What a pleasant surprise: 48-20? Happy Thanksgiving!
In a game that couldn't have gone better for the Eagles (save for Max-Jean Gilles getting hurt), all the flailing parts of the team suddenly looked competent and the team rolled over a Cardinals team that wasn't actually ever in it. The quarterback was accurate and focused, the running back looked spry, the offensive line played their best game in months, the wide receivers held onto balls that didn't hit them square in the chest, and the new-look secondary made a bunch of plays against the best wide-receiver combo in the league.
My day-after observations:
Oh no, this is going to make Andy Reid especially smug, isn't it. Let's see, capture early lead throwing the ball, force other team to throw, run the ball against humiliated, desperate defense, pin ears back on defense, cruise to victory against tired opponent. Great. You were right all along, Andy! Feel free to chuck it 55 times against the Giants. The road to 7-8-1 is paved with wins like these!
The lines came to play. When was the last time the Eagles pushed another team around this thoroughly at the line of scrimmage (on both sides of the ball)? I can't even remember. The play consistently took place on the wrong side of the Cards' line of scrimmage. I guess the boys on the offensive side must've really taken those anonymous comments to heart.
The Cards must have really suffered in the short week. Must not have been time for a lot of film study. I mean, how else to explain not seeing the shovel pass? Everyone in the Delaware Valley as well as each of the Birds' NFC East opponents knew that was coming. Comical.
Looks like opponents are taking the CamelCased One seriously. Dare we say more seriously than the 36 Chambers of Brian Westbrook? The Cards completely overpursued Jackson on the fake end-around that Westbrook took down to the three. Huh. Can't say we hate that.
Take that, Prime Time curse. The Eagles finally won one at night! With the Browns looming on Monday Night in a couple weeks, well, they might even win a second.
I hope Lito Sheppard doesn't have trouble selling his house. Let's see, undrafted free agent Joselio Hanson not only starts but picks off a pass, and Lito Sheppard had the coverage on not one, not two, but all three Cardinals' TDs. Looks like we've found the weakest link.
Pass me a vial of whatever they stuck in Brian Westbrook. Didn't look too gimpy last night, though most of his running was vertical and between the tackles (not a lot of stretch plays or sweeps). Whatever. It was a treat to have B-West making plays.
And we're off. Actually hitting up the Flyboys this afternoon, and looking forward to it.