12 December 2006

2006 Week 14 Recap

Eagles at Redskins, Sunday, December 10, 2006

In attendance: Life-Long Eagles Fan Mom, You-Two-Calm-Down-or-I'm-Turning-Off-the-TV Dad, Chef Spouse, Cool Web Dude (Skins Fan) and his spouse, Hottie Web Chick, and about 80,000 other football fans (FedEx Field was not full).

Menu: beer (we had brunch with Everyone Should Have a Good Friend Who's a General Contractor beforehand).

We won ugly. We won Jimmy Johnson's hair ugly (is that catching on with anyone else yet?), but we won. As Ex-Navy Cheesehead observed, Christmas came early for Eagles fans at FedEx Field in the form of two picks on rookie Jason "Clipboard" Campbell.

The fam sat in the loge, just below club level, which is where Cool Web Dude (Skins Fan)'s tickets are as well. He came over early in the game to heckle us, and I reciprocated in the second quarter, by which point it was 21-3. He observed that when the game achieved blow out status (in about 3 minutes), maybe we could meet up for shots.

Of course, in the second half, we demonstrated, once again, our ability to blow any lead, no matter how big.

On the up side, Garcia managed the game well, and when it came down to that critical last drive that burned the final 5 minutes, he was able to lead the offense to do what it hadn't managed all game: lead a sustained drive.

Thank God, the Skins played even dumber than we did. I don't think we can count on that happening in each of the next three weeks, but for now, at least we're still in it. If we manage to sneak into the wildcard race, we're going to get killed in our first playoff game without divine intervention, but at least we're still in it.

Or, as Paul Domowitch put it in his weekly "What Andy Said/What Andy Meant" column:

ON HOW HE [Big Red] LIKES BEING PART OF THE NFC'S MAD PLAYOFF SCRAMBLE:

What he said: "When I was 13-1 [in '04], I thought it was a pretty good way to do it. This is probably more exciting, I guess. It adds a few more gray hairs."

What he meant: "Is this a trick question?"

Around the rest of the NFL...

The Steelers beat the Browns on Thursday night. You know, I still haven't managed to watch a single Thursday night game, which I think is sparing me more bad commentating. So bonus there.

The Falcons took the Bucs, even though they were leading for the first half. Damn - that really would have helped us in the wildcard race. Oh well.

The Ravens beat the Chiefs. No big surprise there.

The Jags KILLED the Colts. KILLED them. What the hell is happening in Jacksonville? What the hell is happening in Indianapolis? Damned if I know. Up next: Peyton Manning blames global warming for the loss.

The Vikings beat the Lions. I called Lions, but honestly, at this point, who cares? Is anyone paying any attention to any NFC North team other than the Bears?

The Dolphins shut out the Pats. That was weird. How does a 5-7 team shut out a 9-3 team? Beats me, but they're now 6-7 and 9-4. I still don't think the Dolphins will catch the Pats, but thanks guys, for not making me look like a COMPLETE idiot for picking you to win the division this year.

The Giants were able to pull it together enough to beat the Panthers, those poseurs. Of course, since they're both right in the thick of the wildcard hunt with us, it only helps us if they both lose.

The Bengals beat the Raiders, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. 27-10 is actually not too painful. The poor Raiders - they actually have an OK defense. If only they weren't playing a bunch of numb-nuts on offense, they might be able to do something other than be 2-11 at this point. Good news for them, though, in that 2 of the 3 Heisman finalists this year were QBs. And I don't know if Detroit will be looking to pick one up, so they should have their pick of Troy Smith or Brady Quinn.

The Titans managed to beat the Texans, but it took an OT TD by Vince Young to pull it off. Bet you $10 Reggie Bush giggled the whole way through that game.

The Packers beat the 49ers in another bout of "why are these teams even still bothering to play?" Oops - given the current state of the NFC, the 49ers could, I think, still manage to snag a wildcard spot. At 5-8. Oy.

The Cardinals sure shocked the hell out of the Seahawks. In other news, the entire NFC sucks.

The Bills shocked the hell out of the Jets. Guys? This is not the way to go about making the playoffs. You know, if that's what you were after.

Congratulations to LT on getting to 29 TDs. With 3 more games to go. Yowza. Dude's just insanely good. Scary good. Ridiculously good. He's good. Sorry Jay Cutler - sucks to be you.

Also, I'm still laughing about the Saints' puttin' the whuppin' on the Cowboys. Talk about being exposed for the punks you are! Guess Vanderjagt's not the only problem at Valley Ranch. Is it just me, or does Bill Parcells mostly look like he just wants the season to be over already?

How did Rex Grossman get his groove back? By spanking the Rams. Of course, the fact that Devin Hester returns every single kick back for a TD eases the pressure on him a bit. He had a 1.3 QB rating last week and THEY STILL WON. Ponder that for a minute.

So with three games left, six teams that are not leading their divisions are at 7-6 (including us) and another six are at 6-7. Meanwhile, two division leaders are at 8-5, and two more are at 9-4. Tagliabue wanted parity, and it sure looks like that's what he got. Also, the NFC sucks. In case you were keeping track.



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