Every week when I write this column I always tell myself I’m going to be brief and not write a novel. Then I start running my mouth and look back at what I’ve written and, sure enough, it’s a novel. So, I apologize in advance.
Let’s look at the game with the ultra keen eye of someone who watched the Eagles on Picture-in-Picture simultaneously as Cole Hamels pitched a gem to help the Phillies to their third-straight NLCS.
What I liked…
-Kevin Kolb did an admirable job. He didn’t annoy me too much with poor decisions, and many of his throws were right on target. It’s amazing what can happen if you get an ounce of protection. He was good, but not good enough to ignite a QB controversy.
-I have to give the interior of the offensive line some credit. I didn’t see the jailbreaks I had seen in previous weeks right up the gut. I’m not going to give the whole line accolades, because King Dunlap is an embarrassment. But I thought the interior tightened up a bit. More on them later.
-Anyone notice the Cowboys at 1-3? That can’t possibly continue, can it? I still like them to win the division, but they are team of stupid mistakes. I admit it can be very fun to watch.
-I know I say this every week, but I dig LeSean. He’s fourth in the NFL in total yards now. I don’t always love how he finishes his runs, but this guy is explosive. I just did not see this type of ability in him last year. Let’s just hope he’s durable.
-Good job by Moises Fokou. Usually when I hear his name called on a broadcast it’s followed by people swearing and throwing things. This time I heard his name for positive plays and not personal foul penalties.
-Nice work on the defensive touchdown. The Eagles could use more big plays like that on the defensive side of the ball. They are killers.
-Brent Celek finally did some damage. The offense is just so much better when he’s involved.
-Special teams is a train wreck. These huge returns have probably already cost the Eagles a couple games. When you are teetering between being a good team and a not-so-hot team, special teams can make the final decision for you. This has to fall on Bobby April at some point. And it’s not just the huge, field-position-changing returns that the Eagles give up, but it’s also the lousy returns of their own. Why not just spot the ball on the 20-yard line and not even kick the ball off? Just save everyone some time.
-King Dunlap is an embarrassment.
-I don’t like that the Eagles have given up 19 sacks in five games this season. That’s good for second in the NFL.
-The Eagles really like letting bad teams hang around this year, huh?
-It’s tough to watch Westbrook out there. I think it’s time to call it a day.
I’ll leave them alone now. They got the win, so I’ll give them a break this week