Apologies for not posting anything yet in response to yesterday’s games. I finally left The Linc until about 1am, got a few hours of sleep on my friend’s sofa in South Jersey, drove up to North Jersey for a huge work meeting, and I’m now beginning to pound Red Bulls to get through the next few hours at my office before I can go home and crash in front of the fireplace in my cold, no power having house. I promise I’m going to have a ton of good stuff here over the next few days, but for now, some random thoughts:
– The Redskins are done.
– I attended a Christening during the 1 o’clock games yesterday, so I haven’t watched the Giants game yet, but the general consensus was that they looked pretty bad. I’m told that they received another major gift call yesterday. Apparently a phantom offensive pass interference was called on Brandon Marshall in a crucial moment of the game. It didn’t decide the game the same way the Victor Cruz “should have been fumble” did, but was still a big one. Thoughts on the Giants after I actually… you know… watch them. Until then, my opinions are useless (a slight upgrade from my usual “slightly more than useless”). Side note – Is it wrong to continually refresh football scores on your iPhone during a Christening? Anyway, for now, it’s time to praise the Eagles and crap on the Cowboys.
– I’ve debated this a little bit with a few people over the past two years, and I really believe it to be true – The Eagles have the fastest offense in NFL history. LeSean McCoy – fast. Jeremy Maclin – fast. DeSean Jackson – probably one of the three fastest players in the game. Michael Vick – hands down the fastest starting QB in the history of the league, and it’s not even close. Even if you look at the OL, Jason Peters is as athletically gifted a LT as you can find, Todd Herremans is anything but a burly, lumbering RT, and all three of the interior guys can move very well, particularly center Jason Kelce. Try to think of a faster offensive unit – You won’t find one.
– Bradie James is a disaster in pass coverage. Actually, all the Cowboys LB were disastrous in pass coverage last night, but Bradie James especially. Brent Celek isn’t a slow TE by any means, but he won’t exactly be mistaken for a burner either. Can you maybe at least stay within 3 yards of the guy, Bradie? This will be James’ last season in a Cowboy uniform. Keith Brooking’s, too. Book it. Loved my buddy Raf’s in-game tweet about James, Brooking, and safety Gerald Sensabaugh:
– When the Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason, I had seen a scouting report from an evaluator I respect that said Nnamdi shied away from contact. I’m no expert on the Raiders. I’ve probably seen maybe 5-10 Raiders games over the last 5 years, if that. So I really didn’t know much about Nnamdi, other than that opposing QBs avoided him like the plague. I was inclined to trust the evaluator’s notes. Last night, I didn’t see a guy that shied away from contact. Asomugha was physical the entire night, and there was one play in particular that he threw his body in front of a blocker to get just enough of the ball carrier’s legs to bring him down. Can’t wait to see that play on tape.
– DeMarcus Ware is awesome.
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– The Cowboys ran a few bubble screens at Asante Samuel, as they always do, but they only ran 2, by my count. They didn’t have a ton of success with it, but it was there. Not sure why they didn’t run it more.
– That was the loudest I’ve heard The Linc this season. It was probably louder than at any time last season as well. At the 2-minute warning in the first half, without any sort of big play happening, the fans all stood and cheered. You get the “appreciation cheer” a lot in baseball, like when the starting pitcher goes 8.1 strong innings, but walks a couple guys, they go to the closer, and he walks into the dugout to a standing O. That’s kind of what it was like. It was kinda cool.
– In the NFC (or really the NFL) this year, the question is, “Who can beat the Packers?” On their “A game,” the Eagles can, that’s who. Trust me when I say the Packers want no part of the Eagles in the playoffs, should they continue to rack up enough wins to make it there.
– Memo to Laurent Robinson. When you’re down 34-0 and you finally get on the board, maybe you don’t wind up and spike the ball, then run and go get the ball to bring home with you as a souvenir. Was that a game you really want to remember?
– UPDATE – OK, so literally 5 minutes after I post this, I learn that there’s actually a really good reason why Laurent Robinson spiked the ball, and now I feel like a dick. I actually now have more respect for Robinson spiking the ball, knowing that he would look like a douche. Good guy. Sorry, Laurent.
– Can we start Sunday Night games before 8:30pm please, NBC? People tune in to football games to watch FOOTBALL. We can see Brian Williams every night on the news if we want.
– I was in the elevator heading down to the locker rooms when there was less than two minutes left in the game. Tony Romo was being chased by Juqua Parker, and instead of trying to make a play with the game so far out of reach, Romo simply spiked the ball into the turf so Parker wouldn’t hit him. In the elevators they have the radio calls playing. Merrill Reese called Romo “Punxsutawney Phil” (the famous groundhog) on the play. Everyone in the elevator was cracking up, even though I don’t think any of us knew for 100% sure what the hell Merrill was talking about.
– That lateral call last night that was called a fumble was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen in any sport, ever. Vick threw the ball from the 12. DeSean Jackson was standing at the 9. The ball clearly went forward… by three effing yards. It was such a bad call that even though the call on the field was Dallas ball, the Cowboys left their defense on the field. That’s not even a joke.
– Navigating the seas of parking lot piss on the walk back to the car is so much more tolerable after your favorite team blows out a division rival.
– Exciting news! As I mentioned above, I stayed on my friend’s sofa last night. We’ll call him “Little Stevenson.” I noticed that on his wife’s piano that I’m among 5 guys that were voted “Friends of the Year” by the Associated Press. Truly an awesome achievement.