03 November 2008

2008 Week 9 Recap

Eagles at Seahawks, Sunday, November 2, 2008

In attendance: Shoegal, Steelers Transplant (back from the Burgh for the weekend), Chef Spouse, Ex-Navy Cheesehead, and, in a special Sunday surprise, Cool Web Dude (Skins Fan) and Hottie Web Chick!

Menu: Steelers Transplant brought an Italian meat bonanza with him from The Strip in the Burgh, everyone else contributed tasty veg, crackers, bread, cheese, olives, and dips for antipasto, and Chef Spouse made homemad fettuccini.

Stud of the Week: It was ALMOST Todd Herremans, who recorded his very first TD, but I just couldn't pass up backup tight end Brent Celek, playing for the injured LJ Smith, who, in his second year with the Eagles, had his best game ever. Way to go, Brent!

So yeah, the Seahawks are REALLY bad. But in the first half of the first quarter, I was more than a little worried.

And then it was like the Eagles realized the game had started, and the Seahawks completely checked out. Yeah, they're banged up, but I can't be the only one to speculate that having a head coach who's already announced that he's done is not the best thing in the world for your focus and motivation. Neither is losing your starting QB, but we've managed to win a few games in that situation in the past.

I was also very encouraged that, other than that BS personal foul call on Stuart Bradley right at the end of the game, we had not ONE penalty the entire game. Not one holding call - not one offsides - not one false start in the famously loud Qwest Stadium (of course, given how many Seattle "fans" ditched on their team, it probably wasn't too hard to hear, at least not after half time).

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but 4 field goals? Really? Four? So yeah, after their first fluke score, the Seahawks weren't even in the game, but we still seem to be having some trouble punching it in. Akers is looking better, though. The longest kick they asked him to make was 42 yards, but at least it was good.

And of course, McNabb started the game STONE cold. Yeah, we can't have that next week against the Giants, or we're screwed.

So speaking of, we're heading into the game on a 3 game winning streak, but the 3 teams we've beat have been the Seahawks, the49ers, and the Falcons. OK, the Falcons are a good team, but I think this next week is going to be very telling. It'll be telling us whether we have any real shot at a post-season run.

One small tip to the Eagles D: Eli's been throwing a fair amount of picks this year. Y'all might want to plan to pay attention to that.

Around the rest of the NFL...

Vikings over Texans. Just when you start thinking that maybe the Texans don't suck, they continue to suck. I shouldn't give them shit, though. They currently have the same record as the Jaguars....

Bengals over Jaguars....who lost to the Bengals. THE BENGALS.

Jets over Bills. And Vicodin Boy continues his uncontested possession of the all time interception record! Also, having 3 5-3 teams in the same division is confusing.

Bears over Lions. The Lions almost caught a lucky break when Kyle Orton went down with a bum ankle right before the half, and up by 10 points. Unfortunately, they couldn't even beat Turnoversaurus Rex. Who was Good Rex this week. But it's a good thing Orton doesn't seem to be seriously hurt, because Good Rex never lasts. Also, is it too early to start rooting for 0-16?

Ravens over Browns. Derek Anderson circa 2007 seems to have gone missing so badly they're actually going to start playing Brad Quinn. Who so far has mostly been known for his slick clipboard work and goofy commercials.

Titans over Packers. Too early for 16-0 talk? Um, yes. The Titans are squeaking a lot of wins. That's not going to last forever. But it - and LenDale White - was good this week.

Cardinals over Rams. That brief spurt of non-craptacularity the Rams were enjoying? Gone. We now return you to your previously scheduled execrable season.

Buccaneers over Chiefs: They needed overtime to get it done, but get it done they did. Which is not a good sign playing a 1-7 team.

Dolphins over Broncos. I called it again. This thing with the Dolphins is getting a little scary. Head coach Tony Sparano should see if he can bribe Roger Goodell into changing the schedule so the Dolphins only have to face teams that are over .500 the rest of the season. Say - if their winning-over-winners ways continue, they could have one hell of a post-season.

Falcons over Raiders. When was the last time the Raiders had a winning season? Has it been more recent than when they beat us in Super Bowl XV?

Giants over Cowboys. BWAHAHAHA! Not that I'm *happy* exactly that the Giants won, but man have the Cowboys hit the skids. Vindication my friends. Vindication.

Colts over Patriots. BOR-ing. Also Bill Belechick mis-coached the game and ran out of time outs. HA!

Based on historical correlation with the presidential elections, I'm hoping the Steelers will win, but I think the Redskins will win. It hasn't been a good year for the Steelers versus the NFC East. Don't worry, Biltzburgh - y'all will at least get to whup the Cowboys.

And, finally, VOTE!

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