As the Eagles’ national prominence has declined with this sub-par season, I’ve noticed their increasing absence from “national” slots in the broadcast schedule (1). This week was no exception – the Chargers were the only game on in the late set of games. It wasn’t a very thrilling game to watch (the Bolts annihilated the rapidly fading Lions), but after a few weeks of very busy Sundays, it was great just to lay on the couch and watch some football. That, and catch up with the Eagles game on nfl.com
In a shocker in Dallas, the Eagles got a little revenge on the already-division-winners, winning a tight game 10-6 in an excellent defensive effort. Tony Romo had probably his worst game of the season (in front of his folks and new gal Jessica Simpson) – completing barely a third of his passes and throwing three interceptions, including a back-breaker to Brian Dawkins with just over two minutes left. Lito Sheppard also gets kudos for holding Terrell Owens to two catches.
Beleaguered Eagles QB Donovan McNabb wouldn’t have been confused for his previous pro-bowl self, but he scrambled and ran more effectively than at any point this season. His TD pass to Reggie Brown at the end of the first half proved to be the difference in the game. Interestingly, they were poised to score right at the end of the 2nd half as well, but Brian Westbrook who had a clear path to the endzone voluntarily went down at the 1-yd line, which allowed the Eagles to run out the clock rather than allow the Cowboys to have another chance (even with a larger lead) And given the way the Eagles have squandered late game leads this season (see: Packers, Bears), I applaud his heads-up play– though I can imagine some fantasy football players weren’t so thrilled.
It seemed as if the Boys weren’t playing with the intensity and focus that had gotten them to 12-2. After barely escaping their game with Detroit with a win, I would have thought they’d want to get things more on track. Also, with two road games left, I’m not sure that they can feel quite so sure of HFA in the playoffs, as the Pack are also 12-2 (though Dallas holds the tie-breaker).
Technically, I think the Birdz are still alive for the playoffs, but lets not go there. Lets enjoy a good win against a quality team on the road. Now if they hadn’t squandered those earlier games and were 8-6 rather than 6-8…. such is life.
(1) Estonianzulu had a great post about the vagaries of NFL broadcast policies just this past week.