03 October 2005

2005 Week 4 Recap

Week 4: Eagles at Chiefs, Sunday, October 2, 2005

Spouse and I were in Vegas last week, and I put $50 on the Eagles to win Super Bowl XL. At halftime on Sunday, that was starting to look like a REALLY stupid bet. France, our new kicker, had missed not only a makeable field goal but an EXTRA POINT. Mark Simoneau can miss an extra point, but c'mon, you're supposed to be an NFL kicker. Donovan couldn't connect with anyone, and TO couldn't hang on to anything. And Westy was too busy blocking for our injured QB to be much use running.

And then - 28 unanswered points. 28. TWENTY EIGHT. That's a lot, football fans.

As Life-Long Eagles Fan Mom observed, I don't know what Andy Reid said to those guys in the locker room at half time, but maybe he should've said it BEFORE the game started. The last few games have been running this way - we can't get anything to work in the first half, and then we come out of the locker room after the half and tear up. Not that being a strong second half team is bad - last year my worry was that we got so far ahead in the first half that we tended to phone it in for the second half, which bit us in the a** in the end of the season.

But it was good to see the boys come out after the half and start clicking. McNabb started completing passes to everyone - TO's still the dominant receiver (and why on earth did the Chiefs have him in single coverage so often? Are they nuts? Did the VCR they use to watch game footage break like 3 years ago and they keep meaning to replace it, but they just never manage to get across town to the Best Buy to pick one up?), but D-Mac's still spreading the love to everyone. France seemed to settle down - or somebody reminded Detmer that he's RIGHT footed - and everything just fell into place. D-Mac, a week after being visibly and obviously in serious pain against the Raiders, was playing pretty much like normal. With a sports hernia, a bruised breastbone, and a damaged shin. He's an iron man. Or crazy. Whichever, I'm glad we have him.

The Freak was finally a factor in a game - I was starting to worry that he'd forgotten to come back from wherever he spends the off season. Trotter and Dawk played their usual tough D, and our first points were provided by cornerback Sheldon Brown. The O line continues to do a great job protecting the injured QB in our pass-heavy offense (which is probably a result of lacking a power back who can push it through, no offense meant to Westy). A QB who's on track for a league MVP season even with the injuries. Fighting back from a deficit like this gives me a good feeling for the playoffs.

Around the rest of the NFL:

The normally terrible Redskins are 3-0. They haven't started a season 3-0 since the last time Gibbs was coaching. Admittedly, they haven't had a very tough start to the season - Bears, Cowboys (OK, that was a tough one, at least psychologically), and Seahawks. Their season's about to get a LOT harder over the next few weeks. But 'Skins fans haven't had much to cheer for in a while, so more power to them. Until they play us on November 6th.

The Pats dropped another game to the Chargers, who ANNIHILATED them. Ouch. Not pretty. The Pats seem to be struggling with major issues, ranging from new coaching staff to injuries to new players. Lots going wrong in Foxboro.

Meanwhile, the Bengals, Colts, and Bucs are all still undefeated. My pick of the Falcons for NFC South may have been a mistake, particularly given that Vick's hurt again - this time it's an ankle. Minnesota continues to SUCK royally. What is going on with Daunte Culpepper? He's better than this - or at least I would've argued that before this season. Yikes.

And apparently we're trying to generate interest in American football in Mexico by sending the two worst teams in the NFL? Of course, I may be speaking too soon on that - in the midst of Monday Night Football, Panthers versus Packers, we have two teams in the NFC North that are 1-2 (Lions and Bears), one that's 1-3 (Vikings), and one that's 0-3 (Packers). Of course, the result was that the Packers dropped another game to the Panthers, marking their worst start since...well, it's been a REALLY long time. Oh my. It's a race to the bottom in the NFC North.

Finally, the Saints went to .500 against the Bills in an actual "home" game. How does playing the Giants IN New York count as a SAINTS home game? Hello? Anyway, good to see them back in San Antonio and winning one.

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