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What they're saying: Another snowball/Santa Claus reference

Normally, we do the weekly Eagles links on Wednesday but with the Thanksgiving game, I thought I'd deliver them today before the content gets stale. I'll have another post Wednesday with where the Eagles are in the power rankings, etc. As always, be sure to check out philly.com's Eagles section for the latest local coverage. The streak is alive. Another national article, another reference about Philly fans throwing snowballs at Santa Claus. This brings us up to something like 749 straight. ESPN.com's James Walker writes about Donovan McNabb bouncing back on Thanksgiving: On Thanksgiving, Donovan McNabb had the choice of becoming the toast of Lincoln Financial Field or the holiday turkey. Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, but too often, that love is conditional. Ask Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley or even Santa Claus, who hasn't returned to these parts since he was booed and pelted with snowballs 40 years ago. Walker also mentions McNabb being booed on draft day so that streak is alive as well. SI.com's Don Banks says it's always risky to rip McNabb: That's why you bury Donovan McNabb at your own risk (a lesson I've learned more than once in recent years). Because he can put up a four-touchdown, 48-point night in a hurry. Just when you're ready to declare him part of the problem, rather than part of the answer in Philadelphia, he makes pundits (and fans) everywhere eat their words. Reid earned a Turkey of the Year award from ESPN.com's David Fleming: The coach, whose 64/36 pass-to-run play-calling ratio eliminates all the troublesome guess work for defenses, uses an assistant to inform Donovan McNabb -- the guy who has battled through every conceivable obstacle to make Philly football tolerable during the past decade -- that he's going to be benched against the Ravens. Fleming also names DeSean Jackson: Rook receiver drops ball before crossing the end zone against the Cowboys. Eagles fans actually rejoiced because the fumble meant Donovan McNabb wouldn't get credit for the touchdown pass. Gary Myers of the New York Daily News says McNabb could end up in Chicago: Donovan McNabb may have responded to his benching last week against the Ravens with a big game against the Cardinals. But unless the Eagles rally and get one of the wild cards, I think McNabb is done in Philly. The team needs a new direction and he needs a new team. The problem is the Eagles have no evidence Kevin Kolb is any good. ... If McNabb goes, I think the Bears will be happy to bring him back to Chicago and let him finish his career at home. SI.com's Peter Kings names McNabb his Offensive Player of the Week: "I knew if I just continued to be myself, good things would happen,'' McNabb said after rising from the ashes to play one of the best games of his 10-year career in a 48-20 pasting of the Cardinals. Four days after getting yanked in Baltimore, and with the pressure of an angry mob of fans on his shoulders, McNabb completed 69 percent of his passes (27 of 39) for 260 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez handicaps the playoff races: Without a strong finish, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb's 10-season run in Philadelphia could be over. McNabb will have to excel despite a brutal schedule that includes games against the Giants and Cowboys. Dallas OLB DeMarcus Ware is on pace for a 20-sack season, making him a legitimate NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate. FoxSports.com says one of the things we learned from the Thanksgiving Day games is that Brian Westbrook is still the man: Sure, all the fuss will be about Donovan McNabb responding to his benching by throwing four touchdown passes Thursday night, but at least as big a key to Philadelphia's 48-20 win over Arizona was Philly's ground game, led by the incomparable Brian Westbrook (36). Playing with a sore ankle and knee, Westbrook rushed for 110 yards and added 20 more receiving. He scored four touchdowns, the first Eagle to do that since Irving Fryar in 1996. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Eagles an A for their Week 13 performance: Donovan McNabb turned the benching into a big game, throwing four touchdown passes. Brian Westbrook had a big day, too. The defense had a good day with three takeaways.

What they're saying: Another snowball/Santa Claus reference


Normally, we do the weekly Eagles links on Wednesday but with the Thanksgiving game, I thought I'd deliver them today before the content gets stale. I'll have another post Wednesday with where the Eagles are in the power rankings, etc.

As always, be sure to check out philly.com's Eagles section for the latest local coverage.

The streak is alive. Another national article, another reference about Philly fans throwing snowballs at Santa Claus. This brings us up to something like 749 straight. ESPN.com's James Walker writes about Donovan McNabb bouncing back on Thanksgiving:

On Thanksgiving, Donovan McNabb had the choice of becoming the toast of Lincoln Financial Field or the holiday turkey. Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, but too often, that love is conditional. Ask Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley or even Santa Claus, who hasn't returned to these parts since he was booed and pelted with snowballs 40 years ago.

Walker also mentions McNabb being booed on draft day so that streak is alive as well.

SI.com's Don Banks says it's always risky to rip McNabb:

That's why you bury Donovan McNabb at your own risk (a lesson I've learned more than once in recent years). Because he can put up a four-touchdown, 48-point night in a hurry. Just when you're ready to declare him part of the problem, rather than part of the answer in Philadelphia, he makes pundits (and fans) everywhere eat their words.

Reid earned a Turkey of the Year award from ESPN.com's David Fleming:

The coach, whose 64/36 pass-to-run play-calling ratio eliminates all the troublesome guess work for defenses, uses an assistant to inform Donovan McNabb -- the guy who has battled through every conceivable obstacle to make Philly football tolerable during the past decade -- that he's going to be benched against the Ravens.

Fleming also names DeSean Jackson:

Rook receiver drops ball before crossing the end zone against the Cowboys. Eagles fans actually rejoiced because the fumble meant Donovan McNabb wouldn't get credit for the touchdown pass.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News says McNabb could end up in Chicago:

Donovan McNabb may have responded to his benching last week against the Ravens with a big game against the Cardinals. But unless the Eagles rally and get one of the wild cards, I think McNabb is done in Philly. The team needs a new direction and he needs a new team. The problem is the Eagles have no evidence Kevin Kolb is any good. ... If McNabb goes, I think the Bears will be happy to bring him back to Chicago and let him finish his career at home.

SI.com's
Peter Kings names McNabb his Offensive Player of the Week:

"I knew if I just continued to be myself, good things would happen,'' McNabb said after rising from the ashes to play one of the best games of his 10-year career in a 48-20 pasting of the Cardinals. Four days after getting yanked in Baltimore, and with the pressure of an angry mob of fans on his shoulders, McNabb completed 69 percent of his passes (27 of 39) for 260 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

FoxSports.com's
Alex Marvez handicaps the playoff races:

Without a strong finish, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb's 10-season run in Philadelphia could be over. McNabb will have to excel despite a brutal schedule that includes games against the Giants and Cowboys. Dallas OLB DeMarcus Ware is on pace for a 20-sack season, making him a legitimate NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

FoxSports.com
says one of the things we learned from the Thanksgiving Day games is that Brian Westbrook is still the man:

Sure, all the fuss will be about Donovan McNabb responding to his benching by throwing four touchdown passes Thursday night, but at least as big a key to Philadelphia's 48-20 win over Arizona was Philly's ground game, led by the incomparable Brian Westbrook (36). Playing with a sore ankle and knee, Westbrook rushed for 110 yards and added 20 more receiving. He scored four touchdowns, the first Eagle to do that since Irving Fryar in 1996.

CBSSports.com's
Pete Prisco gives the Eagles an A for their Week 13 performance:

Donovan McNabb turned the benching into a big game, throwing four touchdown passes. Brian Westbrook had a big day, too. The defense had a good day with three takeaways.

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