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The Birds and the Bears…again.
The Sports Bash - Seven for Sunday If it seems the Eagles and Bears have played often in recent seasons, it’s because they have.  This year’s meeting will mark the fourth straight year these two NFC teams have clashed with the Bears taking two of the previous three. The Eagles won a hard-fought 24-20 game last season where DeSean Jackson racked up eight catches, for 107 yards and a score.  In 2008, Chicago won by the same 24-20 margin and in 2007 the Bears won a 19-16 decision. This year, both teams enter with a surprising 7-3 record and both teams are in the hunt for home-field throughout the NFC playoffs.  One of the reasons for the Eagles success has been their offense led by Mike Vick, Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are ranked second in overall scoring (28.4) and is third in the league in rushing (150.8).  Meanwhile the Bears success is on the defensive side of the ball, they are tied for the league lead in scoring defense (14.6) and are second in the league against the run (78.0). ...

Seven for Sunday: Big Blue and the Battle for 1st place

Seven for Sunday: Big Blue and the Battle for 1st place While the Eagles have fans all over the Delaware Valley riding high as they enter this week’s showdown with the New York Giants, the Redskins’ game is in the past and they must be prepared for a much more formidable foe.  The Giants have the best defense in the NFL and have knocked five opposing quarterbacks out of games.  The Eagles must find a way to get Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson involved, but Tom Coughlin will certainly try this best to take those two weapons out of the game.  Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning doesn’t have to be reminded that the Birds have knocked off Big Blue four straight times. “When you play Philly, you have to play perfect. Everybody has to be on the same page and everybody has to see things the same way. Routes have to be perfect, and the offensive line has to know who they’re blocking and be ready for their blitz packages and everything they’re doing. You can’t afford to make mistak...

Seven For (Monday): MNF vs McNabb!!!

Seven For (Monday): MNF vs McNabb!!! Seven For Sunday (Monday): It’s Monday Night vs McNabb!!! When we last saw Donovan McNabb, he was in the locker room saluting his teammates after a hard-fought 17-12 victory over his former team – the Eagles. When we last saw Donovan McNabb, he was telling his teammates that the were the top team in the NFC East, they had beaten the Cowboys and now the Eagles – in Philadelphia, how could he think differently. That was week four, this is week nine. How things change in the NFL. Then McNabb seemed to say I told ya so, now McNabb is lucky he will be starting on Monday night against the Eagles.  He has been criticized for being out-of-shape,  for not knowing the play-book and not being able to run the 2-minitue offense. Many Eagles fans will say, we told you so; this is what we have seen during the 11-year run in Philly.  While I don’t believe many of the negative attributes are true in regards to McNabb, he is clearly not comfortable in Washing...

Seven For Sunday: Against Colts something has to give…

Seven For Sunday: Against Colts something has to give… Peyton Manning was named the eighth greatest player in NFL history this week. Two weeks ago, Kerry Collins found Kenny Britt over-and-over to lead the Titans to a come-from-behind victory over the Eagles, in a game that the Birds were in complete control of. So the obvious question is how will they Eagles defense stop Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and the returning Austin Collie? “You have to make sure you’re on your A-game,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid.  “You have to play hard and aggressive for four quarters.” Some of the main themes this week have been the Eagles record under Andy Reid following the bye week; the fact that the Colts are coming off a short week (they defeated the Texans on Monday night); and the Birds have never beaten Peyton Manning. “I don’t put too much into all of that,’ Reid stated.  “I try to focus on what we have going on here.” However, like it or not, the Eagles are 11-0 in the Re...

Does destiny await Eagles, Vick?

Does destiny await Eagles, Vick? It was 2006; the incomparable Mike Vick became the only quarterback in NFL history to run for over 1000 yards in a season.  Vick was always known for his unique running skills but recently it has been his precise passing, coupled with his mobile efficiencies that have Eagles fans thinking about the playoffs – and maybe more. Many people around South Jersey have begun to wonder who should in fact be the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles in the post-Donovan McNabb season, the enigmatic Vick or the prodigy Kevin Kolb. This was supposed to be Kolb’s team; he was given the job Easter Sunday 2010, the day McNabb was dealt to Washington.  Kolb was unimpressive during the mini-camps, training camp and did nothing to distinguish himself in three exhibition games.  Two quarters into his first ever game as “the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles”, Kolb was dazed and confused, knocked out behind a porous Eagles offensive line – tha...

