Well, it's that time. Time for us Eagles fans to get all excited over a team only to get let down again. If we play like we did against the Bungles, I shutter to think what's going to happen. Anyway, here are your Fox picks to get things started.
So Brian Urlacher switching deodorants resulted in a switch from being a skinny dweeb to a muscular linebacker. Holy God, there must be steroids in Old Spice deodorant!
The Ravens get the ball to start the game and the ball goes the receiver's legs for a touchback. 1st and 10 for the Ravens and Flacco drops back and it's dropped by Todd Heap. 2nd and 10. Willis McGahee takes the hand off for a short gain and the Eagles have the Ravens in a 3rd and long early. 3rd and 9 and Flacco from the gun will throw to Mason who dropped it! Poor decision by Flacco as there were Eagles all over him.
DeSean Jackson will take the punt to the 40 yard line with a 15-yard return. And here comes Donny Mac and let the clusterfuck begin.
1st and 10 and they give it to Westbrook who gets 6. Imagine that, giving it to your best player. It really is amazing what happens when you do that. 2nd and 4 and MdcNabb will throw for the fullback Dan Klecko who fumbles the ball but it ends up out of bounds. Phew. Looked like he was down anyway. It is 1st and 10 for the Eagles inside Ravens territory and the Eagles are flagged for delay of game.
1st and 15 and McNabb throws it to Jackson who gets 3. 2nd and 12 and McNabb completes it to Curtis who gets a few more there. 3rd down and McNabb gets dropped like a bad habit. Rocca's punt goes out of the endzone for a touchback and the fun is on.
Ravens will win.....Can you just add "Fire Andy Reid" every once in a while? (Via SSR)
Yeah, I think that would work. Let's see, promising start to a drive ends up in a 4th and long punt....FIRE ANDY REID!
Flacco hands to McCalin on 1st down for 7. 2nd down and LaRon McCalin gets a 15-yard carry for a Baltimore first down. 1st and 10 and the Eagles look like they don't know this guy exists. Gain of 6 that time. 2nd and 4 and the Ravens run it again for 3. And Broderick Bunkley is down. Not good. Not good.
What are the chances of another Eagles tie today? (Via Walnuts)
Very high. Trevor Laws comes in in place of Bunkley and the Eagles stop McClain on 3rd and 1! First time that year that's happened. Jackson to return the punt and he catches out of bounds at the 8.
"Defense is ruling right now in this one." - Sam Rosen.
You really expected something different, Sammy?
Upset alert: 7-0 Jets over the Titans. If you bail this game for that one if you get it, I don't blame you. I may end up doing the same if this gets bad. 1st and 10 from their own 8 and McNabb gives to Westbrook for 1 yard. 2nd and 9 and McNabb throws to L.J. Smith out of the flat and he gets 2. 3rd and 6 and at least McNabb is completing passes. He's 4 for 4. McNabb throws it to the turf monster. Yay, I jinxed McNabb!
Yamon Figurs to return the punt but he got belted by Quinten Demps. That looked like it hurt. 1st and 10 for Flacco and the Ravens. And we get an update from Chris Myers saying that Bunkley is unlikely to return. Pick up of a couple on 1st down and on 2nd down Flacco completes it to Mason for a first. 1st and 10 and Hakim Jordan replacing Omar Gaither makes a great play in the backfield and now Asante Samuel is hurt. Flacco on 2nd down and he throws it to the drunk guy in the 2nd row. Holding on the Ravens will make it 2nd and 22.
That pass is incomplete and it's 3rd and a mile. Flacco drops back, caught by Ray Rice but it's only 8 yards and Koch punts one 60 yards that goes into the endzone for a touchback. Yawn.
Upset alert: San Francisco 3, Dallas 0. I laugh at the Cowboys.
Upset alert: Detroit 14, Tampa Bay 0. We've seen how this has gone before.
"Donovan McNabb has not tried to overextend himself." - Sam Rosen.
