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LeSean McCoy took on upon himself to make the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, pay for all the trash talking he did in the preseason. Ryan had called the Eagles the “all-hype” team and predicted the Cowboys would “beat their ass.” Not quite what happened on Sunday night. The Eagles dominated right from the start and never gave the Cowboys defense a break. As a matter of fact, The Eagles compiled 495 total yards and held the ball for 42:09. McCoy had a career best 185 yards rushing and completed two touchdown scores while helping out the Philadelphia Eagles defile the Dallas Cowboys 34-7 at home.
At the beginning of the season just after the Philadelphia Eagles had signed six ex-Pro Bowl players in free agency and trades, these guys were the hottest team in the NFL. With Michael Vick at the helm, the Eagles were expected to win everything and, in theory, they had a well-balanced team that could rely on either their passing or rushing game to dominate their division and conference. Little did we know that this Super Bowl or bust squad was going to have such an under par kickoff and that what once was called a dream team would give the Lions fans so many nightmares.
But they are starting to make up for it, and after 8 weeks of football, the Philadelphia Eagles are now 3-4 for the season and currently are tied for second place among the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. This is certainly quite an improvement considering this is the same squad that despite all the hype, had recorded a 1-4 start. The Eagles still have some ways to go before they can actually catch up with the division leaders the New York Giants and their 5-2 mark.
The Eagles quarterback Michael Vick completed 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions for a very decent 129-9 passer rating. Vick led the Eagles to points on their first six possessions. He also ran for 50 yards, and by the time Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys were aware of the situation, there was nothing to do to turn this game around.
After the game, Rob Ryan came out to take the blame for what had happened. It seems to me that it was the only thing left for him to do after all the trash talking he had made in the preseason. “The whole thing is I got outcoached by [Andy] Reid and their staff,” Ryan said from the locker room door. “I mean, it’s ridiculous. I never gave our guys a chance. The whole fucking thing was on me. If I gave them any extra motivation, hell, I certainly never backed it up. I gave our guys a lousy plan. We had no chance, and it’s all on me.”
Then again, if we have to find a person responsible for the Dallas Cowboys disgraceful performance, it’s probably LeSean McCoy whom we should blame. McCoy carried the ball 30 times for 185 yards. Just to put it into the right perspective, that’s the most yardage the Dallas Cowboys have allowed in 11 seasons. Kudos for the Eagles, who despite a very slow start, could actually turn some heads around and live up to their expectations if only they managed to keep on playing like this.
The Detroit Lions made it quite evident. Tebow might be great at selling Denver Broncos Jerseys, he might be an invaluable asset to the community and quite plainly he is quite a terrific guy. But it seems that he just doesn’t have the mechanics or the precision needed to be a quarterback in the professional world. He might had been a very fine quarterback in college, but it’s just not enough to make a smooth transition when you want to play with the big boys on Sundays. The Lions sacked Tim Tebow seven times and turned two of his turnovers into touchdowns. The Lions are back in track after crushing the Denver Broncos at home 45-10.
The Denver Broncos fans got exactly what they had asked for. Head Coach John Fox had realized that after a 1-4 start, Kyle Orton wasn’t the way to go, and following a move that was in part a crowd pleaser and in part a plausible escape goat, he opted to replace Orton with Tim Tebow and get make him part of the starting lineup. On his first game at the helm, Tim Tebow was quite a blob for the first three and half quarters of the game against the winless Miami Dolphins. He then managed to score a couple of touchdowns in the last three minutes of the game to overcome a 15-0 deficit in the 4th quarter to eventually take an 18-15 win at overtime.
For a moment there, the charismatic Tebow dropped on one knee and prayed after what seemed almost like a miraculous win, but then again there was nothing very heavenly or flawless about his game. This time around, Tebow was finally playing at the Mile High Stadium in Denver against a team that needed to overcome a two game skid that had tarnished what otherwise had been the best start of the season for the Detroit Lions in franchise history. Matthew Stafford knew that his two previous performances with the Lions had been quite weak, and even thought for much of the week it was uncertain if he would be healthy enough to start, Stafford wanted to crush Tim Tebow and prove that perhaps Tebow was the NCAA football star, but that it was Stafford who had the NFL potential.
During the whole game, Stafford didn’t show signs of weakness. Never could we actually tell that he had suffered a sprained ankle just a week before. He even managed to leave the game in the 4th quarter with a pristine jersey, after ha had completed 21 of his 30 attempts for 267 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
After the game, Tim Tebow was as optimistic as he has always been. “We’ll bounce back and have a great week of practice and get ready to go try and get a win next week,” he said at a postgame interview. But then again, that’s just too much optimism for a guy who completed 18 of 39 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and one interception and one sack that ended with a Lions touchdown. John Fox said it almost three weeks ago. He’ll put Tebow instead of Orton, but he did realized it was going to take much more than just a new quarterback to get this team back in track. So far, Tebow hasn’t been the answer. It’s still uncertain if he’ll start on next week road game against the Oakland Raiders.
