Oooooooooooooh man, this one sucked. Sucked. SUCKED. (And now, the coup de grace, caps AND bold): SUCKED.
I guess I had gotten suckered into thinking that the 2008 Eagles were not blood relations of the 2007 Eagles, and that somehow all those "mistake-ridden" and "unlucky" losses from last year were all just accidents and aberrations. Not this year, I thought. This year they're going to be a bit better organized and focused, and we'll actually win some close games. The Pittsburgh game definitely sold me a bit.
But after two weeks in a row that looked a lot like the team from last year -- I mean, I guess we'll need to make our peace with that. So they'll be in most games, but don't expect too many dominant performances, and they're likely to clumsily bungle a few along the way.
Anyway, one might imagine that this wasn't the most exciting game to attend. The beginning was excellent, and then it was about two-and-a-half hours of "frustrating dull."
What I saw:
DeSean Jackson should get the ball more. After seeing him run in the context of the whole field, I'm actually thinking that Jackson might be a little underhyped? Is that possible? He's a legitimate offensive threat out there. The I'm-still-in-college-and-faster-than-everyone thing on the punt return was spectacular; the guys in pursuit completely misjudged their ability to catch up to him. I dunno. This guy has a chance to to make a lot of plays for the Eagles. No reason he shouldn't touch it more.
Why the Eagles lost. I mean, whatever else might be said, the Eagles sure looked like they got pushed aroundat the line of scrimmage. Their offensive line definitely exerted their will on our guys, and while their defensive line wasn't really dominant, they still prevented the Eagles from running at all. It was a little humiliating to watch: kind of slow and steady and maddening to the point where you begin to doubt your own sanity. Like listening to someone defend Sarah Palin and telling you that no, YOU'RE the one who's out of touch! ("BountyBowl: Now With Sarah Palin Jokes!")
To whom the assembled peoples assigned blame. Pretty straightforward here -- lots of "I hate you you [insert profanity-laden description of obesity] [object of derision]" for Andy Reid. I guess it can't always be McNabb's fault, and it's tough to get specifically angry at the defensive line. The peoples were definitely restless about Reid.
The Redskins played really well. Didn't turn it over, played very simple football and beat the Eagles up at the line of scrimmage. Yeah, you can win with that in the NFL. All credit to them -- they aren't flashily talented, but they looked very well-coached and they kept their heads on, even when they went down early. Campbell was very solid. And Portis was a beast. I dunno. If there's a slouch in the NFC East, it's definitely the Birds.
And some randoms. oh, the indignity of James Thrash drawing a penalty on Asante Samuel! David Akers has got to be bummed about missing three kicks over the past two weeks. Reggie Brown had a decent game, but also contributed to the drops, and the drops were not so impressive. The Red Zone offense doesn't look "fixed." Juqua Parker was solid again.
Let's Go Phillies. Definitely plenty of gear at the stadium (the default tasteful demonstration of extended loyalties seemed to be the Eagles jersey with Phils hat), sure, but I was amazed by an actual "Let's Go Phillies" cheer early in the game. Definitely a lot of love at the Linc for the Phils. They didn't go overboard with the score updates, but each one was enthusiastically welcomed.
So yeah, kind of a crap day, save for the part where the Phillies made the NLCS, and also the part where I got to eat this totally sweet sandwich. (But mostly it was beat.)