By Kevin K
The Eagles look for revenge against the Redskins after a Week Four loss in Philadelphia. The 5-3 Eagles look to move into a tie for the NFC East lead with a win over the 4-4 Redskins, but it’s not going to be easy.
Donovan McNabb has something to prove in this football game, and not only to his former team. In his last outing, McNabb was benched by Head Coach Mike Shanahan for all different types of reasons. McNabb is now under scrutiny in Washington and looks to bounce back after being benched again. McNabb usually has a breakout game after being benched by his head coach. Back in 2008 McNabb came off of a benching from Andy Reid with a 260 yard passing game, 4 Touchdown, and 0 interceptions in a 28 point win over the Cardinals on Thanksgiving.
Eagles Key: STOP THE RUN. Before getting injured in Week Four, Clinton Portis ran all over the Eagles. The Eagles need to contain the run and stop the Redskins Running Backs.
Expect Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy to have another great game for the Eagles. Vick and McCoy have become the Eagles two biggest offensive weapons this season.
Prediction: The Eagles move into a tie for the NFC East with a win over the Redskins on Monday Night Football. No matter how great McNabb comes out, he doesn’t have the weapons he needs to overcome another victory over the Eagles.
Redskins Beat Eagles in Division Battle
By Kevin K
The Redskins scored 14 points in the first quarter alone and looked unstoppable during it. The Eagles defense had trouble stopping the run and the pass.
When the Eagles tried to come back and score, penalty after penalty and injury after injury stopped them from doing so. Jason Peters holding was called on every big Eagles play and Peters “held” the Eagles from getting into the end zone.
Michael Vick was injured on a scramble out to the one yard line that was called back due to a Peters hold. Kevin Kolb took over from there.
Kolb led the Eagles downfield, but the Eagles were held up at the one plus a stupid delay of game penalty cost the Eagles from getting in the end zone.
Your problem in this game was that both Maclin and Jackson either couldn’t get open or couldn’t get the ball to them. Jackson ended the game with only 3 catches for 19 yards and Maclin ended with 1 catch for 15 yards. That is it. The two big playmakers for the Eagles ended with only 4 catches total against the worst defense in the NFL.
Kevin Kolb went 22 for 35 for 201 yards with 1 TD and a last second INT. Kolb also ran for 21 yards on two carries.
The Return of 5: Eagles/Redskins Preview
By Kevin K
A great rivalry will be rejuvenated on Sunday as Donovan McNabb and the Redskins come to Philadelphia to play the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles.
The worry this game is stopping the Redskins run game and containing tight end Chris Cooley. Yes Clinton Portis has lost a step in the running game, but for some reason he always plays well against the Eagles and look for that success to continue on Sunday. The Eagles run defense will be challenged on Sunday and look to stop what could be an explosive offense of the Redskins. The big key in stopping the Redskins offense is stopping Chris Cooley. Cooley has dominated the Eagles defense since his entrance in the NFL. Look for McNabb’s favorite target on Sunday to be Cooley.
The Redskins defense is the worst in the NFL this season, but they have a lot of talented players that could contain Vick and this explosive Eagles offense. The Eagles offense has to try to run the ball more against one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL. It is Andy Reid’s play calling on the offensive side that could win or lose the game.
A look at the spread: Eagles are 6 point favorites. Usually this would be a game to avoid, being that it is a rivalry game. The Redskins are coming off of a tough loss a week ago to the Rams and are going to come out to Philly firing. I expect the Eagles to win this game, however, if I were a betting man I would pick the Redskins with the spread.
