Archive: December, 2008
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comWhile talking to reporters Wednesday, Terrell Owens took exception to recent comments made by ESPN analysts and former Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Keyshawn Johnson.
"Those two need their own show - Dumb and Dumber," Owens said, according to Tim MacMahon of The Dallas Morning News.
According to the article, Owens called Smith a hypocrite for leaving a message with his teammate Greg Ellis to pass along to the team. T.O. also pointed out that Emmitt didn't even know the players' names, calling rookie running back "Rashard" instead of "Tashard" Choice. I did not hear Emmitt get the name wrong, but I don't have a tough time believing it.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comMeant to post on this last night, but cold medicines knocked me out. Sorry for the delay.
Redskins running back Clinton Portis went off on head coach Jim Zorn during a radio interview with John Thompson and ex-Eagle Brian Mitchell on ESPN 980.
If you haven't been following the story, Portis was benched during Sunday night's loss to the Ravens. Zorn indicated that the move was made because Portis had been missing practice (like Brian Westbrook) to get healthy.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comWith the Eagles adding some juice to their season by beating the Giants last week, I thought I'd take a look at what lies ahead for teams vying for wild-card berths in the NFC.
Now keep in mind that this breakdown relies on a couple assumptions. One is that the Panthers will win the NFC South. Carolina is 10-3, one game better than the Bucs. Number two, the Vikings will win the NFC North. Minnesota is currently 8-5, one game better than the second-place Bears. We'll do this again next week so I can tweak those assumptions if need be.
In the meantime, here's a look at the team's battling it out for the two wild-card spots.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comESPN is doing its best to sell next week's Monday night matchup between the Eagles and Browns at Lincoln Financial Field.
During tonight's Panthers-Bucs game, Mike Tirico reminded us that even though the Browns are 4-9 on the season, they are 2-0 on Monday night. Ron Jaworski then did his part to sell the matchup:
"Hey, hey, hey, my Eagles are back in the hunt," Jaws said during the broadcast. "Don't count out the Birds. It'll be rocking at Lincoln Financial next Monday. They're back in the hunt. ...Andy Reid knows how to win down the stretch fellas."
Tony Kornheiser then asked Jaws if he really just called them 'my Eagles.'
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
It's been quite a 24-hour stretch for the Dallas Cowboys.
At around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time yesterday, Dallas seemed poised to improve to 9-4 with a win over the Steelers at Heinz Field. Tony Romo found Terrell Owens for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Cowboys a 10-3 lead. And suddenly, it seemed like maybe the Giants weren't a lock to win the NFC East.
But the Cowboys' fortunes changed quickly. A disastrous fourth quarter, which included a Romo interception that was returned for the game-winning touchdown, did the Cowboys in.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
As always, here are my 10 observations from the Eagles' 20-14 win over the Giants:
1. Just when people started questioning Brian Westbrook’s health, age and ability, he responded with a historic back-to-back stretch, proving once again why he’s one of the best weapons in the NFL, and also a fan favorite. Against the Giants, he carried 33 times for 131 yards and caught six balls for 72 yards. In the last two games, he's piled up 241 yards on the ground, 92 yards receiving and six total touchdowns. In 2003, Westbrook returned a punt 84 yards for the game-winning touchdown in a 14-10 Eagles win over the Giants at the Meadowlands. In 2008, perhaps he saved the season.
3. He’s been killed plenty of times this season and throughout his career, and rightfully so. But it’s only right we give L.J. Smith some credit for this game. The numbers aren’t really astounding – six catches for 44 yards. But Smith made some plays at big times. With 2:49 left in the second quarter, he made a nice move for a 10-yard gain on third-and-nine from the Eagles’ 48-yard line. Later in the drive he made a 12-yard catch for another first down. We all know the drive didn't end well, but Smith did his part to get the team in field-goal range. After the game, Andy Reid was asked if this was Smith’s best performance of the year. He said Smith has had some good ones. Not sure which games he’s talking about, but is it any coincidence how much better this offense looks when the tight end is involved?
4. Some notes on the commitment to the run. Westbrook carried a season-high 33 times. Of 28 first-down plays, 21 were running plays. Of 14 first-down plays in the second half, 13 were running plays. Overall, 30 passes, 41 runs. The point that the offense committed to the run because it was running the ball well is a valid one. And so is the point that the gameplan was more balanced because of the weather conditions and the fact that the team was playing with a lead. But someone in our live chat made the point that this game reminded them of the Jeff Garcia-led Eagles team of 2006. When looking at today’s offensive performance, I don’t disagree.
We understand it was windy. You don’t need to show us the soft pretzel wrapper blowing in the wind every time you go to commercial break. We don’t need the American Beauty camera-work. Instead, just try to continue to follow the ball on play-action fakes and give us good angles on replays. Also, don’t zoom up too close on Tony Siragusa. Some of us are watching in HD.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comHere's what defensive coordinator Jim Johnson had to say after the game. Again, I've paraphrased so that I could get the comments up quickly:
Did the defense take it personally after the way it played against the Giants earlier in the season?
Johnson said he thinks so. The memory was short since that game was only four weeks ago. That game wasn't Eagles football. The players kept at it. It was a personal challenge.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comHere's what Andy Reid had to say after the Eagles' 20-14 win over the Giants this afternoon. I paraphrased the answers so that I could get the post up quickly (Andy was not speaking in the third person):
Opening statementReid said he's proud of the guys. It was a heck of a game. The coordinators deserve credit for a great game plan. The guys executed like crazy.The third-down offense did a terrific job.