Eagles versus Giants, Sunday, November 1, 2009
Stud of the week: It is really REALLY hard not to pick DMac, who had a pretty much perfect game (guess that rib’s feeling way better), but I have to give the shout out to Leonard Weaver, who had his biggest day as an Eagle and scored our first TD of the day, setting the G-men back on their heels. 3rd offensive play of the game for us, 41 yards, longest TD run of Weaver’s career. Good job, baby!
So let’s get back to DMac for a minute. Wow. Just wow. I love how Tommy breaks it down – we tried to play small ball, 24 runs to 23 passes, long, slow drives where every single play doesn’t have to be a Big Play, and the Giants just wouldn’t let us. They blew coverage left, right, back, forward, up, down, inside, outside – pretty much every single way coverage can be blown.
All three phases were clicking – we had FIVE different guys with TDs: Maclin, McCoy, Weaver, Celek, and Peanut (of course – he hauls in a 50 yard + TD every damn game). The Giants apparently have no defensive secondary. Rocca punted well. Akers kicked well, other than a blocked extra point. Ellis Hobbes has redeemed himself since the opening kickoff of the second half of the Saints game. Our D pressured Eli all day and didn’t let him get comfortable. Brandon Jacobs, other than one decent run, got precisely nowhere. The Giants seemed to get a little momentum toward the end of the first half when they finally scored, and then we rocked out two TDs in under two minutes. It was really never even in question after that, but LeSean McCoy sealed it with a final TD early in the 4th. Hell, even Peanut’s TD celebration was pretty good.
And speaking of, is it just me, or does he have like two entire gears that no one else on the field has? Could he be any faster? And, as I’d hoped, Andy and Marty quit screwing around with Vick and the wildcat (although one of the other Eagles fans at last Monday’s matchup with the Redskins was heard to remark that in Philly with Vick it should be called the mad dog offense) now that things are Getting Serious.
Inside the Iggles has a good player by player breakdown. A few shoutouts in particular: our young (other than the QB) offensive skill players are good now. Give them two more years together, and they’ll be awesomesauce. You heard it here first. I adore Brent Celek. He busts his ass for the first down, even when we’re ahead by a million points and just trying to run out the clock. Bullshit horse collar call on Jason Babin taking down Eli clearly by just his jersey and clearly when he was still not out of bounds. Apparently, if your last name is “Manning,” you aren’t allowed to be touched. A Jason Avant sighting! On a key 3rd down! Hopefully, Andy and Marty will remember that he’s still playing for us over the next 9+ games (because there will be a plus this year, I think). I never thought I’d see a day when our O played like that without Westy. And it’s just in time, because I love him, but he is wearing down for sure. Is this his last year? I wouldn’t be surprised.
One thing that annoyed me was that we got the ball back turned over on downs inside the two minute warning at the end of the game. AR was all ready to knee it out, and you could see on Eli’s face that he did NOT want to go back out on the field. Tom Coughlin took all their time outs, even though they were down 40-17, and made the offense go back out. I was yelling at the TV that I wanted a career ending injury for as many key Giants offensive players as possible. I mean, really, why are you doing that? There is literally NO POSSIBLE WAY to win, we’re trying to be nice, every single play is a risk in football, and you’re being a jackass.
So Chef Spouse, HA! You were wrong. Gotta believe, man! The Giants may not miss Plax most of the time, but I’ll bet they miss him against us and our midget secondary. And in the end, they aren’t all that. Bring on the Cowboys, because you know who’s been their daddy in the the Tony Romo era? If you guessed E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! you would be right.
Around the rest of the NFL…I pretty much blew all my picks. But I got the key one right, so who cares? I’m only out $5 in the weekly office football pool. Check ’em out at Snarkin’ the NFL.