Eagles at Jaguars, Sunday, September 26, 2010
In attendance: EVERYONE turned out for You-Two-Calm-Down-or-I'm-Turning-Off-the-TV Dad's birthday celebration: Chef Spouse, Shoegal, Life-Long Eagles Fan Mom, Ex-Navycheese Head, Tall Drink of Water Cousin (and his wife and new baby), Fellow Eagles Maniac, and the Queen Bee. Full house!
Menu: Ribs, mac and cheese, crudities, sweet potatoes, various dips (including the legendary guacamole), cookies, apple pie. URP!
Stud of the week: Trevor Laws, who recorded 6 tackles, a sack, and 2 deflected passes on a day when our D only allowed 3 points.
We DOMINATED. We TOTALLY DOMINATED. OK, it was a bad team, but still - good day for You-Two-Calm-Down-or-I'm-Turning-Off-the-TV Dad's birthday fete. The offense was quite good, putting up 28 points, but the D played hard for the entire game. After almost giving up a huge lead over the Lions last week (and watching what happened with the Redskins), that's huge.
Do you think the "QB controversy" talk will die down this week? With McNabb coming home Sunday, probably not. But the Vick decision looked pretty good this week. He missed some open guys, and there were some really off passes, but he went 17/31 for almost 300 yards, 3 TD, and no picks (and a win), so I'm not gonna gripe too hard. Other than the fact that he hangs onto the ball too long and takes sacks he doesn't need to. Not only is getting sacked a bad thing in the whole "we need to get 10 yards for a first down" sense, it's also bad to subject your body to that kind of pounding.
Is Jeremy Maclin a TD machine? Time will tell, but so far this season, yes.
I would like to see Brent Celek more involved - he is Mr. Earning Hard YAC - and Jason Avant - Mr. Sure Hands - too, and DeSean, I know you're amazing, but could you please pay attention to where the down markers are, donkey? But seriously, not too much to complain about. Also, maybe you and Celek should compare notes so you don't run the same route into each other. Because he's way bigger than you, and running into him full speed will, sooner or later, not be a good thing.
Finally, how different is our D with and without Stewart Bradley? No more concussions, young man. We need you.
On to REDSKINS week and the return of DMac.
Around the rest of the NFL....
Man, I did BAD with my picks this week. In my defense, there were a lot of upsets, but still, I did B-A-D this week.
Titans over Giants: Who are a mess, by the way. Apparently, some of the new players they've signed don't like Tom Coughlin much. There's a shocker. Yes, I thought it was funny when Brandon Jacobs threw his helmet into the stands last week (particularly when the guy who caught it wouldn't give it back), but things are not right in NY these days.
Bengals over Panthers: Man, the AFC North is looking tough this year. Poor Browns. Also, poor Jimmy Clausen, who's going to get his ass kicked again next week against the Saints, too.
Steelers over Bucs: Guys? If you can win without Roethlisberger, which you clearly can (and which supports my theory that he's an average QB riding a stout defense), maybe you might want to think about making that permanent. Not least of which because, as I've mentioned before, he's a misogynistic date rapist. Just sayin'.
Pats over Bills: Not only did Trent Edwards get benched BEFORE the game, he got cut today. In other news, the continuing quality QB drought is reaching epic proportions.
Ravens over Browns: Well, yes, but they may have lost Ray Rice in the process, which is bad. What wasn't bad was Joe Flacco. Then again, he was facing the Browns' secondary, which is going to make, well, Trent Edwards look like Dan Marino.
Chiefs over 49ers: I'm starting to think I was wrong about BOTH of these teams.
Cowboys over Texans: GODDAMNIT!
Vikings over Lions: So maybe I was wrong about that whole "trap game" thing. Looks like the Vikings remembered they have this guy? You might have heard of him? Adrian Peterson? On the team? I still think there's a very good chance Favre retires - again - after this year and McNabb becomes the Vikings' starting QB.
Falcons over Saints: OMG! In other news, the Saints are auditioning new kickers. Also in other news, I would be SO happy if coaches would dump the punk move of "icing" kickers with a last second time out. Which totally bit the Saints this week. Everyone? You're on notice!
Rams over Redskins: OMG OMG OMG! Donovan usually puts in at least one inexplicable clunker each year. The Redskins always put in at least one inexplicable clunker each year. This was bound to happen. Still, definitely not confidence boosting as they look to coming to Philly next week.
Colts over Broncos: Well, yes. Kyle Orton versus Peyton Manning? That truly is no contest.
Cardinals over Raiders: Whatever. Now that the Raiders have decided to sit Jason Campbell - which, by the way, is clearly the right decision - I've really lost interest. There was a really funny post at Hogs Haven, the Redskins Sports Blog Nation blog a few days ago. It was a bunch of made up graphics on Redskins fan attitudes, 2009 versus 2010. The first one was a pie chart of what people thought about Campbell in 2009, and there were slices for nice guy, too many systems to learn too fast, bad O-line, bad playcalling, bad receivers, etc. The second graphic? What people think of him now. 100% "he stinks." Yeah, maybe.
Seahawks over Chargers: What is going on with the Chargers this year? I do not know, but they better pull it together or the Chiefs might just sneak off with the division.
Jets over Dolphins: That was one hell of a game. Too busy with Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men to catch it? Keep an eye on NFL Replay - I am SURE it will be one of this week's choices.