To steal a line from Denny Green, “they are who we thought they were.” That goes for both the Eagles and the Broncos. Coming into the game a lot of people out there believed the Eagles had the worst defense in football and Denver had the best offense in football. After Sunday’s game those thoughts were confirmed. The game played out the way a college game does when an over matched team like Buffalo comes in to play OSU. They can hang around for a half, but eventually the talent disparity catches up and things get out of control. The trouble is this is the NFL so you’d hope your team’s talent level isn’t that far from the best team in the NFL. In the case of the Eagles and Broncos that is the case. Oh well from the look of things the Eagles have finished their toughest stretch of the season. Everyone circled this as a loss at the beginning so I’m not ready to jump off the Ben Franklin Bridge like other cranky Philly fans. Here’s the few takeaways I have from the game yesterday.
He Knows Kung-Fu
Manning “matrixed” the Eagles. You know what I mean, the way everything became clear for Neo in The Matrix when he saw green. After Philip Rivers performance we all knew this was coming and clenched are butt cheeks accordingly. I didn’t know it was going be like this though. So instead of stopping bullets and nondescript white guys Manning stopped blitz attempts and all hope for Eagles fans. Manning made the Eagles look like they were playing two men down, which you could argue is the case when Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff are your starting safeties. I’m happy this one is over, and I can’t wait to see what Aaron Rodgers does to this secondary.
The Eagles miss Jeremy Maclin. When he went down in the pre-season I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal cause the Eagles were going to suck regardless. Turns out they have a shot at the division cause the NFC East blows and although I don’t think it would have made a difference in this game I think with Maclin the Eagles split the Chargers Chiefs games. Other than Jackson no Eagle WR is getting open. Cooper had 2 catches for 25 yards and Avant had 1 for 7 yards. There is no need to respect either of these guys and it is showing. Hell the Eagles miss Arrelious Benn and he hasn’t even taken a snap with the Eagles. Speaking of which……
Lets Go To The Maehl
I do my best to live by the phrase, “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” Well Riley Cooper is a good down field blocker. (Thinking) (Still Thinking) (Looking at condensation drip down my water bottle) Nope got nothing else. Riley can block well for a WR and the compliments end there so it might be time to give Jeff Maehl a chance. He knows Kelly’s offense and really how much worse could he be?
The Eagles added another 8 penalties to their total and since they are limited talent wise overcoming them, especially against a great team, is not going happen. The one that sticks out the most was in the second quarter when Jackson finally got open and hauled in a Vick pass that would have put the Eagles at the Broncos 22. Mathis got called for a hold though and backed the Eagles up to their own 49. The end result was a punt. If there is no penalty maybe the Eagles score a touchdown (HAHA no way definitely a FG) and the score would have been 21-20 Broncos.
At this point I feel the same way about the Eagles special teams that I do about the new Fox show Dads. Both are offensive to the eyes. Neither can execute their goal, Dads being making people laugh, special teams being scoring points and preventing them. The best part of both (Vanessa Lachey & Donnie Jones) rank somewhere around 1,500 of things I like most in the world right now. The only difference between the two is I won’t have to see Dads past October 1st when it is canceled, but I still have another 12 weeks of watching the Eagles special teams.
I’m getting a little too negative so lets find a positive from this game. The Eagles didn’t turn the ball over once against Denver. Kelly hates turnovers and it looks like this is being stressed each week, which is really something when Mike Vick is your QB. The trouble is the Eagles also didn’t force any turnovers for the second week in a row. If the Eagles can’t force any next week against Eli, who is playing like hot trash, then I might email the Eagles suggesting they bring in Merton Hanks for a tryout.
Super Bowl Eliminator
Pittsburgh Steelers – Nobody makes the playoffs after an 0-4 start. The Steelers are Pirates bad this year. The might not win more than 4 games all year. Put them in the Clowney sweepstakes.
St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford should thank that sweet baby Jesus each night for getting drafted before the rookie wage scale was implemented. His original deal included 50 million guaranteed. I’d be shocked if he got more than 5 million guaranteed in his next contract.