To Boo or Not to Boo? That is the Question
By Kevin K
The topic this week on Sports Radio and Sportscenter …. Donovan McNabb’s return against his former team and how the Philadelphia Fans will react. If you listen to national media you would almost assume right off the bat the first thing Eagles fans are going to do is boo …. (as Lee Corso would say) NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND. Sure we Philadelphia fans have a perception of terrible fans who threw snowballs at Santa Clause (in 1968 by the way), cheered when Michael Irvin was knocked out for his career, and yea 30 nitwits booed when Donovan McNabb was drafted. What the National Media portrays as all of Philadelphia booing McNabb that day, there were 30 fans going up to New York and booing not McNabb, but the fact the Eagles didn’t draft HB Ricky Williams.
How about Philadelphia cheers for McNabb prior to the game on Sunday? Will National perception change, no. So why do it? Here is why. Donovan McNabb is the greatest quarterback in Philadelphia Eagles history, look at the stats. He took the Eagles to NFC Championship after NFC Championship with a “lack of weapons”. He even took the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004-2005 and was one drive away from winning it. Just like plays that seemed dead, Donovan kept Eagles fans hopes alive as he would scramble out of the pocket to complete a long pass down the field, 4th and 26 ring a bell? Donovan may not have been the most well liked player who ever wore Eagles green, but he continued to do things at his position that no Eagles quarterback had ever done. Donovan spent 11 years in Philadelphia and gave us fans 11 years of excitement. At one point, he was Philadelphia. You couldn’t go outside on a Sunday without seeing at least one Donovan McNabb jersey being worn by a neighbor. He was exciting and electrifying. He changed Philadelphia Eagles football forever.
So why boo Donovan on Sunday when he returns? McNabb took us to numerous NFC Championships but never pushed us over the top. The one thing Philadelphia fans love is winners and that’s something McNabb never lived up to, a Super Bowl Championship. Donovan also had his trouble with the fans after he would smile after a big loss or interception. Eagles’ fans hearts are being ripped out and all this guy does is smile? Sure Donovan showed his good attitude on the field with a smile, but his press conferences were even harder to watch then his dribblers to the ground. In his press conference he would never put the whole blame of a loss on him like a true leader would. Donovan somehow made excuses for each loss; I couldn’t be on the field for defense, or we showed our youth today. Not only that, but the constant feeding into the National Media’s perspective of the Philadelphia Sports Fan. He would joke around with the media as if he was a white knight. He was constantly taking quite shots at us and our organization, even now after he is gone. He mentioned earlier this week that he still has no idea why Philly fans booed him when he was drafted. REALLY? 11 years here and you never talked to a Philadelphia sports fan or a Sports Talk Station. Time to grow up five; your little feelings got hurt, YOU ARE AN NFL QUARTERBACK! You should be more afraid of Ray Lewis coming at you then people booing you. Get over it.
What will I do on Sunday when Donovan’s name is called? I will cheer Donovan McNabb. I will put aside the antics and the air guitar and the big loses and cheer the greatest quarterback in franchise history. BUT once that whistle blows for the start of the game, Donovan is a Redskin and he will be booed.
What are other fans going to do? (note these quotes are taken from the Philly Phans Facebook page)
Cheer, when he breaks the huddle ….. BOOOOOOOOOOO
Cheer... but i won't be cheering for him once the game starts
Cheer!! McNabb did a lot for us!! I dont care what anyone says!!!!
I cheer for him he did a lot for us while he was here except a super bowl.... But i mean he was and still is a good QB so I give him respect
I’d clap at introductions, then he can feel the full wrath of the Philly crowd, chunky soup eating whiner.
Boo while clapping
Boo, How can you cheer for someone, who never got over being booed on draft day by 30 idiots? How many times has Donovan thrown his own teammates under the bus. ' We showed our youth' , did anyone read the gq magazine interview, Christ he even b...roughed up Todd Stinkston!!! Then last week, ' well that's Philadelphia' he is a whining brat. Choke artist with no concept of a two minute drill. Someone please rebuttal this and tell me I'm lying.... He was a good qb while he was here but he never held himself accountable for his poor play in big games.
Boo him, even though he's got some MEAN air guitar riffs
Cheer just not very long I wouldn’t want him to feel at home