I have a friend at work. Her name is Lisa. She’s nice. Works hard. Cheerful. Smart. Witty.
She also happens to be a Steelers fan. So, while we were out at a get together the other day in honor of someone from our group that’s leaving, we got to talking about football, specifically this week’s Eagles-Steelers game. Trash-talk ensued. Wagers were proposed.
Lisa suggested that if Steelers should beat the Eagles, we would have “office-swap” – you see, I have a fairly large office (corner!) and Lisa resides in a cubicle. In exchange, if the Eagles won, I would get a “treat” (Lisa is well aware of my sweet-tooth) every day this week.
Well, make way for some extra calories, because the Eagles defense turned in a masterpiece – harassing the Pittsburgh Steelers (and QB Ben Roethlisberger in particular) relentlessly, ultimately being the driving force – even forcing a safety — in a hard-fought 15-6 victory.
And while the Pittsburgh offense struggled all day, the Eagles offense could do little better. They moved the ball fairly effectively in the first half, getting a TD pass from McNabb to Correll Buckhalter, but left points on the board, settling for a close-in FG from David Akers and fumbling away their first drive when they were within reach of scoring. An ankle injury to Brian Westbrook (which kept him out of the last 3 quarters of the game) and a roughed up McNabb had the offense moving in fits and starts in the second half.
The game seemed like one of those that could turn on one big play, but none really materialized for either team – the Eagles taking advantage of the safety and Big Ben fumble in their own end to get a FG to safely make a two-score lead in the 4thQ, which they were able to ride out to the end.
Can’t wait to see Monday’s treat…