 81 Dragon_Eagle said at 11:57 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Best thing about baseball playoffs? I don’t have to listen to Joe Buck for a few Sundays.

  82. 82 BC1968 said at 12:00 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Not watching but I’d like to leave Hunter Pence a message: Fuck you!!

  83. 83 GEAGLE said at 11:57 AM on October 26th, 2014:

    Good to know that no one was screwing with our hotel alarms like our last trip to the westcoast.
    Hope to destroy this team… I can’t wait to watch our special teams. Burton and Braman are animals.. I’d like to see them destroy Ted Ginn today. Can’t wait to see what our ST does next…. We need to score a TD on a FG block and we will have scored a TD every single way possible this year

  84. 84 BC1968 said at 12:01 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    If you’re not interesting in games til 4 Simpsons are doing a Halloween Treehouse Marathon number one starts now. FXX or Didinger and Treehouse. Kind of hard to mix them together…shit.

  85. 85 BC1968 said at 12:13 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Someone called Ray about the Phillies and he doesn’t miss a beat. Just an amazing sports everything. He knows all the sports, actually used to write for all them. Get his book: One Last Read The Collected Works Of The World’s Slowest Sportswriter. Ugh sorry, I love listening and reading the guy with a passion

  86. 86 GEAGLE said at 12:16 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Anyone know what’s the latest on Adrain Peterson? Is he worth picking up in fantasy? Any chance he comes back this year? Then again, I’m in a dynasty league, so I should probably just pick him up anyway, I could end up deciding to keep him next year and it only cost me a 10th round pick

  87. 87 BC1968 said at 12:35 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    By rule, 10 seconds go off the clock? No?

  88. 88 sutherneagle said at 12:47 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    not sure but maybe that`s regarding stopping the clock by way of a penalty? here that had already been stopped due to the spiked pass.
    does that make a difference?

  89. 89 BC1968 said at 12:50 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Yep, I think a dead ball foul. I guess since the clock wasn’t running when the penalty happened. Pretty sure the 10 second run off rule was put in so offenses couldn’t commit on purpose penalties to stop the clock.

  90. 90 BC1968 said at 12:37 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    That’s poop luck. You’re own penalty saves you.

  91. 91 Dragon_Eagle said at 1:03 PM on October 26th, 2014:

    Odds on Matt Prater getting arrested for public drunkeness in London?