1st down and the pass is caught by Klecko for the first. And Buckhalter on 1st down picks up 8. And it looks like, according to Tim Ryan, we'll be seeing a lot of him. 2nd and 2 and Buckhalter takes it to the 47 and if he keeps running like this, I won't mind. A gamebreak tells us it's 7-3 Dolphins over Ravens. 1st and 10 and it's a run for a yard. Reid's speciality. 2nd and 9 and McNabb over the middle finds Jason Avant at the Ravens 36! 1st down Eagles. And here we go.
Westbrook picks up 4 on 1st down and that's the end of the 1st quarter. No score, but the Eagles are driving.
McNabb on 2nd down throws it away and it's 3rd and 6 now. McNabb throws and it's bobbled and caught by Hank Baskett for the 1st down! Kendra's happy! 1st and 10 from the Raven 24 and MCNABB IS INTERCEPTED BY JARRETT JOHNSON WHO TAKES IT TO THE EALGE 47! Ugh!
1st and 10 and the Ravens give to Rice who picks up 9. 2nd and 1 and Lorenzo Neal picks up 4 on the carry. And Bunkley will return. Flacco on 1st down he stands in the pocket for forever before throwing it away. 2nd and 10. Flacco throws a screen that's tipped and incomplete. 3rd and 10. And Flacco grew up in New Jersey, which "is not far from [Baltimore]", according to Sam Rosen and a delay of game will back the Ravens up more. 3rd and 15 and Flacco overthrows Todd Heap. 4th down and the Ravens will have to punt. Koch's punt is fair caught by Jackson at the 8.
Upset alerts: Detroit 17, Tampa Bay 0. San Fran 6, Cowgirls 0. New York Bretts 7, Titans 0.
1st and 10 from their own 8 and Westbrook picks up a couple. 2nd and 8 and McNabb with a play action fakc and we see Old-School McNabb pick up 7 on the scramble. We need more of that Donovan! 3rd and 1 and here we go. McNabb play fake and going deep for DeSean Jackson.....INTERCEPTED BY FABIAN WASHINGTON! A deep ball on 3rd and short....FIRE ANDY REID!
When I think 3rd and 1, I think deep ball. (Via SSR)
Tampa scored and that game is now 17-7 for the Lions. RJBO must be drunk with happiness. 1st and 10 from the Eagle 48 and Mike Patterson got a whole lot of penetration on that one. Loss of 5 on that one as Curt updates us that Dallas now leads 7-6. Flacco, under pressure, GETS SACKED! Victor Abiamiri dropped him like a bad habit and on 3rd and a mile Flacco calls a timeout.
"How stupid is this: it's 40 degrees and the cheerleaders are bare midriffed." (Via JamesCraven) I was at a game yesterday where cheerleaders had to expose their legs in 30-degree weather. 3rd and long and COLE GETS A SACK! LOSS OF 11! Short punt by Koch and it's downed at the Eagle 44. The Eagles can thank their defense for that one.
1st down and McNabb airs down the field....Incomplete! He had Lewis if it wasn't overthrown. 2nd and 10 and Westbrook gets taken down in the backfield and it's 3rd and 14. And we get a montage of Ealges' 3rd down failures. McNabb's throw on 3rd down is too high and another Eagles 3 and out. FIRE ANDY REID! Rocca will come on to punt it away and a good punt Figurs takes it at the 14 and goes side to side before being taken down at his own 15.
Sam Cook knowing it's not "Another Saturday Night" with that last punt. (Via JamesCraven)
1st down and the Ravens for a couple. McClain picks up a first and on 1st down Flacco scrambles for 5. 2nd and 5 and McClain picks up a couple. 3rd and 3 and Flacco's pass is NEARLY INTERCEPTED BY STEWART BRADLEY! Oh, damn! He shoulda had that. Koch will punt it again for the Ravens. Here's Jackson with room and he slips at the 29 and we are 2 flags away from an amusement park. It's on the Eagles and that will back them up to their own 10.
1st and 10 and Westbrook picks up a couple up the middle. FIRE ANDY REID! Westbrook is NOT that kind of back. 2nd and 8 and McNabb will drop back and air one out that's intended for Reggie Brown but it's incomplete. And Buckhalter will be alright. 3rd and 8 and I'd like to see a McNabb boot leg. Instead it's a straight drop back that resulted in a tip pass and a near interception.
