• Well that was a satisfying day of football yesterday… if you’re an Eagles fan. Tommy Lawlor and I discuss the Eagles’ various team meetings on our podcast here, and we talked about the NFC East as well as previewing Eagles-Saints here.
• The Redskins are done. Just ask Mike Shanahan:
“You lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. I’ll get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at,” Shanahan said.
“Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season.”
Mike Shanahan: Motivational speaker.
• The Cowboys, meanwhile, are on life support after just 8 games. Who are the Cowboys’ 5 best players? In my opinion (in whatever order you prefer), they’re DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Sean Lee, Jay Ratliff, and Jason Witten. The Cowboys are now 3-5, and have a highly unlikely climb to make the playoffs. Here’s how old those aforementioned players will be when the 2013 season begins:
- Romo: 33
- Ware: 31
- Ratliff: 32
- Witten: 31
- Lee: 27
And here’s how much money those four core old guys are scheduled to make in 2013:
- Romo: $11.5 million
- Ware: $6 million
- Ratliff: $5 million
- Witten: $5.5 million
That’s very manageable. However, in 2014, Ware’s contract jumps to $12.25 million and Tony Romo will be a free agent. The Cowboys haven’t produced results, or even much optimism at all since 2009. Will 2013 be the last year in which the Cowboys keep that core together?
• Nice coverage, Skins:
• He’s still probably nowhere near 100%, but here are Hakeem Nicks’ numbers since returning from injury against the Buccaneers: 4 games, 13 catches, 153 yards, 0 TD.
• The Bears have 8 defensive or special teams TDs. Eagles WRs have 4.
• Why is David Diehl playing over Sean Locklear? What do the Giants see in Diehl? It’s crazy. $20 to anyone that can give me a good reason why Diehl should be starting. For that matter, $20 to anyone who can give me a good reason why the Redskins are trying to shoehorn Brandon Banks into their offense.
• The Redskins lead the league with 82 penalties. They also lead the league in penalty yards, with 649.
• Mike Wallace is one of the fastest players in the game. Nevertheless, on Wallace’s TD catch and run, Prince Amukamara had a good angle on Wallace but looked slooooow trying to get to him as Wallace raced right by.
• At least the Redskins seem to have a decent kicker now:
And 6 of those 8 makes are over 40 yards. Unfortunately, he can’t kick the ball into the end zone on kickoffs, but I’m sure the Skins will gladly settle for a guy that can actually make field goals.
• Terence Newman picked off Peyton Manning yesterday… twice. From what I’ve seen of the Bengals this season, Newman hasn’t been bad. I wonder how much that has had to do with Newman maybe not being healthy last year. Or maybe he just has a defensive coordinator in Mike Zimmer that is putting him a position to succeed rather than asking him to do things he can’t do.
• Isaac Redman is not a good running back. Slower than dirt. If the Giants had given up 147 yards to a healthy Rashard Mendenhall, I could understand that. But Isaac Redman? That’s very alarming.
• Speaking of the way the Steelers were running the ball yesterday, what in the hell was Mike Tomlin thinking with that weak-ass fake FG, where the holder flipped it back to the kicker? The Giants can’t stop your rushing attack to save their lives, you need about a foot, and you run that junk?
• I still can’t get over the awfulness of the Ryan Clark penalty in the Giants game. The officials called it a helmet to helmet hit. It wasn’t even close to Cruz’s head. Hell, it wasn’t even close to Cruz’s shoulder. It was in his freaking ribs. Terrible.
• You know that little read option fake into a quick slant that the Skins have been burning people with all season. Yeah, that’s not working anymore, and Kyle Shanahan is going to get one of his receivers killed if he continues to run that play 5 times per game.
• Eli Manning has not played well recently. I think we can safely take him out of the MVP running:
• Bruce Carter looks like he may very well be the real deal. It wasn’t exactly Steve Atwater vs. Christian Okoye, but Carter flattening Jacquizz Rodgers in the hole last night was impressive.