Whew! Close one. I was admittedly nervous until the spread-busting return from Juqua Parker nee Thomas. Note well that a play prior to that I had remarked to my buddy that it struck me as odd that a defensive end was dropped so deep in coverage at the snap; it wasn't like they were showing a four-man front and then he dropped into coverage. Nope, he was playing linebacker (in the post-game coverage I'm sure there will be much discussion of the "Joker" linebacker position).
We've actually got a full house coming for the Phightins here at BountyBowl HQ, so expect post-game reactions to trickle through slowly. Still, my quick hitters after the game:
David Akers makes it through the bye week. Did he actually make the challenged one? We'll never know. Leads one to wonder why there isn't a more definitive camera angle for that sort of thing, but hey, we're more than happy that Nolan wasted a challenge on it. If he had missed it...and the block...and well...you can kind of guess what the big storyline would have been in a loss.
Game balls to the deserving vets. Correll Buckhalter and Juqua Parker nee Thomas, take a bow. You guys both played great games -- heart-and-soul-of-the-team-type games. And it's nice to see it from the guys who aren't on the cover of the media guide or on the tickets. I thought Buck's stamina was especially impressive; he really seemed to keep running with energy deep in the game. And Parker, well, we wrote the following two weeks ago, and it feels even more true today, "Also, at what point can we admit that Juqua Parker is playing really well and isn’t some sort of undersized liability?" Juqua Parker, you've earned yourself a place in my official taxonomy: enjoy your tag. Quintin Mikell is an honorable mention here.
Heroics in the secondary. Speaking of, the Birds were a couple diving deflections away from some scary things late in that game. Kudos to Sheldon Brown and Mikell for making some huge plays. Also Dawk stepped up and got stronger later in the game (who needed to make up for some sloppy tackling earlier in the game).
Lito's hurt? Dude. I mean. They're going to give you grief for that. It's not fair, but they will.
Andy Reid isn't actually crazy. That is, he seems to have agreed with the assembled masses and majority of the blathertariat (yours truly included) that DeSean Jackson is the best guy they have on offense with Westbrook out. Jackson seemed to have gotten a lot of different looks and touches, and the kid played well. I get more excited about him every week.
Takeo Spikes, you're a cruel, cruel man. Dude, you catch JUST ONE ball that hits you in the chest last year and the Birds might have made the playoffs (the Seattle game was the most offensive). And now you gotta be picking off Dunavin in the red zone? Seriously?
That's it for now. More later, let's go Phightins.