Seven For Sunday: On to Music City

Seven For Sunday: On to Music City Kevin Kolb was named the NFC player of the month.  Of course with that honor, the question Eagles fans have been debating all week is should he remain the starter even when Mike Vick is healthy enough to return. Consider… ·         Kolb completed 23-of-29 passes (79.3 percent) for 326 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 133.6 passer rating in the Eagles' 31-17 victory over Atlanta.  ·         He set single-game career-highs in completion percentage (79.3), passer rating (133.6), yards per attempt (11.24), touchdowns (three) and longest pass (83 yards).  ·         In his first five career starts, Kolb has three 300-yard passing games and became the first quarterback to accomplish the feat since Kurt Warner (1999).  ·         He threw touchdown passes of 83, ...

Seven For Sunday: Dirty Birds at the Linc!

Seven For Sunday: Dirty Birds at the Linc! The Eagles have made a change to their roster this week, trading for running back Jerome Harrison for Mike Bell.  On the surface, it looks like a good move for the Eagles. They add another weapon to their already potent offense attack, while dealing away a player who really didn’t fit the system. “For us, [RB] Jerome [Harrison], he’s a quicker guy, he’s athletic [and] he can catch the football,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.  “Obviously, he was really productive last year at the end of the season. With our backup running backs, with the skill-set they have in terms of [RB] Eldra [Buckley], [RB] Joique [Bell] and Mike Bell, they were all kind of bigger backs who could run between the tackles. And we thought maybe Jerome’s skill-set kind of fit in terms of complimenting those guys.” As for the Falcons, with a win this week, they could stake claim to being the top team in a very diluted NFC race.  The Falcons fe...

SEVEN FOR SUNDAY: Eagles @ 49ers

Preview, 7 keys & a prediction
SEVEN FOR SUNDAY: Eagles @ 49ers The Eagles failed in their first test to defeat their former star when Donovan McNabb and his Redskins downed the Birds 17-12 last Sunday.  This week they will get a chance to knock off one of the most dynamic running backs in franchise history when they face Brian Westbrook and the San Francisco 49ers. While Westbrook really hasn’t made an impact thus far, one would expect that he might have some role versus his former team - he has played just four snaps all season. "He’s only been on the field a handful of times this year for them," said Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.  "With [TE Delanie] Walker out, maybe they’ll use him more, I don’t know, but we certainly have to be aware of Brian when he’s on the field.” That said if you listen closely to what head coach Andy Reid has to say, don't expect to see too much of the former Birds’ star.   "I’m always aware of Brian”, Reid stated....

Seven For Sunday: McNabb is Back

Seven For Sunday: McNabb is Back Eagles’ rookie safety Nate Allen told me that growing up he had both a Donovan McNabb jersey and a Michael Vick jersey.  On Sunday he will be a teammate of one and try to beat the other. Yet the NFL defensive rookie of the month tries not to let all the media distractions bother him.  “We just have a game to play,” Allen said while smiling.  “It’s just another team to get ready for. I know it’s a big deal with Donovan coming back into town for the media and the fans, but us as players, we just need to focus on the task at hand and get ready to play a game.” Sometimes it’s not that easy.  Former Eagles defensive Tackle Darwin Walker joined me on my radio show (The Sports Bash with Mike Gill, on 97.3 ESPN FM) and when asked about playing a former teammate he said sometimes it’s not as simple as it’s made out.  “It is a little different,” Walker explained.  “Playing against pe...

Let the debate begin….(Again)

Let the debate begin….(Again) The Eagles escaped from Detroit, barely, just barely with a 35-32 win over the Lions, the key word being escaped.  Many Eagles fans are already quick to point out that if Mike Vick wasn’t able to escape from some of the pressure, the Eagles may not have won that game. The Lions sent constant pressure at Vick, but he handled it in a way that maybe Kevin Kolb could not. This season the NFC race seems to as up-in-the-air as ever before.  The Cowboys and Vikings, two Super Bowl favorites at the start of the season are 0-2, while Tampa Bay and Chicago, two teams that figured to be pulling up the rear in their divisions are a perfect 2-0. So instead of going back to Kevin Kolb in the game this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Andy Reid decided to stick with Vick.  The Eagles have scored 52 points in six quarters behind an offensive line that makes opposing defenses look like they are running into the water taking the polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day.&nb...
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