At least we can expect the offense to play a little better in the second half.
For the defense, I'm not sure if mean reversion would be better or worse than what we've seen so far.
Weird week. Feels like a bye.
Still, there's a lot of good, meaningful football on today. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued every single time Kevin Kolb steps on the field.
Also, I pulled the second TV into the living room yesterday for the first time in 2010, so let's watch some football. I'm starting all NFC South. We'll see how long Carolina can keep things even moderately interesting.
Since we all still have to watch this mess.
I almost wrote a post yesterday questioning whether it was even worth trying to win the last two games. The chances of getting the #2 seed seemed pretty slim, and we could guarantee ourselves a two-week bye -- with all the rest that entails -- by simply not trying to win the last two games.
Silly me, I spiked the post. Didn't seem realistic.
The Giants are outplaying us and outcoaching us. Their pass rush is completely disrupting our offense and their receivers are better than the guys trying to cover them.
They're kicking our butts.
This isn't about our guys being flat or not caring. Those are epicycular explanations.
That last touchdown was a killer. We went from 9% to 4% win chance with that.
The NFC playoff standings are a bizarre mess. It's not just the 6-7 Rams at the four seed. It's also the 10-3 Saints at #5 behind three teams with worse records. And the #8 Packers, who happen to have the best net points mark in the conference.
Right now, the NFC playoff race is a two-lane highway. There's not all that much traffic on it, but we just came through a clogged-up stretch where idiots were driving side by side for miles at 55 mph (slow lane) and 55.1 mph ("fast" lane). We managed to zip around that semi with the full load who won't concede he probably shouldn't trying to pass people with all these rolling hills. Things look great straight ahead.
But if we slow down at all -- even for just a quick stop at the rest area -- we'll be right back in the mess.
Put the pedal to the metal, guys.
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Some spectacularly wrong-headed analysis in this article. No, Steve Smith is not the Giants' best wide receiver. And if the Giants decide that all they're going to do today is pound us on the ground, Eagles fans should be ecstatic. We've stopped run-first offenses all season and with the way our offense is playing, you need to score to win.
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This is awesome:
Soft-spoken and quiet, Vick is the leader by example - the follow-me, "I'm about to score and you guys can help if you want to" type leader, as Eagles tackle Winston Justice said.
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The Giants' defense has some weird FO numbers. First against the pass, 11th against the run -- just sayin' -- and easily the most variance. I expected the first NYG game to be tight and low scoring. Now that our defense is even more banged up and we're making a point of forcing DeSean's participation in the offense, I'm not sure I see that happening again.
I've had an uneasy feeling about this game all week. Haven't really been able to figure out why.
I now think it's the defense. Against a 4-8 team, the last thing you want to do is give them hope. Strike early, smack them around a bit, watch them pack it in. Not sure we have that kind of defense.