– Tom Coughlin should be a very strong candidate for coach of the year. Go read this. It’s not just for Giants fans either – kinda funny for everyone, really. So go. I’ll wait. Done? Alright. Let’s just say that I’m more than a little impressed with the job he has done to get his team to 6-2.
– The Eagles lead the division with a +21 point differential. Too bad their “win-loss differential” is -2. They’ve outscored their opponents 179-122 in the first three quarters. They’ve been outscored 24-60 in the 4th.
– Mario Manningham’s stupidity may have actually helped the Giants win. After Manningham scored with 3:03 to go, he felt the need to rub it in to one of the Pats’ DBs. Flag, unsportmanslike, 15 yards on the kickoff. The Pats get better field position, drive through the Giants D like a hot knife through butter, bada bing bada boom, score a little too quickly, and leave enough time on the clock for Eli to work his magic and win the game.
– I usually like Jon Gruden, because he’ll at least show stuff during the game that I might have otherwise missed. But holy cow, he was irritating last night. Every time Brian Urlacher was anywhere remotely close to a play, we heard something like this (skip to 0:50).
– The Eagles have been favored in every game they’ve played this year – Rams (-5), Falcons (-2.5), Giants (-5.5), Niners (-8.5), Bills (-2.5), Redskins (-1.5), Cowboys (-3.5), Bears (-8). The line for Cards-Eagles opened up at Eagles -14. Lol.
– Since Laurent Robinson joined the Cowboys, he has a stat line of 24-368-2. Over that same span, Dez Bryant is 23-372-3, and Miles Austin is 14-170-0.
– No word yet from Jason Avant if Eagles fans are allowed to be mad at this latest loss. Will keep everyone posted.
– In 2 weeks the Cowboys run D has gone from strength to concern. Heading into Philly, they had the well-publicized #1 rush D in the league. Two games and 401 rushing yards later, they’re now 10th. They’ll have to deal with Fred Jackson this week.
– Nitpicking here, but… We’ve all seen the Hail Mary work, right? Off the top of your head, try to think of 5. Not that hard, right? Now, off the top of your head, try to think of one play in NFL history where a team lateraled like 10 times on their way down the field and actually scored. There’s one that I know of. The Eagles were in “Hail Mary distance” at the end of the game last night, and went with the lateral play, which of course never even happened because DeSean Jackson dropped the pass. Now, obviously, the Hail Mary is still extremely low percentage, but still, but can we at least pretend like we care and give the higher percentage play a shot?
– If you haven’t heard the Redskins radio call of their lone TD Sunday, go.
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– Jason Peters and Lesean McCoy are absolute star players.
– Atrocious officiating in the NFL continues. That roughing the passer call that went against Philly was laughable last night. The officials basically handed Chicago 4 points. Hate to sound like a homer there – the Eagles got a bad one earlier this season in their favor against the Falcons on a John Abraham “hit.” It’s incredible to me how officials have almost no accountability. Personally, I think the officials rely on replay far too much. Remember Matt Forte’s second fumble? It was about as obvious as you can get, and somehow the officials missed it. Remember the laughable call against Philly where Michael Vick was standing at the 12, threw to DeSean Jackson at the 9, and they called it a lateral? No worries… the Eagles will just use a challenge. And people seem to just accept that. They shouldn’t. Teams shouldn’t have to constantly challenge absurdly obvious calls. This isn’t Scrabble. It’s football. Imagine if there was no replay in the NFL. Bad calls would be the theme of the entire league… every season.
– I feel pretty confident in saying that right now the Redskins have the worst offense in the league. A lot of people are calling for Kyle Shanahan’s head, but really, what can you reasonably expect from the kind of the junk the Skins are putting on the field?
– I think we’re in for an interesting offseason with DeSean Jackson. He’s going to want more than what the Eagles should offer him. Frankly, he doesn’t deserve it. He hasn’t made the big plays this year, and he has missed opportunities that have been there. Some team out there is going to be willing to grossly overpay him. Do the Eagles tag him? It’ll cost them between $9.4 and $9.8 million to do so, according to NFP’s Andrew Brandt. Do they try to tag and trade him? That gets messy because a team would have to pay him AND give up high pick(s). Do they let him test the open market? I’m almost tempted to say that I think it’s more likely he’s not an Eagle in 2012. Don’t hold me to that though. Needs more thought.
– Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looked so good in training camp. Athleticism, speed, crazy ups. Looked like he was really going to fit in nicely. Nope. He’s been awful. The Eagles have gotten truly awful performances from a bunch of players this season. Early on it was Casey Matthews. Then Jarrad Page. Ronnie Brown chipped in a little. Now it’s DRC. Awfulness around the rest of the NFC East: Brooking/James against Philly, Reed Doughty Week 1 against the Giants, Rex Grossman of course. The only team that hasn’t gotten a truly disgusting performance so far has been the Giants.
– Really looking forward to Giants-Niners this week. Two overachieving, tough-minded teams. That’s going to be a great one – I can see it already.
– Tommy Lawlor described the play of DeSean Jackson, DRC, and Asante Samuel last night as “soft.” Can’t say I disagree.