Drew Brees was just a little short of reaching perfection as the New Orleans Saints crushed the Peyton-less Indianapolis Colts at the Superdome on Sunday Night. The MVP of Super Bowl XLIV finished the night with 31 of 35 passing for 325 yards with 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions as he guided the Saints to a 62-7 crushing of the Indianapolis Colts. It was a painful experience for the Colts fans.
The Colts fans had grown used to finishing a successful season after the other. This time around, they are learning about that other end of the game. Not only did the Saints crushed the Colts, they also managed to do it with style. The Saints just kept on breaking records all night long. With 62 points scored, the Saints managed to make the most points against a team since 1985 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got slapped hard by the New York Jets. No other team sine the NFL merger has scored more than the Saints. But there’s even more, with a 55 point difference, this is the highest winning margin since the 2009 Patriots crushing of the Tennessee Titans in 2009.
We all knew that Peyton Manning was one heck of a player. We knew that he was an essential part of the Super Bowl winning and playoffs qualifying Indianapolis Colts. Little did we know that he was not only its franchise player and biggest star but their sole engine, the backbone not only of the Colts’ defense but of the organization as a whole. It’s not just a matter of suffering a 0-7 season that makes this group of players seem so weak and weary. No, it’s more than just that. The Colts are officially broken down. Drew Brees and the New Orlean Saints defiled the Indianapolis Colts in such a way that no one on their right mind would have ever imagined to happen had Peyton Manning been playing in the field.
At one point, the fans in the upper deck of the Superdome stood up and turned their back to the field. They wanted to salute the New Orleans Saints head coah Sean Payton. For the first time, he wasn’t calling his offensive plays from the sidelines. He had been down in the field since he first took the job as a head coach in 2006 with the Saints. That all changed after he was caught up in a tackle along the sideline during a loss at Tampa Bay last week. Payton underwent had surgery on Monday and didn’t attend a practice until Thursday. But he was happy with what he saw from the top of the Superdome. Down below, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. called plays for the first time.
Brees was flawless. He connected two touchdown passes to Marques Colston and one to Darren Sproles in the first quarter alone. Number four and five went to second-year tight end Jimmy Graham in the third quarter. By the fourth, Brees and the Saints weren’t even trying.
The winless and Peyton Manning-less Colts are guaranteed to have fewer than 10 victories in a season for the first time in nine years. It’s a shame. Not even veteran Curtis Painter has been able to right this sinking ship. Finishing the game with 9 of 17 passing for 67 yards and one interception, it really seems that the Colts might not need more than a hand to count this season wins. Even then, that might just be two or three fingers too many.
Even when a team is facing a 1-5 season and is starting a rookie against the Super Bowl defending champions, a team like the Vikings could come out and surprise you. They didn’t win, they didn’t manage to defeat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but considering the circumstances, taking a 33-27 defeat at Minneapolis is not that bad of a performance for what this guys had us used to.
Aaron Rodgers keeps on proving that he might be the finest active quarterback in the NFL. Truth be said, the Packers were expected to win this game with ease. It was evident that the Minnesota Vikings were not at their best and with a 1-6 record for the season, the 7-0 flawless Packers would be able to reel the win in with ease. The team was not holding strong and to make things worst for the Vikings, Aaron Rodgers would go head to head against a rookie. This would be Christian Ponder’s first start ever with the Vikings. And for many, it was quite a surprise that the youngster was able to put on such a good game against the strongest team in the nation.
Last week the Vikings finally had enough. The squad was being routed by the Chicago Bears and Donovan McNabb didn’t really have anything new to turn the game around. Leslie Frazer, the Vikings head coach, new that something had to be done. McNabb tthrew for 177 yards and completed 19 of 24 passes, but he was sacked five times and although he didn’t get picked, he didn’t make a touchdown pass for the better part of the game. That’s when Frazer decided to bench McNabb and bring in Christian Ponder. Considering that neither of the two QB’s were doing much it was up to the Vikings star Adrian Peterson to put on the effort. But there was really not much to do.
But this time, despite been 1-6 for the season and playing a young quarterback who was opening his first game as a starter, the Vikings actually looked like a team that deserved some respect. Ponder went for 13 of 32 passing for 219 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also got his act together and ran for 31 yards in four drives. For a moment there, when Ponder completed a touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins with 7:49 to go in the fourth quarter, it seemed as if he would have just enough time to pull on a comeback. The ball was in the Vikings hands and they wre only six points under in the score. But a couple of misplaced passes and bad calls from the offensive eventually ended the comeback.
It all really came down to the third quarter. Ponder had kept the Vikings ahead for the first two quarters, but suddenly his performance was dropping and he was picked twice by Charles Woodson, who had him figured out. As a matter of fact, Woodson was almost picked him again a couple more times, but we got to give the rookie some credit, he kept the Vikings in the winning range for start to finish.
The Green Bay Packers relied heavily on their all-star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who finished the game with 24 of 30 passing for 335 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Pretty much everything else came from the special teams. Mason Crosby had four field goals for the Packers, including a franchise record 58-yarder.