12 November 2012
Eagles v. Cowboys, Sunday, November 11, 2012
Stud of the week: Jeremy Maclin. Mac had a solid game, and made some clutch catches to try to help his rookie QB. He even came back into the game after getting pretty much obliterated by Charlie Peprah. Joe Buck was all, "he should've caught that." You want to hold him while I hit him, or vice versa? Shout out to Riley Cooper for the circus catch on that first drive, too.
The game started well. The Eagles opening drive was probably the best opening drive we've seen out of them this season. And remember, the Cowboys have a top 10 defense. I was feeling pretty positive.
OK, sure then the Cowboys proceeded to march downfield for a TD, taking the game to 7-7. But still, it gave me momentary hope.
And then! The Eagles had a SACK! A SACK!
Then they had ANOTHER one!
Could my typical Eagles fan pessimism be wrong, for once?
Of course not. Silly me.
Vick went down with a concussion, Foles came in and did...not much.
Foles hit a WIDE OPEN Mac in the endzone for a TD. And then the Eagles got a field goal to go up by 7.
And I'm thinking: maybe everything is going to be OK. Maybe Vick has been the problem all along. Maybe all is not lost.
This was quickly followed by pretty much the worst 2:30 of football I've ever seen.
First the Cowboys score. Of course, it was clear they didn't actually score - Dez Bryant totally put the ball on the ground - but the PI call would've given them 1st and goal on the 1, so whatever.
Then the Eagles go 3 and out.
Then Matt McBriar punts to Dwayne Harris, who benefits from a totally obvious and not called block in the back, to take it to the house.
Then on the next possession, Foles tosses a pick six.
OK, maybe I was right in the first place.
Thing is, Nick Foles played pretty well, particularly for a rookie who'd had no practice time with the first team offense.
Well, other than the fact that his pick six throw and fumble in the end zone were the Cowboys margin of victory.
I should say almost the Cowboys margin of victory. Let's not forget Alex Henery's missed PAT. When that happened, I burst into laughter. Because, really? A missed PAT?
And let's talk about King Dunlap for a second. Wait, let's not. I'm pretty sure the Eagles would've been better off to just say, "Nah, we'll go with 10 guys on offense. It's cool."
And now the Eagles have signed Jake Scott. Does the phrase, "Rearranging deck chairs on the Hindenburg" ring any bells to you?
We got offered 3 different sets of tickets to Eagles/Redskins here in DC next week. We turned them all down. I'll still watch my boys lose, but I'd rather do it in the privacy of my own home. Sigh.
Confidential to the 49ers and Rams: yes, a game CAN end in a tie. And Akers should've remembered that.