Archive: December, 2008
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comWith their 44-6 win today over the Cowboys, the Eagles earned the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. So what does that mean?
A date in Minnesota against Brad Childress, Adrian Peterson and the Vikings next weekend in the wild-card round. The folks from The Inquirer and Daily News will have details on the time and day (either Saturday or Sunday) when they become available.
Here's the rest of the NFC playoff seeds:
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comAnother update:It's been a hectic day here at MTC. Here's the latest:
The winner of the Eagles-Cowboys game will travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings in the wild-card round next weekend. Either Philadelphia or Dallas will be the No. 6 seed, or the second wild-card team. The Falcons will travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in the other NFC matchup.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comTime for our weekly look at who's picking the Eagles...
Les Bowen of the Daily News goes with the Cowboys, 20-13.
Paul Domowitch of the Daily News picks the Cowboys, 24-13.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comLast week: 9-7
I covered the NFC playoff scenarios earlier this week but never got to the AFC so I'll include those in the final full slate of NFL picks in 2008.
Raiders at Bucs
This is probably one of those where I should admit Vegas knows more than me, go with the favorite and move on to the next pick. But I can't do it. Is this the same Bucs team that has lost three in a row with a playoff spot on the line? The same Bucs team that is built on its defense yet has allowed 92 points in the last three? I know it's the Raiders, but I still can't pick them to cover 12.5. By the way, I'm planning on hosting a live chat at 1 Sunday to update and complain about the results of the early games. So look for that.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comOn the day the NFL trade deadline passed, what was the first thing you and your friends started trading e-mails about?
OK, what was the first thing you started e-mailing about AFTER you complained about the Eagles not getting Tony Gonzalez?
It was probably the Cowboys' acquisition of wide receiver Roy E. Williams from the Lions.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comI'll have all my picks posted Friday, but wanted to pass along a few lines for the games that the Eagles are concerned with.
As you know by now, and as I've typed in this space several times, the Eagles need three things to happen to sneak in the playoffs.
The first is a win over the Cowboys, a game in which the Eagles are 1.5-point favorites. It's an interesting line, considering the game could have zero postseason implications for the Birds if the Bucs win their 1 o'clock game.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comA season-ticket holder sent me an e-mail he received from Jeffrey Lurie, Christina Lurie and Joe Banner today. Thought I'd share it:
Dear Eagles fans,
During the holiday season, we'd like to say thank you and let you know how fortunate the entire Eagles organization feels to have such loyal and supportive fans.
We never forget that our season ticket holders are the ones who make the games at Lincoln Financial Field special. We know our players, coaches and the entire front office appreciate how you make it tough for our opponents to play here. We also know this weekend's game, as always, against the Cowboys will be another great example of what home field advantage really means.
Thanks again for being the best fans in the NFL. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.
Joe BannerTV schedule
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comPolice seized a 9-millimeter handgun, a rifle, ammunition and pants Plaxico Burress was wearing the night he shot himself from his New Jersey home, several media outlets are reporting.
One detail that is conflicting depending on the report is which weapon was loaded. The New York Post and Newsday report that the rifle was loaded. The New York Daily News, meanwhile, reports that the handgun was loaded.
Burress allegedly shot himself in the thigh with an unlicensed gun on Nov. 29 at a Manhattan nightclub. He has since been suspended by the Giants for the remainder of this season.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
Once again, this week's links are brought to you by Temple student and intern extraordinaire Andrew Holland.
And as always, check out philly.com's Eagles section for the latest local coverage from The Inquirer and Daily News.
ESPN.com has the Eagles ranked 15th in its power rankings:
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comHere's a team-by-team look at where we stand in the NFC going into the final week of the regular season. We'll cover the AFC later today. These scenarios do not include ties, which I thought would only confuse matters. Four teams have clinched: the Giants, Falcons, Panthers and Cardinals. Two spots are up for grabs.
New York Giants (12-3) - With their OT win over the Panthers last week, the Giants clinched a first-round bye and home-field throughout the NFC playoffs. New York was 7-1 at home this season, its only loss coming in Week 14 against the Eagles. The Giants play at the Vikings Sunday and then won't take the field again until Jan. 10 when they host a divisional playoff game.
Carolina Panthers (11-4) - The Panthers have clinched a playoff spot, but not the division. Carolina could either be the No. 2 seed or the No. 5 seed, depending on what happens this weekend. If the Panthers win OR the Falcons lose, Carolina takes the NFC South and gets the No. 2 seed, which means a first-round bye. If the Panthers lose to the Saints and the Falcons beat the Rams, Carolina will be the No. 5 seed, meaning a road playoff game in the first round.
Atlanta Falcons (10-5) - As I just stated, the Falcons need a win over the Rams and a Panthers loss to the Saints to win the NFC South and get a first-round bye. A Panthers win OR a Falcons loss means Atlanta will be the top wild-card team and play a road playoff game as the No. 5 seed, most likely at Arizona.