Monday, September 15, 2008

Game 2 Preview

don't have too much time today, but did want to get this onto the record:

i believe the eagles are going to win today

some of the reasons why:

- mcnabb is healthy

- i know the cowboys went 13-3 last season, but the reality is that they haven't won sh*t. they're walking around and *more importantly* woofing like they're 3 time defending superbowl champs. it's not a tangible reason, but i feel very strongly that they're due for a rude awakening.

- jim johnson seems to have gotten a feel for how to attack romo, but more importantly, if jj wants to take away a receiver, jj takes away that receiver. previous encounters with randy moss and me-o should provide plenty of evidence.

- mcnabb is healthy

- i think desean jackson is getting a little overhyped already, but he does give the birds an additional playmaker that the cowboys need to be worried about. it may open things up for westbrook.

- terence newman probably will not play. even if he does, he'll be hampered

the player i fear tonight is felix jones. that guy is fast!

my prediction: eagles 20 - cowboys 17



Anonymous Phil said...

I really want to see how the Eagles match up. I am cautiously optimistic. I plan on seeing lots of 36 though LJ needs to make some catches for them to win. Think that will be the difference.

The pre-game hasn't even started yet and I'm already sick of hearing about how bad Philly fans are.

6:57 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

f*ck! desean jackson just cost me 6 points in my fantasy league!

9:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

What is it about these DAL/PHI MNF games?!?!

10:24 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

this is playoff intensity for sure. can't believe this is a week 2 game.

i have not seen two better teams in the league so far this year.

11:13 PM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Playoff intensity - YES!

Also, just the oddest things seem to happen.

Coverage teams need a LOT of improvement.

11:15 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

yes, and the referees. they're not having a good game (have missed important calls for both teams).

eagles receivers also have too many drops... as usual

11:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mentally drained. Very unfortunate that they had this game in the bag, a statement game, and they pissed it away. JJ had an absolutely awful game plan. Never got in Romo's mush (maybe the D line just sucks), failed to slow down Witten and TO, allowed Barber too much room. What exactly was his game plan? Leave Considine and Dawkins on islands with TO? Unreal!

And don't get me started on Mc5 in the waning moments of this game. The more big games I see, the more he discourages me as a guy who comes up big in the clutch. With 2-1/2 minutes to play, he has to come up bigger than that.

And someone explain to me why Reid never challenged the first fumble/TD? Or why he never went for 2 any of the 5 times he could have to keep it even as theyw ere trading points? Or why he got so damned conservative in the 2nd half scoring only 7 points. Why?


12:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

Bumble, you say 5 came up short late, while I would place the blame squarely on the receivers. It's not like he was missing wide open WR.

7:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame about Dawkins. He had a terrific career, but it's over.

7:40 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don was great for 3 quarters, but awful down the stretch, Phil. Did you see the 3rd and long play where he threw the ball 4 feet over Westbrook's head (and 5 yards short of the stick)? Did you see the 1st down play where he threw at the out of bounds vs. leading into the out of bounds to lewis? Yes Lewis should've caught the ball, but would've had about 2 feet to get both feet in. How about that fumbled double pump hand off to Westbrook? How about that awful sack on 3rd down in the last drive? really? A 10 year guy eats that? How about ending the game with a 4 yard pattern when you need 17 instead of just throwing it deep and seeing what happens? He wa sterrible late in the game when it counted.

LJ dropped 2, Lewis 1, DeSean 1. O line was avsoultely terrible in the 2nd half and he got abused, but late game with 2-1/2 minutes to drive 78 yards, i expected more out of him than he gave.


8:22 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how does Reid get out-coached nby Wade freaking Phillips? Wade adjusted in the 2nd half, blizted Mc5, centered the game plan around the mismatch of Witten vs. Dawkins and LB who can't cover and Barber and O line vs. D line who can't get off blocks. What adjustments did Reid make at halftime to win this game?

What is so frustrating is that game clearly made the point that they are a good team...but not a great team. They may win 10 games (I doubt it seeing who they'll play), but physical defenses and good O lines will pummel them. You can go to Vegas and take the Steelers this week because as sure as water is wet and the sun is hot, that is a loss. They needed to make a statement yesterday and again, they came up short, just as they have with alarming frequency the last 4 years. I cannot remember the last big game they won. It's frustrating.


8:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Phil said...

The pass to 36 wouldn't have gotten new downs even if it was thrown perfectly. Sack should have been avoided, but then again 5 was just trying to make a play. I think I missed his killer INT. Doesn't he usually have one of those. I just think the WR deserve as much blame as the QB there.

I think the bigger reasons for the loss though are the defense and special teams. There is no possible rationale for having Dawkins cover TO. And the return yards they gave up to Jones (including the TD) where retarded. At least they finally got a couple turnovers.

Overall though I think we should be more optimistic than pessimistic. Despite all the mistakes, the Iggles came up only 4 points short on the road against what many people are saying is the best team in the NFL right now. Moral victories are worthless, but at least this should show us the team doesn't have to improve that much over the next 14 games to go deep in the playoffs. And isn't that what this is all about?

10:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see it differently I guess. They blew a big game in the 4th quarter by turning the ball over, they failed to make effective second half adjustments, and their QB was shaky down the strethc with the chips down. Those things don't right themself over 14 games, they are what they are after 10 years.

If they were to come out this week and beat a very good Steelers team, I may feel differently, but we both know that isn't going to happen. When they play those physical AFC teams, they just get pushed around in all phases. Titans, Jags, and Steelers are just a terrible matchup for them. Terrible time for this Steeler game. 1-2 with an inspired Bears team on the road. I am not feeling any love for the way this schedule shakes out early.


10:48 AM EDT  

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