Figurs has room to return Rocca's punt and he takes it into Eagles territory. There's a penalty on the Eagles and it's a "tripping" penalty and that will put the Ravens all the way at the 28. 1st down is a loss of a couple. McGahee picks up 5 and it will be thrid and 7. Flacco's going to air it out deep and it's incomplete. Here comes Stover to attempt a 44-yarder. It's up....and good! 3-0 Ravens.
Demps takes the kickoff to the Eagles 35. Not a bad return, though, maybe it will give them some life. McNabb throws and it's INTERCEPTED BY ED REED WHO TAKES IT ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE 5-YARD LINE! But there's a flag on the field as they are trying to firgue out if there was a forward lateral as the Ravens got cute at the end of that return. Illegal forward pass, but the Eagles had a stupid late hit that will offset the penalties. Ugh! This is nauseating. At least I'm not a Rams fan, 21-3 they're losing to the Bears.
1st and goal from the 6 and the Eagles need a goal-line stand. McGahee takes it down to the three. 2nd and goal from the 3 will take place after the 2-minute warning and McNabb needs to step up his game.
RJBO is now drunk with sadness. The Lions have blew it and it's now 21-17 Tampa Bay. Ngata's elligible on 2nd and goal and the Ravens take it to the 1. 3rd and goal form the 1 and Flacco rolls out and the pass is CAUGHT BY THE TIGHT END DANIEL WILCOX IN THE ENDZONE! TOUCHDOWN RAVENS! It is being reviewed, though. The decision stands and the PAT is up.....false start on the Ravens....It's good! 10-0 Ravens.
The Kevin Kolb era begins in 3.......2......1......(Via SSR)
Believe me, I'm ready.
Demps on the kickoff retrun BREAKS FREE! THE KICKER WHIFFS! NO ONE IS GOING TO COME CLOSE TO DEMPS AS HE TAKES IT ALL THE WAY INTO THE ENDZONE! TOUCHDOWN EAGLES! Akers' PAT is up and good and it's 10-7 Ravens.
Figurs on the kickoff return takes it to the 24. 1st and 10 and Rice takes it for a yard. Timeout Eagles. Correct me if I'm wrong, but was that our first kickoff return for a touchdown since the Brian Mitchell era in the early 2000s?
2nd down and Flacco'ls pass is caught by Todd Heap who somehow stays in bounds an takes it all the way to the Raven 44. Flacco's first down pass is to high and it's 2nd and 10 now. Flacco a short pass to Rice who breaks free and takes it all the way down to the 35-yard line. I remember cheering on Ray Rice when he was at Rutgers. And wait a minute, FLACCO FUMBLES AS HE'S HIT BY CONSIDINE AND HANSON AND IT'S RECOVERED BY THE EAGLES! But t's going up to the booth as the arm may have been going to the forward. Tim Ryan says incomplete pass. Let's see what our ref says.
Incomplete pass is the rule and all that for nothing. Ball at the 34 and 2nd and 10 is incomplete. 3rd and 10 and they hand off to Rice who loses a yard and now let's see what the Ravens want to do. 22 seconds left. 4th and 11. Ball at the 35. Timeout Philadelphia. And on will come Steve Hauschka for a long field goal. 53-yards out it's up....and NO GOOD! WIDE LEFT!
And now the Eagles are gong to go for something. 1st down is deep and incomplete. 2nd down is also incomplete. Holding on the defense with 7 seconds left and I guess we're going to see a hail mary.
Actually McNabb goes short to Curtis who gets it to the Ravens 44. And now we'll most likely get the hail mary with 4 seconds left. Timeout Baltimore.
Once again we have a 2-1 pass to run ratio. And of course, our long drive was the drive where we ran the ball. Too bad McNabb fumbled.
Here comes the hail mary.....It is.....knocked down! Baskett had a chance with it.
That's the end of the 1st half. The Baltimore Ravens lead the Philadelphia Ealges 10-7 and I will see you in the second half thread.