Week 12: Eagles v. Packers, Sunday, November 27, 2005
Well, whatever happened to Akers last week seems fixed, since his leg won the game for us - 4 FGs, from 44, 38, 37, and 33, for 12 points. Our only other points came from a Westy rushing TD. Our offense is struggling along, and our D still gives up too many big plays. And before we all start talking about the playoffs again, remember, this was Green Bay, who has now fallen to 2-9. The only team in the NFL with a worse record is the possibly mythical Texans, and the only other teams with equally bad records are the Jets, who are playing the guy who normally distributes the Gatorade at QB, and the hapless 49ers. Hardly a stellar bunch.
We're finally tied, in the W-L column, with someone in our division, but sadly it's the Redskins, who still hold the tie-breaker over us and who, after a promising start, seem to have gone into their typical mid-season tailspin.
I just don't have that much to write about the game, other than the fact that a TERRIBLE personal foul call on Trent Cole cancelled an interception and could have cost us the game had Roderick Hood not picked off Favre in the endzone. Aren't the Philly officials supposed to make the terrible calls in our favor? We didn't screw anything up too badly and beat a team that's in even more trouble than we are. Woo.
Some quotes from the Inquirer are instructive:
Tight end Chad Lewis: "I'm used to seeing a very strong locker room. Very strong chemistry. Very strong team unity. [Sunday] was a big step because, obviously, we're trying to get back to playing as a team, relying on one another and believing in each other. We've definitely got a fight on our hands. It's the hardest thing we've ever had to do since I've been here."
Defensive end ND Kalu: "Somehow, we got away from the type of guys we used to bring in here, those blue-collar guys who were willing to work for everything and didn't care about the spotlight. We got away from that, and now we've got to get that back."
Fellas, couldn't have said it better myself.
At least we broke the 4 game losing streak, which I think was probably AR's longest in Philly. But I think talk about a postseason is wishful thinking. We play the 9-2 Seahawks next week, coming off a big win against the Giants, then the Giants themselves, who we *might* be able to beat at home if our D actually shows up for the whole game. The Rams and the Cardinals should be relatively easy (she says with trepidation), and then our final game is the 'Skins, who again we might be able to beat at home, particularly if they continue to play as they have the past few weeks. So we’re currently 5-6, and let's call it a likely loss to the Seahawks and either the Giants or 'Skins, which would leave us finishing at .500. Not enough. Even if we beat the Giants and the 'Skins, we’re not going to climb past both the Giants and Dallas unless Eli Manning, Tikki Barber, Drew Bledsoe, Keyshawn Johnson, and Terry Glenn all get hit by a bus. Today.
Around the rest of the NFL, the Cowboys lost to the Broncos on Thanksgiving, nanny-nanny-boo-boo! What was surprising to me was that the game was as close as it was, the AFC still being the stronger conference. Not a whole lot of other surprises, other than the Patriots losing to the Chiefs, whom we managed to beat in week 4 (of course, we still had McNabb then). The Bears' bus rolls on, with a win over Tampa Bay. The 'Skins lost to the Chargers and are entering their usual mid-season slump. Their D is still playing well - holding the Chargers to 17 in regulation is not easy - but their O just can’t seem to put points up, wasting great defensive stands, interceptions, and good field position. And the Colts rolled the Steelers last night to continue to 11-0. Damn.
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