Random thoughts from yesterday’s games

Fastness

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:

The reverse Bermuda Triangle -- Bradie, Keith and Gerald.
@CowboysNation1
Rafael Vela

– 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.

(More after the jump)…

– 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.

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  23. brisulph says:

    Giants were fairly inconsistent. Giants have potential for a big second half collapse. Giants have not played well and beat a bunch of non-factor teams. This is all I hear from Eagles fans, and there is some merit to it, they have been fortunate thus far.

    However, I do have to ask, how did the Giants do the Eagles, in their house, by 13 points, with no great assist gift calls? Explain to me, how a team that was so brutally busted up by injuries, lose to a team that is once again being crowned division winners (so they obviously could never lose to such a sad sack group like the Giants)? I mean, the way it is portrayed, the Giants may as well send in the forfeits now, protect their players health, and get ready for next year. It is going to SUCK finishing the year at 5-11…

    *Awaits the Reid sucked that day and we beat ourselves excuses*

    1. D3Keith says:

      Lil bit of an exaggeration. Even you have to admit that if the Giants are better than 6-6 after at Patriots, at 49ers, vs. Eagles, at Saints, vs. Packers, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

      As far as the Giants-Eagles Round 1, the Giants closed better and deserved to win. But the Eagles were up and down the field that day and kicked field goals. Your early TDs came on the Victor Cruz 8-yard pass with two missed tackles that turned into a 74-yard TD and a blown coverage by somebody (Casey Matthews) who’s no longer in the lineup. They were good plays, and the Giants were better that day, but I wouldn’t say in a rematch that I fear those things happening again.

      I will say this … for the Giants to be in first place and not to fold after all the people they lost says a lot about that team. I respect the Giants organization as an opponent more than the other two in the division put together.

  24. […] I noted how badly Bradie James and Keith Brooking played Sunday night, and that was only from watching them from 4 stories up from the corner of the end […]

  25. BBI says:

    Two points:

    1) Giants didn’t look good. But got to give a shoutout to Eli Manning who was near perfect.

    2) They aren’t as fast as the Eagles with Carson Palmer, but the Raiders with (eventually lulz) Terrelle Pryor, Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, and Darrius Heyward-Bey are pretty damn close.

    1. Anders says:

      But how about there o-line? Im not sure you can find a more athletic group of linemen then then Eagles.

    2. T-rade says:

      And pryor doesn’t start

  26. Steve D. says:

    I could be wrong, but I’m guessing that the Merril’s “Punxsutawney Phil” reference was saying that Romo is afraid of his own shadow.

  27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0BgjY-VV_8

    i made a video 7:16 seconds long of brooking and james sucking last night. they are soooo awful, not just against the pass.

  28. DerfDiggy says:

    Chews crow. You guys were obviously right about Reid. But I was also right that the team to run the ball the best wins. Eagles did that. I’m happy my newborn was either sleep or on a titty the entire game, so he had no chance of seeing the Boys dress up as football players for Halloween.

  29. Anthony says:

    I haven’t been able to get to any Eagles games this season, but I’ve noticed the crowd is quiet when watching them on TV. I honestly felt ashamed at times. It’s no surprise the team hasn’t had homefield advantage when the crowd barely shows up. Sucks that it took this long to happen, but I’m glad the crowd finally did their fan-ly duty.

    1. Brian says:

      The TV stations are the one’s that control how much crowd noise you hear. What you hear coming out of your TV has nothing to do with how loud the crowd actually is.

      1. Anthony says:

        That’s not entirely true. They do control it, but you can still hear the ebbs and flows of the noise. And the Eagles fans have not been pumping the volume up in big situations, as far as I can tell. Like I said, it’s not like being in the stadium. But Jimmy did say this is the loudest they have been all season, and I could tell that by watching it on my TV.

  30. bdawk4ever says:

    Yeah, the Giants looked horrible. The fact that they barely beat an 0-6 team that Tim Teebow barely beat says it all.

    If the Eagles are healthy and play their game on Nov 20, the Giants are toast.

    1. deg0ey says:

      In one of the threads the other day I was criticized for saying that the ‘phins game would be the last non-divisional game the Giants win this season. After that performance, I stand by my previous prediction.

  31. Tracer Bullet says:

    You could have crashed at my place and slept in a bed. I’m a great cuddler.

    1. I appreciate the offer, but it wouldn’t be very “friend-of-the-year-like” to snuggle with others.

  32. The Legend says:

    I was talking to my dad during that ridiculous call by the refs & told him that we were lucky that it was a blowout & we had won our first challenge. Imagine if it was a close game & we lost our first one? I would demand that they not ref another game of ours the rest of the year. Heck I might still even if I were Andy with how bad that call was

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