Akers wins honor; McNabb vs. Giants

Eagles kicker David Akers has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November, the NFL announced today.

Akers was 13-for-14 on field goals in the Eagles' four games, with a long of 48 against Washington. He also made all 13 of his extra points and was extremely good on kickoffs.

He also tied Brian Dawkins for most games played in franchise history with 183 and can set the record tomorrow night against Houston.


Donovan McNabb gets his first shot at the Giants wearing the Redskins uniform Sunday in a game that Eagles fans will be watching closely. In his career, McNabb has fared well against the Giants.

"It’s just a comfort level in the team that you’re with and the things that you’re able to do," McNabb said. "Guys around me made plays, and when you’re playing against a team twice a year, you have a feel with them, like what they’re going to do, their defense’s fronts and blitzes, and the answers to some of their questions. That’s something that is obviously a lot different being with a different ballclub, but when you play against a team for eleven years, you build a good relationship with them as far as what they’re doing and the defensive coordinators and things of that nature. It’s going to be a battle, and it’s going to be a lot of fun."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was asked today if McNabb seems like a hurdle that Giants just can't seem to overcame,

"You could put it that way," Coughlin said. "He’s going to be in a different uniform – that would be a little bit different for all of us – but we have played against Donovan many times and he certainly is an outstanding quarterback and leader of his team, no matter whether it’s Philadelphia or Washington."

And what was your reaction to the trade? "My thoughts can’t be expressed at this time."


The Eagles today announced that the athletic training staff of Rick Burkholder, Chris Peduzzi, Steve Condon and Joseph O’Pella have been named the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society’s Athletic Training Staff of the Year for 2010.


The honor is voted on by all 32 athletic training staffs in the league and is based on service to the team and to the entire NFL community. The award also recognizes their dedication to the PFATS organization and to the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), as well as their implementation of innovative technologies, procedures and research that have advanced the athletic training profession.


“Rick and his staff are well deserving of this award,” coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “It’s easy to see why they were voted by their peers as the best staff in the NFL. They have earned the trust of the players, coaches, and the entire medical staff for their tireless work on and off the field, giving the players the most advanced medical treatment available.”

The Eagles athletic trainers will be honored on March 8 at the 33rd annual Ed Block Courage Award banquet in Baltimore.


The Eagles and the Marine Core Reserves will be collecting books and toys at a drive before the game for Toys for Tots. Soldiers will be stationed at each entrance to accept donations.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped book or toy that will be given to underprivileged children throughout the Philadelphia area.


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