Ask Craig James what he thinks of the Eagles, and he'll surely say that they are the best team in the NFC. While probably not true, that was one damn impressive win yesterday and restored my faith in live blogging Eagles games (although due to the fact that winter break is nearly upon me, I'm done live-blogging Eagles games this year). More on that later in the week.
Back to the Eagles. Words really can't describe what happened yesterday. It was fucking awesome, that's for damn sure. The Eagles not only beat the Giants, but they thoroughly dominated them and yes, it was only a 6-point game, but that score did not reflect that game.
I have a confession to make. I made a terrible mistake when I posted the preview. I said that the announcers talking point would be that the crowd was loud (what else does Goose talk about). I was wrong. Every other sentence all three spoke had the word "wind" in it. Good lord, people we get that it was windy! You don't need to re-iterate it every 30 seconds. With all the talk about wind, I wouldn't be surprised if Tony Siragusa broke wind.....and Kenny and Moose smelled it from the booth!
And as if it wasn't bad enough that they wouldn't shut up about it, things they said about it was wrong. They said it was moving right to left on the screen. Fine. They also said it would be seeminlgy impossible to move the ball against the wind. Which is all fine and dandy, if you disregard the fact that the Eagles consistently moved the ball in the third quarter against the wind both throwing and running.
What we saw yesterday was a clock management clinic from the Eagles. They possessed the ball 21 out of 30 minutes in the second half. And what about how awesome the Eagles defense was! They only allowed 80 yards on the ground against the Gmen (as opposed to over 200 when they met in Philly a month ago). The only TDs the Giants allowed was the blocked field goal return at the end of the first half and the TD during garbage time at the end of the game.
All in all, this was the best game the Eagles played all season. Westbrook had over 200 total yards and McNabb was efficient, completing 19/30 for 191 yards. And guess what else the Eagles did? They ran the ball more than they threw it! See what happens when you run the ball, Andy? You win games. It's historically proven true for the Eagles and it proved true yesterday.
And it may have been their luckiest week of the season. 3 out of the 4 teams ahead of the Eagles played yesterday (Carolina plays tonight on MNF). All three of those teams (Washington, Dallas, and Atlanta) lost. Which means the Eagles are now a half game ahead of the Redskins, and a half game behind Dallas and Atlanta. The playoff scenario right now is simple for the Eagles. If the Eagles win their final three games and Atlanta loses one of their remaining three games, the Eagles will be in the playoffs. No ifs, ands, or buts. Atlanta plays Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and St. Louis. Folks, this is in reach. As long as the Eagles don't choke.
More on the playoffs tomorrow and a deeper analysis of what else the Eagles would like to see. I will be live-blogging my last MNF game tonight in replace of AA, who has a "weekly engagement" that he can't move away from Monday nights. My guess is that AA is at AA, if you know what I mean. (I'm kidding AA, if you're reading this.)