So which Philly sports fan isn't hungover this morning?
After a crazy late-night ending for the Phightins, the Delaware Valley should be flooded with happy brain chemicals this morning. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but the Birds game this afternoon actually feels a bit inconsequential. I mean, I'm going to leave the comfort of my home to watch it, and I'm sure I'll get swept up in it once it starts, but, really, I'm definitely preoccupied by the baseball right now. And I imagine I'm not the only one.
So. Eagles. Sounds like you have something of a pass this week. Try not to screw it up.
What I expect to shout about, abbreviated edition:
I hope the Eagles have a Pittsburgh-game-level commitment to defensing the run. I hope the Birds are excited about tackling Michael Turner, because they're going to spend most of the afternoon doing it. Turner is definitely a fantasy start this week. The Falcons are silly if they don't spend the afternoon handing off.
Similarly, I hope Andy Reid indulges himself. Football Outsiders have the Falcons as 27th against the pass. No one's going to complain if McNabb throws the ball 35 times.
Welcome back, Kevin Curtis! I hope it's a big day for the Birds' wideouts, Curtis included. I hope they don't just ease him back in -- none of us would hate a deep ball to Curtis.
The ostensible best player on the team. Very curious to see how many snaps Westbrook plays. Will they take it light with B-West? Surely his broken ribs plus a strong proof-of-concept from Buckhalter two weeks ago should be encouragement enough to share the carries, no?
Abiamiri watch. They said he was going to play a bit more, and I'm excited to see it. If they thought this guy was better than Parker, then, well, I'm more than a bit curious. Wasn't he supposed to be the big end who could play the run? The Birds will likely need that today.
It's probably just the lingering Phillies endorphins talking, but I think the Eagles will win in a game that will feel a lot like the San Francisco game -- the Falcons will hang around and create moments of darkness and despair for the good guys. But I think the Birds will have another big fourth quarter and get it done. Eagles 30, Falcons 20.