Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wednesday Links

some interesting reading as we are well into me-o week

- you know you're playing well when you're winning over guys like jack mccaffrey, who can sometimes be a "negadelphian"
The promise, though, never changed: One game, one night, one time, the progressions would be complete. On that night, McNabb would pass with confidence, run with authority, win with ease and lead with a side of his personality that too seldom was taken seriously. That night was Monday, that game was the Eagles’ 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers, and that effect was the crystallization of an MVP candidacy with no apparent flaws.
- as expected, lito should be ready to play on sunday

- rick gosselin of the dallas morning news expects the cowboys to throw the ball at the suddenly vulnerable eagles secondary
The Philadelphia defense's strength has long been its secondary. The Eagles have had three Pro Bowl cornerbacks and two Pro Bowl safeties this decade alone. If you want to throw the ball, bring it on, say the Eagles. But this week may be different.

But the Eagles haven't been as strong on the field thus far this season. Sheppard has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and nickel cornerRod Hood sat out the Monday night game against Green Bay with a heel injury.

- a couple of more notes from gosselin in his weekly wrap up
- The Cowboys will face one of their all-time greatest tormentors Sunday when they visit Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Quarterback Donovan McNabb has won eight of his 11 career starts against the Cowboys, throwing 16 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.

- Chuck Bednarik has long been considered the greatest Eagle of them all. He's the last NFL player to go both ways in an championship game, playing center and middle linebacker in 1960 against the Green Bay Packers. "Concrete Charlie" was an eight-time Pro Bowler, an NFL All-Decade pick in the 1950s and a Hall of Famer. But he may have some company now in the discussion of greatest Eagle ever. Philadelphia won for the 86th time Monday night with safety Brian Dawkins in the lineup. That broke Bednarik's franchise record of 85 victories. Dawkins plays the game at its highest level as his five Pro Bowls would attest.

- espn's michael smith jumping on the mcnabb bandwagon
Guess we forgot. Forgot that Five led Philly to three NFC title games without defenses rolling their coverages to T.O. Forgot that McNabb entered the season first among active QBs and second all time in both career touchdown-to-interception ratio and lowest interception percentage. Forgot that he is, really, just entering the prime of his career.
- the smartest thing merrill hoge has ever said
The Eagles are proving every week that they aren't missing T.O. with the way they are playing, so I think the team should encourage the fans to not boo him when he comes on the field. Booing him will only fuel his massive ego, and the way to bruise an ego like his is with indifference. There's nothing that will upset him more than not being paid attention to when he hits the field. That will show him way more than booing him will.

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